Thursday, November 8, 2012

New Releases

Jim Daly
Zondervan, October 2012
ReFocus redefines Christianity in our culture and re-draws its role in our social and political environments. It demonstrates the way Christian faith must transcend political agendas and partisan battles and, instead, consistently reveal the heart of God to a desperately hurting world. Using a variety of historical and contemporary sources, author Jim Daly examines evangelicalism in today's world and concludes that it's time to consider a new approach to living our faith. He urges readers to rise above the current confluence of faith with politics and patriotism, and return to the work of sharing God's grace through the compassion and humility modeled by Jesus. Christians will be inspired by this thoughtfully-drawn blueprint for leading and serving those around them. Non-Christians will welcome this source of hope that doesn't couch a political agenda. ReFocus shows how the faithful can open the door to a new way of evangelical living, by showing the world an inexplicable taste of grace with no other intention than revealing the heart of a loving God.

At the Feet of Jesus
Joanna Weaver
WaterBrook Press, September 2012
This 365-day devotional encourages and inspires women who want to deepen their spiritual lives as they spend a year at the feet of Jesus. Based on material adapted from Joanna Weaver's Bethany trilogy, this inspirational resource offers perspective-shifting insights gleaned from Jesus's interactions with his friends Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Each page-per-day devotional includes a brief inspirational reading, a point of action for the day, and a suggested Bible passage. In addition, each month's entries are accompanied by a sidebar that explores a topic more deeply. Content includes material adapted from all three books in the trilogy, but the most direct connection will be to the perennial favorite, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World. Readers will be spiritually refreshed and renewed as they daily move toward a richer, more abundant life.

My Grandma & Me
Crystal Bowman
Tyndale, September 2012
My Grandma and Me is the book every grandmother wants to share with her toddler-age grandchildren. Each devotion includes a scripture, a rhyme explaining the theme of the verse, and an interactive song or prayer. In addition to the fun yet faith-filled words, children will enjoy the sweet full-color art throughout the book that has a nostalgic tone for Grandma. The book closes with additional scriptures grandma can use to pass along her faith: the Lord's Prayer, Ten Commandments, 23rd Psalm, Beatitudes, and a special prayer for her grandchildren. This delightful book will not only become Grandmother's favorite, but it will leave a lasting and important impression on the faith development of many toddlers.The introduction of the book also gives grandmothers who are far-away from their grandkids tips on using the book via phone or Skype. 

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