Tuesday, October 8, 2013

New Releases 10/08/2013


Hurricane   -     
        By: Natalie Grant

Curb Records / 2013 / Compact disc
 "I have had the privilege of recording many songs throughout my career based on the incredible true stories of other people: "Held", "Your Great Name", "In Better Hands", "Our Hope Endures" ... but this record and these new songs are my stories, written about my own life, and so I feel an even greater personal connection to them. After dealing with postpartum depression, walking with a family member through addiction, and struggling as I watched my father battle cancer - all while trying to figure out how to balance my professional life with my greatest calling as a wife and mother - I've see some stormy days in the past couple of years. But these songs are full of light, encouragement, honesty and faith. This record is full of new music that is positive, bright, pop and fresh, both musically and lyrically, which is almost the antitheses to how I have felt for the last few years, but it is the result of hope and faith.

Because even when the storm is raging, we have hope. Even when everything seems dark, Jesus keeps the light on. When our faith grows dim, His strength helps us to burn bright. I feel these songs help me to tell that truth in a fresh and positive way." - NATALIE GRANT
The Merciful Scar  -     
        By: Rebecca St. James & Nancy Rue

The Merciful Scar

Thomas Nelson / 2013 / Paperback
Kirsten has spent her life trying to forget. But mercy begs her to remember.

Guilt-ridden after a family tragedy at age 16, Kirsten attempted to bury her pain in her flesh and called it coping. But at 23, on the night she expects her long-time boyfriend to propose, Kirsten discovers a devastating secret about him. In the emotional chaos that follows, an accident by her own hand lands her in a hospital psych ward, unable to find release in injuring herself.

The only viable treatment option is a stint on a Montana sheep ranch, working with the quirky but insightful ?Sister Frankie.? Feeling as inept as the sheep themselves, Kirsten slowly joins the unlikely crew of people who are also searching for healing. Gradually she opens herself to embrace mothering an orphaned lamb and hearing God?s voice and . . . possibly . . . finding love again.

Through it all, mercy begs her to remember the past, showing her there is nothing?nothing?that can?t be redeemed.  Buy it here:  http://www.rivertreebookstore.com/item/st-james-rebecca/merciful-scar-sep/4926654.html 

Jesus > Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough  -     
        By: Jefferson Bethke
Jesus > Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough

Thomas Nelson / 2013 / Paperback
Abandon dead, dry, rule-keeping and embrace the promise of being truly known and deeply loved.
Jefferson Bethke burst into the cultural conversation in 2012 with a passionate, provocative poem titled "Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus." The four-minute video of Bethke's spoken-word performance literally became an overnight sensation, with seven million YouTube views in its first forty-eight hours (and 23+ million within a year). The message hit like a blizzard on social-media sites and in forwarded emails, triggering an avalanche of responses running the gamut from encouraged to enraged.
In "Jesus > Religion," Bethke unpacks the stark contrasts that he drew in the poem--contrasts between teeth gritting and grace, law and love, performance and peace, despair and hope. With refreshing candor, he delves into the motivation behind his message, beginning with the unvarnished tale of his own plunge from the pinnacle of a works-based, fake-smile existence that sapped his strength and led him down a path of destructive behavior.
Bethke is quick to acknowledge that he's not a pastor or theologian, but simply a regular, twenty-something, soul-starved searcher who cried out for a life greater than the one for which he had settled. Along his journey, Bethke discovered the "real "Jesus, who beckoned him beyond the props of false religion.
Buy it here:  http://www.rivertreebookstore.com/item/bethke-jefferson/jesus-religion-strict-street-10-7-13-oct/5421530.html

Come Home: A Call Back to Faith   -     
        By: James MacDonald

Come Home: A Call Back to Faith

Moody Publishers / 2013 / Hardcover
The prodigal. The wanderer. The skeptic. The rebel. Each of us knows someone who has walked away from God, and it is heartbreaking and bewildering. We wonder how to reach out to them and bring them back, but often it seems impossible. Maybe you yourself are the one who has walked away and sees little reason to return to faith and the church.
The invitation of this book is this: come home. It invites the departed to return and offers the promise of the gospel - that all wrongs and sins can be forgiven through Jesus. There is no expiration on the promise of forgiveness and the open arms of Christ, so no matter how long the wanderer has wandered she is still welcome. All hurts can be healed, all brokenness mended. Just come home.
Whether you are a family member or friend of the prodigal or whether you are that person, this book offers hope and an open invitation to return the safety of forgiveness and restoration in Jesus.
Buy it here: http://www.rivertreebookstore.com/item/macdonald-james/come-home-sep/4907146.html


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