Tuesday, November 19, 2013

New Releases 11/19/2013

Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas

Broadside Books / 2013 / Hardcover
Wish me a Merry Christmas.
At a time when Christian values are challenged—when the greeting "Merry Christmas" has been replaced by the supposedly less offensive "Happy Holidays"—Governor Sarah Palin makes the case for bringing back the freedom to express the religious spirit of the season.
In her bestselling books, Going Rogue and America by Heart, Palin has revealed how her strong Christian faith has guided her life and family. Now, in Good Tidings and Great Joy, she discusses one of Christianity's most sacred celebrations, and how the holiday has been robbed of its meaning and true tradition by the pressures of political correctness.
Palin defends the importance of preserving Jesus Christ in Christmas—whether in public displays, school concerts, and pageants, or in our hearts—and delivers a sharp rebuke to today's society for the homogenization of the holiday season. Sharing personal memories from Palin Christmases past, she illustrates why she holds the celebration of Jesus Christ's Nativity so dear.
Good Tidings and Great Joy revisits our traditional roots and the true meaning of Christmas. It is a call to action to readers to defend and openly celebrate the joys of their Christianity, and to say to one another, "Merry Christmas!"
Buy it here: http://www.rivertreebookstore.com/item/palin-sarah/happy-holiday-is-a-merry-christmas-oct/5910548.html

iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives  -     By: Craig Detweiler

iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives

Brazos Press / 2013 / Paperback
 Today the world is literally at our fingertips. We can call, text, email, or post our status to friends and family on the go. We can carry countless games, music, and apps in our pocket. Yet it's easy to feel overwhelmed by access to so much information and exhausted from managing our online relationships and selves.

In iGods: How Technology Shapes our Spiritual and Social Lives Craig Detweiler, a nationally known writer and speaker on media issues, provides needed Christian perspective on navigating today's social media culture. He interacts with major symbols, or "iGods," of our distracted age--Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Pixar, YouTube, and Twitter--to investigate the impact of the technologies and cultural phenomena that drive us. Detweiler offers a historic look at where we've been and a prophetic look at where we're headed, helping us sort out the immediate from the eternal, the digital from the divine.

Emotions: Confront the Lies. Conquer with Truth.   -     By: Charles F. Stanley

Emotions: Confront the Lies. Conquer with Truth.

Howard Books / 2013 / Hardcover
 God cares about how you feel--how you process the circumstances you face and how those experiences shape your understanding of the world around you. But even more important, the Father wants you to understand that He has given you the gift of emotions to help you connect meaningfully with others, find purpose and joy in life, and reflect His love to the world around you.
Sadly, what often happens is that instead of benefitting us, our emotions control us. Rather than understanding that our feelings are a tool to enrich our lives, we are dominated by the negative thoughts they generate within us. Dr. Stanley deals kindly and compassionately with the five key emotions that wound us: fear, rejection, bitterness, guilt, and despair. He even shares personal experiences about how these emotions can take hold of us and make us feel helplessly trapped in their unyielding grip.
In Emotions: Confront the Lies. Conquer with Truth, Dr. Charles Stanley explains how you can break free from the feelings that have taken you captive and regain the purpose for which God gave you emotions in the first place.

Samson: A Savior Will Rise  -     By: Shawn Hoffman
Samson: A Savior Will Rise

Thomas Nelson / 2013 / Paperback
 “You are a man who has vowed to protect his family, even at the cost of your own life. So you have no other choice. . . . You must fight, Samson. You must.”The year is 1941, and Samson Abrams makes a life-or-death decision that lands him, and his entire family, in the notorious concentration camp Auschwitz. When Samson is recognized by Dr. Josef Mengele and Commandant Rudolf Höss as a former boxing champion, he is ordered box for their entertainment. A win means extra rations, but the penalty for losing is death in the gas chambers.
One question haunts Samson as he and his family face one atrocity after another: Where is God in the face of such evil? An unexpected friendship between the Jewish Samson and the Polish Catholic priest Maximilian Kolbe challenges Samson to examine what little is left of his faith, but will it give him strength when he needs it most?
Based on true stories, Samson: A Savior Will Rise blends Shawn Hoffman’s thorough research with a compelling narrative that provokes questions about faith, hope, and love.
Buy it here: http://www.rivertreebookstore.com/item/hoffman-shawn/samson-oct/5456252.html

The Prodigal: A Ragamuffin Story  -     By: Brennan Manning, Greg Garrett

The Prodigal: A Ragamuffin Story

Zondervan / 2013 / Paperback
 From the inspirational author of The Ragamuffin Gospel comes a powerful contemporary retelling of the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Jack Chisholm is 'the people's pastor.' He leads a devoted and growing megachurch, has several best-selling books, and a memorable slogan, 'We have got to do better.' Jack knows how to preach, and he understands how to chastise people into performing. What he doesn't know is anything about grace. This year, when it comes time for the Christmas sermon, the congregation at Grace Cathedral will look to the pulpit, and Jack will not be there. Of course, they will have seen plenty of him already---on the news. After an evening of debauchery that leads to an affair with his beautiful assistant, Jack Chisholm finds himself deserted with chilling swiftness. The church elders remove him from his own pulpit. His publisher withholds the royalties from his books. Worst of all, his wife disappears with their eight-year-old daughter. But just as Jack is hitting bottom, hopeless and penniless, drinking his way to oblivion, who should appear but his long-estranged father, imploring his prodigal son: 'Come home.' A true companion piece to The Ragamuffin Gospel, The Prodigal illustrates the power of grace through the story of a broken man who finally saw Jesus not because he preached his greatest sermon or wrote his most powerful book, but because he failed miserably. Jack Chisholm lost everything---his church, his family, his respect, and his old way of believing---but he found grace. It's the same grace that Brennan Manning devoted his life to sharing: profound in nature and coming from a God who loves us just as we are, and not as we should be. 'A wonderfully written story that is as entertaining as it is thought provoking.' ---Publishers Weekly, starred review '. . . the consummate final tale. What they have created is the Ragamuffin at his best, full of hope, full of love, and finally, full of belief in the goodness of God.' ---Phyllis Tickle, founding editor, Religion Department, Publishers Weekly 'Brennan Manning's last work continues the powerful message of grace and forgiveness that has transformed so many lives. The Prodigal will transform you too.' ---Mark Batterson, New York Times best-selling author of The Circle Maker 
All of Me That You Can't See  -     By: Callie Grant
    Illustrated By: Jeremy Tugeau

All of Me That You Can't See

Illustrated By: Jeremy Tugeau
Graham Blanchard Inc. / 2013 / Hardcover
 A child discovers how his inner self is growing in Jesus right along with the rest of him, as he lives out changes in his heart, mind, strength and soul. In the Graham Blanchard book collection, All of Me That You Can't See is an Absorb book, which connects studies about the facts of God with a child's inner life. Children assimilate on a personal level who God is and how they are made to be with him, trust him and love him--the life of a believer.

Entangled: For Everything, There Is a Key...   -     By: Harris III

Entangled: For Everything, There Is a Key...

Destiny Image / 2013 / DVD
 Following the life of illusionist Harris III, Entangled: For Everything There is a Key takes us through an innovative blend of narrative film and Harris' live show experience. Classically trained master illusionist Harris III has spent the majority of his young life dazzling audiences. His performances have been featured on thousands of stages throughout the United States, and his magic-with-a-message has captured the spotlight in over 15 countries on five continents. In Entangled, Harris III takes you on a journey filled with wonder, inspiration and life-changing truth through his never-before-seen style of illusion that is unmatched and uniquely his own.
Surrendered: The Story of Jay Harding, DVD   -

Surrendered: The Story of Jay Harding, DVD

Pure Flix Entertainment, Llc / 2013 / DVD
 Jay Harding wants to be the unselfish man his family needs---but he's not quite sure how to go about it! His marriage is troubled, his children are distant, and Christmas is on its way. If he purchases the gift of a lifetime---a luxurious dream home---will that solve everything? Or will tragedy teach him otherwise? Dove approved (12+). 90 minutes. Closed-captioned.

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