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Posted 11/21/13 at 11:16 AM | Audra Jennings
On December 10 at 8:00 PM EST, Abingdon Press authors Vannetta Chapman and Lisa Carter will be hosting the Quilts of Love Christmas Bee, a live Facebook event, to interact with readers about their latest books. The Christmas Bee will highlight Chapman’s The Christmas Quilt (October 15, 2013 / ISBN 978-1426752773) and Carter’s Aloha Rose (November 19, 2013 / ISBN 978-1426752735), the newest releases in the series. This will be the first of a series of quarterly chats with Quilts of Love authors.
Annie's life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches. She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community's minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife. And most days, she finds herself taking the buggy to her brother, Adam's home. Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is determined to finish a crib quilt before the boppli arrives.
When Laney Carrigan’s adoptive parents encourage her as an adult to seek out her birth family, her only clue is the Lokelani quilt in which she was found wrapped as an infant. Centering her search on the Big Island, she battles fears of rejection from a family that abandoned her once before while her faith struggles to embrace God's love.
Kelly Frost, a textiles conservator, is invited to the Massachusetts coastal town of New Bedford to restore a 150-year-old Mariner's Compass quilt, with one stipulation: she must live and work in Gray House where the quilt is stored. Tom Silva, whose heart seems as hard as the rocky coastline, is the caretaker employed by the mysterious absent owner of Gray House.
Posted 11/20/13 at 1:14 PM | Audra Jennings
Can you pinpoint one decision, one moment, one action that changed your life forever? We all have definable moments that shape who we are and the path we follow, but sometimes other people make that decision for us. In A Marriage in Middlebury (Abingdon Press/November 5, 2013/ISBN: 978-1-4267-3387-1/$14.99), Anita Higman weaves a heartwarming tale of how one choice takes a woman down an unexpected path to forgiveness.
Q: What do you hope readers will walk away with after they turn the last page of A Marriage in Middlebury?
Posted 11/20/13 at 12:11 PM | Audra Jennings
The mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship can be one of the most challenging dynamics a woman will ever face. The caricatures are everywhere, the jokes are inexhaustible and the stereotypes fill TV and movie screens. On one hand, two women should be able to bond over their mutual admiration for the man-in-the-middle — theoretically. However, many times the woman-in-law relationship proves to be a battleground for two women who love the same man: the wife and the mother.
Q: What is your best advice to young wives about developing a bond with the new moms in their lives?
Posted 11/12/13 at 12:22 PM | Audra Jennings |
The most important thing parents can do for their child is to pass on the greatness of who God is and what the Christian faith is about. However, parents often feel ill-equipped and unprepared to do so. As a director of children’s ministries, Valerie Ackermann has observed that most churches focus on developing their own programs but direct very little attention to helping parents talk about faith to their children at home where they spend the majority of their time. To address the missing pieces in a child’s faith development, Ackermann has written The God Puzzle: How the Bible Fits Together to Reveal God as Your Treasure (Higher Life Publishing / October 15, 2013 / ISBN: 978-1-939183-19-4 / $19.95), an easy-to use workbook that parents and children can explore together.
"Too many kids are walking away from the faith when they reach young adulthood because they can’t put the pieces they’ve been given together," Ackermann explains. "They have too many disconnections and don’t see Jesus, His perfect plan and love for us at the center of every part. They also don’t see how all that really connects to every part of their life.”
Q: Whom was The God Puzzle created for?
The God Puzzle was designed to equip any parent, regardless of background, to teach their children about God and the Christian faith in a way that combines deeply Biblical and ordered lessons with complete ease of use on behalf of the parents. It is a resource to bring quality Bible learning into ANY parents’ hands, even if they know nothing about the Bible or Christianity. In fact, a parent who knows very little can learn right along with their child. It also makes sure the longtime Christian parents actually teach what their children need to know to understand their faith.
It is my heart is to reach the Christian parents who are not satisfied with what they are teaching their kids at home or who bounce around from one devotional to the next, struggling with knowing everything their kids are supposed to understand and/or how to teach it. I hope to connect with both the new believers and the ones who’ve grown up in the church their whole life who want their kids to know God through Jesus Christ and the important aspects of the Christian faith.
Q: Why do parents need a Bible study program they can use within the home?
As a full-time children’s ministry director, I feel the church has invested too much into programs within the church doors and not enough into resources parents can use at home where most faith learning and observation takes place. Somehow throughout the past 200 years, faith-learning has been taken over almost entirely by church programs, leaving most parents feeling inadequate or without resources to teach their children. Well-meaning parents think their children are getting all the Bible education they need at Sunday school, and the truth is only about 10 percent of faith-learning happens in church programs.
While equipping their own programs, the church has made mostly weak devotionals available for parents to use within the home where kids spend most of their time. On the other hand, few parents have the time, knowledge or resources to use some of the good-quality materials available out there that are mostly utilized by homeschooling families. I find parents are hungry for something they will actually use and is easy, yet affordable.
Kids from Christian homes are scoring badly on Bible-college entrance exams because what we have been doing isn’t working. Not only that, but too many kids are walking away from the faith when they reach young adulthood.
Q: What encouragement do you give parents who are intimidated about teaching their kids about faith?
I see too many parents in the church frustrated at their time with their kids teaching them about God. It shouldn’t be that way. Teaching about God is not only for parents who are gifted teachers, or homeschoolers, or pastors’ kids — it is for EVERY parent even if he or she is very new to the faith. It is our job as a church to equip these parents with a book that is deep, yet simple, affordable and engaging, and requires no prep or background in the faith to get through. That is what I set out to do with The God Puzzle.
Q: How is The God Puzzle structured to be used?
Parents can work through The God Puzzle with their kids at whatever pace works for them. It’s something easy enough for a child, yet deep and structured as a theology textbook is. Faith should be able to be explained in terms a child can understand, and that’s what I have set out to do with this book. The workbook is interactive, and each lesson requires a personal response to the truths presented. No preparation is required, and only a Bible and pencil are needed.
Posted 11/12/13 at 11:54 AM | Audra Jennings |
Each of us must set upon a spiritual journey to find out who we really are. For Cora Kensington, the greatest discovery about herself occurred during an epic Grand Tour across Europe. In Glittering Promises (David C Cook/October 1, 2013/ISBN 978-1434764287/ $14.99), the final installment of the Grand Tour Series by Lisa T. Bergren, Cora comes to terms with the Father who will never fail her while wrestling with increased demands on her life and heart.
Throughout the series, readers have joined Cora and her travel companions not only on a Grand Tour of the major sites of Europe, but on an adventure of forgiveness, spiritual awareness and self-discovery. Cora’s quest to find her place within her new family parallels her realization that her true identity rests not with her earthly family, but with her Heavenly Father. “The Grand Tour is not only Cora’s journey toward understanding true identity in Christ, but I hope it will help every reader understand it better too,” explains Bergren.
Q: The series begins by Cora discovering something huge about her true identity. How does finding her place within her new family parallel the spiritual discoveries she makes along the way?
While she’s biologically connected, what she’s really after is an “adoption” among her siblings. Along the way, she finds out what we all find out on our spiritual walk—our family is much bigger than any biological family tree... we have brothers and sisters the world over. And a familial bond is possible wherever we go. Now that process for Cora, of course, is rather challenging... just as it is for most of us. We make strides, and then we fall a few paces back. But then we stand up and make strides again.
Q: What inspired you to pursue a theme of identity for this series?
My husband and I are a part of a ministry called 3DM, and a core principle is to understand our covenant bond with our Father. If we truly understand the deep love He has for us and rest in that identity first (above all others), then we can move forward in obedience. We all often get so wrapped up in the wrong, temporal identities (whether it’s our work or familial “hats”) that we forget the eternal. And when the temporal identity ends or changes, we feel lost. If we can get that eternal bond down solidly in our hearts, no matter what comes at us, we can remain strong and sure in our walk.
Q: At the end of Glittering Promises, what message do you hope readers walk away with?
I’m never what I call a “soapbox” writer. So there is that theme of identity in there. But mostly, I love it when readers can try on a fictional characters troubles and triumphs for size and think about what they might do in the same situation. I think that’s the expansive power of fiction. But I also want just to tell an entertaining story, in order to fully engage the reader. I want my readers to reach the end of the series and say, “Well, that was worth my time.” It’s such an honor that readers spend their hard-earning money and hours on my books—I want them to be satisfied.
Q: When faced with pressures of what family, friends and society expect of us, what are some of the ways we can discern what God has planned for us? How have you seen God direct you in your own life?
It is hard to find God’s voice in the midst of all the noise, isn’t it? But the more I experiment with immediately acting on the Spirit’s direction, the more He seems to speak to me. It’s almost as if His voice gets louder and clearer in my heart the longer I walk with Him. But I greatly value weighing options and challenges with my brothers and sisters. Again, in the 3DM movement, we use a tool called the Circle, which begins with a “kairos.” We all get daily kairos, whether we recognize them or not. A kairos is sometimes small, and sometimes they’re big. They’re those moments you know that God is breaking into your everyday chronos-time to make you stop and think about what He’s saying. The challenge is to clarify that, and then decide what you’re going to do about it. Stopping to discuss it with people you trust allows the Spirit to speak further into your life about that particular kairos and formulate a plan. Giving those people permission to ask you about how you did on that plan is big encouragement to truly complete that circle. It’s incredibly motivating and gratifying as you continue to “work the circle,” daily, weekly, monthly. It’s kinetic. Through that process, I’ve seen God direct me on what to accept in work and volunteer commitments, reaching out to neighbors, and modifying and deepening relationships with loved ones.
Q: When you start writing a series, do you know how it’s going to end? For example, did you know which man Cora would choose all along, or did you make the decision right along with her as the writing process progressed?
I don’t know how each book will end. But I do know the end goal—romantic and theme-wise. So yes, I knew the hero Cora should choose, regardless of how tempting the other was!
Q: Do reader reviews from early in a series ever influence later releases?
Not as much reader’s reviews as reader’s questions. If I haven’t made something clear or satisfied the reader in some way, I seek to accomplish that by book three. That’s another luxury of a series! However, I’ve had bit characters that seem to take a life of their own and capture readers’ attention—they simply demand a bigger piece of the pie as we go.
Q: Cora’s tour comes to an end in Italy, which is one of your favorite places to visit. Were you able to go to Italy to research any specific locales for Glittering Promises?
Oh my, yes. I adore Italia. There really is something about the place that gets under your skin. And two years ago this fall, my daughter Emma and I spent ten days in Rome, a city you could spend a year in and a few more in Venice. But even ten days gave me enough new fodder for the book, as well as precious memories for the two of us.
Q: Now that the Grand Tour Series has come to a close, what’s next on the horizon for you?
I’m hard at work on a new dystopian series called REMNANTS. My readers know me... I’m always on to something different. So far in my career I’ve written contemporary romance, historical women’s fiction, contemporary fiction, speculative medieval fiction, time travel YA, back to historical women’s fiction for the Grand Tour Series, and now dystopian YA. It makes it hard to market me—a lot of readers stick to one genre, so publishers prefer that. But it gives me ultimate creative freedom to follow where God is leading me next. Still, my really hard-core fans who read everything I write deserve a badge or something...
Arrow Records Releases “Christmas in the City: The Deluxe Edition” featuring Canton Jones,
Ann Nesby, Shonlock, and Jeff Sparks
College Park, GA −Arrow Records has released Christmas in the City: Deluxe Edition, a collection of Christmas season favorites. First released in 2008, this third edition includes two new bonus tracks, “Silver Bells” and “Holiday Love.”
“We are excited about the newest collection of popular Christmas songs,” says Taffi Dollar, CEO of Arrow Records and co-pastor of World Changers Church International. “It gives our label a chance to showcase some of our top talent. But more importantly, it allows us an opportunity to keep the name of Jesus Christ alive at a time when shopping and holiday parties too easily crowd out the reason for the season.”
Chart-topping artists featured on the album include Shonlock, Canton Jones, Ann Nesby and Jeff Sparks. FULL POST
Posted 11/6/13 at 10:53 AM | Audra Jennings
Harper Collins Christian Publishing best-selling authors Colleen Coble, Tricia Goyer and Beth Wiseman will host a live Christmas-themed Facebook chat on November 12 at 8:00 PM EDT. During the hour-long event to kick off the holiday season, the authors will be introducing readers to their new releases and holiday titles, answering reader questions and giving away prizes.
“One of my favorite things about Christmas is spending time with friends. I'm excited about coming together with writer friends and readers in this event,” says Goyer. It's always fun to laugh, to share life and to celebrate together . . . despite the miles.”
Starting November 1, for the 12 days leading up to the author chat, a different book will be featured in a daily giveaway on the Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Facebook page (tnzfiction), including Goyer’s A Christmas Gift for Rose, Wiseman’s Plain Peace and Coble’s eNovellas Holy Night and Silent Night. Ten copies of each book will be given away and three grand prize winners from all of the entries received will be selected. The three grand prizes will be a Skype chat with Coble, Goyer or Wiseman as well as a full set of all 12 featured books. The12 Days of Christmas Celebration and author chat will be held and promoted in conjunction with a 20-stop blog tour being coordinated by Litfuse Publicity Group.
“In the publishing world, Christmas starts in late summer, when we start finalizing plans for our holiday promotions,” explains Katie Bond, Director of Marketing & Publicity, Fiction, Thomas Nelson & Zondervan. “Great Christmas stories are an important part of many families’ holiday traditions, and it’s always exciting for us to present new titles to the world and remind readers of the holiday classics that continue to touch hearts every year. We’re thrilled to launch this 12 Days of Christmas Celebration!”
In addition to discussing their new releases, the authors will be sharing their favorite Christmas traditions, chatting with readers, asking holiday-related trivia questions and giving away books and gift certificates. The winners of the grand prizes from the contest will also be announced at the end of the evening.
The authors are as excited for the Facebook event as their readers. “Christmas has always been my favorite time of year, but it's especially wonderful now that I have a granddaughter! Yummy food, lots of laughter and the warmth of family and friends — I can't wait to share a bit of early Christmas cheer with my reader friends,” Coble shares.
“I'm so excited to be involved in this Facebook chat with Colleen and Tricia,” adds Wiseman. “In addition to the fun giveaways, it's always great to connect with readers. I'm really looking forward to it!”
Readers can RSVP to the Facebook chat any time between now and November 12 by visiting the Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Facebook page. All fans are encouraged to invite their friends to join in the fun.
About the authors:
Colleen Coble is the author of more than forty books, including her most recent, Rosemary Cottage, a USA Today bestseller. Some of her most recent novels are Lonestar Angel, The Lightkeeper's Ball, Blue Moon Promise, and Anathema, an Amish suspense. Along with her best author friends, Coble has also written novellas for the Smitten series. Smitten Book Club is scheduled for January 2014 release.
Coble's novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, ACFW Carol Award, RWA’s RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers' Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has nearly two million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail.
Coble is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers and is a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.
Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of six, grandmother of one, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published 33 books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by SheKnows.com. Tricia is also on the blogging team at MomLifeToday.com, TheBetterMom.com and other homeschooling and Christian sites.
In addition to her roles as mom, wife and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. Tricia, along with a group of friends, recently launched www.NotQuiteAmishLiving.com, sharing ideas about simplifying life. She also hosts the weekly radio podcast, Living Inspired.
Beth Wiseman is the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. All of her books have held spots on the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) Bestseller List and the CBA Bestseller List. She is a two- time recipient of the prestigious Carol Award, two-time winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice Award and an INSPY Award winner. Her first book in the Land of Canaan series, Seek Me With All Your Heart, was selected as the 2011 Women of Faith Book of the Year.
Wiseman has a deep affection for the Amish and their simpler way of life, and while she plans to continue writing Amish love stories, she is also branching out into other areas. Her first non-Amish, contemporary, Need You Now, was released in April 2012. She enjoyed writing the story based in a town near where she lives, and she’s chosen another small Texas town for her latest non-Amish contemporary, The House that Love Built. In between her contemporary releases, she will be writing more Amish novellas.
Beth and her husband are empty-nesters enjoying country life in Texas with two dogs, two cats, five goats and two pigs. When she’s not writing, she loves to travel, paint and enjoy time with friends and family.
Posted 11/5/13 at 12:38 PM | Audra Jennings
The shopping, the family get-togethers, the office Christmas party, the decorating, the memories of loved ones who are no longer with us . . . What should be the happiest time of the year often becomes a stressful, anxiety-ridden, and emotional season for many who are seeking perfection and trying to meet unrealistic expectations. But December doesn’t have get the better of us.
In A Better December: Proverbs to Brighten Christmas (New Growth Press/October 2013/ISBN 978-1-936768-67-7 /$12.99), pastor and author Steven Estes offers gems of Solomon’s proverbial wisdom to help readers find the joy and celebration we all desire for the Christmas season. Even though Solomon lived long before Christ, and three thousand years prior to our modern observance of Christmas, his wisdom is timeless and remarkably applicable to those who long to find themselves refreshed and renewed instead of depleted and cranky in December. Estes deftly combines the wisdom of Proverbs with humor and touching stories, drawing heavily on traditional holiday themes.
Q: Who is the intended audience for A Better December?
What started as a book primarily for sad, stressed Christians evolved into an outreach book to give to unbelievers as well.
Q: Christmas is supposed to be a time of family, joy and celebration. Why is it so often a time of stress and anxiety?
Perfection. Unrealistic expectations. Trying to shake a snow-globe Christmas out of every holiday. For others, it’s the obligation to visit relatives who make you bristle. For some, the financial pressure of needing to appear generous. Plus, Christmas intensifies almost every sorrow of life. People out of work, divorced, never‑married, widowed, bereaved, far from home, estranged from family, or bereft of romance can find the season unbearable. That’s because it’s a time they are supposed to be doubly happy. The carols and bells that delight one person depress and embitter another. Plus, Christmas comes in the year's most sun‑deprived week.
Q: Obviously, the Proverbs were written long before Christmas was ever celebrated. How did you make the connection between Solomon’s wisdom and the holiday season?
The connection between Solomon and Christmas is tongue-in-cheek. People know about his vaunted wisdom, but do they know about his savvy market research where he predicted a major future trend: the Christmas holidays? Solomon wrote his blockbuster Proverbs to help future readers navigate December.
As a pastor, I preach on Christmas themes each year, but the New Testament narratives about Jesus’ birth are few. So for a change, one year I scoured Proverbs for any counsel it might offer on how to face December’s typical challenges: materialism, stress, loneliness, etc. The resulting sermon was the basis for A Better December. But when morphing that sermon into book form, this thought loomed clearer and clearer: Solomon offers good advice—but good advice (even divine advice) is never enough. What we need most is a Person to help us with stress and sadness, and to change the selfishness in us that Christmas often provokes.
So A Better December was written to: 1) give Solomon's good advice about Christmas; 2) disappoint us with that advice because, ultimately, it is still a self‑help project; and 3) make us hunger for someone better than Solomon. This leads us to Jesus, who said of himself, "Someone greater than Solomon is here."
Q: Could you give us a couple of your favorite examples of Solomon’s wisdom, and how they apply to Christmas?
There are so many to choose from:
And the above is Solomon just getting warmed up.
Q: What do you hope each reader will walk away with from reading A Better December?
Solomon is good, but Jesus is better. The former can lead you to the latter.
Steven Estes pastors an Evangelical Free Church in Elverson, PA, teaches a preaching class at Westminster Seminary (Philadelphia), and is on the board of the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation. He is the author of Called to Die (the story of slain missionary Chet Bitterman), and co-author (with Joni Eareckson Tada) of When God Weeps and A Step Further. He and his wife have eight children. Learn more about Estes and his books at www.steveestes.net
Posted 11/4/13 at 10:03 AM | Audra Jennings
Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio stars Sarah Lancaster (best known for her role in the TV series Chuck) and Tom Everett Scott (That Thing You Do and Parental Guidance). When a mysterious outsider casts a long shadow on Ohio’s Amish country, policewoman Rachel Troyer (Lancaster) becomes suspicious. Rachel has always looked after her three elderly Amish aunts (with Kelly McGillis of The Accused and Witness fame in one of the roles), proprietors of a farmhouse inn near Sugarcreek. The idyllic town is popular with tourists, who come to sample its famous Amish goods, but one thing is clear to Rachel: Joe Matthews (Scott) is no tourist. When the bearded stranger lands on her aunts’ doorstep, begging shelter for himself and his young son, Rachel’s instincts kick in. Will she be able to uncover Joe’s secrets despite her aunts’ — and her own — growing affection for him?
"This is so exciting for Serena Miller and Guideposts! We are thrilled that Up TV has chosen Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio to make into a movie,” said Lenore Lelah Person, vice president and editorial director of Guideposts Books and Inspirational Media. “With Serena’s wonderful story and a beautiful backdrop in Ohio Amish country, fans of the story and the series will enjoy seeing it on screen. For those who are not familiar with the Love Finds You™ series, this will be a great opportunity to introduce them to these uplifting and engaging romances."
Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio is one of more than 50 releases in the popular Love Finds You™ series published by Guideposts Books under their Summerside Press imprint. The Love Finds You™ series is uniquely titled after actual American towns with unusual but intriguing names and combines travel, romance and faith in one package. The series includes both historical and contemporary releases, and each fictional story draws on compelling history or the unique character of a real place. Stories center on romances kindled in small towns, old loves lost and found again on the high plains, and new loves discovered at exciting vacation getaways. Mission Pictures has purchased the movie rights to the entire series and plans to produce additional films based on the series in the future.
Author Serena Miller grew up in an Ohio farming community similar to Sugarcreek and lives in the 1830s log cabin that has been in her family for five generations. She was delighted when an Amish community formed not far from her home and has enjoyed getting to know these hard-working people. Her Amish neighbors have provided great inspiration for three of Miller’s novels thus far.
“Getting to watch my book, Love Finds You In Sugarcreek, Ohio, being turned into a movie has been one of the most exciting things I've ever experienced. The script writer did an amazing job of focusing on the heart and message of my story and Mission Pictures International chose amazing actors. It was wonderful getting to watch professionals bring to life characters who had previously only existed in my imagination! After stumbling through the cameo role they gave me, I have an even greater respect for what true actors make look effortless,” stated Miller. She shares more about her time on set at http://serenabmiller.com/journal/.
Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio is currently available in both paperback and ebook versions on www.ShopGuideposts.org, as well as in bookstores and from online retailers.
About the Author
Serena Miller and her minister/carpenter husband live in the same southern Ohio farming community where they both grew up. Three grown sons, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren live nearby. She was delighted when an Amish settlement formed not far from her home, and she has enjoyed getting to know some of the families.
Miller decided to get serious about writing fiction while she was working as a court reporter and found herself developing an overwhelming desire to compose a happy ending for every transcript she typed. She has now published six novels, including three Amish releases. She is the recipient of both a 2012 RITA Award and 2013 Carol Award.
Miller’s first Amish novel, Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio (which was also her debut release), is currently being made into a movie for UP TV. Her second Amish novel, An Uncommon Grace, explored the world inside the most conservative Amish sect of all — the Swartzentrubers. The third novel, Hidden Mercies, was inspired by an Old Order Amish friend, a practicing midwife for nearly 40 years. Unlike her more talented Amish friends, she has no skill in quilting, sewing, canning, or gardening . . . but they are kind enough to let her write about them anyway.
The new book, 101 Devotions for Busy Families (Carpenter’s Son/STL Distribution) by Tom Frye and the Frye Family Band has garnered endorsements from author Mary Beth Chapman, wife of Steven Curtis Chapman, as well as Caedmon’s Call member Andrew Osenga, and award-winning songwriter/producer Joe Beck. The book stems from the Frye family’s practical application of devotions, as well as their experience of homeschooling all three of their children since grade school.
“Having regular family devotions provides a sense of stability,” says Tom. “Over the years, we would read through scripture or a devotional and many times the text would speak directly to a need or situation, opening up opportunities for my wife Lisa and I to share in a very personal way with our children. Sometimes they would lead to the kids sharing thoughts or feelings which might have otherwise gone unspoken, and potentially festered beneath the surface. Devotions have brought not just the peace and stability of God's directing in our lives, but also helped build trust, understanding, and patience when dealing with those inside and outside our home. By practicing the discipline of leading our families in prayer and scripture reading, we model the importance of faithful leadership in our own homes.” FULL POST