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Audra Jennings

Audra Jennings is a publicist with Litfuse Publicity Group.

Posted 11/16/16 at 3:07 PM | Audra Jennings

One woman's journey from incredible pain to extraordinary faith

One woman's journey from incredible pain to extraordinary faith
Tanika Fitzgerald shares her story of loss to help other women learn
to wait on God

According to the March of Dimes, somewhere between 15-25% of known pregnancies end in miscarriage. Despite the fact so many women share a common loss, they endure the grief of miscarriage alone and in silence. Many feel a sense of guilt or shame, as though what happened was somehow their fault. Others simply don't want to burden others with their pain. No matter the reason, the dark season following the loss of a baby can shake the faith of even the most faithful believer. In Miscarried Joy: Moving Beyond Incredible Pain to Extraordinary Faith (Nyree Press/ November 15, 2016), Tanika Fitzgerald offers hope for those dealing with incredible pain of loss, providing help to conquer discouragement and discover new purpose. FULL POST

Posted 11/15/16 at 2:23 PM | Audra Jennings

Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith

Part 1 of an interview with Champ Thornton,
Author of The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith

What images does the term "radical faith" conjure? The Latin origin of the word "radical" literally means "roots." Today the word also means extreme or revolutionary --- even excellent or cool. With The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith (New Growth Press), author Champ Thornton takes children deep into the ancient roots and origins of the Christian faith in both exciting and innovative ways.

Brilliantly illustrated and extremely kid-friendly, The Radical Book for Kids is an explorer's guide to the Bible, church history and life, mixing practical and theological elements with fun activities such as a 3,000-year-old board game and a tutorial on how to make a (kid-safe) David-style slingshot. The hands-on approach will help kids grasp the Bible's relevance for daily life and leave them with a curiosity driving them to learn more. FULL POST

Posted 11/9/16 at 1:38 PM | Audra Jennings

Bob Fife shares his story of grace and redemption through Christ

Part 1 of an interview with Bob Fife,
Author of Out: One Christian's Experience of Leaving the Gay Community

Bob Fife was raised in a dysfunctional home and, despite an early conversion to Christianity, had an uneasy young life. Nothing prepared Bob for being sexually molested by an older boy he trusted --- or for what happened in his heart afterward.

From the confusion of his teen years, to his marriage and fatherhood, to his discovery and embrace of the flamboyant Toronto gay scene, the path Bob took became increasingly indulgent. He even abandoned his young family to follow his new lifestyle around the world. But an unexpected visit from his college-aged son over a decade later caused Bob to confront the consequences of his excesses --- and find his way back to a restored relationship with the God who loves him.

For those seeking to deal with their same-sex attractions, not celebrate them, Bob's fascinating story points a way to grace and redemption. Today he devotes his time to mentoring men and women who are looking for alternative ways to deal with same-sex attraction. FULL POST

Posted 11/8/16 at 1:44 PM | Audra Jennings

Journey into the heart of God's timing

Journey into the heart of God's timing
Marlo Schalesky walks readers through the wonder of waiting

In today's culture, waiting can seem like a constant nuisance. Whether it's waiting in line, at the doctor's office or in traffic, we are often presented with the struggle of not being in control of our own time. Likewise, believing God when a promise is new is easy, but it's hard when the years pass and nothing changes. It's harder still when desperation strikes, plans backfire and God does not seem to fill the emptiness. In Waiting for Wonder: Learning to Live on God's Timeline (Abingdon Press/November 1, 2016/ISBN: 9781501820106/$16.99), Marlo Schalesky encourages readers to think differently about our waiting periods of life.

The idea of waiting is directly opposed to our culture's incessant message of quick results, instant gratification and personal success. We're taught that setting our mind, dreaming big and taking action are all that's needed to make a change. God, however, has a different plan. In Waiting for Wonder, Schalesky takes readers on a unique, contemplative journey examining the life of Abraham's wife, Sarah, to reveal the wonder that is often missed when we find ourselves struggling to wait well. "God's timing is so very often not our timing," Schalesky states. "My own heart shrinks from a life filled with decades of promises still not come true, of desperate prayers that groan through months turned to years. I wrestle with the wonder of waiting." FULL POST

Posted 11/3/16 at 1:59 PM | Audra Jennings

Linda Znachko's small "yes" changed her life - and her community - forever

Part 2 of an interview with Linda Znachko,
Author of He Knows Your Name

Linda Znachko has found herself in places she never dreamed she would be: at the graveside of the child of an abused mother; by the side of a mother fighting for her lost child; and at the funeral of a Texas stripper who died two days before her baptism but left a legacy of love behind. When Linda stepped out of her comfort zone and into these implausible places with people she was unlikely to otherwise encounter, she discovered the life she never knew she wanted---a life of saying yes to God whenever He asks.

In her book He Knows Your Name: How One Abandoned Baby Inspired Me to Say Yes to God (Kregel Publications), Znachko tells her story of saying, "Yes," to nudges from God. Today, she has a ministry that gives children a name in life, and dignity and honor in death. When she shares her stories of broken lives redeemed, other broken people respond, and so the ripple effects of that long-ago yes continue to spread, touching lives that yearn for healing, and underscoring the fact that every life matters to God. FULL POST

Posted 11/1/16 at 1:41 PM | Audra Jennings

A celebration of motherhood, creativity and the faith that binds them

Part 2 of an interview with Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart,
authors of Life Creative: Inspiration for Today's Renaissance Mom

In our social media age of handcrafted children's parties, artistic Instagram photos, tutorials for renovating old furniture into new treasures and blogs filled with poetry, prose and other expression, clearly a brand-new generation of inspired women is rising up. It is a renaissance born not in Italian cathedrals or Harlem jazz clubs, but in kitchens, nurseries and living rooms around the world. However, when Christian women become mothers, they often feel expected to give up their creative pursuits to parent properly.

In Life Creative: Inspiration for Today's Renaissance Mom (Kregel Publications) authors Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart show that "a mother's natural bent toward imagination doesn't just wither and die with thebirth of a child. This core component remains part of her intricate design." FULL POST

Posted 10/27/16 at 1:11 PM | Audra Jennings

One Christian's experience leaving the gay community

One Christian's experience leaving the gay community
Bob Fife shares his story of grace and redemption through Christ

When molested as a child by an older boy he trusted, Bob Fife had no idea how his life trajectory would be altered drastically by the event. Something happened in his heart that night, launching Fife on a quest for acceptance, security and masculinity. Out: One Christian's Experience of Leaving the Gay Community (Kregel Publications/October 27, 2016/ISBN 978-0-8254-4440-1/$15.99) is the vivid story of Fife's descent into homosexual practices --- and his courageous fight to climb out again.

Fife takes readers through the turmoil and confusion of his teen years, to his marriage and fatherhood, then his discovery and immersion into the flamboyant Toronto gay scene. Out exposes the gritty process of abandoning his young family to fulfill his same-sex desires. With no responsibilities tying him down, Fife would spend more than a decade traveling around the globe in pursuit of worldly pleasures. FULL POST

Posted 10/25/16 at 4:56 PM | Audra Jennings

Train children in the way they should go

Part 2 of an interview with Melissa Spoelstra,
Author of Total Family Makeover

Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won't depart from it. ~ Proverbs 22:6

God calls us as parents to be key disciple-makers in our children's lives, but if we're honest, some days it's a battle just to get them dressed and ready for school on time. How can you mold their hearts when sometimes you can't even find their shoes?

In Total Family Makeover (Abingdon Press), author Melissa Spoelstra gives parents a way --- a sort of spiritual track to run on --- when it comes to building family discipleship. She focuses on eight key habits of growth:

* Spending Time in Prayer
* Reading God's Word
* Growing Through a Mentoring Relationship
* Finding Community in the Church
* Serving Others
* Taking Time to Rest
* Giving Back to God
* Sharing Your Faith FULL POST

Posted 10/24/16 at 3:50 PM | Audra Jennings

Radical spiritual depth, strength and fun for kids

Radical spiritual depth, strength and fun for kids
Champ Thornton stimulates kids' sense of adventure with gospel-centered new book

Click here to take a look inside The Radical Book for Kids.

What images does the term "radical faith" conjure?The Latin origin of the word "radical" literally means "roots." Today the word also means extreme or revolutionary - even excellent or cool. With The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith (New Growth Press), author Champ Thornton takes children deep into the ancient roots and origins of the Christian faith in both exciting and innovative ways.

Brilliantly illustrated and extremely kid-friendly, The Radical Book for Kids is an explorer's guide to the Bible, church history and life, mixing practical and theological elements with fun activities such as a 3,000-year-old board game and a tutorial on how to make a (kid-safe) David-style slingshot. The hands-on approach will help kids grasp the Bible's relevance for daily life and leave them with a curiosity driving them to learn more. FULL POST

Posted 10/14/16 at 2:40 PM | Audra Jennings

New book offers hope for overwhelmed parents

New Book Offers Hope for Overwhelmed Parents
Author and Bible Teacher Melissa Spoelstra provides practical steps to making disciples at home.

In a culture where we're all under the public eye, from everyday scrutiny on Facebook and the school pickup line, to media stories of affluenza teens and zoo trips gone wrong, the pressure to be a perfect parent is high, especially for Christians. Fortunately, God doesn't demand parents to be perfect or to raise perfect children; instead He calls for faithfulness to Him. Christian parents are instructed to train and lead their children to Jesus, but kids are not a parenting report card. That truth can give the freedom to parent with love and patience, trusting God to do the rest. Many parents desire that kind of relationship with their children, but don't know where to begin. In Total Family Makeover: 8 Practical Steps to Making Disciples at Home (Abingdon Press/ September 20, 2016/ISBN 978-1501820656/$16.99), Melissa Spoelstra gives parents easy-to-follow steps to help disciple their children to be true Jesus followers. FULL POST

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