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Audra Jennings

Audra Jennings is a publicist with Litfuse Publicity Group.

Posted 5/6/11 at 11:22 AM | Audra Jennings

The Government Can Change An Identity, But It Cannot Change A Life

Suspense author Randy Singer brings awareness to the plight of Dalits in India

What is our responsibility for obtaining justice for those in need? Does the end always justify the means? Randy Singer examines these questions while taking his readers through twists and turns on a powerful journey in his novel False Witness. This engrossing legal thriller is a re-telling of Singer’s original novel by the same name. The new version has many substantial changes—some designed to bring about Singer’s original vision for the book inspired by his friend’s funeral.

The deceased was David O’Malley, Singer’s good friend and former client. O’Malley’s wife had asked Singer to give her husband’s eulogy. So, at the funeral, Singer talked about his friend’s generosity and big heart. Everyone there had a David O’Malley story, so heads nodded as he shared his. David’s pastor followed Singer in the pulpit. He spoke about a man named Thomas Kelly. The man was a scoundrel involved in organized crime. He turned on everyone he knew. “You don’t think you know Thomas Kelly, but you do,” the pastor explained. “David O’Malley was Thomas Kelly before he went into the witness protection program—before he came to the Lord.” FULL POST

Posted 5/6/11 at 11:04 AM | Audra Jennings

DO Less…So You Can BE More

John Busacker encourages readers to trade in their overcommitted and  underwhelming lives for the pursuit of something vital and lasting

Ever been lost in a car on the way to an important event?  If so, then you know that people are the only animals that speed up when they’re lost or confused.  It’s only as a last resort that we’ll finally hit the brakes, put the car in park, and set about the humbling task of asking for directions.  The sad truth is that many of us live our lives the same way: lost, directionless, and never slowing down enough to find the real answers we need.  Unfortunately, slowing down and doing less are foreign solutions for today’s problems.  Envision a student notifying her parents that her goal is to slow down because she’s stressed out in school.  Picture a husband suggesting that he wants to do less in his marriage.  The very concept of doing less seems like sheer laziness, but it can actually be a very productive strategy for living. FULL POST

Posted 5/5/11 at 2:40 PM | Audra Jennings

David C Cook/Kingsway Music Announces “MANIFESTO” from The City Harmonic as National Day of Prayer Anthem

Colorado Springs, CO—Kingsway, the music arm of the David C Cook family, is pleased to announce that “Manifesto” by The City Harmonic’s will be the anthem for the National Day of Prayer Pray Nashville event. With a vision to foster unity within the Christian Church, the mission of the National Day of Prayer is to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture. This year’s National Day of Prayer is being held on Thursday (May 5).

“We are excited that the “Manifesto” has been selected to be part of the National Day of Prayer.  This song will be a blessing to millions and an encouragement to the global church.” says Steve Nicolle, Kingsway’s North American director. “The song is a great fit for such an event.”

The sentiment of unity and the heart of the gospel is what The City Harmonic intended to capture with the song. “We went into the studio with copies of several ancient Christian creeds printed off. Before long we had them spread all over the control room and were frantically writing things down and massaging the words, trying to find a way to capture the heart and the ideas in just a few words,” says The City Harmonic frontman, Elias Dummer. “We really wanted to keep it simple and universal.” FULL POST

Posted 4/28/11 at 11:02 AM | Audra Jennings

A Heart That Yearns For More

Colleen Coble leads her readers on a search for significance.

What do I have to offer this world?  Can I really be loved for who I am on the outside and not for how others view me?  Where does my true significance come from?  In her third installment of the Mercy Falls series, The Lightkeeper’s Ball, award-winning author Colleen Coble will answer these questions while leading her readers down a path of betrayal, desire and ultimate fulfillment. 

The Mercy Falls series centers on a small town in California and its lighthouse.  Coble uses the lighthouse as a reminder that Jesus is our lighthouse always leading us home.  In her latest addition to the series, the main characters must wrestle with their desire to find fulfillment in more than their work and money while being hunted by those who are holding on to resentment and unforgiveness.  FULL POST

Posted 4/15/11 at 4:07 PM | Audra Jennings

Are You Prepared For Life In The Lion’s Den?

Steve Farrar shares lessons of courage in his latest edition of the Bold Men of God series

Everyone can recall as a young child having the courage to head out the door—whether it was to your first day of school, your first little league game, or your first night away from home.  Then life takes over and you lose your bravado, giving in to the fears of the world around you. 

In True Courage: Emboldened by God in a Disheartening World, best-selling author and Bible teacher Steve Farrar aids readers in discovering a God who provides incredible courage to us in the midst of uncertainty, even through treacherous, evil days, and the courage to face lions in their den—or an unexpected job loss, the diagnosis of a sick child, or the return of a debilitating cancer.

Farrar takes a look at the courageous life of the prophet Daniel and shares God’s process for shaping and molding everyday guys into men He can use.  Daniel was a man who was used mightily by God, but he wasn’t born bold.  He was shaped and molded by a process in which God worked providentially, strangely, and slowly to equip Daniel for his calling. FULL POST

Posted 4/15/11 at 3:56 PM | Audra Jennings

Playing In Grandma’s Attic

Arleta Richardson’s classic stories reach a new generation of readers

Ever wonder what it was like when your grandmother was a little girl? I did. And I was lucky enough to have a grandma who never forgot the fun and laughter of her childhood years. My trips to Grandma’s old house were my favorite times. I explored the attic and the root cellar, the barn, and the meadow brook—all the places a little girl named Mabel, my grandma, knew and loved. And those stories became mine as Grandma told them to me. From my grandma I learned the meaning of kindness and compassion. I learned how important prayer is, and how rewarding life can be when it is lived for the Lord. All of this was possible because I loved to hear stories as much as Grandma loved to tell them.

Remember when you were a child, when the entire world was new, and the smallest object a thing of wonder? Arleta Richardson remembered: the funny wearable wire contraption hidden in the dusty attic, the century-old schoolchild’s slate that belonged to Grandma, an ancient trunk filled with quilt pieces—each with its own special story—and the button basket, a miracle of mysteries. But best of all she remembered her remarkable grandmother who made magic of all she touched, bringing the past alive as only a born storyteller could. FULL POST

Posted 4/14/11 at 4:57 PM | Audra Jennings

Lassoed By A Cowboy’s Love

Denise Hunter explores whether the truth can really set us free.

Do the secrets from our past affect who we become in the future?  Can the hurts we’ve experienced really prevent us from finding true fulfillment?  In her newest novel, A Cowboy’s Touch, award-winning author Denise Hunter will explore these questions, and readers will discover that “the truth really can set us free.” 

Abigail Jones has a secret—a secret from her childhood.  This secret has shaped who she has grown to be—an investigative reporter known as “the Truthseeker” at Viewpointe Magazine in Chicago.  With her blood pressure out of control, the editor, who happens to be her mother, sends her on a three-month sabbatical to check on her great aunt in Moose Creek, Montana.  FULL POST

Posted 4/14/11 at 4:52 PM | Audra Jennings

Clothing Ourselves With The Virtues of Christ

Author Kelly Minter offers readers an irresistible invitation to a spiritual makeover

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” –Colossians 3:12

That verse is God’s call to a spiritual makeover, says Kelly Minter, an invitation to take off undesirable character traits and entangling emotions and put on the character of Christ. But how does that work in real life? The key, according to Minter in The Fitting Room: Putting on the Character of Christ,is to let the Master Designer do the fitting for you. This honest and relatable book stitches together Bible study and personal stories with warm encouragement.  

Writing with her trademark dry humor and sharp insight, Minter gives us more than just descriptions of what the Christian virtues are and moves us past the “try harder” guilt trips to show how Christ forms these virtues in us as we cooperate with Him. What does it mean to authentically forgive in the face of deep wounds? How can we wear humility apart from weakness? How can we discover deep peace in our hurried lives? The Fitting Room explores these questions and more as it calls you to a life of beautiful integrity and strong character—relying on the Master Designer to make that possible. FULL POST

Posted 4/14/11 at 10:41 AM | Audra Jennings

JOY IN 40 DAYS: A Reflection On Lent

By Stephen G. Post

Lent reminds us of the pure and perfect love of Christ, his elicited betrayal, and that a love so large, that even in terrible suffering, it cannot reject anyone or be defeated. Lent is a time to remember the darkness that Jesus endured, however shadowy the scene.  And it was God’s love that wrote the play, and forgiveness that was brought into the world at a new level, never seen before or since.

Oddly, I also welcome Lent because Christians set themselves apart from the consumerism and triviality that mark our culture. Christian joy is nurtured in these 40 days because we concentrate a little more intensely, than at other times in the year, on charity, giving, helping and contributing to the lives of others, especially the very neediest. It is a time of grateful simplicity. When we get back in touch with the simple gifts of God’s creation and stop pretending that we are happier by virtue of yet another expensive pair of designer jeans or some other material possession. It is a time of deep prayer and discernment, of getting in touch with one’s core spiritual commitments and values. Thus, we achieve greater wholeness or integrity in our hearts. Finally, it is a time to reflect on higher purposes in life, ones that God calls us all to. FULL POST

Posted 4/13/11 at 2:37 PM | Audra Jennings

When Do You Talk To God?

New release teaches children that they can pray any time, any place, and about anything.

Every night at bedtime, Mom helps me put on my favorite monkey pajamas, gives me a drink of water, and tells me a story. Then we snuggle close and she says a prayer before we go to sleep. So begins the story of a girl who thinks praying is just a bedtime activity, until her mother points out that we can talk to God any time, any place, and about anything!

In That’s When I Talk to God,the husband and wife writing team of Dan and Ali Morrow tells the story of a child learning more about prayer. From thanking God for best friends and the flowers in the garden to praying for hurting people and the courage to do things that scare her, she comes to discover over the course of one sunny Saturday that we can talk to God about everything. And at the end of the book, when she asks if God ever talks to us, both she and young readers will learn about all the ways God does in fact speak to us, including one big way—through His Word. FULL POST

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