Audra Jennings is a publicist with Litfuse Publicity Group.
Posted 9/26/11 at 11:33 AM | Audra Jennings
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX—What would you do if...? Thus begins the question being asked by author and film producer Ray Comfort in his new documentary, 180. Titled to reflect the complete turnaround in the mindsets of all to whom the question is posed, the award-winning film shows eight pro-choice people (mostly college students) changing their stance to pro-life just moments after the question is asked in its entirety. It is Comfort's hope that the documentary, releasing online September 26th, will go viral.
While skeptics of 180 (Living Waters Publications) say they can't believe anyone would change his or her mind so quickly, Comfort accepts and even understands their disbelief, stating that he could hardly believe it himself when he first viewed the footage in the editing room. Initially, 180 was not the film he meant to produce. At the time, Comfort was taping interviews for a DVD to go along with a book on Hitler and the holocaust. In the course of the interviews, one question led to another, and the discussion led to abortion. Comfort explains, "It began with two male university students completely changing their minds about abortion when we asked them this one question. We realized it wouldn't be convincing to have only males speaking on the subject, so we took to the streets, asking that one particular question, and found that six women changed their minds from pro-abortion to pro-life in a matter of seconds. It was amazing!" FULL POST
Posted 9/22/11 at 4:55 PM | Audra Jennings
Jay and Beth Loecken were an ordinary family searching for meaning in their lives. They seemed to have all they needed in life, yet something kept pulling at them—a stirring, a sense that they were being called to a greater purpose in life.
After coming home from a mission trip to Africa, the Loecken family returned to their comfortable lifestyle, but they all knew they wanted something more. In April of 2008, the family made the daring decision to sell their home, purchase an RV, and begin traveling the country serving communities in need.
In Passion to Action, the Loeckens share the remarkable story of how their life was turned upside down and fulfilled them more than they ever thought possible. It will inspire readers to discover their own passions and put them into action.
Visit http://passiontoaction.org for more information about the Loeckens and to watch videos from the road.
Q&A with Jay & Beth Loecken,
Authors of Passion to Action FULL POST
Posted 9/22/11 at 4:22 PM | Audra Jennings
God Redeems. God Restores. We Are Cherished!
Kim Cash Tate and Da'T.R.U.T.H. share how God's amazing love restores.
When Kim Cash Tate began writing Cherished, she had no idea that a real life story paralleling that in her book was about to unfold. In 2009, Christian rapper Da'T.R.U.T.H. released this statement, "In light of a moral indiscretion in my personal life, I will be taking a sabbatical from music ministry and teaching. I have repented first to God and then to my wife and family. It is my prayer that my family, supporters and the brethren in Christ will collectively be able to forgive me."
When Tate read his public statement in its entirety, including how God had shown him the power of forgiveness and restoration, she said, "That's what Cherished is about. That God is a God who redeems and a God who restores. That no matter where you've been and no matter what you've done, God redeems. God restores. He loves with a steadfast love. You are cherished!"
Da'T.R.U.T.H. had followed the same path as one of Tate's characters by committing adultery. Just like the character in her novel, he felt hopeless and lifeless. Yet God was not finished with him. "I got to that place where my hope was in God and God didn't leave me there. He totally restored me and provided me with everything I needed. It was a hard, difficult and rough journey and the terrain was rocky, but the Lord was with me," Da'T.R.U.T.H. said. Two years have passed, he and his wife Nicole have worked through the pain and on September 13, 2011 he released a new album titled The Whole Truth. FULL POST
Posted 9/20/11 at 3:02 PM | Audra Jennings
An interview with Matt Redman, author of Mirror Ball
In his newest book, Mirror Ball: Living Boldly and Shining Brightly for the Glory of God, worship leader and songwriter Matt Redman reminds us that even when we feel insufficient to reflect God's glory, God can show through us as light radiates through a prism. Living in this truth will transform how we view our words, our relationships and our daily lives.
Q: Your new book is entitled Mirror Ball. Can you explain the concept behind the title?
The title refers to a story I tell in the first chapter of the book. The point of it that is that a mirror ball has the potential to send out glittering light in all directions - but the key factor in the equation is the light that shines upon it. In and of itself it has no light. The same is true with our lives of worship. In and of ourselves we have no light, but in the power, truth and grace of Jesus we can shine brightly and boldly all around.
Q: When did you first feel God's calling on your life?
I started leading worship as a teenager, and was in a church environment where young people were really encouraged and affirmed in ministry. So it wasn't too long before I was writing songs to try and help us give voice to our worship. I love that process of the heart overflowing in song, and then trying to shape it and get it ready to sing at church. FULL POST
Posted 9/19/11 at 2:58 PM | Audra Jennings
Brian Jones' Hell Is Real talks about why Hell matters, even if you don't believe in it.
The first four years that Brian Jones was a pastor, he had a secret: he didn't believe in hell. Today, he shares his story of discovering that hell exists—and why we're afraid to believe in it.
Are you one of the many Christians who doesn't believe in hell or is not convinced your non-Christians friends will end up there? Hell Is Real (But I Hate to Admit It) will change your mindset for good—and inspire you to do something about it. Drawing on the teachings of Jesus, Jones will lead you into a head-on collision with what he calls apocalyptic urgency. This all-consuming conviction that hell is real will not only strengthen your faith; it will also free you to share good news with others that will change their lives—now and forever.
An interview with Brian Jones, author of Hell is Real (But I Hate to Admit It)
Q: In your book, you describe an unexpected confrontation with the idea of Hell. What happened, and how did it change your view? FULL POST
Posted 9/13/11 at 6:14 PM | Audra Jennings
Drawing on the challenge of one of Jesus' most powerful parables, The Fulfillment Principle by Bob Westfall is packed with stories, encouragement, and motivation to help you discover and pursue your God-given gifts in order to experience the joy of a lifetime—for a lifetime.
An interview with Bob Westfall, Author of The Fulfillment Principle:
Q: Do you believe that God wants us to experience joy while here on this earth?
I believe God provided a very clear blueprint for us to experience deep, intimate joy personally and in companionship with Him, now. This principle does have broad application and immediate potential. Just look at what happened when the "master" turned his attention to the one servant who had received one talent and buried it. The Bible says, "Immediately he took from the one and gave it to the one who had ten." He wants us to invest that which we have been given by Him on earth and now. How many times have we seen people who have faithfully invested their talents and seen deep personal joy as a result? Just ask each person written about in The Fulfillment Principle... FULL POST
Posted 9/13/11 at 10:11 AM | Audra Jennings
She was a beautiful pint-sized girl whose only spoken sentence was, "I'm Megan!" But the best scholars in the world couldn't teach what she did in her brief life. Megan died at age ten. Her short life exposed some of the insanities of the world and revealed some life-giving secrets.
Lovingly written by Megan's father, Mike Cope, Megan's Secrets is a unique inspirational book that wraps these secrets in stories that will restore hope to those grieving losses and those living with life's second choices. The first half of the book is about the power of her life—a frail, fragile, broken life. The second half pushes further into themes of loss, joy, doubt, faith, grief, and hope. Through it all, readers will laugh and cry and be blessed by God's incredible wisdom spoken through the life of a disabled child.
An interview with Mike Cope, Author of Megan's Secrets FULL POST
Posted 9/12/11 at 11:38 AM | Audra Jennings
NASHVILLE, TN (September 12, 2011) – By the time early church scholar St. Jerome died more than 1500 years ago, he had laboriously translated the Bible into Latin, taking more than 20 years working within the confined technology of the late 4th century. Considered the patron saint of all translators, today the Feast of St. Jerome is celebrated Sept. 30 as International Translation Day to highlight the degree of difficulty in translating from one language to another.
Electricity, the Internet, and instant global communication have allowed immense strides in communicating across languages, including new Bible translations like the Common English Bible, (http://CommonEnglishBible.com), in which 120 academic scholars and editors, 77 reading group leaders, and more than 500 average readers from around the world joined together to clearly translate, in record time, Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek languages from thousands of centuries ago into the English of today. See an interactive Google Map showing the locations of the translators. FULL POST
Posted 9/8/11 at 3:58 PM | Audra Jennings
Ten years ago this Sept. 11, terrorists flew commercial planes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, and a failed attempt that crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. These suicide attacks of horrific carnage stunned the world and caused many to turn for consolation to spiritual faith and sacred scriptures. For this tenth anniversary, the following Bible verses of solace are taken from the Common English Bible (http://CommonEnglishBible.com), the newest modern English translation released last month.
· I've commanded you to be brave and strong, haven't I? Don't be alarmed or terrified, because the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 (CEB)
· My God is my rock — I take refuge in him! — he's my shield and my salvation's strength, my place of safety and my shelter. My savior! Save me from violence! 2 Samuel 22:3 (CEB)
· But you, LORD, are my shield! You are my glory! You are the one who restores me. Psalm 3:3 (CEB)
· I will lie down and fall asleep in peace because you alone, LORD, let me live in safety. Psalm 4:8 (CEB)
· The LORD is a safe place for the oppressed — a safe place in difficult times. Psalm 9:9 (CEB) FULL POST
Posted 9/8/11 at 10:56 AM | Audra Jennings
Millions experience high blood pressure—and 40 Days to Better Living: Hypertension provides clear, manageable steps for you to manage it, through life-changing attitudes and actions. Readers choose the areas of life they want to improve—Faith, Medical, Movement, Work, Emotional, Family and Friends, and Nutrition—and follow the 40-day plan to improve their life, just a bit, day by day.
40 Days to Better Living: Hypertension (written by Dr. Scott Morris and the staff of the Church Health Center, the largest faith-based clinic of its type in the United States) offers plenty of practical advice, biblical encouragement, and stories of real people who've taken the same journey.
With the release of 40 Days to Better Living: Optimal Health in July, Barbour Publishing launched this new series of full-color health and wellness books. The series offers a straightforward and successful plan to reach a new level of wellness and balance that readers have never experienced before. Each book centers on the 7-Step Model for Healthy Living as a guide and is structured for use as a daily devotional. FULL POST