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Audra Jennings

Audra Jennings is a publicist with Litfuse Publicity Group.

Posted 1/3/11 at 12:17 PM | Audra Jennings

Real Health Care: Wholeness in Body and Spirit

Dr. Scott Morris calls on the Church for true health care reform

Health Care You Can Live With

Have we considered what Jesus’ response would be to health care reform? And as Christians called to be influencers of culture, shouldn’t we be informed and knowledgeable enough to dialogue intelligently about the subject? Medical doctor and ordained Methodist minister G. Scott Morris tackles the thorny issues surrounding health care and answers the ultimate question of what is true healthin his upcoming release, Health Care You Can Live With: Discover Wholeness in Body and Spirit.

Health Care You Can Live With is an astute and biblical perspective of total wellness that empowers the individual to ultimately see from Jesus’ example what it means to be human and to be intimately connected to God in that humanity. “Jesus asks us to care about what he cared about—wellness and wholeness. Healing that flows through personal care, preventive activities, medical methods, and technology announces that the kingdom of God is here,” says Morris. “We cannot separate healing from the gospel message. If we’re going to do what Jesus did, and as his first century followers did, we must find some way to be involved in a ministry of healing.” FULL POST

Posted 12/14/10 at 3:42 PM | Audra Jennings

Want Chocolate? You’ve Got a Deal!

Love Food & Live Well

Fitness expert Chantel Hobbs inspires readers

to lose weight, get fit, and taste life at its very best

You don’t have to hide it.  You can love food right out in the open—and lose weight at the same time.  With the latest release from Chantel Hobbs, Love Food and Live Well, you’ll know when to have carrot cake and when it’s time to just have a carrot. 

Let life coach and fitness expert Chantel Hobbs show you how to lose pounds to reach the weight that is right for you and then maintain it while enjoying healthy, delicious food.  Built into this amazing plan is knowing that you can count on the occasional splurge with absolutely no guilt.  FULL POST

Posted 12/14/10 at 3:35 PM | Audra Jennings |

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What is "calling" and does everyone have a calling?

Few spiritual concepts have fascinated and confused people more than understanding God’s calling for their lives. Is it primarily about a job or a role? Is it precise or general? Is a calling only reserved for those who work in professional ministry? These are the questions Gary Barkalow sets out to answer in his latest book, It’s Your Call: What Are You Doing Here?  

It's Your Call

An interview with Gary Barkalow:

What is “calling” and does everyone have a calling?

I believe that people have been created to have a certain effect in the world. FULL POST

Posted 12/14/10 at 3:25 PM | Audra Jennings

Have you ever considered death as a victorious beginning rather than a final ending?

A Million Ways to Die

In his latest book, A Million Ways to Die: The Only Way to Live, Rick James examines the idea that when Jesus tells us to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him, Jesus is describing a path of death, not a path to death. Using Paul’s words from 2 Corinthians, James explains that our trials are like “little deaths” because they enable us to see how God resurrects or brings life out of each circumstance. 

An interview with Rick James:

Q: Why the title, A Million Ways To Die? FULL POST

Posted 12/13/10 at 3:22 PM | Audra Jennings

Art should be MORE than just beautiful

Artist Ron DiCianni captures images with rich, deep meaning.

Ron DiCianni

We’ve all heard the line, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” but does the art hanging on your walls just look nice or does it have a deeper meaning? In an interview last week with Fox News Live’s Lauren Green, artist Ron DiCianni explained that all art should be more than just a pretty picture, it should tell a story. DiCianni has made it his life’s work to devote his talents to a very special message, the Gospel message.

Ron DiCianni grew up in an unlikely area to produce a talented artist. After attending the American Academy of Art in Chicago, he embarked on a career in commercial illustration. Quickly recognized as one of the nation’s most talented illustrators, DiCianni’s client list was soon dominated by prominent companies ranging from Eli Lilly™ to McDonald’s™. He was chosen as the 1980 official Olympic illustrator and is considered one of the most successful illustrators of his generation. FULL POST

Posted 12/13/10 at 10:50 AM | Audra Jennings

Q&A with Braxton Brady Co-Author of Flight Plan

Teenage boys are faced with navigating the turbulent journey to manhood, often without an inkling of what that really means or any direction of how to get there. Flight Plan: Your Mission to Become a Man offers a vision of godly manhood and a complete and honest guide into the adventures ahead.  Written by Lee Burns and Braxton Brady, Flight Plan is a natural evolution of their original program, Building Boys, Making Men, a curriculum created by the authors for the 630 boys who attend Presbyterian Day School (PDS) in Memphis, Tennessee.

Flight Plan

Q: What is Flight Plan,the book?

A: Flight Plan offers boys and young men a definition and vision of manhood that can help them to make wise choices during their teenage years and beyond. It frankly and authentically discusses a number of issues they will face and teaches boys a definition of manhood (“A real man glorifies God by seeking an adventuresome life of purpose and passion as he protects and serves others.”) and seven virtues of manhood. It focuses on the question of what it means to be a man and includes in depth teaching on many of the changes, challenges, and temptations they will be facing as teenagers. FULL POST

Posted 12/2/10 at 4:02 PM | Audra Jennings

Gifted by God

Artist Ron DiCianni shares Scripture with millions

through his remarkable, heart-transforming paintings.

© Excerpted from the article written by Lisa Sloan for

Significant Living magazine’s November/December 2010 issue.

During this season, acclaimed painter Ron DiCianni is especially aware that God has not only graced him with artistic talent, but with a far more powerful gift—that of eternal life. Through his works, which are visual representations of Gospel truths, he aims to share the message of God’s wondrous love. FULL POST

Posted 12/1/10 at 12:01 PM | Audra Jennings

World AIDS Day is December 1

World AIDS Day is celebrated each December 1 to raise awareness of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. EGM Film’s documentary Miss HIV examines the controversy over prevention and prejudices that surround a positive diagnosis.

Oklahoma City, OK USA—Vietnam recently crowned Tran Thi Hue, a 28-year-old widow, winner of Miss HIV “Elegant Plus,” a national beauty pageant with a twist. While the 15 contestants were judged on beauty and contribution to their community, applications were reserved for those who have tested positive for HIV.EthnoGraphic Media (EGM) has produced a compelling documentary that describes the genesis of this pageant and the hotly-debated perspectives on combating the disease that lie beneath its surface.

The filmMiss HIV, produced by Mart Green and directed by Jim Hanon, showcases women in Botswana participating in a stigma-free beauty pageant, college students in Uganda fighting the stigma of choosing to remain abstinent, and gay rights activists at an International AIDS Conference combating stigmatization. According to Jim Hanon, the film’s award-winning director, Miss HIV “brings into the open the little-known struggle for dominance over AIDS education and prevention.” FULL POST

Posted 11/22/10 at 11:26 AM | Audra Jennings

Q&A With Hunter Harrison, Creator of the Mend Mark

Q: How did you arrive at the idea for the Mend Mark? Why a bracelet? 

A: I always thought about getting a tattoo. I still haven’t, but tattoo designs frequently cross my mind, and if I ever got one I would want it to be meaningful. On one particular day, I had the idea of getting two circles tattooed on my wrist to resemble a hole. But not just any hole—the hole that killed a king. The more and more I thought about it, the more I came to realize that nowadays EVERYONE has a tattoo and it would almost be rebellious NOT to get one. (I guess you could consider me a reverse rebel.) So I decided to do something a little different, something that would reach many more people than just some ink on my wrist. I took the idea and designed a bracelet instead, and consequently, the Mend Mark idea was born.

Q: At first glance Mend Mark seems like a nebulous name. What does it mean?

A: I’ve always liked the word “mend” and I feel like it’s underused. So it was an easy decision to incorporate that into the name. It fit the product purpose, and since it was representing one of the marks of Jesus, Mend Mark was an obvious choice. Plus it had a nice ring to it and with tattoo roots it seemed natural to call it that. I wanted it to be more than just another bracelet or wristband. I wanted it to represent a movement. So the “Mend Mark” it became. FULL POST

Posted 11/22/10 at 11:12 AM | Audra Jennings

Documentary Miss HIV Examines the Controversy over HIV/AIDS Prevention

World AIDS Day is December 1

Oklahoma City, OK USA—Vietnam recently crowned Tran Thi Hue, a 28-year-old widow, winner of Miss HIV “Elegant Plus,” a national beauty pageant with a twist. While the 15 contestants were judged on beauty and contribution to their community, applications were reserved for those who have tested positive for HIV.EthnoGraphic Media (EGM) has produced a compelling documentary that describes the genesis of this pageant and the hotly-debated perspectives on combating the disease that lie beneath its surface.

Click here to watch a preview of Miss HIV FULL POST

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