Audra Jennings is a publicist with Litfuse Publicity Group.
Posted 10/26/10 at 11:48 AM | Audra Jennings
Author Travis Thrasher shares his thoughts on why teens love scary stories. His latest release, Solitary, is the first in a new series for young adults.
Every year, the entertainment industry prepares for another deluge of spooky stories right around Halloween. Many of these are directed toward teens and twenty-somethings. If you’d like a quick sample of this, go to the iTunes “Essentials” page for Halloween. This shows you their picks for movies, books, and CDs to get you in the mood for a scare.
When I was a teen, I loved being scared. I remember watching the first Friday The 13th movie at my grandparents late at night when they were already asleep. They had HBO and this was my first time watching a movie my parents wouldn’t have wanted me to watch. It really freaked me out. Yet I also loved being freaked out. So began my love of all things scary. FULL POST
Posted 10/26/10 at 9:43 AM | Audra Jennings
Colorado Springs, CO — Children everywhere are discovering an action packed book they simply can’t put down. Page after page, the characters of epic stories leap to life before their eyes making The Action Bible David C Cook’s most sought after children’s resource.
Illustrated by internationally acclaimed artist Sergio Cariello, The Action Bible brings to life 215 Bible stories all in chronological order. Through illustrations rich in vibrant color and filled with high-energy depictions alongside a clearly articulated narrative, the lessons of the Bible are brought to children in a fresh and relevant way, capturing their attention like never before. Readers of ages across all generations will enjoy the dramatic stories as they build momentum to a powerful climax. FULL POST
Posted 10/21/10 at 11:59 AM | Audra Jennings
“For decades, Floyd McClung has been at the forefront of a generation passionately following Christ, equipping them to know Him Deeply and serve Him around the globe. Follow paves the way for practical and powerful engagement by anyone seeking to make Jesus famous among all nations!”
Louie Giglio, founder of The Passion Movement and Passion City Church
“For the last thirty years, Floyd has always been something of a spiritual litmus test for the church, and his prophetic instincts over time have proved true. And Floyd is right again…God is definitely calling us to attend to this most fundamental of facts about the authentic Christian life: what it means to be an untamed disciple of the wild Jesus.”
Posted 10/21/10 at 11:47 AM | Audra Jennings
“Rachel Olsen has created the ultimate godly girlfriends’ guide—completely contemporary yet biblically solid; poignant yet practical. Her clever, warm, and vulnerable style imparts a fresh and needed dose of perspective to all of God’s girls.”
Karen Ehman, national speaker for Proverbs 31 Ministries and author of A Life That Says Welcome and The Complete Guide to Getting and Staying Organized
Done with feeling exhausted—or worse, bored? Ready to trade your issues and hang-ups for greater intimacy and fulfillment? Then it’s time you did some digging for biblical “bling” and discovered the shining secrets to life in God’s kingdom. Rachel’s writing is lighthearted and fun, but she’s serious about helping you uncover biblical secrets that can make your life shine. This book will help you: FULL POST
Posted 10/20/10 at 2:01 PM | Audra Jennings
Legally Saturating High Schools with God’s Word
In today’s divisive culture-war society, when news stories about separation of church and state thrive with controversy, one cutting-edge Christian ministry is having remarkable success spreading the Word of God. What makes it remarkable? They are doing it by distributing Bibles in public schools—legally.
Carl Blunt is the president and CEO of The Life Book Movement, a Christian mission centered on Blunt’s own contemporary, youth-oriented edition of a portion of the Bible called The Life Book, a unique presentation of Scripture designed to engage high school students with the truth of God’s Word. The Life Book presents a brief overview of the Old Testament and the Book of John using an interactive format with honest student comments and real-life questions in the margins. Readers are drawn into the only story that can change their lives forever. FULL POST
Posted 10/20/10 at 1:42 PM | Audra Jennings
Have you been “Marked?” The Mend Mark is a mission, a movement, an entire revolution. It is a bracelet meant to remind its wearers of Christ’s love and sacrifice, and its message is the passion of its creator, Hunter Harrison.
The Mend Mark is an innovative and distinctive bracelet that is designed to reflect the scars and nail holes of Jesus. When worn, the band resembles the deep holes of the nail driven into the wrists of Jesus during his crucifixion. By bringing the story of Jesus’ life and death to constant awareness by wearing a bracelet, Mend Mark is meant to powerfully remind wearers of the ultimate act of love Jesus made for all of humankind.
Harrison’s mission is to remind all to remember Christ’s love in both his life and death. But more than only a poignant recollection, the Mend Mark is meant to inspire and motivate wearers to live a life of service. Harrison strives to bring people together around the simplicity and power of love as lived by Jesus. But this is no example of passive love. The Mend Mark calls individuals in all walks of life to love with a profound sincerity and commitment great enough to change a neighborhood, a community, a world. FULL POST
Posted 10/12/10 at 12:52 PM | Audra Jennings
An Interactive Christmas With Your Infant
Introduce Scripture to Your Infant with The Baby Bible Christmas Storybook
David C Cook’s The Baby Bible Storybook series offers a set of interactive teaching tools for parents to use with their children, from birth to three years old. The latest addition to this series, The Baby Bible Christmas Storybook, makes the birth of Jesus relevant for very young children through the use of colorful pictures, basic prayer and worship, and fun physical activities. It is never too early to introduce the truth of God’s Word to children, and the Christmas Storybook will enhance a child’s earliest experience of this very special family celebration.
Simple actions such as pointing to a specific facial feature or hand claps enable parents to have fun with their child while telling the Christmas story. Each story is brief and well-suited for short attention spans, and the small size of the books is perfect for little hands. Actions that accompany the story combine with simple vocabulary to make this series even more appropriate for very young children. Christmas Storybook introduces the idea of prayer and worship as part of the child’s daily life while also allowing parents to share the powerful truth of God’s Word. FULL POST
Posted 10/12/10 at 12:45 PM | Audra Jennings
A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship
In 1937, on the threshold of Nazi Germany’s war on the world, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote what turned out to be one of the most influential books of the century, The Cost of Discipleship. In it, he challenged the flabby faith and compromises of German Christians, famously writing, “When Christ calls a man he bids him come and die.”
Now, seventy-three years after the book was first published, Jon Walker has written Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship. Although Bonhoeffer’s book still has a loyal readership, it has not been adequately viewed through the eyes of the twenty-first century. Walker brings to a new generation the timeless message of Bonhoeffer against the background of today’s political upheaval and societal change and what it means to those who claim to follow Christ’s teachings, challenging contemporary teachings and lifestyles. FULL POST
Posted 10/11/10 at 10:51 AM | Audra Jennings
Outreach, Inc., the largest provider of church outreach products and services in the world, will be the official church screening and resource provider for these films. It will produce and distribute a single kit for both films which will include movie event guides, individual study guides, bulletin inserts, posters, and a variety of media resources to churches and other ministries wanting to host a “movie event.” This campaign will reach out to churches throughout North America.
According to Tom Betts, director of strategic partnerships, Outreach, Inc., was selected for this initiative because “they are a leader in providing quality, faith-based films to the church community, and they have proved themselves to be very effective in multiplying a film’s impact.” The goal is to get the films’ message of the power of sacrifice and forgiveness to churches and their surrounding communities. FULL POST
Posted 10/7/10 at 3:52 PM | Audra Jennings
Author Rick James explains how dying to ourselves is the only way to live
Have you ever considered death as a victorious beginning rather than a final ending? 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.
James, publisher for Campus Crusade for Christ, invites believers to experience a paradigm shift and consider what it means to die to self and live for Christ. James encourages God’s children to embrace the victory found in Christ’s resurrection and know that while some Christ-followers are called to give up their physical lives for the cause of Christ, most believers are called to a type of death that shows up in endless ways throughout their daily lives. He explains that Scripture uses the term death or “to die” as a continual admonition for Christians to “take up our cross,” “die to sin,” and “die to the world.” James believes that seeing the smaller daily opportunities to die is as important as seeing the daily tokens of God’s love and faithfulness that He bestows on us. FULL POST