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Audra Jennings

Audra Jennings is a publicist with Litfuse Publicity Group.

Posted 10/28/11 at 11:39 AM | Audra Jennings

Tired of Trying to Win Approval and Escape Rejection?

In his latest release, author Edward T. Welch offers a way

of escape for young adults held captive by the opinions of others

Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX—In an increasingly unstable culture, being obsessed with what others think is an escalating struggle among teens and young adults, leading to more serious consequences than ever before. Although everyone—whether they're sixteen or sixty—works hard to win someone's approval or ward off someone's rejection, these issues plague teenagers and young adults with particular intensity. And how teens and young adults answer the big questions of their lives now will affect the direction of their adult lives for better or worse. In his new book, What Do You Think of Me? Why Do I Care?: Answers to the Big Questions of Life (New Growth Press, October 2011), Edward T. Welch extends hope to those weary of hiding behind a mask of performance in order to gain love and acceptance.

Peer pressure, codependency, shame, low self-esteem—these are just some of the words used to identify how young people can be controlled by the perceived opinions of others. Stand out in the right way to the right people, and you're on top of the world. But experience failure in front of those same people and prepare for a sinking sensation in your stomach and a night of tossing and turning. FULL POST

Posted 10/18/11 at 4:40 PM | Audra Jennings

Pro-life film reaches 1 million views on You Tube

Pro-life film reaches 1 million views on You Tube
180 has received over 15,000 comments and is the most talked
about videos for October on the popular site

In just three weeks since its launch, the new pro-life film 180 has been viewed over one million times on You Tube. 180 is a short form documentary (33 minutes in length) that features "on the street" interviews between best-selling author and TV host Ray Comfort and a group of young adults. In the course of Comfort's discussion with each of the eight individuals, their opinions are swayed from pro-choice to pro-life in a matter of seconds.

What was spoken to these people that made them change their minds? They went from being Pro-Choice to being Pro-Life in a matter of seconds. Find out at

While skeptics of 180 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. The progression of the film takes a different approach than one might expect regarding abortion. Comfort begins 180 with a discussion of the Holocaust and asks his interviewees about Hitler. Through the course of conversation, each interview turns to a discussion of the value of life and in turn, abortion. Though criticized by some, such as the Huffington Post, for comparing the holocaust with abortion, the film makes a logical progression from one subject to the other. In fact, it was a natural progression that Comfort witnessed as he set out on a different project altogether. FULL POST

Posted 10/11/11 at 2:43 PM | Audra Jennings

Radical Faith Brings about Radical Change

Beth Webb Hart explores what happens when we leave our inhibitions behind.

What would it look like if we really loved each other—if we had no inhibitions about sharing our faith and our very lives with a hurting world? How would we really spend our time and our money? And what impact would this have on our own families, especially our children? What impact would it have on our communities, our country and the world? These are the questions that first inspired Beth Webb Hart to write her newest novel, Sunrise on the Battery.

Hart always begins her writing with a question, and she was inspired with these questions after reading David Platt's book Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. His book uncovered blind spots in her own life and helped her fully imagine just where her characters' uninhibited faith might take them.

Mary Lynn Scoville has everything anyone could desire—a handsome husband, three beautiful daughters and a ticket into the social elite of Charleston, S.C. But after a miraculous answer to a prayer on her behalf, Mary Lynn decides to pray that her husband will discover the faith she loves. But when her prayers are answered, she finds her world turned upside down and is forced to deal with the idols she has created in her own life. FULL POST

Posted 10/10/11 at 10:56 AM | Audra Jennings

Are you tuned in to hear the Spirit of God speak?

The late Peter Lawrence shows believers how to listen to God's Spirit.

Many Christians today wonder if they are receiving all that God has to offer in the form of the Holy Spirit. Some even believe that the Holy Spirit is nothing more than a symbol of God's power. Peter Lawrence, who was once a vicar in the Church of England, recounts his amazing journey to truth in The Spirit Who Speaks: God's Supernatural Intervention in Your Life.

The book follows Lawrence's life and his attempts to introduce the ministry of the Holy Spirit to the church he led. Though his early steps faltered, gradually he and a nucleus of others learned to pray and speak out in faith, and God visibly moved in both the lives of non-Christians as well as of those in the church. Emotions were restored, bodies were healed and evil spirits evicted.

As he recounts his journey with his unique style of self-effacing humor, Lawrence teaches clearly and simply, blending anecdote with biblical teaching. After carefully examining the principles of discernment and testing, he closes with a moving account of his own. While writing this book about living fully in the Spirit's healing power, Lawrence received a diagnosis of terminal cancer. Readers will be amazed with his acceptance of God's will with grace and his journey with the Lord towards death. FULL POST

Posted 10/10/11 at 10:35 AM | Audra Jennings

Hope Underground: The Chilean Miners and Their Story of Faith and Miracles

The true story of thirty-three men trapped beneath the earth
and a loving God who would not abandon them.

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX—For several suspenseful hours on October 13, 2010, the attention of the entire world lay centered on a solitary spot in the Chilean desert. It was there that 33 trapped miners emerged to fresh air and freedom and the eager embrace of jubilant family and friends, after having spent ten weeks entombed one-half mile underground. Their emergence brought an end to the greatest mine rescue of all time.

As told to writers Mario Veloso and Jeanette Windle, Hope Underground: The 34 Chilean Miners—A Story of Faith and Miracles (Imago Dei Books) records the personal journey and spiritual involvement of a local, unassuming minister with the miners and their families. In a series of circumstances that would change his life forever, Pastor Carlos Parra Diaz rose to prominence as he became the influential chaplain of Camp Hope—a makeshift tent community established not far from the site of the mine collapse. FULL POST

Posted 10/5/11 at 3:53 PM | Audra Jennings

Dare to Let the Truth Change a Girl’s Life

Ann Margret Hovsepian writes devotions specifically designed for pre-teen girls.

Is your pre-teen daughter ready for more—more excitement, more adventure, more joy? Then dare her to discover the secret to a life that sparkles for God. Show her she's got what it takes to make an impact on the world. Ann Margret Hovsepian's newest book, Truth and Dare: One Year of Dynamic Devotions for Girls, is designed for girls 9 to 12 and filled with powerful wisdom on everything from godly friendships to worshipping God.

It can be easy for young girls to neglect their Bible reading. Perhaps they feel Scripture doesn't directly relate to them. Maybe they may lack encouragement or accountability, or they may just have too many distractions in their everyday lives. This lack of spiritual food can stunt girls' spiritual growth and make them vulnerable to the temptations and ungodly influences around them. It can also prevent them from developing a love for Scripture early in life, making it even harder to get into God's Word when they get older. FULL POST

Posted 10/5/11 at 3:42 PM | Audra Jennings

Faith-Filled Devotions for Action Loving Boys

Jeremy V. Jones has put together power-packed devotions designed just for boys.

Boys want action. They don't want to sit around and talk—that's for grown-ups and girls. They engage life and relationships by doing something: skateboarding, playing games or re-creating favorite movie scenes. So why should faith be any different? That's why Jeremy V. Jones created Triple Dog Dare: One Year of Dynamic Devotions for Boys—to provide the action boys need in order to grow their faith.

The Bible is full of action. Remember how David slew Goliath, Daniel faced those lions, Paul survived a shipwreck and Jesus stood up for a woman about to be killed? God made boys to take His truth and do something with it, to man up and change the world. These action-packed devotions for boys ages 9 to 12 are filled with godly truth and bold spiritual challenges that transform time with God into the adventure of the day.

Triple Dog Dare connects God's Word to boys' hearts and hands with real-life scenarios and activities. Each day is filled with short Scriptures, concise biblical truth and a daily dare, all challenging them to put their faith into practice. Scripture readings from every book of the Bible open up the action-packed Word of God. Whether it's drawing comic strips of biblical battles, dreaming up a life list of goals, making snack packs for the homeless or producing Bible-based movies, boys will go on daily dynamic experiences with God, taking faith off the page and setting it into motion. Themes cover the daily realities of pre-teen males, including bullying, peer pressure, girls, sibling rivalry, honesty and more. FULL POST

Posted 10/3/11 at 4:29 PM | Audra Jennings

Learning to Recognize and Overcome Teenage Depression Dr. Gregg Jantz answers parents' hardest questions about teenage depression.

He's in his room for days at a time and barely responds when I talk to him. She's teary every day, one minute demanding I tend to her needs and the next minute demanding I leave her alone. What's going on with your teenager? Is it just the ups and downs of adolescence, or is it something more? In Dr. Gregg Jantz's new book, The Stranger in Your House, parents will learn to distinguish between normal adolescent behavior and clinical depression.

Few things strike fear into the hearts of parents more than the approaching adolescence of their children. They have heard horror stories from family and friends about what it was like with their kids and dread the unknown. Will their happy-go-lucky child turn into some sort of a sullen monster? Will the childhood skirmishes of yesterday turn into open teenage warfare?

The roller coaster of adolescence is so prevalent, so stereotypical in some ways, that it has developed into a sort of cultural shorthand. Just say the words "teen angst" to a group of parents of adolescents and heads will nod. It's a universal catch-phrase for anything from explosive anger to all-is-lost despair. Even kids who weather their teenage years with relative calm still undergo their seasons of adolescent squalls. With all of that swirling around in our heads, how can we know if our teen's season of discontent is just that or something more? FULL POST

Posted 9/28/11 at 10:39 AM | Audra Jennings

New digital small group resource offers spiritual formation for all ages

To request a preview kit of MissioLife,
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Are you looking for a small group
resource that can be used by all ages?

How would you like a curriculum that is available for easy download?

The Church is comprised of the people of God, and like the early church, our faith communities seek to be formed by the story of God in our theology, our faith, our identity, our way of life, and our behaviors.

MissioLife is an intentional and formational small-group experience created to guide children, youth, and adults on a pilgrimage through Scripture—from understanding to participation in the mission of God.

MissioLife is intended to be experienced together as a community. Unlike individual devotionals designed for only one person or one learning group, MissioLife is intentional about involving everyone in your faith community. MissioLife is divided into three learning groups: children, youth and adults. With the entire church community journeying through MissioLife together, families and multi-generational communities will be able to share in this formative experience together. FULL POST

Posted 9/26/11 at 11:33 AM | Audra Jennings

180 Film Turns Opinions Around Regarding Abortion:New award-winning documentary is changing minds and saving lives

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

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