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Audra Jennings

Audra Jennings is a publicist with Litfuse Publicity Group.

Posted 5/18/11 at 11:55 AM | Audra Jennings

The Life Book Movement has big plans for the 2011-12 school year.

Printing is underway for 1.2 million Life Books, and half of those have already been spoken for. Don't miss your chance to let the churches in your area know how they can get involved in this fall.

What is the Life Book Movement? Founded by The Gideons International, The Life Book Movement is an innovative strategy to reach high school students with the Word of God. The movement is a Christian mission centered on The Life Book, a unique presentation of Scripture designed to engage high school students with the truth of God's Word, created by Carl Blunt, president and CEO of The Life Book Movement. 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.

The Life Book Movement works with churches throughout the country by providing free copies of The Life Book for students to give as gifts to their friends and classmates during school. Blunt's organization brilliantly takes advantage of a student's freedom to distribute religious literature by getting The Life Book into the hands of Christian high school students and having them pass the books out to classmates at school—a practice that is acceptable, as long as the books are not distributed by school staff or other adults. In less than two years since the Life Book Movement got it's start, over half a million Life Books have been distributed and the movement is growing by leaps and bounds. FULL POST

Posted 5/18/11 at 11:35 AM | Audra Jennings

Preparing readers for the Second Coming

Hon Hoh, a teacher of the Revelation, takes readers on a riveting journey

Do each of us play a role in the kingdom of God? Can the choices we make affect God's timing of future events? Hon Hoh examines these questions while taking his readers on a riveting adventure in The Trigger: A Novel on the Revelation. Through twists and turns, readers will be led on a powerful journey.

Hon Hoh is a gifted teacher of the Word. He is a minister committed to the calling that God has placed on his life. He began studying the Book of Revelation in Bible college, and he is passionate about reaching people with the truth and love of Christ. Hoh's mission for writing The Trigger is fourfold:

· To help others understand the Book of Revelation· To inform others regarding an important End-Times theological view other than the one with which they're comfortable· To provide motivation to engage the Great Commission as expressed in Matthew 28:18-20 · To prepare for the very near unfolding future, so that we are not caught off-guard

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Posted 5/17/11 at 3:09 PM | Audra Jennings

A call to revisit and return to God's original script for living

Q&A with Frank Viola,author of Revise Us Again

Q: Your latest book talks about living from a renewed Christian script. What does it mean to rescript our lives?

As Christians, we are handed a script by which to live. This script is written by our denomination, religious background, the Christians we know and fellowship with, as well as by social and cultural environment. The Holy Spirit is the great Editor. His job is to descript us from those beliefs, behaviors and traditions that do not map to Jesus Christ and rescript us into His image.

Q: Revise Us Again talks about the ten areas that Christians should look at rescripting. Can you tell us about some of the most important ones?

The ones that resonate the most with readers so far are: Revising Christianeze (including the phrases "Let me pray about it" and "The Lord told me"), Revising How We Hear the Lord's Voice, The Three Gospels (legalism, libertinism and liberty), Revising the Felt-Presence of God and Revising our Attitudes (being captured by the same Spirit we oppose). There's also a chapter on meeting an aspect of God wherein He refuses to meet our expectations. So our view of God's dealings in our lives needs to be revised. FULL POST

Posted 5/17/11 at 3:09 PM | Audra Jennings

A call to revisit and return to God's original script for living

Q&A with Frank Viola,author of Revise Us Again

Q: Your latest book talks about living from a renewed Christian script. What does it mean to rescript our lives?

As Christians, we are handed a script by which to live. This script is written by our denomination, religious background, the Christians we know and fellowship with, as well as by social and cultural environment. The Holy Spirit is the great Editor. His job is to descript us from those beliefs, behaviors and traditions that do not map to Jesus Christ and rescript us into His image.

Q: Revise Us Again talks about the ten areas that Christians should look at rescripting. Can you tell us about some of the most important ones?

The ones that resonate the most with readers so far are: Revising Christianeze (including the phrases "Let me pray about it" and "The Lord told me"), Revising How We Hear the Lord's Voice, The Three Gospels (legalism, libertinism and liberty), Revising the Felt-Presence of God and Revising our Attitudes (being captured by the same Spirit we oppose). There's also a chapter on meeting an aspect of God wherein He refuses to meet our expectations. So our view of God's dealings in our lives needs to be revised. FULL POST

Posted 5/17/11 at 2:58 PM | Audra Jennings

Author draws attention to the persecution of the church in India

Lawyer, pastor and author Randy Singer certainly hopes to entertain readers through the twists and turns of his latest thriller, False Witness, but he has a bigger goal in mind. Singer also wants to draw attention to one of his passions. He wanted to highlight the challenges of today's church in India, the persecution of the church and the miraculous things happening there.

India is a land of civil rights, in theory, but of brutal oppression, in fact—especially for the 165 million members of the Dalits, India's lowest caste. During Singer's first trip to India a few years ago, he saw firsthand the systemic oppression of the Dalits (formerly known as untouchables) through the Hindu caste system. Singer was astonished by the fact that the world's largest democracy was also a breeding ground for the world's largest human-trafficking operations, that it would allow the exploitation of 15 million children in bonded labor, that it would tolerate temple prostitution and other forms of sexual slavery, and that it would foster economic and social systems that oppress nearly 25 percent of its people. FULL POST

Posted 5/11/11 at 3:35 PM | Audra Jennings

Recognizing the “Thin Places” in Our Lives

Pressing into Thin Places leads hurting readers to a place where hope is found

Is there sustaining comfort to be found for the suffering, perhaps flailing, faithful? Dr. Margaret Wills, Ed.D, asserts that there is, and in her book, Pressing into Thin Places: Encouraging the Heart toward God (Brown Christian Press), she invites questioning, thinking, and hurting readers to recognize glimpses of wonder and to draw strength and find rest in the presence of a loving God.

Dr. Wills knows from her own experiences that life is not simple and that we all need encouraging words and reasons to hang on to hope. She offers these in abundance in this deeply personal, beautiful, and thoughtful work that summons authenticity and contemplation while soothing the dark night of the soul with kindness and truth. With transparency and refreshing gentleness, Wills tackles universal fears, disappointments, wounded relationships, and even death and beckons readers to pull aside the veil and to see into that “thin space,” as the Celtics called it, where all that separates heaven and earth becomes almost transparent. She invites readers to wrestle and be comforted by assurances of God’s love and goodness even in the darkness. FULL POST

Posted 5/11/11 at 3:22 PM | Audra Jennings

Triggering Christ’s Return

Hon Hoh, a teacher of the Revelation, takes readers on a riveting journey

Do each of us play a role in the kingdom of God?  Can the choices we make affect God’s timing of future events?  Hon Hoh examines these questions while taking his readers on a riveting adventure in The Trigger: A Novel on the Revelation.  Through twists and turns, readers will be led on a powerful journey. 

The Trigger follows three individuals (a pastor, a spy, and a missionary) from three continents (the United States, China, and Australia) who find their lives merged in a single divine purpose: to win the last unreached people group on earth and usher in the Second Coming of Christ.  They must succeed in order to release the trigger for the return of the Lamb as declared in Matthew 24:14. FULL POST

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

Q&A with Stephen G. Post, Author of The Hidden Gifts of Helping

Research has revealed that when we show concern for others—empathizing with a friend who has lost a loved one, mowing the lawn for an elderly neighbor, or volunteering to mentor a school-aged child—we improve our own health and well-being and embrace and give voice to our deeper identity and dignity as human beings.

In The Hidden Gifts of Helping: How the Power of Giving, Compassion, and Hope Can Get us Through Hard Times, Stephen G. Post helps us discover how we can make “helping” a lifetime activity. The Hidden Gifts of Helping explores the very personal story of Post and his family’s difficult move and their experience with the healing power of helping others, as well as his passion about how this simple activity—expressed in an infinite number of small or large ways—can help you survive and thrive despite the expected and unexpected challenges life presents.

Post’s story is intertwined with supporting scientific research and spiritual understanding. This book demonstrates that by looking outside of ourselves we gain better well-being and strengthen our faith. This book can become your companion and guide to the power of giving, forgiving, and compassion in hard times.  FULL POST

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

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