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Audra Jennings

Audra Jennings is a publicist with Litfuse Publicity Group.

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

Posted 5/5/11 at 2:40 PM | Audra Jennings

David C Cook/Kingsway Music Announces “MANIFESTO” from The City Harmonic as National Day of Prayer Anthem

Colorado Springs, CO—Kingsway, the music arm of the David C Cook family, is pleased to announce that “Manifesto” by The City Harmonic’s will be the anthem for the National Day of Prayer Pray Nashville event. With a vision to foster unity within the Christian Church, the mission of the National Day of Prayer is to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture. This year’s National Day of Prayer is being held on Thursday (May 5).

“We are excited that the “Manifesto” has been selected to be part of the National Day of Prayer.  This song will be a blessing to millions and an encouragement to the global church.” says Steve Nicolle, Kingsway’s North American director. “The song is a great fit for such an event.”

The sentiment of unity and the heart of the gospel is what The City Harmonic intended to capture with the song. “We went into the studio with copies of several ancient Christian creeds printed off. Before long we had them spread all over the control room and were frantically writing things down and massaging the words, trying to find a way to capture the heart and the ideas in just a few words,” says The City Harmonic frontman, Elias Dummer. “We really wanted to keep it simple and universal.” FULL POST

Posted 4/28/11 at 11:02 AM | Audra Jennings

A Heart That Yearns For More

Colleen Coble leads her readers on a search for significance.

What do I have to offer this world?  Can I really be loved for who I am on the outside and not for how others view me?  Where does my true significance come from?  In her third installment of the Mercy Falls series, The Lightkeeper’s Ball, award-winning author Colleen Coble will answer these questions while leading her readers down a path of betrayal, desire and ultimate fulfillment. 

The Mercy Falls series centers on a small town in California and its lighthouse.  Coble uses the lighthouse as a reminder that Jesus is our lighthouse always leading us home.  In her latest addition to the series, the main characters must wrestle with their desire to find fulfillment in more than their work and money while being hunted by those who are holding on to resentment and unforgiveness.  FULL POST

Posted 4/15/11 at 4:07 PM | Audra Jennings

Are You Prepared For Life In The Lion’s Den?

Steve Farrar shares lessons of courage in his latest edition of the Bold Men of God series

Everyone can recall as a young child having the courage to head out the door—whether it was to your first day of school, your first little league game, or your first night away from home.  Then life takes over and you lose your bravado, giving in to the fears of the world around you. 

In True Courage: Emboldened by God in a Disheartening World, best-selling author and Bible teacher Steve Farrar aids readers in discovering a God who provides incredible courage to us in the midst of uncertainty, even through treacherous, evil days, and the courage to face lions in their den—or an unexpected job loss, the diagnosis of a sick child, or the return of a debilitating cancer.

Farrar takes a look at the courageous life of the prophet Daniel and shares God’s process for shaping and molding everyday guys into men He can use.  Daniel was a man who was used mightily by God, but he wasn’t born bold.  He was shaped and molded by a process in which God worked providentially, strangely, and slowly to equip Daniel for his calling. FULL POST

Posted 4/15/11 at 3:56 PM | Audra Jennings

Playing In Grandma’s Attic

Arleta Richardson’s classic stories reach a new generation of readers

Ever wonder what it was like when your grandmother was a little girl? I did. And I was lucky enough to have a grandma who never forgot the fun and laughter of her childhood years. My trips to Grandma’s old house were my favorite times. I explored the attic and the root cellar, the barn, and the meadow brook—all the places a little girl named Mabel, my grandma, knew and loved. And those stories became mine as Grandma told them to me. From my grandma I learned the meaning of kindness and compassion. I learned how important prayer is, and how rewarding life can be when it is lived for the Lord. All of this was possible because I loved to hear stories as much as Grandma loved to tell them.

Remember when you were a child, when the entire world was new, and the smallest object a thing of wonder? Arleta Richardson remembered: the funny wearable wire contraption hidden in the dusty attic, the century-old schoolchild’s slate that belonged to Grandma, an ancient trunk filled with quilt pieces—each with its own special story—and the button basket, a miracle of mysteries. But best of all she remembered her remarkable grandmother who made magic of all she touched, bringing the past alive as only a born storyteller could. FULL POST

Posted 4/14/11 at 4:57 PM | Audra Jennings

Lassoed By A Cowboy’s Love

Denise Hunter explores whether the truth can really set us free.

Do the secrets from our past affect who we become in the future?  Can the hurts we’ve experienced really prevent us from finding true fulfillment?  In her newest novel, A Cowboy’s Touch, award-winning author Denise Hunter will explore these questions, and readers will discover that “the truth really can set us free.” 

Abigail Jones has a secret—a secret from her childhood.  This secret has shaped who she has grown to be—an investigative reporter known as “the Truthseeker” at Viewpointe Magazine in Chicago.  With her blood pressure out of control, the editor, who happens to be her mother, sends her on a three-month sabbatical to check on her great aunt in Moose Creek, Montana.  FULL POST

Posted 4/14/11 at 4:52 PM | Audra Jennings

Clothing Ourselves With The Virtues of Christ

Author Kelly Minter offers readers an irresistible invitation to a spiritual makeover

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” –Colossians 3:12

That verse is God’s call to a spiritual makeover, says Kelly Minter, an invitation to take off undesirable character traits and entangling emotions and put on the character of Christ. But how does that work in real life? The key, according to Minter in The Fitting Room: Putting on the Character of Christ,is to let the Master Designer do the fitting for you. This honest and relatable book stitches together Bible study and personal stories with warm encouragement.  

Writing with her trademark dry humor and sharp insight, Minter gives us more than just descriptions of what the Christian virtues are and moves us past the “try harder” guilt trips to show how Christ forms these virtues in us as we cooperate with Him. What does it mean to authentically forgive in the face of deep wounds? How can we wear humility apart from weakness? How can we discover deep peace in our hurried lives? The Fitting Room explores these questions and more as it calls you to a life of beautiful integrity and strong character—relying on the Master Designer to make that possible. FULL POST

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