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Audra Jennings

Audra Jennings is a publicist with Litfuse Publicity Group.

Posted 9/13/11 at 10:11 AM | Audra Jennings

The big lessons a father learned from his little girl

She was a beautiful pint-sized girl whose only spoken sentence was, "I'm Megan!" But the best scholars in the world couldn't teach what she did in her brief life. Megan died at age ten. Her short life exposed some of the insanities of the world and revealed some life-giving secrets.

Lovingly written by Megan's father, Mike Cope, Megan's Secrets is a unique inspirational book that wraps these secrets in stories that will restore hope to those grieving losses and those living with life's second choices. The first half of the book is about the power of her life—a frail, fragile, broken life. The second half pushes further into themes of loss, joy, doubt, faith, grief, and hope. Through it all, readers will laugh and cry and be blessed by God's incredible wisdom spoken through the life of a disabled child.

An interview with Mike Cope, Author of Megan's Secrets FULL POST

Posted 9/12/11 at 11:38 AM | Audra Jennings

The New Common English Bible Happened Only Because of 21st Century Technology

NASHVILLE, TN (September 12, 2011) – By the time early church scholar St. Jerome died more than 1500 years ago, he had laboriously translated the Bible into Latin, taking more than 20 years working within the confined technology of the late 4th century. Considered the patron saint of all translators, today the Feast of St. Jerome is celebrated Sept. 30 as International Translation Day to highlight the degree of difficulty in translating from one language to another.

Electricity, the Internet, and instant global communication have allowed immense strides in communicating across languages, including new Bible translations like the Common English Bible, (http://CommonEnglishBible.com), in which 120 academic scholars and editors, 77 reading group leaders, and more than 500 average readers from around the world joined together to clearly translate, in record time, Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek languages from thousands of centuries ago into the English of today. See an interactive Google Map showing the locations of the translators. FULL POST

Posted 9/8/11 at 3:58 PM | Audra Jennings

Bible Verses from the Common English Bible in Light of the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Ten years ago this Sept. 11, terrorists flew commercial planes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, and a failed attempt that crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. These suicide attacks of horrific carnage stunned the world and caused many to turn for consolation to spiritual faith and sacred scriptures. For this tenth anniversary, the following Bible verses of solace are taken from the Common English Bible (http://CommonEnglishBible.com), the newest modern English translation released last month.

· I've commanded you to be brave and strong, haven't I? Don't be alarmed or terrified, because the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 (CEB)

· My God is my rock — I take refuge in him! — he's my shield and my salvation's strength, my place of safety and my shelter. My savior! Save me from violence! 2 Samuel 22:3 (CEB)

· But you, LORD, are my shield! You are my glory! You are the one who restores me. Psalm 3:3 (CEB)

· I will lie down and fall asleep in peace because you alone, LORD, let me live in safety. Psalm 4:8 (CEB)

· The LORD is a safe place for the oppressed — a safe place in difficult times. Psalm 9:9 (CEB) FULL POST

Posted 9/8/11 at 10:56 AM | Audra Jennings

New 40 Days to Better Living release targets Hypertension

Millions experience high blood pressure—and 40 Days to Better Living: Hypertension provides clear, manageable steps for you to manage it, through life-changing attitudes and actions. Readers choose the areas of life they want to improve—Faith, Medical, Movement, Work, Emotional, Family and Friends, and Nutrition—and follow the 40-day plan to improve their life, just a bit, day by day.

40 Days to Better Living: Hypertension (written by Dr. Scott Morris and the staff of the Church Health Center, the largest faith-based clinic of its type in the United States) offers plenty of practical advice, biblical encouragement, and stories of real people who've taken the same journey.

With the release of 40 Days to Better Living: Optimal Health in July, Barbour Publishing launched this new series of full-color health and wellness books. The series offers a straightforward and successful plan to reach a new level of wellness and balance that readers have never experienced before. Each book centers on the 7-Step Model for Healthy Living as a guide and is structured for use as a daily devotional. FULL POST

Posted 9/6/11 at 12:32 PM | Audra Jennings

Oklahoma-Based EGM Screening of The Grandfathers at Tulsa International Film Festival

For Immediate Release

Contact: Diane Morrow

dmorrow@tbbmedia.com or 800.927.1517Oklahoma-Based EGM Screening of The Grandfathers at Tulsa International Film Festival

OKLAHOMA CITY — The award-winning documentary The Grandfathers from Oklahoma-based filmmaker EthnoGraphic Media (EGM) will be featured at the upcoming Tulsa International Film Festival being held September 22-25. The Grandfathers will be shown on Friday, September 23 at 12:30 pm at the Tulsa Center for Creativity. Director Jim Hanon will introduce the film and participate in audience Q&A immediately following the screening. Hanon will also discuss documentary filmmaking with students as part of a new educational block being organized by the festival.

EGM president Bill Oechsler commented, "All of us at EGM are very excited about this year's film festival in Tulsa. Knowing The Grandfathers was selected is an honor in itself. And participating in a festival so close to EGM's OKC headquarters is cool. However, the chance for director Jim Hanon to connect with students about the craft makes this a special occasion. It's very much what EGM is all about."

The Grandfathers is a motion-graphics film that completes the inspiring trilogy begun with End of the Spear and followed by Beyond the Gates of Splendor. All three films, directed by Jim Hanon and produced by Mart Green, chronicle a story of commitment and sacrifice, forgiveness and reconciliation. Ultimately, from the transformation throughout the tribe and within the families, a lasting legacy of faith, hope, and love has been born. FULL POST

Posted 9/1/11 at 5:33 PM | Audra Jennings

Discover a New American Dream

Discover a New American Dream
For the Loeckens, a mission trip meant to change
the lives of others ended up changing theirs.

Jay and Beth Loecken were an ordinary family searching for meaning in their lives while living the American Dream. They owned their dream house, drove nice cars, and from the outside seemed to have all they needed. Yet something kept pulling at them—a stirring, a sense that they were being called to a greater purpose in life. They couldn't escape the feeling that there was more to life than the relentless pursuit of material possessions.

In Passion to Action: How God Uses Ordinary People in Extraordinary Ways, the Loeckens share the remarkable story of how they rediscovered another dream and how it turned their life upside down and fulfilled them more than they ever thought possible. It will inspire readers to discover their own passions and put them into action. FULL POST

Posted 9/1/11 at 5:07 PM | Audra Jennings

Christian Publishing University Launched!

FORT WORTH, TX—Today marks a giant step forward in the Christian publishing industry as a team of highly experienced industry professionals have launched a major new Web site—ChristianPublishingUniversity.com. Organized as an online university campus, the site is intended to become a one-stop clearinghouse of trainings, resources, and networking for both newcomers and veterans of the industry. It pulls together a wealth of valuable information that has never been assembled in one place before. Its purpose is to serve Christian publishers, editors, proofreaders, authors, composers, artists, photographers, retailers, pastors, church leaders, and many others.

A two-year project, the 150-page Christian Publishing University (CPU) site includes dozens of impressive features, such as numerous recorded classes and courses on publishing topics, links to several hundred publishers of Christian materials, 60+ Christian literary agents, a Christian store locator service, 780,000+ quotations, various best-seller lists, all the public and national libraries in America, and hundreds of affiliate organizations, Web sites, and blogs. FULL POST

Posted 8/31/11 at 11:45 AM | Audra Jennings

A Place to Belong: Out of Our Comfort Zone and Into God’s Adventure

A Place to Belong by Lisa Troyer

A moving message of hope and belonging from Circle of Friends President Lisa Troyer

Every woman needs a place to belong—and that's the underlying theme of the new book from Lisa Troyer, president of Circle of Friends Ministries, singer/songwriter and radio host. In A Place to Belong: Out of Our Comfort Zone and into God's Adventure (Barbour Publishing), Troyer shares her own journey to acceptance as well as the story of a group of dynamic "women helping women" who call themselves the Circle of Friends. Troyer encourages readers to form their own circle of friends, a safe place of truth and love where women can develop lasting relationships and discover together the purposes of God for their lives.

Though refreshingly warm and simple, A Place to Belong is far from shallow. Troyer's passion to lead others into the bottomless love of God compels her to plunge deeply into the heart of the issues all women face, but most keep to themselves. With tendencies toward depression, anxiety attacks and an eating disorder, she knows firsthand the bondage of secrecy and shame. "Living with a secret," Troyer admits, "doesn't make it go away. It doesn't change your heart. As well hidden as your secret it, that is how deeply lonely you will be. I've been there. I know it's true." FULL POST

Posted 8/30/11 at 4:37 PM | Audra Jennings

How to Fulfill Your Calling While Maintaining Your Sanity

A beloved pastor shares well-earned wisdom for the next generation of leaders.

Getting out of bed on Monday is a grumpy chore, and overcoming the cloudy-headed daze that almost always characterizes the second day of the week requires a lot of coffee and even more determination. Mondays are hard for us all, but they are particularly difficult for pastors because they have to come down from the "Sunday high." It's something few can identify with, but for most pastors it's a haunting reality that accompanies a litany of stressors like dealing with divisive people, balancing the budget and leading difficult staff members. As a result, a lot of young pastors are desperately hungry for someone older and wiser to walk with them over the mountains and through the valleys of church ministry.

For decades, as an author, poet, pastor and educator Calvin Miller has been a lively and creative voice in the church. Having survived some of the most tumultuous decades of evangelicalism, his latest book, Letters to a Young Pastor (David C Cook), shares his wisdom and experience, his successes and his scars, to help today's young pastors fulfill their calling...and maintain their sanity. In this humorously authentic collection of letters, he encourages young pastors to fight the good fight, stay the course and keep their eye on the Author and Finisher of the faith—no matter how frustrated they may feel.

Letters to a Young Pastor offers every young pastor an invaluable mentor with a heart for sharing his hard-won insights with those who enjoy the victories and carry the burdens of the pastorate. Dr. Miller's appeal to young pastors lies not in his overwhelming successes, but simply in the fact that he's been there and done that. As Dr. Miller says, "The all-time great reason that you should listen to me is that much of what I write about in this book is written from the edge. Ministry is not for sissies, and the requirement of the tough times brings us to the edge of our commitment."

Regardless of the situation, Dr. Miller's creative and cordial counsel poetically prods pastors along the path of ministry. To the young pastor struggling with the validity of his calling, Dr. Miller advises, "Young minister of God, keep that little sparkle in your eyes, and then write down how your call came to you, and when you've written it down in fire, defend it that way." For those wrestling with conflict, Calvin challengingly suggests, "Cowards are never good at teaching courage." Even the pastor who's not sure whether he's promoting God's vision or his own image finds these wise words from Dr. Miller: "This is the foundation of significance: Settle on your vision, and your image will be authentic. But pursue image, and you may miss your vision altogether."

Many things have changed over Dr. Miller's pastoral years, from switchboards to smartphones and big-haired evangelists to cigar-smoking emergents. But two things remain the same—God is love and people are broken. Letters to a Young Pastor is a warm, honest and often humorous collection of letters to young pastors and leaders, encouraging them to love Sundays, fight through Mondays and look forward to the day when they'll hear that great "Well done."

About the Author: Dr. Calvin Miller's first full-time pastorate was at Plattsmouth Baptist Church in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, from 1961-1966. He went to Westside Church in Omaha, Nebraska, in January 1966, where he served as senior pastor for 25 years. During his pastorate the congregation grew from ten members to more than 2500 members. From 1991-1998, Miller served as Professor of Communication and Ministry Studies and Writer-in-Residence at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, Texas. In January 1999, he joined the faculty of Samford University's Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama, where he is currently Professor of Preaching and Pastoral Ministry.

He is the author of more than forty books of popular theology and inspiration. His poems and free-lance articles have appeared in various journals and magazines such as Christianity Today, Campus Life, Leadership and His. He has served as an inspirational speaker in various assemblies and religious convocations, both in his own denomination and other Christian gatherings.

Letters to a Young Pastor by Calvin Miller
David C Cook/September 2011

ISBN: 978-0-7814-0577-5/256 pages/paperback/$14.99
www.davidccook.com

Posted 8/30/11 at 3:59 PM | Audra Jennings

Why is forgiving ourselves so hard?

Kim Cash Tate shows how God cherishes us and provides our hearts' desires.

Thomas Nelson author Kim Cash Tate sits down with three -time Stellar Award winning Christian rapper and GRAMMY nominee Da' T.R.U.T.H. and his wife Nicole Lambert about what it means to be cherished, stemming from Kim's book and Da' T.R.U.T.H.'s song of the same name "Cherished" featuring CeCe Winans which is a bonus track on his forthcoming CD THE WHOLE TRUTH. Purchase Kim's book "Cherished" at www.kimcashtate.com and pre-order Da' T.R.U.T.H.'s upcoming September 13th release THE WHOLE TRUTH on XistMusic.com at http://www.merchline.com/xistmusic. Learn more about Da' T.R.U.T.H. at www.datruth.net and follow them both on Twitter at @KimCashTate or @TruthOnDuty.

As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Kim Cash Tate explores Psalm 103:12 as she takes her readers down the path to God's forgiveness and reconciliation in her newest novel, Cherished. Readers will discover that God can still use them in spite of their worst choices. And He doesn't just forgive them, but they are truly cherished!

Tate's story will show her readers how God can bring beauty from ashes. She has a unique way of weaving her characters' lives together, leading back to one great point—God's tremendous mercy and grace. In the words of one of her characters, "I wasn't sure what to expect. I felt like it would take a while to work my way back into God's good graces, but it was like..."—she flung wide her arms—"...He just embraced me." We too can be embraced by the same great love when we learn that true forgiveness for ALL of our sins is right before us.

Growing up in Saint Louis, Kelli London dreamed of becoming a songwriter and glorifying God with her songs of praise. But after falling into sin, she walks away from her dreams. Heather Anderson's life has spun out of control—first an affair with a married man and then a one-night stand with the drummer of a popular Christian band. Broken and alone, she discovers the only one who can save her. Brian Howard grew up as a science geek. But after making the worst mistake of his life after high school, he finds forgiveness in Christ and is being led down a completely different path. Now he must choose whether to continue pursuing his PhD in biochemistry or to become a full time Christian rapper.

In her interviews, Tate discusses topics such as:

· Learning to forgive ourselves
· Choosing to forgive others and allowing God to change them
· Following the dreams God has for us
· Surrounding ourselves with Christian friends who will pray for and encourage us
· Understanding God's unchanging love

Tate was a speaker for Women of Faith in both 2010 and 2011. She appeared as the cover girl for the May issue of Empowering Everyday Women and will be featured in the September edition of Significant Living. A song based on Cherished will be featured on the newest album from Christian rapper Da' T.R.U.T.H., and also features CeCe Winans. Tate is also the founder of Colored in Christ Ministries. Her appeal as a Bible teacher and a "big sister" in ministry, as well as her messages of hope, is what attracts discerning fiction lovers worldwide.

Tate's characters bring a reflection of our own poor choices. Readers walk away knowing that despite their worst mistakes, they are cherished by their Creator. "The enemy will try to make you feel guilty about your past, and he'll use your own thoughts or he'll use other people. But if you know who you are, he won't succeed," says Tate.

Cherished by Kim Cash Tate
Thomas Nelson/September 2011
ISBN: 978-1-59554-855-9/336 pages/paperback/$15.99
www.kimcashtate.com

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