Audra Jennings is a publicist with Litfuse Publicity Group.
Posted 8/13/10 at 3:05 PM | Audra Jennings
Debbie Williams has a new appreciation for being a Plan A woman in a Plan B world. She has been greatly inspired by a team of women who clear Sudan's minefields. Williams explains that land mines left from the war in Sudan maim those who unintentionally wander onto the land. In like manner, Williams alerts Christians to nine "land mine" thoughts that often lie in a woman's mind when her life doesn't go according to plan. Rather than allowing land mines of fear, bitterness, discouragement, and more to hurt and maim, Williams inspires women through Biblical and real life stories, to take charge of their thoughts and walk in the power of the Spirit.
Women grow up dreaming of the life they hope to have. Many have Prince Charming in their plans. Perhaps a good career, long life, happy and obedient children, and good health. However, plans often do not materialize in the reality of their lives. Marriages fail in alarming numbers, health problems arise, parenting turns out to be a much tougher job than expected, and all of a sudden Plan B sets in. In this bold and uplifting book, The Plan A Woman in a Plan B World, readers will discover that, no matter where Plan B has you headed, you don’t have to simply discard the Plan A Woman you have always wanted to be. In fact, even in the harshest head winds of struggle, Williams encourages and inspires at every turn to move from the discouragement of the Plan B world into the fulfillment and overpowering joy of God’s Plan A for your life. FULL POST
Posted 8/13/10 at 11:47 AM | Audra Jennings
What It Means to Have Jesus with You Always
The life of a pre-school child is one filled with wonder and a thousand questions! Sometimes those questions turn toward spiritual ideas, and it can be a real challenge to supply satisfying answers to their many and often profound questions. Dan and Ali Morrow have teamed up to answer the question “Where is God?” in a delightful and beautiful book entitled That’s Where God Is. Using the foundational relationship between a child and their grandparent, the Morrows explore the many ways God can be discovered within the events of each day of the week.
Teaching the days of the week is a clever and underlying message woven within the spiritual truths of That’s Where God Is. When a little boy’s grandfather encourages him to look for evidence of God throughout his week, suddenly every day holds unexpected promise. Each two-page spread features a new day of the week and a new situation in which the boy finds evidence of God. Scripture verses underscore each particular “sighting” and reveal further truths about God’s character and redeeming power in our daily lives. Ranging from creation (animals in particular) and the power of a thunderstorm to the way people share, forgive, and show mercy, the young boy discovers that God is present within every aspect of his life. The grandfather confirms the boy’s experience and also tells him of another place that he can find God—within himself. FULL POST
Posted 8/13/10 at 11:39 AM | Audra Jennings
Choosing to Live a Rich and Satisfying Life Right Now
Living life at the speed of sound or, rather, living life to the sound of other people demanding that we relentlessly pursue recognition, material success, and professional achievement is physically and spiritually exhausting. Busyness in the Chinese language means “heart annihilation.” We are being annihilated by all of this hamster wheel living. Living in the cult of speed, we’ve lost our way and, as a result, have almost lost our soul—the very thing Jesus warned us about. Somewhere along the way, we have to stop and ask ourselves, “What am I losing by all of my gaining?” We need to live before we die! The God who redeemed our souls has given us the responsibility to become custodians of their care. Our souls are constantly under siege by the culture; they need to be restored and nurtured. But sadly, most of us take better care of our cars than our souls! Stephen W. Smith’s latest book, Soul Custody: Choosing to Care for the One and Only You, offers eight life-giving choices that everyone can make to free their souls from the world’s demands and release them to live meaningful and satisfying lives. FULL POST
Posted 8/12/10 at 10:13 AM | Audra Jennings
Trying to Save the One You Love Can Be Deadly
Hidden secrets provide the magnetic force that draws Chris Buckley and Jocelyn Evans together in the town of Solitary, North Carolina. There is no resistance strong enough to prevent these two young people from being pulled into the terrifying reality that has remained hidden in this town for so long. Travis Thrasher brings his talent to the young adult market in his latest horror tale, Solitary. Blending the sinister power of secrets with the unyielding power of young love, Thrasher creates a tale that will draw readers deep within this rural town and into the darkened hearts of the people who reside within this isolated mountain community.
Sixteen-year-old Chris Buckley has moved to the town of Solitary, North Carolina, with his mother, and he immediately senses that there is something dark lurking beneath the surface of the community he now calls home. Chris also discovers something far more powerful and unexpected than the unusual people of Solitary. He discovers that it is possible to love someone else enough to risk everything—even life itself. Jocelyn Evans repels Chris with as much power as she draws him to her heart when they first begin their relationship. As their emotions strengthen and grow, Chris learns that Jocelyn harbors terrifying secrets about the town and the evil that lurks within its residents. By the time Chris faces the horrifying reality of the evil forces at work around him, he realizes that living a life without Jocelyn is even more frightening. FULL POST
Posted 8/12/10 at 10:07 AM | Audra Jennings
Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX—There is a buzz growing today about a brand new fundraising effort, one that has never been done before, for a new non-profit movie production, Jesus… No Greater Love. Reaching out with technology, a lot of passion and a little mystery, The New Jesus Movie movement has started -www.NewJesusMovie.com.
Even as scores of new supporters have begun to pour in from most every corner of the world (see www.facebook.com/NewJesusMovie) , Malaysia, Brazil, Uganda, Nepal, Malawi… just in the last few days, a family foundation which desires to remain anonymous, has stepped forward with a pledge to match donations up to $4,000 from August 6 – 22, working through The National Christian Foundation.
“As you can guess,” remarks Bruce Marchiano, who is spearheading this groundbreaking vision, “I am EXTREMELY humbled and thankful for this family – and for everyone who has given of themselves to see the Gospel go forth in this dynamic.” FULL POST
Posted 8/12/10 at 9:53 AM | Audra Jennings
What people are saying about….
Beyond the Brady Bunch
“This book is a treasure chest of encouragement, hope, and inspiration for the blended family. It has been said that some families cannot blend; they can only collide. Not true. The Alsdorf family has ‘collided’ well. They are the real deal and a beautiful picture of a fantastic blended family.”
Dr. Gary Smalley, best-selling author of The Blessing and The Language of Love
“I have had the joy of pasturing the local church where Ray and Debbie have lived out the practical lessons taught in the new book. From the day they first met me until now, this beautiful couple has learned priceless lessons about blending families that they now share with all of us. Through their example they have earned the right to teach us all.” FULL POST
Posted 8/12/10 at 9:21 AM | Audra Jennings
Psychology - the least appreciated aspect of investing
Excerpt from Good Returns by George Schwartz
It is an unfortunate truth — but a truth, nonetheless — that most investors don’t make very much money in the stock market. The reason is simple, they buy high and sell low. Of course, they know they should be doing just the opposite. They understand that the idea is to buy a stock more cheaply than the price to which it can ultimately rise. Indeed, they would admit that it’s foolish to do anything else.
When I talk about Warren Buffett’s contrarian practices or the principles of Value Investing, people have no trouble recognizing the simple truth in what I’m saying. Buffett’s approach is so obvious: Buy when everybody else is selling and driving the price down. Likewise, Value Investing is no big mystery: Do your homework, and go with a company that has good management, strong numbers, and sound business characteristics. What could be more sensible? FULL POST
Posted 8/5/10 at 4:41 PM | Audra Jennings
Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX—There is a buzz growing today about a brand new fundraising effort, one that has never been done before, for a new non-profit movie production, Jesus… No Greater Love. Reaching out with technology, a lot of passion, and a little mystery, The New Jesus Movie movement has started (see www.facebook.com/NewJesusMovie). Even as scores of new supporters have begun to pour in from most every corner of the world—Malaysia, Brazil, Uganda, Nepal, and Malawi—just in the last few days, a family foundation which desires to remain anonymous has stepped forward with a pledge to match donations up to $4,000 from August 6-22, working through The National Christian Foundation.
“As you can guess,” remarks Bruce Marchiano, who is spearheading this groundbreaking vision, “I am extremely humbled and thankful for this family and their generous offer—and for everyone who has given to see the Gospel go forth in this dynamic way.” FULL POST
Posted 8/4/10 at 11:55 AM | Audra Jennings
Awaken to the God Who’s Already There
Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX—Have you ever experienced the nudge of the Holy Spirit in your life? Are you able to recognize that God is alive and active in every moment of your life and that He is actively working in every circumstance of your particular situation? Leonard Sweet’s latest book, Nudge: Awakening Each Other to the God Who’s Already There, encourages all believers to live every moment of their lives in holy awareness of Jesus’ activity all around them. Sweet contends that most people who claim to follow Christ are more adept at gaining attention than at paying attention, furiously beating bushes that advance their personal interests while not paying attention to the burning bushes all around them that showcase God’s activities. When believers begin to focus upon God’s activity all around them rather than on their own needs and desires, they will begin to not only notice what God is doing all around them, but will also be able to interpret and respond. FULL POST
Posted 7/29/10 at 5:32 PM | Audra Jennings
Women grow up dreaming of the life they hope to have. Many believe they will meet their soulmate for life, find a fulfilling career, be blessed with happy and obedient children, and enjoy good health. But these hopes and dreams often do not materialize in the reality of their lives. The soulmate never shows up, marriages fail in alarming numbers, unexpected health issues arise, parenting turns out to be a much tougher job than expected—and suddenly Plan B sets in. What do you do?
In this bold and uplifting book by gifted teacher Debbie Williams, you will discover that, no matter where Plan B has you headed, you don't have to simply discard the Plan A woman you always dreamed of being. In fact, even in the harshest headwinds of struggle, Williams encourages, instructs, and inspires you at every turn to move from the discouragement of the Plan B world into the fulfillment and peace of God's Plan A for your life. FULL POST