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Audra Jennings

Audra Jennings is a publicist with Litfuse Publicity Group.

Posted 12/7/16 at 2:22 PM | Audra Jennings

A fun-filled explorer's guide to the Bible

Part 2 of an interview with Champ Thornton,
Author of The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith

The Radical Book for Kids by Champ Thornton is a fun-filled explorer's guide to the Bible, church history and life for boys and girls ages 8 and up. Along with examining some of the most exciting realities in the universe, the handbook is vibrantly illustrated and chock-full of fun facts and ideas. Deep truths are communicated to elementary and middle-school aged kids while stimulating their curiosity and sense of adventure within a gospel-centered framework.

Chock-full of charts, design elements and illustrations that captivate and inspire, The Radical Book for Kids will have beginning, advanced and even I-don't-like-to-read readers engrossed in engaging chapters covering important aspects of Christianity, such as:

  • Biblical history
  • Theology
  • Fun facts
  • Church history
  • Daily Christian living
  • Radical faith in the face of adversity
  • Roots of the faith
  • The lives of historical men and women of faith

Click here to take a look inside The Radical Book for Kids. FULL POST

Posted 12/6/16 at 1:28 PM | Audra Jennings

How can the church reach out to the homosexual community?

Part 2 of an interview with Bob Fife,
Author of Out: One Christian's Experience of Leaving the Gay Community

When molested as a child by an older boy he trusted, Bob Fife had no idea how his life trajectory would be altered drastically by the event. Something happened in his heart that night, launching Fife on a quest for acceptance, security and masculinity. Out: One Christian's Experience of Leaving the Gay Community (Kregel Publications) is the vivid story of Fife's descent into homosexual practices - and his courageous fight to climb out again.

Fife found help, hope and support when he reconnected with the church. Through his involvement in a local congregation and a program run by a ministry reaching out to those in the gay community, Fife began to learn how to allow the Holy Spirit to make lasting changes in the way he thought, spoke and acted.

"I offer this book not as a blueprint for everyone whose life shares some of the same challenges, temptations or weaknesses as mine," says Fife, "but as a bold declaration that when God is welcomed in, anything can happen. I have seen God work in totally unexpected ways in the lives of those who surrender the broken pieces to him." FULL POST

Posted 12/5/16 at 2:29 PM | Audra Jennings

Pain with a purpose

Part 1 of an interview with Tanika Fitzgerald, author of
Miscarried Joy: Moving Beyond Incredible Pain to Extraordinary Faith

According to the March of Dimes, somewhere between 15-25% of known pregnancies end in miscarriage. Despite the fact so many women share a common loss, they endure the grief of miscarriage alone and in silence. Many feel a sense of guilt or shame, as though what happened was somehow their fault. Others simply don't want to burden others with their pain. No matter the reason, the dark season following the loss of a baby can shake the faith of even the most faithful believer. In Miscarried Joy: Moving Beyond Incredible Pain to Extraordinary Faith (Nyree Press), Tanika Fitzgerald offers hope for those dealing with incredible pain of loss, providing help to conquer discouragement and discover new purpose.

Q: We don't often see the words miscarried and joy together in the same sentence. How and why were you able to marry them as the title of this book? FULL POST

Posted 12/1/16 at 3:42 PM | Audra Jennings

Waiting for the Wonder of God

Part 1 of an interview with Marlo Schalesky,
Author of Waiting for Wonder

In today's culture, waiting can seem like a constant nuisance. Whether it's waiting in line, at the doctor's office or in traffic, we are often presented with the struggle of not being in control of our own time. Likewise, believing God when a promise is new is easy, but it's hard when the years pass and nothing changes. It's harder still when desperation strikes, plans backfire and God does not seem to fill the emptiness. In Waiting for Wonder: Learning to Live on God's Timeline (Abingdon Press), Marlo Schalesky encourages readers to think differently about our waiting periods of life.

Q: You have focused on writing books about the wonder of God. Describe what that means to you.

Do you remember when you were young and would climb trees and run through sprinklers? Do you remember when a simple daisy would capture your imagination and a butterfly would capture your heart? Those days when beauty was not so rare and life was painted with the vivid colors of awe? Too often we lose not only our childlike wonder of the world, but we also lose our wonder of God --- that sense of awe, beauty, and catch-your-breath, more-than-I-ever-dreamed sense of who God is. We lose it in the waiting rooms of life. FULL POST

Posted 11/30/16 at 4:22 PM | Audra Jennings

An A to Z approach to prayer

Part 1 of an interview with Amelia Rhodes,
Author of Pray A to Z: A Practical Guide to Pray for Your Community

A text from a friend. An urgent phone call from a family member. An announcement at church. Maybe even a share on social media or story from the news. Many needs surrounding us require prayer. Each request is valuable and worthy of time before the Father, but the sheer number of them can be overwhelming. In Pray A to Z: A Practical Guide to Pray for Your Community (Worthy Inspired), author Amelia Rhodes helps readers topically organize their prayer requests and lay the burdens of their community at the feet of the Heavenly Father.

Q: Pray A to Z is not an instruction book on the mechanics of prayer, but rather a guide to praying for one's community, born from your personal experiences. Where did the idea of praying from A to Z come from? FULL POST

Posted 11/16/16 at 3:07 PM | Audra Jennings

One woman's journey from incredible pain to extraordinary faith

One woman's journey from incredible pain to extraordinary faith
Tanika Fitzgerald shares her story of loss to help other women learn
to wait on God

According to the March of Dimes, somewhere between 15-25% of known pregnancies end in miscarriage. Despite the fact so many women share a common loss, they endure the grief of miscarriage alone and in silence. Many feel a sense of guilt or shame, as though what happened was somehow their fault. Others simply don't want to burden others with their pain. No matter the reason, the dark season following the loss of a baby can shake the faith of even the most faithful believer. In Miscarried Joy: Moving Beyond Incredible Pain to Extraordinary Faith (Nyree Press/ November 15, 2016), Tanika Fitzgerald offers hope for those dealing with incredible pain of loss, providing help to conquer discouragement and discover new purpose. FULL POST

Posted 11/15/16 at 2:23 PM | Audra Jennings

Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith

Part 1 of an interview with Champ Thornton,
Author of The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith

What images does the term "radical faith" conjure? The Latin origin of the word "radical" literally means "roots." Today the word also means extreme or revolutionary --- even excellent or cool. With The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith (New Growth Press), author Champ Thornton takes children deep into the ancient roots and origins of the Christian faith in both exciting and innovative ways.

Brilliantly illustrated and extremely kid-friendly, The Radical Book for Kids is an explorer's guide to the Bible, church history and life, mixing practical and theological elements with fun activities such as a 3,000-year-old board game and a tutorial on how to make a (kid-safe) David-style slingshot. The hands-on approach will help kids grasp the Bible's relevance for daily life and leave them with a curiosity driving them to learn more. FULL POST

Posted 11/9/16 at 1:38 PM | Audra Jennings

Bob Fife shares his story of grace and redemption through Christ

Part 1 of an interview with Bob Fife,
Author of Out: One Christian's Experience of Leaving the Gay Community

Bob Fife was raised in a dysfunctional home and, despite an early conversion to Christianity, had an uneasy young life. Nothing prepared Bob for being sexually molested by an older boy he trusted --- or for what happened in his heart afterward.

From the confusion of his teen years, to his marriage and fatherhood, to his discovery and embrace of the flamboyant Toronto gay scene, the path Bob took became increasingly indulgent. He even abandoned his young family to follow his new lifestyle around the world. But an unexpected visit from his college-aged son over a decade later caused Bob to confront the consequences of his excesses --- and find his way back to a restored relationship with the God who loves him.

For those seeking to deal with their same-sex attractions, not celebrate them, Bob's fascinating story points a way to grace and redemption. Today he devotes his time to mentoring men and women who are looking for alternative ways to deal with same-sex attraction. FULL POST

Posted 11/8/16 at 1:44 PM | Audra Jennings

Journey into the heart of God's timing

Journey into the heart of God's timing
Marlo Schalesky walks readers through the wonder of waiting

In today's culture, waiting can seem like a constant nuisance. Whether it's waiting in line, at the doctor's office or in traffic, we are often presented with the struggle of not being in control of our own time. Likewise, believing God when a promise is new is easy, but it's hard when the years pass and nothing changes. It's harder still when desperation strikes, plans backfire and God does not seem to fill the emptiness. In Waiting for Wonder: Learning to Live on God's Timeline (Abingdon Press/November 1, 2016/ISBN: 9781501820106/$16.99), Marlo Schalesky encourages readers to think differently about our waiting periods of life.

The idea of waiting is directly opposed to our culture's incessant message of quick results, instant gratification and personal success. We're taught that setting our mind, dreaming big and taking action are all that's needed to make a change. God, however, has a different plan. In Waiting for Wonder, Schalesky takes readers on a unique, contemplative journey examining the life of Abraham's wife, Sarah, to reveal the wonder that is often missed when we find ourselves struggling to wait well. "God's timing is so very often not our timing," Schalesky states. "My own heart shrinks from a life filled with decades of promises still not come true, of desperate prayers that groan through months turned to years. I wrestle with the wonder of waiting." FULL POST

Posted 11/3/16 at 1:59 PM | Audra Jennings

Linda Znachko's small "yes" changed her life - and her community - forever

Part 2 of an interview with Linda Znachko,
Author of He Knows Your Name

Linda Znachko has found herself in places she never dreamed she would be: at the graveside of the child of an abused mother; by the side of a mother fighting for her lost child; and at the funeral of a Texas stripper who died two days before her baptism but left a legacy of love behind. When Linda stepped out of her comfort zone and into these implausible places with people she was unlikely to otherwise encounter, she discovered the life she never knew she wanted---a life of saying yes to God whenever He asks.

In her book He Knows Your Name: How One Abandoned Baby Inspired Me to Say Yes to God (Kregel Publications), Znachko tells her story of saying, "Yes," to nudges from God. Today, she has a ministry that gives children a name in life, and dignity and honor in death. When she shares her stories of broken lives redeemed, other broken people respond, and so the ripple effects of that long-ago yes continue to spread, touching lives that yearn for healing, and underscoring the fact that every life matters to God. FULL POST

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