Life Promotions, founded by international speaker and author Bob Lenz, is partnering with Lifetouch, the world’s largest employee-owned photography company, to supply Lenz’ new book entitled Dignity Revolution: Standing up for the value of every person, to 6000 middle schools around the nation. Co-authored with award-winning educator, Deborah Tackmann, Dignity Revolution is a culmination of Lenz’ three decades of leading assemblies in over 3000 public schools on the issues of bullying, self-harm, suicide and substance abuse. Since 1982, Lenz has reached an estimated four million youth in the U.S. and around the world.
“We are humbled and thrilled that Lifetouch has partnered with us to get this book into the hands of students and teachers around the nation,” says Lenz. “If you look at the number of addictions, cuttings, suicides, and school shootings, it can be discouraging. So how can we help this generation that seems to have so many opportunities before them, use those opportunities to their advantage in positive ways? That’s what I hope we can accomplish with the Dignity Revolution. The 8th and 9th grader is our core target group. We recognize we may not be able to stop all bullying, but we can teach kids how to stand up for themselves and not become victims of others, and how not to become bullies.” FULL POST
Pelican Book Group, a division of Pelican Ventures, LLC, has announced the creation of its new imprint,Pure Amore, to launch books beginning in October. Pure Amore will be the first romance genre imprint to promote abstinence before marriage. Editor in Chief for Pelican, Nicola Martinez, says the content of the books will be something both Christians and non-Christians will embrace, but that there was a specific goal in mind while forming the new imprint.
“I wanted to produce something that would help young people to see how precious the gift of their virginity is to their future spouse,” says Martinez. “The truth is that each individual is worth waiting for and lovemaking is intended to create a bond with only one special person. To believe and act on this one truth will, across the board, increase self-worth and peer respect, strengthen marriages, cut the rate of unwanted pregnancy, and so many other things. As a Christian publisher that publishes romance—promotes lasting love between a man and a woman—I felt we could definitely do something to promote chastity.” FULL POST
Arrow Records Releases “Christmas in the City: The Deluxe Edition” featuring Canton Jones,
Ann Nesby, Shonlock, and Jeff Sparks
College Park, GA −Arrow Records has released Christmas in the City: Deluxe Edition, a collection of Christmas season favorites. First released in 2008, this third edition includes two new bonus tracks, “Silver Bells” and “Holiday Love.”
“We are excited about the newest collection of popular Christmas songs,” says Taffi Dollar, CEO of Arrow Records and co-pastor of World Changers Church International. “It gives our label a chance to showcase some of our top talent. But more importantly, it allows us an opportunity to keep the name of Jesus Christ alive at a time when shopping and holiday parties too easily crowd out the reason for the season.”
Chart-topping artists featured on the album include Shonlock, Canton Jones, Ann Nesby and Jeff Sparks. FULL POST
The new book, 101 Devotions for Busy Families (Carpenter’s Son/STL Distribution) by Tom Frye and the Frye Family Band has garnered endorsements from author Mary Beth Chapman, wife of Steven Curtis Chapman, as well as Caedmon’s Call member Andrew Osenga, and award-winning songwriter/producer Joe Beck. The book stems from the Frye family’s practical application of devotions, as well as their experience of homeschooling all three of their children since grade school.
“Having regular family devotions provides a sense of stability,” says Tom. “Over the years, we would read through scripture or a devotional and many times the text would speak directly to a need or situation, opening up opportunities for my wife Lisa and I to share in a very personal way with our children. Sometimes they would lead to the kids sharing thoughts or feelings which might have otherwise gone unspoken, and potentially festered beneath the surface. Devotions have brought not just the peace and stability of God's directing in our lives, but also helped build trust, understanding, and patience when dealing with those inside and outside our home. By practicing the discipline of leading our families in prayer and scripture reading, we model the importance of faithful leadership in our own homes.” FULL POST
Creation House Publishers’ Spanish publishing division, Casa Creacion, has announced that the book The Stained Glass Curtain: Crossing the Evangelical-Catholic Divide to Find our Common Heritage by Father Dimitri Sala will be translated into Spanish for distribution this fall. La Cortina de Vitrales: Cuando Penetramos la División entre Evangélicos y Católicos para Encontrar Nuestro Patrimonio Común will be available November 2013 in the U.S. and January 2014 in international markets. Father Sala, a Franciscan Friar-Priest involved full-time in evangelical preaching and apostolic ministry, believes this book fits perfectly with the message of the new pope.
“Pope Francis was greatly involved with and respected by Evangelicals in Argentina,” says Sala, “and there is a sense that Argentina is on the point of a new springtime for evangelism among Catholics who haven’t personally responded to the Good News and for unity among Christians. This could be an effectual door for all of Latin America.” FULL POST
Israel Today Ministries has launched an ambitious goal for their annual Christmas project. After eleven years of helping feed the poorest children in Israel, the organization’s 2013 “Feed Israel’s Children” Hanukkah/Christmas Project is being launched to feed 250 children from both Jewish and Arab families for an entire 12 months. Last year, Israel Today was able to sustain over fifty children aged 3 to 7 years old. But founder, Dr. Jeffrey Johnson, says the need this year is overwhelming.
“No one understands the poverty of these kids unless they see if first-hand,” says Dr. Johnson, who often leads tours to the Holy Land. “These children come not only from impoverished homes, but also from abusive situations. They are sheltered five days per week where they receive two hot meals and a nutritious snack (which is more than they would get at home), educational enrichment and emotional support. Our efforts help children in both Jewish and Arab households." FULL POST
Christians puzzled by tough and hotly-argued issues such as human origins, atheism, and more will find help in April as NRB Network brings together some of the nation's top Christian apologists for the Know Truth Apologetics Conference.
The conference is Saturday, April 13, 2013, from 9 am to 6 pm at Christ Church Nashville, which is sponsoring the event along with NRB Network.
Attendees will find insights and answers from leading Christian apologists who will address these topics:
-Ray Bohlin, Ph.D., a Discovery Institute Fellow, on "Evidence for Design in Biology"
-William Dembski, Ph.D., a leading intelligent design thinker, on "The Scientific & Cultural Impact of Intelligent Design"
-Stuart McAllister, an apologist for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, on "The Question of Meaning"
-Alex McFarland, an author and popular apologetics speaker, on "What You'll Hear Your Freshman Year"
-Frank Turek, president of CrossExamined.org, on "Why I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist"
-Dan Scott, Senior Pastor at Christ Church Nashville, on "Why Apologetics is Important to the Believer & The Church" FULL POST
Top 40 Billboard artist, author, and conference speaker Jennifer Shaw is releasing her new album entitled Someday during October’s National Sensory Awareness Month. To assist in efforts to bring awareness to sensory disorders and other special needs issues, Shaw is offering the song entitled “Your Child” as a free download to all special needs families during the month of October. Shaw's own son, Toby, was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder at an early age. In addition, a music video of the song is in the works and special needs families are encouraged to send in photos of their child for possible inclusion in the video. Shaw says she wants the video to include all types of special needs children.
“When Toby was diagnosed with SPD," says Shaw, "no one really knew because he was just this cute little boy and nothing was visible. Well-meaning people would give me parenting advice, thinking they were helping. What they didn't realize was that Toby was dealing with a very serious issue and his brain was telling him that grass was hurting his feet or bread was cutting his throat. He would scream in agony at things that wouldn't bother other children. One thing we want people to understand is that sometimes a child's special needs issue is visible and sometimes it isn't. Families that deal with special needs issues need to be supported and uplifted and we hope this song gives them a bit of encouragement." FULL POST
65 years ago, Ralph Carmichael changed the Church’s tune.
And he’s still making an impact on the music industry today.
In 2013, Ralph Carmichael will make history as the oldest conductor to embark on a 30-city tour across the U.S. But then, making history is something Ralph has been doing most of his career. He is affectionately known as the “Father of Contemporary Christian Music,” but his musical contributions have run the gamut over the past six decades. Ralph’s resume’ crosses all musical lines and includes many of the biggest names in music including Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Tex Ritter, Rosemary Clooney, Pat Boone, Peggy Lee, and Ella Fitzgerald. Ralph composed music for some of television’s most beloved shows including “I Love Lucy”, “Roy Rogers & Dale Evans,” and “Bonanza.” He had a long time association with pianist Roger Williams with whom he scored the million-selling hit song, “Born Free,” which was made popular by the successful book and movie. FULL POST
The Monks of the Desert, who spend their daily hours praying for peace, working and studying in silence, have entered the realm of major label music production with their Sony MASTERWORKS debut album Blessings, Peace and Harmony which will be released on April 24, 2012.
Blessings, Peace and Harmony compiles selections from the Monks' four independent recordings of Gregorian chant, and also features four new chants recorded expressly for this new collection. Named after Pope Gregory I, Gregorian chant involves the early Christian liturgical music that originated in medieval times and forms the roots of Western classical music. Consisting solely of melody, the chants are sung unaccompanied and generally by small choral groups--and through the ages have continuously supplied listeners of all circumstances with a soothing sense of solace.
"The kind of singing that we do calms the spirit and helps us live in peace with our world and with one another," says Abbot Philip Lawrence, a scholar of chant who also leads the Monastery of Christ In The Desert - home to an American order of Benedictine monks from Abiquiu, New Mexico. "Chanting has some strange effect on the brain waves according to various studies," continues Abbot Philip, but this effect is certainly not the Monks of the Desert's objective; rather their goal, and that of Gregorian chant, notes Abbot Philip, is "to focus on the words rather than the challenge of voice production or sight reading. It is always our hope that our singing will bring others to peace, inner tranquility and an appreciation of beauty. These values can help create a world in which peace and tranquility prevail." FULL POST