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Posted 7/23/14 at 1:19 PM | Book Stop |

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Christian Comedian Chonda Pierce's Husband Suffers Fatal Stroke; The Queen of Clean Tweets her Spouse 'is Home'

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(This article was originally posted in The Book Room - The Christian Post's new section for book enthusiasts and authors.)

Tuesday evening Chonda Pierce, the entertainer also known as the “Queen of Clean,” announced her husband’s death on Facebook and Twitter posting a picture of her husband along with the words “David is home.” The announcement followed a near month-long battle following a sudden stroke.

The update elicited many sympathetic responses. Contemporary Christian singer/ songwriter Sheila Walsh tweeted. “Chonda I am so so sorry for your loss. Praying for you all XXX.” Twirl Author Patsy Clairmont expressed her condolences to the Pierce family on behalf her household. “Les and I send our love. We grieve with you. Such a loss,” she wrote on Twitter. FULL POST

Posted 7/21/14 at 4:04 PM | Book Stop

Parenting With Scripture

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(This article was originally posted in The Book Room - The Christian Post's new section for book enthusiasts and authors.)

Author Kara Durbin knows the power teaching your children scripture; Durbin's mother “blessed” her life by parenting her with scripture. The homeschooling mom wrote Parenting With Scripture: A Topical Guide for Teachable Moments (Moody Publishing) to be an A-Z guide topical to help parents instill God’s principles into their children. Here is a list adapted from her book on how to use bible verses in teachable moments

1. Discuss Scripture: Talk about the verse of choice with your child, clarifying any words a child may not know and explaining its meaning.

2. Pray Using God’s Word: After you’ve read the Bible verse and explained it, reword the scriptures to become a prayer. For example you would pray Psalm 119:29 like this “Lord, please help keep (child’s name) from being deceitful or mean. Thank you that you forgive us when we do wrong.” FULL POST

Posted 7/21/14 at 11:49 AM | Book Stop

Marriage Mondays with Shaunti Feldhahn: Women, See Going Out and Doing Things Together as Romantic

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Marriage Monday Tip from Shaunti Feldhahn:

A tip for women: Recognize that your man wants romance too, but it may mean going out and playing together; so notice and seize on things he mentions doing (sports, outdoor activities, walking the aisles of the local DIY store…) and enjoy the time together!

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Welcome to Marriage Mondays! Each Monday, join us here in the Book Corner as I share my top findings on the little, eye-opening things that make a big difference in creating great marriages and relationships. Today’s post is one of a series on the surprising truths that men and women tend not to know about each other–and which change everything once we do.

Tip #22: Women, see going out and doing things together as romantic

Ladies, when you envision romance, what comes to mind? I’m guessing candlelight dinners… maybe a horse-drawn carriage ride… a picnic on the beach at sunset… Since we were little girls, those sort of picturesque dates have seemed wonderfully romantic to us. We care about romance. But unfortunately, somewhere along the way, we come to assume that our man doesn’t care about romance at all! FULL POST

Posted 7/17/14 at 3:26 PM | Book Stop |

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What Does the Bible Say About Violence Against Women?

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(This article was originally posted in The Book Room - The Christian Post's new section for book enthusiasts and authors.)

One in three women around the globe have been beaten, coerced into sex or abused. In the United States a woman is assaulted or beaten every nine minutes. What does God say about violence against women?

Clerygyman Justin Holcomb and his counselor wife Lindsey answer this question and so much more in their new book Is It My Fault? Hope and Healing for those Suffering Domestic Violence (Moody Publishers). The Holcombs combine theology and research to shine a light on abusive relationships. In this excerpt of Is It My Fault?, there is a list of verses that reveal what God thinks about physical violence and verbal abuse.

1. God Hates Abuse (Psalms 11:5)

2. God Will Judge All Unrepentant Physical Abusers Harshly (Psalms 11:5, Proverbs 1:8-19, Joel 3:19, Micah3:1-7, Nahum 3:1-7) FULL POST

Posted 7/16/14 at 3:27 PM | Book Stop |

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‘Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert’ Author Says Homophobia is a Sin

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(This article was originally posted in The Book Room - The Christian Post's new section for book enthusiasts and authors.)

Rosaria Butterfield, a former atheist and lesbian, denounced a Christian brand of homophobia that pronounces the LGBT community “too sinful to respond to God’s call on their life” as a sin in an article for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

“Homosexuality is a sin, but so is homophobia,” the former Syracuse University wrote in the July 14 article. Butterfield defined homophobia as a fear of homosexuality that causes some Christians to ignore or overlook lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgendered people, like all of humanity, were made in God’s image.

She contended that many in the LGBT community are “waiting like the caterpillar that spawned today’s butterfly” to hear the gospel. FULL POST

Posted 7/15/14 at 12:28 PM | Book Stop |

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Beloved Comic Book Character to Die Defending Gay Rights, Gun Control

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Archie Andrews, the orange-haired lead of Archie Comics, will make the ultimate sacrifice to defend a gay character in Wednesday’s edition of the “Life with Archie.”

A grown-up Archie will take a bullet to protect Kevin Keller, a new figure to the Archie Comics brand who married his Iraq war vet partner in a 2012 storyline. In the new 2014 storyline a character attempts to assassinate Kevin, a newly elected senator and gun control advocate. The Archie Comics website reveals that the lovable pal of Jughead, Veronica and Betty will not recover from his wounds.

The plot twist was initially announced in April. Archie Comics Publisher and CEO Jon Goldwater told the Associated Press that Archie’s death is heroic and selfless and in line with the character’s personality. FULL POST

Posted 7/15/14 at 12:21 PM | Book Stop

Potter's House First Lady Helps Teen Girls Find 'The Princess Within'

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(This article was originally posted in The Book Room - The Christian Post's new section for book enthusiasts and authors.)

Serita Ann Jakes, wife of Potter’s House pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes, has a heart of women. Now she has adapted a book that she penned for women to help teenage girls discover who they are in Christ. In The Princess Within for Teens: Discovering Your Royal Inheritance (Bethany House) Jakes uses her experience as a mother and a family ministry leader to give timeless wisdom to and guidance tailored to today’s generation.

In this question and answer interview, republished with permission, Jakes shares why young women can entrust their most private secrets to God and how to break free of shame and guilt.

Q: Your book The Princess Within was received very well. Now with The Princess Within for Teens, you come alongside teen girls to deal with the messiness of life. What advice would you give to parents … who want to lead their daughter’s into the Father’s arms? FULL POST

Posted 7/14/14 at 9:27 AM | Book Stop

Marriage Mondays with Shaunti Feldhahn: Men, Listen and Understand Your Wife’s Feelings First

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Marriage Monday Tip from Shaunti Feldhahn

A tip for men: When your wife is worrying about or bothered by an emotional problem, take the first step of listening to her feelings before the second step of trying to address the problem.

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Welcome to Marriage Mondays! Each Monday, join us here in the Book Corner as I share my top findings on the little, eye-opening things that make a big difference in creating great marriages and relationships. Today’s post is one of a series on the surprising truths that men and women tend not to know about each other–and which change everything once we do.

Tip #21: Men, listen and understand your wife’s feelings first.

Every guy has been there. Your wife comes home from work or school or managing a playdate, very upset about something that happened. Let’s say that someone she thought was a close co-worker threw her under the bus and got her in trouble with her boss. So she arrives home in tears. After a few minutes, when she wails “I don’t know what to do!”, you see the opportunity to ride in on your white stallion, with your cape flying. You put on your calmest voice, to try to make the conversation more clear-headed and say, “Honey, it might be a good idea to send an email right now, asking for a meeting with your boss first thing tomorrow morning.” FULL POST

Posted 7/8/14 at 1:39 PM | Book Stop

New Books for July 8

(This article was originally posted in The Book Room - The Christian Post's new section for book enthusiasts and authors.)

From a novel about a modern day power couple trying to fix their loveless marriage to a guide to Revelations, here are some new books worth looking up in your local bookstore.

Thomas Nelson

The Book of Revelations Made Clear by Tim LaHaye and Timothy E. Parker

In this book LaHaye, a Bible scholar and best-selling author, and renowned puzzle master Parker demystify Revelation for your benefit.

Veil of Secrets by Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackle

In this novel, Melanie and Will Connors are the perfect power couple. Will is the chief campaign strategist for a rising presidential candidate; Melanie is a prominent advocate for protecting children in an over-sexualized culture. Their devotion to one another is admired, even envied. But their marriage isn’t what it appears to be. FULL POST

Posted 7/7/14 at 12:40 PM | Book Stop

Bestselling Author Returns to Talk Total Surrender

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(This article was originally posted in The Book Room - The Christian Post's new section for book enthusiasts and authors.)

Kevin Malarkey, author of the New York Times bestseller The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven about his son's trip to Heaven and back, returns to the literary scene with a new message: total surrender to God is the key to experiencing the sense of peace and purpose you crave.

His new book A Beautiful Defeat: Find True Freedom and Purpose in Total Surrender to God casts a revealing look at the gnawing feelings inside all of us; the feelings urging that life could be better if we would just be more organized or work a little harder.

Malarkey then compares those urgings to the message of the cross.

The message is of the cross is one of beautiful defeat: Jesus died to reconcile us to God so that we can die and give our lives to Him and to others. FULL POST

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