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Posted 4/17/14 at 11:59 AM | Book Stop

New Book 'Spoken For' Helps Women Discover God's Love and Share it With Others

Spoken For book cover

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

Seeking real love and acceptance? Authors Robin Jones Gunn and Alyssa Joy Bethke want young women to know they do not need to look any further than the God found in the pages of the Bible. Their Bible study Spoken For: Embracing Who You Are and Whose You Are (Waterbrook Multnomah) shows young ladies that God loves them and wants a relationship with them.

The authors know just how transformational God’s love can be. In the book Gunn and Bethke reveal how seeking fulfillment from boyfriends left them feeling empty, confused and hurting. Gunn shared how she was crushed after her college boyfriend and fiancé rejected her. Bethke wrote about her dating troubles as well as developing an eating disorder in college.

Both women found healing by pursuing a deeper relationship with God. Now they want others to experience the same thing. FULL POST

Posted 4/15/14 at 4:02 PM | Book Stop

'Prone To Love' Author Wants Christians to Break Free of Dysfunctional Relationships with God

Prone to Love by Jason Clark

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

Pastor, singer, and author Jason Clark wants Christians to know that they do not have utter desperate prayers in order to get God’s attention or affection. Instead Clark says Christians must find security in God’s love.

In Prone to Love, Clark shared how God’s love broke through his own insecurities as a Bible college graduate. Despite his education, the North Carolina pastor thought himself to be a “spiritual dwarf.” He describes God later speaking to his heart saying it was illegal for him to entertain such insecurities. “Either agree with Me or call Me a liar,” he hear God say.

Clark writes that in those words he found an invitation to “know God in a way I never had before” – as a perfect father whose love he did not have to chase after or beg for because “God is love and He is always good.” FULL POST

Posted 4/14/14 at 12:19 PM | Book Stop

Murder Simply Brewed - A Mystery Novel about Faith in the Midst of Uncertainty

(Photo: Zondervan)

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

God is sovereign even when surrounding circumstances are beyond your control. This lesson is evident in Vannetta Chapman’s latest book Murder Simply Brewed (Zondervan). Amber Wright and Hannah Troyer find their faith tested when there is an unexpected death at the small shopping center where they both work. The death sets off a series of unexplained events. Normally efficient and organized, Amber struggles to control the atmosphere the Amish Village shops. Hannah, who first discovered the body, is overcome with anxiety.

Every Christian faces uncontrollable circumstances; Chapman’s novel shows how to deal with those trials. We see Hannah, a young Amish woman, reading the scriptures and praying with her bishop. Hannah's prayers are answered with an unusual friendship with her "Englischer" boss Amber who encourages her to embrace new responsibilities and use her gift of perception. FULL POST

Posted 4/9/14 at 2:22 PM | Book Stop |

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God is Not About Control

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"I believe that control is as counter to God’s nature as darkness is to light."

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

By Jason Clark

Over the coming months I hope to write a series of articles that address the misunderstanding that the sovereignty of God has something to do with control.

There is a lie regarding God’s nature that can be traced back to the Garden of Eden. It’s the lie that God is about control, and a great majority within the church, and therefore the rest of the world, believes it.

The idea that God is controlling is the most disempowering religious thought on the planet. The idea that God wants control is the birthplace of religion. A controlling god has no other plan but law.

The law of the Old Testament was never meant to reveal God as controlling, it was meant to reveal humanity as in need of a Savior. And when the Savior came, He didn’t come to control us, He came to give us the authority of Love so we could control ourselves. It’s called grace. FULL POST

Posted 4/7/14 at 1:36 PM | Book Stop

How to Navigate Difficult Conversations

Tim Muehlhoff

(This article comes from The Book Room - The Christian Post's new section for book enthusiasts and authors.)

By IV Press

How do we communicate with people who disagree with us? Communications expert Tim Muehlhoff provides a strategy for having difficult conversations in his new book I Beg to Differ. He uses insights from Scripture and communication theory to provide practical ways to manage disagreements and resolve conflicts, helping us to move from contentious debate to constructive dialogue.

In this interview conducted by InterVarsity Press and reposted to The Book Room with permission, Muehlhoff shares why he crafted this unique communication tool and how important it is to acknowledge the other person's story and cultivate common ground during a difficult conversation.

Q: Why did you decided to write a book about having difficult conversations?

Muehlhoff: When I first started thinking about writing this book, a friend asked me why this topic? This is how I responded in an email: FULL POST

Posted 4/4/14 at 1:31 PM | Book Stop

Emmy-Award Winning News Correspondent Hattie Kauffman Finds Her Life 'Falling Into Place'

(This article comes from The Book Room - The Christian Post's new section for book enthusiasts and authors.)

After a second failed marriage, Emmy-award winning news correspondent and author Hattie Kauffman began to re-examine her life – from her childhood living in poverty with alcohol-addicted parents to her teenage years living with a kind aunt who taught her the 23rd Psalm.

That memory helped Kauffman, who describes in her book Falling into Place feeling an aching emptiness inside despite her successful career, to recognize the redemptive work God had been doing throughout her entire life and ultimately find her faith.

Falling into Place: A Memoir of Overcoming gives readers an inside look into the events that shaped this remarkable woman who thought she'd left the ghosts of childhood behind her.

Here is an excerpt of from the second chapter of Falling Into Place: FULL POST

Posted 4/1/14 at 4:08 PM | Book Stop

Coffee with Jesus: The Perfect Blend of Faith and Humor

The book Coffee With Jesus features comics with a message.

(This article comes from The Book Room - The Christian Post's new section for book enthusiasts and authors.)

April 1 – April Fools’ Day – is a day for comedy, mischief and Tomfoolery. Certainly not a day Christians, right? After all Jesus never told jokes, right? Well Coffee with Jesus cartoonist David Wilkie would argue that not only does humor have a place among Christianity, but Jesus did tell a joke or two during His ministry.

He explained, “When I read the gospel, I see a little bit of the jokester in Jesus. The classic example is of course is as He’s talking to the Pharisees, He [says they are] straining the gnat and swallowing the camel. We’ve read that and heard that so many times but we forget it’s actually a joke. You know that’s a line that probably got a pretty good laugh from the farmers and the shopkeepers and peasants standing around listening – Haha, did you hear what he said? He said they’re straining a gnat and swallowing a camel – that’s a good line and it’s kind of sarcastic.” FULL POST

Posted 3/28/14 at 1:21 PM | Book Stop

Guilt, Redemption and the Supernatural in 'The Devil Walks in Mattingly'

(This article comes from The Book Room - The Christian Post's new section for book enthusiasts and authors.)

Author interview of Billy Coffey
(Photo: Thomas Nelson)

Billy Coffey’s new book The Devil Walks in Mattingly is a tale of guilt, secrets, redemption and forgiveness. Drawing on his own experience living in a small town, the novel takes the readers to Mattingly where Sherriff Jake Barnett and his wife Kate struggle with the death of a high school boy in their past. When the past invades the future, Jake and Kate must face their fears and walk into the darkness.

In this interview with The Book Room, Coffey discusses his inspiration for the novel as well as lessons readers can learn from the characters.

TBR: What inspired this story?

Coffey: Our town is a small place. Growing up, the kids you walk in with on the first day of kindergarten are in large part the kids you walk out with on your last day of high school. It was the same with me. We were all safely entrenched in our own cliques by the time we were freshmen. All but Ed. There’s always an Ed, unfortunately. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you grew up. The kid who’s different, who’s always picked on, always bullied. I never bullied him, though I always ignored him. I somehow thought that made me better than most until I realized years later that perhaps I’d done Ed more harm than anyone else. They tore him down, and yet I did nothing to lift him up. That notion of guilt has remained with me ever since, so much so that it became the genesis of this novel. FULL POST

Posted 3/27/14 at 4:37 PM | Book Stop

INTERVIEW: Jim DeMint Talks About "Falling in love with America Again"

Falling in Love With America Again - book by Jim DeMint

(This article comes from The Book Room - The Christian Post's new section for book enthusiasts and authors.)

Hi this is Tyler O’Neil. I speaking with former Sen. Jim DeMint who is also president of The Heritage Foundation and Author the new book “Falling in Love with America Again.”

CP : What’s your biggest tip in how we should fall in love with our country?

DeMint:  Just remember what made America great in the first place. I think a lot of people are looking to Washington to do things that it’s impossible for Washington to do. If you look back on our history, America was unique in all the world because we were built from the ground up by innovative and courageous individuals and the “little platoons” that Edmund Burke talks about: the families, the church groups, the small businesses, the charities, that’s what makes America strong and they in effect were empowered by liberty because they could all make their own decisions about what they wanted to do and what they valued so all the small businesses that grew up, the innovation came from the ground up. That’s what creates opportunity. So a big part of the book is just telling stories of little platoons all over the country that are creating better schools, better healthcare systems, better ways to develop energy and create a vibrant economy and we compare that with what big government and what we call bigonomics does to actually hurt the little guy. FULL POST

Posted 3/27/14 at 4:33 PM | Book Stop

Author, Biblical Counselor Explains Emotional Abuse

(This article comes from The Book Room - The Christian Post's new section for book enthusiasts and authors.)

Biblical counselor and host of radio program "Hope for the Heart" June Hunt has a message for you: it is possible to stop the pain of abuse. In this interview with CP Insider, the Verbal and Emotional Abuse: Victory Over Verbal and Emotional Abuse author defines emotional abuse and explains what it does to the soul.

CP: What is the difference between verbal and emotional abuse?

Hunt: Well we pretty much think we know what it means when there’s emotional abuse going on. That’s the systematic, ongoing cutting or sharp tone that’s meant to dominate or control another person. It’s not just a one-time event where you say something wrong and you go oh I’m so sorry, please forgive me. It’s mistreatment of another person intentional. FULL POST

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