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Posted 6/25/14 at 1:54 PM | Book Stop

Novelist’s First Book Steals the Show at the 2014 Christy Awards

(This article was originally posted in The Book Room - The Christian Post's new section for book enthusiasts and authors.)
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Lori Benton's 2013 debut novel Burning Sky was named The Christy Awards’ Book of Year Monday as well as best historical fiction, and best first novel.

The recognition is well-deserved and hard-earned.

Praise for Benton’s book has poured in from both Christian and secular sources since it was published last August. Burning Sky, a story set in America’s earliest days, tells the story of Willa Obenchain— at 14-year-old girl abducted and forced to live among Mohawk Indians as Burning Sky.

USA Today recognized her work as an “intricate exploration of human emotion,” and “riveting.” The Historical Novel Society applauded the novel saying “This story is well written and researched. Even those who do not read Christian Fiction will find Willa’s story compelling.” The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association named Burning Sky as a finalist for the 2014 ECPA Awards’ best fiction. (Tosca Lee’s Iscariot: A Novel of Judas won the April award.) FULL POST

Posted 6/25/14 at 1:05 PM | Book Stop

Marriage Month Tip Of The Day from Shaunti Feldhahn: Go to Church

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<strong>By far one of the most important actions to create and protect a happy marriage is to put God at the center of your marriage and get plugged in to a church community.</strong>

<em>Welcome to Marriage Month! From June 5 to July 4, 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 difference hope makes in marriage – <a href="http://amzn.to/1mvldQy">and the 8 year investigation that debunked the discouraging myths we have all believed about marriage and divorce</a>.</em>

<strong>Tip 12: Go to church</strong>

One of the biggest myths discouraging churchgoers in recent decades is the notion that “George Barna found the rate of divorce is the same in the church.” On the contrary, George Barna found no such thing – and the real facts point us to a key action for anyone who wants strong, happy and long-lasting marriages. FULL POST

Posted 6/24/14 at 8:56 AM | Book Stop

Marriage Month Tip Of The Day from Shaunti Feldhahn: Know Your Marriage Will Last Forever

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Marriage Month Tip Of The Day from Shaunti Feldhahn

When you encounter marriage problems, don’t start the slippery slope of worrying that it may not last; instead, just know your marriage will last a lifetime.


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Welcome to Marriage Month! From June 5 to July 4, 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 difference hope makes in marriage – and the 8 year investigation that debunked the discouraging myths we have all believed about marriage and divorce.

Tip 11: Never waver from knowing your marriage will last a lifetime

I can still remember one of the most visually-effective points I’ve ever seen made by a professor. In my business school course on financial institutions, the professor was talking about a recent Wall Street scandal. He surveyed the usual horseshoe-shaped amphitheater, walked over to a student in the far left seats, and called on him to answer a question about the rogue trader who had taken some big gambles with his institution’s money--and lost a lot. The professor worked his way around the room as he called on students to discuss how the trader tried to make the lost millions back by gambling even more. FULL POST

Posted 6/23/14 at 2:12 PM | Book Stop

Author Shares What He Learned About God During the 2008 Economic Collapse

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The Extravagant Fool author Kevin Adams says God wants Christians to live free from daily concerns about money, material possessions and status so they can focus on doing His will.

“I think that’s what God promises us but most people are afraid to step into that,” Adams told the Christian Post’s Book Room.

But once His people begin to trust Him, Adams says “Not only will we learn how to hear His voice and courageously carry it out, He give us give us the provision, He’ll show us who we are, and we get to become productive Kingdom citizens.”

Adams’ book, The Extravagant Fool: A Faith Journey That Begins Where Common Sense Ends (Zondervan, May 6, 2014), reveals how his family’s reluctant reliance on God’s promises during America’s recent recession changed their lives.

A one-time successful business owner, Adams and his family had everything money could buy including three houses, two rental properties and a business condo.

In his book he described his situation saying, “We suddenly had the income of a doctor without the 12 years of discipline or mammoth debt from med school – and an endless supply of fuel for shopping, high-end hairdos and makeup, New York Strip and swordfish, better cars, longer vacations and larger homes with bigger, better furniture and plenty more hip Feng Shui trinkets on the walls.”

Then the 2008 economic downturn happened and one by one Adams’ top customers canceled his services. Soon he and wife Holly were knee deep in foreclosures and over a million dollars of debt.

But Adams said it was in losing it all that he found God’s purpose for his life and the freedom to pursue it.

“God has work for you to do and you’ll find satisfaction in it and it’ll have eternal significance. But if we’re wrapped up in paying for stuff we don’t need or whatever all that stuff is, we may never get to that,” he clarified.

The first step towards freedom, Adams said, is to surrender everything to God. The Adams family settled into a cramped, hot and stuffy rental for a year. The next step was to stop and wait for God’s provision. For Adams, waiting meant rejecting a six-figure job and answering God’s call to write.

The decision cause a lot friction among friends and family members who felt Adams should be doing more to provide for his family.

Adams explained the difference between doing and waiting on God saying, “It’s a complete flip away from commitment and striving and labor and all that stuff to just resting in God’s arm like happy children and just letting him work through us.” He continued, “The major thing I learned [ from losing it all is] that obedience doesn’t necessarily begin with work; a lot of time it begins with rest.”

Nearly six years later Adams told The Book Room "Please know that my wife and I are still living this way – daily by faith through struggles and preparation – as to remain credible/ identifiable witnesses."

While Adams hopes his book does well, he noted "our focus is on simply revealing His goodness to weary believers. We want them to learn to rest in His arms as happy children, to begin to discern the sound of His voice, and then to move with courage & passion into becoming His full expression – and to see through the testimony of 'everyday people' that it can be done."

Kevin Adams isa husband, father and Christian Blogger. He is also the founder of the Wake Up Faith Blog. Visit HERE to read the first Chapter of The Extravagant Fool or purchase a copy HERE.

Posted 6/23/14 at 9:31 AM | Book Stop

Marriage Month Tip Of The Day from Shaunti Feldhahn: Believe You Hit the Jackpot


Marriage Month Tip Of The Day from Shaunti Feldhahn

Look for ways to give your spouse most of the credit for your relationship success – and you will live in regular, conscious gratitude as a result.


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Welcome to Marriage Month! From June 5 to July 4, 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 what makes happy marriages so happy, based on nationally-representative research with more than 1,000 couples.

Secret #10: Believe You Hit the Jackpot

Here’s a thought to consider: if we gave our spouses more credit for their role in the good things in our marriages…would they probably start contributing even more?

The reason I ask that is because the highly happy couples I interviewed and surveyed had a very different answer even from those who were in generally good marriages. FULL POST

Posted 6/20/14 at 8:51 AM | Book Stop

Marriage Month Tip of the Day from Shaunti Feldhahn: Look Higher


Marriage Month Tip of the Day from Shaunti Feldhahn:

Don’t look to marriage or your spouse for happiness –since that is something they cannot deliver – and instead look higher; those couples who put God at the center of their marriage find not only fulfillment but the selflessness to build a great relationship.

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Welcome to Marriage Month! From June 5 to July 4, 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 what makes happy marriages so happy, based on nationally-representative research with more than 1,000 couples.

Secret #9: Look Higher

When I did the research for my book, For Parents Only, I was fascinated to find that the happiest kids were not the ones whose parents put them (the kids) first. Instead, while the parents clearly loved and were attentive to their children, they were looking higher: They put their marriage and the whole family first.

I found an interesting parallel in this research with the highly happy couples. These couples weren’t putting their marriage first: they were looking higher. In large numbers, they told me they were putting God at the center of their marriages. FULL POST

Posted 6/19/14 at 8:54 AM | Book Stop

Marriage Month Tip Of The Day from Shaunti Feldhahn: Don’t Tell It Like It Is

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Marriage Month Tip of the Day from Shaunti Feldhahn:

Value kindness instead of “brutal honesty;” although you must be open and able to address difficult issues in marriage, that is when you most need to be careful not to hurt the person who is most important to you.

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Welcome to Marriage Month! From June 5 to July 4, 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 what makes happy marriages so happy, based on nationally-representative research with more than 1,000 couples.

Secret #8: Don’t Tell It Like It Is

Have you ever been out in public and heard someone talking to their spouse in a way that made you wince?

Like: “I cannot believe you forgot to pick up the dry cleaning again! I asked you three times. What were you thinking?”

Whenever I hear someone use that tone, I always think to myself: Would you ever use that tone with a close friend? If not… why would you ever speak that way to your spouse?! FULL POST

Posted 6/18/14 at 9:10 AM | Book Stop

Marriage Month Tip Of The Day from Shaunti Feldhahn: Have Great – But Realistic -- Expectations


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Marriage Month Tip of the Day from Shaunti Feldhahn:

Stop yourself from longing for something that is difficult or impossible for your mate to deliver –including reading your mind! Even as you share what you need, vocally appreciate what your mate can and does deliver… and you’ll find yourself much happier.

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Welcome to Marriage Month! From June 5 to July 4, 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 what makes happy marriages so happy, based on nationally-representative research with more than 1,000 couples.

Secret #7: Have Great – But Realistic -- Expectations

One of the main reasons for unhappiness is having an expectation that is not met. You thought you deserved and would get a raise after a year of 60-hour weeks, and you got a pat on the back since “the budget is tight.” You assumed your friends would let you know when they were going to the movie; they assumed you would text them if you wanted to go. FULL POST

Posted 6/17/14 at 4:22 PM | Book Stop

Books for Summer Reading

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

Bethany House

Book Cover for Child of Mine

Child of Mine by David and Beverly Lewis

In this novel, flight instructor Jack Livingston has been raising his eight-year-old adopted niece, Natalie, since the accident that took her parents' lives. When he travels, Natalie is tenderly cared for by her Amish nanny, Laura Mast, who loves the little girl as her own.

Meanwhile, Kelly Maines I determined to find the child kidnapped from her eight years ago. Kelly has tirelessly pursued every lead to its bitter end. And now, with the clock ticking, one last clue from a private investigator ignites a tiny flame of hope: Just a few miles away lives a young girl who matches the profile.

Thomas Nelson

Ex-Muslim: How One Daring Prayer to Jesus Changed a Life Forever by Naeem Fazal, Kitti Murray FULL POST

Posted 6/17/14 at 8:44 AM | Book Stop

Marriage Month Tip Of The Day from Shaunti Feldhahn: Hang Out


Marriage Month Tip of the Day from Shaunti Feldhahn:

The best way to a happy marriage is to be best friends and hang out a lot -- and during seasons when you are at odds, to spend more time together, not less.

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Welcome to Marriage Month! From June 5 to July 4, 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 what makes happy marriages so happy, based on nationally-representative research with more than 1,000 couples.


Secret #6: Hang Out

At the most basic level, our spouse should be our best friend. And it turns out that the greatest predictor of close friendships is not shared values or personality – it is geographic proximity! You’re closest to the people you see the most often. FULL POST

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