Posted 10/27/16 at 1:11 PM | Audra Jennings
One Christian's experience leaving the gay community
Bob Fife shares his story of grace and redemption through Christ
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/October 27, 2016/ISBN 978-0-8254-4440-1/$15.99) is the vivid story of Fife's descent into homosexual practices --- and his courageous fight to climb out again.
Fife takes readers through the turmoil and confusion of his teen years, to his marriage and fatherhood, then his discovery and immersion into the flamboyant Toronto gay scene. Out exposes the gritty process of abandoning his young family to fulfill his same-sex desires. With no responsibilities tying him down, Fife would spend more than a decade traveling around the globe in pursuit of worldly pleasures. FULL POST
Posted 10/25/16 at 4:56 PM | Audra Jennings
Part 2 of an interview with Melissa Spoelstra,
Author of Total Family Makeover
Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won't depart from it. ~ Proverbs 22:6
God calls us as parents to be key disciple-makers in our children's lives, but if we're honest, some days it's a battle just to get them dressed and ready for school on time. How can you mold their hearts when sometimes you can't even find their shoes?
In Total Family Makeover (Abingdon Press), author Melissa Spoelstra gives parents a way --- a sort of spiritual track to run on --- when it comes to building family discipleship. She focuses on eight key habits of growth:
* Spending Time in Prayer
* Reading God's Word
* Growing Through a Mentoring Relationship
* Finding Community in the Church
* Serving Others
* Taking Time to Rest
* Giving Back to God
* Sharing Your Faith FULL POST
Posted 10/24/16 at 3:50 PM | Audra Jennings
Radical spiritual depth, strength and fun for kids
Champ Thornton stimulates kids' sense of adventure with gospel-centered new book
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 10/14/16 at 2:40 PM | Audra Jennings
New Book Offers Hope for Overwhelmed Parents
Author and Bible Teacher Melissa Spoelstra provides practical steps to making disciples at home.
In a culture where we're all under the public eye, from everyday scrutiny on Facebook and the school pickup line, to media stories of affluenza teens and zoo trips gone wrong, the pressure to be a perfect parent is high, especially for Christians. Fortunately, God doesn't demand parents to be perfect or to raise perfect children; instead He calls for faithfulness to Him. Christian parents are instructed to train and lead their children to Jesus, but kids are not a parenting report card. That truth can give the freedom to parent with love and patience, trusting God to do the rest. Many parents desire that kind of relationship with their children, but don't know where to begin. In Total Family Makeover: 8 Practical Steps to Making Disciples at Home (Abingdon Press/ September 20, 2016/ISBN 978-1501820656/$16.99), Melissa Spoelstra gives parents easy-to-follow steps to help disciple their children to be true Jesus followers. FULL POST
Posted 10/13/16 at 3:21 PM | Audra Jennings
Part 1 of an interview with Linda Znachko,
Author of He Knows Your Name
When the evening news reported an abandoned baby had been found dead in a local dumpster, Linda Znachko's comfortable life changed. She was suddenly convicted, knowing God wanted her to provide a dignified burial for this tiny lost child. She obeyed, having no idea where that first small yes would lead. He Knows Your Name: How One Abandoned Baby Inspired Me to Say Yes to God (Kregel Publications) chronicles Znachko's journey and challenges the reader to say yes to the Holy Spirit's leading, no matter how insignificant or strange it may seem.
Q: While anyone who watched the news or read the story of the abandoned would have certainly found it to be a terrible situation, you were struck on a deeper level. What was it about this baby that called you to action? FULL POST
Posted 10/12/16 at 12:59 PM | Audra Jennings
Part 2 of an Interview with Sheryl Giesbrecht,
Author of Experiencing God Through His Names
Understanding that each of God's names reveals something about His character opens our spiritual eyes to see His perfect purposes and to recognize His commitment to us. If we can grasp the meanings of His names, we can know God more intimately. In Experiencing God Through His Names, Sheryl Giesbrecht not only covers some of the well-known titles, such as Father, Ancient of Days and "El Shaddai," but some of the lesser-used designations, including "El Bethel," "Jehovah Sabaoth" and "Jehovah Maozi."
Experiencing God Through His Names invites readers to interact with God about the truth behind His names by studying one each day for 31 days.
Q: Why is it so important for believers to know God's various names? FULL POST
Posted 10/11/16 at 1:30 PM | Audra Jennings
Part 1 of an interview with Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart,
authors of Life Creative: Inspiration for Today's Renaissance Mom
Creative moms often feel as though they must lay their passions down once the kids arrive, if for no other reason than there is no time. But God has something special in mind for creative women during this intense season of mothering. In Life Creative: Inspiration for Today's Renaissance Mom (Kregel Publications) authors Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart show that "a mother's natural bent toward imagination doesn't just wither and die with thebirth of a child. This core component remains part of her intricate design."
Q: Life Creative is a book written to encourage moms, but it is not your average parenting book on raising kids. Tell us about your new book and how its message is different. FULL POST
Posted 10/7/16 at 1:16 PM | Audra Jennings
Part 1 of an interview with Welby O'Brien, author of
Love Our Vets: Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans with PTSD
Affecting millions in the U.S. alone, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is rampant and escalating at an alarming rate. For the sufferer facing this disorder, life is fraught with stress, anxiety, difficulties and heartache. However, for every one person struggling with PTSD, there are many more friends and family members who are also deeply and profoundly impacted. Author Welby O'Brien offers help and hope to families of PTSD sufferers in Love Our Vets: Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans with PTSD (Deep River Books).
Q: We hear a lot about post-traumatic stress disorder (or PTSD) but may not really understand what it is and how it affects those who have it. Can you help us grasp a basic understanding of what PTSD is? FULL POST
Posted 10/4/16 at 4:23 PM | Audra Jennings
Part 1 of an interview with Melissa Spoelstra,
Author of Total Family Makeover
God doesn't demand parents raise perfect children; He calls for faithfulness to Him. Christian parents are instructed to train and lead their children to Jesus, but kids are not a parenting report card. That truth can give the freedom to parent with love and patience, trusting God to do the rest. Many parents desire that kind of relationship with their children, but don't know where to begin. In Total Family Makeover: 8 Practical Steps to Making Disciples at Home (Abingdon Press), Melissa Spoelstra gives parents practical, easy-to-follow steps to help disciple their children to be true Jesus followers.
Q: What makes The Total Family Makeover unique from other parenting books on the market?
It is different from other parenting books in that it gives parents a place to start and a track to run on when it comes to discipling their children. Each step builds on the previous one as parents find practical tools they can implement in their own families right away. The Total Family Makeover isn't focused on getting kids to respond; rather it's a challenge for parents to be intentional in showing their children what it looks like to follow Jesus. All too often, parents view their kids' behavior as a report card. When their kids get awards or make good decisions, they feel like A+ parents. When their children get in trouble or struggle with moral issues, they see a big red F at the top of the page. FULL POST
Posted 9/28/16 at 12:36 PM | Audra Jennings
Being a mom doesn’t mean you can’t live a Life Creative
A celebration of motherhood, creativity and the faith that binds them
Creative moms often feel as though they must lay their passions down once the kids arrive, if for no other reason than there is no time. But God has something special in mind for creative women during this intense season of mothering. In Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom (Kregel Publications/September 27, 2016/ISBN 978-0-8254-4410-4/$14.99) authors Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart show that “a mother’s natural bent toward imagination doesn’t just wither and die with the birth of a child. This core component remains part of her intricate design.”
In our social media age of handcrafted children’s parties, artistic Instagram photos, tutorials for renovating old furniture into new treasures and blogs filled with poetry, prose and other expression, clearly a brand-new generation of inspired women is rising up. It is a renaissance born not in Italian cathedrals or Harlem jazz clubs, but in kitchens, nurseries and living rooms around the world. However, when Christian women become mothers, they often feel expected to give up their creative pursuits to parent properly. FULL POST