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Posted 1/5/17 at 11:41 AM | Audra Jennings

It's time to retreat

Part 2 of an interview with Letitia Suk,
Author of Getaway with God: The Everywoman's Guide to Personal Retreat

Does spending time with God sound like just one more thing to check off an ever-increasing to-do list? How are you supposed to fit in anything that threatens to be more time-consuming? Too often there's simply no room to experience the intimacy, grace, and peace that God offers us.

In Getaway with God, Letitia Suk does more than invite readers to step away from life's pressures to take a personal retreat. It shows you exactly why you must --- for your sake and for your family's.

With grace and warmth, Suk provides step-by-step guidance and the necessary tools to enable any woman on any budget to plan time away, whether it's a quick, half-day break or a weeklong time of restoration.

Q: Why does everyone need to take the time to go on a retreat alone? FULL POST

Posted 12/29/16 at 5:15 PM | Audra Jennings

Has your joy been miscarried?

Part 2 of an interview with Tanika Fitzgerald, author of
Miscarried Joy: Moving Beyond Incredible Pain to Extraordinary Faith

Faith over Fear. Patience over Frustration. Pain with a Purpose.

In Miscarried Joy (Nyree Press), Tanika transparently shares her deeply personal and disappointing experiences of losing her babies due to miscarriage. There were times when she felt God was the cause of her pain. However, her journey through the lives of Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Hannah, Elizabeth and Naomi, revealed quite the opposite --- God had allowed her pain for a much greater purpose. Each of these women had something in common: they learned to surrender their will and trust God's plan beyond the pain. They were pushed to a posture of prayer that led them from questioning God to have total confidence in Him. Tanika discovered that this season of waiting didn't show up simply to challenge her, but to change her. FULL POST

Posted 12/27/16 at 11:06 AM | Audra Jennings

God's timing is rarely our own

Part 2 of an interview with Marlo Schalesky,
Author of Waiting for Wonder

It's easy to believe God when a promise is new. It's hard when the years pass and nothing changes. It's even harder when desperation strikes, your plans backfire, and still God does not fill the emptiness. But what if, in this waiting, God is calling us to more?

Join author Marlo Schalesky on a unique, contemplative journey to reveal the wonder that is often missed when we find ourselves struggling to wait well in her new book, In Waiting for Wonder: Learning to Live on God's Timeline (Abingdon Press). Walking through the life of the biblical character Sarah, one who knows what it means to wait, you will discover a glimpse of God's character that will give you strength to keep hoping and praying for the desires of your heart.

Q: You say walking with Sarah, Abraham's wife, will help us learn to live on God's timetable. Why do you think Sarah, given all of her mistakes, should be our guide for waiting well with God? FULL POST

Posted 12/20/16 at 11:06 AM | Audra Jennings

Don't forget your prayers of praise

Part 2 of an interview with Amelia Rhodes,
Author of Pray A to Z: A Practical Guide to Pray for Your Community

When faced with more prayer requests than she could count, Amelia Rhodes realized how often she was failing to follow through on praying for others long-term. She longed to participate fully in lifting up those around her rather than simply offering quick, fly-by prayers as she learned of needs. Rhodes sought the Lord's guidance and help with being more disciplined in her prayer life, and an idea started to take root in her heart. "I realized how many people I knew were struggling with the same types of things - adoptions, cancer, marriages. The idea of praying by topic seemed natural, and then I decided to see if I could make an A to Z list of all the needs and struggles facing our communities today," Rhodes explains.

Rhodes' new book, Pray A to Z: A Practical Guide to Pray for Your Community (Worthy Inspired) helps readers get a better handle on the prayer needs of those around them. Covering matters such as abuse, depression, hunger, persecution and more, Rhodes helps readers categorize requests into manageable groups. Each letter of the alphabet covers five topics, the first three of which are for prayers of petition asking God to work in a certain area of one's life. The last two topics for each letter offer opportunity for praise, acknowledging God's character and His work. FULL POST

Posted 12/19/16 at 1:46 PM | Cindy Navarro

"Quest of the Keys" author visits hometown schools

Quest of the Keys
Author Scotty Sanders visits schools in Ouachita Parish
Quest of the Keys

Scotty Sanders, author of “Quest of the Keys,” and founder of the Quest of the Keys non-profit organization, recently visited four schools in the Ouachita Parish that are involved with the organization’s pilot Quest of the Keys character development program. During his visit, Sanders spoke with more than 350 students who are participating in the program. A West Monroe, La., native now transplanted to Dallas, Texas, Sanders interacted with more than 350 students and educators who are involved with the Quest of the Keys organization’s pilot character development program. Fueled by his passion to encourage and empower the next generation to live well, Sanders originally penned his fantasy novel with the hope that the education system would use it as a teaching tool for personal development. “That is why I am excited about the prospect of educators incorporating “Quest of the Keys” into the curriculum,” Sanders explained. “By doing so, the curriculum will promote personal growth, continuous learning, responsibility, leadership development, integrity, honor and clear purpose.” FULL POST

Posted 12/16/16 at 3:17 PM | Audra Jennings

A practical guide to pray for your community

A practical guide to pray for your community
Amelia Rhodes helps readers focus their prayers on the needs of those around them

A text from a friend. An urgent phone call from a family member. An announcement at church. Maybe even a share on social media or story from the news. Many needs surrounding us require prayer. Each request is valuable and worthy of time before the Father, but the sheer number of them can be overwhelming. In
Pray A to Z: A Practical Guide to Pray for Your Community (Worthy Inspired/November 15, 2016/ISBN 978-1617957451/$14.99), author Amelia Rhodes helps readers topically organize their prayer requests and lay the burdens of their community at the feet of the Heavenly Father.

When faced with more prayer requests than she could count, Rhodes realized how often she was failing to follow through on praying for others long-term. She longed to participate fully in lifting up those around her rather than simply offering quick, fly-by prayers as she learned of needs. Rhodes sought the Lord's guidance and help with being more disciplined in her prayer life, and an idea started to take root in her heart. "I realized how many people I knew were struggling with the same types of things - adoptions, cancer, marriages. The idea of praying by topic seemed natural, and then I decided to see if I could make an A to Z list of all the needs and struggles facing our communities today," Rhodes explains. FULL POST

Posted 12/15/16 at 12:30 PM | Audra Jennings

Letitia Suk invites readers to take Getaway with God

Letitia Suk invites readers to take a "Getaway with God"
How a simple day away can recharge your soul and transform your life

Our spiritual lives can often resemble our cell phones at the end of the day. The battery is run down and in need of a charge. Sometimes we are down to 2% before we even realize it. It's important we reconnect to our power source. Even a single day set aside to recharge fully with God can do wonders for the soul. In
Getaway with God: The Everywoman's Guide to Personal Retreat (Kregel Publications/ November 27, 2016/ISBN 978-0825444159/$14.99),Letitia Suk offers women a step-by-step, no-excuses guide to getting back in sync with God.

Many women are desperate for more time with God, but with the demands of modern life, simply getting up earlier in the day to fit in a longer devotion is no longer a viable --- or fulfilling --- option. Every now and then, concentrated time alone with the Father is just what the soul needs to reconnect with Him and refresh for the journey ahead. Getaway with God provides step-by-step guidance and the necessary tools to enable any woman to plan time away - whether a work day, a weekend, or even a full week --- on any budget. FULL POST

Posted 12/14/16 at 2:32 PM | Audra Jennings

If someone you love has PTSD, you could be suffering, too

Part 2 of an interview with Welby O'Brien, author of
Love Our Vets: Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans with PTSD

Misconceptions and stigmas abound --- many people believe PTSD is "all in their head," or have misinformation regarding the seriousness of the condition. However, Love Our Vets: Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans with PTSD (Deep River Books) by Welby O'Brien reveals anyone who has been involved in a traumatic event can be affected by the disorder, and if someone has seen war, he or she probably has some level of PTSD. While others may not have PTSD themselves, if they are living with someone who does, they are, in fact, suffering from it as well.

Q: Love Our Vets is a book written for families of veterans with PTSD. Explain what you mean by, "You may not have PTSD, but if you are living with someone who does, you are suffering from it as well"? FULL POST

Posted 12/12/16 at 2:32 PM | Audra Jennings

What if a simple day away could transform your life?

Part 1 of an interview with Letitia Suk,
Author of Getaway with God: The Everywoman's Guide to Personal Retreat

Our spiritual lives can often resemble our cell phones at the end of the day. The battery is run down and in need of a charge. Sometimes we are down to 2% before we even realize it. It's important we reconnect to our power source. Even a single day set aside to recharge fully with God can do wonders for the soul. In Getaway with God: The Everywoman's Guide to Personal Retreat (Kregel Publications), Letitia Suk offers women a step-by-step, no-excuses guide to getting back in sync with God.

Many women are desperate for more time with God, but with the demands of modern life, simply getting up earlier in the day to fit in a longer devotion is no longer a viable --- or fulfilling --- option. Every now and then, concentrated time alone with the Father is just what the soul needs to reconnect with Him and refresh for the journey ahead. Getaway with God provides step-by-step guidance and the necessary tools to enable any woman to plan time away - whether a work day, a weekend, or even a full week - on any budget. FULL POST

Posted 12/7/16 at 2:22 PM | Audra Jennings

A fun-filled explorer's guide to the Bible

Part 2 of an interview with Champ Thornton,
Author of The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith

The Radical Book for Kids by Champ Thornton is a fun-filled explorer's guide to the Bible, church history and life for boys and girls ages 8 and up. Along with examining some of the most exciting realities in the universe, the handbook is vibrantly illustrated and chock-full of fun facts and ideas. Deep truths are communicated to elementary and middle-school aged kids while stimulating their curiosity and sense of adventure within a gospel-centered framework.

Chock-full of charts, design elements and illustrations that captivate and inspire, The Radical Book for Kids will have beginning, advanced and even I-don't-like-to-read readers engrossed in engaging chapters covering important aspects of Christianity, such as:

  • Biblical history
  • Theology
  • Fun facts
  • Church history
  • Daily Christian living
  • Radical faith in the face of adversity
  • Roots of the faith
  • The lives of historical men and women of faith

Click here to take a look inside The Radical Book for Kids. FULL POST

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