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Posted 9/14/16 at 9:17 AM |

New book helps believers overcome "spiritual vertigo"

In his new book, “Overcoming Spiritual Vertigo” (CLC Publications), Dr. Dwayne Mercer points out that, according to recent research, only 13% of the millennial generation consider any type of spirituality to be important in their lives. Mercer says this is a symptom of a larger problem—what he describes as a disconnect between what people have been taught about God and the experiences they are having in their lives.

“Physical vertigo is a condition where your brain cannot process what your eyes are seeing,” says Mercer. “Spiritual vertigo is a state where your faith cannot process what you see, hear, or experience. You know what the Bible says, but real life seems to contradict what you believe.”

Recommended by leaders such as Dr. Johnny Hunt, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention as well as Michael Catt, Executive Producer of Sherwood Pictures, “Overcoming Spiritual Vertigo” addresses central issues where Christians struggle with faith, and often, give up their faith altogether. Using examples from his own life, Mercer helps identify factors that lead people to lose their faith, offering them tools to regain an understanding of what true Christianity is all about. FULL POST

Posted 9/8/16 at 6:06 PM | Audra Jennings

You Are the Perfect Mom for Your Kids

Part 2 of an interview with Hettie Brittz,
Author of (un)Natural Mom

While motherhood seems to come naturally to some, many women struggle with feelings of failure and inadequacy, believing if they could only be like that mom over there, their lives and families would be much better off. Rather than wallow in guilt and "shoulds," renowned South African speaker, TV presenter and author, Hettie Brittz, wants moms to find hope and encouragement in (un)Natural Mom: Why You Are the Perfect Mom for Your Kids (David C Cook).

Q: In your new book, you describe yourself as an (un)Natural mom. What is an (un)Natural mom, and doesn't every mom feel that way at some time or another?

Absolutely. I am an (un)natural Mom because even though I wanted and planned to have children, when they arrived, I often doubted my abilities and made many serious mistakes that made me wonder if perhaps I should never have had children or if my children should have had a different mother. Nurturing instincts, the joy of breastfeeding and many other indicators of the so-called "Natural Mom" just passed me by. It took a while to notice I was not alone. Every mom wants to be able to admit some aspect of motherhood did not come naturally and not all motherhood duties brought her fulfilment, but society - even our church community - frowns on this confession. The (un)Natural Mom book gives you permission to admit this and to find what you ARE natural at! FULL POST

Posted 9/1/16 at 1:02 PM | Audra Jennings

Restoring hope for families of veterans with PTSD

Restoring hope for families of veterans with PTSD
Welby O'Brien offers practical wisdom for families facing the daily challenges of 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.

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 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. FULL POST

Posted 8/31/16 at 1:36 PM | Audra Jennings

Experience more of God's power and presence

Experience more of God's power and presence
Sheryl Giesbrecht leads readers to explore God's character through His names

What's in a name? Names are more than groups of letters that represent a person or identify objects. Names are powerful. A person's character and destiny can be influenced by his or her name. When it comes to God, His attributes and personality support His unique and distinct names. In Experiencing God Through His Names (Bold Vision Books/June 17, 2016/ISBN: 978-0692743010/$12.99), author Sheryl Giesbrecht leads readers in a study to discover truths about God's character by a study of His various titles and 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. 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." FULL POST

Posted 8/18/16 at 4:35 PM | Audra Jennings

What kind of mom are you?

Part 1 of an interview with Hettie Brittz,
Author of (un)Natural Mom

Countless women get bogged down in the Pinterest-perfect image of what a mother should be. They feel guilt for failing at cloth diapers, dreading school plays and missing the days of going to the bathroom by themselves, and as a result feel they aren't a "natural mom." Brittz, however, shows readers the idea of a "natural mother" is a myth and explores four primary parenting styles, guiding them to discover the strengths they already possess. In fact, Brittz believes each mother's "imperfections" are exactly what makes her the perfect mother for her children.

Drawing from her years of experience working with children as a speech pathologist and adapting homeschooling to fit her own children, Brittz developed the Tall Trees Parenting Profile. Readers can take the free online test to discover their own unique Tree Types and begin to understand that they already are the mothers they were meant to be. Each type of mother is compared to a type of tree --- a palm tree, rose bush, pine tree or boxwood --- based on qualities the mother and tree have in common. By taking the assessment, readers can discover what chapters of the book to focus on. In the stories taken from Brittz's own experiences and the in-depth looks at "a day in the life" of four real-world Tree Types, moms have the opportunity to see themselves honestly and clearly and to find hope and grace. FULL POST

Posted 8/18/16 at 12:39 PM | Michael Bresciani

Review – Matt Barber’s “Hating Jesus: The American Left's War on Christianity”

Long before Matt Barber published “Hating Jesus” I was reading Matt’s articles online. I always marvelled at his writing skills which mimicked his skill in the art of pugilism, (boxing) the similarities were unmistakable. He always knows his opponents style and after sizing them up puts forth an amazing form that catches them off guard.

He dances, jabs, tests and seeks the weakness, then at the very best moment attacks with a fury of strength and focus to knock his opponent to the mat. This describes Matt’s boxing and his writing skills. I am familiar with both.

Co-writer Paul Hair is a prolific writer of both fiction and non-fiction. He is a former intelligence analyst who makes valuable “intelligence assessments” and “policy solutions.” His work can be found on line at top news and conservative sites like WND, Breitbart and The Daily Caller. A ghost writer Paul can be reached at his website or at FULL POST

Posted 8/10/16 at 1:41 PM | Audra Jennings

There's no such thing as a natural mom

There is no such thing as a natural mom
Hettie Brittz helps moms understand they are the moms they were meant to be

While motherhood seems to come naturally to some, many women struggle with feelings of failure and inadequacy, believing if they could only be like that mom over there, their lives and families would be much better off. Rather than wallow in guilt and "shoulds," renowned South African speaker, TV presenter and author Hettie Brittz wants moms to find hope and encouragement in (un)Natural Mom: Why You Are the Perfect Mom for Your Kids (David C Cook/August 1, 2016/ISBN: 978-0434710284/$16.99). "Every mom wants to be able to admit some aspect of motherhood does not come naturally and not all motherhood duties bring her fulfillment," Brittz recognizes. "The (un)Natural Mom book gives you permission to admit this and to find what you are natural at!" FULL POST

Posted 8/9/16 at 11:43 AM | Audra Jennings

What's really keeping your from enjoying a better marriage?

Part 2 of an interview with Rhonda Stoppe
Author of If My Husband Would Change, I'd Be Happy

"If my husband would change, I'd be happy" and "I'm falling out of love with him" are among several common myths that lead women to search for marital happiness in all the wrong places.

In If My Husband Would Change, I'd be Happy (Harvest House), author Rhonda Stoppe shares, with candor and humor, how to enrich the relationship between husband and wife (even if he doesn't change). Along the way readers will find many helpful stories and real-life examples from other couples and discover:

  • How to deal with unfulfilled longings
  • The secret to keeping your husband's attention
  • 10 keys to a happy marriage

Q: What is the biggest problem with believing our partner is responsible for our happiness? Where should we be looking to find happiness?


Posted 8/8/16 at 6:44 PM | Audra Jennings

Make your conflict count

Make your conflict count
New book helps couples deal with conflict to create healthy marriages

It’s a familiar scenario: He doesn’t understand what she’s really upset about, and she has trouble getting him to see her point of view. In every marriage, there is conflict. In their new book, Don’t Go to Bed Angry: Stay Up and Fight (Abingdon Press, June 21, 2016/ ISBN 978-1426790935/$14.99), Deb and Ron DeArmond give couples tools to fight fair when conflicts arise.

 “Conflict is not the real problem,” note the authors. “It’s how we deal with the conflict that determines where it takes us. Conflict can lead to discovery — greater insight and understanding of our partner’s thoughts, feelings and perspective — or destruction of the relationship. It’s up to us to choose which direction we will go: discovery or destruction.” FULL POST

Posted 7/25/16 at 5:17 PM | Audra Jennings

A Guide to Making Important Mother/Daughter Conversations Easier

A guide to making important mother/daughter conversations easier
Trish Donohue writes to moms who want to disciple through relationship

The relationship girls have with their mothers greatly impacts the women they become, and for busy moms in the thick of the parenting years that reality can seem overwhelming. Author Trish Donohue brings guidance for women who want to disciple their daughters but don’t know where to start in Between Us Girls: Walks and Talks for Moms and Daughters (New Growth Press/June 6, 2016/ISBN: 978-1-942572-77-0/$15.99).

As a mom to two girls, Donohue knows the kinds of questions women ask themselves when considering their influence on their daughters: Am I being a good example? What are the most critical life lessons and spiritual insights I should be imparting to them? Am I getting through to them? Balancing these concerns with the hectic nature of daily life can feel daunting, which is why Donohue wrote this guide filled with 26 gospel-driven talks, or “walks,” designed for moms and daughters between the ages of 7-14. Each walk covers a topic from feelings and friendships to work and modesty. Much more than a devotional, Donohue describes her book as a cheat sheet, making it much simpler for moms to connect with their daughters on a meaningful level and converse about their lives, the world and the hope they have in Jesus Christ. FULL POST

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