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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

Posted 12/6/16 at 1:28 PM | Audra Jennings

How can the church reach out to the homosexual community?

Part 2 of an interview with Bob Fife,
Author of Out: One Christian's Experience of Leaving the Gay Community

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) is the vivid story of Fife's descent into homosexual practices - and his courageous fight to climb out again.

Fife found help, hope and support when he reconnected with the church. Through his involvement in a local congregation and a program run by a ministry reaching out to those in the gay community, Fife began to learn how to allow the Holy Spirit to make lasting changes in the way he thought, spoke and acted.

"I offer this book not as a blueprint for everyone whose life shares some of the same challenges, temptations or weaknesses as mine," says Fife, "but as a bold declaration that when God is welcomed in, anything can happen. I have seen God work in totally unexpected ways in the lives of those who surrender the broken pieces to him." FULL POST

Posted 12/5/16 at 2:29 PM | Audra Jennings

Pain with a purpose

Part 1 of an interview with Tanika Fitzgerald, author of
Miscarried Joy: Moving Beyond Incredible Pain to Extraordinary Faith

According to the March of Dimes, somewhere between 15-25% of known pregnancies end in miscarriage. Despite the fact so many women share a common loss, they endure the grief of miscarriage alone and in silence. Many feel a sense of guilt or shame, as though what happened was somehow their fault. Others simply don't want to burden others with their pain. No matter the reason, the dark season following the loss of a baby can shake the faith of even the most faithful believer. In Miscarried Joy: Moving Beyond Incredible Pain to Extraordinary Faith (Nyree Press), Tanika Fitzgerald offers hope for those dealing with incredible pain of loss, providing help to conquer discouragement and discover new purpose.

Q: We don't often see the words miscarried and joy together in the same sentence. How and why were you able to marry them as the title of this book? FULL POST

Posted 12/1/16 at 3:42 PM | Audra Jennings

Waiting for the Wonder of God

Part 1 of an interview with Marlo Schalesky,
Author of Waiting for Wonder

In today's culture, waiting can seem like a constant nuisance. Whether it's waiting in line, at the doctor's office or in traffic, we are often presented with the struggle of not being in control of our own time. Likewise, believing God when a promise is new is easy, but it's hard when the years pass and nothing changes. It's harder still when desperation strikes, plans backfire and God does not seem to fill the emptiness. In Waiting for Wonder: Learning to Live on God's Timeline (Abingdon Press), Marlo Schalesky encourages readers to think differently about our waiting periods of life.

Q: You have focused on writing books about the wonder of God. Describe what that means to you.

Do you remember when you were young and would climb trees and run through sprinklers? Do you remember when a simple daisy would capture your imagination and a butterfly would capture your heart? Those days when beauty was not so rare and life was painted with the vivid colors of awe? Too often we lose not only our childlike wonder of the world, but we also lose our wonder of God --- that sense of awe, beauty, and catch-your-breath, more-than-I-ever-dreamed sense of who God is. We lose it in the waiting rooms of life. FULL POST

Posted 12/1/16 at 8:25 AM | selwyn perry

The Outsiders and the keepers of the ring

THE OUTSIDERS AND THE KEEPERS OF THE RING By Selwyn Perry

Would you like to read a story about three children who discover their mother through her diary. She died in an accident when they were small. This is a story based on factual English and Australian history.nYou may download this book in PDF format free of charge on http:www.selwyn-perrys-choice-books.com

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