Monthly Archives: April 2024

Missionary Ponderances: Learning to Let God be the Answer

New Release Highlights Serving Cross-Culturally with Humility and Faith

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Natalie Monk went to rural Mozambique as a medical missionary with something to give. In Missionary Ponderances: Learning to Let God be the Answer (Redemption Press), she describes the process of discovering through cross-cultural and personal challenges that she was the learner; she didn’t have all the answers.

While she had the medical training as a pediatric nurse practitioner and resources, she acknowledges she had but a “fraction of the strength, resilience, intelligence, life skills, and selflessness that the Mozambicans around me had.”

As frequent physical illness tested her and ground her down, she faced her own fears and anxieties and confronted prejudice, poverty, sickness, and weakness. Beyond a mere missionary experience, Natalie’s story is a deeply personal account of a young woman who comes to the end of herself, faces her fears in a perfect storm of circumstances, and learns an abiding trust in God, who is enough.

Now a resident of Arizona after seven years in Mozambique, Monk says, “May the white westerners in the church become better at serving humbly and listening closely and learning from those whom we purport to serve, being aware that their grace and acceptance toward others is often greater than our own. May we guard our hearts from judgments and biases that are not in the heart of God.”

For anyone who wants to serve God but struggles with anxiety, self-doubt, and fear of not measuring up, these hard-won realizations will open room for new avenues of grace in hearts. 

Natalie Monk is one of eleven siblings, was homeschooled, and graduated as a nurse at nineteen. She became a pediatric nurse practitioner at twenty-three with the dream of pursuing medical mission work. After seven years spent in Mozambique as a medical missionary working in a rural medical/nutrition clinic that she directed for five years, she is now a resident of the Phoenix area, where she enjoys long walks in nature, bird watching, and playing the piano.

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you rang

Primer on Prayer Teaches Biblical Principles for Effective Prayer

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – “More than half (55%) of Americans say they pray every day, according to a 2014 Pew Research Center survey,” and women and Americans ages sixty-five and older are more likely to pray.[1] Yet many do not know what the Bible says about prayer. Jon Drury, a retired career pastor, aims to change that with his new release, You Rang? Biblical Principles of Prayer (Redemption Press).

The principles of prayer in the Bible teach us how to pray effectively—how to approach God as a loving Father who delights in meeting his children’s needs, not as an automated machine you put your money into and get a product out of.

In this new release, Jon Drury, a retired career pastor and former air force pilot in Vietnam and the Pacific, teaches the basics of prayer—what prayer is, to whom we are praying, why we should pray, and to how to pray. He cites one of the definitions of prayer as “Prayer is the act of the believer in working together with God.”

This primer on prayer clearly sets out what the Bible says about prayers of confession and petition, the habits of prayer, the role of praise and lament in prayer, and prayer and spiritual warfare. You Rang? will help the reader get to know God, the One who answers prayer, and how he wants us to pray.

Author Jon Drury has a master’s degree in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and pastored for forty years, retiring in 2014. A former air force transport pilot in Vietnam, he flew a DC-6 hospital ship in the Pacific and now mentors international pilots in his retirement. He founded and directed the Christian Writers Seminar (now West Coast Christian Writers) in Castro Valley, CA, for twenty-one years, and he often teaches at writer’s conferences. The author of Lord, I Feel So Small, four other books, and over five hundred articles, Jon lives in Vancouver, WA, with his wife, Beverly.

To contact the author:

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. What is your goal in adding to the literature of the many books on prayer?
  2. Statistics say more than half of all Americans say they pray every day. Is this stat surprising to you?
  3. Do you think some prayers are more effective than others? What kind?
  4. As a retired pastor, do you have any comments about the prayer habits of American Christians?
  5. Let’s talk about lament. Can you first define lament for us, and then tell us what its place is in a prayer life?
  6. What did you learn personally about prayer in writing this book that was surprising to you?
  7. What kind of prayer do you feel is most lacking in our churches?
  8. What type of prayer do you feel is the most misunderstood?

[1] “5 Facts about Prayer,” Michael Lipka, Pew Research Center,, May 4, 2016.

sober cycle

Sherry Hoppen’s “Sober Cycle” Shines a Light on the Road to Recovery Through an Unforgettable Journey of Resilience

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Monday, April 29, 2024

“Sober Cycle” will be free to download tomorrow, April 30, 2024.

In an era where stories of personal triumph and resilience are sought after more than ever, Sherry Hoppen’s powerful memoir, “Sober Cycle,” emerges as a beacon of hope for those battling the often silent and solitary struggle with addiction. Published by Redemption Press, this compelling narrative goes beyond the typical recovery story to offer a deeply personal account of overcoming alcohol addiction through an extraordinary physical and spiritual journey.

Sherry Hoppen, once a respected figure in her community, mother, and ministry worker, unveils the raw and unvarnished truth of her decade-long battle with alcoholism—a secret that consumed her life, faith, and family. In a moment of desperation, she embarked on a thousand-mile bike ride from Michigan to Texas, a grueling challenge that she hoped would mark the beginning of her journey toward sobriety.

With a blend of no-holds-barred honesty and unexpected humor, Hoppen takes readers through her numerous attempts and failures at achieving sobriety, the depths of her shame, and the moment of surrender that changed everything. “Sober Cycle” is not just a story about a bike ride; it is a testament to the power of faith, the importance of surrender, and the possibility of redemption.

Ten years sober, Sherry Hoppen is now a passionate advocate for women struggling with addiction. Through her story, she offers a message of hope without judgment, clichés, or trite mantras. “Sober Cycle” assures readers that redemption and healing are possible and that one does not need to embark on a thousand-mile journey to find them.

This memoir is not only for those who are directly affected by addiction but also for anyone seeking a story of transformation and the strength of the human spirit. It serves as a reminder that change is possible, no matter how insurmountable the obstacles may seem.

Sherry Hoppen’s “Sober Cycle” will be available for download for free on Amazon for 5 days from April 30, 2024 through May 4, 2024. “Sober Cycle” is highly rated by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what just two of the reviewers have said:

Debbie H.
5 Stars – The Heart of Vulnerability
“What a beautiful redemption story! I love the raw vulnerability that the author shares. It gives a very real look at the struggle so many deal with silently. Couldn’t put it down!”

Holly VanDalsen
5 Stars – Could NOT put it down!
“This book from start to finish was raw, emotional and truly written from the heart. I could not put it down! I finished it in less then 2 days. I love this book because there is no sugar coating it’s a true story of addiction and the struggle to recovery. It’s very very encouraging to anyone struggling or someone who is close to someone struggling. I would recommend this to anyone! Awesome Book!”

About the Author
Sherry Hoppen has lived in West Michigan her entire life, never more than five miles from her childhood home. She worked in various areas of a pregnancy care ministry for over ten years, first as a volunteer, then as an employee. Sherry is a writer,  speaker, and podcaster who shares her story in any arena. Sherry also works full-time for the ministries of She Surrenders and Selah House Recovery. Both of these non-profits were founded by her and her husband specifically for women who are seeking faith-based recovery to find freedom from addiction.  She and her husband have three adult children and four grandchildren and love being active in whatever they are doing. As empty nesters, they enjoy cycling and finding new trails to cycle together. Sherry is an avid reader who enjoys writing, decorating, and time spent on Michigan’s beautiful beaches. 

For media inquiries, interview requests, or further information, contact:


Suggested Interview Questions 

  1. Have you found that alcohol addiction is a problem among Christian women? Is this a hidden issue?
  2. What’s your opinion of the value of going through rehab to attain sobriety?
  3. How important is faith in God in recovery from any addiction?
  4. When you went on that first epic bike ride of a thousand miles, you hoped it would kick-start your recovery. How important do you feel exercise and new habits are to recovery?
  5. Tell us about the day you surrendered your addiction to God. Was it an instantaneous change, or did you experience struggles and temptations afterward?
In the Steps of St. Paul: Sailing the Aegean

In the Steps of St. Paul: Sail the Aegean Sea this October, presented by My Christian Daily

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – If you’ve ever wanted to do a Christian tour with like-minded Christians, then this is your perfect opportunity.

Presented by My Christian Daily, we would love you to join us for the faith adventure of a lifetime this October on our In the Steps of St. Paul: Sailing the Aegean tour.

Duration: 13 days
Dates: 10th-22nd October, 2024
Price: $6,990 (AUD) and includes flights from Australia
$3,397 (US) excludes flights

We will be calling into some beautiful, historical and biblically relevant ports such as Thessaloniki, Philippi, Istanbul, Pergamon, Ephesus, Patmos and more. This amazing 13 day tour, where we travel on a luxury cruiser, really is the trip of a lifetime.

Not only will you experience an amazing faith experience, but you will be accompanied by like-minded Christians, giving you the opportunity for fellowship and to make new friendships.

A fun, relaxed, faith-filled atmosphere is guaranteed!

Open to Christians across the globe

While the tour departs from Australia, you are welcome to join from any country and you simply organize your own flights. Contact us for more information and we can complete your pricing without flights.

We have secured a limited number of cabins exclusively for you.
Cabins are strictly limited.

Your holiday includes:

  • Return economy class airfares to/from Brisbane/Melbourne/Sydney with Emirates via Dubai to/from Athens
  • All current airport & departure taxes
  • Porterage, tips and gratuities throughout
  • Transport by deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
  • 3 nights in a superior 4 star Athens hotel in shared twin rooms
  • Breakfast and dinner daily, plus lunches on the cruise
  • 7 nights on the Celestyal Cruise in an inside cabin
  • Daily shore excursions during the cruise as per the below itinerary
  • Select drinks package on the cruise during meals in the onboard restaurant
  • All guiding and entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Overnight hotel taxes in Greece
  • Headsets for the land tour and shore excursions

The tour will be hosted by Russell and Sue Driscoll, recently retired pastors with secular careers.

This amazing tour is just $6,990 (AUD), $3,397 (USD). Only Australian travelers’ flights are included. Our US pricing excludes flights, however you can book your own flights and meet us in Athens on Friday October 11.

Please contact us and we can accommodate those wanting to join us from any country

About My Christian Daily
My Christian Daily is one of the world’s leading Christian news websites. We have been serving Christians globally since 2010, keeping them abreast of the news that affects them. works with both its own writers and a team of outside contributors to cover the world and Christian news affecting Christians, as well as gaining inside analysis on both politics, world events and the church. is a trusted, credible news source that has no time for fake news and sensational headlines.

Shaving Off His Mane: Overcoming the Habit of Devaluing Your Husband

New Release Tells Personal Story of a Wife Devaluing Her Husband in Marriage

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Author Dana Rausch says, “God designed our husbands with the heart of a lion. They are inbred with courage and bravery. Yet as wives we have taken what God designed and tried to change it, with disastrous results.”

In a new release, Shaving Off His Mane: Overcoming the Habit of Devaluing Your Husband (Redemption Press), Dana Rausch tells the personal story of how God spoke to her heart about her marriage. As she listened to a devotion from the Bible using a lion and its mane as an example, she heard the Lord say, Dana, you shave off your husband’s mane with just a look. So began Rausch’s journey of first becoming aware of how she was demeaning her husband and then overcoming the habit.

Using candid examples from her own marriage and biblical examples, Shaving Off His Mane addresses how disrespect, controlling behavior, looking back, infidelity, and unforgiveness can slowly “shave off his mane.” Wives who knowingly or unknowingly demean their husbands will be motivated to encourage them and build their husbands up, rather than devalue them. Dana Rausch affirms the biblical principles that have strengthened her marriage of forty-three years.

Dana Rausch is a speaker, women’s ministry leader, event planner, and Bible study facilitator with thirty-two years’ experience in church work, including as an administrative assistant to a lead pastor. She and her husband were junior-high leaders for several years. Married for forty-three years, she is the mother of three adult children, and grandmother of eight. She enjoys reading, writing, boating, and attending Christian women’s leadership and writers’ conferences.

For interviews, contact


Suggested Interview Questions

  1. What do you think is the main reason women demean their husbands?
  2. What do you feel is at the heart of a wife’s need to control?
  3. Was it difficult to share your early years of marriage so vulnerably? What is your goal in doing so?
  4. What’s your definition of submission in marriage? And why is it crucial for both husbands and wives?
  5. What difference has not making a habit of “shaving off your husband’s mane” made in your own marriage? Can you give examples?
dr courtney dookie

New Book “Finding Your Why: A Biblical Guide of Discovering Purpose” Offers Transformative Insights for Spiritual Growth

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Calgary, Alberta, April 30, 1982 — Dr. Courtney Dookie is pleased to announce the release of his latest book, “Finding Your Why: A Biblical Guide of Discovering Purpose.” This inspiring work delves into the power of the Bible to guide readers on a journey of self-discovery and spiritual fulfillment.

In a world filled with distractions and uncertainties, many individuals struggle to find their true purpose in life. “Finding Your Why” offers a beacon of hope and clarity, drawing upon the rich teachings of the Bible to illuminate the path to personal fulfillment and purpose discovery.

Through thought-provoking reflections, and practical guidance, Dr. Dookie provides readers with the tools they need to uncover their unique purpose and live a life of meaning and significance. Grounded in biblical principles, and psychology, this book offers a refreshing perspective in identifying and living our God given purpose.

“We are all created with a purpose, but sometimes we need guidance to uncover it,” says Dr. Courtney Dookie. “In ‘Finding Your Why,’ readers will embark on a journey of self-discovery, exploring the depths of their hearts and minds to reveal the purpose that God has placed within them.”

Key themes explored in “Finding Your Why” include:

Understanding the significance of purpose in life

Discovering your passions and talents

Overcoming obstacles and setbacks

Embracing your unique identity

Cultivating a deeper relationship with God

Whether you are navigating a career transition, seeking direction in your relationships, or simply yearning for a deeper sense of meaning, “Finding Your Why” offers practical guidance and spiritual insights to help you uncover your purpose and live a life of fulfillment.

“Finding Your Why: A Biblical Guide of Discovering Purpose” is available for purchase in paperback and eBook formats on, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and through select bookstores nationwide.

For more information about the book and the author, or to schedule an interview, please contact Dr. Dookie at or 403-604-9010.

About Dr. Courtney Dookie:
Dr. Courtney Dookie is a distinguished figure known for his multifaceted expertise as a registered psychologist, pastor, motivational speaker, and prolific author. With a deep commitment to holistic well-being, Dr. Dookie seamlessly blends his professional background in psychology with his history in spiritual leadership as a pastor, offering a unique and comprehensive approach to personal development.

As a psychologist, Dr. Dookie brings extensive experience and insight to his counselling and therapy sessions, guiding individuals through the complexities of the human mind and emotions with empathy and expertise. His experience within the pastoral role further enriches his approach, infusing his interactions with a deep sense of compassion and understanding.

Beyond his professional roles, Dr. Dookie is a captivating motivational speaker, captivating audiences with his dynamic presence and profound insights. He has shared his wisdom and inspiration with diverse audiences, empowering them to embrace positive change and personal growth. Dr. Dookie’s impact extends beyond the spoken word through his written works. As the author of six books, he delves into various topics related to mental health, spirituality, and personal development, offering practical guidance and transformative insights to readers worldwide.

Through his diverse talents and unwavering dedication to helping others thrive, Dr. Courtney Dookie continues to make a lasting impact, inspiring individuals to unlock their full potential and live lives of purpose and fulfillment.

answered faith Launches “New Believers” Bible Study Series by Pastor Duke Taber

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Mesquite, Nevada (June 1, 2023) –, a leading online resource for Christian education and spiritual growth, is excited to announce the release of the “New Believers” Bible study series, written by Pastor Duke Taber.

This comprehensive 13-part series is designed to provide new believers with a solid biblical foundation and practical guidance for living out their faith in daily life.

Pastor Duke Taber, who has served as a Senior Pastor since 1988, brings his extensive ministry experience and biblical expertise to this engaging and transformative series. Each study explores a crucial aspect of the Christian journey, including salvation, the Bible, prayer, the Trinity, the life of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Christian living, the Church, worship, evangelism, the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, stewardship, and living with an eternal perspective.

“We are thrilled to offer this powerful resource to the body of Christ,” said Pastor Duke Taber. “My heart’s desire is to see believers equipped with the truth of God’s Word and empowered to live out their faith with confidence and joy. The ‘New Believers’ series is designed to do just that, providing a clear and compelling exposition of Scripture and its application to everyday life.”

Each study in the series is approximately 4,000 words in length and includes biblical foundations, practical implications, reflective questions, and helpful examples. The studies are accessible to new believers offering depth and substance for those who have just started their journey with Jesus.

“ is committed to providing high-quality, biblically sound resources for spiritual growth and discipleship,” said a spokesperson for the website. “We believe that the New Believers’ series by Pastor Duke Taber is an invaluable tool for individuals, small groups, and churches seeking to deepen their understanding of God’s Word and grow in their relationship with Christ.”

The “New Believers” Bible study series is available now at For more information or to purchase the series, visit or contact at:

441 Honeysuckle St.
Mesquite, Nevada 89027
Phone: 702-659-0965

About is a leading online resource for Christian education and spiritual growth, providing a wide range of biblically sound articles, resources, and tools to help believers deepen their faith and live out their calling in Christ.

About Pastor Duke Taber:
Pastor Duke Taber has been a Senior Pastor since 1988 and is passionate about equipping the body of Christ with the truth of God’s Word. He is a gifted teacher and communicator who brings biblical wisdom and practical insights to his writing and ministry.

Duke Taber
441 Honeysuckle St.
Mesquite, Nevada 89027
Phone: 702-659-0965

rooted in my faith

“Rooted in My Faith: The Church of My Childhood” by Karla Elizabeth Byrd Will be Free to Download April 16, 2024

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Monday, April 15, 2024

New Book Offers a Nostalgic Journey Back to the Heart of Faith and Community

In an age where the hustle and bustle of modern life often leaves little room for reflection, Karla Byrd’s debut book comes as a breath of fresh air, inviting readers on a journey back to the roots of faith, family, and community. This heartfelt memoir, titled “Rooted in My Faith: The Church of My Childhood” (Redemption Press), provides a warmhearted look into the author’s childhood church experiences, offering a poignant reminder of the simpler times that shaped her life and faith.

Karla Byrd transports readers to the church of her youth, nestled in the heart of East Texas, where every service was a family reunion, and faith was lived out with joy and fervor. Through her vivid memories, she paints a picture of a community where the church doors were always open, welcoming everyone to partake in the celebration of life’s milestones together.

As readers turn the pages, they will find themselves napping on old wooden pews under handmade shawls, turning the rustling pages of hymnals, and savoring the taste of covered dishes at dinner-on-the-grounds Sundays. Byrd’s evocative storytelling not only brings to life the richness of her childhood church’s traditions but also underscores the timeless value of faith, fellowship, and the support system that nurtured her growing up.

Rooted in My Faith” is more than just a memoir; it is an invitation to readers to delve into their own memories and rediscover the depth of their faith and the bonds of their community. Each chapter concludes with journal pages, encouraging readers to document their own spiritual journey and legacy, making this book a cherished keepsake for generations to come.

In a world craving connection and authenticity, Karla Byrd’s “Rooted in My Faith” offers a much-needed reminder of the power of faith and community to sustain and enrich our lives. This book is a must-read for anyone yearning to reconnect with their spiritual roots and find solace in the enduring values of love, fellowship, and support.

Karla Byrd’s “Rooted in My Faith: The Church of My Childhood” will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days, Tuesday, April 16 through April 20, 2024. “Rooted in My Faith” is rated 5 stars by those who purchased and reviewed the book. Here’s what just a couple of the reviewers have said:

Amy B. Rode
5 Stars Love this life
“Karla’s book reminds us of how it is so important to share your story with those you love. Memories shared from generation to generation are so important. God is great and this book reminds us how blessed we are.”

Alaina Strait
5 Stars Such a Heartfelt Book!
“This book is one of the most heartfelt books I have read in a long time. I love how the stories from her past are interwoven with the present moments of today. I have such great memories from my childhood being raised in small country church and this book provided such sweet memories for me to reflect on and remember. I also love the space provided at the end of every chapter that allows me the space to journal my own memories and the words that are being spoken to my heart today. This is a wonderful book to read and can be easily used as a daily devotional. I highly recommend this book. You will not be disappointed.”

Karla Byrd is a business owner alongside her husband, Matthew, a U.S. Air Force veteran. Her Christian gift and bookstore, the Byrd’s Nest, is in the antique district of Gladewater, Texas, known as the Antique Capital of East Texas. She enjoys photography, documenting the lives of others, talking to antique hunters from all over the world who come to her store, road tripping, and visiting small town America’s other small businesses.

For interviews, contact Karla at

Embracing Our Full Victory in Christ

New Release ‘Embracing Our Full Victory in Christ: The Journey from Darkness to Light’ Empowers Christians for Spiritual Warfare with Practical Tools and Testimonies for Lasting Freedom”

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – [Cary, North Carolina] — April 1, 2024 — Derek Mason’s book, “Embracing Our Full Victory in Christ: The Journey from Darkness to Light”, is now available on Amazon in hardcover, paperback and Kindle, and provides comprehensive, easy to understand and immediately applicable tools to equip readers to press forward in their own personal spiritual journey to full freedom in Christ.

“Derek’s book meets you right where you are. If you are hungry and thirsty for truth, there is an abundance of riches to be found in this teaching and ministry. “­‑‑ Kathy Kvam

Published by Identity In Christ Media “Embracing Our Full Victory in Christ: The Journey from Darkness to Light” is a deeply informative exposition on the essential yet neglected ministry of Christian spiritual warfare. It is a thought and faith provoking, Bible-based, detailed account describing what is involved, and what it means, to confront and overcome the influences of the demonic. Tragically, too often the church does not acknowledge the power and influence of demonic power.  This problem prevents the believer from achieving full victory in Christ which is, as the author maintains, not only possible but achievable.

But the author doesn’t stop there! He gives focused attention to Christian discipleship counseling which utilizes effective tools to assist a counselee in plugging into the power of the Holy Spirit. The book shows how both deliverance and counseling elements contribute to enduring freedom from darkness; and further explains how effective spiritual warfare is a battle of both the spirit and the mind.

Based upon the author’s extensive study of the Scriptures and his vast experience in confronting the powers of darkness, this book serves as a guide written from the trenches rather than the ivory tower. Including powerful insights, biblical rationale, and much more, it also offers a litany of testimonies from people who describe their struggles, bondage, and subsequent time-tested freedom as God moves through the author to bring healing.


Charles G. Panosian Cpl. USMC – As a Marine combat Veteran, experiencing war in the jungles of Vietnam, I can say the trauma doesn’t stop when one returns from duty. Personally, I have experienced pent up anger and what the Veteran’s Hospital calls “hyper vigilance.”

Derek Mason has walked with me in spiritual guidance as I personally dealt with many of the mentioned issues above. His in-depth use of Bible wisdom and healing knowledge has reached me like no drug or psychotherapy could begin to do. As a Marine combat veteran, I hope this book reaches many struggling veterans because it is desperately needed. I highly recommend this book to help heal the deep wounds of trauma in war.

Lauren Silver – I would absolutely recommend Derek’s deliverance ministry and spiritual warfare training! If you are someone who desires to help others, this knowledge is invaluable. I am very grateful to have been led to it so that I can learn how to use this knowledge to help others.

Tyler KrizanI have taken Derek’s class twice now and feel his teachings are very biblically sound. The deliverance process is 100% based on the power and trust in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to deliver a person from darkness. It is only through His power and will that these processes are able to be effective and genuinely heal people.  I’ve witnessed it personally alongside Derek as I participated in two of his deliverances as a “seer.” I have also performed a deliverance myself and absolutely approve and agree with the knowledge and teachings Derek provides in this book. I recommend this book to ANYONE with demonic issues or concerns. It will open your eyes to a world not many know still exists and show you how to use this knowledge to help others. It is a source which is desperately needed in these dark days.

Embracing our Full Victory” is available in hardcover, paperback and Kindle on Amazon . or visit :

About the author
Pastor Derek Mason is the founder and president of “Identity In Christ, Inc.” and “Identity In Christ Media.” Since 2013, Pastor Mason has successfully guided many hundreds of people in spiritual warfare and Christian counseling in addition to his ministry as a pastor. His techniques utilize a robust and biblically grounded system which continually proves to free people from the power of darkness. He has a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL, is a certified Enneagram administrator, and is a member of the International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC). His prior professional tenure includes over twelve years’ business experience in successful and effective leadership training as well as team building, development, and duplication.

He offers deliverance counseling sessions (by appointment only) where his deliverance team meets with individuals to assist in freeing them from spiritual oppression. He also provides deliverance team training for churches to develop deliverance teams of their own.

Please contact Derek Mason at: or call 608-425-8620

His office location is in Mt Horeb, WI

For speaking engagements or bulk purchases: contact Carl Dobrowolski

seeing invisible things

Best Seller, “Seeing Invisible Things” by Lisa Ambler Will be Free to Download Tomorrow, April 9, 2024

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Monday, April 8, 2024

New Book “Seeing Invisible Things” by Lisa Ambler Opens a Whimsical Gateway to Discussing Life’s Big Topics with Children

In an era where the complexity of life’s challenges can often feel overwhelming, Lisa Ambler’s latest book, Seeing Invisible Things, emerges as a beacon of hope and understanding for both children and adults alike. This collection of one hundred original poems is a testament to the power of whimsy and faith in navigating the intricate emotions and situations that shape our daily lives.

Through verses that range from the humorous adventures of a pig who dared to dream of flight, to the touching exploration of feelings like jealousy and the excitement of new experiences, Ambler’s work transcends mere entertainment. It invites readers into a deeper conversation about the numerous ways we encounter and interpret the world around us. Each poem is thoughtfully paired with Bible verses, offering a foundation of hope and faith that encourages confidence across all ages.

Seeing Invisible Things stands as a crucial resource for parents, educators, and anyone seeking to engage children in meaningful discussions about life’s joys and challenges. Ambler’s poems serve as gentle yet profound reminders of the importance of seeing the world through a lens of wonder and faith.

Seeing Invisible Things is more than a book; it is an invitation to rediscover the world through the eyes of a child, guided by the light of faith and the joy of imagination. Available now, this collection promises to be a cherished addition to any family’s library, fostering conversations and connections that will last a lifetime.

Lisa Ambler’s “Seeing Invisible Things” will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days, Tuesday, April 9 through April 13, 2024. “Seeing Invisible Things” is rated 5 stars by those who purchased and reviewed the book. Here’s what just a couple of the reviewers have said:

5 Stars Fun and Engaging for all Ages
“These poems are not only a fun and engaging way to address real life situations and emotions that children face, but they also direct the reader to specific relevant Scripture. My children range from elementary age to high school and all enjoyed the poems and illustrations. A great read aloud book for all ages.”

J. Muller
5 Stars Truly, for ALL his children… including us adults!
“So relatable. The kind of literature that leaves you with cheeks that hurt because you’ve realized you’ve been smiling the whole time! Such a unique and creative way to get conversation going about God’s important truths.”

Lisa Ambler graduated with honors in creative writing from Plan II at the University of Texas at Austin, and is an author, artist, illustrator, and copywriter. She has been published in The Old Schoolhouse magazine, Denver Christian News, Bloomsbury Review, and elsewhere. The founder of Art for the Nations, a nonprofit that provides art supplies for underprivileged children, her award-winning art has been featured in numerous publications, and she has taught children’s art classes for over a decade in the United States, in Mexico, and currently in Denver, Colorado. She and her husband work with the Circuit Riders Ministry, a branch of YWAM.

For interviews, contact Lisa Ambler at


Facebook: Art for the Nations

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. What was your goal in putting your thoughts into poetry, rather than prose?
  2. While many of the poems are light and joyful, even funny, they also address serious topics. What are some of the topics you address?
  3. How do you envision parents utilizing this volume? Reading aloud to their children? Or children reading the poems themselves?
  4. You say proceeds will go to your nonprofit Art for the Nations as well as Circuit Riders ministry. Tell us about the outreach of each ministry.
  5. Do you think it’s more difficult for parents to find time and energy to have devotions—or “faith talks”—with their children in our fast-paced times? How do you think your book of poetry could be a resource for parents?
Giving Up Grace: A Spiritual Rebranding of the Soul

Best Seller, “Giving Up Grace: A Spiritual Rebranding of the Soul” Will be Free to Download Tomorrow, April 9, 2024

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Monday, April 8, 2024

Embark on a Journey of Spiritual Reawakening with Robin Gerblick’s, “Giving Up Grace: A Spiritual Rebranding of the Soul.

In an era where the search for meaning often leads us down paths of temporary fulfillment, Robin Gerblick offers a beacon of hope and transformation in her new release, “Giving Up Grace: A Spiritual Rebranding of the Soul.” This profound narrative is not just another story of redemption; it is a lifeline extended to those wandering in the wilderness of despair, seeking a grace they have yet to understand.

Robin Gerblick, an award-winning author known for her captivating storytelling and deep spiritual insights, invites readers on a deeply personal journey through the valleys of her life. From the pain of repeated abortions to the emptiness filled with misguided love and the relentless pursuit of something greater, Robin’s story is one of profound loss and breathtaking redemption.

At nineteen, Robin faced a decision that would haunt her for decades. Yet, it was in her darkest moments, in the quest to fill the void within, that she encountered a love so unfathomable it could only be divine. “Giving Up Grace” chronicles Robin’s transformative encounter with Jesus Christ and the unyielding grace that led her from desolation to destiny.

This book is more than a memoir; it is a testament to the power of grace in the midst of brokenness. Through gut-wrenching honesty and relatable experiences, Robin connects with readers across all walks of life. As one reviewer shares, “This is not the typical Christian book, which is a compliment. It is honest. It is real. It details craving love and chasing after it in all of the wrong places…” Her message is clear: sometimes, we must lose ourselves to be found, and in giving up the grace we thought we knew, we discover the grace that truly saves.

Robin Gerblick, a teacher, inspiration influencer, and visionary behind the Exodus Women’s Retreat, lives a life marked by adventure and faith. Her story is one of being born out of brokenness, delivered by destiny, and grown into God’s grace—a narrative she passionately shares to inspire others towards their own spiritual rebranding.

Giving Up Grace” is not just a book; it is a movement towards understanding the depth of God’s love and the boundless grace available to every soul willing to embark on the journey. As Robin beautifully articulates, “Grace… it’s the beginning and end of everything!”

We invite readers and the media alike to dive into the pages of “Giving Up Grace” and explore the raw, unapologetic journey of a woman who found life in the midst of loss, and love in the least expected places. Prepare to be moved, challenged, and ultimately transformed as you witness the power of grace in Robin Gerblick’s extraordinary life.

Robin Gerblick’s “Giving Up Grace” will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days, Tuesday, April 9 through April 13, 2024. “Giving Up Grace” is rated 5 stars by those who purchased and reviewed the book. Here’s what just a couple of the reviewers have said:

Kathy D. Sawdy
5 Stars Captivating Read
“I started reading this book and could not put it down. Robin Gerblick has a gift to put words together in a beautifully descriptive way that draws the reader into the scene … I balled my eyes out reading the chapter called “The Gift”. The author has me absolutely captivated in the storyline that brings her from “forever searching for the king” to discovering the true King of Kings that loved her unconditionally and was waiting for her to come to the end of herself and ultimately discover true love, peace and grace … Please do yourself a favor and buy this book. You will come to a fresh perspective of God’s beautiful gift of grace through the author’s eyes and her unique understanding. The Holy Spirit will recharge your batteries with this book and you will want to get everyone you know to read it like I did.”

The Christian Nutritionist
5 Stars Open and Brave
“Robin’s story is deeply touching and pulls your heart in all the directions. It will open a well of grace that you may need for yourself or, perhaps, for someone else. Thank you for the openness and bravery in writing this book Robin!”

Robin Gerblick … born out of broken, delivered by destiny, and grown into God’s grace. Teacher, award-winning author, communicator, inspiration influencer, lover of life and the living water. Robin is the founder and visionary of, Faith, Fitness, Freedom. A pro-life advocate and speaker for Living Hope Dream Centers, she has also served as a Stonecroft Ministries speaker over the past decade. An award-winning author for her contributions to three anthologies, she has written numerous magazine articles, and is an active member of the Proverbs 31 Compel Writers Group and Word Weavers International. She and her husband of thirty years split their time between the Arizona desert and the mountains of Idaho. She is Mom to their most amazing, adopted daughter from foster care, dog momma to two, and Grammy to her two precious grands. You will often find Robin and her husband on a motorcycle or back-country airplane looking for their next adventure.

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Suggested Interview Questions

  1. What was it like to share your life so openly in writing your book?
  2. Who do you feel will most benefit from reading the book? Why?
  3. What would you tell a woman who may be struggling with shame from a past abortion?
  4. Do you think men struggle with post-abortive trauma? Do you think it is different from what women may experience? If so, how?
  5. You use the word “grace” often; can you tell us what it means to you?
  6. Can you share a story or two of what happens when women really grab hold of what God’s grace can mean in their lives?
  7. Tell us about your retreat ministry, the Exodus Women’s Retreat, and how it came about.
Rachel Saunders Plakon

Florida House of Representatives Honors Petra and Welcomes them to Florida April 18th-21st

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – We may be in the heat of the political season and tensions are high all around, but here is one thing both sides of the aisle can agree on! PETRA is awesome! The Florida House of Representatives has issued an official tribute to PETRA congratulating them on 50 years of music and ministry and officially welcomed them to Florida this April 18th-21st for their 2024 Best for Last Tour.

This tribute will be presented to PETRA by Representative Rachel Plakon of District 36 at their event in Sanford Florida on April 18th. Petra is touring all over the US and Canada, with additional dates in Mexico, Brazil, Germany and Norway. Full details can be found at

Petra Tribute – Florida House Bill 91914

WHEREAS, in 1972 Bob Hartman, John DeGroff, Greg Hough, and Bill Glover formed the band Petra, which is considered a pioneer of the Christian rock and contemporary Christian music genres and, for many years, was hailed as the world’s most popular Christian rock band, and

WHEREAS, Petra has released 20 studio albums, two Spanish-language albums, and two live albums, selling nearly 10 million copies around the world, and

WHEREAS, Petra has won four Grammy Awards and 10 Dove Awards and had their song “The Coloring Song” reach the number one spot on three Christian radio charts simultaneously, and

WHEREAS, Petra was the first rock band inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and was the first Christian band whose memorabilia was included in a Hard Rock Café, and

WHEREAS, over the course of the band’s long and storied career, Petra has reached millions of people with their message of hope and faith through their ever-changing rock music, and

WHEREAS, Petra is embarking on its 50th Anniversary 2024 Reunion Tour with its original band members and new members Bob Hartman, John Schlitt formerly of Head East, John Lawry, Greg Bailey and Cristian Borneo, with their first stop in Sanford on April 18th -21st, with additional Florida stops in Fort Myers, Tampa, and Jacksonville, NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT RESPECTFULLY PROCLAIMED that Petra is congratulated on a successful 50-year career of spreading faith, love, and rock and roll to people across the world and that sincere best wishes are extended for a successful 50th Anniversary 2024 Reunion Tour the details of which may be found at

Rachel Saunders Plakon
Representative, District 36