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rise and rejoice

New Redemption Press bible study leads readers on a journey to meet their greatest need

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – You may be a Christian, but that doesn’t automatically mean you’re fulfilled or know what truly satisfies you deep down. According to Answers to Tough Questions about God and Life, believers struggle to find answers to their discontent.*

Author Heather Murdock didn’t know the answer to that until she began the personal journey of transformation that only occurs when you give your life to Jesus.

From growing up in a school bus, to trying to make it in Hollywood, to being a young woman living alone in New York, Heather’s life has been full of twists and turns. She experienced what felt like many lifetimes in those years, but nothing prepared her for the heartache that followed when her sister was tragically taken in a drunk-driving accident. In the months and years after her passing, Heather began putting the pieces of her broken heart back together. Her pain led her to discover the deep-seated meaning of inner peace and satisfaction. And the answer surprised her.

Her journey of healing and fulfillment in Christ has brought her to the place of being able to share with other women what God had done in her own life. As she studied Isaiah 55, the key chapter for a retreat she was speaking for, the Holy Spirit helped her realize more deeply why people flocked to earthly, tangible things that would never truly satisfy.

Murdock says, “Everything we need is available in and through Christ, yet we continue to go to other people, places, and things because of the condition of our heart.”

In July 2019, that talk from the women’s retreat transformed into Rise and Rejoice, a six-week Bible study focused on helping women through emotional and spiritual healing. Written in a raw, transformative, hopeful style, the author desires for readers to “be healed from pain and trauma so they can become who God made them to be.” By using gentle journaling and prayer prompt elements, readers will identify their greatest needs in a safe, accepting space and watch as Jesus meets them there.

*https://questions.org/attq/im-a-christian-so-why-am-i-unhappy/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Heather Murdock is a speaker and author with a passion to encourage and equip believers to live empowered by the Holy Spirit to overcome obstacles and live out their purpose. Her podcast, Living Free with Heather Murdock, is a great resource for people seeking healing, freedom, and transformation. She draws from numerous life experiences, including her years as a Celebrate Recovery ministry leader, but mostly from the Word of God. Heather travels in her role as vice president of Human Resources for a global manufacturing tech company, developing leaders and company culture, but her greatest joy is her family. They live in Placerville, California, where they serve in their local church. She and her husband are co-founders of Rise and Rejoice Ministries, which focuses on kingdom discipleship, leadership, and worship.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/heather.murdock1

Instagram: www.instagram.com/heather.murdock

Twitter: @heathersjourney

For review copies and media interviews, contact Heather at heathersfaith@gmail.com.

Best Christian Workplaces Institute

109 Organizations Honored as “Certified Best Christian Workplaces”

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – MERCER ISLAND, WA – Today, Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI) honors 109 faith-based organizations and Christian-owned businesses as Certified Best Christian Workplaces in the first half of 2022.

These workplaces reported strong satisfaction with team dynamics, even during a season when external research reveals the prevalence of isolation and disconnection at work.

What’s unique about organizations that are certified as Best Christian Workplaces? Employees at these workplaces affirm good teamwork and conflict resolution skills in their responses to the BCWI Employee Engagement Survey. Even in the face of lower satisfaction with compensation and benefits, employees find high levels of meaning and value in their work as their organizations achieve their goals.

In today’s tight labor market where employees are feeling the pinch of inflation, leaders are concerned about their ability to compete for top talent and offer compensation and benefits to retain employees. Jay Bransford, CEO of BCWI addresses these challenges: “Many organizations are facing financial pressure, especially if they experienced a drop in donations or other revenue streams over the past few years. Rewarding compensation and outstanding talent are two important factors for flourishing organizations in the long-term. Even as these areas are lagging, top-ranking organizations see the benefit of investing in teamwork and sustainable strategy to increase employee engagement.”

Another challenge for effective leadership is healthy communication. After several years of adaptation in workplace patterns, employees need consistent communication to increase their engagement. Organizations that have a healthy workplace culture have found ways to effectively communicate and work together toward common goals even when employees are not all at the same comfort level with hybrid or virtual work settings.

Workplaces that are flourishing have leaders who are proactive rather than reactive in a changing environment. Bransford underscores the importance of great leadership in influencing workplace culture: “We live in a world of dynamic change—from changing global political and economic realities, to cultural shifts in society. Effective leaders need to continuously take the pulse of their organizations to better understand the state of their flock and how best to support, attract, and retain top talent. No other factor impacts the performance of an organization to a greater extent than its culture. Therefore, proactively assessing and developing a healthy culture is a strategic imperative for all leaders. BCWI is the expert in assessing the culture of Christian organizations—applying robust data and experienced, professional consultants to guide you along the road to flourishing.”

This year’s Certified Best Christian Workplaces list features organizations in the United States, Canada, Thailand, Australia, Indonesia, and Zambia, and includes a variety of faith-based nonprofits, churches, and Christian-owned businesses.

Since 2002, BCWI’s Employee Engagement Survey has been completed by more than 340,000 employees from over 1,300 organizations in the US, Australia, Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Central and South America.

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Media Contact
Robert Wachter
Global Director of Marketing
rwachter@bcwinstitute.org
206.979.7593

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About Best Christian Workplaces Institute
​​BCWI is an international, not-for-profit, research-based, organizational development and human resources consulting firm, with offices in Mercer Island, Washington, and London, Ontario.

We equip and inspire Christian leaders to build an engaged, flourishing workplace. We believe that Christian-led workplaces can set the standard as the best, most effective places to work in the world. Founded in 2002, we help measure and improve the health of organizations through our surveys, 360 Leadership Review process, and consulting services. BCWI is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

For more information, visit bcwinstitute.org. Explore our Blog and the Flourishing Culture Podcast for valuable insights and resources from top Christian leaders.

The following organizations are honored as Certified Best Christian Workplaces in the first half of 2022:

CAMPS AND CONFERENCE CENTERS

Cho-Yeh Camp and Conference Center  – Livingston, TX

Forest Glen Camps & Retreats – Huntsville, TX

Lake Ann Camp – Lake Ann, MI

One Hope Canada – Winnipeg, MB Canada

CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS

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Calvary Christian Academy Fort Lauderdale— Fort Lauderdale, FL

Cherry Hills Christian School – Highlands Ranch, CO

The Covenant School – Dallas, TX

Crestmont Christian Preparatory School – Boerne, TX

Grace International School – Hang Dong, Thailand

Grapevine Faith Christian School – Grapevine, TX

Harvest Christian Academy – Elgin, IL

Milpitas Christian School – San Jose, CA

Pickering Christian School – Ajax, ON, Canada

Southeast Christian School – Parker, CO

Wheaton Academy – West Chicago, IL

CHRISTIAN-OWNED BUSINESSES

Atiba Software, LLC – Nashville, TN

BETA Fueling Systems, LLC – Reidsville, NC

C12 Group  – San Antonio, TX

Civil Southeast, LLC – Andalusia, AL

Davidson Wealth Management – Davidson, NC

Dow Smith Contracting Company, Inc.  – Smyrna, TN

Excellence in Giving – Colorado Springs, CO

Gold Eye Clinic – Palestine, TX

Harris Beverages – Durham, NC

HumCap LP – Plano, TX

John Houston Family of Companies – Red Oak, TX

Liberty Storage Solutions – Mocksville, NC

Outreach  – Colorado Springs, CO

Total Computer Solutions – Greensboro, NC

Wilson Lumber – Huntsville, AL

CHURCHES

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Ada Bible Church – Ada, MI

BattleCreek Church – Broken Arrow, OK

Beulah Alliance Church – Edmonton, AB Canada

Central Community Church – Wichita, KS

City on a Hill – Melbourne, VIC, Australia

The Crossing Church – Costa Mesa, CA

Connect United – Ashland, MA

Grace Bible Church – Virginia Beach, VA

Irving Bible Church – Irving, TX

Kamloops Alliance Church – Kamloops, BC Canada

Lifepoint Church – Fredericksburg, VA

LowCountry Community Church – Bluffton, SC

Miracle Life Family Church – Lusaka, Zambia

Mission Community Church – Gilbert, AZ

Mission Hills Church – Littleton, CO

Montgomery Community Church – Cincinnati, OH

New Vision – Murfreesboro, TN

Pathway Church – Wichita, KS

Port City Community Church – Wilmington, NC

Redeemer Lincoln Square – New York, NY

Redeemer Presbyterian Church West Side – New York, NY

Rolling Hills Community Church – Franklin, TN

StoneBridge Christian Church – Omaha, NE

Southeast Christian Church – Parker, CO

Southridge Community Church  — St. Catharines, ON Canada

Summit Crossing Community Church – Madison, AL

Suncrest Christian Church – St. John, IN

Thornapple Valley Church – Hastings, MI

Traders Point Christian Church –  Indianapolis, IN

Trinity Church  — Lansing, MI

The Village Church – Flower Mound, TX

West Side Presbyterian Church – Ridgewood, NJ

Whittier Area Community Church – Whittier, CA

FAMILY SERVICES

4KIDS  — Fort Lauderdale, FL

The Bair Foundation – New Wilmington, PA

BsideU for Life – Louisville, KY

Care Net – Lansdowne, VA

Care Net of Puget Sound – Tacoma, WA

Christian Children’s Home of Ohio  – Wooster, OH

Human Coalition – Plano, TX

Life Network – Colorado Springs, CO

Promise 686 – Norcross, GA

Save The Storks – Colorado Springs, CO

HIGHER EDUCATION

Colorado Christian University – Lakewood, CO

MEDIA

Family Life Communications – Tucson, AZ

RightNow Media  — McKinney, TX

The Urban Alternative – Dallas, TX

Vision Christian Media – Springwood, QLD, Australia

PARACHURCH AND MISSIONS

Baptist State Convention of NC – Cary, NC

Bible League International  — Crete, IL

CDF Capital – Irvine, CA

Focus on the Family Canada  — Langley, BC Canada

Generous Giving – Orlando, FL

Jewish Voice Ministries International – Phoenix, AZ

Love Justice International – Lincoln, NE

Operation Mobilization USA – Tyrone, GA

Reasons to Believe – Covina, CA

StuMo – Conway, AR

Untold – Atlanta, GA

Wycliffe Canada – Calgary, AB Canada

PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

ACSI – Colorado Springs, CO

Canadian Centre for Christian Charities – Elmira, ON Canada

Classical Conversations – Southern Pines, NC

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability – Winchester, VA

PCA Retirement and Benefits – Lawrenceville, GA

Samaritan Ministries International – Peoria, IL

RESCUE MISSIONS

The City Mission – Cleveland, OH

Outreach Inc. – Indianapolis, IN

Phoenix Rescue Mission – Phoenix, AZ

The Rescue Mission – Fort Wayne, IN

Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission – Seattle, WA

St. Matthew’s House – Naples, FL

Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission – Philadelphia, PA

Trinity Rescue Mission – Jacksonville, FL

Union Rescue Mission – Wichita, KS

Wheeler Mission – Indianapolis, IN

Yakima Union Gospel Mission – Yakima, WA

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code blue

New book contends Bible supports veracity of near death accounts

FAITH NEWS SERVICEBecause they think it’s “not Biblical,” many Christians reject accounts by near death survivors who maintain they visited heaven and returned. But, according to an ordained Christian minister, founder of the internet ministry Ads4Christ.Org, this view is off the mark. Having conducted extensive research, he has concluded that the Bible strongly supports the truth of Near Death Experiences (NDEs).

Richmond, VA—A book just released by The Oaklea Press Inc. entitled CODE BLUE: A Christian Perspective of Near Death Experiences by Jon Truman cites numerous passages of Scripture that the author maintains support his contention that accounts by near death survivors are upheld by the Bible.

Jon Truman is the pen name of ordained minister Jan Munch, who said, “We Christians believe in life after death by faith. But wouldn’t it be comforting if our faith were backed up by solid evidence? Wouldn’t it cause some who have doubts, or perhaps are somewhat skeptical, to more strongly consider the veracity of Christianity? Having done the research, I now believe there’s an abundance of evidence. In recent years, many thousands of near death survivors have described experiences that are backed up by Scripture. Even the apostle Paul—inspired author of 13 of the New Testament’s 27 books—made reference to an experience that suggests he actually had a Near Death Experience (NDE).”

In addition to his internet ministry, Munch is the author of four Christian suspense novels: “Cadaver,” “Angel,” its sequel, “Adryel,” the end times novel, “Going Home” and a newly released book of short stories entitled, “Christian Short Stories.” He lives with his wife Linda in East Tennessee.

CODE BLUE: A Christian Perspective of Near Death Experiences is available from Amazon as a Kindle eBook for $9.99 (ASIN: B0B8TNVWXT), as a trade paperback for $15.95 (ASIN: B0B8RPB1F8) and in Hardcover for $26.95 (ASIN: B0B8VCF41B).

Copy and paste this link in your browser to go to the book’s page on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B8TNVWXT

The Oaklea Press Inc. was founded in 1995 and publishes business management, self-help, fiction, biographies, religious titles, as well as those to do with body, mind & spirit.

For more information contact:
JAN MUNCH
(423) 368-4296
ads4christ@comcast.net

learning to be me without you

Learning to Be Me Without You: A Story of Love, Loss, and Coming Home is Free to Download for One More Day

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Saturday, August 6, 2022

Paula Freeman’s newest book, Learning to Be Me Without You: A Story of Love, Loss, and Coming Home, maintains best seller status.

In Learning to Be Me Without You: A Story of Love, Loss, and Coming Home, Paula Freeman hopes to use her candid and sometimes humorous account of a terminal diagnosis, a cross-country move, her husband’s untimely death, and an unscripted road to healing to connect readers to God’s faithfulness in the crucible of grief.

When her husband of over forty years is diagnosed with interstitial lung disease, for which there is no cure or effective treatment, Paula Freeman journals her thoughts and fears. When they move from Colorado to North Carolina to battle Ray’s terminal disease, Paula documents their adventures. In this memoir of grief and loss, Learning to Be Me Without You: A Story of Love, Loss, and Coming Home, Paula relates her first year of widowhood and describes falling in love with Jesus all over again.

Paula Freeman’s Learning to Be Me Without You: A Story of Love, Loss, and Coming Home is free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days, between August 2, 2022 through August 6, 2022. Learning to Be Me Without You: A Story of Love, Loss, and Coming Home is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

Kristi – 5 stars
For more than widows…
Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2022
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I’m divorced, but that experience has a grief experience, too, in some ways differently complex than widowhood. This book spoke to my own grief in the loss of the life I had, the suffering we all endured through this process, and finding Christ in it. A kind and quietly directive resource.

Susan Craiger – 5 stars
A must read for anyone struggling with grief
Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2022Verified Purchase

What an amazing gift for those who have lost a loved one. This book isn’t just for widows; it’s for anyone who has suffered grief and loss, as well as friends and family members of those who grieve. It is so well written that as the author shares her fears that she would not be able to survive the grief of her husband’s death and that God would not be enough, you feel as if you are on the emotional journey with her. She gives words to difficult feelings and provides hope to those who are struggling. I highly recommend this book for anyone walking the journey of grief.

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Paula Freeman at paulasfreeman@gmail.com.

About the Author
Paula Freeman, MSW, is founder and former executive director of Hope’s Promise, a Colorado adoption agency and orphan care ministry licensed in Colorado, and author of A Place I Didn’t Belong: Hope for Adoptive Moms. Widowed with seven grown children, she lives in the Kansas City area but still calls Colorado home—and she gets to the beach as often as she can. Visit her at www.paulasfreeman.com.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. Your book Learning to Be Me Without You: A Story of Love, Loss, and Coming Home is a deeply vulnerable journey of you and your husband’s experience with a terminal lung disease. Describe briefly your personal journey through it all.
  2. What is often the most misunderstood reality of losing a spouse?
  3. What are some of the challenges that widows face?
  4. What are some ways widows can move forward after loss?
  5. What is the biggest piece of comfort you can give to someone grieving right now?
  6. If someone is potentially facing spousal loss, how can they prepare well?
  7. At the end of each chapter in your book, you offer thought-provoking reflective questions for readers. What is one question that you personally wrestled with?
  8. How do you hope readers will be encouraged by reading your book?
the covenant story

Best Seller, The Covenant Story is Free to Download for One More Day

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States – August 5, 2022

Sonya Anderson’s new release, The Covenant Story, maintains best seller status.

In The Covenant Story, Sonya weaves biblical narrative with personal experience to create a relatable portrait gallery of the God who never stops loving, despite our failures.

Is God good, and can we trust him? The Bible answers this question with a story. The Covenant Story: Trusting the Love of a Faithful God is a retelling of the biblical narrative through God’s Bible covenants and his faithful hesed love. This is the story of God and humans in relationship. When people fail to keep their covenant vows, God sends Jesus to do the unexpected—he keeps his side of the covenant, and he keeps our side too. Through the Holy Spirit, followers of Jesus become ministers of a new covenant and ambassadors of God’s love. Written with beautiful prose, The Covenant Story envelops you with the knowledge that our faithful God doesn’t stop loving you, no matter what. He promises it, he’s proven it, and he’ll keep doing it. Forever. This is The Covenant Story—and it is the story we are invited to enter.

Sonya Anderson’s The Covenant Promise will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days (8/1/22-8/5/22). The Covenant Promise is currently rated at 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

Kendrari – 5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful picture of God’s love and promise
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This book is an easy read that paints the most beautiful picture via Sonya’s storytelling of God’s love for us and how our purpose is carefully thought out and meaningful. A great reminder of why we are here and how we can trust God’s covenant to us. This book breaks down Biblical stories and words to demonstrate what it means for us, here and now.

Jenna Hubin – 5.0 out of 5 stars
An Invitation
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At one point Sonya mentions a “holy collision”, and that is precisely what this book was to me. The same Biblical story I have heard time and time again, was met with a perspective that stood in stark contrast to the legalistic way of thinking that has smothered my soul for decades. The constant pressure to uphold it all, when I knew I never could, so why continue? The farther I read, the more invited I felt – beckoned to glimpse the hope laid out on these pages. As someone who often approaches scripture, and works containing it, with deep a rooted resentment that dates back many years, I am grateful for this story. If you are like me, and faith feels like an unattainable longing, then may this invitation extend to you as well.

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Sonya Anderson at [number] or email: sonyaleighanderson@gmail.com.

About the Author
Sonya Leigh Anderson is an educator, speaker, and Bible teacher whose life was radically changed when she encountered the unconditional and faithful love of her covenant-keeping God. She lives in Princeton, Minnesota, with her husband, Kyle. You can find Sonya’s blog, Seeking God through Story, at sonyaleighanderson.com.

SUGGESTED INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Covenant love is usually seen as something for the Old Testament. What triggered your understanding of it as something pertinent to believers today? Is that what inspired you to write the book?

You touch briefly on the adoption of your two sons as an example of covenant love and relationship. It’s a fascinating thought. Can you expand on that for us?

Could you explain why seeing the Christian life through the lens of the new covenant made such a remarkable difference in your life?

How do legalism and liberalism play out when you look at the Christian life through the lens of the new covenant?

If you could speak directly to your reader, what is the message you want them to hear most from your book?

What Scripture passages were most meaningful to you as you wrote this book? How did you decide which Bible stories to include?

What book do you hope to write as a follow-up to Covenant Story?

 

The Abolition of Christianity

Mark Walia’s new book, “The Abolition of Christianity” is a controversial work examining the massive and on-going secular assault against Traditional Christianity

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Mark Walia, a history professor in Southern California, has completed his new book, “The Abolition of Christianity,” which exposes secularism’s war on the primary force impeding its plans to remake our culture: Traditional Christianity.

“Thanks to a wave of militant secularism now sweeping across America and the entire Western World, Traditional Christianity stands on the verge of destruction. Secularism has already triumphed on multiple fronts, be it abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality, or the “right” to sexual freedom, and aspires to further revolutionary changes, including elimination of marriage, the family, and gender itself.

“That is the provocative message set forth in Mark Walia’s ‘’The Abolition of Christianity.’ Tailor-made for people of faith seeking to understand exactly why our culture has become so hostile towards Christian principles, this lively book will also appeal to anyone who enjoys controversial material on religion and politics.”

Published by Covenant Books of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, Mark Walia’s new book is an eye-opener that enables readers to appreciate how thoroughly contemporary America (and the West) has rejected its own Christian heritage.

Readers can purchase “The Abolition of Christianity” at bookstores everywhere, or online at iTunes, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

To learn more about Dr. Walia and the publication, visit his website, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Covenant books is an international Christian owned and operated publishing house based in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Covenant Books specializes in all genres of work which appeal to the Christian market. For additional information or media inquiries, contact Covenant Books at 843-507-8373.

learning to be me without you

Learning to Be Me Without You: A Story of Love, Loss, and Coming Home #1 New Release for 7 Straight Days

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Paula presents her newest book, Learning to Be Me Without You: A Story of Love, Loss, and Coming Home.

In Learning to Be Me Without You: A Story of Love, Loss, and Coming Home, Paula Freeman hopes to use her candid and sometimes humorous account of a terminal diagnosis, a cross-country move, her husband’s untimely death, and an unscripted road to healing to connect readers to God’s faithfulness in the crucible of grief.

When her husband of over forty years is diagnosed with interstitial lung disease, for which there is no cure or effective treatment, Paula Freeman journals her thoughts and fears. When they move from Colorado to North Carolina to battle Ray’s terminal disease, Paula documents their adventures. In this memoir of grief and loss, Learning to Be Me Without You: A Story of Love, Loss, and Coming Home, Paula relates her first year of widowhood and describes falling in love with Jesus all over again.

Paula Freeman’s Learning to Be Me Without You: A Story of Love, Loss, and Coming Home is free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days, between August 2, 2022 through August 6, 2022. Learning to Be Me Without You: A Story of Love, Loss, and Coming Home is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

Kristi
5 stars
A must read for those working through loss!

Reviewed in the United States on July 23, 2022

Verified Purchase

What a fabulous book! Paula Freeman Invites you in to her life through her story of love and loss – woven with with laughter and tears, joys and struggles, . . and through it all, pointing you to our creator. This is an encouraging and inspirational book for anyone struggling with loss!

Sparty Bob
5 stars
Compelling Memoir. I Couldn’t Put Down!

Reviewed in the United States on July 24, 2022

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Paula Freeman’s memoir grabbed ahold of my heart and I read it in two days! Even though Paula’s journey is through widowhood, she makes it crystal clear how to grieve life’s losses, no matter their form. Paula’s life change is simply amazing and I love how she teaches the postive parts of grieving–getting into the rhythms of God.

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Paula Freeman at paulasfreeman@gmail.com.

About the Author
Paula Freeman, MSW, is founder and former executive director of Hope’s Promise, a Colorado adoption agency and orphan care ministry licensed in Colorado, and author of A Place I Didn’t Belong: Hope for Adoptive Moms. Widowed with seven grown children, she lives in the Kansas City area but still calls Colorado home—and she gets to the beach as often as she can. Visit her at www.paulasfreeman.com.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. Your book Learning to Be Me Without You: A Story of Love, Loss, and Coming Home is a deeply vulnerable journey of you and your husband’s experience with a terminal lung disease. Describe briefly your personal journey through it all.
  2. What is often the most misunderstood reality of losing a spouse?
  3. What are some of the challenges that widows face?
  4. What are some ways widows can move forward after loss?
  5. What is the biggest piece of comfort you can give to someone grieving right now?
  6. If someone is potentially facing spousal loss, how can they prepare well?
  7. At the end of each chapter in your book, you offer thought-provoking reflective questions for readers. What is one question that you personally wrestled with?
  8. How do you hope readers will be encouraged by reading your book?

 

learning to be me without you

Learning to Be Me Without You: A Story of Love, Loss, and Coming Home, by Paula Freeman

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Learning to Be Me Without You: A Story of Love, Loss, and Coming Home will be Free to Download Tomorrow, August 2, 2022

Paula presents her newest book, Learning to Be Me Without You: A Story of Love, Loss, and Coming Home.

In Learning to Be Me Without You: A Story of Love, Loss, and Coming Home, Paula Freeman hopes to use her candid and sometimes humorous account of a terminal diagnosis, a cross-country move, her husband’s untimely death, and an unscripted road to healing to connect readers to God’s faithfulness in the crucible of grief.

When her husband of over forty years is diagnosed with interstitial lung disease, for which there is no cure or effective treatment, Paula Freeman journals her thoughts and fears. When they move from Colorado to North Carolina to battle Ray’s terminal disease, Paula documents their adventures. In this memoir of grief and loss, Learning to Be Me Without You: A Story of Love, Loss, and Coming Home, Paula relates her first year of widowhood and describes falling in love with Jesus all over again.

Paula Freeman’s Learning to Be Me Without You: A Story of Love, Loss, and Coming Home will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days, August 2, 2022 through August 6, 2022. Learning to Be Me Without You: A Story of Love, Loss, and Coming Home is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

Joy
5 stars
For more than widows…
Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2022

Verified Purchase

I’m divorced, but that experience has a grief experience, too, in some ways differently complex than widowhood. This book spoke to my own grief in the loss of the life I had, the suffering we all endured.
Beth
5 stars

A must read for anyone struggling with grief

Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2022

Verified Purchase

What an amazing gift for those who have lost a loved one. This book isn’t just for widows; it’s for anyone who has suffered grief and loss, as well as friends and family members of those who grieve. It is so well written that as the author shares her fears that she would not be able to survive the grief of her husband’s death and that God would not be enough, you feel as if you are on the emotional journey with her. She gives words to difficult feelings and provides hope to those who are struggling. I highly recommend this book for anyone walking the journey of grief.

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Paula Freeman at paulasfreeman@gmail.com.

About the Author
Paula Freeman, MSW, is founder and former executive director of Hope’s Promise, a Colorado adoption agency and orphan care ministry licensed in Colorado, and author of A Place I Didn’t Belong: Hope for Adoptive Moms. Widowed with seven grown children, she lives in the Kansas City area but still calls Colorado home—and she gets to the beach as often as she can. Visit her at www.paulasfreeman.com.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. Your book Learning to Be Me Without You: A Story of Love, Loss, and Coming Home is a deeply vulnerable journey of you and your husband’s experience with a terminal lung disease. Describe briefly your personal journey through it all.
  2. What is often the most misunderstood reality of losing a spouse?
  3. What are some of the challenges that widows face?
  4. What are some ways widows can move forward after loss?
  5. What is the biggest piece of comfort you can give to someone grieving right now?
  6. If someone is potentially facing spousal loss, how can they prepare well?
  7. At the end of each chapter in your book, you offer thought-provoking reflective questions for readers. What is one question that you personally wrestled with?
  8. How do you hope readers will be encouraged by reading your book?

 

behind the picket fence

How to find peace in a world of social media overload

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – As women, we are all watching each other. We are scrolling, liking, friending and following. We are comparing ourselves to other women, those who seem to have ‘made it’.

The women who appear to have it all together: those who have the right look, the perfect family, the great job, and the amazing home.

We are buying into the lies that we are not enough, that we need to try to be more like someone else; that if only we did this or that we would be of more value.

In her third book ‘Behind the Picket Fence – The Lies Women Believe’, Dawn Pryor tackles the many issues that women face, the endless doubts we have about ourselves, and the constant deception that is fed to us by the devil that we will never have it all together and our lives will always be less than what they could be.

Dawn is well versed to write this book, as she was one of those women. She has known the hardship of watching others and feeling disappointed, of comparing her life to those who seemingly walk in the full favour of God, while she seemed to be on the outside of His blessing.

Yet, she also knows that this is nothing more than a lie. She understands that God has created each woman as unique, as special in their own way. She knows that each family situation is different and that God has given varied talents and gifts to each of us. That His love for us is not based on what we do, or what we have, but rather on our heart towards Him and towards others.

Dawn grew up in a family that moved many times. She moved towns, states and countries. She knew what it was to always be the new girl, the one who had to try harder than anyone else to fit in. The one who needed to be smarter, funnier and prettier. Dawn knew what it was like to look over the picket fence and wish she was living the dream life of someone else.

But we never know the truth of what goes on in the life and homes of others. We don’t know the depth of hurt or heartbreak that other girls may be facing. We don’t always see the full story, no matter how great the exterior might look.

As you read through this book, Dawn will remind you that you are not alone in your up and down life, in your wishing that things were different, and in your desire to ‘have it all’. She will point you back to the one truth and the only thing that really matters: that God loves you more than you can possibly know. He thinks you are incredible; He sees you as more than your career, more than your looks, more than your money. God sees you.

Dawn has been a Christian for 38 years and in that time she has walked in the bounty of God’s grace. She has known many mountaintop experiences, but has also found herself walking through the valleys of life. She writes from the heart of a woman who knows how you feel.

Dawn is also the author of ‘Hope Faith Truth’ a Christian devotional, and the illustrated children’s book ‘I Could be Anything’. She is also the founder of Island Rest and Restore, a small group women’s retreat that allows girls of all ages to get away and hear the small, still whisper of God.

the covenant story

The Covenant Story Is Free to Download From August 1, 2022

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Sonya Anderson is pleased to present her debut release, The Covenant Story.

In The Covenant Story, Sonya weaves biblical narrative with personal experience to create a relatable portrait gallery of the God who never stops loving, despite our failures.

Is God good, and can we trust him? The Bible answers this question with a story. The Covenant Story: Trusting the Love of a Faithful God is a retelling of the biblical narrative through God’s Bible covenants and his faithful hesed love. This is the story of God and humans in relationship. When people fail to keep their covenant vows, God sends Jesus to do the unexpected—he keeps his side of the covenant, and he keeps our side too. Through the Holy Spirit, followers of Jesus become ministers of a new covenant and ambassadors of God’s love. Written with beautiful prose, The Covenant Story envelops you with the knowledge that our faithful God doesn’t stop loving you, no matter what. He promises it, he’s proven it, and he’ll keep doing it. Forever. This is The Covenant Story—and it is the story we are invited to enter.

Sonya Anderson’s The Covenant Promise will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days (8/1/22-8/5/22). The Covenant Promise is currently rated at 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

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Simple yet profound

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Through simple, yet profound storytelling Sonya Leigh Anderson leads us on a page turning sprint through the big story of the Bible. This quick read helped me understand God and his relationship to humankind more than any book, podcast, sermon or class. If you’ve ever wondered if God is good, or even worthy of your consideration, you should read this book before you decide.

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Profound made simple. Reads like a novel, but highlights incredible truth!

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Fascinating read! Sonya understands the Bible from cover to cover and writes in a way that the reader can clearly understand, too. She takes you on a journey through the Bible and invites the reader to look through the lens of a covenant promise that God makes with us.

People in any stage of their faith can grow to understand the way the Bible in a way that it was made to be understood. A life or death decision, a promise kept by God for us. She writes with the action and intensity of a mystery novel but with truth unveiled for the reader to see. The truth is taught so simply like a child could understand, but so profound that scholars will scratch their heads and wonder why they didn’t think of it this way before.

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Sonya Anderson at [number] or email: sonyaleighanderson@gmail.com.

About the Author
Sonya Leigh Anderson is an educator, speaker, and Bible teacher whose life was radically changed when she encountered the unconditional and faithful love of her covenant-keeping God. She lives in Princeton, Minnesota, with her husband, Kyle. You can find Sonya’s blog, Seeking God through Story, at sonyaleighanderson.com.

SUGGESTED INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Covenant love is usually seen as something for the Old Testament. What triggered your understanding of it as something pertinent to believers today? Is that what inspired you to write the book?

You touch briefly on the adoption of your two sons as an example of covenant love and relationship. It’s a fascinating thought. Can you expand on that for us?

Could you explain why seeing the Christian life through the lens of the new covenant made such a remarkable difference in your life?

How do legalism and liberalism play out when you look at the Christian life through the lens of the new covenant?

If you could speak directly to your reader, what is the message you want them to hear most from your book?

What Scripture passages were most meaningful to you as you wrote this book? How did you decide which Bible stories to include?

What book do you hope to write as a follow-up to Covenant Story?

dabar promises

New Book Delves into the Promises for Christians who understand God’s Word

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Have you ever wondered why the people who lived during Jesus’s ministry, fully aware of the promises of a redeeming Saviour and witnessed for themselves the marvel of His many miracles, refused to see Him for who He truly was?

Many times I have pondered this and ashamedly I fear that I would be included with those mentioned in the lines of a famous song, “in vain I hear my mocking voice call out among the scoffers”!)  But now I realize that because of Christ’s death and resurrection, Christians today can acknowledge Him as Lord and Saviour.

At the same time, the people of times long ago may not have inscribed God’s teaching deeply within their hearts.

Dabar Promises was written in response to these deliberations. What might have happened if the people were more aware of what the promises of the Messiah entailed? Would they have reacted as Ananiah and his family did and welcomed Jesus in far greater numbers? Will people of today, after fully appreciating the greatness of the man Jesus Christ, be willing to accept Him as the Promised One?

Many years ago, during my devotions, I was reading scripture concerning Jesus. Surely, as the Bible focuses on God, this was not surprising! However, to my dismay, I was reading from the Old Testament!  As a young believer, I had the foolish notion that the Old Testament was old and in the past, while the New Testament concerned the coming of the Saviour – a new chapter in the life of man and a new beginning as well.

The Old Testament was outdated and completely superseded by the new.  But as the passages I was reading were coming from the Old Testament, for several years I recorded the passages making note as to when each was fulfilled in Jesus’ short life. Conducting more research by reading books and Internet surfing, I had after several years over 120 promises.

Whilst summarizing the promises, a story evolved about a man who knew and totally believed in God’s Word. I developed a story map and outlined clearly how the life of this man and Jesus would cross.  The story, like my research, lay dormant after several years and was not picked up until after my retirement in 2012.

Encouraged and inspired by many friends in the church I attended, I finally had time to sit down and write the book that had lay dormant for many years. Prior to the writing, I had managed to reduce the number of promises to approximately 92, ensuring that each promise was noted in the writings of Jesus’ life in the New Testament.  There was such a lot of research to do, some of which occurred before and during the writing of the book. As quite a lot of the research was found on the Internet and many blogs provided different information, I tended to use information which blended with the story that I was writing.

The writing of Dabar Promises was such a pleasurable experience.  Nowhere during the ten months of writing was there only “one set of footprints in the sand”. Meticulously I sought where incidences within the story were located in the Bible so that the reader, particularly those who were not familiar with the Bible or its contents, might be able to do further investigation. Hence it is my recommendation that the readers simply read the story before returning to the given biblical passages.

Dabar Promises is fictitious, yet some of its story has been based on facts. The challenge for all Christians today is to know God’s Word deeply. While the Bible is full of so many promises, the Dabar Promises are especially precious to us all!

40 days with grace

From the pain of a broken marriage, author pens powerful new devotional

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – The pain of a broken marriage was difficult to bear, but despite the struggle, Australian author Sherylle Wells made the decision to document her journey.

40 Days with Grace is a devotional book with a difference. The author has a wonderful way of expressing herself and sharing the journey. The layout, style and format make it easy to read and the content is easy to digest. I found everything about it encouraging and inspiring and it was hard to put down. The text was not heavy going or gloomy, and had a sprinkling of humour which brings the light of God into each situation.

I read through the writer’s reason for penning her story and admired her honesty and openness. Her vulnerability touched me as she wrote about her extreme pain at the end of her marriage. From this pain, I concluded that she chose to use the following stories to encourage and support others who may be going through a difficult time.

These experiences which the author has transcribed into stories became powerful in their message, so being intrigued, I kept on reading. In her own words, she expresses that “as she started to write, more words would naturally flow”. These she attributed to the leading of the Holy Spirit. He helped her through those difficult times and many lessons were learned. These stories were strongly impressed on her by God Himself. She then followed that leading and began writing in order to help other people out of their own personal calamities.

The author has travailed along a treacherous pathway and has discovered her God through each one.  Descriptions are presented in an appealing way that the reader can relate to, some are semi-realistic and many are from personal experience. All held my interest.

In her explanation of The Hole, which vividly describes her difficulties and loss, I finally understood her pain and confusion. She tells of a traumatic time that she and her young family had endured. I was captivated by the writer’s depiction of that time. She had graphically and picturesquely portrayed a message that could be easily understood. The pain was entirely relatable to many of us, and let’s face it, most of us have a history of personal pain, be it anxiety, abuse or humiliation. We all struggle at times.

It takes courage to share The Hole that many of us find ourselves in. With candour and grace, Sherylle takes us on a journey of embracing the pain of our past, teaching forgiveness and above all, reaching hope. When she recounts The Story, she recognizes the impact of pain and tragedy to all, rather than to herself, alone. Our circumstances may not be the same, but we have all suffered betrayal, disappointment and being let down. She uses her experience to reach out to others who are suffering.  Her overriding themes are forgiveness and love.

She takes the everyday moments of life, and finds in them, the sacred. She shows us how God speaks to us through the ordinary, if we are willing to hear Him. Her simple every day observances and listening for the Holy Spirit, encourage us to apply God’s Word and His works to our everyday life. She teaches us how to listen and embrace His Presence.

The language is clear and direct, simple enough to centre our thoughts and eyes on God each day.  There is plenty of scope for those who want to dive deeper, using the scripture for further study or to journal our own response, or to begin a dialogue with God, through prayer. This devotional guide can be used daily or for those wanting to savour its message, weekly. I didn’t want to finish it too soon and found each chapter had an application for what I was experiencing at the time.

This writer offers an opportunity to journal our deepest thoughts, feelings and longings. Through these 40 devotions, we come to understand what God desires for us.  We must let go of the past to move forward and embrace the future.  We do this in the present, as we come to Jesus, surrendering our circumstance to Him.

Over time, I completed 40 Days which had been an interesting journey and throughout that trip, I had learned some important lessons about trauma and forgiveness. The author gently guided her readers to choose God’s way in handling difficulties when they arise.

Sherylle, a former teacher aide worked for many years in various schools, with children.  This being her first book has left me hoping that there will be others to follow as I have enjoyed the pathway.  While aimed at the adult, it has something for everyone and I would recommend this book to anyone with hurts.  Reading this and learning from it will promote and encourage a deeper faith and knowledge of God, our Heavenly Father.

twenty four

Author focused on End Times produces powerful new books

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – The study of end times might not be for every Christian, but as the book of Revelation tells us, the man who understands this book shall be blessed.

Marc Wheway is one Christian who has developed a serious interest in eschatology. Raised in a traditional Assemblies of God Church from age five, he was exposed to Tim Lahaye’s Left Behind series while attending youth group in the nineteen-eighties. The production both interested him immensely and at the same time, scared him to death. From that time onwards, he was hooked on eschatology.

Marc says that the study of end times helps him to stay awake as a Christian, aware that Jesus could return at any time.

“Regardless of my life concerning Christ, or the circumstances in general, I have never lost sight of the fact that Jesus could come for His church at any moment,” he said. “I also had a strong conviction that I would play a part in the “things to come”.

“Thirty-plus years later, I have not come across anything that has had the same impact as Tim Lahaye’s Left Behind series. Although I have read many books on the subject and have watched just about every teaching series and movie I could get my hands on, still, nothing has come close.”

With many Christian leaders not having a strong interest in the subject, and thus have limited knowledge on the end times, there are not many resources available, and often, what is available falls well short of the truth. According to Marc, many writings and those teaching on the subject lack the theological framework, and historical familiarity, to accurately piece together the puzzle.

“Consequently, erroneous claims populate Christian literature, popularising preterist, or partial-preterist theology, while stating that pre-millennial dispensational theology was birthed in the 1800s and introduced by John Darby,” he stated. “Ephraem of Nisibis’s (306-373 A.D.) sermon, titled “On the Last Times, the Antichrist, and the End of the World” is perhaps one of the strongest pieces of evidence disputing the Darby claim.

“Pre-tribulation eschatology was the original position held by the early church and is still the majority view amongst evangelical believers, although most holding the view know little about it. The importance of recognising that pre-tribulation theology as the original position equips the Bible scholar to rightly handle God’s word and prepares the student of eschatology for the last days, and the return of Christ.

“The evidence of the last days is seen through the signs of the times that are all around us, especially seen through a great falling away from sound biblical doctrine, more recently replaced by scoffers and progressive Christianity. Other signs include, but are not limited to, global upheaval and increasing efforts to establish world peace and security, moving towards a new world order with a yet-to-be-revealed one-world leader. Additional evidence consists of the corruption of God’s creation through human DNA modification and transhumanism, such as in the days of Noah.”

Marc says that few churches and ministries mention anything about signs of the times and most avoid the subject of eschatology altogether. Only recently, people are waking up and asking questions due to the salient, increasing and escalating signs, which is why he wrote the book Twenty-Four Signs of the End Times.

Twenty-Four Signs of the End Times identifies twenty-four signs from Mathew, Chapter twenty-four (the Olivet Discord), focusing on the events leading into the tribulation and the return of Jesus Christ. Marc says the signs of the times reveal the season of Christ’s return. While no one knows the day and the hour, the season can be known through the linear events listed that are being fulfilled. The end time signs are being fulfilled all around us, and they will continue and even escalate during the tribulation and the great tribulation, concluding with the return of Jesus Christ at the end of the age.

“Again, due to the lack of teaching resources available, general awareness, and amount of Bible prophecy being fulfilled, this is why I wrote the book Twenty-Four Signs of the End Times and other books on the same topic,” Marc continued. “However, my qualification and credibility do not come from writing books but from a doctorate on the topic. As mentioned, there is little material available on the topic of eschatology, which motivated me to help fill the void.

“In my early years, Tim LaHaye significantly influenced my life, steering me into a lifelong pursuit of understanding Bible prophecy. When seeking formal training on the subject, Chuck Missler was the next major influencer, leading me to Louisiana Baptist University and Theological Seminary, offering post-graduate studies in Bible prophecy.

“After five years of rigorous study, in 2014 I graduated with a Ph.D. from Louisiana Baptist University and Theological Seminary in Biblical Studies, majoring in eschatology. Twenty-Four Signs of the End Times is a continuation of my research, being my fourth published book. Twenty-Four Signs of the End Times follows Daniel’s Divulgement (2021), The Revelation, Proclaimed and Explained (2021), and The Revelation, The Revival (2015).”

In addition to studying Bible prophecy and writing books, Marc is the founder and overseer of Kingdom Seekers. Kingdom Seekers was founded in 2008 as a ministry focused on the signs of the times, leading to the return of the coming King, Jesus Christ. Kingdom Seekers Fellowship began in 2018, meeting every Sunday, majoring on preparing the church for the rapture.”

Marc’s books are all now available globally and will help steer any Christian interested in end times in the right direction.

unwanted no more

New Release Shows the Power of Redeeming Love to Transform an Ugly Past

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Enumclaw, Wash.—A preteen shattered by a sexually abusive father and an absent mother, B.J. Garrett was left unprotected, and unloved. Unwanted by the people who should have loved her most, she found herself wanted by the wrong people for the worst reasons.

In Unwanted No More: From Exploited to Embraced by God (Redemption Press), author B.J. Garrett vulnerably shares her search for self-worth that led to sexual promiscuity and unplanned pregnancies, and a trail of broken relationships. After losing everything in a house fire, B.J. turned toward God. With the shadow of shame lifted by her newfound faith, B.J. made a startling discovery—she’d been wanted all along.

B.J. Garrett tells her story with soul-searching vulnerability and transparency. In full-time ministry since 2004, she is the executive director of Christ-centered Abortion Recovery & Education (CARE) in Tyler, Texas, where she had been a client herself in need of post-abortion healing. Garrett says, “Regardless of what you’ve done or what’s been done to you, there is hope and redemption in a relationship with Jesus.”

Unwanted No More reminds readers they can experience unconditional, love, and a life of purpose. B.J. Garrett says, “I need women hurting from their past to understand they are not alone, and that there is nothing too ugly for them to overcome. Their life matters.”

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For more information, contact author BJ Garrett: me@bjgarrett.com, phone 903-360-4093.
Web: bjgarrett.com

Author Bio
B.J. Garrett is a fun and energetic speaker and author. Full of joy and passionate about helping others, B.J. has served on numerous non-profit boards of directors and administrative teams and has served in full-time ministry since 2004. Student ministry, women’s ministry, missions, and abortion recovery are closest to her heart. BJ has been involved with Christ-centered Abortion Recovery & Education (CARE) since the spring of 2012, and has served as the executive director since June 2016, initially becoming involved with this ministry as a client in need of post-abortion healing.

BJ is a graduate of the Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, Texas, loves to teach Bible studies, and welcomes any opportunity to share her personal testimony of redemption from a childhood full of abuse, teen pregnancy, working as an exotic dancer, and overcoming the wounds caused by her two abortions. Passionate about serving in missions, she has been able to share her testimony of restoration and abortion recovery as far as Uganda and Cuba.

 

 

 

 

When Hope Met Hopelessness: A True Story

New Redemption Press book shares story of hope after honeymoon tragedy

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – In 2002 the State Department began tracking the number of US citizens who die abroad from unnatural causes, finding car accidents, homicides, and drowning to be the top causes. Fortunately the risks are relatively low—in 2018 only 724 Americans fell victim.*

Despite such low odds, tragedy does, indeed, happen, and it strikes newlyweds Victor and Crystal Rodriguez on their honeymoon in the Bahamas. Just twelve days after their wedding, Victor’s mom, Jeanne Rodriguez, receives a horrific phone call . . . Crystal is dead, and Victor lies in a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

“Crystal was like a daughter that I never had or never even knew I needed,” Rodriguez says. “Watching my son suffer emotionally and physically, while I myself grieved Crystal’s death, was excruciatingly painful, and I wondered if I would ever be happy again. But those dark, hopeless moments provide the opportunity for discovering divine hope in Jesus.”

Rodriguez shares her story of tragedy and loss and her journey to ultimately discovering a new closeness with the Lord in her new book When Hope Met Hopelessness. With refreshing candor, Rodriguez acknowledges her inability to understand God’s plan while also chronicling her transformation from broken to whole—from sorrow to joy.

“I discovered that it’s all right to be angry at God and even to yell at Him, but I also learned that the Lord hears our cries, understands our pain, and loves us deeply,” Rodriguez says. “I wrote my book to encourage others through their grief—talk to God, cry out to Him—and also to share a beautiful story of healing.”

Embraced by family, friends, her community, and her church throughout her despair, Rodriguez’s story also illustrates the power of rallying around loves ones in their time of greatest need.

*https://qz.com/1641184/americans-shouldnt-fear-traveling-abroad/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 
Jeanne Rodriguez has served for over twenty-five-years in women’s ministry, including speaking at women’s events and serving as the former women’s director at Bayside Church in Lincoln, California. With a master of arts in pastoral care to women from Western Seminary, Jeanne has a passion for helping women know Jesus and experience His love. She is currently the CEO for the Crystal Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship Fund, founded by her son after the death of his wife. She and her husband, Rubén, live in Citrus Heights, California. They are grateful for the blessings of their two sons, Kevin and Victor; daughters-in-law, Katie and Bailey; and grandson, Quinn.

For review copies and media interviews, contact:
Jeanne Rodriguez
Email: jeanfrodriguez@comcast.net
Instagram: @Jeanner7212
Facebook: Jeanne Fitzpatrick Rodriguez
Website: Jeannerodriguez.com

we walk this line

New Redemption Press devotional offers support for first-responder couples and families

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – The nature of first-responder work and the culture that goes with it can be isolating. “A strong support network is critical for first responders to maintain good mental health,” says Sarah Guenette in her article “The Partner at Home” (Police1).*

Author and speaker Lauren Forbus knows this firsthand, and in her debut devotional We Walk This Line, Lauren’s desire is to come alongside couples and families fulfilling the call to serve.

Having grown up with a dad in law enforcement, Lauren expected the transition from daughter of a sheriff’s deputy to wife of a sheriff’s deputy would be easy peasy. Boy, was she wrong. She experienced the fear and loneliness known to many first-responder spouses, and she realized she and her husband couldn’t walk the line alone. They implemented strategies to help their marriage thrive, found backup from other law-enforcement families, and grounded themselves in the Word of God.

In her transparent, grace-filled, and sometimes humorous interactive devotional, Lauren offers a lifeline for first responders and their spouses to reconnect and deal with their challenges head on.

“My goal with We Walk This Line,” Lauren says, “is to support and encourage first responders and their families across the country in a societal climate that does not.” After she married a sheriff’s deputy and looked for support, she found very few resources, which led her to a ministry to connect and encourage other law enforcement spouses.

“I relied upon successful strategies that were used by my parents as well as a few of my own to build healthy relationships. I found that these strategies were also helpful to other first responder families, and began training officers and their spouses. My wish is that other families will find strength and assurance that they are not alone in their concerns.”

She covers topics such as how to keep from being ships that pass in the night; how to deal with seeing the worst in people every day; how to keep truth and transparency the focus of the relationship; what happens when it’s your own worst-case scenario; and how to stay healthy physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Written with candidness, grace, and humor, We Walk This Line is meant to serve as a pathway for first responders and their spouses to open the lines of communication, reconnect, and deal head on with their challenges.

*https://www.police1.com/health-wellness/articles/the-partner-at-home-maintaining-a-strong-first-responder-marriage-relationship-wKDaJGbFNUotaObm/

Author bio
Lauren Forbus grew up in law-enforcement family and then married a sheriff’s deputy—and now she speaks to first-responder families nationwide on how to maintain healthy relationships. Lauren lives in Sparks, Nevada, where she enjoys teaching middle school students—who laugh at her lame jokes. When she isn’t teaching or speaking, Lauren spends time crafting, crocheting, and volunteering for the Reno Rodeo and Northern Nevada chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS). Lauren has one daughter, and their family always includes at least one dog. Find out more about Lauren at lifebehindtheblue.com.

Contact Lauren at tuckerl52@outlook.com

the sonic warrior

New Redemption Press release details experiences of Top Gun pioneer and early supersonic flight

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – The highly anticipated release of Top Gun: Maverick, the sequel to the 1986 iconic box-office Top Gun hit, makes its long-awaited debut in May 2022, three years after its originally scheduled release date.*

Its original 2019 release date would have coincided with the fiftieth anniversary of the Navy’s real-life Fighter Weapons School—famously known as Top Gun, and founded upon the realization that US flight crews were inadequately trained for close-in aerial combat.

Producer David Ellison said the Top Gun sequel explores “the end of an era of dogfighting,”** which is also what brought about the creation of the elite Top Gun institution when US officials incorrectly assessed that the dawn of the missile age meant an end to one-on-one dogfighting combat.***

Captain Kevin Smith was chosen as part of the team commissioned to quickly revamp close-in-air-combat training for the F-4 Phantom II flight crews being deployed to Vietnam, beginning the elite legacy of Top Gun. Smith’s book, The Sonic Warrior: Chronicles of a Top Gun Pioneer, offers a riveting inside look at the fighter-pilot community from the sixties through the eighties and highlights episodes in his career, including his role in the launch of the aircraft carrier version of Top Gun; his experience flying two supersonic-capable airplanes, particularly the F-8 Crusader; and his perspective on executing combat maneuvers at sonic speeds.

“The Top Gun movies portray the intensity and excitement of aerial combat training,” Smith says. “My real-life Top Gun experience is equally fascinating and provides an inside look at supersonic flight and combat operations near, at, or beyond the speed of sound. Aviation training set the pattern of my life, forever changing how I see the world and behave in the world.”

Beyond a personal memorial and historical account of supersonic aviation, The Sonic Warrior is also an inspiring study in leadership and critical thinking, providing Smith’s valuable insight into solving complex problems and optimizing human performance in any high-stress, intense scenario.

“Air-combat fighting is not just about the aircraft,” Smith says. “It’s about the magnificence of the human spirit and the human ability to perform in stressful and trying environments.”

With a glossary of aviation terms for easy readability, The Sonic Warrior is written for leaders in any industry as well as for aviation enthusiasts and veterans.

*https://www.digitalspy.com/movies/a859315/top-gun-2-maverick-cast-trailer-release-date-plot-spoilers/

**https://www.ign.com/articles/2015/06/29/top-gun-2-will-explore-the-end-of-an-era-of-dogfighting

***https://www.historyhit.com/a-fast-history-of-topgun/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
With a distinguished twenty-five-year career in the United States Navy, Captain Kevin Smith was among the pioneers of the elite Top Gun training institution. Smith’s unit was optimized to provide advanced close-in-air combat training for the initial deployment of the highly advanced F-14 Tomcat. For this successful deployment, which set a number of records, he received several awards and commendations, including a citation awarded by the commander, United States Seventh Fleet. Since retiring from the Navy, Smith has headed up the Advanced Qualification Program (AQP) initiative to redesign airline pilot training, now utilized by every US airline; consulted with Lockheed on the design of the crew station for the F-22 Raptor, the first fifth-generation fighter; and worked as a commercial airline pilot. He is also a speaker and author, specializing in critical thinking.

For review copies and media interviews, contact:
Kevin Smith
Email: captainkmsmith@gmail.com 
Website:, www.thesonicwarrior.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThrottleUpRadio
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/captain-smith-83394349/
Twitter: throttleupradio

me in a nutshell

New baby book launches for nontraditional and traditional families

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Raising kids today looks different than it did in the past—families today are diverse and constantly evolving.* No matter the family structure, each child is precious, and what better way to commemorate your little one than through a customized baby memory book.

When Lynn Aldo could not find an appropriate baby book for a special baby, she decided to write her own. Using adorable illustrations of woodland creatures, Me . . . in a Nutshell provides new parents or other adults all they need to keep track of every detail about their little chipmunk:

  • A “Little Chipmunk” birth page
  • Individual pages for such items as birth certificate, “paw” prints, and medical notes
  • Two-page spreads to record milestones such as first smile, steps, and words
  • “Chitter-Chatter” pages for stories about celebrations, special occasions, and favorite food, toys, stories, and songs
  • “Masterpiece” pages for baby’s first artwork
  • Additional blank pages for more notes and photos to customize baby’s story.

Although the listed milestones may be common to most babies, Aldo’s book de-emphasizes such traditional elements as the family tree so that nontraditional families too will feel invited to record their baby’s first year. With its warmth and openness, Me . . . in a Nutshell highlights each baby’s uniqueness while remaining accessible to families of every spot and stripe.

*https://www.pewresearch.org/social-trends/2015/12/17/1-the-american-family-today/

About the author
Lynn Aldo grew up showing horses and loves quilting, traveling, and writing. Her degree in communications once took her to Italy, and she enjoys visiting coffee shops to sip hazelnut cappuccino and meet people from all over. When she could not find an appropriate baby book for a special baby, she wrote her own. Lynn is mom to two adult children, Nathan and Nina, who spent many nights of storytelling together. Lynn happily lives in North Carolina, halfway between the mountains and the sea—where there is always a story to be told!

Contact Lynn at lynnaldo@outlook.com

best christian workplaces

Best Christian Workplaces Institute Announces New Leadership to Equip More Flourishing Workplaces

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – (Mercer Island, WA)—Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI) names Jay Bransford as President and CEO as it grows to help more Christian leaders and organizations achieve their full potential by creating flourishing workplaces. As Cofounder Al Lopus steps down after 20 years of service, BCWI has a strong foundation from which it will continue equipping workplaces to thrive through Employee Engagement Surveys, 360 Leadership Reviews, and consulting services.

Jay Bransford brings a strong combination of skills to his role as CEO. He was hired in 2020 in a national search process as the President and COO to come alongside Al Lopus in leading BCWI. Jay has proven experience in executive leadership, organizational consulting, and leadership development.

Al reflects, “Jay has proven himself over the last 18 months to be an effective leader to implement the vision of BCWI. When we started the succession process several years ago, I knew we would need a skilled leader to move BCWI toward its long-range goal of serving 1000 flourishing workplaces in 2030.”

Jay Bransford is passionate about maximizing the performance and effectiveness of Christian leaders, teams, and organizations. He has 29 years of experience as an organizational consultant, executive and leadership coach, human performance expert, change management consultant, mentor, author, and teacher.

Jay has deep experience in both the corporate sector and with Christian nonprofits. His corporate experience includes consulting with Accenture, Fujitsu Consulting, FedEx, American Express, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Sprint, and Qwest. In addition, he provided consulting services in the areas of strategy, organizational, team, and leadership development serving mission organizations, churches, and Christian NGOs across Asia. He launched and served as the Chairman of the Asia Leaders Learning Community, creating the resources, services, and network to develop and equip the next generation of thousands of Christian leaders across Asia. He also co-authored and published two leadership books.

“I’m grateful for this opportunity to lead and serve,” Jay shares. “God brought all the layers of my experience and background together in this role. This is a continuation of the call I responded to when I went to the mission field in Asia, based on John 17:23 and Jesus’ prayer that Christians work together in unity to reflect Christ to those around us. I’m eager for the next season as the team at BCWI grows and continues to help organizations have healthy, flourishing workplaces.”

Along with a strong leadership team and staff, BCWI is led by a board of directors. Dr. Rob McKenna, BCWI Board Member, and CEO of WiLd Leaders, shares about this transition, “The process of identifying and selecting someone to lead the mission of BCWI was a big deal for us. The legacy of both Al and Kathy Lopus and their deep commitment to transforming cultures in our faith-based institutions is profound. Jay brings the full package—strength, discernment, organizational savvy, and a humility that is rare.”

Growing Forward
BCWI is launching into its next season of ministry from a strong position. During the 2021-22 fiscal year, they served the largest number of organizations ever. The BCWI model of flourishing workplaces was featured at the April 2022 Christian Leadership Alliance convention, along with the newly released book, Road to Flourishing: Eight Keys to Boost Employee Engagement and Well-Being, by Al Lopus.

In addition to naming Jay Bransford as CEO, BCWI has strengthened its senior leadership team in recent months as it sets the stage for further growth. Robert Wachter was named Global Marketing Director in early 2022. Robert is a seasoned executive, pastor, and author.

Prior to joining Best Christian Workplaces Institute, Robert served as Chief Marketing Officer for the largest Coldwell Banker affiliate in the world, where he initiated comprehensive branding, marketing, and advertising improvements across the company. In addition, Robert has worked with entrepreneurs and business leaders as a certified leadership and performance coach. Robert has gained valuable executive and ministry experience as a bi-vocational professional for over 20 years, bringing unique insight into the parallels between business and faith. He brings these insights to light in his first book The Art of Marketing Jesus.

Jay underscores the strategic importance of having a dedicated marketing executive: “For every Christian organization that BCWI currently serves, there are 100 more that could benefit and grow to flourishing if only they knew that BCWI exists. Robert brings an incredible depth and breadth of demonstrated marketing expertise across business, church, and not-for-profit sectors that we believe will drive the expansion of our brand identity and awareness so we can dramatically multiply BCWI’s ministry reach.”

As BCWI continues its mission to equip and inspire Christian leaders to build engaged, flourishing workplaces, applying best practices in marketing will enable more organizations and employees to experience environments that promote thriving.

Robert Wachter shares his thoughts on moving forward: “I’m excited to be part of the BCWI team. There is so much possibility and potential for the future as we reach more workplaces. As we put in place strategy and systems, we can continue the legacy of BCWI and reach new leaders and expand the network of people who are aware of the value that BCWI offers to organizations. Focused marketing efforts in business development, branding, and awareness will help us reach God-sized goals. In particular, we have a great opportunity to get the message out to Christian business leaders and entrepreneurs who want to make a kingdom impact through their companies. The BCWI Flourish model works for every type of organization.”

Building From a Solid Foundation
BCWI was launched when God used Al Lopus’ years of human resources leadership experience to impact Christian organizations. Al asked the question, “How can we equip Christian organizations to be the best workplaces in the world?” Then God led Al and Kathy Lopus to turn this question into a vision for a new way of resourcing Christian leaders.

The data collected from twenty years of employee engagement surveys, along with expertise in helping leaders take positive steps forward to improve their workplace culture, provide a solid foundation for the ongoing work of BCWI. Independent researchers used factor analysis on the BCWI employee engagement database to determine the eight keys to a flourishing workplace culture: fantastic teams, life-giving work, outstanding talent, uplifting growth, rewarding compensation, inspirational leadership, sustainable strategy, and healthy communication.

Al Lopus still carries the vision that Christian-led workplaces can set the standard as the best, most effective places to work in the world. As he has been intentional about leadership succession at BCWI, he will continue to encourage and support the growth of BCWI into the future. He serves as the chair of the BCWI board and will continue to be a voice promoting flourishing workplace culture.

This solid foundation equips BCWI and the leadership team to carry the vision into the future and impact more workplaces with God-honoring excellence.

If you are already aware of the value of BCWI services in your workplace, then share this information with a peer in another organization. If you would like more information about how BCWI can come alongside your organization, go to www.bcwinstitute.org.

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Media Contact
Robert Wachter
Global Director of Marketing
rwachter@bcwinstitute.org
206.979.7593

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About Best Christian Workplaces Institute
We equip and inspire Christian leaders to build an engaged, flourishing workplace. We believe that Christian-led workplaces can set the standard as the best, most effective places to work in the world. Founded in 2002, we help measure and improve the health of organizations through our surveys, 360 Leadership Review process, and consulting services. BCWI is organized as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Best Christian Workplaces Institute
www.bcwinstitute.org
info@bcwinstitute.org

9311 SE 36th Street, Suite 202, Mercer Island, WA 98040

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spirit life workshops

The Time is Now for Oregon Prophecies to be Fulfilled: Be Part of the Revival

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – LEBANON, OR. July 2, 2022 – In February of 2022 God planted a seed of revival by giving the Spirit Life Circle mentor team the vision of an interactive event in Lebanon, Oregon, giving birth to the Breakthrough Spirit Life Workshop, October 21-23, 2022.

There have been many prophetic promises about revival for Oregon in recent years. Rob Deluca on the Harvest Church International site received a vision from the Lord, “And I witnessed the settling of God’s glory covering the state. Oregon shall be known as ‘the state of God’s healing power.’ ” Cindy Jacobs shared on Elijah Streams, she received this message from the Lord in 2019 “If I was the devil, I would begin trembling in my boots right now because the glory of God is getting ready to pour out, and not just in Oregon.”

The Lord has been setting the table for this workshop, increasingly revealing His Glory in Lebanon, Oregon. The event host, Pastor George Medellin of House of Glory, shares, “There is an open heaven here. People will get saved, healed, delivered, and anointed to do what God called them to do!” Pastor Lynn Cooper of Reigning Glory has received many prophetic messages about the specific region of this Oregon valley from the 1980s until 2014 where she saw spontaneous healings for people simply being in the glorious presence of God.

“This will be an interactive prayer and deliverance weekend that shows the participants practically how to increase their intimacy with Jesus, allow Him to heal them miraculously, and equip them for their destined callings,” shared Dr. Patty Sadallah. The Lord promised her, “Everyone involved in this Breakthrough Spirit Life Workshop will carry the seed of revival. It’s not just about what happens at the workshop but also what happens after they leave.

“It only takes one incredible moment with Me to fan the flame of revival into a blazing wildfire. I trust this team to create that one moment for everyone present at that event. I know who I want there. I know how to get them there. Follow My lead. Trust me and watch what happens!”

Register for this three-day workshop before August 15, 2022, for $95. Then the rate will be $110 until registration closes on October 1, 2022. For more information and to register for the Breakthrough Spirit Life Workshop, check out https://SpiritLifeWorkshops.com, or contact Dr. Patty Sadallah at Patty@SpiritLifeWorkshops.com.

mam i see you

New Book Helps Women Find Glimmers of Hope in the Trenches of Motherhood

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Every mother, if she’s honest, will tell you that motherhood is both their greatest honour and hardest struggle. Loss of identity, parenting fails and search for purpose are just some of the issues mothers face every day.

Mirette Abraham was just embarking on her career as a medical doctor in Sydney, when she found herself in the trenches of motherhood, faced with the realisation that her life was not ‘instagramable,’ like other families seemed to be. In fact, she found herself struggling with anxiety and depression, plagued by the thought that she wasn’t fulfilling her purposes, or living out the life God set out for her.

‘Mama, I See You. Finding Glimmers of Hope in the Trenches of Motherhood’ is Mirette’s story of finding purpose and feeling seen by God through her struggles with motherhood and her career.

Mirette said, “I’ve written this book hoping to unveil everything that keeps us from fulfilling the perfect life that our Lord has in store for us and to encourage us all to reflect on how He uses everything and everyone in our path to make that mystery known. Throughout the chapters, I share my personal journey of reflection and bring to light my Lord’s love and grace in my motherhood—both the struggles He allows and the flowers that bloom in the wreckage.”

‘Mama, I See You’ is written from a mother’s heart, but anyone struggling with depression or identity issues will find hope and encouragement in its pages.

Mirette also shares her grief at losing a baby, and paints a strikingly beautiful picture of belonging in the experience of such a personal pain.

As a cancer doctor and treating terminally ill patients, it was in hospital wards and kneeling at bedsides where Mirette truly discovered God’s heart for each of us as we journey through life. Whether you are struggling through motherhood, career, or an unimaginable diagnosis, He sees you and although His silence may seem deafening, He has never left your side. The ‘Man of Sorrow’ knows. He knows.

In ‘Mama, I See You,’ Mirette says, “His presence becomes the key to embracing our pain. In His presence we learn how to break free from its stronghold and tend to it as God has been doing all of these years.”

Mirette offers wisdom and encouragement as one who’s ‘been there’ and made it to the other side, with reflections and ‘instructions’ at the end of each chapter to guide you through your own journey toward hope and purpose.

Mirette also has her own podcast—called MAMI—that speaks to the modern Orthodox mama, on which Mirette and her co-host try to work through a lot of the common struggles of motherhood in faith. And a blog www.mamamd.blog where she shares her thoughts on faith and parenting.

In Mirette’s own words, “Motherhood comes with seemingly unbearable struggles. But still, God allows flowers to blossom from their wreckage. We just need to find their garden…”

Mama, I See You: Finding Glimmers of Hope in the Trenches of Motherhood’ is published by Resource Publications, is now available globally.

perry brown

New Book Tackles an Obvious but Neglected Biblical Truth

“Pleasing God” explores a seldom considered topic vital to Christian health and maturity.

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Dallas, Texas, June 6, 2021 — “Pleasing God: Discovering the Blessing of God’s Favor” from author and Bible teacher Perry Brown (ThM Dallas Seminary) asserts that we can both know we are pleasing to God and that we are truly created for His pleasure!

Christians spend a lot of time believing God and trusting God and obeying God; fearing Him and looking for Him and living for Him; understanding Him and studying Him and teaching about Him; following Him and learning from Him. But rarely do they consider what pleases Him – and if they are pleasing to Him.

Perry understands that each of us has invested significant emotional energy trying to please others. And if we fail, those failures may unavoidably color our relationship with God, cloud our understanding of Him, confuse our fellowship with Him, and curtail our joy in Him. But it need not be so.

The Bible has much to say about exactly what does please God. Faith. Obedience. Love. Humility. Compassion. Fear of the Lord. Self-control. Knowledge. Justice. Each chapter in “Pleasing God” explores one of these topics and reveals why that virtue pleases the Lord and how we please Him when we practice it.

Perry concludes, “The Christian life is much more enjoyable when we are daily motivated by the knowledge of God’s pleasure toward us. That assurance is like a good meal that fills us in the moment and fuels us for the work-to-come that He has prepared for us from eternity.”

To download a PDF of the book’s foreword and introduction, click here.

For more information or an interview about “Pleasing God,” call 214-240-9562 or email pleasinggodthebook@gmail.com. The book can be ordered online:
Amazon book page: https://tinyurl.com/pleasinggodthebook
Amazon author page: https://tinyurl.com/perrycbrown

proposals gone awry

Proposals Gone Awry #1 New Release

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Redemption Press presents Proposals Gone Awry featuring best-selling and award-winning authors Allie Pleiter and Liz Tolsma, plus Heather Royce, J. C. Lafler, Haley V. Craft, and Tisha Martin.

Sweet Christian fiction boxed sets are adored worldwide by Christian fiction readers, and Redemption Press has pulled together a great mix of writers to entertain and charm the vast audience of sweet Christian readers.

He’s ready to propose. She’s ready to say yes. And then it all gets mix up . . . Proposals Gone Awry adds a fresh spin to Christian romantic fiction—each novella in this sweet romance boxed set features a proposal that gets stopped in mid-knee bend, leading the heroes and heroines down unexpected twists and turns on the path to “Will you marry me?” These contemporary Christian fiction novellas contain real-life struggles, humor, and yes . . . finally a proposal.

Proposals Gone Awry launches at 99 cents on Amazon, plus it’s free on Kindle Unlimited.

For more information, contact Dori Harrell, managing editor of Redemption Press: dori@redemption-press.com or 509-910-2220.

Here’s what some of the reviewers have said (copied directly from Amazon):

Colleen Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Proposals in real life don’t always go as planned
Reviewed in the United States on June 27, 2022

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In “Melting into Love” the very serious subject of just how abusive relationships can take various forms and how the relationship between Tiffany and Brent are really affected by Heathers past marriage which hid manipulation and and other forms of non physical abuses which then affect not just Tiffany’s view of herself but also how she reacts to seemingly very innocuous actions or statements made by Brent where he is simply trying to be helpful. Such a great read where author, Heather Royce, allows the reader to slowly discover the issues that Tiffany needs to overcome when she is put in a crucible of an entirely different kind.
Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars So-o-o Good!!
Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2022

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Just finished reading Book 3, “Melting into Love”. Great story of second chances, resolving conflict and finding love after heartache. A must read! Now…on to the rest of the collection!!

Click HERE to Read About the Featured Authors

Suggested Interview Questions
What made this the right time for Redemption Press to launch its first romantic fiction boxed set?

Tell us about the mix of authors. How did this group all come together?

The stories are all so different! How were the story lines decided on so they wouldn’t all sound the same?

How do readers benefit from authors joining together in a boxed set?

What are some of the ways in the stories that the proposals get jinxed?

These are sweet Christian novellas, but they also feature some compelling story lines. What difficult, real-life situations do the characters have to deal with?

the freedom experience

The Freedom Experience | A Practical Guide to Deliverance and Emotional Healing, by Patrick Jaiyeoba launches today

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – (June 28th, 2022) PJM Publishing is incredibly pleased to announce the book launch of “The Freedom Experience: A Practical Guide to Deliverance and Emotional Healing” from Patrick Jaiyeoba, Minister of Deliverance, Emotional, and Physical Healing trained and certified by the Global Awakening College of Ministry.

In the Freedom Experience, Jaiyeoba gives his invaluable insight on understanding the root causes of demonic oppression, removing the legal rights given to the enemy, and ultimately paving the way towards accomplishing the freedom given to us by Jesus.

When you hear the term “Deliverance,” many people imagine a priest performing exorcism as it is shown in many horror movies over the years. Church-going folk typically see the image of someone behaving strangely as a Pastor prays for them during an alter call. But what is Deliverance?

Defined as the “action of being rescued and set free,” it truly is as simple as that. Many people today are under the influence of demonic oppressors who make living in freedom an unattainable dream. It is to set us free from the demonic yolk that Jesus himself came to this world.

The Holy Scriptures tell us in Gal 5:1“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free, stand firm then and do not let yourselves be burdened by the yolk of slavery.”

The demonic oppression many people today live under essentially subjects them to a form of slavery. Jaiyeoba’s book is inspired by his personal journey to achieving deliverance. The Freedom Experience encompasses practical and biblical insights that offer readers the opportunity to effectively achieve self-deliverance. It skillfully guides readers on impactfully using deliverance prayers that work to help them successfully engage in spiritual warfare.

The book delves into the importance of and how to become more receptive toward emotional healing. It helps the reader understand how to forgive others and receive deliverance. The ungodly strongholds embedded into our minds keep us from breaking free from all the generational curses that enslave us.

In the book ‘The Freedom Experience,’ Jaiyeoba breaks down the steps to break free from limiting beliefs that prevents you from achieving true freedom and accomplishing your goals in life. It teaches you what you can do to proactively avoid the enemy’s traps of these limiting beliefs, preventing them from embedding their lies into our hearts.

The scripture says in 2nd Corinthians 2:10:4-5(ASV), “Certainly, the weapons of our warfare are not those of the flesh, but weapons made powerful by God for tearing down strongholds. We tear down thoughts…” the verse means it is possible for us to merely command those limiting thoughts to be torn down by the power of God.

If you genuinely desire true freedom for yourself in all areas of your life, The Freedom Experience lays down the practical and principled steps to freedom you can take to partner with God and fulfill his will for your life and family.

Learn more about the author of “The Freedom Experience: A Practical Guide to Deliverance and Emotional Healing,” on his website and you can purchase the book at amazon.com to begin your journey to achieving self-deliverance.

If you have inquiries about the book, you can reach out to Patrick Jaiyeoba at pjaiyeoba@gmail.com.

you don't know just how i feel

You Don’t Know Just How I Feel Becomes Amazon Best Seller

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Saturday, June 25, 2022
Gwendolyn O. Burton presents her newest book, You Don’t Know Just How I Feel: Hope for the Grieving Heart.

In You Don’t Know Just How I Feel, Gwendolyn Odom Burton seeks to connect with readers in a way that offers hope, inspiration, and courage after the loss of a loved one.

After three miscarriages, Gwendolyn Odom Burton thought she knew how to navigate grief. But when her adult son dies from sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), grief takes her down a different path. You Don’t Know Just How I Feel offers gentle validation, highlights common grief experiences rarely discussed and often minimized, and provides insight for fostering sympathetic and empathetic dialogue for the bereaved and those in supporting roles.

Gwendolyn O. Burton’s You Don’t know Just How I Feel will be free and available for download through 6/25. Click here to view. You Don’t Know Just How I feel is rated a 5.0 by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said (copied directly from Amazon):
Rodney Combs

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read, practical, and professional help as we grieve

Reviewed in the United States on June 14, 2022

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This book opens a way to grieve and to help those who are grieving (and stop hurting them with our good but unhelpful intentions!). The chapter titled, Grief and the Digital Era” gave extremely useful and valuable tools about such things as when to post about others’ tragedies and how to deal with seeing pictures of your lost loved one on social media. I appreciated the vulnerability of Gwendolyn throughout the book and how she weaved her experience and learnings from her difficult losses with the counsel of experts. The writing is excellent. The story is relatable. The lessons are needed and immediately applicable. I’ll be sharing this with many people.
Deveaux

5.0 out of 5 stars True and Compassionate insight into a difficult subject

Reviewed in the United States on June 21, 2022

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I needed to read this. Gwendolyn pulls the shroud of mystery and misconception completely off the grieving process. This book is for EVERYONE because it gives us the right words to use and the right understanding when we want to help those who are grieving wherever they are in the grief process. Gwendolyn’s first-hand perspective also offers real and true hope for those who are grieving… it provides realistic and compassionate insight, and answers the most asked questions about getting through what is arguably the most difficult thing any of us could face. Stacks of this book should be in every hospital, hospice and every other place where people are dealing with the loss of a loved one.

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Gwendolyn Burton at 303-913-8577 or movingforwardwithgb@gmail.com.

About the Author
After three miscarriages and an adult son who passed away from sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), Gwendolyn Burton is uniquely qualified to help others navigate their grief journey by discussing common challenges and misconceptions. She studied with grief expert David Kessler, founded Sisters in Solace (SiS), a support group for mothers of child loss, and is a Certified Grief Educator. Gwendolyn enjoys physical fitness and lives in Aurora, Colorado, with her husband, son, and three dogs.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. Your book offers a unique perspective for people who are experiencing grief. What is the hardest piece about the grieving process?
  2. Would you share your own grief experience with us?
  3. How often or how long do the bereaved receive grief support from others?
  4. It’s understandable that some people have a hard time with tears and emotional pain. What are some ways to best support someone who has lost a loved one?
  5. Sometimes conversation can be challenging, and even though you mention some examples in your book, what is a common misconception about conversations after loss?
  6. What are some questions appropriate to ask the bereaved?
  7. In your book you mention different methods of self-care. Why is this important?
  8. If someone needed your grief support or needed to support someone grieving, what would you share with them?

 

proposals gone awry

Redemption Press releases its first-ever boxed set of sweet Christian romance novellas

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Proposals Gone Awry features best-selling and award-winning authors Allie Pleiter and Liz Tolsma, plus Heather Royce, J. C. Lafler, Haley V. Craft, and Tisha Martin.

Sweet Christian fiction boxed sets are adored worldwide by Christian fiction readers, and Redemption Press has pulled together a great mix of writers to entertain and charm the vast audience of sweet Christian readers.

He’s ready to propose. She’s ready to say yes. And then it all gets mix up . . . Proposals Gone Awry adds a fresh spin to Christian romantic fiction—each novella in this sweet romance boxed set features a proposal that gets stopped in mid-knee bend, leading the heroes and heroines down unexpected twists and turns on the path to “Will you marry me?” These contemporary Christian fiction novellas contain real-life struggles, humor, and yes . . . finally a proposal.

Proposals Gone Awry launches at 99 cents on Amazon, plus it’s free on Kindle Unlimited.

For more information, contact Dori Harrell, managing editor of Redemption Press: dori@redemption-press.com or 509-910-2220.

About the Authors
Bestselling international author Allie Pleiter honed her talents in the world of popular fiction, where she still releases multiple books a year. Allie has over fifty published titles to her name, and over 1.5 million of her fiction and nonfiction books have been sold around the world. Already a national speaker among writing associations, Allie now extends her reach to entrepreneurs, speakers, consultants, and anyone who needs to bolster their productivity and creativity in a demanding marketplace. Allie is an avid knitter, confirmed coffee junkie, and firm believer that “pie makes everything better.” She holds a BS in Speech from Northwestern University and lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and the world’s most adorable dog. Discover more about Allie at www.alliepleiter.com.

Passionate might best describe Liz Tolsma. She loves writing, research, and editing. Her passion shone through in her first novel, which was a double award finalist. On any given day, you might find her pulling weeds in her perennial garden, walking her hyperactive dog, or curled up with a good book. She resides in a quiet corner of Wisconsin with her husband and youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is a college student, and her son proudly serves as a US Marine. Visit Liz at www.liztolsma.com.

Debut fiction author Heather Royce has spent her life loving books. An English major, she also earned a Master of Arts in teaching. She has two adult children and lives near Raleigh, North Carolina. Heather lives in the country and enjoys her daily walks with her beagle and Australian shepherd. She also plays pickleball with her friends, a new pursuit that resulted from writing her first book. Connect with Heather on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HeatherRoyceauthor.

C. Lafler is a poet and author. A retiree from civilian service for the federal government, she enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with her grandchildren, and solving puzzles of all kinds. She and her husband, David, live in Michigan but are often found in Texas during the cold Michigan winters. Connect with her at www.jclafler.com.

Haley V. Craft has been teaching English to ninth, tenth, and eleventh graders for seven years. She is a forever student who loves reading, listening to music, and doing new things. She’s a country girl who loves helping her parents on the family farm. Haley enjoys writing devotions, and Happily Even After is her first published fiction. You can learn more about Haley by visiting haleyvcraftwriting.com.

A professional freelance editor and a fiction author, Tisha Martin enjoys stories that transform hearts and minds. She contributed to The Horse of My Dreams: True Stories of the Horses We Love (2019, Revell). Misadventures in Love is her first contemporary romance. Visit her at www.tishamartin.com.

Suggested Interview Questions
What made this the right time for Redemption Press to launch its first romantic fiction boxed set?

Tell us about the mix of authors. How did this group all come together?

The stories are all so different! How were the story lines decided on so they wouldn’t all sound the same?

How do readers benefit from authors joining together in a boxed set?

What are some of the ways in the stories that the proposals get jinxed?

These are sweet Christian novellas, but they also feature some compelling story lines. What difficult, real-life situations do the characters have to deal with?

bible reading

Three Chapters Project Challenges Churches, Ministries and Individual Christians to Read Through the Bible with Them Over the Next Year

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Indianapolis, IN, June23 , 2022 According to the American Bible Society’s 2020 State of the Bible report, only 9% of survey respondents read their Bible regularly, and Bible engagement had been consistently decreasing over the few years leading up to the survey.

The Three Chapters Project (the Project) was conceived to affect this trend by encouraging Bible-believing Christians to engage with the Bible by spending time reading and listening to three or four chapters daily. Every day the Project will send an email, to everyone who enrolls, with a link to a video of three or four chapters being read,along with the written words; so, by listening and reading along daily, a person will have heard and read the entire Bible over the course of a year.

A typical day’s readings will include a chapter from the Old Testament, a chapter from the wisdom or poetic books, and a chapter from the New Testament. The plan starts with readings from Genesis 1, Job 1, and Mathew 1, and works through those divisions in order. Because the math doesn’t work out perfectly, there will be days with two Old Testament chapters and either a poetic or New Testament chapter; and, there will be some adjustment days that will include readings from four chapters.

So that people can join throughout the year without starting their reading plan in the middle of the Bible, the Project is launching a new course on the first of every month. A course simply refers to a year-long period during which the Bible is read from beginning to end. The Project is registering in June and July for its inaugural course, which starts on August 1, with Day 1 of the plan. The next course, for those that don’t get signed up for the August Course, is the September Course, which will start on September 1, also with Day 1 of the plan – and so on.

While individuals are welcome to sign up, the Project hopes church, small group, and ministry leaders will see the Project as a tool they can use to exhort their members to read the Bible as a group – even families are encouraged to sign up as a group. The system is set up so that if a church, small group, or ministry registers with the Project, they will receive a link to a registration form that is unique to their church or ministry. When shared with their membership, everyone registering through that link will automatically be associated with their organization and enrolled in the course they are following.

Once a church or ministry is registered, all that is required for individuals registering to follow along with them is a first name and email address. Although registration is free for anyone who wants to participate, the Project is looking at potentially hefty costs of streaming video to subscribers 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. They are hoping to cover the initial streaming and other costs through a crowdfunding campaign at givesendgo.com/threechaptersproject, with the ongoing cost being borne by those users who can afford to support the Project out of their abundance.

Media contact:
bernie@threechapters.org

More information:
https://threechapters.org
Example video: https://threechapters.org/daily-video/day-1
Fundraising campaign: https://givesendgo.com/threechaptersproject

you don't know just how i feel

You Don’t Know Just How I Feel #1 New Release for 7 Straight Days

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Gwendolyn O. Burton presents her newest book, You Don’t Know Just How I Feel: Hope for the Grieving Heart.

In You Don’t Know Just How I Feel, Gwendolyn Odom Burton seeks to connect with readers in a way that offers hope, inspiration, and courage after the loss of a loved one.

After three miscarriages, Gwendolyn Odom Burton thought she knew how to navigate grief. But when her adult son dies from sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), grief takes her down a different path. You Don’t Know Just How I Feel offers gentle validation, highlights common grief experiences rarely discussed and often minimized, and provides insight for fostering sympathetic and empathetic dialogue for the bereaved and those in supporting roles.

Gwendolyn O. Burton’s You Don’t know Just How I Feel will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days (6/21/2022–6/25/2022). Click here to view. You Don’t Know Just How I feel is rated a 5.0 by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said (copied directly from Amazon):

Ann Hayes

5.0 out of 5 stars Practical advice, expert opinions, and empowering content. Bravo to Author Gwendolyn Burton!

Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2022

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Chapter 4 is a great tool for people who are supporting the bereaved. Often times, people say the wrong things in a time of loss. The intent comes from a great place, however, the impact can be damaging for the griever. I love how author Gwendolyn Burton, gives practical advice on phrases that can be used when speaking with someone who is mourning. This book is such an easy read, although the topic is heavy. Gwendolyn has found a way to weave in practical examples, expert opinions, and personal stories to give readers quite a toolbox for not only going through the process of grief but also supporting those close to them who may be going through it. I am very thankful that this content has awakened the desire for me to “return back to a place of emotional and physical calm” as I am on my grief journey.
Nancy Jamerson

5.0 out of 5 stars Important information regarding grief.

Reviewed in the United States on June 15, 2022

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I liked the sensitive candor the author used through out the book. Loved, loved, loved the “moving forward” component part of the book. Plus, how impacting grief can be to our faith walk. The title gets your attention by giving you something to think about. I used the book for a tool how it speaks to the realness of my own loss of a child, parents, and love ones., and for professional and ministry use. The book will definitely be a part of my grief tool kit.

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Gwendolyn Burton at 303-913-8577 or movingforwardwithgb@gmail.com.

About the Author
After three miscarriages and an adult son who passed away from sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), Gwendolyn Burton is uniquely qualified to help others navigate their grief journey by discussing common challenges and misconceptions. She studied with grief expert David Kessler, founded Sisters in Solace (SiS), a support group for mothers of child loss, and is a Certified Grief Educator. Gwendolyn enjoys physical fitness and lives in Aurora, Colorado, with her husband, son, and three dogs.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. Your book offers a unique perspective for people who are experiencing grief. What is the hardest piece about the grieving process?
  2. Would you share your own grief experience with us?
  3. How often or how long do the bereaved receive grief support from others?
  4. It’s understandable that some people have a hard time with tears and emotional pain. What are some ways to best support someone who has lost a loved one?
  5. Sometimes conversation can be challenging, and even though you mention some examples in your book, what is a common misconception about conversations after loss?
  6. What are some questions appropriate to ask the bereaved?
  7. In your book you mention different methods of self-care. Why is this important?
  8. If someone needed your grief support or needed to support someone grieving, what would you share with them?

 

jared kf jones

JARED KF JONES Releases Smooth, R&B Gospel/Christian Single ‘Goodness of God (I Just Wanna Sing)’

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Next Friday, July 1st, 2022, Nashville-based Christian artist Jared KF Jones is releasing his smooth, soaring R&B-infused gospel single Goodness of God (I Just Wanna Sing) – a mid-tempo hit about having hope and singing praise of His Goodness.

Listen now: SoundCloud (Private Link)

Uplifting and catchy, with melodies that’ll have you thinking of Ne-Yo and airy pop vocals reminiscent of Michael Jackson, Goodness of God (I Just Wanna Sing) sees Jared lay his soul bare through song as a reminder to have gratitude for His Grace, even in rough times.

Written, recorded, and produced independently by Jared KF Jones, this single marks the gospel artist’s first official foray into radio play as a solo Christian act, despite having past success with his original songs being featured on major TV network films and shows, including BET’s The Game, NBC’s The Voice, and Days of Our Lives, and The Young and The Restless on CBS.

“I first heard the chorus melody in my head. I’d recently read Colossians 3:16 where it states we must let the word of Christ fill us, teach, and counsel each other with His wisdom and sing songs to God with thankfulness. I decided to sing simply about God’s goodness and recorded the idea on my phone, knowing it needed to become a song.”

– JARED KF JONES (SINGER/SONGWRITER)

Jared’s trusting in Him to move his gospel career to the next level – and we can show love to the breakthrough artist by supporting his stunning new single.

Goodness of God (I Just Wanna Sing) by Jared KF Jones will be available to stream, purchase, and download from Friday, July 1st, 2022.

For booking, interviews, and collaboration requests, contact jared@jaredkfjones.com

ABOUT JARED KF JONES
Jared KF Jones is a Christian/Gospel artist based in Nashville, Tennessee. His uplifting brand of Christian music is infused with a sophisticated, pop-leaning R&B style. Jared dives deep into the Spirit, building others up through his musical gift.

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you don't know just how i feel

You Don’t Know Just How I Feel, by Gwendolyn O. Burton launches today

FAITH NEWS SERVICEYou Don’t Know Just How I Feel will be Free to Download Tomorrow (6/21/2022)

Gwendolyn O. Burton presents her newest book, You Don’t Know Just How I Feel: Hope for the Grieving Heart.

In You Don’t Know Just How I Feel, Gwendolyn Odom Burton seeks to connect with readers in a way that offers hope, inspiration, and courage after the loss of a loved one.

After three miscarriages, Gwendolyn Odom Burton thought she knew how to navigate grief. But when her adult son dies from sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), grief takes her down a different path. You Don’t Know Just How I Feel offers gentle validation, highlights common grief experiences rarely discussed and often minimized, and provides insight for fostering sympathetic and empathetic dialogue for the bereaved and those in supporting roles.

Gwendolyn O. Burton’s You Don’t know Just How I Feel will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days (6/21/2022–6/25/2022). Click here to view. You Don’t Know Just How I feel is rated a 5.0 by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said (copied directly from Amazon):
Jeneil Hunt Magloire
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an amazing book for all!
Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2022

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This book touched some of the deepest parts of my soul. The author penned the book from her heart to my heart, and the heart of all who will read it. It engaged me from the very beginning, where the author begins with her personal grief journey. It informed me of more effective ways of being a support to others who are grieving, as well as, being supportive to myself as I continue to move forward through the various facets of my grief. Ms. Burton’s insights from her experiences, and that of others, brought me to tears in some areas and laughter in others…all of which I could relate to at some point in my own life. The timing of this book is impeccable. I reccomend this book to anyone who has a heart.
Sarah W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Resource
Reviewed in the United States on June 14, 2022

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I have friends who have lost loved ones and I haven’t been able to relate to what they’re feeling because I haven’t lost a close family member or friend. Gwen’s descriptions of her grief process showed me what my friends might be going through. I thought her advice for what friends can do to support those who are grieving was clear, concise, and valuable. This book is a helpful resource for both those who are grieving and those who are connected to them.

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Gwendolyn Burton at 303-913-8577 or movingforwardwithgb@gmail.com.

About the Author
After three miscarriages and an adult son who passed away from sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), Gwendolyn Burton is uniquely qualified to help others navigate their grief journey by discussing common challenges and misconceptions. She studied with grief expert David Kessler, founded Sisters in Solace (SiS), a support group for mothers of child loss, and is a Certified Grief Educator. Gwendolyn enjoys physical fitness and lives in Aurora, Colorado, with her husband, son, and three dogs.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. Your book offers a unique perspective for people who are experiencing grief. What is the hardest piece about the grieving process?
  2. Would you share your own grief experience with us?
  3. How often or how long do the bereaved receive grief support from others?
  4. It’s understandable that some people have a hard time with tears and emotional pain. What are some ways to best support someone who has lost a loved one?
  5. Sometimes conversation can be challenging, and even though you mention some examples in your book, what is a common misconception about conversations after loss?
  6. What are some questions appropriate to ask the bereaved?
  7. In your book you mention different methods of self-care. Why is this important?
  8. If someone needed your grief support or needed to support someone grieving, what would you share with them?

 

 

a fuller reality

The Beauty of God Amidst the Horror of Our Crazy World

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – What a crazy world this is! The heights, depths, and contradictions of existence can often be overwhelming. Although succour can be found in the beauty of creation, the evening news brings a different reality. Horrors of fierce battles, climate-generated catastrophe, animal extinction, habitation exploitation, and gun-wielding urban mayhem flood screens nightly. Somehow, the human heart bears all this tension, but there are casualties. For many, fear, anxiety, and depression descend like a tsunami. Where to turn?

A genuine Christian worldview offers a bulwark against the incoming surge of the world’s ever-increasing sense of hopelessness. That same worldview also challenges the secular world’s spirit-eroding, value-stripping, sense of self. But there is a panacea. Once the Apostle John’s words, “do not love the world or anything in the world” (1 Jn 2:15) are understood, a new reality comes into sharp focus. It then becomes far easier to make sense of why things are the way they are. Beauty becomes more vibrant, and unremitting daily horrors can be more effectively managed.

With John’s admonition in mind, God Down Under and A Fuller Reality challenge ‘the way of the world’. Eschewing a mindset that reacts with combat, capitulation, or consternation, these writings instead emphasise God’s ‘Way of the Word’: “The Word become flesh and dwelt among us.” (Jn 1:14) The very same Word continues to teach, through the agency of His Spirit, how joy and certainty can be found regardless of circumstance. These publications do not present a paradigm of unabashed optimism or positive thinking, but show how the Holy Spirit gives new understanding when invited into mind and heart. The books are about the love God has for His world. They are about the hope He offers. They are about the eternity He promises. Both can be found at: https://www.arkhousepress.com/

God Down Under: A year with an Aussie traveller documents the authors’ journeys within and around the amazing continent of Australia. The reader is invited to sample the splendour that Australia has to offer. Beauty, wonder, vastness, diversity, all form part of a journey around what one poet called the “wide brown land”. However, this is only part of the story. The reader is also invited to witness how each experience unfolds when seen through the eyes of a loving, sustaining and glorious God. In that sense, it is God Himself who issues the invitation to take this journey. Throughout it, He parades His glory – a glory observed via His masterful handiwork. Travel with the authors for 10 minutes each day for 365 days – one full year. Discover why so many years ago, Portuguese navigator Pedro De Quiros, called Australia “the Great Southland of the Holy Spirit”.

A Fuller Reality: For a world that seems emptier than ever takes the reader on a different journey. Whereas God down under examines the world from the perspective of God’s spectacular creation, this book focuses more on the reality of human behaviour. The breadth and depth of human experience, interpreted through the eyes of God’s redemptive story, frame the book. The compilation describes the best and worst of human nature in two-page vignettes, which cover a range of topics. Throughout the exploration, the reader is never left without hope. In every circumstance, “the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort” (2 Cor 1:3) is present. This is a worldview offering a “hope and a future” (Jer 29:11). As one reviewer has remarked: “Go with the authors and water your soul.”

Richard G. Berlach PhD MDiv. For as long as he can remember, Richard has always possessed a god-consciousness. It was his now wife Linda who introduced him to Jesus the Christ, to whom he then uttered those immortal words: “my Lord and my God.” A lifelong desire to know God and His Word then ensued. His life as an academic enabled him to read widely, interpreting what was read in the light of Scripture. Richard’s hobbies include open water swimming, writing from a Christian perspective, cooking, reading anything he can get his hand on, and tinkering in his small workshop.

Linda M. Berlach MA(Theol). Linda has had a life-long passion for reflective practice, personal and spiritual formation. This has found expression in years of facilitating small groups within the church and in her current work with medical students. She loves exploring ways in which individuals might support each other by listening more deeply to self, others, and especially to God’s voice. Interests include: mindful engagement with life; daily all-year-round ocean swims; connection with animals; yoga; weekly meeting with a group of Christian women finding their way together; and being part of the Courage and Renewal Australasia community of practice.

mystery babylon

New book “Mystery Babylon vs the Restrainer: The Restrainer Revealed!” launches

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Yeshua House Publishing is pleased to announce the book launch of “Mystery Babylon vs the Restrainer: The Restrainer Revealed!” (Restoring Truth Book 3) from best-selling author Ken Mentell. Known for “The Elijah Calling” which is Ranked #4 on Bestcommentaries.com in the Eschatology & End-times category since 2014…comes some of the most alarming and insightful views on what is shortly to come to pass.

It is time we get back to what the Bible actually does tell us. Events have become very perilous and you are starting to wonder if the minister you trusted with your life is actually wrong about the timing of the Rapture. He said, “…if you don’t believe in a Pre-Tribulation Rapture…you won’t get to go…” And you believed him.

Now it’s becoming clear to you that he was at best…wrong. Should you cave in and take the Mark of the Beast? Some will think “…it can’t be the Mark of the Beast…the Pre-Trib Rapture hasn’t happened yet”. Is this the justification you will use to deny the reality that tough times are ahead?

If you are looking for a duo of the Antichrist and the False Prophet, you will be looking for a long time. There will only be one that will arrive. Did you realize that Jesus’ life is a prophecy of the end-time and that His confrontation with the Chief Priests was over their adherence to the religion of Babylon?

They had merged Torah with merchandising and that prompted Yeshua to purge the temple. That same conflict is going to happen in the end-time and five of the ten virgins will not be prepared for that conflict.

The church has held a number of beliefs about the end-time that are just plain unscriptural. For centuries we have heard no end about the Antichrist. Would you be surprised to hear that he is merely an errand boy…for a Harlot? Would you be surprised to hear that God sends him to intentionally deceive the whole world?

It is all true and we will examine those scriptures in detail. Get ready to have your paradigm rocked by scriptures you may have passed over. The goal is truth and scriptural accuracy. If you are not prepared to re-evaluate what you have been taught…go back to sleep and let your candle go out.

What about the Harlot? She has been glossed over time and again. That’s her secret. She operates from behind the curtain. She doesn’t care to be noticed. She only cares about control…and power. She is good at both and has been for a long time. Why is this important? If you miss her as the most significant bad actor in the book of Revelation…then you have missed it all. But she has been restrained. Babylon is going to be unleashed and the False Prophet is going to be in the middle of it all.

Learn more about “Mystery Babylon vs the Restrainer” at https://yp-us.com/ or purchase it at amazon.com. Contact Ken Mentell at YeshuaHouse@protonmail.com for inquires.

the kingdom of god

Redemption Press author offers devotions to give hope to those suffering from physical and emotional illness

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – In these days of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had both direct and indirect effects on people with chronic disease (according to the CDC),* Dr. Luann Dunnuck offers hope and freedom. She knows firsthand what it’s like to live among daily struggles, and she has seen the kingdom of God come to bring restoration and revival.

Did you know you have an inheritance? As a believer in Jesus Christ, you have been given keys to the victorious, unshakable, matchless kingdom of God. When you uncover kingdom truths found in Scripture, you will no longer be defeated or orphaned, but rather will walk as a son or daughter of the King!

In this thirty-one-day devotional, author Luann Dunnuck—who has overcome such things as a debilitating illness and agoraphobia—encourages you to live in the kingdom of God now, in your everyday life. Inside the pages you will find freedom in Christ as Discover and Abide in the Kingdom of God answers these questions:

  • What is the kingdom of God?
  • How does the kingdom of God function?
  • How can the kingdom of God bring freedom?
  • Is the kingdom of God for the here and now or just for the hereafter?
  • What is the good news of the kingdom of God?

“Jesus impacted everyone He encountered for the good. As we follow in His footsteps, Scripture will teach us to uncover healing and deliverance, for not only our life, but also for those around us,” Dunnuck says. “If you struggle in mind or body, kingdom principles will bring restoration and revival to you. As you align your thinking and actions with Scripture, you will begin to walk in the fullness of His kingdom.

Dunnuck challenges and encourages us to discover and live by kingdom principles and experience freedom through Jesus.

* https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2021/21_0086.htm

About the author
Luann Dunnuck is a dynamic conference speaker, author, and counselor. As a student of the Word, she longs to see those suffering with afflictions be healed through the wisdom of Scripture and power of the Holy Spirit. She has overcome many obstacles in her own life, including a debilitating illness and panic attacks. Luann has earned a master’s degree in Christian counseling and a doctorate in theology. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and is a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God. Her message of hope and restoration have been heard on radio and TV alike, including Words to Live By, RBC Ministries, and Crossroads Magazine. She and her husband, Robert, have three grown children.

For review copies and media interviews, contact the author at contact@luanndunnuck.com.

Learn more at www.luanndunnuck.com.

Connect with the author on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Dr-Luann-Dunnuck-110371307112813

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.luann_dunnuck/

 

be like grace

Charity Fundraising Single “Like Grace” by country-artist Jamie Trent


FAITH NEWS SERVICE – “Like Grace” comes to us from the seasoned country artist, Jamie Trent, with all proceeds going to the Be Like Grace Foundation. Trent’s poignant song carries on the legacy of 15-year-old Grace Schell after her accidental death, and poetically prompts listeners around the globe to #BeLikeGrace in their everyday lives.

 

Co-written with Marla Rubenstein and Scott Barrier, this tender ballad hits all the right moments and compels the listener to tap into the genuine love and contagious joy of this young girl. Carrying the spirit of a stripped-down, all-American tune, it floats with a buoyant reminder of the importance and brevity of our days on earth.  As seen in the YouTube video linked above, Trent tapped into the devastating, but the uplifting story as told by Grace’s parents and close friends to create this tender commemorative melody. The song was personally presented to the Schell family and they loved it. “The faith this family has had, and continues to have, is remarkable.”

Trent, a long-time singer-songwriter, hailing from Virginia, was drawn to this story via a mutual acquaintance.  Initially wondering if he was capable to render such an emotional song, he explains the immeasurable blessing he has felt in writing this song. “I didn’t think I had it in me to go that deep and write something that purpose-driven. This song and this family have done so much more for me than money could ever do.” 

 

PRESS: Esquire’s 15 Best Country Songs Of 2018 Bullet Holes In the Sky #11 by Mary Gauthier and Jamie Trent “It’s the most visceral cut on an album full of show-stoppers.” – Esquire

Media Contact
Jamie L Trent
jtrent@knapheide.com  
217 316 4286

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Sara Beth Williams

New Contemporary Romance Highlights Grief and Anxiety from Christian Worldview

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – 2022 Selah Award Finalist Anchor My Heart is a Timely Narrative that Reminds Us of Where We Must Anchor Our Hope.

SACRAMENTO, Calif, June 2, 2022 — In her moving romance, Anchor My Heart, Sara Beth Williams adeptly depicts a heartbreaking journey toward hope and healing. In the aftermath of tragedy, Matt Lawson grapples with debilitating anxiety. The blessings he’d taken for granted—a dream job, a woman he loved, and his God-given musical talent—have crumbled at his feet. Unexpected attraction flares as Tara Pierce reaches into the sea of his grief and helps ground him in reality. But Matt isn’t ready to give his heart away again.

Fans of Janet W. Ferguson and Kari Trumbo will enjoy this inspirational romance that delves into honest depictions of mental health and the journey toward peace and hope. “In Anchor My Heart, Sara Beth Williams goes beyond two characters finding a second chance at love, by tackling difficult subjects like friendship, grief, and debilitating anxiety with sensitivity as we walk through troubled waters with these lovable characters.” Contemporary Christian romance author, Melony Teague, author of A Promise to Keep.

“Bring your tissues! Anchor My Heart faces honestly the painful and individualistic processes of grief. Williams’ vivid descriptions of the psychological and physical consequences of grief are moving and realistic. [Williams] highlights the importance of community in bringing healing through the lived experience of walking through grief together. The characters in Anchor My Heart are multidimensional and believable. A must read!” Award winning author Donna E. Lane, Ph.D.

“Humans are fallible and imperfect. My goal as I began writing toward publication was to write stories about authentic characters experiencing real life issues from a Christian worldview. I think it’s important to acknowledge that we as humans don’t have it altogether.” American Christian Fiction Writers interview with Sara Beth Williams.

Anchor My Heart released March 16, 2021, and is available in ebook and print, along with Williams’ previous works, including her 2020 Selah Award finalist A Worthy Heart. You can discover more at https://www.sarabethwilliams.com

Book cover:
https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/510J96kA6wL._SY346_.jpg

Buy Link
https://amzn.to/3aqZdWH

Anaiah Press LLC | ISBN 13 978-1954189058 | $19.99 | March, 16, 2021 | 322 pages

Contact:
Sara Beth Williams, Author
916 832 5560
swilliamsauth@gmail.com
www.sarabethwilliams.com

On June 5, 2022, the International Day for the Unreached, the Alliance for the Unreached Is Kicking Off 33 Days of Prayer Through the #AThirdofUs Movement

FAITH NEWS SERVICETHE 1:11 PRAYER CHALLENGE INVITES PEOPLE TO PRAY AT 1:11 P.M. EACH DAY FOR 33 DAYS FOR THE 3 BILLION PEOPLE IN THE WORLD WHO STILL DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO THE GOSPEL; THOSE INTERESTED ARE ENCOURAGED TO JOIN THE #ATHIRDOFUS MOVEMENT TO HELP GENERATE AWARENESS

(Wheaton, IL) May 25, 2022 — June 5, which is Pentecost Sunday, marks the International Day for the Unreached in 2022. Because there are still 3 billion people across the globe (approximately one third of the world’s population) who still have no access to the Gospel, the Alliance for the Unreached is inviting people to join them for the 1:11 Prayer Challenge, which encourages participants to stop at 1:11 p.m. each day for 33 days to pray for unreached people.

The Challenge will kick off on June 5, when the Alliance will also host live streaming events from around the globe. It’s happening in tandem with the “A Third of Us” movement, which generates awareness for the third of people on Earth without access to a church, the Bible, or other believers. These unreached people are represented through the movement by the Three Line Symbol (I II).

“A Third of Us” asks participants to draw the Three Line Symbol (I II) somewhere visible, such as on their hand or on a profile photo. When participants share their photo with the symbol and the hashtag #AThirdofUs, they can help start a conversation about those who are still unreached.

Anyone interested in watching the live broadcasts, joining the 1:11 Prayer Challenge or participating with the “A Third of Us” movement can find out more by visiting AThirdofUs.com.

Last year, hundreds of people signed up to participate in the 1:11 Prayer Challenge. Dozens of social media influencers with a combined following of a million people posted about the “A Third of Us” movement, including David Platt, Francis Chan, and Natasha Brown Watson. The impact was

far-reaching, with the traffic and shares equally split between the US and other parts of the globe.

“This is not a one-time event, it’s a movement that continues to grow in strength,” says Marv Newell, Executive Director of the Alliance for the Unreached. “We want to continue increasing awareness and praying together for God to open doors to those who still don’t have access to the Gospel. In the West, we have so much exposure to the Bible, churches, and believers that it’s hard to think about the fact that anyone would still have no idea who Jesus is and what He’s done. We can’t sit still; we want to be prayerful and drive action so that the hope of Christ reaches every corner of the world.”

Those who visit AThirdofUs.com can learn more about the movement and download an Action Guide, a Church Kit, or a Family Guide—each including ways to engage and pray for those still Unreached by the Gospel. The Alliance also recommends that participants follow “A Third of Us” on social media as they share their Three Line Symbol photo with the #AThirdofUs hashtag.

There are over 60 organizations in the Alliance for the Unreached who assist in the mobilization of Christians in a myriad of activities including prayer, giving, and action, to ensure everyone has access to the life-giving message of the Gospel. Directing members include Bibles for the World, The Bless Foundation, Door International, Ethnos 360, Frontier Ventures, Joshua Project, Missio Nexus, Mission Network News, Operation Mobilization, Seed Company, TransWorld Radio, World Mission, and ZimZam Global.

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The International Day for the Unreached http://www.dayfortheunreached.org] and [A Third Of Us http://www.athirdofus.com] are initiatives of the Alliance for the Unreached, a group of evangelistic ministries and other organizations, including [Bibles For The World http://www.biblesfortheworld.org], [Door International http://www.doorinternational.org], [Ethnos360 http://www.ethnos360.org], The Bless Foundation [The Bless Foundation https://bless.world], [Frontier Ventures http://www.frontierventures.org], [Joshua Project http://www.joshuaproject.net], [Mission Network News http://www.mnnonline.org], [Missio Nexus http://www.missionexus.org], [Operation Mobilization http://www.omusa.org]; [Seed Company http://www.seedcompany.com], [TWR http://www.twr.org], [World Mission http://www.worldmission.cc], and [ZimZam Global http://www.zimzamglobal.org

Caption for Picture: Dr. Marvin Newell, Executive Director of the Alliance for the Unreached and author of “A Third of Us, What it Takes to Reach the Unreached” (William Carey Publishing, 2021)

through the eyes of amos

New Redemption Press release offers hope to every generation through a shepherd’s eyes

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – When a story can transcend generational and societal lines, hope, peace, and joy are one of the greatest gifts on earth. And sometimes we need a fresh perspective on timeless stories.* The biblical stories of Jesus’s birth and resurrection are no different.

Have you ever wondered what the shepherds must have thought when they first heard of Jesus’s birth and why they were the first that the angels told? Author Linda Jo Reed offers a unique perspective as told through the eyes of a young shepherd, and follows his adult experience through to Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection.

To understand why this retelling is so special, we must recognize that in biblical times, shepherds were considered lowly and their job insignificant. And yet the beauty of the angels appearing to the shepherds first reveals just how much God thinks about and loves each one of us, no matter our status.

Linda Jo says, “I don’t know of anyone else looking at the shepherds in quite this way” and always “wondered what happened to the shepherds who witnessed the angels announcement and birth of Jesus.” She began to write blog posts about it, and Amos’s story emerged.

Through the Eyes of Amos is a heartwarming retelling of Messiah’s birth, death, and resurrection from a shepherd’s viewpoint. Young and old readers alike will enjoy the beauty and supernatural magic of this story, and be reminded that from Christmas through Easter, a promise made to a promise kept is a gift to share with everyone you meet.

A timeless everyday gift for families, parents and grandparents can use this book as a stepping stone toward the true story in the Bible as they explore the Christmas and Easter stories, sharing faith and building relationships with their children and grandchildren. Conversational questions in the back of the book helps readers understand and explore God’s abundant love for them.

* https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/theater-release-for-the-chosen-christmas-special-breaks-records/2021/11/16/4acaf36c-472d-11ec-beca-3cc7103bd814_story.html

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Linda Jo Reed’s goal is simply to encourage people. Her hope is that support and help can be found through her words. She is the author of Upheld in the Battle and Mrs. Job’s Choice. She believes God’s intimate passion for His children can be an everyday experience, as He is tried and found faithful. Linda Jo also authors a blog, which can be found on her website www.lindajoreed.com. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, is grandmother to nine boys, and is owned by two cats.

For review copies and media interviews, contact

Linda Jo Reed
lindajoreed@gmail.com
Website: https://lindajoreed.com 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LindaJoReed/

 

Kurt Nickle-Dickle of Whiskers

Redemption Press releases endearing children’s fantasy book

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – The fantasy genre is on the rise. Netflix 2018 findings show an increase in demand for science fiction and fantasy shows and movies.* And book sales for the science fiction and fantasy genre have doubled since 2010, according to publishing industry blog Author Earnings.**

Fantasy and imagination stimulate the mind and play an important role in cognitive development, according to Dr. Deena Weisberg’s study, “The Fantasy Advantage,” which found that children better retain information learned through fantasy play.*** Imagination has other long-term benefits as well. “Fantasy stimulates a child’s imagination! It fosters their belief in possibility,” said psychologist Dr. Christine Gockman. “This often results in children who are hopeful and more optimistic.”***

New children’s fantasy book Kurt Nickle-Dickle of Whiskers was born out of author N. J. McLagan’s esteem for the imaginative. “My passion for creativity and whimsy meshed with my love of fairy tales and children’s literature,” she said.

Kurt Nickle-Dickle of Whiskers is the story of nine-year-old Kurtis Francis Nickle-Dickle, who finds himself in an enchanted animal kingdom full of music, beautiful colors, and animals that communicate using their whiskers. But the land is in danger, and Kurt must choose between finding his way home or fighting to save the land and risking living in the Land of Whiskers forever.

With endearing characters, clever prose, and playful verse, McLagan ties in themes of friendship, faith, courage, and the power of light over darkness. Good is depicted as light, and evil is portrayed as the Thunder Troll and his dark legions, the Gathering Gloom.

“I wanted to take children on an adventure while also leaving a lifelong impression through an engaging storyline and fun, nonsensical rhymes,” McLagan said. “Christian allegory and godly characters are woven throughout to highlight the theme of the power of light over darkness.”

Intended for children ages nine through twelve, Kurt Nickle-Dickle of Whiskers will also be an enjoyable read for the growing number of young adults and adults with an appreciation of fantasy.

*https://www.businessinsider.com/netflix-is-focusing-on-sci-fi-to-meet-increasing-demand-data-2018-4

**https://www.forbes.com/sites/adamrowe1/2018/06/19/science-fiction-and-fantasy-book-sales-have-doubled-since-2010/?sh=c4d73a82edfe

***https://cosgrrrl.com/the-psychology-of-fantasy-b871f29b3ef5

About the author:
J. McLagan is a lover of children’s literature and fairy tales. She fell in love with classic children’s books while taking courses in children’s literature, children’s theater, and music for children at San Jose State University. A native of South Carolina, McLagan attributes her playful imagination to a childhood surrounded by a vast array of wildlife, sunny beaches, mossy oaks, and plenty of room for a child’s imagination to soar. When she’s not writing, McLagan enjoys painting in watercolor and oil. She holds a Certificate of Fine Arts Painting from Famous Artists School and is a member of Oil Painters of America, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the Authors Guild. McLagan lives in the Seattle area with her husband, Virgil, a tuxedo cat named Tabitha, and a toy poodle named Oliver.

For review copies and media interviews, contact: Norma Jean McLagan

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breaking strongholds

Reflective Media Productions releases season 1 of new mystery drama series “Breaking Strongholds” that tackles suicide

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – A new streaming series filmed in the small town of Montgomery, Texas releases just in time for Summer.

Breaking Strongholds is a faith-based mystery-drama series with four episodes that keeps viewers intrigued while addressing serious issues like suicide, depression, and deception that are ­­­plaguing culture.

The show centers around a missing high-school teacher and the family of Detective Ethan James, whose son, unbeknownst to him, is considering suicide to escape the pain from the loss of his mother. All while a small Texas town is distracted and deceived by the arrival of world-renowned, best-selling author and thought leader, Redmond Quinn.

Like a modern parable, the show creatively weaves God’s truths into the storyline, directing those hurting to Jesus, the only One capable of truly Breaking Strongholds. Additionally, each episode shows solutions, such as peer support and professional counseling to help those struggling with hopelessness.

“Breaking Strongholds is going to turn traditional faith-based media on its head, entertain millions of people, and provide a message of hope to the brokenhearted,” shared Terry Weaver, Lead Actor.

Suicide has increased 33% from 1999 to 2019 according to the CDC. Reflective Media Productions desires to reverse this tragedy that impacts countless families and affects every walk of life. A study guide accompanies each episode of the show and suicide intervention training is being offered through a partner organization.

To watch Breaking Strongholds visit https://www.breakingstrongholds.com/watch
For additional details, please contact Terry at terry@reflectivemedia.org

running on broken legs

Redemption Press author shares moving story of how God equips those He calls to do the impossible

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – A newly released Redemption Press book by author Elinor Young is more than a missionary’s account of her experience in another country. It’s an engaging story of God’s faithfulness when he calls one of his children to an insurmountable task.

At five years old, Elinor contracts polio. Though the disease doesn’t take her life, she is left weak and physically disabled. By age ten, God’s unmistakable voice is clear, telling her she will be a missionary. A few years later, when a guest speaker at church asks, “If anyone here feels God wants you to be a missionary, would you step up to the front here and say so openly?” Elinor grabs her crutches and hobbles down the aisle.

To those watching, she knows it looks impossible. But Elinor doesn’t let her physical disabilities stop her from what God is calling her to do. She knows God will be faithful despite her weaknesses.

And he is. Elinor works as a missionary for almost eighteen years in Irian Jaya (now Papua), Indonesia, with the Kimyal tribe, where she first analyzes their language—its sound system, grammar, and story structure—and then begins the insurmountable task of translating the Bible.

She knows she could not translate effectively without understanding the culture, to “see the world as they do.” So she enmeshes herself in the Kimyal people’s lives. “I had to see them as distinct persons,” Young writes. “Learning about them up close made them real, with names and faces, feelings, and intelligence.” Only then can she translate and summarize Bible books for the Kimyal tribe in a way that will be transferable to their way of thinking.

Her time in Indonesia is not easy. Earthquakes, clan wars, language barriers, a draining load of daily responsibilities, frequent illnesses, and bouts of depression from the weight of it all will test her spiritually, physically, and emotionally. But through it all, she grows to love the Kimyal people as family. For Elinor, her time in Indonesia is more than simply translating the Bible—it is about bringing the light of the gospel to a people in darkness.

Running on Broken Legs is Elinor’s story of how God’s still, small voice brings a girl across the ocean to a people whose language she does not know but whom she grows to love. It’s a vibrant reminder that it is not through overcoming our weaknesses that we are more useful to God. Rather, we become useful when we recognize our weaknesses as an ongoing call to dependency on his grace and the work of his Spirit in us and through us. Through her journey, Elinor learns that wholeness, not merely a “better self,” is found even in the broken areas of our lives when we let God be our guide. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elinor Young grew up on a small farm north of Spokane, Washington. After graduating from Prairie Bible Institute, Whitworth University, and Wycliffe Bible Translator’s Summer Institute of Linguistics program, she worked as a missionary for almost eighteen years in Irian Jaya (now called Papua), Indonesia. Today she lives in Chattaroy, Washington. She mentors future and current and missionaries, edits the Great Commission Kids publication, blogs, speaks on behalf of spreading the knowledge of God around the world.

For review copies and media interviews, contact Elinor at: elinor@elinoryoung.com.
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YouTube: “Bad Legs” ~ Elinor, A Missionary Story

 

 

 

 

broken and blessed

New Redemption Press release shines light on childhood sexual abuse and the grooming process

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Childhood victimization and abuse is a widespread problem in American society. Statistics show that every nine minutes, Child Protective Services substantiates a claim or finds evidence of child sexual abuse. Among cases reported to law enforcement, 93 percent are perpetrated by someone who the victim knows.

Unfortunately, in addition to physical and emotional pain, victims undergo serious mental health issues as adults, including drug abuse, PTSD, and major depressive episodes.* Also, according to the National Center for Victims of Crime, children who are victims of “prolonged sexual abuse usually develop low self-esteem, a feeling of worthlessness and an abnormal or distorted view of sex. The child may become withdrawn and mistrustful of adults, and can become suicidal.”**

Tracy Michaud is no stranger to these statistics and has come forward to tell her story of childhood abuse, tragedy, abandonment, and neglect—and how God freed her from generational sin and oppression. Her book, Broken and Blessed: How God Set Me Free from Abuse, Dysfunctional Relationships, and Generational Sin, is the remarkable story of a strong, stubborn, and determined girl who, despite all earthly odds stacked against her, does not allow life-altering circumstances to change her smile or her destiny.

Young Tracy knows Jesus loves her, and she often sings “Jesus Loves Me,” as taught by her stepfather—who then goes on to abuse her. Later, as a teenager, Tracy drives the car that kills her stepfather and leaves her an amputee. Her mother refuses to engage in her rehabilitation, so Tracy vows to take care of herself. But filled with shame and feeling unworthy, Tracy leads a rebellious life marked by fear, depression, and hopelessness. But she knows that God sees everything, and she never gives up on seeking Him.

“I hope my story will help others see that they don’t have to remain stuck in the pain of their circumstances,” Tracy says. “While my story and life has many, many tragic elements to it, today, by the grace of God, I am happy and free from the fear and toxicity of my past. Everyone matters, everyone’s pain is real, and there is healing in talking about it. I hope because of me, more people will talk about it.”

Mind-boggling and miraculous, this is a story of how God uses Tracy’s grit, courage, and faith to free her and her family from generational sin and oppression. Her book is a true testimony of God’s power, mercy, and grace and how He can use just one person to change the course of eternity for generations.

* https://www.rainn.org/statistics/children-and-teens

** https://victimsofcrime.org/child-sexual-abuse-statistics/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tracy Michaud is passionate about using her stories of abuse, abandonment, tragedy, and brokenness to help others rise above their circumstances and believe they are stronger than they think they are. Tracy regularly shares God’s love and transformational truth about who He is and how He works through our pain and sufferings to bring about redemption and healing beyond ourselves. Since childhood, Tracy has endured numerous life-altering tragedies, abuse, and chronic pain, but nothing has changed her smile or faith. Today, she lives free from the bondage of fear and shame in West Michigan with her husband, Albert, and their two Chihuahuas. She enjoys her family, biking on her custom-handmade cycle, swimming, kayaking, and watching the sunset over Lake Michigan. For more about Tracy, visit TracyMichaud.com.

For review copies and media interviews, contact:
Tracy Michaud
Email: tracy@tracymichaud.com
Website: www.tracymichaud.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TracyJMichaud

jacob

New book provides an encouraging book of hope, healing, and achievement in the midst of broken relationships

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – This book Jacob, is clearly a Bible commentary. And yet, the author Martin Ellgar has breathed life into the characters in the Jacob narrative giving them heart and soul. The author’s style has made it easier for the reader to relate to the characters in the book, and even to see themselves in the character of Jacob. In places, it reads more like a novel.

There is drama throughout the Jacob narrative, from the womb to the grave. It becomes intense in places, where the author has released the passion from within the text, to immerse the reader in the narrative. The reader will soon notice that the voice of fear leads Jacob into making some bad choices in his life. It leads him into further difficult situations. Twice he had to flee for his life. In his flight from his twin brother Esau, God said to Jacob in a dream, ‘I am with you, and will watch over you wherever you go, …’ (Genesis 28: 15) God by choice becomes Jacob’s travelling companion.

The reader will find it interesting, how Jacob at a low point in his life, made a deal with God, whom he barely knew. It paid off handsomely. There is much for the reader to contemplate in the narrative. There are themes to consider of fear and faith, love and sacrifice, and of course birthright and blessing.

Many readers will find Leah, one of the wives of Jacob an admirable character in the narrative. The author has extolled her virtue of faith. Leah’s faith in God allowed her to be fruitful with many sons. According to Martin Ellgar, ‘They are her sons of consolation.’ Leah’s hope and dream was finally fulfilled, although ironically in the grave.

If you have never read a Bible commentary, then an excellent place to start would be with this book Jacob. Through the Jacob narrative, the reader will be called to reflect upon their own struggles in life, and perhaps even make a deal with God for a better life. Readers of this book will walk away with new understanding and appreciation of God in his relationships with all manner of people. Jacob is now available globally.

About the author
Martin Ellgar is an educator, pastor, master electrician, and currently retired from paid work. He continues to serve the Lord in various callings as a volunteer. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theology, and a Bachelor of Education. He is author of ‘God’s Cry to the Church’ by Austin Macauley Publishers 2020. Martin continues to write in his retirement, and enjoys being a mentor and entertainer to his grandchildren. He can be contacted by email at entergrace2@gmail.com

 

 

dangerous god book

Thoughtful Book from New Ministry Teaches the Importance of Fear and Trembling with Worship

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Cary, North Carolina, May 18, 2022

Addressing the lack of material that focuses on the severity of God, Dangerous God Ministries is offering a book authored by ministry co-founder Jim Albright: “Dangerous God: Wrath, Vengeance, Recompense, and Terror,” along with a separately published study guide.

Readers of the book will be called to a profoundly deeper place to know and worship Jesus Christ more fully and to be agents of change in their respective realms of influence by exhorting the church to return to its rich history of “beholding the severity of God.”

“Dangerous God is actually a book of good news—terrifyingly good news—because it is a book full of truth about God. If you want to know God more as He reveals Himself in the Bible…you’ll be grateful for this book.”—Donald S. Whitney: Professor of Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Contemporary Christianity properly delights in the kindness of God, but has forgotten the severity of God, that is, His holiness as revealed in His wrath, vengeance, recompense, and terror. We are humbled when we behold the severity of God; we are instilled with the fear of the Lord. As our fear of God increases, all other fears decrease. God is able to balance in the hearts of believers the fear of the Lord, with love and intimacy for the Lord.

Let the word go out…the church must stop ignoring God’s holiness, His hatred of sin, and His fierce wrath. We must learn to tremble with utter humility, reverence, and gladness at who He is, as the fear of the LORD always leads to God-sized delight.

Dangerous God Ministries exists to proclaim the terrifyingly good news of a dangerous God so as to fully behold both the severity of His holiness and the kindness of His grace. To learn more, please visit www.dangerousgod.org.

Ministry co-founders Jim Albright and Brad Vaden are available for interviews and speaking engagements. Contact Carl Dobrowolski at: carl@goodwillrights.com.

“Dangerous God: Wrath, Vengeance, Recompense, and Terror” by Jim Albright is available in paperback, Kindle and audiobook format from Amazon.

john macarthur

New Book Pays Tribute to Prominent pastor John MacArthur

FAITH NEWS SERVICE –  Cary, North Carolina, May 16, 2022
“John MacArthur: An Insider’s Tribute” will be available on May 17, 2022. Authored by Pastor Don Green, this new book will give readers access to exclusive interviews and never-before-published photos of Pastor John MacArthur and his ministry. The book will be released at a special event “An Evening with John MacArthur” at the Truist Arena at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY on May 17, 2022. A live stream of the event will be provided by Truth Community Church.

Millions have known John MacArthur as a steadfast and trustworthy voice for biblical authority and teacher for over five decades. But what kind of man is he in private?

Don Green had the opportunity to observe him closely over a fifteen-year period in leadership roles at Grace Community Church and Grace to You. In “John MacArthur: An Insider’s Tribute,” you’ll find winsome short stories, exclusive interviews and photos to give you access to the man whose service to Christ has benefited so many – all as a testimony to the grace of God in the life of John MacArthur.

“This is a sweet personal tribute to John MacArthur, whose biblical teaching and pastoral gifts have blessed multiple generations of believers worldwide.” – Phil Johnson, Executive Director, Grace to You.

Don Green, the author of John MacArthur: An Insider’s Tribute, comments: “Readers of this book will walk away with new understanding and appreciation of John MacArthur, the man the minister, and his message. More so, they will observe the powerful effects of the Word of God when it is central to a gospel ministry such as John’s. No one should be without this book.”

“John MacArthur: An Insider’s Tribute” is available on Amazon.

About the Author:
Don Green is the founding pastor of Truth Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the featured Bible teacher on the radio program “The Truth Pulpit.” A former attorney, he is a graduate of the Master’s Seminary, a past elder at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, and author of the forthcoming “Trusting God in Trying Times” (Trust the Word Press, 2022). Don and his wife, Nancy, have been married since 1988 and have six adult children and three adorable grandchildren.

For interviews contact: Carl Dobrowolski, Goodwill Media Services carl@goodwillrights.com.

endure

New book helps Christian men start, continue and finish the race God has set before them

FAITH NEWS SERVICEENDURE is a practical, Scripture-steeped guide to help men finish the race God has set before them. Written by Pastor Bill Newton for all men – young or seasoned, married or solo, spiritually fit or totally anemic, ENDURE will help men grow in biblical maturity, be challenged to change, and find strength for the road ahead.

Too many Christian men start enthusiastically, and then fall short. Falling short can be a public fall—a church-going husband has an affair, a high-profile ministry leader gets caught in a scandal, or an outspoken advocate is marred by blatant hypocrisy.

But for most men, falling short isn’t a newsworthy spectacle. It’s subtler. Closer to home. It’s floundering in the faith. Stunted spiritual growth. It’s entering the race God has called them to, then choosing to coast. This story doesn’t make headlines, but it’s far more common.

According to Bill Newton, the author of ENDURE, “men are weighed down with far too many things, are failing and losing Christ’s purpose for them. ENDURE will give them a practical spiritual roadmap starting with the ultimate secret: falling in love with Jesus.”

Readers of this book will be encouraged by real-life stories of men who have endured in their own lives and callings while pastors will find it helpful to stimulate the growth of the men under their care.

Alistair Begg, Senior Pastor of Parkside Church and voice behind Truth For Life radio, says ENDURE is “a thoroughly biblical and intensely practical call to press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Readers can purchase ENDURE from ShepherdPress.com or Amazon.

Bill Newton is available for interviews and speaking engagements.

Contact: Carl Dobrowolski, Goodwill Media Services carl@goodwillrights.com.

About the Author:
Bill Newton is a pastor with a heart to “help men grow up”—to see men transform from acting good to being godly. Long before he stood behind the pulpit, Bill was playing and coaching football, flying over 250 combat missions in Vietnam, graduating from Harvard Business School, working on Wall Street, buying and selling businesses, raising a family, and the list goes on. In other words, Bill has been there, done that. But while his bio sounds impressive, Bill’s story is not one of win after win. His story is one in which God graciously allowed him many opportunities to fail, learn, and recover. Find out more at Bill’s website, www.billnewton.com.

tom and carla

Miracle of God continues in April as TFEA – East Africa Evangelists see over 15,000 Prisoners come to Christ in 10 Ugandan prisons.

FAITH NEWS SERVICETom Flaskerud Evangelistic Association is excited to announce that in April our 3 East Africa Evangelism Teams conducted 93 ‘Prisoner of Pain…..God’s Grace’ video documentary events in 10 Ugandan prisons. The prisoners were both men and women who responded with 14,407 recording a first-time profession of faith in Christ and another 1,116 recording a rededication to Christ. All of the responding inmates were given New Testament Bibles.

TFEA East Africa Director, Evangelist Bryan Wisdom Ohiirwe reports: “There is nothing like this that has happened before in the East African Prisons, and God has chosen the TFEA/Freedom Team to use them as his vessels during this special season of Harvest and revival in Prisons. we are thankful to the TFEA and the Freedom Team, and all partners for your continued support, prayers and spiritual guidance.”

TFEA Executive Director, Tom Flaskerud writes: After receiving direction from God we were compelled to start Prison Cell Churches in Kakiika Prison and we are happy to announce that God has gone before us and prepared the hearts of every leader to fulfill His direction and purpose. We started with 1 prison cell church on March 5th and God has now miraculously blessed us with 30 prison cell churches with 3200 prisoners attending twice-a-day for an hour each. TFEA has supplied the sound equipment and Bibles for these inmates. We hope to begin Prison Cell Churches in Nyabuhikye Prison by June 1st.

Evangelist Joshua Tukesiga reports: “The New Testament Bibles have had a great impact on the inmates and the ministry here in prison both staff and inmates. We have the portable speakers, microphones, and stands, this has helped us during these daily services. In a typical service we have praising and singing worshiping songs in adoration and a time of prayer, testimonies from individuals and prayer requests then ministration of the Word during services. As I said before, revival already started in prison here, thousands are getting saved and coming to Christ than ever before, the prison Cell Churches are growing so fast, God is building His church for His people and it is exciting and such an honor that God has counted us worthy to be a part of this.”

Unedited letter received from a female prisoner. Agnes – 37 years old, female, Kakiika Prisoner writes: “At my first meeting with the Freedom Team at the hall on Saturday, 12 March, I was frustrated, and hopeless and wished I was never born instead of wasting all my life in prison, but how the Lord has made dramatic changes in my life in the past month is amazing, I have new friends at the prison cell church and we are always planning on how to sing and praise God and testify every morning and evening, I think This is what I want to do when I leave prison, to be a church leader. During these services I have experienced God in ways like never before, I shared my testimony of how me and my sister have been freed from drug addiction during our last service at the prison cell church and we thank the Lord for being at work in our lives, thank you for the Bibles, we are doing Bible study with my sister, this has kept us busy, in these different studies. Praise the Lord for His goodness to us!!!”

Our biggest need is for more Bibles. We have printed over 25,000 since Feb. 8th and have distributed most of them to the prisoners coming to Christ. We are able to have these leather-bound, New Testament Bibles with helps and maps printed for $2 each. The second biggest need we have is for the sound systems and Bibles for the Prison Cell Churches.

The cost for this is approximately $750. If you would like to help, please send your tax-deductible gift to Tom Flaskerud Evangelistic Association, 19053 River Woods Drive, Bend, OR 97702 or visit our website at: www.TFEA.us and click on Donate.

For more information, please contact Tom Flaskerud at 541-390-7770 or email office@tfea.us

gregory dickow

Pastor Equips Readers to Combat Fear & Anxiety with Joy & Love

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – May 3, 2022 – In a world where an increasing number of people are stressed out, in pain, battling depression or anxiety, Gregory Dickow offers a cure for these forces that sabotage our potential, purpose, and peace. In his new book “Soul Cure: How to Heal Your Pain and Discover Your Purpose,” he presents a power-packed step-by-step Rx for the soul.

In his new book “Soul Cure: How to Heal Your Pain and Discover Your Purpose.” (May 2022; ISBN 9780800762452, Chosen Books), Dickow says it’s time to “experience real freedom by letting God’s love wash over your soul and discovering the simple steps that will unlock emotional healing and the power to change your mood on command.”

The internationally renowned pastor and talk show host authors this book at a time when headlines are full of so much negative news, and an unprecedented number of people are suffering from emotional pain, trauma, or disorder. Dickow’s book aligns with domestic and international research, including Stanford University, the National Institutes for Health and JAMA Network, linking COVID-19 to increased rates of mental illness.

“To quote a timeless proverb,” Dickow says, “‘Eyes that focus on what is beautiful, bring joy to the heart…and strengthen the inner being. Whatever we focus on will bring us joy or sorrow; faith or fear; optimism or skepticism. But the freedom is found in the fact that we get to choose the object of our focus.”

Soul Cure has already caught the attention of Joel Osteen, the Houston pastor and New York Times Best Selling author, who says, “My friend, Gregory Dickow, is a truly inspirational speaker and one of the most influential Christian leaders in the world today. His new book, Soul Cure, is a message of hope and victory in the face of adversity, and one that could not be more timely than it is right now.”

Creflo Dollar, founder and senior pastor, World Changers International Church, says, “By delving deep into Gregory Dickow’s new book, Soul Cure, you will begin to understand your true worth, unlock the secrets to soul health and unleash God’s unfathomable grace in your life. … This book can cure everything that ails you spiritually!”

John Ramirez, evangelist, author, “Armed and Dangerous,” explains, “Soul Cure is a necessary weapon in our arsenal against the enemy. Gregory Dickow takes readers through the journey of understanding the root causes of the spiritual forces behind human pain and suffering.”

In this engaging and powerful new book, Dickow inspires and empowers readers to shift their focus from the adversity they face to the purpose they are chasing. “Each of us is healing from something as we pursue wholeness. And each of us is discovering something –the power and purpose, desires and dreams locked up within us,” Dickow says. “The simple steps and ingredients in Soul Cure will help unlock and unleash the greatest treasures within you.”

For interviews, contact Neil Foote, Ascendant Group Branding, neilfoote@ascendantgroupbranding.com, 214.448.3765.

For more than 25 years, Gregory Dickow has helped millions of people find healing, hope, and transformation through the goodness, love, and grace of Jesus Christ. He is the founder and senior pastor of Life Changers International Church, a multicultural epicenter of ministry called to heal a generation and cover the earth with the love of God. A prolific author and speaker, Dickow is the creator of the internationally acclaimed Fast from Wrong Thinking movement, attracting more than one million subscribers worldwide and transforming lives from the inside out. He is also the host of the worldwide television program Power to Change Today. Learn more at gregorydickow.com. Follow him on social: Facebook: @GregoryDickow; Instagram: @gregorydickow; Twitter: @GregoryDickow; and YouTube: Gregory Dickow.

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The Christians Merging Together Ministry

Pastors and Leaders Unity Day announced for July 30

FAITH NEWS SERVICEDaytona Beach, Florida, 21 April, 2022 – The Christians Merging Together Ministry (CMTM) and Volusia County have proclaimed July 30, 2022, to be Pastors and Leaders Unity Day. It is a time to come together as one people under God with the shared goal to reduce violence and let God in.

The in-person event will be held at Chuck Lennon Park, 5000 Greenfield Dairy Road, Deleon Springs, Florida. There will be speakers, singers and prayers, as well as food trucks and “love gift” give-aways. Live broadcast of Unity Day will be broadcast by Zoom across the country.

Over 100 pastors are expected to participate locally, and over 100 pastors from across the country plan to participate virtually.

“God said that this is the time for the people of our nation humble themselves,” said Pastor Sammy L. Jackson, Minister of CMTM. “Ask him for corrections, because correction is not rejection. But correction will make you a better person.”

With high-tension political friction across the country, Jackson believes it is time for people to return to their roots. He reminds Americans that their forefather founded the country on trust in God, and that the country can regain its strength by putting its trust back into the hands of God once again.

“It’s time to be about the business of our Father’s Kingdom, so I say to you today: follow God’s vision and accept his invitation let him in,” said Jackson. “Prayers matters – and your prayers matter – because when you stand fast and wait on God, your prayers will make change happen.”

CMTM urges an end to violence, which stems from divisions in society. The focus is on helping young people turn issues over to God rather than to violently take matters into their own hands. Community prayer can bring neighbors back closer together, so that people can become “our brother’s keeper” and bless each other daily.

Anybody with prayer requests is asked to send them to Pastor Sammy L. Jackson, Post Office Box. 10782, Daytona Beach, Florida, 32120 or to sammy050657@aol.com.

Participants are encouraged to bring fold up lawn chairs and wear their church’s logo tee shirts.

CMTM are now airing on Preach The Word Worldwide Network TV, All Nations TV and The NOW Television Network. Over the past weeks the Christian Television Network broadcast CMTM’s “Vision of God’s Invitation” to audiences in 83 countries. Any other broadcasters who want to bring the CMTM message to their audiences is invited to contact Minister Sammy Jackson

CONTACTS:
Sammy L. Jackson
Minister
Christian’s Merging Together Ministry Foundation
P.O. Box  10782
Daytona  Beach, Florida  32120
386-220-5395
sammy050657@aol.com
https://cmtmfoundation.org/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/pastor-sammy-jackson-617aaa8/
https://www.facebook.com/Daytona.cmtn

 

covenant token

First Christian faith-based token launches globally on Easter Sunday

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Covenant Ministry, a non-denominational Christian ‘Crypto-Ministry’, will launch the first mainstream community run, faith-based, Christian cryptocurrency.

Covenant Token is a community run, faith based, token on the BNB Smart Chain. Covenant Token is the first mainstream Christian token with listings on decentralized exchanges, Pancakeswap, Apeswap, Sushiswap, Bakeryswap, and the Dodo Exchange.

10% of the funds raised through Covenant Token’s presale will be donated in
support of the Ukraine. Covenant Ministry will be establishing partnerships with
ministries and charitable organizations globally and has reserved a share of
their token supply to support community development projects globally.

Covenant Ministry is building a Christian cryptocurrency community across
various social networks and, through its token launch, NFT’s, and additional
projects, will help to support international community development and Christian
charities worldwide.

Website: https://www.covenanttoken.org
Email: admin@covenanttoken.org

the crucifixion

A New Perspective on The Crucifixion

FAITH NEW SERVICE – For New Zealand author Roger Taylor, writing a book was never something he had on his ‘must do’ list. But a vision placed on his heart in 2004 changed that, and ‘The Crucifixion, A Short Story’ was born.

The vision was that of Jesus Christ carrying his cross along a dusty street lined with jeering crowds, and hundreds of thousands of demonic beings circling overhead, celebrating what they perceived as a great victory over heaven.

Roger began making notes, and as he did, more and more of the story was revealed to him. There was the vision of the armies of heaven looking on but not allowed to intervene; the mighty Archangel Michael falling at God’s feet, broken at what he saw happening to Jesus on earth; the confrontation between Michael and Satan at the cross; and finally, the glorious sight of the vast armies of heaven being released, pouring out of heaven’s gates and heading to the cross.

Then, while on a police deployment to Bougainville, Papua New Guinea in late 2020, early 2021, Roger finished writing the book.

He recalls however, since the initial vision in 2004, being confronted with the thought, “What am I doing? Who am I to be re-writing the Easter story? Are you even allowed to do that? What will people think?”

What kept coming back to him though were two things. Firstly, has anyone ever written the story of Easter like this, from the perspective of our Father and the angels at the time? And secondly, it’s another opportunity to get out to the world the powerful message of God’s unquenchable love for us as sinners, and just why He allowed His son to bear such immense pain.

It’s that inspiring time immemorial message of hope: that God loves us all so much, no matter who we are or what we’ve done, that He would allow His only begotten son to die on a cross, so through Him we could come directly to the Father in prayer.

Told predominantly through the eyes of the mighty Archangel Michael, ‘The Crucifixion’ takes us on an emotional and hard-hitting journey through the events of Christ’s death as they run their horrific course.

As a result, The Crucifixion encompasses moments of deep sadness, raw emotion and unbridled anger, but ultimately that great moment of inspiration and joy we know so well. Once Roger started adding the growing number of mental pictures he had seen to the story, he began to fully realise what God and the angels must surely have been experiencing in heaven. He suggests that in having to stand by and watch while Jesus was humiliated, beaten, stripped naked, and ultimately tortured to death by mere men, must surely have stirred unimaginable grief and anger. How could it not? This was, after all their beloved creator, master, and king.

We often hear of the angels being referred to as God’s messengers and angelic warriors, but have we ever paused to consider what it meant for a true warrior, and not just any warrior, but a mighty, staunch, battle-hardened and powerful warrior such as Michael, to put aside his power, courage and loyalty to protect his divine master, and watch him die such a horrific, drawn-out death? Michael is described in the bible as the Archangel Michael, one of the Great Princes. He appears in the bible on several occasions, either directly in battle himself or leading heaven’s armies in battle.

These simply aren’t the sort of beings that would be at ease looking on unaffected at what was happening to their beloved Creator and King. It is entirely likely that, apart from Christ himself not calling on the angels for help, it was also necessary for the Father to instruct them not to intervene.

Roger grew up in Manurewa, a small suburb situated in the heart of South Auckland, New Zealand. He was raised in a Catholic family, and like many people born into religion, rebelled in his late teens, and from there led a somewhat ‘colourful’ life, until finding a genuine relationship with Christ in his early to mid 20’s. To grow up in South Auckland, you either had to have a very keen awareness of your surroundings, or you quickly developed one. It is to these humble beginnings that Roger credits his dry wit and down-to-earth attitude to most things in life. It’s also working in South Auckland as a young police officer and ultimately as a qualified Detective that gave Roger an unobstructed view of the darker side of life.

Having held various roles as a Detective in the New Zealand Police, Roger has witnessed the tragic and often disturbing results of serious crime and violence and the evil that is ever present in our world today. There isn’t too much he hasn’t seen, which includes on occasion interacting with and even praying over people appearing to be affected by demonic possession.

Roger now works in Family Harm intervention. After years of dealing with the tragic deaths of parents, children and cruelly even babies as a result of family violence, Roger is taking his experiences in this field as a Detective and applying them to bringing intervention and hope to struggling families, where fear and violence are entrenched, as opposed to always being the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff and picking up the pieces.

It is with these varied experiences, and a long-standing interest in the ongoing battle between angels and demons, and their interaction with mankind, that Roger brings us this powerful new perspective on the Crucifixion story.

Although essentially a narrative, The Crucifixion is based on biblical events and references accounts directly recorded in the bible. Roger’s heart is to honour the sanctity of the Easter story, while opening hearts to what heaven was likely experiencing at the time. His hope in doing this is to lead even more people to understand and appreciate exactly what God and His Son went through, to show us their love for us and allow us to have a full and direct relationship with the Father through Christ.

Capturing the deep loving Father heart of God, not only for His son Jesus, but for us as human beings, Roger now invites us to join Michael as he embarks on this incredibly personal journey through the conflicting moments of incomprehensible suffering and yet ultimate triumph of Easter in ‘The Crucifixion, A Short Story’.

unshakable peace in an unsteady world

Unshakable Peace in an Unsteady World

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Does the chaos of this world jump start your anxious thoughts? If there is anything the last few years have taught us all, it’s that we cannot control many circumstances in life.

In the midst of the chaos of this world and the fast pace of life, it is easy to let worry and fear overwhelm us and leave us stressed. In our ordinary daily lives anxious thoughts can leave us feeling we must be the only one who thinks like this. However, there is One who brings unshakeable peace in the midst of our trials and ever changing lives.

Four writers who had never met in person, took a risk and joined a writers mastermind via Zoom during the global pandemic. In the process of sharing their projects, they shared their successes, their losses, struggles, and lives with each other. After a season of quarantines, personal losses, milestone life changes and the desire to share the hope they have in Jesus, Unshakable Peace in an Unsteady World was birthed.

Filled with honest and beautiful storytelling, reflective questions for further processing, and anchored in Scripture, this devotional helps you take hold of of God’s Word and One who brings Unshakeable Peace in an Unsteady World. Join them in this 12 day devotional as they look at what Scripture teaches about lasting peace. They walk with you for 12 days and encourage you to dig deeper in your own personal study time to see what God has to say about the lasting peace He offers.

This book is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Walmart.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Jess Carey is the award-winning author of Chart a Course – Taking a Journey With God at the Helm. Her writing has been featured in Christianparenting.org, focusonthefamily.com, and gritandvirtue.com. She is a wife of over 15 years and mother to two teenagers. From acting in New York to running an international business, she has had to overcome fear, insecurity, and perfectionism to pursue God’s divine plan. She is passionate about helping every person do the same. Connect with Jess on Instagram @jess_careyaz, or her website www.jessicacarey.co.

Jodi Kinasewitz lives in Mason, Ohio, with her husband of 20 years Matt, their four children, and their yellow lab, Max. She is an elementary-level reading specialist and a certified yoga instructor. She is passionate about leading Christian-inspired yoga classes, reading, and writing. She loves to travel with her family, and she spends any time she can outdoors. Jodi has had several articles published with various Christian platforms including gritandvirtue.com, mommentor.org, makemeavailable.com, and she was published in Milk & Honey Women Devotional Journal, Volume 1. Jodi’s hope is by sharing her story of struggle through a season of anxiety and depression her writing will shine a light on the importance of mental health while pointing others to Jesus. Find out more about Jodi on Instagram @jkinasewitz, Facebook – Jodi Kinasewitz.

Elise Daly Parker is a certified life coach passionate about empowering moms to savor and not just survive this busy season of life with clarity, confidence, and calm. She does this through one-on-one and group coaching, workshops (Vision Boards are a fave!), and her podcast MomVision. Elise shares practical tips and openly shares her experiences – the good, the bad, the ugly – of being the mom of four now-grown daughters, 37 years of marriage, and continuing to become the woman she is meant to be. Elise is on a mission to help moms unapologetically – and with no shame or guilt – know, love, and accept themselves today, with the hope and promise of moving towards their goals and dreams for tomorrow. Find her at EliseDalyParker.com, on the MomVision podcast, Instagram, and Facebook too.

Michele L. Wilbert is a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur who lives in California with her husband and son. An experienced marketing and public relations professional, she speaks to others about work as worship and finding your identity in Christ. She writes small group curriculum, devotions, and leadership development. She is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and finds joy teaching others to study God’s Word. Connect with her at www.michelelwilbert.com and on Instagram @michelelwilbert.

Contact:
Michele L. Wilbert
661-632-6651
michelewilbert1@gmail.com

sherman

Sherman Presents His Highly-Anticipated Inspirational Christian Gospel Single, “I Found”

FAITH NEWS SERVICEMulti-Talented Recording Artist, Music Producer, and Songwriter Delivers A Message of Profound Hope

ATLANTA, GA, March 2022: Sherman’s newest single, “I Found,” is a testament to his actions and demonstration of the challenges he overcomes daily. As an artist, Sherman found the inspiration to write this song after talking to others about real-life happenings and acceptance. While writing “I Found,” Sherman found peace, love, and Jesus, the anointed one Christ. Along with his previous singles, including “God Has A Plan” and “Another Day,” Sherman’s newest song conveys a message of encouragement and hope. As a Christian musician and producer, Sherman has dedicated his life to the church through Christian Gospel music.

Raised in Augusta, Georgia, Sherman began studying and creating music from the young age of ten. He found musical inspiration from R&B, jazz, and gospel genres. Sherman dedicated his time to learning how to play a wide range of musical instruments in grade school, including the trumpet, french horn, and drums. At age sixteen, Sherman began working as a session drummer for fellow artists recording gospel albums. Led by his faith and passion, Sherman brings his Christian community along for his successful musical journey. As a truthful and authentic musician, Sherman is a breath of fresh air for Christian Gospel fans worldwide.

Sherman has worked diligently to perfect his craft and lead with faith throughout his musical career. Along his journey, he has befriended many notable producers and artists. Fellow musicians, mentors, and friends involved in creating “I Found,” include Vance “Maestro” Taylor who contributed as the pianist to the record and has worked with the likes of Earth, Wind and Fire, Toni Braxton and more; and Dwight Watkins, a renowned music producer who has produced for the likes of Peabo Bryson including songs “All My Love”, “When You’re In Love”, “One Time For The Lonely” and more compositions from Bryson’s catalog. Along with his fellow collaborators, Sherman poured his heart and soul into this single. To stay up to date with upcoming music and events, visit Sherman’s business website, El Shaddai Productions at http://www.wshermanmusic.com.

Sherman’s new single, “I Found,” is now available to stream on iTunes, YouTube, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, and Spotify. As a successful Christian producer and musician, Sherman finds immense fulfillment in sharing his spiritual passion and artistic talents with others. Churches, congregations, and interested groups are welcome to contact Sherman for bookings, performances, teaching opportunities, and music production.

For more information, promo requests, or to set up an interview, please contact Konnea Mcandrew at Lgmusicpub@gmail.com, (404)857-3071, or https://www.lgmusicpub.com.  To download or stream “I Found” visit Sherman here at https://music.apple.com or https://www.amazon.com.

fear less

New Devotional Proposes Substituting One Fear for Many Others

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – To combat the fear and anxiety that have become a daily experience for many in these days of a global pandemic, political turmoil, and economic instability, authors Marta Greenman and Maureen Moldonado propose a remedy in their recent release FearLESS: God Is Calling You to Be Fearless and to Fear Less (Redemption Press).

“The world is filled with plenty of opportunities to be fearful. Fear and faith cannot occupy the same space. We believe the more you fear God, the more your earthly fears will retreat as though in a rearview mirror,” says author and Bible teacher Marta Greenman.

In this thirty-day devotional, Greenman and Moldonado examine the Greek and Hebrew meanings of the word fear in the Bible. Their in-depth look at harmful and beneficial fears highlights the reverential fear of the Lord as the antidote to the fear of man. Greenman says, “Our thirty-day devotional will focus mainly on the emotion of fear and reverence, or awe, of our Lord. We trust your fears will become more distant as you draw closer to the Lord.”

Personal and ministry examples add to the Bible stories, and the devotions include thoughtful reflection questions.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Marta Greenman, a former missionary, is a teacher, speaker, and expositor of God’s Word who left the corporate world to be a church planter with e3Partners. The founder of Words of Grace & Truth, she is the author of four books and is a co-host with Maureen Moldonado of Under God on GraceAndTruthRadio. She lives in the Dallas–Fort Worth area with her husband of almost thirty years.

Maureen Moldonado has a master’s degree in education from California State University and spent her career as a teacher, vice principal, and principal in elementary education. After being involved in Bible studies in California, Arizona, and Texas, Maureen became co-host of the radio program Under God on GraceAndTruthRadio. Maureen and her husband reside in Texas near much of their family.

Contact Marta at: marta@graceandtruthradio.world
Contact Maureen at: maureen@graceandtruthradio.world

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the god story

New Redemption Press release offers easy, bite-sized scripture readings for busy readers

FAITH NEWS SERVICEWhat if you could discover the Beloved in the world’s greatest love story? What if you could make sense of even the most difficult passages in both the Old and New Testament?

Now you can! Meet the Bible Companion Series, a bite-sized chapter-by-chapter compilation that explores ancient biblical history through relevant storytelling and compelling questions. Be prepared for the richest Bible-reading experience you’ve ever imagined.

In a bold, realistic, refreshing manner, this twelve-book Bible Companion Series offers readers an inspiring and doable path for reading through the Bible. Genesis and Exodus (book 1 of the God in Story: Who We Are set) offers insight into the Bible’s early families, showing how God’s love and grace transcends our lives. Short daily readings and thought-provoking questions provide busy readers with insight into God’s Word, themselves, and the world around them.

For twenty-five years, author and licensed minister Karen Westbrook Moderow led Bible and Breakfast, an interdenominational Bible Study designed to nurture a deeper love for God and His Word through the most relatable characters in the Bible.

Moderow says, “I am a seminary-trained minister who has been a serious student of the Bible since childhood. My pastor father taught me to love God and His Word. My passion is for others to encounter God in the Scriptures as I have.” A regular contributor to Moody Magazine for over a decade, Moderow honestly, gently, and confidently helps others to know God through Scripture.

Get to know the ancient leaders, kings, and everyday people in the Bible from a deeper perspective. You’ll find their humanity, failures and ponderings, successes and victories are very much like your own. Experience the God who created them and you as the source for all you need to live life with wisdom and compassion.

The Bible Companion is a commentary-devotional hybrid geared toward people with too-busy lives. The series transcends barriers to understanding Scripture and sparks curiosity for the most studied book on earth. Exciting story arcs, connecting the Old and New Testaments, bring the Bible to life.

Moderow believes “that reading the Bible through as a continuous story reveals God as a loving creator who is always reaching for us, who will intervene in our lives and our world so that we can know Him, love and serve Him both now and in His eternal kingdom.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Karen Westbrook Moderow’s The Bible Companion Series offers readers fresh insight into God’s Word. For twenty-five years, Karen taught regularly at Bible and Breakfast, a large interdenominational Bible Study. Her creative writing masters (Chapman University, 2015) and theology masters in arts (Fuller Theological Seminary, 2017) give her a storyteller’s perspective of Scripture. Karen has been married to Joe, her dearest friend and “keeper of her solitude,” for more than fifty years.

LINKS

https://www.karenwestbrookmoderow.com

https://www.facebook.com/KarenWestbrookModerow

https://www.instagram.com/karen_westbrook_moderow/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/karen-westbrook-moderow-1b1aa2223/

For review copies and media interviews, contact
Karen Westbrook Moderow
KWMauthor@gmail.com

 

thank you daddy

Tribute to “Girl Dads” shares the value of father-daughter bond

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, “fathers’ involvement in their children’s lives has been shown to have a positive effect on children and their well-being in many areas,” including “increasing the chances of academic success and reducing the chances of delinquency and substance abuse.” But not all children benefit from having a father present in their lives.

All too often Black fathers in particular are faulted for neglecting their children’s needs, especially emotional ones. In a recent Newsweek article, however, Josh Levs cites the Center for Disease Control, noting that “when it comes to Black dads specifically, most, in fact, live with their children.” And among all fathers who do so, “Black dads are in many ways the most involved with their [children’s] lives.”

In Thank You, Daddy! A Tribute to My Girl Dad—and Girl Daddies Everywhere,
Denise Ann Goosby dispels the myth of the absent Black father by recounting with warmth and gratitude the presence of her father in her life. With short prose “stanzas” and clear language accessible to young children, Goosby depicts the loving bond shared with her father. Young readers will be able to relate to such simple activities as joining Daddy at work for Family Day, playing carnival games, learning to fish, and singing together at church. Perhaps most importantly, Goosby recounts how her father took the time to snuggle with her and share stories of his own childhood and youth, passing on to her the value of family heritage and hope for the future.

The “father effect” can be especially important to girls. Fathers who behave warmly and interact meaningfully with their daughters help them to value themselves in ways that can lead to healthier self-images, choices, and lives.

In Thank You, Daddy! Denise Ann Goosby depicts the kind of father whose loving presence can make a significant difference in his daughter’s life. And because picture books are meant to be read by adults to children, reading her story can itself can become one of those invaluable bonding moments for daddy and daughter. Although Goosby’s book focuses on her childhood experiences with her own dad, her affectionate account honors all fathers who put the time and energy into building a loving, lifelong bond with their daughters.

Sources:
Jones, Jo, and Mosher, William D. Fathers’ Involvement with Their Children: United States, 2006–2010. National Health Statistics Reports 71. 20 December 2013.
https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr071.pdf

Krisch, Joshua A. The Science of Dad and the ‘Father Effect.’ Fatherly.com. 11 May 2021. https://www.fatherly.com/health-science/science-benefits-of-fatherhood-dads-father-effect/
Levs, Josh. They’re Dragging Out the ‘Absent Black Fathers’ Myth Again. Can We Give it a Rest? Newsweek.com. 5 June 2020.
https://www.newsweek.com/absent-black-fathers-myth-racism-1509085

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Denise Ann Goosby grew up a preacher’s daughter, and her love of words led to degrees in English and print journalism and to work as a reporter and educator. In 2018 she founded Healing Song Ministry to serve seniors, veterans, and the hurting in south Los Angeles County. Denise enjoys visiting cultural sites and cheering for her world-champion childhood heroes, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Lakers. She writes and sings on her blog, Denise’s Healing Journey.

Contact Denise at goosbydenise@gmail.com
www.denisegoosby.com
https://www.facebook.com/Denises-Healing-Journey-A-blog-104419934693246
Healing Song Ministry: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHPNkGeOyN7ILQDJnz7yRSQ/videos

the write coach

Christian publisher Ark House launches mentor service to help authors navigate writing a book

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Christian book publisher Ark House has launched a new author mentoring service in an effort to help budding authors navigate the process of both completing a book, plus helping with getting published.

The Write Coach has been set up to help authors who desire to write a book, or get it finished, yet need a helping hand from an experienced mentor.

The company stated that the mentoring division was birthed after finding they were receiving so many inquiries and submissions from authors who were keen to write a book, or needed help completing theirs, but needed help in the process.

With no such help available, and authors turned away to sort out this process on their own, over time, they said they saw the ability to offer a service that would help.

The Write Coach is managed by the experienced publishing team at Ark House and utilizes the experience of author and mentor, Andrew Jobling. Andrew has published eight books and his most recent, TEARS Of Joy, was published by Ark House.

Nicole Danswan, the Art and Publishing Director at Ark House, said: “The Write Coach is a powerful new initiative that, while it is operated by a publishing house, this in no way means that authors using The Write Coach mentoring and coaching service are tied to having to use Ark House as their publishing house.

“It is run independently and authors are free to then approach other publishers. Of course, this at the same time means we are here and able to help with publishing, if an author so chooses, but The Write Coach can be used for author help alone and there are no strings attached.

“We understand the power of books to change the world and we are simply wanting to offer a helping hand to those authors who feel they need to bring their book to completion.”

Authors can chose from three online only options, where they can follow the process at their own leisure, or they can utilize the mentoring model, working personally with Andrew to navigate the publishing process.

For more information visit www.thewritecoach.co.

About Ark House
Ark House is a leading global Christian book publisher that has published thousands of titles since its formation in 2003. Ark House serves both the Christian and mainstream book markets with contemporary, relevant books that carry life-changing content.

the last sunset

Fascinating new books portray journey of young man caught in the end times of our world

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – It is hard, even for the strongest of Christians, to comprehend that, even when we are simply “sitting on the couch”, there is a battle raging for our souls. Our fight is a spiritual one, and we are all engaged in it, whether we like it or not.

The Last Sunset and its sequel, The Last Sunset Afterlife, are both entertaining stories written by talented New Zealand author Reece Hewitt that take the reader on the journey of a young man caught in the end times of our world.

In this two-part series, Zack and his friends must fight for their lives against a truly evil enemy as the armies of hell are unleashed upon the globe and civilization as we know it is shattered. Faith becomes the only thing that can keep them alive. The elderly Bishop Kephas is one of the few surviving members of an ancient Holy Order dedicated to ensuring the survival of humankind. He must find a way to keep his flock safe from all those determined on their destruction. This action-packed tale of survival reveals if prayer and blade can defeat tooth and claw.

Author Reece Hewitt told me he was inspired to write the series as a way of showing the spiritual realm in a physical and tangible way. “I have found it hard sometimes when God, faith and prayer are all things that cannot be seen or touched,” Reece said.

“The Bible can be difficult to understand, and the book of Revelation is mysterious to say the least. So, I decided to craft a story, which combines my interest of end-times and studies. In this way I hope to have made something that the reader could relate to.

“Despite being surrounded in the physical world, I think it is important to remember we are in this world but not of the world. Even when we are relaxing on the couch there is a battle raging for our souls.”

Many years after the initial idea for his novel, Reece moved to Auckland to study. After several jobs, he found himself with a long train ride each day that would enable him to finally have the time to write his story. On yet another long commute into work, he pulled his phone from his pocket and began tapping. Several months later – and several commutes on – he had drafted 80,000 words of his first novel.

While Christians understand the importance of both end times and Revelation in their faith, most struggle to comprehend it. Reece’s powerful books help the reader to understand the end times story in an action packed, palatable way. Reece has also included hand-picked scriptures throughout the story, which both the characters and readers can use across a range of situations.

In closing, Reece told me: “I hope that readers of this book pick up some lessons of faith as they follow the characters on their journey. If a single soul turns closer to God due to these books, then they have been worth writing.”

The Last Sunset and The Last Sunset Afterlife are now both available globally.

 

 

surving widowhood

New Redemption Press release comforts spouses on grief journey

FAITH NEWS SERVICEHow can I ever be happy again?

Perhaps you have asked yourself this heavy question every day since your spouse’s passing. Perhaps you feel such intense grief and fear that you might not ever feel like yourself again. With 11.3 million widows and 3.7 million widowers in the United States in 2020, you are most certainly not alone in your grief and in your mountain of fears.*

Each of us are uniquely created by our Creator, and while we may experience the same grief and loss of a spouse, it doesn’t mean we will process grief in the same way.

You might be asking yourself how you can enjoy a holiday now that your spouse is gone, or how to help your young children grieve and understand the loss of Daddy or Grandpa. Perhaps you are grappling with how to handle the household responsibilities, chores, and finances that your spouse was responsible for. So many new and unexpected details to manage all alone. Life must feel daunting, scary, and unsure in this world of fresh grief or grief that resurfaces during special holidays and events.

Mother and daughter author team Sharon Engram and Lori Rohlinger, who have each lost a spouse, minister to widows and widowers, sharing how they each were able “to trust God with my grief and healing of my broken heart.

Lori and Sharon invite you to step away from the overwhelming demands and grief-wrenching spaces of life for a few moments each day and bask in the rich goodness of Jesus and precious love He showers upon you. In Surviving Widowhood: 40 Devotions of Hope for Widows, your grieving heart will be comforted, your tears will be seen, and your soul will be nourished.

* https://www.statista.com/statistics/242030/marital-status-of-the-us-population-by-sex/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sharon Engram was active in the three churches her late husband, Don, pastored in Illinois, Ohio, and Arizona. As a speaker, women’s ministry leader, and Bible study teacher, she also helped found Women Anew (Ohio), an annual conference for women which has reached thousands of ladies. Sharon’s heart also expands into international missions. She helped develop the Women’s Ministry division for International Needs, assisting national women leaders in ministering to their own people. As part of that ministry, Sharon organized several women’s teams to teach at women’s conferences in third-world countries. She also served on the board of directors for WorldVentures Missions. Mother of four, grandmother of fourteen, and great-grandmother of six, Sharon lives in Goodyear, Arizona.

Lori Rohlinger was active alongside her late husband, Greg, in founding Palm Valley Church in Arizona, seeing growth to over four thousand worshippers. The couple was an inspiring speaking team—he at the 2013 C3 conference for pastors in Dallas, and she at JustOne virtual conference in 2014 and 2016. Lori also spoke at the in-person Flourish Conference in 2017. She lives in Buckeye, Arizona, and is the mother of three young adult sons and one teenage daughter. Lori writes a blog and does a weekly podcast, Beautifully Broken, about widowed life. Learn more at https://lorirohlinger.blogspot.com./.

Podcast, Beautifully Broken: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/beautifully-broken/id1497602623

For review copies and media interviews, contact

Lori Rohlinger at lori.beautifullybroken@gmail.com

Sharon Engram at sharonengram60@gmail.com

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faith unhindered

New Redemption Press release explores where to find trust and hope when your well of faith dries up

FAITH NEWS SERVICEHas God stopping working for you? According to the American Psychological Association, many people’s faith can waver when challenges upset everything familiar.* Perhaps that’s how you feel in uncertain times, when the faith well is often bone dry and God seems far, far away.

When her son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, life as Debbie Ashley knew it had drastically changed. Her faith well had dried up. She couldn’t see God and could only experience confusion, worry, and uncertainty. For a time, she grappled to understand how God could let this happen to her son—and her family, as they had to now make drastic changes in how they managed everything from family vacations to her son’s ongoing medical needs.

Through patience and prayer, Debbie learned how to help her son and to work through her own fraught emotions to refill her faith in God. She says, “My friend, if you long for a belief in God that is unhindered by the what-ifs and why-nots, you are not alone.”

Using her story as a catalyst, Debbie’s Bible study Unhindered Faith: Finding The Freedom to Trust God Completely explores eight core emotions and the women of the Bible who experienced them. Women facing life’s challenges will be empowered to rebuild the walls of their wells toward a faith unhindered.

With tools designed to strengthen women’s faith in God, this book includes study questions and journaling responses to document the discovery journey. A leader’s guide is available to facilitate small group discussion.

Don’t let your faith be hindered by life’s upheaval. Begin your spiritual journey today toward a refreshing wellspring of faith in God.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Author Debbie Ashley loves to learn and to teach and ultimately lives to make a difference—because so many have made a difference in her own life. A pastor’s wife for over thirty years, she loves to help equip women with faith tools for their spiritual journey. She and her husband, Mark, have been married for thirty-five years, and they have three adult children. Debbie and Mark live in northeast Ohio, where they serve in local church ministry. Learn more about living unhindered faith at www.debmashley.com.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/debmashley

Instagram: @deb.m.ashley

For review copies and media interviews, contact Debbie Ashley at pmja5@windstream.net

* https://www.apa.org/topics/covid-19/faith-crisis

navigating the minefield

Redemption Press author offers a toolbox of help for raising children in a world full of ‘landmines’

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Every parent or caregiver faces various threats, barriers, and challenges on the journey of rearing children from birth to adulthood, especially in today’s uncertain world. Mike Weiford calls these external forces “landmines”—anything from disease to poverty to bullying to emotional or physical abuse. And they can negatively impact a child’s development.

For those raising children, navigating these landmines can seem daunting, even impossible.

In his new book Navigating the Minefield, Mike offers hope for anyone tasked with the gift of raising a child in this landmine-filled world. He believes some landmines are preventable and offers tips and tools for sidestepping these threats that may pose a risk to the well-being of children in your care. His goal is to provide a resource for parents that will equip them to care for children more effectively and potentially change the trajectory of their child’s emotional, mental, and spiritual health.

Mike knows well the threats facing our children today. He has spent more than four decades working with children, teens, and adults with physical and emotional abuse histories and has seen the devastating impact of landmines on kids—and the ones who raise them. Now he wants to offer that experience and wisdom to others.

With humility, gentleness, and wisdom, Mike challenges parents to face potential landmines so that they can effectively and successfully guide children toward healthy adulthood.

In Navigating the Minefield, readers will learn about child growth and development basics, positive discipline techniques, the power of forgiveness, the threat that abuse and neglect pose to future generations, and instilling godly character traits in children to foster healthy adult behavior. Plus, they will learn why parents and caregivers must deal with their own self-esteem, addiction, and anger issues and where they can reach out for help.

The book is sprinkled with workbook-style reflection sections, practical tips, and real-life examples.

No parent is perfect. But Navigating the Minefield will help couples, single parents, grandparents, and designated caregivers—anyone tasked with the gift of raising a child in this landmine-filled world—be a better parent and find joy on the journey.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mike Weiford is a licensed independent clinical social worker and recognized child mental health specialist with forty years of experience. He has worked at The Center • A Place of Hope for more than thirty years on the multidisciplinary partial hospitalization care team, providing treatment to various client populations struggling with mental illness, including children, adolescents, families, and parents. He and his wife, Judy, are the parents of three grown children and two grandchildren. They make their home in Mountlake Terrace, Washington.

For review copies and media interviews, contact mike at: weifordmikea17@gmail.com

LinkedIn: Mike Weiford • weifordmikea17@gmail.com

 

fountains and secrets

New Redemption Press release welcomes readers to a world where Nancy meets Ancient Rome

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – In ancient Roman culture, few women challenged the status quo. So imagine when adventurous, spunky, headstrong Livia dives right into a swamp of danger after learning that her new husband’s mentor has been murdered.

As Livia uncovers clues in secret, she discovers injustice toward other women and the nasty web of affluent men behind it all. And in the throes of a young marriage, Avitus and Livia come head to head. Avitus doesn’t want his wife to be in danger, and Livia wants to prove to her husband that she’s capable of solving the disastrous crimes. Their lack of mutual trust and respect turns into a bitter test of wills—and they discover that their assumptions were more harmful than they realized.

In book 2 of Livia Aemilia Mysteries, Lisa E. Betz draws inspiration from thirty-five years leading Bible studies to create entertaining mysteries set in the early church era that include eccentric characters, independent females, and an occasional sausage-snatching cat. “I have always been drawn to books that were different than what everyone else was reading,” she says. Her imperfect, unconventional characters “live with authenticity despite the challenges they face for daring to be different.”

For readers who enjoy mysteries and historical fiction with a touch of humor, Fountains and Secrets is an engaging tale of identity, purpose, and hope.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
An engineer-turned-mystery-writer, Lisa E. Betz infuses her novels with authentic characters who thrive on solving tricky problems. Her debut novel, Death and a Crocodile, won several awards, including Golden Scroll Novel of the Year (2021). Lisa combines her love of research with her quirky imagination to bring the world of the early church to life. She and her husband reside outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with Scallywag, their rambunctious cat—the inspiration for Nemesis, resident mischief maker in the Livia Aemilia Mysteries. Lisa directs church dramas, eats too much chocolate, and experiments with ancient Roman recipes. Visit www.lisaebetz.com.

For review copies and media interviews, contact Lisa Betz at lisa@lisaebetz.com.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LisaEBetzWriter
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lisaebetz/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lisabetz88/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LisaEBetz
Goodreads author: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20880297.Lisa_E_Betz

when god changed his mind

New Redemption Press book shares mother’s inspiring story of faith through son’s medical trauma

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – A brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is a tangle of abnormal blood vessels connecting arteries and veins in the brain.

Thirteen-year-old Isaiah Custodio was a victim, though not a casualty, of the most rare type of AVM, caused when a tangle of blood vessels rupture in the brain. An arteriovenous malformation can develop anywhere in your body but occurs most often in the brain or spine. Even so, brain AVMs are rare and affect less than 1 percent of the population. *

“Life changed for our family after I received a call that Isaiah had a headache,” said Christina Custodio, Isaiah’s mom. “Things deteriorated very quickly after that, and doctors determined Isaiah’s brain was filled with blood from a severe brain hemorrhage.”

Christina documents the emotional journey of mother and son in her new book, When God Changed His Mind. By her son’s side for the entire six-week hospital and rehab stay and during his subsequent recovery, Christina shares of the ups and downs of the exceedingly trying season.

“It was an extremely difficult time, yet it had many beautiful moments—bonding with my son, feeling the love of our community, trusting God, and experiencing joy in the midst of hardship.”

Readers will be moved by Christina’s dedication to her son and by her steadfast faith in God despite uncertain outcomes. She wrote When God Changed His Mind to inspire others to see Jesus and glorify Him in their own hardships and stories.

“Throughout the initial uncertainty for Isaiah’s life and then the ensuing challenges with his recovery, I had an amazing peace from God and trusted Him to provide what we needed,” Christina said. “If we look through the lens of Jesus, we can find joy in any circumstance.”

* https://www.mayoclinic.org › brain-avm › syc-20350260

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Christina Custodio is a gifted writer and speaker. With a degree in psychology and Christian counseling, she pursues many passions, including motivational speaking, blogging, photography, and teaching. She and her husband, Ozzy, live in South Carolina and are parents to Abrianna, Isaiah, and Olivia. For review copies and media interviews, contact:

Christina Custodio
Email: christinacustodiospeaks@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christinacustodiospeaks/
and https://www.facebook.com/coollikeisaiah/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christina_custodio/

United World Mission Appoints New Leader of the Overseas Council Ministry

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – February 22, 2022 – United World Mission has selected Josué Fernández to become the next leader of the Overseas Council ministry. Josué will succeed Scott Cunningham, who will be transitioning to a part-time role after 14 years of serving the Overseas Council ministry. The leadership transition will take effect July 1, 2022.

Born in Argentina, Josué Fernández began serving with Overseas Council in 2007 as Regional Director for Latin America & the Caribbean. Josué has extensive pastoral experience in churches in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Queens, New York. While serving as a pastor, he developed a rehab program for young drug addicts, created feeding programs for street children, and established discipleship and young leaders’ training programs. Josué and his wife, Liliana, live in Cordoba, Argentina, and have five adult children.

“It’s a great joy and privilege to see one of Overseas Council’s own Regional Directors take on this important leadership role,” said John Bernard, President of United World Mission. “Josué has tremendous experience and giftedness that has served the Overseas Council ministry so well over the last 14 years. I’m confident that under Josué’s leadership the ministry will thrive.”

“I am thankful for the team’s confidence in me, and I am looking forward to working with other leaders as we walk with the global church and prepare their leaders to meet the unique challenges in their region,” Fernández said. “It’s exhilarating to dream about the possibility of seeing communities transformed by the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

The Overseas Council ministry is committed to confronting the Global Leadership Challenge in which ministry leaders all around the world confront the tremendous challenges for the gospel in their context. In the Majority World, research indicates that 9 out of 10 churches are led by church leaders with little to no ministry formation. In “post-Christian” areas, many pastors struggle to lead their churches to engage their rapidly changing culture. As the next leader of the Overseas Council ministry, Josué Fernández will oversee nine Regional Directors who leverage their deep experiences, insights and trusted relationships to support seminaries and churches as they prepare the next generation leaders of the church for faithful service.

Scott Cunningham will continue to support the ministry in a new, part-time role. “I want to express my thanks for Scott not only for his 14 years of excellent leadership but also through the merger of the Overseas Council into UWM,” said John Bernard. “Scott has worked so hard to integrate our two organizations so well.”

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About United World Mission

Founded in 1946, United World Mission (UWM) is an interdenominational, evangelical mission organization. Our global staff of over 400 serves with national partners in over 50 countries. Our vision is to “see a flourishing church, led by well-equipped leaders, serving every city and neighborhood.” We seek to accomplish this vision by outfitting present and future leaders while engaging with them in Jesus’ mission to the world. Learn more at http://www.uwm.org.

Press Contact
Jordyn Chambers
jordyn.chambers@uwm.org

lost animals

New Children’s Picture Book a Family Affair in Feeding Children’s imaginations

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Davin Chia didn’t set out to become a children’s picture book author, but months of COVID lockdown changed all that.

Whilst working on a novel, Davin wanted his children to have a project that would feed their imaginations and fill the countless hours of lockdown mundanity. His children loved reading, but Davin noticed that many of the books they read were fun and silly, yet didn’t really add value to their lives.

So, he asked his 6 and 9-year-old sons, Luke and James, to share stories with him while he carefully curated them into what would become their first published children’s story.

‘The Lost Animals’ features their pet rabbit ‘Mr Chompers’. The boys had always wanted a dog, so they ‘imagined’ a little sausage dog ‘Jeff’ into the story. A game of ‘chasey’ leads Chomp and Jeff into a bamboo forest where they meet some pandas, helpful characters who were inspired by Luke’s favourite toy.

Sadly, Mr Chompers passed away before the book was launched, so Davin and the boys lovingly dedicated the story to him.

The creative drawings in ‘The Lost Animals’ are the work of an exceptionally talented high school student from Davin’s church.

‘Mate Who Skates’ is Davin’s most recently released book and is a story about friendship, finding the courage to try new things and learning from mistakes.

Through these stories, Davin shares Christian values like stewardship, courage, loyalty, generosity and kindness. Although he chose not to use overtly Christian language, making the books accessible to kids from a variety of family belief systems, his Christian beliefs are at the core of his books.

Davin Chia was born in Singapore, where he developed a love for stories, but never dabbled in creative writing. Then he came to Australia to study and that’s where he met and married his wife. They now live in the ACT with their two sons.

Writing for Government departments is where Davin developed his writing skills and his passion for creative writing.

“I create art with words. That’s my passion, and writing for a living is a true privilege,” Davin said.

“Writing children’s picture books is my favourite type of writing. It allows me to be a child again and let my imagination run wild. In which profession does a person get to do that and cut loose? In what job can one entertain and hopefully educate the young minds?

“When it comes to writing, we, the authors, are in control of the purpose of the book and its characters.

“We decide what we are writing about and who we are writing to. That’s how we start and base the structure upon that. Who is the writing for? What do we want it to achieve? These are the questions we have to ask ourselves before we start planning or writing.

“I looked into what makes a good children’s story first. I looked at other children’s stories I liked to read to my kids. I saw the repetition and structure. As an author, it’s up to me to give my writing structure to help my readers get the message.

Hebrews 12:2 tells us that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. So, if you want to understand the purpose and meaning of your life, look at how God has structured and guided you.”

God structures things, therefore, we need to as well.

‘The Lost Animals’ and ‘Mate Who Skates’ published by Ark House, are now available globally.

 

best christian workplaces

Newly Certified Best Christian Workplaces Organizations Honored for Creating Healthy Workplace Cultures in 2021 Amid the Great Resignation

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Throughout 2021, record numbers of Americans resigned from their jobs.

These skyrocketing resignation rates—and the resulting hiring and retention crisis—show why workplace culture matters so much. To hold on to great employees, organizations need to create an environment so engaging that people won’t want to leave. These environments provide meaningful work, promote career growth, build trust-based relationships, and emphasize healthy work-life balance—all issues, which if ignored, lead workers to look elsewhere. “We celebrate this year’s Certified workplaces. They are evidence a flourishing culture is an effective antidote to the Great Resignation,” says Al Lopus, CEO and Co-founder of BCWI.

Each ministry, church, and business that made the 2021 list of Certified Best Christian Workplaces has done just that. In spite of the Great Resignation, these organizations have engaged their employees, nurtured healthy teams, and inspired their staff to do great work. These results are based on exemplary ratings provided by employees who completed BCWI’s Employee Engagement Survey.

About Best Christian Workplaces Institute

BCWI is an international non-profit, research-based, workplace culture consulting firm. BCWI’s mission is to equip and inspire Christian leaders to build a flourishing workplace.

For more information, visit Best Christian Workplaces Institute online: www.bcwinstitute.org. Benefit from the proven, practical wisdom from top Christian leaders on the BCWI Blog and the Flourishing Culture Podcast.

Here are the organizations that made the 2021 list of Certified Best Christian Workplaces:

CAMPS AND CONFERENCE CENTERS

Center for Christian Growth – T Bar M Camps – New Braunfels, TX

Cho-Yeh Camp and Conference Center  – Livingston, TX

Eagle Lake Camps – Colorado Springs, CO

Glen Eyrie Conference Center – Colorado Springs, CO

New Life Ranch – Colcord, OK

SAMBICA Camps & Retreats – Bellevue, WA

Summit Ministries – Manitou Springs, CO

Warm Beach Camp Ministries – Stanwood, WA

CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS

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Calvary Christian Academy — Fort Lauderdale, FL

Calvary Christian School – Bellefontaine, OH

Cherry Hills Christian School – Highlands Ranch, CO

Colegio Cristiano Nicolás – Ixil, Nebaj, Guatemala

Crossings Christian School – Oklahoma City, OK

Donvale Christian College – Donvale, VIC Australia

First Baptist Academy – Naples, FL

The Geneva School of Manhattan – New York, NY

Harvest Christian Academy – Elgin, IL

Knox Christian School – Bowmanville, ON, Canada

Lincoln Christian School – Tulsa, OK

Linfield Christian School – Temecula, CA

Lionheart Children’s Academy – Euless, TX

Mitchell Road Christian Academy – Greenville, SC

North Valley Christian Academy – Phoenix, AZ

St. Paul Christian Academy – Nashville, TN

Toledo Christian Schools – Toledo, OH

Trinity Academy – Wichita, KS

CHRISTIAN-OWNED BUSINESSES

ACR Supply Company – Durham, NC

BETA Fueling Systems, LLC – Reidsville, NC

C12 Group  – San Antonio, TX

CapinCrouse LLP – Indianapolis, IN

Dow Smith Company, Inc.  – Smyrna, TN

ECM Development – Arlington, TX

EGW – Carrollton, TX

The FOCUS Group – St. Augustine, FL

For Garden’s Sake – Durham, NC

Gibson Oil & Gas Co., Inc. – Laurel Hill, NC

Hafer – Evansville, IN

Harris Beverages – Durham, NC

Long Island Lumber – Long Island, VA

LuGreg Trucking – Kingfisher, OK

The Nehemiah Company – Arlington, TX

Outreach  – Colorado Springs, CO

Physical Therapy Center, LLC – Monroe, NC

Premier Physical Therapy – Cape Girardeau, MO

Qualis Management – Rocky Mount, NC

Remodel Health – Indianapolis, IN

Spiars Engineering and Surveying – Plano, TX

StorPlace Self-Storage – Nashville, TN

Texas Security Bank – Farmers Branch, TX

CHURCHES

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2|42 Community Church – Brighton, MI

Ada Bible Church – Ada, MI

BattleCreek Church – Broken Arrow, OK

Bayside – Bradenton, FL

Beulah Alliance Church – Edmonton, AB Canada

Calvary Baptist Church of Winston-Salem – Winston-Salem, NC

Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Canyon View Vineyard Church  —  Grand Junction, CO

Carey Baptist Church – Canning Vale, WA Australia

Central Community Church – Wichita, KS

The Chapel – Baton Rouge, LA

Christ Church – Lake Forest, IL

Christ Fellowship Miami – Miami, FL

Christ Presbyterian Church – Edina, MN

Christ’s Church of the Valley – Peoria, AZ

Christian Life Assembly – Langley, BC Canada

Church on the Move – Tulsa, OK

City Changers Movement/Doxa Deo – Pretoria, South Africa

The Creek – Indianapolis, IN

Doxa Deo Churches – Pretoria, South Africa

Eastside Christian Church – Anaheim, CA

Engedi Church – Holland, MI

Fairhaven Church – Dayton, OH

Faith Promise Church – Knoxville, TN

Fearless Churches – Holland, MI

First Baptist Orlando – Orlando, FL

First Christian Church of Johnson City – Johnson City, TN

First Cutlerville Christian Reformed Church – Byron Center, MI

Floris United Methodist Church/Restoration Church – Herndon, VA

Grant Memorial Baptist Church – Winnipeg, MB Canada

Harvest Church – Billings, MT

Highlands Church – Toowoomba, QLD Australia

Hour of Power & Shepherd’s Grove – Irvine, CA

Irving Bible Church – Irving, TX

Journey Church – Bozeman, MT

Kamloops Alliance Church – Kamloops, BC Canada

Kingsway Christian Church – Avon, IN

Life Church – Meridian, ID

LowCountry Community Church – Bluffton, SC

Miracle Life Family Church – Lusaka, Zambia

Mission Hills Church – Littleton, CO

Montgomery Community Church – Cincinnati, OH

New Vision – Murfreesboro, TN

Newlife Church – Robin, QLD Australia

NewSpring Church – Anderson, SC

Northridge Church – Rochester, NY

Oak Hills Church – San Antonio, TX

OHC Westside Fellowship – San Antonio, TX

Outer West Community Church – San Antonio, TX

Pantano Christian Church – Tucson, AZ

The Peoples Church – Toronto, ON Canada

Pinelake Church – Brandon, MS

River Pointe Church – Richmond, TX

Riverwood Church Community – Winnipeg, MB Canada

Seacoast Church – Mount Pleasant, SC

Soul City Church – Chicago, IL

Southridge Community Church  — St. Catharines, ON Canada

Summit Church – Durham, NC

Traders Point Christian Church – Indianapolis, IN

Trinity Church  — Lansing, MI

Venture Christian Church – Carmel, IN

The Village Church – Flower Mound, TX

Vineyard Cincinnati – Cincinnati, OH

West Side Presbyterian Church – Ridgewood, NJ

WestGate Church  — San Jose, CA

Whittier Area Community Church – Whittier, CA

FAMILY SERVICES

4KIDS  — Fort Lauderdale, FL

BsideU for Life – Louisville, KY

Care Net  — Lansdowne, VA

CarePortal  – Kansas City, MO

Christian Children’s Home of Ohio  – Wooster, OH

Christian Community Action  – Lewisville, TX

Christian Family Care – Phoenix, AZ

Circle of Care – Oklahoma City, OK

Compass – Kearney, NE

Cookson Hills – Kansas, OK

FaithBridge Foster Care – Alpharetta, GA

HopeWorks, Inc. – Memphis, TN

Human Coalition – Plano, TX

Josiah White’s – Wabash, IN

Redeemer Counseling Services – New York, NY

HIGHER EDUCATION

Bethlehem College & Seminary – Minneapolis, MN

Colorado Christian University – Lakewood, CO

Columbia Bible College – Abbotsford, BC Canada

Highlands College – Birmingham, AL

Los Angeles Pacific University – San Dimas, CA

Master’s College and Seminary – Peterborough, ON Canada

Olivet Nazarene University – Bourbonnais, IL

Prairie College – Three Hills, AB Canada

MEDIA

InterVarsity Press – Westmont, IL

Living on the Edge – Suwanee, GA

PositiveMedia – Mitcham, VIC Australia

Precept – Chattanooga, TN

Redemption Press – Enumclaw, WA

Rhema Media – Auckland, NSW New Zealand

RightNow Media  — McKinney, TX

WGTS 91.9 – Rockville, MD

PARACHURCH AND MISSIONS

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Administer Justice – Elgin, IL

Alpha USA – Naperville, IL

Apartment Life – Euless, TX

BMA America  — Conway, AR

Bethesda – Colorado Springs, CO

Bible League International  — Crete, IL

CARE for AIDS – Atlanta, GA

Catholic Christian Outreach – Ottawa, ON Canada

Christian Medical & Dental Associations – Bristol, TN

DiscipleMakers  – State College, PA

Edify – San Diego, CA

Family Policy Alliance – Colorado Springs, CO

Fellowship of Christian Athletes/Rockies Region – Colorado Springs, CO

Focus on the Family Canada  — Langley, BC Canada

Generous Giving – Orlando, FL

The Gideons International – Nashville, TN

The Global Orphan Project – Kansas City, MO

HOPE International – Lancaster, PA

International Fellowship of Evangelical Students – Oxford, England UK

Jewish Voice Ministries International – Phoenix, AZ

Jews for Jesus – San Francisco, CA

Joni and Friends – Agoura Hills, CA

Lifeshape – Atlanta, GA

Love Justice International – Lincoln, NE

The Mentoring Alliance – Tyler, TX

Miracle Hill Ministries – Greenville, SC

Mission Training International – Palmer Lake, CO

The Navigators – Colorado Springs, CO

The Salvation Army of Saint Joseph County – South Bend, IN

Sports Friends – Fort Mill, SC

Stadia Church Planting – Uniontown, OH

UCCF: The Christian Unions – Oxford, England UK

Water Mission – North Charleston, SC

WinShape Foundation, Inc. – Mt. Berry, GA

Word of Life Fellowship, Inc. – Schroon Lake, NY

World Gospel Mission – Marion, IN

World Impact – Wichita, KS

YWAM Battambang – Battambang, Cambodia

PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

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Connect Ministries – Watkinsville, GA

PCA Retirement and Benefits – Lawrenceville, GA

Samaritan Ministries International – Peoria, IL

Vala Secure – Plano, TX

RESCUE MISSIONS

Charlotte Rescue Mission – Charlotte, NC

Knox Are Rescue Ministries – Knoxville, TN

Light of Life Ministries – Pittsburgh, PA

The Mustard Seed – Calgary, AB Canada

Nashville Rescue Mission – Nashville, TN

Outreach – Indianapolis, IN

Phoenix Rescue Mission – Phoenix, AZ

Portland Rescue Mission – Portland, OR

Ruth and Naomi’s Mission – Chilliwack, BC Canada

Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission – Seattle, WA

St. Matthew’s House – Naples, FL

Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission – Philadelphia, PA

Union Gospel Mission – Vancouver, BC Canada

Water Street Mission – Lancaster, PA

Yakima Gospel Mission – Yakima, WA

divine purpose magazine

Divine Purpose Magazine Reveals The Names of The World’s Top 20 Christian Coaches To Work With In 2022

FAITH NEWS SERVICEPopular Christian magazine, Divine Purpose Magazine, names the top 20 female Christian coaches across the globe in their 2022 January issue.

Divine Purpose Magazine has grown to become a leading Christian lifestyle magazine, covering different aspects of life to help readers live in the way of the Lord, with over 35,000 readers worldwide. In a related development, the magazine published by Divine Purpose Publishing and owned by Vicki L. Otaruyina, an elevation coach, international speaker, publisher and Christian author, recently unveiled the name of top Christian coaches in the world.

The magazine unveiled the names of the World’s Top 20 Female Christian Coaches in their 2022 January issue, which was published on December 30, 2021. The goal is to help readers in 2022 begin the divine purpose journey in their personal lives, businesses and ministries. The coaches are also part of the Kingdom Women In Business Worldwide Network, an initiative that allows Christian female entrepreneurs to connect, collaborate, and grow, specialize in different aspects.

The top 20 female coaches are experts in life coaching, business and career coaching, style coaching, financial coaching, book coaching, speaking coaching and, with the list consisting women from countries such as Canada, Jamaica, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, UK and USA.

The Winter/January Issue of Divine Purpose Magazine has been themed as “TAKE THE JUMP” to reflect the expectations of 2022, which has been dubbed The Year of The Devil’s Defeat. The goal of the issue is to inspire readers to take a great big jump to become all that God has called them to be, breaking free from doubt, fear, anxiety, insecurity, self-doubt, low self-esteem and anything holding them back.

The Jump is your deliberate decision to take a great leap of faith to become who God has called you to be and do what He has called you to do. It is your intentional decision to live a purpose-driven life led by The Holy Spirit. We believe that it is the time for you to let go of everything that has been holding you back and TAKE THE JUMP. To help persons take the big faith jumps in 2022 we have put together a list of the World’s Top 20 Female Christian Coaches,” said Vicki L. Otaruyina.

The list of 20 top coaches includes Dr. Lynda Barnes, Shanique Blake, Wilma Blyden, Joi Brown, Dr. Sylvia Cole, Kearn Crockett Cherry, Cynthia Damaskos, Crystal Daye, Lorraine Gbadegesin, and SallyAnn Gray. Other names on the list are Adesewa Greg-Ighodaro, Ayana Henderson, Moirar Leveille, Bidemi Mark-Mordi, Jori Mundy, Adalyd Oliveras, Tandra Price, Claudette Ross and Rhonda Wood.

Mrs. Otaruyina also announced the upcoming March launch of the new Christian Motivational Speakers Magazine which will feature the Top 30 Christian Motivational Speakers to watch in 2022. She welcomes Christian speakers who are interested to come on board. The company will also be publishing it’s first Nigeria edition in May of 2022.

For more information about the January issue of the magazine and other projects from Divine Purpose Magazine, visit – www.divinepurposemagazine.com.

About Divine Purpose Magazine

Divine Purpose Magazine is a production of Divine Purpose Publishing, a company that caters to book and magazine publishing for clients all around the world. The goal of the magazine is to connect readers and their God-given purpose, helping them to live the perfect will of God, through discovering, understanding and walking in your divine purpose.

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Media Contact
Divine Purpose Magazine
Email: info@divinepurposemagazine.com
Website: www.divinepurposemagazine.com/top20
Contact Person: Vicki L. Otaruyina
Country: Barbados

christian faith and pluralism

Christian Faith and Pluralism: Just how are Christians to live in a post-Christian world?

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – It’s a familiar story… A dedicated Christian reads the Bible and prays before leaving for work. It’s a busy day of meetings, followed by a family dinner. As she gets into bed, she realises that her Christian convictions haven’t consciously surfaced at all during the day.

The ambitions of so-called ‘Christian leaders’ resulted in the reckless, damaging crusades in medieval Europe, while in modern times the prestige given to some clergy and cult leaders has resulted in sexual abuse, among other abuses of power.

William Wilberforce was led by his Christian convictions to campaign for the abolition of the slave trade in England. The faith of Australian leader Tim Costello has led him to years of campaigning against the harms caused by gambling.

Christian families concerned about the tides of secularism and contra-Christian values seek safety for their children in a growing number of Christian schools.

In his new book “Christian Faith and Pluralism – Companions or Competitors?” (Ark House) Australian author David Hickman explores the relationship between what we believe and our experiences and conduct in society.

All these are examples of phenomena related to the complex issues of Christians living in societies where there are various degrees of support, opposition, and apathy towards the Christian faith. David Hickman has for decades thought about these matters as he studied at universities, taught history in secondary schools, then taught Sociology and conducted research at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. All the while, he was writing about the relationship between his Christian faith and the knowledge gained from these academic disciplines.

David’s book “Christian Faith and Pluralism – Companions or Competitors?” discusses why so many people, if they think about the Church or Christianity at all, consider it unscientific, intellectually untenable, or hypocritical; and where that leaves sincere Christ followers who are trying to pursue their faith in post-Christian societies.

But as Tom Slater’s foreword explains, David is far from an armchair philosopher.

David became a Christian at the age of fifteen at a Crusader Union week-long guest house gathering, just beyond the township of Healesville. He then went on to be a leader at Scripture Union camps and beach missions, and part of the Melbourne University Evangelical Union.

As a secondary and tertiary institution teacher, he came to grips with relating to students, organising timetables, being a student adviser and meddling in university politics on boards and as chairman of department, as well as providing post-graduate supervision in a variety of topics.

While teaching at Eltham High School in Melbourne, David initiated the Eltham Basketball Club, coached for over fifty years, and became involved in decision-making at various levels of the game, including campaigns to give more players the chance to compete seriously and protect the influence of grassroots volunteers in decision-making.

Some elements of “Christian Faith and Pluralism – Companions or Competitors?” were the result of reflections on his experiences, both sacred and secular. He has sought to relate these reflections to the Christian faith through the reading of Scriptures, volumes of literature (Christian and other), and the views of mentors and friends.

David happily acknowledges the influence of writers such as C.S. Lewis, John Stott, Hubert Butterfield, Richard Niebuhr, Peter Berger and David Riesman, as well as more recent Australian writers such as Brian Hill, John Dickson, Bill Andersen, and Naomi Reed. And there is much to learn from the stories of people’s lives as told by Eric Metaxas.

The early section of “Christian Faith and Pluralism – Companions or Competitors?” explains how we all inevitability develop a set of priorities and at least an implicit philosophy of life, and the validity of basing such a philosophy on the claims of Jesus Christ. Such a commitment is discussed in the context of a pluralist society.

The rest of the book discusses some of the implications of the Christian faith in a wide range of topics, such as leadership and influence, education, social justice, demands of corporate bodies, self-esteem, online Christian communities, keeping peace in our troubled world, community sport, “spirituality” and our attempts to bring about social change.

Agree or disagree, there is plenty in “Christian Faith and Pluralism – Companions or Competitors?” to provoke thought both for the committed Christian and those who enjoy exploring philosophies of life and debates about contending ideas.

seven words you never want to hear

New Release Examines What It Takes to Be Truly Born Again

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Many repeat a sinner’s prayer and think that’s their guarantee to admittance to heaven. Author Denise Wilson says, “We aren’t saved by repeating a prayer. No one ever has been saved, or ever will be saved, apart from the conviction of sin, repentance, and true faith in the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.” In a new release, Seven Words You Never Want to Hear: How to Be Sure You Won’t (Redemption Press), Wilson takes a hard look at assumptions people make about becoming a Christian.

She repeats the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:21: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 7:21). The book compares what the Bible actually says about becoming a Christian with popular thought. Wilson, a former missionary and church planter, examines the mystery of salvation, what being a Christian really means, and how to become one. She writes for those who may have prayed a sinner’s prayer but whose lives do not reflect a commitment to Christ—and for those who love them and are deeply concerned for their souls.

“The way a person lives give evidence of true faith, but does nothing towards gaining salvation,” says Wilson, a Bible teacher from Ontario, Canada. “The gospel changes everything—our beliefs, lifestyles, and priorities.” Lifestyle issues of greed, living for self, and what we love are held up against the biblical values of obedience, dying to self, and counting the cost, with reflective questions of each chapter.

Author Bio 
Denise Wilson has been concerned about the issues discussed in this book for over thirty years. She has a BS in biblical studies from Emmaus Bible College. A former missionary and church planter, she leads Bible studies, speaks at women’s events, and is passionate about sharing her faith. This homeschool mom lives in small town Ontario, Canada, with her husband, two sons, and a whole bunch of chickens.

For review copies and media interviews, contact: denise@denisewilson.ca

 

good one god

Picture book about Gulf of Mexico highlights gratitude toward God

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – “Say thank you!” is one of the earliest lessons we learn as children when we receive a gift, but an attitude of gratitude is not just for the benefit of others. With its focus on thankful appreciation of the tangible and intangible good in our lives, gratitude is strongly associated with greater personal happiness and well-being.

According to Harvard Medical School, gratitude “helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.” Helping people “refocus on what they have instead of what they lack,”* cultivating gratitude also goes hand in hand with developing emotional maturity.

Exposing children to the wonders of nature—God’s creation—is one way to help them mature in faith as they develop a sense of gratitude for and responsibility towards our shared world. In Good One, God, debut picture book author Stacy Leicht takes us on a fishing trip into the Gulf of Mexico with little Kelsey, her big brother Zach, and Grandad.

As they encounter nature’s marvels, such as great blue herons, terrapin turtles, and the salty sea that tastes just like potato chips, Grandad’s thankful “Good one, God!” prompts Kelsey to keep her eyes peeled for her own praise item. But Zach always beats her to the punch, and Kelsey worries she’ll miss out on thanking God. It takes a sudden insight into the human connectedness with nature for Kelsey to realize that she’s had something to be grateful for all along.

“I want children and adults to look at nature and see God’s amazing miracles in everyday life,” Stacy says. “My desire is for children and adults to see the minute details in small creatures, to see the incredible colors of birds and fish, and to know only God himself can make such beauty.”

This charming story not only highlights the natural beauty of the Gulf region, it also points to the value of intergenerational discussion about God’s good gifts and the importance of stewarding the earth he has entrusted to us.

* Harvard Medical School. Giving thanks can make you happier. Harvard Health Publishing. 14 August 2021. https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/giving-thanks-can-make-you-happier

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in Dearborn, Michigan, Stacy Leicht grew up loving animals, nature, and books. She was an elementary school teacher and literacy curriculum facilitator for fifteen years before becoming an adjunct professor and then a supervisor in the Education Department at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Stacy lives with her husband, Rick, and their rescue dog, Bella, in North Carolina. She and Rick have two grown children. Stacy treasures time with her two grandchildren and loves reading, baking, and snorkeling at the beach.

Contact Stacy: leichtse@gmail.com
https://stacyleicht.wordpress.com
https://www.facebook.com/leichtse

indwelt

New Redemption Press release examines spiritual maturity and impact of Holy Spirit on mankind

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – According to a 2019 study by Pew Research, most Americans are familiar with key elements of Christian terminology, including the term “Trinity,” which refers to God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.* But while most are familiar with its definition, the Trinity’s inexplicable concept is difficult to grasp.

John Wesley, father of the Methodist movement and evangelist in the 1700s, said, “Bring me a worm that can comprehend a man, and then I will show you a man that can comprehend the Triune God.”**

While acknowledging the difficulty of the concept of God in three persons, Larry Massa unpacks the mystery of the Holy Spirit’s role, from creation to eternity, in his new book, Indwelt. “There is a general lack of public knowledge about the Holy Spirit,” Massa says. “I have found that the majority of Christian teaching centers on Jesus, since He is the central figure in our salvation. I wanted to write a primer on the Holy Spirit to bring about an understanding of His impact both on the world and in our individual lives.”

Indwelt looks at the Holy’s Spirit’s role in creation and examines His involvement throughout the Old Testament, including the flood and a new nation through Abraham. It also chronicles the Holy Spirit’s manifestation in the New Testament, with the creation of the church as a body of believers, and provides an overview of their spiritual gifts. Massa also analyzes the Holy Spirit’s involvement in end times and eternity.

“The book focusses on the Holy Spirit throughout time but places special emphasis on how He can transform us to become more like Jesus and mature our faith,” Massa says. “When we give the Holy Spirit access to our lives, He will do amazing things and give power to our faith so that we live fruitful, joy-filled lives.”

Massa wrote Indwelt to provide a greater understanding of achieving spiritual maturity through the Holy Spirit and to glorify God.

* https://www.pewforum.org/2019/07/23/what-americans-know-about-religion/pf_07-23-19_religiousknowledge-00-02/

**https://www.christianquotes.info/quotes-by-topic/quotes-about-the-trinity/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Larry Massa is a longtime Christian leader and teacher with a passion for studying Christian scholars and apologetics. He has a gift for unraveling and explaining biblical complexities. Larry has written three other books as well as multiple articles and blog entries to facilitate deeper biblical understanding. He also encourages spiritual growth and maturity through his website, crazyaboutgod.com.

For review copies and media interviews, contact:
Larry Massa
Email: massalj@yahoo.com
Website: https://crazyaboutgod.net

through hell and high water

Redemption Press author offers hope to spouses of fallen peace officers

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Each year approximately 175 peace officers are killed in the line of duty, from health-related issues, or other causes of death.* The year 2020 was especially deadly to the men and women in blue, because of the COVID-19 pandemic and an increase in violence due to protests and civil unrest. With every fallen officer, the aftermath is real. Grieving spouses are left to pick up the pieces, assuming the formal role of police widow or widower to honor their fallen hero.

April Katherman-Redgrave is the surviving widow of fallen San Jose Police Motors Officer Michael J. Katherman, and she knows what it means to survive the aftermath of losing her husband. In 2016 Officer Katherman was on patrol when another vehicle attempted to turn left in front of him, causing a collision. He left behind his wife, April, and their two young sons. Six months later, the 2017 winter storms in Hollister, California, flooded their dream home—not once, but five times—forcing April and her two sons to rely on the kindness of friends, community, and family to pick up the pieces.**

Katherman-Redgrave remembers feeling overwhelmed by the two major tragedies that had befallen her and her sons only six months apart. “Never mind the fact that I was a grieving widow trying to adapt to a new life raising two boys on my own, now the home we dreamed about was gone! All the time and money my friends and community had spent on renovating it after Mike was gone was wasted! I sat in the back of that firetruck soaking wet, holding my boys and my dog, not knowing what in the world I was going to do next.

I had no plans in sight on what in the world I was going to do with our once-beautiful, uninhabitable home, or where we would go once the six-month lease was up in our apartment. I just had to give my worries to the Lord and continue on. He allowed for all this to happen, and I knew He was not going to leave us stranded.”

In her personal memoir Through Hell and High Water, Katherman-Redgrave recounts in haunting detail the events surrounding her husband’s death and trial, the duties and decisions a widow of a fallen police officer must take on, the devastation of the flood, and how she helped her young sons deal with the loss of their father and their home. Katherman-Redgrave attributes her survival to the outpouring of help and support from her town, family, friends, and law enforcement community, as well as Jesus Christ. “Police families have a special bond. We are all tight knit and support each other through all stages of life and career with the unspoken realization that any of us could face the tragedy of our officer never coming home. After the hell and high water I had gone through, God especially has proven himself repeatedly to be more than faithful. Even through my darkest and most challenging times, He has performed numerous miracles and knocked my socks off with blessing after blessing.”

Today, Katherman-Redgrave is married to David Redgrave, where they live in Gilroy, California, raising five kids—two from his previous marriage, two from hers, and one from theirs. Katherman-Redgrave devotes her time to raising her family, writing and speaking to support and encourage other grieving spouses of fallen police officers, as well as those seeking love after loss and want to blend their families. She wants people to know that God sees them, God loves them, and God can turn their greatest pain into their greatest joys.

* https://www.odmp.org/search/year?year=2016

** https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/crews-rescue-22-people-from-rising-creek-near-hollister/14368/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
April Katherman-Redgrave is an author, speaker, blogger, and founder of Beauty for Our Ashes Ministry. As the surviving widow of fallen San Jose Police Motors Officer Michael J. Katherman, April experienced unimaginable brokenness and despair but also witnessed how God redeemed a terrible situation into one of great beauty and joy. Once a school teacher and aspiring educational administrator, April now writes and speaks to encourage law enforcement, the grieving, the divorced, blended families, and finding love after loss.

Now remarried, April lives in Gilroy, California, with David, her husband on earth, and their five children—Joshua, Jason, Brayden, Tegan, and Savannah. They call themselves the RedKat Fam, a wonderful blend of the Redgrave and Katherman families. They enjoy exploring and camping in their RV, spending time together at their family cabin, fishing, sports, traveling, and hosting family and friends at their home. As a family, they always honor and remember Mike in everything they do.

To connect with April, you can visit her website, www.beautyforourashes.com, as well as follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

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Beauty for Our Ashes blog: www.beautyforourashes.com/blog/
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New Redemption Press release spotlights unusual autoimmune disease

FAITH NEWS SERVICEOne in twelve Americans—and one in nine women—live with an autoimmune disease.*

According to a 2017 Bingham Memorial Hospital web article, more women are diagnosed with autoimmune diseases than cardiovascular disease and breast cancer combined, causing women across the US to wonder if their life would always hang in the balance while they suffered and sought answers to heal their bodies.

For years, author Tara Smith Johnson battled life-threatening and debilitating internal and physical issues she couldn’t explain—and doctors had no answers or relief for. Gradual weight loss over two years. Grand mal seizures, sometimes several in a row. Severe physical reactions to foods, chemicals, and the environment. Unable to stand or walk. Enduring a season of being bedbound. Color coding Scriptures, drawing from them deep hope and abundant strength in the Lord. Seeing a plethora of doctors, neurologists, and nurses for answers—and always coming up empty. This was Tara’s years-long journey before a dysautonomia diagnosis

At first she didn’t fit neatly into the category of dysautonomia, and finding a comfortable path to healing proved challenging. Dysautonomia is an umbrella term that covers a number of conditions, all of which include some level of autonomic dysfunction. In simplest terms, all the stuff a healthy body does automatically, a dysautonomia patient’s body either does improperly or not at all.

“I have neurotoxicity,” Johnson explains. A common virus exacerbated by common antibiotics had caused her to be sick initially, and unknowingly, dysautonomia symptoms may have wreaked havoc on her body since toddlerhood.

Her team of doctors, neurologists, and allergists worked tirelessly with her to create a health plan to manage her symptoms and reactions. Enter nine hundred pills a day. A mental and physical health regimen that consists of rest, walking her service dog, Trixie, and exposure to glorious sunlight. Using essential oils to coax the nervous system. And Tara still color codes Scriptures to encourage her during her difficult days.

Johnson’s debut memoir Defeating Dysautonomia: One Spoon at a Time with Faith, Hope, and Love seeks to provide authentic help to others with autoimmune diseases because, she says, “One day you will tell your story of how you’ve overcome what you’re going through now, and it will become part of someone else’s survival guide.”

*https://www.binghammemorial.org/Health-News/autoimmune-diseases-around-the-world

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
After special-education teacher Tara Smith Johnson was diagnosed with dysautonomia, an autoimmune disorder, she put the books away and became an advocate for people who experience chronic illnesses. She founded Hope for Team Tara, an organization that raises money for dysautonomia awareness through Dinner and Dancing for Dysautonomia. Tara has a daughter and lives in Memphis, Tennessee, with her service dog, Trixie, who has medic alert superpowers and travels everywhere with Tara. Visit www.hope4teamtara.org and connect with her on social media.

For review copies and media interviews, contact hopeforteamtara@gmail.com

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*https://www.binghammemorial.org/Health-News/autoimmune-diseases-around-the-world

seeking sanctuary

New Redemption Press book shares importance of solitude and sanctuary with God

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Being alone has gained somewhat of a negative reputation with the COVID-19 pandemic and with stories of Americans suffering from loneliness as a result of sheltering in place. But isolation and solitude should not be confused. While isolation is often associated with loneliness, solitude is recognized as vital by many.

Henri Nouwen, professor, author, and pastor of the twentieth century, had strong thoughts on the spiritual benefits of being alone. “Without solitude it is virtually impossible to live a spiritual life.”* According to an NIV devotional, “solitude also has the meaning of ‘absence of human activity.’ . . . The purpose is not to be alone but to experience the absence of human activity so that we can more fully experience the presence of God.”**

Author Sharon Lamson has particular insight into solitude, or more specifically sanctuary, which she defines as a time of being alone, removed from all distractions, focused on conversing with God, and meditating, resting, thinking, and listening to the Holy Spirit. In her encouraging devotional for women, Seeking Sanctuary: Finding God, Lamson discusses her need and hunger for regular sanctuary and the spiritual benefits and lessons that have resulted.

“For me, sanctuary is a safe place for intimate conversations with God that set the stage for sharing my problems, hurts, and emotions or just a time of listening for the lessons he has for me,” Lamson said.

God’s lessons for Lamson often come in the form of nature. With Lamson’s love for God’s creation, she shares within her book of the ways God has used her observations of birds, flowers, or even a single blade of grass to reveal Scripture and teachings. Readers will resonate with Lamson’s stories of her challenges, struggles, and successes, which are weaved throughout the devotional.

“I want readers to know that God can talk to them, and this devotional encourages them to look for opportunities for connection with him,” she said. “I know personally that taking time to look for him and talk to him has been adrenaline for my soul and has transformed my life, and I want that for my readers as well.”

Seeking Sanctuary: Finding God includes brief questions for reflection at the end of each chapter, which will encourage readers to look for and turn to God.

* https://womendoingwell.org/solitude-spiritual-life/

**https://www.thenivbible.com/blog/how-to-practice-solitude/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sharon Lamson is a talented author, editor, and copywriter, with published works for both adults and children. She is especially proud of a seven-book fictional series she coauthored, which received recognition from the International Board on Books for Young People. Sharon lives in Michigan and cherishes spending time in God’s creation, most notably enjoying prayer walks along the shores of Lake Michigan. With a loving husband, five adult children, and nine grandchildren, Sharon is never short for new stories.

For review copies and media interviews, contact:

Sharon Lamson
Email: sharonlamson@gmail.com
Website: www.hewantstotalkwithyou.com

 

love never fails

New Redemption Press novel offers hope to those who feel unloved

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – According to Medical News Today, nearly 80 percent of people feel significantly unloved.*

How devastating for those who are part of this statistic. And how awful it must feel, especially for Bella Roberts, the main character in Love Never Fails, who loses her mother in a hit-and-run and experiences the death of her aunt and uncle who raised her.

Nevertheless, author J. C. Lafler encourages readers that, like Bella, “it’s going to be okay. I know that no matter what, God’s love will not fail you.”

In Love Never Fails, Bella feels alone, unworthy, and unloved because everyone she gets close to dies. But she finds sweet solace in Rosie, a stray pup, and repeating Scriptures that her uncle taught her growing up. As an adult these verses keep her going through difficult times. When she experiences severe threats from Bruce, her mother’s ex-boyfriend, Bella must cling to God’s love even more.

But after Bruce threatens to kill her beloved dog and companion, Bella can’t even imagine God’s love, because of the fear that grips her heart. If Bella can keep Bruce from harming her and her dog and accessing her money, she will escape the feeling of worthlessness that Bruce has projected onto her . . .

Readers will learn that experiencing God’s love transcends all fear and feelings of worthlessness. Love surrounds us always, even when life is tough, because God created us to love him and love each other.

* https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/alarming-covid-19-study-shows-80-of-respondents-report-significant-symptoms-of-depression

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
From a young age, J .C. Lafler always wanted to write, but she ended up in a government career that lasted nearly thirty-two years. Now she spends her days writing about deep faith and enjoys puzzles, painting, and traveling. She and her husband, David, have six kids and nine grandchildren. They live in Portage, Michigan, and winter in Missouri City, Texas. Her novels include Lost and Found, Amazing Grace, Hope Everlasting, Leap of Faith, and Finding Joy. Love Never Fails is J.C.’s sixth novel with Redemption Press. Visit www.jclafler.com for more information.

https://www.facebook.com/judy.lafler (under Judy C. Lafler)

For review copies and media interviews, contact jclafler@hotmail.com.

 

New time-slip novel tells a story of forgiveness and redemption against a backdrop of slavery in 1860 Charleston, SC

FAITH NEWS SERVICEIf you can look your enemy in the eye and forgive him, you have the power to change the world.

Wallace Hayes grew up at Summerton Place, the plantation where his grandparents were once slaves and his father was born the illegitimate child of the wealthy landowner. Now the owner of what’s left of the once grand plantation, Wallace is determined to bring good from the tragic and painful events of the past.

Slavery happened here, rape and abuse and war. Two children born, Moses and Hope—one into slavery and one smuggled out, never to be seen again. But God had hold of every event, as He always promised He would. Repentance, forgiveness, and redemption follow, but some things that were set in place cannot be undone. In an effort to teach others the life-giving power of forgiveness and faith that his father taught him, Wallace shares the darkest secrets and the sweetest truths of his heritage with three special people—Hattie, who will write his story into a book, Ezra, who will carry his story out into the world, and Livy, who will continue his legacy for the next generation.

Author Patty Mullins Elson says the inspiration for the setting of this book came through a fascination with plantation life and several visits to Charleston, South Carolina. “When I visited Middleton Plantation,” Elson says, “I took the slave tour and was forever changed. I knew my story would be based around their voices so that my characters could learn from the lessons of the past even as they resolve their issues to clear the path for their own redemption.”

Dancing on Fields of Sorrow and Blessing is a three-generation saga that begins in slavery and ends in freedom as the descendants of those twins separated at birth reunite, and their story comes full circle. Forgiveness does indeed have the power to change the world, even if it’s just your little corner of it. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Patty Mullins Elson lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, Steve, and their college-aged twins, Alex and Ana. Patty is an avid outdoor enthusiast who loves to travel, hike, and practice her photography—preferably somewhere she can do all three at once. Give her a good adventure and a historical place to explore, and she’s in heaven. And if she’s not outside, then she’s somewhere cozy, writing or researching for her next book.

Follow Patty on Facebook @Patty Mullins-Elson – Author and on Instagram @vitaveravitabella.

For review copies and media interviews, contact: Pattyelson@bellsouth.net.

 

 

New Advent devotional seeks to help parents point to Jesus through even the most secular Christmas traditions

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Christmas trees, Santa Claus, reindeer, stockings, pretty lights, bells, stars, mistletoe, and more . . . For a holiday that’s supposed to be about a baby born in a stable, there sure isn’t much Jesus to see in that list. Or is there?

Frankly, it seems the holiday celebrations get more distorted and more frenzied with every year that passes. Is it possible to celebrate the season without losing focus on the reason it exists?

Author Marissa Barbee believes it is. “Our Lord is represented in everything around us,” she says. “The decorations of Christmas, the new life of spring, the falling leaves as the year closes out—God’s general revelation is always speaking to us of his power, his love, his compassion, his grace, and his plan for us. All we have to do is look for him. My goal is that this book opens that door for parents to tune in to the lessons God gives all around us and to see how his special revelation—the Bible—interprets that for us.”

Christmas Traditions through the Lens of Scripture is an advent book like no other. For each day of December leading up to Christmas Day, Marissa looks at one common element of traditional Christmas celebrations and helps readers find a scriptural tie-in, even for those elements rooted in secular elements. Further, each entry includes a “Digging Deeper” listing of related Scripture to boost the day’s reading into a true Bible study.

Full-color illustrations, created by Marissa’s own daughter, enhance this engaging Bible study and are repeated in the back of the book which may be cut out and used for an advent calendar.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marissa Barbee is a wife of twenty years and a home-educating mother of nine. Marissa and her husband Scott live in Colorado and enjoy playing games with their children and tackling projects—from the challenges of gardening in the Rockies to the DIY remodeling of their home. You can connect with Marissa on Instagram at instagram.com/mrsmarissabarbee or on Facebook at facebook.com/mrsmarissabarbee.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Miriam Barbee is a talented artist with a passion for sharing the beauty of God’s creation through her art. Miriam’s signature style makes use of artistic framing to highlight the subject of her artwork and to give the viewer the sense of peering through a window or doorway into a much wider world. You can find Miriam’s art at paintinginframes.com and can connect with her on Instagram at instagram.com/painting_in_frames.

For review copies and media interviews, contact: makarios_kypseli@icloud.com.
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New Redemption Press release offers hope and healing to young victims of date rape

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – For years, college campuses across the country have struggled with the issue of sexual assault. By definition, a sexual assault occurs when the offender subjects the victim to any unwanted or offensive sexual advance.[i] The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network revealed female college students between eighteen and twenty-four are three times more likely to experience sexual violence.[ii]

According to a 2019 Association of American Universities survey, polling over 150,000 students at twenty-seven universities, 13 percent of students admitted to nonconsensual sexual conduct, meaning they were sexually assaulted.[iii] However that statistic is likely to be significantly higher, as the Department of Justice reports that 80 percent of sexual violence goes unreported[iv] for various reasons, including fear of reprisal, personal reasons, and not believing the police could do anything, among others.[v]

This was certainly the case for author Tracey Glenn, who through her book, Gathering the Wayward Heart, reveals the devastating trauma and the aftermath she experienced from being sexually assaulted by her boyfriend as a college student.

Glenn, a first-time author, blogger, and advocate for special needs kids and families, chose to talk about this event in her book, even though it was extremely painful. “My hope is for someone reading my story about what happened that fateful night to know they are not alone in their pain and struggle as a victim. It happens, or has happened, to so many people, women and men, and its effects are devastating to the mind and soul,” Glenn says. Glenn talks candidly about how her life unraveled and how self-loathing led her to more destructive choices, including other abusive relationships with alcohol and men.

“I wish I could go back in time and change my decision to spend the weekend with him. I wish I could save that stupid girl from her destructive choices. Recalling the details of the rape, I found myself dealing with renewed hurt and shame, but God revealed something significant to me: it may be the girl who makes the decision to be there, but it is the man who chooses to overwhelm and violate her. God places the guilt on the man, the rapist, because He does not want women exploited, then thrown away.”[vi]

Like so many other women who were sexually assaulted, Glenn chose not to report it, but she hopes more women will come forward, if anything, to get help in dealing with her emotions and begin the road of healing. “If you are a young woman in a destructive relationship, I encourage you to seek help. Healing begins when darkness is put into the light. We may have been taken by force, and I know that scars us internally, but these are wounds that only God can heal, and He will if you let Him.”

Gathering the Wayward Heart is Glenn’s story of how God redeemed her life through intense struggle and hard lessons. She uses her own stories, including those of growing up on a ranch in southeast Arizona, to tell of God’s faithfulness, healing, and provision. “God does not promise us a life without sorrow or trouble, but He does give us peace to move beyond tragedy into the life He has for us. Take it from me—I am living proof.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
After repeated attempts to heal herself from a date rape that happened in college, author Tracey Glenn decided her way wasn’t working. Tired of the self-loathing, self-destruction, and fighting for control, Tracey ultimately surrendered her life to Jesus Christ, who, looking back, had never stopped pursuing or protecting her through some harrowing, life-threatening circumstances. Now, Tracey and her husband, Link, spend their time loving their three children, four grandchildren, and the life they have built, having overcome hardships, including raising a special needs child, adopting their son, marital strife, and business struggles. Tracey has witnessed firsthand how God redeems fractured people and circumstances when we put our trust in Him.

For review copies and media interviews, contact:

Tracey Glenn
email: traceyglenn196@yahoo.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brandedinfaith/ @brandedinfaith
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brandedinfaith/ @brandedinfaith
Website: www.brandedinfaith.com

[i] https://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/sexual-assault-on-campus/
[ii] https://www.rainn.org/statistics/victims-sexual-violence
[iii] https://www.aau.edu/newsroom/press-releases/aau-releases-2019-survey-sexual-assault-and-misconduct
[iv] https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/cv16.pdf
[v] https://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/sexual-assault-on-campus/
[vi] https://biblicalwoman.com/bible-sexual-assault-women/

scarred for life

New Redemption Press book shares story of self-acceptance and healing from hurts, wounds and scars

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – An astounding 71 percent percent of US women feel pressure to be physically attractive, according to a Pew Research study.* Yet only one in ten women consider themselves to be very attractive.** The result: low self-esteem, often leading to anxiety and depression.

Psychologist Neerja Birla writes, “One’s identity should never be swayed by social conventions. One’s self-esteem should never be dependent on one’s appearance.”***

Denise Goosby has struggled with society’s image of beauty since childhood. Afflicted with a disfiguring, and often painful, skin condition at the age of eight, Goosby has since struggled with her self-image and the ensuing physical and emotional wounds. She wrote Scarred like Him: Seeing Beauty in the Life You Live to share her journey to feeling loved, whole, accepted, and beautiful.

“This book examines the power of replacing the false, limiting, and negative beliefs about beauty with God’s redemptive, grace-filled, and truthful view,” Goosby said. “I hope it will help other women escape the hurtful, self lies that life often teaches and receive the truth of God’s love, favor, and acceptance.”

Goosby chronicles her experiences throughout each chapter—including her struggles with skin scarring, weight, rejection, and family dysfunction—and uses her story to tell God’s story.

“After years of suffering, I experienced an emotional healing and acceptance is an identity rooted in Christ,” Goosby said. “Offering up our vulnerable, soul-scarred selves to Him leads to finding the beauty in our lives and in ourselves.”

Through her story, and through related devotions and her personally penned songs and poems, she strives to inspire readers that healing can come only through Jesus. Young women and middle-aged women alike—with struggles over body image, self-esteem, skin color, skin ailments, or disabilities—will be blessed with Goosby’s honest and inspirational memoir.

*https://www.pewresearch.org/social-trends/2017/12/05/on-gender-differences-no-consensus-on-nature-vs-nurture/

**https://www.deseret.com/2018/1/25/20638862/why-so-many-women-don-t-like-how-they-look-and-the-movement-to-change-that

*** https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/magazines/panache/between-the-lines/no-perfect-body-why-we-need-to-stop-stereotyping-beauty/articleshow/63910928.cms?from=mdr

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Denise Ann Goosby was born and raised in Compton, California, a preacher’s daughter coming to faith later in life. Her childhood love of writing led her to earn an English degree from Mount St. Mary’s College (now Mount St. Mary’s University) and a master’s degree in print journalism from the University of Southern California. After working as a newspaper reporter, Denise began a career as an educator in public and private schools for two decades. In 2018 she founded Healing Song Ministry to serve seniors, veterans, and the hurting in south Los Angeles County with music therapy for the heart and soul. She also writes and sings on her blog, “Denise’s Healing Journey,” and offers speaking and singing engagements. Denise enjoys spending time with friends, visiting museums and cultural sites, and cheering for her world-champion, childhood heroes, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Lakers. She is single and lives near Los Angeles.

For review copies and media interviews, contact:

Denise Ann Goosby
Email: goosbydenise@gmail.com

Website: denisegoosby.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/denise-goosby-a61761190

Author offers a fresh approach to spiritual disciplines

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – At the height of the pandemic, Athletes in Action offered struggling students a valuable resource titled “7 Disciplines to Practice During a Pandemic.” It pointed out that “without discipline and structure, this time can easily be wasted and you could be missing out on opportunities to spend time with God and experience His transformative grace.”

The online ministry tool acknowledged the loss of canceled sports seasons while also encouraging young men and women to use the extra time to grow in their relationship with God through journaling, patience, devotional reading, scripture memorization, prayer, solitude, and fellowship.

Author Missy Eversole learned the power of drawing close to Christ through spiritual disciplines during a very different season of stress. At the time, she was a frazzled busy mom who loved Jesus but struggled to find time for Him between school pickups, soccer practice, and everything she’d said yes to.

“For years, I carried a small, compact Bible in my purse, intending to read it during downtimes, such as in the pickup line while waiting for my children to exit the school building. Instead, it had become another object that I transferred from purse to purse.” One day while waiting for her sons in the school parking lot, she reached for her phone and felt God nudging her to grab her Bible instead. That was the first step of a journey toward embracing disciplines that transformed her life. She shares what she gained in her new book, Transformed, Not Conformed: A Journey to Embracing a Life-Changing Approach to Spiritual Habits.

Filled with honest personal stories and relatable examples from Scripture, Transformed, Not Conformed offers a respite from society’s demands to be Pinterest perfect, using a fresh approach to the spiritual disciplines. In addition to helping women create habits of Bible reading, meditation, prayer, silence, solitude, and fasting that they can stick with, Missy highlights the benefits of connecting with God through journaling and worship. Drawing from the hills and valleys of her own faith journey, Missy paves the way for igniting or reigniting a love for Christ and a hunger for Him that is truly life changing.

*From “7 Spiritual Disciplines to Practice During a Pandemic” by Holly Murry, Athletes in Action. Found on https://athletesinaction.org/articles/7-spiritual-disciplines-to-practice-during-a-pandemic/ on April 6, 2021.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Missy Eversole is a wife, mother of two teenage sons, writer, and blogger. She and her husband, Craig, have been married for twenty-one years and live in Morton, Illinois. Missy shares her love for digging deep into God’s Word as a small group leader for Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies. She writes about her faith and family on her weekly blog, MissyEversole.com.

For review copies and media interviews, contact Missy:

missy@missyeversole.com

 

Second novel from author Konnie Viner does not disappoint

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Maci Driscoll was a happily married, successful artist enjoying life on the coast of Maine. The sudden death of her beloved husband rocked both her world and her faith. Anger, bitterness, and resentment fill her heart and stifle her art.

Seeking peace and a fresh start, she sells her seaside home and moves inland to a lovely century bungalow surrounded by blueberry fields. As she learns the history of her new home and the struggles and losses of its original owner, Maci finally finds the courage to deal with her own grief and waning faith.

But Maci’s new home has more to share than just its owner’s history. A simple renovation project brings hidden items to light. Can she reunite a star-crossed couple, solve a decades-old murder, and find herself again? Or will she remain in the sorrow and increasing bitterness that are weighing her down?

“I’ve experienced loss, grief, brokenness, disappointment, and drastic, unexpected changes in my own life,” says author Konnie Viner. “Learning to trust God and His faithfulness in those times was a slow and painful process. I wrote Blueberry Bungalow to encourage those who are at that lonely crossroad between questioning and accepting God’s plan and to assure them that, yes, God is faithful. And yes, everything He allows, He uses for good for those who love Him.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Konnie Viner writes to encourage women with the assurance of God’s love and faithfulness. She is also the author of Amaryllis Journey (2020) and Rested Soul, Resilient Heart (2017). She holds a BS in Education from the University of Kansas and an MS in Business Management from the University of Redlands, CA. Konnie cherishes time with her three grandchildren. An avid photographer, she finds particular joy in capturing the ever-changing beauty of sunrise and sunset.

For review copies and media interviews, contact:

Contact email: kkviner@yahoo.com
Website: konnieviner.com
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/konnieviner
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kkviner/

 

 

 

Award-winning author S. Westley King delivers second installment of YA Redemption Gray Trilogy

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Westley King’s award-winning novel, Under the Sun, began with a bang and didn’t slow down until an elk stepped off the side of the road and totaled Redemption Gray’s car.

Now, in Nothing Knew, Redemption is stranded on the side of the road, still high from his mountaintop experience of faith. Disoriented from the accident, he accepts a ride from a convenient motorcyclist who can only be an answer to the prayer he hadn’t even formed into words. After all, when you give your life to God, doesn’t He come in and make everything better? That’s what faith is, right?

At first Longstoryshort seems strong and kind and admirable, but as the miles pass beneath them, Redemption’s first impressions wear thin, and truth is hard to find. Redemption finds himself trapped in doubt and fear and danger, imprisoned in body and soul. At the very point of no return, he comes to himself and runs. Evil is strong, but God is good, and He provides a way of escape. Or does He?

Redemption’s story is far from finished, but this piece of it does not disappoint.

In Nothing Knew, S. Westley King demonstrates again his keen understanding of the struggles today’s youth face. With a deft hand, he draws the reader in, asks the questions they ask, and offers answers without condescension. Is God real? Is Satan real? How do we know? Why does God allow evil? Why do so many Christians just look the other way?

King says, “Too often, sanitized narratives within Christian fiction end when the character finds God and everything wraps up perfectly and beautiful. Nothing Knew turns that story on its head. When Redemption finds God, things don’t get easier. Instead, he is lured in by a deceptive antagonist, hit with a smattering of larger conflicting worldviews, and sees the ugly underbelly of tepid Christianity.”

King’s stories are real—“safe but not sanitized,” he says—and that’s because life is real. Twists and turns come without warning, including the one at the end of this book. Look for the conclusion of Redemption Gray’s story in its final installment, Chasing the Wind, coming soon from Redemption Press.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Westly King holds degrees in English and history from Texas Christian University and an MA in biblical studies and ministry from Lubbock Christian University. He is a pastor in Cisco, Texas, but when he isn’t preaching, he’s drawing shots at the family coffee shop with his wife, Kasity, and children, Ilya and Nehemiah.

For review copies and media interviews, contact: s.westley.king@gmail.com

http://swestleyking.com/

 

New YA release from Redemption Press explores the meaning of life

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – From its first page, Under the Sun is a riveting coming-of-age tale of discovery, of independence, of letting go, and of finding God. A 2018 Nautilus Silver award winner, the book is the first of a trilogy by author S. Westley King.

When high school senior Redemption Gray challenges his perpetually positive English teacher’s assertion that happiness could be found in anything (except maybe under a rock in Montana), he never expected the adventure that would come.

Without forethought, Redemption suddenly finds himself on an epic 1,500-mile road trip to the Crazy Mountains in Montana. As he drives, he finds himself losing his ties to the distractions of everyday life—school worries, relationships, social media—and experiencing an unsettling draw to the internal—silence, solitude, peace, and the value of deliberate thought. Along the way, he discovers great and wonderful things about himself and the world around him until, ultimately, he finds that happiness is found in surrender to the God he wasn’t even sure he believed in anymore.

When asked where he got the idea for this project, King said, “The character and first line were with me for more than a decade before I set out to write the book. I’ve always had a love of literary fiction and classical literature that reaches deep into the human experience, but I’ve noticed a lack of such works in the mainstream Christian market. Ultimately, though, of all the excellent and influential books I was required to read in both high school and university, Under the Sun is the book I really needed to read as a young man in search for deeper meaning and religious relevance in the world.”

While Redemption makes it to Montana and finds his happiness under that rock, his journey home is just as epic and life changing. Look for the rest of Redemption’s adventures in books two and three—Nothing Knew and Chasing the Wind—coming soon from Redemption Press.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Westley King holds degrees in English and history from Texas Christian University and an MA in Bible studies and ministry from Lubbock Christian University. He is a pastor in Cisco, Texas, but when he isn’t preaching, he’s drawing shots at the family coffee shop with his wife, Kasity, and children, Ilya and Nehemiah.

For review copies and media interviews, contact: s.westley.king@gmail.com

http://swestleyking.com/

New book seeks to preserve American liberties for posterity

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – The struggle for freedom in prerevolutionary Boston—by real people with hopes, dreams, and families—is eerily similar to what Americans have faced in the opening decades of the twenty-first century.

For historical fiction readers and lovers of American liberty, author Cam Molineux presents a fascinating tale of a nearly forgotten historical figure. Her distant rabble-rousing relative William Molineux fought for patriotic freedom even before the Revolutionary War began.

“Between 1768 and 1774, Molineux was behind only Samuel Adams in importance as a Boston organizer.” ‒J. L. Bell, Boston historian, boston1775.blogspot.com

“With the exception of Samuel Adams, no name is oftener found, in connection with the public acts of the day, than that of William Molineux, and his death . . . was a great loss to the patriot cause.” ‒Francis S. Drake, nineteenth-century historian

After years of research at more than fifty repositories in multiple colonial states and across the Big Pond, Cam Molineux began to understand the significant role her ancestors played in American history. As a result, and coupled with her concern for mounting attacks on American freedoms, she wanted to use stories to remind others what the Founding Fathers believed was worth fighting for.

The Spirit of a Revolution is the only novel about Samuel Adams’s right-hand man, William Molineux, written from a family-friendly perspective. Through the eyes of this little-known patriot in America’s founding history, readers will learn the importance of taking control of their own destiny.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Award-winning author and speaker Cam Molineux wants to help Americans understand and fall in love with their history. With genealogical ties to and a shared patriotic spirit with The Spirit of a Revolution’s protagonist, she is uniquely qualified to tell his story. Her articles have appeared in an international publication for those with ties to the Molineux family tree. Learn more at www.cammolineux.com.

For review copies and media interviews, contact cam@cammolineux.com.

New Redemption Press release examines what it mans to be a follower of Jesus

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – A 2018 and 2019, a Pew Research study found that 65 percent of American adults identify themselves as Christian.* Another Pew study broke down practicing Christians versus nonpracticing Christians in western Europe, with the majority calling themselves nonpracticing.**

In response to the study’s breakdown of practicing versus nonpracticing Christians, Baylor seminary student Jaake Raabe said, “Christianity is not a series of beliefs one agrees or disagrees with. It is a vocation. The gospel of Christ is a free gift, but one that demands action in response.”

Three Simple Words author Ed Malone believes that too many people who identify as Christian have a lack of understanding of the commitment Jesus asks for. “Many claiming to be Christians know nothing of Jesus’s teachings, how he lived, or have any desire to live as he lived,” he said. “They think they are saved but are not getting to experience the fullness of life in Christ.”

Malone wrote Three Simple Words to help readers move from mere belief in Jesus to knowing him and experiencing his abundant life. The book provides a synopsis of the life and teachings of Christ, encouraging believers to live out the standards set in Scripture and providing guidance for implementing his life-giving principles.

“I wanted to write this book to point people to what Jesus makes available and to provide an understanding of the pathway to an abundant life, which only God can give,” Malone said. “It is my prayer that readers will go through the narrow gate pursuing what only a few take seriously and find worthy of their life.”

Malone’s background in expository preaching allows him the benefit of sharing the full scope of the biblical text, while his life on a farm as a herdsman provides him with a unique insight into the agricultural word pictures Jesus uses in his teachings.

* https://www.newsweek.com/christianity-decline-americans-religion-unaffiliated-pew-study-1466035

**https://www.baptiststandard.com/opinion/voices/what-is-non-practicing-christian/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ed Malone has been serving as a pastor for forty-eight years. Along with being a pastor, he enjoys raising Black Angus cattle, carpentry, and writing. Author of three Christian books, Ed earned a masters of divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary after graduating with an electrical engineering degree from the University of Tennessee. He lives out his faith by helping others and works as a lead carpenter for Habitat for Humanity, has been a counselor in a residential home for juvenile offenders, and has fostered children. He is a Vietnam veteran. Ed and his wife of fifty-four years, Gale, live on a farm in Tennessee and have two children and eight grandchildren.

For review copies and media interviews, contact:

Ed Malone

Email: edngale@frontiernet.net
Website: christcommunity.com

New fiction release from Redemption Press helps readers – young and old – understand more about End-Time prophecy

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – In her third book of biblical retelling, Karen Geisler takes the reader on a journey through time to learn more about what the Bible says will happen in the last days. Along the way, she hopes readers will understand that how they choose to live their lives will determine how they spend eternity.

In Pilgrims and Dwellers, we rejoin young Abraham, a shepherd boy who, just two months ago, witnessed the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem. Now he’s alone in the fields at night for the first time. As the night noises move in around him, he distracts himself with all the questions he still has about Jesus and what’s to come now that Jesus has returned to heaven.

Suddenly, his guardian angel, Zagzagel, is there beside him, and just like last time they decide it would be easier to see what will happen than just hear about it. So Abe and Zag travel into the future—first to find the apostle John, who Zag knows is going to have a vision of the last days. There, they read some of John’s writings—what will eventually become the biblical book of Revelation. When that becomes too much to comprehend, the two decide to journey further into the future—to the year two thousand and something.

There they see the great battle that Satan is waging against the people on earth, to keep them focused on themselves and the world around them, and to trick them into following him instead of God—into becoming dwellers of earth instead of pilgrims passing through on their way to a heavenly eternal destiny.

When circumstances separate them, Abe finds himself lost in time, in an unfamiliar land, and surrounded by unbelievable evil. Will Zagzagel find him in time, or will Abe be lost forever among the dwellers of earth?

Author Karen Geisler says that while listening to an audio version of the book of Revelation one day, she was struck with “a tremendous fear” that overwhelmed her and led to an in-depth study of Revelation. “My initial fear turned into a feeling of being blessed,” Karen says. “However, as I researched current statistics to help influence the direction of this story, the realization of our sinful culture became my new fear. I have since consistently felt a sense of urgency to complete and publish this book, Pilgrims and Dwellers. I now carry a heaviness for the people that my book views as dwellers.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Karen Geisler is a retired telecommunications software specialist who lives in Florida with her husband. Born and raised in a Christian home, Karen says she always knew about Jesus, but she’d never fully grasped what He’d done for her. In her search for understanding, God allowed her to see His story through the eyes of a child, and the idea for her books was born. All three of Karen’s books—A Story Forgotten, The Plan, and Pilgrims and Dwellers—are available through Redemption Press.

Karen also brings her stories to life through presentations before private schools, special interest groups, and churches. It is her hope that through her books, readers will learn to cherish the Old Testament, come to fully appreciate what Jesus experienced on the cross for us, and as pilgrims, come to share her burden for the dwellers of this world.

For more information, visit http://www.karengeisler.net

For review copies and media interviews, contact: Author@KarenGeisler.net.

 

 

New release tells a story of hope, healing after abuse by scout leader

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Growing up in the home of an absent father and an emotionally abusive mother, Tom Stewart was an easy mark for a predator. Conditioned for compliance and desperate for affirmation from authority figures, Tom fell prey to a decade of sexual abuse by his Boy Scout leader in the 1970s. Unfortunately, his was not an isolated case.

The Boy Scouts of America have faced mounting abuse claims in the last several years, and by November 2020, over 92,700 claims of sexual abuse had been made by former Scouts.

Tom’s landmark lawsuit against the Boy Scouts in 2007 paved the way for others to come forward and set him on the road to forgiveness and healing. Rather than retreating into bitterness, Tom faced his past, proving that, even in the worst of circumstances, God can turn evil for good.

“The Lord has delivered me from the emotional damage of my afflictions and has redeemed them, using them for His good by equipping me to help free other victims who are still held captive by the chains of their past,” Tom says.

“The difficult circumstances I faced cultivated the compassion I needed to help others. I’ve learned how to understand the weary, the weak, and the faint because I’ve been one of them. I want to encourage those experiencing abuse not to allow the bitterness and the evil that it came from to consume them, but to overcome as victors instead of victims.”

In his new heartrending memoir from Redemption Press, Tom delivers a message of hope in the face of unthinkable hurt. On Wings like Eagles is a story of perseverance and the power of forgiveness, reminding us that by the grace of God, it is possible to rise above our brokenness.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A native of Western Washington, Thomas Gregory Stewart has enjoyed a thirty-five-year career as a chemical engineer at the Boeing Company, where his work focuses primarily on eliminating carcinogens from the workplace. But his true calling is to advocate for how trusting in God can sustain us through life’s trials. Drawing from his own hardships and healing, Tom’s life mission is to bring hope to the hopeless.

For review copies and media interviews, contact Tom Stewart: thomas.g.stewart@boeing.com

New book Models Moving Beyond Resilience to Steadfastness in the Face of Life’s Difficult Storms

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – The term ‘resilience’ commonly refers to accepting a new reality caused by adversity, and to harness mental, emotional, and psychological resources to recover from sources of stress.

After living and working through revolutions, military coups, civil wars and general third world day-to-day conditions, Dr Ross James believes that ‘steadfastness’ is a more accurate term to describe the people carrying out God’s purpose.

In his book, Ascent, Crest, Perspective – The Making of a Bamboo Camel, Ross documents his experiences while working as a health communication and cross-cultural training specialist during times of civil unrest in places like Seychelles, Philippines, Pakistan and Cambodia, sometimes while bombs exploded close by and safety was considered a luxury.

‘Steadfastness’ comes from the Greek noun hypomoné, meaning not to be swerved from a purpose.

In Ascent, Crest, Perspective – The Making of a Bamboo Camel, Ross shares a story that exemplifies steadfastness.

A 17 foot boat caught in a menacing storm, buffeted by blustery onshore gusts as onlookers rushed to pull it onto the beach. Crashing waves were flooding the hull. They decided to turn the bow of the boat into the waves and push the craft back out to sea.

Then, in the relative calm, Ross’s friend climbed onto the craft, securing it with two anchors and bailed out excess water. As the storm pounded the coast all day, the boat rose and lifted, twisted and strained against the anchor chains, but it was safe in the midst of the storm.

Ross says, “We are all called to a purpose and designed in such a way to accomplish that purpose. We can all safely claim we are uniquely designed for some situations that others are not, and remain steadfast with Providence as our anchor.”

That’s why Ross describes his collection of stories as The Making of a Bamboo Camel. Bamboo first attracted his attention in the Seychelles. Although simple and vulnerable in many ways, it is versatile. Parts of bamboo were fashioned into all sorts of handicrafts, hats, fabrics, fish traps, ashtrays, bags, mats, and chairs and other furniture. Poles were used as scaffolding on construction projects and worked into housing material for walls and floors.

Bamboo is stable in tough conditions, it can bend with great flexibility, and only break under severe forces. Unlike other plant life, bamboo requires little outside management or tending.

And the maligned camel is a bit ugly because it can’t make up its mind whether it’s a horse or giraffe. And can be cantankerous when provoked. Admire the animal, though, for its design and tolerance in tough environments. A study of a camel’s physiology reveals design features that protect it from harsh sun and blowing sand, and conserve body fluids to avoid water loss and dehydration.

Another fascinating fact. There are 99 names for God in Islam. According to Somalis, the camel ambles, head held high with noble dignity and a self-satisfied smirk on its face because only to the camel has God’s one hundredth name been revealed.

Versatility and steadfastness in tough environments made it possible for Ross and his family to venture into places others did not want to go. Sometimes those places were physical locations or situations; sometimes they were conceptual places, ideas and methods others were yet to recognize or understand. There were times of simply plodding through deserts of discouragement and frustration, yearning for oases of emotional refreshment, but always with confidence that Providence was at work.

The clear message from this book is that life is not about survival but about arrival. Not whether you get there but what you have become by the time you do.

Like the boat rising above stormy waters, we are each designed to fulfill a specific purpose and we are anchored in the promises of Providence, the Living God, as Abraham was, to keep us steadfast, with an unshakeable core, not swerving from our purpose.

In Ascent, Crest, PerspectiveRoss says, “Let go. Let God. Providence is working for our good in all things.”

The book is now available globally.

New Redemption Press book tackles freedom from addiction

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than twenty million Americans, ages twelve and older, suffered from a substance use disorder related to their use of alcohol or illicit drugs in 2018. Tens of thousands of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous groups meet every day worldwide.** Recovery from any substance is often sought but hard to achieve and maintain.

As Mark Twain once quipped about the difficulty of stopping cigarettes, “It’s easy. Done it thousands of times.”

After a traumatic experience with family member, Britni Boyce promised herself she would steer clear from illicit drugs. At age fourteen, however, she began smoking marijuana, which was the launching point of a ten-year drug addiction. Boyce advanced to stronger drugs and found herself in bondage to opiates and other substances before hitting rock bottom and deciding to stop. She wrote Recovery in Jesus’s Hands to encourage others struggling with addiction.

“My own testimony shows that true freedom from addiction is given through the grace of God; He is the provider of true freedom,” Boyce said. “I want readers to know they are worthy of a new life free from addiction and that God will take them to higher levels in life than they ever dreamed.”

Boyce has remained clean from drugs since she decided to give her life over to the Lord. With the help of Jesus, she reinvented herself—entered rehab, moved to a new state, and earned multiple degrees with honors. Recovery in Jesus’s Hands outlines the steps to living in freedom versus living in sobriety and uses the Bible as a blueprint.

“The most well-known recovery path teaches abstinence and sobriety and living consciously sober day by day, which is a miserable place to be,” Boyce said. “Freedom means we can live fully recovered, never thinking about resuming drugs and alcohol again.”

Recovery in Jesus’s Hands is directed to those in active addiction or recovery. 

* https://nsduhweb.rti.org/respweb/homepage.cfm

** https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/science-choice/201702/10-patterns-addictive-behavior

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Britni Boyce is a recovery advocate and works with multiple non-profits throughout Arkansas, sharing her expertise as well as her own personal story of addiction, recovery, and freedom. Passionate about recovery, she previously worked as a recovery coach before going back to graduate school, where she is now completing a master’s degree in social work from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from John Brown University.. Britni enjoys new experiences and keeping her life as one big adventure—eyes continually focused on the Lord.

For review copies and media interviews, contact:

Britni Boyce
Email: BritniBoyceRecovery@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/recoveryinjesushands
https://www.facebook.com/britni.nicole.988/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/recoveryinjesushands/

 

 

New release outlines why, how and how not to share the Gospel

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – “Evangelism is not walking the walk or talking the talk, but walking the walk and talking the talk,” says veteran evangelist Greg Piper. In his new release, Sharing the Good News (Redemption Press 2021), he provides a clear and compelling how-to for sharing the gospel.

Piper, founder and president of a Denver-based evangelism mission has been active in gospel ministry since his conversion to Christ in 1984.

“The message of the gospel can be summarized by the answers to three questions: Why do I have to be saved, what did God do to save me, and what must I do to be saved?” Piper says,

Written to motivate, encourage, and assist beginners as well as veterans in sharing the gospel, Sharing the Good News outlines what the Bible teaches about evangelism and evangelism principles lived out by Christ and used by his apostles. Out of his many years of ministry, Piper outlines effective ways and methods of evangelizing, and he includes personal stories of failures and successes, as well as how to refute common objections.

Ray Prigodich, retired missions professor at Denver Seminary and academic dean of Donetsk Christian University in Ukraine, says Piper writes “not merely as a theoretician, but as a seasoned practitioner. He carefully explains the nature of evangelism, the essence of the gospel, and the importance of being spiritually grounded when sharing the gospel.”

Author Bio

Greg Piper, a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Denver Seminary, has been active in gospel ministry since his conversion to Christ in 1984. He served as a missionary-evangelist for twelve years in Germany and three in Israel, and he has shared the gospel as an itinerant minister in India, Russia, Tanzania, Italy, and Greece. The founder and president of a Denver-based evangelism mission, he currently resides in Naperville, Illinois, with his wife, Ludmila.

For interviews, contact Greg Piper at pipergregmila@gmail.com

Veteran educator helps young students prepare for the future

FAITH NEWS SERVICEMaybe not the future in terms of schooling, but the future in terms of the eternal.

Cindy Driggers has worked joyfully in elementary school education for over thirty years. From brick-and-mortar school setting to Sunday school, she has been able to reach the hearts of young students and teach them about their faith.

A child’s faith is important, and while most might think that it’s the parent’s responsibility to teach their child about faith, the foundation can certainly be guided in Sunday school.

Sunday school is important to a child’s foundation of faith and grows with them whether they realize it or not. Perhaps you may remember Bible verses or Bible stories from when you were in Sunday school, or maybe kids’ songs are rushing to your mind after all these years. No doubt you remember your teachers talking about Jesus.

In her thirty years’ experience, Driggers recalls that “children often ask hard questions about sin and about Jesus.” And often, parents and teachers and educators share the gospel in an abstract way, limiting a child’s understanding of how they can really know Jesus.

The interactive, whimsical but realistic children’s book The Bracelet offers a meaningful connection between children and understanding matters of faith. Children follow the story of two girls, Sara and Grace, who have conversations about Grace’s bracelet and how the different colored beads mean something very special about the faith journey and knowing Jesus.

Children ages five to nine will learn the importance of Bible verses, such as Romans 3:23 and 6:23, 1 John 1:9, and Matthew 28:19–20, in a way that deepens their understanding of a seemingly difficult concept. Driggers breaks it down in the simplest way, by explaining what each colored bead of the bracelet means, and how children can share the gospel with their friends too.

“My desire to spread the gospel of Jesus in a child friendly way, and in a way that would help a child truly understand what sin is and why they need Jesus,” Driggers says.

For parents of young and elementary school children and educators in both school and faith settings, this book brings the gospel alive in a simple, engaging way. Children will also be able to make their own bracelet to wear and share with others.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

For over thirty years, author and teacher Cindy Driggers has worked with elementary-aged children, in the classroom, in Sunday school, and as a reading specialist. She understands how children think and what kind of questions they have about deeper topics, like Jesus and the gospel. Currently, she teaches fourth grade Sunday school and enjoys helping children learn and grow. She lives in Columbia, South Carolina, with her husband, Daryl. They have two grown sons. Her hobbies include reading, aerobics, and going on walks with her dogs.

For review copies and media interviews, contact cbdr@bellsouth.net.

Redemption Press author provides a beacon of hope and joy for those suffering with health, physical, emotional, and spiritual concerns

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Author, speaker, and health advocate Christine Trimpe knows the struggle with health all too well. A few years ago, she was obese, but then she lost a hundred pounds. And with what started as a way to process her emotions, difficulties, and struggles, Christine began to study the Gospel of Luke. What she found there changed her life forever! Through her blog posts, “Countdown to Christmas through the Book of Luke,” Christine realized she had hit a core need in people struggling to find joy in their circumstances.

The positive responses were overwhelming, and she felt God nudging her to take all she had written and publish a book. Seeking Joy through the Gospel of Luke is a twenty-five-day Christmas advent devotional beginning December 1, going through the twenty-four chapters of Luke’s gospel, plus an encouraging message from Trimpe on day twenty-five. Her hope is for readers to live in the joy of the Lord despite their circumstances—seek, and you will find. Seeking Joy through the Gospel of Luke releases October 2021, in time for the Advent season.

Now instead of feeling toxic all the time, Christine describes how her mood changed “from chronic exhaustion to complete joy!”

“Everywhere in every chapter of Luke, I kept running across the word ‘joy’ or forms of it—rejoice, joyful—even during the worst moments of Jesus’s life,” Christine says. “There are so many things to be thankful for, so many joy-filled moments, that I began to understand the joy of the Lord, and I couldn’t keep quiet about this life-changing gift!”

Her joy has proven to be contagious, and now Trimpe serves as a health and wellness coach through her ministry Joy-Fueled Living, helping others heal from obesity and chronic health issues of body, mind, and spirit. “I’m hoping to help anyone who is sick and tired of being sick and tired,” says Trimpe. “I can use my story and experience to show people a better way—a way that actually works, a way where people can feel hope again and experience pure joy!”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christine Trimpe is an author, speaker, joy seeker, and weight-loss warrior. After losing over a hundred pounds in her joy-filled journey of healing, God instilled a passion within her to inspire, motivate, and encourage women to pursue healthy, holy living— body, mind, and spirit. Christine speaks and writes for women all over the world, sharing the freedom Christ offers when we choose the path of surrender and sacrifice. Seeking Joy through the Gospel of Luke is Christine’s debut book, a twenty-five-day Christmas advent encouraging readers to live in the joy of the Lord despite their circumstances, realizing that joy can be sought after and found if they just look for it. Her transformation story and Bible and Beans blog can be found at ChristineTrimpe.com, and you can email her at Christine@christinetrimpe.com for speaking inquiries.

Contact email: Christine@christinetrimpe.com
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Advent through the eyes of hope

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – In our chaotic world, we need the reminder that hope is still alive. As we head into the winter season, we get to experience the beauty of Christmas. It’s more than tinsel and cookies and giving gifts. The beauty of Christmas is exploring the true gift of Christmas in Luke 1 and 2.

When we look back over the year at the tumult and triumphs we may have endured, it is powerful to remind ourselves that because of Jesus—as Isaiah prophesied, our “Immanuel”—our God is with us. This means that in the day to day and changing seasons, God is with us. In sadness and celebration, God is with us. And even in the breakups and restorations, God is ever with us.

Hope Has Come: An Advent Devotional is a family-style devotional to be read each day in December leading up to Christmas. Experience and explore the most incredible story ever told. The advent story. Jesus came, and He is our living hope.

With a heart for Jesus and for others to really know Him, author Jayne Patton says, “My prayer is that through writing, the messages God gives me will minister to those who may never hear me speak. Writing leaves a mark that speaking can’t. Perhaps someone will pick it up after I’m long gone, and the Lord will continue to use it to encourage them.” This beautiful and interactive devotional is relatable, enjoyable, and understandable—for families to enjoy each and every Christmas season.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jayne Patton is a veteran speaker of over twenty years in women’s ministry. She is the founder and managing director of Altered Ministries (a 501[c] 3), an author, and a popular speaker at women’s events around the country. While she loves to read in her spare time, she can always be bribed with Mexican food and never ever turns down a double-stuffed Oreo. Visit her at www.alteredministries.com.

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For review copies and media interviews, contact 3ms4me@gmail.com.

 

 

Debut novelist wins national contest for spiritual warfare teen book

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Jill K. Willis couldn’t find quality young adult fiction for her two teens that didn’t involve witches, vampires, or werewolves, so she accepted a friend’s challenge to write an alternative. She sold her public relations firm and devoted herself to writing her first novel.

“I wanted to give my kids a clean read,” Jill says. “Something with a touch of paranormal but biblically based. After all, God works supernatural miracles every day.”

Teens today are drawn to the supernatural, which made sense to Jill since it’s an imaginative escape from a mundane high school day. But instead of immersing readers in fantasy worlds, she wanted to offer engaging stories grounded in the true spiritual battles taking place around them.

In The Demons Among Us, siblings Joy and Daniel McLain cope with the constant pressure to excel. Joy is gunning for valedictorian. Daniel has his heart set on leading the JV soccer team to victory. They’re on course to rack up honors and trophies. Nothing can deter them.

But when a messenger angel visits them with a warning, they are forced to confront spiritual realities they didn’t know existed. Seemingly harmless teenage activities turn into a high-stakes battle for their lives and souls. Joy, Daniel, and their friends must learn the power of prayer, truth, and the One who lives within them to beat back their very real demons.

This fast-paced novel, winner of the American Christian Fiction Writers’ 2020 Genesis Contest in the young adult category, offers teen readers adventure and suspense, teaching them to stay alert for deception. Not everything is as it seems, and it takes courage to face the truth.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jill K. Willis is a former journalist and public relations specialist turned fiction author. She is a founding member of the Storyteller Squad, a blog for teens who love to read and write. As a mom of two grown children and as a senior-high Sunday school teacher, she knows the struggles teens encounter. She wants to point them to the love of God and the truth of His Word. Jill lives in northern Georgia with her husband and a one-eyed cat.

For review copies and media interviews, contact: jill@jillkwillis.com.

Connect with Jill at:
Website and blog — https://jillkwillis.com
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Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/jillkwillis.writer
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Abuse overcomer’s tell-all book aims to inspire other women caught in abuse

FAITH NEWS SERVICEDo you long for a functional family?

It took Jakki Civeriati 26 years to overcome the cycle of emotional abuse she had lived in all her life. Jakki grew up in a family with emotionally abusive behaviours such as rage, verbal abuse, name calling, jealousy, gas lighting, and destructive criticism. At nineteen, Jakki married her first husband, a relationship that spanned sixteen years, where she was subjected to behaviours of domestic violence and emotional abuse.

Desiring to do more than just retell her story, she chose to share the many lessons that God taught her over those 26 years in her book Goodbye for Now or Goodbye Forever – Footsteps to a functional family. He had placed the tools in her hands to overcome and she saw the need to place those same tools in the hands of other women, influencing the lives of those who were suffering as she had.

When Jakki chose to leave an emotionally abusive marriage she had no children at the time, making her story much less complicated than what it is like for thousands of other women. Not every woman can just leave an abusive relationship; not every woman has a place to go, an income to survive on, family support, or even community support—they are caring for their children and their only means of survival is to stay.

Jakki’s goal was to write a book to help women who are coping with people who display emotionally abusive behaviours. These relationships aren’t bound to romantic relationships, but the abuse could come from parents, in-laws, a sibling, a boss, a friend, or even a pastor. When you either can’t leave or you have made a choice not to leave, how to do you live in these relationships without having your life and heart disintegrate under the painful behaviours you face?

As Jakki pursued Christ and served Him in her local church, God began to reveal her true identity. The countless instances of emotional abuse had become the building blocks of her soul, cementing in her the fruit of that treatment: rejection, shame, worthlessness, and the belief that she was unlovable. Jakki says, “This meant that I attracted the type of people into my life with behaviours that were familiar to me, so the cycle of abuse just continued.”

The Lord taught her first about His love and value for her—her identity in Christ. She didn’t learn this in one Bible study, it was outworked into her life through each painful situation she faced as she returned to His Word time and time again. Over the years, He laid new building blocks, digging up the old lies and beliefs and laying down His truths.

In the midst of discovering her value, the Lord allowed her to face very hard situations where she had to have a voice and stand up for herself, remembering that He was her fortress and strong tower. She also learned how to set boundaries that strengthened and prepared her for what was to come. These tools and more are presented in her book Goodbye for Now or Goodbye Forever.

So often we leave an abusive relationship, only to find ourselves in another not long after. Why? Because we don’t take the time to understand why we attract those types of people into our lives. Jakki says, “I had to heal so I could attract healthy people into my life.” A cry from her heart was that the Lord would do whatever He needed to do within her that would enable her to attract a man from a healthy, functional family. She shares the importance of going back to our family of origin and unpacking the brokenness from our childhood, allowing the Lord to change us from the inside out so that we can attract healthy people into our lives.

Goodbye for Now or Goodbye Forever is a journey of courage and overcoming, facing the abuse in your life, and learning how to manage your response to those emotionally abusive behaviours. It is a story of embracing loss and grief, finding restoration in the romance of God, and a dream being realised—a functional, loving marriage and family.

If you or someone you know feels trapped within ongoing abusive behaviours, Goodbye for Now or Goodbye Forever will help you to commence that life changing discovery of managing your response to emotionally abusive behaviour and breaking free from the cycle of emotional abuse.

About the Author

Jakki Civeriati is a speaker, senior graphic designer, and a Country Music recording artist who lives in Sydney with her husband, Marco and their son. Jakki provides relationship coaching to help women who find themselves in the cycle of emotional abuse to overcome.
https://sheovercame.com.

New Redemption Press Book Names Eve as Revolutionary and encourages self-reflection

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – 2020 marks the centennial of the nineteenth Amendment, which granted US women the right to vote and was a huge step in gaining women’s equality. Today, women still fight for equal rights and use recognition of women’s achievements as one manner to continue to effect positive change.

The world’s first woman, Eve, is not frequently among recognized women noted for their remarkable achievements. Yet she is considered revolutionary by some.

Becoming Revolutionary, by Analisa Turnow and Jillian Marie, explores the life of Eve. Though she is most remembered for her sin, Eve persevered through the pain and shame of her mistake to experience God’s unconditional love and mercy, which left her praising God and becoming the mother of the future generation

“You can be revolutionary but still have problems and dysfunction,” said Turnow. “Becoming Revolutionary helps women to see that they can overcome their sin, blame, shame, and hiding, as Eve did, to live a life that glorifies God.”

“Nevertheless, she persisted” was the rallying cry for the 2018 National Women’s Month.** The cry is true of Eve. She persisted and became an overcomer despite her reputation. Eve didn’t stay in the darkness and isolation of her shame. Becoming Revolutionary states, “When Eve stepped out, she became revolutionary. She was not destroyed.”

Becoming Revolutionary provides opportunities for purposeful self-reflection to guide readers to step out of their darkness into Christ’s perfect love that covers sin and shame and casts out all fear.

“Revolutionary women, like Eve, are often not appreciated in their time,” Marie says. “Our book will help women who feel in bondage of their mistakes and shame to embrace the fact that we have a revolutionary Savior who enables us to live revolutionary lives.”

Becoming Revolutionary is written for women in all walks of life who want to leave a transformational legacy for the next generation. Cullison and Turnow hope the book will help women identify dysfunctional patterns in their own lives and persevere to live a life worthy of legacy.

*https://www.history.com/topics/womens-history/19th-amendment-1

**https://time.com/5175901/elizabeth-warren-nevertheless-she-persisted-meaning/

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Analisa Turnow is founder of Ellis Ministries, a nonprofit organization with the mission to love the broken, equip believers, and ignite passion in women. Through the ministry, she has spoken to and taught hundreds of women at conferences and retreats to help them find their identities in Christ. She also works as a high school transition specialist and is an organic farm specialist for the USDA.

Jillian Marie enjoys speaking engagements at women’s conferences through Ellis Ministries. She also writes Bible studies and focuses on living each day with purpose and looking at every opportunity with hope and love. She works as a physician assistant and also enjoys a career in education.

For review copies and media interviews, contact:
Analisa Turnow, Email: aturnow@gmail.com
Jillian Marie, Email: Jillian.cullison@gmail.com
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New Redemption Press book examines God’s grace

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – The COVID-19 pandemic has been a universal and omnipresent issue for more than a year, affecting the health, lifestyle, and many. Through mandated guidelines and sometimes personal sacrifices, we have been forced to consider others and look beyond ourselves.

Highlighting our common need for grace, Monsignor Terrence Sullivan said of the pandemic in his blog, “I have become more aware of how dependent we are on each other to do our part.”*

Recognizing humanity’s need to look beyond itself, in addition to the realized rewards of God’s grace in her own life, author Karen Pennington wrote An Anointed Mess: Discovering the Daily Adventure of Grace to encourage and inspire people to move toward more joyful and victorious living in Christ. “I’m grateful for all the life lessons God has taught me and that my journey has led me to lean into Him,” Pennington said.

“There’s something incredibly powerful about seeking out the Lord through Scripture in the midst of obstacles and challenges.” An Anointed Grace is fifteen years in the making—the eventual outcome of magazine articles Pennington published sharing her faith journey through a seemingly uncontrollable financial tailspin. Pennington received widespread feedback, convincing her that everyone’s unique stories, difficulties, and challenges are intimately connected and all in need of God’s grace.

Intended as an engaging and easy-to-read devotional or as a group study, Pennington hopes An Anointed Mess will inspire readers to manage life’s ups and downs with joy, faith, and integrity, whether dealing with daily chaos and frustrating inconvenience or major life hardships. Each stand-alone chapter of An Anointed Grace weaves together Pennington’s personal experiences with biblical parallels and common burdens of today—such as control, anxiety, forgiveness, and shame—along with questions for self-reflection.

“I want readers to discover that they can not only seek and receive God’s beautiful gift of grace but also become grace bearers,” she said. “And if we give Him our weakness and rely on His power, the Lord will transform our burdens to strengthen us and show us His glory.”

https://tvc.dsj.org/2020/08/02/this-pandemic-has-been-a-time-of-grace/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A devotional blogger committed to seeking the excellence, fun, and wisdom of God in daily living, Karen Pennington also has written and published Christian magazine articles. Her career has centered on education and Christian ministry, including local, regional, and national lay ministries; curriculum development; and conference and seminar planning. Karen now enjoys substitute teaching and serving at her church. She and her husband, Bill, live in Jamestown, New York, and consider church and Sunday family dinners—with granddaughter Amelia (the light of their lives), daughter Aletha, and son-in-law Baker—the highlight of each week. Second to being in the presence of those she loves, Karen’s happy places are the beach and in the middle of a good clearance sale.

For review copies and media interviews, contact: Karen Pennington
Email: karenmariepennington@gmail.com
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New Redemption Press rhyming picture book lets children know they are loved and can share love

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – April marks National Poetry Month, a celebration of poetry’s important place in our lives. For children, poems that rhyme can be easily memorized and still remembered into adulthood. According to The Memory Institute, “Rhyme, rhythm, repetition and melody can all act as an aid to forming memories. Our brains have an amazing auditory capacity.”

Author Shelly Morrow Whitenburg hopes the rhyming stanzas of her new book, You Are a Gift! will be recited and recalled as children grow older. The book is written in flowing rhythm as a poem for young children to let them know they are loved and that they can be a blessing by sharing love with others.

“Every time I see a child, I think to myself what a gift they are to this world!” Shelly says. “This book and sweet rhyme will plant the seed of that important truth so that children can carry that message with them as they grow older and as life becomes more confusing and challenging.”

Morrow Whitenburg has authored books for children as well as adults. She feels that God’s hand was in the inspiration of You Are a Gift! With the title continuing to come to her mind, she wrote the poem in just one day.

“I want so much for children to understand that the gift of God’s love is within them and meant to shine,” she says. “The book encourages children that they can participate in sharing His love and that love can catch on with a smile and a hug and by being kind, helpful, patient, and caring.”

The book’s message is complemented with brightly colored whimsical illustrations perfect to capture young children’s attention. You Are a Gift! is intended for new readers or to be read to young children, who will enjoy learning to recite the poem.

https://poets.org/national-poetry-month**http://www.thememoryinstitute.com/poems-acronyms-rhymes-and-acrostics

THE AUTHOR:

Shelly Morrow Whitenburg authors books for both children and adults. Always in awe of God’s unfailing love, Shelly loves to help others see that God’s love is genuine and infinitely immeasurable. A native Texan, Shelly is married to her college sweetheart, and they have two adult children. After a career in human resources, Shelly cherished her role as a stay-at-home mom and a self-proclaimed “Manager of Domestic Affairs.” She embraces life and its boundless blessings every day.

For review copies and media interviews, contact:
Shelly Morrow Whitenburg shellymorrowwhitenburg@gmail.com
Facebook: https://fb.me/shellymorrowwhitenburg
Instagram: @shellymorrowwhitenburg

 

New Redemption Press release offers fresh perspective on discipling others through your everyday actions

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – According to the Pew Research Center, at least a quarter of Americans say their faith grew during the pandemic*—and devotional writer Matt Simon believes there’s no better time than now to exercise that faith and be an authentic example of Christ to others.

More than ever we live in a world in constant conflict, and Christians are not exempt from the battleground. In fact we are as broken as the next person, our own tragedies, mistakes, and bad choices shaping us, leading us to rely on Christ even more. As believers walking out our faith daily, facing our own challenges, we travel a road with weary and even lost souls—but that route is a target-rich environment for those who would use Christ’s message to revive God’s mission of grace on earth.

Blogger Matt Simon believes there’s a track to healing, and it begins with believers choosing to encourage, uplift, and offer words and acts of kindness to those who cross their paths. In his debut devotional Catching Broken Fish, based on Matthew 4:18, the author inspires each of us to step out our comfort zones and to embrace being examples of God’s love. Using illustrations drawn from his own life as a farmer and school bus driver, Matt takes the reader on a humble trek of discernment and serving—products, he discovered, of his own failure and growth.

“I invite you to practice discipleship with me,” Matt says. “No matter where you are in your life journey, in the belief that by uniting together in a goal to catch broken fish, we can change the destiny of the world.”

Each devotional includes a deeper “Casting the Line” section and a heartfelt prayer for change. Matt calls on Christians everywhere to search for opportunities every day to disciple those they come into contact with.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Matt Simon and the love of his life, his wife, Jeana, own a farm in western Michigan and raise Angus beef. While farming, Matt often spends hours in isolation in the cab of a tractor, where inspiration often strikes and from where he pens most of his devotionals. He also drives a school bus and finds that children inspire him to show what God’s love and grace look like. He and Jeana have three children. In his spare time, Matt enjoys writing, fishing, hunting, and camping.

 

New Redemption Press release keeps readers on the edge of their seats

FAITH NEWS SERVICEJust as the world is seeing breakthroughs in COVID-19 vaccines and heading toward normalcy, new release Desperately Mobile enters the pandemic and takes readers on a wild ride in a 1970 GTO–fueled suspense featuring a new artificial intelligent internet that could change users’ lives—or destroy them.

Though Brennan Koenig hangs out with a big-time scientist whose intelligent search engine, BrainTrust, could revive the economy after COVID-19, he’d  rather chat with his ex-girlfriends and tweak his 1970 GTO convertible than do just about anything else. But when he finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time and is wounded during an attack on the scientist, Brennan and his GTO engage in a desperate race against the clock to take out BrainTrust’s servers before a mysterious group, the Ploughmen, can infiltrate them for their own purposes. Whether this group was also in the wrong place at the wrong time, or if they were firmly planted there, in book 1 of The Ploughmen Series, the stakes are high—and they only go up from there.

“When people are put in situations where they have to reach down into some gritty place for more, it can sometimes be disturbing what they find there,”  says the author, Chuck Knochel. “I often wonder if this lies at the heart of my own PTSD, because it flies in the face of how I want to see myself. The characters in Desperately Mobile face real dilemmas and find themselves making decisions they would have never considered in the previous twenty-four hours.” 

 

The e-book contains links to the author’s website, which features audio from the characters and three mysterious videos. 

 

Though not overtly Christian, the story takes place from a Christian worldview, with fallen characters trying to find their way in a new normal. The book touches on Black Lives Matter, tax revolts, and China’s role in technology. 

 

The story takes place in a day and is book 1 of The Ploughmen Series. 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  

 

Chuck Knochel has written articles for small midwestern publications and worked construction in six states, plus the Caribbean, Australia, and Africa. He currently works for a Fortune 250 company doing large-scale environmental cleanups. Chuck has had nearly three decades of counseling for intense dissociative trauma and has counseled others experiencing the same. He also extensively studies the mind and its innate ability to fracture when dealing with the blows of trauma. He’s married to Kimberley, and they split their time between their home in Asheville, North Carolina, and their home in West Lafayette, Indiana. When in Indiana, they enjoy their GTO (featured on the cover of this book at Purdue University’s airport); their pit-bull mix, Honey; and their dream of creating a quite space for trauma survivors to rest and heal.  

New Redemption Press release challenges today’s church to compare treatment of homosexuality sin to other “acceptable sins”

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – In the wake of a new Supreme Court ruling that protects the rights of gay and transgender workers, it would seem the divide between conservative Christians and the LGBTQ+ community is wider than ever.

According to a New York Times article, “Even as more Americans have embraced the cause of gay rights, sexuality remains one of the most divisive issues in Christian communities.”1 But according to Pew Research findings, America’s Christians have come a long way in their acceptance, attitude, and opinion of same-sex attraction.2 Since 2007, views about homosexuality among Christians have increased from 44 percent to 54 percent in 2014.3

But still, the average churchgoer struggles internally with what the Bible says about homosexuality and what to think about it. The only thing that tends to get Christians to rethink their views is if they have a loved one or someone they know come out as gay. They are torn between what Scripture says about homosexual sin and loving their neighbor as themselves.

But according to author William Huckaby, there are other “acceptable sins” Christians seemingly turn a blind eye to, including the sins of gluttony, divorce, remarriage, pride, and other forms of sexual immorality, like adultery. He argues that even though these are serious sins, Christians don’t get as upset with people who commit them as they do with those who commit homosexual sin. His message? “Until Christians come to grips  with the fact that they are treating people unfairly, we will never represent the heart of God accurately.”

Huckaby, a professed born-again believer, used to take a staunch view against homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Having campaigned in 2000 against the homosexual agenda regarding California’s Prop 22, the California Defense of Marriage Act, Huckaby now believes God is moving him away from a judgmental attitude and toward the way God sees the homosexual—as persons He created and loves with His whole heart.

“The balance between mercy toward this sin of homosexuality with the truth of Scripture has largely been lost to the twenty-first-century church,” Huckaby says.

In his new book The Acceptable Sin, Huckaby reveals his own struggle with the sin of gluttony, which he spells out as “the acceptable sin” in today’s American church. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer—some of the leading causes of preventable death.4 Gluttony is considered to be one of the seven deadly sins because, according to the Bible, it is a sin against one’s own body, much like smoking, drinking too much, and drug use (see 1 Corinthians 6:19–20).

“Few church members find this sin offensive,” Huckaby says. “Why? Because many of those within the church, both men and women, struggle with it and are therefore more tolerant of it.”

While the Bible may be clear that practicing homosexuality is a sin, how should that fact define a Christian’s approach to the people who are homosexual and the LGBTQ community? Huckaby wholeheartedly believes the church often makes every effort to resolve issues fairly, knowing their actions are often viewed by the world as representing the heart of God. But his concern is that the church is blowing it in this case.

“What the world often believes about God is based upon what they see in the actions of the church. My concern has to do with whether the church is representing God to the world in an accurate, biblical, and loving way on this issue. That’s why I wrote The Acceptable Sin. I want Christians to think, Are we having a positive impact on them? Are we building bridges or walls to the Kingdom of God?

1 https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/u-s-supreme-court-holds-that-title-vii-42239/

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/15/us/lgbtq-supreme-court-religious-freedom.html

https://www.pewforum.org/religious-landscape-study/christians/christian/views-about-homosexuality/

4 “Adult Obesity Facts,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accessed July 12, 2020, https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 
By day, William Huckaby works as a perfusionist, the person who runs the heart/lung machine during open heart surgery. In The Acceptable Sin, he sets out to explain God’s heart toward homosexual persons, who He created and loves with His whole heart. Knowing this message has largely been lost to the twenty-first-century church, William hopes to challenge the church to love them as Christ called us to. William and his wife, Cathleen, have been married for thirty-nine years and live in  northern California, and they have four adult sons.

For more information or for an interview, contact william@acceptablesin.com.

Connect with William at www.acceptablesin.com