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press on in hope

New book inspires Christians to press on in hope, despite the darkness surrounding us

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – To walk calmly through a world in chaos and cross confidently to the other side may sound a little like a Sci Fi movie plot. Many strident voices promise a pathway through the rising waters, but exactly where is that pathway leading?

In the midst of the above author Carol Goode carves a path of hope using Biblical Scriptures and personal illustrations drawn from her life’s experiences in her powerful new book, Press On In Hope.

Press On In Hope offers good news. It aims to encourage us to walk confidently with the One who has already successfully crossed, and now stands victorious, on the other side.

In God alone we find strength and direction as we align ourselves to His plan. Through the guidance of the Holy spirit and His written Word, a safe passage is guaranteed. However, it is a passage not without its challenges. Indeed, the rising waters may give cause for fear and uncertainty but, He promises to carry us through when our own strength is failing.

Carol’s Theological training, along with her counselling and life’s experiences, move like a thread through her own lessons in life, including both her failures and successes. These are shared with humor and honesty while deftly tied off with the challenge to both watch and wait until He returns, as the book of Matthew explains.

“The tension between being ‘religious’ and ‘ Spirit led’ challenges the reader to press into God’s promises and press on in hope, ensuring we are not deceived,” says Carol. “How easy to become distracted and ignore the still small voice. To walk and work for Him instead of with Him.

“Perhaps God is stirring your heart to get rid of fear and walk in faith? The very first step is to get out of the boat! The Lord of the storm bids us focus on Him and not the waves.”

Carol warns the reader of the creeping New World view bent on drip-feeding us with fear and fake. She exhorts us to be more than spectators.

“To fight the good fight in the arena of faith takes courage,” she says. “The clock cannot be turned back. We are now in fast forward. As the world gets darker, Christians must walk in the light as He is in the light-while yet that light still shines-is our greatest challenge. To recognize we are saved by grace and grace alone humbles and strengthens us in the face of opposition.

“Be encouraged. The good shepherd of our souls has already gone before. He knows the path. More importantly He knows us by name and promises that all who call upon His name will be guided safely to the other side to be with Him forever.”

The themes grace and hope in Carol’s aptly titled book Press On In Hope will both challenge and encourage the reader to settle for nothing less than God’s best. Press On In Hope, published by Ark House, is now available globally.

together for a purpose

Together for a Purpose: Love and Mission in Marriage and Ministry Will be Free to Download Tomorrow, November 30, 2022

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—November 29, 2022

Ross and Athena Holtz will capture Christian audiences with their newest book, Together for a Purpose: Love and Mission in Marriage and Ministry

Ross and Athena wrote Together for a Purpose to encourage couples in both marriage and ministry to be faithful in their relationships—even through the struggles—and to find God’s purpose for their everyday lives.

A unique true marriage story of two seasoned travelers who find each other and marry later in life is told from two viewpoints with openness and candor. This engaging and often humorous narrative written by a high-powered Christian woman publisher and a ready-for-retirement widowed pastor deals with Christian marriage, change and criticism, blended families, issues of compatibility, and meshing as a couple. More than just a love story, this growing-in-faith story touches on what we all long for—belonging, being loved for who we are, and finding a place of service to God and purpose in our everyday lives.

Ross and Athena Holt’s Together for a Purpose will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days from November 30 through December 4, 2022. Together for a Purpose is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

Janet McHenry – 5 stars
Encouragement for later-married couples!
Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2022
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“Together for a Purpose is a testament to God’s faithfulness in Ross and Athena Holtz’s third chapter of life. Vulnerably and honestly they together lay out their struggles and commitment to work all things together for God’s good purpose in their lives. I highly recommend it for new and seasoned couples who want to grow in their marriage relationship.”

Valerie – 5 stars
Like a heart-to-heart chat with close friends over coffee
Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2022
Verified Purchase

“Wow! It’s rare that I wake up looking forward to the next chapter in a non-fiction book but, with this one, I did. Reading it sometimes felt like marriage counseling, career mentoring, and Bible study. But most often, it felt like a heart-to-heart chat with close friends over coffee. By the end, I appreciated my husband more, identified areas of my past for which I need to accept more of the responsibility, and was inspired to get moving more intentionally on God’s plan for my life. One of the discussion questions asks, “Are you serving God, or are you an observer of others’ ministries? Are you content with how you serve Him? Is He?” Ouch! Like one of the authors, I am at a transitional life stage and had begun to take on a mindset of stepping out of the game to make room for others. Instead, I will step wholeheartedly into a different game, the one God intended for me from the start. Thanks to the authors for writing this personal, thought-provoking book!”

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Athena Holtz at 210-620-4900 or email at athena@redemption-press.com.

About the Authors

Dr. Geoffrey Ross Holtz was the founding and senior pastor of The Summit, Enumclaw, Washington. He holds a Masters of Religious Studies, a Doctor of Ministries, and a Doctor of Divinity degree from Columbia Evangelical Seminary, is ordained with the Evangelical Free Church of America, and is the author of Are You in the Game or in the Way? A Question for Pastors and Men’s Ministry Leaders.

Athena Dean Holtz is the founder and publisher of the hybrid Redemption Press in Enumclaw, Washington. Named Best Female Podcast Host of the year in 2021 by the national Spark Media for her All Things podcast, she is the author of Full Circle: Coming Home to the Faithfulness of God, and the founder of She Writes for Him writers’ online and in-person events and the Redeemed & Restored video broadcast/podcast.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. Yours is an unusual love story, one that survived unexpected early challenges. It sounded like you were blindsided. How did the two of you stay strong against so much coming at you?
  2. Athena, tell us about Ross’s late wife’s list for her replacement. Did you ever take that seriously? Did you ever think you would actually be with someone from her list?
  3. Ross, you say, “I’m perfect for her.” How do your personalities mesh? What makes you perfect for Athena? Is she perfect for you? What makes her perfect for you?
  4. Pastors hate to see people leave their churches. As a pastor, how did you deal with one-third of your congregation leaving after you married?
  5. Do you have any tips for dealing with the inevitable criticism that comes with being in public ministry?
  6. What’s the one habit that you practice together that you feel strengthens your bond? How does this habit enrich you as a couple and personally?
  7. As you tell your story, you talk a lot about purpose. How do you suggest couples go about finding God’s purpose in their lives together?
  8. You are very candid as you write about your lives. What is the one point you want most to get across by telling your stories?
  9. You’ve both had hard things happen in your lives. How do you reconcile God working all things together for good (as Romans 8:28 says) with your life experience.
together for a purpose

Amazon Best Seller Together for a Purpose: Love and Mission in Marriage and Ministry Launches to Rave Reviews!

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Friday, December 2, 2022

Ross and Athena Holtz will capture Christian audiences with their newest book, Together for a Purpose: Love and Mission in Marriage and Ministry

Ross and Athena wrote Together for a Purpose to encourage couples in both marriage and ministry to be faithful in their relationships—even through the struggles—and to find God’s purpose for their everyday lives.

A unique true marriage story of two seasoned travelers who find each other and marry later in life is told from two viewpoints with openness and candor. This engaging and often humorous narrative written by a high-powered Christian woman publisher and a ready-for-retirement widowed pastor offers Christian marriage help while navigating change and criticism, blended families, issues of compatibility, and meshing as a couple. More than just a love story, this growing-in-faith story touches on what we all long for—belonging, being loved for who we are, and finding a place of service to God and purpose in our everyday lives.

Ross and Athena Holt’s Together for a Purpose is free and available for download on Amazon through December 4, 2022. Together for a Purpose is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

Edward E. – 5 stars
A Wise Conversation
Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2022
Verified Purchase

“I found this book to be sort of like Lays Potato Chips. I couldn’t read just one chapter. I had to read the whole thing. It was like listening to the authors, Ross and Athena, converse. I didn’t want to miss out on any of the interaction or the wisdom they shared. Relationships take work and they’ve experienced what works and what doesn’t work. Good writing, excellent content, while being entertaining in their presentation. You won’t regret reading it.”

Faith and Farmhouse – 5 stars
Great resource for couples and small groups
Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2022
Verified Purchase

“In this sweet story of God’s redemption and care, Dr. Ross Holtz and his wife Athena tell the story of how they met and married, in their 60s! Despite many obstacles, they are making their marriage thrive by putting God first. This book would be a great resource for couples and small groups as there is discussion questions at the end of each chapter.”

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Athena Holtz at 210-620-4900 or email at athena@redemption-press.com.

About the Authors

Dr. Geoffrey Ross Holtz was the founding and senior pastor of The Summit, Enumclaw, Washington. He holds a Masters of Religious Studies, a Doctor of Ministries, and a Doctor of Divinity degree from Columbia Evangelical Seminary, is ordained with the Evangelical Free Church of America, and is the author of Are You in the Game or in the Way? A Question for Pastors and Men’s Ministry Leaders.

Athena Dean Holtz is the founder and publisher of the hybrid Redemption Press in Enumclaw, Washington. Named Best Female Podcast Host of the year in 2021 by the national Spark Media for her All Things podcast, she is the author of Full Circle: Coming Home to the Faithfulness of God, and the founder of She Writes for Him writers’ online and in-person events and the Redeemed & Restored video broadcast/podcast.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. Yours is an unusual love story, one that survived unexpected early challenges. It sounded like you were blindsided. How did the two of you stay strong against so much coming at you?
  2. Athena, tell us about Ross’s late wife’s list for her replacement. Did you ever take that seriously? Did you ever think you would actually be with someone from her list?
  3. Ross, you say, “I’m perfect for her.” How do your personalities mesh? What makes you perfect for Athena? Is she perfect for you? What makes her perfect for you?
  4. Pastors hate to see people leave their churches. As a pastor, how did you deal with one-third of your congregation leaving after you married?
  5. Do you have any tips for dealing with the inevitable criticism that comes with being in public ministry?
  6. What’s the one habit that you practice together that you feel strengthens your bond? How does this habit enrich you as a couple and personally?
  7. As you tell your story, you talk a lot about purpose. How do you suggest couples go about finding God’s purpose in their lives together?
  8. You are very candid as you write about your lives. What is the one point you want most to get across by telling your stories?
  9. You’ve both had hard things happen in your lives. How do you reconcile God working all things together for good (as Romans 8:28 says) with your life experience.
robert and erinna hinds

Inspiring Couple Chooses Faith Over Fate: Why They Chose to Marry in Prison and What Their Ongoing Fight for Justice Looks Like Now

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Marriage is a lifetime commitment. Especially when you marry someone doing a life sentence without parole.

Reverend Erinna McKissick Hinds, 37, and Robert T. Hinds, 38, officially tied the knot on Monday, November 21, 2022 in Kincheloe, MI in a brief intimate marriage ceremony with the support of both of their mothers, Pastor, and his wife. The couple shares a love for music, traveling and family. They also enjoy reading together, praying together, and engaging in lighthearted banter during an occasional competitive Scrabble game.

Over the years, their longtime friendship has grown into a heartwarming romance. As loving newlyweds, they are excited about creating new holiday traditions together and prayerfully expanding their family in the near future. But there is one major hurdle that they still have to overcome before they can fully enjoy a lifetime of marital bliss together…..Robert must first be released from prison.

After being wrongfully convicted of first-degree homicide at the age of 17, Robert has fought for over 21 years to prove his innocence, while adamantly maintaining that he had absolutely nothing to do with the crime that he is serving a life sentence for. More recently, Robert discovered a miscellaneous police file that was withheld from his attorney during his trial. Within the file were police reports and tip sheets that contained information that undermined, contradicted, or impeached the prosecution’s witness and theory of the case.

Mostly importantly, Robert discovered the existence of DNA evidence that could exonerate him, which was one hair follicle with the root-end attached that was never disclosed to his trial attorney or tested prior to his trial, as well as usable fingerprints and palmprints that didn’t belong to him and were also withheld from his trial attorney.

Once making the discovery, he immediately went to work trying to notify someone of this evidence so that it could be tested, and he could be exonerated, which led him to the Wayne County Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU). However, his hopes of being cleared by the CIU and home this year for Thanksgiving dinner with his new family, recently dissipated when he received a shocking update from his attorney that the Detroit Police Department was now unable to locate the evidence from his case and that without that evidence the CIU was unable to further assist him despite the clear Brady violations, police misconduct, and newly discovered evidence.

While the forecast for “happily ever after” seems dimmer now than ever, the couple still refuses to accept that Robert’s innocence will never be proven. Instead of postponing their wedding until he is released, they decided to move forward with exchanging vows a few days before Thanksgiving as a sign of their unwavering faith in God and one another, as well as to demonstrate their commitment to the hundreds of other supporters who have been following their journey for justice.

Erinna, a journalism and public relations graduate from Howard University, has worked diligently on Robert’s case since 2013, helping to create national awareness about the injustice he has suffered, as well as spotlighting the cases of a half of dozen others who have also been wrongfully convicted.

“We understand that this looks like a very bold (crazy) step to some people. But we also know that this is a God-ordained thing for us. He is leading us on this path and we are following.” Erinna, also known as “The Divorce Preacher” and author of “Leaving Egypt: From Trauma to Triumph”, says she is all too familiar with choosing God’s path for her life instead of seeking the approval of others. Having been in ministry for nearly 20 years, Erinna says that this isn’t the first time in her life that she has had her back up against the wall while following God’s call.

“When I started speaking about the casualties of divorce and abuse in the church, I definitely got some pushback. But you know what I did? I pushed back too. When God gives you an assignment, you can’t be more worried about what other people think than you are pleasing God.”

Now a certified domestic relations mediator in Michigan, Erinna has a growing Christian consulting company where she mediates divorces and coaches divorced and separated families into finding peaceful solutions for their “new normal”. She says that her efforts to create an honest platform for meaningful dialogue about divorce and abuse in faith-based communities is helping to save lives and heal marriages.

“I don’t believe in fate, but I do believe that faith moves mountains. When I obey God’s voice, He always causes me to triumph. It’s only a matter of time before this situation works out too. My husband is coming home.”

Robert, despite his precarious circumstances, has spent the majority of the past two decades maximizing every day he has spent inside to become a better person and overcome his own trauma and internal struggles. Having arrived at prison as a young 17-year-old black male with a third-grade reading level, the chances of his future success were slim to say the least. However, Robert began to defy fate again when he challenged himself to learn how to read by learning his first 300 words out of the dictionary and later again when earned his GED.

Dissatisfied with just having his GED, he went to college and earned certifications in Private Investigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Victim Advocacy through The Center for Legal Studies and Bay Community College, finishing his courses with a 3.8 GPA. He also took courses to become a Certified Paralegal through Blackstone Career Institute and a Certified Fitness Trainer through the International Sports Science Association. In addition to Robert’s impressive academic achievements and certifications, he has completed over 30 other personal and professional development programs while in prison.

“I have worked hard to become the best version of myself I can be and to put myself in the position to contribute positively to the community once I am released. It hasn’t been easy overcoming my past struggles, but I have always tried to learn from my mistakes and to take every opportunity to grow. Although I am limited in terms of opportunities inside, I continue to network, study hard, and create opportunities for myself because that’s just the kind of man I am.”

Robert says that he thought long and hard about getting married before asking Erinna to be his wife, especially having been away from the outside world for over 21 years.

“I definitely prayed about it. I know that some guys want to get out and play the field before settling down, but God showed me that she is the only one for me. I don’t need to look for what I already have. My wife is beautiful, brave, and smart. She means the world to me. I feel like I won the lottery!” 

Erinna says that she is very proud of her husband and the man he has become over the years. “He compliments me very well. It’s been amazing to watch him grow into the man he is today. He literally has all of the character traits that I prayed for and some I didn’t pray for, but God knew that I needed. I married my best friend. He’s definitely my person.” Erinna says that she is also extremely grateful for their small village of family, friends and church family who continue to offer them unwavering support on their journey.

When asked what is on the horizon for the two of them, Robert and Erinna said that they will continue to fight tirelessly for his freedom by working with his attorney, legal investigator, and anyone else willing to help fight his wrongful conviction.

“Once I am released, I know that it won’t be an easy journey readjusting, but all of the adversity and bumps in road have been worth it,” Robert says. “Erinna’s encouragement has given me an alternative way to use my energy and God-given grind. She helped me channel my ambition in a more productive way.”

The couple also says that they are focused on carving out quality time for juggling the unique dynamics of their new blended family.

“I’m really excited to be a bonus dad. I can’t wait to take my family to Disney World or Tanzania and just live. I’m ready to just live.”

To learn more about Robert’s innocence journey and to sign the petition for his release visit www.change.org/freeroberthinds.

#thedivorcepreacher

#freeroberthinds

More information
Contact: Erinna McKissick
EM Ministries
989.493.9171
getemministries@gmail.com

faith that walks on water

Best Seller Faith that Walks on Water: Conquering Emotional Bondage with the Armor of God available to download for free for one more day

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Sunday, November 27, 2022

Carolyn Dale Newell is proud to present her newest book, Faith that Walks on Water: Conquering Emotional Bondage with the Armor of God.

Carolyn wrote Faith that Walks on Water to help readers assess their thoughts that lead to emotional struggle and overcome those strongholds through faith.

Legally blind, Carolyn knows what it feels like to walk by faith, both physically and spiritually, and now strives to help other women do the same. This unique devotional on how to heal emotions, uses questions and prayer prompts to help the reader apply scripture in their current challenge, combat negative thinking, and begin walking by faith.

Carolyn Dale Newell’s Faith that Walks on Water is free and available for download on Amazon through November 27, 2022. Faith that Walks on Water comes with numerous rave reviews. Here’s what several of the reviewers have said:

Ford
5 stars
Thought Provoking
Reviewed in the United States on November 22, 2022

“The thing that sets this devotional apart from others is its depth. The author is transparent about her own struggles as she applies the truth of scripture to her life and to the reader’s as well. In Day 2, she writes, “Moments of sinking become moments for strenthening.” This seems to be a theme for the book as it pushes us to get out of our comfort zones, even if it means sinking.”

omagoose
5 stars
Faith
Reviewed in the United States on November 22, 2022

“The author clearly understands what it is to experience life’s challenges. She also has clearly learned to look for help beyond herself and to trust the One who is able to keep her head above the rising waters when she feels overwhelmed, defeated, and unable. She can depend on One who is able, who has answers and can help.her in every hard situation to overcome. She shares the truths she has mined from the Word that will help readers grasp that these approaches can help them in their struggles as well. She doesn’t downplay the difficulties, but she presents thoughtful questions for the reader to consider so they can find the victory in their own battles.”

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Carolyn Dale Newell at (540) 570-5507 or email amountainoffaith@gmail.com.

About the Author
Carolyn Dale Newell calls her blindness a gift from God. As a speaker and author, she enjoys sharing her stories of vulnerability and conquered fears at retreats and conferences, where she is accompanied by her beautiful black lab guide dog, Iva. Carolyn has earned a certificate in Biblical and Theological Foundations from the Tony Evans Training Center and is a contributing writer for iBelieve.com. Residing in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with her husband, Tim, she loves reading, eating pizza, and discovering new independence with Iva.

 

 

surviving holidays while grieving

Final day to download Surviving the Holidays While Grieving by Janet K. Johnson for free

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Saturday, November 26, 2022

Amazon Best Seller Surviving the Holidays While Grieving by Janet K. Johnson offers hope and a toolkit to survive the holidays.

Janet wrote Surviving the Holidays While Grieving for both those who have experienced grief and loss and those who know someone who has experienced loss to help them survive the holidays.

Having endured the significant amount of profound loss of love ones, she understands grief brings a multitude of emotions. Each day can be a battle to keep unpredictable emotions under control—especially around holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, which can bring losses into full focus. Even simple tasks, such as walking through a store during the holidays, can surface memories that turn on emotions like a light switch.

Janet comes alongside readers who are navigating through the daunting stages of grief. With tenderness and compassion, she offers hope through grief with practical ideas for managing emotions, hands-on activities for expressing feelings in tangible ways, and tips for communicating those feelings to others.

Janet K. Johnson’s Surviving the Holidays While Grieving will be free and available for download on Amazon through November 26, 2022. Grief: The Unwanted Journey is highly recommended. Here’s what a couple of the reviewers have said:

Virginia Knowles
5 stars
Simple, heartfelt, practical

“I read this little gem in a half hour and appreciated that it was so simple, heartfelt, and practical. Grieving people don’t need to be overwhelmed with complicated advice. I also appreciate the holiday focus, since that’s the season so many of us experience grief most keenly. Well done!”

R2hule
5 stars
Recommended for anyone experiencing deep loss

Chock full of tried and true ways to process grief and bereavement at holidays or any time of year. Decades of empathetic experience inform this trustworthy author. Advice covers all ages, including children. Recommended for anyone experiencing deep loss. This book also includes united Methodist based spiritual explanations.

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Janet K. Johnson at (828) 772-2349 or email joyfilledjan1@gmail.com.

About the Author Janet Johnson is a pastor, spiritual formation mentor, author, writer, and speaker whose passion is to draw others closer to God in all of life’s situations. She holds a BA, MSW, and MDiv, is an associate member of the Order of St. Luke healing ministry, and has completed the Academy of Spiritual Formation and the Pastors of Excellence Program. She frequently teaches on grief and joy and also writes regularly for a Christian magazine. She and her husband, Richard, live in North Carolina and have four grown children and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Faith that Walks on Water

Best Seller Faith that Walks on Water: Conquering Emotional Bondage with the Armor of God #1 New Release for 14 Straight Days

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Friday, November 25, 2022

Carolyn Dale Newell is proud to present her newest book, Faith that Walks on Water: Conquering Emotional Bondage with the Armor of God.

Carolyn wrote Faith that Walks on Water to help readers assess their thoughts that lead to emotional struggle and overcome those strongholds through faith.

Legally blind, Carolyn knows what it feels like to walk by faith, both physically and spiritually, and now strives to help other women do the same. This unique devotional on how to heal emotions, uses questions and prayer prompts to help the reader apply scripture in their current challenge, combat negative thinking, and begin walking by faith.

Carolyn Dale Newell’s Faith that Walks on Water is free and available for download on Amazon through November 27, 2022. Faith that Walks on Water comes with numerous rave reviews. Here’s what several of the reviewers have said:

Marti Woznicki
5 stars
Real life inspiration
Reviewed in the United States on November 16, 2022

“Written in an easily relatable way, the author shares her real-life journey that will encourage and inspire anyone going through trials, and who hasn’t! A great book to refer to time and time again, or to share with a friend.”

Christine Trimpe
5 stars
Encouragement in Times of Stormy Seas
Reviewed in the United States on November 18, 2022

“Author Carolyn Dale Newell shares from a place of authenticity and vulnerability. Every day you will be encouraged to ponder and practice meaningful spiritual application and experience the mighty hand of God as you step out by faith on the wavy seas of life.”

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Carolyn Dale Newell at (540) 570-5507 or email amountainoffaith@gmail.com.

About the Author
Carolyn Dale Newell calls her blindness a gift from God. As a speaker and author, she enjoys sharing her stories of vulnerability and conquered fears at retreats and conferences, where she is accompanied by her beautiful black lab guide dog, Iva. Carolyn has earned a certificate in Biblical and Theological Foundations from the Tony Evans Training Center and is a contributing writer for iBelieve.com. Residing in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with her husband, Tim, she loves reading, eating pizza, and discovering new independence with Iva.

 

 

god prints

Faith In God provides hope essential to overcoming disease and grief

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him” (Psalm 62:5).

It should come as no surprise that having hope can positively impact our overall well-being. After a twenty-year study** about hope and optimism, Martin Seligman, the founder of Positive Psychology,* concluded that having hope can reduce feelings of helplessness, boost happiness, reduce stress, and improve one’s quality of life. But where does hope come from?

For Christians, the answer is clear—Jesus Christ. All our earthly trials are easier to bear when weighed against the promise of an eternity with Him. In fact, they even serve a purpose.

For Jenny Leavitt, author of GodPrints, it was her hope through belief in Jesus that sustained her through stage 4 cancer, marriage troubles, her husband’s job loss, and homelessness. And then the unthinkable: a collision with a drunk driver took the life of her seventeen-year-old son and left her remaining son clinging to life with catastrophic injuries. She realized that she would not have survived, nor would she have been able to help others going through similar trials, had it not been for her hope in the Lord.

“It was during those bleak days of cancer treatments,” Leavitt states in her book, “that I noticed something about humanity. While I leaned on my faith for strength and peace, I looked around and saw people facing the very real possibility of death, just like me, lashing out at God in anger for allowing it to happen. Or they would wallow in self-pity, giving in to the despondent feelings of despair and hopelessness. Still others chose to lean on their own power, limited as it was. I realized that we humans don’t go through something like that very successfully without Jesus.”

For anyone beaten down by life hazards, feeling adrift among trials, or struggling with day-to-day challenges, Leavitt’s book offers encouragement.

“I want to help people who are struggling with their faith to find answers and hope like our family has. The common thread woven throughout our story is the hand of God—His GodPrints that are evident everywhere.”

If you find yourself feeling hopeless as you navigate our increasingly confusing world, Leavitt’s message of hope in God might just be the lifeline you need.

* https://positivepsychology.com/

** https://faithgiant.com/hope/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
As a pastor’s wife, Jenny Leavitt sees and is amazed by how far God will go to rescue broken, hurting people. She has witnessed God’s faithfulness through shattering loss and wants to encourage others to lean into Jesus in all of life’s ups and downs. While her son Jacob is already home in heaven, Caleb daily makes her proud as he strives to love Jesus and be the man God called him to be. Jenny and Myron, her best friend and husband of nearly thirty years, make their home in central Florida with a dog who thinks he’s a cat.

Available everywhere books are sold online

Purchase on Amazon today.

https://www.amazon.com/GodPrints-Finding-Evidence-Shattered-Pieces/dp/1646457951/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?crid=4FB0UOJMFEGO&keywords=god+prints+jenny+leavitt&qid=1669226691&sprefix=god+prints+jenny+leavitt%2Caps%2C161&sr=8-1-fkmr1

For interviews, contact jenny@jennyleavitt.com

Social media links
Website: jennyleavitt.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jenny.leavi.9
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenny-leavitt/

christmas traditions

Amazon Best Seller Christmas Traditions through the Lens of Scripture, available for free to download through November 27, 2022, and hard cover copy 50% off for a limited time!

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Friday, November 25, 2022

Just in time for the holidays, Marissa Barbee is proud to present the relaunch of her newest book, Christmas Traditions through the Lens of Scripture: A Book for Advent

Marissa wrote Christmas Traditions through the Lens of Scripture to help parents turn the hearts and minds of their children to Christ during the busy and distracting Christmas season.

As a young girl, Marissa was fascinated by the history of the candy cane and its symbolism. When she became a mother, she searched for a book that packaged similar stories about familiar traditions with a meaningful daily advent during the Christmas season. No such book existed, so she wrote it. Each day of December leading up to Christmas Day provides a scriptural tie-in for one common element of traditional Christmas celebrations. From Christmas trees, stars, and decorations to Santa Claus and his reindeer, Marissa helps parents teach their children to look for Jesus in the unexpected details.

Marissa Barbee’s Christmas Traditions through the Lens of Scripture is free and available for download on Amazon through November 27, 2022. Christmas Traditions through the Lens of Scripture is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

Marliss Robertson
5 stars
Beautiful Connections!
Reviewed in the United States

“Marissa’s book is to be cherished. Every symbol and tradition of Christmas can be treasured through the connections she’s made to scripture. Her daughter’s artwork helps make this book special for all time.

Thomas
5 stars
Insightful Devotionals + Colorful Pictures = Christmas Traditions through the Lens of Scripture
Reviewed in the United States

“This advent devotional carefully leads us through the various symbols, traditions, and ideas associated with the Christmas season. While many of them have pagan origins, Mrs. Barbee helps us understand how to celebrate Christ through them. Christmas is so ingrained in our culture, and our kids will be exposed to these sights, sounds, and practices, so Mrs. Barbee helps us direct their thoughts Heaven-ward.”

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release, please contact Marissa Barbee at 303-656-8117 or email makarios_kypseli@icloud.com.

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.

 

Surviving the Holidays While Grieving

Amazon Best Seller Surviving the Holidays While Grieving by Janet K. Johnson offers hope and a toolkit to survive the holidays

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Thursday, November 24, 2022

Janet Johnson is eager to present the re-launch of her book Surviving the Holidays While Grieving.

Janet wrote Surviving the Holidays While Grieving for both those who have experienced grief and loss and those who know someone who has experienced loss to help them survive the holidays.

Having endured the significant amount of profound loss of love ones, she understands grief brings a multitude of emotions. Each day can be a battle to keep unpredictable emotions under control—especially around holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, which can bring losses into full focus. Even simple tasks, such as walking through a store during the holidays, can surface memories that turn on emotions like a light switch.

Janet comes alongside readers who have lost a loved one or are journeying with someone offering hope through grief. With tenderness and compassion, she offers ideas for managing emotions, hands-on activities for expressing feelings in tangible ways, and tips for communicating those feelings to others.

Janet K. Johnson’s Surviving the Holidays While Grieving will be free and available for download on Amazon through November 26, 2022. Grief: The Unwanted Journey is highly recommended. Here’s what a couple of the reviewers have said:

Virginia Knowles
5 stars
Simple, heartfelt, practical

“I read this little gem in a half hour and appreciated that it was so simple, heartfelt, and practical. Grieving people don’t need to be overwhelmed with complicated advice. I also appreciate the holiday focus, since that’s the season so many of us experience grief most keenly. Well done!”

R2hule
5 stars
Recommended for anyone experiencing deep loss

“Chock full of tried and true ways to process grief and bereavement at holidays or any time of year. Decades of empathetic experience inform this trustworthy author. Advice covers all ages, including children. Recommended for anyone experiencing deep loss. This book also includes united Methodist based spiritual explanations.”

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Janet K. Johnson at (828) 772-2349 or email joyfilledjan1@gmail.com.

About the Author Janet Johnson is a pastor, spiritual formation mentor, author, writer, and speaker whose passion is to draw others closer to God in all of life’s situations. She holds a BA, MSW, and MDiv, is an associate member of the Order of St. Luke healing ministry, and has completed the Academy of Spiritual Formation and the Pastors of Excellence Program. She frequently teaches on grief and joy and also writes regularly for a Christian magazine. She and her husband, Richard, live in North Carolina and have four grown children and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

Christmas Traditions through the Lens of Scripture

Christmas Traditions through the Lens of Scripture, Will be Free to Download Tomorrow November 23, 2022

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Just in time for the holidays, Marissa Barbee is proud to present the relaunch of her newest book, Christmas Traditions through the Lens of Scripture: A Book for Advent

Marissa wrote Christmas Traditions through the Lens of Scripture to help parents turn the hearts and minds of their children to Christ during the busy and distracting Christmas season.

As a young girl, Marissa was fascinated by the history of the candy cane and its symbolism. When she became a mother, she searched for a book that packaged similar stories about familiar traditions with a meaningful daily advent during the Christmas season. No such book existed, so she wrote it. Each day of December leading up to Christmas Day provides a scriptural tie-in for one common element of traditional Christmas celebrations. From Christmas trees, stars, and decorations to Santa Claus and his reindeer, Marissa helps parents teach their children to look for Jesus in the unexpected details.

Marissa Barbee’s Christmas Traditions through the Lens of Scripture will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days from November 23 through November 27, 2022 Christmas Traditions through the Lens of Scripture is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

Kate Lovins
5 stars
This is wonderful!
Reviewed in the United States on November 16, 2022

“I have saved this to my kindle library and will be giving it as a stocking stuffer to my kids with kids. I cannot wait to share these devotions in concert with our Advent traditions! In a world full of Santa and Consumerism, it’s really refreshing to have focus brought back to the Word, God, Christ, and Faith. Our kids are bombarded by messages and media, this book is a wholesome answer to the things we wish they didn’t see.”

Susan Thayer
5 stars
Christmas Traditions
Reviewed in the United States on October 16, 2022

“This book is beautifully written and illustrated. I love that it is was a passion and heart felt vision of a mother and her eldest daughter, using both their God given talents which they wanted to share this with others. It is a book that explains the origin and Christian meaning behind many Christmas traditions, in a very easy to way to understand. It is a wonderful book for the whole family to enjoy together no matter what age. I look forward to making it one of our Christmas traditions.”

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release, please contact Marissa Barbee at 303-656-8117 or email makarios_kypseli@icloud.com.

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.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. There are hundreds of advent devotionals out there. What makes yours different?
  2. What do you say to people who criticize your use of the pagan elements of our traditional Christmas celebration in your book?
  3. How difficult was it to find spiritual lessons in those secularized and often pagan practices . . . and find Scripture to go along with them?
  4. I like the way you turned secular celebration on its head to show us the Savior. Have you considered writing more like this—maybe for Easter?
  5. Your daughter’s illustrations are beautiful. What was it like, working with her to create this book together?
  6. I love that you’ve included smaller versions of the illustrations at the back of the book for crafting. How do you envision they be used?
  7. How does being a homeschooling mom tie in to the creation of this book? How did you find time around all those duties to write it?
  8. What is your favorite Christian tradition surrounding the Christmas season, and what ways do you weave this tradition into your family?
Faith that Walks on Water

Faith That Walks on Water: Conquering Emotional Bondage With the Armor of God Will be Free to Download Tomorrow, November 23, 2022

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Carolyn Dale Newell is proud to present her newest book, Faith that Walks on Water: Conquering Emotional Bondage with the Armor of God.

Carolyn wrote Faith that Walks on Water to help readers assess their thoughts that lead to emotional struggle and overcome those strongholds through faith.

Legally blind, Carolyn knows what it feels like to walk by faith, both physically and spiritually, and now strives to help other women do the same. This devotional workbook uses questions and prayer prompts to help the reader apply scripture in their current challenge, combat negative thinking, and begin walking by faith.

Carolyn Dale Newell’s Faith that Walks on Water will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days from November 23 through November 27, 2022. Faith that Walks on Water is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

Pamela Filomeno
5 stars
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!
Reviewed in the United States on November 15, 2022

“Part devotional, part Bible Study, part journal. Full of encouragement and learning how to fight discouragement and the attacks of the enemy using the Word and the armor of God! Carolyn Dale Newell draws from her own experience as she has had to rely on God to step out of the boat and learn to walk on water, looking to God as her source of strength. She encourages the reader to take His hand in their own life in order to overcome the lies, tricks, and schemes of the enemy. Grab a copy for yourself and another one to share!!”

Andre Lende
5 stars
A faith inspired journey
Reviewed in the United States on November 9, 2022

“This book feeds God’s Truths into our hearts and minds. It is so easy to let the world overcome us, but the Word tells us differently. The author does an amazing job at replacing fear with faith based Scripture so we can undo what the enemy tries to do. As I dove i to this book, I could see how powerful God’s Word and Truths are and how we can hold onto them during times of trial and testing. I recommend this book to anyone who struggles with fear, anxiety, or depression. I also recommend it to every person who wants to come up higher in their walk with Jesus.”

For More Information: Example: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Carolyn Dale Newell at (540) 570-5507 or email amountainoffaith@gmail.com.

About the Author

Carolyn Dale Newell calls her blindness a gift from God. As a speaker and author, she enjoys sharing her stories of vulnerability and conquered fears at retreats and conferences, where she is accompanied by her beautiful black lab guide dog, Iva. Carolyn has earned a certificate in Biblical and Theological Foundations from the Tony Evans Training Center and is a contributing writer for iBelieve.com. Residing in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with her husband, Tim, she loves reading, eating pizza, and discovering new independence with Iva.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. In what ways has your blindness helped you grow in your walk with Jesus?
  2. Experts have written thousands of books about emotions. What inspired you to write this one and how is it different from all the others?
  3. What is emotional bondage? How would someone know if they need a book like yours?
  4. How did you decide which emotions to cover in this book? Were you inspired by your own emotional experiences, or those that others had relayed to you?
  5. Did writing the book offer an outlet or personal therapy for you?
  6. You write candidly of your experiences as a visually impaired woman. Is this book aimed at the visual impairment community? Who would benefit from this book?
  7. For anyone who is feeling defeated by the enemy, whether it be through health struggles, or another form of spiritual attack, what is your primary piece of advice for them?
Surviving Holidays While Grieving

Surviving the Holidays While Grieving by Janet K. Johnson, Will be Free to Download Tomorrow, November 22, 2022

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Monday, November 21, 2022

Janet Johnson is eager to present the re-launch of her book Surviving the Holidays While Grieving.

Janet wrote Surviving the Holidays While Grieving for both those who have experienced grief and loss and those who know someone who has experienced loss to help them survive the holidays.

Having endured the significant amount of profound loss of love ones, she understands grief brings a multitude of emotions. Each day can be a battle to keep unpredictable emotions under control—especially around holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, which can bring losses into full focus. Even simple tasks, such as walking through a store during the holidays, can surface memories that turn on emotions like a light switch.

Janet comes alongside readers who have lost a loved one or are journeying with someone dealing with grief. With tenderness and compassion, she offers ideas for managing emotions, hands-on activities for expressing feelings in tangible ways, and tips for communicating those feelings to others.

Janet K. Johnson’s Surviving the Holidays While Grieving will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days from November 22 through November 26, 2022. Grief: The Unwanted Journey is highly recommended. Here’s what a couple of the reviewers have said:

Rebecca White
5 stars
Easy to read, yet full of wisdom
Reviewed in the United States

“This book is a simple to read book but that is so necessary for those in a state of grief. The ideas to help connect with your loved one as you go through a holiday season without them area simple to do, written with good instructions, and provide an impactful statement. This is especially a great book for families with children that have list someone close and need things to show that the loved one is still a part of the child’s life.”

Katharine
5 stars
Comfort during special times

“Janet K. Johnson’s book was written from her path through grieving for the loss of a brother, son, and parents. She provides an approach for healing even though “…not completely, but enough to live with joy again, experience new journeys, and find a new normal” in one’s life. I recommend this book if you know anyone who is on the journey of grieving. Ms. Johnson provides helpful advice to remember and celebrate a loved one during special holidays and ideas to create more memories. Although the title suggests a focus on the holidays, the gentle faith-based advice provides helpful ideas to honor your loved one and navigate the journey of grief throughout the year.”

For More Information
For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Janet K. Johnson at (828) 772-2349 or email joyfilledjan1@gmail.com.

About the Author
Janet Johnson is a pastor, spiritual formation mentor, author, writer, and speaker whose passion is to draw others closer to God in all of life’s situations. She holds a BA, MSW, and MDiv, is an associate member of the Order of St. Luke healing ministry, and has completed the Academy of Spiritual Formation and the Pastors of Excellence Program. She frequently teaches on grief and joy and also writes regularly for a Christian magazine. She and her husband, Richard, live in North Carolina and have four grown children and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

ann griffiths

Amazon Best Seller, Reignite Your Leadership Heart: Inspiring Women to Unleash Their Full Potential debuts to rave reviews!

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Sunday, November 20, 2022

Ann Griffiths newest book, Reignite Your Leadership Heart: Inspiring Women to Unleash Their Full Potential is available on Amazon for .99 through November 24, 2022, as well as in print anywhere books are sold.

Ann wrote Reignite Your Leadership Heart to inspire women in leadership to unleash their full potential.

Griffiths shares her story of how a woman with an effective ministry, thriving business, and the respect of her community, detoured into a wilderness journey and a secret that threatened to cost her everything. When she experienced deep loss and allowed God’s calling to take a backseat to her business ambitions, she found herself in a dark place that she could only navigate through God’s grace. Griffiths now encourages others who might be in need of that same hope and grace.

A passionate mentor to women who are called to positions of leadership, Ann Griffiths inspires readers to boldly step into their leadership calling. Readers of Reignite Your Leadership Heart will find hope in their own situations, discover what it is to be an effective leader, and learn practical skills to help them grow.

Ann Griffiths’s Reignite Your Leadership Heart is available for download for .99 on Amazon through November 24, 2022. Reignite Your Leadership Heart is currently rated 5 stars. Here’s what a couple of the reviewers had to say:

Delaney Brown
5 stars
WOW! Run, don’t walk to get your copy! Seriously!
Reviewed in the United States on November 18, 2022

“With authenticity and a rare rawness, the author takes the reader on a journey through her most formidable years to her latter years and every season in between. She’s real about her struggles and her mistakes and about her God who never left her, and used her most barren wilderness seasons to strengthen, equip and grow her a leader of leaders of leaders. Her book is one that should be on the resource list for both ministries and those who have any level of influence no matter how small or big.”

Todd Ellis
5 stars
Perseverance Wins the Race
Reviewed in the United States on November 18, 2022

“Ann Griffiths let me into her world of victories and struggles. Going through my own challenges, I could relate to who she was, as a person and how to overcome challenging situations. Hope is real! Most importantly I felt like her strength uplifted me while deepening my faith walk with God. It was a very timely read and she took me along her journey, with a heart to heart view. This only comes from true leadership when someone believes deeply in Christ and His victory on the cross. I felt like I crossed the finish line and it inspired me to serve while being a leader in my calling. Thank you, Ann!”

For More Information: Example: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Ann Griffiths at (604) 808-7734 or email ann@anngriffiths.com.

About the Author
Ann Griffiths has strong leadership insight and a passion to impact future generations. Her Bible school, business, and coaching credentials complement her extensive experience as a coach/mentor, entrepreneur, corporate executive, and ministry leader. She has launched programs for women in leadership, and is author of A Mentor’s Fingerprint: Leave a Mark. Make a Difference and Grandma’s Fingerprint: Love a Child. Change a Life. An accomplished drummer, Ann also enjoys reading and organizing anything. She currently serves as ministry director at her church in beautiful British Columbia, Canada where she and her husband live. They have two children, four adult grandchildren, and in-loves who’ve been added to the family along the way.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. What makes your book unique among others about leadership for women?
  2. In your book, you reveal details of choices you made years ago that have had a deep impact. Why did you decide to open up about your life in such a personal way?
  3. Why do you think some women are hesitant to accept positions of leadership?
  4. For readers who aren’t in a leadership position, what insights will your book give them?
  5. You’ve done so many interesting things in your life. What do you feel is your greatest achievement?
  6. What is your response to the claim that women in leadership is not biblical?
  7. What qualities do you feel make women particularly effective as leaders?
reignite your leadership heart

Amazon Best Seller, Reignite Your Leadership Heart: Inspiring Women to Unleash Their Full Potential is Free to Download Through November 19, 2022

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Friday, November 18, 2022

Ann Griffiths is proud to present her newest book, Reignite Your Leadership Heart: Inspiring Women to Unleash Their Full Potential

Ann wrote Reignite Your Leadership Heart to inspire women in leadership to unleash their full potential.

Griffiths shares her story of how a woman with an effective ministry, thriving business, and the respect of her community, detoured into a wilderness journey and a secret that threatened to cost her everything. When she experienced deep loss and allowed God’s calling to take a backseat to her business ambitions, she found herself in a dark place that she could only navigate through God’s grace. Griffiths now encourages others who might be in need of that same hope and grace.

A passionate mentor to women who are called to positions of leadership, Ann Griffiths inspires readers to boldly step into their leadership calling. Readers of Reignite Your Leadership Heart will find hope in their own situations, discover what it is to be an effective leader, and learn practical skills to help them grow.

Ann Griffiths’s Reignite Your Leadership Heart is free and available for download on Amazon through November 19, 2022. Reignite Your Leadership Heart is currently rated 5 stars. Here’s what a couple of the reviewers had to say:

Jenn Dafoe-Turner
5 stars
Empowering
Reviewed in Canada on November 11, 2022

“Thanks for a great read. I am inspired by Ann’s leadership journey. I am encouraged to know I am not alone on the journey. Leadership is not for the faint of heart but sometimes our hearts grow faint. Through the pages I was challenged, I was encouraged and I was equipped to keep going when times are tough.”

Kathleen K Burnett
5 stars
Reignite your torch to light the way
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2022

“Thanks for a great read. I am inspired by Ann’s leadership journey. I am encouraged to know I am not alone on the journey. Leadership is not for the faint of heart but sometimes our hearts grow faint. Through the pages I was challenged, I was encouraged and I was equipped to keep going when times are tough.”

For More Information: Example: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Ann Griffiths at (604) 808-7734 or email ann@anngriffiths.com.

About the Author
Ann Griffiths has strong leadership insight and a passion to impact future generations. Her Bible school, business, and coaching credentials complement her extensive experience as a coach/mentor, entrepreneur, corporate executive, and ministry leader. She has launched programs for women in leadership, and is author of A Mentor’s Fingerprint: Leave a Mark. Make a Difference and Grandma’s Fingerprint: Love a Child. Change a Life. An accomplished drummer, Ann also enjoys reading and organizing anything. She currently serves as ministry director at her church in beautiful British Columbia, Canada where she and her husband live. They have two children, four adult grandchildren, and in-loves who’ve been added to the family along the way.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. What makes your book unique among others about leadership for women?
  2. In your book, you reveal details of choices you made years ago that have had a deep impact. Why did you decide to open up about your life in such a personal way?
  3. Why do you think some women are hesitant to accept positions of leadership?
  4. For readers who aren’t in a leadership position, what insights will your book give them?
  5. You’ve done so many interesting things in your life. What do you feel is your greatest achievement?
  6. What is your response to the claim that women in leadership is not biblical?
  7. What qualities do you feel make women particularly effective as leaders?
reignite your leadership heart

Reignite Your Leadership Heart: Inspiring Women to Unleash Their Full Potential is Free to Download November 15 through November 19, 2022

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Ann Griffiths is proud to present her newest book, Reignite Your Leadership Heart: Inspiring Women to Unleash Their Full Potential

Ann wrote Reignite Your Leadership Heart to support and encourage women who feel called as leaders.

Griffiths shares her story of how a woman with an effective ministry, thriving business, and the respect of her community, detoured into a wilderness journey and a secret that threatened to cost her everything. When she experienced deep loss and allowed God’s calling to take a backseat to her business ambitions, she found herself in a dark place that she could only navigate through God’s grace. Griffiths now encourages others who might be in need of that same hope and grace.

A passionate mentor to women who are called to positions of leadership, Ann Griffiths inspires readers to boldly step into their leadership calling. Readers of Reignite Your Leadership Heart will find hope in their own situations, discover what it is to be an effective leader, and learn practical skills to help them grow.

Ann Griffiths’s Reignite Your Leadership Heart is free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days from November 15 – November 19, 2022. Reignite Your Leadership Heart is currently rated 5 stars. Here’s what one of the reviewers had to say:

Amazon Customer
5 stars
Not Your Average Leadership Book
Reviewed in Canada on November 11, 2022
Verified Purchase

This book is not your run-of-the-mill “how to” for leadership. It’s part autobiography and part leadership principles, using actual life experiences that show the true up and down trajectory toward authentic leadership. It makes the connection between real life events and how they can propel you to be an influencer, no matter your life situation. Well written and engaging, a great read if you’re looking for a distinctive and candid read about genuine leadership.

For More Information: Example: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Ann Griffiths at (604) 808-7734 or email ann@anngriffiths.com.

About the Author
Ann Griffiths has strong leadership insight and a passion to impact future generations. Her Bible school, business, and coaching credentials complement her extensive experience as a coach/mentor, entrepreneur, corporate executive, and ministry leader. She has launched programs for women in leadership, and is author of A Mentor’s Fingerprint: Leave a Mark. Make a Difference and Grandma’s Fingerprint: Love a Child. Change a Life. An accomplished drummer, Ann also enjoys reading and organizing anything. She currently serves as ministry director at her church in beautiful British Columbia, Canada where she and her husband live. They have two children, four adult grandchildren, and in-loves who’ve been added to the family along the way.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. What makes your book unique among others about leadership for women?
  2. In your book, you reveal details of choices you made years ago that have had a deep impact. Why did you decide to open up about your life in such a personal way?
  3. Why do you think some women are hesitant to accept positions of leadership?
  4. For readers who aren’t in a leadership position, what insights will your book give them?
  5. You’ve done so many interesting things in your life. What do you feel is your greatest achievement?
  6. What is your response to the claim that women in leadership is not biblical?
  7. What qualities do you feel make women particularly effective as leaders?
phil oday

Avant Ministries Announces New President

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Kansas City, MO – After several months of prayerful searching, the Board of Directors for Avant Ministries announced the appointment of Phil O’Day as the organization’s next President, effective January 1, 2023. Phil will take office after Scott Holbrook’s retirement at the end of the year. “I couldn’t be more pleased with the results of the process. I am excited to move into retirement knowing that the mission leadership is in good hands,” said Holbrook.

Phil is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Columbia International University Seminary and School of Missions. He and his wife, Lori, have a long history with the organization. This summer, they celebrated the milestone of 30 years of service with the mission, having joined CAM International (which later became Camino Global) in 1992. They served as church planters in Mexico City before being called to the Dallas home office in 2002. During his time there, Phil served in multiple roles including Director of Mobilization, Director of Organizational Development and Communication, and Executive Vice President/COO. When Camino merged with Avant in 2019, Phil was the Integration Director, facilitating the logistics of uniting both organizations. Since then, he has served as Avant’s US Director and Vice President of Public Ministries.

Board Chairman Todd Gladman commented, “We look forward to the integrity of heart and skillfulness of hands (Psalm 78:72) that characterizes Phil, as he serves with others in planting developing churches where there is no church.”

About Avant Ministries
Avant Ministries is an interdenominational, multinational missionary sending organization that has focused on planting and developing churches in the unreached areas of the world since the 1890’s.

For more information visit avantministries.org/president

beyond these eyes

Blind surfer Derek Rabelo’s book will encourage you to lift your faith

FAITH NEWS SERVICE‘If I can do all this and I’m blind, what can you achieve?’

This is a famous quote from Derek Rabelo, a Brazilian blind surfer whose total life is in God’s hands. He is a young man with great courage, inspiration and motivation, and as he releases his new book, I sat down with him to discuss life and faith.

Derek was born blind with congenital glaucoma. After three unsuccessful operations he grew up resigned to living his life to the utmost for his Lord.

His heartbroken parents prayed all the time for their little boy. Derek’s father, Ernesto remembered one time when Derek, as a baby was sleeping in a cot in his parent’s room. Derek would wake at about 5am stand up and cry out for his parents. One day he stood up and was facing the wall crying. It broke his father’s heart, as it was the realization that his son was blind. Ernesto was relating the story to me and said he couldn’t go on with this as he was crying so much from the remembrance of his little blind boy. The emotion was just too great.

His father was a surfer and so decided nothing would stop his beloved son from learning to surf as this was something he could teach him. His mother was a prayer warrior. Derek’s life was filled with so much love and care from his parents and extended family, and this provided the hope he had for his future.

 

Derek Rabelo surfing the notorious big wave break, Nazare, in Portugal.

 

When he first started to learn to surf as a teenager he encountered great difficulty with some huge and ferocious waves. Because of this trauma Derek nearly abandoned his desire to surf. But what would have become of him and the destiny that was placed within by Almighty God?  Derek states, “This is how my surfing career began. Not a good start, but it made me think about what was in my heart; what actually motivated me and made me determined to change my thinking and continue on. It wasn’t an easy decision and I had to turn around and think about the cost, which I hadn’t really thought about before. When you are faced with some sort of trauma, it helps you to stop and think about what you really want in life; what you are called to do. What will ultimately satisfy you and what your future is meant to become.”

Derek has been formidable in his quest for greatness. He knew what he was called to do. But there was one time when he had to make a decision about his life – whether to pursue a profession or turn his life over to his heart’s desire – surfing. That was a huge undertaking for a young man. But, of course, his heart won over. This was God’s destiny for him.

 

However, life hasn’t always been easy for him. His school years were extremely difficult. He had to contend with some schools refusing to accept him on the grounds of his ‘disability’. His parents were determined to provide the best of education for him.

Bullying was another issue at school. He was mocked, laughed at and belittled – all because he was blind. But Derek rose above this and moved forward to achieve what he needed to. He knew it was important to overcome all this if he was to be an influence in the world.

Derek went on his first adventure to Hawaii to surf, with a close friend. Many people were trying to discourage him because of the huge waves there. These people were trying to protect him but it made him confused if this was the right thing to do only for a short time. But he was determined to go. He surfed Pipeline with Tom Carroll, former world champion and Derek was hooked. He knew what he wanted to do, what he was called to do!

Derek travelled the world surfing, then he proceeded to speak to groups of people about what anyone can do. His aim was to encourage people to go for their best – what is inside of them. He encouraged them to overcome their fears, to take off the limitations they have put on themselves and to trust God.

In his travels Derek came to Australia and ended up in Perth Western Australia. He was to speak at Margaret Court’s church (the former world champion tennis player). However, God had other things in mind for him.

 

 

However, God was at work, there was a divine appointment for him in the West. A German girl called Madeline was studying at Margaret Court’s Bible College. She came to listen to Derek speak. She had heard of him and was so inspired by his life that she wanted to hear what he had to say. Interestingly, she came down the front to where Derek was sitting and fell over his foot. That was their first encounter!

Maddy recalls, “For me I actually wanted to meet him. I wasn’t thinking about dating – just his story was so inspirational to me. I wanted to be friends with someone who didn’t let anything stop him. I just wanted a friendship. He inspired me so much and I wanted to be around him.”

So after a very short time as friends a courtship evolved and they started to talk about marriage. But many people were negative about this union.

Maddy said, “Many non-Christians and even Christians were saying to me, ‘Are you sure about this?’ All of them doubted the validity of this relationship. Many people said, ‘It’s going to be so hard. You want to have children and he is blind. It won’t be easy.’

But love overruled and they married in Margaret River at a beautiful ceremony. The great blessing also was that their parents could come from Germany and Brazil to be at this momentous occasion.

Derek was determined to ride big waves – actually monsters – so he had to do a lot of training to prepare for this ‘super adventure’. His great dream was to surf the biggest waves in the world.

I want to tell you – yes he has done this. He surfed a 50 feet wave at Nazare in Portugal. “What was I thinking?” Derek exclaimed. “These waves were like tsunamis. I knew this is what I wanted to do, but… most people would have thought I was crazy. Well maybe… just a little? But I couldn’t stop until I rode the biggest wave in the world.”

Maddy was there with him. She explained that for the first time Derek said he felt nervous and then she felt the same. Normally Derek is at peace about surfing but… this time… “I received some emails from a really well known big wave rider telling me that he knows that I have a lot of skills, but also telling me that I should stop doing what I was doing, that I should not even think anymore about surfing Nazaré. That I had no idea how dangerous Nazaré was and I was putting myself at risk, as well as my family and friends. I felt very discouraged.”

But Derek didn’t back down. He was towed out with a jet ski and then told when the monster wave was coming. This was the 50 feet wave! He caught the wave but after a while he fell into the water. The jet ski missed him and then two more giants descended upon him. But thanks to God he was okay. And in fact he was thrilled he had achieved this.

Derek’s faith is in his God and he won’t let fear rule him.

Derek’s biography, ‘Beyond These Eyes’, is available now.

leadership with a servant's heart

Book release: Leadership with a Servant’s Heart: Leading in Your Workplace

FAITH NEWS SERVICEOctober 27, 2022 – Clarksville, Maryland (USA). Great leadership always matters. Yet, there is a noticeable mismatch between what employees want and what leaders deliver. It’s what drives the current state of the workforce. Best-selling author Kevin Wayne Johnson addresses a myriad of challenges and solutions for aspiring and current leaders to narrow this gap. The result is that leaders will know better, do better, and ultimately, lead better. They are servant leaders.

Leadership is a spiritual gift from God (Romans 12:6-8). His Word reminds us that “Every good and perfect gift is from above… (James 1:17). “  Unfortunately, it’s a gift that, from time to time, is misused and abused by some in positions of power and authority. When this happens, leaders at all levels, across multiple venues, cause those who they are entrusted to lead to walk away. People don’t leave organizations. They leave because of poor leadership (people).

Praise for Leadership with a Servant’s Heart:

You can learn how to achieve your destiny by helping others to achieve theirs.  Servant leadership coupled with life-long learning makes this book a literal training manual for effective personal, team, and organizational leadership.

  • John Jackson
    President, William Jessup University, Rocklin, CA
    Author & Speaker on Leadership & Transformation
    Trustees’ Council, Lead Like Jesus

“Kevin Wayne Johnson provides a template for professionals who seek to authentically serve those they are called to lead. It provides a template that will allow you to develop your personal leadership skills while building the team around you.”

  • LaKesha Womack
    Founder, #RethinkingChurch Strategies LLC, Charlotte, NC
    Founding Member, Newsweek Expert Forum
    Publisher, Ministry Matters Magazine

“It will help you cultivate the spirit of daily reflection without which some great leaders have fallen. This book will help you rise to new heights, help you help others on their upward trajectory, and together, while humble, stay perpetually at the top of your game!”

  • Everett Ofori

Book Editor, Prepare for Greatness: How to Make Your Success Inevitable and Success Tips from Successful African Americans, Volume I
Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan

About the Author:
As Founder and Chief Executive of The Johnson Leadership Group LLC, Kevin provides organizations, and the people who work within them, with the tools to forge effective personnel and interpersonal communication. He delivers training on the elements of dynamic relationships, to equip teams with the attitudes and attributes needed to develop individuals into leaders. He does so through motivating workshops, seminars, insightful keynote speeches and compassionate coaching, all to encourage personal and professional growth. He is a John Maxwell Team certified trainer, coach, mentor and speaker, and an active member of the International Coaching Federation. Kevin enjoyed a 34-year career (retired) in government and private industry as a senior level leader. A native of Richmond, Virginia, he earned a B.S. in Business Administration and Management from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Kevin is an ordained minister by the Church of God Ministries, Incorporated, Anderson, IN, and has held multiple leadership positions at the local, regional, national and international levels, including Senior Pastor. His best-selling book series – Give God the Glory! – earned 19 literary awards from 2001 to 2013 and book #1 in the Leadership with a Servant’s Heart series was a 2-time Amazon.com new release best-seller and earned 9 literary awards in 2020 and 2021. Since 2009, he has served as co-host of the Christian Authors on Tour radio show on Blog Talk Radio and currently shares leadership tips twice per month on the Words of Wisdom Champion podcast that is distributed by Elite Conversation Media. He has been married to his wife Gail for 29 years, they live in Clarksville, Maryland, and from their union raised three sons.

another moment with god

Want to start a fresh relationship with God! This book will show you how.

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – As Australian woman Nenia Tavrou travelled extensively – both locally and overseas, including working in 12 countries – she noticed many people do not see themselves as clearly as Creator God sees them.

Regardless of their past, God values and adores each person for who they are and wants to spend time with them. Yes, this includes you! God sees you as a miracle of great workmanship. Where you live life, who you share life with, and what you do are all orchestrated as opportunities by God. Why? Because God doesn’t make mistakes. Nenia believes your past makes you into who you have become today. The trials of life make each person into stronger, wiser and informed people – equipping you to not only cope, but to thrive in the next season of life.

The short devotions of Another Moment with God are designed for the busy person. They are each around 200 words and include a story or event in life and how it relates to connecting you with the Lord Jesus Christ. There are plenty of suggestions on how to put various strategies into practice, all with the intention of drawing you into a wonderful relationship with Jesus Christ.

What is the best way to pray? What if you just can’t get motivated? How can God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit all be one and the same? Is the Trinity real? What are the real seven wonders of the world? Why are perfect relationships no good? How does science prove God exists? How does God Bluetooth your heart? All these questions and more are answered in Another Moment with God.

In her unique book, Nenia believes prayer shouldn’t just be used as a desperate cry to God in an emergency or crisis. Prayer is communicating with God on a regular basis. It is knowing God as your close and most trusted friend. Someone you can talk to about anything at any time. Who wouldn’t want a friend like that!

Nenia was born in Australia. She previously fostered children from all walks of life for fourteen years with her husband. She worked as a Project Manager in the communications sector and also trained as a family counsellor. Her previous books include:

  1. Bottled Tears
  2. Scarred by life, repaired by Life
  3. A Moment With God
  4. Magical Moments of an Adventurous Life
  5. A Humorous Look at Living with Epilepsy
  6. But Mummy I am a witch!
  7. But Daddy, I am a superhero!

Nenia regularly attends church with her husband and enjoys doing volunteer work. All of her devotions have been inspired by real life experiences. She hopes Another Moment with God will help you to strengthen and enjoy your relationship with the Creator of the Universe – God himself.

Another Moment with God, along with all of her other books, are available from www.neniawriting.com. Another Moment with God is also available from Amazon and other major booksellers globally.

no tears for dad

No Tears for Dad: My Path to Forgiveness by Pete Cruz is Available for Download for $.99 through November 12, 2022

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Pete Cruz is please to present his best-seller debut memoir No Tears for Dad: My Path to Forgiveness

Pete Cruz explores forgiveness in No Tears for Dad: My Path to Forgiveness. His goal is to encourage those who are traveling, or have traveled, similar journeys dealing with childhood abuse trauma.

In this memoir of dysfunctional families, No Tears for Dad: My Path to Forgiveness is Pete Cruz’s raw and sensitive memoir through the abyss of forgiving what you can’t forget, chronic pain, healing from PTSD, anger mismanagement, and fears of failure and abandonment. It explores fatherhood and how his daughter’s honesty charted him on the path toward personal healing, forgiveness, and a relationship with Christ.

Pete Cruz’s No Tears for Dad: My Path to Forgiveness is available for download for .99 on Amazon through November 12, 2022. No Tears for Dad: My Path to Forgiveness is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

Loretta L. Sinclair
5 stars
Highly recommended
Reviewed in the United States on October 31, 2022

“Sometimes in order to see how good God is, we have to see how bad man can be. This is an amazing and heartfelt journey from the depths of both physical and emotional pain, to the love of a God greater than all of us. Pete’s journey is hard to read at times, gut-wrenching and overwhelming; but he leads us through it masterfully. The fact that he lived through this and is here to tell of God’s love and forgiveness is a miracle by itself. Highly recommended.”

Amazon Customer
5 stars
Powerful!
Reviewed in the United States on October 28, 2022

“This book is a rollercoaster ride of emotions. From anger and heartbreak, to sympathy, to the triumph, you won’t be able to put this book down. The God of redemption is all over these pages.”

For More Information: For more information or to schedule an interview about this press release, please contact Pete Cruz at www.PeteCruz.com.

About the Author
Pete Cruz was raised in Milpitas, California, a town adjacent to San Jose. He holds a bachelor’s in English from California State University, Sacramento. A member of Inspire Christian Writers and the California Writers Club–Sacramento, he has won awards for his short stories, served on the editing team for Inspire’s annual anthologies, and presented talks and workshops during his professional career. Pete enjoys cruiser motorcycles, water volleyball, dancing, and watching football and basketball. Visit www.PeteCruz.com.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. Yours is a powerful story of transformation. Tell us what was the catalyst for your transformation?
  2. What inspired you to write your memoir?
  3. What surprised you the most while writing your story? Did you experience a type of catharsis?
  4. When your daughter said she was not good enough, what thought went through your mind?
  5. How did you meet Jesus, and how did you develop a relationship with Him?
  6. What would you say to someone who may be struggling right now with family trauma or difficult relationships?
  7. How does your relationship with God steward your other relationships?
  8. What do you hope readers take away from reading your memoir?
anastasia corbin

Becoming an Intentional Family is a “Can’t Miss” Amazon Best Seller in Multiple Categories and is Available to Download for $.99 through 11/11/2022

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Tuesday, November 8, 2022 – Anastasia Corbin is proud to present her newest book, Becoming an Intentional Family: Creating Meaningful Memories and Building Confidence in Your Kids.

Anastasia wrote Becoming an Intentional Family to encourage, inspire, and equip Christian parents to create a home where children feel a sense of security and belonging.

Growing up as one of eight children, Anastasia knows the deep craving for parental attention. That desire for a close family led her to write Christian parenting books for those who want the same. This practical guide provides simple ideas for activities with kids, powerful knowledge on love languages for kids, and encouragement on how to create memories that the whole family will cherish.

Anastasia Corbin’s Becoming an Intentional Family is for download for .99 on Amazon through November 11, 2022. Becoming an Intentional Family is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

Janette Griffith
5 stars
Grab this book!
Reviewed in the United States on October 31, 2022

“For anyone who wants practical ideas of how to make your family stronger…grab this book! The author not only gives you practical ideas for dating your spouse, and spending quality time with your family, but also for spending quality time one on one with your kids. She does this in a way of sharing stories from her life while helping you think back on your own growing up years and challenging you to grow closer to Christ in your faith walk. You won’t want to miss this book!”

C.R.
5 stars
Fun-filled, easy read, creative ideas, how to create strong family ties, childhood memories
Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2022

“This book is so much fun to read! I highly recommend it for young families as there are so many creative ideas for building loving and fun traditions! Gift it to every new mom you know!! Even busy moms will have the time to read this enjoyable collection of stories and ideas on how to make your kids’ childhood memorable and show them how very loved and valued they are!! Well organized content that causes you to reflect on Scripture, prayer, and noting ideas you want to implement. In an era of independent activities and technology this book will show you how to overcome these obstacles and create a family that stays strong and stays together!”

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Anastasia Corbin at (574) 206-6204 or email anastasia@anastasiacorbin.com.

About the Author
Anastasia Corbin loves to encourage others to live a life anchored in Jesus. She is also passionate about family life and helping children feel they belong. Anastasia taught for six years before her first child was born. She now manages the home while blogging and providing resources that encourage overwhelmed moms to prioritize faith, family, and themselves. The author of Becoming an Intentional Family and co-author of When the Bases are Loaded: Encouragement for Moms to Hit a Grand Slam in Life lives in northern Indiana with her husband Jonathan and their four children. When she is not writing, Anastasia enjoys digging into God’s word, singing on the Worship Team, and reading while sipping on iced coffee.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. How did you come up with your ideas for parenting? Are they mostly from your own experiences as a mom?
  2. What are some of the obstacles you’ve encountered in your own intentional parenting?
  3. Is there any commonly accepted advice for parents that you don’t think is helpful?
  4. Every child is different. Have you found ways to tailor your ideas to each of your individual children?
  5. What are some of the benefits you’ve seen in your kids that are a direct result of being intentional about family activities?
  6. You write about the challenges of your own childhood. How did that effect how you thought about parenting?
  7. Everyone’s so busy! What is your advice to a mom who wants to incorporate your ideas, but meets with resistance from her spouse and/or kids?
  8. Was it a difficult decision to open up about your life in such a personal way?
happily even after

Author Haley V. Craft shines in debut novella, Happily Even After

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Todd and Katie were made for each other—they’d known it in the second grade and were headed for happily ever after . . . until that one fateful day when everything changed, and the letters they’d cherished for years suddenly tore them apart. Heartbroken, hurt, and deeply confused, Todd and Katie went their separate ways. When their careers reunite them seven years later, will they be willing to work through the pain and anger to untangle the threads of the past and find their own happily even after?

Originally released as part of Proposals Gone Awry, Redemption Press’s first-ever E-book boxed set of sweet Christian romances, Craft’s novella shimmers with color, fire, heartache, forgiveness, and romance.

“There are a lot of fairytales that end in happily ever after,” Craft said, “but they aren’t always realistic. In real life, things come between us and that idyllic place. I wanted to see if my characters could find a way past all that stuff, to their happy, even after.” And, like Todd and Katie learned, that’s how God works too. When you let go of your “stuff,” He works everything out for good.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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. A country girl at heart, Haley loves helping her parents on the family farm. She also enjoys writing devotions, and Happily Even After is her first published fiction. You can learn more about Haley by visiting haleyvcraftwriting.com.

Can be purchased internationally anywhere books are sold online.

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For interviews, contact haley@haleyvcraftwriting.com

Social media links

Website: haleyvcraftwriting.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HaleyVCraftauthor

 

becoming an intentional family

New book highlights the lasting impact of intentional parenting

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Anastasia Corbin grew up in a family of eight children, and craved parental attention as a young girl. The desire to have a close family, and to give kids a deep sense of belonging, stuck with her into her adult years. That passion motivated her to become an elementary school teacher and a parenting-book author.

Her most recent book, Becoming an Intentional Family (Redemption Press), is a practical resource to help Christian parents become intentional about cultivating relationships within the family. She says the investment of time and attention by parents will reap lasting benefits for children.

While the book gives practical ideas for ways to demonstrate love and care, perhaps the most critical measuring stick it highlights is time and attention. For many families, the obvious time to slow down and be together is mealtime. A study for the Food Marketing Institute Foundation* found, on average, only about half of dinners are now family meals.

Corbin says mealtime can provide an invaluable opportunity for making a lasting impact. “Research shows that regular family dinners help lower risks of smoking, drug use, eating disorders, and sexual activity. School-age children who experience a regular family dinner are also more likely to succeed in school.”

The former educator and now active blogger says the key for carving out time for sitting down together is scheduling. “Start with one day a week, such as Sunday,” she says. Corbin advocates making a simple meal, getting takeout or having a pizza delivered. “The key is being together, not stressing over cooking a gourmet meal.”

Becoming an Intentional Family explores the areas of family, marriage, parenting, home, and outreach. This helpful resource highlights new ways for parents to give their children the gift of belonging, and ideas to shape the family, create meaningful memories, and build self-confidence and security.

* www.fmi.org/docs/default-source/familymeals/fmi-power-of-family-meals-whitepaper-for-web.pdf?sfvrsn=13d87f6e_2.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anastasia Corbin loves to encourage others to live a life anchored in Jesus. She is also passionate about family life and helping children feel they belong. After earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, Anastasia taught for six years before her first child was born. She now manages the home while blogging and providing resources that encourage overwhelmed moms to prioritize faith, family, and themselves. The author of Becoming an Intentional Family and co-author of When the Bases are Loaded: Encouragement for Moms to Hit a Grand Slam in Life lives in northern Indiana with her husband Jonathan and their four children. When she is not writing, Anastasia enjoys digging into God’s word, singing on the Worship Team, and reading while sipping on iced coffee. Connect with her at www.AnastasiaCorbin.com.

For review copies and media interviews, contact Anastasia at anastasia@anastasiacorbin.com.

Connect with the author:
Website: AnastasiaCorbin.com
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/anastasiacorbin/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/anastasiacorbin/
Twitter: twitter.com/AnastasiaCorbin
Instagram: www.instagram.com/anastasiacorbin/

Available for purchase internationally wherever online books are sold.

Available on Amazon.

gangland to grace

New book tells incredible story of one man’s escape from gangland and crime

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Huw Donaldson was an innocent child from a good background that became the type of person that nobody would have ever expected: a violent and sometimes mindless bikey criminal.

Loyal to few, Huw was raised throughout his teenage years by some of New Zealand’s toughest motorcycle gang members and later went on to make shockwaves himself through a life of turbulence and self-destruction. From the sad beginning, to the crazy middle, with an uncertain ending the best hope for his life, the only way things could change is if he were to meet Christ.

With the faith installed in him from his youth the one thing that gave him the possibility of turning things around, Gangland to Grace is the incredible, true story of Huw’s back flip from a life of crime, to meeting Jesus and seeing his life transformed.

“After my father died and the other aggravating aspects of life drowned out the positive, I chased things for years that never seemed to take me any closer to a place of peace,” Huw said. “It was only after my turning to God that I realized He was the only ‘backup’ a person really needs and the true source of everything good in life.”

To add to the realization of a real savior in Jesus Christ, God also put on his heart the desire to serve as a volunteer to one of Africa’s most faraway places, the country of Sierra Leone. Was this a power move by God to transform Huw’s life and make way for a truly fulfilling future? Only time would tell, but first he had to get out of the spiritual minefield and urban battlefield he had created for himself back in New Zealand, and that would be no easy task…

“I knew things had to change. I saw the young and older guys around me and only a few that I knew would potentially make it through life to the end,” Huw said. “Of the likely many that wouldn’t make it, I didn’t want to be one of them. I knew there was a God and I realized that it would only be by coming alongside of Him that my life could possibly become a success.”

This first-time author believes his story needed to be told. A story packed with controversy, murder, betrayal and much more, this book is certainly not for the faint hearted. Sadly, life can sometimes be like that too, and it is perhaps through the telling of a story such as this that others going through their own trials can find courage to also keep going forward and then beyond into what God has for them.

The author of Gangland to Grace, having found himself still alive after the unfolding of many an exceptional circumstance, can now lay claim to several major achievements. These include: being awarded an Academic Award of Excellence for his studies during the completion of a Diploma in Christian Ministry at Lifeway College, plus missions trips to the Philippines and Cambodia with the same college and church prior to his own planned and completed missions to Sierra Leone, West Africa where a whole different chapter of his life begins.

With a police history that gives wait to the veracity of the early stages of his life, and a solid network of friends and supporters, this highly unusual character has an unmistakable element of honesty that cannot easily be debated. Honesty about his life and as God begins to work on his character, truth from a biblical perspective as well.

Gangland to Grace is a must read – part drama, part transformational, with God being the major contributing factor in what is to be a happy ending. This book could be the very book that transforms your life too.

pete cruz

New Redemption Press release shines path to healing and forgiveness in Christ

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – How does a damaged, wounded, hurting heart accept radical love and forgiveness? Through the power of Christ. According to Reboot Recovery, a person’s trauma doesn’t make a person too damaged for Christ to relate to, and “there is no one better equipped to take on the burden of trauma than Jesus.”*

Author Pete Cruz grew up in a volatile relationship with his father. Careening through life, he launched into a successful outward life, education, career, and marriage but had walled off his painful childhood memories. After becoming a father, he wanted to give his daughter everything in life he never had, rarely missing school events, providing for her material needs, and never raising a hand to her.

Pete thought he was doing pretty good. Until he heard his daughter say that she was never “good enough.” Those words triggered all those buried memories and invited Pete on a path of self-discovery, forgiveness, and healing. Because he wanted better for his daughter—and he didn’t want her to grow up to be like him.

No Tears for Dad: My Path to Forgiveness covers the spectrum of difficult subjects—depression, anger, PTSD, psychological and physical abuse, chronic pain, abandonment and neglect. In an honest, loving, and empowering spirit, Cruz shares his own experiences of anguish, hardship, and hopelessness on his rocky road to forgiveness and a life-giving relationship with Christ.

Cruz says, “I want my book to reach whomever God wants it to reach.” Whether his book is meant for one person today or for someone generations from now, he hopes his story will extend to readers the victorious healing that Christ abundantly offers.

* https://rebootrecovery.com/what-would-jesus-say-ptsd/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Pete Cruz was raised in Milpitas, California, a town adjacent to San Jose. He holds a bachelor’s in English from California State University, Sacramento. A member of Inspire Christian Writers and the California Writers Club–Sacramento, he has won awards for his short stories, served on the editing team for Inspire’s annual anthologies, and presented talks and workshops during his professional career. Pete enjoys cruiser motorcycles, water volleyball, dancing, and watching football and basketball. Visit www.PeteCruz.com.

For review copies and media interviews, contact Pete Cruz at pete@petecruz.com.

Available internationally wherever online books are sold.

Available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/No-Tears-Dad-Path-Forgiveness/dp/1646458230/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1667344703&sr=8-1

A Heart’s Journey to Forgiveness

A Heart’s Journey to Forgiveness Will be Free to Download Tomorrow, November 3, 2022

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Terese Luikens is proud to present her book, A Heart’s Journey to Forgiveness

Terese wrote A Heart’s Journey to Forgiveness for those who have grieved the loss of a loved one to suicide and those who have experienced other family traumas and shame.

When her father committed suicide when she was just twelve years old, Terese Luikens, the sixth of seven children, was left alone to struggle through her grief and pain. From her rocky, chaotic childhood to finding love and having her own family, A Heart’s Journey to Forgiveness documents Luikens’s journey to escape the shame of suicide and a dysfunctional family. This Christian memoir explores the challenges of healing from childhood trauma and forgiving what you can’t forget.

Terese Luikens’s A Heart’s Journey to Forgiveness will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days, November 3, 2022 through November 7, 2022. A Heart’s Journey to Forgiveness is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s a newly posted review:

LaVar Johnson
5 Stars
Reviewed in the United States on October 29, 2022
Beautifully Written Memoir

“This memoir is a must read for anyone searching for hope in the midst of chaos, hurt & confusion. Terese, has bared her soul and shared her journey from an emotionally lost child & young adult to a strong & spiritually beautiful woman. I love her continuing faith in Jesus, realizing that life will always have challenges and pain but trusting that Jesus has promised and is faithful to walk through these difficult times with her. That same assurance is available to all who accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour. Thank you Terese for sharing your journey with us!”

For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Terese Luikens at 208-946-9049 or email tmluikens@gmail.com.

Writer Terese Luikens contributes articles for Mother Earth News, The Secret Place, Decision Magazine, The Upper Room, Hearts at Home, and the Epoch Times, and writes on her own blog, Why Bother? Also a school teacher and yoga teacher, Terese lives in Sandpoint, Idaho, with her husband and enjoys being mother to three grown sons and grandmother to her beloved grandchildren.

Suggested Interview Questions
Your book starts with your decision to join your six siblings in weekly phone calls despite the fact that your brothers and sisters represent the chaos from your tumultuous family history. Why did you decide to join those calls, and what effect did they have on you?

You document your relationship with your mother, who was emotionally absent from you, yet she seemed to be more present for your other siblings. How have you made peace with that?

Though your dad was an alcoholic and you were aware of his faults, he still was your primary parent and the one who made you feel loved and valuable. Are you able to remember him now with fondness and joy? Tell us a little about your dad and what he meant to you.

Why did you write A Heart’s Journey to Forgiveness, and what was the process like? Who do you hope will benefit from your book?

The emotional ramifications of parental suicide seem far-reaching. Tell us a little about how your dad’s suicide affected you beyond the immediate pain and grief.

You discovered faith in God as a young adult. What role has faith played in your emotional recovery from your dad’s suicide? And finding healing over your relationship with your mom?

What advice would you give someone who is dealing with the shame that is often brought by the death of a loved one due to suicide?

no tears for dad

No Tears for Dad: My Path to Forgiveness Will be Free to Download Tomorrow, November 2, 2022

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—November 1, 2022

Pete Cruz presents his debut memoir No Tears for Dad: My Path to Forgiveness

Pete Cruz explores forgiveness in No Tears for Dad: My Path to Forgiveness. His goal is to encourage those who are traveling, or have traveled, similar journeys dealing with childhood abuse trauma.

In this memoir of dysfunctional families, No Tears for Dad: My Path to Forgiveness is Pete Cruz’s raw and sensitive memoir through the abyss of forgiving what you can’t forget, chronic pain, healing from PTSD, anger mismanagement, and fears of failure and abandonment. It explores fatherhood and how his daughter’s honesty charted him on the path toward personal healing, forgiveness, and a relationship with Christ.

Pete Cruz’s No Tears for Dad: My Path to Forgiveness will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days, November 2, 2022 through November 7, 2022. No Tears for Dad: My Path to Forgiveness is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

Rodney Combs
5 stars
Hope for the wounded and those who’ve wounded others
Reviewed in the United States on October 20, 2022

“If you’ve been wounded by a parent (or anyone else), this book’s for you. If you wish not to abuse others, this book’s for you. If you need to discover or be reminded of the power of God to redeem us and our relationships, read Pete’s astonishing, painful, and complex story. The author uses his excellent craft of writing to reveal his vulnerability and hope and to remind us of ours.”

Carla
5 stars
Captivating & Impressionable
Reviewed in the United States on October 18, 2022

“Pete Cruz’s writing style inserts the reader front and center into the daily trauma/drama of lives lived in fear of a toxic and combative upbringing. Yet, the captivating way in which these real-life experiences unfold transports the reader into the life shaping impressions of this very talented author. In my opinion he could not have selected a more fitting title for this book.”

For More Information: For more information or to schedule an interview about this press release, please contact Pete Cruz at www.PeteCruz.com.

About the Author
Pete Cruz was raised in Milpitas, California, a town adjacent to San Jose. He holds a bachelor’s in English from California State University, Sacramento. A member of Inspire Christian Writers and the California Writers Club–Sacramento, he has won awards for his short stories, served on the editing team for Inspire’s annual anthologies, and presented talks and workshops during his professional career. Pete enjoys cruiser motorcycles, water volleyball, dancing, and watching football and basketball. Visit www.PeteCruz.com.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. Yours is a powerful story of transformation. Tell us what was the catalyst for your transformation?
  2. What inspired you to write your memoir?
  3. What surprised you the most while writing your story? Did you experience a type of catharsis?
  4. When your daughter said she was not good enough, what thought went through your mind?
  5. How did you meet Jesus, and how did you develop a relationship with Him?
  6. What would you say to someone who may be struggling right now with family trauma or difficult relationships?
  7. How does your relationship with God steward your other relationships?
  8. What do you hope readers take away from reading your memoir?
becoming an intentional family

Becoming an Intentional Family Will be Free to Download Tomorrow, November 1, 2022

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Monday, October 31, 2022

Anastasia Corbin is proud to present her newest book, Becoming an Intentional Family: Creating Meaningful Memories and Building Confidence in Your Kids.

Anastasia wrote Becoming an Intentional Family to encourage, inspire, and equip Christian parents to create a home where children feel a sense of security and belonging.

Growing up as one of eight children, Anastasia knows the deep craving for parental attention. That desire for a close family led her to write Christian parenting books for those who want the same. This practical guide provides simple ideas for activities with kids, powerful knowledge on love languages for kids, and encouragement on how to create memories that the whole family will cherish.

Anastasia Corbin’s Becoming an Intentional Family will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days, November 1, 2022 through November 5, 2022. Becoming an Intentional Family is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

Joy Wendling
5 stars
This is the kind of family I want to have!
Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2022

“Yes, please! Anastasia Corbin’s book helps me as a mama to become more intentional with my kids. I love the way she has allowed God to redeem hard parts of her own childhood to show more safety and delight in her kids, and then she invites us to do it, too. Her book has big ideas and practical steps. Such a great resource for those looking to love their kids for who God designed them to be and to point those kids back to Him.”

Natalie Replogle
5 stars
Great book full of great ideas!
Reviewed in the United States on October 25, 2022

“Becoming an Intentional Family is authentic, fresh, and full of great ideas to help jump-start or continue ways to connect your family members and make your relationships a priority. Anastasia has a beautiful gift of merging life experiences with creative suggestions to help guide your focus on what matters most to you. All of those who are looking for growth in their family dynamics will find this a beneficial read.”

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Anastasia Corbin at (574) 206-6204 or email anastasia@anastasiacorbin.com.

About the Author
Anastasia Corbin loves to encourage others to live a life anchored in Jesus. She is also passionate about family life and helping children feel they belong. Anastasia taught for six years before her first child was born. She now manages the home while blogging and providing resources that encourage overwhelmed moms to prioritize faith, family, and themselves. The author of Becoming an Intentional Family and co-author of When the Bases are Loaded: Encouragement for Moms to Hit a Grand Slam in Life lives in northern Indiana with her husband Jonathan and their four children. When she is not writing, Anastasia enjoys digging into God’s word, singing on the Worship Team, and reading while sipping on iced coffee.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. How did you come up with your ideas for parenting? Are they mostly from your own experiences as a mom?
  2. What are some of the obstacles you’ve encountered in your own intentional parenting?
  3. Is there any commonly accepted advice for parents that you don’t think is helpful?
  4. Every child is different. Have you found ways to tailor your ideas to each of your individual children?
  5. What are some of the benefits you’ve seen in your kids that are a direct result of being intentional about family activities?
  6. You write about the challenges of your own childhood. How did that effect how you thought about parenting?
  7. Everyone’s so busy! What is your advice to a mom who wants to incorporate your ideas, but meets with resistance from her spouse and/or kids?
  8. Was it a difficult decision to open up about your life in such a personal way?
Jeanine Banza

Author Jeanine Banza-Katungutere Releases Book on Christian Feminism

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – “I am not an angry feminist; I just want to remain a female.”

When some people think of feminism, they think of man-hating radicals and bra-burning lesbians. But what if there was another kind of feminism? A type of feminism that is based on Christianity and recognizes the inherent value of women? This is the type of feminism that author Jeanine Banza-Katungutere writes about in her new book, “Feminism: Right of Reply to Our Daughters.”

Banza-Katungutere was born in Katana, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a paradisiacal place close to the rarest species of gorilla in the world. She came to the United States in 1997 and is an author, advocate, and speaker who focuses on issues affecting women and children around the world. Her non-profit, Association for the Development of Kivu (A.D.K) established in 2014 in Goma (North Kivu) and Katana (South Kivu) focuses on reintegrating underprivileged young girls who have been victims of gender-based sexual violence into society through education.

In her book, she seeks to teach millennial women and girls about the true meaning of feminism and how to apply it to their lives based on Biblical principles.

A burning desire to write on this topic was sparked by conversations with her 13-year-old daughter and young millennial girls that she encountered in her travels. They supported social and economic opportunity, but as Christians, they were hesitant to call themselves feminists because they did not embrace radical viewpoints that were in direct conflict with everything that Christianity stands for. But as Banza-Katungutere points out, there is a big difference between biblical feminism and secular feminism.

Secular feminism is based on the belief that men and women are equal and should be treated as such in all areas of life, including the workplace and the home. However, this type of feminism can cause confusion among women, as they may feel pressure to compete with men in order to achieve equality.

On the other hand, there is also Christian feminism. Christian feminists believe that men and women were created equal in God’s image, with different but complementary roles designed specifically for them.

They see femininity not as a curse or weakness, but as a gift from God that should be celebrated. Banza-Katungutere wants to create more discussion about what biblical femininity really looks like and how Christians can apply feminist principles based on scripture instead of secular ideology.

Banza-Katungutere is excited to share her knowledge about biblical feminism with other Christian women at her upcoming masterclass event. This virtual session will equip daughters and mothers alike with the tools they need to live out their purpose in Christ. The masterclass will be held on Thursday, October 27th at 6:30 PM EST.

For more information or to register, visit Christian author Jeanine Banza-Katungutere’s website at jeaninebanza.com

precious

The Precious Project Founder Releases Second Book “Precious”

FAITH NEWS SERVICEJewelle Maynard-Roberts creates an online resource designed to help women recover their identity, worth and value.

Bridgetown, Barbados October 18th, 2022 — Barbadian Author, Attorney-at-Law, artist, and speaker Jewelle Maynard-Roberts releases her second book. ‘Precious‘ by Jewelle Maynard-Roberts is a reminder women of all ages need as they face different stages in their life. The publication was released via Kindle and print editions on October 15th to help readers recover their significance in the midst of life’s difficulties and deserts.

The Kindle edition of ‘Precious’ is available for free on Kindle Unlimited for exclusive Amazon Prime members or for purchase starting under $1 during launch week, which ends on October 20, 2022.

Precious‘ is a book for every woman who has ever lost sight of her worth and finds herself searching to recover her best parts. The book is structured in a devotional style to become another tool for readers in their own journey. The author uses faith-based tools such as scriptures from The Bible to connect with readers. Key topics found in this book include recovering your significance, self-forgiveness, discipline, affirmation of your God-given design, overcoming disappointment and loss, discovering yourself again, and discovering God.

Beyond being an author, Jewelle Maynard-Roberts has successfully achieved her creative passions, career, and faith. With her own experience, she releases ‘Precious’ as a tool and reminder for other women to continue their self-development in challenging or uncertain situations. Jewelle has been heard on ‘The Wifey Rehab Podcast’, Life 97.5 FM Barbados, ‘Diary of a Jesus Girl Podcast’, and ‘When Marriage and Purpose Collide’ sharing advice on the topics in her devotional series.

Women going through marriages or divorces, motherhood, new careers, positioning themselves in business, or any other transitional role in life gravitate toward Jewelle Maynard-Roberts. Daily reminders from Jewelle such as “You are not damaged goods. Sometimes we exit our life experiences feeling like damaged goods, with our string of pearls of worth broken and lost.” can be found on The Precious Project’s social pages.

‘Precious’ is the inspiration behind The Precious Project, an online resource created to help women recover their identity, worth and value. Jewelle does not use the term “life coach”. However, she is the Founder of The Precious Project. Learn about new releases and appearances by following The Precious Project on social media.

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About Jewelle Maynard-Roberts

Jewelle Maynard-Roberts is an Attorney-at-Law, artist, writer and speaker. Jewelle’s journey in the arts started during her years in secondary school, where she earned an Irving Burgie Award for Excellence in the Creative Arts for her work in the CXC and CAPE Visual Arts programmes.

She was also a student of music and one of the first students to complete the pilot CXC Music Programme. Her love for the arts never waned over the years, leading her into worship leading and the field of songwriting. She has also co-written with Barbadian artist Nicovia on her first album and between 2012-2014

Jewelle taught songwriting seminars and classes in the gospel arena. As a worship leader, Jewelle also led the songwriting arm of the worship ministry of The Church of God at Orange Hill, Barbados.

She was a member of the Kingdom Arts leadership team and in her role as Event Coordinator, held responsibility for the Lead Lounge and Kingdom Fashion and Visual Arts Gala events in 2018-2019 and in 2021, assisted in the coordination of the Kingdom Arts online video series “Fashion Connect”

Following God’s leading, and answering His call to become an author, she began sharing written devotionals and inspirational art for women and wrote eight women’s inspirational devotional series.

A Heart’s Journey to Forgiveness

Redemption Press memoir shares story of overcoming shame of a father’s suicide

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the US and has a profound effect on loved ones who are left reeling from the death.* Coping with the death of a loved one due to suicide is said to cause pain that is harder to navigate than if they died by another means.**

Television journalist Anderson Cooper, whose brother died by suicide, said, “Try as you might to remember how a person lived his life, you always end up thinking about how he ended it.”***

Terese Luikens’s beloved father took his life when she was thirteen years old, leaving Terese emotionally alone to cope with the pain and shame of his death. According to the Child Mind Institute, the biggest risk to a child after a suicide is not being encouraged to express their feelings and get to an understanding of the death that they can live with.****

“Though it was an awful and life-altering event, no one in my family, including my mother, ever mentioned it. My siblings and I grew up under a dark cloud of shame, which accompanies survivors of suicide,” Luikens said.

Luikens documents the impact of her father’s suicide on her own life in her memoir, A Heart’s Journey to Forgiveness (Redemption Press). The sixth of seven children, Terese grew up in an unstable household—invisible to her mom yet cherished by her alcoholic dad. His suicide added to the dysfunction in the family and resulted in far-reaching emotional ramifications.

“The chain reaction of my dad’s suicide brought pain and chaos to my already turbulent childhood, along with emotional consequences I’d have to deal with throughout my entire life,” Luikens said. “But healing is possible, and A Heart’s Journey to Forgiveness is my life story of finding a way out of the shame.”

From her rocky childhood to finding love and having her own family, Luikens’s memoir documents her journey to escape the shame of her past, find healing and love, learn to trust, and discover faith in a real and personal God.

* https://www.helpguide.org/articles/grief/coping-with-a-loved-ones-suicide.htm

** https://www.joincake.com/blog/losing-someone-to-suicide-quotes/

*** https://www.joincake.com/blog/losing-someone-to-suicide-quotes/

**** https://childmind.org/article/coping-with-a-parents-suicide/

Available everywhere books are sold online:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1646456203/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2493HMJ2R734E&keywords=a+hearts+journey+to+forgiveness+terese&qid=1665678244&qu=eyJxc2MiOiIwLjg4IiwicXNhIjoiMC4wMCIsInFzcCI6IjAuMDAifQ%3D%3D&sprefix=a+hearts+journey+to+forgiveness+teres%2Caps%2C254&sr=8-1

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Writer Terese Luikens contributes articles for Mother Earth News, The Secret Place, Decision Magazine, The Upper Room, Hearts at Home, and the Epoch Times, and publishes her own blog, Why Bother? A schoolteacher and a yoga instructor, Terese lives in Sandpoint, Idaho, with her husband and enjoys being mother to three grown sons and grandmother to her much-loved grandchildren.

For review copies and media interviews, contact:
Terese Luikens
Email: tmluikens@gmail.com
Website: tereseluikens.com

ezer the bagel

Ezer the Bagel Book Series Launches

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Ezer the Bagel Children’s Book Series has officially launched.

“Ezer the Bagel” is a fun-loving book series that helps children gain understanding of Life Skills that REALLY matter such as:

  • Self-worth and Personal value.
  • Awareness of self and others.
  • Resilience
  • Courage
  • Purpose

Ezer the Bagel: The Rescue is available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. For more information, or to buy the books, visit www.ezerthebagel.com

About the author
Marisa Nicely has been an Educator for over 30 years, teaching K-12 Spanish and Personal Development. She is passionate about helping kids discover their personal value, strengths, and potential.

She also recognizes that it has become more and more challenging for children to walk in the confidence of who they were created to be and parents need a trustworthy “Village” they can rely on. Her book series is here to be part of that Village.

Marisa is the mom of two adult children, who are her treasure, and also has a Basset/Beagle dog named Ezer. Each day while walking Ezer, she takes notice of just how joyful and loving kids’ reactions are toward him, and vice versa. This has inspired her to write the book series for children Ezer the Bagel!

Endorsements
THIS IS AMAZING!
“The rescue” Is a creative, inspiring, educational children’s book that is sure to add maximum value to your little ones.
Andrew Simila

“The Rescue” provides readers a glimpse into the distressful life of a homeless puppy.   As an educator of 25 years, I see a desperate need for hope and belonging in the hearts of so many children. Marisa Nicely’s beautiful story is an invitation for each reader to not only persevere through the most difficult of trials, but also to understand their incredible worth.   I can’t wait for Ezer’s next adventure!
April Oliva

Marisa Nicely’s heartwarming book, “The Rescue” about Ezer the Bagel rescue dog touched my heart. As an intervention teacher, I see the need daily for students to feel valued and loved. I look forward to using this book in the classroom to encourage my students with Ezer’s story of hope, love, and value.
Kristin J. Lopez

“The Rescue” based on true events, is delightful and the illustrations perfect. Any child who feels alone or inadequate will enjoy this book. It emphasizes the value of each individual as being unique and having something positive to contribute to the welfare of others something sorely needed in today’s culture .
Renita Howat

“The Rescue” by educator Marisa Nicely, is the heartwarming story of Ezer, a rescue dog who is half Basset hound and half Beagle=Ezer the Bagel. With charming illustrations, Ezer tells his story, teaching children that we all have value—whether you are a rescue dog or person. As an elementary teacher, I know students and parents will love Ezer the Bagel. I look forward to the next books in the series.
Lyn Adelstein

“The Rescue” by Marisa Nicely, is the touching and beautifully illustrated  story of when Ezer found his loving forever home. You will smile, you will laugh, you will cry, and you will most definitely fall in love with Ezer the Bagel too!
Michelle Scott

“The Rescue” is a well-illustrated and delightfully touching story that appears to showcase the importance of value, in relation to ourselves and all living things.  Enter the canine character, Ezer, the Bagel, who not only learns so many things about himself that he can value, but what it, also, means to become treated as a ‘someone’ of value no matter what. I highly recommend this exceptional read.
Sashya Sharone Amee

This story is so sweet! Ezer’s rescue offers encouragement and is an excellent reminder to children that they are worth so much! As a mom of two small children, I believe that Ezer sends a message that all children need to know. I’m so excited to read about this darling Bagel’s next adventure!
Nadine Patterson

This book is a beautiful tribute to the amazing relationship between a rescued dog and his human. It is truly needed at this time to help everyone see that they are valued and needed. We all have gifts to give and this book shows the importance of sharing those gifts with those around us.
Rosemary Smallwood

This is an excellent book for all ages; I am going to buy one and share it with my students.
Alba Breitenbucher

What a heartwarming uplifting book that I wish we would have had to read to our son when he was growing up. The theme of bringing a rescue dog into your home to the benefit of all should be a universal one. I love Ezer the Bagel.
Tim Tipping

The Rescue is sure to bring joy to every child and adult who reads the story. In today’s fast-paced and digital world, rescues like Ezer, have brought to light how emotional queues are represented in animal communication. It helps that Ezer has a special bagel way of bringing friends together and loads of laughs, too!
Diane Martin

The Incendus Letters

St Shenouda Press is proud to present ‘The Incendus Letters’ by Joshua Karras.

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – To commemorate 80 years since C.S. Lewis’ classic satirical novel The Screwtape Letters, Joshua Karras’ The Incendus Letters allows a new generation of readers a glimpse into the perspective of the demons that plague their lives.

Set in the 21st century, Karras uses Lewis’ epistolary format to explore the complexities and hidden traps of modern living. In this engaging way, Karras gives the reader a great understanding and investigation of the challenges and dangers of modern living.

Maniacus, a senior demon, gives advice when Screwtape’s son Incendus is entrusted with the conviction of human life on Earth, which makes for a fun yet wise and perceptive read. For the reader, the Incendus letters act as a mirror. A review of how they may improve their quality of life dealing with various subjects, including the internal struggles with temptation and the numerous problems encountered in modern times.

Here are some of Maniacus’ advice:

“They can be totally hypnotised and transfixed upon the desire and possibility of more in the future, that often we have found they never look up in the present to appreciate what they do have.”

“We are lucky that humans are mostly unaware of the anxiety-inducing world they have created for themselves in recent times. They engage in fanatic and sometimes desperate attempts to have things done immediately simply because it is feasible thanks to their gizmos and gadgets. We are establishing effective ways to suggest to our humans to busy themselves until they are tied so tightly in mental and emotional knots, they are in no place to complete their naturally inclined activity of praising their creator.”

Through the inverted lens of nefarious intent, readers are creatively invited to
consider both religious and secular ideologies, which aim to reduce the power of
various painful, harmful and diminishing habits, patterns and characteristics of being
human.

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact the publisher at books@stshenoudapress.com.

To purchase, visit St Shenouda Press website or any other online bookstore.

Fruit of Our Love

Macey Warren best selling debut children’s book, Fruit of Our Love maintains Amazon best seller status.

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States – October 8, 2022

Macey Warren wrote Fruit of Our Love to prepare young children for a new sibling by comparing the baby growing inside Mom to ever-larger fruits and vegetables—concrete objects from children’s everyday lives that they can understand.

This mother’s love song to her preborn baby takes families on a fun-filled—and factual—picture book about baby growth during pregnancy. Using vivid comparisons to fruits and vegetables, Fruit of Our Love traces baby’s development from “poppy seed” to “watermelon,” reminding young children of how they came into the world amid the same excitement and reassuring them of their place with their siblings and in their expanding family.

Macey Warren’s Fruit of Our Love is free and available for download on Amazon through October 8, 2022. Fruit of Our Love is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased and written a review of the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

Jennifer Grandfield
5 stars

Adorable!
“Adorable! Such a cute understandable timeline for little ones. I will be recommending this to everyone I know with future babies and grand babies.”

JC Hay
5 stars

Perfect for Growing families/baby shower gift
“This book is adorable – I’m planning to give it to two of my friends who are expecting their second this fall. It’s a great way to prepare future big brothers and sisters for their new sibling on the way.”

Jan
5 stars

Fun Read about the Pregnancy Journey
“What a creative presentation of the stages of growth in fetal development! I like the playful rhyme and coordination of illustrations. It is informative, yet fun.”

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release, please contact Macey Warren at maceywarren7@gmail.com.

About the Author: Macey Warren is a public relations professional with a knack for storytelling. Since childhood, she has loved reading and writing, and her cousin’s pregnancy inspired her to create Fruit of Our Love. Born in Seymour, Indiana, she now lives in North Carolina and looks forward to someday reading Fruit of Our Love to her own little poppy seed.

Suggested Interview Questions:

What is it that so captivated you about your cousin’s pregnancy that you decided to write a book? Did you have your future little one in mind as you wrote Fruit of Our Love?

What led you to use the “fruit” comparison? Did you pick out the different fruits yourself and tie them all together into the story, or . . .?

How did your current job in PR help prepare you for writing a children’s story?

In this world in which abortion is so prevalent, how does a book like yours promote preborn life and loving the preborn child?

Some people say “it’s easy to write a children’s story,” but we know that’s not the case. Talk to us a little about the editing process and how it improved the story.

Will this book turn into a series? What other books might you write that tie in to this one?

 

unknown crisis

New Movie ‘Unknown Crisis’ Available Now

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – It’s a simple case of cause and effect. Hope dies and our dreams with it! Sooner or later we resign ourselves to the situation and stop hoping for change. We embrace hopelessness.

That is Simon’s life, a long series of disappointments. Despite all his good intentions and best efforts, nothing is going right. His wife is ill and bed bound. The medical bills are crippling, and he is in debt. His son John is rebellious and hell-bent and self-destructive.

Simon’s only source of joy is Anne, his beautiful teenage daughter. One day, overwhelmed by disenchantment and depression and having reached the breaking point, Simon confides in a stranger he meets in a park.

Simon begins his journey back to hope, but nothing can prepare him for what he is about to discover! The shock he will feel – when he discovers the real and unseen cause of all his troubles.

Rent it now on vimeo
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fruit of our love

Fruit of Our Love An Amazon Best Selling Book Free to Download

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Macey Warren presents her best selling debut children’s book, Fruit of Our Love.

United States – October 6, 2022 – New author Macey Warren prepares young children for a new sibling by comparing the baby growing inside Mom to ever-larger fruits and vegetables—concrete objects from children’s everyday lives that they can understand.

This mother’s love song to her preborn baby takes families on a fun-filled—and factual—picture book about baby growth during pregnancy. Using vivid comparisons to fruits and vegetables, Fruit of Our Love traces baby’s development from “poppy seed” to “watermelon,” reminding young children of how they came into the world amid the same excitement and reassuring them of their place with their siblings and in their expanding family.

Macey Warren’s Fruit of Our Love is free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days through October 8, 2022. Fruit of Our Love is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased and written a review of the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

Payton
5 stars

Endearing & Wholsesome
“I love how this takes something that’s already so miraculous and explains the stages in a wholesome way. Would be great gift for any new mother/parents or for parents explaining to their older children what is happening through the next 9 months. The author did a phenomenal job being so creative with the wording.”

Kindle Customer
5 stars

Written with Love
“This book is well written, and the illustrations are great. I think that if it’s read to children, it will be easy for them to understand the pregnancy and the feelings their mother had when she was expecting. It doesn’t pretend to be a book on pregnancy, but it is a book about the love of a mother (and father) for their little one that they haven’t met yet.”

Maggie W
5 stars

A Heartwarmer
“This sweet book will tug at the heart strings! Well-written with great illustrations, this is a book that the whole family will love. I hope Macey will write many more books in the future as I cannot wait to read this one to my children!”

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release, please contact Macey Warren at maceywarren7@gmail.com.

About the Author:
Macey Warren is a public relations professional with a knack for storytelling. Since childhood, she has loved reading and writing, and her cousin’s pregnancy inspired her to create Fruit of Our Love. Born in Seymour, Indiana, she now lives in North Carolina and looks forward to someday reading Fruit of Our Love to her own little poppy seed.

Suggested Interview Questions:
What is it that so captivated you about your cousin’s pregnancy that you decided to write a book? Did you have your future little one in mind as you wrote Fruit of Our Love?

What led you to use the “fruit” comparison? Did you pick out the different fruits yourself and tie them all together into the story, or . . .?

How did your current job in PR help prepare you for writing a children’s story?

In this world in which abortion is so prevalent, how does a book like yours promote preborn life and loving the preborn child?

Some people say “it’s easy to write a children’s story,” but we know that’s not the case. Talk to us a little about the editing process and how it improved the story.

Will this book turn into a series? What other books might you write that tie in to this one?

 

 

fierce wholeness

Fierce Wholeness: Finding Myself after Childhood Emotional Trauma Free for One More Day

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—October 4, 2022

Robin Meade presents the relaunch and new audio launch of her best selling book, Fierce Wholeness: Finding Myself after Childhood Emotional Trauma

Robin wrote Fierce Wholeness: Finding Myself after Childhood Emotional Trauma for adults who have experienced an emotionally abusive childhood and are ready to heal.

Robin’s story—in all its raw but authentic transparency—unpacks her childhood emotional abuse and her struggle to repair the damage. Exploring the biblical response to healing from hidden abuse, Robin answers questions of how to trust God in the hard times, how to find wholeness in Christ, and how to become an emotionally healthy woman [or man]. For those recovering from childhood trauma, or walking with those who are, Fierce Wholeness will comfort, guide, and help you begin to place your emotions, faith, and life in a healing relationship with Christ.

Robin Meade’s Fierce Wholeness: Finding Myself after Childhood Emotional Trauma will be free and available for download on Amazon for through October 4, 2022. Click here to download. Fierce Wholeness is overwhelmingly rated 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

Nora Ophelia Tatina
5 Stars

“This isn’t just a story; it’s hope in written form!
This book is a snapshot of how God can take the messy part of life and create a beautiful masterpiece. Robin’s story can resonate with anyone because we’ve all been hurt. Through Robin’s journey, we experience the healing and restoration that only God can provide. In the end, this book isn’t just a story; it’s hope in written form and a reminder that even our ugliest, most painful memories are victorious when we turn to Christ.”

Amazon Customer
5 Stars

“Great Read!
Let me say, I’m not a reader and I finished this book in two days. I didn’t want to put it down. What a beautiful story of all her struggles and how she overcame them all. I’m looking forward to the next book.”

A W Baker5 Stars

“A Life Worthy of Testimony
As a pastor’s wife, I found this book to be a well written testimony of how in God’s eyes, damage is repairable and useable. I enjoyed the analogies and humor scattered throughout. An easy read full of hope for today’s world.”

For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Robin Meade at 708-846-8844 or email robin@robinmeadeauthor.com.

Robin Meade grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but now she walks with God in the beautiful suburbs of Chicago. For nearly five years she has led and taught as part of the women’s ministry team at New Life Brookfield Church. She loves her dog and great food, but mostly she loves Jesus. She strives to glorify God while encouraging people to experience God’s restorative healing.

 

fruit of our love

Fruit of Our Love Will be Free to Download Tomorrow, October 4, 2022

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States – October 3, 2022

Macey Warren presents her debut children’s book, Fruit of Our Love.

New author Macey Warren prepares young children for a new sibling by comparing the baby growing inside Mom to ever-larger fruits and vegetables—concrete objects from children’s everyday lives that they can understand.

This mother’s love song to her preborn baby takes families on a fun-filled—and factual—journey through baby growth during pregnancy. Using vivid comparisons to fruits and vegetables, Fruit of Our Love traces baby’s development from “poppy seed” to “watermelon,” reminding young children of how they came into the world amid the same excitement and reassuring them of their place with their siblings and in their expanding family.

Macey Warren’s Fruit of Our Love will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days beginning on October 4, 2022. Fruit of Our Love is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased and written a review of the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

Sarah
5 stars
Creative, educational, and meaningful

“I love this, it is so clever! Perfect to teach siblings as mom goes through pregnancy. Would definitely recommend to all pregnant moms – a book shelf must have!”

Joie C
5 stars
A family’s library must have

“A poetic journey of pregnancy. The perfect way to share a child’s beginning or bring a future sibling close to the new baby. A great gift for new mother, big brother or sister.”

Georgie
5 stars
Sweet and Clever!

“Such a beautiful book describing pregnancy and the growth of the baby in a way kids can understand by using fruits and vegetables they know! I also love to read a rhyming book to kids as they try to figure out the next rhyme! The illustrations are lovely and inclusive.”

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release, please contact Macey Warren at maceywarren7@gmail.com.

About the Author: Macey Warren is a public relations professional with a knack for storytelling. Since childhood, she has loved reading and writing, and her cousin’s pregnancy inspired her to create Fruit of Our Love. Born in Seymour, Indiana, she now lives in North Carolina and looks forward to someday reading Fruit of Our Love to her own little poppy seed.

Suggested Interview Questions:

What is it that so captivated you about your cousin’s pregnancy that you decided to write a book? Did you have your future little one in mind as you wrote Fruit of Our Love?

What led you to use the “fruit” comparison? Did you pick out the different fruits yourself and tie them all together into the story, or . . .?

How did your current job in PR help prepare you for writing a children’s story?

In this world in which abortion is so prevalent, how does a book like yours promote preborn life and loving the preborn child?

Some people say “it’s easy to write a children’s story,” but we know that’s not the case. Talk to us a little about the editing process and how it improved the story.

Will this book turn into a series? What other books might you write that tie in to this one?

 

 

fierce wholeness

Fierce Wholeness: Finding Myself after Childhood Emotional Trauma Will be Free to Download Tomorrow (9/30/22)

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—September 29, 2022 – Robin Meade is proud to present the relaunch and new audio launch of her popular book, Fierce Wholeness: Finding Myself after Childhood Emotional Trauma

Robin wrote Fierce Wholeness: Finding Myself after Childhood Emotional Trauma for adults who have experienced an emotionally abusive childhood and are ready to heal.

Robin’s story—in all its raw but authentic transparency—unpacks her childhood emotional abuse and her struggle to repair the damage. Exploring the biblical response to healing from childhood trauma, Robin answers questions of how to trust God in the hard times, how to find wholeness in Christ, and how to become an emotionally healthy woman [or man]. For those recovering from childhood trauma, or walking with those who are, Fierce Wholeness will comfort, guide, and help you begin to place your emotions, faith, and life in a healing relationship with Christ.

Robin Meade’s Fierce Wholeness: Finding Myself after Childhood Emotional Trauma will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days starting on September 30, 2022. Click here to download. Fierce Wholeness is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

Lavinia Smith
5 Stars

Beautiful testimony of God’s power

“This was a story I wanted to read continuously. The story was engaging and thought provoking. This is told so boldly and unapologetically. I read it with audio. Her voice added a true joy. God didn’t waste one hurt in her life.”

Emelson
5 Stars

A Valuable—Encouraging—Resource for Recovering From Trauma
“Author Robin Meade has provided a valuable resource for those recovering from trauma. She weaves personal experience, biblical truth and practical application into this one volume. I highly recommend it!”

For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Robin Meade at 708-846-8844 or email robin@robinmeadeauthor.com.

Robin Meade grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but now she walks with God in the beautiful suburbs of Chicago. For nearly five years she has led and taught as part of the women’s ministry team at New Life Brookfield Church. She loves her dog and great food, but mostly she loves Jesus. She strives to glorify God while encouraging people to experience God’s restorative healing.

 

never alone

Never Alone An Amazon Best Selling Book Free for One More Day

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—September 28, 2022

Karen Gruden presents her newest book, Never Alone: A Journey of Healing through the Power of God

Karen wrote Never Alone to offer encouragement, hope, and healing to readers who’ve experienced deep grief.

Karen Gruden’s Christian spiritual growth started in the most unexpected and startling way—with the tragic and sudden death of her twenty-one-year-old daughter, Taylor. The loss of her daughter ushered in a long period of darkness for the grieving mother. In this story grieving the loss of a child, years of deep grief and constant pain left Karen certain she was doomed to perpetual hopelessness. But to Karen’s surprise, her shattered heart became a starting point for a new journey with God, beautifully healing and sustaining her. Never Alone chronicles Karen Gruden’s transformation from brokenness to wholeness—from believer to fully devoted follower of Jesus. No longer defined by tragedy, Karen shares her emotional and inspiring story of grieving loss and healing, emerging on the other side of grief with strength, purpose, and joy.

Karen Gruden’s Never Alone will be free and available for download on Amazon through September 28, 2022. Click here to view. Here’s what just a couple of readers have said:

Caroline Wiltfang:

“I started it and literally could not put it down!! It’s so good! Thank you Karen for sharing your life through your book.”

Amazon Customer:

:The author has drawn me into her story of unimaginable pain. As a mother of two daughters myself I have had times of fear wondering how I would navigate a loss as hers. She has given me a chance to look at the depth of God’s love, grace and mercy in the valleys of life that we can apply to all of us.”

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Karen Gruden at 630-890-3737 or kgruden@comcast.net.

About the Author
Karen Gruden is an author and a talented graphic designer, spending more than twenty-five years in the graphics industry. With a bachelor of fine arts from Bradley University, she has illustrated books, greeting cards, CD covers, logos, and magazines. Her background includes both freelance and corporate work and spans various roles, including production manager, art director, designer, editor, and proofreader. Karen has two children, one of whom lives in heaven with the Lord. Her son is married and lives close by. She has three grandchildren. Karen and her husband, Jim, reside in the Chicago area.

Suggested Interview Questions

Tell us a little about your daughter—some of your memories of her and what you miss most about her.

As you wrote this book what was the process like as you had to relive those dark times following Taylor’s death, but also the ways you experienced God’s grace?

You said that through the tragedy of losing your daughter, God transformed you from being a believer into becoming a fully-devoted follower of Christ. Tell us a little about your faith journey and how you describe the difference in believing and being fully devoted to Christ.

What advice would you give to someone wading through the darkest moments of loss and grief? How do they begin the journey of healing and can they ever fully recover and have a life of happiness and joy?

You went through years of grieving. What was the turning point that began moving you from grief to healing?

Grief looks different for everybody. You said your grief was excessive and even self-destructive. How would you identify self-destructive grief, and what made you recognize that your grief had passed the point of being a natural outcome of your loss?

Even while you were in your deepest pain, you said you were aware of God and that he was a lifeline for you. How did he eventually become more than just a presence and a lifeline to you?

You write that knowing more about God’s love and faithfulness was essential for your healing process to begin. What did you learn about His love and faithfulness?

 

Camouflage Christmas

DeeDee Lake, the Connection Expert, launches 7-book romance series to highlight the realities of the military lifestyle and love.

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – ST. JOSPEH, MO (Sept. 22, 2022) CrossRiver Media Group announces its biggest project to date, a 7-book military romance series that highlights to the patriot in all of us the realities of the military lifestyle and love. The series is co-authored by DeeDee Lake and Susan M. Baganz.

The Rules of Engagement Military Romance books will begin their release November 1 with a Christmas novella titled Operation: Camouflage Christmas. Subsequent books in the series will release approximately every 4 months.

Life in the military is a world all its own that those outside it, aka civilians, can’t fully grasp. Yet the needs, wants, and desires of those in the military relate to us all. “DeeDee Lake and Susan M. Baganz have given us an engaging story of love, trust, and faith within a military context that connects us with the themes of determination, fear, hope, and dreams as these concerns resonant within us all. A text that stands alone well by itself but has planted a seed of anticipation for the rest of the series,” says V/R, CH (MAJ) Corey R. Arnold, Fort Carson, Colorado, Family Life Chaplain.

Operation: Christmas Camouflage (ISBN: 978-1-936501-70-0, $7.99) is the story of military brats, now Army officer candidates, Brooke Cooper-Sanchez and Bernard Travis who haven’t seen each other since high school. Bernard is determined to win Brooke’s heart, but how can love blossom when dating is forbidden? Operation: Christmas Camouflage will appeal to anyone who enjoys a good romance. The book will be available at CrossRiverMedia.com, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other book retailers.

“I could not put this book down. I immediately fell in love with the characters. This hopeful romance is perfect for a hopeless romantic like me. If you love Christmas Hallmark movies, you will love this book,” says Carolyn Dale Newell, Christian speaker, and author of Faith That Walks on Water.

Lake, a long-time resident of Fountain, Colorado, grew up as a Navy brat, mostly in Spain, married an Army helicopter pilot, lived in over fifty houses, and still loves to move her furniture several times a year. Her military life prepared her to love people, expect the best, respect authority and other cultures, and always be inclusive. Her passion is to guide individuals on how to experience extraordinary relationships.

To learn more about DeeDee Lake, visit DeeDeeLake.com.

To learn more about Operation: Camouflage Christmas and CrossRiver Media Group, visit crossrivermedia.com.

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never alone

Never Alone: A Journey of Healing through the Power of God Maintains Top 10 Ranking for E-Book Downloads

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—September 26, 2022 – Karen Gruden presents her newest book, Never Alone: A Journey of Healing through the Power of God

Karen wrote Never Alone to offer encouragement, hope, and healing to readers who’ve experienced deep grief.

Karen Gruden’s Christian spiritual growth started in the most unexpected and startling way—with the tragic and sudden death of her twenty-one-year-old daughter, Taylor. The loss of her daughter ushered in a long period of darkness for the grieving mother. In this story of Christian death and grief, years of deep grief and constant pain left Karen certain she was doomed to perpetual hopelessness. But to Karen’s surprise, her shattered heart became a starting point for a new journey with God, beautifully healing and sustaining her. Never Alone chronicles Karen Gruden’s transformation from brokenness to wholeness—from believer to fully devoted follower of Jesus. No longer defined by tragedy, Karen shares her emotional and inspiring story of personal growth and Christianity, emerging on the other side of grief with strength, purpose, and joy.

Karen Gruden’s Never Alone will be free and available for download on Amazon through September 28, 2022. Click here to view. Never Alone has an overall 4.8 rating by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what just a couple of the reviewers have said:

Adrianne Smith
5 Stars

A heartfelt look at the author’s journey through grief and healing

Captivating read from the very first page on the process and journey of grief and healing.

Kindle Customer
5 Stars

Life is meant to be lived and this book shows that death need not be an ending. Anyone seeking to believe, to be comforted or just wanting to wrapped in the voice of God can treasure this writing.

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Karen Gruden at 630-890-3737 or kgruden@comcast.net.

About the Author

Karen Gruden is an author and a talented graphic designer, spending more than twenty-five years in the graphics industry. With a bachelor of fine arts from Bradley University, she has illustrated books, greeting cards, CD covers, logos, and magazines. Her background includes both freelance and corporate work and spans various roles, including production manager, art director, designer, editor, and proofreader. Karen has two children, one of whom lives in heaven with the Lord. Her son is married and lives close by. She has three grandchildren. Karen and her husband, Jim, reside in the Chicago area.

Suggested Interview Questions

Tell us a little about your daughter—some of your memories of her and what you miss most about her.

As you wrote this book what was the process like as you had to relive those dark times following Taylor’s death, but also the ways you experienced God’s grace?

You said that through the tragedy of losing your daughter, God transformed you from being a believer into becoming a fully-devoted follower of Christ. Tell us a little about your faith journey and how you describe the difference in believing and being fully devoted to Christ.

What advice would you give to someone wading through the darkest moments of loss and grief? How do they begin the journey of healing and can they ever fully recover and have a life of happiness and joy?

You went through years of grieving. What was the turning point that began moving you from grief to healing?

Grief looks different for everybody. You said your grief was excessive and even self-destructive. How would you identify self-destructive grief, and what made you recognize that your grief had passed the point of being a natural outcome of your loss?

Even while you were in your deepest pain, you said you were aware of God and that he was a lifeline for you. How did he eventually become more than just a presence and a lifeline to you?

You write that knowing more about God’s love and faithfulness was essential for your healing process to begin. What did you learn about His love and faithfulness?

 

ignite the dynamite

Inspirational book helps believers release the dynamic power of God in their lives as the Australian author, pastor, and global speaker applies scriptural principles

FAITH NEWS SERVICEIgnite The Dynamite – the inspirational book by Australian author, pastor, global speaker, and musician Daniel Hagen – has topped Amazon Australia’s Christian ministry best seller list.

The 206-page book unpacks how everyday believers can activate their faith to ignite the dynamic power of God in their lives.

“We’re not living a natural life; we’re living a supernatural life,” Hagen says. “We’ve been born again and now have this supernatural substance that dwells within us. It’s the power that we received when the Holy Spirit came upon us.”

Ignite The Dynamite takes readers through Daniel Hagen’s personal journey from salvation to global speaker.

The part-memoir, part-manual delves into Scripture helping guide believers to a greater depth in their lives and ministries.

Daniel writes with conviction and authority having led street-evangelism teams, becoming a church planter overseeing several Fire Church ministries throughout Queensland and Victoria, plus being a director of Awakening Australia.

It’s a word in season from the heart of God for the hour we’re living in today.

MEDIA INFORMATION
Ignite The Dynamite is available in hardcopy from danielhagenministries.com and Amazon, plus digitally from key online retailers including Amazon, Apple iBooks, and Google.

Audiobook – read by Daniel Hagen – is available on Audible and other platforms from September.

INTERVIEWS
Daniel Hagen is available for interviews.

To arrange an interview, contact Wes Jay, Woodlands Media
Email: wes@woodlandsmedia.com
Phone: 0418 299 152

never alone

Never Alone: A Journey of Healing through the Power of God Will be Free to Download Tomorrow (9/24/22)

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—September 23, 2022Karen Gruden is pleased to present her newest book, Never Alone: A Journey of Healing through the Power of God

Karen wrote Never Alone to offer encouragement, hope, and healing to readers who’ve experienced deep grief.

Karen Gruden’s Christian spiritual growth started in the most unexpected and startling way—with the tragic and sudden death of her twenty-one-year-old daughter, Taylor. The loss of her daughter ushered in a long period of darkness for the grieving mother. In this story of Christian death and grief, years of deep grief and constant pain left Karen certain she was doomed to perpetual hopelessness. But to Karen’s surprise, her shattered heart became a starting point for a new journey with God, beautifully healing and sustaining her. Never Alone chronicles Karen Gruden’s transformation from brokenness to wholeness—from believer to fully devoted follower of Jesus. No longer defined by tragedy, Karen shares her emotional and inspiring story of personal growth and Christianity, emerging on the other side of grief with strength, purpose, and joy.

Karen Gruden’s Never Alone will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days (9/24/2022-9/28/2022). Click here to view. Never Alone has an overall 4.8 rating by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what just a couple of the reviewers have said: 

Susan Clark
Verified Purchase

“Beautifully written testimony of a mother’s grief and her journey of healing. Grief is such an individual emotion and we all have to navigate it as best we can. I understood her desire to not let it devour her. While you may not share her faith, I think you will recognize the feelings and thoughts that come with such raw grief.”

Dawn E. Whitmore
Verified Purchase

“A family friend is walking through the death of her Mom, I already shared something with her from this book. The person said, “I needed that today.”

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Karen Gruden at 630-890-3737 or kgruden@comcast.net.

About the Author

Karen Gruden is an author and a talented graphic designer, spending more than twenty-five years in the graphics industry. With a bachelor of fine arts from Bradley University, she has illustrated books, greeting cards, CD covers, logos, and magazines. Her background includes both freelance and corporate work and spans various roles, including production manager, art director, designer, editor, and proofreader. Karen has two children, one of whom lives in heaven with the Lord. Her son is married and lives close by. She has three grandchildren. Karen and her husband, Jim, reside in the Chicago area.

Suggested Interview Questions

Tell us a little about your daughter—some of your memories of her and what you miss most about her.

As you wrote this book what was the process like as you had to relive those dark times following Taylor’s death, but also the ways you experienced God’s grace?

You said that through the tragedy of losing your daughter, God transformed you from being a believer into becoming a fully-devoted follower of Christ. Tell us a little about your faith journey and how you describe the difference in believing and being fully devoted to Christ.

What advice would you give to someone wading through the darkest moments of loss and grief? How do they begin the journey of healing and can they ever fully recover and have a life of happiness and joy?

You went through years of grieving. What was the turning point that began moving you from grief to healing?

Grief looks different for everybody. You said your grief was excessive and even self-destructive. How would you identify self-destructive grief, and what made you recognize that your grief had passed the point of being a natural outcome of your loss?

Even while you were in your deepest pain, you said you were aware of God and that he was a lifeline for you. How did he eventually become more than just a presence and a lifeline to you?

You write that knowing more about God’s love and faithfulness was essential for your healing process to begin. What did you learn about His love and faithfulness?

 

 

 

megavoice

Prepare For Disasters Like Hurricane Fiona with the New Solar-Powered MegaVoice LifeLight

FAITH NEWS SERVICEJacksonville, Florida: Hurricane Fiona has left over 1.4 million Puerto Ricans without power. MegaVoice is immediately responding to help people remain in touch with vital news sources by releasing the LifeLight, a solar-powered lantern with a built-in audio Bible player and radio. With this release, MegaVoice is forging a path for ministries, humanitarian organizations, and laypeople to help the victims whose lives are devastated by natural disasters like Hurricane Fiona.

The rugged LifeLight is a solar-powered lantern designed to create a sense of safety and security in any setting. As a combination lantern, audio Bible player, AM/FM radio, and speaker system with accompanying FM headset transmitter and clock, it is a necessity not only for disaster preparedness but also house church congregations, summer camp workers, and missionaries in the most remote areas.

“The LifeLight provides much-needed light as well as life-giving messages, available in thousands of languages and dialects,” said Charles Cibene, MegaVoice CEO. “You can also load your ministry’s content via the microSD card slot.” The lantern has three different light functions, each with three different levels of brightness for different contexts. Use it as a lantern to fill a room or tent with light, take it on the go as a powerful flashlight, or use it as a discreet personal reading light.

To find out more about LifeLight or learn how you can help, please visit megavoice.com and megavoiceinternational.org or call (850) 293-9307.

MegaVoice is a global technology and content ministry with a single purpose: equipping their Partners to fulfill the Great Commission so all people can engage with the Word of God in their own language. Over 30 years ago, the founders of MegaVoice developed the world’s first solar-powered, digital audio Bible. Since then, through innovation and partnership, MegaVoice has continually improved and diversified its devices and curated one of the world’s largest audio scripture libraries in thousands of languages. MegaVoice partners with Samaritan’s Purse, InTouch Ministries, Voice of the Martyrs, Cru, and Bible Societies around the world.

Darrel Templeton, Chief Partnership Officer, and Charles Cibene, CEO, are available for interview upon request. Please call (850) 293-9307 or email baranda@megavoice.com for further information.

walking with the healer

New Redemption Press release shows how Jesus miraculously heals

FAITH NEWS SERVICEPossibly the number one life-changing illness that affects us the most, cancer debilitates physical and mental health beyond the cancer itself.*

When Rebecca Gilham found out that her husband, Rick, had cancer, she determined to trust God and discovered many earthly ways Jesus showed them love and support. As they trudged prayerfully on their journey, the cancer grew into a rare, aggressive form of lymphoma. Rick’s chances for survival were in the single digits.

Rebecca says, “I could see that Rick’s body was failing day by day and knew this was not something God did to us.”

A December challenge to read a chapter a day in the book of Luke sent her on a trek through Scripture, where she began to see how Jesus healed. Those He touched, the paralytic man, the blind man, and the woman with the issue of blood received full healing power. Why can’t Jesus do the same for Rick? Rebecca asked herself.

Walking With the Healer: Finding Hope and Encouragement Through the Shadow of Death is a powerful and gentle memoir of one couple’s intense journey through cancer and how a wife’s devoted prayers sought miraculous healing. Readers will be encouraged with biblical passages of Jesus’s healings, providing them strength to find healing in their own lives, perhaps in ways they might not expect.

https://redemption-press.com/product/walking-with-the-healer-finding-hope-and-encouragement-through-the-valley-of-the-shadow-of-death/

*https://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatments-and-side-effects/physical-side-effects/emotional-Amood-changes.html

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rebecca Gilham and her husband, Rick, have been married over thirty years. Together they have experienced Jesus through hardship and happiness. Rebecca enjoys teaching music and is a school chaplain. She is a certified minister with the Assemblies of God and leads a weekly Bible study for women. She and her husband live in Chehalis, Washington, love to watch old TV shows and movies, and appreciate quality time with family.

For review copies and media interviews, contact Rebecca Gilham at rebeccagilham.author@gmail.com.

Facebook Page: Rebecca Gilham – author

Instagram: @rebeccagilham.author

 

dare 2 share

Setting the stage for a second wave of Gospel Conversations across the U.S.

On November 12, Dare 2 Share LIVE Will Empower Teens and Youth Leaders from Coast to Coast to Boldly Engage Local Communities in Spiritual Conversations

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Arvada, CO— Following up the continued success of Dare 2 Share LIVE, national non-profit organization, Dare 2 Share, is preparing to inspire and unleash thousands of teenagers this fall into even more communities to serve and to share the good news of Jesus.

At the event last year, over 1300 churches signed up to participate. This year, on November 12, Dare 2 Share LIVE will be broadcast from Denver, Colorado and streamed for free to churches nationwide. This event will include speakers Greg Stier, Jerrod Gunter, and Zane Black. Artists Red Rocks Worship, Lo the Poet and DJ Bobbito the Chef will also add their talents to the stage. Greg Stier, Founder of Dare 2 Share stated, “With skyrocketing statistics of teen depression, anxiety and suicide, I believe we must do something radical to change the spiritual trajectory of this current generation of teenagers. Only the good news of Jesus can set them free from all they’re going through!

That’s what Dare 2 Share LIVE is all about. It’s reaching a generation with the hope of Jesus and then mobilizing them to reach their peers until every teen, everywhere, has every last chance to put their faith in Jesus. On November 12, teens around the country will be mobilized simultaneously to reach their peers with the hope that only Jesus can bring. Through powerful worship, inspirational talks, hands-on training and cutting-edge technology, teenagers will be unleashed to serve their communities and share their faith. Now more than ever, with violence and desperation rampant, students are stepping out with the message of life, serving and bringing the Gospel to make a difference because the Gospel changes everything.”

Over the past 30 years, Dare 2 Share has inspired and equipped over 1 million Christian teenagers and youth leaders to engage in spiritual conversations through conferences, training curriculum and resources. In this one-day event, Dare 2 Share LIVE is seeking to engage thousands more students and youth leaders to initiate Gospel conversations across the nation.

A teen-led evangelism movement, Dare 2 Share LIVE is a livestream training event designed to inspire students with the mission Jesus gave His people, to reach their generation for Christ. Utilizing technology that students are accustomed to, the event is structured to inspire teens as they are trained to relationally share Christ, and then empower them to reach out to both their local communities and their social networks.

“This event is designed to combine local community impact with the energy of a national evangelism training conference,” explains Debbie Bresina, President of Dare 2 Share. “Over the years we have seen thousands of students have tens of thousands of Gospel conversations. Christ is on the move in the teens of the world today. On November 12, we will see a wave of students unleashed and empowered to engage their circles of influence with the Gospel of Jesus.”

About Dare 2 Share

Founded in 1991, Dare 2 Share’s mission to Energize the Church to Mobilize youth to Gospelize their world, has led them to train and provide resources to hundreds of thousands of students and youth leaders. The focus on relational evangelism training has made Dare 2 Share the go-to teen evangelism training resource for youth leaders and churches globally who

want a Gospel Advancing Ministry that accelerates the spiritual growth of their teens and impacts their communities with the good news of Jesus Christ.

For more information on Dare 2 Share Live, visit dare2share.org/events/live For more information on the organization of Dare 2 Share, visit dare2share.org

For press inquiries and interview requests, please contact Emma Schenkel, emmaschenkel@dare2share.org

arise and climb the mountain

Arise, and Climb the Mountain: When God Doesn’t Move the Mountains, He Gives You Faith to Climb Them Maintains is Free for Download One More Day

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Saturday, September 17, 2022

Sharon Eleanor Todd’s book, Arise, and Climb the Mountain: When God Doesn’t Move the Mountains, He Gives You Faith to Climb Them, maintains best seller status

Sharon wrote Arise, and Climb the Mountain to encourage and equip readers on their faith journeys with powerful and transformational biblical truths.

Arise, and Climb the Mountain is a guide to healing as Sharon takes you on her inspirational faith journey of discovering renewed hope and purpose. With the beautiful Adirondacks as a backdrop, Sharon recounts God’s love and faithfulness on her trek through emotional and spiritual healing after life betrayals. Be encouraged and equipped to conquer your own mountains with powerful biblical truths and the Holy Spirit as your guide.

Arise, and Climb the Mountain is free and available for download on Amazon through Saturday, September 17, 2022. Click here to download. Arise, and Climb the Mountain is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

C.M.
5.0 out of 5 stars
A wonderfully written book full of biblical encouragement!

Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2022

“This book is full of encouragement for anyone wanting to grow in their faith in the midst of their own trials and struggles. Sharon’s vulnerability and honesty are so refreshing! Sharon shares beautiful, biblical wisdom for growing your faith, in whatever circumstances you are in, as you persevere through all of life’s challenges. You will be so encouraged- an absolutely wonderful read that I will continue to re-read many times I am sure!”

Rebecca Kriner
5.0 out of 5 stars
Inspiring book for all!

Reviewed in the United States on August 30, 2022

“Arise and club the Mountain is a powerful look at being broken and hurt and how God uses every single thing for his glory! This book made me feel like I was on a hike at one of the most beautiful places in the northeast. It makes you take a deep look into your own personal hiking journey as you grow closer to God! I can’t recommend it enough!”

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Sharon Eleanor Todd at 518.481.0677 or Set4adk@gmail.com.

About the Author
Sharon Eleanor Todd resides in Connecticut and spends her summers in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, where she enjoys quiet early morning hours on the dock with her Bible and a cup of coffee. She is an avid hiker and an Adirondack Park enthusiast. Sharon is passionate about helping people grow in their relationship with Christ. Her ministry has taken place in hospitals, universities, urban churches, short-term missions, zoom meetings, and on hiking trails. She has been writing for over twenty years.

Suggested Interview Questions

The Adirondack Mountains are special to you. Tell me a little about how the Adirondacks became such a special place to you and what role they played in your healing.

Even though you were a Christian before you found yourself in a personal storm, your faith grew exponentially as you matured in your relationship with Christ and as He helped you overcome various trials and life transitions. Tell me a little about your faith journey through the years.

Divorce ranks as life’s second most stressful moments. What toll did your divorce take on you, and how long did it take for you to begin seeking healing?

Why did you decide to write this book, and what was the process like? Who do you hope will benefit from your book?

What was the turning point for you in your healing process, and what advice would you give others who are dealing with painful difficulties of their own?

You say that God can repurpose any pain for his Glory and redeem things for His good. Describe how you’ve seen this in your own life.

You describe the Holy Spirit as your spiritual hiking guide. Can you explain how this has been true in your life, and provide encouragement for those who may be ready to begin climbing their own personal mountains?

 

 

healing the system

Healing the System: A Prescription for Rejuvenating the Hearts of Healthcare Providers is Free for Download for One More Day

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Saturday, September 17, 2022

John McB. Hodson is proud to present a book for medical professionals, Healing the System: A Prescription for Rejuvenating the Hearts of Healthcare Providers maintains #1 best seller in 3 Amazon Categories 

John wrote Healing the System for medical professionals wanting to change the increasingly dysfunctional environment typical of current practices.

Healing the System is a book for healthcare that offers a simple approach to changing the healthcare system in a way that will re-empower healthcare providers to do what they love to do—care for patients, solve problems, and influence the delivery system. Drawing on his vast experience as a seasoned cardiologist who has practiced medicine all over the world, Dr. John McB. Hodgson suggests easy-to-implement changes that healthcare providers and administrators can make to combat the increasingly dysfunctional environment typical of current practice. These changes can bring a sense of fulfillment, joy, and satisfaction back to the practice of medicine. Not only will the providers of healthcare benefit, but patients will also benefit, and the entire system will be energized. The message in this book will encourage physicians and other healthcare delivery professionals to create an environment and culture in which everyone can thrive by providing practical steps for positive change in healthcare administration.

John McB. Hodgson’s Healing the System will be free and available for download on Amazon through Saturday, September 17, 2022. Click here to download. Healing the System is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s one of the latest reviews:

Dinah – 5 stars
Sage counsel for solving healthcare system ails

Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2022

“Dr. Hodgson provides informative and valuable insights into how to fix the maladies affecting the healthcare system that is resulting in provider burnout and disillusionment in systems that have become dishonoring and lost focus. Dr. Hodgson’s book is not only beneficial to all healthcare providers offering sage counsel on effective, practical, and cost efficient solutions to the healthcare ails, but also for the patients and families they serve to help them understand and navigate an overwhelming system. A must read for all who want to be a part of the solution!”

For more information or to schedule an interview about this press release, please contact John Hodgson at email jhodgson@tsg-ed.com.

About the Author
Dr. John Hodgson is no stranger to the dysfunction of the American healthcare system. As an internationally recognized cardiologist who has served in academic and community hospitals, multicity systems, small rural hospitals, private practice, and academic employed practice, Dr. Hodgson has a unique perspective on what is working and what is not in today’s US healthcare system. With provider dissatisfaction at an all-time high, he is committed to improving the way healthcare systems work so that healthcare providers can get back to doing what they love to do—care for patients, solve problems, and influence the delivery system. He believes it is possible to create an environment and culture where everyone in the medical field can thrive and where a sense of fulfillment, joy, and satisfaction can be returned to the practice of medicine. Dr. Hodgson is a tenured professor of medicine, entrepreneur, inventor, certified life coach, and agent for change. He and his wife, Dinah, reside in Moreland Hills, Ohio.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. Hodgson, tell us what you experience on a daily basis with the current healthcare system. What led to you writing Healing the System?
  2. You have been a respected cardiologist for more than thirty years. What did your practice used to be like, say in the ’80s and ’90s, before the days of the RVUs and CPT codes? How have things changed in the past decade?
  3. Have you personally experienced feelings of discontentment with your profession? How would you describe that, and what did you do to reenergize?
  4. Where in the world have you practiced medicine, and what was that like? What was your favorite experience? What was the most difficult?
  5. Not all doctors have business acumen, but you do. What can you say to doctors coming into the system about being business minded?
  6. How important are leadership skills as a doctor? How can doctors develop leadership skills?
  7. What do you hope comes out of the ideas you provided in the book? For administrators? Healthcare providers? Systems managers? Nurses and other hospital staff?
  8. In the book, you gave almost a futuristic synopsis of what the healthcare system could be like. Can you summarize that for us?
  9. Can you tell us about the ideas in your T.E.A.C.H. approach? What do the different elements mean and how can they help the current healthcare system?
  10. If you could go back and pick your profession all over again, would you still choose to be a doctor, knowing what you know now?

 

up from the ashes

Up from the Ashes: Recapturing God’s Original Design and Purpose for Your Life is Free for Download for One More Day

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Saturday, September 17, 2022

Dinah Lee Hodgson presents her debut book, Up from the Ashes: Recapturing God’s Original Design and Purpose for Your Life, part memoir and part Christian living, maintains best-seller status!

Dinah wrote Up from the Ashes: Recapturing God’s Original Design and Purpose for Your Life as a roadmap to abundant blessing.

Underneath her facade of happiness, Dinah Hodgson struggles emotionally. When her unhappiness becomes too much to bear, she cries out to God, but His response is not what she expects—He asks her to explore the hidden abuse she endured. Even though obedience will be painful, Dinah accepts that it’s the only way to experience healing from past trauma. What follows is a journey of reclaiming her destiny as God brings her “up from the ashes.” In this powerful and inspirational self-help book, Hodgson draws the reader toward experiencing abundant life through emotional and spiritual healing.

Dinah Lee Hodgson’s Up from the Ashes will be free and available for download until Saturday, September 17, 2022. Click here to download her book for free. Up from the Ashes is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s just a sample of the rave reviews:

Mike H
5.0 out of 5 stars – This book will change your life.
Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2022

“Dinah covers it all! She beautifully writes from her story which most of us can relate to – brokenness and trauma. We often stay in a place of brokenness and as a result, become bitter and live with a sense of rejection because of that pain. Dinah shares how to walk through that pain with the help of the ultimate Counselor the Holy Spirit by taking up our weapons in the Spirit and fighting the lies that have been spoken over us. By working through our hurt, and knowing who we are in Christ, Dinah shows us how to enter into the peace which God has intended for us all.”

Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars – A “God-help” book for the hurting
Reviewed in the United States on September 13, 2022

“Dinah has written a true God-help book for those struggling with past hurts and abuse. With so many self-help books available today, it was truly inspiring to read Dinah’s journey of allowing God to pull her up from the ashes. As she shares the hard work of growing in faith, relying on and listening to the Holy Spirit, and being willing to confront and “mine” her past hurts, gives us all hope and Spirit-filled instruction. Her book would benefit anyone who not only has past hurts to deal with, but also anyone who wants to grow in their faith and relationship with God. It a very hope filled, and ultimately, joy filled book.”

For More Information: For more information or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Dinah Lee Hodgson at dinahhodgson@gmail.com.

About the Author
Speaker and ministry leader Dinah Hodgson attended Grand Canyon University’s Christian Leadership program and became ordained by Messenger Fellowship. Recently she graduated from Primus University of Theology with a masters and is now working on her doctorate in Christian leadership and Christian counseling. She has served in a myriad of leadership roles within the local church as well as para-church ministries. She has spoken nationally and internationally. Dinah and John, her husband of forty-three years, reside in Moreland Hills, Ohio, and have traveled the world for ministry and pleasure. They have three children, two daughters-in-love, and five cherished grandchildren.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. Is it possible to fully recover from childhood abuse?
  2. Have you found unexpected benefits to recalling and facing difficult experiences from your past?
  3. Through the process of writing this book, did you recall details of your abusive childhood that you had previously forgotten?
  4. How do your own traumatic childhood experiences help you to minister to others who are hurting?
  5. How important is forgiveness in the process of healing from past abuse?
  6. Have you forgiven your abuser?
  7. What makes your book unique among other books about recovery from childhood trauma?

 

i want out

New Movie ‘I Want Out’: Surviving Turbulence In Marriage Through Faith In God

FAITH NEWS SERVICEI Want Out is a new faith based movie that was screened on 5th December 2021 at Renaissance Studios, 10-11 Tunstall Road, London SW9 8DA as part of the British Urban Film festival.

I Want Out tells the story of a woman and mother of two who is married to a rich, powerful and oppressive property developer. She is not content with just being the wife, and is dissatisfied with the access she has to her husband’s wealth. She wants control of her husband’s money.

She is unsuccessful in her plan to kill her husband and so plots other duplicitous ways to access her husband’s wealth.  I Want Out tells the story of marital frustration, regret, greed and desperation and surviving a turbulent marriage through faith in God. .

Find out more at: Zoefilms.co.uk

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prophetic prayers

New Movie ‘Prophetic Prayers’ The fight against the kingdom of darkness available now

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Pastor George is a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is a businessman, a philanthropist, a helper and builder of the Kingdom of God. But he has enemies. He also has a prophetic gift. The enemy of his soul is against his business, his ministry and his children’s future. He has a great destiny but must war in prayer to defend it.

In Prophetic Prayers, with the help of God and his spiritual mentors, Pastor George enters into another realm of spiritual warfare he has never known. Having been aware of this and having had to fight for his life, he realises that there are witchcraft powers in his father’s house, in his local church, in his business, in his community he must deal with.

The film sets to portray the power violent prophetic prayers make available to those who would dig deep. In this journey of prophetic prayers Pastor George employs various prayer warring tactics to fight against the kingdom of darkness. He has to fight for his life, destiny, calling, ministry business, children on all fronts. Will he win?

Find out more at: Zoefilms.co.uk

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https://twitter.com/ZoeFilms1

https://www.instagram.com/zoefilms1/

Available now to Buy or Rent:

Prime Video

Vimeo

Watch: Prophetic Prayer (Trailer)

family and faith retreat

Unforgettable Destinations Presents a Unique Christian Vacation Experience

FAITH NEWS SERVICEUnforgettable Destinations is proud to present a special vacation experience. During the week of August 6-11 2023, families will be able to experience some of the best in Contemporary Christian music and dynamic speakers while also enjoying five days of fun and mission opportunity in the great Smokey Mountains.

The 2023 event will include music artists such as: Chart Topping Big Daddy Weave, Dove Award winning Meredith Andrews, as well as popular speakers American Family Radio’s Alex McFarland, Marriage regeneration team Family Fit Ministries, Surging popular podcast Jesus, Coffee, and Grace, and many more.

Guests will also be able to experience accommodations as part of the price in the center of Pigeon Forge, TN at The Country Cascades Waterpark Resort or the Resort at Governor’s Crossing. The package includes tickets to Dollywood, local attraction favorite Country Tonight show, as well as a county wide mission experience for the entire family to help reach the lost and hurting surrounding Sevier County.

Reservations will include a very affordable payment plan and a small deposit of $200. Different packages start from as low as $1898 for 2 people, to $2798 for 6 people and therefore allows families of all sizes and budgets to experience this wholesome, 4 night vacation. It is sure to be a special event!

“This is more than just a concert. We wanted this event to really be focused on ministry, worship, and discipleship. Each family member will learn their respective roles in God’s family and also prepare for future generations. It is also a chance to give back to those most in need in the Smoky Mountain area. It will be very memorable and fun with a special purpose”, says Unforgettable Destinations owner, William Leggate.

The event will also feature a family inclusive vow renewal as well as other fun surprises along the way. Those who reserve their package will now be able to take part in their special low payment plan or vacation financing. The benefits continue to grow for guests who participate in this faith-based vacation package.

This is the first vacation experience produced from travel agency Unforgettable Destinations, but owners, William and Beth Leggate, are no strangers to event planning. William hails from Scotland and has visited and traveled over 3 continents during his life, pursuing a background in hotel management, hospitality supervisor, and new business procurement.

Beth has tenure of over 12 years in the industry as an administrator and logistics professional for a charter cruise company and a Director of Sales. Together, this husband and wife duo is groomed to offer the best in Christian event planning. And, that is what they plan to do. It appears that a marriage event, Holy Land tours, as well as festival events, are on the horizon very soon.

For more information about Unforgettable Destinations, visit their website at http://www.unforgettabledestinations.com. For more information on the Faith and Family Retreat, visit the website http://www.faithandfamilyretreat.com or call 336.942.0454.

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For media interviews/artist or Unforgettable Destinations owners, contact: Beth@unforgettabledestinations.com

up from the ashes

Up from the Ashes: Recapturing God’s Original Design and Purpose for Your Life #1 NEW RELEASE for 7 Straight Days

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Dinah Lee Hodgson presents her debut book, Up from the Ashes: Recapturing God’s Original Design and Purpose for Your Life, part memoir and part Christian living.

Dinah wrote Up from the Ashes: Recapturing God’s Original Design and Purpose for Your Life as a roadmap to abundant blessing.

Underneath her facade of happiness, Dinah Hodgson struggles emotionally. When her unhappiness becomes too much to bear, she cries out to God, but His response is not what she expects—He asks her to explore the hidden abuse she endured. Even though obedience will be painful, Dinah accepts that it’s the only way to experience healing from past trauma. What follows is a journey of reclaiming her destiny as God brings her “up from the ashes.” In this powerful and inspirational self-help book, Hodgson draws the reader toward experiencing abundant life through emotional and spiritual healing.

Dinah Lee Hodgson’s Up from the Ashes will be free and available for download until Saturday, September 17, 2022. Click here to download her book for free. Up from the Ashes is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

Melanie Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars – The Title Says It All
Reviewed in the United States on September 8, 2022
Ms. Hodgson tells a unique tale of an all-too-common story: difficult childhoods flowering into full and happy lives. It’s a story that will comfort and inspire many people to undertake the difficult work of looking at the hard, hard past in order to awaken into the wondrous possibilities. Too many people try to bury their past hurts; Ms. Hodgson shines the light on her trust in God and her courage, leading to the whole person she wanted to be. It’s a beautifully written primer, full of lessons and love for those on a similar path. I encourage the fearful to take the hand Ms. Hodgson offers and start the journey.

Annie

5.0 out of 5 stars – Beautiful personal story of God’s Redemption

Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2022

Through the story of her personal journey with Jesus Christ, Dinah embodies the concept that God chose us first. That He is chasing after us. That our faith can always go deeper. That when we choose to fully put our trust and our lives in His care, miraculous things can happen to change the very course of our lives!!

For More Information: For more information or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Dinah Lee Hodgson at dinahhodgson@gmail.com.

About the Author
Speaker and ministry leader Dinah Hodgson attended Grand Canyon University’s Christian Leadership program and became ordained by Messenger Fellowship. Recently she graduated from Primus University of Theology with a masters and is now working on her doctorate in Christian leadership and Christian counseling. She has served in a myriad of leadership roles within the local church as well as para-church ministries. She has spoken nationally and internationally. Dinah and John, her husband of forty-three years, reside in Moreland Hills, Ohio, and have traveled the world for ministry and pleasure. They have three children, two daughters-in-love, and five cherished grandchildren.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. Is it possible to fully recover from childhood abuse?
  2. Have you found unexpected benefits to recalling and facing difficult experiences from your past?
  3. Through the process of writing this book, did you recall details of your abusive childhood that you had previously forgotten?
  4. How do your own traumatic childhood experiences help you to minister to others who are hurting?
  5. How important is forgiveness in the process of healing from past abuse?
  6. Have you forgiven your abuser?
  7. What makes your book unique among other books about recovery from childhood trauma?

 

arise and shine

Arise, and Climb the Mountain: When God Doesn’t Move the Mountains, He Gives You Faith to Climb Them Maintains Best Seller Status in 3 Different Categories.

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Sharon Eleanor Todd is pleased to present her best-selling book, Arise, and Climb the Mountain: When God Doesn’t Move the Mountains, He Gives You Faith to Climb Them

Sharon wrote Arise, and Climb the Mountain to encourage and equip readers on their faith journeys with powerful and transformational biblical truths.

Arise, and Climb the Mountain is a guide to healing as Sharon takes you on her inspirational faith journey of discovering renewed hope and purpose. With the beautiful Adirondacks as a backdrop, Sharon recounts God’s love and faithfulness on her trek through emotional and spiritual healing after life betrayals. Be encouraged and equipped to conquer your own mountains with powerful biblical truths and the Holy Spirit as your guide.

Arise, and Climb the Mountain is free and available for download on Amazon through Saturday, September 17, 2022. Click here to view. Arise, and Climb the Mountain is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

Julie A Bradford

5.0 out of 5 stars
A message of hope and redemption!

Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2022

We live in a world of broken people whom God is longing to bring hope, forgiveness healing and redemption to. Sharon shared her experiences in a very relatable way. After reading this book you will no longer have to wonder if God can help someone rise above their low places and struggles. Sharon’s book is a testimony of that very reality.

God delights in using broken people and redeeming their experiences for His glory.

Denise

5.0 out of 5 stars

Fantastic Book!

Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2022

This book and it’s accompanied bible study was such a blessing to our small group! Sharon’s transparency about her struggles and the way God’s word through scripture carried her through was incredible!

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Sharon Eleanor Todd at 518.481.0677 or Set4adk@gmail.com.

About the Author
Sharon Eleanor Todd resides in Connecticut and spends her summers in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, where she enjoys quiet early morning hours on the dock with her Bible and a cup of coffee. She is an avid hiker and an Adirondack Park enthusiast. Sharon is passionate about helping people grow in their relationship with Christ. Her ministry has taken place in hospitals, universities, urban churches, short-term missions, zoom meetings, and on hiking trails. She has been writing for over twenty years.

Suggested Interview Questions

The Adirondack Mountains are special to you. Tell me a little about how the Adirondacks became such a special place to you and what role they played in your healing.

Even though you were a Christian before you found yourself in a personal storm, your faith grew exponentially as you matured in your relationship with Christ and as He helped you overcome various trials and life transitions. Tell me a little about your faith journey through the years.

Divorce ranks as life’s second most stressful moments. What toll did your divorce take on you, and how long did it take for you to begin seeking healing?

Why did you decide to write this book, and what was the process like? Who do you hope will benefit from your book?

What was the turning point for you in your healing process, and what advice would you give others who are dealing with painful difficulties of their own?

You say that God can repurpose any pain for his Glory and redeem things for His good. Describe how you’ve seen this in your own life.

You describe the Holy Spirit as your spiritual hiking guide. Can you explain how this has been true in your life, and provide encouragement for those who may be ready to begin climbing their own personal mountains?

 

healing the system

Healing the System: A Prescription for Rejuvenating the Hearts of Healthcare Providers Free to Download through Saturday, September 17, 2022

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Wednesday, September 14, 2022

John McB. Hodson is proud to present a book for medical professionals, Healing the System: A Prescription for Rejuvenating the Hearts of Healthcare Providers

John wrote Healing the System for medical professionals wanting to change the increasingly dysfunctional environment typical of current practices.

Healing the System is a book for healthcare that offers a simple approach to changing the healthcare system in a way that will re-empower healthcare providers to do what they love to do—care for patients, solve problems, and influence the delivery system. Drawing on his vast experience as a seasoned cardiologist who has practiced medicine all over the world, Dr. John McB. Hodgson suggests easy-to-implement changes that healthcare providers and administrators can make to combat the increasingly dysfunctional environment typical of current practice. These changes can bring a sense of fulfillment, joy, and satisfaction back to the practice of medicine. Not only will the providers of healthcare benefit, but patients will also benefit, and the entire system will be energized. The message in this book will encourage physicians and other healthcare delivery professionals to create an environment and culture in which everyone can thrive by providing practical steps for positive change in healthcare administration.

John McB. Hodgson’s Healing the System will be free and available for download on Amazon through Saturday, September 17, 2022. Click here to download. Here’s what Rob Hoskins said about Healing the System:

“Hodgson’s book is a gift to the healthcare community. He identifies needed shifts in practice to create long-lasting improvements in the world of modern medicine. His action steps, if implemented, would foster a healthier, empowering environment for both providers and patients.” —Rob Hoskins

For more information or to schedule an interview about this press release, please contact John Hodgson at email jhodgson@tsg-ed.com.

About the Author
Dr. John McB. Hodgson is no stranger to the dysfunction of the American healthcare system. As an internationally recognized cardiologist who has served in academic and community hospitals, multicity systems, small rural hospitals, private practice, and academic employed practice, Dr. Hodgson has a unique perspective on what is working and what is not in today’s US healthcare system. With provider dissatisfaction at an all-time high, he is committed to improving the way healthcare systems work so that healthcare providers can get back to doing what they love to do—care for patients, solve problems, and influence the delivery system. He believes it is possible to create an environment and culture where everyone in the medical field can thrive and where a sense of fulfillment, joy, and satisfaction can be returned to the practice of medicine. Dr. Hodgson is a tenured professor of medicine, entrepreneur, inventor, certified life coach, and agent for change. He and his wife, Dinah, reside in Moreland Hills, Ohio.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. Hodgson, tell us what you experience on a daily basis with the current healthcare system. What led to you writing Healing the System?
  2. You have been a respected cardiologist for more than thirty years. What did your practice used to be like, say in the ’80s and ’90s, before the days of the RVUs and CPT codes? How have things changed in the past decade?
  3. Have you personally experienced feelings of discontentment with your profession? How would you describe that, and what did you do to reenergize?
  4. Where in the world have you practiced medicine, and what was that like? What was your favorite experience? What was the most difficult?
  5. Not all doctors have business acumen, but you do. What can you say to doctors coming into the system about being business minded?
  6. How important are leadership skills as a doctor? How can doctors develop leadership skills?
  7. What do you hope comes out of the ideas you provided in the book? For administrators? Healthcare providers? Systems managers? Nurses and other hospital staff?
  8. In the book, you gave almost a futuristic synopsis of what the healthcare system could be like. Can you summarize that for us?
  9. Can you tell us about the ideas in your T.E.A.C.H. approach? What do the different elements mean and how can they help the current healthcare system?
  10. If you could go back and pick your profession all over again, would you still choose to be a doctor, knowing what you know now?

 

arise and shine

Arise, and Climb the Mountain: When God Doesn’t Move the Mountains, He Gives You Faith to Climb Them will be Free to Download Tomorrow, September 13, 2022

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Monday, September 12, 2022 – Sharon Eleanor Todd is pleased to present her debut, Arise, and Climb the Mountain: When God Doesn’t Move the Mountains, He Gives You Faith to Climb Them

Sharon wrote Arise, and Climb the Mountain to encourage and equip readers on their faith journeys with powerful biblical truths.

Arise, and Climb the Mountain is a guide to healing as Sharon takes you on her inspirational faith journey of discovering renewed hope and purpose. With the beautiful Adirondacks as a backdrop, Sharon recounts God’s love and faithfulness on her trek through emotional and spiritual healing after life betrayals. Be encouraged and equipped to conquer your own mountains with powerful biblical truths and the Holy Spirit as your guide.

Arise, and Climb the Mountain will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days (9/13/2022-9/17/2022). Click here to view. Arise, and Climb the Mountain is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

Michael F Germano
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic
Reviewed in the United States on August 31, 2022

Shifting between her love of nature and of God, Todd conveys powerful illustrations of inspiration and self-reflection through dynamic prose. Her ability to shift from the personal to the natural to the divine challenges the reader to ponder his relationship with the natural world and has convinced this reader to spend a week in the Adirondacks next summer.

Laura Gurney
5.0 out of 5 stars
Arise and be blessed!
Reviewed in the United States on August 31, 2022

This special book will truly be a blessing and ministry to those who read it. Sharon’s deep and mature faith is evident as she shares how the Lord has faithfully walked with her along her own life journey. Through the challenges of hiking her personal “mountain,” you’ll be encouraged and inspired to climb your own. This perspective-building, faith-challenging, beautiful piece of writing is a treasure you’ll want to read and re-read. I trust it will bless you and your walk with Lord too! Highly recommend!

For More Information: For more questions or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Sharon Eleanor Todd at 518.481.0677 or Set4adk@gmail.com.

About the Author
Sharon Eleanor Todd resides in Connecticut and spends her summers in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, where she enjoys quiet early morning hours on the dock with her Bible and a cup of coffee. She is an avid hiker and an Adirondack Park enthusiast. Sharon is passionate about helping people grow in their relationship with Christ. Her ministry has taken place in hospitals, universities, urban churches, short-term missions, zoom meetings, and on hiking trails. She has been writing for over twenty years.

Suggested Interview Questions
The Adirondack Mountains are special to you. Tell me a little about how the Adirondacks became such a special place to you and what role they played in your healing.

Even though you were a Christian before you found yourself in a personal storm, your faith grew exponentially as you matured in your relationship with Christ and as He helped you overcome various trials and life transitions. Tell me a little about your faith journey through the years.

Divorce ranks as life’s second most stressful moments. What toll did your divorce take on you, and how long did it take for you to begin seeking healing?

Why did you decide to write this book, and what was the process like? Who do you hope will benefit from your book?

What was the turning point for you in your healing process, and what advice would you give others who are dealing with painful difficulties of their own?

You say that God can repurpose any pain for his Glory and redeem things for His good. Describe how you’ve seen this in your own life.

You describe the Holy Spirit as your spiritual hiking guide. Can you explain how this has been true in your life, and provide encouragement for those who may be ready to begin climbing their own personal mountains?

 

healing the system

Healing the System: A Prescription for Rejuvenating the Hearts of Healthcare Providers Will be Free to Download Tomorrow September 13, 2022

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – John McB. Hodson is proud to present a book for medical professionals, Healing the System: A Prescription for Rejuvenating the Hearts of Healthcare Providers

John wrote Healing the System for medical professionals wanting to change the increasingly dysfunctional environment typical of current practices.

Healing the System is a book for healthcare that offers a simple approach to changing the healthcare system in a way that will re-empower healthcare providers to do what they love to do—care for patients, solve problems, and influence the delivery system. Drawing on his vast experience as a seasoned cardiologist who has practiced medicine all over the world, Dr. John McB. Hodgson suggests easy-to-implement changes that healthcare providers and administrators can make to combat the increasingly dysfunctional environment typical of current practice.

These changes can bring a sense of fulfillment, joy, and satisfaction back to the practice of medicine. Not only will the providers of healthcare benefit, but patients will also benefit, and the entire system will be energized. The message in this book will encourage physicians and other healthcare delivery professionals to create an environment and culture in which everyone can thrive by providing practical steps for positive change in healthcare administration.

John McB. Hodgson’s Healing the System will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days (9/13/2022 – 9/17/2022). Click here to download. Healing the System is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what a recent reviewer said:

Melanie Stephens
An Essential Look Into Healthcare and How to Improve It
5.0 out of 5 stars
Verified Purchase

Dr. Hodgson joins the pantheon of physician writers, such as Atul Gawande and Jerome Groopman, who shed light on healthcare’s current malaise. As a layperson, I was gratified to learn of the systems, or lack there of, and pressures that influence our healthcare universe. Hodgson’s practical, relationship-rich suggestions for improvement seemed remarkably attainable and financially feasible. The building of team function and spirit promises nothing but better times for all providers and staff. This book should be read but anyone who has ever used a healthcare facility, as staff or patient.

For more information or to schedule an interview about this press release, please contact John Hodgson at email jhodgson@tsg-ed.com.

About the Author
Dr. John McB. Hodgson is no stranger to the dysfunction of the American healthcare system. As an internationally recognized cardiologist who has served in academic and community hospitals, multicity systems, small rural hospitals, private practice, and academic employed practice, Dr. Hodgson has a unique perspective on what is working and what is not in today’s US healthcare system. With provider dissatisfaction at an all-time high, he is committed to improving the way healthcare systems work so that healthcare providers can get back to doing what they love to do—care for patients, solve problems, and influence the delivery system. He believes it is possible to create an environment and culture where everyone in the medical field can thrive and where a sense of fulfillment, joy, and satisfaction can be returned to the practice of medicine. Dr. Hodgson is a tenured professor of medicine, entrepreneur, inventor, certified life coach, and agent for change. He and his wife, Dinah, reside in Moreland Hills, Ohio.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. Hodgson, tell us what you experience on a daily basis with the current healthcare system. What led to you writing Healing the System?
  2. You have been a respected cardiologist for more than thirty years. What did your practice used to be like, say in the ’80s and ’90s, before the days of the RVUs and CPT codes? How have things changed in the past decade?
  3. Have you personally experienced feelings of discontentment with your profession? How would you describe that, and what did you do to reenergize?
  4. Where in the world have you practiced medicine, and what was that like? What was your favorite experience? What was the most difficult?
  5. Not all doctors have business acumen, but you do. What can you say to doctors coming into the system about being business minded?
  6. How important are leadership skills as a doctor? How can doctors develop leadership skills?
  7. What do you hope comes out of the ideas you provided in the book? For administrators? Healthcare providers? Systems managers? Nurses and other hospital staff?
  8. In the book, you gave almost a futuristic synopsis of what the healthcare system could be like. Can you summarize that for us?
  9. Can you tell us about the ideas in your T.E.A.C.H. approach? What do the different elements mean and how can they help the current healthcare system?
  10. If you could go back and pick your profession all over again, would you still choose to be a doctor, knowing what you know now?

 

more than 2 paths

Gay Christians Can Experience Deep Lasting Ties Says New Book

Are you or someone you love wrestling with faith and LGBTQIA questions?
Book affirms LGBTQ persons can be part of the body of Christ, gives relating keys

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – MIDVALE, Utah, Sep. 13, 2022 – College media instructor Karl W. Beckstrand has realized most of his bucket list. He has lived abroad — visiting four continents, interned for Congress in D.C., worked for IBM and Intel, earned an M.A. in conflict resolution, published 26 books, been a Stanford Hospital chaplain and a Spanish interpreter for Angel Flight (aviator nonprofit).

But Beckstrand’s early relationships were far from satisfying. While his ego might now take credit for decades of deep stable relating with both sexes, Beckstrand knows it was a power beyond his own that brought true lasting connections.

Are you or someone you love wrestling with faith and LGBTQIA questions? Beckstrand’s newest nonfiction book, “More than 2 Paths,” offers insights to bolster confidence in God’s love and plans for each person — differences and all, plus relating keys.

“I was about to marry a beautiful woman,” says Beckstrand, “though I’m attracted to men and women — and had been pretty sexual with men when younger. Because I could see nothing good in my same sex attraction, I’d grown up hating that part of me.”

The engagement ended over other differences, but Beckstrand, who hadn’t been sexual with a man in many years, feared going back to an out-of-control life. “I was trying to avoid men completely — because that’s what I thought God wanted me to do,” he says.

Instead, God showed him that “He not only accepts queerness, it is — expressed attentively — part of his plan for happiness,” says Beckstrand. “Has anything taken God by Surprise?”

Beckstrand explains, “Not only does God love us with our differences, He has a purpose for the differences we compare ourselves to others with. Attraction to one’s own sex is not a sin nor is it contagious — and it’s not a mortal choice. Why would I choose to be attracted to guys when most men don’t welcome such interest?”

“My same sex emotional needs (like for those for food) are God-given, meant to be met healthfully — not in servitude, not bottled up,” says Beckstrand. “I’ve learned that people of the same sex were made to love each other deeply and long-term (and in some ways better than men and women love each other).” Yet, long-term relating bliss can be elusive for anyone — even for straight people.

“God can help us meet our needs,” says Beckstrand, “but He won’t remove them.”

Given Beckstrand’s compulsive history, for a time he wasn’t sure how to meet his same-sex emotional needs. “Often, people see only binary options,” he says, “yet, there are infinite ways to be human, let alone LGBTQIA — and more levels of connection than we know — happier than the sparse paths the world often signals. We miss blessings by ignoring God’s input on how connectedness and happiness are attained.”

Beckstrand’s profound ongoing unions sprung from the loss of relations and expectations that he’d previously held as important. He shares scriptural keys to transforming relationships and creating lasting, healthful connection with those of one’s own sex.

One key is to never confuse euphoria with love. “People who think euphoria is love guarantee that they’ll soon be out of love, given the temporary nature of that feeling,” says Beckstrand. “When people abandon the quest for euphoria, they can more easily find true relating.”

Becktrand says, just about anyone can find lasting, loving relationships. “God can help us fulfill our needs as we honor His will in all relating,” says Beckstrand. “As you realize that true needs are being met, bliss and generous impulses toward others can replace discouragement, isolation, lust, even addiction.”

“I never dreamed fulfilment would come via male-to-male connection — or that even straight people have needs for same-sex connection (independent of euphoria, though non-sexual euphoria can be part of ordinary human interactions),” Beckstrand says.

Seeing more options may require some thought and introspection. “Your best relationships may not be the one(s) you’re currently in, pursuing, or think you’re missing out on,” says Beckstrand, “or they may not come about in the way you’re trying to build them.”

What Beckstrand has learned about same-sex connection applies to heterosexuals, LGBTQIA, married people, singles, men and women. “I believe a change in what/how you seek could save you decades of frustration and heartbreak and fulfill you beyond your current expectations,” he says. “Awareness of options increases power/satisfaction. I love who I am, and I want others to feel self-love, God’s love, and profound love with others.”

Chapters include: “Beyond Either/or Thinking, How to Not Miss Out, Is It All about Sex?, What’s Good About Attraction to Your Own Sex?, Is Fluidity Real?, Are Competing Desires Healthful?, Is Mixed Orientation Marriage a Happy Option for Some?, Authentic Identity – The Key to Happiness” and “Close Beyond Imagination.”

Beckstrand is the winner of a 2016 International Book Award and has 65 e-book titles. “More Than 2 Paths” — called “definitive” by Publisher’s Weekly — can be found in hard cover, soft cover, e-book, or audiobook on PremioBooks.com, Amazon, libraries, and all major distributors.

 

 

megavoice

New From MegaVoice: Solar Speaker, Innovative Speaker and Charging Case Designed for the Mission Field

Audio Bible Ministry Expands Product Line with Solar-Powered, BT-Compatible, Water-Resistant Speaker and Charging Case

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – JACKSONVILLE, FL: MegaVoice is a global technology and content ministry with a single purpose: equipping their Partners to fulfill the Great Commission so all people may engage with the Word of God in their own language.

Over 30 years ago, the founders of MegaVoice developed the world’s first solar-powered, digital audio Bible. Since then, through innovation and partnership, MegaVoice has continually improved and diversified its devices and curated one of the world’s largest audio scripture libraries in thousands of languages.

MegaVoice partners with Samaritan’s Purse, InTouch Ministries, Voice of the Martyrs, Cru, and Bible Societies all around the world.

This month, MegaVoice released the Solar Speaker, an important addition to their line of solar-powered audio and video Bibles.

“The Solar Speaker offers many features Partners requested based on their experience in the field,” said Darrel Templeton, Chief Partnership Officer at MegaVoice. “This speaker allows you to amplify your MegaVoice player or cell phone audio for an entire church body or Bible study group (up to 150 people!). Operate the Solar Speaker as a loud speaker system by pairing it with an external UHF Headset transmitter. It will also keep your MegaVoice player or cell phone charged and protected while you’re on the go.”

The solar-powered battery pack, rugged hard-shell case, and heat/water-resistant design make it the perfect accessory for mission trips, larger listening group presentations or even yard work, camping, and more. Includes auxiliary cord and charging cord with universal adapters for a variety of cell phones and audio players.

The Solar Speaker will be available starting October 1st, 2022. Contact MegaVoice or visit the web page below to purchase Solar Speakers:

Darrel Templeton, Chief Partnership Officer, and Charles Cibene, CEO, are available for interview upon request. Please email baranda@megavoice.com for further information.

up from the ashes

Up from the Ashes: Recapturing God’s Original Design and Purpose for Your Life Will be Free to Download Tomorrow September 13, 2022

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Dinah Lee Hodgson is proud to present her debut book, Up from the Ashes: Recapturing God’s Original Design and Purpose for Your Life, part memoir and part Christian living.

Dinah wrote Up from the Ashes: Recapturing God’s Original Design and Purpose for Your Life as a roadmap to abundant blessing.

Underneath her facade of happiness, Dinah Hodgson struggles emotionally. When her unhappiness becomes too much to bear, she cries out to God, but His response is not what she expects—He asks her to explore the hidden abuse she endured. Even though obedience will be painful, Dinah accepts that it’s the only way to experience healing from past trauma. What follows is a journey of reclaiming her destiny as God brings her “up from the ashes.” In this motivational self-help book, Hodgson draws the reader toward abundant life.

Dinah Lee Hodgson’s Up from the Ashes will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days (9/13/2022 – 9/17/2022). Click here to download her book for free. Up from the Ashes is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

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Honest and hope-filled

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This book is a gift for those of us struggling to understand why past wounds still affect us even after we surrender our lives to Christ. Dinah Hodgson shares about the difficulties she’s faced, not pretending that finding Jesus magically made everything better. She doesn’t pit faith and science against each other, but shares how her healing came through God working in her life in many different ways.

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Hopeful personal story of a life restored by the Gospel!

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Dinah’s story bears witness to the power of the Gospel to rescue and restore. Her story is uniquely her own and yet also manages to speak to common human experiences of brokenness and hurt. In the end it is a deeply hopeful and thoughtful reflection on what it looks like to live a life transformed by the Gospel.

For More Information: For more information or to schedule an interview about this press release please contact Dinah Lee Hodgson at dinahhodgson@gmail.com.

About the Author
Speaker and ministry leader Dinah Hodgson attended Grand Canyon University’s Christian Leadership program and became ordained by Messenger Fellowship. Recently she graduated from Primus University of Theology with a masters and is now working on her doctorate in Christian leadership and Christian counseling. She has served in a myriad of leadership roles within the local church as well as para-church ministries. She has spoken nationally and internationally. Dinah and John, her husband of forty-three years, reside in Moreland Hills, Ohio, and have traveled the world for ministry and pleasure. They have three children, two daughters-in-love, and five cherished grandchildren.

Suggested Interview Questions

  1. Is it possible to fully recover from childhood abuse?
  2. Have you found unexpected benefits to recalling and facing difficult experiences from your past?
  3. Through the process of writing this book, did you recall details of your abusive childhood that you had previously forgotten?
  4. How do your own traumatic childhood experiences help you to minister to others who are hurting?
  5. How important is forgiveness in the process of healing from past abuse?
  6. Have you forgiven your abuser?
  7. What makes your book unique among other books about recovery from childhood trauma?

 

stay the course

New Redemption Press release offers practical guidance to help students achieve their educational dreams

FAITH NEWS SERVICEYou’re not alone.

Many students struggle on the educational journey. According to educationdata.org, 73 percent of students who dropped out of high school said their parents encouraged them to stay in school. What’s even more startling is that students from lower socioeconomic status are five times more likely to drop out of high school.*

After a school boycott, Verna lost hope momentarily of ever completing high school. Later, once her spirit was awakened, she pressed forward and navigated the education system as a young military wife, moving several times, and eventually completing a doctoral degree in her early fifties.

Since obtaining these accomplishments, Coach Verna has dedicated her life to helping students obtain the skills necessary to stay in school and to acquire the motivation needed to learn, grow, and to be their best.

Part memoir and part student guidebook, Stay the Course shares that it’s possible to overcome hardship and achieve dreams. In fact, as stated by Brian and April Ward, the foreword writers, “readers will soon find themselves cheering alongside Verna and her husband in their efforts to make their lives as wonderful as they have become.” Harvey says, “Being mindful of obstacles many students face, I wrote this book to assist those who need help with practical, mundane matters hindering their educational success.”

Dr. Harvey’s writing is honest and leaves no subject vague. From how her upbringing shaped her early education to the military’s impact on her family and education, students of all experiences (primary, secondary, dropout, and postsecondary) should, like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, be able to “. . .  think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.”

With over one hundred nuggets of practical guidance, students will gain knowledge for using practical everyday habits, academic practices, and making good decisions, giving them confidence to stay the course because the world needs them to be their best.

https://redemption-press.com/product/stay-the-course-help-for-students-needing-help-this-world-needs-your-best-you/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Faced with the possibility of never finishing high school, Dr. Verna Harvey didn’t let disappointment stop her. She earned her GED and eventually a doctoral degree in her early fifties. Along with her retired military husband, Len, they now empower students to leave discouragement behind and to reach for their dreams. The husband and wife team live in Georgia, where prior to COVID-19, they were involved in the Community Partners in Education (CPIE) program for elementary students and Living Bridges Ministry, where Verna co-taught students in Transformations, a program designed to assist students in getting out of poverty—the same predicament in which she and Len once lived.

For review copies and media interviews, contact Verna Harvey using the contact link provided at vernafosterharvey.com

* https://educationdata.org/high-school-dropout-rate

 

dare 2 share

In its 1st year, Dare to Share LIVE is expanding its reach internationally with its first ever Spanish focused event

FAITH NEWS SERVICEThis September 17th, Dare 2 Share LIVE will empower Spanish-speaking youth across the world to serve and boldly engage local communities with the power of the Gospel.

Arvada, CO – With the success of the Dare 2 Share LIVE event over the past several years, the international non-profit organization, Dare 2 Share Ministries, continues its mission this fall by expanding beyond language borders in order to equip and empower Spanish-speaking teenagers to serve and share the good news of Jesus in countries around the world.

Founder of Dare 2 Share, Greg Stier, stated “With skyrocketing statistics of teen depression, anxiety and suicide, I believe we must do something radical to change the spiritual trajectory of this current generation of teenagers. Only the good news of Jesus can set them free from all they’re going through! That’s what Dare 2 Share LIVE is all about. It’s reaching a generation with the hope of Jesus and then mobilizing them to reach their peers until every teen, everywhere, has every last chance to put their faith in Jesus.

On September 17th, teens in Spanish-speaking countries around the world will be mobilized simultaneously to fight to win the souls of their peers with the hope that only Jesus can bring. Through powerful worship, inspirational talks, hands-on training and cutting-edge technology, teenagers will be unleashed to serve their communities and reach their peers. Now more than ever, with violence and desperation rampant, students are stepping out with the message of life, serving and bringing the Gospel to make a difference because the Gospel changes everything.”

During the event last year, over 1,300 U.S. locations registered to be a part of Dare 2 Share LIVE. This year the event is set to broadcast live from Denver, Colorado to bring a day of teen evangelism and training to the Spanish-speaking world.

Dare 2 Share LIVE is a teen-led movement of national evangelism designed to ignite students with the mission of Jesus. Using technology students are accustomed to, including a livestream, mobile app and social media, Dare 2 Share LIVE is structured to teach and inspire teens to relationally share the message of Christ.

About Dare 2 Share
Founded in 1991, Dare 2 Share’s mission of Energizing the Church to Mobilize youth to Gospelize their world has led them to train and provide resources to hundreds of thousands of students and youth leaders. The focus on relational evangelism training has made Dare 2 Share the go-to teen evangelism training resource globally for youth leaders and churches who desire a Gospel Advancing Ministry that accelerates the spiritual growth of their teens and impacts their communities with the good news of Jesus Christ. During Dare 2 Share’s 31 years of operation, over 1 million teenagers, youth leaders, and church groups have received training, curriculum, and resources to engage in spiritual conversations in their communities.

For more information on Dare 2 Share Live, visit https://www.dare2share.org/es/live/ For more information on the organization of Dare 2 Share, visit dare2share.org

For press inquiries and interview requests, please contact Emma Schenkel, emmaschenkel@dare2share.org

want a Gospel Advancing Ministry that accelerates the spiritual growth of their teens and impacts their communities with the good news of Jesus Christ.

For more information on Dare 2 Share Live, visit dare2share.org/d2sliveinfo For more information on the organization of Dare 2 Share, visit dare2share.org

depth

New books helps women dealing with grief and heartbreak to find hope through faith

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Recent research* has found that heartbreak can cause physical pain and other health issues. This makes sense, especially considering that researchers agree that rejection and pain—both emotional and physical—are processed in the same parts of the brain. So how can a thing that affects us so profoundly on both an emotional and physical level actually benefit us?

When it comes to heartbreak, Jodi Rosser is an unintentional expert. Having experienced the grief of a miscarriage, a divorce, and the loss of her best friend to pancreatic cancer, Jodi discovered that she could go either of two directions: run to God or run away from Him.

In her new book, Depth: Growing through Heartbreak to Strength, Jodi describes her own struggles with heartbreak and offers help to other women who are going down that same road.

“There is something about being taken to a place of heartbreak,” she says, “where you have to choose either to run to God with your pain or run away from God in anger. I chose to run to the Lord with my pain: every hour, every day, or every minute if necessary.”

And it is in running to God, according to Jodi, that heartbreak can transform from what feels like purposeless torment to something meaningful.

For many, this is a new way to think about heartbreak, a thing that most of us go to great lengths to avoid. “My hope is that the reader will discover intimacy with God as He redeems her pain.” Jodi explains. “As she relies on God’s strength, she will see His plan to not only heal her broken heart, but to grow her roots deeper in her faith. As her relationship with the Lord deepens, she will desire to share her story and help another hurting heart. I believe this is when it comes full circle. When we share our broken story and how God faithfully met us in the pain, we will change the trajectory of another grieving soul. This is my prayer for this book.”

Jodi wants to help other women see that their greatest heartbreak can catapult them to their greatest growth. She encourages them to invite God into their pain and tearfully grieve, but also be expectant that God never wastes their tears and can use this heartbreak to deepen their roots in Him.

There is power in the idea that God never wastes our hurt but can turn it around and use it for our good if we are willing to let Him.

https://redemption-press.com/product/depth-growing-through-heartbreak-to-strength/

* www.pnas.org/doi/full/10.1073/pnas.1102693108

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jodi Rosser is an author, podcaster, and speaker who serves a steadily growing audience through her podcast, Depth, and her blog, Heartbreak to Strength. Having walked through multiple heartbreaks (divorce, miscarriage, and cancer), Jodi now inspires women to grow deeper in their faith and to find hope, joy, and purpose through their unexpected storms. For ten years she served in children’s ministry and women’s leadership at Saddleback Church in Orange County, California. She lights up the most when she shares her testimony using her cracked clay pot, a visual reminder that God shines brightest through our broken places. She is raising two teenage sons in Southern California, where she teaches science to elementary students in the STEM Lab. Jodi loves to connect with readers on her website, jodirosser.com, or on Instagram, @jodi.rosser.

For review copies and media interviews, contact Jodi: jodirosser@gmail.com

Connect with the author:
Website: jodirosser.com
Instagram: @jodi.rosser https://www.instagram.com/jodi.rosser
Facebook: @jodi.rosser https://www.facebook.com/jodi.rosser 
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The Change in Us

Compelling new memoir addresses the demons of addiction and abuse, and the healing power of God to change us

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – When it comes to recovering from substance abuse, people who have faith in God may be at an advantage. According to a study* about the effects of spirituality and religious faith on recovery, an increase in coping skills, greater resistance to stress, an optimistic outlook, and a strong support system are factors faith contributes. In her new memoir, Heather Stover demonstrates the truth in this finding.

Years after living through a nightmare, Heather felt God come to her in a dream. He made it clear that He was using everything she had experienced in her young life—drugs, alcohol, and abuse—for a bigger purpose. And the time had come for her to open up about it in the book she’d been wanting to write for thirteen years.

In The Change in Us, Heather reveals the pain of living in a home dominated by the ever-present fear of her father’s alcohol-fueled rage. Her mother, while loving and caring, couldn’t be there for Heather and her brother because she too lived in constant fear. She spent her days bandaging heart wounds induced by the man she had taken vows with.

It’s no surprise that, as Heather got older, her own life became a constant battle against the same demons that haunted her father. Alcohol and drugs became her bedrock—the things she turned to not for the fun of the high but the escape from the pain. The pain that followed her into her marriage and career as a singer who mostly performed in bars. But two key turning points in her life changed her forever. The death of her father awakened a surprising and frightening wonder about where people go after they die. Then marriage and parenthood motivated her to get clean. No more drugs or alcohol, although the struggle with that lifestyle would continue within her marriage.

Miraculously, Heather’s pursuit of the truth about the afterlife led her to find Jesus. The more she grew in her relationship with God and learned what it truly means to be a Christian, the more He changed her. The Change in Us is about how God can change everything if we are obedient and allow Him into our lives. This memoir is the journey of a young girl who grew up angry and scared until God pursued her and freed her from her fears and anxieties as she learned to trust in Him and His plans. It’s about taking a wayward child and making her a child of God.

In the author’s words: “I pray that this memoir will show the hurt, the fears, and the obstacles that I have gone through in my life, but even more, that it will show where God has been in them the whole time, even when I did not recognize Him.”

https://redemption-press.com/product/the-change-in-us-a-story-of-gods-healing-power/

*https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2000/08/faith#:~:text=WASHINGTON%20%E2%80%9%20Among%20people%20recovering%20from,contribute%20to%20the%20recovery%20process.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Heather Stover is a wife, mom, professional singer, worship leader, and now an author. Through her personal struggles with family, addiction, health, and loss, she found faith in Jesus that has carried her through. She makes her home in a small village in Ohio with her husband, Jayson; their daughter, Savannah Love; son, Noah Jay; and a goldendoodle named Evie Blue. When she’s not playing music with her husband, she enjoys riding bikes, taking daily walks, spending hours in bookstores, sipping coffee, and eating all the good treats. Heather and Jayson have learned to make prayer a priority in their home and to keep God at the center of their lives.

For review copies and media interviews, contact: email address

Connect with the author at: stover.heathern@gmail.com

Website: heatherstover.com
Instagram: stover.heathern

world of the word

New Book on Christian Discipleship in biblical lands inspires faith

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – In The World of the Word, author J. Daniel Fennell takes his readers on an eyewitness journey across the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean lands where the biblical story was born.

Beginning in the land of Moab in modern Jordan, the pathos and promise of God’s Old and New Testament peoples’ faith comes alive in readers as they discover how real history and redemptive hope merge. Ancient stories of men and women who trusted in God are made contemporary to modern life as Daniel Fennell guides us expertly through places of significant importance to Christian discipleship,

Travelling east to west – from Jordan, through Israel, into Turkey and Greece – vivid descriptions of faith expressed in places of conflict and conquest help readers gain deeper insight into the importance of place in Christian pilgrimage. Walking with Israel through the wilderness to Canaan; following Jesus and his disciples from Capernaum to Jerusalem; and partnering with Paul on his Mediterranean mission – in this book the historical reality of the biblical story unfolds before your eyes, inviting you on a journey to discover fellowship, adventure and joy in following Jesus.

A former missionary to Indonesia and a ten-year traveller and teacher in bible lands, if there’s one thing author Daniel Fennell understands it is the need for those who courageously follow Jesus to rediscover confidence in the historical truth of God’s word and experience its transforming power.

Daniel Fennell’s ministry has spanned more than 30 years – teaching Indonesian language, serving as a missionary in Indonesia for over two decades, and more recently pastoring a church in South Australia. Daniel writes for believers and seekers alike who are searching for meaning through a faith encounter with Jesus by reading the Bible.

In his powerful book, devout pilgrims and curious seekers alike are helped to reconnect Christian faith to its historical foundations as the reality of the biblical story unfolds before their eyes. Throughout this discipleship adventure, you will be inspired to walk into the future, having discovered the challenge, fellowship and joy of following Jesus.

Daniel and his wife Diane live in Adelaide, Australia  and have three children. He passionately supports Australian Rules Football and he is an avid reader and traveller.

25 meters to god

Hit by a bus: A Dad’s story of praying for his daughter’s recovery from traumatic brain injury

FAITH NEWS SERVICEWhen Tad Weiss received a phone call on June 5, 2014, informing him that his daughter, Maggie, had been hit by a bus while out on a run in Seville, Spain, his life would never be the same.

In his new book, 25 Meters to God, Weiss shares what would become a seven-year journey of healing and spiritual reawakening. While Maggie struggled—first to survive, then to heal from multiple injuries, including traumatic brain injuries in two places—Tad and his wife, Wendy, did the only thing that brought them comfort—they prayed. They also established a page for Maggie on CaringBridge*, a website designed to allow people facing various medical conditions to communicate with family and friends. Through daily journaling on this site, Tad found himself sharing the insights God revealed to him through the process of Maggie’s recovery.

While Maggie had received multiple injuries, including seven broken ribs and a badly shattered pelvis on both sides, the most challenging was the blow to her brain when she slammed into the windshield of the bus. According to the Brain Injury Association of America, car accidents are one of the most common causes for traumatic brain injury.** They state that, fortunately, only about 10 to 20 percent of brain injuries will require some type of invasive operation. In Maggie’s case, the doctors kept her sedated for several days while they monitored the swelling and pressure on her brain. It was a slow process, and not without its challenges, but Maggie’s brain healed with the benefit of time and a substantial amount of prayer.

For her dad, caring for Maggie throughout her recovery brought him face-to-face with the question people often ask in this type of situation: Why does God allow things like this to happen? At this critical juncture, there are generally two conclusions to be drawn. Either the traumatic event is God’s way of punishing us, or His attempt to lovingly get our attention. In Tad’s case, he saw it as an opportunity to not only deepen his own relationship with God, but to share his insights with others.

“I was raised in a Christian home and have known Jesus all my life,” the author states. “I surrendered my life to Christ in 1992 at the age of thirty. I study the Bible and try to live my life like Jesus, but I am a sinner in need of a Savior. The words I’ve written are inspired by God; I’m trying to be obedient and relay what He has put in front of me. I’ve had a front row seat to witness a miracle and I want to tell others about our amazing God!”

25 Meters to God is not just the story of a young woman’s recovery from traumatic brain injury. It’s also about a community of believers coming together in prayer. What might have been a tragedy emerges as a story of hope and encouragement.

*www.caringbridge.org.

**www.keranews.org/health-wellness/2022-04-11/traumatic-brain-injury-occurs-about-once-every-nine-seconds-in-the-u-s-heres-how-and-why

https://redemption-press.com/product/25-meters-to-god/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A lifelong midwesterner, Tad Weiss went to college in Minnesota and has lived there ever since. He works as a Certified Financial Planner and is the president of Modus Advisors LLC, a registered investment advisory firm. He has served on the board of directors for Feed My Starving Children and was their chairman from 2011 to 2014. His hobbies are centered around sports, skiing, golf, and fitness, with an occasional triathlon when the mood strikes. Tad resides in Victoria, Minnesota, with his wife, Wendy, and their dog, Corby. Their daughter, Maggie, and son-in-law, Paul, live nearby, and their son, Peter, lives in Denver.

For review copies and media interviews, contact: E-mail address: tad@25meters.com

Connect with the author at:

Website: www.25meters.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tad.weiss.1

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tad.weiss/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tad-weiss-70449012

 

joyce meyer

NY Times Bestselling Author & Bible Teacher Joyce Meyer to Host 40th Women’s Conference in St. Louis MO

FAITH NEWS SERVICEJoyce Meyer to Host 40th LOVE LIFE WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

Joyce Meyer Ministries’ Signature Annual Event Returns to St. Louis at the Dome at America’s Center

  • Featuring New York Times bestselling author and Bible teacher Joyce Meyer, with special guests, Joel Osteen, Lisa Harper and Christine Caine
  • Musical guests: Chris Tomlin, Phil Wickham, Brandon Lake, and Tauren Wells

August 24, 2022 (St. Louis, Mo.): NY Times Bestselling Author and Bible Teacher, Joyce Meyer, will host her fortieth women’s conference this September in St. Louis, Missouri! Thousands of women are expected to gather at the Dome at America’s Center on September 22-24, 2022, as Joyce Meyer Ministries’ 40th Annual Love Life Women’s Conference kicks off for a very exciting weekend! Attendees at this ladies-only event will hear inspirational messages from bestselling author and St. Louis native, Joyce Meyer, along with special guests Joel Osteen, Lisa Harper and Christine Caine.

Women will also experience a glorious time of worship at each session, featuring several of the music industry’s most celebrated Christian artists: Chris Tomlin, Phil Wickham, Brandon Lake and Tauren Wells.

“It’s a tremendous honor to have welcomed women from all over the world to our Women’s Conference for forty consecutive years,” says Joyce Meyer. “We look forward to a truly exciting and unforgettable milestone anniversary weekend next month, where ladies will hear life-changing messages about God’s love and how to remain peaceful, faith-filled and grounded in Christ no matter their circumstances. We pray that throughout the weekend, every woman is revived, encouraged, and fully equipped to represent God’s love, mercy and compassion toward a hurting world.”

Schedule (Note: doors open 90 minutes prior to each session):

  • Thursday, September 22: 7 PM
  • Friday, September 23: 9:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 7 PM
  • Saturday, September 24: 9:30 AM and 1:30 PM

Seating is open, on a first come first serve basis. Early entrance will be available for the physically impaired, 15 minutes before doors open. Interpretation for the hearing impaired as well as Spanish translation will be provided. This section will be reserved until 30 minutes before the start of each session.

The Love Life Women’s Conference brings a significant boost to the St. Louis economy. With more than fifteen thousand visitors filling thousands of downtown and airport area hotel rooms, the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission (CVC) estimates over $6.8 million in direct spending will happen throughout the weekend.

Over the weekend, conference attendees will bring in school supplies to benefit families in need throughout the St. Louis area. They will be supporting the St. Louis Dream Centeran inner-city outreach and subsidiary of Joyce Meyer Ministries, located in North St. Louis.

Hundreds of volunteers and Joyce Meyer Ministries staff make this annual event happen. For more information about the conference, please visit our website: www.joycemeyer.org/lovelife.

prayerful planning

Educator releases inspirational resource for school-year planning

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – With decades of experience behind her in teaching, administrating, and educational consulting, Kari Calcote is releasing an inspirational planning guide for educators. Published by Redemption Press (2022), Prayerful Planning: An Inspirational Planning Resource for Educators is a six-week planning guide and practical resource.

This new release includes strategies and tips grounded in educational research to help teachers monitor and support students, and includes weekly self-care ideas to alleviate stress, devotionals, and inspirational Scriptures.

Calcote, who has a bachelor’s in communications and a master’s in educational diagnostics, says, “Teaching is a demanding profession. The stakes are high, and the support is often low. But, remember, you are here for a reason. God is using you to reach others. Trust in his plan and know you are changing lives.” The Texas-based educator adds, “No matter why you chose this field, you will have a significant impact on kids. You hold the power to mold young minds, inspire greatness, and model kindness.”

https://redemption-press.com/product/prayerful-planning-an-inspirational-planning-resource-for-educators/

About the Author
Kari Calcote is an educator who never wanted to be a teacher. She has worked as a teacher, an elementary school principal, curriculum director, special-ed teacher, behavior specialist, and diagnostician. She currently serves as special-ed director for four small west Texas districts. She and her husband enjoy engaging with their two kids in their activities and sports, and they are active members in their Winters, Texas, Church of Christ.

For more information contact Kari at kari@calcoteconsulting.com.

down the river

Book two of the Two Rivers Trilogy—Christian native American historical fiction adventure—focuses on spiritual warfare and intercessory prayer

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – In Down the River, author Michael W. Henry continues the adventure of book 1, Two Rivers. Down the River sends main characters Allen Hartman and Deacon Abraham on wild journeys as they battle dark forces that include pirates and demonic forces—but not without the help of powerful prayers from the people in their everyday lives.

Allen, missionary to the Arapaho in 1840, finds himself facing disgrace from his denomination, for dressing like the natives and living in their camps. When Allen departs on what should be an uneventful journey to clear his name, he is thrust into a mission to rescue his close friend Deacon Abraham, a former slave who’s been kidnapped by a depraved, vile man. Allen—no stranger to spiritual warfare—will stop at nothing to save his friend, including fending off river pirates out for blood and demonic forces intent on stealing lives.

Pastor to a small church in Ohio, Deacon Abraham risks his life daily to help transport runaway slaves to the next leg of their freedom trek. But it’s more than his life that’s at stake when he’s captured by a minion to a dark, formidable being—it’s his soul. Will the prayer warriors interceding for Deacon Abraham and Allen be enough to defeat the haunting evil, or will two men of God be brought to their knees before an insidious power?

A former missionary to the Dominican Republic and Mexico, if there’s one thing author Michael Henry is familiar with, it’s spiritual warfare and deliverance. “The power of intercessory prayer on behalf of those in spiritual warfare cannot be overstated,” Michael says. “The portrayal of fiction events is a reflection of the real spiritual battles believers encounter.”

Michael takes the reader deep into the heart of a man who trusts his prayers—and those of friends he knows are interceding on his behalf—and God himself above all, even when facing seemingly insurmountable challenges.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael W. Henry’s ministry has spanned from serving as a missionary in Mexico, where he encountered intense spiritual warfare, to planting and pastoring churches in Washington state. Now retired, Michael pursues writing, film production, and offers spiritual-life coaching to believers searching for deep faith encounters with Jesus. Michael has long been fascinated by Native American spirituality and culture. He and his wife live in Wenatchee, Washington, and enjoy hunting, hiking, canoeing, and other outdoor activities with their four adult children and grandchildren. He has previously published Two Rivers, book 1 of the Two Rivers Trilogy.

Contact email: Mhenry6@gmail.com
Social media links
Instagram: mike.henry6
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mike.henry.334839

 

losing her finding me

A Parent’s Heartache: Author Offers Hope for Healing in the “Silent Epidemic” of Child-Parent Estrangement

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – According to experts in the field of family psychology, estrangement between parents and their adult children is more common than ever. In fact, 27 percent of families are estranged, and 40 percent have experienced in their family.*

While heartbreaking, this statistic might bring a bit of comfort to parents like Michelle, who lived through the ordeal of abandonment by her daughter.

In her new memoir, Losing Her, Finding Me, Rohlf lays bare the story of how she lost not only her daughter, and all contact with her grandchildren, but her sense of self. When her daughter Naomi left, Rohlf found herself stripped of her identity as a person—that’s how enmeshed her life was with Naomi’s.

Faced with what felt like no good options, she turned to God. This became a turning point for her own journey of healing, not only from her recent losses, but from the damages of her childhood, which she hadn’t realized still impacted her. The cumulative effect of early unhealed wounds had seeped into her first marriage, her divorce, and her parenting. Unless she faced these traumas, any attempt to mend the current rift in her family would remain fruitless.

In an interview with Today’s Savannah Guthrie, psychologist Joshua Coleman calls the phenomenon of child-parent estrangement a “silent epidemic,” because people are too embarrassed to discuss it.** But for those going through it, this silence only adds to their sense of culpability and isolation.

“So many parents who are going through this don’t want to talk about it,” Coleman said. “They feel ashamed. They feel humiliated. And the kids as well. They don’t want to talk about it either.”

For Michelle Rohlf and those like her, talking about it is the only path toward healing. And for other parents who have difficult adult children, her book has a message of hope. While they might feel like they are alone in this journey of rejection, they are not.

“Your life isn’t over because your child walked away,” Rohlf says. “And the first step toward healing is to work on yourself. Find your own life apart from your child because you are valuable, and this world needs you.”

*   https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/29/opinion/estranged-american-families.html

** https://www.today.com/parents/parental-estrangement-silent-epidemic-cut-kids-1C9163139

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michelle Rohlf has spent a lifetime focusing on relationships and encouraging others to cultivate their own healthy relationships. She speaks at retreats, women’s meetings, and Bible Studies. She has a passion for mentoring and discipleship, whether it be one on one or in small groups. Married to a wonderful, supportive man since 1995, Michelle resides in Phoenix, Arizona. She has two daughters, two grandsons, and two small, fluffy dogs. Losing Her, Finding Me is her first book.

For review copies and media interviews, contact: Email address: michellerohlfwrites@gmail.com

Connect with the author at:
Website: michellerohlf.com
Facebook: Michelle Rohlf
Instagram: @michelle_rohlf
YouTube: Michelle Rohlf

Revelation: A Manual of Spiritual Warfare

New Book on Revelation Corrects the Errors of Dispensationalism

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – August 16, 2022, Cary, NC – A new book by Max Doner, “Revelation: A Manual of Spiritual Warfare,” contains expository messages that provide a clear and compelling interpretation of the meaning and message of the Book of Revelation that will enable the reader to understand Revelation with clarity and confidence.

The Book of Revelation often confuses and mystifies those who read it. “Revelation: A Manual of Spiritual Warfare” thoroughly explains every verse in an easy to understand and biblically satisfying manner.

Written from an Amillennial Covenantal Idealist perspective, it sets forth a Reformed interpretation that corrects the errors of Dispensationalism.

Readers will see the triumph of Christ over Satan and his helpers, moving them to better worship and more zealously serve their Savior. They will understand the nature of spiritual warfare and how to triumph in it. They will be inspired to persevere in the faith as they understand the promise of eternal life in the new heaven and the new earth that is made to the overcomer. They will face the future with optimism and confidence in the Lord’s victory, both in the battle and in the end.

“As a pastor, I struggled with the meaning and interpretation of Revelation for years. There are many books written on Revelation, but none that possessed the clarity, simplicity, and completeness that was needed. My book is clear, using language and explanation that make it easy to read. It is simple, containing no unnecessary technical details that distract from the message and application of the text. Most importantly, it is complete. Every phrase in every verse is dealt with and explained. Nothing is skipped.

This was not the case with other books that were available to me. They were either highly technical and very tedious to read, or else they were too superficial and skipped over details that needed to be explained. This book will be satisfying to study because of the consistency of its approach and the completeness of its explanations. The amillennial idealist approach is consistently used throughout the book.

This book provides a homiletical structure and approach that pastors will find valuable in message preparation. The outlines embedded in each chapter will be helpful for constructing sermons. The applications that are made will assist the pastor in showing his people how to live out the message it contains. This book will save pastors enormous amounts of time in their preparation to preach through Revelation.” – Max Doner

“Here is a preacher’s commentary on Revelation. If you have wondered how to preach Revelation, this volume is for you. This commentary gives the preacher a clear and consistent example of how to exposit Revelation so as to make it accessible and understandable to the believer in the pew.” – Pastor Alan Dunn

““Revelation: A Manual of Spiritual Warfare” is a must-read for all serious students of eschatology. In it, Max offers up the most comprehensive and compelling case for the idealist interpretation yet written. Every single verse is dealt with–a feature hard to find in many comparable books and commentaries on the subject.” – Pastor Jeff L. Black

Currently available in Kindle format from Amazon, Revelation: A Manual of Spiritual Warfare, will release as a two-volume hardcover set in November 2022.

Author Max Doner has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Sacramento State University in Sacramento, California. He also graduated from Sacramento Bible Institute in Sacramento, California, with a diploma after a three-year non-accredited seminary-level course of study. He was a Reformed Baptist pastor for 34 years who held a full subscription to the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith throughout those years. He founded and pastored two Reformed Baptist churches, one in Sacramento, California, and one in Lebanon, Oregon.

For more information, contact Carl Dobrowolski, CEO of Goodwill Rights Management Corp: carl@goodwillrights.com. Goodwill Rights Management is part of Goodwill Media Services, which provides a wide range of services for Christian publishers and authors, including foreign rights management and audiobook production.

no turning back

No Turning Back – the remarkable story of Australian missionary couple to the indigenous

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Australian newly-weds, Pearl and Bruce Smoker, at the tender age of twenty-four years, left their families and comfortable lives to build and staff a mission station at Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia in 1951. At that time, missionaries could only live and work amongst the Indigenous Australian people on “missions”, where children and the infirm could live, supported by an inadequate government allowance.

Indigenous Australians moved with the seasons, living with and bonded to the land. The early pastoralists wanted a cheap and stable workforce on their stations. The “Assimilation Policy” of the day required government officials to remove mixed race children from their parents and place them in hostels and with white families, creating the ongoing pain and anguish of the “stolen generation” in Australia.

Missionaries have been criticized for enabling and colluding with this removal of children from their parents by providing hostels for these mixed-race children.

No Turning Back tells the story of the challenges, struggles and joys of a young couple, who obeyed the call of God on their lives and sought to care for and bring the Good News of Jesus to Indigenous Australians at a time when their lives were being disrupted forever by the onslaught of colonial settlement, as well as a government intent on erasing their culture.

Only their faith and the knowledge that if they did not continue, many people would suffer further privation and exploitation, enabled them to continue in the extreme heat and isolation. Abrupt changes in government policy resulted in hundreds of First Nations people becoming the responsibility of the mission.

This book gives and insight into the life of Pearl and Bruce Smoker and inside information about those years and reveals their strong personal calling, stories about the people they loved and the challenges they faced, as they worked at this difficult task without salary and with meagre resources.

No Turning Back is a fascinating story will encourage other Christians to step out of their comfort zones to do something great for God.

About the author
Keren Masters is a Counsellor and Supervisor of Counsellors. She wrote this book to tell her parent’s story and the early history of the colonisation and development of the Kimberley region of Western Australia. She is the only daughter of Pearl and Bruce Smoker, and was born in Halls Creek in 1960, in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. She grew up in Halls Creek and Fitzroy Crossing before attending boarding school in Perth at age twelve. Boarding school wrenched her from living in the bush community, to life in the city; a culture shock as big as the huge changes that were happening in the Kimberley.

Keren is a “third culture kid” whose first language and culture was that of the First Nations children with whom she grew up. She had to learn Australian English and culture as a young teenager at boarding school. Keren had to learn to straddle the two cultures but does not really feel at home in either. This experience gives her some insight into the lives of the many Indigenous Australians who have had to make this same transition.

Keren has two mixed-race children from her first marriage and was widowed at the age of 22. She has remarried, and now has four adult children and is still straddling two cultures while living with her husband in Perth, Western Australia.

making sense of faith

New book helps Christians pause, reflect on why they believe what they believe

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Have you ever idly watched the scenery slip away past the carriage windows and then suddenly wondered whether you got on the right train? Are you heading where you want to go in your life?

Author John West, a minister of religion and part-time lecturer, has. Not only that, he has written a book to help Christians to… well, make sense of their faith. In Making Sense of Faith, John asks himself why he still believes he is on the right train, as he examines the evidence for his Christian faith after a lifetime of believing in Jesus. It’s an important reflection at a time when Christianity is increasingly coming under attack from various quarters.

The book is short and readable and has something for everyone: for the Christian seeking affirmation, for the seeker who wants more information and even for those who oppose Christianity, but want to be more informed:-

For those who enjoy personal stories, John West’s close encounters in the chapter, Making Sense of Experience will move and fascinate.

For scientific minds, Making Sense of the Universe, offers some interaction with atheist Lawrence Krauss and wonders at the chances of life existing at all.

Making Sense of the Bible presents the evidence for its reliability and authority in a western world that challenges the whole idea, from outside as well as within the Christian church.

Making Sense of Ethical Behaviour includes new atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris and questions their ability to introduce any meaningful values to society.

For the increasing number of people who believe that Christianity has had a negative influence on world history, It Makes Sense Because It Works offers some correctives to that point of view.

Finally, the author addresses some of the challenges that people bring to Christianity, the greatest being the perceived absence of God, especially in the face of suffering.

Making Sense of Faith will challenge, encourage and further equip you in thinking about the place of Christianity in your life and in the world.

John has recorded a number of talks on YouTube (search: rev.john.west) and has a blog and resource website, including mp3 talks and free Bible study material at https://johnwest.org.

Making Sense of Faith, published by Ark House, is now available globally.

Devastation in Mountain Measure

New Redemption Press memoir shares missionary’s story of loss of family in plane crash

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – An estimated 420,000 people serve overseas as Christian missionaries, but studies show that about 66,547 more missionaries are needed to reach those who don’t yet know Jesus.*

Isobel Kuhn, who served as a missionary in China and Thailand from 1928–1954, believed God calls missionaries but not enough answer that calling. “I believe that in each generation God has called enough men and women to evangelize all the yet unreached tribes of the earth. It is not God who does not call, it is man who will not respond.”**

Marion Wright and her late husband, Jim Zirkle, responded to God’s calling for them to move to Guatemala in 1979 and live as missionaries. In her new memoir, Devastation in Mountain Measure, Wright shares of their ministry and of the day tragedy struck.

“Life changed on November 1, 1998, when my husband, son, son-in-law, and two of our missionaries, along with six other people volunteering with our ministry, died in a plane crash,” Wright said. “Though I was completely devastated, I knew Jim would have wanted the ministry to continue and would not want me to live in grief.”

Twenty-four years later, Wright still lives in Guatemala and leads the ministry, which now provides outreach to eleven countries, with ministries including evangelistic campaigns, medical clinics, an orphanage, and a Bible school with 45,000 graduates.

Devastation in Mountain Measure chronicles Wright’s redemptive story—from her calling to be a missionary at age fifteen, through the founding of Living Water Teaching, to her reliance on God to continue her calling after the death of her family and the loss of her partner in life and ministry.

In the years since the accident, Wright says God has continued to show Himself faithful and has brought redemption through His grace.

“Regardless of any kind of situation—problem, tragedy, divorce, death, sickness—the grace of God will enable you to not only overcome but also to have a life worth living,” Wright said. “Through my story, I hope readers will have full assurance that with God nothing is impossible and that He can change a tragedy into a victory.”

*http://missionaryportal.webflow.io/stats

**https://bethanygu.edu/news/65-missions-quotes-from-missionaries-pastors-authors/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Marion Wright founded Living Water Teaching in Guatemala in 1979, along with her late husband Jim Zirkle. She stepped into the primary leadership position in 1998, after Jim’s death, and manages the organization’s massive outreach to eleven countries, with ministries including evangelistic campaigns, medical clinics, an orphanage, and a Bible school with 45,000 graduates. Marion has two grown daughters, a son who lives in heaven, fifteen grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren. She has been married to Clarence Wright since 2003, and together they are passionate about the ministry of Living Water Teaching and the people of Guatemala.

For review copies and media interviews, contact:
Marion Wright
Email: mzwquetzal@gmail.com
Website: www.livingwaterteaching.org

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wisdom

New release explores how growing in wisdom impacts the way we speak

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Cruel words crush spirits, as affirmed by Christian psychologist Diane Langberg, who wrote, “The power of words to destroy is seemingly endless. Words can shatter the self of a child or an adult.”*  From online bullying to domestic verbal abuse, words have the power to cause suffering. A new release, Wisdom: Capturing the Power of Our Words by Dyann Shepard (Redemption Press 2022), offers a biblical way of transforming our words to foster healing rather than harm.

This eight-session interactive Bible study, designed for group or individual study, examines the relationship between wisdom and the power of our words. The study takes participants on a journey of renovating their hearts as they pursue the godly wisdom of Proverbs, resulting in more loving and healing relationships.

Rev. Michael Sparrow, MDiv, president of Compassion Endeavor (San Luis Obispo, CA), says, “Wisdom: Capturing the Power of Our Words is a guide to help believers mine the wisdom found in Proverbs and apply it to our thoughts, our speech, and actions. Each chapter challenges mindsets, explores principles, and engages the reader with practical exercises toward enhancing our vertical relationship with God and our horizontal relationships with one another.”

Shepard interweaves a personal incident in her own life to show how submitting to God’s correction of her spoken words brought her to a new place of inner transformation and freedom. Shepard, a former staff member of CRU and Stephens Minister, says, “Developing the habit of pursuing godly wisdom will produce the habit of thinking before we speak, leading to the habit of using words that are soothing, encouraging, and healing.”

*Diane M. Langberg, Redeeming Power: Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church (Grand Rapids, MI, Brazos Press 2020), 64.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dyann Shepard is an author, speaker, and Bible study teacher who loves to share the power of God to redeem, restore, and transform lives through life’s most tumultuous storms. Her passion is writing and speaking about the transforming power of Jesus in our daily lives when we open our hearts to Him. A retired CPA, Shepard is a former staff member of  CRU and was a Stephen’s Minister for many years. Her writings can be found on her websites, www.dyannshepard.com and www.personalparables.com.

Contact Dyann at: dymarie@dshepardcpa.com.

Instagram: @personalparables

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messy narrow road

Redemption Press Debut Author Uses Poetry and Prose to Encourage Others in Life’s Difficult Circumstances

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – “We’re a messy work in progress, and the process can be painful,” says debut author Vicky Wedel. The Edmond, Oklahoma, resident writes about traveling on “life’s messy road” in a new release appropriately titled The Messy Narrow Road: A Fellow Traveler’s Tips and Encouragement (Redemption Press). She adds, “No matter the source, God promises that nothing will go to waste . . . Whatever ash heap we or others have made, He’ll bring beauty from it.”

The Messy Narrow Road is a collection of forty encouraging devotionals, each one accompanied by an original poem, and space for a journaling response. Vicky Wedel is new to writing, and especially writing poetry. Before 2017 she hadn’t written devotionals or poems, finding most poetry “dark and confusing.” But one day, she says, “God started laying words upon my heart. So I began writing poems; then later devotionals.” Encouraged by friends to write a book, she found the poems she had already written matched the new devotionals she produced.

The wife and mother of two calls herself a thirty-six-year veteran of the messy narrow road. Dedicated to learning God’s Word, character, and heart, she says the Lord has used personal trials as well as ministry involvement in Bible Study Fellowship and Celebrate Recovery as her training ground for growth. She loves to encourage others and offer struggling travelers a helping hand by sharing what God has taught her.

Practical and inspirational encouragement for hard times and good, this book is filled with Scripture, and centered in the character of God.

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

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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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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

Anonymous

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

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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

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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.
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:

Anonymous – 5.0 out of 5 stars
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.

Amazon Customer – 5.0 out of 5 stars
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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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.

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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.

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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