August 15, 2019

God never called us to be nice. That’s how Sharon Hodde Miller opens her latest book, Nice: Why We Love to Be Liked and How God Calls Us to More. The provocative opening sets the stage for a message that isn’t, well, very nice. What does she mean? Doesn’t God want his people to be nice? It all depends on your definition of the word. In her book, Miller explores a seemingly innocent idol that has quietly corrupted our faith,… Read more

August 12, 2019

Mary DeMuth, a prolific writer of both fiction and non-fiction, is also an advocate for the abused. Herself sexually abused as a child, she has dared to face that dark reality by writing it into some of her fiction, by straight-out sharing her story in person to groups large and small, and by encouraging other victims through her written testimony. Mary is an example of someone who has allowed God to redeem brokenness so the darkness doesn’t win but God’s… Read more

August 5, 2019

Some stories deserve to grace a new generation. Over 25 years ago America’s pastor, Max Lucado, released a children’s book that caught the imagination and hearts of millions. After selling 1.7 million copies, Just in Case You Ever Wonder is undergoing a makeover: Lucado’s classic words now feature heartwarming and adorable art from illustrator Eve Tharlet. Same words, new images. And even though my kids are way past the age of having books read aloud to them, they will never outgrow… Read more

July 29, 2019

Small group leaders and pastors in student ministry will do well to acquaint themselves with the Gospel-Centered Life in Mark for Students, a 12-week study for teens and young adults. This study guide is ideal for individual discipleship, small group, or large settings. In Mark: How Jesus Changes Everything, from New Growth Press, John Perritt introduces students to Jesus himself, not a how-to-be-a-better-person lesson. He wants them to know Jesus as the hero he really is. How does the format work? Really well…. Read more

July 8, 2019

My friend and new author Kat Armstrong joins me today to talk about her new book, No More Holding Back. While it’s her first book, she’s no rookie when it comes to ministry and communicating God’s Word to women. Entrepreneur, non-profit co-founder and CEO, speaker, writer, pastor’s wife, and mom… Kat wears many hats with passion and excellence. She has been through the journey of moving past barriers, seeing her worth, and serving God where he has put her. And she… Read more

June 9, 2019

Did you know that Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the famous pastor martyred during World War II, planned to marry before he was captured and executed? Only after reading Eric Metaxas’s biography of the World War II German pastor did I learn that. In her upcoming novel, Amanda Barrett explores what might have happened between Dietrich and his fiancée, Maria von Wedemeyer. She writes it as historical fiction, based on a true story but fills in gaps with literary license, what-ifs, and maybes. It… Read more

May 23, 2019

As a mother of three teenagers (plus a younger one), I am constantly looking for biblical content they can use in their personal study of God’s Word. It’s challenging to find something with both depth and ease of use. I have found children’s books, but nothing at the teen level. So when my friend Carrie Rogers began dropping hints about a new study she was writing—for teens—I kept track of her progress. And I’m excited to introduce her, and her new… Read more

May 2, 2019

The Christian Book Award® program has recognized the absolute highest quality in non-fiction Christian books since 1978. Based on excellence in content, literary quality, design, and impact, the Christian Book Award® program is the oldest and among the most prestigious awards in the religious publishing industry. The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) announced the winners of the 2019 Christian Book Awards® in 12 categories. The big winner of the year: 2019 CHRISTIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR® Embraced: 100 Devotions to Know God Is… Read more

April 30, 2019

In my quest to read more nonfiction this year, I joined the launch team for Jen Pollock Michel’s newest book, Surprised by Paradox: The Promise of “And” in an Either-Or World. The title intrigued me, as did the back cover descriptive copy. And paradox is such a fun word: a term that seems self-contradictory or absurd but, in reality, expresses possible truth. It’s a fantastic word to describe the Christian faith. So much of what we believe, of what we read in scripture, leads us to seemingly irreconcilable… Read more

April 25, 2019

Plot Summary She’s a little snotty at first, taken with her own consequence. Caroline Hatherleigh is a viscount’s daughter, after all, a lady of the English ton during the Regency era. Visiting the Devonshire coastal area, she meets a young lady somewhat lower on the social ladder. But this generous, friendly woman, Emma Kirby, shines with a serenity Caroline cannot understand. Captivated by Emma’s peacefulness, Caroline is drawn into friendship with her. Emma’s husband, Gideon, is a paleontologist eager to explore… Read more

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