|BUYER'S GUIDE JANUARY 2015:New products focus on prayer and the Word|
|Written by Christine D. Johnson|
|Friday, 05 December 2014 02:41 PM America/New_York|
Lighthouse Christian Products introduces the new “Devoted Sculpture Series” this month. The sculptures are themed on Acts 2:4 where the believers devoted themselves to teaching, fellowship, sharing and prayer.
Made of cast stone, the Devoted pieces are laser-engraved and handpainted.
Each of the collection’s three pieces also bears another scripture. Praying Couple (667665201809) focuses on Ephesians 4:2-3; Praying Man (667665201816) on Jeremiah 29:13 and Praying Woman (667665201823) on Psalm 17:6.
Each piece includes the We All Need Hope booklet and retails for $24.99.
In God’s Got an Answer for That (9780736959858, $12.99), author Jon Nappa sets out to help kids ages 8-12 realize that God cares about their challenges and fears—from bullying to battles with siblings, loneliness and guilt—and has given them practical help in His Word. With the help of a parent, young readers become “truth sleuths,” uncovering the root of their problem and looking to the Bible for the ultimate solution. Through a simple, straightforward process, kids will develop the ability to seek biblical wisdom for their real-world problems.
Harvest House Publishers releases the 96-page softcover book Jan. 1. An activity book (9780736961257, $6.99) and devotional (9780736961233, $9.99) are also available. Learn more at harvesthousepublishers.com.
R. Paul Stevens
From the “LifeGuide Bible Study” line, Service: Ministry With Heart and Hands includes 10 sessions exploring service in a variety of contexts: family, the physical creation, society, the city, neighbors, relationships, the church and the workplace. Looking inside ministry, Stevens examines examples of service that were motivated by imagination, passion, faith, hope and love—from Genesis to Revelation. From these studies readers will discover how to live and serve wholeheartedly with the understanding that no matter their profession, they are full-time ministers for Christ.
THE ANCIENT PATH
John Michael Talbot with Mike Aquilina
The Ancient Path: Old Lessons From the Church Fathers for a New Life Today reveals how Talbot found the church fathers—among them St. Ambrose, St. Jerome, St. Augustine and Gregory the Great—to be helpful when he was new to the faith. Looking to these key men in history helped Talbot through spiritual and professional challenges, and he proposes that the lives of these ancient Christians are relevant to today’s believers as well. A musician known in Catholic and evangelical markets, Talbot is also author of The Lessons of St. Francis, which sold more than 100,000 copies.
THE PRINCESS GUIDE
The Princess Guide offers faith lessons from Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. It uses these three princess fairy tales to inspire young women to dignity, femininity and fervent faith. The book explores issues important to women today, including beauty, vocation, sexuality and chastity, modesty and friendship. Personal stories and Scripture passages, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the wisdom of the saints aim to help every woman discover the princess within.
A LOVE LETTER FROM GOD
P.K. Hallinan; illustrated by Laura Watson
In A Love Letter From God, best-selling children’s author Hallinan supposes what God might say in a personal letter written to a child. The unconditional and unlimited nature of God’s love is revealed through simple and lyrical language. Textured illustrations and fun die-cuts are designed to appeal to children ages 3 through 8.
JACK STAPLES AND THE CITY OF SHADOWS
Mark Batterson and Joel N. Clark
A middle-grade adventure that blends the spirit of C.S. Lewis with contemporary fantasy, Jack Staples and the City of Shadows is part of the “Jack Staples” trilogy. Jack and Alexia face their toughest tests yet as they join the battle between the Author and Accuser. The two face tests of trust and loyalty in their ongoing battle with the Accuser in this spiritual allegory.
Children are invited to match the shapes in this chunky, colorful board book with a simple before-and-after approach to the story of Noah’s ark. Each page has a pop-out shape with a “before” scene on top and an “after” scene underneath. Kids can lift out the shape with a cloud to reveal the dove carrying an olive branch back to Noah.
THE LION BIBLE TO KEEP FOR EVER
Fifty favorite stories from the Old and New Testaments are retold in The Lion Bible to Keep For Ever. Each story is prefaced with an introduction explaining its place in the Scriptures so children can gain a deeper understanding of the broader sweep and purpose of the Bible’s stories as a whole. A keepsake edition, it includes a glowing pencil and watercolor illustrations, dust jacket with gold foiling, ribbon marker and presentation page.
EAGLE WITH EAGLETS
“Moments of Faith”
This new “Moments of Faith” sculpture features Psalm 91:1,4. The Eagle With Eaglets piece is made of hand-cast resin with a bronzelike finish and a cast stone base. The package also includes the We All Need Hope booklet.
“Moments of Faith”
Featuring Jeremiah 29:11, this new Sailboat sculpture in the “Moments of Faith” series is made of hand-cast resin with a bronzelike finish and an MDF base with black satin finish. The package also includes the We All Need Hope booklet.
A BREED APART
The “A Breed Apart” trilogy delivers three action-packed stories starring military war dogs and their human handlers.
Popular author Carlson offers to teen readers Double Date, the third installment in “The Dating Games” series. With rumors flying, will the girls of the Dating Games club ever agree on their new members? Members have found that through their club, their friendships and dating savvy have grown, but all that is about to be put to the test. Despite their promises of secrecy, word has somehow gotten out, and new girls want to join the club. With the Christmas ball coming up, they need to pull together to organize their double dates. The trouble is, how can they get guys interested in a dance that’s become increasingly unpopular?
As Appleton is rocked by the death of a teenager, the high school year begins under a dark shadow. Brandon pursues Marvel, who believes God told her she will have to sacrifice herself to save others. Brandon can’t forget about the shapeless evil that seems to watch him, and strange things have started to occur. He starts looking for clues about the dead student and continues to stand against the guys picking on nerdy senior Seth Belcher. Marvel falls in love with Brandon, and he accepts her faith even though he doesn’t understand what to make of it. Still, something is growing in the darkness.