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Book Beat February 2014 Print Email
Written by Leslie Santamaria   
Thursday, 16 January 2014 09:26 AM America/New_York

LoveologyAs an extension of the Loveology event he hosted in 2011, John Mark Comer, pastor of Bridgetown: A Jesus Church in Portland, Ore., has written Loveology: God. Love. Marriage. Sex. and the Never-Ending Story of Male and Female, on sale in stores Feb. 4. Two-thousand college-aged adults attended Comer’s teaching series on the theology of love. His book discusses the roles of men and women in relationships based on God’s plan for love, not American culture’s view of love and romance. Loveology is a Zondervan hardcover book retailing for $19.99. 


TheAntelopeInTheLivingRoomTyndale House Publishers is releasing an unusually titled memoir Feb. 4 by Melanie Shankle, The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life ($14.99, softcover). New York Times best-selling author Shankle blogs at and is known for her uplifting humor. The new book is the story of her own marriage—the joys and challenges, including the day her husband hung an antelope head on their wall.


YoureGoingToBeOkayBest-selling author and blogger Holley Gerth offers hope to women in You’re Going to Be Okay: Encouraging Truth Your Heart Needs to Hear, Especially on the Hard Days. Using encouragement and questions for reflection, Gerth shows women how to live with joy regardless of circumstances. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, releases the book for $15.99 (softcover) Feb. 4. Retailers also
may know Gerth’s name from her DaySpring line of cards and gifts.


TheHolyLandKeyRay Bentley gives students of eschatology something to think about with his Feb. 18 WaterBrook Press release on prophecy and the Middle East. The Holy Land Key: Unlocking End-Times Prophecy Through the Lives of God’s People in Israel ($14.99, softcover) by Bentley with Genevieve Gillespie draws attention to prophetic signs of the end times as revealed in Scripture, in nature and in the lives of Israelis today. Bentley is pastor of Maranatha Chapel near San Diego and host of the daily national program “Maranatha Radio.”


SavedButStillEnslavedIn Saved But Still Enslaved: Breaking Free From Strongholds, Bobby Davis, pastor of Life Church in Cookeville, Tenn., offers keys to overcoming
seven strongholds, including fear, shame and unforgiveness. Davis speaks from his own experiences, having found freedom from drug and alcohol addiction through the ministry of Teen Challenge. On sale in stores this month, this Chosen/Baker Publishing Group title retails for $11.99.


BonnetStringsSaloma Miller Furlong, with husband David Furlong, tells her story of leaving Amish life in Bonnet Strings: An Amish Woman’s Ties to Two Worlds (softcover, $15.99). Furlong left the Amish community at age 20, only to return to it for two more years before departing for good. Her
story of leaving the first time was featured on the PBS American Experience program “The Amish.” Herald Press releases Bonnet Strings on Feb. 3 


PeoplePleasingPastorsDrawing from scripture, neuroscience and his own research, Charles Stone shows how ministry leaders can avoid falling into negative leadership patterns in his InterVarsity Press book releasing this month. People-Pleasing Pastors: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Approval-Motivated Leadership is an IVP Praxis title retailing for $16 (softcover). Stone has more than 30 years of experience in pastoral ministry and is CEO of StoneWell Ministries, where he coaches church leaders.


NotesFromABlueBike“The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World” is the subtitle for Tsh Oxenreider’s Notes From a Blue Bike. Oxenreider uses stories from herown life and travels to coach women on how to live in greater alignment with their values and passions. The author is founder of the Simple Mom online community dedicated to the art and science of living life simpler. Thomas Nelson releases Notes in hardcover ($22.99) Feb. 4.