|Bible Beat March 2014|
|Written by Leslie Santamaria|
|Tuesday, 11 February 2014 12:00 AM America/New_York|
With the 2014 election cycle underway, Ralph Reed argues the importance of reinforcing America’s spiritual foundation and reforming the nation’s legal, cultural and moral base with the fundamental principles of America’s founding fathers in Awakening: How America Can Turn From Moral and Economic Destruction Back to God’s Blessing (hardcover, $22.99). Reed advised presidential candidates for the last six elections; he is chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition and a regular commentator on CNN, NBC, CBS and FOX News. Worthy Publishing releases Awakening on March 18.
Pat Schatzline urges believers to fulfill the particular assignments God has ordained for them for the sake of His kingdom in I Am Remnant: Called by Grace to Rise Up and Change the World. Schatzline emphasizes that God can use anyone who is willing, no matter how insignificant they may feel. He is president of Mercy Seat Ministries and one of the founders of The Summit Church in Birmingham, Ala. Passio, an imprint of Charisma House, releases the book, retailing for $14.99, March 4.
Incognito: Lost and Found at Harvard Divinity School (Howard Books, March 4) is Andrea Raynor’s memoir of overcoming the challenges and stereotypes at Harvard Divinity School and becoming an ordained minister. With humor and candor, Raynor shows how God made clear the call for her life, often working in unexpected ways. She went on to serve as a chaplain at Ground Zero after 9/11 and continues ministering through hospice work. Available in hardcover, the book retails for $24.
Zondervan releases a memoir by Amy Clipston of the love that led her to donate a kidney as part of a organ-matching program to save her husband’s life. The Gift of Love: One Woman’s Journey to Save a Life ($14.99, March 4) is Clipston’s true story of almost losing her husband to kidney disease and the sacrifice she made—against all odds—to keep their family together. Readers of Clipston’s Amish-themed novels likely will be drawn to learning more about her real life.
Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, award-winning author of humorous nonfiction and host of the radio program “All Things Southern LIVE,” shares her journey to intimate friendship with God in a WaterBrook Press title available March 18. In Heart Wide Open: Trading Mundane Faith for an Exuberant Life With Jesus ($14.99), Tomlinson’s honesty and transparency provide practical inspiration for those willing to draw closer to God.
Encouragement for expectant mothers is available March 4 in A Blessing on the Way: Counting Each Day While You’re Expecting, which presents short inspirational readings for each of the 280 days of pregnancy. Also included are notes about a baby’s development. This Abingdon Press title ($14.99) is co-authored by Sue Christian, a pastor’s wife and author of her own books, and her daughter, Meg Christian, a novelist.
Wife of megachurch pastor and TV host Rod Parsley, Joni Parsley draws from her popular blog, “Joni’s Journal,” to walk readers through the ups and downs of her daily life in Tapestry of Faith: Discovering God’s Beautiful Design in the Laughter, Tears, and Struggles of Life. Parsley writes with transparency about many of the same issues everyone faces day to day and the God who can be trusted in every circumstance. Parsley’s book (Charisma House, $13.99) is on sale in stores March 4.
Margot Starbuck explores God’s unbounded love in Not Who I Imagined: Surprised by a Loving God, which releases this month from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for $14.99. A regular contributor to several magazines, including Today’s Christian Woman, Starbuck shows believers who are forgetting the gospel of grace and feeling as though they don’t measure up that God loves and accepts His children just as they are in the here and now.