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‘Crazy’ lifestyle challenge brought to small groups Print Email
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Monday, 19 January 2009 09:40 AM America/New_York

Strong sales for California pastor Francis Chan’s May 2008 book from David C. Cook about radical Christian living, Crazy Love, prompted the publisher to create the Crazy Love DVD Study Resource (978-1-434-76627-4, $24.99), released this month.
The 85-minute program, filmed on location in and around Simi Valley, Calif., where Chan is pastor of Cornerstone Church, is divided into 10 sessions following the book’s chapters.

In his book, Chan writes about Christians who have made dramatic changes in lifestyle to try to truly live out their faith, and recounts his own efforts that have included downsizing his home and supporting ministry to the poor. Songwriter and worship leader Chris Tomlin called Crazy Love one of the most challenging books of the year.

Pro-marriage drama seeks a second harvest Print Email
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Monday, 19 January 2009 09:36 AM America/New_York
Generous bonus ‘Fireproof’ materials aim to offer further inspiration

FireproofThe makers of the hit movie Fireproof (6-02341-00339-1, $24.98) are looking for a second harvest as it releases on DVD this month from Provident Films, reaching beyond cinema-goers and its central pro-marriage message.

They believe that while the drama itself can help save and strengthen more marriages, the generous extra materials included in the home-viewing edition may have a gentle evangelistic role, helping dispel negative stereotypes that some people have of Christians being narrow-minded and judgmental.

Series unites moms and daughters Print Email
Written by Harold Goerzen   
Monday, 19 January 2009 09:13 AM America/New_York

Editorial Unilit released the “Mamá” (mom) series in November with four books by Sharon A. Hersh, helping mothers relate to their teenage daughters.

The translations, each retailing for $12.99, include “Mamá, ¡me siento gorda!” (“Mom, I Feel Fat!”, 978-0-789-91533-7), “Mamá, ¡todo el mundo lo hace!” (“Mom, Everyone Else Does!”, -5-1), “Mamá ¿qué tiene de malo el sexo?” (“Mom, Sex Is No Big Deal”, -2-0) and “Mamá, ¡detesto mi vida!” (“Mom, I Hate My Life”, -4-4). Shaw Books published the English versions between 2001 and 2006.

Best-selling author reveals positive side of anger Print Email
Written by Harold Goerzen   
Monday, 19 January 2009 09:11 AM America/New_York

Helping believers recognize the difference between righteous and sinful anger is a key theme of Gary Chapman’s El enojo: Cómo manejar una emoción poderosa de una manera saludable (Anger: Handling a Powerful Emotion in a Healthy Way, 978-0-825-41193-9, $10.99). Editorial Portavoz (Kregel) will launch the translation this month; Northfield Publishing released the English version in September 2007.

“It’s relevant to everyone in every language and culture,” Cathy Vila, director of sales and marketing at Portavoz, told Christian Retailing. “Anger is a universal struggle for all of us. It’s reality in a sinful world. Unfortunately, much of the literature available on anger talks about how to control it without adequately explaining where it comes from. Chapman believes if we understand the source of our anger, we’ll be much more effective at managing it.”

Stanley offers hope for ‘difficult times’ Print Email
Written by Harold Goerzen   
Monday, 19 January 2009 09:08 AM America/New_York
Best-selling author helps Christians understand the purpose of trials

En ArmoníaCharles F. Stanley’s En armonía con Dios: Cómo entender los caminos y planes de Dios para su vida (In Step With God: Understanding His Ways and Plans for Your Life, 978-1-602-55185-5, $13.99) debuted from Grupo Nelson on Dec. 30, three months after its parent company, Thomas Nelson, launched the English version.

Martha Restrepo, Spanish editor at Ministerios En Contacto, the Spanish arm of In Touch Ministries, said the book was written to help Christians develop a deeper relationship with God and truly know Him.

Victoria Osteen’s undersea tale yields treasures Print Email
Written by Karen Schmidt   
Monday, 19 January 2009 09:02 AM America/New_York

Pirates sail the big blue sea, encounter unfriendly sailors and pursue treasure to explain a message of love for God and others in Victoria Osteen’s new picture book, Unexpected Treasures (978-1-416-95550-4, $16.99). Little Simon Inspirations, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, publishes the picture book for children aged 3 to 7 this month.

The main characters in the story, “Captain” Jon and “First Mate” Sue, encounter a pair of quarreling pirates. Extending friendship, Jon and Sue invite the two aboard, sharing their food and treasures with the grumpy guys. The pirate pair offer their treasure map in exchange, and finding the jewels and gold, discover that real treasure is more than glittering possessions.