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Author calls Christians back to following Jesus Print Email
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Wednesday, 15 July 2009 10:41 AM America/New_York
Mark Steele, author and president of movie company Steelehouse Productions, examines lessons gleaned from his own Christian journey in Christianish: What If We're Not Really Following Jesus At All? (978-1-434-76692-2, $14.99, David C. Cook), releasing this month.

Quick to point to a background that includes stand-up comedy rather than theology, the author uses humor to make his points, such as Christians pretending their lives are perfect, which he addresses in the first chapter.

"When we are public about the 'rough stuff,' we communicate that God is able to deliver us through the 'rough stuff,' " he said. Other chapters look at materialism and lack of patience, transformation and when God says "no." The end of each chapter "skews toward where we are landing in the right direction," he said.

While the book includes many points that will challenge readers, Steele insists he's not a cynic concerning the church, but that he is, first and foremost, addressing his own problems.

"I think it's easy to look at a title like Christianish and wonder if I'm taking a jab at the church, but it's actually an attack on my own life," he said.

"I started questioning how many of my decisions and actions and words actually line up with the way He wants me to live."

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Max Lucado faces down the fear factor Print Email
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Wednesday, 15 July 2009 10:40 AM America/New_York
Popular author’s timely release offers comfort and strength for the anxious
Long before the recession had crept into the national psyche, popular author Max Lucado was preparing the manuscript for his new book, Fearless, with a message directed at readers with growing anxiety.

Lucado presented a series of sermons on the theme for his church, prompting a strong reaction from his members.

"I was surprised at the number of congregants who told me they lived in a state of fear," he said. "For all of us, fear is a challenge, but for some people, fear is their challenge, like drinking could be a person's challenge."

While fear can be paralyzing when allowed to an extreme, Lucado believes there is a place for a healthy measure of fear.

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom," he said. "Fear serves a purpose when it knocks on the door. The danger is when we invite it in for dinner and then invite it to spend the night."

Thomas Nelson will support the release with a multi-channel marketing campaign, including a full-color consumer promotional newspaper called The Fearless Times. More than 1 million copies of the paper will be distributed prior to the book's release. The paper will include a book excerpt and advertising for ancillary Fearless products, including an upcoming worship CD.

"We haven't seen a book enjoy this much anticipation in quite some time," said David Moberg, senior vice president and group publisher for Thomas Nelson.

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Bonus Web Review: The Justice Game Print Email
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Tuesday, 30 June 2009 01:00 AM America/New_York
justicegameHeralded as the John Grisham of Christian literature, Singer pleads an interesting case with a fascinating twist in his latest novel The Justice Game.

An innocent woman is murdered on national television. Her husband seeks justice but who is to blame? The murderer, the man who illegally sold the gun or MD Firearms, the manufacturer of the weapon?
Jason Noble, with the second amendment on his side, and Kelly Starling, the voice of the oppressed, face off to try the case.
Bible Beat CR July 2009 Print Email
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Monday, 06 July 2009 04:03 PM America/New_York
Hendrickson Publishers rolls out Matthew’s Bible: 1537 Edition this month. The Bible is a replica of the famous 1537 Matthew’s Bible compiled by pastor John Rogers. It included translation work by William Tyndale and Myles Coverdale along with the 1534 New Testament, and was licensed by King Henry VIII. The new Hendrickson replica includes clear, legible type and a new preface. The Bible is geared toward collectors and students and comes in two versions—hardcover for $69.95 and black genuine leather for $99.95.
Pastor says that a balanced life is ‘unbiblical’ Print Email
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Monday, 06 July 2009 04:02 PM America/New_York

Bruce Miller, founder and senior pastor of McKinney Christian Fellowship in McKinney, Texas, tackles stressful living in a new way with Your Life in Rhythm (978-1-414-31977-3, $12.99, Tyndale House Publishers), releasing this month.

The book centers on a new way of living—coordinating a person’s life strategies to coincide with different points in life—and rejecting the typical idea and constraints of balance.

TV evangelist addresses Middle East conflict Print Email
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Monday, 06 July 2009 04:00 PM America/New_York
Benny Hinn’s ‘insider perspective’ provides sketches of ‘prophetic season’

Television evangelist and author Benny Hinn documents his unique perspective of Middle East affairs in the new release Blood in the Sand. The title—Hinn’s first major release in several years—centers on the cultural war between Muslims and Jews for control of Israel and how it affects the rest of the world.

“I have spent all of my adult life as a student of prophecy, and I believe these recent developments in Israel and across the Middle East are signaling a hot, accelerated and unprecedented prophetic season that will quickly change the course of history,” he writes in the book’s introduction.