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Close Up Mark and Tammy Endres Print Email
Written by Leslie Santamaria   
Monday, 07 July 2014 04:02 PM America/New_York

MarkTammyEndresLatest project: When Heaven Seems Silent: How to Wait on God’s Promises Through Pain, Disappointment, and Doubt (9781621366614, $14.99, softcover, Charisma House).

In Randy Clark’s foreword to this book, he writes that you have been waiting “in faith for a promised creative miracle that has been twenty years in the making.” What was that creative miracle?

I (Mark) was born with a partially formed left shoulder, arm and only a small bud for a hand. We believe that God has promised to create a fully developed and functioning arm and hand.

You explain this miracle has been “persistently confirmed.” How so?

Through Scripture, through words of knowledge (1 Cor. 12:8) from various people, voice of the Holy Spirit, dreams and visions (mental impressions). There were three separate occasions that I (Mark) told God I wanted to give the promise back to Him because I was struggling intellectually and emotionally. After all, I didn’t need it in order to love Him and serve Him. Each of these three times, God dramatically intervened and graciously let me know He understood my struggle, but I was not to let His promise be surrendered.

What is the difference between a healing miracle and a creative miracle?

We define “creative miracles” as: God making or forming something that is missing or that was never there. We define “healing miracles” as: God fixing what is already there by restoring what is broken or not functioning properly.

Why did you choose to write this book?

WhenHeavenSeemsSilentOne night I (Tammy) was asking the Lord what I could do to further contribute to our ministry, I heard in my mind, “Write a book.” That excited me because I enjoy writing. I then asked what I should write about. I felt the answer was, “Write about your promised creative miracle.” I didn’t feel excited about that reply. It felt way too vulnerable, too transparent, too exposing. I told Mark about this conversation, and he humbly agreed to pray with me about it. Eventually we decided we needed to be obedient to what we felt God spoke.

What are some of the challenges for the believer who is waiting on God?

To not be offended at God during the process. To maintain Him as first love. To not give up, trusting there is purpose in delay. Wrongly putting life on hold until “it” happens rather than moving forward.

What is one lesson you learned while waiting for God to fulfill His promise?

Running ahead of God’s timing comes from an incorrect confidence we have in ourselves that we are ready for the next step. This confidence arises from the fact that we’ve done our homework; we’ve prepared. If we have accomplished A, B and C, then it should logically follow that D, E and F will occur. And besides, our time here on Earth is limited and we need to get moving. It has become increasingly obvious in the 20 years we have been waiting for our promise that God does not buy in to our formulas. In fact, if we are of the opinion that we’ve accomplished anything apart from Him, then we have proven that we are not ready for the next step. We are setting ourselves up for disappointment or, even worse, for failure that could hurt the ones we love. We must trust His timing. God, our Heavenly Father, desires to walk with us through the process of receiving His promises!

Who would benefit from this book?

Those who are finding it difficult to hold onto hope as they wait for answers [and] individuals and couples who are navigating through their thoughts and emotions as they try to remain faithful to God.

How can Christian retailers promote this book?

When Heaven Seems Silent will leave readers saying, “Wow, did that really happen?” on some pages and, “That happens to me and now I understand why” on other pages. While most books are written after the promise is fulfilled, When Heaven Seems Silent is written in the midst of the wait. It is heart-wrenchingly honest about the process and difficulties of waiting while leaving you encouraged and restoring hope. We also can provide a four-minute video.

Trafficking activist explains ‘divine relay’ Print Email
Written by Leslie Santamaria   
Monday, 07 July 2014 03:54 PM America/New_York

UnstoppableOne lesson God taught author and human trafficking activist Christine Caine was a dozen years in the making.

As a fan of the Olympic women’s relay race, Caine watched her favorite team, the Americans, lose in 2000, 2004 and 2008 after failing to pass batons well. When the American team won gold in 2012, Caine realized God wanted her to see something—that Christians worldwide run the most important race every day, “the divine relay,” and the exchange zones are critical for success.

Caine explains this lesson using stories from her life and the ministry she cofounded, The A21 Campaign, in her new book from Zondervan, Unstoppable: Running the Race You Were Born to Win (9780310341178, $15.99), releasing Aug. 26.

A21 fights human trafficking around the world, including sexual exploitation and forced slave labor. The examples in Unstoppable come from the frontlines of that battle. They show how each believer, regardless of present and past circumstances and limitations, when empowered by the Holy Spirit, can serve God in this generation. The book focuses on rallying believers to join the race and then to pass on batons effectively to others.

“The church needs champion runners who never give up, who persevere no matter what they encounter, who run to win—unstoppable, no matter the cost,” writes Caine. She debunks the things that threaten to hold back Christians, including fear, apathy, unforgiveness, shame and opposition from the devil. Referring to the seeming impossibilities biblical figures Moses, David and Mary faced, she writes: “Impossible is God’s starting point.”

While believers are tempted to falsely believe they cannot make a difference, Caine points out that as Christians put the broken pieces of their lives into God’s hands, He uses them to work wonders.

Caine refers to the race of faith not as an individual journey, but a team event. Mastering the handoff of responsibilities to fellow Christians means letting go of one thing to grasp another.

“Hand off the baton well and we represent God as big to the world around us,” Caine writes. “Hand off poorly (or worse yet, stop handing off at all) and we represent God as small to the world.”

Additionally, Caine stresses that the goal of the race is not to earn God’s favor, but to become more like Christ. The baton is the work of Christ in individuals and the world. And the finish line might not be visible on this side of eternity.

To order, call 800-727-1309.

David Frost’s interviews of Billy Graham compiled Print Email
Written by Leslie Santamaria   
Monday, 07 July 2014 03:50 PM America/New_York

Excerpts from three decades of conversations plus Frost’s insights called ‘more relevant now than ever’

BillyGrahamLate journalist Sir David Frost interviewed evangelist Billy Graham many times over the course of 30 years, beginning in 1964. The recurring themes of their televised conversations were finding God and how to live out the Christian faith in a changing culture.

Now portions of the Frost/Graham interviews appear in Billy Graham: Candid Conversations With a Public Man (David C Cook), which releases Aug. 1. Frost believed Graham’s spoken words merited “additional study that is easiest in book form.”

Yet the book is more than a printing of transcripts. The excerpts Frost chose are arranged by topic and interspersed with his insights. In addition to the evangelist’s comments on faith, the book includes his thoughts on topics such as presidents, politics—and himself.

The publishing team at David C Cook found the taped interviews “more relevant now than ever” and decided to print the book to give the material “historical permanence,” as stated in the introduction.

Frost was known for his conversations with top political figures, being the only person to interview all the British prime ministers in office between 1964 and 2010 and all  American presidents serving between 1969 and 2008. His discussions with Richard Nixon led to the Oscar-nominated film Frost/Nixon.

As a teen, Frost had attended a Graham crusade in London, which ignited his interest in faith.

“I find interviewing Billy Graham endlessly fascinating,” Frost wrote. “We never have enough time to cover all of the subjects that I’d like to ask him about.”

Frost pointed out that Graham was always quick to mention how important Ruth was to him and their ministry. Frost was “touched by the depth of the relationship between Billy and Ruth,” he wrote.

In their last interview in May 1997, Frost asked Graham: “If this were to be our last interview, what is the message you would most want to communicate at the end of it?” Graham’s reply started with, “That God loves you…. No matter what you’ve done or what you’ve said or been, He loves you.”

The book includes photographs from the interviews and a chronology of events.

To order, call 800-323-7543, or visit


Pair of ‘Oxygen’ albums hails from diverse artists Print Email
Written by DeWayne Hamby   
Monday, 07 July 2014 03:39 PM America/New_York

Lincoln Brewster and Thousand Foot Krutch share different takes on same theme

MyOnlyAnswer-AustinAdemecMy Only Answer

Austin Adamec
Reunion Records
(Provident Distribution)
Aug. 19

Adamec delivers his unique brand of adult contemporary music with debut release My Only Answer. The Florida native honed his craft as a worship leader for YouthQuake and Campus Crusade for Christ (CrU).

Tracks include debut single “My Only Answer,” “Chains Break” and “I Wouldn’t Trade.”

Reflecting the style of artists Brandon Heath, Hillsong, OneRepublic and One Sonic Society, Adamec’s music should appeal to fans of worship and modern pop styles.


Lincoln Brewster

Integrity Music (Provident Distribution)
Aug. 19

Before the rock-worship genre hit its peak, Brewster was paving the way, delivering anthems like “Let the Praises Ring,” “Everlasting God” and “Today Is the Day.” Oxygen showcases a new collection of contemporary praise tracks by the California-based singer-songwriter. Songs include “Made New,” “Live to Praise You,” “Whole Again (Come Alive),”   “Oxygen.” “You Never Stop,” “Over All,” “23” and “Let It Be Known.”


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Thousand Foot Krutch
Fuel Music
(New Day Christian Distributors)
Aug. 26

Modern rock’s Thousand Foot Krutch returns with the group’s first new studio release in two years, Oxygen: Inhale. Produced by the band’s frontman, Trevor McNevan, and Aaron Sprinkle (One Republic, Anberlin, Pedro the Lion), the album features the high-energy “Let the Sparks Fly” and melodic “War of Change,” among others.

Reflecting on the album’s title, McNevan said: “Most of us spend our entire lives taking half breaths when we were created to take full breaths. To live life to its fullest, to treat every day like it might be our last, and treat other people the same way.  We can’t see it, but we need it.  It exists. It fuels everything we are.”


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Family Force 5
Word Entertainment
(Word Distribution)
Aug. 5

Family Force 5—comprised of Derek Mount (nicknamed “Chap Stique”), Jacob Olds (“Crouton”), Joshua Olds (“Fatty”), Nathan Currin (“Nadaddy”) and Teddy Boldt (“Hollywood”)—releases the 15-song Time Stands Still.

“BZRK,” the first video from the album, garnered more than 250,000 views and 2,400 likes on YouTube in just eight days. Songs include “Let It Be Love” and “Walk on Water,” featuring Melodie Wagner of Hillsong Young & Free.

The disc was produced by Riley Friesen (Vota, Staggerford) and Seth Mosley (Newsboys, For King & Country).

Updated prodigal son story targets today's fathers Print Email
Written by DeWayne Hamby   
Monday, 07 July 2014 03:26 PM America/New_York

Cast includes conservative commentator Sean Hannity and popular character actors

ALongWayOff-FamilyA naïve young son takes his father’s early inheritance in order to make a name for himself in the business world in A Long Way Off (818728010962, $11.99). Releasing Aug. 19 from Word Films and PRODIGALFILM, the movie is a modern retelling of the prodigal son parable.

Taken from Luke 15:11-32, but set in modern times, Jacob leaves the family farm, shunning his father’s religious and business ethics, to strike out on his own in the big city, poised to conquer the world in his own way—on his terms. Surprised that his father actually obliges his request for an early inheritance, Jacob sets out for his own idea of fortune and fame, and proceeds to spend millions of dollars living the high life—only to find it come crashing down and learning vital life lessons, coming back a humbled, appreciative son, finally ready to reconcile with both his earthly and heavenly Father.

ALongWayOff-HannityA Long Way Off features Jason Burkey (October Baby, Mom’s Night Out), Robert Davi (Die Hard, Goonies, License to Kill), John Diehl (Escape From New York, Stargate, Pearl Harbor), Edie McClurg (Frozen, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Planes, Trains and Automobiles), Robert Amaya (Courageous) and talk show host Sean Hannity. Produced and co-directed by Michael Davis (Destiny Road) and John Errington, A Long Way Off captures the timeless tale of a journey to humility, repentance and reconciliation with both a loving earthly father and a heavenly Father.

The home entertainment release also will include a music video by Christa Wells performing the title song, “A Long Way Off.”

The movie will be promoted with a Father’s Day television network special in June, church movie screenings across the country and talk show appearances from some of the cast, including Hannity, who said: “We need more great faith and family films like A Long Way Off.

In the film, the popular conservative talker plays a life trainer that Jacob’s father encourages him to speak with before Jacob receives his inheritance. Hannity appears alongside political pollster Scott Rasmussen and psychologist Dr. Bev Smallwood.

 To order A Long Way Off, call Word Distribution at 800-876-WORD (9673).

Catering to Christmas readers Print Email
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 07 July 2014 02:55 PM America/New_York

Variety abounds for kids and adults in this year’s holiday offerings

Retailers are ever aware that Christmas is right around the corner. Many a shopper will be looking for the latest seasonal story, kid’s book or cookbook—and publishers stand at the ready.

“We are publishing books for people who may be overwhelmed by the busyness of the season,” said Pamela Clements, associate publisher for Christian Living and Abingdon Fiction at Abingdon Press.

Clements also pointed to a new novella called Nora Bonesteel’s Christmas Past.

“I really believe that people love to immerse themselves in the Christmas season, and there is nothing better than a good story,” she said.

Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, publishes one or two new Christmas titles each fall that are “giftable,” as many holiday titles are.

“We are very aware that most of the print copy sales are for gifts,” said Lonnie Hull DuPont, executive editor at Revell. “Obviously many ways of buying books are changing with the world of e-books, but we think there is still a reader desire for a physical, handsome book to give away for Christmas gifts.”

Nola Haney, sales manager for Barbour Publishing, also understands the draw of beautiful books for the season, noting the popularity of the company’s historical Christmas collection.

“The beautiful packaging lends itself well as a gift, and the unbeatable low price allows for multiple purchases for book lovers in every family,” Haney said. “Many of our retail customers off-price it even more for great Thanksgiving weekend sales.”

Abingdon also took into consideration readers for whom Christmas is difficult.

“For some people, it is not all joy and laughter, and having the right encouragement and showing that the original Christmas was anything but tinsel and music can be a wonderful gift for a reader who might be struggling,” Clements said.

The following titles are some of this year’s Christmas offerings:



TheMessiahDouglas Connelly
IVP Connect (InterVarsity Press)
softcover, 64 pages, $8

The Messiah: The Texts Behind Handel’s Masterpiece from the “LifeGuide Bible Studies” series explores some of the key passages in the Old Testament about the Messiah and their completion in the life and work of Jesus. These passages led George Frederic Handel to write his oratorio, parts of which are sung during the Christmas season. However, what many fail to realize is that the entire text of Handel’s “Messiah” is drawn from Scripture. This inductive study guide leads the reader through the Scriptures used in Handel’s work that highlight Jesus’ identity and work.

Orders: Call 630-734-4711 or fax 630-734-4200.



ChristmasDominoesJuliet David; illustrated by Jo Parry
Lion Hudson (Kregel Publications)
game, $9.99
Sept. 27

This first domino game and story booklet for young children will help them learn the story of Jesus’ birth. The large, colorful dominoes feature characters, numbers and animals.

Orders: 800-733-2607.


GodBlessOurChristmasHannah C. Hall, Steve Whitlow
Thomas Nelson
board book, 20 pages, $9.99
Oct. 7

God Bless Our Christmas is the third title in the best-selling “God Bless Book” series. Its rhyming story will help children ages 1 to 4 focus on all the blessings of Christmas with family, including decorating cookies and trees, singing carols, giving gifts and celebrating Jesus. Animals such as penguins and polar bears each enjoy a different Christmas blessing or tradition. In the end, they gather around the tree, thankful for Jesus, the brightest part of the season.

Orders: 800-251-4000.


WhosComingToStayKregel Children’s Books (Kregel Publications)
board book, 12 pages, $5.99
Sept. 27

This small board book is also a Christmas ornament. Who’s Coming to Stay? tells the story of the animals in the stable as they make room for the baby Jesus. The book features layered die-cuts and sparkly foil.

Orders: 800-733-2607.





WandaEBrunstettersAmishFriendsChristmasCookbookWanda E. Brunstetter
Barbour Publishing
concealed spiral hardcover, 160 pages, $12.99
Sept. 1

From Barbour’s New York Times best-selling author of Amish fiction comes Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook. This new cookbook with a lay-flat binding includes homestyle recipes and insights into Amish life during Christmastime.

Orders: Call 800-852-8010 or fax 800-220-5948.




12StoriesOfChristmasRobert J. Morgan
Thomas Nelson
hardcover, 256 pages, $14.99
Oct. 7
Morgan, pastor of The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, has more than 3.5 million books in print. In 12 Stories of Christmas, including six new stories, he offers the original works he shares with his church on Christmas Eve.

Orders: 800-251-4000.


ChristmasAtRoseHillFarmSuzanne Woods Fisher
Revell (Baker
Publishing Group)
softcover, 240 pages, $15.99
Sept. 5

Bess Riehl is preparing Rose Hill Farm for her Christmas wedding, but her groom isn’t who she thought he would be. Billy Lapp is far away from his Amish roots working as a rose rustler and wants nothing to do with Bess, so she said yes to Amos Lapp. But as the wedding day draws near, her emotions tangle. In the end, Bess, Billy and Amos see that Christmas truly is a season of miracles.

Orders: 800-877-2665.



ClarasWishBeth Shriver
Realms (Charisma House)
softcover, 304 pages, $14.99
Oct. 7

In Clara’s Wish: An Amish Christmas Romance, Lizzy Ryder is looking for a hardworking, God-fearing gentleman—everything that Zachariah Schrock is not! But when Zach’s sister and Lizzy’s best friend, Clara, takes ill, they come together to give her a Christmas she’ll never forget. As Clara’s condition worsens, will they learn to lean on God and each other? Clara’s Wish also includes bonus Amish recipes.

Orders: 800-283-8494.



EvergreenSusan May Warren
Tyndale House
hardcover, 208 pages, $14.99

An empty nest has Ingrid Christiansen dreading the holidays, but her husband, John, couldn’t be more excited about this new season of life. As a blanket of snow transforms the north woods into a winter wonderland, a deep chill settles over their marriage. Their only hope of keeping their love evergreen depends on embracing a new chapter of their lives.

Orders: 800-323-9400.


NoraBonesteelsChristmasPastSharyn McCrumb
Abingdon Press
hardcover, 160 pages, $18.99
(hardcover and e-book)
9781426754210 (hardcover)
Oct. 7

Nora Bonesteel returns in this novella from New York Times best-selling author McCrumb. When someone buys the old Honeycutt house, Nora is glad to see some life brought back to the old mansion, even if it is by summer people. But when they decide to stay through Christmas, they find more than old memories in the walls. In a story of spirits, memories and angels unaware, McCrumb’s characters know there is more to this world than the eye can see, especially at Christmastime.

Orders: 800-251-3320.


TheChristmasCatMelody Carlson
Revell (Baker
Publishing Group)
hardcover, 176 pages, $15.99

After years abroad, Garrison Brown heads home to Vancouver to build a new life. When his grandmother passes away a few weeks before Christmas, Garrison goes to her house to sort out her belongings, including six cats who need new homes. While he hopes to dispense with the task quickly, his grandmother’s instructions don’t allow for speed. Garrison’s job is to match the cats with the right owners without disclosing a monetary gift. And along the way, he may just meet someone who can make him want to stay.

Orders: 800-877-2665.


TheWestwardChristmasBridesCollectionWanda E. Brunstetter et al.
Barbour Publishing
softcover, 448 pages, $14.99

Attempting a westward journey during the winters of the 1800s is either brave or foolhardy. But the promise of a new life is strong for those heading to new settlements, as well as those using any excuse to run from their pasts, gain adventure and find a place to call home. As Christmas approaches, will the couples find new hope in romance, or will they have to turn back?

Orders: Call 800-852-8010 or fax 800-220-5948.



WhereTreetopsGlistenTricia Goyer,
Cara Putman and Sarah Sundin
WaterBrook Press
softcover, 352 pages, $14.99
Sept. 16

Set in 1940s’ Lafayette, Indiana, Where Treetops Glisten tells the tale of Abigail, Pete and Merry Turner, each of whom faces the uncertainty of life during wartime, but relies on faith and God’s leading to find lasting love and enduring hope. Where Treetops Glisten is a collection of three stories of courage and romance set during World War II.

Orders: 800-733-3000.



NotASilentNightAdam Hamilton
Abingdon Press
softcover, 144 pages, $13.99 (softcover/e-book), $17.99 (large print)
9781426771842 (softcover)
9781426793967 (e-book)
9781630882952 (large print)
Sept. 16

In Not a Silent Night by pastor and best-selling author Hamilton, readers will witness the life of Christ through the eyes of His mother, Mary, starting at the end of His earthly life and working back to His birth.

Orders: 800-251-3320.