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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Some books to add to your pile this winter!

I am so looking forward to the slower pace of winter. Looking forward to making obscene amounts of baked goods and comfort foods. Looking forward to Christmas joy. Looking forward to catching up on a little down time to read.

Here are a few books I look forward to reading...

Rain Song Bethany House (October 1, 2008) by Alice J. Wisler


Alice sold her first story to David C. Cook for a take-home Sunday School paper called Sprint. The year was 1988, this was her first submission to a paying market, and the check sent to her was for $125.00.

She was on her way!

Since then, Alice has sold articles and devotions to the Upper Room, Alive Now, Standard Publishing, ByLine magazine and others.

In 2006 she sent her novel Rain Songto Bethany House...and the rest is history! She signed a two -book deal and the second, How Sweet It Is will be out in 2009.


Nicole Michelin avoids airplanes, motorcycles, and most of all, Japan, where her parents once were missionaries. Something happened in Japan...something that sent Nicole and her father back to America alone...something of which Nicole knows only bits and pieces. But she is content with life in little Mount Olive, North Carolina, with her quirky relatives, tank of lively fish, and plenty of homemade pineapple chutney. Through her online column for the Pretty Fishy Web site, she meets Harrison Michaels, who, much to her dismay, lives in Japan. She attempts to avoid him, but his emails tug at her heart. Then Harrison reveals that he knew her as a child in Japan. In fact, he knows more about her childhood than she does.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Rain Song, go HERE

and this one...

An Irishwomans' Tale Kregel Publications (July 8, 2008) by Patti Lacy


Patti Lacy graduated from Baylor University in 1977 with a B.S. in education. She taught at Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois, until she retired in 2006 to pursue writing full time. She has two grown children with her husband, Alan, and lives in Illinois.


Far away from her Irish home, Mary Freeman begins to adapt to life in Midwest America, but family turmoil and her own haunting memories threaten to ruin her future.

A shattered cup. Cheap tea. Bitter voices asking what's to be done with the "little eejit." Mary, an impetuous Irishwoman, won't face the haunting memories--until her daughter's crisis propels her back to County Clare. There, in a rocky cliffside home, Mary learns from former neighbors why God tore her from Ireland forty-five years earlier. As she begins to glimpse His sovereign plan, Mary is finally able to bury a dysfunctional past and begin to heal. Irish folk songs and sayings add color to the narrative.

If you would like to read the first chapter of , go HERE

and this one...

New Birth or Rebirth? Jesus Talks with Krishna by Ravi Zacharias Multnomah Books

As Americans, what do we really know about Hinduism?

Authority on comparative religions introduces readers to the basics of Hindu beliefs

Hinduism is the world’s third-largest religion, behind Christianity and Islam. Depending on whose statistics you believe, there are anywhere from 837 million to 1.2 billion people in the world who practice this faith. Though Hindus currently make up only 0.5% of the U.S. population (approximately 76% of the population considers itself Christian), their number and influence on Western society are growing, as notions of Karma and reincarnation, the practice of yoga and books on topics like tantric sex have been co-opted by popular culture. In recent years, much has been made of a supposed Krishna-Christ connection, leading many to wonder if, aside from the obvious differences in dietary practices (Hindus revere cows, while most Christians enjoy them grilled to perfection and served with a baked potato), these faiths are, in essence, preaching the same message.

In his new book, New Birth or Rebirth? Jesus Talks with Krishna (Multnomah, 2008), world-renowned speaker and author Ravi Zacharias takes readers on a journey into India's holy city of Mathura. This is the birthplace of Krishna, the name revered and worshiped by millions of Hindus. The teachings of Krishna in the Gita are often referred to as being closest to those of Jesus. But as you walk through the streets and visit the temples, you will be a witness to an imaginary conversation between Jesus and Krishna you will soon see where the message comes close but where the differences lie.

Questions of human dignity, Karma, and reincarnation are faced head-on. What is the teaching of this most popular of Hindu books? How does the Gospel differ? New Birth or Rebirth? gets to the heart through the mind of these two, both of whom claimed to give the ultimate answers. Jesus and Krishna will engage your intellect and emotions in life's soul- searching struggles.

“My premise is that the popular aphorism that ‘all religions are fundamentally the same and only superficially different’ is simply not true. It is more correct to say that all religions are, at best, superficially similar but fundamentally different,” Zacharias reflects. “Both Christianity and Hinduism claim to be true and legitimate. This rationally implies, then, that it does matter what you believe.”

With three doctoral degrees under his belt, Zacharias is clearly qualified to teach on comparative religion, particularly the Christian faith he practices and Hinduism, the majority religion of his native India. His creative approach to the topic is far more user-friendly than any textbook. A gifted writer, Zacharias peppers the philosophical intricacies of the discussion with moments of wit and humor.

New Birth or Rebirth? is an excellent evangelistic tool. As the characters converse, Zacharias presents the truth and beauty of the gospel of Christ against the backdrop of Hinduism’s complexity. The book is also a helpful resource for Christians who have asked questions like: Who do Hindus worship? Why do they revere cows? Why do they believe in reincarnation? Most importantly, readers will find the answer to this question: Who should I believe?

New Birth or Rebirth? is the fourth installment in the Great Conversations series, an innovative line of apologetics that includes previously released titles The Lotus and the Cross: Jesus Talks with Buddha, The Lamb and the Fuhrer: Jesus Talks with Hitler, and Sense and Sensuality: Jesus Talks to Oscar Wilde on the Pursuit of Pleasure.

Buy the book here New Birth or Rebirth: Jesus Talks with Krishna

and this one...

First Place 4 Health by Carole Lewis with Marcus Brotherton Regal

Latest reports point out increase of obesity in America as well as the nation’s fattest states.

In July, the Associated Press reported the results of the latest data on the fattest states in the U.S., revealing that most of the heaviest states are located in the South. Last week, the annual report of the nonprofit Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was released showing that adult obesity rates increased in 37 states, while there were no decreases in any state.

Carole Lewis, national director of First Place 4 Health, a faith-based health program with groups in over 12,000 churches, is not surprised by these results. Instead, she offers a direction in how to solve the problem. “I have seen these same types of reports for years now, and I am always offended by the reasons given for obesity in the South. Habits are hard to change, and if your family always fried everything, it is natural to do the same thing.”

Breaking free from unhealthy habits is difficult. Statistically, 95% of people who lose weight will gain it back again. But, with an alteration in mindset from merely weight loss to pursuing total wellness, lasting change is possible. For the past 27 years, hundreds of thousands have achieved lasting weight loss through First Place, a faith-based weight-management program. This revolutionary program uses everyday foods, includes a support and accountability component, and focuses on biblical health and disease prevention. Recently, the program has been completely revamped. The brand new version, renamed First Place 4 Health, has been written by Lewis. First Place 4 Health takes the program to the next level, shifting the focus from weight management to complete wellness. The entire health program focuses on balancing all aspects of life—the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical.

In a recent article, a statement was made by Nae Oyo Kwate, assistant professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, saying, “In today’s America, poor people tend to be obese. The cheapest foods tend to be calorie heavy, and stores offering healthier, and more expensive, food choices are not often found in poor neighborhoods.” Lewis does not feel that this statement is completely accurate.

Lewis states, “The truth is that junk food like candy, cookies, and chips are very expensive. There is not one fruit or vegetable that costs as much per pound as these high-sugar, high-fat snacks. I believe that the reason poor people are obese is the same reason that the middle class or the wealthy are obese.

The desire for high-fat, high-calorie foods

The need for instant gratification

A lifestyle that does not include exercise

Never “playing the tape to the end” (recognizing that these choices will end in disease and early death)

No plan or goal to lose weight and get healthy

“The First Place 4 Health program is not just about helping you lose weight. It’s about helping you make the best choices to ensure that the positive changes you do make last your whole life,” Lewis concludes.

The foundation for this comprehensive program is the book First Place 4 Health: Discover a New Way to Healthy Living, which provides a framework for addressing wellness in each of the four areas of life. (It is available for purchase by itself or as a part of the member’s kit.) A key component of the member’s kit, the member’s guide delivers detailed instructions and helpful hints for everything from determining correct serving sizes to starting an exercise routine to memorizing Scripture. This updated version includes a simple, sensible new food plan based on the USDA food pyramid and new exercise guidelines as well.

http://www.regalbooks.com/ or http://www.firstplace4health.com/

Buy the book here First Place 4 Health (First Place)

and this one...

How to Really Love Your Grandchild…in an Ever-Changing World by D. Ross Campbell, M.D. with Robb Suggs by Regal.

Grandparents Take Center Stage as Parenting Crisis Transforms American Family.

In his latest release, best-selling author Dr. D. Ross Campbell equips grandparents to adjust—and flourish—in an ever-changing world

Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX—It’s officially a phenomenon: Our last major census, in the year 2000, told us that the United States contains nearly 2.5 million households with children being raised by their grandparents. At the same time, fifty-seven percent of the grandparents known to be raising their grandchildren are still in the work force. Divorce, among many other far-reaching cultural shifts, has created a parenting crisis—one that has significantly increased the demands and challenges of being a grandparent.

Though grandparents and their grandchildren have always had a special bond, today’s chaotic and confused culture has pushed them into a more prominent position in the lives of their grandchildren. Living in a divorce-ridden society that has lost its moral compass, many parents are at a loss as to how to raise a child with moral values and a sense of decency, finding the adolescent years especially difficult. Within this vacuum, grandparents are becoming increasingly involved—and important—in supplying the needed stability for their grandchildren. However, the culture in which grandparents find themselves is radically different from the one in which they were raised.

But, best-selling author Dr. D. Ross Campbell has penned a “new world user’s guide” for grandparents written in the style of his million-copy bestseller, How to Really Love Your Child. How to Really Love Your Grandchild…in an Ever-Changing World (Regal, August 2008) provides vitally important advice for grandparents who are often left to pick up the pieces of their grandchildren’s broken families—and broken hearts.

In How to Really Love Your Grandchildren, Dr. Campbell offers invaluable guidance and encouragement for all grandparents as they attempt to counter the unhealthy influences of our day and provide direction and influence for their grandchildren. The book also skillfully leads readers through the treacherous waters of grandparenting children with special needs such as ADHD, depression, learning challenges, etc. Topics covered also include:

· Helping children in parenting

· Distance grandparenting and parenting grandkids

· Training children in anger management

· Making a critical difference in the area of discipline

· Giving grandchildren the love and security they crave

· Leaving a legacy of faith

“The lifetime of today’s grandparents has seen the most rapid and unsettling change of any before it,” says Dr. Campbell. “But, even though culture changes, people and their needs do not. That’s why I’ve written How to Really Love Your Grandchildren—so grandparents can receive hope and support, even in a time that can be very frightening and discouraging.”

Buy the book here How to Really Love Your Grandchild

and this one...

Lessons From the Road by Nigel James

Lessons from the Road is a behindthescenes look at life as a touring Christian rock band. Written by Pastor Nigel James with major contributions from Tai Anderson, Brad Avery, David Carr, Mark Lee and Mac Powell. It features Conversations and lifechanging lessons that took place on tour On the road memories and flashbacks from the band The passion behind selected songs Devotionals that Nigel and Third Day shared on the road

About the Author
Nigel James has traveled extensively as Third Days road pastor since 2000. He is the founding director of a youth discipleship ministry called Ignite based in the UK and is on the associate staff of City Temple Elim Pentecostal Church in Cardiff, Wales. Nigel, his wife Gill, and the Ignite organization support Christian work in south India developing a school and funding church buildings.

Find out more about James here
Buy the book here Lessons from the Road

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