Saturday, May 30, 2009

When the Good News Gets Even Better by Neb Hayden


Witness the Gospels Through the Eyes of a First-Century Hebrew
New Bible study from David C Cook gives readers a fresh new way to experience the Good News

How is it possible to make the Good News of the Gospel better? How can truth be enhanced? Can Jesus Christ be improved upon? In his new Bible study, author Neb Hayden emphatically answers, “Impossible! The Gospel gets even better only when it’s more clearly understood. The Good News gets even better only when we read the Gospels as they were communicated and in the way they were meant to be seen.”

That’s why in his new study, When the Good News Gets Even Better (David C Cook, June 2009), Hayden gives students of the New Testament the opportunity to walk through the Gospel narratives in Hebrew sandals. This unique Bible study allows readers to see these letters just as their original audience did and provides vital insights into the Jewish culture, customs, and perspectives, giving a fresh and thoroughly relevant context to the life of Christ.

“The Gospels are the foundation of our faith because our faith is built on a Person,” explains Hayden. “He was a Jew, living in a Jewish world, and communicating with Jewish people. This study offers readers the chance to walk the dusty roads with Him, to be there as a participant rather than simply as an observer.”

Using a three-month format, When the Good News Gets Even Better combines all four Gospels into one comprehensive and chronological narrative, allowing readers to focus on the overall themes and truths as they occurred. Among many other subjects, Hayden examines the births and childhoods of Jesus and John the Baptist, Jesus’ public ministry, the training of the twelve disciples, and Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension. Features also include days sectioned into key points of Jesus’ ministry, suggestions for when to skim or thoroughly read a selection, and interactive questions for individual study and group discussion.

“The Gospels are just the beginning of God’s continuing pursuit of intimacy with mankind,” says Hayden. “These biographies of Jesus are our stories too. Every move Jesus made and every word He spoke has direct implications for our lives in the twenty-first century. I pray that readers will be permanently transformed as they become first-hand witnesses to the Gospels’ miraculous events and times explored in this guide.”

Author Bio
Neb Hayden is director of International Student Development at The King’s College in New York City. A former quarterback for “Bear Bryant” at Alabama, Neb has been involved his adult life with the fellowship in Washington, D.C., which works behind the scenes to nurture and encourage the leadership in over 180 nations. The group also works behind the scenes of the National Prayer Breakfast. Neb speaks and teaches extensively at seminars, conferences, and retreats. He and his wife, Susan, live in New York City and are the parents of three grown sons and two daughters-in-law.


When the Good News Gets Even Better: Rediscovering the Gospels Through First-Century Jewish Eyes by Neb Hayden
David C Cook/June 2009/ISBN: 978-1-434767-00-4/240 pages/softcover/$16.99
http://www.davidccook.com/

Friday, May 29, 2009

How to Raise a Modern-Day Joseph by Linda Weddle


Develop Spiritual Champions for Jesus Christ with New Practical Guide for Growing Children of Faith
With her newest release, Awana author and staff member Linda Massey Weddle
equips parents to build a foundation of faith for their children

Parents long to help their children reach their full potential. They schedule regular medical exams, get them involved in planned activities, help them with their homework, and invest for their college education. Yet while they may plan for their success, they can overlook a vital part of their personal development: Nurturing and encouraging a solid, lasting foundation of faith. Though we often assume that children are growing spiritually through church youth groups and programs, it’s essential that parents take an active, encouraging, and purposeful role in developing their values and morals.

Linda Massey Weddle, the U.S. program senior designer for Awana and established author of children’s books and curriculums, has created How to Raise a Modern-Day Joseph (David C Cook, June 2009) as a resource for parents who are longing to help their children find spiritual success. Based on Raising a Modern-Day Joseph, this unique guidebook encourages parents to develop a practical, personalized plan for instilling faith-based values and beliefs in their children that will last a lifetime.

How to Raise a Modern-Day Joseph is modeled after Joseph of the Old Testament, who maintained his faith in spite of challenging circumstances. It features insights for growing kids spiritually and plotting out critical milestones from the toddler years through adolescence, while also allowing for the uniqueness of each child.

An ideal target for how parents want their kids to develop spiritually and morally, Joseph of Genesis offers parents a Biblical standard for building children of character. Using his story, How to Raise a Modern-Day Joseph will help them do just that. They’ll discover how to instill five Master Life Threads for each stage of life, from preschool through high school. The practical guide helps children:

· Acquire wisdom from the Bible
· Understand God’s grace
· Gain a sense of destiny and purpose
· Develop a life-perspective based on God’s perfect plan

The result: Children and teenagers who know, love, and serve the Lord. How to Raise a Modern-Day Joseph is a sure investment in the spiritual development of our youngest generation.

Author Bio
Linda Massey Weddle is a gifted teacher, speaker, and prolific writer. A children’s author and regular contributor to publications including Women’s Day and Christian Parenting Today, she has published twelve books and more than 2,500 articles, stories, devotionals, and radio scripts. Linda also develops Bible-based curriculum for young people and has been involved in children’s and youth ministry for the past forty years. She has two grown children and six grandchildren and resides in suburban Chicago.



How to Raise a Modern-Day Joseph by Linda Massey Weddle
David C Cook/June 2009/ISBN: 978-1-434765-31-4/240 pages/softcover/$16.99
http://www.davidccook.com/

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Scared by Tom Davis


Scared: A Novel on the Edge of the World
Author Tom Davis explores today’s most vital social issues in his new international saga

The United Nations estimates the world orphan population to be over 143 million children. Poverty, war, disease, and AIDS are the primary enemies of children across the globe, leaving those who are robbed of their parents at-risk for criminal behavior, prostitution, drug abuse, alcoholism, and suicide.

In his debut novel, accomplished author and speaker Tom Davis offers readers a sweeping narrative that explores these most critical social concerns. Scared: A Novel on the Edge of the World (June 2009/David C Cook) delves into the lives of a photojournalist struggling to redeem his past and an African orphan fighting for survival.

Once a celebrated and award-winning photojournalist, Stuart Daniels is reeling from debt, a broken marriage, and crippling depression. The source of Stuart’s grief is his most famous photo, a snapshot of brutality in the dangerous Congo. This haunting image indicts him as a passive witness to gross injustice.

Stuart is given one last chance to redeem his career: A make-or-break assignment covering the AIDS crisis in a small African country. It is here that Stuart meets Adanna, a young orphan fighting for her life in a community ravaged by tragedy and disease. But in the face of overwhelming odds, Adanna finds hope in a special dream, where she is visited by an illuminated man and given a precious gift. Now what seemed like a chance encounter will forever change their lives.

In Scared, Tom Davis, also the author of Red Letters and Fields of the Fatherless, weaves a beautiful story of redemption that takes place in a world far away from our own. Readers will discover, along with Stuart, that, “Sorrow is a part of life, but our tears can leave us with clearer sight, if we look to God.”

True “fiction with a conscience,” Davis’ novel is the first in a planned series of three. Narrated in the first person by both Stuart and Adanna, Scared offers a unique perspective on the tragedies taking place in Africa today and encourages readers to step out and help the “least of these.”

Author Bio
Tom Davis is the well-known author of Red Letters and Fields of the Fatherless. He also serves as a trainer in leadership development. He holds a Business and Pastoral Ministry degree from Dallas Baptist University and a Master’s Degree in Theology from The Criswell College. He is the president of Children’s HopeChest (http://www.hopechest.org/), a Christian-based child advocacy organization helping orphans in Eastern Europe and Africa. Tom and his wife, Emily, have five children.

Watch the book trailer!





Scared: A Novel on the Edge of the World by Tom Davis
David C Cook/June 2009/ ISBN 978-1-589191-02-0/288 pages/softcover/$14.99
http://www.davidccook.com/ ~ http://www.scaredthebook.com/

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

You Make Me Feel Like Dancing by Allison Bottke


Where Life Is a Dance and Disco Is a State of Mind
In Her Latest Novel, Queen of Boomer Lit Allison Bottke Offers Mature Women Contemporary Fiction with an Attitude!


With over seventy-eight million baby boomers alive today, a demand for women’s fiction that deals with age-appropriate issues has grown exponentially in recent years. Out of the ever-increasing number of novelists that feature characters in their 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s, best-selling author Allison Bottke has distinguished herself as a true “queen” of boomer lit.

This summer, Allison will launch her new Va-Va-Va Boom series, published by David C Cook, where vibrant, successful fifty-somethings share laughter, tears, and advice as they pop into each others’ lives via the Internet—and the airlines! Brought together in an online community known as Boomer Babes Rock, Susan, Patricia, and Mary form a fast friendship, even though they live in different parts of the country and lead completely different lives.

“My boomer babe characters are fun, fashionable, funky, and faithful women who are following the dreams of their hearts,” Allison says. “I want to provide readers with enjoyable fiction about sassy and seasoned women achieving dreams, not complaining about their aches and pains. I also want to provide an honest but positive look at long-term marriage.”

In You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, the first book in the Va-Va-Va Boom series, Susan Anderson owns and operates a hip hair salon on the Las Vegas strip, decorated with her collection of disco memorabilia accumulated decades ago when she was one of the beautiful people on New York’s disco scene. Now happily married, Susan is known for her business savvy, her fabulous vintage ensembles, her faith, her big heart—and the impromptu disco dance numbers salon staff and clients join in when the spirit moves. If life is a dance, Susan’s mastered all the moves.

But an exciting business opportunity, her husband’s impending retirement, and her fiftieth birthday rock her world, shaking Susan’s foundation and revealing regrets and painful memories she thought she’d dealt with. Will Susan be able to face her past, reinvent her marriage, launch a new dream . . . and keep on dancing?

Author Bio
Allison Bottke spent 17 years as a professional fund-raiser before her personal journey prompted her to create the best-selling God Allows U-Turns anthologies. Now a popular speaker and author of hip-lit fiction as well as nonfiction, Allison was one of the first plus-size models with the Wilhelmina agency. Today, she has created a place where fun, fashion, food, family, and faith merge to empower and inspire boomer women all around the world. That place is http://www.boomerbabesrock.com/.

Watch the book trailer!

You Make Me Feel Like Dancing by Allison Bottke
David C Cook/June 2009/ISBN: 978-1-434799-49-4/437 pages/softcover/$14.99
http://www.davidccook.com/

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Secondhand Jesus by Glenn Packiam


Taking a Shortcut to God?
In Secondhand Jesus, rising author and musician Glenn Packiam helps Christians exchange rumors of God for a firsthand faith

We live in a culture of experts. Everywhere one turns, there are professionals touting advice on everything from how to repair your car to how to fix your marriage. And, in Christian circles, some have even started to believe that there are “God experts”—people who can pray in just the right way that God hears them or who worship in such a way as to make God listen. We begin to rely on these people as our sole source of information about God, rather than make the effort to encounter Him directly ourselves.

In his new book, Secondhand Jesus: Trading Rumors of God for a Firsthand Faith (David C Cook, June 2009), author and worship pastor of New Life Church Glenn Packiam summons readers upon a passionate quest—a holy pursuit—to truly experience Christ’s power and love for themselves. “God wants us to know Him deeply and personally,” Packiam says. “But there are no shortcuts to God. The Bible tells us that ‘The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention.’” (Matthew 7:14, The Message)

God has offered us firsthand knowledge of His love, His grace, and His power. Yet so often, we too easily settle for someone else’s descriptions, the Cliff notes from another’s spiritual journey. We are content for others to do the heavy lifting and then give us the bottom line. And, like any secondhand information, after enough times through the grapevine, the truth about God deteriorates and crumbs of rumor are all that remain.

But when life derails, and things don’t go as we had planned, our thin view of God is challenged. In those critical moments, we can choose to walk away from God, or to let our questions lead us home. When we choose to wrestle with God, to engage Him individually, we—like Jacob and Job and David—will see rumors die and revelation come alive.

Crushing rumors of God that many Christians mistakenly hold, Secondhand Jesus isn’t a five-step formula, but rather a challenge to Christians to own their faith by questioning their preconceived ideas about God. “It’s time to hear the magnificent, Divine Invitation,” says Packiam. “It’s time to take God up on His offer and embrace the mystery and majesty of knowing Him for ourselves.”

Beginning May 15 and continuing throughout the month of July, the “Hear It First, Read It First” contest and promotion for Secondhand Jesus will be sponsored by David C Cook, Integrity Music, HearItFirst.com, and Gibson/Epiphone Guitars. By visiting HearItFirst.com, fans and readers will be able to win prizes, as well as download a free music video performance of Glenn Packiam (i.e., “Burning in Me”).




Secondhand Jesus by Glenn Packiam
David C Cook/June 2009/ISBN 978-1-434766-39-7/224 pages/softcover/$14.99
http://www.davidccook.com/ ~ http://www.glennpackiam.com/

Monday, May 25, 2009

The Night Watchman by Mark Mynheir


I've become one of those blog people I work with. That's not a bad thing. I love the bloggers that I work with that request books from me to share the word about new releases. I've just become one of them. My friends over at Multnomah now have me hooked on another series. I started and finished this book on the way home from the seemingly never-ending road trip. Well, all but 27 pages that I finished up the day we got home. (If nothing else, at least I accomplished reading a book and a half on the trip.)
To start with, here is the summary...
Ray Quinn is a tough, quick-witted homicide detective in love with his partner, Trisha Willis. She gives Ray something to live for—something to hope in. Until a barrage of bullets leaves Trisha murdered and Ray crippled.

Struggling with his new physical disability and severe depression, Quinn turns to whiskey, scorn, and a job as a night watchman to numb the pain. But when a pastor and dancer are found dead in an apparent murder-suicide, the pastor’s sister approaches Quinn for help.

Reluctantly, Quinn takes the case and is plunged into the perilous Orlando. Soon he discovers that, not only was the pastor murdered, but the case may be linked to his and Trisha’s ambush. Torn between seeking revenge or responsibility, Quinn is thrust into the case of his life.

Author Mark Mynheir gives readers his most profound police thriller to date with The Night Watchman (first book in The Night Watchman Private Detective Agency Series). Readers of all ages will devour this gripping murder mystery that bristles with tension and intrigue. In a taut cop-style all his own, Mynheir delivers an inside look at the thoughts, feelings, fears, and challenges police officers experience while investigating violent crimes and the lost souls who commit them.

Author Bio:

A detective with the Criminal Investigations Unit of the Palm Bay Police Department, Mark Mynheir investigates violent crimes and writes riveting Christian fiction. A U.S. Marine with a passion for martial arts and firearms training, Mark has worked on narcotics units, SWAT teams, and myriad high-risk situations. His four novels offer a realistic glimpse into the gritty world of law enforcement and the rarely seen raw emotions behind the badge. Mark lives in Florida with his wife and three children.

My review:

I absolutely loved Ray Quinn's sense of humor. I love sarcasm, and Ray was certainly full of it-- sarcasm that is. If you are a fan of the TV show House and also like mysteries, this is the book for you. Imagine Dr. Gregory House as a retired police detective instead of a diagnosing detective doctor, and you have Ray Quinn, complete with the cane and snarkiness.

The author's description and characterization of Crevis, Ray's fellow night watchman, was hilarious. Given the author's background, you know the storyline is realistic and keeps you on your toes.

I look forward to reading additional books in the series, and when I get a chance, reading some of Mark's other books.

Visit the Random House site for more information on purchasing the book.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

What the single, independent women do

After church tonight, Jenny picked up a pizza (she gets a discount since she delivers pizza on the side to earn extra money) and brought it over along with her cousin Shannon.

We then proceeded to watch Sweet Home Alabama for the I-don't-know-how-many-eth time. When it ended about 10:15, Jenny had to go home so she could watch the insides of her eyelids.

In case you were wondering, this is what single, independent women do for fun.

Our new line that we now say to each other is, "one day, our lives will not suck."

I actually know a publisher who is planning on releasing a book entitled When Will My Life Not Suck? I'm not sure where it is in the process of being released. I need to check into it. Actually, my life isn't all that bad. I just like the title of the book.

Now, I'll share a stupid story. When I was in high school, if anyone said, "that sucks" in middle of geometry class, our teacher, Mr. Hurley would say, "you have to add a direct object after it." For example, "that sucks apples" or "that sucks eggs." To not have a direct object evidently equated using the phrase as cussing. However, it was OK, as long as you had a direct object.

So, that my friends is your stupid story of the day. I really wish the House marathon was still on (speaking of House, I have a book review coming tomorrow that will mention House). Unfortunately, TLC has decided to spend at least three days (because I think it started Friday night) showing absolutely nothing except for Jon and Kate Plus 8. I don't know about you, but I am so over Jon and Kate, and really don't care what they have been doing when the cameras are not on. I've heard enough recently.

Don't get me wrong--if they are having all the problems the media has been talking about, that's really sad. That gets me onto another subject that I was talking about with my mom yesterday--how people can just break off one marriage to hook-up two minutes later with someone else. I'm not going to go any further than that at this present time. It may suck mangoes to be single at times, but at least my life doesn't suck kiwi in other ways.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

A three day weekend should not have me stressed out

When it is all said and done, I might not actually do much of anything on my to-do list. It may indeed be a laid back weekend, but I really would like to knock out a number of things on my to-do list.

I needed clothes for work, so we went to Waxahachie. I didn't really find what I was working for, but found some clothes. I let my mom talk me out of buying a picture frame I wanted because we were going to look elsewhere. We had to go back to Belk to get it because we didn't find anything better.

Mom debated a rug at Target. I asked her if she wanted me to talk her into or out of it. She talked herself out of it even though I told her that Dad would say get it when she asked me what I thought he would say. We had to go back to Target and get it.

I had to go to the grocery store (who likes that?) so that I can have clean hair and teeth and be able to take out my contacts. Not to mention that I needed milk and food.

My house is a mess, I have loads of clothes to hang up, have to make my bed so that I can sleep in it tonight. I'm sorting vacation pictures so that I can work on scrapbooks and get that stuff out of my floor. I need to go through the craft closet and pull out stuff for VBS in early July.

Oh, and I realized today that forgot to get my car inspected in April, and it's a million wonders I that I haven't gotten caught.

I need to work on some upcoming blog posts, update the sermon page on the website, and the fact that I have lots of mailing lists that need to be done for work is lurking in the back of my mind.

I've got a pile of receipts that I need to go through and it wouldn't hurt to look over my last bank statement and figure out bills for next month. Truth is, I really don't want to think about that at all.

Is any of this urgent? No. But I have a problem turning off my brain. It's a good thing I'm the only one who lives here because the clutter around here is driving me nuts, and I usually have everything in its place.

Thank goodness there are still two days left this weekend!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Author Changes Orphans’ Lives with Education

From Fiction to Real Life, Author Changes Orphans’ Lives with Education

Tom Davis sponsors the Scared $1 Million Education Fund and Writing Contest

The number one need in Swaziland, Africa, is not what you think. It’s true: Swazi people face the realities of poverty and disease and have great, pressing needs which must be met. But this alone will not give children what they need to overcome their circumstances and to change their world – this can only happen through education.

In his new release, Scared (David C. Cook, June 2009), author Tom Davis tells the story of a young Swazi girl and a jaded U.S. photojournalist on assignment in her country. Based on his experience working with orphaned children in Swaziland, Davis reveals the power of words to change lives – and the power of God to bring light and new life, even to the darkest of places.

Adanna’s life story could be a blueprint for any of the thousands of Swazi kids Davis has met and worked with as CEO of Children’s HopeChest (http://www.hopechest.org/) —a global orphan care organization. These children are brimming with potential, but lack even a shred of opportunity.

Beyond meeting basic, practical needs, the mission and passion of Children’s HopeChest is to provide orphaned children the tools they need to become independent adults, mature people who can impact their communities and culture. One of the best paths for reaching this goal is education. With that in mind, Davis and Children’s HopeChest have developed the Scared $1 Million Education Fund and Writing Contest.

The writing contest will be launched with the release of Scared this June. It is open to high-school aged orphans who are presently connected with HopeChest carepoints in Swaziland. Entries will be received in three categories: short story, poetry, and personal essay/memoir. The grand prize for each category is a university scholarship to a school in Africa, and runner-up submissions will receive other prizes appropriate to their culture and need.

How the Writing Contest Works
–Children will submit their writing pieces (maximum of one per category). Submission deadline is September 1, 2009.
–A panel made up of Swazi teachers and HopeChest carepoint staff will judge all entries and select the top ten from each category.
–The top ten finalists in each category will be posted to the Scared website, http://www.scaredthebook.com/, December 1, 2009. People around the world are invited to log in and cast a vote for their favorites in each category.
–Winners will be announced March 2010.

For more information, visit www.scaredthebook.com.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Everyone was on their best behavior

This week has seemed really long for some reason. It was the third night in the row out at the ball field, but it honestly felt like about the 6th. And Paige has a game tomorrow night.

I was soooo sleepy this afternoon, but can say that I gave someone their best laugh of the day alongside my attitude adjustment. Anything I can do to better the world and add light to someone's day.

Now, I need to sort through the 388 vacation pictures we had printed to do scrapbooks of our vacation. Actually 388 pictures for me. 388 for Mom. And she wants me to do her scrapbook this time and I agreed. That thought alone overwhelms me. And I need to start gathering stuff for VBS crafts. Lots to do!

Next week, there will be a lot of posts on new books. Lots of new releases coming up at work to share, just in time for summer. I've heard some great things about some of the new fiction coming out June 1. Keep an eye out!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Psychosomatic gnats

I don't think I've blogged anything about this even though I know I've mentioned my mysterious bumps and whelps on my arms in my Facebook status.

Last Wednesday afternoon, I started itching and had a few bites on my elbow. I asked Christi and Tracy if there was anything biting them because something was eating me. By Wednesday night, I had a considerable number of bumps all down my arms - from the back of my shoulder on down to my wrists.

Thursday morning, I came into work and they got worse. I couldn't count them all quite honestly. It looked like the spots were multiplying before our eyes. I took a Benadryl and hazily went through the rest of the day.

I've not noticed mosquitos en masse landing on me, but I have seen some gants at the office and home. They didn't come from the ball field, even though there were ants, fleas, mosquitos, and gnats at the ball field one night after this problem developed. And no, I didn't spray the OFF over myself (I hate the smell - I agree with my dad when he says he'd rather be bitten than smell it) while I was out there. And I don't make it a habit of getting out of the shower and spraying myself down with bug repelent before I go to bed.

But, this is crazy. I'm the only one with this problem. And it's mostly on my arms though I now have some spots on my face and the top of my feet. Though I have not seen anything around my legs, as I am typing this post, I feel something on my legs. Maybe it's fleas. The woman on the other side of my wall is a vet and had at least one dog over there.

I start itching more when I get stressed about something. I mention this to Vicki today via IM. She says she wonders if it is all stress.

So, the question of the day is, are they psychosomatic gnat bites? I guess it's possible that it's something mental. In the words of Gnarls Barkley, "does that make me crazy?"

Monday, May 18, 2009

Operation Kid-to-Kid Brings Comfort to Kids in Crisis


What do think about when you read headlines about economic hardships, natural disasters, and politically charged conflict? Circumstances like these set families and entire communities reeling, and few people are affected as profoundly as the children involved. How do the littlest victims cope with the changes and uncertainty around them? And what can the church do to reach out specifically to these little ones?

Group Publishing, the premier publishers of children’s Bible curriculum including Sunday school and VBS, believes that some of the best ministers to children experiencing disaster and hardship are other children. That’s why they have created a program called Operation Kid 2 Kid (OK2K), which partners with nondenominational Christian ministries like International Bible Society and World Vision to provide opportunities for children in North America to share God’s love with other children in difficult or disastrous situations. Since its inception ten years ago, Operation Kid-to-Kid projects have impacted millions of kids all over the world.

“Operation Kid-to-Kid is a great way to teach kids compassion and service,” says Joani Schultz, cofounder of Group and OK2K. “Children learn by doing. It’s one thing to drop a nickel in the offering plate, but when kids make a gift with their own hands, when they can be creative and personal, this leaves a real impression on both the givers and the receivers.”

This year’s OK2K project features two easy to make (no sewing required) Comfort Critters—small plush turtles with a sewn in pocket for exchanging pictures or notes of encouragement and hope. After they make the turtles, each child will keep one and send the other to a child in need. With a cute little turtle as a friendly and safe messenger, children will understand and communicate Christian compassion and the hope of Jesus. . . and they’ll have fun doing it. Group offers many other resources for OK2K initiatives, including an affordable booklet entitled The Survivors: For Kids in Tough Places.

Over the years, OK2K has become one of the largest forces mobilizing children in serving other children around the world through gifts of school supplies, Bibles, hygiene kits, Christmas gifts, Bible coloring books, and socks and shoes. Between recent natural disasters and the global economic crisis, there are more opportunities than ever for children to show the love of Christ to other children—and not just for a VBS event. Operation Kid-to-Kid can mobilize service projects any time of the year.

Group is also starting a new venture between OK2K and Lifetree Adventures, an organization that combines unique vacations with meaningful service projects. This new venture will be the “follow through” option for those who feel called to take the VBS OK2K effort to the next level. For 2009, Operation Kid-to-Kid will sponsor a trip to New Orleans for children’s leaders to deliver the Comfort Critter turtles to Katrina victims.

“There is still much to be done in New Orleans after the nation’s largest natural disaster. You saw the horror of Hurricane Katrina where over 1,500 people died,” says Group VBS Senior Editor Jody Brolsma. “But did you know Christians have led the way, quietly rebuilding and cleaning up after the disaster? Now you can help minister to the children of the 7th Ward, where flooding caused massive destruction. Take your passion for Jesus to kids who have lived through challenging times.”

This trip is open to adult volunteers, but space is very limited. Service activities will include painting, cleanup, and repair of a volunteer center and homes in the 7th Ward and connecting with kids after school.

Plan now to connect with Jody and reach out with love to the kids and families of New Orleans, November 8-13, 2009. Visit www.lifetreeadventures.com or call 1.800.747.2157 to review the itinerary and reserve your trip.

www.ok2k.org

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Is it just me?

Is it just me, or did this weekend fly by?

I did not accomplish near what all I needed to accomplish. Not by a long shot. We have lots of things mailing out in the next week or so with projects, so work will busy, and I'll have lots of new releases to share.

And this coming week, there are softball games four nights. What all do you have coming up this week?

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Busy weekend thus far

I wasn't able to bring you a post yesterday because I left the house early yesterday to be in Ft. Worth by 8:30 AM for the Association of Biblical Counselors conference, and I didn't get home until 11:00 PM.

The conference started back up at 8:00 AM today, so it was another early morning. I'm soooo sleepy right now!

ABC does great work to "Encourage, Equip and Empower all believers everywhere to live and counsel the Word." The main speaker was Paul Tripp, discussing "A Quest for More." The conference went very well, and I was able to attend some of the breakout sessions with other speakers between helping out at the ABC booth and taking pictures for them.

Check out their website (http://www.christiancounseling.com/) for more information about who they are and what they do. More photos will be posted there soon.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Biking for Bibles Across America

California pastor celebrates International Bible Society’s 200th anniversary with coast-to-coast bicycle trip

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX—Dipping his bicycle tires in the Pacific Ocean at Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, California, 56-year-old California pastor Randy Gardner began his Biking for Bibles cross-country bicycle trip on Monday, April 20, 2009.

The trip commemorates the 200th anniversary of International Bible Society, an affiliate of IBS-STL Global. Gardner hopes to raise awareness of and funds for IBS’s mission to provide Scripture resources to people worldwide who need the life-changing message of God’s love and mercy.

IBS traces its history to an evening in December 1809, when a group of men met in a home located in lower Manhattan to launch the New York Bible Society, later renamed International Bible Society. Nearly 200 years later, on Friday, May 29, 2009, Gardner will end his trip in this same area of Manhattan, along the historic waterfront of Battery Park.

Weather and health permitting, Gardner will average more than 100 miles daily, with one double-century day (200 miles) on his 3,800-mile journey. This exciting—and grueling—adventure requires Gardner to successfully wheel his way through the California desert, over the Rocky Mountains, through Tornado Alley, across the Ozarks, and over the Mississippi River. Part of his route will include the historic Underground Railroad.

Accompanied by a support team, Gardner will cycle through 14 states: California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Daily destinations are indicated at http://www.bikingforbibles.com/, where viewers can view Gardner’s itinerary, check his progress, read his blog, and learn more about IBS ministry. Riders are welcome to join along the way and ride at their own pace.

This is Gardner’s second cross-country bike ride for IBS. In April 2003 he pedaled from Cabrillo Beach to Victory Monument in Yorktown, Virginia, raising awareness for IBS’ translation ministry.

About IBS-STL
IBS-STL Global is one of the largest Bible and Christian literature ministries worldwide, translating the Bible into major languages and distributing Christian resources to engage people with the life-transforming message of Jesus Christ. It is the translation sponsor and copyright holder of the New International Version® (NIV) of the Bible, the world’s most widely read contemporary English translation. IBS-STL also holds the copyrights to the Today’s New International Version® (TNIV), Nueva VersiĆ³n Internacional® (NVI), and 45 international Bible translations. For more information on IBS-STL Global, visit
www.ibsstl.org.

Randy’s photo and itinerary are available upon request.

For more information, or to set an interview with Randy Gardner, contact:

Diane Morrow
800-927-0517 x106
dmorrow(at)tbbmedia.com

Audra Jennings
800-927-0517 x104
ajennings(at)tbbmedia.com

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Buffalo, marmots and turkeys, oh my!

First of all, an apology for not blogging last night. I got home from Peyton's t-ball game and I had a headache that sucked the very life out of me. So, tonight, I bring you a really stupid vacation story.

Even though we skipped Arbuckle Wilderness as we pass through Oklahoma, I promise we saw our fair share of animals from the car as we drove around. (For those of you who missed the humor there, Arbuckle Wilderness is a drive-thru animal park.)

I was telling Peyton about all the animals that we saw, and she sadly says, "I wish I went with you." My response was, "no you don't. We were in the truck for a long, long time." My nieces are not good on road trips to Dallas.

Well, like a bunch of four year olds, we made a list of the animals that we saw along the way. As pathetic as it sounds, making this list was a highlight of the trip.

  • mule deer
  • whitetail deer
  • pronghorn deer
  • antelope
  • buffalo (I do believe the song "Home on the Range" was written in this area. We definitely saw the buffalo roam while the deer and the antelope played.)
  • turkeys (Why did the turkey cross the road? No seriously, was that the same turkey we saw crossing the road right here earlier today, or is this a turkey crossing instead of a deer crossing?)
  • pheasant
  • an eagle (Well, it was a very big bird in a very big nest that we think was an eagle, cut couldn't tell from the tip top of its head.)
  • chipmunks
  • prairie dogs
  • ferrets (well just one searching out a prairie dog)
  • red squirrels (as opposed to the brown ones in Texas or the black ones we saw in DC or the albino ones at UNT)
  • rabbits
  • big horn sheep
  • mountain goat (Which I heard and read multiple times is not native to the area. Nine were brought to the area from Canada for a special exhibit at Custer State Park, but they all escaped. Now over 300 populate the Black Hills region.)
  • plain old woolly sheep
  • llamas
  • yellow-bellied marmots
  • woodchucks
  • burros
  • and of course your every day cows and horses

(Personal note to Misha - all these parentheses tonight are included just for you!)

As you drove through Custer State Park, you are supposed to see the buffalo. We see the sign to the Wildlife Loop after driving partway through the park. We acutally end up taking the loop on the far end becasuse we didn't see signs for the end closest to the entrance we came in.

The loop was 18 miles, and so help me, I thought it was never going to end. I was tired of riding the hills and curves, and I didn't think we would get through it. I realized we were also going to have to go back through the area we had already gone through. I absolutely thought we were going to be stuck in Custer State Park and not get out. I had seen enough buffalo roaming, and I was ready to get out of the truck, but of course couldn't (my boss' husband - shout out to Terry - warned of the number of people that get killed by buffalo getting out of vehicles each year). I was close to an anxiety attack being stuck both in the truck, and in the park.

Oh, to be a mountain goat from Canada and escape the CSP.

What did not help is that we were getting low on gas which sometimes freaks me out after a trip through Arkansas one time. I had warned Dad on the trip not to get less than half a tank if we knew we would be going through the middle of nowhere, but I wasn't freaking out yet about that. Mom was on the verge of hyperventalation enough for all of us. You'll be glad to know that two days before we arrived, the gas pump (a pump at the gift shop, not a gas station) had opened up for the season and we could get gas.

That night, after the trip through the park, I seriously dreamed that I was going on a trip to the zoo. At least I saw tigers in the dream and not deer and buffalo.

And because we only took 733 pictures with our three cameras - that is why I still need to sort through and decide what needs to be printed - of course, I have animal pictures to share with you.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Toto, we're back in Texas alright

OK, so part of my title was a knock at the fact that we didn't see Dorothy's house in Kansas because we went through another attraction (one of two actually) highlighting the 1880's, but I digress.

There was no doubt we were back in Texas when we got here. Hit with 90-something degrees and 147% humidity right in the face, I tell you.
During our trip, we encountered thunderstorms and hail in Oklahoma City. (This is a picture from the garage of our hotel. No, I didn't get to see a game. - Then, can you see the hail on the hood?)


Rain off and on throughout Oklahoma and Kansas.
Snow (and some mighty wind) while up on Terry's Peak in South Dakota. I also stood out in the snow for this picture, but I wasn't wearing socks with my slide on shoes and I got snow in between my toes trudging out. I know, real bright.
I guess if you cover enough states, you cover virtually all types of weather.

I'd talk about something more interesting than the weather, but I have to go melt for a while and watch a softball game.

Tomorrow's topic will either be "why I had dreams of going to the zoo" or "why I don't think they will be finished with Crazy Horse in Peyton's great-granchildrens' lifetime."

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mt. Rushmore

In addition to my blog being a source of entertainment and ranting, hopefully, I can share some actual knowledge from time to time. Today's lesson is about Mt. Rushmore.

Have you ever wondered about the answers to the following questions?

Why is it called Mt. Rushmore?
Why did they decide to carve this mountain in middle of South Dakota?
Why Teddy Roosevelt? Does he seem just a little random of a choice to you?
Well, thanks to the Park Ranger that lead our tour, I have some answers for you. (You may correct me if I have any details off.)
First of all, just who or what was Rushmore? Well, Charles Rushmore, a lawyer from New York was on an expedition to the Black Hills in 1880 looking for new mining possibilities. He asked his guide what the name was for the mountain, and when he was told that it didn't have a name, he decided to name it after himself.
Why South Dakota? Well, state historian, Doane Robinson, knew about a project that sculptor Gutzon Borglum was working on in Georgia. He decided to have Borglum come out and sculpt the granite Needles in the Black Hills. He thought this would be a great way to boost tourism to the area. Goodness knows, we wouldn't have gone out there if it weren't for Mt. Rushmore (Mom has been saying for the past few years that she wanted to go to Mt. Rushmore, Mt. Rushmore, Mt. Rushmore, thus we went), so Robinson must have been a genius.
Originally, the idea was too sculpt the Needles with images of heroes of the west. But, Borglum pointed out that the Needles were to brittle, and once they decided on Mt. Rushmore, the sculptor decided it needed a more national approach. It should be Presidents. And as the artist, he choose the Presidents.
As far as the selection of which Presidents was concerned, that is a little longer of a story really. Originally, the mountain would have two presidents - and their full bodies at that. George Washington - obvious choice as the first president.
Abraham Lincoln - because he was Borglum's favorite president.
When it was decided that there was room for a third, Thomas Jefferson was added because of the expansion of the US under his presidency.
Several changes were made in the grand plans. Once it was decided the granite wasn't all that carvable from head to toe, Borglum decided to back off that plan and go for waist up. Then it was decided to just go to faces.

The plans had to be flexible. In fact, Thomas Jefferson was at one time to the other side of Washington. But when the granite wasn't working out, they blasted his face off and moved him to the other side. There was even a postcard in the gift shop that showed the early work and the original placement of Jefferson. I found that quite interesting.
Roosevelt came along when it was decided there was room for a fourth figure because of his contributions to the expansion of the US. It didn't hurt that he was a personal friend of the sculptor either.
The park ranger made it sound like the sculptor had total control of who was put on the mountain. Wikipedia (where I was verifying a couple of things) said that President Coolidge and Congress dictated two Republicans and one Democrat in addition to Washington. Mr. Park Ranger also said that the project ended when Borglum died and his son decided to call it finished. Wiki says that it was because they ran out of $moolah$. I kind of like the Park Ranger explanation.

What will forever now drive me crazy though, is that I never noticed in any photos before that you can see George Washington's collar. Now I see it and it kind of stands out to me now - and his shoulder. Ever noticed that?

Saturday, May 9, 2009

I'm back home

I know that everyone is anxiously awaiting me to post again. I'm so tired tonight that you will get a post, though it won't be a action-packed, detail-filled description of my week away.

We left last Friday around 5:30 PM. We got back home today at 12:30 PM (then I had to go to Wal-Mart for groceries - and going to Wal-Mart on a Saturday is kind of against my religion). We traveled 3064.4 miles on this trip. If you average it out over 9 days (because we drove on parts of 9 days) and 60 miles an hour (sometimes we went 80, but other times we had to go much slower on the scenic routes) we were in the car close to 6 hours a day. I'm a bit tired from being in the truck. I'm not normally claustrophobic, but there were times I was ready to jump out of the truck because I felt like I was trapped. And more than once, Mom and I voiced our motion sickness.

Here's a bit of travel advice. Do not travel to this region of the country that we just went through on vacation unless it's sometime between Memorial Day and Labor Day. I can't tell you how many places were closed until the summer season. Some were opening back up next week, but for others, the magic date was May 23. We didn't have the chance to do a number of things because they were closed. (I didn't realize that even Dairy Queens were seasonal.) If we had gone a week earlier, we would have missed several other opportunities as well.

It feels like all we did was ride and drive and ride and drive. Texas to Oklahoma to Kansas to Nebraska to South Dakota to Montana to Wyoming to South Dakota to Wyoming to Colorado to Kansas to Oklahoma to Texas. (At least it gave me a chance to read a book and a half while I was gone - one whole book on the way home - blog tour and review upcoming.) It really feels like I didn't do anything but spend time in the truck over the past week which is disappointing in some ways.

I promise to share more stories over the coming posts. In the meantime, here are a few pictures, just a few of many, for you to see.

Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse and Devil's Tower.

Friday, May 8, 2009

More June releases from David C Cook

Sign-up early for these great books! If you would like to post about these books on your blog, contact Audra at ajennings(at)tbbmedia.com.


Secondhand Jesus by Glenn Packiam

We live in a culture of experts. Everywhere one turns, there are professionals touting advice on everything from how to repair your car to how to fix your marriage. And, in Christian circles, some have even started to believe that there are “God experts”—people who can pray in just the right way that God hears them or who worship in such a way as to make God listen. We begin to rely on these people as our sole source of information about God, rather than make the effort to encounter Him directly ourselves.

In his new book, Secondhand Jesus: Trading Rumors of God for a Firsthand Faith (David C Cook, June 2009), author and worship pastor of New Life Church Glenn Packiam summons readers upon a passionate quest—a holy pursuit—to truly experience Christ’s power and love for themselves. “God wants us to know Him deeply and personally,” Packiam says. “But there are no shortcuts to God. The Bible tells us that ‘The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention.’” (Matthew 7:14, The Message)

God has offered us firsthand knowledge of His love, His grace, and His power. Yet so often, we too easily settle for someone else’s descriptions, the Cliff notes from another’s spiritual journey. We are content for others to do the heavy lifting and then give us the bottom line. And, like any secondhand information, after enough times through the grapevine, the truth about God deteriorates and crumbs of rumor are all that remain.

But when life derails, and things don’t go as we had planned, our thin view of God is challenged. In those critical moments, we can choose to walk away from God, or to let our questions lead us home. When we choose to wrestle with God, to engage Him individually, we—like Jacob and Job and David—will see rumors die and revelation come alive.

Crushing rumors of God that many Christians mistakenly hold, Secondhand Jesus isn’t a five-step formula, but rather a challenge to Christians to own their faith by questioning their preconceived ideas about God. “It’s time to hear the magnificent, Divine Invitation,” says Packiam. “It’s time to take God up on His offer and embrace the mystery and majesty of knowing Him for ourselves.”

Beginning May 15 and continuing throughout the month of July, the “Hear It First, Read It First” contest and promotion for Secondhand Jesus will be sponsored by David C Cook, Integrity Music, HearItFirst.com, and Gibson/Epiphone Guitars. By visiting HearItFirst.com, fans and readers will be able to win prizes, as well as download a free music video performance of Glenn Packiam (i.e., “Burning in Me”).

Author Bio
Glenn Packiam is an associate worship pastor at New Life Church and the director of New Life School of Worship in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was one of the founding worship leaders and songwriters for the Desperation Band. Glenn’s worship songs, like “Your Name,” “Everyone (Praises),” “My Savior Lives,” and “We Lift You Up,” are being sung in churches all over the world. Glenn is also the author of Butterfly in Brazil. He and his wife, Holly, and their two adorable daughters, Sophia and Norah, live in Colorado Springs.

Secondhand Jesus by Glenn Packiam
David C Cook/June 2009/ISBN 978-1-434766-39-7/224 pages/softcover/$14.99
http://www.davidccook.com/ ~ http://www.glennpackiam.com/


When the Good News Gets Even Better by Neb Hayden

How is it possible to make the Good News of the Gospel better? How can truth be enhanced? Can Jesus Christ be improved upon? In his new Bible study, author Neb Hayden emphatically answers, “Impossible! The Gospel gets even better only when it’s more clearly understood. The Good News gets even better only when we read the Gospels as they were communicated and in the way they were meant to be seen.”

That’s why in his new study, When the Good News Gets Even Better (David C Cook, June 2009), Hayden gives students of the New Testament the opportunity to walk through the Gospel narratives in Hebrew sandals. This unique Bible study allows readers to see these letters just as their original audience did and provides vital insights into the Jewish culture, customs, and perspectives, giving a fresh and thoroughly relevant context to the life of Christ.

“The Gospels are the foundation of our faith because our faith is built on a Person,” explains Hayden. “He was a Jew, living in a Jewish world, and communicating with Jewish people. This study offers readers the chance to walk the dusty roads with Him, to be there as a participant rather than simply as an observer.”

Using a three-month format, When the Good News Gets Even Better combines all four Gospels into one comprehensive and chronological narrative, allowing readers to focus on the overall themes and truths as they occurred. Among many other subjects, Hayden examines the births and childhoods of Jesus and John the Baptist, Jesus’ public ministry, the training of the twelve disciples, and Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension. Features also include days sectioned into key points of Jesus’ ministry, suggestions for when to skim or thoroughly read a selection, and interactive questions for individual study and group discussion.

“The Gospels are just the beginning of God’s continuing pursuit of intimacy with mankind,” says Hayden. “These biographies of Jesus are our stories too. Every move Jesus made and every word He spoke has direct implications for our lives in the twenty-first century. I pray that readers will be permanently transformed as they become first-hand witnesses to the Gospels’ miraculous events and times explored in this guide.”

Author Bio
Neb Hayden is director of International Student Development at The King’s College in New York City. A former quarterback for “Bear Bryant” at Alabama, Neb has been involved his adult life with the fellowship in Washington, D.C., which works behind the scenes to nurture and encourage the leadership in over 180 nations. The group also works behind the scenes of the National Prayer Breakfast. Neb speaks and teaches extensively at seminars, conferences, and retreats. He and his wife, Susan, live in New York City and are the parents of three grown sons and two daughters-in-law.

When the Good News Gets Even Better: Rediscovering the Gospels Through First-Century Jewish Eyes by Neb Hayden
David C Cook/June 2009/ISBN: 978-1-434767-00-4/240 pages/softcover/$16.99
http://www.davidccook.com/



How to Raise a Modern-Day Joseph by Linda Massey Weddle

Parents long to help their children reach their full potential. They schedule regular medical exams, get them involved in planned activities, help them with their homework, and invest for their college education. Yet while they may plan for their success, they can overlook a vital part of their personal development: Nurturing and encouraging a solid, lasting foundation of faith. Though we often assume that children are growing spiritually through church youth groups and programs, it’s essential that parents take an active, encouraging, and purposeful role in developing their values and morals.

Linda Massey Weddle, the U.S. program senior designer for Awana and established author of children’s books and curriculums, has created How to Raise a Modern-Day Joseph (David C Cook, June 2009) as a resource for parents who are longing to help their children find spiritual success. Based on Raising a Modern-Day Joseph, this unique guidebook encourages parents to develop a practical, personalized plan for instilling faith-based values and beliefs in their children that will last a lifetime.

How to Raise a Modern-Day Joseph is modeled after Joseph of the Old Testament, who maintained his faith in spite of challenging circumstances. It features insights for growing kids spiritually and plotting out critical milestones from the toddler years through adolescence, while also allowing for the uniqueness of each child.

An ideal target for how parents want their kids to develop spiritually and morally, Joseph of Genesis offers parents a Biblical standard for building children of character. Using his story, How to Raise a Modern-Day Joseph will help them do just that. They’ll discover how to instill five Master Life Threads for each stage of life, from preschool through high school. The practical guide helps children:

• Acquire wisdom from the Bible
• Understand God’s grace
• Gain a sense of destiny and purpose
• Develop a life-perspective based on God’s perfect plan

The result: Children and teenagers who know, love, and serve the Lord. How to Raise a Modern-Day Joseph is a sure investment in the spiritual development of our youngest generation.

Author Bio
Linda Massey Weddle is a gifted teacher, speaker, and prolific writer. A children’s author and regular contributor to publications including Women’s Day and Christian Parenting Today, she has published twelve books and more than 2,500 articles, stories, devotionals, and radio scripts. Linda also develops Bible-based curriculum for young people and has been involved in children’s and youth ministry for the past forty years. She has two grown children and six grandchildren and resides in suburban Chicago.

How to Raise a Modern-Day Joseph by Linda Massey Weddle
David C Cook/June 2009/ISBN: 978-1-434765-31-4/240 pages/softcover/$16.99
http://www.davidccook.com/ ~ http://www.awana.org/


Live Relationally and Live Deeply by Lenya Heitzig and Penny Rose

Voracious Bible study readers, women purchase Bible studies more than do men by a ratio of five-to-one—and Gallup reports that 14 percent of Americans belong to a Bible-study group. This summer, David C Cook will release two new books in the Fresh Life series, their easy-to-use series of Bible studies for women and about women.

With strong endorsements from well-known Christian leaders like Kay Arthur and Ruth Graham Bell, two up-and-coming female authors, Lenya Heitzig and Penny Pierce Rose, have created the Fresh Life Bible study series published by David C Cook. Perfect for every age, appropriate for groups or individual study, and intended for today’s on-the-go woman, the Fresh Life series requires just 20 minutes a day for a meaningful contemplation of God’s Word. The next two books in the series are Live Relationally and Live Deeply (David C Cook, June 2009). (The first two books, Live Intimately and Live Fearlessly, were released in the summer of 2008.)

Live Relationally offers a fresh look at the important women of Genesis. Though women in the Bible are sometimes overlooked or downplayed, this fascinating Bible study curriculum reminds readers that women are central to God’s story—and His plan. Genesis alone is peopled with women who experience death, marriage, divorce, rape, and family tragedy. And if that sounds like something out of Desperate Housewives, it just goes to show that the Bible has a message for women—today.

With probing questions, insightful sidebars, and meaningful life-application exercises, Live Relationally offers the vivid lessons and rich wisdom of Israel’s founding mothers. From the complicated Tamar to the often oversimplified Eve, they are wives and mothers, slaves and owners, sinners and saints … and each woman’s story will touch hearts for God.

Live Deeply is for anyone who has ever read one of Jesus’ parables and asked, “What is He talking about?” Now women—alone or with a small group—can dig deeper into the meaning of these parables to uncover their important meaning for their walks with Christ. Designed with today’s busy woman in mind, each lesson can be completed in as little as 20 minutes per day, but will leave her with a lifetime of valuable insights.

Based on the inductive Bible study method, each lesson conjures vivid imagery of the sights and sounds of Ancient Israel alongside poignant application questions for today. The Fresh Life Bible study series offers something for Christian women of all shapes and sizes; everyone will leave with a more profound understanding of the important women of Genesis and Christ’s amazing parables.

Author Bios
Lenya Heitzig is an award-winning author and popular Bible teacher. After beginning her ministry as a single women’s counselor with Youth with a Mission, Lenya married Skip and together they started Calvary of Albuquerque, one of the fast growing churches in the country. The author of Holy Moments and co-author of the Gold Medallion-winning Pathways to God’s Treasures, Lenya currently serves as director of women at Calvary, overseeing weekly Bible studies and yearly retreats. Lenya and Skip live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Penny Pierce Rose is the award-winning author/co-author of several books and Bible studies, including the ECPA Gold Medallion winner Pathways to God’s Treasures. She has served on the board of directors for the Southwest Women’s Festival and develops Bible study curriculum for the women’s programs at Calvary of Albuquerque. Penny, her husband, Kerry, and their three children, Erin, Kristian, and Ryan, live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Live Relationally: Lessons from the Women of Genesis
and Live Deeply: A Study of the Parables of Jesus
by Lenya Heitzig and Penny Pierce Rose
David C Cook June 2009
ISBN: 978-1-434767-48-6/288 pages/softcover/$14.99
ISBN: 978-1-434799-86-9/304 pages/softcover/$14.99
http://www.davidccook.com/


Be Hopeful by Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe

For the past four decades, the widely popular “BE” series, a set of more than 50 Bible studies by Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe, has sold over four million copies and led untold numbers deeper in their walks with God. This summer, a new generation of readers will have the opportunity to discover the best-selling commentaries as David C Cook introduces an updated and revised edition of eight volumes of the “BE” series.

A man who has given his life to a deep examination of the Word of God, Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe is an internationally known Bible teacher, former pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago, and the author of more than 150 books. For ten years he was associated with the Back to the Bible radio broadcast, first as Bible teacher and then as general director. Dubbed by many as the “pastor’s pastor,” Dr. Wiersbe skillfully weaves Scripture with historical explanations and thought-provoking questions, communicating the Word in such a way that the masses grasp its relevance for today.

Easily accessible for both pastors and lay people alike, Wiersbe’s profound study guides can be used in personal Bible study or with a group. David C Cook’s third installment of eight revised “BE” series volumes each feature updated content for today’s readers, a new introduction by Ken Baugh, and new study questions for each chapter. The 2009 expanded Bible commentaries will include the following studies:

Be Comforted (a study of Isaiah) reminds believers that their hope is in Christ, God’s plan of salvation for the whole world. (ISBN: 978-1-434766-15-1/192 pages/softcover/$12.99)
Be Daring (a study of Acts 13-28) provides the motivation to follow the Great Commission wholeheartedly. (ISBN: 978-1-434767-42-4/176 pages/softcover/$12.99)
Be Determined (a study of Nehemiah) shows readers the secrets to resolute leadership and successful service. (ISBN: 978-1-434767-45-5/176 pages/softcover/$12.99)

Be Dynamic (a study of Acts 1-12) is a powerful account of the work of the Holy Spirit in and through the church. (ISBN: 978-1-434767-46-2/192 pages/softcover/$12.99)
Be Free (a study of Galatians) inspires a fresh perspective of the Good News and encourages readers to embrace freedom in Christ. (ISBN: 978-1-434767-47-9/176 pages/softcover/$12.99)

Be Hopeful (a study of First Peter) encourages believers to never give up and to have hope during trials and suffering. (ISBN: 978-1-434767-43-1/208 pages/softcover/$12.99)
Be Patient (a study of Job) unpacks the book of Job, explaining Job’s suffering and why God allowed it, illustrating God’s sovereign plan. (ISBN: 978-1-434767-41-7/192 pages/softcover/$12.99)
Be Real (a study of First John) shows readers how to have a truly satisfied life through authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. (ISBN: 978-1-434767-44-8/276 pages/$12.99)

Acclaimed worldwide as a pastoral resource for international leaders, the “BE” series will soon include companion study guides—the Wiersbe Bible Study Series—with each study guide correlating with the appropriate “BE” book. David C Cook plans to release additional editions of the series over the next few years.

Be Hopeful
The “BE” Series
by Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe
David C Cook/June 2009
http://www.davidccook.com/