Friday, July 31, 2020

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The past several months have thrown everyone for a loop. If working remotely and covering the news of the day meant you had to skip author interviews for a period of time, it's not too late to feature these great resources. I would love to help you set up interviews with any and all of these guests.

Social distancing has made it harder than ever to find authentic connection with one another. God created each and every one of us with a hunger for true community, deeper connection with him, and friendships that are greater than “likes” on social media. Amberly Neese provides biblical and practical help for cultivating meaningful relationships that glorify God through an examination of how to:
- Find One Another
- Fellowship with One Another
- Forgive One Another
- Fortify One Another

When life gets hard, aspects of the future are uncertain, and we’re at the mercy of other’s decisions, we want more power over the situation. However, those are the times we need to learn how to surrender, just like Jesus did. In Surrendered, Barb Roose leads readers to discover six principles that will equip them to let God Lead the way:
- Recognize You Can’t Handle It
- Stop Following Your Feelings
- Give Up Control and Reach for God
- Embrace God’s Better Blessing
- Let Go of Fear
- Experience the Blessings of a Surrendered Life

Our words have power and make an impact on the people around us. Some words are nice and kind while others are mean and hurtful. Taste Your Words by Bonnie Clark that cleverly illustrates why we should think before we speak.
- Inspired by Proverbs 16:24
- Mean words taste like rotten eggs & spoiled milk
- Nice words taste like cherries, ice cream & candy
- Illustrated by Disney Animator Todd Bright
- Great reminder for the entire family

Women compare themselves constantly. On social media, in their neighborhood, at church, at work, even in the school drop-off lane, they glance sideways and ask, “How do I measure up?” Behind all this comparison is an enemy gaining tactical advantage. Shannon Popkin invites women to leave measure-up comparison behind and connect with those around them by choosing Jesus’s me-free way of living. Shannon shares about:
- What happens to relationships when we compare
- Jealousy & selfish ambition are from the enemy
- What can we do when we’re tempted to compare
- Comparing our kids creates bondage & isolation
- Me-free living free us from the detriments of this measure-up world.

Somewhere between “Jesus Loves Me” and high school cynicism, the childlike acceptance of pat answers about faith is lost—often forever. While many parents find this transitional period daunting, they don’t want their kids to leave the Christian faith just because they didn’t get good answers to how prayer works or whether dinosaurs were on Noah’s ark. Janelle Alberts and Ingrid Faro help parents tackle the God questions that make them sweat. Honest Answers addresses some of the biggest faith questions that kids have, covering:
- The Bible
- Prayer
- Faith and science
- The church

Thursday, July 30, 2020

How Much Responsibility Can One Man Shoulder?

How Much Responsibility Can One Man Shoulder?
The action picks up right where it left off
in book two of the Empires of Armageddon series

In Terry Brennan’s Empires of Armageddon series, three ancient empires are rushing toward a collision in the volatile Middle East while an official high in the US State Department is conspiring with a foreign power against the US president. A centuries-old prophecy is unveiled that heralds Christ’s imminent return, and malevolent fallen angels are determined to invalidate biblical prophecy so they can manufacture a different ending to the Bible. The story which began in Ishmael Covenant picks up right where it left off in the second release, Persian Betrayal (Kregel Publications/July 28, 2020/ISBN: 9780825445316/$15.99).

Diplomatic Security Service Regional Security Officer Brian Mullaney has been tasked with an incredibly dangerous mission– to deliver the Vilna Gaon’s second prophecy, along with the deadly box that protects it, to the rabbis at the Hurva synagogue in Jerusalem. When a synagogue is destroyed by an explosion, both the prophecy and box are buried in the rubble along with the answers Mullaney so desperately needs. How can he discover the meaning of the centuries-old prophecy now? Why are he and the ambassador he’s assigned to protect being targeted? Is there any way he alone can thwart a nuclear arms race?

An otherworldly servant of evil known only as the Turk is maneuvering three Middle Eastern empires into an intricate dance designed to undermine prophecy about the end times, and he won’t let Mullaney or anyone else get in his way. How much can Mullaney risk to serve God and save lives without losing his own?

Wounded in a bloody shoot-out, pressured by his wife to come home, and mourning the death of his best friend, Mullaney doesn’t need a powerful enemy. Who is he to save the Ishmael Covenant, the treaty promising peace in the Middle East? Despite angelic intervention, Mullaney wants nothing to do with his final assignment. But without him, evil will win the ultimate struggle and humankind will have no hope left.

Mullaney’s faith is evident throughout the story as he prays urgently and fervently, pleading for God’s help and direction in the massive challenges facing him. How can he be faithful to his duty as the DSS’s top security officer in the Middle East and the man most responsible for the life and safety of Ambassador Cleveland? How can he come to grips with the daunting responsibilities others want to place on his shoulders? How can he resurrect his marriage and rescue his family even though he’s nearly halfway around the globe?

The spiritual warfare Mullaney faces also has deep biblical roots. “In the Bible, the book of Ephesians references ‘heavenly realms’ five times and refers to the battle ‘against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers . . . against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms,’” Brennan explains. “In this series, our protagonist, Brian Mullaney, is drawn into this conflict against desperate evil forces who want to change the end of the Bible with an earthly battle that has eternal consequences. The spiritual warfare in Persian Betrayal is real, personal, dangerous, and frightening to our characters. And its outcome has eternal ramifications. Not so much different than today.”

One of Brennan’s key inspirations for the series came from the writings of the Vilna Gaon, Rabbi Elijah ben Solomon Zalman, who was the most revered Talmudic scholar of the late eighteenth century. In 2014, his great-great-grandson revealed a prophecy the Vilna Gaon wrote two hundred and twenty years before: “When you hear that the Russians have captured the city of Crimea, you should know that the times of the Messiah have started, that his steps are being heard.” Only months before that, Russian troops had invaded Ukraine and swept through the Crimean Peninsula. Brennan took the idea of the rising empires and the premise of an unexpected treaty between Israel and all its Arab neighbors and ran with it. The second prophecy, revealed in Persian Betrayal, is a product of Brennan’s imagination, though rooted in history that dates all the way back to the days of Moses and the battle between the Israelites and their ancient enemies, the Amalekites.

The Empires of Armageddon series will come to a close with the release of Ottoman Dominion in November 2020. Brennan promises near nonstop action that comes to a remarkable and unexpected ending.

Advance Praise

“A fantastic combination of thriller, historical conspiracy, biblical prophecy and Middle Eastern complexity—and you’re never sure where the line is drawn between fact and fiction.”
~ Ian Acheson, author of Angelguard

“This roller-coaster thrill-ride will keep readers breathless all the way to a nail-biting cliff-hanger … please don’t keep us waiting for the final resolution of this exciting thriller trilogy.”
~ Jeanette Windle, award-winning author of CrossFire, Veiled Freedom, and Freedom’s Stand

About the Author

Terry Brennan is the award-winning author of The Sacred CipherThe Brotherhood Conspiracy, and The Aleppo Code, the three books in The Jerusalem Prophecies series. His latest series is Empires of Armageddon, which includes Ishmael Covenant and Persian Betrayal. 

A Pulitzer Prize is one of the many awards Brennan accumulated during his twenty-two-year newspaper career. The Pottstown (PA) Mercury won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing for a two-year series published while he led the team as the newspaper’s editor.

Starting out as a sportswriter in Philadelphia, Brennan became an editor and publisher for newspapers in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and New York and later moved to the corporate staff of Ingersoll Publications (four hundred newspapers in the United States, Ireland, and England) as executive editor of all US newspapers.

In 1996, Brennan transitioned into the nonprofit sector, spending twelve years as vice president of operations for The Bowery Mission and six years as chief administrative officer for Care for the Homeless,  both in New York City.

Terry and his wife, Andrea, now live in Danbury, Connecticut.

More on Brennan can be found at He is also on Facebook (Terry Brennan) and Twitter (@terrbrennan1).

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Introducing the Latest Gospel-Centered Life in the Bible Studies

The Gospel-Centered Life in the Bible series is published by New Growth Press in partnership with Serge. Each book in this new series examines how the gospel story is revealed throughout both the Old and New Testaments.

Next month, we will be releasing three new studies in the series.

Previous releases in the series include Ruth: Redemption for the Broken by Jared Wilson and Jonah: Grace for Sinners and Saints by Iain Duguid. The Gospel-Centered Life for Students series includes studies of Exodus and Mark.

Am I loved? The central question of every human heart is answered with a resounding yes through this study of the Ephesians. Through an easily accessible, self-contained small group study each participant will grow in their understanding of the love of Christ, and the riches of his grace and how that love shapes every relationship and every interaction with others.
Through twelve in-depth lessons, Ephesians: The Love We Long For by Scotty Smith offers Scripture-based, theologically rich content with an easy-to-follow structure to engage readers. Smith invites men and women to reflect of the God of the Bible by reading the book of Ephesians slowly. 
He shares how the New Testament letter presents the love we all deeply long for-God's great love for us in Jesus. 
In this guide, discover the implications of God's love for every aspect of your life and relationships. With rich discussion questions, practical application exercises and Scripture-based teaching, Smith helps readers see Jesus more clearly in the themes found in the book of Ephesians. 

When the difficulties of life suggest that evil and chaos reign, we need to see that God occupies the throne in heaven and rules this world. Revelation: Hope in the Darkness by Scotty Smith reminds us that in troubled times our hope is in our champion Savior who is with us and will one day make all things right. 
This fourteen-week study in the Gospel-Centered Life in the Bible series provides in-depth lessons for one-on-one discipleship, small group, or large group settings. In this guide, author Scotty Smith give us a unique perspective on the end times that maps onto modern-day issues and problems. There is a battle raging against Jesus and his people, but be assured: Jesus wins. Though the world’s kingdoms entice and persecute us, the gospel still advances. The Lamb is on the throne, and he alone is worthy of our worship. We can anticipate with great joy the final victory of Jesus and the wedding of the Lamb. Our destiny is renewal and new life, rejoicing with our Savior in the New Jerusalem. 

About the author:

Scotty Smith graduated from The University of North Carolina, Westminster Theological Seminary, and Covenant Theological Seminary (DMin). Smith planted and pastored Christ Community Church in Franklin, TN, for twenty-six years. He worked on pastoral staff of West End Community Church as teacher in residence and also served as adjunct faculty for Covenant Seminary, Westminster (Philadelphia), RTS, Orlando, and Western Seminary in Portland, OR. He authored Unveiled HopeObjects of His AffectionRestoring Broken ThingsEveryday PrayersEvery Season Prayers, Revelation: Hope in the Darkness, and Ephesians: The Love We Long For. Scotty and his wife of over forty-five years, Darlene, live in Franklin, TN.

Can the truth really change how we live? And how do we know what is true in a world of so many falsehoods? In this timely study, Jeff Dodge explores how Christians are called to share the gospel message with the world—free of do-good, moralistic, try-harder religion, while also boldly calling those who believe to a gospel-centered, radical new life of love. 
Titus: Life-Changing Truth in a World of Lies  is a study resource in the Gospel-Centered Life in the Bible series that provides seven in-depth lessons for one-on-one discipleship, small group, or large group settings. 
In this guide, Dodge draws insight from Paul’s letter to Titus to point men and women to God’s blueprint for what he wants the church to look like. He invites readers to see how the gospel disrupts people and culture, turning the world upside-down—or right side-up.  
Explore this resource and find life-changing truths about the gospel and the heart of God, who desires for the truth to set us free. 

About the author:

Jeff Dodge, MDiv, DMin, PhD, is the teaching pastor at Veritas Church in Iowa City, Iowa. He also directs The Salt Network School of Theology as part of The Salt Network, a church-planting movement focused on establishing multi-generational churches in major university communities. Jeff and his wife, Teresa, have four children and several grandchildren. He is the author of Gospel 101: Learning, Living, and Sharing the Gospel and Titus: Live-Changing Truth in a World of Lies.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Win a copy of The Gentleman Spy

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It's release day for Erica Vetsch's The Gentleman Spy!

I have a lot of bloggers on my team excited to share their reviews in the next few weeks, and I've got a great prize pack to giveaway. Scroll down to the end of the post to enter to win: 

- A copy of Erica Vetsch's The Lost Lieutenant and The Gentleman Spy
- A library card tote bag
- A bookshelf pouch bag
- A book mug
- A Willow Tree book angel

- A book page holder

I'll be sharing more about the book over the coming weeks, including an interview with Erica.

About the book:

He only wanted a duchess for a day--but she's determined to make it a marriage for life

When his father and older brother suddenly pass away, the new Duke of Haverly is saddled with a title he never expected to bear. To thwart the plans of his scheming family, the duke impulsively marries a wallflower. After all, she's meek and mild; it should be easy to sequester her in the country and get on with his life--as a secret agent for the Crown.

But his bride has other ideas. She's determined to take her place not only as his duchess but as his wife. As a duchess, she can use her position to help the lowest of society--the women forced into prostitution because they have no skills or hope. Her endeavors are not met favorably in society, nor by her husband who wishes she'd remain in the background as he ordered.

Can the duke succeed in relegating her to the sidelines of his life? When his secrets are threatened with exposure, will his new wife be an asset or a liability?

About the author:

Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling and ACFW Carol Award–winning author. She is a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota with her husband, who she claims is both her total opposite and soul mate. 

Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.

A self-described history geek, she has been planning her first research trip to England.

Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor), Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Step by Step

When we get back to having class, I'll have another group of kids because I'm going to bump up a couple of grades. It doesn't seem like I had these kids very long... because I really didn't. About six months. 

Step by Step

Oh God, you are my God,
and I will ever praise you.
Oh God, you are my God,
and I will ever praise you.

I will seek you in the morning,
and I will learn to walk in your ways.
And step by step you'll lead me,
and I will follow you all of my days.

And I will follow you all of my days.
And I will follow you all of my days.
And step by step you'll lead me,
and I will follow you all of my days.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

My box arrived half cooked

There was no EveryPlate cooking this week.

UPS didn't deliver my box on Friday like they were supposed to. Evidently, it never made the truck because I asked the UPS driver about it when he delivered the box on Monday. 

Supposedly, with the ice packs and packing material, the food can be delivered fresh within 48 hours. That means if it came a day late, it is supposed to be ok. In Texas in July, that's doubtful. UPS didn't run on Saturday.

When my box came on Monday, I was able to salvage a few veggies. I had to throw away sour cream, a lot of milk and packages of cheese. This was the cheese from my box. Melted and separated. 

The ice packs were melted and the meat was not just not cool, they were warm to the touch. I joke when I say half cooked, but they were headed that direction.

Once I FINALLY got through to customer service (they still have a limited staff it seems), I did get my refund, but it threw me off for the week not having my box since I got used to it. This was the fault of UPS. They flat out didn't get it on the right truck.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Sign-up to review DoubtLess by Shelby Abbott

Is God good? Can I trust him with my life? Is the Bible true? These are just some of the questions that can plague young adults as they stand at the crossroads of life, when new responsibilities loom large and the world around them treats God as a small or irrelevant part of life. 
In DoubtLess, author and Cru campus minister Shelby Abbott comes alongside young adults to help them honestly face their doubt and turn to God for the gift of faith. He reminds readers that Scripture recounts the stories of many men and women who have also faced deep misgivings and uncertainty in their walk of faith. Using both Scripture and personal illustrations, Abbot shows us how to “feed our faith” in seasons of doubt through authentic relationships with other Christians, hearing from God in the Bible, and practicing thankfulness. Doubt should not scare us, nor should it become our obsession. He urges readers to see the difference between doubt and unbelief, assuring us that big questions can press us deeper into the heart and character of God rather than push us away from him. 
Used for biblical reflection, group discussion, devotional reading, DoubtLess is full of gospel hope for those grappling with the mysteries of faith.
DoubtLess: Because Faith is Hard
by Shelby Abbott
August 17, 2020 / Paperback / Retail Price: $15.99

About the author

Shelby Abbott is an author, campus minister, and conference speaker on staff with the ministry of Cru. His passion for university students has led him to speak at college campuses all over the United States.

Abbott is the author of Jacked, I Am a Tool (To Help with Your Dating Life), and Pressure Points: A Guide to Navigating Student Stress. His latest release is DoubtLess: Because Faith is Hard. He and his wife, Rachael, have two daughters and live in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

Readers can find Abbott online at, on Facebook ( (@shelbyabbott) and Instagram (@shelbyabbott).

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