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SNEAK PEEK: Greater (Trade Paperback) by Steven Furtick

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Most of us aren’t in danger of ruining our lives.
We’re in danger of wasting them.

Click here to download chapter one of Greater.

Are you unsatisfied with the kind of Christian life you’ve settled for? If you are tired of cul-de-sac Christianity or self-help pseudo solutions, today is the day God’s greater plan for your life begins in full force:

Greater than the labels you were given when you were young.

Greater than the cynicism that settles in as you get older.

Greater than the dreams you’ve dreamed for yourself.

Click here to download chapter one of Greater.

 
 
 

SNEAK PEEK: The Real Win (Trade Paperback) by Colt McCoy & Matt Carter

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Prepare for a paradigm-shifting view of biblical manhood.

Click here to download chapter one of The Real Win.

Every man wants to succeed. But for so many, life seems to get in the way. We all have friends—good men, followers of Christ even—who start out well but before long, they’re failing at relationships, bending ethical standards, or driving themselves so hard at work they’re losing the hearts of their wife and kids.

Click here to download chapter one of The Real Win.

 
 
 

NEWS: Weight-Loss Expert Chantel Hobbs to be Featured in People Magazine

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Weight-loss champion Chantel Hobbs, author of  Never Say Diet, The Never Say Diet Personal Fitness Trainer, The One-Day Way, and Love Food and Live Well (WaterBrook Press), will be featured in People magazine’s April 4 collector’s edition of their most inspirational diet and health stories. This will be Hobbs’ third appearance in People, including gracing the cover in May 2006 for the “Half Their Size” issue.

 Hobbs lost 200 pounds without the help of surgery, pills, point systems or a trendy diet. Just as importantly, she has kept the weight off for more than 10 years. She began her weight battle and addiction to food during childhood, watching the scale go up and down after repeated dieting attempts. Finally, she gave up the weight battle, and after years of telling herself that she was too busy to lose weight, she arrived at 350 pounds.

 “All day, every day, I felt ugly, pathetic and judged,” she says. “Then, one night alone in my car, it hit me. I’d been treating my obesity like a disease, something uncontrollable. But unlike an illness, my situation was about choices. Crying out of desperation to God, I asked for His strength to fight this war, my personal and lifelong struggle. Since that day, despite circumstances and challenges out of my control, I’ve lost nearly 200 pounds and have kept it off for good!”

 Hobbs’ life’s passion is to see the world “ditch dieting” permanently and encourage those who are frustrated and exhausted from the constant failure. “My story can be their story!” she smiles.

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR: The author of Never Say Diet (2007), The Never Say Diet Personal Fitness Trainer (2008), The One-Day Way (2009), and Love Food and Live Well (2010), Chantel Hobbs is a speaker, life coach, personal trainer, wife, and mother of four. Her amazing story of having lost 200 pounds and keeping the weight off has been featured on “Oprah,” “Today,” “Good Morning America,” “Fox & Friends,” “Living the Life,” and the “700 Club.” She hosts a weekly radio show on the REACH-FM network, and is the weekly on-air fitness expert on the WAY-FM radio network. She has appeared on the cover of People and First magazines. Hobbs ran her first marathon in 2005 and has run many more since. She is a frequent speaker to women’s groups, and makes personal appearances at fitness conventions. www.faithfoodandfitness.com

NEWS: Seasons of Tomorrow Earns Four Stars in Romantic Times

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New York Times best-selling author Cindy Woodsmall finishes her Amish Vines and Orchards series with Seasons of Tomorrow, which received four stars from Romantic Times. “Woodsmall is a talented author who brings the simple life of the Amish to readers with charm and respect. This wonderful fourth installment in the Amish Vines and Orchards series has sweet characters who will do anything for their family, even if it goes against everything they believe in.” Go here to read the full review.

In the crowded Amish fiction genre, the Wall Street Journal named Woodsmall one of the top three Amish romance authors.

DEVOTIONAL: Forgiveness by Brenda Spahn

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Forgiveness

Not many words can raise the emotions and quicken one’s heart beat more than the “f” word in the world of dysfunction we live.  We are taught that we need to “get even,” revenge is good.  People need to get “what they have coming.”  Most media outlets promote this mentality every day.  Our very souls and spirits desire for a “payback” to others.  To the wounds which are not so deep, some can immediately let go, but we tend to tuck deep wounds inside our soul and hold onto them. It’s not intentional, we just do it.   These are the kinds of grievances we have to learn to deal with or else our spirit will go through life with spiritual infection.  We need to realize that by whatsoever measure we forgive, we will be forgiven.  If we fail to forgive we limit the Lord’s moving in our lives.

I must confess that most of the women that come to the Lovelady Center have lead such tragic lives that I often find myself wondering how they could possibly forgive or forget. With each woman I stress how impossible it is to get the mountain of grievances and mistakes—inflicted both by others and by themselves—without the Lord with us.  We pour over the scriptures and pray and eventually, out of obedience to the Lord, they find the strength to forgive through faith. 

Matthew 6:14-16, ESV: “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, you Father will not forgive you.”

 

Mark11:25, ESV: “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” 

 

No matter how big the sin, forgiveness is a must for all of us.  We cannot allow ourselves to be in bondage to the sin that can destroy us from the inside.  When we refuse to forgive we cannot subject ourselves totally to God because we are being controlled by another.  Forgiveness is a choice we make in obedience to the Word of God.  Freedom cannot happen with a heart full of bitterness. So when anyone offends me, all I do is reminder my beloved Loveladies and I have no trouble forgiving them.  Our example is Christ and His lessons of forgiveness but sometimes when we see Him working in others, it gives us strength.

Luke7:47-48, ESV: “Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many are forgiven-for she loved much.  But he who is forgiven little, loves little……… And He said to her, Your sins are forgiven.”

 

Original devotional from Brenda Spahn, author of Miss Brenda and the Loveladies

 

NEWS: MORF Magazine Features Author Shellie Rushing Tomlinson’s “Death of the Church Lady” from “Heart Wide Open”

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MORF Magazine is featuring “Death of the Church Lady” from author Shellie Rushing Tomlinson’s new book Heart Wide Open.

Known as “the Belle of All Things Southern,” Tomlinson writes with her distinctive Louisiana southern-style wisdom, humor and perspective, inviting readers to seek more than a mundane faith to take a step of surrender.

Tomlinson writes, “In short, I was a hypocrite! 

Though the news came as quite a surprise to me, the ugly truth was undeniable. An internet dictionary offers the following spot-on definition of my true state in that telling moment: a hypocrite is “a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.” 

Bingo. If I were to be honest, the faith I was experiencing wasn’t satisfying my deepest longings at all. My picture could’ve been pasted right beside that entry. Say “cheese,” Church Lady.”

For more at MORF, click here.

 

NEWS: Burning Sky ECPA 2014 Christian Book Award Finalist

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Author Lori Benton’s debut novel Burning Sky: A Novel of the American Frontier (WaterBrook Press, August 6, 2013), has been announced as a Finalist for The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) 2014 Christian Book Awards®, honoring Christian publishing’s best book and Bible releases of the year.  Winners will be announced at the ECPA Awards & Anniversary Banquet, April 28, 2014, at Focus on the Family’s campus in Colorado Springs, Color.

Benton’s writing transports readers to the 18th century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history. Masterfully creating a melting pot of characters drawn from both sides of a turbulent and shifting frontier, Benton skillfully brings them together in the bonds of God’s transforming grace. 

“Before WaterBrook Press acquired Burning Sky, historical novelist Lori Benton had been on a nearly 20-year journey to publication, during which she spent countless hours researching the history, developing unforgettable characters, and honing her craft,” stated Senior Fiction Editor Shannon Marchese. “The ECPA nomination is a tribute to Lori’s dedication and to the theme of the novel, God at work in all things for the good of His people.”

Burning Sky is set in the 1780s in the aftermath of the Revolutionary War and is the only historical fiction included as an ECPA finalist.  The novel follows Willa Obenchain, a young woman who was abducted by Mohawk Indians at 14 and renamed Burning Sky. She is driven to return to her family’s New York frontier homestead after many years building a life with the “People.” Willa finds herself caught between two worlds as tensions rise against the “savages,” along with questioning her own place in the white world. 

At receiving the nomination news, Benton stated, “I’m honored that Burning Sky is included among the novels of such shining lights as Tosca Lee, Lisa Wingate, Brandilyn Collins and Gina Holmes, whose stories accomplish what I long for mine to accomplish—moving hearts through the power of story.”  

Benton’s forthcoming historical novel, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn (WaterBrook Press, April 15, 2014), takes place in 1787 Western North Carolina and the State of Franklin during the historical conflict of the times. The story follows Tamsen Littlejohn’s escape from a harsh stepfather in search of freedom and repair of her own tattered identity. 

For more on the ECPA 2014 Chritian Book Awards, click here.

NEWS: “The Power of A Half Hour” Author Tommy Barnett on “100 Huntley Street”

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“100 Huntley Street” sat down with author Tommy Barnett to discuss his new book The Power of A Half Hour and discuss how to maximize your productivity.

Barnett talks about the L.A. Dream Center, celebrities, being a “pastor to pastors,” personal stories, and offers practical tips for immediate results in reaching dreams and goals.

To view the interview, click here.

NEWS: A Table by the Window Reviewed on USAToday.com

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A Table by the Window by Hillary Manton Lodge was featured on USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog.

Go here to read the review, which described Lodge’s writing as “utterly appealing and emotionally intelligent with a well-developed, subtle wit.”

 

 

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pdf_1002Crashing the Leader’s Chatterbox is a FREE DOWNLOADABLE reflection guide designed for pastors, ministry leaders, and others in leadership roles.  Combat the negative voices that keep you from God’s promises with this free guide.  Best used in tandem with Crash the Chatterbox.

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