When members of Ecclesia Houston tried to identify more closely with the poor through a season of fasting, they found their hunger for community was satisfied. Their 40-day experience is now shared by their pastor, Chris Seay, in A Place at the Table, a six-session DVD small group study based on his similarly titled book, released this month. Rather than a total fast, Seay advocates participants limit their diet to the basic foods those in less affluent parts of the world eat as a way of identifying with their struggles, then giving the money they save to child sponsorship, poverty relief and clean water projects there. While the emphasis of the study is on looking at world issues such as poverty and hunger—“why there is suffering in the midst of our excess”—the series may also encourage people to examine their different appetites for things beyond food. read more
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In Dare to Be Uncommon, Super Bowl-winning coach and best-selling author Tony Dungy dispenses wisdom on leading a successful team—whether at church, at home, at work or on the field. The four-part small group study set has two tracks, one tailored to sports teams and the other for churches, each emphasizing the importance of character in attaining success. The study is supplemented by a Playbook for an Uncommon Life paperback, available in packs of six. read more
When it comes to warring in the spirit realm, who said anything about women being the fairer sex? Certainly not Robin Kirby-Gatto, who releases her second book of the Glory to Glory Sisterhood series, Princess Warriors: Engaging in Spiritual Warfare. Kirby-Gatto teaches key principles for winning the spiritual battles for your family, church and community. Through in-depth studies on fearing the Lord and engaging in warfare, she shares how to master sin and simultaneously walk in the spirit. read more
Joel Rosenberg returns with the second title in his New York Times best-selling Twelfth Imam series. Although still fairly new to Christian fiction, Rosenberg has captivated audiences with political thrillers that highlight events in the Middle East. The Tehran Initiative (releasing Oct. 18 from Tyndale) takes true-to-life issues and details them with back-room negotiations, secret meetings, political trade-offs, intelligence missteps and terrorist strikes that boost the thrill factor. read more
John Trent with Annette Smith | Thomas Nelson
A Place Called Blessing: Where Hurting Ends and Love Begins brings the five elements from John Trent’s classic best-seller The Blessing to life in story form. When their parents die in a car accident, 5-year-old Josh and his two older brothers find themselves, placed in foster care and living in separate homes.
Later, as a young adult, Josh’s desires are simple—find a job, a place to live and buy a car—and at 18 he strikes out on his own. When his ability to trust and love again is put to the test, the story takes a seemingly impossible twist. With God gently at work in Josh’s life, he ends up in a place where he receives the gift of the blessing. read more
Karl Bacon | Zondervan
In a historical novel timed for the sesquicentenary of the start of the Civil War, first-time author Karl Bacon gives a first-person account of the frontlines of battle in An Eye for Glory: The Civil War Chronicles of a Citizen Soldier.
Told through narration and letters, An Eye for Glory follows Connecticut shopkeeper and family man Michael Palmer, who, feeling a moral duty, enlists in the Union army despite his wife's objections. He fights at Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, where his lifelong buddy dies. Outraged, he kills a Confederate soldier at Gettysburg with excessive malice and feels he has lost his soul. After the war, at his wife's urging, he returns the soldier’s Bible to his widow and experiences the true depth of God's grace. read more
C.J. Darlington | Tyndale House Publishers
Roxi Gold will do whatever it takes to fit in, even if it’s illegal. She has bounced around through foster care for most of her life and desires to have a family. Roxi eventually finds herself traveling around the country stealing rare books from antique bookstores. She knows it is not right, but if she says no, she’ll have nowhere to go. read more
Michael W. Smith with Thomas Williams | Zondervan
Grammy- and Dove Award-winning recording artist Michael W. Smith was so moved by the hurt and failures expressed by fans at his concerts that he fashioned a blessing for them. A Simple Blessing: The Extraordinary Power of an Ordinary Prayer expands on the roots and results of the blessing he offers them. read more
Kathryn Cushman | Bethany House
In Kathryn Cushman’s Another Dawn, single mother Grace Graham finds herself coming full circle after choosing to run from life’s difficulties since her mother’s passing more than four years ago.
At the request of her sister and in hopes of reconciling with her father—whom Grace blames for her mother’s death—Grace heads for her hometown of Shoal Creek, Tenn., to help her father recover from surgery. While there, Grace’s 4-year-old son, Dylan, gets the measles. read more