In his book Go Big, Cory Cotton of the trick basketball group and YouTube sensation Dude Perfect covers the ins and outs of pursuing a dream in a world connected by social networks. read more
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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
Doug Weiss, Ph.D. | Siloam
Sadly, it’s no surprise that only half the marriages in America last. And, perhaps even more devastating, is the fact that this is true even among Christians. But author and counselor Doug Weiss can help couples build a foundation that will stand any trial or tribulation.
In 30-Day Marriage Makeover, Weiss discusses the power of intimacy and explains how couples can experience the abundant life Jesus promised—yes, even in marriage.
“Throughout my years of counseling, I have discovered that many marriages lack structures to encourage intimacy. We grow up believing that one day we will get married and live happily ever after. We enter marriage ill equipped for intimacy and are disappointed when our husband or wife doesn’t possess the secret code to intimacy either,” writes Weiss. read more
J. Lee Grady | Charisma House
Following up his 10 Lies Women Believe, J. Lee Grady, best-selling author and former Charisma magazine editor, offers the counterpart for men, 10 Lies Men Believe: The Truth About Women, Power, Sex, and God—and Why It Matters.
Tackling such common beliefs as “A real man is defined by material success,” “Real men don’t need close male friendships” and “Real men don’t cry,” Grady addresses the roots of these lies, counters with wisdom based on the Scriptures and affirms men as God has fashioned them. read more
In The Purpose for Passion: Dante’s Epic Vision of Romantic Love, authors Kurt Bruner and Tim Ware examine the truth about love in The Divine Comedy, by Italian poet Dante. It might seem strange that this literary masterpiece about heaven, hell and the afterlife could teach us about passion, romance and spirituality. But the authors believe it actually offers us a great love story, which also reveals just how much God desires our hearts.
Featured is an excerpt from The Purpose for Passion. (Click here to purchase this book.)
Love’s Divergent Paths
Quick, name your favorite romantic movie.
Got it? Now describe the best scene—the one you anticipate each time you watch. Depending upon your age, likely choices include:
Pride and Prejudice when the antagonism between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy melts as he anxiously confesses that she has “bewitched me body and soul—I love, I love, I love you.”
Sleepless in Seattle when Tom Hanks takes Meg Ryan’s hand atop the Empire State Building as his matchmaker son flashes that satisfied grin.
Notting Hill when, during her farewell press conference, Julia Roberts eagerly smiles in response to Hugh Grant raising his hand to ask whether she would consider staying in England. read more