In The Jezebel Yoke, Sandie Freed exposes the Jezebel spirit and its demonic allies, while also sharing how you can overcome the deceptive tactics used by these dark forces to control you. read more
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Many believers question how the Holy Spirit’s power actually works in our lives. In An Essential Guide to the Gift of Healing, Ron Phillips explains a facet of this by exploring the gift of healing and providing clear and comprehensive biblical background and support for the practice.
A Spirit-filled Southern Baptist pastor, Phillips brings balance to the topic, examining the many avenues that lead to healing and health. Filled with illustrations from Phillips’ own life and the lives of others, this guide reveals God’s power to touch and heal lives—even today. Though the Bible is filled with miraculous accounts of healing, many believers overlook Christ’s promise that they can do even “greater works than these” (John 14:12). Yet as Phillips contends, the Holy Spirit who activated miracles in the early church is the same Holy Spirit who equips believers today. read more
C.S. Lewis’ unique take on the demonic underworld is experiencing a revival of sorts in theaters across the country. Based on The Screwtape Letters—the 1942 fiction work that elevated the Oxford University professor to celebrity status—Screwtape on Stage features the talents of Max McLean, who portrays the demon Screwtape teaching the novice tempter, Wormwood, by means of letter writing.
Adapted and directed by Jeff Fiske and Max McLean, the presentation from the classic novel by Lewis—also author of “The Chronicles of Narnia” and Mere Christianity—has sold out in multiple cities and was performed more than 300 times at New York City’s West Side Theatre. Told from the senior demon’s point of view, the play features McLean corresponding with Wormwood, a demon in training learning to tempt his “patient” on Earth. God is known as “the enemy” and Satan as “our Father below.” read more
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 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
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
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
In You Were Born for This, Bruce Wilkinson, author of the best-selling The Prayer of Jabez, reminds us that God regularly makes miracles happen. What Wilkinson also wants believers to understand is that God wants to use us to bring about these miracles in others’ lives.
“The truth is you were born to live a supernatural life doing God’s work by God’s power,” Wilkinson writes. “You were born to walk out your door each morning believing that God will use you to deliver a necessary miracle to someone in need. You were born for this.”
Featured in The Buzz is an excerpt from Wilkinson's new book. (Click here to purchase You Were Born for This.)
A New Way to See the World
You were born to expect a miracle today
What if I told you I’m certain you missed a miracle yesterday? And not just any miracle but one that heaven wanted to do through you to significantly change someone’s life for the better—maybe your own? read more
James L. Rubart | B&H Books
Author James L. Rubart combines Scripture with legend to create an engaging tale of self-discovery in Book of Days. The title refers to a book, mentioned in Psalm 139:16, in which God recorded every life before time began.When Seattle video producer Cameron Vaux begins to lose his memory, he fears he will die young like his father. He intermittently recalls conversations with both his late wife, Jessie, and his dad about a legendary book in Three Peaks, Ore., which tells the future. Once dismissed as fantasy, the book now promises hope. read more