For years singer and author Rebecca St. James has passionately delivered her True Love Waits message about abstinence and purity. Now she is extending that message with a burden for the unborn via her latest movie, Sarah's Choice. In her first leading role, St. James portrays Sarah Collins, a rising single professional who has to make a life-altering decision when she gets pregnant. Sarah struggles with her new reality and also faces her doubts and frustrations with God.
St. James says God had already given her a pro-life passion before she was even offered this role. Sensing that the Lord was calling her to get more involved with films about faith and family, St. James moved to California a year ago. Through a couple of friends, she got involved with several crisis pregnancy events and recognized an incredible need for movies that support life. read more
Hello Hurricane is Switchfoot's seventh full-length studio album, which lead singer Jon Foreman calls a "new beginning." The band combed through 80 songs before selecting the very best for this album. read more
The Grammy-nominated Ayiesha Woods offers a sassy, energetic holiday album with Christmas Like This. This nine-track CD features such classics as "Walking in a Winter Wonderland," "Jingle Bells," "Joy to the World" and "O Holy Night." read more
By Darin Hufford | Windblown Media | softcover | 224 pages | $13.99
In The Misunderstood God: The Lies Religion Tells Us About God, the first nonfiction release from the publisher of The Shack, Darin Hufford confronts a skewed idea of the nature of Christ perpetuated by teachers, preachers and believers in general. The author addresses these misconceptions and then asks who would want to love a god who beats down a person, judges unmercifully, betrays or abandons if one wrong move is made. read more
By Paul Meir and David L. Henderson | Thomas Nelson | hardcover | 304 pages | $22.99
Written to address the problem of suffering, Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain gives advice for facing pain directly. The authors, psychiatrists Paul Meir and David L. Henderson, classify types of suffering into seven categories—injustice, discipline, failure, death, rejection, loneliness and loss—and examine how each can bring their "gifts" into a person's life. read more
Kelly's Filmworks | Starring Christina Fougnie, Amy Hess, Tom Luce, Matt Wallace | $19.99
Maxine "Max" Westray is a selfish young girl who is focused only on her birthday, Dec. 25. She is highly perturbed that her celebration gets overlooked because everyone is focused on Christmas. Max's single mom, Stacy, is overworked and trying to hold everything together, plus deal with her daughter's attitude about school and her birthday. Meanwhile, Tony, who is both their neighbor and also an assistant minister for a local church, has his own problem: He knows what church should be like but works with a lead pastor who has his own ideas. read more
As believers, we all have signposts for our journey of faith—the day we encounter our Savior, the challenges that uncover our deep need for Him, the moments we experience God's faithfulness.
For Paul Baloche, this spiritual journey is marked by songs—music that has moved from personal touchstones to collective signposts for millions of believers. Intimate prayers that have become global anthems.
"Songwriting is a big part of my spiritual life," Baloche shares. "It helps me go deeper with God. It helps me fix my mind on Jesus, to set my mind on things above. It keeps my own heart fresh and alive, for myself, my family and the church."
"When I'm writing songs," Baloche says, "I think, ‘Will this help the church worship God? Will this help people connect with Him?' I want to make music that they can believe in." read more
Beauty Will Rise is a collection of 12 songs from Steven Curtis Chapman created in the 18 months since the loss of his daughter Maria in a tragic auto accident. Part lament, part praise, part grief, part hope, part wrestling and part pondering, the tracks resonate as Chapman's "personal psalms." Raw and honest, the recording could be the most important of his more than 20-year ministry. read more
Shane & Shane's acoustic music and unmatchable harmony put them in a class all their own. On their newest album, Everything Is Different, Shane Barnard and Shane Everett offer another set of biblically based songs that will help believers celebrate and worship God for who He is and what He's done. read more
When Plumb released her self-titled debut album in 1997, she perhaps had no idea where her music and songwriting would lead. Now more than 10 years later, her history is peppered with success highlights. She has released five critically acclaimed albums. Her music has been played on Christian and mainstream radio. And her songs have been heard on films and TV shows such as Bruce Almighty, Just Married, ER and Felicity. read more
The popular worship band Hillsong United, which grew out of the youth ministry of Hillsong Church in Australia, will present the live special Hillsong United: We're All in This Together in 450 theaters nationwide Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, with a time-delayed showing at 8 p.m. Pacific.
By Jentezen Franklin | Charisma House | hardcover | 224 pages | $21.99
In a world of anxiety, pastor and best-selling author Jentezen Franklin offers keys to dealing with fear in Fear Fighters: How to Live With Confidence in a World Driven By Fear. Explaining that fear and anxiety are issues everyone has to face, Franklin encourages readers to confront and overcome such obstacles. read more
By Miles McPherson | Baker Books | hardcover | 224 pages | $19.99
In Do Something! Make Your Life Count, Miles McPherson challenges readers to make a difference in their lives and communities through the love of Jesus. Each chapter offers teaching couched in a real-life story demonstrating a biblical truth.
McPherson shares his personal experiences in dealing with drug addiction, unhealthy relationships and the pressures that come with being a professional athlete.
Grace Hill Media | Starring Taylor Mason, Michael Jr., Joe Wong, Dana Daniels, Isaac Witty | $19.99
Everybody can use a laugh these days. But where can you find clean comedy fit for the entire family? Thou Shalt Laugh 4 is the answer. John Tesh hosts the fourth installment of the best-selling Christian comedy DVD series. read more
What is keeping you stuck in an emotional or spiritual rut? Is it regret and guilt? Christian counselor, author and radio host Stephen Arterburn believes we can break free from the regret of our past. In his new book, Regret-Free Living, Arterburn openly shares his biggest regrets, how he was able to overcome them and the ways God actually used them in his life. Arterburn teaches how we can make peace with the past and embrace emotional and spiritual freedom.
We talked with Arterburn about his latest book. (Click here to purchase Regret-Free Living.)
What inspired you to tackle the subject of regret?
Stephen Arterburn: Since the economic downturn, I have seen so many more people regretting decisions they [have] made over the past decade, regretting they did not save more or invest better. But people who call our NewLife Live radio program are always full of regret about the mate they picked, the way they raised their children, the affair that destroyed their marriage. It just seemed like the right time to tackle how to live beyond our regrets. And surprisingly that led me down the road to look at relationships from a different angle. read more
Stellar Award-winning artists and siblings Adriann and Aundrea Lewis of the group RiZen demonstrate their staying power in gospel music with the release of their third album, Free. The sisters offer a litany of upbeat cuts and worshipful ballads that speak of God's faithfulness and unconditional love. read more
By Trin-I-Tee 5:7 | Spirit Rising/Music World Music
Love, Peace, Joy at Christmas, the first holiday album from award-winning gospel group Trin-I-Tee 5:7, is being released as a combo CD/DVD. The package offers 11 traditional and original recordings, live performance footage and a special bonus track. read more
Worship leader Byron Cage is no novice in the gospel music arena. For more than 20 years, the Grammy-nominated singer has pumped out numerous albums. His sixth project, Faithful to Believe, was recorded live at Second Ebenezer Baptist Church in Detroit. This album is a compilation of praise anthems and worship ballads packaged in upbeat, stirring and inspiring sounds and lyrics. read more