Paladin | Starring Nate Parker, Rick Schroder, Michael Rooker, Lela Rochon, Omar Benson Miller | Rated PG-13
A film capturing the origins of civil rights resistance in a small North Carolina town is headed to the big screen.
Opening in select cities Friday, Blood Done Sign My Name, the latest offering by Fugitive and Die Hard writer-producer Jeb Stuart, centers around a little-known civil rights trial involving three white men accused of murdering a 23-year-old black man in 1970 Oxford, N.C.
Fifteen years ago, in the book Honestly, Sheila Walsh shared her story of going from being a singer and television talk-show host to being a patient in a psychiatric ward struggling with deep depression. In her new book, Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God, Walsh tells the rest of her journey. She has gone from living with stifling fear to living in liberating trust.
God has taught her what it really means to be in relationship with Him. "If you had asked me maybe even a year ago what was the greatest gift we could give God, I would have said, 'To love Him,'" she says. "But I think today I would say, 'To trust Him.'"
"Trusting Him is what love looks like. I think it's how we show Him how much we love Him by absolute trust."
Walsh wanted to understand what true trust looks like, so she began studying people in Scripture who had no idea how to trust but ultimately learned to trust God. She saw how their lives were transformed.
Gungor (formerly The Michael Gungor Band) offers alternative worship about the goodness, faithfulness and greatness of God on the new release Beautiful Things.
The title track is a ballad of faith declaring that Jesus can make the "dust" of our lives into something beautiful. The banjo-based highlight "You Have Me" declares that even in the silence God is "always faithful, always good."
By Douglas LeBlanc | Thomas Nelson | hardcover | 176 pages | $17.99
As part of The Ancient Practices Series, Douglas LeBlanc's Tithing: Test Me in This explores responses to the text of Malachi 3:10. This seventh book in the eight-part series devoted to spiritual disciplines of the Christian church features a foreword by eminent religion editor and writer Phyllis Tickle.
Author and pastor David Jeremiah asks, "What does grace look like when it steps off the pages of Scripture and onto the cracked sidewalks of life?" The new Captured by Grace seven-week Bible study is an in-depth look at what it means for grace to be applied to our everyday lives.
TobyMac, best-selling and Grammy Award-winning artist, releases his fourth studio project CD, Tonight. The album single, "City on Our Knees," released last fall and has sold more than 130,000 copies, making it TobyMac's fastest charting and selling track of his career.
Once again, TobyMac invited special guests to collaborate with him. Skillet's John Cooper, Matthew Thiessen of Relient K and Nirva Ready are featured on this album. A special treat is hearing TobyMac's 10-year-old son, Truett, aka "TruDog," on "LoudNClear." Also available are bonus remixes and behind-the-scenes video.
TobyMac recently answered questions and shared his thoughts about his latest album. (Click here to purchase.)
Q: What can you tell us about the new album?
A: To me making the record is an absolute labor of love from the songwriting process to the recording process. I get to shape songs while waiting for God to breathe into them.
Fireflight's third album, For Those Who Wait, continues to offer their signature rocking, lyrically compelling songs. Lead singer Dawn Michele says this album was influenced by personal stories: "It's our lives, our hearts and our pain just poured out."
In the documentary Finger of God, filmmaker Darren Wilson chased miracles. For his new documentary, Furious Love, he chased love. In his easygoing style, Wilson narrates the journey and courageously asks his own questions.
"God showed me that His love is not contingent on my belief in it," Wilson narrates. "It can shine brightest when there is no agenda attached to it."
By Lisa Wingate | Bethany House Publishers | softcover | 352 pages | $14.99
Lisa Wingate's Never Say Never is a "deep in the heart of Texas" thrill ride. It begins with 71- year-old Donetta Brandford and her two best friends, Imagene and Lucy, who decide to take a cruise to break the monotony of their lives in small town Daily, Texas. Thinking that Hurricane Georgetta is going the opposite direction, they head to the port of call.
By Mary DeMuth | Zondervan | softcover | 224 pages | $14.99
In Thin Places: A Memoir, Mary DeMuth traces her life's influences, both positive and negative. The title refers to the times and places throughout her life when the everyday and the spiritual world seemed close enough for her to reach across and touch Jesus.
By Tim Roehl | Regal | softcover | 224 pages | $14.99
They day Jesus was crucified undoubtedly was the most important day in history, and mankind was forever impacted. But Jim Roehl focuses on the mark that day left on specific people who became witnesses and participants as events unfolded.Roehl considers the possible thoughts of Pontius Pilate, the centurion, Barabbas, Annas, Peter and several others.
Beth Moore has written many books, but she says So Long, Insecurity is the closest she'll ever come to writing an autobiography. Moore's life, like those of so many women, has been challenged by insecurities. But no more! She believes there is a cure for insecurity, which she says has become an epidemic. Women do not have to allow insecurities, or "lies," to cause them to miss life. Moore presents the truth as a way to help women experience authentic security.
The Buzz features an excerpt from So Long, Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend to Us. (Click here to purchase this book.)
Insecure Enough to Matter
We all have insecurities. They piggyback on the vulnerability inherent in our humanity. The question is whether or not our insecurities are substantial enough to hurt, limit, or even distract us from profound effectiveness or fulfillment of purpose. Are they cheating us of the powerful and abundant life Jesus flagrantly promised? Do they nip at our heels all the way from the driveway to the workplace? Scripture claims that believers in Christ are enormously gifted people. Are our insecurities snuffing the Spirit until our gifts, for all practical purposes, are largely unproductive or, at the very least, tentative? Maybe you can answer each of those questions with an honest no. The only reason I'm bothering to write a book instead of leading a small group, however, is because I believe if you can, you'd be in the vast minority.
By Lisa McKay | David C. Cook | softcover | 208 pages | $12.99
Lisa McKay, a blogger writing her debut book, You Can Still Wear Cute Shoes ...and Other Great Advice From an Unlikely Preacher's Wife, didn't plan on becoming a pastor's wife. Her husband, Luke, worked in construction, and they were on the brink of divorce before he got saved. Then, when he was called to ministry, McKay wasn't too certain about this vocational change and especially not her new leadership role.
By Robin Caroll | B&H Fiction | softcover | 320 pages | $14.99
The suspense novel Deliver Us From Evil raises awareness about child sex trafficking within the United States. U.S. Marshal Roark Holland is assigned the task of escorting a donor heart for a major witness who can break open a child-trafficking case in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.
It's all about love on the latest VeggieTales release. The Veggie pals offer lessons on loving your neighbor (The Story of Flibber-O-Loo), your family (Duke and the Great Pie War) and God (Madame Blueberry). Between each story, "Veggie Kids" (as voiced by real children) share their thoughts and perspectives on the topic of love.
Pure Flix Entertainment | Starring Sherry Morris, Carman, Eleese Lester | $19.95
Based on the Old Testament book of the Bible, The Book of Ruth is a story of love, endurance and redemption. It is told from Ruth's perspective as she makes a life-changing decision after her husband dies. She follows her mother-in-law, Naomi, back to Israel and to Naomi's people.
Tal & Acacia have been working on their music for several years and are now releasing their debut album, Wake Me. Even though the process took longer than they anticipated, they see God's hand in all of it.
"We came to Nashville five years ago expecting to get on the road and share the gospel," Acacia says. "God's timing is so much better than our own, but it was not in our cookie-cutter mentality."
Tal & Acacia (pictured left to right) want their music to bring people closer to Christ, and their songs have specific messages that relate to real life. Acacia explains that "Garbage In Garbage Out" is a call to purity. "We struggle each day. ... There's so much temptation in this world to just watch anything, hear anything, say anything. ... That song convicts me every day."
When you mix thought-provoking lyrics and cool chords with one man's vulnerability, you get Anthony Evans' latest release, Undisguised.
In his new "bare-all" project, Evans challenges listeners to worship God unconditionally—through hardships, brokenness and in good times. Though he praises the Father, he sends a message to listeners.
Day of Fire engages in a tasty sonic assault led by guitarist Joe Pangallo on its first studio release in three years, Losing All. Pangallo doesn't skimp on the heavy crunch and sustain that drive hard music, but he seasons the aggressive mix with mature riffing that complements his powered sound.