By Andy Andrews | Thomas Nelson | hardcover | 176 pages | $17.99
Andy Andrews, best-selling author of The Traveler's Gift, provides a timeless lesson on perspective in his latest release, The Noticer. Part allegorical, part autobiographic, part fiction—but all charm and insight—Andrews' parable reminds readers that we need to look at situations with fresh eyes. Everyone can get wrapped up in their own problems, circumstances and way of doing things from time to time, but a little bit of perspective can change everything. read more
Reeves comes from a musical family and dreamed of becoming a big rock star. But when she was 15 God changed everything. At a youth camp she saw teenagers worshiping and radically pursuing God with all their hearts. She knew at that moment God was calling her to be a worship leader. "God humbled me and messed up my life, my way of thinking and said, ‘Sarah, life's not about you, it's about Me."
A worship leader at North Point Community Church outside Atlanta, Seth Condrey's second album is an interesting collection of praise and worship tunes and modern rock-infused pop ballads. Condrey, who attended college in South America and won a Gospel Music Association Dove Award for his 2007 Spanish-language album De corazon a corazon, is pretty impressive singing in his native tongue, too.
In real estate the three most important assets are location, location, location. In music, the three main keys must be timing, timing, timing. More than a dozen artists have new albums out April 21. Here are just a few. read more
Battlefield of the Mind by best-selling author Joyce Meyer is the most popular title of her more than 80 books. And now teachings based on that book are available on DVD. Meyer always preaches biblically and practically, and she is no different here. This special edition DVD includes more than three hours of instruction, helping viewers change their mindsets and overcome self-destructive thinking to live a healthier and more victorious lives.
Have you seen the YouTube video "David After Dentist"—you know, the one that's been viewed almost 19 million times? Yeah, that's my nephew. I would say I taught him all he knows, but since he's now famous for being in a post-surgery stupor, I'm not sure what that says about my normal state of mind.
Anyway, last May my then-7-year-old nephew David had to have oral surgery and was quite nervous. His mom, Tessie, also had to work. His dad (my brother) was taking him to the dentist and decided to video record moments of the day so Tessie could see how their son did. read more
Universal Pictures | Starring Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren, Robin Wright Penn, Jason Bateman, Jeff Daniels | Rated PG-13
U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) is a rising star and chairman of a committee overseeing defense spending. His party has high hopes for him that he will become a national leader. But these political hopes are dashed when his beautiful staff assistant dies tragically and secrets are exposed.
Cal McAffrey (Russell Crowe), a D.C. reporter, is a longtime friend of Collins' but his editor, Cameron Lynne (Helen Mirren) assigns him to the story. As McAffrey and newbie reporter Della Frye (Rachel McAdams) investigate, McAffrey discovers a cover-up that will rock the power structures in the nation. In the city where money, power and politics rule, everyone is subject to suspense and scrutiny.
This film is rated PG-13 for language, sexual references and drug content.
By Perry Stone, Charisma House, hardcover, 245 pages, $21.99
The Jewish people have been one of the most successful people groups despite also being one of the most persecuted. In Breaking the Jewish Code, evangelist Perry Stone identifies what he calls "the Jewish DNA of success" and shows the Jews' secret to creativity, financial success, health and family unity. Stone believes that anyone can apply the principles to their lives and reap the same rewards. In this book, he explains the Hebrew covenant; spiritual principles of health, wealth and creating prosperity; the influence of family; leaving a legacy; and 12 keys of success the Jewish people have known for thousands of years. Emulate God's chosen people and you will experience a life more successful than you could ever imagine.
By Dawn Meehan, GuidepostsBooks, softcover, 240 pages, $14.99
When a stay-at-home mom posted a baseball for sale on eBay along with a hilarious essay about its adventures in her home, she struck gold. The ball sold for more than $1,000, and Meehan had an instant audience. Readers flocked to the blog she started about her chaotic life, mainly because it made theirs seem less so. Because I Said So ... and Other Tales From a Less-Than-Perfect Parent is Dawn Meehan's book of humorous essays about parenting, which stresses that it's OK not to have it all together. Laugh-out-loud antics are balanced with poignant insights on the joys of rearing children—and Meehan and her husband have six.
By Bill Myers, FaithWords, softcover, 336 pages, $13.99
Bill Myers crafts a gripping supernatural thriller in Angel of Wrath, touching on the themes of worship, judgment and mercy. The follow-up to The Voice, the book gives a refresher course for newcomers to the Voice of God series, providing profiles of the characters in its preface.
Seattle-area megachurch pastor Thomas Harmon recruits his sister-dismissed FBI agent Lisa Harmon-and ex-Special Ops agent Charlie Madison to help police catch Kristof, a serial murderer targeting Thomas' congregation. Kristof, also ex-Special Ops, chooses victims whom he considers hypocrites.
As Charlie closes in on Kristof, Lisa realizes her father is next—unless she forgives his past sexual abuse. Meanwhile, Kristof offers his victims as sacrifices in demonic Wiccan rituals conducted by his teenage followers, who summon a bizarre trans-dimensional beast.
The action in the story is sometimes used to reveal deeper themes, such as the concept that all passions, even good ones, can become vices, with even Thomas realizing his own selfish ambition. The book's fast pace will draw in readers not put off by moments of gruesome imagery.
Are you willing to let God use you despite your tainted past or major struggles? Pat Schatzline shows you how God uses the unqualified to do the qualified work for his kingdom. Let go of excuses, confront your past and rise up now.
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