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.
Craig Detweiler taps game designers, reviewers and players for a Christian interpretation on video games in Halos & Avatars: Playing Video Games With God. Avoiding the simplistic trap of branding games as evil, the compilation examines the benefits, spiritual and otherwise, that gamers derive from this modern incarnation of leisure activity.
Paramount | Starring Roma Downey, Della Reese, John Dye | $14.99 each
Fans of the inspiring TV show Touched by an Angel can now enjoy two new collections. Martha Williamson, executive producer, selected episodes based on the themes of faith and love and includes an introduction with each episode.
L.J. Granstaff, Craig Felker, Jason Killebrew and Joel Purdy (pictured left to right) have been worshiping together for 4.5 years and release their first studio album as Hearts of Saints on Jan. 26. Lead singer Felker says the group changed its name from Special D to Hearts of Saints based on Philemon 1:7, in which Paul writes to Philemon: "I am encouraged by your kindness and faith because you've refreshed the hearts of the saints."
He says this verse is their mission statement. "We are four guys who love Jesus, and so everything we're going to do in life, whether it be the way we live, [our] music, we want to be His light. We want to be transparent. And these songs ... this music that we play is all about Him and about hope."
Joshua Harris, best known for the teen advice book I Kissed Dating Goodbye, draws from his experience while growing up in the church for Dug Down Deep: Unearthing What I Believe and Why It Matters. Opening with a look at Rumspringa, the Amish rite of passage, Harris explains his personal spiritual journey and why all believers come to a point of personal-faith ownership.
By Chad Hennings | FaithWords | hardcover | 208 pages | $21.99
Chad Hennings was a fighter-jet pilot and an NFL player for nine years, yet he says that during that time he never knew what it meant to be a real man. In his new book, Rules of Engagement: Finding Faith and Purpose in a Disconnected World, Hennings shares his journey to authentic manhood. He also offers a guide for other men to use in their pursuit of authenticity.
New Song Pictures/Outreach Films | Starring Randy Wayne, Deja Kreutzberg, Robert Bailey Jr., Joshua Weigel | Rated PG-13
Jake Taylor and Roger Dawson grew up best friends. But when Jake becomes a star athlete in high school, he leaves his friend behind for the popular crowd. Roger can't endure the teasing, loneliness and betrayal. He takes matters into his own hands.
Jake's regret and guilt weigh on him and he re-evaluates his life. His girlfriend, Amy Briggs, doesn't understand and wants things to stay the same.
Yolanda Adams often sings about faith, love and forgiveness, but instead of belting out the gospel message in song for her latest release, she writes about it in her first book, Points of Power: Discover a Spirit-Filled Life of Joy and Purpose.
Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Adams encourages readers with spiritual truths and personal anecdotes, challenging them to take hold of the same contagious joy she discovered during a painful divorce and other experiences.
"As a Christian, I want more than ever to show others the power of God's love," she writes. "You don't do that by badgering people; you do it by being a good example."
Much of Adams' message is drawn from the Points of Power segment of her widely syndicated radio program The Yolanda Adams Morning Show. The freshman author discusses nearly 40 points that compel readers to overcome hardships, sadness, disappointment and other joy killers.
The Grammy-nominated rock band All Star United (ASU) has had to curtail their touring a bit recently because of lead man Ian Eskelin's demand as a writer/producer. But the group is still dedicated to making good, fun music. And their sixth project, The Good Album, proves it.
By Eric Metaxas | Regal | hardcover | 224 pages | $19.99
In Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God: The Jesus Edition, Eric Metaxas approaches theology with a thoughtful and pastoral heart while communicating to readers with wit and solid practicality.
He guides readers through a series of conversations on many of the theological tenets the church holds about Christ, posing commonly asked questions about Him and then working through the answers step by step.
By Laura Jensen Walker | Zondervan | softcover | 320 pages | $14.99
Becca Daniels enjoys all types of adventure—from dyeing her hair wild colors to skydiving. When a broken ankle grounds her, she doesn't take it well. Her book-club girlfriends, who are all Christians, don't make it easier on her when they tease Becca about her lack of commitment in relationships. Becca decides to prove them wrong and promises to date the next guy who asks her out for three months, or 25 outings.
Best-selling author Dr. Don Colbert says when it comes to losing weight, people fight against their own brain and body chemistry. This conflict prevents them from shedding the pounds and keeping them off.
In his new book, Dr. Colbert's "I Can Do This" Diet, he offers a lifestyle plan that works with the body and enables those who follow it to lose excess weight and keep it off.
Colbert addresses all the factors that affect weight—emotions, behavior, mental state, diet, hormones, body chemicals and lifestyle. In addition, he offers an interactive survey at thecandodiet.com to help individuals identify what is preventing them from losing weight.
"As a medical doctor, I deal every day with getting results—verifiable results—that prove a patient is on his way to long-term health, not just fixing an immediate problem," Colbert explains. "And that is what this book is about."
The Buzz offers an excerpt from Dr. Colbert's "I can Do This" Diet. (Click here to purchase this book.)
You Have a Choice
Dieting has a way of turning life into a roller-coaster ride. You lose weight only to gain it back—or you gain even more weight—and after a while it becomes difficult to find yet another reason why you should even bother. In more than 25 years of practicing medicine, I have met countless former dieters stuck in this self-defeating mental attitude, and it was sabotaging whatever hope they once had of losing weight.
In Becoming Lucy, the first installment of the Winds Across the Prairie series, Boston heiress Lucinda Bishop is shaken when a tragic carriage accident kills her parents. She moves to her aunt and uncle's ranch in Oklahoma Territory, where she struggles to face her grief and adjust to a primitive land.