The best-seller 90 Minutes in Heaven chronicles Don Piper's experience of death, heaven and recovery. According to the book, Piper was driving home when he was involved in a traffic accident with a tractor-trailer. His car was crushed, and he died instantly, medical professionals said. As he lay lifeless, Piper was in heaven experiencing its glory, beauty and music. read more
Sometimes, following the biblical admonition to "love your neighbor as you love yourself" is hard to do—especially when your neighbor might be a bit different. Children will learn this important lesson on the latest episode of Max Lucado's Hermie & Friends. read more
Kent Annan is the co-director of Haiti Partners, a nonprofit education ministry in Haiti. He has worked there since 2003, living in Haiti for several years and now traveling there from Florida where he lives with his wife and two children. They left their comfortable life in the United States to live where poverty is the norm and survival is not a guarantee. They knew God wanted them in Haiti, but that doesn't mean it was easy. In his new book, Following Jesus Through the Eye of the Needle, Annan shares his story of working and living in Haiti.
He recently answered questions and shared more about his book and experiences in Haiti. (Click hereto purchase his book.)
Q: What made you decide to move to a volatile developing-world country, of all places?
Kent Annan: Before attending seminary at Princeton, I'd worked in Europe with a refugee ministry. And in the middle of the six years in Princeton, I spent six months in Albania and Kosovo. These experiences of helping people who had lost everything, some of whom I became friends with—it stuck with me, kept me uncomfortable and wanting to get back to that kind of work. read more
By Chris Seay | Thomas Nelson | softcover | 224 pages | $14.99
Fans of ABC's Lost now have a chance to ponder the mysteries of the island with a fellow fanatic. Bouncing around "smoke monster" theories and speculations about who Jacob is has created a sense of camaraderie among faithful Lost viewers. An admitted fan, Chris Seay readily joins in these conversations and takes them a step further revealing spiritual lessons gleaned from the hit show. read more
By Kay Marshall Strom and Michele Rickett | IVP Books | softcover | 175 pages | $16
Author and speaker Kay Marshall Strom and Sisters in Service founder Michele Rickett are on a campaign to give voice to the voiceless victims of crime and depravity around the world: young women.A follow-up to Daughters of Hope, which told the stories of persecuted Christian women from around the globe, Forgotten Girls: Stories of Hope and Courage puts faces to the statistics of millions of persecuted girls throughout the world. read more
By Charles F. Stanley | Thomas Nelson | hardcover | 256 pages | $21.99
Charles F. Stanley continues his writing on practical theology and the Christian life in How to Reach Your Full Potential for God: Never Settle for Less Than His Best. Deeply rooted in the Scriptures, the book enumerates the essentials of a rich, meaningful existence. A clean heart, a clean mind and a balanced schedule can do wonders to revive an arid soul, according to the author. read more
Those who enjoyed the best-selling book Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore can explore the deeper story and themes with the Faith Lessons From Same Kind of Different As Me DVD curriculum. read more
"Where Is God?" How many of us have asked this when going through trying situations. John Townsend, psychologist, author and speaker, offers answers in his new book, Where Is God? Finding His Presence, Purpose, and Power in Difficult Times.
"God has not left you twisting in the wind, nor is He playing hide-and-seek," Townsend says. "He wants to be present with you and powerful for you in your circumstances. He may bring a miracle. He may create a new path. And He may walk with you through a loss. But however your hard time plays out, He is here. He is for you and with you, no matter your struggle."
Townsend offers stories, real-life examples and practical applications to help readers renew their courage, faith and hope. Following is an excerpt from Where Is God? (Click here to purchase this book.)
A Hope More Than Wishing
You and I need hope in God. Hope is one of the most powerful agents we have available to us in times like these. It can be simply defined as the anticipation of a future good that we do not now experience. Hope helps us hold on and not give in to despair, even if we don't see the positive evidence we desire to see. read more
Sex, Drugs and Self-Control is John Reuben's sixth studio album, and he isn't afraid to tell it like it is. He says: "My goals artistically are so intertwined with what I'm experiencing spiritually that it's impossible to separate the two. I'm most creative when I feel close to the heart of God. It's only in that place that spiritual disciplines feel like an authentic expression instead of rigid censorship. In a lot of ways this record is a confession of faith and lack thereof." read more
By Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Barbara Cameron | Thomas Nelson | softcover | 400 pages | $14.99
With the Amish countryside in Pennsylvania as the backdrop for this story, An Amish Gathering: Life in Lancaster County will surely draw fans of romance fiction who will enjoy sharing in the lives of Leah Petersheim, Rebecca Miller and Amanda Graber in this three-novella collection. read more