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John Townsend Offers Hope for the Hurting

"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

By John Reuben | Gotee Records

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

An Amish Gathering

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

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A Force for Change

The Sentinel Group | $14.95


São Paula, Brazil, has the largest police force in the world, employing more than 100,000 personnel. It is also considered the best-equipped—comprising aerial support, mounted calvary, a counterterrorism unit, riot-control troops and other units and divisions. Beneath the surface, however, everything is not as glorious as it seems. read more

John and Stasi Eldredge: 'Love & War'

John and Stasi Eldredge, known individually for their previous books addressing men's and women's issues, unite as co-authors for their new book, Love & War: Finding the Marriage You Dreamed Of.

As the couple entered what seems to be a new chapter in their ministry, John initially expressed reluctance to the idea of a book about marriage.

"This is the last thing we wanted to do," he said. "Can you imagine writing a marriage book with your spouse? But it was a conversational prayer, where we were praying about the next thing that was on our heart and where we felt God was moving us to. Much to our surprise, it was marriage." read more

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Rocks Into Rivers

By Seabird | Credential Recordings

2008 was quite a year for Seabird with the release of their national debut ‘Til We See the Shore. Several songs were featured on TV programs such as Grey's Anatomy, Numb3rs and Pushing Daisies, and they also won several awards, including Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Artist of the Year. Instead of resting on their early success, the piano-rocking band is releasing its sophomore album, Rocks Into Rivers. read more

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Invictus

Starring Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon | Directed by Clint Eastwood | Warner Bros. Pictures | Rated PG-13

Before being invited to attend a media screening of Invictus last week, I didn't think I would see this new picture from Clint Eastwood. I've liked many of Eastwood's movies over the years, but this one wasn't calling to me for three reasons. read more

Living Life in the Zone

By Kyle Rote Jr. and Dr. Joe Pettigrew | Thomas Nelson | softcover | 368 pages | $14.99

Sports fans know there is a "zone" in which athletes perform their best. But what does living "in the zone" mean for Christians?

"We want you to be equipped to have maximum impact—not only for your sake but more importantly for the kingdom's sake. Living life to the fullest with a clear purpose is living life in the zone—God's zone," Kyle Rote Jr. and Joe Pettigrew write. read more

Dani Johnson: A Warrior for the Next Generation

Dani Johnson has for years been coaching and teaching her clients how to become successful. Along the way, she has discovered that their biggest roadblock to achievement is that they never were taught how to succeed. In her new book, Grooming the Next Generation for Success, Johnson shares from her own experience and perspective to help adults learn how to succeed and help their children to become successful.

Johnson defines "success" as: "A close intimate relationship with God, and having a passionate and harmonious marriage, kids that are a blessing to you as well as to others and kids that are impacting the world versus taking from the world, financially free from bondage of debt, and healthy physically, healthy emotionally, and a career that helps others to succeed and bringing the money to those that are in need." read more

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The Christmas Hope

Lifetime Movie Network | Starring Madeleine Stowe, James Remar, Ian Ziering

On Sunday, Dec. 13, families can enjoy three TV Christmas specials based on author Donna VanLiere's best-selling novels by the same titles: The Christmas Shoes, The Christmas Blessing and The Christmas Hope (check local listings). read more

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