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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

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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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

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

Start Somewhere

By Calvin Nowell with Gayla Zoz | Tyndale House Publishers | softcover | 224 pages | $14.99

Christian recording artist Calvin Nowell has written Start Somewhere: Losing What's Weighing You Down From the Inside Out as an encouragement to anyone who has ever felt the burden of sin and the need for a Savior. read more

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Dream Thieves

By Rick Renner | Teach All Nations | hardcover | 272 pages | $24.95


With Dream Thieves, author and Bible teacher Rick Renner addresses why people give up on their dreams, or simply never recognize them, and how dreams can be fulfilled. read more

Power PraiseMoves

Harvest House Publishers | $16.99

Power PraiseMoves by Laurette Willis offers a Christian alternative to yoga. This program is perfect for those who want to intensify their PraiseMoves workout or want a high-energy workout. read more

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Julie Hadden's Spiritual Journey With Weight Loss

Stay-at-home mom Julie Hadden was 5 feet 1 inch tall, weighed 218 pounds and was obese by medical standards when she pleaded with God to help her lose weight. She had no idea He would use the hit reality-TV show The Biggest Loser to help rid her of both the physical and spiritual weights that controlled her life.Julie was able to shed the pounds and regain her self-esteem.

She shares her story and tells about being a contestant on season four (2007) in her new book, Fat Chance: Losing the Weight, Gaining My Worth (click here to purchase). To hear her inspiring testimony, listen to our podcast. read more

Saving Cicadas

By Nicole Seitz | Thomas Nelson | softcover | 320 pages | $14.99


In Saving Cicadas, 8-year-old Janie Macy is a normal kid, as far as she knows. She lives in a small town with her mother, Priscilla Lynn; her older sister Rainey Dae, who has Down syndrome; and their grandparents. When her mother gets pregnant, though, her whole world changes. read more

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Powers

By John B. Olson | B&H Fiction | softcover | 400 pages | $14.99

John B. Olson delivers a supernatural thriller in Powers. Though it is a sequel to his novel Shade, it is a self-contained story.

Powers begins with Mariutza, who was raised in a Louisiana swamp by her grandfather, Purodad. He has trained her to be one of the Standing, a group to which God gives extrasensory powers against the Badness, Satan's human presence. read more

The Complete Love Comes Softly Collection

Fox Home Entertainment | $99.98


The Hallmark Channel movie adaptations of Janette Oke's best-selling book series Love Comes Softly are now available in one complete DVD set. Follow the story of Clark and Marty Davis and their family as they face hardships, tragedy, love and triumph. read more

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David Crowder Ponders Life, Pain and Hope

David Crowder and Mike Hogan of the David Crowder Band offer a simple yet difficult truth that life at its fullest includes pain and sorrow. When we encounter hardships, we want comfort, and we want answers. Crowder and Hogan help us find those answers and give us hope in their book Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, but Nobody Wants to Die. The Buzz offers an excerpt from their book


There are some deaths which, upon occurrence, arrest the considerations of the public at large. There is something—be it the public visibility of the individual or the curiously unusual or wholly universal circumstances surrounding the death—that coerces our attention and empathy.

For me, the first recognition of this phenomenon was while sitting at the bar with my wife at the Red Lobster in Waco, Texas. We were waiting on a table. It was September 1, 1997. The televisions scattered around us announced that an English princess had died. Our collective grief ignited; a planet wept. I cried right along. Sitting there with cheese sticks and a Dr Pepper, I cried for a princess I didn't even know. read more

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Prophet of Purpose

By Jeffrey L. Sheler | Doubleday | hardcover | 320 pages | $22.99


Rick Warren is one of the best-known figures in the modern church. He is the author of the hugely successful book The Purpose-Driven Life, but perhaps is better known on the world stage as one of two pastors selected to pray at President Obama's inauguration in January.

But as journalist Jeffery L. Sheler reveals in his new book, Prophet of Purpose: The Life of Rick Warren, Warren traveled a long road to reach the edge of influence. read more

It's Your Time

By Joel Osteen | Free Press | hardcover | 320 pages | $25


In It's Your Time, Joel Osteen's follow-up to his 2007 Become a Better You, the best-selling author delivers a message of encouragement for readers struggling in an uncertain economic climate. Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, said his new book has been influenced by people he has encountered at church and around the country. read more

Happy Spouse ... Happy House

By Pat and Ruth Williams with Dave Wimbish | Standard Publishing | softcover | 224 pages | $14.99


Author and sports executive Pat Williams, and his wife, Ruth, offer marital advice in Happy Spouse ... Happy House: The BEST Game Plan for a Winning Marriage. "BEST" is an acronym for the plan's four key verbs: Bless, Edify, Share and Touch. read more

CrossTalk

By Michael R. Emlet | New Growth Press | softcover | 212 pages | $15.99

After working as a family physician for 12 years, Dr. Michael Emlet sensed God calling him into full-time ministry. His desire to offer spiritual counseling and pastoral care to people compelled him to pursue a Master of Divinity degree, and he is now a counselor and faculty member of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.

Emlet understands Christians encounter real problems and that there isn't always a specific verse for every modern-day hardship. His first book, CrossTalk: Where Life and Scripture Meet, offers Christians a guide for applying Scripture to everyday life.

He recently answered questions and shared more about his new book. read more

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