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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

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

Remembering What We Wanted

Excerpt taken from Love and War: Finding the Marriage You've Dreamed Of by John and Stasi Eldredge, Copyright (c) 2009 by John Eldredge and Stasi Eldredge Published by Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc.

Where do you pick up the story of a marriage? With the first kiss? (It was intoxicating.) The late-night phone calls? (They went on for hours.) With an evening picnic on the beach? (It was romantic.) Getting caught by a college roommate making out? (Now that was embarrassing.) When is that moment you decide, I want to be with this person for the rest of my life?

Maybe the best place to pick up this story is two years after "I Do," when we are talking divorce.

It was a Sunday. John and I were sitting at our hand-me-down card table having breakfast, in a tiny little matchbox of a house we rented. It was a pretty spring morning in southern California. The hydrangeas were blooming pink and blue on our front porch. I remember the sun filtering through the windows; a beam of light falling across the table between us. But it felt like a wall of glass. I was on my side, John was way over there. It was only a foot or so, but he felt miles away to me. Again.

The day was fresh but I was tired. Tired of trying. Tired of feeling like an utter disappointment to my husband who not that many months ago had pledged his heart to me for life. In front of everybody, I might add. Did he even mean it? It wasn't working. Our marriage wasn't anywhere near what I had imagined it would be.

I broke the familiar silence. "Maybe we should just get a divorce."

We had been married less than three years; our marriage had been full of promise, hope, and possibility. Heavens, I had known the man for five years before we even started dating, and we dated for three years before getting married. We were bright and rising stars. John worked on the staff of a church; I was working for a Christian ministry reaching out to troubled teens. Everyone thought we were the ideal couple.

How did we wind up here? What had gone so terribly wrong?

At the time, I would have said that I was utterly lonely-and to be lonely in your marriage is the loneliest feeling on earth. John was busy with his life and getting busier every day. It was a good life; he was involved in good things. The problem was, I didn't feel a part of it. I felt unnecessary to him. I, too, was working full- time, putting him through college. I came home to a man who was too tired to hear about my day, my world, all the dramas of the workplace. And I was too tired to care much about his. Sure, I would type his papers-but what happened to the shared vision? The desire to live life together? Two being better than one and all that?

Click here to purchase Love & War. 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

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