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Kurt Warner Offers Second Chances

Before former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner claimed his Super Bowl MVP title in the 1999 season, he spent time bagging groceries and watching football from the sidelines. Warner is widely known for his Cinderella story—which includes numerous stops, starts, setbacks and rejections before landing him on the field as an MVP quarterback.

It was a long road to get to football fame, and Warner struggled to keep his dream alive while meeting the needs of his family. Along the way, he found purpose in God. Warner says he believed all along that God had gifted him to play and that he was determined to keep believing and working hard until given a chance to prove it.

“Living in your passions is what life is all about—doing the things that you believe you were called to do,” he says.

Today, Warner is giving others that second chance through an inspirational reality series called The Moment that premieres on the USA Network on April 11.

Warner, who hosts the show, will encounter hopefuls like Phil Theodorou, who gave up his dream to become an orchestra conductor to support his son, who was born with a learning disorder. Theodorou is one of many who will be given a second chance to pursue their dream job.

But the show isn’t just about creating opportunities, Warner says. It’s about helping people push through the fears that hold them back.

“My hope is that the show, in and of itself, is a knock on the door for a lot of people to wake them up and say, ‘It’s not too late,’” he says.

“We’ve been blessed in an amazing way. Now it’s our chance to pay that forward.”

Time For the Show

Kerrie Roberts (Reunion Records) 

This follow-up to her 2010 debut album was inspired by the numerous people Kerrie Roberts encountered while on tour. The 10-track album is filled with songs of hope and encouragement to continue in the faith.

Women’s Daily Declarations for Spiritual Warfare

John Eckhardt
(Charisma House)

This daily devotional for spiritual warfareuses bold declarations and biblical principles to help women confront Satan, providing them with the tools they need to break demonic strongholds over their lives and the lives of their family members.

These Are the Days of Elijah

R.T. Kendall
(Chosen Books)

The best-selling author explores the life and ministry of Elijah and offers insights into the prophet’s extraordinary feats and ordinary imperfections. 

Center of the Universe Too

Bill Johnson
(Destiny Image)

This follow-up to Johnson’s first compilation of humorous stories offers 85 more comedic stories about late-night encounters in God’s presence, exploding briefcases, stewarding the remote control mantle and more.

God’s Great Dance Floor, Step 01

Martin Smith
(Integrity Music)

Former Delirous? frontman Martin Smith releases his first full-length solo debut this month—a 12-song collection of modern-rock worship tunes focused on God’s grace. Now submerged in a local church in England, he plans to follow up with Step 02 in October.

Unfinished

Richard Stearns
(Thomas Nelson)

Richard Stearns, president of World Vision U.S., helps readers rediscover the true mission of Christ in our world today and the richness of God’s calling on our lives.

Lifestyle of a Prophet

James W. Goll
(Chosen Books)

This 21-day guide helps Christians develop a level of intimacy with God necessary to hear His voice clearly and proclaim His words faithfully.

Spiritual Avalanche

Steve Hill
(Charisma House)

A wake-up call to the body of Christ, Spiritual Avalanche was inspired by a vision evangelist Steve Hill received in which he saw Christians swept away by an avalanche of false and heretical teachings promoted by pastors and teachers worldwide—an avalanche that grows larger and more spiritually deadly the longer it builds. 

Revealing Jesus

Darlene Zschech
(Integrity Media)

Like a familiar friend, the voice of Darlene Zschech lends itself to a live worship project. 

A pioneer of the modern worship movement through her years with Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia, Zschech continues to raise the bar with Revealing Jesus. Produced by four-time Grammy-winner Israel Houghton, the album, recorded last September at Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, Ala., includes Michael W. Smith and Kari Jobe as co-writers and performers.

Revealing Jesus features a variety of tempos and styles to engage listeners, including explosive anthems such as “Best for Me” and “All That We Are,” and more intimate ballads such as “Magnificent” and “Your Presence Is Heaven.”

“In Jesus’ Name” is among the project’s highlights, spotlighting the freedom and healing of Christ through a chorus that proclaims, “I will live, I will not die,” and which confronts sickness and cancer while declaring “the finished work of Christ in this place.” “Victor’s Crown,” a resurrection-centered praise track, builds into a triumphant chorus, much like “Worthy Is the Lamb.” Kari Jobe guests on the soft-rock ballad “Yours Forever.” 

The release also includes a reworking of the hymn “My Jesus I Love Thee” and “Your Name/Cry of the Broken,” which blends the familiar praise song into a new refrain. 

Zschech, with Houghton’s direction, has crafted one of the finest live worship projects in recent memory, which serves as a bridge for those raised on early Hillsong music who want to sing a new song. A companion book and DVD release simultaneously. 

Joni & Ken

Joni Eareckson Tada and Ken Tada (Zondervan)

When Ken Tada met Joni Eareckson, he was smitten by a Christian woman with an attractive appearance and a striking personality. But that’s not all—Joni, as she’s known worldwide, was a quadriplegic. Still, Ken committed himself to her, and the two took their marriage vows July 3, 1982. In Joni & Ken: An Untold Love Story, written with Larry Libby, the two disclose the hardships and joys they’ve experienced in their 30-plus years together.

Ken first saw Joni in person when she spoke at a Young Life banquet in Burbank, Calif. He had read her biographies, watched her on Billy Graham crusades and seen the movie about her life. Joni wondered if Ken understood just what a long-term relationship would be like with someone so well-known: “Was he marrying the persona or the real person?” she writes. “It felt at times like he was walking into marriage with an idyllic view.” 

Early on, however, Ken learned what it was like to live with Joni. She ran an international disability ministry—with a full schedule—while Ken was comfortable in his own world as a high school history teacher and coach. Ken was also part of Joni’s ministry activities at times, but as a couple, they began to grow apart.

“They could still move in and out of each other’s worlds, but it wasn’t happening as often, or as joyfully, as it used to,” they write. 

Life with his wife’s never-ending needs led Ken into a depression. By God’s grace, he began taking part in a men’s study focused on John Eldredge’s best-selling book Wild at Heart. Ken learned that men desire “an adventure to live, a battle to fight and a beauty to rescue.”

In June 2010, he got his big chance to rescue his beauty when Joni learned she had breast cancer. And Ken stepped up to truly be there for Joni. In fact, they write, her cancer became a “gift” that helped to transform their relationship.

In a personal note at the end of the book, Joni admits that while their marriage may not “meet all the family-counseling criteria for ‘a happy marriage,’ ” there is one thing she knows for sure: “Home is with Ken Tada. … Home is wherever we are together.” 

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The Bible Made for TV?

The Bible miniseries' that premiered as the No. 1 cable television event of the year will air its second episode this Sunday on The History Channel. The series producers share how the Holy Spirit moved miraculously behind the scenes. 

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