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'The Screwtape Letters' Audio Production

Andy Serkis, who played Gollum in the Lord of the Rings movies, leads a star cast in the Focus on the Family Radio Theatre (Tyndale House Publishers) audio book adaptation of C.S. Lewis' 1942 classic The Screwtape Letters. Lewis' stepson, Douglas Gresham, hosts the production, which was recorded in London with a world-class cast and original music.

We talked with the award-winning adapter/director Paul McCusker (right) about the new project, a four-CD set with a bonus, behind-the-scenes DVD.

Why do The Screwtape Letters remain so popular today?

Paul McCusker: I think because they're timeless. The "advice" from one demon to the other gets to the heart of our humanity, our rationalizations, our fallen-ness and the spiritual warfare going on around us. No matter what period of history we're in, the essence of what Lewis has written remains true. read more

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Extraordinary

By John Bevere | Waterbrook Press | hardcover | 240 pages | $22.99

In Extraordinary: The Life You're Meant to Live, John Bevere gives grace back its full biblical meaning and power. Not only does salvation come through grace, but so does that power to live a dynamic godly life. Grace cannot be earned, and love comes unconditionally, but God is pleased with faith. True believers will desire to please God, not just want to escape hell, Bevere asserts. read more

Our Invisible Allies

By Ron Phillips | Charisma House | softcover | 224 pages | $14.99

Pastor of Abba's House in Hixson, Tenn., Ron Phillips attempts to bring clarity to the sometimes-misunderstood subject of angels in Our Invisible Allies. Rather than the childlike cherubims depicted in art and media, the angels the author portrays are strong, protective guardians who fight battles for God and His children. read more

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JADA

Melee Entertainment | Starring Rockmond Dunbar, Clifton Powell, Jason Weaver, Siena Goines | $19.99

Jada (Siena Goines) is a single mother struggling to raise her two children. When a local pastor (Clifton Powell) hears about her plight, he decides to reach out to Jada. The pastor also discovers that gangs are pressuring her son, so he introduces her to former gang member Simon Williams (Rockmond Dunbar), who takes Jada's son, Jamal (Jason Weaver), under his wing. read more

Comedy Angels

E1 Entertainment | Starring Leslie Norris Townsend, Teresa Roberts Logan, Donna East, T. Marni Vos, Elissa Musumeci | $14.98

Laughter is good medicine, and the "medicine" abounds on the clean, family-friendly stand-up comedy DVD Comedy Angels. This self-titled debut of the all-female cast of professional comedians Leslie Norris Townsend, Teresa Roberts Logan, Donna East, T. Marni Vos and Elissa Musumeci is specifically geared for women and shares the joy of Christ. read more

Autumn Heart

By SONSOFDAY | 1964 Records

Following their 2007 debut album Fragile People, SONSOFDAY are back with a sophomore release, Autumn Heart. Their latest CD features 12 new tracks, including the fan fav "Revolution" and a cover of the classic "People Get Ready." read more

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Siblings BeBe and CeCe Winans Return

After a 15-year hiatus as a duo and numerous awards to their credit as solo artists, siblings BeBe and CeCe Winans have returned to the studio and together created their latest album, Still.

Still, which has an R&B, soul, pop and jazz feel, showcases 12 new cuts. Standouts include "Grace"; "Things," featuring brother and megachurch pastor Marvin Winans; "Let it Be," with the group Mary Mary; and "Close to You."

BeBe and CeCe are not new to Christian music—they were born into the famous Winans family musical dynasty—and it is clear the two want listeners to have a genuine relationship with Jesus. The duo sing of God's love, faith and power on the CD. read more

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I'll Take That Bible to Go, Please

GoBible Traveler | GoBible LLC | $59.95

If you desire to be a student of the Word yet have a busy lifestyle that too often minimizes your devotional time, you'll love the GoBible Traveler. It is a handheld audio device similar in size and shape to an iPod that comes preloaded with the entire Bible. Just pop in a AAA battery and plug in the included ear buds (or any headphone of your choice), and you're ready to listen to the Bible anywhere—while cleaning your house, exercising, shopping, traveling, relaxing at the beach or just sitting in an easy chair in your living room. read more

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Christmas in October

 

With a handful of artists already releasing holiday projects this week, it's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas. Here are a few of the latest CDs to start getting you into a festive mood. read more

Forget and Not Slow Down

By Relient K | Mono Vs. Stereo/Gotee Records/JIVE Records

Solitude is the inspiration for Relient K's newest album, Forget and Not Slow Down. Singer Matt Thiessen retreated to a remote house in Tennessee for several months to write material. All the while he stayed in touch with the band—guitarists Matt Hoopes and Jon Schneck, drummer Ethan Luck and bassist John Warne—sharing song ideas and discussing the direction for the album. read more

Need

By Todd Agnew | Ardent/INO Records

Todd Agnew's fifth studio project, Need, was inspired by recent life changes and learning experiences. The singer-songwriter was married in February 2008. Among the 12 songs is the first single "Joy Unspeakable," which reflects on his newfound happiness. read more

Hope Rising

By Fee | INO Records

Rock worship band Fee frontman Steve Fee says that because of the group's success with their debut release, We Shine, they now have the platform "to inject God into the equation of tragedy and uncertainty going on in the world." As part of that mission, they offer their sophomore release, Hope Rising. read more

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Scouting the Divine

By Margaret Feinberg | Zondervan | hardcover | 224 pages | $16.99

Margaret Feinberg believes that the Bible isn't a dusty, ancient book but a passageway to living encounters with a personal God. In Scouting the Divine: My Search for God in Wine, Wool, and Wild Honey, she traces her exploration of some of Scripture's more nuanced stories. read more

Angels on Assignment

By Perry Stone | Charisma House | hardcover | 176 pages | $15.99

In Angels on Assignment: God's Relentless Protection of You and Your Loved Ones, author and evangelist Perry Stone places the spotlight on the issue of divine protection. He begins by discussing prayer and intercession before delving into why bad things happen to good people—and how praying for God's heavenly activity can deter mishaps. read more

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Thirsty

By Tracey Bateman | WaterBrook Press | softcover | 384 pages | $13.99

Thirsty, the first thriller from romantic-fiction author Tracey Bateman, grabs readers with each turn of the page. It tells the story of newly recovering alcoholic Nina Hunt, who is forced to return to her hometown of Abbey Hills, Mo., even though she vowed 17 years before that she would never come back. read more

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Saint Nicholas

Big Idea | $14.99

VeggieTales communicates a message of sharing as only talking veggies can. Laura Carrot might not have a stocking this Christmas because her dad could lose his job. Larry the Cucumber thinks he can make magic happen for Laura by writing a letter to the North Pole. Of course, Bob the Tomato knows better. He tells the story of a boy named Nicholas who made a discovery in Bethlehem that changed Christmas forever. read more

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Fred Hammond: 'Love Unstoppable'

For 30 years, Fred Hammond has done it all in the gospel music arena. He's played the music, written the songs, produced the albums and continually broken new ground. As a solo artist he has won multiple Stellar and Dove Awards, and he was awarded his first Grammy in 2006 for Free to Worship.

Hammond's new album is all about love. Love Unstoppable is a self-explanatory title, he says. God's love "will come and get us anywhere we are and do whatever it has to do to get us and fill us and ... show us He's our ... loving father." read more

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Comedown

By Dreampilots | Red Hammer Records

Dreampilots is a Norwegian rock band that offers an eclectic mix of musical styles with sounds reminiscent of decades ago. Yet the music on their North American debut, Comedown, is fresh and modern. read more

Balance

By Ted Winn | Shanachie

Ted Winn was a member of the duo Ted & Sheri in the 1990s and won two Stellar Awards and other acclaim for the group's work. Today he is broadening his reach with his debut solo album, Balance. read more

Fear Not Tomorrow, God Is Already There

By Ruth Graham | Howard Books | hardcover | 288 pages | $22.99

Ruth Graham, author and daughter of famed evangelist Billy Graham, brings a message of hope for troubled times in Fear Not Tomorrow, God Is Already There. Based on a Bible study she presented at her local church titled "Enjoying God," the book aims to expose misconceptions about the Creator through a series of biblical encounters. read more

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