Paramount | Starring Roma Downey, Della Reese, John Dye | $14.99 each
Fans of the inspiring TV show Touched by an Angel can now enjoy two new collections. Martha Williamson, executive producer, selected episodes based on the themes of faith and love and includes an introduction with each episode.
L.J. Granstaff, Craig Felker, Jason Killebrew and Joel Purdy (pictured left to right) have been worshiping together for 4.5 years and release their first studio album as Hearts of Saints on Jan. 26. Lead singer Felker says the group changed its name from Special D to Hearts of Saints based on Philemon 1:7, in which Paul writes to Philemon: "I am encouraged by your kindness and faith because you've refreshed the hearts of the saints."
He says this verse is their mission statement. "We are four guys who love Jesus, and so everything we're going to do in life, whether it be the way we live, [our] music, we want to be His light. We want to be transparent. And these songs ... this music that we play is all about Him and about hope."
Joshua Harris, best known for the teen advice book I Kissed Dating Goodbye, draws from his experience while growing up in the church for Dug Down Deep: Unearthing What I Believe and Why It Matters. Opening with a look at Rumspringa, the Amish rite of passage, Harris explains his personal spiritual journey and why all believers come to a point of personal-faith ownership.
By Chad Hennings | FaithWords | hardcover | 208 pages | $21.99
Chad Hennings was a fighter-jet pilot and an NFL player for nine years, yet he says that during that time he never knew what it meant to be a real man. In his new book, Rules of Engagement: Finding Faith and Purpose in a Disconnected World, Hennings shares his journey to authentic manhood. He also offers a guide for other men to use in their pursuit of authenticity.
New Song Pictures/Outreach Films | Starring Randy Wayne, Deja Kreutzberg, Robert Bailey Jr., Joshua Weigel | Rated PG-13
Jake Taylor and Roger Dawson grew up best friends. But when Jake becomes a star athlete in high school, he leaves his friend behind for the popular crowd. Roger can't endure the teasing, loneliness and betrayal. He takes matters into his own hands.
Jake's regret and guilt weigh on him and he re-evaluates his life. His girlfriend, Amy Briggs, doesn't understand and wants things to stay the same.
Yolanda Adams often sings about faith, love and forgiveness, but instead of belting out the gospel message in song for her latest release, she writes about it in her first book, Points of Power: Discover a Spirit-Filled Life of Joy and Purpose.
Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Adams encourages readers with spiritual truths and personal anecdotes, challenging them to take hold of the same contagious joy she discovered during a painful divorce and other experiences.
"As a Christian, I want more than ever to show others the power of God's love," she writes. "You don't do that by badgering people; you do it by being a good example."
Much of Adams' message is drawn from the Points of Power segment of her widely syndicated radio program The Yolanda Adams Morning Show. The freshman author discusses nearly 40 points that compel readers to overcome hardships, sadness, disappointment and other joy killers.
The Grammy-nominated rock band All Star United (ASU) has had to curtail their touring a bit recently because of lead man Ian Eskelin's demand as a writer/producer. But the group is still dedicated to making good, fun music. And their sixth project, The Good Album, proves it.
By Eric Metaxas | Regal | hardcover | 224 pages | $19.99
In Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God: The Jesus Edition, Eric Metaxas approaches theology with a thoughtful and pastoral heart while communicating to readers with wit and solid practicality.
He guides readers through a series of conversations on many of the theological tenets the church holds about Christ, posing commonly asked questions about Him and then working through the answers step by step.
By Laura Jensen Walker | Zondervan | softcover | 320 pages | $14.99
Becca Daniels enjoys all types of adventure—from dyeing her hair wild colors to skydiving. When a broken ankle grounds her, she doesn't take it well. Her book-club girlfriends, who are all Christians, don't make it easier on her when they tease Becca about her lack of commitment in relationships. Becca decides to prove them wrong and promises to date the next guy who asks her out for three months, or 25 outings.
Best-selling author Dr. Don Colbert says when it comes to losing weight, people fight against their own brain and body chemistry. This conflict prevents them from shedding the pounds and keeping them off.
In his new book, Dr. Colbert's "I Can Do This" Diet, he offers a lifestyle plan that works with the body and enables those who follow it to lose excess weight and keep it off.
Colbert addresses all the factors that affect weight—emotions, behavior, mental state, diet, hormones, body chemicals and lifestyle. In addition, he offers an interactive survey at thecandodiet.com to help individuals identify what is preventing them from losing weight.
"As a medical doctor, I deal every day with getting results—verifiable results—that prove a patient is on his way to long-term health, not just fixing an immediate problem," Colbert explains. "And that is what this book is about."
The Buzz offers an excerpt from Dr. Colbert's "I can Do This" Diet. (Click here to purchase this book.)
You Have a Choice
Dieting has a way of turning life into a roller-coaster ride. You lose weight only to gain it back—or you gain even more weight—and after a while it becomes difficult to find yet another reason why you should even bother. In more than 25 years of practicing medicine, I have met countless former dieters stuck in this self-defeating mental attitude, and it was sabotaging whatever hope they once had of losing weight.
In Becoming Lucy, the first installment of the Winds Across the Prairie series, Boston heiress Lucinda Bishop is shaken when a tragic carriage accident kills her parents. She moves to her aunt and uncle's ranch in Oklahoma Territory, where she struggles to face her grief and adjust to a primitive land.
A Year of Blind Dates: A Single Girl's Search for 'the One' by debut author Megan Carson is a comical account of her own experience while searching for Mr. Right. Assisted by a dating service and friends who are all too willing to introduce her to potential mates, Carson embarks on a series of dates that change her in a way she never expects.
The best-seller 90 Minutes in Heaven chronicles Don Piper's experience of death, heaven and recovery. According to the book, Piper was driving home when he was involved in a traffic accident with a tractor-trailer. His car was crushed, and he died instantly, medical professionals said. As he lay lifeless, Piper was in heaven experiencing its glory, beauty and music.
Sometimes, following the biblical admonition to "love your neighbor as you love yourself" is hard to do—especially when your neighbor might be a bit different. Children will learn this important lesson on the latest episode of Max Lucado's Hermie & Friends.
By Chris Seay | Thomas Nelson | softcover | 224 pages | $14.99
Fans of ABC's Lost now have a chance to ponder the mysteries of the island with a fellow fanatic. Bouncing around "smoke monster" theories and speculations about who Jacob is has created a sense of camaraderie among faithful Lost viewers. An admitted fan, Chris Seay readily joins in these conversations and takes them a step further revealing spiritual lessons gleaned from the hit show.
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?
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.
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.