From Magic City Morning Star

Christian Book Basket Magic City (11)
By R.P. BenDedek
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:14:11 AM

On Sundays we publish the regular book basket which highlights (no more than 15) new book releases by providing publicity material sent by publicists.

It also features links to whatever articles book authors have sent in for publication that week, and additionally displays links to whatever book reviews have been published.

(No one at all at Magic City receives any financial gain from any of the services we provide in relation to new book releases or reviews.)

To ease pressure on the regular book basket, in March we inaugurated the 'Christian Book Basket Magic City' which is published irregularly on a Wednesday. In that basket we highlight whatever Christian books have come to our attention during the previous weeks. On a different Wednesday we might also publish a 'Children's Book Basket' depending on what children's books we receive.

We offer all authors a "no-pay no-charge" self-promotions offer to provide 'stand alone' articles within which we will publish bios, book cover photographs and links to purchase pages for their book release.

This is not an offer to rehash publicity material, but to offer our readers something interesting to read. As we have no regular contributor to our Christianity section, Christian writers are welcome to write on any Christian topic.

We now have two regular Christian book reviewers who will soon be providing us with reasonably regular reviews of Christian books.

R.P. BenDedek

No. 1

"Intelligent Design or Non-Intelligent Design?"

by Keith Ericson

"Intelligent Design or Non-Intelligent Design?" by Keith Ericson
NASHVILLE -- The human body is one of the most complicated, spectacular and researched subjects in modern science -- and yet, how it came to be remains a mystery to this day. How did we get to this point? Were we always this way? And what forces -- physical or otherwise -- got us here?

These are the questions carefully considered by author Keith Ericson in his new book, "Intelligent Design or Non-Intelligent Design?" Ericson explores this theory not to manipulate readers' feelings on religion, but instead to broaden their minds to new possibilities.

Ericson questions the over-reliance on Darwinian evolution and challenges readers by taking a non-religious, fact-based and comprehensive look at intelligent design as the most rational answer to the question of how the human body came to be. The book, designed for learning both philosophically and scientifically, will make readers think about intelligent design in ways never considered before.

"You don't have to be a religious zealot to counter the theory of evolution," said Ericson. "Evolution is the widely accepted popular theory that explains the human mind and body as it is today. Unfortunately, there isn't much rational, academic discussion relating to alternative theories, which is an important part of the learning process. This book fills that gap."

"Intelligent Design or Non-Intelligent Design?" is beneficial for educators, parents and students searching for various perspectives on intelligent design and evolutionary theories.

For more information, visit

"Intelligent Design or Non-Intelligent Design?"
by Keith Ericson
72 pages
Hardcover $27.60
Paperback $25.19
Kindle $7.05
Publisher: LifeRich
Published December 17, 2013
ISBN-10: 1489700684
ISBN-13: 978-1489700681

No. 2

"Unleash Your Potential"

by Dr. Darlington Ndubuike

"Unleash Your Potential" by Dr. Darlington Ndubuike
Dr. Darlington Ndubuike knows firsthand that the Lord moves in powerful and purposeful ways.

His latest book, "Unleash Your Potential," is an inspiring guide filled with spiritual insight on fulfilling the individually unique gifts placed within us all by God.

"This book is a clarion call for us to stir up the gifts inside us," Ndubuike said. "Everyone has a gift, and the truth is that if we don't use them, they will be taken away, and we will lose the joy of fulfilling God's purpose in our lives."

Ndubuike, who actively serves in a number of roles within the church, shares his wisdoms with believers in an effort to provide essential steps needed to harness gifts presented by God.

He draws on personal experience, scripture and prayers to write a fresh perspective for believers seeking to take advantage of their true potential.

"Unleash Your Potential" provides the courage, wisdom and strength that many Christians lack, but desperately need when harnessing these gifts. For more information, visit and

Dr. Darlington Ndubuike received a doctorate in Christian counseling and in education. He currently resides in Missouri City, Texas with his wife, Patience, and their four children.

"Unleash Your Potential"
by Dr. Darlington Ndubuike
Published 4/28/2014
iUniverse Book
180 pages
$17 softcover
$27 Hardcover
E-book $4.00
ISBN: 978-1-49172-987-8

No. 3

"Saved by Grace"

by April Uphold

"Saved by Grace" by April Uphold
INDIANOLA, Miss. -- Are you in a job slump? In today's economy finding a job of one's choice can be a major obstacle.

Silver Lay, a college graduate, understands the struggles of wanting a job that will allow her to live the American dream and provide for her family. Unfortunately, she must overcome many obstacles that push her to a breaking point.

In April Uphold's new book "Saved by Grace," the obstacles Silver is faced with challenge her to never give up and encourage asking for God's help when life is discouraging. Uphold shows how God provides strength when needed most and with his help anything is possible.

Through the story of Silver, Uphold encourages young adults to find help through God when faced with the challenges life delivers.

The one thing that she had left out her life was God and his grace. When Silver Lay finally reached her breaking point, she could hear something in her head saying, "Try God." She went into her closet and cried out to God, and he came to her rescue. She was so glad that he did. Now, with the help of God, she was back in control of her life. (Read More)

"This book can contribute to healing the mind and will lead you to the true healer," Uphold said.

April Uphold is a teacher in the Indianola School District. She received her bachelor's degree at Mississippi Valley State University and her master's degree at Abundant Blessings Theological Seminary. In her spare time, she enjoys sewing, cooking, reading and gardening. Uphold is the mother of two and grandmother of 10.

"Saved by Grace"
by April Uphold
108 pages
Paperback $10.78
E-book $3.99
ISBN-13: 9781490821597
Author Solutions
Publication date: 2/21/2014

No. 4

"Laughing Crying Naked"

By Adrienne R.C. Carpenter

"Laughing Crying Naked" By Adrienne R.C. Carpenter
SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. -- Ask and it will be given; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you: Matthew 7:7

Loving God unconditionally can be a long and challenging journey. For Adrienne Carpenter, God guided her spiritual journey in the form of five mystical experiences. With obedience and passion, Carpenter grew stronger in her love for God with each experience.

In "Laughing Crying Naked," Carpenter shares her mystical experiences and provides guidance for others in their personal spiritual journeys. Her 43-year long journey began in 1960 with a prayer to the Virgin Mary. From there her mystical experiences began, which evoked a range of emotions but ultimately led to her unbreakable faith.

Carpenter's desire to share God's love is for both people who have faith and for those seeking faith. With her personal experiences and God's words, she teaches others how to unconditionally love God.

"I developed a great need to share all that I experienced, so others can know and feel the love of God in their own lives," Carpenter said.

Adrienne Carpenter's book holds a gold seal of literary excellence. Throughout her spiritual journey, Carpenter has volunteered at local hospitals and group homes as well as attended missions through the International Order of St. Luke the Physician. She is a member of The Daughters of the King and enjoys art and writing.

"Laughing Crying Naked"
By Adrienne R.C. Carpenter
464 pages
$21.59 Paperback
Kindle $4.50
Trafford Publishing
Published June 1, 2011
ISBN-10: 1426931883
ISBN-13: 978-1426931888

No. 5

"Quenched: Christ's Living Water for a Thirsty Soul"

by Donna Pyle

"Quenched" by Donna Pyle
Saint Louis, MO--The wait is over for readers eager to dive into the latest book by Donna Pyle. Quenched: Christ's Living Water for a Thirsty Soul has arrived at Concordia Publishing House and is available now for customers.

"Whether you are a new Christian or veteran disciple, you will find yourself in the pages of Quenched," says Pyle. "We have all faced spiritual dehydration at one point or another. But you don't have to get comfortable there. This book offers biblical insight and practical steps to live fully in God's hydrating abundance."

After experiencing a heartbreaking divorce, Pyle was flung into a spiritual desert. During this season, she recalled how lost she felt years earlier as a new Christian. "The parallels were staggering," said Pyle. "I wanted to share those experiences illuminated by God's Word to offer hope and encouragement to others."

Pyle writes with honesty and humor as she points readers to the Gospel message of forgiveness and salvation, and emphasizes that it is only Christ and His grace that quench the parched soul. For more information about the author, visit

A soul-stirring, engaging speaker, author, Bible teacher, and worship leader, Donna Pyle has a passion for studying and teaching God's Word. Her clear, down-to-earth style encourages women of all ages to wholeheartedly love, serve, and live for Jesus Christ. In 2007, Donna launched Artesian Ministries, which exists to encourage every person to dive in, drink deeply, and receive refreshment from God's Word on a regular basis. Since then, she has authored 18 Bible studies, including The God of All Comfort, as well as numerous other works. She uses social media and her blog, Hydrated Living, as instruments to spread God's love, joy, and hope. She resides in Spring, Texas.

Concordia Publishing House (CPH) is the publishing arm of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. For nearly 145 years, CPH has been providing individuals, churches, and schools with products that are faithful to the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. From books and Bibles to church supplies, curriculum, and software, CPH offers more than 8,000 products to support the proclamation of the Gospel worldwide. Visit CPH online at

by Donna Pyle
248 Pages
Price $14.99

No. 6

"In the Spirit of Elijah"

by Trevor Payne

"In the Spirit of Elijah" by Trevor Payne
"In the Spirit of Elijah" is a fictional story written to Theophilus, the High Priest and the subject matter is John the Baptist, the Lord's Forerunner as Luke calls him. It is about the Word of God and it's work and when the word comes to a person, a response is required. It is a story of powerful proclamations; hidden conversations; heart-felt friendship; truth seeking and finally reward. (More here)

The author creates very strong imagery for the Bible events that readers are likely never to have considered, such as casual family conversation between Jesus and John after they share a hearty hug. This creates a world for readers to dive into, making it all the more impacting since Jesus's life is not a fictional story. The narrative very deftly covers stuffy subjects like religion and politics that the reader will contemplate without even realizing it. This is the biggest strength of the book. The narrative makes it all so natural that readers will not be able to anticipate and block out aspects of the salvation story that they are prejudiced about. This makes for 360 coverage of Jesus that is not easily achieved or found. (Editorial Review Commentary)

The Lord Jesus's return is ever more near; and just as when John preached, so it is imperative that the Way is prepared before Him again. Repentance will again be the Herald's cry, and their Voices will again be heard in the Wilderness; but will this current world hear? We will see. For God, Who is ever ready to be merciful, is also never afraid to use His Rod on His people, when they refuse to listen and to judge to destruction the vessels of His Wrath. (Preface)

Trevor Payne, an Australian, is a longtime and dedicated believer in the Lord Jesus Christ who has spent his life in the study of the Scriptures, prayer, fasting and charitable works. He is an avid reader of all things spiritual and feels deeply that far too many Christians are caught up in the 'form of religion' instead of being 'transformed into the image of Christ.'

"In the Spirit of Elijah"
by Trevor Payne
Paperback: 134 pages
Publisher: Xulon Press
Published March 29, 2013
ISBN-10: 1625098081
ISBN-13: 978-1625098085
Prices: Kindle $9.30
Paperback $14.31

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