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On Sundays we publish the regular book basket which highlights (no more than 15) new book releases by providing publicity material sent by publicists.
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. We also occasionally do a 'Childrens Book Basket.'
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 have recently acquired two Christian book reviewers and as time goes by we will be seeing some of their reviews.
Most Recent Christian Book Review:
Ephesians - 'The Believer's Riches in Christ!'
by Dr. Tony Keys
The "Epistle of Ephesians" is a magnificent anthem of the believer's riches in Christ, beginning with the grace and mercy with which God through Jesus Christ brought us into a special relationship with Him, in that He, God, is now our Heavenly Father. From this experience we have been lifted-up to be seated in heavenly places, the very places where the counsel of God reigns.
Throughout this wonderful Epistle, Paul continually assures us that it is from the parental heart of God the Father that the fountain of all blessing flows down upon our lives.
Bulk purchases of this book reduces the price from $14.95 to $10.95 during August 2014
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"The Pastor at Prayer--Revised Edition"
by George Kraus
Concordia Publishing House introduces The Pastor at Prayer--Revised Edition. Written by George Kraus and edited by CPH's Scot A. Kinnaman, this selection was designed to strengthen pastors in their ministry, offering basic readings and a framework for daily prayer and meditation on God's Word.
"What a great joy to have Kraus's classic Pastor at Prayer updated and revised for a new generation," said Rev. William Weedon, The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod's Director of Worship and Chaplain of the International Center. "Keyed to the Lutheran Service Book and the Treasury of Daily Prayer, this little volume will be a huge blessing to today's pastors as they seek to grow in their life of prayer. Yet another CPH homerun!"
A Lutheran, pastoral, devotional prayer guide, centered in the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions, this revision includes all of the prayers in a contemporary style and updates all referenced texts to those currently available.
"The Pastor at Prayer is a faithful resource that has shaped the devotional life of LCMS pastors for generations," said Rev. Bart Day, Executive Director of National Mission, LCMS. "How wonderful to see it refreshed and offered anew. Those of us who cut our devotional teeth on Kraus will be happy to see a delightful blend of old and new."
"The Pastor at Prayer--Revised Edition", can be found at this link at cph.org.
About Concordia Publishing House
Concordia Publishing House (CPH) is the publishing arm of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. For over 140 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 over 8,000 products to support the proclamation of the Gospel worldwide. Visit CPH online at cph.org.
"Luther's Works Vol. 68"
Dr. Benjamin T. G. Mayes, editor
A student who heard Luther preach these sermons wrote: "With great prolixity [Luther] amplifies the things that seem to conflict with Scripture and sound doctrine, and he puts on, so to speak, the persona of the adversaries, adding to the controversy with examples and passages of Scripture, and in this way he makes the hearer attentive so that he can more easily notice and perceive the solution. But after he is thought to assent to the opposing side, he adds a brief and fitting solution" (LW 68:108n). According to Dr. Benjamin T. G. Mayes, editor for the volume, "Luther's preaching on St. Matthew here is bound up with the events of these years in Wittenberg, in Germany, and in Europe as a whole. In his exposition, Luther both explains the text and uses the occasion to warn his hearers of the dangers he sees threatening the Reformation: The temptations to return to former superstitions; to compromise with the pope; to take advantage of one's neighbor through usury and greed; and to neglect the role of the Law in the life of the believer. Amid Luther's teaching on the forgiveness of sins, marriage and divorce, infant Baptism, repentance, the divinity of Christ, the marks of the Church and her ministry, the resurrection, and the end of the world, he seeks to strengthen his hearers to endure persecution--from imperial troops acting in the name of the pope or from Turkish armies--which he sees upon the horizon.
"These are earnest sermons of biblical exposition, antithesis, and admonition, in which Luther, as an experienced exegete, preacher, and reformer of the Church, seeks to guard Christ's people from the devil and everything that would snatch them away from Christ," he adds. To view or order Lutheran books published by Concordia Publishing House go to cph.org. At the time of this publication a photo cover for "Luther's Works Vol. 68" was not available.
"For Your Tomorrows"
by F. Howard Shapiro
"For Your Tomorrows" by F. Howard Shapiro is part testimony, part memoir and part cautionary tale. Shapiro recounts his spiritual journey, from growing up an Orthodox Jew and the victim of serious anti-Semitism to embracing the religious ideals of his attackers--becoming an American Baptist minister.
Perfectly blending together personal stories, cultural commentary and the message of scripture, "For Your Tomorrows" seeks to empower us to recognize God's presence in our lives--even when we put our worst food forward.
"For Your Tomorrows "seeks to empower us to recognize God's presence in our lives. Throughout his story, Shapiro shares pertinent scripture, Jewish history and fables, mythology, and colorful cultural commentary. to chronicle the unique experiences of a man who, when faced with the power of God and His love, chose a different path than the one set for him by history and his heritage.
The Rev. Dr Fred Shapiro serves as the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Willimantic- a church without walls. Check out their website @ www.fbcwillimantic.org
For Your Tomorrows is available on the Authors Website.
"Big Doors Swing on Small Hinges"
By Roger D. Mardis
The decisions you make can produce much greater outcomes, whether positive or negative, which can have lasting effects. Roger D. Mardis explores the concept of the small word but as a turning point in decisions. In his new book "Big Doors Swing on Small Hinges," Mardis examines 31 Biblical personalities and stories that have but turning points.
"But is the little hinge that the big door (the Bible story) turns on," Mardis said. "We make our decisions and then our decisions make us."
The 31 examinations speak of life issues and lessons that can be applied to everyday decisions in hopes of preventing negative consequences of our actions. Mardis has created a tool to help guide choices that have personal, professional and national implications.
"Like a hammer steadily driving in a nail blow by blow, each chapter confirms that great experiences with long-lasting, even eternal results turn on the small 'hinges' of seemingly inconsequential actions or words," said Steve Gaines, writer of the foreword.
Roger Mardis is the senior pastor at Agape Baptist Church in Scottsboro, Alabama. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of North Alabama, a Master's of Divinity from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry. He and his wife, Michelle, have four children.
"Big Doors Swing on Small Hinges"
It's All about Him: Intimacy with God
By Dr. Lois Brittell
In her new book, "It's All about Him: Intimacy with God," she outlines the necessity of having God as the major focus to help you find meaning in life. The recently retired psychologist found in her 30 years of clinical practice that including Christian values in her work not only helped her grow in her own faith, but helped her patients as well.
"I found it helpful to integrate biblical principles with the good parts of psychology," Dr. Brittell said. " When I began incorporating those principles, the healing process increased and intensified for my patients."
"It's All about Him" has become a guiding light for those who need encouragement in their faith. The book will resonate the deepest with those who are seeking a deeper, more meaningful walk with God.
"There are many struggles I have experienced and found spiritual answers to from which others can benefit," Dr. Brittell said. "The book turned out to be kind of a life story. I didn't plan it to be that way; it's just the way it developed. It's all about God, how much he loves us, and how to develop intimacy with him. God is the beginning and end of all things, the cause and reason for living, the center."
For more information, visit www.itsallabouthimrestoration.com.
A clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression and marital problems, Dr. Lois Brittell found most issues were influenced by a person's relationship with God. She sought biblical answers in addition to clinical answers. Dr. Brittell recently retired and continues to enjoy consulting, teaching and writing. She lives near Fresno, Calif.
"It's All about Him: Intimacy with God"
Christian Concepts for Care
by Dr. David Ludwig and Dr. Mary R. Jacob
While Christian Concepts for Care offers descriptions of mental health issues and disorders, it is not a textbook on various illnesses and clinical prognoses. Rather, it is a resource that examines the spiritual nature of these disorders. As a result, readers can gain a new perspective that gives hope and a practical way to apply faith as a key component to healing. The book was written for workers who are called upon to offer care and counseling, as well as for lay leaders who support the professional staff of the congregation. It is a powerful tool, equipping workers and those preparing to work in health care and/or spiritual fields.
"Christian Concepts for Care" can be a significant resource for pastors, church leaders, faith community nurses, and congregations to deepen understanding of self and others in mind, body, and spirit," said Jacob. "Our aim is that hearts and minds will open to those who suffer with mental health issues, so they may experience the healing power of a healthy faith community." Ludwig and Jacob describe in the book how the Christian community can help, support, and encourage individuals who have mental or emotional health disorders. They also advocate the wellness circle approach, which brings a faith community together as a safe place in which individuals can grow and heal spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. Many of the concepts discussed in the book are derived from work done by the authors during retreats for professional church workers and congregations through Grace Place Wellness Ministries.
As a licensed therapist, LCMS pastor, and semi-retired university professor, Dr. Ludwig has more than 45 years of experience in theology and psychology. He and his wife, Kathy, travel frequently to give presentations on family relationships using grants from a variety of organizations, such as Thrivent and Wheat Ridge. Dr. Ludwig continues to run a private practice and lives in Hickory, North Carolina.
Dr. Mary R. Jacob serves as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Winter Park, Florida. She provides counseling for couples, individuals, and groups at Lutheran Counseling Services, Inc., and has also taught courses in psychiatric nursing at several universities. Dr. Jacob works with many congregational health ministries in Florida and also gives workshops and training classes about mental health subjects. She is also the Excellence in Writing Award recipient.
"Diary of an Unlikely Warrior."
by Angela Flippen
The topic of demons and exorcisms provides a wide variety of responses in people--some rolling their eyes and some quaking with fear. Whatever one's belief in the ontology of evil spirits, it is a subject that continues to fascinate people.
Ministries that deal with the subject of demons and possession continue to fill chapels, tents and hotel ballrooms. Are these ministers for real?
Have you ever wondered why we do not see the works of the Holy Spirit in the Church? Have you ever wondered why Christians seemed to be so vexed and smitten? I know I have. Before we can see the good fruit Jesus told us to bear, we have to uproot the bad fruit. We have to seek him in Spirit and in truth. We have to die to self. I feel it is impossible for God to dump great authority and anointing in a people, when we have been unfaithful to him in the small matters. I believe he is looking for people like you and me, who will sacrifice and seek. When we seek, we must then obey. This book is an act of obedience to the Lord on my part, knowing full well there will be persecution and opposition. (Read More)
Angela Flippen is the co-pastor of one such ministry. She claims to have delivered many people from unclean spirits. Her experiences have cemented her knowledge of the hidden battle between good and evil. She has been sought out for her assistance in these matters, which she writes about in her book "Diary of an Unlikely Warrior." She can put you in touch with witnesses who can confirm her unique line of work.
"Diary of an Unlikely Warrior"
"The Secret Hidden in Plain Sight"
by Hoppy Bishop
After conducting extensive research with the Bible and NASA technology, Bishop was shocked by his discoveries when he began writing his new book "The Secret Hidden in Plain Sight."
This research began after Bishop witnessed comet Peabody explode into Jupiter on national television in 1994 and he felt called to dig deeper into the meaning of corresponding dates and events.
"The signs in the heavens and unfolding current events scream for our attention, but we disregard them and go about our daily business as though they are meaningless," said Bishop. "We do not recognize the signs because we are watching the wrong calendars."
In a book comprised of history, science and prophecy, Bishop explains correlations between historic events, scripture and Holy Day dates. Readers are provided a new perspective on the timeliness of specific occurrences and the promptness of God.
Twenty years after Bishop's first inclination to delve into this mysterious realm, technology has finally caught up with what Bishop believes this generation should understand. Now able to analyze events from Biblical past, Bishop hopes to provide clarity for the future.
With years of publishing and printing experience, Hoppy Bishop was the founder and CEO of the nationally recognized Portico Magazine. He is a member of the Briarwood Presbyterian Church and has been married for 44 years with two children.
"The Secret Hidden in Plain Sight"
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