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Christian Book Basket Magic City (15)
By R.P. BenDedek
Oct 22, 2014 - 6:40:39 AM

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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.

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. 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 now only have one regular Christian book reviewer and are looking for more.

Most Recent Christian Book Reviews:

R.P.BenDedek Book Review: "A Covenant People" by James P. Eckman
Aug 10, 2014

This book by James P. Eckman is a very informative and many faceted presentation of the history of Israel. If it were to be given a different title, then 'History of Israel 101' would be a very appropriate one. Because of my over-familiarity with the subject matter, halfway through I was tempted to write my review. I'm glad I didn't! Chapters 12 through 15 were for me somewhat of a revelation, and I eagerly sat at the master's feet and soaked in as much as I could. It provides the reader with what I consider to be an evenhanded academic approach to the realities on the ground.

Estelle Parke Book Review: 'In the Spirit of Elijah' by Trevor Payne
Jul 31, 2014

He has managed to write the book in such a way as to present the characters, especially John the Baptist, the Lord Jesus Christ and assorted disciples, as real, human, genuine people. In this regard, I feel that the author is to be commended for a job well done. He has included a variety of small, personal accounts and incidents which help to humanize the Biblical characters and 'bring them to life' for the reader. I was disappointed to discover that there are numerous grammatical and other errors of writing throughout the work...

R.P. BenDedek

No. 1

"Playing Saint"

by Zachary Bartels

"Playing Saint" by Zachary Bartels
In "Playing Saint" Parker Saint is living the dream. A cushy job at a thriving mega-church has him on the verge of becoming a bestselling author and broadcast celebrity--until his life takes an abrupt turn that lands him on the wrong side of the law. To avoid a public scandal, he agrees to consult with the police on a series of brutal murders linked by strange religious symbols scrawled on each victim.

Parker tries to play the expert, but he is clearly in over his head. Drawn ever deeper into a web of intrigue involving a demanding detective, a trio of secretive Vatican operatives, and a centuries-old conspiracy to conceal a mysterious relic, he realizes for the first time that the battle between good and evil is all too real--and that the killer is coming back . . . this time for him.

Reviews for this book are extremely positive. The book is well written, holds the readers attention and mixes just enough supernatural element to give the storyline a twist not found in other books of this genre.

Zachary Bartels is an award-winning preacher and Bible teacher and has been severing as pastor of Judson Baptist Church in Lansing, Michigan, for nearly ten years. He earned his BA in world religions from Cornerstone University and his Masters of Divinity from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. Zachary's writing, with its combination of clean prose, tight action, and cutting humor, makes it perfect for readers of all ages. For more information check out Zachary Bartels' website

"Playing Saint"
by Zachary Bartels
Thoman Nelson Publisher
Published Oct 7, 2014
ISBN-10: 1401690556
ISBN-13: 978-1401690557
352 pages
Softcover $13
E-book $10

No. 2

"Proof God Exists"

by Gene Peterson

"Proof God Exists" by Gene Peterson
Gene Peterson examines life experiences, history and archaeology as proof of God's Existence

Believers sometimes need to see proof of God's existence, even with believing. Non-believers sometimes experience phenomena they can't explain, but they don't believe. Author Gene Peterson explores such phenomenon in his new book.

"Proof God Exists" by Gene Peterson provides great insight into God's love. In his book, Peterson provides evidence from within his own life, history and archeology to prove that God does exist.

"I was led 40 years in a spiritual desert, where the Holy Spirit was free to teach. He taught me and millions of others Bible mysteries, truths of heaven, angels and fulfilled prophecy," Peterson said. "He created archaeology and history to maintain the original meaning of His Word.

Peterson has overcome a difficult childhood and life full of sin, finding sanctuary within the word of the Bible and religious studying. Peterson studied biblical archaeology and world history, and taught Bible classes at both churches and prisons. Through these studies, Peterson has developed a close relationship and strong understanding of the word of the Bible.

According to Peterson, God is full of endless love for sinners and saints alike, and prepares us all for heaven while we live in this truly spiritual world. It simply takes opening ones eyes and taking in the many miracles that happen all around us on a daily basis to see that God really does exist.

Gene Peterson lives in Thermopolis, Wyoming. Peterson has taught Bible classes in several churches and jails. Additionally, having read the Bible from cover to cover 17 times and studying both biblical archaeology and world history, Peterson hopes to share the word of God's love and existence to people across the world.

"Proof God Exists"
By: Gene Peterson
ISBN: 978-1-4908-3445-0
Softcover $11.95
E-book $3.99


No 3

"Sign of the Red Heifer and the Four Horsemen"

by Melissa W. Lake

"Sign of the Red Heifer and the Four Horsemen" by Melissa W. Lake
Whether through movies like "The Seventh Sign," books, or devout bible study, the 10 plagues God sent as signs to the Pharaoh of Egypt are well known. Today, miraculous things are happening on author Melissa W. Lake's family farm in West Virginia.

"The Sign of the Red Heifer and the Four Horsemen" is Lake's true story. Upon moving to her new farm, Lake began to notice miraculous things were happening--prophesied signs of the end of days were showing up on Lake's farm. "The Bible teaches that with God, there are no accidents. If that is the case, then what is happening at my farm is truly miraculous," Lake said.

Her pure red heifer was born in the holy year of Sabbath on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkoth in 2007, and her four horses aligned with the four horsemen in the book of Revelations. Crosses started appearing and the Star of David in the lines of Lake's hands. She had visions from God--most amazingly, one was about a new border for Israel.

"I have had more dreams and visions come true since moving to my farm in West Virginia. In one, the Lord showed me a new border for Israel," Lake said. "It was drawn by His own hand for all to see. It follows an earthquake like that took place in February 2008." These miraculous signs lead to one question--are the Days of our Lord at hand?

For more information, visit,

Melissa W. Lake was raised in the Midwestern United States and Pennsylvania. She moved to Florida in her teens, where she later earned her associate's degree in legal studies. She moved from Florida in 2004 to a farm in West Virginia, where she homeschools her two youngest children and tends to her animals.

"Sign of the Red Heifer and the Four Horsemen"
By: Melissa W. Lake
ISBN: 978-1-4908-3219-7
Softcover $13.95
Hardcover $30.95
E-book $3.99

No. 4

Growing Future Leaders

by Dr. Tony Keys

"Growing Future Leaders" by Dr. Tony Keys
The challenge of growing future leaders for your organization requires an enormous amount of stamina and commitment from you and your leadership team. It also requires that you refine your present skills and develop new skills in leadership. This small group study guide is designed to give you principles that will enable you and your leadership team to do those very things. People need time to sit and absorb the whole topic of developing future leaders and what it means to an organization. The personal study section allows individual members of the leadership team to personally reflect upon the process of growing future leaders within their organization and to prepare themselves to participate in the group discussions. The discussions are designed to help you and your leadership team identify and analyze the main issues involved in developing future leaders in your organization.

Dr Tony Keys has experience in strategic leadership and managing non-profit organisations. His executive and leadership roles range from pastoring, establishing and managing two non-profit vocational training/tertiary colleges, heading up a non-profit Christian school, marketing, being a crusade co-coordinator and a factory manager. He regularly travels throughout the world preaching in churches, conducting leadership seminars, lecturing in Bible colleges, and meeting with and mentoring church leaders. Tony is a prolific author, having published a series of Bible study books titled First Love Discipleship Series and four books on leadership. Tony has degrees in biblical/theology, education and leadership/management. (Excerpts from this book are available here.)

Tony Keys lives in Australia with his wife Robyn, is passionate about developing leaders and helping others to succeed, and has traveled extensively throughout the world, conducting leadership seminars and meeting with pastors and leaders in a consulting role.

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