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Christian Book Basket Magic City (4)
By R.P. BenDedek
Apr 16, 2014 - 12:10:12 AM

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Every Sunday we publish the "What's in the Book Basket" article in which we list book reviews we have published in the previous week and provide links to articles we received from various authors and which we published at Magic City during that time. It also provides publicity details for a variety of new book releases.

On Wednesday March 26, 2014 we for several reasons, inaugurated the first 'Christian Book Basket' here at Magic City Morning Star. In that edition we provided material for ten books, but in today's fourth edition we can only provide material for three.

Authors please note: We have no regular contributor to the 'Christianity' Section at Magic City, and you are most welcome to help us provide Christian material, exhortation, teaching or sharing of any kind. We offer all authors a "no-pay no-charge" self-promotions offer in which authors are invited to provide suitable material for publishing that does not need to be related to their books but within which we provide their bios, book cover photographs and links to purchase pages.

Publicists can assist their clients to immediately get listed in this book basket by providing appropriate publicity material, bio's and book cover photographs rather than sending two lines of text and expecting me to go do the research.

R.P. BenDedek

No. 1

"The Reader-Friendly Life of Christ"

By: Sterling Redd

"The Reader-Friendly Life of Christ" By: Sterling Redd
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- The gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all combine to tell the story of Christ, but unfortunately to get a full picture in the Bible one must bounce back and forth between them, hopefully not getting lost in the shuffle. Author Sterling Redd has recognized this source of confusion and frustration for himself as well as other Christians, so he wrote his new book, "The Reader-Friendly Life of Christ," in hopes of addressing the problem.

"I wanted to make the story of Jesus not only a complete and singular story," Redd said. "But I needed it to flow like a novel in order to keep a reader's attention."

Dropping the unnecessary duplication, extraneous and overwhelming parts in the New Testament accounts, Redd has created a single linear, flowing, yet purely scriptural and comprehensive account of Jesus' life and teachings. While the book could never act as a substitute to the Bible itself, it certainly aims to be a reader-friendly companion piece.

By use of a singular and seamless format, and organized into thirteen chapters of pure Scripture, The Reader-Friendly Life of Christ takes the complexity out of a reader's attempt to get a clear, basic, yet thorough overview of Christ's mortal life and teachings. All of Christ's major sermons, miracles, and parables are also identified and placed at a reader's fingertips by use of an accompanying appendix. When you finish reading this story, you may want to keep it close by for ready reference, and to experience again and again the simple, beautiful and powerful story of him who is worshipped by and inspires hundreds of millions. This is a complete, interwoven story not found in either one of Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John's New Testament accounts alone. (Barnes and Noble)

Sterling Redd has published five books in his life and was a writer for the Utah State Department of Health. He was employed as a high school English teacher and then a clinical social worker. He has spent many years volunteering at an employment center, conducting addiction recovery program meetings and teaching gospel doctrine classes. He has attended Sunday school classes throughout his 75 years of life developing a passion for writing with the purpose of making scripture easier to understand and more meaningful in the lives of his readers.

"The Reader-Friendly Life of Christ"
By: Sterling Redd
SC-ISBN: 978-1-4908-2062-0
SC-Retail price: $19.95
HC-ISBN: 978-1-4908-2063-7
HC-Retail price: $35.95
EB-ISBN: 978-1-4908-2061-3
EB-Retail price: $3.99
Available at and

No. 2.

"Faith and Science in a Skeptical Age"

by Dr. Jesse Yow

"Faith and Science in a Skeptical Age" edited by Dr. Jesse Yow
Concordia Publishing House Presents Faith and Science in a Skeptical Age addressing Science's Questions as Christians

Science is a valuable tool in today's world. But it often creates more questions than it answers. As Christians, how can we solidly embrace faith as a means of explaining the inexplicable?

Faith and Science in a Skeptical Age, edited by Dr. Jesse Yow, will be released this spring. Published by Concordia Publishing House, the book is a resource for those searching for purpose and meaning.

"This book recognizes that science does not hold all life's answers," said Laura Lane, CPH editor. "In fact, as science generates more questions, people look to other sources for understanding truth and achieving contentment. Faith and Science shows Christians how to respond to a world focused on finding definitive answers to life's mysteries."

Current topics and their impacts on culture are explored through the publication. Topics examined include: Heaven and hell

Near-death experiences
Angels and demons
Alien exploration
Stem-cell research, cloning and more.

Based at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Dr. Jesse Yow works in applied science and technology, and manages environmental restoration programs. He is a CPH author and also writes for World News Group. He is on the LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations, and teaches Bible classes at Our Savior Lutheran Ministries in Livermore, Calif. 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

"Faith and Science in a Skeptical Age"
edited by Dr. Jesse Yow
Price $14.00
272 Pages

No. 3

"The Way, The Truth and The Life"

By Mickey Mullen

"The Way, The Truth and The Life" By Mickey Mullen
Author Mickey Mullen has had quite a life. He has gone from a debauched binger to something resembling a monastic teetotaler. He toiled on farms during the Great Depression, served in the U.S. Navy and bought and ran three businesses at the same time, all while drinking, swearing and boozing heavily.

In his new book "The Way, The Truth and The Life" Mullen describes the day he went unenthusiastically to a church service. He sat sour-faced in the back of the church, his arms folded in apathy.

"A woman came up to me and said, 'do you love Jesus?' I looked at her and I just told her no," Mullen said. That is when something extraordinary happened "As I sat in the back of the church, I began to feel very strange," Mullen said. "At the alter call, I asked God to help me as I approached. After leaving the church I got on a payphone. It was then that God gave me a new heart. I felt like I had been hit by lightening."

Mullen writes his memoir in order to show people that no matter how removed one gets from having a good life, when someone is lost and alone, he or she can still be turned around unexpectedly. In the book, he describes periods of his life and provides biblical passages that have had the most effect on him throughout his new life.

Although he has changed from his old ways, he is no stranger to controversy. Mullen uses his perspective as a Christian who has intensely studied the King James Bible of 1611 for years to offer warnings to other Christians to prevent them from going down the wrong path.

"As Christians it is of the utmost importance to live the Christian way that Jesus died for and not to be tricked into some of the new faddish but empty churches," Mullen said.

Mickey Mullen lives in Casper, Wyoming and works as a carpenter when not writing.

"The Way, The Truth and The Life"
By Mickey Mullen
ISBN: 155212774-5
Available in softcover and e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Trafford

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