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Christian Book Basket Magic City (7)
By R.P. BenDedek
May 14, 2014 - 12:17:41 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 on a Wednesday in which we highlight whatever Christian books have come to our attention during the previous week.

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.

As of May 13th 2014, we have a Christian book reviewer who will be providing us with reasonably regular reviews of Christian books.

R.P. BenDedek


"A Covenant People"

by Dr. Jim Eckman

"A Covenant People" by Dr. Jim Eckman
KANSAS CITY, Neb. -- The 20th century witnessed extreme anti-Semitism, vicious massacres and the unimaginable Holocaust. More than a third of the world's Jews were killed. Yet today, the largest concentration of Jews resides in Israel.

In his new book, A Covenant People, theologian and historian Dr. Jim Eckman presents a history of God's covenant people from the initial promises God made to Abraham to the establishment of the modern state of Israel in 1948.

"Written for the lay person, I hope the book will serve church members by providing a clear, succinct history of the Jewish people," says Eckman.

Through enslavement in ancient Egypt and the Holocaust in Europe, the Jewish people have survived. For almost 1,900 years, the Jews were dispersed and despised as "Christ- killers."

In A Covenant People, Eckman traces ten major historical events that changed the West's attitude from one of hostility or indifference toward the Jews to embracing the idea of a homeland for the Jewish people in Palestine.

"Not only are people generally ignorant of the Bible, they are woefully ignorant of Old Testament history and the general sweep of history as it applies to the people of Israel," Eckman says.

James P. Eckman is president emeritus and professor of history, theology and ethics at Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska. He holds graduate degrees from Lehigh University (MA), Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM) and the University of Nebraska (PhD). An ordained minister, Dr. Eckman lectures and teaches widely on historical theology, ethics, and worldview issues.

"A Covenant People: Israel from Abraham to the Present"
By James P. Eckman
349 pages
Paperback $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-4908-2137-5

No. 2

"Confessions of 5 Christian Wives"

by Shauna Mayer

"Confessions of 5 Christian Wives" by Shauna Mayer
LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood may be known as the 'land of dreams' but in her new book "Confessions of 5 Christian Wives," author Shauna Mayer shares the reality that is often overlooked. Moving beyond the glitz and glamour expected of Hollywood, but every bit as dramatic, "Confessions of 5 Christian Wives" candidly reveals the life and death struggles of achieving fame and success in Hollywood, from abusive and unhappy marriages with alcoholism and drug addiction to the poverty of unemployment.

Mayer and friends help readers believe how God can radically change and support them through their most difficult times, as He did for each one of these worldly women. Mayer hopes these revealing and salacious stories will help readers understand how God can lead them through seemingly impossible situations, once they open their hearts and lives to Him.

"Through my experiences and those I've witnessed with others, most often it is personal crisis that brings us to Christ," Mayer said. "When invited into our hearts, God began to do the impossible, incredible, and unbelievable in every area of our lives and marriages." Inspired by a vivid prophetic dream, "Confessions of 5 Christian Wives," is bursting with heart- breaking and eventually triumphant stories that encourage readers to develop a deeper relationship with God. "He is indeed a living and loving God," Mayer said. "He has proven Himself again and again to be a true 'doting Daddy,' healing our hearts and meeting our needs."

Shauna Mayer is a former Hollywood TV actress (SAG & AFTRA) and a L.A. RAMS Cheerleader, and now an ordained Minister. Her ex-husband, now deceased, was actor Chip Mayer best known as cousin Vance Duke in the wildly popular "Dukes of Hazzard" TV show. After being radically saved in 1988, today Mayer lives in L.A. with her youngest daughter and is a member of Pastor Jentezen Franklin's FREE CHAPEL OC in Irvine, California.

"Confessions of 5 Christian Wives"
By: Shauna Mayer
Published: 1/25/2014
Softcover 212 pages
Price $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-49082-193-1

No. 3

"Anchor in the Past: A Chart for the Future"

by Ealum McDonald

"Anchor in the Past" by Ealum McDonald
Forgiving those who have wronged you is no easy feat. Forgiving one parent for killing the other is nearly impossible. For author, Ealum McDonald, this level of forgiveness could only be achieved with the help of God.

In "Anchor in the Past: A Chart for the Future," McDonald shares intimate details from his childhood about his father's abuse and the violent death of his mother. When his father is sent to prison, McDonald and his siblings are moved to Tennessee to live with their grandparents.

As Ealum grew up, his hatred for his father almost consumed him; in time, however, he came to know the Lord as his savior and was able to forgive his father.

Despite this lesson, later in life, Ealum faced a different set of circumstances that also required him to forgive. His involvement with a church with an overly controlling minister cost Ealum both membership in that church and his family. Difficulties continue to follow him until he truly learned the power of forgiveness.

This memoir seeks to demonstrate how faith in God can lead you to forgive people for even the most serious of actions. It may not be easy, and it likely will not happen overnight, but God is there to help you find the freeing power of forgiveness. (Read More at Amazon)

"Anchor in the Past: A Chart for the Future"
by Ealum McDonald
Crossbooks Publishing
Published 2013-11-01
108 Pages
Paperback $9.00
E-Book $4.00

No. 4

"How Anyone Can Make Money from the Stock Markets"

By Roland Lachance

"How Anyone Can Make Money from the Stock Markets" By Roland Lachance
The Bible says it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God but Roland Lachance says the faithful can find a healthy balance between God and money.

Lachance is a man who lost everything, only to earn it all back again thanks to turning his life over to God. In his new book, How Anyone Can Make Money from the Stock Markets, Lachance explains how faith and finances go hand in hand.

"It doesn't matter how much money you or I have," says Lachance. "It all comes down to, if we use what God gives us, he will give us more. He can take a loser and turn them into a winner if they follow his instructions."

How Anyone Can Make Money from the Stock Markets lays out lessons to show how anyone can make money for themselves once they learn what, where, when and how to buy and sell stocks.

"I have already made most of the mistakes for you," Lachance says. "All anyone needs in order to succeed is to read and never let anyone stop you from reaching all of your goals."

The book details how people can get out of debt, manage a small income and turn modest savings into a retirement nest egg.

Roland Lachance grew up in a God fearing home along with his three brothers and three sisters. As he got older, God became less of a priority. He thought he was doing just fine without Him. That was, until everything that he thought was important was taken from him. His houses, new cars and good paying job were gone. Lachance recommitted his life to Christ and decided to put God first in his life. Success followed, and he was able to retire at the age of 55. Now, he wants to tell his story of success and show others how they can follow the same path.

"How Anyone Can Make Money from the Stock Markets"
By Roland Lachance
108 pages
ISBN: 9781491818374
Paperback $13.50

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