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Christian Book Basket Magic City (8)
By R.P. BenDedek
May 28, 2014 - 7:55:30 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

No. 1

"Those Challenging Cracks of Secularism: In and Beyond"

By Rev. Oliver Nwachukwu

Those Challenging Cracks of Secularism By Rev. Oliver Nwachukwu
ST. LOUIS --The number of U.S. adults who profess no religion increased from 14 million in 1990 to 34 million in 2008, according to the American Religious Identification Survey 2008. This growing lack of religious enthusiasm has many long term effects, according to Rev. Oliver Nwachukwu, author of the new book "Those Challenging Cracks of Secularism: In and Beyond" Nwachukwu, a Catholic priest with a master's degree in theology from Harvard and doctorate from Loyola University, vehemently challenges the validity of secularism in modern society.

"No one should be denied the privilege of a close relationship with God through inculcation of attitude of religious indifference directly or indirectly," Nwachukwu said. "We are loosening our grips on the religious values that held this nation together for centuries."

In "Those Challenging Cracks of Secularism: In and Beyond" Nwachukwu shows how secularism further deepens the dividing lines in today's society. He offers compelling evidence that secularism instigates an attitude of religious indifference in young minds, stripping them of the ability to understand spirituality and morals.

Nwachukwu also discusses the cost of maintaining Christian values in the face of growing secularism, heightened worldwide belligerence, abysmal economic disparity and racial intolerance. He also addresses the damage caused by religious fanatics who apply religion irrationally to social and political issues, thereby creating mistrust and skepticism over religion. The greatest challenge to the future of our modern world is secularism," Nwachukwu insists. "As people lose grip on seasoned religious values, we no longer live as neighbors inflamed with the spirit of equal justice, love and concern for each other. Instead, we are constantly preoccupied with concern for security and the desire to serving our material ego even at the expense of others."

Rev. Oliver O. Nwachukwu holds a doctorate degree in New Testament Studies and Early Christianity from Loyola University Chicago and master's degree in theology from Harvard University. Having served as an adjunct professor in a number of universities, Rev. Nwachukwu is currently the pastor of St. Charles Borromeo and Immaculate Conception Churches Du Bois, Illinois. This is his third book.

"Those Challenging Cracks of Secularism: In and Beyond"
By Rev. Oliver Nwachukwu
ISBN: 978-1-49170-371-7
Published: 1/10/2014
608 Pages
Hardcover $45
Softcover $35
E-Book 44.00

No. 2

"From Woe to Go!"

By Graham Barker and Clifford Powell

From Woe to Go! By G. Barker and C. Powell
SYDNEY, Australia -- When people have relationship, financial or social problems to work out, friends or family will often suggest Christian counseling. But what exactly does that mean? How does it differ from secular counseling?

"From Woe to Go!" By Graham Barker and Clifford Powell, focuses on the vocation of counseling conducted within an evangelical Christian worldview, combining sound psychological practice with Christian principles.. It is a training text wherein Christian counselors can find the distinctions that can set their practice apart from others in the profession.

"This guide seeks to integrate a comprehensive counseling model for Christian counselors, a detailed skills- training program and an extensive incorporation of spiritual resources," says Barker.

An inclusive training tool, From Woe to Go! outlines a three-stage model for Christian counselors and professionals who want to integrate their faith with their professional work. "This book is for those who seek to enhance their skills and want the presence of Christ in the counseling process," Powell says.

Graham Barker is a clinical psychologist (Psy.D from George Fox University) with additional qualifications in Theology, education and counseling. He is a former head of the counseling department of the Graduate School of Counseling at the Wesley Institute in Sydney Australia. His current focus is on clinical supervision and his ministry as a training consultant for Youth For Christ International.

Clifford Powell is the senior clinical psychologist at The Mind Space in Sydney, Australia. Before completing his PhD (University of Denver-Colorado), he was a youth worker and school counselor. He has over 30 years of experience in private practice, including 20 years teaching at the Wesley Institute Graduate School of Counseling in Sydney.

"From Woe to Go!"
By Graham Barker and Clifford Powell
ISBN: 978-1-45251-268-6
Published: 1/30/2014
356 pages
$22.00 Softcover
$12.00 E-book

No. 3

"The god-man: seed of Satan"

by Bruce Biller

"The god-man: seed of Satan" by Bruce Biller
The popular Left Behind novels start their speculation of the End Times with the Rapture of Christians. One Southern California man believes this is an incorrect reading of scripture.

Overview: Christians worldwide agree there is coming a moment when the true church, comprised of faithful followers of Christ, will be suddenly caught up, snatched away, raptured-to be forever with their Lord. But what will you do, how will you behave, how will your church react if this disappearance does not occur before the Tribulation begins? Are we prepared and equipped to take a stand in a culture that is passionately opposed to our beliefs?

The god-man: seed of Satan is the first in a two-part, pre-wrath rapture thriller that tells the riveting story of the rise of the treacherous Antichrist, the god-man who will come to prominence during the seventieth week of Daniel.

As Romiti and his false prophet, Laroque, implement their ambitious plot to rule a global empire, their plans are obstructed by a series of global disasters-war, famine, and disease. Much to the surprise of some, the church finds itself a reluctant witness to apocalyptic events that were to be studied-not experienced!

Sticks, an evangelical pastor in Mississippi, and Uri, the pastor of a messianic congregation in Jerusalem, have carefully prepared their congregations for a rapture that occurs within the seventieth week of Daniel. Led by these activist pastors and a host of others like them, their congregations boldly engage a hostile global community as the God-fearers courageously live out the gospel in ways that are reminiscent of the early church.

Bruce Biller, a longtime student of the Bible and the End Times, believes that Christians will live through the Great Tribulation before Christ's return, rather than being taken to heaven first. His novel set during the last few years of human history, The god-man: seed of Satan, is his vision of how life may be for Christians during the rise of the AntiChrist.

"The god-man: seed of Satan"
by Bruce Biller
ISBN-13: 9781449766306
Author Solutions-WestBow Press
Published 10/16/2012
Hardcover $36
Nook book $9
Pages: 310

No. 4

"Twenty Thirty-Three"

by James A. Turner

Twenty Thirty-Three by James A. Turner
BENBROOK, Texas -- Progressivism and secularism: what once defined our nation is not the same as what defines it today.

Historical fiction "Twenty Thirty-Three" by conservative Christian James A. Turner addresses the downfalls of secularism and progressivism in America, hypothesizing what will happen to the nation if it continues the path its on.

"Somehow we think we're in control of America, God is always in control of everything," Turner said. "This nation is in chaos, very severe chaos and most don't even know it."

Turner's new novel projects what the state of our nation will be in the year 2033, drawing inspiration from an article published in the "National Review" called "The Four Horsemen of Progressivism."

Rooted in traditional values, "Twenty Thirty-Three" urges readers to consider the Bible's stance on social issues such as abortion, homosexual marriage and secular humanism in relation to current political parties' allowance of these issues.

"America's future looks scary and I wanted to express my deep concerns in this book," Turner said. "If America excludes God I believe very deeply that God will exclude America, it is simple math."

James A Turner is the owner of Turner Electric Co. and is a member of his local church, the Believers Fellowship Bible Church. His life is centered on God and family, and he has seen firsthand the social and political changes the U.S. has gone through. Turner lives in Benbrook, Texas, with his wife, Sharon, and two dogs.

"Twenty Thirty-Three"
by James A Turner
Hardcover, $30.95
Paperback, $13.95
e-Book, $3.99
ISBN: 978-1-49082-412-3

No. 5

"Blue Heart"

by Cherie Metcalf

Blue Heart by Cherie Metcalf
A blue heart is one that bleeds from within-a broken, bruised, bleeding heart. Grief is painful, excruciatingly painful.

This book divulges a personal account of a loving couple joined together in true marriage, separated by physical death, the pain of that separation, and the miracle of God's unfailing compassion to a blue heart.

Despite the knowledge of God's Word, Cherie agonized over unanswered questions after the passing of her husband. As the Lord promised, He did not leave her.

Through her struggle with grief, God, in His tender, loving kindness, revealed Himself to her to sustain and encourage her faith. This book reveals God's assurance during grief.

Cherie Metcalf is the widow of Dave, her husband of thirty-three years. She is a mother and grandmother. She earned a bachelor's degree in English, a master's degree in education, and National Board Certification. She is a published editor, illustrator, teacher, and born-again Christian.

"Blue Heart: God's Assurance During Grief"
by Cherie Metcalf
ISBN: 978-1-49082-228-0
Published 1/28/2014
126 pages
Hardcover $29.00
Softcover $12.00
E-book $4.00

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