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FICTION FILE [ ASK THE AUTHOR ] Gina Holmes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Leslie Santamaria   
Monday, 11 August 2014 12:00 PM EDT

GinaHolmesLATEST PROJECT: Driftwood Tides (9781414366425, $14.99, September).
PUBLISHER: Tyndale House Publishers.

What is the premise of you new book, Driftwood Tides?

Libby Slater gets the shock of a lifetime when she receives the results from her premarital genetic testing and learns her blood type doesn’t match either of her parents. She confronts her mother and is given the name of her biological mother. Libby isn’t able to locate her, but is able to track down her husband, Holton Creary, who knows nothing of the child his wife gave up for adoption. Together the two try to find out the truth about Libby’s mother and the place they fit in each other’s lives and hearts.

What type of character is Libby Slater?

Libby is a seeker. She’s always known she didn’t quite fit in with her family, so besides it being a shock to learn she’s not who she thought she was, she learns no one in her life really is. In many ways she’s been dealt a tough hand in life, but she realizes she’s also been given many blessings—although it takes her the majority of the story to come to that conclusion.

What is Holton Creary like at the start of the story?

Holton is a temperamental artist through and through, but also a sheep posing in wolves’ clothing. He drinks to numb the pain and guilt of losing his wife and tries to be as standoffish as he can to keep others at bay so he doesn’t hurt anyone else or get hurt.

Why is forgiveness such an important theme for you?

I’ve had an interesting life and have needed to offer a lot of forgiveness to the people I love the most. Being just as human as they, I’ve needed to ask for quite a bit as well. I think Christianity at its core is about forgiveness. God gives so much grace, but in return, He asks us to extend it to others. There seems to me to be so much difficulty with not just the world, but the church also, being willing to forgive others. I have a hard time understanding how we can think we are any less wretched than those who’ve hurt us. Surely we’ve hurt others just as often. Surely we’ve hurt God’s heart.

Are there other themes in this novel?DriftwoodTides

The question of what makes someone a parent. I was raised for a vast part of my life by a parent of no biological relation. I struggled with who was really mom and dad and have come to the conclusion that biology, to me, is far less important than commitment and love.

What is one thing you want readers of this book to take away?

That no one is perfect. The person sitting in the pew on Sunday every week and doing their daily devotions each morning is no less a sinner than the alcoholic down the street who has fallen into a pit of despair. God longs for both of them, and no one is beyond the reach of Jesus.

Did your background in nursing help in writing this book?

It always does. Being a nurse has allowed me to see people in the most vulnerable situations without the mask we all put on to face the world. It’s given me an incredible opportunity for insight into what makes people really tick when they’re scared, mourning, witnessing the miracle of birth or the (worldly) finality of death. It’s been such a gift.

How would you describe your style as a writer?

I try my best to write the way I really think. Friends would describe me as down to earth, and I hope that shows in my writing. I don’t want to be fancy or throw out big words that readers have to stop every other page to look up. I want to speak in a way that most will understand. I’ve always assumed I’m pretty common, so if I struggle with something or have thoughts that may seem off the wall, I assume others do, too. Some of the stuff I write is a little quirky.

What else should Christian retailers know about Driftwood Tides?

I’ve, to date, written about some really tough subjects: death, abandonment, infidelity, abuse and alcoholism, and although I again take on alcoholism to some extent, this book, I’d say, is less issue-driven than my others and quite a bit lighter. The setting is my favorite part. Who doesn’t want to spend the time it takes to read a novel digging their toes into the soft sands of the Outer Banks and counting their blessings? That’s what I think the biggest takeaway from Driftwood Tides is. It was for me in writing it at least.

 
Close up: Jonathan Cahn PDF Print E-mail
Written by Leslie Santamaria   
Monday, 11 August 2014 11:53 AM EDT

Cahn-Jonathan-PhotoLatest project: The Mystery of the Shemitah: The 3000-Year-Old Mystery That Holds the Secret of America’s Future, The World’s Future…and Your Future (9781629981932, $16.99, FrontLine/Charisma House).

Your book The Harbinger has sold 1.8 million copies and has been a New York Times best-seller for more than 110 weeks. How do you explain that?

Part of the reason, I think, is that The Harbinger is very different. Its nature has caused it to stand out and be noticed from the beginning. On top of that, everyone is interested in what the future holds. The Harbinger doesn’t give a general or theoretical idea of the future, but a very precise and specific revelation of what lies ahead. Beyond all that, and probably most important, is the same reason I can take no credit for anything about The Harbinger. … God wanted the message to go forth and made sure to send it. Before He judges, He sends warning.

How is The Mystery of the Shemitah related to The Harbinger?TheMysteryOfTheShemitah

The Harbinger contains 14 central mysteries. One of these is the “Shemitah.” Most people had never heard [the word], yet it comes from the second book of the Bible. As with The Harbinger, I didn’t plan to write [The Mystery of the Shemitah]. The Shemitah is not only an ancient mystery, but an event that will soon be upon us. Because of that, there’s been an explosion of speculation and concern for what it will bring. Charisma Media felt there should be at least a booklet to help people prepare in light of it. I wasn’t intending to write another book until I heard from the Lord that it was time—as with The Harbinger. I offered to help [write the booklet], but as I started, I was flooded with new and unexpected revelations concerning the mystery and how it’s manifesting even now and what it reveals about the future. There was no way a booklet could contain it. The same way the writing of The Harbinger just flowed onto the pages, so too did The Mystery of the Shemitah.

What exactly is the Shemitah?

The Shemitah is something that came from the mind of God and was given to Israel on Mount Sinai. It was the seventh year, the Sabbath year, a year of rest, release, cessation and a nullifying or wiping clean of the nation’s financial realm. But that’s just the beginning. Later on, the Shemitah becomes a prophetic sign against a nation that once knew God, but now has driven Him out of its national life and culture, a sign that strikes the nation’s financial realm and a sign linked to national judgment. That sign has now appeared in America. It holds the secret of America’s future, the world’s future and the future of everyone living.

When is the next Shemitah?

The next Shemitah will begin on Sept. 25, 2014. It will come to its conclusion and climactic day on Sept. 13, 2015.

The Harbinger was written as a narrative, so why did you choose a nonfiction format for this book?

Writing it in a nonfiction form allowed me to do things I couldn’t otherwise do. For example, The Mystery of the Shemitah includes many visuals, illustrations, charts, graphs … things which would not be possible if it were in narrative form.

What else would you like Christian retailers to know about your new book?

I was recently at an event with Mike Huckabee, and he used the word “stunning” to describe The Harbinger. That’s probably the most common word I’ve heard people use to describe it. So I would say this: What is contained in The Mystery of the Shemitah is no less stunning. The mystery is bigger than anyone had imagined, including myself. The Shemitah has affected all of our lives from the beginning of our lives. It is affecting American history, world history, even now. ... And it reveals the future, what will be coming to America and nations, and what lies in store for our lives. The mystery is truly mind-boggling.

 
Bookbeat September 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Leslie Santamaria   
Monday, 11 August 2014 11:45 AM EDT

UnPHILtered

Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson (with Mark Schlabach) shares his views on faith, family and ducks in unPHILtered: The Way I See It. He also expounds his opinions on topics such as gun control, taxes and prayer in school, with an emphasis on home and family mingled with his signature off-the-wall comments. Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, releases the book in hardcover ($25.99) Sept. 2.

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In Wanting to Believe: Faith, Family, and Finding an Exceptional Life (B&H Books), Ryan Dobson, son of child and family psychologist Dr. James Dobson, discloses the principles his parents sought to impart to him on topics such as marriage, finances and identity. Ryan tells how as an adolescent, he tested the limits of his parents’ boundaries and questioned their faith, ultimately embracing their faith as his own. Wanting to Believe is available Sept. 1 for $14.99 (softcover).

 

ChooseLove

The love of God is the topic of Stormie Omartian’s Choose Love: The Three Simple Choices That Will Alter the Course of Your Life (softcover, $14.99). Omartian explains how Christians can reflect God most clearly and transform their relationships by choosing to show God’s love in all situations. Harvest House Publishers releases Choose Love this month. Omartian is the best-selling author of “The Power of a Praying” series with more than 28 million books sold.

DavidWilkerson

Gary Wilkerson, son of David Wilkerson, founder of Times Square Church and Teen Challenge, has penned with R.S.B. Sawyer the story of his father’s life and ministry in an upcoming Zondervan release, David Wilkerson: The Cross, The Switchblade, and the Man Who Believed. Gary Wilkerson, president of World Challenge and lead pastor of The Springs Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was also his father’s ministry partner before David’s death in 2011. This hardcover ($22.99) is available Sept. 2.

 

LivingCourageously

Living Courageously: You Can Face Anything, Just Do It Afraid (hardcover, $24) is the newest book from No. 1 New York Times best-selling author Joyce Meyer. In this FaithWords title releasing Sept. 16, Meyer shows how Christians can use strength from God to overcome fear and achieve joy and fulfillment. She argues it is the inherited right of a child of God to enjoy life and teaches readers how to start living to the fullest.

RisingAboveAToxicWorkplace

Gary Chapman, Paul White and Harold Myra partnered to offer hope and guidance to employees in Rising Above a Toxic Workplace: Taking Care of Yourself in an Unhealthy Environment (Northfield Publishing/Moody Publishers, Sept. 1). The book includes true stories from workers who share what they learned and how they coped, as well as a survival guide of strategies and insights. Chapman is the No. 1 New York Times best-selling author of The 5 Love Languages; White is a licensed psychologist; and Myra served as CEO of Christianity Today International for 32 years. Their hardcover book retails for $19.99.

TheGraveRobber

By examining the seven miracles Jesus performed in the book of John, Mark Batterson, New York Times best-selling author of The Circle Maker, reminds readers that God still does miracles today. In The Grave Robber: How Jesus Can Make Your Impossible Possible (hardcover, $22.99), Batterson urges readers to seek not the miracles, but God, the miracle-worker. Sept. 2 is the release date for this Baker Books (Baker Publishing Group) title.

Revangelical

Lance Ford tells the stories of evangelicals who are transcending negative stereotypes and joyfully living out the good news in Revangelical: Becoming the Good News People We’re Meant to Be (Tyndale Momentum/Tyndale House Publishers). Ford is an author and cofounder of KC Sentral, a missional training agency in Kansas City. Revangelical retails in softcover for $15.99 and releases Sept. 1.

 
Military memoir shows power of God’s love PDF Print E-mail
Written by Leslie Santamaria   
Monday, 11 August 2014 11:42 AM EDT

SteelWillWhile Staff Sergeant Shilo Harris ran reconnaissance in Iraq in 2007, a roadside bomb exploded his Humvee. Three of Harris’ best friends died in the blast. Harris lost his ears, three fingers and part of his nose, and one-third of his body was burned, leading doctors to give him just a 2% chance of survival.

With Robin Overby Cox, Harris tells of God’s faithfulness in his journey to recovery in Steel Will: My Journey Through Hell to Become the Man I Was Meant To Be (9780801016554, $21.99, Baker Books). Releasing this month from Baker Publishing Group, the book is meant “to demonstrate what it means to live fearlessly, with a clear understanding of the Grace that can redeem mayhem,” Harris writes.

He recounts his troubled childhood as the son of a military father struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and his years as a young adult trying to understand manhood. When he met Kathreyn, who was full of strength and faith, he fell in love and they were married.

During his second deployment, Harris was nearly fatally injured. He endured PTSD and 50 surgeries and skin grafts.

ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, along with Helping a Hero, built a home for his family in 2012.

Along the journey, Harris found his faith deepening by layers. He writes: “I found in faith a Father of infinite love.”

To order, call 800-877-2665.

 
Dr. James Dobson pens capstone to life work PDF Print E-mail
Written by Leslie Santamaria   
Monday, 11 August 2014 11:37 AM EDT

Founder of Family Talk and Focus on the Family helps parents bequeath ‘heritage of faith’ to their children

YourLegacyThe preservation of the family has been the life work of Dr. James Dobson, well-known child and family psychologist and founder of the nonprofit organizations Family Talk and Focus on the Family. Dobson has worked through radio, video and print media, and advised three U.S. presidents in family matters. This month, FaithWords releases his new work, Your Legacy: The Greatest Gift.

“I have written dozens of books in the past forty years, but this one is the capstone,” Dobson said.

Rather than financial, the legacy he urges families to pass on is “an unshakable heritage of faith.” Dobson describes Your Legacy as “a compendium of my thoughts about winning your children—and others—to Jesus Christ, because nothing comes close to it in significance.”

Dobson begins by briefly tracing his family history from his great-grandfather, George Washington McCluskey, to present day. McCluskey was an evangelist and pastor, who said the Lord made a promise to him late in life—that all his descendants for four generations would be Christians. This promise, Dobson writes, “manifested itself through the next eighty years and continues to this day.”

The backstory reveals a connection between Dobson’s life work and the prophecy of his great-grandfather and spotlights the importance of passing on an inheritance of faith.

Much of the book discusses the spiritual training of children at all ages. For parents, Dobson argues, there is no higher priority in life.

“Fortunately, we are not alone in this assignment,” he writes. “God loves our children even more than we do, and He is faithful to hear and answer our prayers.”

The release precedes the simulcast of a documentary, also titled Your Legacy, in more than 10,000 churches nationwide Oct. 1-5. The film is an updated version of Dobson’s documentary from the late 1970s, which 100 million people viewed.

Dobson also discusses how to reach family members with the gospel and devotes a chapter to the power of words in relationships. He answers some tough questions from parents as well.

To order the book, call 800-759-0190.

 
Well-known authors take on YA topics PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 11 August 2014 11:23 AM EDT

KillingLionsJohn Eldredge and son Sam Eldredge invite young men and their fathers to a life journey in Killing Lions: A Guide Through the Trials Young Men Face (9781400206704, 208 pages, hardcover, $19.99). Releasing Sept. 9 from Thomas Nelson, the book was born out of a series of weekly phone calls between Sam, a young writer in his 20s, and his dad, best known for 2001’s Wild at Heart.JackStaplesAndTheRingOfTime

In Killing Lions, the Eldredges talk about topics key to learning how to become a man, including dealing with money, getting married, chasing dreams and finding a life of your own. With a title that refers to a Masai rite of passage into manhood, Killing Lions speaks to a searching generation and takes the pressure off young men who are trying to figure out life all on their own.

Mark Batterson has ventured into YA territory with the start of a new trilogy. The first book, Jack Staples and the Ring of Time, written with Joel N. Clark, sees an 11-year-old Irish boy awaken to a fantastical world. He is unwittingly drawn into a war that’s been raging since time before time. Encountering creatures beyond imagination, Jack must face his fears if he is to fulfill his destiny—to save the world and destroy it—and in the process, he discovers new and extraordinary abilities in his epic battle between good and evil. Published by David C Cook, the 240-page softcover book (9780781411073) retails for $9.99 and is available Sept. 1.

 

CATHOLIC

 ENCOUNTER JESUS

EncounterJesus

Fr. Dave Pivonka, T.O.R., and Deacon Ralph Poyo
Servant Books (Franciscan Media)
softcover, 144 pages, $14.99
9781616367893
September

Pivonka and Poyo offer guidance in Encounter Jesus to readers who want to learn to follow Jesus wherever He leads.

 

 

 THE FEASTS

TheFeastsCardinal Donald Wuerl and Mike Aquilina
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hardcover, 224 pages, $23
9780804139922
Sept. 16

Authors Wuerl and Aquilina examine the history and traditions behind the holidays, from favorite holidays such as Christmas to forgotten ones such as the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Through the feasts, Christians learn the life of Christ, share it and come to imitate it. This book continues the work the authors begun in their books The Mass and The Church, exploring the basics of Catholic life. Each chapter of The Feasts uncovers the biblical origins and development of one of the great feasts or fasts.

 

 THE WAY OF SERENITY

TheWayOfSerenityFather Jonathan Morris
HarperOne (HarperCollins Publishers)
hardcover, 240 pages, $24.99
9780062119131
Sept. 16

FOX News religion analyst, program director of the Catholic Channel on SiriusXM radio and best-selling author Morris reveals how the Serenity Prayer offers a path to peace and fulfillment for everyone, not just those in recovery programs. Exploring the prayer phrase by phrase, Morris shows the hope that can be found by gaining a deeper spiritual understanding of its words and by practicing its message. The Way of Serenity includes narratives, historical anecdotes and biblical passages that demonstrate the power of the Serenity Prayer to help readers grow closer to God and find greater peace and happiness.

 

CHILDREN

A GIFT FOR BABY’S DEDICATION

AGiftForBabysDedication

Lois Rock; illustrated by Sanja Rescek
Lion Hudson (Kregel Publications)
hardcover, 48 pages, $9.99
9780745964911
Sept. 27

Uncomplicated prayers, traditional and modern, are collected in A Gift for Baby’s Dedication for a grown-up to say with a child. The prayers have been chosen to remind children of the promises made by their congregation and parents to help raise the child in the Christian faith. Accompanied by soft illustrations, this padded-cover gift book is decorated with foil titling.

 CONRAD AND THE COWGIRL NEXT DOOR

ConradAndTheCowgirlNextDoor

Denette Fretz; illustrated by Gene Barretta
Zonderkidz (Zondervan)
hardcover, 40 pages, $12.99
9780310723493

For children ages 4-8, Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door follows the story of Conrad, a cautious kid who becomes concerned when he has a chance to visit his uncle’s ranch and learn the cowboy way of life. Conrad is concerned that he doesn’t know the rules and that it might be dangerous to be a cowboy, so he brings his Mega Ultimate Extreme First Aid Kit to the ranch. In this humorous tale about what it means to love your neighbor, Conrad encounters Imogene Louise, the know-it-all cowgirl who is happy to point out his shortcomings. Conrad is the second in “The Next Door” series.

GOD GAVE US ANGELS

GodGaveUsAngels

 

Lisa Tawn Bergren; illustrated by Laura J. Bryant
WaterBrook Press
softcover, 40 pages, $10.99
9781601426611
Sept. 16

The newest title in Bergren’s best-selling “God Gave Us” series features the character of Little Cub as she considers why God gave us angels. This picture book for children ages 3 and up follows little Cub and Papa Bear as they wander their arctic neighborhood and discuss the questions young ones have about angels—what they do, how they look, why they’re here and how they help care for us.

PROMISES FOR GOD’S PRINCESSES

PromisesForGodsPrincesses

 

Katrina Cassel
Tyndale House Publishers
softcover, 224 pages, $9.99
9781414396606
September

This devotional book is filled with Scriptures about God’s love, protection and promises. The diary-style book’s 100 devotions tie in the Scriptures to help young girls apply them to their lives.

 

 WILD AND WACKY BIBLE ADVENTURES FOR KIDS

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Sandy Silverthorne
Harvest House Publishers
softcover, 144 pages, $8.99
9780736956734
Sept. 1

Comical illustrations and up-to-date retellings of Bible stories in Wild and Wacky Bible Adventures for Kids are designed for kids ages 6-12. Writer-iillustrator Silverthorne pairs biblical accounts with contemporary culture, resulting in a humorous but informative blend of Bible lessons and modern-day applications. Stories are introduced with improbable questions that will stimulate young readers’ thinking.

 

 

GIFT BOOKS

BLESSED TO CALL YOU FRIEND

BlessedToCallYouFriend

 

Annie LaPoint
Harvest House Publishers
hardcover, 48 pages, $12.99
9780736962186
Sept. 1

Blessed to Call You Friend invites readers to honor their friends and celebrate the joys they share together. Featuring LaPoint’s illustrations, this book is a collection of timeless quotes and Scripture verses.

 FIRST PRAYERS FOR BABY

FirstPrayersForBaby

 

Sophie Piper; illustrated by Annabel Spenceley
Lion Hudson (Kregel Publications)
hardcover, 48 pages, $8.99
9780745964072
Sept. 27

First Prayers for Baby is a book of simple prayers and blessings for a newborn child. Including traditional and modern prayers, it is a fitting gift for a baptism or dedication. Illustrated with pastel images of babies and their toys, the book is presented in a padded hardcover with a dedication page and space for a photo.

 FRIENDS RULE THE ROOST

FriendsRuleTheRoost

Susan Winget
Harvest House Publishers
hardcover, 48 pages, $12.99
9780736962247
Sept. 1

With Winget’s whimsical roosters, chickens and bright Provençal art throughout, this collection of friendship quotes and Scripture verses celebrates the blessing of close friends.

 

YOUNG ADULT

THE LESSER SUN

TheLesserSun REVL.B.Graham
Living Ink (AMG Publishers)
softcover, 384 pages, $14.99
9780899577739
Sept. 25

The Lesser Sun, the second title in “The Wandering,” opens almost three years after the collapse of Barra-Dohn. Kaden Omiir, once the crown prince of a mighty empire, is now an apprentice to the Amhuru, the nomadic keepers and protectors of the Golden Cord. He and his family and the others who survived the city’s fall with them are now traveling with Tchinchura—who bears the last Southland fragment of the Golden Cord that is still in Amhuru hands—in search of any information that will help them in their struggle against the Jin Dara.

 

 THE LIFE: AN OUTREACH BIBLEZINE

TheLifeAnOutreachBiblezine

 

 New Living Translation
Tyndale House Publishers
softcover,
112 pages, $4.99
9781414396361
September

Tyndale House appeals to teens who are curious about spiritual things with The Life: An Outreach Biblezine. Using the New Living Translation (NLT), this unconventional Bible was created in partnership with Youth for Christ. The Life moves teens beyond religion to an introduction to Jesus’ personal story and His Word.

THE MASTER SONG

MasterSong

Andrew Maloney
Whitaker House
9781629111766
softcover,
352 pages, $15.99
Sept. 1

The Master Song, the first of “Blue Time” series, is a high-fantasy fiction tale. The story revolves around five teens in Ireland who find themselves caught in a hidden world. They must learn to grow, trust, fight, sacrifice and love in order to find the first of seven lost jewels that contain the ancient “Verses of the Master Song.” With the Awakened—humanlike animals and plants—they will battle beasts, doppelgangers and an evil power nearly as ancient as creation.

 
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