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Who is Stephen Kendrick?
Stephen, along with his brother, Alex, are pastors, filmmakers and authors who co-wrote the international best-sellers The Love Dare and The Resolution for Men. They helped co-found Sherwood Pictures and worked together to write and produce the hit Christian films FLYWHEEL, FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF and COURAGEOUS. This year, Alex and Stephen founded Kendrick Brothers Productions to expand their movie productions with special resolve to equip and encourage the next generation of Christian filmmakers (kendrickbrothers.com). Alex and Stephen continue to serve on the pastoral staff of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga.
About The Love Dare for Parents
The Love Dare for Parents is an exciting 40-day journey for parents to take with their kids based on practical wisdom from God’s word. Each chapter is uniquely written to inspire and strengthen moms and dads in daily life with their kids.
Cynthia Ruchti tells stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through her novels and novellas, nonfiction projects, speaking events and a history of 33 years of on-air storytelling through The Heartbeat of the Home radio broadcast.
Her books have been recognized by Retailers’ Choice, RT Reviewers’ Choice, Family Fiction Readers’ Choice, ACFW’s Carol Award nomination, and other honors. In addition to Ruchti’s four previously released books, her novel When the Morning Glory Blooms (Abingdon Press Fiction) released in April 2013, followed by Ragged Hope, her second non-fiction release in July. Ruchti has also written articles for numerous magazines and industry publications and currently serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers.
Ruchti lives in Wisconsin where she spends her days diving into words, worship and wonder. It is her delight to serve on her church’s worship team and creative arts team. One of her greatest joys is helping other writers grow in their craft. Cynthia and her husband have been married for 40-plus years and have three grown children and five grandchildren. Read More→
Carrie Turnansky is the award-winning author of ten novels and novellas, including Snowflake Sweetheart and Along Came Love. She has won the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award. Carrie has been writing 1999, and has published several articles, short stories, devotions, and essays. Writing fiction, however, is her passion, and she’s thankful for the creative ideas and characters God has put into her mind and heart. Carrie’s first historical fiction novel, The Governess of Highland Hall, will be released by Multnomah Books, a division of Random House, Inc., on October 15, 2013. Two more novels in the “Edwardian Brides Series” will follow in 2014 and 2015. Read More→
How Much Will You Risk to Find the Truth?
Krista McGee takes readers on riveting adventure of doubt, truth and purpose.
Seattle: Have you ever felt you were different from everyone else? Were you embarrassed by these differences, so you tried to hide them? In Krista McGee’s latest novel, Anomaly (Thomas Nelson / July 9, 2013 / ISBN: 978-1401688721 / $9.99), Thalli must hide who she really is or face death. Follow Thalli as she searches for truth and purpose in her controlling world in the first book in this trilogy for young adults. McGee approaches the popular dystopian genre from a Christian worldview to challenge readers to question what is going on around them and find answers from the Designer — God.
Long before Thalli’s birth, the world ended in a nuclear war. But all was not lost. A group of scientists, known as The Ten, found ways for life to continue deep underground. The scientists genetically engineered humans to be without emotion in hopes of preventing another war from threatening their lives.
But Thalli isn’t like the others. She was born with the ability to feel and a sense of curiosity she can hardly contain. She must hide these differences in order to survive. How long will Thalli be able to contain the emotions and questions bottled inside? What will happen when The Ten find out she’s been lying to them?
With the fear of annihilation looming in her future, Thalli questions all she knows. She hears rumors of someone called the Designer — someone even more powerful than The Ten. With time to think, feel and question, Thalli wonders if the parts of her that have always been an anomaly could in fact be part of a much larger plan. Could the differences she’s always guarded be the answer to what she’s been searching for all along?
“Christians are called the body of Christ, and the body is made up of different parts — all are necessary for a healthy body to function,” McGee explains. “The rulers of Thalli’s world reject such a notion, choosing to believe instead that sameness is best for mankind. But Thalli is different — an anomaly. And we find through her journey that differences really are best, and God’s design is perfect.”
As a teacher, McGee has a passion for teenagers and a desire to see them excited about God. This fuels her writing, and she hopes her readers will realize that, like Thalli, their differences are what make them special and have a purpose. Every person is fearfully and wonderfully made by the ultimate designer — God. He is more powerful than any government, disaster, person or idea.
Anomaly is the first in a trilogy of books about Thalli’s journey. The second book releases in February 2014 and the conclusion in August 2014.
About Author Krista McGee
Krista McGee’s passion to see teens excited about serving God is a driving force behind her novels. Ever since college when she spent a summer working at a youth camp, McGee knew she wanted to invest in teenagers. Since then she’s been involved in a variety of youth ministries and currently teaches at a Christian school in Tampa, FL.
McGee broke into the writing world during her time in Spain. A friend encouraged her to submit an article to a Christian girls’ magazine, and it got published. Once her family moved back to Tampa, she got the idea for her first novel, First Date, a modern take of the story of Esther. Her subsequent books, Starring Me and Right Where I Belong, are
based on Rebekah and Ruth.
When Krista McGee isn’t living in fictional worlds of her own creation, she spends her days as a wife, mom, teacher and coffee snob.
Learn more about Krista McGee and her books at kristamcgeebooks.com. Readers can also become a fan on Facebook (krista.a.mcgee) or follow her on Twitter (@KristaMcGeeYA).
I had the pleasure of talking with Jessica Parnell, President of Bridegway Academy. Jessica shared with me some of the great benefits of homeschooling as well as some tips on how to make the transition from ‘parent’ to ‘teacher.
Bridgeway Acadmeny is an accredited instituaion and a great asset to help parents who may be afraid or intimidated by the idea of homeschooling. Learn more at http://www.homeschoolacademy.
About Bridgeway Academy:
Bridgeway Homeschool Academy is a flexible, individualized, supportive homeschool academy that has helped more than 20,000 K-12 students with diverse academic abilities and special interests enjoy the rewards of a home-based education.
Whether you are seeking an alternative to public schools, have a child with special needs who requires additional attention, are nurturing an elite youth athlete or professional child actor with scheduling demands, or want a values-based education for your child, Bridgeway is there for you.
We customize your homeschooling experience with an individualized, flexible curriculum, coupled with on-call support and a robust online member’s area full of carefully vetted resources and useful information for all your academic and administrative needs.
Liz is the author of 30 books, with more than 4.5 million copies in print. In her best-selling Bad Girls of the Bible series, Liz breathes new life into ancient tales about the most infamous—and intriguing—women in history, from Jezebel to Mary Magdalene.
Scripturally sound and cutting-edge fresh, these popular titles have helped more than one million women around the world experience God’s grace anew.
Now, with The Girl’s Still Got It, Liz offers a twenty-first century take on the book of Ruth, dishing out meat and milk, substance and style, in a highly readable, always entertaining, and deeply personal journey with one of the Good Girls of the Bible.
Liz also spent a decade as an award-winning columnist for Today’s Christian Woman magazine. Her articles have appeared in Faith&Friends in Canada, WomanAlive in Great Britain, and Enhance in Australia.
Rachel Hauck is the bestselling author of #1 Amazon Kindle Bestseller and RITA finalist, The Wedding Dress, as well as the ACFW Book of the Year winner Sweet Caroline, and RITA Finalist Love Starts With Elle, and of the critically acclaimed fiction collaboration with multi-platinum country artist Sara Evans, The Songbird Novels. Read More→
The Bare Naked Truthtakes a satirical stab at the lies girls believe about sex–lies like, waiting is for wusses, or you must be something wrong with you if you didn’t kiss the jock, or you’re a failure because you did kiss the jock.
Jason Lethcoe has worked as a director, animator, and storyboard artist for the past 22 years. He is currently employed at Sony Pictures Animation. His work has been included in such features as The Little Mermaid and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. He is the recipient of several awards including the Chesley Award for Best Cover Illustration – Paperback Book for his most recent series,The Mysterious Mr. Spines.
Todd Hafer has authored or co-authored more than 30 books, including several best-sellers. His book Bad Idea: A Novel (with Coyotes), written with his brother Jedd, was a Christy Awards finalist in 2007. Bad Idea’s sequel, From Bad to Worse, was named one of the 10 Best Novels of the Year by Christian Fiction Reviews. Todd’s day job is serving as Senior Editorial Director of Hallmark’s book division. He lives with his family in Shawnee, KS.