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In your first book, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, you began teaching about Mary, Martha, and Lazarus 15 years ago. What has held your interest for so long about the three siblings from Bethany?
Well, to be honest, I never dreamed there would be three books! I thought I was done after the first one. Then the second one…and the third! I was all ready to write a completely different book when I was offered the chance to do the companion DVD Bible studies for the books. Lazarus Awakening is the final study of the series and “comes forth!” July 21st.
Though I look forward to writing on a different topic, I never get tired of talking about Mary and Martha and Lazarus. God continues to make their story fresh and alive to me. Just the other day I had an a-ha moment that blessed my heart. (Wish I could remember it because it was really good! J)
A main topic in Lazarus Awakening is living resurrected as Christians – shedding our graveclothes to live fully in our lives with Christ. What are some things that you think hold us back from living fully in our faith?
I’m not sure how it is for other people, but one of the things that consistently held me back as a young Christian was a sense of hopelessness at how far I still had to go. I expected a magic-wand transformation when I was saved – that somehow holiness would just happen to me and I’d suddenly be all I needed to be. More like Jesus and less like me!
But one of the most valuable things I’ve learned is that sanctification is a process. I don’t suddenly become like Jesus overnight – instead I am becoming like Him! And best of all, it’s not all up to me!
Just as Jesus called Lazarus out of his tomb, He’s calling us to leave our halfway living behind and the graveclothe patterns that keep tripping us up, so that, with the Holy Spirit’s help, we can learn how to walk and live truly free.
Another thing that holds many of us back is the enemy’s lie that we’re hopeless and helpless – that true transformation can never be ours on earth. But, he is a liar! The same power that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in us, and that means resurrection life isn’t just for heaven. Jesus wants to make us fully alive, right here and right now! Read More→
Carla Laureano is the author of the RITA® award-winning romance Five Days in Skye as well as London Tides and the Celtic fantasy series The Song of Seare (as C. E. Laureano). A graduate of Pepperdine University, she worked as a sales and marketing executive for nearly a decade before leaving corporate life behind to write fiction full-time. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and two sons.
ABOUT London Tides:
Irish photojournalist Grace Brennan travels the world’s war zones documenting the helpless and forgotten. After the death of her friend and colleague, Grace is shaken. She returns to London hoping to rekindle the spark with the only man she ever loved—Scottish businessman Ian MacDonald. But he gave up his championship rowing career and dreams of Olympic gold years ago for Grace … only for her to choose career over him. Will life’s tides bring them back together … or tear them apart for good this time?
London Tides is available for purchase from Amazon.com
Ben Irwin is coauthor of Fascinating People of the Bible and one of the creators of The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People. He studied theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and spent several years as a writer for World Vision. He and his wife, Amanda, live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with their two children.
People of God pass their faith to the next generation by telling the story of how God rescues his children. This richly illustrated book continues to tell that story—from the creation of the world to Jesus’s victory over death. Designed for children ages 4 to 8, The Story of King Jesus is the gospel told in a single story—a story meant to be read from start to finish in one sitting.
The Story of King Jesus will captivate your child’s imagination, nurture their spiritual curiosity, and draw them into the full Bible story as they embark on a lifetime of following Jesus the King.
ABOUT Joni Eareckson Tada
Joni Eareckson Tada is the founder of Joni and Friends, an organization accelerating Christian outreach in the worldwide disability community. Joni is not only an international disability advocate but an artist and the author of 47 books, many of which are best-sellers that have reached millions, including the Platinum Award-winning Joni. Other reader-favorites include Diamonds in the Dust, Pearls of Great Price, More Precious than Silver, Heaven: Your Real Home, When God Weeps, and The God I Love. Joni and her husband, Ken, were married in 1982 and reside in Calabasas, California. Learn more at http://www.joniandfriends.org.
ABOUT Beside Bethesda
Beside Bethesda takes readers through 31 days of devotions, in which they join Joni’s struggle with life, pain, fear, disappointment, and even anger. Ultimately, Joni saw that God did indeed heal her, just not in the way that she thought He would. Each Beside Bethesda daily devotion ends with an interactive section called Growing Deeper, which includes relevant Scripture passages and a question or thought to dwell on. Read More→
Lori Clapper is a freelance business writer and the founder of a new online ministry for women, called Wonderfully WOVEN.
Ever since the early days of toting around her Fisher Price tape recorder, interviewing her younger brothers about the latest playground news — Lori knew media was her passion. She dedicated most of her career entertaining thousands of fans as a radio morning show hostess at Christian radio stations in Erie, PA and Fayetteville, NC. In 2008, Lori decided it was time to hang up the headphones and to start getting some sleep. (Those 3 AM wake-up calls are killer, especially when you don’t like coffee!) She spent the last six years as a website editor in the pharmaceutical industry and as the PR Director and content strategist for a high-tech marketing firm; She is currently freelancing and devoting time to Wonderfully WOVEN.
Most importantly, Lori is married to Greg and is a mom to three kids and two dogs. She loves watching makeover shows, is a QVC addict, and loves to blog, podcast, shop, sing (mostly in the car or shower), as well as spend time with family and friends.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
DAVID EDWARDS is a multi-generational communicator and Bible teacher. He travels and speaks to tens of thousands across the nation each year and continues to be in high demand for conferences, churches, colleges, camps, and concerts. The author of more than twenty books, he lives in Oklahoma City, OK.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The Life Verse experience helps readers see the broad themes of Scripture and overlay them on the themes of their own lives. From there, author David Edwards invites readers deeper into Scripture to find their personal life verse and to understand the richness of its context and the fullness of its application. Finally, readers learn how to use their life verse in sharing Christ with others. This compelling experience helps readers learn to see the Bible thematically, read it personally, and share Christ in a natural and biblical manner, while finding their true identity in God’s Word.
This book will help you Discern where you’re at, Discover that life verse, Develop the life verse, go Deeper with the verse. Share your Life Verse story at http://yourlifeverse.org.
If you aren’t a fan of the Doon series, you’re about to be! These books are AMAZING and Jill had the chance to sit down and chat with Destined for Doon authors Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon and we know you’ll adore them as much as she did.
Carey and Lorie share about what inspired Doon and Destined for Doon and give a sneak peek into what might be in store for the third book in the series. They also chat about why the YA genre is important and why moms shouldn’t be afraid to read YA – It’s not just for teens and us moms need to be aware of what our kiddos are reading. Find Lorie and Carey at their website – DoonSeries.com – where you can also find all of their fun social media links!
ABOUT DESTINED FOR DOON
In this sequel to Doon, Mackenna Reid realizes she made a horrible mistake in choosing to follow her dreams of Broadway instead of staying in the enchanted land of Doon. To make everything worse, she’s received her Calling—proof she and Duncan are each other’s one true love—and it’s pure torment, especially when visions of the very alluring Scottish prince appear right before she goes on stage. So when Duncan tells her an ancient curse threatens to overtake Doon and the new queen and Kenna’s best friend, Veronica, needs her to return, Kenna doesn’t have to think twice. With darkness closing in on all sides, Kenna and Vee must battle a world of nightmares in order to protect the kingdom. But it will take the ultimate test of courage for Kenna to salvage her happily ever after.
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down and chatting with Kristine McGuire, author of An Insider’s Guide to Spiritual Warfare. Kristine was, at one time, a member of Wicca and considered herself both a medium and a witch. After coming back to follow Christ, she now blogs regularly at her website (KristineMcGuire.com) and speaks and writes on the topic of spiritual warfare.
Tune in and here as she shares a little of her story and gives advice on how we can handle spiritual warfare in our own lives – what to look out for, what not to do and how to overcome some of the common battlefields like fear and worry.
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ABOUT LESLIE: founder + director
Leslie Ludy is a bestselling author and speaker with a passion for helping women become setapart for Christ. She and her husband, Eric, have published twenty books with well over a million copies in print and translations in over a dozen languages, including When God Writes Your Love Story, Authentic Beauty, and Set Apart Femininity. Leslie is the founder and director of Set Apart Girl®, an international ministry that provides biblical encouragement and training for Christian women. She and Eric have four children at home, with two more on the way soon from Haiti! The Ludy family lives in Colorado. Visit Leslie at SetApartMotherhood.com
Leslie’s newest book, SET APART MOTHERHOOD, is a powerful and practical resource for young mothers! Many young women who grew up reading Leslie’s earlier books like When God Writes Your Love Story, Authentic Beauty, and Set Apart Femininity, are now in the season of marriage and family, and they are wondering how to apply the principles of “Christ-centered femininity” to their mothering challenges. Set Apart Motherhood answers those questions! It’s not so much a teaching book as it is practical encouragement for young moms who, like Leslie, are raising small children and desire to bring Christ into the center of their mothering. This book is honest about the challenges young mothers face, while at the same time encouraging moms not to settle for defeat or mediocrity, but to discover the beauty and joy of Christ-centered motherhood.
In Set Apart Motherhood, Leslie offers Biblical and practical solutions for the daily challenges of motherhood, showing you how to:
- + Build your home into a sanctuary of order and peace
- + Cultivate meaningful relationships with your children
- + Create a healthy routine for your family
- + Share the Gospel with your kids and train them in godly honor
“I’m grateful that God blessed Dennis and I with six souls to guide, shape, and point to Him. Leslie expertly does the same for the reader, guiding us to He Who controls all as we face the challenges and trials on this journey called motherhood.”
– BARBARA RAINEY
Wife of Dennis Rainey,
author, artist, and creator of Ever Thine Home
“Leslie has an art for bringing joy and peace to the most chaotic career in the world – motherhood.”
– HANNAH KEELY
TV host of “Hanna, Help Me!”
Founder of Mom Master University
Jen Hatmaker and her husband Brandon pastor Austin New Church in Texas. They pioneered Restore Austin, connecting churches to local and global non-profits for the individual, collective, and social renewal of Austin and beyond. Jen speaks at retreats, conferences, and seminars all around the country. She is the author of nine books and Bible studies, including Interrupted, A Modern Girl’s Guide to Bible Study Series, and most recently, Seven. Jen and Brandon have five children: Gavin – 12, Sydney – 10, and Caleb – 8, and they’ve recently added Ben – 8, and Remy – 5 from Ethiopia. Drop her a line or check out her ministry at www.jenhatmaker.com.
Interrupted follows the author’s messy journey through life and church and into living on mission. Snatching Jen from the grip of her consumer life, God began asking her questions like, “What is really the point of My Church? What have I really asked of you?” She was far too busy doing church than being church, even as a pastor’s wife, an author of five Christian books, and a committed believer for 26 years. She discovered she had missed the point.
Christ brought Jen and her family to a place of living on mission by asking them tough questions, leading them through Scripture, and walking together with them on the path. Interrupted invites readers to take a similar journey.