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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Guest: Lacey Sturm, Author of: "The Reason"


The day Lacey Sturm planned to kill herself was the day her grandmother forced her to go to church, a place Lacey thought was filled with hypocrites, fakers, and simpletons. The screaming match she had with her grandmother was the reason she went to church. What she found there was the Reason she is alive today.

With raw vulnerability, this hard rock princess tells her own story of physical abuse, drug use, suicide attempts, and more--and her ultimate salvation. She asks the hard questions so many young people are asking--Why am I here? Why am I empty? Why should I go on living?--showing readers that beyond the temporary highs and the soul-crushing lows there is a reason they exist and a purpose for their lives. She not only gives readers a peek down the rocky path that led her to become a vocalist in a popular hardcore band, but she shows them that the same God is guiding their steps today.


Monday, November 3, 2014

Guest:

Dr. Gary Chapman, Author of: "The 5 Love Languages"

Marriage should be based on love, right? But does it seem as though you and your spouse are speaking two different languages? New York Times bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman guides couples in identifying, understanding, and speaking their spouse’s primary love language—quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, or physical touch.

By learning the five love languages, you and your spouse will discover your unique love languages and learn practical steps in truly loving each other. Chapters are categorized by love language for easy reference, and each one ends with specific, simple steps to express a specific language to your spouse and guide your marriage in the right direction. A newly designed love languages assessment will help you understand and strengthen your relationship. You can build a lasting, loving marriage together.

Gary Chapman hosts a nationally syndicated daily radio program called A Love Language Minute that can be heard on more than 150 radio stations as well as the weekly syndicated program Building Relationships with Gary Chapman, which can both be heard on fivelovelanguages.com.

The Five Love Languages is a consistent new York Times bestseller - with over 5 million copies sold and translated into 38 languages.  This book is a sales phenomenon, with each year outselling the prior for 16 years running!


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Guest:

Phillip Yancey, Author of: "Vanishing Grace"

“Why does the church stir up such negative feelings?” Philip Yancey has been asking this all his life as a journalist. His perennial question is more relevant now than ever: in a twenty-year span starting in the mid-nineties, research shows that favorable opinions of Christianity have plummeted drastically—and opinions of Evangelicals have taken even deeper dives.

The end of the politics-oriented Evangelicalism that was so dominant in the second half of the 20th century is a strong example that we are living in a post-Christian culture.

Yet while the opinions about Christianity are dropping, interest in spirituality is rising. Why the disconnect? Why are so many asking, “What’s so good about the “Good News?”

Yancey’s writing has focused on the search for honest faith that makes a difference for a world in pain. In his landmark book What’s So Amazing about Grace he issued a call for Christians to be as grace-filled in their behavior as they are in declaring their beliefs.

But people inside and outside the church are still thirsty for grace. What the church lacked in its heyday is now exactly what it needs to recover to thrive. Grace can bring together Christianity and our post-Christian culture, inviting outsiders as well as insiders to take a deep second look at why our faith matters and about what could reignite its appeal to future generations.

How can Christians offer grace in a way that is compelling to a jaded society? And how can they make a difference in a world that cries out in need?

Yancey aims this book at Christian readers, showing  them how Christians have lost respect, influence, and reputation in a newly post-Christian culture. “Why do they hate us so much?” mystified Americans ask about the rest of the world.  A similar question applies to evangelicals in America.

Yancey explores what may have contributed to hostility toward Evangelicals, especially in their mixing of faith and politics instead of embracing more grace-filled ways of presenting the gospel.  He offers illuminating stories of how faith can be expressed in ways that disarm even the most cynical critics.  Then he explores what is Good News and what is worth preserving in a culture that thinks it has rejected Christian faith.


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Guest:

Sara Horn, Author of: "How Can I Possibly Forgive?"

Sometimes it’s a struggle to forgive a friend, a family member, a coworker, or a neighbor. This book helps you look at the meaning of forgiveness and the impact that choosing to forgive—or refusing to forgive—has on your life. It will help you identify the battles worth fighting and the ones that aren’t and how to tell the difference.

As she did in her popular one-year experiment with submission, Sara Horn reveals through personal experiences and stories what she’s learned about forgiving with God’s help and healing.

Life isn’t about holding on to destructive and painful experiences. It’s about letting go. And it’s about letting God work in our trying situations so we can see Him more clearly on the other side.

In How Can I Possibly Forgive, Horn explores the steps toward forgiveness, including how to

• take care of the little problems we allow to become big issues
• move on from painful slights and deep wounds
• be real with ourselves and God first and then be real with others
• find closure when disappointment in others doesn’t resolve itself
• let go of regret, anger, and bitterness that keep us from living in the freedom God intends


 


Thursday, November 13, 2013

Guest:

Shane Hayes, Author of: "The End of Unbelief"

The trend toward agnosticism, atheism, and other forms of unbelief is gathering force, especially among the young. And churches simply don't know how to counter it. This book provides the new kind of outreach needed--sophisticated, bold, and intellectually challenging.

As a former atheist turned Christian, Shane Hayes offers a unique perspective for skeptics. While standard conversion literature rarely penetrates unbelievers' defenses, this book brings them to God even as their minds are slammed shut to Christ.

Hayes found the direct transition from atheism to Christianity to be impossible. Instead, a period of Pure Theism occurred where Hayes took one step out of atheism towards the second step: Christ. Both steps require an acceptance of God as a personal and loving deity.

The End of Unbelief serves as the response to the New Atheists and to anti-faith arguments in general. Read it and give it to the skeptic in your life.



Guest:

Michael Minot, Author of: "The Beckoning"


Michael felt he was living the American dream. For a number of years he'd been reaping the professional and financial rewards of being a commercial litigation attorney. To him, life was great and getting better all the time. He first gained notoriety around his hometown as a nationally ranked tennis player. But now, years later, he was becoming known for his skills as a lawyer and as the youngest elected official in the area. And then, in his late 20s, Michael unexpectedly discovered something that turned his world and his entire idea of life upside down. In response to a challenge from a friend, Michael agreed to investigate issues relating to science, philosophy, and the Scriptures. Comfortable with his life as an atheist, he began reading with an indifferent attitude. But what started as a casual inquiry soon turned into a time of intense research. What follows is the story of Michael’s journey, his thoughts and reactions to the evidence he discovered, and the new life that soon followed. “I'm often asked to describe what happened during the months I spent researching these issues. They want to know what facts were so persuasive that an atheist attorney would become a believer in God. But I never felt I could respond in a way that told the true story. No short answer seemed sufficient. So now, in the following pages, I’ll describe for the first time the specifics of what jolted me out of my atheism.” -- Michael Minot



Guest:

Larkin Spivey, Author of: "A Skeptics Guide to God"

I continued to plow ahead seeking to garner ever more information about cosmology, evolution, the origins and nature of human beings, and comparative religions. I tried to keep an open mind during my pursuit of such knowledge, but also have to admit that I was often testing the tenets of my childhood faith against what I was learning.

Reconsider your beliefs and open up a whole new world in Larkin Spivey’s compelling new book, A Skeptic’s Guide to God.

Religious skeptics often find themselves approaching the topic of Christianity as a fact-finding mission—but more information doesn't seem to lead to belief in anything.

With his no-nonsense approach, Spivey appeals to the skeptic’s unquenchable thirst for knowledge by stressing the facts and logical appeals of one of the world’s most influential religions.

Chapter by chapter, A Skeptic’s Guide to God takes reads through a journey of vivid storytelling and matter-of-fact discussion.

While sharing his own personal story, Spivey also reconciles the seemingly incongruent issues of religion and science, clarifies the Bible, answers skeptics’ most common objections to Christianity, and assists readers in finding the peace in life that only comes through reconciliation with God.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Guest:

Bobby Conway, Author of: "The Fi5th Gospel"

"There are five Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John...and the Christian. But most people never read the first four."

There are any number of books on how to do evangelism. This book is different--it's an invitation to actually live out the message of the gospel. Jesus's original intention was for ordinary people like you and me to live lives that point others to the only Person who can give them hope for this life as well as the next--to visibly display the Good News of salvation through the Messiah and Redeemer of humankind.

But many Christ followers today are either ridden with guilt for not telling others about Jesus or so silent that no one really knows they're a Christian. The Fifth Gospel will help you wrestle with the critical issues involved in living out your faith in front of a watching and sometimes not-so-friendly world.

Isn't it time to become a witness for the One you profess to love? Prepare yourself to represent your Savior well and to discover a new way to do evangelism. Get ready for God to unleash the gospel through you!



Guest:

Josh Kelley, Author of: "Radically Normal"

Do you feel that your life is pleasing to God—almost? When you hear about pastors, missionaries, and popular speakers, do you feel just a bit second-class, as if your life appears lukewarm and not as radical as theirs?

You’re not alone. A vague sense of guilt is common in the church. We know God’s grace is the key to eternal life, but it’s so much more than that—it’s the key to a joy-filled walk with Him every moment. Josh Kelley shows why you don’t have to give away everything you own to be a fully committed follower of Jesus Christ. He demonstrates that…

  • God is crazy about you right where you are.
  • You are just as important as any other member of Christ’s body.
  • The work you do every day can be pleasing to God.
Discover the joy of radical obedience to Christ in your normal, everyday life.