The Insanity of God Nik Ripken & Gregg Lewis Paperback, 384 pp., $14.99 B&H Books (January 1, 2013)
After six hard years in Somalia, Nik and Ruth—an ordinary couple from rural Kentuky—had a crisis of faith and left Africa asking God, “Does the gospel work anywhere when it is really a hard place? This gripping account of a personal pilgrimage into some of the toughest places on earth, combined with sobering and insightful stories of the remarkable people of faith they encountered on their journeys, will serve as a powerful course of revelation, growth, and challenge for anyone who wants to know whether God truly is enough.
We believe to our core that every life makes a difference. Yet, when it comes to the places of our innermost sense of shame and regret, we often wonder if it is really true that God can work all things together for good for those who love Him. Mended takes you on a journey to show how faith lived in the regular events of daily life is all that it takes to be a part of creating God’s picture of redemption in your life and those around you. Your life does make a difference—because of how He is magnified in the cracks.
Creature of the Word Matt Chandler, Eric Geiger, Josh Patterson Paperback, 256 pp., $14.99 B&H Books (October 1, 2012)
When the gospel is rightly declared and applied to God’s people, the church becomes “a creature of the Word.” She understands, embraces, and lives out the reality of Christ’s birth, life, death, and resurrection in more than her doctrinal statement. Authors Matt Chandler, Eric Geiger, and Josh Patterson give practical steps toward forming a gospel-centered church, in a centering discussion piece for those whose goal is to be part of a church that has its theology, culture, and practice completely saturated in the gospel.
Humanity has far too much self-importance. As pride creeps in, we want more recognition, more admiration, more influence. Few have ever wanted less. Putting the premise into action, an established Christian author writes anonymously about living and dying in simplicity, contending that true success, as modeled by Jesus, starts with humility, service, sacrifice, and surrender. When we stop imitating the world and choose to embrace obscurity, real life—chock full of significance, purpose, and renewed passion—begins.
Beauty to Die For Kim Alexis and Mindy Starns Clark Paperback, 352 pp., $14.99 B&H Books (August 1, 2012)
Juliette Taylor walked away from her career as a supermodel to provide encouragement to women caregivers. Then, at a spa, she runs into Raven, a fellow supermodel known for her fiery red hair and equally fiery temper. Within minutes, Raven flies into a rage and threatens to kill Juliette. Two hours later, Raven is dead. Now she must sort out her feelings for the detective from her past, as well as try to learn who killed her old modeling rival and why—before she becomes the prime suspect. Or the next victim.