Interview with Lysa TerKeurst and Glynnis Whitwer, Authors of “NIV Real-Life Devotional Bible for Women”

May 30, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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The NIV Real-Life Devotional Bible for Women
Every woman faces challenges that only another woman can understand. In a culture that is oftentimes antagonistic to biblical values, Christian women are desperate for a daily dose of spiritual reality and a focused time for critical thinking and reflection. The NIV Real-Life Devotional Bible for Women is the consummate aid to help a woman gain divine perspective in her quiet moments alone with God. Mature Christians will applaud the depth and character of the devotional content while novices may use the new Bible to institute a fresh start or mark a new beginning in their lives.

Q & A with Lysa TerKeurst and Glynnis Whitwer

What was the motivation for the Real Life Devotional Bible for Women and how did it come about?

While our devotions subscriptions have steadily grown since we started them in 2003, in the past few years we’ve seen phenomenal growth.  We believe this is because we’ve identified and focused on what makes our writing unique – which is our commitment to being transparent with our struggles while introducing the hope and power of God’s Word to make a difference in our lives.

Although our devotions are based on specific verses in the Bible, we believe their impact will be exponentially increased when nestled in the books of the Bible.  Readers will immerse themselves in the context of the devotional verse and grasp a greater vision for God’s heart and purpose for them.

 

What makes this bible distinctive from other devotional bibles?

We know what it’s like to struggle in our marriages, as mothers and in the workplace.  And rather than give advice on the right way to solve problems, or set ourselves up as experts, we’d rather pull up a kitchen chair, grab a cup of coffee and enter into our readers’ lives as a friend.  That’s the feel of the devotions you’ll find in this Bible.

 

It’s one mom sharing with another how she overcame her feelings of inadequacy.  It’s one wife confessing to another how she overcame resentment of her husband. It’s one friend telling another how God helped her stop gossiping. 

This devotional Bible is filled with real women writing about everyday issues – but always pointing to the extraordinary God who brings hope, comfort and healing in the midst of our struggles.

How do you see the bible best being used?

Women will enjoy using this Bible as part of their personal devotion time and we hope it encourages women to read more of the Bible for themselves.  It can also be used as a launching pad for small group discussions.  Also, women who are teachers can use the devotions as examples in their own ministry.

Are the devotions geared more to the mature believer or the new Christian?

We eliminate insider language so a woman who has never set foot in a church will understand the message of our devotions.  And yet, the themes and biblical truths are deep enough that a mature believer will be challenged. 

Both new and mature believers will enjoy this devotional Bible because we deal with issues specific to women – and churches don’t always address those types of issues.  For example, how often do churches talk about a wife losing her sexual desire for her husband? 

What are some of the particular issues or challenges for women that are addressed?

How to not be offended by a friend, how to have greater intimacy with your husband, how to weather the storms of life, how to stop gossiping, how to pray for your children, how to control your words, dealing with hormones, discovering who we are in the midst of parenting, overcoming the shame of our pasts

Are all of the devotions related to the Proverbs 31 passage?

No.  The devotions are based on verses from Genesis to Revelation.

How much of what is shared in the devotions come from your own personal experiences “in the trenches of life”?

Our greatest lessons come from what God is doing in our own lives.  We are just ordinary women who share the vulnerable spots in our lives and invite another to walk along side us.  We’re willing to share our mistakes, our regrets, and our pain so we can point others to our Source of our help and hope.  In doing so, we find purpose in the hard things we’ve experienced.  2 Corinthians 2:3-4 says it well:

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”  (2 Corinthians 2:3-4 NIV)

www.proverbs31.org

 

Glynnis Whitwer is on staff with Proverbs 31 Ministries as Executive Director of Communications. She is one of the writers of Encouragement for Today, the Proverbs 31 e-mail devotions, with over 600,000 daily readers, and served as the general editor for the new NIV Real-Life Devotional Bible featuring 366 Proverbs 31 Ministries’ devotions.  She is the author of I Used to be So Organized, When Your Child Hurts, and work@home: A Practical Guide for Women Who Want to Work from Home.  She is also co-author of a Bible studies series entitled Kingdom Living.

Glynnis has a degree in Journalism and Public Relations from Arizona State University and worked as a PR writer before joining the staff of Proverbs 31 Ministries 14 years ago.  Glynnis and her husband Tod live in Glendale, Arizona.  They have five children, ranging from mid-teens to early 20s.  She blogs regularly at www.GlynnisWhitwer.com.

Book Review: “Solomon’s Throne” by Jennings Wright

May 30, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Jennings Wright in her new book, “Solomon's Throne book coverSolomon’s Throne” published by Jennings Wright brings us into the lives of Rei and Gideon Quinn.

From the back cover:  An impenetrable safe is breached and a secret artifact is stolen.  Containing information that could change the course of the world, its desperate owner sends Gideon Quinn, his head of security, and Gideon’s wife, Rei, an art preservationist, to find it at any cost.  What they discover is a clue to the lost throne of King Solomon, the real object of the theft.   They are thrust out on an adventure that leads them halfway around the world.  Following letters left by a Jesuit in 1681, they must weave through sites along the Portuguese Spice Route, keeping ahead of a secret militant order that is determined to beat them to Solomon’s Throne.

Filled with fast paced action and having broad appeal, “Solomon’s Throne” is an ingenious treasure hunt adventure that sweeps the reader around the globe in a race against time.

This is the reason why people tuned in to watch “The Fugitive” for four years.  He was being chased by the police while he was chasing the one-armed man.  Here Gideon and Rei are trying to translate the clues which will lead them to the next one which will eventually lead them to Solomon’s Throne.  Meanwhile there is a secret order that wants to get the Throne for themselves and eliminate them.  “Solomon’s Throne” is one exciting action, adventure.  Gideon and Rei are following a notebook written by an ex-Jesuit in 1687.  Ms. Wright makes the story jump between what is happening with the Jesuit and what is happening now and does it seamlessly.  Now the chase is on across Africa with Gideon and Rei just one step ahead of disaster.  “Solomon’s Throne” is a riveting, page-turning thriller as the lives of the Quinn’s are in deadly danger practically from page one.  Ms. Wright packs in a huge amount of action, adventure, and suspense as they try to decipher the clues and stay alive at the same time.  Ms. Wright has given us a wild ride to find a priceless treasure.  Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy this book as you will want to finish it before going to bed.  “Solomon’s Throne” is an exciting adventure from start to finish.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review: “Rescue Team” By Candace Calvert

May 30, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Candace Calvert in her new book, “Rescue Team book coverRescue Team” Book Two in the Grace Medical series published by Tyndale House Publishers brings us into the lives of Kate Callison and Wes Tanner.

From the Back Cover:  Tired of running from her past, nurse Kate Callison intends to become Austin Grace Hospital’s permanent ER director and make Texas her home. Despite staff friction, she’s moving ahead. Then unthinkable tragedy wraps the ER in crime tape, bringing swarms of media, legal chaos—and a search-and-rescue hero who seems determined to meddle in her life.

For Wes Tanner, nothing beats finding someone who’s lost; he’s known that helpless terror firsthand. So he’ll expand his team’s lifeline of hope: K9 tracking, swift water rescue, even horse-mounted searches. He’s ready for anything—except Austin Grace’s prickly and dismissive ER director.

As Kate and Wes discover more about each other, new respect becomes something deeper. Kate wonders if her heart might have finally found a home. Then an unsolved missing persons case—and a startling new one—become catalysts that threaten the loss of all she and Wes have found.

Get ready for excitement as Kate Callison struggles to take over as permanent ER Director at Austin Grace Hospital.  Wes Tanner runs a local search and rescue team because he still wonders why his mother committed suicide when he was a child.  Both Kate and Wes need to work together to locate missing “Baby Doe”.  “Rescue Team” is a thriller with all kinds of excitement and danger.  However, it is also a romance that builds as Kate and Wes have to learn to trust each other.  Candace Calvert knows how to weave a captivating story with wonderful characters that breathe.  I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to the next book from Ms. Calvert in this series.

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