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New Releases 2016

Worry-Free Living

Trading Anxiety for Peace
By Joyce Meyer


In this compact adaptation of Be Anxious for Nothing, #1 New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer shows readers how to rid themselves of worry and fear by drawing on the peace of God.

Difficult times are part of living in this world. However, God has provided a way for us to enjoy peace as part daily life. We can choose either to allow ourselves to be burdened with worry and anxiety or to live in the peace and joy that God wants for our lives. Joyce Meyer shows how to rely on God's strength during difficult circumstances by revealing the nature of God's peace as found in Scripture. She explains how to trade anxiety for joy, develop a childlike attitude of faith, and give our worries to the Lord.

June 7, 2016, Hardcover, 9781455566167, $12.00 US / $13.00 CAN

The Dog That Whispered

A Novel
By Jim Kraus


Bestselling author Jim Kraus returns with a heartwarming tale about a dog who has people convinced he can talk.

Wilson Steele is a single professor and Vietnam veteran who likes living alone, insisting it's too late for him to have a family. His mother disagrees. When she impulsively adopts a rescued black lab mix, she insists Thurman is special, and has whispered of the coming of grandchildren. Wilson brushes the notion off as fantasy. When his mother learns of her retirement community's 'no pets' policy, she forces Wilson to take the lovable dog. Wilson notices Thurman's growls do sound like words, but he knows he's just projecting his own thoughts on the animal. If Wilson is talking to neighbors on their walks, and spending time with Emily, a widow with three children, it isn't because Thurman encouraged him. After all, everyone knows dogs can't talk…can they?

June 7, 2016, Trade Paperback, 9781455562565, $14.99 US / $17.99 CAN

ABCs of Christianity

An Outline for Living in the "Now" and Relating to God
By Terdema Ussery


THE ABCs OF CHRISTIANITY is a concise summary of the fundamental principles of the religion of Jesus, presented so today's generation will understand the Bible and experience the gift of knowing God.

Yes, this is Grandma's religion. The underpinnings are the same rock solid concepts taught for 2,000 years. But this book is what texting is to ancient scrolls with each concept presented in concise, almost outline, form. Every doctrine is further referenced by Scripture, allowing readers to use the Bible translation of their choice—whether it be a leather-bound King James Version on onion-skin paper, a Biblical translation app, (on phone or tablet), or favorite spirituality Internet site. Stripped of anecdotes, wordsmithing, and other mechanics used to communicate biblical truth, this handbook is meant to serve all who wish to live in the now and experience the gift of actively knowing God.

June 28, 2016, Hardcover, 9781455537808, $19.00 US / $23.00 CAN

The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs

Respecting and Caring for All God's Creation
By Joel Salatin


From Christian libertarian farmer Joel Salatin, a clarion call to readers to honor the animals and the land, and produce food based on spiritual principles.

Joel Salatin is perhaps the nation's best known farmer, whose environmentally friendly, sustainable Polyface Farms has been featured in Food, Inc. and Time magazine. Now in his first book written for a faith audience, Salatin offers a deeply personal argument for earth stewardship, and calls for fellow Christians to join him in looking to the Bible for a foodscape in line with spiritual truth. Salatin urges Christians to rethink America's allegiance to cheap corporate food that destroys creation in its production, impoverishes third world countries, and supports oligarchical interests. He wonders why Christians ignore and even revel in unhealthy eating habits and factory farming that runs counter to God's design. With scripture and Biblical stories, Salatin presents an alternative and shows readers that in appreciating the pigness of pigs, we celebrate the Glory of God.

May 3, 2016, Hardcover, 9781455536979, $25.00 US / $30.00 CAN

Messenger by Moonlight

A Novel
By Stephanie Grace Whitson


Bestselling author Stephanie Grace Whitson's latest historical novel features an adventurous young heroine who works for the Pony Express.

Orphaned Annie Paxton and her brothers may have lost the only home they've ever known, but they're determined to make a better future in St. Joseph, Missouri. Annie dreams of a pretty house with window boxes, and having friends, and attending church every week. But then her brothers spot the ad for a new venture called the Pony Express. "Wanted," it reads, "Young, skinny fellows not over eighteen. Must be expert riders and willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred." Sure enough, both her brothers land jobs as Express messengers, and Annie puts her dreams on hold to work as a cook at Clearwater Ranch, a station along the Pony Express route.

Annie struggles to adapt to her new job—work made all the more challenging when she has so many to feed and few ingredients. The gruff station owner, George, doesn't seem inclined to make her life any easier, or at least not at first. But slowly a friendship builds between them. When Annie attracts the attention of a refined, dashing lieutenant from the nearby fort, she'll have to learn how to trust her instincts and follow her heart, even if she's conflicted about which way it's leading her.

May 10, 2016, Trade Paperback, 9781455529087, $14.99 US / $17.99 CAN

The Second Half

A Novel
By Lauraine Snelling


Bestselling author Lauraine Snelling shares a heartfelt story of a couple who put their plans for a peaceful retirement on hold to assume guardianship of their young grandchildren.

Mona and Ken Sorenson are approaching the best years of their lives. Mona's greatest concern is that Ken will learn of the surprise party she's planning for his retirement from his job as Dean of Students at Stone University. They've already been making plans to travel, spend limitless hours in the garden, and Ken is looking forward to working on his woodworking and fishing with his grandchildren. It's what they deserve after years of careful planning.

But things begin to unravel when Ken learns that office politics are about to destroy his department. Can he really just leave, abandoning the work he spent a lifetime achieving? Mona is eager to build her event planning business with Ken's help, but rather than supporting her, he expresses concern that the stress of the work will send her back into the depression she struggles with.

Then, just days before Ken's last official day of work, their son, a Special Forces officer in the Army, learns he's being immediately deployed on a six-month mission in Pakistan. Since his wife left him, the only people he trusts to care for his two young children are his parents. In an instant, everything Ken and Mona spent their lives planning changes, and they will need to find strength, both physical and mental, to become parents once more. This is not the second half they wanted, and when their son fails to contact them as planned, they struggle to trust that it is God's plan, not theirs, that matters most.

July 5, 2016, Trade Paperback, 9781455586172, $14.99 US / $17.99 CAN

If My Heart Could Talk

A Story of Family, Faith, and Miracles
By Dodie Osteen


Dodie Osteen, mother of Joel Osteen, gives readers a personal account of her extraordinary life and shares what she has learned about love, faith, and family.

As the wife of forty-four years to the late Pastor John Osteen, founder of Lakewood Church, Dodie Osteen stood as a wife, mother, and first lady of the church, even when life felt anything but steady. Today, she continues to stand by her son, Pastor Joel Osteen, and the rest of their family as they lead Lakewood. In this revealing memoir, Dodie shares that her path, though glorious, has not always been easy. She shows an intimate look at such life-altering experiences as contracting polio as a child, raising 5 children, battling cancer, and losing her husband, all with the beautiful heart and sense of humor she displays to thousands at Lakewood and nationwide at Night of Hope events. While recounting her journey, Dodie offers readers meaningful life lessons applicable to their own lives.

April 5, 2016, Hardcover, 9781455549740, $25.00 US / $30.00 CAN

Joyful Inspirations Coloring Book

With Illustrated Scripture and Quotes to Cheer Your Soul
By Robin Mead


Color uplifting depictions of God's creation—from blossoming gardens to smiling children—and vibrant cityscapes, with illustrated scripture and quotes to inspire and encourage.

Do you delight in spying cheerful birds outside your window? Are you awed by God's creativity as your eyes scan the fields alongside a road of quiet beauty? If your soul craves more moments like these, you'll experience endless joy through coloring the intricate pictures and illustrated scripture in this book. Excite your creativity by filling in creatively rendered cities, gardens, and seas. Reinvigorate your spirit through the uplifting messages of these pages. As you do, you'll feel happily reminded that God is ever-present and looking out for you, because His love touches everything and everyone.

April 5, 2016, Trade Paperback, 9781455539345, $15.99 US / $19.49 CAN

101 Things You Should Do Before Your Kids Leave Home

By David Bordon, Tom Winters

Ever wished you could keep your kids away from the TV for an hour, let alone a full day? For anyone looking to make fun, lifelong memories with their family comes 101 THINGS YOU SHOULD DO BEFORE YOUR KIDS LEAVE HOME.

Seasoned parents know that the days are long, but the time is short. It can be tough to come up with ways to make lasting memories, but now you don't have to! David Bordon and Tom Winters have collected 101 original ideas to inspire parents with kids of all ages to step out of their daily routine and spend precious time together as a family. From creative concepts such as opening a snow cone stand to service projects like volunteering in a soup kitchen, some suggestions are fun, some challenging, and others practical—but every page is jam-packed with advice designed to help parents prepare their children for life out in the world, while making sure that every moment counts.

April 5, 2016, Hardcover, 9781455566327, $12.00 US / $14.50 CAN

Wake Up to Hope

Devotional
By Joel Osteen, Victoria Osteen


The key to having a positive, happy, faith-filled day is to start each morning setting your mind in the right direction. It's easy to lie in bed thinking: "I don't feel like going to work. I don't want to deal with these children. I didn't exercise yesterday." We don't realize it, but that's setting the tone for a lousy day. If you don't intentionally set the tone for the day, negative thoughts will set it for you. WAKE UP TO HOPE will help you begin each morning grateful, thinking about God's goodness, expecting His favor, and laying the foundation for a blessed, productive day.

April 19, 2016, Hardcover, 9781455568857, $20.00 US / $24.00 CAN

Overload

How to Unplug, Unwind, and Unleash Yourself from the Pressure of Stress
By Joyce Meyer


#1 New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer shows readers how to become free from the burden of stress so that they can achieve God's best for their lives.

As technology increases your accessibility, it becomes harder to mute the background noise of your life and receive God's guidance. Joyce Meyer calls this OVERLOAD, when the demands of your busy life become all-consuming and overwhelming. But to experience the joyful life God has planned, you must make time to focus on His Word. Then you'll receive His healing calmness and gain the strength to take on life's challenges, from physical ailments to problems in relationships. Through the practical advice and Scriptural wisdom in this book, you'll learn how to unplug and free yourself from burdens that weigh you down. You'll gain simple, effective tips for better rest and stress management and discover the fulfilling life you were meant to lead.

March 1, 2016, Hardcover, 9781455559831, $22.00 US / $26.50 CAN

The Power of I Am Journal

Two Words That Will Change Your Life Today
By Joel Osteen


#1 New York Times bestselling author Joel Osteen offers an insightful journal companion to help readers discover THE POWER OF I AM.

The direction you'll follow in life begins with these two simple words: I AM. You will begin to transform your destiny by changing what you say about yourself. This interactive journal will help you strengthen your self-image and invite opportunity into your life with daily wisdom from THE POWER OF I AM. With this journal, you'll be challenged by thought-provoking questions and empowered to accomplish your dreams. You will discover the inner strengths, natural talents, and unique abilities that will lead to a successful future.

March 1, 2016, Hardcover, 9781609418991, $15.00 US / $18.00 CAN

Choose Joy

Finding Hope and Purpose When Life Hurts
By Sara Frankl, Mary Carver


A young woman who knows she is dying of a terminal disease shares a summation of everything she comes to believe about life and death.

What would you do if you were going to die soon? What wisdom would you impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance? Sara Frankl's eventual death was indeed tragic, but the vignettes she presents are unforgettable. CHOOSE JOY is a must-have for those searching for meaning and beauty in a world full of tragedy. Her words breathe with vitality and life, and her stories will inspire smiles, tears, and the desire to "choose joy." Readers will find themselves contemplating what really matters and move to reassess their day-to-day perspective on life.

January 5, 2016, Hardcover, 9781455562817, $22.00 US / $26.50 CAN

The Mother God Made Me To Be

By Karen Valentin

A contributor to Guideposts annuals for ten years, Karen Valentin's narrative pieces about her journey to marriage and motherhood and then to single motherhood have resonated with readers. Here she collects the longer versions of her pieces and adds many new ones.

Karen lived an adventurous single life but longed for a family of her own. After years of maintaining her vow of purity and waiting for a man who shared her Christian faith, she fell in love with her best friend and co-worker. They married. She bore two sons. They divorced.

With humor, honesty and raw emotion, Valentin tells her story of wrestling between God's will and her own, with visions of happily ever after. In the midst of her weakness and grief, she experiences God's strength and restoration like never before. Through her family and friends, mission workers, the pastor of Graffiti Church, and her two beautiful boys, God turns her ashes to beauty and her sorrow into joy.

Women who desire to be loved, who know the pain of rejection and who have found themselves in a dark place will be touched by her pain and encouraged by her victories.

Whether you've been touched by separation, divorce or a broken home, or it's your friend, sister, mother or daughter who've gone through the experience, Karen's story will help you connect with your own emotions and give you tools to reach out to those in similar situations.

March 22, 2016, Hardcover, 9781455539864, $19.00 US / $23.00 CAN