GIVEAWAY: Kids Fiction First-in-Series Titles

Dive into some great children’s book series this summer with this giveaway package! In this kit, we’ve pulled together the first books from several different series, making for fun that will last all summer long.


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This giveaway includes:

Willie’s Redneck Time Machine– The Duck Commander series

By John Luke Robertson, with Travis Thrasher

Age: 8-12

Willie finds a mysterious wooden crate in the Duck Commander warehouse. Only John Luke is around, so the two of them open up the box and find… a time machine! Willie and John Luke test out the machine and find themselves journeying through time. They have crazy adventures but know they need to make it back to West Monroe. Will they make the right choices to get back at the right time?

Haunted Waters– A Red Rock Mysteries Book

By Jerry B. Jenkins and Chris Fabry

Age: 8-12

Bryce and Ashley are ATV-riding twins from Colorado who unearth adventure wherever they go. From clearing the name of a local miscreant to thwarting a gold-stealing heist, the twins’ growing faith and the strong example of their parents guide them through even the most life-threatening situations. With the page-turner style used by Jenkins and  Fabry in the Left Behind: The Kids series, these fast-paced books will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

The Book of the King-The first book in The Wormling series

By Jerry B. Jenkins and Chris Fabry

Age: 10-14

“Nothing special” is the best way to describe Owen Reeder—at least that’s what he’s been told all his life. But when a stranger visits his father’s bookstore, Owen’s ordinary life spirals out of control and right into a world he didn’t even know existed. Owen believes the only gift he possesses is his ability to devour books, but he is about to be forced into a battle that will affect two worlds: his and the unknown world of the Lowlands.

Wild Thing-From the Winnie the Horse Gentler series

By Dandi Daley Mackall

Age: 8-12

Twelve-year-old Winnie Willis has a way with horses. She can gentle the wildest mare, but other parts of her life don’t always come as easily. Along with her dad and sister, Lizzy, Winnie is learning how to live without her mom, who was also a natural horse gentler. As Winnie tries to gentle the horse of her dreams, Wild Thing, by teaching him about unconditional love and blind trust, her own fearful heart finally begins to trust God again.

Don’t miss out on your chance to make a splash in your child’s life with some great summer reads! Enter to win these four first-in-series books below:

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7 Ideas to Keep in Mind When Opening a Spiritual Dialog with Muslims

Take a look at these 7 ideas about how to share your faith with Muslims. For more from Tass Saada, check out his new book, The Mind of Terror: A Former Muslim Sniper Explores What Motivates ISIS and Other Extremist Groups (and how best to respond).
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4 Things I Learned From Surviving Trauma By Ruth Everhart

Guest post from Ruth Everhart, author of Ruined.




When I was 20 years old, my life was destroyed in a single night. Does that sound overly dramatic? After all, I didn’t actually die, or I wouldn’t be writing this article. And I’ll admit that I can be a bit of a drama queen; it’s what comes of living deeply in my emotions. You might even say I’m a bit of a wallower. My emotions can be quite engulfing, and I do tromp around in the muck of them, perhaps excessively. (Like every quality a person might have, this one has both an upside and a downside.)


To clarify, the night that destroyed my life did not result in a physical death, but in other deaths. Among the things I lost that night: my sense of safety in the world, my sense that God loved and cared about me, the sense that my future was bright and full of possibility.


I truly hope you never experience a night like that. But if you do, I hope that my experience—and my willingness to wallow through it at the time, and, decades later, to sort if all out in hindsight—can help you recover. Here are some of my takeaways.


  1. Say hello to sorrow and sadness.


It’s natural to want to avoid negative emotions. Of course we want to alleviate suffering, both our own and that of other people. We have an impulse to escape into a moment of pleasure, and that is not a bad thing. (Why else would God have given us chocolate?) But if we consistently avoid our sorrow and sadness, we will stunt our growth.


God does not promise us a path free of pain; rather, God promises to walk that path with us. So I encourage you to journal your feelings. Talk them through with a friend. Express the emotions in prayer to God, either through writing or out loud. Read the Psalms and pray the words of lament.


The only way through is through. If you experience the crushing blows of loss, don’t think you are somehow supposed to rise above your painful feelings because you are a person of faith. Painful feelings are part of the human experience, and they are a part of you now. You will learn to coexist with them. Like our dear friend Jesus, the man of sorrows, you will become acquainted with grief.


  1. Let anger and outrage become fuel.


After a crisis it’s tempting to want to get things back to normal—meaning, the way they were before the crisis happened. We remember “before” in a sort of golden glow, which stands in stark relief to the harsh light of “after.”


But the truth is that the light of trauma—no matter how harsh—casts a light that bears truth. There really is pain and suffering in this world. There really is inequity and injustice. There really is misogyny and racism. There really are people who seek to bring harm on others. We can’t smile blandly and turn a blind eye to such truths once they have been smashed into our lives. But is this knowledge so terrible? It is fuel. Can we not learn to make friends with anger and to harness the power of outrage? What might we do with the knowledge of these realities as allies beside us?


  1. Remember that no one can survive for you, long term or short term.


When we’re feeling bowled over by life, it’s tempting to let other people make decisions for us. Many of the decisions we face are personal and significant. Should we press charges against that person? Should we move away from the scene of so much hurt? Should we end that relationship? Should we choose a different career?


It is helpful to solicit feedback and wisdom from people who love us and have our best interests at heart. But those people will not have to live with the results of our decisions. Only we must do that. And we aren’t surviving in just the short term—we are building our lives. What do we want our lives to look like years down the road? We are the only ones who know our hearts’ deepest desires and can honor them. So pay attention to wise counsel, but pay the closest attention to the wisest counsel of all, which is your inner knowledge of what God has placed in your heart and life.


  1. Believe that life can be wonderful again.


If you’ve experienced trauma, you will encounter hopelessness and despair. I’ve suggested that it’s wisest to give negative emotions their due. Feel the sadness and sorrow—it’s a way of joining the human race. Let yourself be filled with anger and outrage; let their power fuel your sense of purpose. Seek out wise counsel, but don’t give away control of your life, not to anyone. Eventually, glimmers of hope and trust and happiness will float into your heart. Recognize them when that happens. Welcome them. Make room for them.


You were made for a purpose, and that purpose is not destroyed by what happens to you, no matter how tragic. Instead, your purpose is reshaped by your circumstances. Some new form or passion will emerge. There is a reason that every culture tells the story of transformation. For many, that truth is captured in the ancient story of a phoenix being reborn from the ashes of destruction. For Christians, that powerful truth wears flesh in the story of the Resurrection, which we testify to in Jesus’ story, and which we claim for ourselves in our creeds.

Bible Gateway, Joni and Friends, and Tyndale announce “Finding Hope in Suffering” Live Facebook Event hosted by Best-Selling Author Joni Erickson Tada.

Live Event Streams on Facebook July 22

WHAT: Bible Gateway,Joni and Friends, and Tyndale House Publishers are partnering to announce the release of the “Beyond Suffering Bible” with the Facebook Live Event “Finding Hope in Suffering -Joni Answers Your Tough Questions.” Best-selling author Joni Eareckson Tada will answer user-submitted questions posed about hope and suffering in the world. The event will be streamed live on Facebook at 2 p.m. pacific/ 5 p.m. eastern on Friday, July 22. Viewers can submit questions for Joni at the Facebook Event Page – or by Tweeting, Facebooking, or Instagramming the question with the hashtag #BeyondSufferingBible.

WHO: Best-selling author, speaker, broadcaster, artist and founder of Joni and Friends, Joni Eareckson Tada will answer questions sent to her livestream during “Finding Hope in Suffering.” After nearly 50 years’ experience with quadriplegia as well as recent bouts with chronic pain and 5 years as a breast cancer survivor, Tada has much wisdom to share with those who are hurting – wisdom she herself has received from God’s Word and has worked with Tyndale to compile in the “Beyond Suffering Bible.”


WHERE: The Facebook Live interview will go live on Friday, July 22 at 2 p.m. PDT / 3 p.m. MDT / 4 p.m. CDT / 5 p.m. EDT.

The livestream is located on Facebook at

DETAILS: Joni Eareckson Tada is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Joni and Friends. The Beyond Suffering Bible is a combination of a study bible and a devotional bible which is filled with encouraging words from top Christian experts and will serve as a resource to individuals dealing with physical, emotional or spiritual pain.



The Beyond Suffering Bible meets a huge need. Studies show that an estimated 1 in 6 Americans suffer from chronic health conditions and 1 in 5 people live with some type of physical disability. In addition, 10 million people a year in the U.S. experience a serious mental illness. People challenged by physical and mental issues often require caretakers; today, approximately 65 million Americans are providing care for someone with a disability or chronic illness. Those who are suffering and those who care for them all need help and comfort; the Beyond Suffering Bible answers that need.

Although the Beyond Suffering Bible releases from Tyndale in October, it is available for a special pre-order buy-one, get-one offer for the month of July, at



10 Great YA Books for the Summer

Teen reads

It’s July—the days stretch on for hour after hour, the twilights are dreamy with the flicker of fireflies . . . and the novelty of summer vacation is starting to wear off for many of the students in our lives. But never fear: help is no farther away than your nearest bookstore or public library.

Young Adult (YA) literature is the perfect category for both languishing high schoolers and their older loved ones. Though YA is often defined as literature targeted at ages 14 to 18, and almost always features a teenage protagonist, many adults enjoy reading it as well. The best YA is intellectually and emotionally engaging, and often deals with fascinating scenarios and challenging societal and moral issues. I enjoy YA because I find that it has a sense of freedom I sometimes find lacking in “adult” literary fiction—a freedom to play, to explore, to invent, to not take oneself too seriously.

As far as “mature content” goes, I often compare YA books to PG-13 movies, though of course there’s a wide spectrum within the category, with some venturing closer to R territory. Obviously, parental discretion is important, especially if your reader is a younger or particularly sensitive teen. And I always encourage parents and teens to read and talk about books together! All of the suggestions below contain plenty of interesting topics for discussion.

The Seer novels by Rachelle Dekker. This trilogy from the daughter of bestselling suspense author Ted Dekker is, on the surface, a YA staple—futuristic dystopia—but the structure of its fictional world will be especially interesting to readers of faith. Fans of Veronica Roth’s Divergent series and Ally Condie’s Matched series will enjoy these books, and many girls will identify with protagonist Carrington Hale’s desire to feel worthy and chosen. The first two books in the series, The Choosing and The Calling, are available now, with the third book, The Returning, coming in early 2017.

The Choosing The Calling The Returning

The Young Pilots series by Elizabeth Wein. I discovered Elizabeth Wein’s books a couple of years ago, and she quickly became one of my all-time favorite authors. The three books in this series—Code Name Verity, Rose Under Fire, and Black Dove, White Raven—feature different protagonists, young pilots during World War II. As you’d expect from those settings, the books have some intense situations, complicated moral questions, and devastating moments (Code Name Verity especially is probably better for more mature readers). I love them because Wein makes her characters so real, and the books have so much heart. The stories also focus much more on friendship than romance, which makes them a refreshing change from many YA novels.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. This is one of my favorite recent YA fantasy novels. Set in a world inspired by the Roman Empire, it tells the story of Laia, a member of the slave class, and Elias, who is in training to become one of the Empire’s most elite soldiers—and who finds that he’s no more free than Laia is. It’s a page-turning story that will also spark (pun intended) great discussions on family, friendship, loyalty, and freedom.

Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M. T. Anderson. I have been raving about this book to anyone who will listen ever since I read it a couple months ago. I’m a huge fiction fan generally, but this nonfiction history kept me spellbound for every one of its 456 pages. It’s a combination biography of the composer Dmitri Shostakovich and history of WWII from the Soviet perspective. It would also make a very impressive choice for a summer book report! (Bonus recommendation: if a teen in your life needs some encouragement to cut down on their screen time, Anderson’s novel Feed is a fun but scary imagining of where all our connectivity could take us.)

The One Year Devotions with Jesus by Josh Cooley. Summer is also a great time to dive in to a resource that will help you learn OY Devos with Jesusmore about your faith.
One Year devotionals aren’t just for January—you can start on any day of the year. This devo’s subtitle—365 Devotions to Help You Know and Love the Savior—really says it all.

Happy reading!

This post was written by Sarah Rubio, editor for nonfiction and children’s products at Tyndale House Publishers.