August 2009 Posts

Dopple Ganger Hotter Than Potter

This boy did a video review of book one in the Dopple Ganger Chronicles by G.P. Taylor. He says he liked this book better than Harry Potter!

Let us know your thoughts and be sure to check out book 2, The Secret of Indigo Moon, in stores next week!

September's Gonna be Exciting!

September is almost here, which means we have LOTS of new, exciting books coming to stores near you!

Check out this awesome book trailer for The Secret of Indigo Moon, book 2 of the Dopple Ganger Chronicles by G.P. Taylor.

Do you want to heal the brokenness in your family and prevent yourself from passing down the hurt to the next generation? Read about Drs. Tom and Beverly Rodgers’ experiences on their blog, based off their new book Becoming a Family that Heals.

Those are just a few of our many fall titles. Be sure to check back for new ones!

p.s. If you have a blog and you haven’t joined the Tyndale Blog Network yet, sign up today to have access to FREE books for review.

Marilyn Hontz on Words of Shame…& some personal thoughts

Marilyn Hontz, author of Shame Lifter (March 2009), put up a great blog post today about words of shame and the power they can have over us.

Just reading Marilyn’s doctor’s office scenario made me hurt from the harsh words the receptionist said to her! It reminded me, though, that sometimes when I’m feeling annoyed or frustrated, I can speak to people (especially those closest to me) in such harsh tones. It’s like an emotional release of our own inner problems and tensions onto those around us. Whether or not those people instigated the anger or frustration, the tone of the words makes a huge difference in how they are received and how the other person reacts to our words.

A little over 10 days ago, my family’s 16-year-old pug, Jasmine, died. I remember how when Jasmine was younger (and still had her hearing), she would react to the tone of our voices. If we said “Oh, what a bad dog!” in a sweet, sing-songy voice, Jasmine would wag her tail and get excited. And if we yelled at her saying, “WHAT A GOOD DOG,” she would put her ears back and give us those scared, sad pug-dog eyes. To Jasmine, it wasn’t what we said, but how we said it.

Obviously this is different for human beings–we can comprehend the words people say as well as the way in which they say them. Although the words may be sweet, if they’re said in an indifferent or negative tone, they could become sarcasm. The book of James reminds us of how powerful the tongue can be!

As I think also of the day after Jasmine died, I still went to work, going about my day as if nothing was different even though inside I was hurting from the loss of my precious friend. Even a couple co-workers asked me how I was doing and if I had a good weekend, but I simply replied, “Good” and “Yes, my weekend was okay,” sharing only the good things that happened over the weekend (I didn’t want to bring up my dog’s death).

As I went about my day, I thought about how there are people walking around the office with hurt, and we just don’t realize all the pain they’re carrying because they don’t show it to the world. So as I think about the receptionist in Marilyn’s story and how Marilyn wonders if the woman could have been having a rough day or maybe struggles in her life, I’m becoming more aware that I need to be sensitive and attuned to the needs of people around me. While this is true in all aspects of life, I find it especially true for myself in my church youth group, where I’m a counselor. How can I recognize the needs of the individual teens I see twice a week? How can I encourage them in their walks with God and be a friend and mentor to them?

I want to be that kind of person, and I know I can only do it by the strength of my Heavenly Father. I’ll start first by making sure His Word and words are firmly planted in my own heart so I can share them with others.

Tyndale to Publish Christmas Book by Recording Artist Matthew West

We are pleased to announce that popular Christian music artist and songwriter Matthew West is publishing a book with us this November called 101 Simple and Thoughtful Ways to Give This Christmas Away.

The book was inspired by “Give This Christmas Away,” a song (recorded with Amy Grant) West was commissioned to write for the new VeggieTales Christmas DVD, Saint Nicholas – A Story of Joyful Giving, releasing this fall.

The book will feature the lyrics to the song “Give This Christmas Away” and Matthew West’s story of how he was inspired to write it. Each subsequent page of 101 Simple & Thoughtful Ways to Give This Christmas Away will contain one idea on the theme, plus an explanation on how to put it into practice, with a related Bible verse selected from the New Living Translation (NLT). The 101 ways will range from the seemingly insignificant ways—like holding the door for someone—to working with a ministry, such as Operation Christmas Child, and discovering what giving to that organization means in the life of a child.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the book — and keep an ear out to hear the single, “Give This Christmas Away” on the radio!

Healing Your Family's Soul Wounds

Tune in to Focus on the Family’s daily broadcast Thursday, August 20 & Friday, August 21 to hear Christian counselors Drs. Tom and Beverly Rodgers discuss how to heal your family’s soul wounds and how to break the cycle of family brokenness.

Tom and Bev wrote Becoming a Family that Heals: How to Resolve Past Issues and Free Your Future, published by Focus on the Family and Tyndale. The book will be available in September. For more information, visit their website.