May 2011 Posts

In-Studio with Lisa Velthouse

Have you ever wondered what’s on the other side of the radio? How about what goes on behind the scenes in publishing a book? Yesterday I got to spend the day with Lisa Velthouse and her husband Nathan when they stopped by Chicago for a visit. Lisa’s memoir, Craving Grace, just released at the beginning of this month and she’s been busy promoting it. The work for authors doesn’t stop once your book is published–you have to work to make people aware of it and to hopefully buy it too.

One of the ways authors promote their books, particularly non-fiction authors, is through interviews. So yesterday after a brief visit to Tyndale, Lisa, Nathan and I headed down to the Moody Radio studio in Chicago. This is the home of all the national Moody radio programs and the original Moody station. I set up an in-studio interview for Lisa on Chris Fabry Live! Some people may not realize it, but Chris actually works from his home studio in Arizona. So while Lisa was doing the interview from the studio, she couldn’t actually see Chris while she was talking with him. Here’s an inside look from during the show:

Pre-show--Lisa's talking with Chris before the show begins.

Great reminder on the wall for all the hosts and guests.

Lisa sharing her story from "Craving Grace" with listeners nationwide

Lisa responds to callers as they share their own stories of failure.

If you missed Lisa’s interview, you can still listen to it here. You can also follow Lisa on Twitter and Facebook for more updates on what she’s doing and on Craving Grace. Be sure to get your own copy of the book to learn more about Lisa’s story and how she discovered the sweetness of God’s grace after failing in keeping her promise to God.

May Free Ebooks – Updated

Here’s our updated list of our May free ebooks. If you don’t have an ereader, read this post from last week: You Don’t Need an eReader to Get eBooks.

Two Wars by Nate Self

An up-close-and-personal account of the war on terror; and the story of one soldier’s faith with an  insider’s account of Robert’s Ridge Rescue in Afghanistan.

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Barnes & Noble



Disaster Status by Candace Calvert

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Barnes & Noble


It Happens Every Spring by Catherine Palmer and Gary Chapman

Christian Book Distributors


Barnes & Noble


Dream Racers

The starting and finish line

*Update* Congratulations to Mat Diehl! You won a copy of The Cause Within You. Thanks to everyone for participating!

This past Saturday, several Tyndale employees ran in the Humboldt Dream Run 5k/10k for the Chicago Dream Center. Last fall, we sent a team of employees to the Dream Center in Los Angeles for a week-long missions trip. When this opportunity to support our local Dream Center came up, many employees were up for the challenge.

“It had been a while since I had run a race,” said Josh Force, web development manager. “This was a good opportunity to partner with the Chicago Dream Center. I have heard so much about the LA Dream Center and the experiences that other Tyndale employees had there. It seemed like a good organization to support.”

Race participants could send their race fee to a designated cause such as: hunger, homelessness, abuse and addiction, human trafficking, prison and re-entry, at-risk youth and education, and community beautification. Chicago Dream Center staff members are working in all these areas so we know our funds are going directly to help the people of our city.

I (Christy) ran the race too. It was pretty chilly for the middle of May (temps in the 30s or 40s), but everyone seemed to have a great time regardless. I chose to donate my race fee to human trafficking because I think that’s such a horrible thing that’s happening not only in other countries, but in the United States as well. One of my friends from church also ran the race too and she donated to abuse and addiction because one of her friends is addicted to drugs. I’m sure she’s not the only one who donated to a particular cause because of a personal connection.

The race was fairly small–there were probably about 200 people there–but everyone was so motivating and encouraging. The race organizers even wrote motivating messages on the ground all along the course.

Sidewalk encouragement

“One volunteer who was taking pictures told us that the Dream Center helped deliver her from a life of addiction,”Anisa Baker, editorial services admin coordinator, said. “She is a new woman full of so much life and love for God, and she is using her gifts in tangible ways for God’s Kingdom. It was awesome to see Dream Center volunteers from different backgrounds and ethnicities come together under the banner of Christ to make this event happen and to encourage everyone who participated.”

Although I (Christy again) have done some bigger races like the Shamrock Shuffle and soon the Soldier Field 10 Miler, I enjoy doing these little races like the Dream Run because the purpose is not just to run or to compete, but to support God’s work and those who are a part of it. In addition to Josh, Anisa, and me, Matthew Wolf also ran the race. Several other employees planned to go and signed up but weren’t able to make it, but they still made a difference with their donations.

On a personal note, this race was a rewarding one for me also because I ran a new personal 5k record! 🙂

After running my new PR!

To continue supporting the Dream Center, we’ll give away one copy of The Cause Within You by Matthew Barnett, the founder of the Dream Center. To be eligible to win, leave a comment letting us know which cause you would have donated your race fee to and why. The winner will be chosen at 4:00 p.m. CST via

Guest Post with Author Alex Chediak

Today we are happy to welcome Alex Chediak, author of Thriving at College, to the Tyndale Blog. Be sure to leave a comment and we’ll pick one random person to win a copy of Alex’s book.

Surviving vs. Thriving

You’ve heard the statistics:  80% of Christians fall away from their faith during college. Watch out for the party scene. Don’t run with the wrong crowd. Don’t experiment with drugs. Don’t cut class. Don’t flunk out. Don’t get pregnant. Don’t get someone pregnant. I don’t know about you, but when I went to college, it seemed so many of the messages were well-intended warnings of what terrible dangers awaited me away from home.  The goal, it seemed, was survival.

But deep down, I think many Christians know that merely surviving college is too low of a goal. College doesn’t have to be a time in which followers of Jesus barely eek by. I Timothy 4:12 tells us, “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”

College is a season not just for maintaining your faith, but for owning your faith – growing thick, strong roots.  It’s not a time for getting through classes with as little work as possible, but for really discovering your calling – what God uniquely wired you to do – and for loving God with all your mind by giving it your very best. It’s a time to find joy in the learning process rather than anxiety in the grading process.

Socially, college is a season for making life-long friendships – not just the kind you have a great time with (though that helps!), but the kind that spur you on to love, trust, and follow God more. To grow in maturity, to increasingly make wise choices, and to, as missionary William Carey once said, to “expect great things from God and attempt great things for God.”  And who knows? Maybe one of these friends will become a fabulous life partner.

College is an opportunity to get the training you need to make a difference in the world – by becoming a business person, an engineer, a doctor, a teacher, a historian, a physical therapist, a mom, a dad, who sees God’s Lordship extending to every area of life and every corner of the globe. It’s a time to take the gifts God’s given you and develop them into finely-tuned skills – the kind that can really serve and help other people. It’s a time to honor all that your mom and dad did for you by learning to own your decisions, even your mistakes, as you embrace a God-dependent adulthood.

So don’t focus too hard on not doing what you’re not supposed to do. Fix your mind on the great things God is doing in your life, and keep running hard after Him.  You won’t need to worry about just surviving;  you’ll be too busy thriving at college.

Alex Chediak is the author of Thriving at College: Make Great Friends, Keep Your Faith, and Get Ready for the Real World! (Tyndale House Publishers, April 2011).  He maintains  a website, and can be followed on Twitter or Facebook.

Leave a comment in response to this blog and we’ll pick one random person to win a free copy of Alex’s book Thriving at College!

You Don’t Need An eReader To Get eBooks

Are you a person that gets sad every time we tell you about the free ebooks we have available because you don’t have an e-reader? Well, I have good news. If you’re reading this blog post right now you do have a device for reading ebooks. Whether you’re reading this on a desktop computer, laptop, smart phone, ipad, Mac or PC, you too can download ebooks.

Our free ebooks are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony and Christian Book Distributors and all of these vendors have free software you can download for reading ebooks. Here’s where you can get it.

Amazon – The Kindle App is available for iPhone, Windows PC, Mac, BlackBerry, iPad, Android, and Windows 7 Phones.

Barnes & Noble – The Nook app is available for iPad, iPhone, Android, PC, Mac, and BlackBerry.

Sony – The Sony Reader software is available for PCs and Macs.

Christian Book Distributors – The CBD reader works with Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, Android. You can also read CBD ebooks on any of the dedicated ereaders on this list (click here).

Download one of these, then check out our available free ebooks for May and let us know how you like it.