January 2013 Posts

Free E-book Alert: Coming Back Stronger

Coming Back Stronger by Drew Brees

 For a limited time, you can download Drew Brees’ memoir Coming Back Stronger for free. Click here for links to your preferred retailer and for a complete list of our current ebook deals. This offer ends on 2/2/13.

 When a potentially career-ending shoulder injury left quarterback Drew Brees without a team—and facing the daunting task of having to learn to throw a football all over again—coaches around the NFL wondered, Will he ever come back? After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, leaving more than 80 percent of the city underwater, many wondered, Will the city ever come back? And with their stadium transformed into a makeshift refugee camp, forcing the Saints to play their entire 2005 season on the road, people questioned, Will the Saints ever come back? It takes a special person to turn adversity into success and despair into hope—yet that is exactly what Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees has done—and with the weight of an entire city on his shoulders. Coming Back Stronger is the ultimate comeback story, not only of one of the NFL’s top quarterbacks, but also of a city and a team that many had all but given up on. Brees’s inspiring message of hope and encouragement proves that with enough faith, determination, and heart, you can overcome any obstacle life throws your way and not only come back, but come back stronger.

New Book by Jeremy Camp – I Still Believe – Book and Album Giveaway!

In I Still Believe, Jeremy Camp shares, with unflinching candor and emotion, the extraordinary story behind his award-winning lyrics–from his impoverished childhood, rebellious teenage years, and spiritual awakening at Bible College, to the tragic loss of his first wife, Melissa, to cancer and the heart-wrenching spiritual journey that followed–a journey that reignited Jeremy’s faith, inspired some of his most beloved songs, and paved the way for a second chance at love with his second wife, Adrienne.

This memoir is a must-read for Jeremy Camp fans everywhere, and an inspiring, encouraging read for anyone who has ever experienced loss.


We’re giving away 10 copies of I Still Believe and Jeremy’s new album to 10 random blog visitors. Just fill out the form below to enter. We’ll choose 10 random winners on February 15th.

If You Have a Craving, I Have a Cure

Today’s blog post is delicious…literally.

Bestselling author Sheri Rose Shepherd’s new book, If You Have a Craving, I Have a Cure includes 100 recipes and we’re going to share a few with you for free!


From Tyndale.com:

Life can be hard . . . but food, faith, and fun are three amazing gifts from God to satisfy and refresh us every day. Yet all too often, we focus primarily on what we can not do, and what we should not eat—which leaves us feeling deprived and depressed. Instead of being energized by following Christ, we waste our days feeling bored and burnt-out on our faith, while battling the guilt that comes from craving the food that we love. In If You Have a Craving, I Have a Cure, best-selling author and speaker Sheri Rose Shepherd encourages you to embark on a new adventure with faith and food. She reveals the food coaching tips that enabled her to lose over 50 pounds and keep it off, and shares fun recipes in celebration of the healthy, delicious food our God created for us to enjoy. It’s time to let go of guilt, grab hold of grace, and recapture the life God craves for us to live! “Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!” (Psalm 34:8)

To give you a taste (literally) of what you can expect from this book we pulled a few recipes to share with you.

Cauli Mac “N’ Cheese

Corn Chowder

Kale Chips

Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers

Queso Fiesta Dip

We’re going to make one of these recipes over the weekend and post the results next week so stay tuned!

Oh, and one more thing…want to win your very own copy of If You Have a Craving, I Have a Cure?

Fill out the form below for a chance to win…and be sure to check back next week with more chances to win!


Thinking about Newtown, Connecticut

Today we have a guest post from Dr. James Marcum, a board-certified cardiologist and author of the new book Medicines that Kill (available February 2013). Dr. Marcum provides his perspective on the recent discussions of gun control and mental health. Learn more about Dr. Marcum’s ministry HeartWise here.

Now that I have had some time to reflect on the tragedy that claimed twenty-six young lives, I am not alone in wondering what happened. Why did twenty-year-old Adam Lanza take the lives of so many?

The incident has triggered increased calls for stricter gun control. After all, it is hard to kill without a weapon. Others want more guns and guards at schools. Legislation recently introduced in Tennessee has suggested that teachers be permitted to carry firearms.

Estimates are that 5 percent of the population owns 50 percent of the guns. Gun use accounted for thirty-two thousand homicides in the United States last year. Is access to guns the only problem?

Many claim that the root of the problem lies with the mental health of the population and the medications used to treat mental illnesses.

In 1989, Patrick Purdy, who was taking Thorazine and Amitriptyline, killed five people and wounded thirty in Stockton, California. In 1998, Kipland “Kip” Kinkel killed his parents and two high school students and wounded twenty-five others. He had been prescribed the antidepressant Prozac. In 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed twelve and wounded 26 in Littleton, Colorado. Harris had been taking Luvox at the time. Klebold’s records are currently sealed. In 2005, Jeff Weise was taking Prozac when he killed his grandfather, his grandfather’s companion, and seven others in Red Lake, Minnesota, and wounded five more. Steven Kazmierczak of DeKalb, Illinois, who reportedly had recently stopped taking medication, killed five and wounded twenty-seven at Northern Illinois University in 2008. We do not know for sure what medication Adam Lanza may have been taking, but many have suggested that he, too, was on medication that alters the brain’s chemistry.

Psychiatrist David Healy, author of Pharmageddon, states, “Violence and other potentially criminal behavior caused by prescription drugs are medicine’s best kept secret.” Many of the medications used to treat mental illness have black box labels warning of the correlation between these medications and violent behavior. Prescription medications seem to be a contributing factor.

Why do we, as a society, need these medications in the first place? Are they treating the cause of a problem or merely a symptom of it? Why is our mental health so poor? Is the steady stream of violence seen in the media damaging the developing brain? Are the many hours spent on gaming systems where the entire goal is to kill as many people as possible numbing people’s senses? Are the lyrics heard in the latest rap hit contributing to the problem? Can we trace it to poor nutrition, changing societal values, or lack of good parenting? Is the problem related to the use of alcohol, illicit drugs, painkillers? Or is it the result of a combination of factors?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), in any given year, one in four people age eighteen or older suffer from a diagnosed mental disorder. This accounts only for those that have been diagnosed. In Europe, 27 percent suffer from mental disorders. The statistics for mental illness are similar in America and Europe, and yet the number of gun-related homicides is much higher in the US than in Europe or in other developed countries. In Japan there is mental illness but few gun-related deaths.

Those who are part of the political right tend to say the problem is attributable to mental illness and a lack of morals. Members of the political left say tend to say we have too many guns. No one seems to be happy with a moderate view on the issue, but when we think about Newtown, we appear to see mental health problems, possibly dangerous drugs treating symptoms, and too many guns. In order to find solutions, we must continue to seek to understand the problem. What we have is a societal problem, and we must put politics aside to address it.

James L. Marcum, board-certified cardiologist practicing with Chattanooga Heart Institute, has been named by USA Today as one of the most influential physicians in his field. He is the author of The Ultimate Prescription as well as an in-demand speaker for his role as the director of Heartwise Ministries. Currently, his radio program, Heartwise, airs on more than 500 radio stations across the nation. Dr. Marcum, speaker/director of HeartWise Ministries, hosts the health programs “Heart of Health” and “BibleRX” which can be seen on secular and Christian television. He is married to Sonya and has two children, Kelli and Jake. He enjoys music and outdoor activities.

Free E-book: Named by God by Kasey Van Norman


In many ways, Kasey Van Norman has suffered more heartbreak than one woman can bear. Growing up, she endured her parents’ divorce, date rape, and years of addiction to sex, cutting, and eating disorders. As an adult, Kasey has endured a painful miscarriage; the heartbreak (and restoration) of infidelity; a cancer diagnosis; rejection by her friends, church, and community; and her mother’s death from cancer. But at the end of this twisting path of sorrow, Kasey walked out of the wilderness and into a place of God’s merciful and miraculous healing and redemption. In Named by God, Kasey shares her story of God’s infinite grace and compassion so that others might learn from her experience as they encounter a depth of Jesus like never before!

For a limited time you can get the e-book of Named by God by Kasey Van Norman free! Click here for links to your preferred retailer – promotion ends 1/19.