February 2013 Posts

Where is Your Briarpatch?

Thank you to all of you who submitted responses for our giveaway. Even if you didn’t win, we hope you’ll get a copy of The Briarpatch Gospel as Shayne speaks to all your situations in the book. Be sure to catch the rest of our video series as well since we’ll address some of these issues like homosexuality, people who are suffering, etc. more! The Catalyst Blog is hosting our next video on March 7, so watch for that!

Through Random.org, we chose our winner…


Congratulations, Luela! Please email your mailing address to us at bloggers@tyndale.com to claim your prize! If Luela does not claim her prize by Wednesday, March 6, we’ll randomly select another winner.

The briarpatch is the area where you feel afraid or unequipped to go. This is the place Jesus is calling you to enter boldly. Maybe this means sharing what you really think about controversial issues or becoming friends with someone who’s different than you. Jesus does some of his best work amid the bristles and barbs of life. He meets people in their briarpatches and He wants you to join Him there.

Pastor Shayne Wheeler has ventured through the briarpatch himself. He continues to do so through the church he founded in Decatur, Georgia, All Souls Fellowship. Shayne shares his journey and challenge to Christians in his new book, The Briarpatch Gospel: Fearlessly Following Jesus into the Thorny Places, which releases tomorrow (March 1).

Today we’re kicking off a six-week video series from Shayne on The Briarpatch Gospel. We hope you’ll join us each Thursday on various blogs until April 4 to learn more about what it means to truly love one another in Jesus’ name in the briarpatches of our own communities.

Discover the way into the briarpatch as Shayne discusses learning to love those who are different than us without fear or judgment.

{GIVEAWAY} Leave a comment answering the question(s) below for a chance to win a copy of The Briarpatch Gospel. Please leave your email address. Winners will be contacted via email on Friday, March 1 at 9:00 a.m. CST. So enter before then!

What about you? What’s your briarpatch? What keeps you from loving others who are different than you?


Inspirational Fiction Author Jeanette Windle – First Chapter of Congo Dawn

Inspirational storyteller Jeanette Windle is back on the blog today to share a little more on her new novel, Congo Dawn. And don’t forget to enter to win a free copy of Congo Dawn (10 winners will be chosen; information found below).



Tell us about your new novel, Congo Dawn? 

If absolute power breeds absolute corruption, what happens when a multinational corporation with unlimited funds hires on a private military company with unbridled power? Especially in a Congolese rainforest where governmental accountability is only too cheaply for sale and the ultimate ‘conflict mineral’ is up for grabs?

Set in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s war-torn eastern Ituri rainforest zone, Congo Dawn confronts former Marine lieutenant Robin Duncan with just that question. A veteran in handling corruption and conspiracy, Robin has never had any trouble  discerning good guys from bad. But as her private security team tries to track down an insurgent killer, Robin faces a man who broke her trust years ago and discovers that gray areas extend deeper into the jungle than she anticipated. READ EXCERPT.

What message would you like your readers to take from Congo Dawn?

The same simple, yet profound realization to which Congo Dawn’s main protagonists are ultimately drawn. The coexistence of a loving Creator with human suffering is no oxymoron, but a divine paradox those refined in the fires of adversity are best equipped to understand. The smallest flames of love and faith shine most brightly against the darkest night. Our heavenly Father really does know what He’s doing, and His ultimate plans for our lives and all His creation will not be thwarted.

For those who are new to your work, please tell us a bit about yourself.

As daughter of missionary parents, I grew up in the rural villages, jungles, and mountains of Colombia, now guerrilla hot zones. I married another missionary kid, and we have been in full-time international ministry ever since. Currently based in Lancaster, PA, I’ve lived to date in six countries and traveled in more than thirty on five continents. Those experiences have birthed 16 international intrigue titles, including bestselling Tyndale House Publishers release Veiled Freedom, a 2010 Christian Book Award and Christy Award finalist and sequel Freedom’s Stand, a 2012 Christian Book Award and Carol Award finalist and 2011 Golden Scroll Novel of the Year finalist.

How can a reader connect with you on the Internet?

I would like to invite any reader interested in knowing more about Congo Dawn, my other titles, or my own life journey to visit me at my website and personal blog, From the Eye of the Storm  or contact me directly at jeanette@jeanettewindle.com. I would also be delighted to participate with your local book club or discussion group through Skype video or on-line chat conference (or in person if I am in the vicinity).

To hear more from Jeanette on how her ministry experiences affect her writing, visit her website.

Interested in Congo Dawn? You have a chance to win a FREE copy. Click here to enter (10 winners will be chosen!). Winners will be chosen this Friday, 3/1. If you don’t win, no need to worry. Congo Dawn is also available in stores and online NOW!

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As always, thanks for reading and leave any comments below!

And the Oscar goes to… Argo – Author Joel C Rosenberg’s Thoughts on Best Motion Picture 2013

If you watched the 85th Academy Awards last night, you know that the award for Best Motion Picture of the Year was awarded to Argo, a film dramatizing real events when CIA Operative Tony Mendez led the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran, during the 1979 Iran hostage situation. Below, we will hear from geopolitical suspense author Joel C Rosenberg as he explains why this film is such a groundbreaking achievement.


Congratulations to Ben Affleck and the cast and crew and producers of Argo, which deservedly won three Oscars last night, including Best Motion Picture of the Year.

I loved Lincoln and was grateful that Daniel Day Lewis won Best Actor for his stunning portrayal of our greatest American president (and who knew Daniel was so funny?). Despite some of Lincoln’s historical flaws (which should be corrected before being released on DVD), I thought Steven Spielberg should have won Best Director.

That said, I believed Argo was going to win the big prize and was thrilled to see it happen. The film has its own flaws, some historical, and not the least of which was the foul language which earned it an “R” rating. But as I Tweeted out last night, it’s an important film. It is the first serious major motion picture to take Americans and the world inside the fanaticism of the Islamic Revolution of 1979. It is the first serious film to show how badly the Carter White House and the CIA leadership misunderstood the nature and threat of the evil that was unfolding in Iran at the time. It effectively portrays how terrifying it is to see a Middle Eastern nation implode and how scary it can be for us and our allies when the American government looks or acts weak and/or indecisive … To read more, visit Joel’s blog .

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Courageous by Randy Alcorn

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They know that God desires to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, but their children are beginning to drift farther and farther away from them. Will they be able to find a way to serve and protect those who are most dear to them? When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a new-found urgency help these dads draw closer to God . . . and to their children?

Tyndale Fiction’s Thoughts On: Great Inspirational Quotes

Afternoon, all! It’s funny that despite how immersed we are on a daily basis in words and phrases, there are still some outliers that stay with us long after spoken or read. No matter the genre—from inspirational stories to historical fiction to police dramas—an eloquent phrase will burrow into my mind and resonate. One of the most beautiful aspects of fiction books is their ability to speak profound truths in a quiet way that leaves you in awe.

With that in mind, some folks from Tyndale Fiction’s editorial team are on the blog today to share a few of their most memorable quotes from authors and books.

Please leave a comment below with the quotes that have stuck with you! 


Jeremy Taylor, Asst. Editorial Director/Team Leader

“It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.” —Mark Twain

“Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Fiction is the truth inside the lie.” —Stephen King

“Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible.” —Francis Bacon

I think the six most wonderful words in the English language are “Let me tell you a story.” All these quotes are memorable because they help describe why fiction is important. At Tyndale, we like to say that nonfiction reaches the mind, but fiction reaches the heart. This is partly because fiction—storytelling—represents an age-old part of human experience. But it’s also because there’s something in us that innately realizes that fiction is powerful precisely because it represents truth. And truth—truth we can be shown, not just told about—is what our hearts long for.

Kathy Olson, Senior Editor

 For the introverted book lover or editor:
“Ah! there is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” —Jane Austen, Emma

For the proofreader in all of us:
“A trifling matter, and fussy of me, but we all have our little ways.” —Eeyore, in The House at Pooh Corner

My goal as an editor:
“A problem well stated is a problem half solved.” —Charles F. Kettering

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.” —Charles W. Eliot 

Sarah Mason, Editor

 The most succinct way I’ve found to explain the value of fiction:
“Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

I love the image of God as storyteller, and it’s a good reminder of where my story-crafting role ends:
“Life is God’s novel. Let him write it.” —Isaac Bashevis Singer

This captures the dynamics of loving books so well—it’s both mysterious and cozy:
“I believe that each of us, no matter how gregarious, or open-hearted, or secure we might be nonetheless holds deep inside ourselves a private place, a personal sacristy, where almost nothing is allowed to enter. But I think certain books we come across in our lifetimes do enter there. They enter and they pull up a chair and slip off their shoes and say, ‘I’m right here if you need me.’” —Elizabeth Berg 

Danika King, Assistant Editor

This is such an encouraging alternative to both envy and self-deprecation, and I’d never thought of it like this until I read Lewis’s words:
“[God] wants to bring the man to a state of mind in which he could design the best cathedral in the world, and know it to be the best, and rejoice in the fact, without being any more (or less) or otherwise glad at having done it than he would be if it had been done by another. [God] wants him, in the end, to be so free from any bias in his own favour that he can rejoice in his own talents as frankly and gratefully as in his neighbour’s talents.” —C. S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

It’s reassuring that even people who spoke this way sometimes felt this way:
“Come what come may, time and the hour runs through the roughest day.” —Shakespeare, Macbeth

This song describes God’s sovereignty so beautifully:

“This is my Father’s world/Oh, let me never forget/that though the wrong seems oft so strong/God is the ruler yet.” —“This Is My Father’s World”


What about you? Has a line in literature ever grabbed you and held on? Leave the quote in the comments!

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As always, happy reading (and happy Friday)!