October 2015 Posts

The Arc Podcast #5 – The Illustrated Study Bible NLT

On this episode, Joy and Adam talk with Kevin O’Brian, Brand and Product Manager for Bibles at Tyndale, about the new new Illustrated Study Bible NLT.

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The Illustrated Study Bible brings Scripture’s message to life by giving readers an entirely new visual study experience. Hundreds of information-rich windows to the Bible world instantly communicate foundational truths and complex information in an understandable, compelling way for today’s visual generation. The who, what, where, when, and why of the Bible come alive with stunning photos, illustrations, infographics, and full color maps integrated seamlessly with background material, study notes, and theme articles. The Illustrated Study Bible empowers readers to draw closer to God by opening their eyes to Scripture’s living, powerful message.

Learn more at OpenMyEyes.com.

6 Great Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Journal – Guest post by author Sherry Kyle

Remember that little diary you had as a child? Journaling can be a great exercise for children to be able to express themselves in a safe place. Join us as author Sherry Kyle shares some wonderful tips on how to encourage your child to journal!



When I was a child, my dad was a computer programmer and every once in a while he’d bring home a stack of computer paper for us kids. We’d draw, color, and make paper airplanes. My favorite memory, however, was when I created a journal from those pages, a place to write my inner thoughts and feelings.

There are many positive reasons why our kids should journal, such as a place for self-exploration, to get out frustrations, or work through problems. Freedom of expression, to write anything that comes to mind without being judged or graded, empowers children and allows them to let down their guard and discover who they are.

But there’s more…

Journal writing also helps kids gain better writing skills, and it builds their confidence too!

Here are some simple tips to get your child started:

#1 Have your child pick out a special book/notebook.

Go to an office supply store, and let your child pick out a book. There are many options, including hardcover journal books with blank pages, or simple school notebooks with lined paper. Choosing a book helps your child make a personal connection.

#2 Buy fun pens/markers.

The type of book your child chooses will give you some indication on the type of pens or markers to buy. You don’t want the ink to seep through the paper onto the next page! The key is the thicker the paper, the heavier the ink.

#3 Journal ideas/themes.

  • If your child doesn’t know what to write, give her a writing prompt, such as “The best/worst part of my day was __________________,” or “If I could fly an airplane, I’d go ___________.”
  • Specific times of year help create a journal’s theme, such as a family vacation or holiday.
  • Maybe your child loves to write poetry, short stories, or book reviews.
  • Prayer journals or a place to write letters to God is also a great idea.
  • Drawing pictures is a good place to start for children learning to write.


#4 Keep it private!

Tell your child she can keep her journal private because it’s her special book. The main thing is to let your child know that their journal is a safe place to journal anything that comes to mind.

#5 Model it.

It’s no secret that kids mimic what their parents do. If they see their parent write in a journal, they are more likely to keep one too.

#6 Have fun!

The best part about journal writing for kids is that they can’t “mess it up” because there are no rules!

Did you have a journal when you were a child? Does your child have one now?


Sherry Kyle has written several books for tween girls, along with women’s fiction. Her award-winning book for tween girls, The Christian Girl’s Guide to Style, was awarded the God Mom’s Choice Award. Get excited for her upcoming release: Love, Lexi!


Learn more about Sherry at www.sherrykyle.com.

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Reaching Young Girls for Christ – Guest Post by author Carolyn Larsen

Parenting is tough, especially when it comes to knowing how to reach out to them about Christ. For this week’s Kid Talk Tuesday post, we have author Carolyn Larsen sharing some great advice on how to reach out to young girls!

Let me be honest – we raised three children. They are all adults now and all doing well. However . . . I do not have all the answers for good parenting. It was trial and error for us; some days more error than trial. My husband and I raised two daughters (and one son). Both of our girls came to faith in Jesus at a young age. One invited Christ into her heart sitting in our family room, very early one morning. The other daughter accepted Christ at Sunday school. The church and its ministries played an important role in our family life and I value the church very much. However, it seems that the role of the church in families has changed in recent years. It’s still important but perhaps in a different way than it was for my generation. So, now how do you reach your daughters for Christ?


Well, of course there is still — take them to church, Sunday school, a club program, and (please) get them all the Christian books in the world and whatever else you want. Those are all good things and your daughters may meet Christ through any of those. But more than likely . . . none of them are enough by themselves.


The best place for your daughter to learn about God’s love and to understand how it changes lives is . . . at home. It’s you. Tell her about God’s love, read Scripture with her and pray with her. But more importantly, live your faith in front of her. If you teach and preach but do not walk the talk, you could very well be wasting your time with all the other stuff. When your daughter sees how the Holy Spirit living in you affects your behavior, words and life, then she is seeing living, real Christianity. What does that look like?


Be honest.

Let her see you honestly reply to an invitation from someone you don’t enjoy instead of making up a response. Let her see you return to the cashier when you’ve been given too much change. Let her see honesty in action . . . laced with kindness.


Be fair.

Show her what fairness to all looks like — regardless of how much you like or agree with others. Regardless of how tired you are.


Be kind.

To everyone.


Be loving.

To everyone.


Be giving.

Share your money, yes. But more importantly, share your time and energy.


Be patient.

With your daughter. Remember she is a child and learning to be mature is a work in progress.


Show her that having Christ in your heart makes a difference in how you behave. Let her see you studying God’s Word and let her know that you have a regular prayer life – not because you have to but because you want to stay close to your God.


Is this putting a load of pressure on you? It’s not intended to. It’s intended to relieve pressure from your daughter. What I am suggesting is that you let your daughter see that living for Christ is a journey and some days are better than others. Allow her permission to have down days as she sees yours and to learn from them. Let her see that failures happen but asking forgiveness from those wronged and from God; gives an opportunity for a fresh start.


So, yeah you may lose your patience and maybe yell a little or slam something down on the table a bit harder than necessary. Well guess what? You’re human. Be vulnerable enough and honest enough to say, “Look, I blew it today. If you judged me by today’s behavior, you probably wouldn’t think that I have Jesus in my heart. So, I want you to know that I’m sorry.”


Of course all this real living is bathed in prayer for your precious daughter to meet Jesus in a real, honest, life-changing way. When that happens the bond between the two of you will be even more precious. What a responsibility it is to be a mother, caregiver, or grandmother to these little ones who are so precious in His sight.


Carolyn Larsen, author of For Girls Only, More For Girls Only and Princess Bible Stories.
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The Arc Podcast #4 – Hayden Shaw

On this episode of The Arc Podcast, Joy and Adam discuss Hayden Shaw’s two books, Sticking Points and Generational IQ. We then hear a talk Hayden Shaw gave to Tyndale employees earlier this year.

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(You can get Sticking Points for 40% off until Sunday! Get it Here – http://tyndal.es/stickingpoints )


To learn more about Generational IQ, visit – http://christianityisnotdying.com/

Why is my daughter drifting from God? Why can’t I explain my life choices to my parents? When will my son get a real job?
Within the last several decades, the world has shifted dramatically. The cracks of this fundamental shift appear everywhere: in our economy, in our cultural debates, in our political landscape, and, most important, in our churches. The problem is we tend to overreact to these changes, fearing that Christianity is dying. We need better Generational IQ, so we can respond to the changes but not be terrified by them. We need a wise generational coach. Haydn Shaw is that generational expert, showing us the roots of this generational shift and how it affects every one of us. Each generation, whether it’s the aging Boomers or the young Millennials, approaches God with a different set of questions and needs based on the times in which they grew up. Haydn walks you through these generational differences and paints a vision of hope for the future.

Blessed, Blessed, Blessed – An Interview with Missy Robertson

Earlier this year in February, Missy Robertson, author of the new book Blessed, Blessed . . . Blessed, stopped by Tyndale and spoke to employees about her life, her new book, and life as a Robertson.

You can hear the interview here – click here. Or you can download it as a podcast on iTunes – click here.


More about Blessed, Blessed…Blessed

Missy Robertson knew that marrying duck-hunting family man Jase Robertson would be an adventure . . . and she was up to the challenge. Their life together was good (even after Jase grew the beard). They had two children, worked hard to help build the thriving Duck Commander business, and loved and served God.

But after a difficult and risky pregnancy, their daughter, Mia, was born with a cleft palate—a serious condition requiring multiple cranial and facial surgeries. As their baby struggled to breathe, and Missy and Jase faced a life that suddenly looked very different than the one they’d planned, they found themselves staring down one of life’s biggest questions: Where is God in all this pain?

This is the Robertsons’ story. It’s for anyone scared and overwhelmed by a problem they can’t fix; anyone lost and searching for a way through. You’ll meet the young girl Mia who captured A&E’s Duck Dynasty viewers’ hearts, and learn how Missy and Jase have raised her and their sons to be faithful, confident, and secure in who they are. You’ll be inspired by how the Robertson family stuck by each other through the hardest times. And you’ll discover that God’s blessings are bigger than you ever dreamed—and there when you need them the most.

Visit BlessedBlessedBlessed.com to learn more!