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Under Our Skin: A Forum on Race and Faith

In November 2014, Benjamin Watson, then a tight end with the New Orleans Saints, posted a Facebook essay expressing the different emotions he felt after a Ferguson, MO, grand jury voted not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. Watson’s Facebook post, which effectively expressed an assortment of emotions that ranged from anger to embarrassment to hopelessness to hopefulness, was “liked” by nearly one million people. After this horrible situation, Watson asked the question that so many have wondered: Can it ever get better?

One year later, Tyndale House Publishers released Watson’s Under Our Skin: Getting Real about Race—and Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations that Divide Us. Watson’s book unpacks the question that he and so many have wondered: Will things ever get better, and is there hope for honest and healing conversations? In Under Our Skin, which has been referred to as part memoir and part social commentary, Watson examines both sides of the race debate and appeals to the power and possibility of faith as a step toward healing. The book offers a challenging and fresh perspective on the issue, opening the eyes and hearts of many.

On February 16, 2017, the conversation will continue as Benjamin Watson and other national thought leaders—including author and Hall of Fame football coach Tony Dungy, former NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award winner Warrick Dunn, Heisman Trophy winner and executive director of Desire Street Ministries Danny Wuerffel, author and speaker Mo Isom, Detroit pastor and author J. Kevin Butcher, University of South Florida head coach Charlie Strong, esteemed broadcaster James Brown, and executive director of Restoration Academy Ben Sciacca—come together at The Crossing Church in Tampa to discuss race and faith. The event will be moderated by ESPN’s Sage Steele, and music will be provided by Lizzy Cameron and Seth & Nirva. Although oftentimes the racial divide is a political position, divisive argument, or debate taking place on TV, very rarely do people leave with a change of heart or plan of action to apply to their everyday lives. Attend the forum unlike any other, in which the participants desire to move this argument and debate to a place of understanding different perspectives by really putting themselves in someone else’s shoes. At this forum, panelists will set their pride aside in order to have an authentic and meaningful dialogue.

“I think it’s important for all of us to let down our guard, to show some empathy, and be open to someone else’s experience, even if it’s different from our own,” said Watson. “Though our forum panelists won’t agree on everything, we’ll be intentional about having honest, heartfelt, and respectful dialogue. We all need a change of heart on the subject where our own lives intersect with this dialogue. Our greatest desire is to equip people who view the Under Our Skin forum with tools to help them engage in their own communities.”

In order to transform hearts toward the racial divide and provide a fresh perspective, the event will not just provide great insights but will give attendees a call to action to take with them to their own communities so that the discussion does not end with this three-hour panel, but continues to occur.

Under Our Skin: A Forum on Race and Faith will take place Thursday, February 16, 2017 at The Crossing Church in Tampa. General admission tickets are on sale now at www.underourskinforum.com for $29.99. VIP tickets (limit 50) are on sale for $199.00 and include an event ticket, dinner with the panelists, a signed copy of Under Our Skin, and a seat in one of the first three rows at the event. Can’t attend the forum? Purchase a livestream feed for churches or groups of more than twenty at $149.00 or for individuals at $9.99. Tyndale House Publishers will be providing a charitable donation to the charity/foundation of choice of panelists.

Please consider inviting your family and friends to join Tyndale House Publishers, along with an impressive panel of leaders, as we come together to take a closer look at the issue of race and faith in America.

 

Article by Celia Leibow

Maybe It’s You by Candace Calvert – Enter to win a Hollywood style movie night!

To celebrate the release of Maybe It’s You, author Candace Calvert is treating you to a Hollywood Style movie night!

More about Maybe It’s You:

ER nurse Sloane Ferrell escaped her risky past—new name, zip code, job, and a fresh start. She’s finally safe, if she avoids a paper trail and doesn’t let people get too close. Like the hospital’s too-smooth marketing man with his relentless campaign to plaster one “lucky” employee’s face on freeway billboards.

Micah Prescott’s goal is to improve the Hope hospital image, but his role as a volunteer crisis responder is closer to his heart. The selfless work helps fill a void in his life left by family tragedy. So does a tentative new relationship with the compassionate, beautiful, and elusive Sloane Ferrell.

Then a string of brutal crimes makes headlines, summons responders . . . and exposes disturbing details of Sloane’s past.

Can hope spring from crisis?

Learn more at Tyndale.com.

 

Here’s how to enter the giveaway:

Fill out the Gleam form below

AND

• Visit Goodreads.com (if you don’t have an account they allow you to enter using your Facebook profile, there is a button you can press)
• Search Maybe It’s You by Candace Calvert and mark it to read
• Visit Candace Calvert’s Goodreads author page and follow her to receive updates
• Submit the link to your Goodreads profile page in the Gleam form and you’re entered!

Here’s what you can win:

 

  • “Red Carpet Movie Night–YOU be the star!”
  • Theater size candy boxes  (5)
  • Popcorn, caramel corn
  • Custom “red carpet” chocolates, including a gold “award” statue
  • Walk of Fame peel & stick star
  • Stuffed animal, “Marty” the cat
  • $50  Amazon gift card (movie rentals, books, etc.)

(Total value 110.00)

Plus a Signed copy of Maybe It’s You 

1 winner will be chosen on 2/20 – US Entries Only.

Enter here:

Hollywood Style Movie Night Giveaway!

Resources for #WorldCancerDay

In recognition of World Cancer Day, here’s a list of helpful and hopeful cancer resources for those who have cancer, or have a loved one who is or has experienced cancer in their life.

To learn more about World Cancer Day visit – www.worldcancerday.org

 

 

Chase Away Cancer by Ellie Poole Ewoldt

You may think you know how this cancer story goes. The characters: a little boy, a loving family, the team of doctors. The diagnosis: terminal, little hope for a cure. There are two possible outcomes. Will his family be plunged into extreme sorrow or miraculous joy?

What if the answer was both?

Ellie Poole Ewoldt debuts with a memoir of desperate hope and fierce love; of a family who refused to give up even when they heard the worst possible news for their two-year-old son, Chase. Moment by moment, the Ewoldts faced brain surgery and chemo, spinal taps and transfusions. And yet, the true miracle lay not in the medicine or Chase’s prognosis—rather, Chase’s life shows us the miracle of hope, even through the darkest nights. If there is anything he and the Ewoldts have learned, it is that God is always good and will stay at your side through every moment, no matter what it holds.

You’ll fall in love with Chase through his story and be inspired to help chase away cancer—for this headstrong boy, his fighting friends, and all those in your own life who need hope for whatever tomorrow may bring.

When God and Cancer Meet By Lynn Eib

A book of powerful stories about cancer patients and their families who have been touched by God in miraculous ways—some in their bodies, others in their minds, all in their spirits—offers inspiring testimony that, when God and cancer meet, cancer is conquered. The author, herself a cancer survivor, gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse of 18 personal encounters with God.

 

 

 

 

Finding Light in Cancer’s Shadow By Lynn Eib

Coping with cancer is sometimes more emotionally difficult after treatment than during it. There’s a shadow of cancer hanging overhead and so few who really understand survivors’ unique needs. With her trademark humor and straight talk, patient advocate Lynn Eib takes on the tough questions cancer survivors often ask themselves yet rarely speak out loud: Is everyone as paranoid as I am? How do I stay positive? What if the cancer comes back? Eib weaves the story of her own experience as a longtime cancer survivor and those of other survivors into this hope-filled, practical book designed to move readers out from cancer’s shadow and into renewed purpose and joy.

 

 

You’ve just heard a diagnosis that shakes your world: It’s cancer. And what you long for most is the hope that everything will be okay. You are not alone. As a longtime cancer survivor, Lynn Eib knows firsthand how that feels. And as a patient advocate helping thousands facing cancer, she also knows what gives people hope. In 50 Days of Hope, Lynn shares amazing, true stories of those who have been in your shoes and discovered that when God and cancer meet, hope is never far away. Whether you’re a cancer patient or walking with a loved one on a cancer journey, you’ll find 50 Days of Hope packed with the daily dose of encouragement you need.

 

 

Under Our Skin Forum – Book Giveaway

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On February 16, 2017, please join some of today’s national leaders on issues of race and faith at The Crossing Church in Tampa, Florida—or via www.Livestream.com—for Under Our Skin: A Forum on Race and Faith, presented by Tyndale House Publishers. The 3-hour live event, moderated by ESPN’s Sage Steele, will feature Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson, esteemed broadcaster James Brown, Hall of Fame football coach Tony Dungy, NFL Walter Payton Man-of-the-Year award winner Warrick Dunn, author and speaker Mo Isom, Executive Director of Desire Street Ministries and Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel, Detroit pastor and author J. Kevin Butcher, and Executive Director of Restoration Academy Ben Sciacca, among others. Music will be performed by Lizzy Cameron. A donation will be made from Tyndale House Publishers to the foundations represented by the forum’s panelists.

After news broke in November 2014 that a grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., voted not to indict the police officer responsible for killing Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, Benjamin Watson penned a heartfelt Facebook post that expressed his anger, fear, embarrassment, sadness, confusion, hopelessness, and hopefulness over the situation. One year later, Watson further unpacked his thoughts in his book, Under Our Skin: Getting Real about Race and Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations That Divide Us. Since its release, Watson has become a widely recognized voice on the topics of race and faith in America.

Watson’s primary desire in Under Our Skin is to equip readers with tools to engage in issues of race from another’s perspective. The event’s speakers are committed to participating in a forum that will be thoughtful and respectful in its approach to challenging issues. At the conclusion of the forum, viewers will be provided with several steps to take back to their own communities to move the racial divide from an argument or political position toward a place of reconciliation and healing.

To learn more or to purchase tickets to the event in Tampa or the Livestrem, visit: http://underourskinforum.com/

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Help us spread the word about this event and enter to win a FREE autographed copy of Under Our Skin by Benjamin Watson!

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Here’s how to enter:

-Fill out the Gleam form below

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We’ll pick the 10 winners on Feb 5.

 

 

 

 
Under Our Skin Forum – Book Giveaway

7 Myths about Creative Journaling in Your Bible: It’s More Than Coloring! (10 Bible Giveaway!)

Guest post by Amber Bolton of @biblejournaling: Inspire Bible TOUR workshop leader, youth pastor, and long-time Bible journaler

 

I’m sure they exist, but I’ve never met a person who didn’t like to color. Give someone a marker and you are sure to find them doodling on the page, writing their thoughts, making lists, or being creative. Coloring is used in therapy and in schools to calm children, and there’s no surprise that adult coloring books are in grocery store checkout lanes. Coloring has never been a fad. So, what about coloring in our Bibles and creative journaling?

 

Is creative journaling just making pretty pages? Is it more than an adult coloring book? These are the questions we’ve been exploring as we crisscross the country on the Inspire Bible TOUR (check out inspirebible.com/TOUR). We are meeting people who have a hunger for understanding God’s Word and want a creative way to respond that is more than just coloring. The Inspire Bible is all about our hearts and how they interact with God’s Word. It’s a form of Bible study.

 

The Inspire Bible TOUR has given me the chance to help people feel confident and encouraged to get into God’s Word and respond in the margin. The goal is that the margin becomes the place where truth sinks into our hearts and pours out in the beauty of our lives. I’ve encountered people who walk into the workshop feeling like they are not creative and leave with confidence to study and respond to God’s Word in a unique way. There are so many myths when it comes to creative journaling. Here are just a few.
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Myth 1: I am not creative.

Everyone is creative in their own way! God made us in his image and he is creative. He’s THE creator. You don’t have to be a talented artist to mark up the margins of your Inspire Bible. It’s not about a pretty page, it’s about using the margin to respond to what the Holy Spirit is saying through God’s Word. Some people journal, others make lists, still others use all the embellishments and paints they can find. Be uniquely YOU in the margins.

 

Myth 2: I don’t know where to start.

So many people that I’ve met on TOUR are nervous to start marking up their Inspire. They don’t know where to begin and are afraid they will mess up. Know this, you will misspell a word or accidentally spill paint all over the page. It’s OK. Give yourself grace to get a little messy. There is no place for perfectionism when we come before God. We come with humility and an open heart. Give yourself permission to be free when you encounter the Inspire Bible. I encourage people to start in one of the Gospels or Romans. Maybe even Psalms. Read a whole chapter at once so that you can really get an understanding of the context. Jump in!

 

Myth 3: I don’t know what to put in my margin.

Creative journaling is more than coloring, it’s a study. I’ve created a process for creative journaling that helps me stay focused on responding and living out what I learn. Here’s what I do: 1.Pray (invite the Holy Spirit to speak through God’s Word); 2. Read (read a portion of scripture); 3. Ask (What stands out? What does this passage tell me about God? How am I to live differently based on this passage?); 4. Respond (THIS is what you put in your margin.) I answer one of those three questions in the margin of my Inspire. I’ll either write or draw what stands out from the passage, or bullet-point what it tells me about God’s character. Sometimes I’ll journal about how I am to live based on the passage. The margin is for you to process what you’ve read. It doesn’t have to be perfect or pretty, it just needs to remind you of what you’ve learned.

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Myth 4: I don’t have time.

It does not take long to fill our spiritual tanks through creative journaling. I typically spend 30-45 minutes in my process from beginning to end. I have a little corner in my office dedicated to creative journaling where I keep all my supplies and Inspire Bible. Even if you don’t have space, I’m sure you have a small tote you can keep your Inspire and a few favorite supplies in for an “on the go” option. I’ve never regretted setting aside time to spend in God’s Word, but I have regretted passing it up. It doesn’t have to be every day! Creative journaling is just one of the ways to study God’s Word (personally I think it’s the most fun way!). So, switch it up. Maybe you read a passage and journal, another day you read and go for a run, another you gather friends and spend hours in your Inspire together!

 

Myth 5: I don’t have all the right supplies.

I encourage people who are new to creative journaling to start with what you have in your house. Don’t go out and buy all the supplies you think you’ll love. You’ll be overwhelmed—and out of money. It will take a little time, but you’ll soon find which supplies you love most (I’m all about the embellishments and TomBow pens!) Follow us on Facebook (Inspire Bible) to see what supplies we love, or come to a TOUR event and you’ll get to try out a bunch of supplies at the table! There are lots of social media groups that share their tips and supplies that work well. The last few pages in the Inspire Bible are great “trial” pages to see if a new supply will work or have bleed through. If you are unsure, use those pages to test them out!

 

Myth 6: I don’t want to do this alone.

Creative journaling is both personal and corporate. I love spending time alone in my Inspire, but I also crave going through the process and learning from others (and sharing supplies). There are many social media groups who have “weekly” pages/challenges. They are encouraging and helpful! It’s a great way to share with each other what you are learning. What if you were to start an Inspire Bible study group in your church? That could be a really fun way to connect with others and share supplies!!

 

Myth 7: I have someone in my life who would LOVE creative journaling, but I don’t know how to get them started.

There are a few really great ways to help your friends, or even get started yourself! Attend one of the Inspire Bible Tour workshops this spring (locations will be announced soon). OR…. join us for our live online workshop on Saturday, January 7th at 10 a.m. (CST). This online workshop will be an opportunity to learn the process, get tips, and go through techniques! This is a super fun Christmas present to yourself or someone you love. Register online at amberbolton.net. And, there’s some really fun happy mail that comes with the registration, including the Intro to Creative Journaling book by Amber Bolton, a fun T-shirt, and the Inspire: Psalms book!

 

10 Bible Giveaway!

Enter to win a copy of of the Inspire Bible Large Print NLT!

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Here’s how to enter:

  1. Download and print this Christmas themed coloring sheet – Download Here
  2. Get to work coloring, painting, or however you’d like to express yourself.
  3. Post a picture of the end result on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram.
  4. Use the Gleam form below to submit the link to your creation.

We’ll choose 10 winners on 12/26!

 

 

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