Aug 312014
 

The Story of Santa Claus
By: Joseph McCullough
Published by: Osprey Publishing
Expected Publication Date: Oct 21 2014
ISBN: 9781472803429

Summary

Every December 24th millions of children eagerly await a visit from a large, bearded man in a red suit. But where did Santa come from and how did he evolve into today’s Jolly Old Saint Nick?

Well before the legendary poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ shaped the modern vision of Santa Claus riding a flying sleigh pulled by magical reindeer, his story actually began about seventeen hundred years ago in the Eastern Roman Empire. There, a young orphan named Nicholas became famous for using his inheritance to give gifts to the needy. In his most wildly-known story, he threw bags of gold over a wall into the house of a destitute merchant, so that the man would not be forced to sell his daughters into slavery. Eventually, this young and holy man became the Bishop of Myra and lived a life of faith and miracles, fighting injustice and protecting the weak. Even after his death, his miracles continued, and he is credited with saving sailors, healing the sick, and even raising the dead. In time, he became known as St. Nicholas the Wonder Worker.

In the numerous centuries since the passing of Saint Nicholas, his story has grown, developed, and been combined with numerous other legends. In the Netherlands, he became known as Sinterklaas, the old man who brought presents to children with the help of his assistant Zwarte Piet. In England, he became Father Christmas, the living embodiment of the holiday.

Fully illustrated with original color drawings, Santa Claus celebrates the story of his beginnings as a holy man in Ancient Rome, through his development in the Middle-Ages, to his current, likeness on advertisements, greeting cards, apparel and decorations – right down to real-life mall-based family photo opp. It is a winding, magical tale filled with mystery and good will towards all men, sure to fill even the most jaded scrooges with a little bit of Christmas magic.

A portion of all of the profits from this book will be donated to help disadvantaged children throughout the world.

My Review

I absolutely love this book and I think it will be a family favorite for generations as folklore and history mingle together and overcome 1700+ years of religion and cultural changes. This is a book that the Christian home school parent can use as a teaching aide or someone who is Atheist can use to understand the history of why we celebrate Christmas with this jolly fellow!

About the Author

Joseph A McCullough is the author of several non-fiction books including A Pocket History of Ireland and Osprey’s Zombies: A Hunter’s Guide. In addition, his fantasy short stories have appeared in various books and magazines such as Black Gate, Lords of Swords, and Adventure Mystery Tales. He also co-wrote The Grey Mountains, a supplement for the Middle-Earth Role-Playing game. The author lives in Oxford, UK.

 

Every December 24th millions of children eagerly await a visit from a large, bearded man in a red suit. But where did Santa come from and how did he evolve into today’s Jolly Old Saint Nick?

Well before the legendary poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas” shaped the modern vision of Santa Claus riding a flying sleigh pulled by magical reindeer, his story actually began about seventeen hundred years ago in the Eastern Roman Empire. There, a young orphan named Nicholas became famous for using his inheritance to give gifts to the needy. In his most wildly-known story, he threw bags of gold over a wall into the house of a destitute merchant, so that the man would not be forced to sell his daughters into slavery. Eventually, this young and holy man became the Bishop of Myra and lived a life of faith and miracles, fighting injustice and protecting the weak. Even after his death, his miracles continued, and he is credited with saving sailors, healing the sick, and even raising the dead. In time, he became known as St. Nicholas the Wonder Worker.

In the numerous centuries since the passing of Saint Nicholas, his story has grown, developed, and been combined with numerous other legends. In the Netherlands, he became known as Sinterklaas, the old man who brought presents to children with the help of his assistant Zwarte Piet. In England, he became Father Christmas, the living embodiment of the holiday.

Fully illustrated with original color drawings, The Story of Santa Claus celebrates the story of his beginnings as a holy man in Ancient Rome, through his development in the Middle-Ages, to his current, likeness on advertisements, greeting cards, apparel and decorations – right down to real-life mall-based family photo opp. It is a winding, magical tale filled with mystery and good will towards all men, sure to fill even the most jaded scrooges with a little bit of Christmas magic.

$14.95 USD
Jul 052014
 

50 Things You Need To Know About Heaven

By: Dr. John Hart
Published by: Bethany House
On: June 3rd 2014
ISBN-10: 0764211668
ISBN-13: 978-0764211669

Summary

Answers to Your Questions About Heaven

We all want to know what happens after we die. Will we go to heaven? What will we do there? Will we see our loved ones?

It turns out the Bible is filled with answers to your most important questions, explaining what heaven looks like, who will be there, and how to get there in the first place. In this book you will find clear explanations of these passages, giving you an honest and beautiful picture of our eternal home. 

Find comfort and peace in the truth about heaven.

 

My Review

50 Things You Need to Know About Heaven is a great book that works really well with the Bible and points out the answers to the questions that we all have about Heaven. The book demonstrates really well the answers that so many Christians ask or spend an eternity searching for and/or fearing.

Dr. John Hart jam packed this short book with information that you will find yourself referencing over and over again.

About the Author

Dr. John Hart (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary; ThD, Grace Theological Seminary) is Professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute, and he is the author of Demonology and the Mission Field. Dr. Hart lives in Valparaiso, Indiana.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moody Bible Professor Dr. John Hart provides brief, straightforward answers directly from the Bible to fifty of the most commonly asked questions about heaven.
$9.99 USD

 

 

 

 

Jul 042014
 

Doppelganger

By: Shawn Stern
Published by: INVADER PRESS
On: January 1st 2014
ISBN-10: 0984926615
ISBN-13: 978-0984926619

Summary

WHAT WOULD YOU DO… IF A DUPLICATE STOLE YOUR LIFE? 

The day Shane Fisher is mistaken for one of the thieves of a bank robbery, his ordinary life is turned upside down. Propelled into a dark dangerous world, he must race to discover the truth about himself and a reality he never knew existed. With the help of a mysterious stranger, Shane discovers that he possesses powers and abilities far beyond his wildest imagination. 

DOPPELGÄNGER is an adventure of murder, betrayal and chaos; one man’s loss – and discovery of personal identity. This novel blends scientific realism with technological fantasy, blurring the lines between fact & fiction. After the first few pages the reader will find themselves in a world at once both familiar yet bizarre and thrilling.

My Review

Doppelganger is an awesome and fun read that brings up the idea that many of us grew up with – that we have an  identical person to us somewhere on earth. This book is an interesting take on the idea of a Doppelganger and really is an edge of your seat book that takes you down the road of finding yourself. I definitely recommend this book and I believe one of my children has already decided that it will make great summer reading! Having heard of Doppelgangers from the TV show Vampire Diaries, the title immediately held their attention as it did mine and it didn’t fail to be a story of it’s own. Highly recommended!

About the Author

Shawn Stern was born in the summer of 1977 in Los Angeles, California. He holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has a propensity towards naming his pets after writers and philosophers. He lives in his hometown of Malibu, California.
DOPPELGÄNGER is his first novel.

 

 

 

 

WHAT WOULD YOU DO… IF A DUPLICATE STOLE YOUR LIFE? The day Shane Fisher is mistaken for one of the thieves of a bank robbery, his ordinary life is turned upside down. Propelled into a dark dangerous world, he must race to discover the truth about himself and a reality he never knew existed. With the help of a mysterious stranger, Shane discovers that he possesses powers and abilities far beyond his wildest imagination. DOPPELGÄNGER is an adventure of murder, betrayal and chaos; one man’s loss – and discovery of personal identity.
$24.95 USD
Jul 032014
 

Paw Prints in My Heart

Life Lessons Learned from the Dog of my Life

By: Andrew Hessel
Published: May 13th 2014
By: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN-10: 1497595495
ISBN-13: 978-1497595491

Summary

Here’s to great dogs. Many of us would like to believe there’s a special place in doggie heaven for the really great ones. I know I want to. No question they’ve earned it, deserve it, and it seems only fair. I know there are a great many great dogs out there, working their magic, living their lives with their families and saying it all without ever saying a word. For dog lovers, our precious memories of those “non-conversations” with dearly-departed four-legged friends lend silence a deafening quality. I explained to a friend that Paw Prints is a book about great dogs, not just my dog, although Mac was truly some great dog. And as I’ve said many times, he was certainly the dog of my life, and his friendship enriched and changed not just my life, but the lives of everyone in our family. While the book is my attempt to capture Mac’s remarkably and improbably wonderful story before it fades to past, it’s also in many ways my story, too. Because Mackie and I were happily and deliriously, joined-at-the-paw. Amazing, I think, that I could learn so much from a guy that never said a word. Paw Prints in My Heart is Mac’s story. I think of it as my gift to our family and all of his friends, two and four-legged, that had the pleasure and the privilege of knowing and being loved by this magnificent old Labrador retriever. It’s my best attempt to capture and chronicle a remarkable life, the pain and sadness of his passing, but most of all, his joyful impact upon us over what truly was a most improbable life of fourteen years and a day. A reverent and grateful tribute to a gentle and pure spirit that for me will always be a living reminder of a loving friend in the very truest sense. In every way, for me this book was a labor of love and joy to write. Parts will make you laugh, and others may bring you to tears, so a tissue at times may be advised. But I have the highest hopes that you’ll read it, enjoy it, and connect in ways that only you can understand. Maybe even share it with friends that might understand and pass it along, as a comfort for a true friend they’ve lost, and for what they’ve experienced, and a way for them to remember the laughter and happy times through their tears. I hope that dog lovers everywhere read this book and see a bit of their dog in Mac. I hope that the non-dog lovers amongst us read this book and reconsider. I hope that everyone has at least one dog of their life in their life. My first novel Rush to Dawn, was, in many ways a love letter to my wife, Lynne. This book, I’d like to believe, is a love letter from Mac to all of us.

My Review

This book is a great testament to how much a pet, especially a dog, can touch your heart and really become a part of your soul. This is a definite must read that had me thinking about how I will feel when my “baby’s” move to doggie heaven.

This book is for the animal lover, pet owner and the person who is on the fence about getting a forever friend. Andrew Hessel put his life on hold to write this soulful book because the lost of his best friend was a story from the heart that was worth telling (and reading!). I am so happy that someone finally wrote a book that delves into the true relationship of being part of a family that has true unconditional love.

About Andrew Hessel

It’s never too late to heed the call.

How I arrived at this conclusion is in itself a story.

After college I spent nearly three decades in the corporate world, working for big media on the publishing side.  All powerful, successful companies, headquartered in places like  New York, Burbank, and points in between.   My thing was marketing, advertising, sales management and general management.  In fairness, there were some very good years.

We had fun and did good work we were proud of.

But nothing lasts forever, and in the end, after one too many sales, mergers, and acquisitions, I walked away … having had about all the corporate fun I could stand, you might say.

Few thought the newspaper business, struggling and under siege, would ever recover.  Many branded it a dying industry and called it a dinosaur.

Still others said it was already dead.

There was no shortage of opinions, but three things were painfully clear and inarguably true:

Newspapers would never again have the near exclusive relationship they’d too often taken for granted with their readers.  At least not on the scale they’d enjoyed for so long.

No longer an indispensible news source and with fewer and fewer readers by the day, newpapers were simply no longer all that relevant.  Even the best and the brightest running the biggest and most successful newspapers had no real idea how to remain prominent players in a new age that had passed them by.

Today, we want our news and entertainment instantly, not tomorrow morning.

No escaping the fact that the glory days had up and gone, and were gone for good.  For me, it just wasn’t fun anymore.

Experiencing a shifting business paradigm first-hand is both scaryand exhilirating, but it’s also a rare chance for personal reinvention.

But what next?  What do I want? 

I wanted most to rediscover the passion the corporate world so easily crushes.   And to embrace something deep inside I’d been ignoring for most of life.

Writing is in the blood and deeply-rooted in our family.  We’re a family of writers.  Our father taught us, we taught our kids, and so it continues.

My dad wrote a couple of books, my sister has written professionally for years, and although, until the last few years, most of my own writing was business oriented, I’ve always written.

Dad’s innovative treatment of world history – now there’s a bigsubject – was published by one of the most esteemed houses in the industry, Simon & Schuster.  His dream, rightfully, was for it to be recognized as the unique reference tool he had created it to be, and to find a home in the library of every school in America.  It made perfect sense, his publisher agreed, but  the promised promotion never materialized.

For my dad, what should have been, never was.

Back then I couldn’t fully understand how disappointed he must have been.  How hard he’d worked, how big he’d dreamed.  How deeply it must have hurt.

Authors with books that go unpromoted by their publishers are hardly members of an exclusive club.

Years later, after heeding the call, writing three thrillers and chasing my dream conventionally in the find-an-agent-get-a-publishermode, I get it.

Boy, do I get it.

My dad had no other path, he couldn’t do much about it in those days.

Thankfully, that isn’t the case today.  What you’re reading is testament to a world full of amazing new tools, and bold, new possibilities.

The shock is discovering that following the path leads to yet another jugular paradigm shift.  It couldn’t be more personal.

Or more of a roller coaster. I’m talking about coming to terms with what it means, deciding what to do, figuring out how to go about it, and then getting started.

Then, having done all that, came the final realization that is the very biggest of all:

Winning, and success, are very different beasts from when it all began.

I want people to read my thrillers, and the emphasis is readers over dollars.

I hope the pages turn and you enjoy good reads.

And at the end will consider it time well spent.

Along the way, and starting right here, I’m also hoping for a new kind of communication between readers and writers, and writers and writers.

Please accept my thanks for checking us out and for reading.

And to all the kindred spirits who, for whatever reasons are driven to follow similar dreams, I hope that your visit here offers you a little shelter from the storm and encouragement to keep going.

Here’s to great dogs. Many of us would like to believe there’s a special place in doggie heaven for the really great ones. I know I want to. No question they’ve earned it, deserve it, and it seems only fair. I know there are a great many great dogs out there, working their magic, living their lives with their families and saying it all without ever saying a word. For dog lovers, our precious memories of those “non-conversations” with dearly-departed four-legged friends lend silence a deafening quality. I explained to a friend that Paw Prints is a book about great dogs, not just my dog, although Mac was truly some great dog. And as I’ve said many times, he was certainly the dog of my life, and his friendship enriched and changed not just my life, but the lives of everyone in our family. While the book is my attempt to capture Mac’s remarkably and improbably wonderful story before it fades to past, it’s also in many ways my story, too. Because Mackie and I were happily and deliriously, joined-at-the-paw. Amazing, I think, that I could learn so much from a guy that never said a word. Paw Prints in My Heart is Mac’s story. I think of it as my gift to our family and all of his friends, two and four-legged, that had the pleasure and the privilege of knowing and being loved by this magnificent old Labrador retriever. It’s my best attempt to capture and chronicle a remarkable life, the pain and sadness of his passing, but most of all, his joyful impact upon us over what truly was a most improbable life of fourteen years and a day. A reverent and grateful tribute to a gentle and pure spirit that for me will always be a living reminder of a loving friend in the very truest sense. In every way, for me this book was a labor of love and joy to write. Parts will make you laugh, and others may bring you to tears, so a tissue at times may be advised. But I have the highest hopes that you’ll read it, enjoy it, and connect in ways that only you can understand. Maybe even share it with friends that might understand and pass it along, as a comfort for a true friend they’ve lost, and for what they’ve experienced, and a way for them to remember the laughter and happy times through their tears. I hope that dog lovers everywhere read this book and see a bit of their dog in Mac. I hope that the non-dog lovers amongst us read this book and reconsider. I hope that everyone has at least one dog of their life in their life. My first novel Rush to Dawn, was, in many ways a love letter to my wife, Lynne. This book, I’d like to believe, is a love letter from Mac to all of us.
$9.95 USD
Jul 022014
 

Knowing God by Name

Names of God that Bring Hope and Healing

By: David Wilkerson
Published by: Chosen Books
On: April 15th 2014
ISBN13: 9780800795757

Summary

“Our help is in the name of the Lord.”–Psalm 124:8

In the Bible, God is called by many names. But what do they mean? And what do they reveal about Him? Can knowing these names bring the comfort, hope or healing you are seeking?

Through Bible teaching and personal anecdotes, bestselling author and beloved pastor David Wilkerson explores ten Hebrew names for God, showing how men and women throughout Scripture found strength and encouragement in the powerful name of the Lord. So can you! This life-changing book will help you know your heavenly Father on a heart-to-heart level, revealing His protection, care, discipline and loving guidance in your life.

God has pledged to keep you, to give you His peace, to give you His Holy Spirit, to blot out all your sins and to replace them with His lovingkindness. Here is your invitation to experience each of these realities–in other words, to know God by name.

 

My Review

David Wilkerson goes over more than ten different names that we associate with God and what specific attributes go with each name. In knowing these names we can learn how to pray more effectively, how to speak to God on a more intimate level and we can understand what the people of the Bible meant with all of the different names they used.

This book is a great companion book to your daily Bible study because it delves deeper, much like a concordance but smooth flowing and all focused on the specific names of God rather than Hebrew and Greek words being explained.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to take their level of Biblical knowledge to the next level.

About the Author

David Wilkerson (1931-2011) was the founder of Teen Challenge and World Challenge and longtime senior pastor of Times Square Church. He authored more than thirty books, including the bestselling “The Cross and the Switchblade” and “Knowing God by Name”. He ministered to people worldwide, and on the day of his death, he was still ministering.

David Wilkerson was born in 1931 and died in 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Our help is in the name of the Lord.”–Psalm 124:8

In the Bible, God is called by many names. But what do they mean? And what do they reveal about Him? Can knowing these names bring the comfort, hope or healing you are seeking?

Through Bible teaching and personal anecdotes, bestselling author and beloved pastor David Wilkerson explores ten Hebrew names for God, showing how men and women throughout Scripture found strength and encouragement in the powerful name of the Lord. So can you! This life-changing book will help you know your heavenly Father on a heart-to-heart level, revealing His protection, care, discipline and loving guidance in your life.

God has pledged to keep you, to give you His peace, to give you His Holy Spirit, to blot out all your sins and to replace them with His lovingkindness. Here is your invitation to experience each of these realities–in other words, to know God by name.
$10.37 USD
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