In her new book, Love Idol, former journalist Jennifer Dukes Lee shares how she transitioned from seeking approval from other people to realizing that God's love is all the validation she needs.
As a reporter for the Des Moines Register, Lee interviewed subjects ranging from local dignitaries to the vice president of the United States, but she never reached perfection which was the goal she coveted most.
It took her years to realize she had an addiction to approval; she eventually found that it was possible to stop being a people pleaser and discovered full freedom and joy in Christ. more >>
NEW YORK — Sarah Jakes, daughter of The Potter's House pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes, hit a chord with many when she shared in a series of blog posts about the turmoil she endured as a teen mom and years later, over a broken marriage. In her new memoir, Lost and Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life, Jakes goes even deeper into the struggles that she feels ultimately led her back to God and gave her a platform to speak to a generation struggling with faith, the church and their own detours in life.
"If you had told me the girl who got pregnant at thirteen and felt like the black sheep child of America's favorite preacher would now be a twenty-five-year-old single mom, divorcée, author, motivational speaker, TV personality, ministry director, and senior editor, I never would have believed you," Jakes writes in Lost and Found.
The mother of two, who divorced ex-NFL player Robert Henson in 2012 after four years of marriage, continues: more >>
Much like the men in their lives, Duck Dynasty's five leading ladies are outspoken about their faith in Jesus Christ and their desire to grow God's kingdom by sharing their testimonies with the people they meet. In their new book, The Women of Duck Commander, Miss Kay, Lisa, Missy, Korie and Jessica share never-before-told stories about the Robertson family, and how their reliance on God has enabled them to persevere through life's unforeseen challenges, heartaches and strife.
Within each chapter of the book, the Robertson wives give fans an inside look into their lives when the cameras are turned off and the trials of daily life begin. They also share what they really think about Phil's outspoken demeanor, and open up about the secret behind the family's success.
During an interview with The Christian Post, Missy, who is a co-author of the book along with Miss Kay and her three sisters-in-law, spoke candidly about her marriage to Jase, her relationship with her in-laws, and how they've been able to persevere through the most difficult challenges in their lives. more >>
Author Elizabeth Esther's Instagram feed reveals images of her jumping on the trampoline, her daughter at a recent ballet performance, glasses of wine, and photos of her smiling twin girls. Other than pictures of her recent book launch party, there is little to suggest that she belonged to a Fundamentalist Christian cult just a little more than a decade ago.
Headed up by her grandparents, the Assembly religious movement that Esther was a part of not only believed that the Apocalypse was imminent, but also sanctioned aggressive corporal punishment for infants and children, strict gender roles that went as far as policing tones of voice, and family street preaching.
Several years after marrying a man who had also joined the cult, Esther and her husband left the church after they confronted her grandfather about alleged abuse that he and the community had covered up. Esther recently released, Girl at the End of the World, a memoir about her childhood and young adult years in the community. more >>
Building the Old Time Religion: Women Evangelists in the Progressive Era takes an in-depth look at the lasting impact that the ministry and achievements of 24 women have made on U.S. Christianity. These women founded educational institutions, organizations and denominations during the Progressive Era and many of their contributions remain pivotal to American society today.
They range in name from Virginia Moss, Elizabeth Baker, Mary Lee Cagle, Emma Whittemore and Martha Lee to Iva Durham Vennard, Aimee Semple McPherson, Helen Sunday, Evangeline Booth and several others. Their denominations include Methodist, Roman Catholic, Salvation Army, Assembly of God, Pentecostal, and others. Among the many institutions and churches these women founded are the Catholic Truth Guild, Apostolic Faith Mission, Door of Hope, Good Will Mission, L.I.F.E. Bible College, Angelus Temple and Beulah Heights Assembly.
According to theologian and author Priscilla Pope-Levison, the 24 women evangelists featured in Building the Old Time religion broke ground and pressed against the tide of the times to follow and fulfill the calls they felt God had placed on their lives. Pope-Levison, professor of Theology at Seattle Pacific University and an ordained United Methodist minister compresses 20 years of research into less than 200 pages and leaves no stone unturned in her effort to reveal the accomplishments, struggles and shortcomings of these "theologically conservative" Christian leaders. more >>
Parents of children attending three Kentucky public schools have reportedly expressed concern after an atheist group arrived on the campuses to distribute free books regarding secularism.
Some parents of Casey County, Ky., kept their children home last Friday when the Tri-State Freethinkers atheist group set up a secularist book display at three local public elementary schools, including Liberty, Walnut, and Jones Park. The atheist group was able to set up the displays after the American Civil Liberties Union contacted the Casey County School District, arguing that because administrators allowed the Christian group Gideons International to set up a Christian-themed book display, they should also allow the atheist group to do so.
Tri-State Freethinkers followed the same rules as Gideons International when setting up their display, including setting up an unmanned table with secular literature before school hours. Members of the atheist group were not allowed to be on campus while school was in session and had to dismantle their table after school had ended. The book distributed to students on Friday was Humanism, What's That?: A Book for Curious Kids. more >>