Fans of the fantasy world created by author George R.R. Martin have been anticipating the release of the next novel in the series, "The Winds of Winter," which continues the story of the kingdom of Westeros. While it is still a mystery when the novel will be coming out, the author has recently released a different book titled "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," which interestingly enough features the same fantasy world of the hit series, "Game of Thrones," but occurs during a different time with a different set of characters, according to a report in Tech Times.
The new book published by Bantam actually puts together three short stories, "The Hedge Knight," "The Sworn Sword" and "The Mystery Knight," which is all about a knight named Ser Duncan "Dunk" the Tall and his squire, Aegon Targaryen who goes by the funny nickname Egg. Their adventures across the Seven Kingdoms are the focus of the book.
Ser Duncan the Tall is a legendary knight in Westerosi history, according to the report. In the fantasy world created by Martin, he is "one of the greatest knights to have ever lived" having been a Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. more >>
Best-selling novelist Sue Monk Kidd is working on a book that will take place during the first century, and is expected to feature a married Jesus of Nazareth.
The author of such notable novels as The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings is working on a story whose narrator will be the wife of the Messiah.
Prolific author and pastor Max Lucado has released a book meant to help guide Christians who might be feeling stagnant in their walk of faith. Titled Glory Days: Living Your Promised Land Life Now, the book centers on helping to address this faith crisis within American churches.
Out of 1,000 churches only 11 percent of Christians feel driven by their faith, Lucado wrote in the opening chapter, according to a survey by REVEAL Research.
During an interview with The Christian Post, Lucado said that such studies prompted him to write Glory Days. more >>
Evangelist Billy Graham is said to be in better shape today than he's been in for a while as his 97th birthday approaches, and his son, Franklin, is sharing how Hollywood's depiction of eternity has inspired what's being promoted as his father's final book.
Graham will be 97 on Nov. 7, and Franklin, who's president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, has said that his father is doing "pretty good."
"I think he's probably doing better now than he has in months, he's just got energy," Franklin told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren. " … This Sunday I walked in and I said 'daddy, this is Franklin," and he said, "oh son, where have you been? It's good to see you.' He'll want to talk about different things, so he's doing pretty good." more >>
Lakewood Church pastor and New York Times best-selling author Joel Osteen advises Christians to be "respectful" when engaging people of other faiths.
"I think [Christians should] take the high ground and respect where [other people are] coming from. What I've seen in life is most people get their faith or their religious background from their parents," said Osteen to The Christian Post, noting that oftentimes Christians try to prove their faith by debating others.
"I always realize — because I travel to a lot of different countries with different people of different faiths — I realize this is the way they were raised and I think people will know who the Disciples of Christ are by our love for one another. So I think respect and understanding is [the] starting point. more >>
Although the Bible portrays Jesus being tempted by Satan, some Christians doubt whether the devilish figure actually exists. However, one Christian pastor insists that it was indeed "a very real devil that tempted Jesus in the wilderness." In fact, he says, the devil "is still in business" and "goes to church every Sunday."
"It was a very real devil that came into the Garden of Eden to seduce Adam and Eve. It was a very real devil that tempted Jesus in the wilderness. He is still in business. He goes to church every Sunday. And if you don't know how to recognize him and take authority over him he'll destroy your life, your marriage, your children, your church, your hopes, your dreams. That's what I want them to take away," Cornerstone Church Pastor John Hagee said during a recent television discussion about his latest book.
Hagee made the remarks during an interview with James and Betty Robison on their "Life Today" program, which was published online Monday. more >>