The recipe for a future societal collapse has been set, according to Dr. James Dobson, author of Fatherless.
Research suggests that by 2050, the elderly population in the United States will more than double, while at the same time the proportion of those in younger demographics will significantly shrink. Combine that with the fact that just over half of all adults in America are currently married and the rate of children being born to single parents has never been higher.
Dr. Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, recently published his first fiction novel with the help of co-author Kurt Bruner. The pair attempted to draw attention to a very possible future if the current social trajectory and demographic trends hold true. more >>
Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing released a new book this week that contains stories about Billy Graham as told by politicians, celebrities and religious leaders who were impacted by the evangelist and his message.
The book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Billy Graham & Me: 101 Inspiring Personal Stories from Presidents, Pastors, Performers, and Other People Who Know Him Well, is the first in the Chicken Soup book series' 20-year history to serve as a tribute to a single person.
The book contains stories about Graham as told by every living U.S. president. It also contains some from evangelical leaders, such as Rick Warren, Joel Osteen and Craig Groeschel, and from other religious leaders, such as Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, Cardinal Timothy Dolan and activist Ela Gandhi. more >>
Former Mars Hill Bible Church pastor Rob Bell has released a trailer and tour dates for his new book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, in which the Christian author and minister does for God "what he did for heaven and hell in Love Wins," according to the publisher.
"I think there are a lot of people in our culture who can't do the God sort of belief system or the idea. So there's this very, very popular movement that essentially says 'this is all there is,'" Bell says in the trailer shared online Tuesday. "The problem is, for lots and lots of people that doesn't work. Because your kid is born, or you hear that piece of music or you find yourself in the middle of some natural wonder and you're like 'I find it hard to believe this is all there is, there's nothing else.'"
According to HarperOne, Bell explains in What We Talk About When We Talk About Love why "both culture and the church resist talking about God, and shows how we can reconnect with the God who is pulling us forward into a better future." more >>
In what some are called a wondrous harmony of technology and religion, New Jersey firefighters were promoted in their ranks late last week with the help of the Apple iPad's Bible application.
The eight officers, five of whom were promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief and three of whom were promoted to Fire Captain, swore into their rankings on Friday, Feb. 8 in Atlantic City, N.J.
After penning her struggle with anorexia as a teenager in her first book, Hollow: An Unpolished Tale, Jena Morrow received such an overwhelming response from men and women alike that she wrote a devotional to help individual with eating disorders and body image issues find hope and healing in the midst of their battle.
Hope for the Hollow: A Thirty-Day Inside-Out Makeover for Women Recovering from Eating Disorders is a devotional guide meant to encourage and inspire women to accept the truth of God's word as it applies to their bodies. The book includes 30 devotionals that share an applicable passage of Scripture dealing with the underlying themes of eating disorders such as guilt, shame, control, fear and pride.
"The response to the first book was so overwhelming. I met so many women and men who were struggling with an eating disorder or who had been in recovery," said Morrow. "There was such a need for a message of hope. The devotional was placed in my spirit and I went from there. I wanted to offer bite-size pieces of encouragement." more >>
Spoken Word poet Jefferson Bethke, known for creating such YouTube sensations as "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus," is slated to debut his first book, titled Jesus > Religion, later this year as part of a two-book deal with Thomas Nelson, Inc., the world's largest Christian publisher.
Although the book is not slated to be released until October, Bethke provided The Christian Post with a sneak peek and explained the purpose behind the book, which he says is to communicate the importance of experiencing grace when searching for Jesus.
The book, he told CP, is a "heavy, driven narrative tracing my upbringing, struggles, and testimony of walking with Jesus." more >>