NEW YORK — Bill Courtney knows a thing or two about what it takes to be an effective leader. The Tennessee native, businessman and author, was the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary that chronicled how he helped transform a group of at-risk teens into a tight-knit and highly motivated football team.
Courtney has just released the book Against the Grain: A Coach's Wisdom on Character, Faith, Family, and Love (co-authored with Michael Arkush), and in its pages shares principles on character, commitment, service and leadership that he has learned over the years and have brought him success, especially as operator and owner of a $40 million lumber company.
Effective leaders take on a servant's mindset, he said, and are consistent, authentic and sincere in the lives of those they have been called to lead. more >>
Singer Toni Braxton has revealed that she had an abortion in 2001 before marrying Keri Lewis. The abortion has haunted Braxton, who writes about the ordeal in her new memoir, and she wonders whether her second son, who was diagnosed with autism, is being punished for the procedure.
"I am more ashamed of myself for doing that," Braxton told "Entertainment Tonight" about the abortion.
Braxton, who grew up in a religious household, questioned whether God was punishing her for having an abortion. "God's payback was to give my son autism," she wrote in her new autobiography, "Unbreak my Heart." more >>
Many of the most demoralizing beliefs about marriage, especially when it comes to discouraging statistics commonly passed around, are just not true, says social researcher and best-selling author Shaunti Feldhahn.
"A subconscious sense of futility about marriage is everywhere, as everything we hear says marriage is 'in trouble,'" states Feldhahn. "And while some of the bad news is accurate (for example, 41% of children are born out of wedlock), many of the most demoralizing beliefs just aren't true. For example, the notion that half of all marriages end in divorce or that the divorce rate is the same in the church… neither are anywhere close to true."
The Christian Post recently conducted an interview with Feldhahn, whose recently released, The Good News About Marriage, is the result of an 8-year investigative study that she believes reveals the truth about the state of marriage and divorce in today's culture and churches. Below is the interview. more >>
Jase Robertson, who's best known for his sarcastic one liners in the reality TV show "Duck Dynasty," gets serious about faith by sharing his life's experiences in hunting, evangelism, marriage and parenting in his new book, Good Call: Reflections on Faith, Family, and Fowl.
Much like his Uncle Si, Jase maintains the humorous approach he's known for as he talks about how he managed to save his virginity until marriage, and the bag of pot a young man brought to a Bible study that he and his wife, Missy, hosted at their first home.
In the book, Jase is open about the anger he felt toward his father who had abandoned him and his two brothers; the uniting power of salvation when his father gave his life over to Jesus Christ; how his father's advice to R-U-N came in handy when a girl offered to let him undress her at a time when he was striving to save his virginity until marriage; and how the birth of his daughter, Mia, has enabled him and Missy to help other parents who have a child born with a cleft lip and soft palate. more >>
WASHINGTON — The "Culture War" is not just directed at religious liberty, but the Christian faith, Fox News conservative columnist Todd Starnes remarked to The Christian Post during an event launching his new book, God Less America: Real Stories From the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values. The "mainstream media" is ignoring this problem, he added, not because of any animus toward Christianity, but because few of them know Evangelical Christians.
Family Research Council, a social conservative think tank, held a ceremony to launch the book on a humid Thursday evening at FRC's Washington, D.C. headquarters.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Starnes explained that he was led to write the book due to the material he had gathered for his columns for Fox News. more >>
Miss Kay, the matriarch of the Robertson family whose country cooking brings her family together every Wednesday night for a prayer around the dinner table on the hit reality TV show "Duck Dynasty," talks about motherhood guilt, forgiving Phil and shares some sage advice from her grandmother in an interview with The Christian Post.
The following is an edited transcript of CP's most recent interview with Miss Kay, who's the author of three new books, Miss Kay's Duck Commander Kitchen, The Women of Duck Commander and D Is for Duck Calls.
CP: Do you and Phil ever look back at your past together and the struggles you went through before Phil gave his life to Christ, and think about how life for your family would've turned out had you divorced and your sons been raised in a home without their father? more >>