Sunday, June 19, 2011

Books That Challenge, Equip and Inspire by New Hope Publishers

Guest blog by Jennifer Slattery

New Hope Publishers is known for producing quality books that transform readers who in turn transform the world around them. They're committed to the creation of "missional" material. According to their website, missional books are those works that stir "a zeal for living out Christ’s love in our homes, our communities, and our world. Missional is an adjective that describes a way of thinking, acting, and living that frames our response to the people and needs we see around us." It's a much needed mind-shift in today's "It's all about me" culture.

Romans 12:2 says, Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (NIV)

We must resist the downward tendency to conform. Instead, we are to be transformed, by renewing our minds with truth. As we do, God's will and our role in it becomes clear.

New Hope Publishers produce books and novels designed to help believers fulfill their God-given roles in the body of Christ, expanding His kingdom, and sharing His love with a hurting world.

They do this through three targeted product lines:

Arise: Addressing specific topics of contemporary need and interest for women and families

Grow: Focusing on providing church leaders and believers with the very best Bible studies and teaching resources

Impact: Connecting believers with social issues, Christian living topics, church growth and leadership concerns, and matters of interest to the missiological community

Their recent release, People of the Book, has made quite a stir, reminding American Christians to cherish the freedoms they have in Christ while praying for their less-fortunate brothers and sisters in Christ who endure persecution daily.

Back Cover:
Farah lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with her family and wants nothing more than to develop a deeper devotion to her Muslim faith. She sees the month of Ramadan as her chance to draw nearer to Allah, and pursues that goal. All goes well until the prophet Isa—Jesus—appears to her in a dream and calls her to Himself. Her brother, Kareem, who has never liked Farah, seeks an opportunity to expose her for the sham he believes she is.

Farah’s cousin frequents an online chat where former Muslims gather to discuss their new faith, based on their belief that Isa is much more than a Muslim prophet—He is actually the Son of God. While there, her cousin becomes acquainted with an American girl of Muslim ancestry—now a devout Christian named Sara—and a friendship quickly develops. However, Sara has problems of her own due to her 15-year-old brother Emir’s involvement with a gang.

Each finds her faith put to the test. Will they remain true to their beliefs? Will God protect them in the midst of persecution and treachery? Or will they be required to pay the ultimate price for their faith?

Their non-fiction title, 5 Leadership Essentials For Women, motivates and equips women to create positive change in their realm of influence while leading other women to impact their world for Christ.

Back cover:
5 Leadership Essentials will guide Christian laywomen to develop fundamental skills in moving projects forward, leading other women and changing the world for Christ. The five key leadership areas addressed are group building, communication skills, relationship skills, conflict management and time management. Written by women who are experienced leaders, 5 Leadership Essentials also includes discussion questions and learning exercises at the end of each chapter.

Visit their website to find out more, then come back tomorrow as we talk with Andrea Mullins, Publisher at New Hope, about missional fiction and its kingdom impact.

**Please note: This is not a book give-away


ann said...

Hmmm........this might be a interesting book


Anonymous said...

I'd really like to
win this book!

Anonymous said...

That's an awesome stance for New Hope, and their newest release sounds interesting.

blessings on upcoming endeavors

Tina Pinson

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