The Week Ahead

Gotta love Mondays

MondayToday is one of those days where I just can’t get something going for the blog.  Some days are like that… especially a Monday, blah!  But we do have some good stuff coming up this week to look forward to!

Tuesday – Novelist Lori Benton will be here to share about her latest book, The Pursuit of Tameson Littlejohn (which is fabulous, by the way).

Wednesday – We’ll be celebrating the new novel from Cindy Woodsmall with a giveaway!  There will be 3 copies of Seasons of Tomorrow up for grabs.

Thursday – I’m still praying about… ha!

Friday – We’ll be taking the day off for Good Friday!

Hope you all survive Monday in your corner of the world.  We!  Can!  Do!  It!


Giveaway Winners!

Announcing our winners!

Thank you so much to all of you for entering our giveaway this week!  It’s fun to see that so many of you have heard about the new InScribed Series.  Gotta love how word gets around about great, life-changing resources!

We have randomly selected our two winners from the comments that were left.  Congrats to:

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Tracy Hacker


I’ll be contacting you soon to get your information!

Oh, and some good news… We are extending our sale on the four books through April 19.  You can grab one (or more!) of the InScribed books at for just $9.99.  Stock up for your next small group study now!


InScribed Giveaway

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New Bible Study books for women

We’re taking a day off from talking fiction so I can tell you about a great new series of books from Thomas Nelson Publishers.  InScribed is a collection of studies by women comprised of Bible book studies that address critical issues and topical studies with biblical support.

inscribed-logoResources in the InScribed Collection are designed to lead women to not just survive but thrive, encouraging them to immerse themselves in the Scriptures and the person of Jesus Christ.  Each title and related subject touches felt needs of women and their day-to-day lives.  InScribed books address critical issues of the day, such as self-worth, identity, spiritual formation, honest and honoring relationships, biblical literacy, intimacy with God, and a host of other everyday concerns.  The books can be used individually, in small accountability groups, or in larger discussion groups.

I help to facilitate a women’s small group and I know how difficult it can be to choose the right study.  I appreciate how diverse the series is as it gives groups several topics to choose from.  I’m already looking forward to telling my girls about them to see if they would be up for doing one of the studies soon!

The first four books are currently available at LifeWay Christian Stores.  Let me give you a quick glimpse at each one:

Living So That 2Living So That by Wendy Blight:  Living So That is a fresh approach to understanding God’s Word, focusing on many of the powerful “so that” verses in Scripture, including: Jesus Came So That…, God Spoke So That…, Pray So That…, and more.

Through her approachable style, personal examples, and biblical teaching, Wendy Blight equips readers to take what they study in the Word of God and practically live it out in order to impact the world around them. The result is a renewed appreciation for the power and applicability of Scripture. Through practical examples and biblical truths, Wendy helps readers gain a new perspective on daily living, equipping them to apply these biblical truth to present-day decision-making.

Leaving Ordinary by Donna Gaines:  The deepest longing of the human heart Leaving Ordinaryis to know and be known by God.  God longs for an intimate relationship with us as well.  But how do we develop that kind of relationship with a holy God? It is one thing to long for such a relationship, but quite another to experience intimacy with Him. In Leaving Ordinary, Donna Gaines shares from her personal experience how prayer can become the channel that links the believer’s heart to the heart of God.

God gave the pattern of the tabernacle to the Israelites. It was a temporary and portable dwelling for His glory. Through it God taught them how to approach and worship Him before He led them to their reward—the promised land. Using the tabernacle and its articles as a guide, Donna teaches readers how to interact with God in that secret place of true intimacy that leads to worship. Your ordinary daily practice of prayer can become an extraordinary encounter with the living Lord. Leaving Ordinary is essential reading for anyone who desires to enter into and experience the reality of God’s presence.

Dive DeeperDive Deeper by Jenifer Jernigan:  Delving into the book of Ephesians, Dive Deeper is a tool for women—those who might be satisfied and content with their Bible study and for those who find themselves fearful or numb—to d.i.v.e.(define, investigate, visualize, embrace) deeper into the living and active Word of God.

Dive Deeper comes from Jenifer Jernigan’s heart. As a preacher’s daughter, she grew up with some pretty heavy expectations to live up to. Jenifer found herself becoming numb to the things of God because the Bible stories were all too familiar. She longed to break through the serene surface of her safe place and d.i.v.e. deeper into Scripture. She wanted to fall in love with the stories she knew so well. Over time, Jenifer learned to do just that. Her unique Bible study method is shared in this one-of-a-kind study. Dive Deeper takes readers by the hand and jumps with them into the exhilarating waters of Bible study.

Amazed and Confused by Heather Zempel:  Sometimes we ask, “Why would aAmazed and Confused good God allow bad things to happen to good people?” In Amazed and Confused, Heather Zempel tackles this question head-on by exploring the book of Habakkuk.

When the prophet Habakkuk prayed that God would bring change to the backsliding nation of Israel, this issue came to the forefront. Habakkuk begged God for revival and that He would turn the hearts of faithless people back to Him.

God’s answer to Habakkuk was, “Take a look at the nations and watch what happens! You will be shocked and amazed” (1:5, The Voice). The vision God gave Habakkuk was one of warfare and exile. How do you respond when God answers your prayers in a way that seems out of line with his character and promises?

Amazed and Confused proceeds systematically through the book of Habakkuk, exploring the prophet’s prayer, God’s response, and the prophet’s journey from confusion to worship. This interactive Bible study is the perfect choice for those who are hurting and confused about God’s responses to their prayers.

Special sale this week only!

Want to check them out for yourself?  This is a great week to snag a copy (or two)!  We have them specially priced at $9.99 at this week only.  Sale price ends on Saturday, April 12.

InScribed Giveaway!

But wait!  It gets better!  Thomas Nelson has graciously given us two sets of the books plus a super cute Lisa Leonard necklace to giveaway to two lucky winners!

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For your chance to be one of our winners, simply leave your name in the comments section of this post.  And for fun, since Bible studies are great to do with friends, tell us the name of one of your fun friends!

You have until midnight tomorrow night (Wednesday, April 9) to enter.  We’ll announce our 2 winners on Thursday morning.


By entering today’s giveaway, you affirm and acknowledge LifeWay Christian Resources’ official promotion rules here.

Today’s giveaway starts at the posting time of this blog and ends Wednesday (4/9/14) at 11:59 p.m. central time.  You must be 18 years old to enter and you may only enter once.  The winner will be selected at random.  For questions about the rules and regulations of this giveaway, please contact Rachel McRae  at One LifeWay Plaza, Nashville, TN 37234.



April New Christian Fiction Releases

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New novels releasing this month

Our publishers are busy cranking out some great new Christian fiction for us this spring!  Here’s a snapshot of some of the titles that are coming to LifeWay Christian Stores in the coming weeks.  Some of these hit last week and are already topping our charts!

Oh, and yes!  We’re just a few weeks away from Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers!  You still have time to pre-order a copy at a great sale price and receive a free copy of The Scarlet Thread (while supplies last).  Visit us in store or at to snag your copy today!  Offer ends April 21.

Bridge to Haven   Last Bride   Sensible Arrangement

For Such a Time   Beauty so Rare   Seasons of Tomorrow

Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn   Broken Kind of Beautiful   At Home in Mitford

Caught in the Middle   What Follows After   Pelican Bride

Critical Condition   Visible Threat   Just 18 Summers

Road to Testament   Words of Conviction   Whisper Goodbye


March Best Selling Christian Fiction

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Announcing LifeWay’s top Christian fiction

Happy last day of March to you!  It’s been a busy month in fiction land with all kinds of new books coming in and out at LifeWay.  And there’s no stopping it as we head into April!  Here’s a look at the novels that are topping our charts for March as voted on by you, our lovely customers!

Auschwitz Escape   Harbinger   Distortion

#1  The Auschwitz Escape by Joel C. Rosenberg
#2  The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn
#3  Distortion by Terri Blackstock

Redeeming Love New   Beauty so Rare   Mark of Evil

#4  Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
#5  A Beauty So Rare by Tamera Alexander
#6  Mark of Evil by Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall

Unspoken_mck.indd   Water Walker   Butterfly Palace

#7  Unspoken by Dee Henderson
#8  Water Walker by Ted Dekker
#9  Butterfly Palace by Colleen Coble

Chance   When Courage Calls   Sensible Arrangement

#10  The Chance by Karen Kingsbury
#11  Where Courage Calls by Janette Oke
#12  A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson



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