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Getting Close to the One Calling You

Rick Warren

Get healthy with The Daniel Plan

John Bevere

Are You Falling Into the Offense Trap?

Duck Dynasty

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Your Guide to Inspirational Reading

Welcome to the second issue of Christian Book Reader! We are delighted to again bring you insight and inspiration from some of today’s top Christian authors. Our cover story this issue features one of America’s most popular families from A&E’s top cable TV program, Duck Dynasty, and the books that have helped to answer questions such as: “What is this Louisiana redneck family all about?” and “Do they really live like that?” Learn about Phil and Kay Robertson’s family—and their duck-hunting empire—in Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Kitchen, The Duck Commander Devotional and their other best-selling books. Speaking of devotionals, we also hear from Sarah Young, popular author of Jesus Calling and other titles that encourage readers to listen to what God is saying to them personally. Sales of her brand have reached more than 10 million copies. Rick Warren, founding pastor of Saddleback Church and author of the mega-selling The Purpose Driven Life, no doubt will soon have another best-seller on his hands. His latest book, The Daniel Plan, utilizes the expertise of some of America’s top doctors to prescribe a healthy way of life in the key areas of faith, food, fitness, focus and friends. In our Author Q&A, romance fiction readers take to cowboy country and learn what inspires author Karen Witemeyer to write about the Old West, Texas style! John Eckhardt, whose “Prayers for Spiritual Battle” series has topped 1 million copies sold, offers Scripture-filled prayers Christians can use as they face life’s tough issues and temptations. Best-selling authors John Bevere and Kimberly Daniels add to this spiritual topic with their attention-grabbing titles The Bait of Satan and The Demon Dictionary. This issue also features highlights from key, new Bibles. The Jeremiah Study Bible gives students of God’s Word valuable study notes from Dr. David Jeremiah’s many years of ministry; The Wayfinding Bible takes an all-new approach to the Scriptures with three different reading options; and kids get a treat with the comic-based The Action Bible New Testament. We hope that you will enjoy Christian Book Reader and share it with a friend or two. Remember that when it comes to finding the best in inspirational books at great value prices, your neighborhood Walmart is the place to be! Enjoy! The Book Lovers at Christian Book Reader

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Learn how the Bible Can Transform Your Life

Duck Dynasty‘s Robertson family offers Phil & Miss Kay a new devotional.

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Cook Up a Storm With Miss Kay of Duck Dynasty Fame

Prepare good, down-home food for those you love—that’s Miss Kay’s philosophy.

Deeper Relationship With Jesus Sarah Young’s best-selling devotional—Jesus Calling—has truly struck a chord with readers.

14 Defeat Satan With Scripture-

Based Authoritative Prayer

Chicago pastor John Eckhardt believes you can live abundantly, but first you must find freedom from all that is holding you back.

AUTHOR Q&A:

22 Captivated by the Spirit of the Early American West

Historical romance writer Karen Witemeyer thrives on creating rugged Western heroes in her Texas-based Americana fiction.

BIBLE HIGHLIGHTS:

24 Navigate Your Way Through God’s Word—Easily

A unique, new Bible helps you navigate the Scriptures through its Bible Mapping System.

26 Learn to Apply the Lessons of the Scriptures to Your Life

Drawing from a lifetime of ministry, Dr. David Jeremiah’s new Bible offers study tools for practical application.

Contents

COVER STORY:

AUTHOR HIGHLIGHTS:

10 Receive Your Calling Into a

BOOK HIGHLIGHTS:

8 Get Healthy With Pastor

Rick Warren’s The Daniel Plan

Learn how Rick Warren teamed up with top doctors to create a healthy lifestyle plan that’s much more than a diet.

18 Don’t Just Sit Back—Take

on the Enemy of Your Soul

Pastor Kimberly Daniels shows believers how to recognize evil and defeat Satan with The Demon Dictionary.

28 Explore the New Testament With Amazing Illustrations Top comic artist Sergio Cariello has drawn many a superhero but now brings his talent to God’s Word.

BOOK EXCERPT:

30 Learn How to Live Free of Offense—It’s Possible!

Do you often feel offended? Pastor John Bevere shows how to get free from that trap so you don’t fall into deception.

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Jase Robertson

Miss Kay Robertson

GUIDES READERS TO THE POWER OF GOD’S WORD

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he Word of God has been a constant in the Robertson home since Dad became a Christian almost 40 years ago. Whether we were discussing and debating at the dinner table, teaching in a small-group setting or sharing with someone who doesn’t know the Lord, the Bible has been very near and dear to our family. Like every family, we get busy with life and need regular reminders to read, meditate on God’s Word and apply it to our daily lives. Because our family understands this need, we wanted to write a daily devotional book to help guide others to the life-changing power found in Scripture. Dad’s parents, Granny and Pa, helped us buy our home place on the river and lived next door to us when Dad became a Christian. They were retiring and wanted to fish, hunt, grow gardens and be close to family in their later years. They also had a divine appointment to teach our family a lot of Scripture. God knew that our family needed them nearby to help guide our young family in our Christian walk. They were totally committed to studying the Bible and shared so much of what they discovered with our whole family. Forty years ago, our two homes on the Ouachita River were

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guided by the Scripture, and that foundation has now grown to seven homes, with many more on the horizon as the Robertson family continues to grow. This book is really dedicated to Granny and Pa and the legacy they continue to grow in us concerning our love for the Bible. We are all very excited about sharing some of our favorite passages and why they are special to us. You’ll find that some of the chosen passages are repeated by other family members—that’s because some of the same passages have significantly impacted different people in our family. »

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Built on the Bible ‘DUCK DYNASTY’ FAMILY’S NEW DEVOTIONAL


Duck Commander Devotional Compiled and edited by Alan Robertson (Howard Books)

With the Robertson clan’s flair for downhome wisdom and wit, this 365-day devotional reveals the heart and faith of this much-loved family. The devotional features readings from members of the family and their close friends. If you have watched our television show, you know how much we like to talk and expound on things, and this devotional book is no different. You will find some lengthy passages that don’t need a lot said about them because there isn’t much to add to the power that God has instilled. You’ll also find other passages that spark a memory from our past, a challenge for our present or a hope for our future. It is our prayer that those sentiments will

bless your day and your spiritual walk. We encourage you to read through the passage, message and prayer more than once during the day and allow God’s Word to bless you and guide you in your daily walk with Him. We also challenge you to change whatever needs to be changed in your life to act in line with the truth of God’s Word. God says that His Word is active and sharp and was written to impact, shape and transform lives and lifestyles.

If ever there was a time in our world that we needed to be guided by the principles of the Bible, it is now. So many people in the world are struggling for answers to their life issues, and the best guide and most absolute truth available is still the Holy Bible. We invite you to spend a year with our family. As we walk through passages from God’s holy words of truth and light, you will be blessed by the journey.  

e learn more about the Robertson family

the duck commander family

by Willie & Korie Robertson with Mark Schlabach (Howard Books) The Robertsons’ first best-seller gives an up-close, behind-the-scenes look at the family from A&E’s hit series Duck Dynasty.

Happy, Happy, Happy

by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach (Howard Books) Duck calls—though the source of his livelihood—are not what makes Phil Robertson the man he is today. When asked what matters in his life, he’s quick to say, “Faith, family, ducks—in that order.”A No. 1 best-seller, this no-holds-barred autobiography chronicles the remarkable life of the original Duck Commander and patriarch of Duck Dynasty’s Robertson family.

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by Si Robertson with Mark Schlabach (Howard Books) Duck Dynasty’s Uncle Si brings his tall tales, crazy exploits and quirky one-liners to this raucous collection.

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Gathering around the table enjoying food and fellowship with the family is very important to the Robertson clan.

Robertson matriarch shares some of her family’s favorite recipes

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ell, dreams do come true! I’ve always wanted to write a cookbook and open a restaurant. Now one of those dreams is coming true. I’m still waiting on the restaurant, but at my age, I’m good with just cooking for my family. I do want to thank you for buying my cookbook. It means so much to me. I’ve always loved to cook. I learned while watching my grandmother cook and care for our family. As a child, shelling peas and husking corn were two of my favorite activities—mainly because those were the times when I got to sit and talk to my Nanny. My first memories of food were about getting closer to my family. I believe that’s why I love cooking so much. Cooking is so much more than just putting food together in a way that people will eat it. We know from all the fast-food chains that people will pretty much eat anything prepared for them. But real cooking involves putting time and effort into food preparation for one reason only—because you love the ones you’re going

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to sit down and eat with. To this day, when my family comes to visit, it’s likely they will all be in the kitchen surrounding me while I stir a pot or roll out a pie crust. There will be lots of conversation and plenty of laughter. Later we’ll crowd around our kitchen table, say grace, and enjoy the food and fellowship. If your family has gotten away from this habit, I would encourage you to begin today to sit down together for a meal at some point in the day. I know you’re all busy and may not be able to do this every day, but when you can, do it. Your family will be blessed by this simple action. With this cookbook, I am not saying I am the greatest cook or the most experienced cook, but I am saying I’m a good cook with lots of experience in cooking for family. In this cookbook, you’ll find recipes each of my family members love as well as some old favorites. I hope you enjoy reading it and cooking from it. May God bless you and your family.  

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Cooking in the Kitchen With Miss Kay


MISS KAY’S DUCK COMMANDER KITCHEN by Kay Robertson with Chrys Howard (Howard Books)

The sassy, country-cookin’ matriarch of the Robertson clan and star of A&E’s Duck Dynasty dishes up her fabulous recipes and stories in this irresistible family cookbook. Recipes vary from comfort foods to snacks grandkids will like to wild game, and include: • Willie’s Famous Chicken Strips • Melt-in-Your-Mouth Biscuits • Cheesy Corn Casserole • Fresh Strawberry Pie • Best Brisket Ever • Crawfish Balls • Creamy Green Grape Salad • Papaw Phil’s Homemade Ice Cream Join with the Robertson family as they help create lasting family traditions that will warm the hearts and bellies of those you love. Available in hardcover and paperback.

Miss Kay’s granddaughters enjoy helping in the kitchen.

KAY ROBERTSON | is the revered matriarch of the Robertson family and star of A&E’s Duck Dynasty. Kay believes her cooking talents are a gift she must share, so she often ends up feeding all of the family and most of the neighborhood. Her most famous dishes are banana pudding, fried deer steak, crawfish pie and sticky frog legs. CHRYS HOWARD | is the mother of Korie Robertson, star of Duck Dynasty. She was a senior editor and creative director for Simon & Schuster. She has edited and co-written more than 100 books and is the author of nine books with more than 1 million copies in print. Chrys lives in West Monroe, La., with her husband, John. They have three grown children and 11 grandchildren. De c e m be r -Ja n u a r y 2 01 4 | C H RI S T I A N B O O K RE A DE R

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WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT THE DANIEL PLAN? “I witnessed firsthand the

The Daniel Plan’s impact on an entire congregation’s health. The wisdom in this book will protect the temple

GOD’S PRESCRIPTION FOR YOUR HEALTH The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life by Rick Warren, Dr. Daniel Amen and Dr. Mark Hyman is an appetizing approach to achieving a healthy lifestyle. Following the plan, people are encouraged to get healthier together by optimizing the five key essentials of faith, food, fitness, focus and friends. Unlike thousands of other books, this one is not about a new diet, guilt-driven gym sessions or shame-driven fasts. It’s not a “do it all now” approach. Nor is it a fad based off the latest culinary trend. Instead, The Daniel Plan shows you how focusing on a powerful combination of the key essentials can change your life forever—one choice at a time. HOW IT STARTED During one afternoon, Pastor Rick Warren realized it was time for a change in his life. He told his congregation he needed to lose weight and asked if anyone would join him. At first, he thought perhaps 200 people would sign up. Instead he

of your soul.”

witnessed a movement unfold as 15,000 people lost more than 260,000 pounds in

-Dr. Mehmet Oz

the first year. And that’s what The Daniel Plan is—a movement—one that not only gets short-term results, but is sustainable for long-term health because it doesn’t just focus on the body. It strengthens and nourishes the soul.

“The mind-body relationship to our quest for optimal health is perhaps the most underappreciated factor in health care today. Thank God that this remarkable trio has come forward with a brilliant plan that should be read by all.” -Arthur Agatston

With this momentum, Rick put himself under the care of three well-known doctors—Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Mark Hyman and Dr. Mehmet Oz. The combined expertise and pedigree of these men have proven to be a recipe for success. WHY IT WORKS The Daniel Plan works for two simple reasons: God designed our bodies to be healthy, and he provided everything we need to thrive and live an abundant life. These ideas will serve as encouragement to deepen your relationship with God, develop a community of supportive friends and make healthy choices every day. The result for you: gradual changes that transform your life inside and out. MAKE A PLAN AND JOIN THE MOVEMENT Thousands of people have already transformed their health, inside and out, through The Daniel Plan. Now it’s your turn. Get started today.  

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Rick Warren is a pastor, author, global strategist,

theologian and philanthropist. His book The Purpose Driven

Life has been called the best-

selling, nonfiction hardcover in

publishing history by Publishers Weekly, having sold more than

36 million copies. Warren founded Saddleback Church in 1980. In addition to a 120-acre campus in Lake Forest,

Calif., the church has 10 satellite campuses across Southern California and international campuses in Berlin, Hong Kong and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Saddleback plans to launch

nine additional international locations in the next few years.

Dr. Daniel G. Amen is a

physician, double board-certified psychiatrist, teacher and eight-

time New York Times best-selling author. Amen is the founder and

medical director of Amen Clinics in San Francisco and Newport

Beach, Calif.; Bellevue, Wash.;

Reston, Va.; Atlanta; and New York City. His work has been featured in numerous media outlets, including The Dr. Oz

Show, ABC World News, 20/20, Newsweek, TIME, Parade

Magazine, New York Times and The Huffington Post.

Dr. Mark Hyman is a practicing family physician, a six-time No. 1 New York

Times best-selling author and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator and advocate in his field of functional medicine. He is also the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center, chairman of the board of the Institute for

Functional Medicine, a medical editor of The Huffington Post and a regular medical contributor on Katie Couric’s TV show, Katie.


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Missionary’s Devotional Impacts the Masses

‘Jesus Calling’ author Sarah Young considers it a ‘responsibility and great privilege’ to pray for her readers

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fter many years of writing to God in her prayer journals, missionary Sarah Young decided to set aside time each morning for listening to what the Savior had to say. In 2004, Sarah’s words were compiled into Jesus Calling, a devotional written from the perspective of Jesus speaking directly to the reader. The 365-day devotional has since appeared consistently on the Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, USA Today and Evangelical Christian Publishers Association best-seller lists. Her best-selling title has also been featured in the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly—just to name a few. Sarah never could have predicted the immense impact her writings would have on people around the world. “I never imagined that God would use Jesus Calling to impact so many people,” she shared in a recent interview. “I continue to be thankful and amazed by this phenomenon! I consider it both a responsibility and a great privilege to pray at length each morning for readers.” Sarah hopes the same thing for her readers that she has always strived for for herself—a close relationship with God. “My main hope is that readers will grow to enjoy more fully all that Jesus offers to those who know Him—who trust Him as Savior,” Sarah said. “I’m especially encouraged »

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JESUS CALLING

(Thomas Nelson) This best-selling devotional was born after years of Sarah Young’s writing in her prayer journal what she believed God was telling her. In 2004, her words were compiled into a devotional written from the perspective of Jesus speaking directly to the reader. The result was Jesus Calling, which has had a significant impact on people around the world.


Jenny Burns shocks her family and friends when she bids farewell to her modern life in favor of the Old Order Amish world, settling into the home of Samuel and Rebecca Lapp. The people of Hickory Hollow are very curious about the beautiful young seeker among them—one handsome Amishman in particular—but Jenny will face many challenges in the Proving time the brethren have set for her...challenges of the heart, as well as the spirit. The Secret Keeper Home to Hickory Hollow

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//author highlight continued when I hear stories about God’s using Jesus Calling to help and comfort people who are going through difficult times. Of course, I want all readers to be blessed, helped and encouraged through the readings, but those who are suffering have a special place in my heart. My books speak to different people in different ways, meeting them right where they are. I think that’s

because the books help people connect with Jesus, and He meets us right where we are.” The Jesus Calling brand, a world-recognized inspirational line of products, has now sold more than 10 million products. Jesus Calling has been translated into 18 languages and has inspired products in multiple formats: e-books, apps, calendars and audiobooks. 

enjoy more of the Jesus calling brand JESUS CALLING DEVOTIONAL JOURNAL

(Thomas Nelson) This devotional and journal in one encourages a close relationship with Jesus every day of the year. In this best-selling devotional, readers will receive words of hope, encouragement, comfort and reassurance of Jesus’ unending love. Devotions are followed by a journaling prompt with lines for writing thoughts and prayers. Reading Scripture, listening to God’s voice and journaling her thoughts made missionary Sarah Young more aware of His presence, allowing her to enjoy more of His peace.

JESUS CALLING: 365 DEVOTIONS FOR KIDS

(Thomas Nelson) Based on Young’s renowned best-seller Jesus Calling, this devotional is adapted so that kids and tweens can relate its themes to their everyday lives. The themes and scripture correspond with the daily reading in the adult version, so parents and children can share spiritual time together. This deluxe version features a rich blue and orange leathersoft hardcover.

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JESUS TODAY, HARDCOVER

(Thomas Nelson) Experience Jesus Today, named the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association 2013 Christian Book of the Year. Whether you need a lifeline in your discouragement and hurt or are longing for a closer relationship with the Lord, this sequel to Jesus Calling can help meet those needs. Jesus Today is written as if Jesus Himself is assuring you that He is in control, that He is good and that a glorious future awaits all who anchor their hope in Him.

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JESUS CALLING, DELUXE EDITION, PINK

(Thomas Nelson) Designed for women, this deluxe edition of Jesus Calling includes a year’s worth of daily readings from Sarah Young’s journals to help move your time with Him from monologue to dialogue. After many years of writing her own words in her prayer journal, Sarah decided to be more attentive to the Savior’s voice and begin listening for what He was saying. So with pen in hand, she embarked on a journey that forever changed her—and many others around the world. In these powerful pages are the words and Scriptures Jesus lovingly laid on her heart.  

JESUS TODAY, DELUXE EDITION

(Thomas Nelson) In Jesus Today, readers will be renewed with a deeper sense of hope as missionary Sarah Young shares this about her spiritual journey in writing the book: “When I began writing Jesus Today, I was deeply discouraged by the failure of many months of intensive medical treatment to improve my health. However, the longer I worked on the book—focusing on finding hope in Jesus—the more hopeful and encouraged I became.” 


Who are the real winners?

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a dramatic story about fame, true love, and the cost of having it all. Zack Dylan travels from his quiet farm in Kentucky to the rush of the big stage on TV’s favorite singing competition, Fifteen Minutes. But will the ride cost him everything—and everyone—that matters?

Karen Kingsbury has more than 20 million copies of her award-winning books in print, with many under development as major motion pictures. Her most recent bestseller, The Chance, is now available in paperback.


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We Must Not Relent

JOHN ECKHARDT GIVES BELIEVERS AUTHORITATIVE, WORD-FILLED PRAYERS TO CONFRONT AND DEFEAT SATAN

ince starting a small storefront church in inner-city Chicago, John Eckhardt has guided hundreds of churches around the world, launched dozens of ministry schools and sold more than half a million books. Yet none of that has changed how he prays. There’s a war raging, and Eckhardt won’t relent. Fighting in the trenches for decades now, the firebrand minister has charted his own unique crusade against a known enemy, drawing enlistees from American inner cities and suburbs, and from as far away as Africa, Asia and parts of Europe. But don’t go looking for shields, guns or grenades at his south Chicago church—fittingly named Crusaders Church—you won’t find them. This battle is not against flesh and blood. The enemy, Satan, won’t go down with mere ammunition, but with authoritative, Word-filled prayers that change lost lives and rattle the religious. In Daily Declarations for Spiritual Warfare, Eckhardt gives you these prayers along with inspiration and

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direction to actively confront Satan and his demonic strongholds every day of the year. “If you want abundant life, you need to be delivered from the demons in your life,” he said. “When you get involved in deliverance, your life will change. And the good news is you don’t have to remain bound.” It was shortly before Eckhardt took the helm at Crusaders that he began to understand the importance deliverance needed to play in the modern-day church. “I got on the radio teaching deliverance, and the city went crazy,” he said. “I started traveling. We got a lot of opposition, but I never took it personally. God gave me boldness, and anything I thought was God, I preached it and the more the church grew,” said Eckhardt of the congregation that expanded from 100 to about 1,000 in that one year alone. Today, Crusaders churches have more than 4,000 members in the Chicago area. To date, Eckhardt

Apostle John Eckhardt is overseer of Crusaders Ministries in Chicago and the author of more than 40 books, including God Still Speaks and the “Prayers for Spiritual Battle” series.

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DAILY DECLARATIONS FOR SPIRITUAL WARFARE WITH PRAYER JOURNAL

(Charisma House) This beautiful faux-leather version of Apostle Eckhardt’s best-selling book is filled with God’s words for you today. It will inform your day, guide your path, strengthen your resolve and provide you with defensive strategies against Satan.


In his trademark style, best-selling

author PERRY STONE gives you the keys for getting through seasons of betrayal, disappointment, discouragement, and unforgiveness— especially from those you love most.

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has authored more than 40 titles, including a popular series of books on prayer. “The prayers we are dealing with are deliverance prayers,” he said, explaining, “I just started writing them down. It started with 50 confessions that we were doing for our church.” Some 600,000 book sales later, he’s become a forceful voice behind the words of deliverance prayers for many—prayers for everything ranging from finances and relationships to spiritual warfare and depression. In the future, Eckhardt, an ardent soldier of the faith, said he looks to the day when “people are released in the gifts, and limitations are broken off of churches.”

PRAYER BY THE BOOK What began as a list of confessions for the members of his church has turned Eckhardt’s deliverance prayers into a cause to celebrate in some intercessory circles. His prayer books—four to date: Prayers That Rout Demons, Prayers That Break Curses, Prayers That Bring Healing and Prayers That Release Heaven on Earth— help the prayer warrior call out to God while using powerful words to bring down strongholds, establish new territories, plead for joy, believe for healing and more.   Excerpted from Charisma magazine article by Lisa Jones Townsell, May 2011.  Used by permission.

Must Reads

‘PRAYERS FOR SPIRITUAL BATTLE’ SERIES

(Charisma House) Activate the ultimate power source! Prayer and confession of Scripture are two of the most powerful weapons we have. In the “Prayers for Spiritual Battle” series, John Eckhardt combines powerful prayers with decrees taken from Scripture to help you overcome demonic influence and opposition in your life.

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PRAYERS THAT ROUT DEMONS

(Charisma House) Overcome demonic influence and oppression in your life. This powerful guide to prayer shows you the basics of spiritual warfare and specific declarative prayers for every life circumstance.

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WOMEN’S DAILY DECLARATIONS FOR SPIRITUAL WARFARE

(Charisma House) You are God’s beloved daughter, and each day’s text is written from His point of view, giving you the power and wisdom to pray for your needs or the needs of others.


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illed with practical principles and Scripture-based prayers, best-selling author Iris Delgado gives you the confidence and faith to stand firm against Satan’s attacks on your family.

This comprehensive spiritual warfare guide combines Satan You Can’t Have My Children and Satan You Can’t Have My Marriage.

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Outwit THE DEVIL

‘The Demon Dictionary’ trains and equips believers to recognize evil and defeat Satan e cannot deny that we have to deal with evil in this life. There are two roads of life in the Spirit. John 10:10 describes these roads: “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (NKJV).

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Kimberly Daniels A sought-after conference speaker, preacher and powerful prayer warrior, Kimberly Daniels is pastor of Spoken Word Ministries in Jacksonville, Fla., and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with her husband, Ardell. She was recently elected city councilwoman in Jacksonville, and she is also the author of numerous books, including The Demon Dictionary.

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1. On one road, the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy. 2. On the other road, Jesus came to give us life. This word “life” is “zoe,” and it means “the God kind of life” or “abundant life.” Notice that in both of the pathways listed above there is great potential. For believers, abundant life and prosperity are not necessarily automatic. They are not laid out on a silver platter for us. THE ROAD THAT PLEASES GOD Even if you are having some challenges in life, prosperity will be your friend if you are on the right road— the road to the promise. This path will be natural to you with no struggle and will demand a lifestyle or course of conduct that will please God. Also, when all is said and done, you will have gained not only the wealth and riches of the world, but also eternal blessedness that will allow you to stand before God in the end and hear, “Well done, My faithful servant!” »


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//book highlight continued THE REALITY OF GOOD AND EVIL In the meantime, we must have a good working knowledge of the fact that good and evil do exist. In the occult world, the name for “good and evil” is yin yang, and it is based on the principle that both realms really exist. To believe that there are only angels is a false doctrine, and to focus only on demons is a dangerous obsession. God is the Creator of all! It is a principle that is hard for many to come to grips with, but God created the devil. The devil is a created being; God is the Creator of everything that exists. No matter how much evil is in the world, the power of God is greater. No matter what things look like in the world we live in today, God is in charge, and He has the last word. He is the Alpha and the Omega. SPIRITUAL SECRETS ABOUT THE DEVIL The Demon Dictionary gives you spiritual secret intelligence on the devil that goes as far as to reveal how our enemy thinks. We cannot

know the mind of Christ, but we can have the mind of Christ. Through God’s Word, He gives us insight on how the enemy thinks so that we can be ahead of the game and out-think him. The Demon Dictionary takes you to the school of the Holy Spirit on darkness. SIX KEYS TO DEFEATING SATAN 1. Be well-balanced. We must know that both good and evil exist. 2. Be vigilant and cautious at all times. We must watch as well as pray. In watching, we must know what to look for. Our spiritual discerners must be sharpened to welcome the presence of God and to ward off the counterfeits. There are many false prophets and antichrists in the land. Remember that the counterfeits come as angels of light, looking like the real thing. Also, for everything God has, the devil has a

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counterfeit. He takes the things of God and perverts them. 3. The devil is your enemy. If you were created in God’s image, make it personal. The devil hates you. 4. He roams throughout the Earth looking for the ignorant, the weak, the unbelieving or the rebellious to swallow whole and totally annihilate. 5. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God and knowing the truth. Once you are rooted and grounded in the truth, the deceptions, lies and onsets of the devil cannot move you from your firm foundation. 6. Where sin abounds, grace abounds more. No matter how prevalent evil is, Jesus has all power—forever!  

THE DEMON DICTIONARY

(Charisma House) After 20 years of teaching about spiritual warfare and demonology, Kimberly Daniels brings you the secrets of Satan’s camp in this comprehensive study. The Demon Dictionary is the Christian’s ultimate guide to conquering supernatural enemies.

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A Dream Fulfilled

Best-selling author Karen Witemeyer on writing and Western heroes

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aren Witemeyer, best-selling author of Western historical romance novels and a winner of the Holt Medallion and American Christian Fiction Writers’ Carol Award, shared with Christian Book Reader what inspires her to write Western fiction. Q: What led you to writing, Karen?

years later, I received a three-book contract from Bethany House, and in 2010, I saw my first novel hit the shelves. Q: So far, all of your stories have been set in Texas. What keeps bringing you back to that setting? A: I’m a California native, but I’ve lived in Texas for the last 24 years. Texas is home. Not only is it easier to research since I can actually visit many of the places I write about, but the sheer size of the state offers a compelling range of settings. From the Hill Country to the rolling plains, to the western desert, to the piney woods, there is an abundance of geographical variety. Besides the wonderful topography, though, it’s the rugged Western heroes I enjoy creating so much who have dictated my stay in Texas. They just wouldn’t be at home in any other landscape.

A: I’ve been a book lover since I bought my first Dick and Jane primer at a garage sale when I was 4. I can remember making weekly trips to the library to borrow stacks of books at a time, then closing myself in my room and devouring them one after another. I couldn’t get enough. Stories captivated my Best-selling and award-winning historical romance imagination and ignited new author Karen Witemeyer makes her home in Abilene, Texas, with her husband and three children. ideas. I used to dream about penning my own tales, but I never took steps to make it happen. There were too many other things to focus on—first college, then grad school, then Q: The Archer brothers, first introduced in Short-Straw kids. But in 2003, when my husband learned his position Bride, have won readers’ hearts. How did you dream was being eliminated at work, I realized it was time to up this reclusive group of brothers? wake up from the dream and start pursuing reality. I was a stay-at-home mom of three at the time, and I A: The main source of inspiration for the Archer brothers thought that writing would be something I could do from was the musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. The home to add to the family income. Little did I realize how Archer clan has four brothers instead of seven, and the many years it would take to establish an actual writing men don’t sing and dance, but they do have names that career. Within six months, I returned to the workforce, fit a pattern like the Pontipees. Instead of being named supplementing the family coffers with more than good alphabetically for Bible characters, the four Archers— intentions, yet the writing bug had bitten hard, so I joined Travis, Crockett, Bowie (aka Jim) and Neill—are named for writers’ groups, read books on the craft, found critique heroes from the Alamo. partners, attended conferences and wrote whenever I The gruff, overprotective Travis finds love with found spare time. Eventually the hard work paid off. Six Meredith who braves his shotgun welcome party in

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order to warn him of an enemy’s impending attack in Short-Straw Bride. Along the way, Jim is dazzled by Meredith’s younger cousin Cassie. In Stealing the Preacher, Crockett—the charmer of the Archer clan—leaves the ranch to pursue his passion for ministry only to be kidnapped from a train by a gang of aging outlaws. He then has to decide whether to escape and follow his dreams or stay behind to help the daughter of his captor fulfill hers. The final book in the Archer trio is a novella releasing Jan. 1, 2014, as part of the collection A Match Made in Texas. This novella, A Cowboy Unmatched, is the story of Neill Archer, the youngster of the family. To earn

money to start up his own ranch, Neill takes a job repairing a little old widow’s roof—only the widow isn’t old, nor is she little. She’s nine months pregnant, and she meets Neill with a shotgun aimed at his chest! A Cowboy Unmatched is one of four stories in A Match Made in Texas. The other novellas were penned by Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings and Carol Cox—a talented group of authors I was honored to work with. Although each of the Archer brothers’ stories stands alone, the brothers do make cameo appearances in each other’s stories. Those who enjoy continuity would probably prefer to read them in chronological order.

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Short-Straw Bride

(Baker Publishing Group) When repaying a debt suddenly goes awry, Meredith finds four brothers drawing straws for her hand! Can the future hold love for this short-straw bride?

a match Made in Texas

(Baker Publishing Group) A matchmaker on the Texas frontier gives three couples a little nudge toward love— until the tables are turned on her. Four novellas in one.

Stealing the Preacher

(Baker Publishing Group) Forced off a train and delivered to a “retired” outlaw’s daughter for her birthday, this stolen preacher may have ended up right where he belongs!

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A Guided Tour Through God’s Word ‘The Wayfinding Bible’ Makes Reading the Scriptures as Easy as Following Signs

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oad signs are everywhere. From street names and turn lanes to speed limits and bike paths, you probably passed several dozen signs today without even noticing. Of course, there are times when those street signs are important to you. When you take a road trip, you probably pay a lot more attention to the road signs than when you’re at home. Whenever you find yourself in a new place, you look for signs to help 24

you find your way. Believe it or not, there’s an entire industry dedicated to helping people find their way around complex places. It’s called “wayfinding design,” and it’s not limited to road signs. Every time you visit an airport, a hospital or even a city’s public transit system, you rely upon wayfinding design to get you to your destination. Sure, there are times when the wayfinding signs are imperfect, and you can probably think about the few times

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you’ve been guided in the wrong direction. But those are the exceptions. Wayfinding is so effective in your everyday life that you probably don’t even realize it’s there. That’s why Tyndale House Publishers created The Wayfinding Bible. The Wayfinding Bible features three easy-tofollow routes through the Bible—what we call the “Bible Mapping System.” Each route is marked by a color line across the top of the Bible page. Readers pick their route at the

beginning and then follow that route’s line through the Bible. The Flyover Route covers the most important events of the Bible in about 50 readings, perfect for anyone looking for a quick overview of the Bible. The Direct Route adds more depth and history with about 200 readings. For the most dedicated readers, the Scenic Route covers most of the Bible in 400 readings. No matter which route you choose, you won’t have to worry


about getting stuck in any one particular place. What’s more, each route takes only seven to 10 minutes per reading to get through, making Bible reading quick and simple. Whether you use the extra time to think and pray about your reading or to get started with your busy day, you’ll know that you always have time for God’s Word. There are also lots of additional features along the way. Each reading includes an Introduction, an Observation Point and an Exploration Point— all geared to help you understand how that reading fits into the big picture while providing details on history, context and more. There are full-color maps, photos and timelines that will bring you into the biblical story. Historical Markers and Getting Your

Bearings articles keep you oriented to where you are in history and what else is going on in the surrounding world. Finally, there are more than 100 Scenic Overlooks that take important cultural information and scriptural details and put them into stunning infographics. They make really complex sets of information simple and quick to understand. With such a significant number of resources for everyone, Tyndale believes The Wayfinding Bible works for newcomers to the Scriptures just as well as it does for those who have read the Bible many times. Both Bible-reading novices and Bible-reading veterans will discover paths through the Bible they’ve never encountered before. The Wayfinding Bible is a musthave for Bible readers at all levels.  

THE WAYFINDING BIBLE

(Tyndale House Publishers) The Wayfinding Bible uses the science of “wayfinding” to help Bible readers connect the key people, places and events of the Scriptures in a clear, visual way. What’s more, it also includes interesting extras that draw on the symbols of wayfinding to enrich the user’s reading experience. Whether it’s gaining a sense of place with Historical Markers or taking in important facts with the infographics of the Scenic Overlooks, The Wayfinding Bible meets a need almost every consumer feels: to understand the big picture of God’s Word quickly, easily and clearly.

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(Worthy Publishing) Drawing from more than 40 years of study from one of America’s most respected Bible teachers, The Jeremiah Study Bible will be a legacy resource for daily readers and serious students of the Scriptures.

FEATURES • New King James Version • Words of Christ in red • Unique introductions by Dr. Jeremiah • 8,000 study notes with in-note references • Hundreds of sidebars • Quick-glance sidebar index • More than 60 “Essentials of the Christian Faith” articles • Nearly 100 charts and maps • Geographical and archaeological information • Teacher’s topical index • Extensive general concordance • QR codes to additional online resources

The Jeremiah Study Bible What it says. What it means. What it means for you.

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ewly released, The Jeremiah Study Bible presents the best of education and study tools along with unparalleled practical application to bring about authentic transformation in your life. Dr. David Jeremiah is the founder and host of the global radio and television ministry Turning Point. He has a passionate commitment to teach the Word of God, an extraordinary ability to communicate and a dedicated

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worldwide audience. Drawing from nearly 50 years of study, Dr. Jeremiah has produced a unique, deeply personal and comprehensive study Bible that is packed with features specifically focused to help you discover what Scripture says, what Scripture means and, most importantly, what Scripture means for you. “As a part of my legacy from my parents, I understood that the Bible was the key to a successful life,” Dr. Jeremiah said. “I have now been preaching and teaching the Bible for nearly 50 years. There’s still so much in it that I want to study in greater detail. I remember when I graduated from seminary somebody told me, ‘David, you’re going to fish out of this pond for the rest of your life.’ And they were right. After all this time, I still can’t get enough of the Word. And it still is teaching me. “The Bible, according to its own testimony, is the nourishment people


need for their spiritual life. If you want to grow spiritually, if you want to build a strong foundation for your life, if you want to have a marriage that’s got some strength to it, the principles for all these things and more are found in one place and one place only—the Word of God.” WHY A NEW STUDY BIBLE? “I struggled in my spirit about whether I should do a study Bible. I just wasn’t sure that my notes on God’s Word were worthy of such an effort. On the other hand, after a lifetime of teaching and preaching, I wondered if, just maybe, some of the scriptural insights and application principles that God has given me would be helpful to readers going forward. “After much prayer and consideration, I concluded that this was something God wanted me to do. In fact, this study Bible may be the most important thing I’ve ever done, only because it brings everything back to what matters most in my life and ministry.” WHAT IS THE GOAL? “I want people to understand what the Bible says, what it means and what it means for them,” Dr. Jeremiah continued. “These three things are central in my thinking when I prepare to preach, and they serve as the framework for the structure of this entire study Bible. “First, I want to help people understand what the Bible says—and particularly what it said in its original context. If the

text were originally written as a letter, for instance, what would those original recipients have understood? I want to be true to that text. So, the first thing anyone should do is read the Bible for what it is and for what it says. “Second, it’s important to talk about what Scripture means. How do I interpret what I’m reading? Obviously, there’s room for some opinion, but overall, the Bible is a selfinterpreting book; we interpret one passage by another passage. A student of the Word of God should never stray too far from ‘what it means.’ “And third, I try to help God’s people explore and understand what it means for them. In many of the notes and special features of this Bible, practical application is a key component. Application is at the heart of my approach to ministry and to the Word, and it is what helps seal the Word in people’s lives by the power of the Holy Spirit. If people walk away from the Bible and they know what it says and they know what it means, but they don’t know how it works in their own life, they will see no change. I try to take the teaching of Scripture the extra mile so that people will understand how it works in real life. “The challenge for me is to live life at a higher level than I could ever hope to aspire to without the guidance of Scripture. And I trust that The Jeremiah Study Bible will help readers attain that higher level as God speaks to them through His Word.”  

Dr. David Jeremiah is founder and host of the global radio and television ministry Turning Point, a broadcast program dedicated to sharing the unchanging Word of God with an ever-changing world. Turning Point reaches a combined weekly audience of 10 million people worldwide. Dr. Jeremiah is the author of more than 40 books, including the bestsellers Captured by Grace, What in the World Is Going On? and the most recent New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal best-seller, God Loves You—He Always Has. He Always Will. Dr. Jeremiah pastors Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, Calif., a suburb of San Diego.

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(David C Cook) The Action Bible includes more than 200 fast-paced narratives in chronological order, making it easier to follow the Bible’s historical flow— and reinforcing the buildup to its thrilling climax. The stories in The Action Bible communicate clearly and forcefully to contemporary readers. This compelling blend of clear writing plus dramatic images offers an appeal that crosses all age boundaries.

The Bible in Color ‘Action Bible’ products use visually compelling artwork to explore God’s Word


Brazilian artist SERGIO CARIELLO has created attention-holding illustrations marked by rich coloring, dramatic shading and lighting, bold and energetic designs and emotionally charged figures. Sergio has worked for DC Comics and Marvel Comics. He attended the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Arts and Word of Life Bible Institute. He resides in Florida with his wife, Luzia.

THE ACTION BIBLE HANDBOOK: A DICTIONARY OF PEOPLE, PLACES, AND THINGS

(David C Cook) Based on The Action Bible, this colorful dictionary gives kids all the information they need to understand the people, places and things of the Bible. Rich, dramatic artwork and kid-friendly wording illuminate more than 700 topics ranging from the familiar to the unusual.

THE ACTION BIBLE DEVOTIONAL: 52 WEEKS OF GOD-INSPIRED ADVENTURE Jeremy V. Jones (David C Cook) The Action Bible Devotional pairs selected stories from the best-selling Action Bible with spiritual lessons and action-adventure missions that launch kids’ faith into everyday life. Covering themes such as friendship, temptation, sibling rivalry, self-esteem and materialism, The Action Bible Devotional offers a year’s worth of activities, questions and ideas that will keep young readers engaged with the Bible every day.

THE ACTION BIBLE NEW TESTAMENT: GOD’S REDEMPTIVE STORY

(David C Cook) The heroes and stories of the Bible come to life in this full-color New Testament edition of The Action Bible. Through the style of a graphic novel, the events of Scripture explode in a powerful, exciting new way. Familiar characters turn into champions of faith and often-heard tales become moments of God’s power. And the New Testament’s big picture unfolds as each story is told in the order it happened, from the birth of Jesus to His resurrection and return.

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FINDING FREEDOM FROM SATAN’S MOST DECEPTIVE TRAP

John Bevere celebrates 20th anniversary of ‘The Bait of Satan’ JOHN BEVERE

and his wife, Lisa, are the founders of Messenger International, an organization established to teach, reach and rescue. A minister and bestselling author, John delivers messages of uncompromising truth with boldness and passion. He is a father and g-daddy—and (almost) a scratch golfer. When he’s home, you can find him playing cards with his family or trying to convince Lisa to take up golf. To connect with John, be sure to follow him on Twitter (@johnbevere).

THE ISSUE OF OFFENSE—the very core of The Bait of Satan—is often the most difficult obstacle an individual must face and overcome. Anyone who has trapped animals knows a trap needs one of two things to be successful. It must be hidden, in the hope that an animal will stumble upon it, and it must be baited to lure the animal into the trap’s deadly jaws. Satan, the enemy of our souls, incorporates both of these strategies as he lays out his traps. One of his most deceptive and insidious kinds of bait is something every Christian has encountered—offense. Its consequences are insults, attacks, wounding, division, separation, broken relationships, betrayal and backsliding. Selfishness reigns in our society. Men and women today look out for themselves to the neglect and hurt of those around them. Many are wounded, hurt and bitter. They are offended! But they do not realize that they have fallen into Satan’s trap. I know the strength and reality of that captivity. I had been held hostage to its numb torment for years. The Bait of Satan is not a theory; it brims with truths I have personally walked through. I believe it will strengthen you. It has been 20 years since The Bait of Satan was launched. In this time period, we’ve received countless letters and numerous testimonies of individual lives, families and ministries that have been healed and transformed by the truths from the Word of God contained in this book. For all of them, we rejoice and give God all the glory!

DECLARATIONS FROM THE BAIT OF SATAN, 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION (Charisma House) I refuse to be trapped when the enemy’s bait of offense tries to ensnare me in its grip by filling my heart with bitterness, jealousy or envy (Luke 17:1). Holy Spirit, flow into my life with Your power, and eradicate every fiber of selfishness that would try to snare me and cause me to love myself more than I love You and others.

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elebrating 20 years of this timeless message, The Bait of Satan from best-selling author John Bevere inspires you to resist falling into the enemy’s deadly trap of offense and to be free without a victim mentality.


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