Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Neta Jackson

The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1595543619
Thomas Nelson (October 2, 2007)
by Neta Jackson

Neta Jackson's testimony, "I grew up in a wonderful Christian home in Seattle, Washington, where I was steeped in the Bible and gave my heart to Jesus at an early age (like 4!). My parents were involved in Christian schools, my dad as a principal and my mother as the librarian, so I grew up very sheltered. I was later baptised at 16,, attended a Bible school, then a Christian college--but all that was a foundation, not the journey. Much of what I knew about Scripture and following Jesus was through the lens of a white, middle class, American, sheltered upbringing. Then . . . God shook me up and put me in situations in my adult life that were not white, not middle class, not sheltered. My only anchor was God's Word and a Bible study group of women from different races and cultures that commited ourselves to study the Word and pray for one another. But as I related to sisters from other church traditions and cultures, other life situations, coming out of difficulties I'd never imagined, much less faced in my life, I discovered God is a great big God and works in mighty ways. Scripture came alive as never before, and I discovered I need---yes, need---all the different parts of the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12).

"I was speaking at a women's retreat recently, and a white-haired lady with a background similar to mine said: "I've believed in God all my life, but only recently have I begun to believe God." Whew! I wept as the truth of that in my own life sank in. Do I truly believe the promises of God, that God will do what He says He will do? That I have the authority to pray in the name of Jesus so that things change, people are healed, the devil is bound? Whew . . . I'm just hanging on for the ride.

"One of the wonderful gifts growing out of this journey for me has been learning about different forms of worship (several of which I've shared in my Yada Yada novels), and the power of praise and worship in my personal life to thwart the enemy. Praise and worship are not Satan's working conditions!--he trives in an atmosphere of doubt, fear, anxiety, self-centeredness, busyness, distraction etc.). In the past two decades, God has led my husband and me to invest ourselves in multi-cultural churches where we've learned such freedom in worship. We are currently members of The Chicago Tabernacle, a daughter church of The Brooklyn Tabernacle in New York (a.k.a. The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir). The church members span many cultures, including a majority of Spanish speaking members, which is new for me. (And I had to take French in college, oy vey!) I'm so grateful God has shown me the beauty of His Body and how much God longs for us to live and work together in unity."

To learn more go to the Jackson web site www.daveneta.com and click on "About Us."

Author, The Yada Yada Prayer Group

Neta Jackson Neta Jackson's award-winning Yada books have sold more than 350,000 copies and are spawning prayer groups across the country. She and her husband, Dave, are also an award-winning husband/wife writing team, best known for the Trailblazer Books--a 40-volume series of historical fiction about great Christian heroes with 1.8 million in sales--and Hero Tales: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes (vols 1-4).

Dave and Neta live in Evanston, Illinois, where for twenty-seven years they were part of Reba Place Church, a Christian church community. They are now members of the Chicago Tabernacle, a multi-racial congregation that is a daughter church of the well-known Brooklyn Tabernacle.


Turkey dinners, tree trimming, and decking the halls--it's that time of year again! And I Jodi Baxter, can't wait to celebrate. My kids are coming home for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and then all of us Yadas are getting decked out for a big New Year's party.

But God's idea of "decked out" might just change the nature of our party plans. A perplexing encounter with a former student, a crime that literally knocks me off my feet, a hurry-up wedding, and a child who will forever change our family...it's times like these that I really need my prayer sisters.

This holiday season, we Yada Yadas are learning that no one can out celebrate God. So let's get this party started!

THE YADA YADA PRAYER GROUP GETS DECKED OUT is a festive novella featuring America's favorite prayer group, the Yada Yadas!

Sometimes dubbed "chick-lit" for their bright covers and catchy titles, this series provides far more depth than witty banter and wacky situations. Inspired by a prayer group of real women, each book will have you laughing, crying, and perhaps praying anew.

In this highly anticipated installment, the Yada Yada sisters-a group of multi-cultural friends-and their families prepare for the event of the season.

But yes, eager readers, this novella—which picks up a year and a half after the end of book #6 The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Rolling concludes the series with some twists and turns that will amaze and encourage you. Plus, it sets the stage for Neta’s new series with new characters and new situations but also occasional roles for the beloved Yada Yada sisters in familiar Chicago neighborhoods with all their cultural richness.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007


Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing TRY DYING
(Center Street October 24, 2007)
by James Scott Bell

Word of faith from the author: "My grandmother always told me Bible stories and taught me about the faith. I can't remember ever not believing in God. But I did not receive Christ until high school, watching Billy Graham on TV. I used to watch his broadcasts because he was such a great public speaker, and I wanted to be one too. Then one night his message hit home. A year and a half later I went off to college, and took a long detour from the faith. But God never let go of me, and when I finally turned back to him I could see that, indeed, it all started with my grandmother, and then Dr. Graham."

James Scott Bell is a former trial lawyer who now writes full time. He is also the fiction columnist for Writers Digest magazine and adjunct professor of writing at Pepperdine University.

His book on writing, Plot and Structure is one of the most popular writing books available today. The national bestselling author of several novels of suspense, he grew up and still lives in Los Angeles, where he is at work on his next Buchanan thriller.


On a wet Tuesday morning in December, Ernesto Bonilla, twenty-eight, shot his twenty-three-year-old wife, Alejandra, in the backyard of their West 45th Street home in South Los Angeles. As Alejandra lay bleeding to death, Ernesto drove their Ford Explorer to the westbound Century Freeway connector where it crossed over the Harbor Freeway and pulled to a stop on the shoulder.

Bonilla stepped around the back of the SUV, ignoring the rain and the afternoon drivers on their way to LAX and the west side, placed the barrel of his .38 caliber pistol into his mouth, and fired.

His body fell over the shoulder and plunged one hundred feet, hitting the roof of a Toyota Camry heading northbound on the harbor Freeway. The impact crushed the roof of the Camry. The driver, Jacqueline Dwyer, twenty-seven, an elementary schoolteacher from Reseda, died at the scene.

This would have been simply another dark and strange coincidence, the sort of thing that shows up for a two-minute report on the local news--with live remote from the scene--and maybe gets a follow-up the next day. Eventually the story would go away, fading from the city's collective memory.

But this story did not go away. Not for me. Because Jacqueline Dwyer was the woman I was going to marry.

In Try Dying, this fast-paced thriller, lawyer Ty Buchanan must enter a world of evil to uncover the cause of his fiancee's death--even if hie has to kill for the truth.

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

DEADFALL, Robert Liparulo

The Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing DEADFALL
(Thomas Nelson November 6, 2007)
by Robert Liparulo

Robert is an award-winning author of over a thousand published articles and short stories. He is currently a contributing editor for New Man magazine. His work has appeared in Reader's Digest, Travel & Leisure, Modern Bride, Consumers Digest, Chief Executive, and The Arizona Daily Star, among other publications. In addition, he previously worked as a celebrity journalist, interviewing Stephen King, Tom Clancy, Charlton Heston, and others for magazines such as Rocky Road, Preview, and L.A. Weekly.

Robert is an avid scuba diver, swimmer, reader, traveler, and a law enforcement and military enthusiast. He lives in Colorado with his wife and four children.

Robert's first novel painted a scenario so frighteningly real that six Hollywood producers were bidding on movie rights before the novel was completed. His acclaimed debut novel, Comes A Horseman, is being made into a major motion picture by producer Mace Neufeld and his short story "Kill Zone" was featured in the anthology Thriller, edited by James Patterson.

Bob has sold the film rights to his second book, GERM. And he is writing the screenplay for a yet-to-be-written political thriller, which sold to Phoenix Pictures, for Andrew Davis (The Fugitive, The Guardian) to direct!

He is currently working on his fourth novel.


Deep in the isolated Northwest Territories, four friends are on the trip of a lifetime. Dropped by helicopter into the Canadian wilderness, Hutch, Terry, Phil, and David are looking to escape the events of a tumultuous year for two weeks of hunting, fishing, and camping.

Armes with only a bow and arrow and the basics for survival, they've chosen a place far from civilization, a retreat from their turbulent lives. But they quickly discover that another group has targeted the remote region and the secluded hamlet of Fiddler Falls for a more menacing purpose: to field test the ultimate weapon.

With more than a week before the helicopter rendezvous and no satellite phone, Hutch, a skilled bow-hunter and outdoor-survivalist must help his friend elude their seemingly inescapable foes, as well as decide whether to run for their lives...or risk everything to help the townspeople who are being held hostage and terrorized.

An intense novel of character forged in the midst of struggle, survival, and sacrifice. Deadfall is highly-aclaimed author Robert Liparulo's latest rivetingly smart thriller.

Shares how he came to know Jesus Christ, a personal witness:
I was raised Catholic and even wanted to be a priest when I was nine. During my teen years I had a falling out with Catholicism-more my issues than the Church’s.

I had a friend who was protestant and some of the things he believed resonated with me much more deeply than what I’d been taught. Still, I didn’t think embrace his faith and didn’t trust my own.

So I sort of wandered in the desert for a number of years.

I married young and never really brought God into our marriage, except superficially, and my wife was raised agnostic. In our fifth year of marriage, my wife decided she wanted out.

The news hit me hard, because I truly didn’t see it coming. I went into my home office and cried out to God: “Why?”

He answered as clearly as though I’d heard Him with my ears instead of my heart and head. He said, “Because I am not in your life.”

I immediately went to my wife and asked for a month to make it right. She reluctantly agreed. I asked her to go talk to a pastor with me. He spoke to us for about two hours, about God and marriage, faith and love. The next day, we attended service. God touch both of our hearts (I think because we sought Him) with urgency, power and permanence. Within five days, my wife broke down crying, asking for forgiveness for wanting to dissolve our marriage; I asked for forgiveness for not bringing God into our lives. She asked God into her heart and I recommitted myself.
We’ve been strongly reliant on God ever since. We celebrate our 23rd anniversary this week.

God is great! Blessings.

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