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Tony Campolo and Mary Albert Darling | Jossey Bass
While the 21st century offers many ways to communicate—smart phones, Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, instant messaging—paradoxically, these wonderful technologies can leave people feeling alienated and disconnected.
In Connecting Like Jesus: Practices for Healing, Preaching, and Teaching, sociologist and preacher Tony Campolo and communications expert Mary Albert Darling have combined forces to bridge the gap of interpersonal distance. Their goal: to help people "relate to others in ways that deeply satisfy the deepest needs of our souls."
Mark Sayers | Thomas Nelson
Mark Sayers, pastor of Red East Church in Melbourne, Australia, confronts the idols of the 21st century in The Vertical Self: How Biblical Faith Can Help Us Discover Who We Are in an Age of Self-Obsession. Sayers focuses on such masks and diversions as sex, power, fame, image and coolness. Most important, he distinguishes between the horizontal life and the vertical life.
By Todd D. Hunter | IVP Books
Todd D. Hunter, founding pastor of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Orange County, Calif., shares his journey of despair in Giving Church Another Chance: Finding New Meaning in Spiritual Practices, which features a foreword by emerging church scholar Scot McKnight. The author's background includes time spent at Vineyard, Calvary Chapel, emerging churches, house churches and more.
By Douglas LeBlanc | Thomas Nelson | hardcover | 176 pages | $17.99
As part of The Ancient Practices Series, Douglas LeBlanc's Tithing: Test Me in This explores responses to the text of Malachi 3:10. This seventh book in the eight-part series devoted to spiritual disciplines of the Christian church features a foreword by eminent religion editor and writer Phyllis Tickle.
By Charles F. Stanley | Thomas Nelson | hardcover | 256 pages | $21.99
Charles F. Stanley continues his writing on practical theology and the Christian life in How to Reach Your Full Potential for God: Never Settle for Less Than His Best. Deeply rooted in the Scriptures, the book enumerates the essentials of a rich, meaningful existence. A clean heart, a clean mind and a balanced schedule can do wonders to revive an arid soul, according to the author.
By Eric and Leslie Ludy | Harvest House Publishers | softcover | 256 pages | $13.99
The Ludys, a husband-and-wife team who operate a ministry called Set Apart Life, have penned a rallying cry to rouse a slumbering church. In Wrestling Prayer: A Passionate Communion With God, they inspire readers to live a Christ-infused life as spiritual warriors. To this end, the authors mine Old Testament stories well-known (Saul, David) and obscure (Jebus, Abishai), and share their own tribulation of miscarriage and joy of adopting a Korean child.