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The Costly Call, Book 2: The Untold StoryThe Costly Call, Book 2: The Untold Story
Emir Fethi Caner, H. Edward Pruitt
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This compelling sequel delivers more real-life snapshots of modern day heroes---from Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, and secularist backgrounds---who have sacrificed everything to follow the call to faith in Christ. These courageous men and women truly understand the importance of religious liberty and pray that even their enemies may be saved.

Emir Fethi Caner (Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington) is a former Sunni Muslim who was disowned by his father when he converted to Christianity. He is currently Assistant Professor of Church History and Anabaptist Studies as well as the associate dean of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He speaks regularly on church history and Islam around the world and on such programs and networks as NPR, Janet Parshall's America and Billy Graham's Decision Today Radio. His past experience includes pastoring, missions work, and church planting. He is the co-author of More Than a Prophet and the best-selling book Unveiling Islam.

H. Edward Pruitt (M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate director of the Center for Great Commission Studies and adjunct professor of missions at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ed has traveled to more than fifty-five countries and logged more than one million miles sharing the gospel.

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The Faith of America's First LadiesThe Faith of America's First Ladies
Jane Cook
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Modern-day pressures for supermodel beauty, high-powered careers, and perfect families place a spotlight on a woman's achievements instead of her worth. This book, using stories from numerous First Ladies, shows how they triumphed while experiencing intense pressure. By using their stories, along with a Hebrew proverb and biblical principles, Jane Cook explains that God is the true source of value and worth.

Women will be encouraged to view their roles, talents, and responsibilities as opportunities to allow God to shine through them. Highlights include:

  • Abigail Adams' commitment to serving as the primary caretaker for her family during the Revolution shows the worth of working with eager hands, (Proverbs 31:13).
  • Laura Bush's heart of compassion shows the significance of extending hands to the poor and needy in times of crisis, (Proverbs 31:20).
  • Louisa Adams' remarkable solo journey to Paris under siege by Napoleon shows the value of steadfastness during a time of terror threats, (Proverbs 31:21).
  • Barbara Bush's wit and quips reveal the splendor of celebrating joy in life, (Proverbs 31:25).
  • Martha Washington's willingness to knit shirts and socks for soldiers during the Revolution shows the value of leading by example, (Proverbs 31:19).
  • Anna Harrison's words of wisdom and prayers for her children and grandchildren deliver a family legacy of faith and leadership. (Proverbs 31:26).

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The New Faces of Christianity: Believing the Bible in the Global SouthThe New Faces of Christianity: Believing the Bible in the Global South
Philip Jenkins
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In his much-acclaimed Next Christendom, Jenkins called attention to the explosive growth of Christianity in parts of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Now he more carefully examines what these "southerners" believe and practice---from a strong dependence on the Bible to socially liberating movements. 288 pages, hardcover. Oxford University.
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Rise of Militant Islam in Central AsiaRise of Militant Islam in Central Asia
Ahmed Rashid
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From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Talibann-depth look at an important and overlooked hotbed of Islamic fundamentalism.
Ahmed Rashid, whose masterful account of Afghanistan's Taliban regime became required reading after September 11, turns his legendary skills as an investigative journalist to five adjacent Central Asian Republics-Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan-where religious repression, political corruption, and extreme poverty have created a fertile climate for militant Islam. Based on groundbreaking research and numerous interviews, Rashid explains the roots of fundamentalist rage in Central Asia, describes the goals and activities of its militant organizations, including Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda, and suggests ways of neutralizing the threat and bringing stability to the troubled region. A timely and pertinent work, Jihad is essential reading for anyone who seeks to gain a better understanding of a region we overlook at our peril.
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Epicenter: Why the Current Rumblings in the Middle East Will Change Your FutureEpicenter: Why the Current Rumblings in the Middle East Will Change Your Future
Joel C. Rosenberg
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Utilizing previously classified government documents, interviews with top political, military, religious and other leaders, Joel Rosenberg makes predictions regarding the fate of the Middle East regarding issues such as Iran's nuclear threats against Israel, the arms race and ultimately . . . Armageddon.
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When God Stood Up: A Christian Response to AIDS in AfricaWhen God Stood Up: A Christian Response to AIDS in Africa
James Cantelon
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The victims of the AIDS pandemic in Africa are far more numerous than the dead and dying. Millions of orphans and widows are trying to survive in extreme poverty and social oppression. James Cantelon, a Canadian pastor, has challenged churches in Africa---and in Canada and the United States---to unite in a common cause to bring relief to suffering of intolerable magnitude.

When God Stood Up is the story of a remarkable journey that affirms God's presence in the most ravaged places on Earth. Millions of our fellow human beings are depending on us to be "God's hand extended." Read about their stories and be humbled.

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In India's West Bengal state, local Christians and missionaries faced death threats for their faith, according to Mission News Network. Fourteen members of a Gospel for Asia church were severely beaten and forced to leave their homes on July 10 [2008], after being accused of forcing conversions and bringing an illness on the village. The mob threatened to kill the believers if they remained in the village. Village leader Negesh Rai brought the matter to the attention of local police, which led to calls for his resignation by protesting villagers. On July 16, the believers were removed to a different area for safety.

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