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New and Noteworthy, April 2015

PERSECUTION Killing Christians: Living the Faith Where It’s Not Safe to Believe

Tom Doyle. Killing Christians: Living the Faith Where It’s Not Safe to Believe.
Nashville, Tenn.: Thomas Nelson, 2015. 207 pages. $15.99.

Middle East missionary Tom Doyle has ministered to Muslims and understands that torture and martyrdom are real threats to those who convert to Christianity. 

Here, he shares the ways the faith of these Christians has grown through their trials — often in their own words. The author’s previous book is the bestselling “Dreams and Visions: Is Jesus Awakening the Muslim World?

FOR TEENS Live Original
Sadie Robertson. Live Original: How the Duck Commander Teen Keeps It Real and Stays True to Her Values . New York: Howard Books, 2014. 203 pages. $22.99.

Duck Dynasty” star Sadie Robertson, a member of the White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe, La., writes this book with teen girls in mind. She tackles perseverance, friendship, dreams for the future and her “Papaw Phil’s” favorite — happiness. Each chapter opens with a Bible verse and closes with reflection questions, space to journal and Robertson’s advice. The text weaves in Scriptures throughout.

MARRIAGE You and Me Forever

Francis and Lisa Chan. You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity . San Francisco: Claire Love Publishing, 2014. 192 pages. $15.99.

Renowned author and speaker Francis Chan and his wife of 20 years seek to advise Christian couples. 

Their goal isn’t to make your marriage better but to share ways believers can honor God through their marriage — seeking his Kingdom first, before marriage and parenting. 
Married and single Christians will benefit from this study.
FINANCE Living Well, Spending Less
Ruth Soukup. Living Well, Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life . Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2014. 240 pages. $15.99.

Soukup, author of one of the top personal finance blogs on the web, presents an overall guide to the simplification of home, time and money — geared toward whoever handles household matters such as housework and grocery shopping.

Purpose, joy and simplicity should be the foundational approaches to possessions and time, she writes.  
HOMOSEXUALITY Compassion without Compromise
Adam T. Barr and Ron Citlau. Compassion without Compromise: How the Gospel Frees Us to Love Our Gay Friends Without Losing the Truth . Bloomington, Minn.: Bethany House Publishers, 2014. 160 pages. $12.99.

Two ministers, one of whom struggled with same-sex attraction, present a resource for Christians who want to show Christ’s love to their gay friends without compromising biblical truth. The book addresses realistic scenarios, including whether or not Christians should attend a gay wedding, and gives practical advice. 

health Wellness for the Glory of God
Dr. John Dunlop. Wellness for the Glory of God: Living Well after 40 with Joy and Contentment in All of Life . Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Publishers, 2014. 192 pages. $15.99.

This holistic — and medically sound — guide to health in the second half of life addresses physical, mental, social, financial, spiritual and emotional wellness.

Dunlop intersperses patient vignettes from his practice working with geriatric patients — some who have aged well and others who struggle with health issues because of their own unhealthy choices. 

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