Don't Miss Out on Dramatic Changes Sweeping Book Publishing Today

(This article appeared in the Hannibal Books e-newsletter. To receive this newsletter, send an email to HannibalBooksPR@gmail.com.)

Six years after Hannibal Books created CrossHouse Publishing as its cutting-edge, self-publishing arm, this year most of the larger publishers of Christian books have followed suit. One, in fact, even chose a name very similar to our CrossHouse label.

Why is this happening? Because book publishing has entered a dramatic, transformational era which is overthrowing more than 400 years of the traditional way of doing things. I highly recommend that you read the article entitled "Books Gone Wild: The Digital Age Reshapes Literature" in the January 18, 2009, issue of Time magazine. This article prophetically forecast the current trend in book publishing's shift away from traditional to self-publishing models.

With today's technology just about anyone can become an author. Costs are dropping; new avenues for distribution are opening up worldwide. The book-price war going on among Amazon.com, Wal-Mart, Target and Barnes and Noble is just one piece of this fascinating revolution occurring right before our eyes.

Amazon's recent decision to give away free a PC version of its pricey Kindle book reader is another example of the kaleidoscope of changes happening now--or those on the horizon.

To learn more about these life-altering trends, join us at the 2010 Mark Twain School for Authors on Feb. 26-28, 2010.

And if you want to be a part of this transformational era, contact CrossHouse Publishing's Dr. Katie Welch (
crosshousepublishing@earthlink.net) for information on how easily you, too, can become a trend-setting, up-to-date version of a self-published author.

--Louis Moore, President
KLMK Communications Inc.
(parent company of Hannibal Books and CrossHouse Publishing)


What was God thinking when He created man?

When God creates the first humans--Adam and Eve--they exist in a state of perfect spiritual communion with the Father. Satan tricks these pure individuals into committing the first sin. This causes them to immediately move away from that true spirituality that God had in mind when He designed them. The Old Testament is filled with God's efforts to restore spirituality to His people and the repeated, Satan-originated conflicts to try to thwart this.

In Jesus Restores True Spirituality: Understanding Satan's Subtle Schemes to Hamper the Testimony of Christ's People, his companion book to the Old Testament-oriented Created to be Spiritual, pastor and retired missionary Joe E. Tarry demonstrates how God sends His Son to live out in perfection a model of all God intends for us to be.

Walking the reader through key New Testament events from the Messiah's birth through Revelation, Joe shows how the enemy uses strategies to try to darken Christ's brilliance as the Light of the World. The book challenges us to exalt Christ over Satan and to make Jesus' lifestyle our goal.

Joe E. Tarry was born near Lovington, NM, in 1935. He graduated with a double major and received a bachelor of arts in religion and history from Eastern New Mexico University and a master of divinity from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Leona, are retired missionaries and live in Ruidoso, NM. His first book, Did Paul Approve of the Tongues Spoken in Corinth?, explores 1 and 2 Corinthians and Paul’s conclusions about the practice of speaking in tongues. Tarry’s second book,
Created to be Spiritual: Understanding God’s daily battle with Satan for the hearts and minds of His people, he explains story after dramatic story in the Old Testament to show how Satan tries to undermine the spiritual growth of believers.


Along the Way Blogger Says New Release by Hannibal Books "Enlightened" Her

In a new review by Along the Way blogger Janet Ruth, she said that Lessons from a Broken Chopstick: A memoir of a peculiar childhood "enlightened [her] as to what missionary families sacrifice in order to bring the gospel to the nations." Thanks to Janet for reviewing the book! Please visit her blog to read the entire post at Along the Way.


More Reviews on "Lessons from a Broken Chopstick"

SelahV wrote an extensive review of Lessons from a Broken Chopstick on her blog at selahvtoday.typepad.com. Read them on the November 19 and November 21 posts. Thanks to SelahV for her honest opinions and insights.


Sara's Story by Tim Culver Receives Publicity at Baylor

In a "Point of Pride" on the Baylor Proud website of Baylor University, Tim and his wife, Sara, made headlines as an inspiring chronicle for the Baylor family. Tim, who recently released Sara's Story: One Family's Faith Through Unthinkable Trial, is a doctoral student at Baylor and a full-time employee at AT&T. Read the "Point of Pride" here.


Hannibal Authors and Baylor Alumni Spoke During Homecoming

On Friday, October 23, as part of Baylor University Homecoming, Louis and Kay Moore were asked to speak to Dr. Doug Ferdon's journalism ethics class. Louis spoke on several issues addressed in his book, Witness to the Truth. Dr. Ferdon gave students a class assignment that related to one of the book's chapters. In the photo are (left to right) Kay, Louis, and Michael Blackman and Doug Ferdon, Baylor journalism professors and hosts for this campus event.


Former Missionary Kid Examines Childhood Struggles, Worthiness of Missions

Thousands of children of Christian workers in each generation spend a significant part of their developmental years outside their parents culture of origin—often in more than one location and all in the name of serving as Christian missionaries.

The parents believe they are doing God’s will, but what about the hardships that these missionary kids face? Is the cause really worth the price that these kids pay? In a frank and honest look inside the life of one missionary kid, Mary Anne Phemister tells her unusual story in Lessons from a Broken Chopstick: A memoir of a peculiar childhood.

Born to American parents during a World War II Japanese air raid in China, Mary Anne’s life started off drastically different than do the lives of most Americans. Like many parents w
ho are on mission with God in a foreign land, Mary Anne Phemister’s father was resolute in his zeal to lead the lost people of China and later Vietnam, Cambodia and Taiwan out of spiritual darkness. So, as required by their mission organization, by the time Mary Anne was 4-years old her parents sent her off to the first of three boarding schools. During the few years she was with her parents, Mary Anne remembers a strict household with a strained relationship between her mother and dad.

Through Lessons from a Broken Chopstick, Mary Anne discusses her interesting life experiences, confusing feelings and difficult circumstances and also talks about her visits as an adult back to China, Vietnam and Hong Kong. With amazing sensitivity, insight, forgiveness and even humor she delves into the various issues she and her siblings encountered in their unusual lives. Amid her stories of playing with pet turkeys, evacuating from the communist regime and getting a new hairdo for the American school, Mary Anne divulges her deeper issues of identity crisis, moments of self-actualization and her struggle to understand why her parents lived as they did.

In an endorsement of the book, David M. Howard, former international director of World Evangelical Alliance, writes: “A fascinating book! The author opens her heart with amazing detail about her peculiar childhood and upbringing. Her openness as she delves into long-hidden closets of her life gives power and credibility to her story.”

Mary Anne Phemister is a nurse, author, mother, grandmother, and wife of noted concert pianist Bill Phemister.


CrossHouse Author Discusses Strokes, Healthcare Reform on Lars Larson Show

On October 6, Timothy Culver, author of Sara's Story: One Family's Faith through Unthinkable Trial, talked with Lars Larson about his book and his experience with the health insurance industry. Listen to the interview below and visit the Lars Larson Show's website at www.larslarson.com.


Hannibal Author Peter Lumpkins Interviewed on Alabama's Faith Radio

On September 29, the American Council on Alcohol Problems and the Alabama Citizens Action Program hosted an evening with Peter Lumpkins, author of Alcohol Today: Abstinence in an Age of Indulgence, in Montgomery, AL, to discuss what the Bible says about alcoholic beverages. During that time, Faith Radio's The Meeting House on 89.1 FM interviewed Peter Lumpkins and Joe Godfrey, the executive director of the Alabama Citizens Action Program.

Listen to the interview here and visit Faith Radio's website at www.faithbroadcasting.org.


Watch video of Tim Culver and his wife, Sara, on Fox & Friends

Tim and his wife, Sara, talked on Fox & Friends October 7 about Tim's new book, Sara's Story. The book focuses on his wife's stroke, her recovery process and their battle with the healthcare system.

The interview is on the Fox & Friends' website.


Author, Missionary Anne Fortenberry Speaks with SuperTalk Mississippi

On October 1, Anne discussed her new book, Faith that Works: A Topical Study on the Book of James with SuperTalk Mississippi host Paul Gallo on The Gallo Radio Show. Anne will be speaking at various churches throughout Mississippi through October, so the host graciously allowed Anne to interview on the show. You can listen to the audio here.

Verses discussed during the interview: Matthew 13:55 and Mark 6:3.


UPDATE: CrossHouse Author on Fox & Friends, 10/7 at 6:50 EST

In May 2004 Tim Culver received news that his 42-year old wife, Sara, had suffered an acute stroke. Thus began a remarkable pilgrimage of faith for both Tim and Sara: a spiritual and physical journey that carried them through agonizing days coping with both the illness itself and resulting disability as well as dealing with the dark crevices between modern medicine and current health-insurance practices. Tim will be speaking on Fox and Friends (http://www.foxnews.com/foxfriends/) on October 7 at 6:50am EST to discuss his new book, "Sara's Story" (October 2009, CrossHouse Publishing) and his experience with the healthcare industry in relation to healthcare reform. Their story offers hope for families struggling with severe medical emergencies. It also is a clarion cry for new insurance practices and laws that expedite and streamline medical-care delivery today. The Culvers’ amazing story is detailed in a newly published book, ‘Sara’s Story’, released this month by CrossHouse Publishing of Garland, TX. Tim Culver is the author. The book is available through most online and physical bookstores, as well as at www.HannibalBooks.com. Tim and his wife Sara reside in Sunnyvale, TX, with three of their four children. The oldest child is proudly serving the U.S. Army in Iraq.


Congrats to Key Player at Hannibal Books, CrossHouse Publishing

From the business/ministry e-newsletter of Hannibal Books and CrossHouse Publishing (sign up for the e-newsletter by emailing hannibalbooks@earthlink.net) ...

Life offers many choices, so we're pleased to report that a key player in our publishing companies has just been rewarded for making some eminently sound ones.

Katie Welch, who is the publisher of Hannibal Books' sister company, CrossHouse Publishing, has just received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. For Katie this effort represents 25 years of schooling without a break in stride!

After high-school graduation she graduated summa cum laude in 3 1/2 years from Baylor University with a bachelor of arts degree and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She did her master's work at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Dallas Baptist University.

Her doctorate, awarded Aug. 15 at UTA, was in the field of linguistics. A Spanish scholar, her dissertation focused on the process by which students learn politeness terms as they acquire proficiency in a foreign language.

All this was occurring while Katie worked to give a high degree of individualized attention to countless authors at CrossHouse Publishing and coordinated numerous Hannibal special events such as the annual Mark Twain School for Authors.and exhibits at the Christian Booksellers Association convention.

With this part of her academic career behind her, Katie will continue as CrossHouse Publisher plus will absorb more of the day-to-day operations of Hannibal Books. She has a strong interest in developing Spanish curriculum as an offering through Hannibal/CrossHouse. We believe she will add a special way of relating to a new generation of younger, potential authors who desire to see themselves in print.

Katie, we are proud of your accomplishments! You are a positive representation of our company. And, oh, by the way, did I mention that I speak not only as a proud employer but also as a proud dad? That's right! Katie is none other than Dr. Catharine Moore Welch, God's special gift to her mom and me and to the scores of authors and customers who enter into contact
with her via KLMK Communications.

Louis Moore, President
KLMK Communications Inc.
(parent company, Hannibal Books and CrossHouse Publishing)


Hannibal Author, Mississippi Native on SuperTalk Mississippi

Anne Fortenberry, author of Faith that Works: A Topical Study on the Book of James, will speak with Paul Gallo on The Gallo Radio Show, SuperTalk Mississippi, on Thursday, October 1 at 8:00am CST. Visit SuperTalk Mississippi's website at www.supertalkms.com to listen live.

This will kick off Anne's tour through Mississippi to speak and host book signings at several churches in the state. You can catch Anne at Central Baptist Church in Meridian, at
First Baptist Church in Brookhaven, and at First Baptist Church in Gulfport. Contact the churches for dates and times.

Anne grew up and graduated high school in Gulfport. She attended Mississippi College in Clinton and Gilfoy School of Nursing in Jackson. She and her husband have also lived in Ridgeland, Hazlehurst and Brookhaven.


The Vanishing Church Reviewed on Christian Book Previews

In a to-the-point review of Dr. Bob Pearle's The Vanishing Church, Charles L. Eldred explains the basis of the book and a brief summary of his thoughts. View the entire review at Christian Book Previews.

This website also has dozens of reviews of other Christian books and interviews with authors. All material is categorized by title, author and genre, so finding the book of choice is relatively easy. Visit the site at www.ChristianBookPreviews.com.


Win a Copy of "Families of the Bible"

Thanks to Marina at the Energizer Bunny's Mommy Reports blog, two lucky readers will each win a copy of Families of the Bible: How They Coped with Today's Problems. Written by Howard Hovde and Louis Moore, this book allows readers to "see the [biblical] stories in a different light and in a way that you can parallel your situation to that of theirs", says Marina in her blog post.

From now until September 26, readers can visit Marina's blog and enter to win the book. She will post the winners' names on her blog as well as notify them personally. Stop by Energizer Bunny's Mommy Report to read Marina's review of the blog and enter her contest.


New Review about "Alcohol Today"

In a recent look at Alcohol Today: Abstinence in an Age of Indulgence (written by Peter Lumpkins), Warren Kelly discusses his opinion of the book on the Blogcritics website. Warren gives a brief overview of the book, its purposes and his conclusion. You can read his post at blogcritics.org.


Missionary Comments on Ramadan Traditions, Difficulties

In a heartfelt article in the Baptist Press on August 21, Missionary Anne Fortenberry expressed her understanding of Ramadan. She discussed the Muslim traditions and the difficulties of living in a country that celebrates the holiday nationwide.

Anne and her husband, Archie, were missionaries to three Muslim countries for nearly a decade. Anne recently released her first book, Faith that Works: A Topical Study on the Book of James.

You can read the entire Baptist Press article on the BP website.


Review of "Families of the Bible"

In a series of posts, popular blogger SelahV will be reviewing the new book, Families of the Bible: How They Coped with Today's Problems by Howard Hovde and Louis Moore. She wrote a great introduction to the reviews on her blog SelahVToday.

In the introduction, SelahV focused on the issue of 'what am I passing on' and discussed some of the everyday things that she has passed on to her daughter. She includes a quote from Families of the Bible about how patterns often repeat within families. In upcoming posts on her blog, SelahV will offer a "sampling" from the book. Please visit her blog at SelahVToday.typepad.com.

She has also posted her first part of the review of the book on her blog. In her review, SelahV says, "
I see the evaluations and observations they [Howard Hovde and Louis Moore] make from biblical families and relationships as extremely helpful for today's families and individuals--especially those who cannot understand how to fit their square peg into a round hole of extended family interactions."


Author Bob Pearle Talks on Point of View About 'The Vanishing Church'

On July 16, Dr. Bob Pearle discussed his book, The Vanishing Church: Searching for significance in the 21st century, with hosts Kerby Anderson and Carmen Pate on Point of View. Dr. Pearle, who is also the pastor of Birchman Baptist Church in Fort Worth, TX, and the president of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, explained why he thought the evangelical church has been declining in membership over the years. He discussed what he means by a 'supermarket mentality' and offered his thoughts on how churches should actually try to attract members.

Point of View is a two-hour, issues-oriented live talk radio program heard daily nationwide. Kerby Anderson and the Point of View team cover the full spectrum of issues and current events that affect our faith, family, government, education, and basic freedoms from a Christian perspective. Point of View’s loyal listening audience thrives on the daily interviews and interaction with informative guests including authors, politicians, opinion leaders, conservative activists, and subject matter experts.


'Families of the Bible' Authors and Their Wives

This last week in Garland, TX, authors of Families of the Bible: How They Coped with Today's Issues, Howard Hovde and Louis Moore met with one another and their wives for a chat and a quick photo. Dr. Hovde and his wife, Carole, are seated on the couch and Louis Moore and his wife, Kay, are standing in the background.

These two families met first in Louisville, KY, at the church in which Dr. Hovde was associate pastor. After both families moved to Houston, the friendship grew.


Hannibal Author Quoted in Religion Story in Wisconsin

Louis Moore, co-author of Families of the Bible: How They Coped with Today's Issues and author of Witness to the Truth: Lessons learned by a veteran journalist through four decades of watching the church, was quoted in a religion story July 10 in the La Crosse Tribune in Wisconsin. The article, written by reporter Chris Hubbuch, discusses a pastor in West Salem, Wisconsin, who stepped down from his congregation after misleading church members about his relationship with a married woman. Read the entire article on the La Crosse Tribune website.

Louis Moore spent nearly four decades observing religious life as an award-winning, globe-trotting religion editor with the Houston Chronicle, a media executive in a major religious denomination, and a newspaper editor. He is also a publisher and a former president of the Religion Newswriters Association, the organization for religion reporters on secular newspapers in the United States and Canada.


Baptist Press Posts First-Person Article by Bob Pearle

In the July 14 online edition of the Baptist Press, Bob Pearle's article titled "When the Bubble Bursts." Dr. Pearle discussed a few of the "bubbles" that have burst in the past decade, including the dot-coms, the financial sector, the housing market and the oil industry. He compares those to the current bubble that is seen in churches throughout the country. Dr. Pearle goes on to explain why this is occurring and what should be done (and who we should turn to) in order to prevent the bubble from 'bursting'.

You can read the article on the Baptist Press website.

Bob Pearle is the pastor of Birchman Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, president of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, and the author of "The Vanishing Church: Searching for Significance in the 21st Century."


Dr. Bob Pearle to Speak on Point of View This Thursday

Dr. Bob Pearle, author of "The Vanishing Church: Searching for Significance in the 21st Century" and pastor of Birchman Baptist Church in Fort Worth, TX, will talk with Kerby Anderson and Carmen Pate on Point of View this Thursday. The show airs live on the Point of View website from 2-4pm eastern and on numerous stations nationwide.

Point of View is a two-hour, issues-oriented live talk radio program heard daily nationwide. Kerby Anderson and the Point of View team cover the full spectrum of issues and current events that affect our faith, family, government, education, and basic freedoms from a Christian perspective. Point of View’s loyal listening audience thrives on the daily interviews and interaction with informative guests including authors, politicians, opinion leaders, conservative activists, and subject matter experts.

Christianity Today magazine called Point of View America's "most popular live Christian call-in show." After 35 years of being on the cutting edge of talk radio, Point of View has proven they are brave enough to take on the tough issues and experienced enough to handle them.


'Peter Lumpkins really did go beyond my expectations', says SBC Impact Blog

In a thorough review of Peter Lumpkins' Alcohol Today: Abstinence in an Age of Indulgence, SBC Impact blogger Chris Johnson says Lumpkins "really did go beyond my expectations." In the blog post, which can be seen at SBC Impact, Johnson moves through the book and explains what he gets out of each section. In one part of the post, Johnson explains that Lumpkins' discussion of the wedding in Cana at which Jesus turns the water into wine, is "the most attractive section of the entire book in my opinion".

Please visit SBC Impact to read the entire blog post.


Books to Help Us See Many More Happy July Fourth Holidays

Happy Fourth of July! The following books are listed as a tribute to our nation - one book looks at our past, another looks into a possible future scenario and the last is more of a guide on how to keep our nation on track: Historical Atlas of Texas Methodism, Escape From America and We Can Change America.

A Practical, Comprehensive Guide to Methodism in Texas through the Last Two Centuries

The Historical Atlas of Texas Methodism is a superb exposition of how the Methodist faith came to Texas and how that faith shaped—and was shaped by—historic movements in the Lone State State and nation. Denominations with Methodist roots and addressed inside include:
  • African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Zion Church
  • Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Church of the Nazarene
  • Colored Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Congregational Methodist Church
  • Evangelical Association
  • Evangelical Methodist Church
  • Evangelical United Brethren
  • Free Methodist Church
  • Methodist Church
  • Methodist Episcopal Church
  • SouthMethodist Protestant Church
  • Southern Congregational Methodist Church
  • Southern Methodist Church
  • United Methodist Church
  • United Brethren in Christ
  • Wesleyan Methodist Church
The Historical Atlas of Texas Methodism is an excellent reference, containing more than 40 maps and two dozen charts that bring clarity to the relationships between the denominations created by the Methodist Movement. An index with more than 2,000 entries attests to its thoroughness. Its scope extends from missionary visits to immigrants in Spanish Texas to the beginning of the 21st century. The Atlas devotes special attention to Methodism among Spanish, German, and Swedish linguistic minorities and the African-American Methodist denominations.

About the authors:
William Carson Hardt retired from a career in the public schools and writing educational materials to concentrate on his interest in Texas Methodist history. He lives in Brenham, Texas.

John Wesley Hardt was a member of the Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church until he was elected bishop in 1980. He served the Oklahoma area and in 1988 moved to Dallas. He is Bishop in Residence Emeritus at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas.

Could the USA ever become as repressive as the Soviet Union once was? Could the now-independent states in the old Soviet Union become what the USA once was--"one nation under God?"

Wallace Henley, a White House staff assistant during the Nixon administration, sees such a reversal of former roles as a real possibility within the next quarter-century. Henley's new novel, Escape from America, illustrates how this could occur.

The central character is Alex Bozamov, an idealistic and ambitious young senior editor of Pravda, who is sickened by the Soviet media's sacrifice of truth on the altar of Marxist expediency. Bozamov exposes a political coverup of the Chernobyl disaster and is forced to flee with his wife to the USA, leaving behind his sons, whom he reared to be good Marxists.
Locating in the nation's capital, Bozamov becomes a star writer of the "Washington Tribune." Assigned to write a series on dissent in America, he displeases his editor, Taylor Willingham, with a story on a rally of "rescuers."
"The problem of your story," says Willingham, "is that you seem to focus on the issue of abortion as allegedly murder." "That was the theme of the meeting I was sent to cover," Bozamov replies.

"These people believe abortion is murder, and that's why they stage these rescues." "But you miss the larger issue," Willingham counters. "These people are denying the right of other people to make choices about their bodies. That's where the threat to democracy lies. You almost make these people sound natural." Bozamov rewrites the story so that readers "would know clearly these were fanatics who were a threat to democracy in America."

Forgiven, Bozamov is next reprimanded for writing about police brutality during a pro-life protest. Bozamov angers his editor by noting that the paper had published a story about police brutality at a gay rally. Bozamov redeems himself by a glowing story on Societies for Awakening Global Energies (SAGE), an alliance of "politically correct" activists bent on establishing a new "global consciousness" that "celebrates the oneness of all things." Then Bozamov becomes uneasy when the law forbids parents and churches to indoctrinate and evangelize children under 18. He writes the story "straight," which infuriates his editor.

Personal concerns envelop Bozamov when his suicidal wife is led to Christ by a former Russian communist. Bozamov himself becomes a Christian and is fired by the paper. Unable to get published in America, Bozamov sends a story on AIDS to a Russian "free paper" and is arrested for failing to get permission from the Justice and State departments. While out on bond, Bozamov flees with his wife back to the former Soviet Union, where he will have freedom to write his convictions.
Can one average Christian really make a difference in the United States? Author Darylann Whitemarsh emphatically says yes!

This thoroughly researched book reminds readers of the vision of America's founders: "one nation under God." Unfortunately the American media now works to reshape society, she contends. The "media habits of Christians are basically no different from non-Christians," she says.

However, many citizens have fought back to change public schools, the criminal justice system, politics, and the media. How does one decide which political party or candidates to support? Will the media report on a Christian position fairly? What can a person do about inaccurate or biased textbooks and teaching in public schools? Should Christians send lobbyists to Congress? What does "separation of church and state" really mean? What can a church legally do? When--and how--should a person write an effective letter to the editor on an issue of concern?

The author, a highly recognized public-school teacher and Christian political activist in Wisconsin, provides detailed answers to these and many other questions, emphasizing biblical principles. She also includes a glossary of political terms.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 reads: "Whatsoever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might."
We Can Change America shows us how.


Book helps children learn their personality types; get along better with others

Hi! I'm Meredith Grace. Today was my first day of 3rd grade. Boy, did I learn a lot of interesting things about myself and my friends. Miss Moon, my teacher, told us all about the word personality. She taught us that no one personality is right, wrong, good, or bad. We are all different, and that's OK. I am so happy knowing I can just be me!

So begins a valuable new resource which provides powerful insight and knowledge into your child's personality type. As you and your child read
Being Me, Being Free together, you will discover that every child (and adult!) has a one-of-a-kind, God-given personality. By using the personality assessment and other activities included in the back of the book, you can begin to create environments in which your child can grow and strengthen his or her natural talents and abilities. This book by Marilyn Mansfield is perfect for both classroom and home.


New Book Offers Parenting Tips From Biblical Families

Biblical families are excellent role models for coping with today's family problems, say co-authors of this new book, which examines how families of the Bible serve as role models for families now.

Family relationships have always been difficult, regardless of the time in history, the authors say. Too often today modern families erroneously conclude they are confronting matters with which no one has dealt with before. Instead, the authors say similarities between past and present situations abound.

In Families of the Bible: How They Coped with Today’s Issues, Howard Hovde and Louis Moore examine biblical families’ lives and offer practical tips for parents of modern-day homes.
In this matter-of-fact look at the lessons that can be learned from biblical families, Hovde and Moore inspect 12 different familial situations from the Bible and extract the important connections with issues in today’s society.

The authors begin with a study of the family system and analyze why problems occur within families. Hovde and Moore then tackle topics such as murder, grief, infertility, sibling rivalry, adoption, the loss of a child, the importance of a spiritual family, empty nests and more. To learn how parents should interact with each other and with their children to provide the best home life possible, Hovde and Moore dive into the lives of Cain and Abel, Abraham, Jacob and Esau, Moses, David, the Prodigal Son, Paul and others.

Hovde and Moore hope this unique material will “make the journey with family easier and more exciting.” This book is perfect for parents who need help within their family, but Families of the Bible could also be helpful as a basis for a sermon series or a Bible study, or as a device used within premarital or marital counseling sessions.

Howard Hovde, Ed.D. (left) has been a marriage and family therapist, a pastor, and director of the Laity Lodge Retreat Center in Kerrville, TX. He is a popular speaker at seminars conferences, and programs on marriage and family life. He and his wife, Carole, live in Kerrville.

Louis Moore (right) has been a newspaper reporter editor, book author, and media manager for a religious denomination. He and his wife, Kay, have led marriage enrichment retreats for couples throughout the United States and internationally. They live in Garland, TX.


Book Review: Why I Bought "Alcohol Today"

Much thanks to SelahV for her well-written book review of Alcohol Today: Abstinence in an Age of Indulgence. Please read the review at her blog SelahV Today. This blog entry was published in relation to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, which will be held this week in Louisville, KY. Many hot topics will be discussed and church members and leaders will be able to connect with numerous authors.

Peter Lumpkins, author of Alcohol Today, and Dr. Jerry Vines, who wrote the foreword in the book and is president of Jerry Vines Ministries, Inc.; pastor emeritus, First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL; and has been twice-elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention, are holding a book signing today at the meeting.


Meet Pastor, Author at Weatherford Book Signing

If you're in Weatherford, TX, or somewhere near it this weekend, be sure to listen to Linda Bagwell's Books and Authors radio show Saturday at 9:30am on 89.5 FM or online at www.qxfm.com. Pastor Woody Wilson will be on the show to talk about his new book, The Shadow of Babel: Speaking Jesus to a Language-Challenged World. Then, you can meet Pastor Wilson at a book signing at The Bookcase at 109 N. Main Street in Weatherford from 11am to 1pm.

The Shadow of Babel is a collection of gripping stories and encouraging thoughts from Pastor Wilson's years as a missionary in France and as a pastor in numerous churches. Through common sense and practical helps, Wilson encourages Christians to discuss their beliefs lovingly but boldly with their friends and family members. The book looks at numerous experiences from Wilson’s rich life as a missionary in a challenging setting in France and as a U.S. pastor in everyday circumstances.

David R. Brumbelow Mentions "Alcohol Today" on Gulf Coast Pastor blog

Be sure to check out the Gulf Coast Pastor blog, written by David R. Brumbelow (who happens to be a Hannibal author - The Wit and Wisdom of Pastor Joe Brumbelow). On Monday's blog, he mentions Peter Lumpkins' Alcohol Today.


Listen to Peter Lumpkins Interview from the Mornings with Lorri and Larry show

On June 15, Peter Lumpkins discussed his new book, Alcohol Today: Abstinence in an Age of Indulgence, with Lorri Allen and Larry Estepa on Mornings with Lorri and Larry, a FamilyNet radio show broadcast on Sirius Channel 161.

Another great review of "Alcohol Today"

Ron Phillips, Sr., wrote a great book review of Peter Lumpkins' book Alcohol Today: Abstinence in an Age of Indulgence. He includes specific points that he appreciates from the book. He also describes how he thinks the book will be received. Read the review at his blog, Adopted by God.


Dr. Crawford is Featured in Fabulous Fort Worth Star-Telegram Article

In Friday's Fort Worth Star-Telegram newspaper (6.12.2009), Jim Jones wrote an excellent article about humor in Christianity. He included Dr. Crawford and his new book, Mud Hen in a Peacock Parade: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven. You can read the article on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram website. The first few paragraphs of the article are featured below.

Movement holds that Christianity has plenty of room for humor By Jim Jones

Did Jesus laugh?

"I think he did," said Dan Crawford, a retired Fort Worth seminary professor and author. Jesus was no stick-in-the-mud, he says. "People have painted him much too serious."

Crawford’s new book, Mud Hen in a Peacock Parade: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven (Hannibal Books, $14.95) says that interest in religious humor is surging. He cites the growing popularity of Christian comedians. More pastors, he said, are using humor to hold attention in a society geared to sound bites.

"We are in pretty tough times now, so people find relief when they can laugh," Crawford said. "And I believe God has a sense of humor."
... Read the rest of Jim Jones' article at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram website.


Don't Forget to Listen to Peter Lumpkins on Monday Morning

On Monday, June 15, you can be one of the first to hear Peter Lumpkins discuss his new, controversial book, Alcohol Today: Abstinence in an Age of Indulgence. He will be a guest on Mornings with Lorri and Larry on FamilyNet Radio, which can be heard on SIRIUS radio channel 161. He will be on the show from about 6:20am to 6:50am Eastern. If you can't catch him live, you can always download the podcast from iTunes for about two weeks from the original air date. We'll also post the interview here!


"Alcohol Today" Review on Sola Gratia! and SBC Today blogs

Here is an excerpt from the great review by Scott Gordon about Alcohol Today:
Dr. Peter Lumpkins has hit a home run. Alcohol Today: Abstinence in an Age of Indulgence is a book which is long overdue for our churches and our culture. This debate seems to have fallen on hard times. Anyone who would dare assert that a biblical world view should include total abstinence is quickly lampooned and often mercilessly ridiculed.
To read the rest of Scott's review, visit his blog Sola Gratia!, here, or the SBC Today blog here.


Hear Peter Lumpkins on FamilyNet's Mornings with Lorri & Larry

On Monday, June 15, you can be one of the first to hear Peter Lumpkins discuss his new, controversial book, Alcohol Today: Abstinence in an Age of Indulgence. He will be a guest on Mornings with Lorri and Larry on FamilyNet Radio, which can be heard on SIRIUS radio channel 161. He will be on the show from about 6:20am to 6:50am Eastern. If you can't catch him live, you can always download the podcast from iTunes for about two weeks from the original air date. We'll also post the interview here!


What Others are Saying About "Alcohol Today"

We appreciate Peter Lumpkins’ contribution to this crucial issue. We applaud all genuine efforts to convince followers of Jesus that the use of alcoholic beverages in any form is inconsistent with the lifestyle of an obedient Christian in the 21st century.
-Richard Land, president, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention

A postmodern era of indulgence brands advocacy of abstinence from beverage alcohol as legalism worthy of the Pharisees, even as it gurgles its way to an ever-increasing embrace of the world. But Peter Lumpkins in Alcohol Today: Abstinence in an Age of Indulgence demonstrates why abstinence not only is wisdom but also a matter of obedience to Christ and holiness before God.
- Paige Patterson, President
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX

Peter Lumpkins has dealt skillfully and biblically with one of the real hot issues in our land today. Voices are calling for the moderate use of alcohol and recreational drinks as a way to reach our culture. Peter has carefully examined the Scriptural texts and gives a clear case for how committed believers are to approach this subject. I applaud his effort in these pages and believe he has convincingly presented the case for abstinence as the Scriptural pattern for this issue.
- Jimmy Draper, president emeritus, LifeWay Christian Resources

Peter Lumpkins has done an amazing piece of work. He has explored the various views on the question of drinking “recreational alcohol” (booze) by disciples of Jesus. With the precision of a surgeon he dissects the views and then stitches them together for an overall answer to the question. This is the first book of this nature that I have read in years—the best argument in print against the outlandish and inaccurate views of “not use but abuse.” Every preacher should make this a must reading.
-John Sullivan, executive director-treasurer, Florida Baptist Convention

Peter Lumpkins’ book calls us back to biblical convictions. Peter “rightly divides the word of truth” and glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ providing a firm foundation for 21st-century believers in a Laodicean age.
- Roger Freeman, senior pastor, First Baptist Church, Clarksville, TN
Past president, Tennessee Baptist Convention

In a wedding of biblical/historical scholarship and reasonable obedience to Christ, Peter Lumpkins turns watered-down “moderation” and poisonedwell hedonism into the pure wine of truth. What a timely occasion for someone taking the intellectual gloves off and striking a blow for total abstinence from alcohol! Every believer, particularly in the younger generation, should drink deeply from this reservoir—and pass it on.
- Hayes Wicker, senior pastor, First Baptist Church, Naples, FL
Former president, Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference and the Florida Baptist Convention

Alcohol Today: Abstinence in an Age of Indulgence is a masterwork. It provides a devastating argument against any use of beverage alcohol. It reveals the fact that the Bible and common sense condemn the use of a recreational, destructive, and mind-altering drug. Replete with scholarly evidence, Peter Lumpkins’ book will change minds and save lives.
- David R. Brumbelow, pastor, Northside Baptist Church, Highland, TX
Author, The Wit and Wisdom of Pastor Joe Brumbelow

Peter Lumpkins has done the Body of Christ a significant favor in his excellent and scholarly study on social drinking among present-day church members. Thank God for his courageous stance! I pray many will read this book and heed its wise counsel.
- Evangelist Junior Hill, Hartselle, AL

The alcohol issue is a volatile debate among many believers. It also is a critical discussion because of the high impact of alcohol’s negative effect on so many. Peter Lumpkins provides a clear and compelling case for total abstinence built on Scripture and sound spiritual ethics. It deserves a reading by every thoughtful follower of Jesus. Alcohol Today is a vital resource for Christians committed to excellence in life and dedicated to the highest standards of faith and practice.
- Jack Graham, Pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church, Dallas, TX

Peter Lumpkins provides an exhaustive, in-depth investigation into the use of alcohol as a beverage. He reaches the conclusion that this usage is unwise, unhelpful, and unscriptural. I applaud him for his work and commend this read to all interested in thoroughly considering this issue.
- Jim Richards, Executive Director, Southern Baptists of Texas Convention
Past first vice-president, Southern Baptist Convention


How do you blend faith with living day-to-day?

Our faith in God saves us; the Bible testifies to that. But what difference does that faith make in our lives? If works don't insure our salvation, what's the purpose of right Christian behavior? If we have transformed lives in Christ, what specific works represent an outgrowth of our belief?

Anne Fortenberry tackles all these questions in her new, nine-week interactive Bible study, Faith that Works. In a warmhearted, personal approach, Anne reveals fresh insights into the Book of James that will strengthen participants' faith, enrich their walk with the Lord, and challenge them to apply well-known scriptural principles.

Participants in a
Faith that Works small group will learn how to cope with trails and temptations, how to develop characteristics such as obedience, tongue control, wisdom, and trust in God, how to endure suffering, and how to restore wandering believers, among other topics.

A separate leader guide (ISBN 1-978-934749-50-0) provides helps for those facilitating a
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Anne Fortenberry has served as a Southern Baptist missionary, a university lecturer and division chair, and a health-care consultant. She holds a doctor of nursing science degree from the Louisiana State University Medical Center School of Nursing, a master of science from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a bachelor of science from Mississippi College. She and her husband, Archie, are parents of three grown children.