Hero – Fred Stoeker & Jason Stoeker with contributions by Mike Yorkey Friday, May 22 2009 

HERO by Fred Stoeker & Jason Stoeker with contributions by Mike Yorkey

As a young man I felt like most relationship books were a waste of time. They were so bland and boring, unhelpful for a young man seeking to honor God in his life and relationships then my friend gave me Every Man’s Battle by Stephen Arterburn, Fred Stoeker, and Mike Yorkey. This book was the first book about relationships that really dug deep. It spoke to the real questions and issues I had in wrestling with my faith and how to engage with girls. I recommend this book to every man, married or not.
Hero is the latest book from Fred Stoeker. In this book he brings in his son, Jason, to share about his battle and his victory over sexual temptation. As a recently married young man in my twenties this book wasn’t exactly written to me, however it was just a year ago that I was fighting the same battle that his book is about. More appropriately, many of my friends and family are in the high school and college years. They are dating, engaged, and single, but are all looking forward to that day when they will marry their love. I could not help but think of friend after friend after friend as I was reading this book. I heartily recommended it to all of them! I also shared with the young men I work with in the youth group at our church that this book stands apart as the best book I have read on relationships that specifically deals with the male portion of the relationship.
For any man who is a relationship or will be in a relationship – Read this book! It will not only give you insight into the whys and hows of relationships, but it also tell’s Jason’s story, a story of victory.

One review that I complete agree with said, “Hero is the perfect resource for any male striving to be the relational man God’s calling him to be as well as one anyone who wants to be an encourage to the men in their lives. Fred Stoeker, co-author of the Every Man’s Battle series, elaborates on the struggles men face in the world today, and what exactly they can do about. While explaining what God says about these issues, Fred, along with co-author Jason Stoeker and contributions from Mike Yorkey, get real with readers. Hero offers hard-hitting truth about what makes an ultimate hero to women—men who stand by their convictions and make their world a better place.”

We will be giving away one copy of HERO~ to enter send an email to COAHchurch@gmail.com. The drawing will take place on Friday May 29th.


Friday, May 22 2009 

HERO by Fred Stoeker & Jason Stoeker with contributions by Mike Yorkey

From the book HERO:

Summary:  You already know it’s not easy being a single man in this culture today. But it is easy to be overwhelmed, to feel helpless and hopeless about living by God’s high standards for singles. It’s easy to cave in to the pressures of this sex-soaked world and accept defeat—blaming the media, the culture, even girlfriends who don’t know how tough it can be.

But many men have read books like Every Young Man’s Battle and Tactics and have committed themselves to stand strong and pure in the power of God, and to go on the offensive against the onslaught of negative stereotypes. Some have suffered. Some have fallen. But many have experienced victory—and you can be among them.

What makes those committed men so desirable to women? Be Her Hero is their motto. From best-selling author Fred Stoeker, along with his son Jasen, come the straightforward insight and real-life examples you’re looking for to help you take personal purity to its logical conclusion. Here’s straight truth with irrefutable evidence of what makes an ultimate hero to women who long for men of faith—men who stand by their convictions and make their world a safer and better place.

Are you ready to accept the challenge?

Book Sale – $1,$2, and $3 – ENDS TODAY! Friday, May 8 2009 

The 1,2,3 Dollar Sale!


For one week only (May 1st through May 8th), Canon Press is hosting this very special sale.

We are offering over 50 of our titles—both old and new—for a mere $1, $2, or $3 a piece. Quantities are limited, so don’t be surprised when titles disappear quickly. Once these books are gone, you may not get another chance to grab them.

Why this sale, and why now? We have several new books that we’d like to publish within the next year. But before we can do that, we need to make more room on our shelves and in our warehouses. We also need to save up some more so that we can afford to put these new books into your hands!

Please tell your friends about this sale: we really, really, really need this to be big. Forward them our email postcard. Blog about it. A lot. You have our permission to be a pest.

Mother’s Day – Send Flowers with a Purpose! Thursday, May 7 2009 

OurGift.com is a floral gift provider that was established for the sole purpose of raising funds for charity. Founded in 1994 by Craig Wambolt, a Boston-area philanthropist and florist, OurGift.com provides cash donations to selected charities from the proceeds of each purchase of wire service flowers or gifts. OurGift.com is the perfect solution for anyone who would like to send beautiful floral bouquets or gifts to loved ones or associates while simultaneously benefiting worthy charitable organizations – at no additional cost to you! A 10% portion of your purchase price will be donated via Ourgift.com to the charity of you choice from our list.

Ourgift.com processes your order based on a selection of standard offerings and pricing from Teleflora and FTD – two of the leading international floral wire services. Your order is delivered by one of 22,000 network-approved local florists.

A Special 2nd Card Message

Along with the standard card that accompanies your gift, an additional card is included that indicates that a part of the purchase price was donated to a charity on the recipients behalf. So, your gift gives twice with “Ourgift” added on.

Ourgift.com is the flower company that cares, because with OurGift you’re not just sending flowers, you’re sending a message of hope.

email customerservice@frugalflower.com
or call: 1-800-687-4438

*Disclosure: Craig Wambolt, the owner and founder, is a relative of mine.

fyi – Mark Driscoll on Hour of Power Thursday, May 7 2009 

On June 14 Pastor Mark will be preaching live at The Crystal Cathedral for the Hour of Power program.
More information will be forthcoming…in the mean time please stay tuned to the Hour of Power website.

Another Mother’s Day book idea! Tuesday, May 5 2009 

In Enduring Justice, Hanna Kessler’s childhood secret has remained buried for over two decades. But when the dark shadows of her past threaten to destroy those she loves, Hanna must face the summer that changed her life and the man who still haunts her thoughts.

Crimes Against Children FBI Agent, Michael Parker knows what it means to get knocked down. And when the system fails and a white supremacist is set free, Michael’s drive for retribution eclipses all else.

A racist’s well-planned assault forces Hanna and Michael to decide between executing vengeance and pursuing justice. When the attack turns personal, is healing still possible?

This thought-provoking novel deals with healing from sexual abuse, the balance of justice and mercy, and maintaining mixed-race friendships in the midst of racial tension. Readers who enjoy investigative thrillers by Dee Henderson, Colleen Coble, and Catherine Coulter, and who watch crime dramas like Law & Order: SVU, Criminal Minds, and Without a Trace will love this book—and the entire series.

Author Bio:

Amy Wallace is the author of Ransomed Dreams and Healing Promises, a homeschool mom, and self-confessed chocoholic. She is a graduate of the Gwinnett County Citizens Police Academy and a contributing author of several books including God Answers Moms’ Prayers and Chicken Soup for the Soul Healthy Living Series: Diabetes. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia.

Mothers Day is coming up! Monday, May 4 2009 

Mother’s Day idea…a book! Here is the summary:

“Every mom knows how communicating with a teenage girl can be difficult, even impossible at times. One-word answers. Defensive conversations. Daily arguments. How typical for teens to put up such barriers. All the while, moms truly long to know what their daughters really think.

Best-selling author Melody Carlson, whose books for women, teens, and children have sold more than three million copies, bridges this chasm with trusted insight. She speaks frankly in the voice of the teen daughters she’s written for and she tells it like it is: struggles with identity, guys, friendship, and even parents—it’s all here. The straight-talk to moms covers such things as “I need you, but you can’t make me admit it,” “I’m not as confident as I appear,” and “I have friends. I need a mother.”

Instead of focusing on outward behaviors, Dear Mom looks at a young woman’s heart and reveals to moms:

· how to talk to teens so they hear,

· how to connect despite the differences of perspective or years and experiences,

· and how strengthen the bond every mom and daughter ultimately wants.

The lively chapters in Dear Mom can be dipped into topically or used as a read-through tool by moms and daughters alike to understand what motivates or deflates, troubles or inspires—and just in time for Mother’s Day and all the Mother’s Days ahead.”

Author Bio:

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than one hundred books for adults, children, and teens, with sales totaling more than three million copies. Beloved for her Diary of a Teenage Girl and Notes from a Spinning Planet series, she’s also the author of the women’s novels Finding Alice (in production now for a Lifetime-TV movie), Crystal Lies, On This Day, These Boots Weren’t Made for Walking, and A Mile in My Flip-Flops. A mother of two grown sons, Melody lives in central Oregon with her husband and chocolate lab retriever. She’s a full-time writer and an avid gardener, biker, skier, and hiker.image0021

Emergent Church… Sunday, May 3 2009 

For those of you who wanted a little more clarification on what the emergent church is; this video by Rob Bell sums it up:

A great response is available here: Blue Collar Philosophy

Why We’re Not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be – Kevin DeYoung & Ted Kluck Sunday, May 3 2009 

Everything I have read about Kevin DeYoung has impressed me. He seems like a stand out guy with a great heart and sharp mind who lives a life after God. Because of this I read Why We’re Not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be. Surprisingly, this book challenged me. I never labeled myself as anything close to emergent. I believe in Jesus as the one and only way to salvation. I believe in a literal death and resurrection for the atonement of my sins. I believe in absolute truth and I believe the Bible is the word of God. Given all of these beliefs as a backdrop, I did attended Gordon College, read Blue Like Jazz, and listened to Rob Bell’s sermons. I didn’t read the books and listen to the sermons because I thought they were orthodox Christian, my reasoning was that Donald Miller did share interesting thoughts along with his heresy and Rob Bell’s connection between the Old Testament and New was something I had never heard before. While I didn’t agree with much of what I received, I received it none the less. Reading Why We’re Not Emergent, brought to light some of the areas in my life that this emergent theology started to seep in and take root. DeYoung’s clear declaration of the Gospel was refreshing. It was like a wiping the bathroom mirror clear of the stream that had fogged my view. I will go into some specifics later, but for now I give this book a must read for Christians who are in contact with the new emergent theology in their lives. I think this includes all college students, many church planters, and probably all who live in left leaning cities like Boston where I live.

The Abandonment of the Unborn Saturday, May 2 2009 

It is absolutely heart breaking to read the following notes by Nancy Keenan, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

As Christians, it is so important we realize the facts of what is being done in Washington because much of these facts have flown beneath the radar. The pro-abortion groups glibly show their exuberance, we should not be ignorant. Nancy Keenan’s remarks:

As the political leader of the pro-choice movement, NARAL Pro-Choice America will mark this milestone as yet another reminder of how electing leaders who support the fundamental American values of freedom and privacy does make a difference in the lives of women and their families…When the topic turns to women’s reproductive freedom and choice, we want you to be prepared to share the following signs of change:

• President Obama rescinded the global gag rule, the Bush administration policy that canceled U.S. family-planning funds to many overseas health centers and denied the world’s poorest women access to birth control. (January 23)

• President Obama re-funded the U.N. family-planning program, UNFPA, which President Bush had de-funded for seven years straight. Obama also signed legislation into law boosting UNFPA funding to a record $50 million. (January 23 and March 11)

• President Obama signaled his commitment to medically accurate sex education by including it in his first-ever budget outline. (February 26)

• President Obama announced his intention to repeal the controversial, last-minute Bush policy known as the Federal Refusal Rule. The regulation could have allowed entire health-care corporations to refuse to provide medical services – including, potentially, birth control. (February 27)

• President Obama signed legislation into law fixing the birth-control price crisis at college health centers and safety-net provider clinics across the country. (As a senator, Obama authored this legislation.) (March 11)

• President Obama signed legislation increasing family-planning funding for American women by $7 million, and cutting the failed “abstinence-only” programs by $14 million. (March 11)

• President Obama signed legislation increasing international family-planning funding at the USAID by more than $30 million. (March 11)

Full text: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nancy-keenan/pro-choice-progress-a-pri_b_191874.html

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