Entrepreneur & Former Software Developer Launches Ground-breaking, Faith-based App to Help Children Learn the Bible

Entrepreneur & Former Software Developer Launches Ground-breaking, Faith-based App to Help Children Learn the Bible

 

(Washington, DC) – May 17, 2017 – The advancement of technology affords designers the opportunity to develop innovative and exciting new apps. The faith-based community is no exception. Vicky E. Lynch, an entrepreneur and visionary, took her love of the Bible, education, and her knowledge of technology and melded it into a ground-breaking, inspirational app just for kids ages 3-12 years old. The app motivates children to learn the Bible through 41 memorable poems, beautiful illustrations and a licensed partnership with Psalty Kids Co! to teach 26 scriptures with “The Bible Alphabet Song.” The new app, Theo & Izzy the Word Seekers, is currently available as a free download through the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store. A video highlighting the app’s features is available here: http://bit.ly/2qprHHt.

 

Lynch came up with the idea for the app while putting her children to bed. “The idea came from my sons,” she recounts. “During story time, they wanted me to read a lot of stories from their children’s Bible. When I felt tired of flipping pages, I realized that I could consolidate stories broken into several chapters in an interesting way that didn’t feel overwhelming when I wanted them to sleep. Part two of the vision came when I formed a curriculum for children’s Bible studies. I shared it with my children. With joy, they learned about the Bible, but wanted something visual like a video game. Instead, I decided to create an app,” says Vicky. With a background in software development, Vicky conceptualized much of the creative and technical aspect of the app.

 

To complement the app, there is a companion story book which follows the stories, also including a Fun Zone with puzzles and coloring pages. Children will enjoy the thrilling adventures that characters Theo and Izzy take them on, recounting familiar stories from the Old and New Testaments. With characters that are easily relatable, children will connect with them immediately. Theo is ten years old and his strength is helping children overcome peer pressure. Izzy is seven years old, and she desires to learn as much as she can, as she exemplifies positive behavior in school. Imaginatively created by Vicky, she credits her children for inspiring both characters, and lovingly calls her children “little creative directors.”

 

Lynch, who serves as founder, director, product manager and writer of the app, through her organization, Words from a Childlike Heart, hopes that Theo & Izzy the Word Seekers encourages children to live out their own personal Bible experiences. With a goal to teach children valuable lessons found in each story, Vicky aims to make biblical narratives sensational and thought-provoking for kids. Through original music by 1 Vision Music Productions and narration by Voice Over Artist, Lisa Biggs, the presence of children makes the app keenly targeted to its intended audience. Feeling a call to spread the gospel and encourage literacy in this unique way, Vicky wants to ignite a spark in children for the Bible and for reading. She also hopes that Theo and Izzy serve as role models for kids, helping them to make wise and right choices.

 

The organization’s theme, “Setting the stage for biblical training and individual achievement,” captures the mission of Words from a Childlike Heart. The ministry started in 2014 with the poem, “Superhero.” Since that time, it’s grown from that one poem to a CD to an app. Lynch’s children are entrepreneurs as well as award-winning, international recording artists with the release of “We Have Clean Hands,” a single that’s already receiving airplay. Cleveland and Samuel have also penned four books, and their mother has three published books. The music and books are available for purchase on www.wordsfromachildlikeheart.com. Connect with Vicky E. Lynch of Word from a Childlike Heart on Facebook and Twitter.

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Natalie Grant Announces “Miracle In Music City,” The Third Title from her “Glimmer Girls” Book Series

Natalie Grant Announces “Miracle In Music City,”
The Third Title from her “Glimmer Girls” Book Series

‘Glimmer Girls’ series featured in Faithgirlz line

Miracle In Music City

Written by Natalie Grant and informed by her three daughters — Bella, Gracie (twins, 9) and Sadie (5) — the multi-Grammy nominated singer released the first two titles of her ‘Glimmer Girls’ series — “London Art Chase” and “A Dolphin Wish” — in February. “Miracle in Music City” is the third book in the four-book series, and will be available nationwide Aug. 2, 2016. Known for her music, this is Grant’s first series for kids. Like the first two books, the third title will follow Mia, Maddie and LuLu Glimmer, three spunky, smart and unique sisters, on amazing family adventures around the globe.

‘Glimmer Girls’ is the newest series in the Faithgirlz line, the popular brand for tween girls from Zonderkidz, the children’s publishing division of Zondervan. Faithgirlz books, Bibles, and products empower girls ages 8-12 to joyfully explore, grow and proclaim their Christian faith.

Knowing how important these resources of faith are, Natalie Grant shares, “As the mother mother of twin 9 year old girls, the tween years are upon me. I am so grateful for Faithgirlz and the products they provide. I’m excited to create content for the line, allowing girls like mine a deeper understanding of faith and a better understanding of Jesus.”

In “Miracle in Music City,” the Glimmer Girls are at it again — looking for a mystery to solve. The girls’ famous mom, Gloria Glimmer, wants her daughters to learn they aren’t too young to make a difference, so she gets them involved in her annual benefit and auction in Nashville, TN. But as things often do with the trio of smart and spunky sisters, they get themselves, and their nanny Miss Julia, involved in a lot more than just helping mom raise money for a worthy and wonderful cause.

Grant taps into her life and the adventures with her own family on the road, to create each ‘Glimmer Girls’ story. Readers join the Glimmer family as they travel the world finding new opportunities for the adventurous sisters to discover clues, solve puzzles, and often even get into some mischief along the way. Together with their famous mother, and their eccentric nanny, the three sisters learn important character-building lessons about being good friends, telling the truth, faith, and a whole lot more.

“Miracle in Music City” will be available at retailers nationwide and online on Aug. 2, 2016.

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Never Say No: 7 IDEAS FOR PARENTS (Leaders of Kids)

Never Say No

7 IDEAS FOR PARENTS (Leaders of Kids)

BY MARK AND JAN FOREMAN, parents of Jon and Tim Foreman and authors of new book Never say No: Raising Big Picture Kids

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At a local cafe with a half dozen young leaders, Mark Foreman was recently asked, “Give us one nugget of parenting advice before you go.” “Okay,” he responded, “Try out this one: Never say no.” The room erupted with laughter, as the dad looking for help reacted, “You are kidding right? That’s all I ever say–and my son needs one thousand more no’s.”

 

“No I’m not kidding,” Mark quietly responded. “Never say no to all the dreams and creative ideas your children have. Never say no to the realization you can become different than your mom or dad. Especially never say no to their requests to join them, like playing dress up with your little girl or going surfing with your teenager when the weather’s cold and windy. If you say no too often they’ll stop asking.”

 

A week later that concerned dad tracked Mark down to say he had taken that advice and his home life had dramatically turned around. He said, “My son is suddenly easy to get along with just because I started saying yes to some things he wanted to do together. I’m not kidding,” he said with a big grin, “the change is dramatic.” As he walked away, he turned and pointed to Mark saying, “It’s hard, but never say no!”

 

No is a commanding word. It can be a denial, rejection, an expression of fear or an unintended statement of worth. But a thousand no’s can be dwarfed by the power of one yes. No is a brake while yes is an accelerator pedal. We say yes to the stuff and people we value. Here are 7 ways parents can say yes to their kids.

 

1)         Yes to a Greater Story: Help kids see past themselves, connecting them to God’s big picture of redemption. Beyond the obvious but small goals of safety, health, happiness, even success, we are raising children with this surpassing privilege: to reflect God’s loving face to others.

 

2)         Yes to being an Example: Children are hard-wired to copy us; this is both good news and bad. The power of our lives is the most immediate way to shape our kids. Raising children includes raising ourselves to become who we want to be.

 

3)         Say Yes to Time: Children spell love T-I-M-E. It’s the currency of all relationships. Large deposits left early in lives will reap generous rewards later. It reverses Harry Chapin’s song, Cat’s In the Cradle.

 

4)         Say Yes to Delight: Children see themselves through their parent’s eyes, discovering their worth by reading our faces. Beyond loving our kids, it’s equally vital to really like them, enjoying who they uniquely are. Children who bask in these smiles of appreciation will pay it forward to genuinely enjoying others and being comfortable in their own skin.

 

5)         Say Yes to Mess: All children are Michelangelo’s looking for a canvas. They come equipped with curiosity and innovation as part of the image of God package. This creativity grows best when we stretch their imaginations in a batteries-not-included environment, allowing them to explore and experiment.

 

6)         Say Yes to Being Naturally Supernatural: Help kids find God in ordinary moments. The Shema in Deut. 6:4-8 tells parents to look for God-clues throughout the day. We can communicate more theology in a family dance party or telling stories around a campfire than sitting stiffly for an hour.

 

7)         Say Yes to Letting Go: Maturity happens in baby steps: from crawling to walking, training wheels to two wheels, dating to marriage. Three ingredients that work together are essential for this process: increased freedom, risk, and responsibility. As we lean into this gradual increase of our kids’ freedom and (gasp) risk, we will hopefully see a corresponding growth in their response-ability. It’s helpful to remember our destination: raising kids who say yes to God’s extraordinary plans for their lives.

 

Every parent, child and family is a fascinating original, experiencing God’s fingerprints in unique ways. So one final yes is to grace. As we imperfectly guide young humans to find their place in God’s epic, we all need buckets of God’s unearned love. Raising children is the most humbling and exhilarating privilege on earth. Here’s to saying yes!

 

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Dr. James Dobson's Best Advice to Families for the Next 200 years

CAPPING A STORIED CAREER

DR. JAMES DOBSON DEBUTS

‘BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY’

Global Simulcast of Lead Film Oct. 1-5,

Series in Stores Now

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WHAT: Capping a decades-long career of equipping parents to raise godly families, Dr. James Dobson’s BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY—an eight-DVD series that combines his updated classic Focus on the Family videos with four new films from Dr. Dobson and his son, Ryan—debuts Sept 30. YOUR LEGACY—one of the new films that equips parents and grandparents to build a lasting legacy of faith in their families—premieres in a worldwide simulcast in thousands of churches Oct. 1-5.

A personal story of faith, YOUR LEGACY traces Dr. Dobson’s own family history to show what a tremendous difference praying families can make. It is an inspiring look back . . . and forward. Dr. Dobson’s great-grandfather started daily prayers over a century ago that the next four generations of his family would be Christians. YOUR LEGACY explores the breathtaking implications of intentionally giving your children a heritage of faith.

“It’s harder now to raise kids than it’s ever been because the culture is at war with families,” Dr. Dobson said. “I feel BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY contains the most important message of my career. There is nothing more important than parents passing on a generational legacy of faith and values to their children.”

BACKGROUND: More than 80 million people—a third of the U.S. population at the time—saw the original Focus on the Family films that shaped the way a generation viewed family and parenting. In 2008, Ryan Dobson found those films gathering dust and convinced his father that today’s generation of young parents needs Dr. Dobson’s timeless insight more than ever.

The result? The BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY DVDs with four classic films and four new films. The DVDs and simulcast are supported by new books from Dr. Dobson, Your Legacy, and Ryan, Wanting to Believe; by the updating and reissue of classic Dobson works such as Dare to Discipline and The Strong-Willed Child; and by a new series of study guides for the books and films.

WHO: DR. JAMES DOBSON
Author of more than 40 books—including groundbreaking titles such as Dare to Discipline and The Strong-Willed Child, Dr. James Dobson is the nation’s leading advocate for the importance of godly families. He currently heads Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk, a nonprofit ministry and radio program. For 14 years, he was an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine and was on the attending staff of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for 17 years. He earned his doctorate in child development from USC.

RYAN DOBSON
Ryan Dobson is a best-selling author, speaker and broadcast personality who calls people out of moral relativism and into “the ultimate adventure” of following Christ. He is vice president of broadcasting at Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk and serves as associate producer of the BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY film series.

WHEN/WHERE: BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY DVDs are available wherever Christian resources are sold.

The church and on demand simulcast of the first film in the series—airing Oct. 1-5—is free.

Register and find simulcast locations at BuildingAFamilyLegacy.com.

DETAILS: DVD TITLES

  • Your Legacy
  • Bringing up Boys
  • Bringing up Girls
  • Love For A Lifetime
  • The Strong-Willed Child
  • Dare To Discipline
  • Straight Talk To Men
  • Wanting To Believe with Ryan Dobson

For more information, visit:
BuildingAFamilyLegacy.com
DrJamesDobson.org
Facebook.com/DrJamesDobsonsFamilyTalk
Twitter.com/DrJamesCDobson

Renowned Speaker and Author says a "Revolution" is needed in America's Schools

Renowned Speaker and Author says a “Revolution” is needed in America’s Schools

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For Immediate Release − Renowned international speaker and author, Bob Lenz, is releasing his latest book entitled Dignity Revolution: Standing up for the Value of Every Person , co-authored with award-winning educator, Deborah Tackmann. Dignity Revolution is a culmination of Lenz’ three decades of leading assemblies in over 3000 public schools on the issues of bullying, self-harm, suicide and substance abuse. Since 1982, Lenz has reached an estimated four million youth in the U.S. and around the world. Lenz says he hopes the book will begin a national movement among middle and high school students.

“If this book does one thing, I hope it will teach people how to stop judging others by how they look or what they can or cannot do, but instead, see each individual as someone that needs love and deserves respect,” says Lenz. “I grew up with two siblings who had special needs and I came to understand the worth and value of every single human being early on.  Our society measures worth on what people can do, and as a result, we have become more human ‘doings’ than human beings.  It seems today’s culture is so wrapped up in issues and agendas.  I always say ‘it is not an argument to be won, it is a person to be loved.’”

Indeed, Dignity Revolution challenges a societal system which Lenz says simply is not working, and consequently is leading to intensified bullying incidences, suicide, and school violence. “What we need to deal with are the issues beneath the issues,” says Lenz. “We live in a pluralistic society and we need to learn to handle conflicts and find resolutions. We can start by taking away the affects of bullying by empowering the victims, letting each student know that they do not deserve to be picked on
or ridiculed. If a bully cannot get the reaction they want, that shuts them down. Second, we need to love the bullies enough to report them to the appropriate authorities. This is the role of love – to be strength under control and to serve someone else. And bullies need to feel and experience consequences in order to change.  You do not truly love someone if you condone or enable their bad behavior.”

The book includes a pledge that students can take, as well as a 21-day challenge that Lenz hopes will begin to change the hearts and minds of kids, and thereby, change the social culture in schools across the nation. “I tell kids not to let their pain, past or problem, take away their value,” Lenz continues. “I tear up a five dollar bill in front of them and then piece it back together, showing them that even though it has been broken, it will still be accepted as currency; it still has value.  And no matter what they have gone through, they also have worth and every person they meet has value. If we
can learn to respect people who are different from us or who may not think like us, we can change this generation for the better.”

For Dignity Revolution, Lenz teamed with Deborah Tackmann, B.S., M.E.P.D., a health education instructor, consultant and author in the Eau Claire Area School District in Wisconsin.  She was selected as one of the top teachers in the nation by USA Today, was awarded National Education Professional of the Year by ASHA and AAHE, and is a Disney Teacher Award recipient.

Lenz is founder and president of Life Promotions, a non-profit organization that also birthed the annual Lifest event which hosts over 20,000 people for a time of music and teaching in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Lenz has worked with numerous national organizations including MADD, Boys and Girls Clubs, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Youth Encounter, Young Life, NFL Chaplains, among many others. He has headlined tours with Grammy-nominated band, The Newsboys, and been the featured speaker at
numerous festivals including AtlantaFest, Creation, Rock the Desert, and many others.

For more information on Dignity Revolution, visit http://www.dignityrevolutionpledge.com.  For more information on Bob Lenz, visit http://www.LifePromotions.com.

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Landmark New DVD Series from Dr. James Dobson BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY

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DR. JAMES DOBSON’S ‘BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY’

WHAT LASTING DIFFERENCE

CAN A PARENT MAKE?

New DVD Series From America’s Family Advocate

Is the Best Advice in Generations

COLORADO SPRINGS – May 12, 2014 – Since the release of his first book, Dare to Discipline, in 1970, Dr. James Dobson, America’s best-loved family expert, gently yet convincingly overhauled the way a generation raised kids. Now, in a new DVD series, BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY, today’s parents again have the essentials to build lasting love, raise strong children and create an enduring legacy.

“Unchanging biblical principles change who we are, and we can pass that to our children, grandchildren and beyond,” Dr. Dobson says. “BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY can help every generation be all a family can be.”

Building on highlights from his historic first film series, BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY adds new footage from Dobson’s lifetime of experience and learning. Eight DVDs—supported by books and study guides—bring rare intergenerational advice from Dr. Dobson; his wife, Shirley; daughter, Danae; and son, Ryan:

  • Your Legacy
  • Bringing up Boys
  • Bringing up Girls
  • Love For A Lifetime
  • The Strong-Willed Child
  • Dare To Discipline
  • Straight Talk To Men
  • Wanting To Believe with Ryan Dobson
  • Plus bonus features

Behind the BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY story is a family legacy story. More than a century ago, a chain of events dramatized in YOUR LEGACY, followed Dr. Dobson’s great-grandfather’s conviction to consistently plead with God for a strong Christian faith to be born in every member of his family for the next four generations.

In the late 1970s as his speaking and travel schedule exploded across the country, Dr. Dobson was left with too little time for his own family.  The solution: Record his lectures on seven films.  The title: Focus on the Family. The surprise: The series hit a nerve worldwide. Audience numbers—mostly in church showings (pre-DVD!)—soared past 80 million. Dare to Discipline and The Strong-Willed Child became household items.

Flash forward to a few years ago as Ryan Dobson, now a parent, finds the old films on DVD. “The first thing I did was laugh at my dad’s glasses and clothes, but I realized quickly how valuable and timeless this information was,” Ryan said. “I picked up the phone and said, ‘Dad, my friends and I need this!’”

Why not reprise? Why not take the best of Dobson speaking when he had young children . . . and add contemporary Dobson wisdom as he caps a remarkable career in Christian family counseling. In eight separate presentations, film crews captured the magic. The result is must-have on then-and-now parenting insight.

In BRINGING UP GIRLS, for example, grown-up Danae Dobson, the original “strong-willed child,” looks back with the father who raised her.

“For anyone in the midst of raising a girl, here are important steps to building a woman of strength and character,” Danae said.

Produced and directed by David Nixon, BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY is available on DVD in October at leading Christian retailers and online. A simulcast, also available worldwide in churches across America, from October 1-5, introduces the series to a million people. New books, study guides and re-releases of many of Dr. Dobson’s classic titles support this milestone work in his legendary ministry.

“I’m at a place where I could have just retired,” Dr. Dobson said. “But God told me the job’s not finished.”

That “job,” is BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY.

Author of more than 40 books, Dr. Dobson currently heads Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk, a ministry and radio program. For 14 years, he was an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine and was on the attending staff of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for 17 years. He earned his doctorate in child development from USC. He founded and is chair emeritus of Focus on the Family.

For more information, visit:
BuildingAFamilyLegacy.com
DrJamesDobson.org
Facebook.com/DrJamesDobsonsFamilyTalk
Twitter.com/DrJamesCDobson

Legendary CCM Artist Steve Green Releases "Hide The Word: Bible Songs for Kids"

LEGENDARY CCM ARTIST STEVE GREEN RELEASES 

HIDE THE WORD: BIBLE SONGS FOR KIDS

 Project Features Bible’s Most Beloved Scriptures Set To Music

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 6, 2014) –
Steve Green Ministries has announced the release of Hide The Word: Bible Songs for Kids, the latest children’s music project from multiple Grammy Award-nominated and Dove Award-winning CCM recording artist Steve Green.

 

Hide The Word, the recording artist’s ninth kids project, is aimed at bringing Scripture into children’s lives through music. The new project is designed to help make memorizing God’s Word a part of everyday life.

 

Green wrote the music and adapted the Bible verses for all 15 tracks on Hide The Word, using some of the Bible’s most precious promises, including John 3:16-17 (“For God so loved the world….”), Psalm 119:105 (“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet….”), John 14:6 (“I am the way, the truth and the life….”), Matthew 11:28-29a (“Come to me all you are weary and burdened and I will give you rest….”), and Psalm 23:1-3 (“The Lord is my shepherd….”). Steve Green and his brother and manager, David Green, served as Executive Producers, with Dick Tunney as Producer.

In addition to featuring Green on lead vocals, the CD also features a children’s choir with individual kids quoting the verses. Green’s granddaughter, Addy, made her recording debut on the project as well.

 

“There is nothing more powerful or lasting than God’s Word!” says Green. “In the Scriptures, God has told us all we need to know for life and godliness. These Bible Promises set to music remind us who God is and what He has done for us. What’s more, the songs are just plain fun!”

 

Green, whose breakout 1985 album He Holds The Key, earned the vocalist that year’s Dove Award for Male Vocalist of Year, began releasing children’s recordings simultaneously with his CCM projects with Hide ‘Em In Your Heart Worship in 1998 and Hide ‘Em In Your Heart: Bible Memory Melodies, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 in 2003.  Among his children’s projects are three volumes of The Adventures of Prayer Bear, released on VHS by Capitol Christian Music Group.

Hide The Word is available online at www.stevegreenministries.org, iTunes and Amazon, and at all Steve Green live events.

 

For more info about Hide The Word and Steve Green, visit www.stevegreenministries.org.

Speaker and Bible Teacher Sue Detweiler To Release Debut Book, 9 Traits Of A Life-Giving Mom

SPEAKER AND BIBLE TEACHER 

SUE DETWEILER SET TO RELEASE DEBUT BOOK, 

9 TRAITS OF A LIFE-GIVING MOM

Book Discusses Challenges of Being A Mother, Identifies

 Nine Traits Corresponding to Fruits of the Spirit

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 30, 2014) – Morgan James Faith, an imprint of Morgan James Publishing, is set to release the debut book, 9 Traits of a Life-Giving Mom: Replacing My Worst With God’s Best, from Bible teacher and speaker Sue Detweiler. The digital version will be available May 9 on Amazon and the author’s website, just in time for Mother’s Day, with the print version slated to hit bookstore shelves in October.

The book, according to Detweiler, who is the mother of six, is not a parenting how-to book, but, rather, a book intended to reach into the hearts of moms to help them overcome unresolved issues, find peace with their imperfections, learn from their mistakes, tap into God’s power to break negative patterns, and joyfully, as Detweiler says, “become the best you.”

“The book is not about how to raise the perfect child,” Detweiler says, “It’s more of a conversation with moms of all ages, to help them when they are feeling overwhelmed,” she says, adding that she hopes the book reaches out to those moms going through a difficult time, particularly for those who know they should embrace being a mother, but for whom it doesn’t come naturally.

Each chapter begins with one of the nine traits of a life-giving mom, which correspond to the nine fruits of the Spirit as outlined in Galatians 5, and concludes with an intimate prayer to God asking for help and guidance. Detweiler utilizes the concept of opposites to make her point: His love replaces our anger; His joy replaces our sadness; His goodness replaces our manipulation.

The book also incorporates a study guide intended for individual or group study.

Inspiration for the book, according to Detweiler, came after she realized how challenging it was to be a mom herself, while dealing with the myriad of distractions in our ever-changing world.

In addition to raising and homeschooling her children, now ages 14 to 24, including two sons that she and her husband adopted five years ago, Detweiler has also juggled a role in pastoral ministry for much of her adult life. Detweiler has served as principal of New Song Christian Academy, where her children were enrolled, and supervised the LIFE School of Ministry, which she helped prepare pastors and leaders for ministry.

“While I had all these other responsibilities on my plate, I was still a mom,” she says, “and it wasn’t always easy. I wanted to be ‘the best mom in the world’ to my children, but sometimes I felt like the worst.”

In the book, Detweiler is unafraid to reveal the times she wasn’t at her best. She describes a  life-changing season which followed the night she and her infant daughter almost died in a house fire.

Detweiler, a new mom, was home alone with five-week-old Rachel when their house caught on fire. It is believed that an arsonist ignited the empty home next to them, setting three homes ablaze. To make matters worse, the fire department was delayed by a train and only one fire truck was on the scene to deal with all three fires. Because of the smoke, Detweiler was disoriented and was unable to get to her daughter.

“My husband arrived in time to alert the firemen to our situation and we were saved. We were happy to be alive, but you can imagine the emotions,” she says. “We didn’t have a house. We didn’t have diapers for the baby. We lived at a neighbor’s home until we could get things sorted out.”

At the same time, Rachel developed colic, spending three to four hours each night screaming. The pressure was almost too much for Detweiler, as she recounts in Chapter 1 of the book.

One day, I laid Rachel down on the blanket and slowly backed away. Her screaming drove me to the edge of feeling like I couldn’t cope. I began to feel claustrophobic and trapped. My heart raced as my mind shut down. “I’m losing it,” I thought. “If I don’t get out of the house, I don’t know what I will do.” I went to the kitchen and dialed the number of a neighbor.

“Can you take my baby?” I quietly pleaded, as soon as she answered the phone. “I have to get out of here.”

Hearing the tremor in my voice, the neighbor agreed to help me. No doubt, she saw my glazed look as I handed her my infant and drove off. What would have happened if she hadn’t been there for me? I don’t know. I was truly desperate.

Desperation is a driving force in our lives to seek change. It is during the pressure-cooker seasons in our lives when we find out our areas of weakness and vulnerability. Pressure cookers are known for being hot, dangerous, and able to blow their lid. That house fire revealed the hidden habits of my own heart that needed God’s healing touch. It’s the heat of life that shows the hidden fractures of our hearts. A Life-Giving Mom uses the pressure-cooker seasons to reevaluate. Allow your own areas of need to propel you toward getting help. As you learn new skills, you will become a better person as well as a better mom.

“Some books for parents include all of the ‘good parenting’ stories,” she says. “But I tell my ‘bad parenting’ stories–those moments when I didn’t make the right choice, when I felt overwhelmed, when I blew it. I use those examples to reach out to the mom who wants to walk with God, who wants the fruit of the Holy Spirit to be evident in the way she parents, but who is coming to grips with how often she ends up falling short.”

For more information about Detweiler and 9 Traits Of A Life-Giving Mom, visit SueDetweiler.com.

About Morgan James Publishing:

Since its inception in 2003, Morgan James Publishing has grown from publishing six books per year to publishing an average of 150 front list titles each year. With a backlist of over 1,900 titles, Morgan James Publishing  provides independent authors with the vital information, inspiration and guidance they need to be successful.

 

Morgan James Publishing has been named to Publisher’s Weekly list of fast-growing independent publishers three times. According to PW’s Lynn Andriani and Jim Milliot, “Morgan James makes an extraordinary effort to help its authors to grow their own business.”

 

Morgan James has also been recognized by Fast Company magazine’s Readers Choice Fast 50.

 

For more information, visit morganjamespublishing.com.

 

About Sue Detweiler:

Sue Detweiler is a mother of six, author, speaker and Bible teacher. Her Healing Rain radio feature is heard on many Christian radio stations across the country. Her internet radio program, Inspiring Women, features interviews with authors such as New York Times best-seller Dan Miller (48 Days To The Work You Love).

 

As a faithful steward, Detweiler has developed her God-given talent to communicate and articulate profound truths in simple and relatable ways. Her experience in marriage, motherhood and ministry exemplifies the life of a woman who has embraced her call and is fully alive to all that God has created her to be. Her debut book, 9 Traits of a Life-Giving Mom, is scheduled for release in digital form on May 9, just in time for Mother’s Day 2014, with the print version following in October.

 

For more information about Detweiler and 9 Traits Of A Life-Giving Mom, visit SueDetweiler.com.

NATIONAL MEMORIAL FOR THE PRE-BORN AND THEIR MOTHERS AND FATHERS TO TAKE PLACE JAN. 22

NATIONAL MEMORIAL FOR THE PRE-BORN AND THEIR MOTHERS AND FATHERS TO TAKE PLACE JAN. 22

Premier Prayer Event Marks Tragic Commemoration of Roe vs. Wade

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(Nashville, Tenn.) Jan. 14, 2014–The 20th Annual National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 22, in Washington, D.C. With representatives from numerous Christian denominations and pro-life groups, this is the premier prayer event marking the tragic commemoration of Roe vs. Wade,which legalized abortion.

 

Every year, the National Memorial for the Preborn and Their Mothers and Fathers occurs in Washington, D.C., on the morning of the March for Life, Jan. 22. Gathering thousands of believers inside the historic Constitution Hall, prayer, song and powerful preaching are a hallmark of the service. This year, national director of Priests for Life, Rev. Frank Pavone will deliver the sermon. Leading prayers onstage will be the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; Rob Schenck, president of Faith & Action, and dozens of other men and women of God.

 

A statement issued by the National Prayer Service asserts, “We want to fill Constitution Hall with thousands of believers, and show the nation, and the media, that pro-life people are not going away, no matter how long the battle or how powerful the enemy! The prayers and message of this service will certainly convey that, and you won’t want to miss out on the inspiration. We are hoping for a good representation of people to show our love for the unborn and our commitment to ecumenism.

 

The National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers is sponsored by The National Pro-Life Religious Council, The National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill, Faith and Action, Priests for Life, and Gospel of Life Ministries.

 

The prayer service will take place from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Jan. 22, 2014 at DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street NW (18th and D St.), Washington, D.C. This event is free, no tickets are required and large groups are welcome.

 

For more information, visit: www.NationalPrayerService.com.