Recent Releases

Different Like Me
Xochitl Dixon

If you are looking for the perfect story to show your child that being different is okay, Different Like Me is what you need. Take a fanciful, colorful journey with a diverse group of children as they collectively work to bring a large fish balloon toward a surprising conclusion. While encountering the differences that could divide them, they also discover what brings them together.

Different Like Me is perfect for children ages 3 to 7 and shows children with physical disabilities, communication limitations, and cultural distinctions coming together.

Hardcover: 32 pages
Our Daily Bread for Kids

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The Poet and the Fly: Art, Nature, God, Mortality, and Other Elusive Mysteries
Robert Hudson

Flies are the most ubiquitous of insects: buzzing, minuscule, and seemingly insignificant, they’ve been both plagues and minor annoyances for millennia. Rather than ignore these incredibly mundane and seemingly insignificant creatures, poets spanning centuries–from the seventeenth to the twentieth–and continents–from North America to Asia–have found that these ordinary bugs in fact illuminate deep spiritual mysteries.

In this revelatory book, Robert Hudson considers seven poets, each of whom wrote a provocative poem about a fly. These poets–all mystics in their own way–ponder the simple fly and come to astounding conclusions. Considering Emily Dickinson, William Blake, and several other poets, The Poet and the Fly brings together the poetry, the flies, and the poets’ own lives to explore the imaginative, and often prophetic, insights that come from the startling combination of poetry and flies.

Ultimately, the message each poet offers to us through the fly is as relevant today as it was in their own time: the miracle of existence, the gift of mortality, the power of the imagination, the need for compassion, the existence of the soul, the mystery of everything around us, and the sacramental, grace-giving power of story.

Hardcover: 200 pages
Broadleaf Books

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Before Your Birth Day
Teresa Krager

Before Your Birth Day is a celebration of life in the womb. Graced with delicate illustrations of the pre-born, this picture book traces the miraculous milestones of development in lyrical rhyme as each precious child is wonderfully woven by God. It is a perfect gift for the mom-to-be and a must-have read-aloud for youngsters, especially for those with a sibling on the way. This honest and amusing account is a treasure that affirms the value of life, no matter how small.

As a teacher-turned-author and wanna-be songwriter, Teresa J. Krager, wrote Before Your Birth Day as she tracked the growth of her grandchild in the womb. Amazed at the incredible amount of information available, she couldn’t help but research, record, and create this keepsake for your loved ones.

Illustrated by Thalita Dol, an artist specializing in drawing babies, this project of passion honors the youngest of God’s creation.

Hardcover: 48 pages
Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.

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Why Would Anyone Go to Church? A Young Community’s Quest to Reclaim Church for Good
Kevin Makins

There are plenty of reasons to criticize, judge, and even walk away from the church. Many of us have been hurt and rejected. We may see church as insular and irrelevant. Despite this, Kevin Makins believes that the church still matters–perhaps more than ever.

When Kevin was 23 and didn’t know any better, he started a congregation with some friends who were on the edge of faith. Together they hoped to discover if the church was worth fighting for. In this brutally honest account, he shares their story of becoming a community of misfits, outcasts, and oddballs who would learn that, even with all its faults, the church is worth being a part of… and must be reclaimed for good.

If you’ve been burned or burned out by the church, if you’ve been silenced or misunderstood, if you’ve left or never even joined in the first place, this candid, hopeful book is your invitation to consider what you miss out on when you give up on church–and what the church misses out on when it gives up on you.

Paperback: 192 pages
Baker Books

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One Woman Can Change the World: Reclaiming Your God-Designed Influence and Impact Right Where You Are
Ronne Rock

We live in a time of unprecedented change when it comes to women’s lives. All around the world, women are demanding the safety, respect, and opportunities they have always deserved but seldom grasped. Have you ever stopped to wonder, “Where do I fit into this story?”

Ronne Rock is a good person to ask. In this stirring book, she takes you on a global adventure to discover your divine design as a woman of influence and impact. Through powerful and personal stories of women in Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Caribbean, you’ll learn what it means to lead in a world where leadership isn’t easy, how to serve with grace in cultures that aren’t always graceful, and how to embrace your God-given physical, emotional, and spiritual DNA. As you discover the lives of real women who are influencing their communities with grace and gumption–even in countries where oppression weighs most heavily–you’ll feel inspired to reclaim your God-designed influence and impact right where you are.

Paperback: 224 pages
Revell

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Stories That Bind Us
Susie Finkbeiner

Betty Sweet never expected to be a widow at 40. With so much life still in front of her, she tries to figure out what’s next. She couldn’t have imagined what God had in mind. When her estranged sister is committed to a sanitarium, Betty finds herself taking on the care of a 5-year-old nephew she never knew she had.

In 1960s LaFontaine, Michigan, they make an odd pair. Betty with her pink button nose and bouffant hair. Hugo with his light brown skin and large brown eyes. But more powerful than what makes them different is what they share: the heartache of an empty space in their lives. Slowly, they will learn to trust one another as they discover common ground and healing through the magic of storytelling.

Award-winning author Susie Finkbeiner offers fans a novel that invites us to rediscover the power of story to open the doors of our hearts.

Paperback: 384 pages
Revell

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