Additional information on books discussed in Author Spotlight article featured in the November 2013 issue of Significant Living.
Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales
By Randy Singer
Landon Reed is an ex-quarterback convicted of organizing a points-shaving scheme. During his time in prison, he found forgiveness and faith and earned his law degree. Now he longs for an opportunity to prove his loyalty and worth. Be careful what you ask for.
Harry McNaughton is one of the founding partners of McNaughton & Clay—and the only lawyer willing to take a chance employing an ex-con-turned-lawyer. Though Landon initially questions Harry’s ethics and methods, it’s clear the crusty old lawyer has one of the most brilliant legal minds Landon has ever encountered. The two dive into preparing a defense for one of the highest-profile murder trials Virginia Beach has seen in decades when Harry is gunned down in what appears to be a random mugging. Then two more lawyers are killed when the firm’s private jet crashes. Authorities suspect someone has a vendetta against McNaughton & Clay, leaving Landon and the remaining partner as the final targets.
As Landon struggles to keep the firm together, he can’t help but wonder, is the plot related to a shady case from McNaughton & Clay’s past, or to the murder trial he’s neck-deep in now? And will he survive long enough to find out?
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Wrestling with the Devil
By Lex Luger
Lex Luger, wrestling megasensation and three-time world heavyweight champion, ruled the ring for years as “The Total Package.” Whether he was making a dramatic entrance from a helicopter, defeating champ Hulk Hogan, or sculpting a near-perfect physique, Lex was on top of his game. Yet backstage, he was wrestling with addictions to sex, drugs, and alcohol—things he clung to even when his mistress died suddenly of a drug overdose and Lex went to jail. There, Lex faced the truth: he was losing the fight for his life. And still awaiting him was his most brutal opponent yet, when the wrestling champ found himself helplessly paralyzed from the neck down. In Wrestling with the Devil, Lex Luger reveals never-before-told stories from his career, his struggle with personal demons, and how, through unexpected faith, grace, and redemption, he overcame all odds to fight the only battle that really matters.
Wrestling with the Devil is available at:
By Danielle D’Souza
In Y God, Danielle D’Souza addresses 32 of the most interesting and pressing questions being asked about God by believers and skeptics alike. Rather than coming across as having all the answers, Danielle puts her ideas in the form of a conversation. Yet at her core she has convictions that come from a faith rooted in her heart as well as her head. Y God will appeal to millennials (the Y generation) and anyone who has ever had doubts about the biblical story of God. Some of the questions include:
Is faith reasonable?
Are miracles really possible?
Is the Bible literally true?
Is God the author of morality?
Are other religions false?
Is America a “Christian nation”?
Does anyone deserve hell?
Why do people become atheists?
Is science at war with religion?
Is evolution compatible with the Bible?
If Jesus did exist, who was he?
How would Christianity change my life?
Y God is available at:
By Donna Carter
With the rise of social media, more of us are managing our relationships online instead of in person. Technology that was meant to make communication easier and faster for busy people may have met its goal, but often at the expense of intimacy and meaningful conversation. In many cases, friendship has become a status decided by the click of a mouse. Kindling a relationship—or cutting one off—is as simple as “friending” someone or removing that person from your list. And someone with a thousand–plus online pals may be the loneliest person on the planet.
If you can identify, you’re not alone. That’s because each of us is wired to thrive in the context of real relationships—live interaction with real individuals, such as is shared by Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It’s how we give and receive emotional sustenance and support. Yet this type of intimacy can’t be achieved online.
Join Donna Carter on a journey to stronger, more satisfying relationships as you explore:
• The risks of being vulnerable and why they’re worth it
• Qualities to seek out in a friend, as well as to cultivate in your own life
• Toxic relationships and how to avoid them
• Steps toward reconciliation, including forgiveness
• The purpose of solitude in refreshing the soul
• And more!
Experience a richness in your human relationships that you’ve never experienced before. And, as you do, draw closer to the One who designed you to love and be loved, by other people and by Him.
Friend Me is available at:
Give God the Glory: Called to Be Light in the Workplace – A Workbook
By Kevin Wayne Johnson
Writing for the Lord Ministries
Called to be Light in the Workplace- A Workbook is the expanded version of the second book in this series of nine. This workbook challenges its readers to be light on their respective job(s) in each of the three phases of career progression: (1) Entry-level (trainee or intern), (2) journeyman level (middle manager), and (3) senior level (executive or mentor). God’s Word ministers about how to encourage others at work and influence positive change in the midst of dysfunctional places of employment. Through the lives of Jesus, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Evangelist Billy Graham, Dr. Ben Carson, and many other recognizable and unrecognizable names, excellence in their jobs has raised the level of productivity of others. It is systematically divided into three parts, with three chapters each. Supported by the Scriptures throughout, the central theme of each chapter focuses on specific ways to let our light shine and to Give God the Glory! while at work every day. How great is God? To know how great God is, watch Him at work on our respective jobs.
Give God the Glory is available at:
The Color of Hope
By Kim Cash Tate
Stephanie London led a life of comfort and ease in St. Louis before feeling inexplicably drawn back to her father’s roots in the tiny Southern town of Hope Springs. Charlotte Willoughby has lived there all her life and longs to make a new life somewhere else. Stephanie doesn’t know exactly what she’s doing there—or how to occupy her time. And Charlotte doesn’t understand why, despite her overbearing family and reminders of her failed engagement, she’s suddenly led to stay.
Despite its small-town charm, Hope Springs itself is at a crossroads. After a failed reconciliation attempt by two well-meaning pastors, the town is split along racial and cultural lines, with little hope for redemption.
When a terrible tragedy puts Hope Springs on the national radar, the entire town is tested, and both Stephanie and Charlotte feel their lives unraveling. In the midst of heartache, though, they’ll discover the true color of hope …
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21 Ways to Connect With Your Kids
By Kathi Lipp
Parents spend a good chunk of time making sure their kids are okay–they’re getting good grades, doing their chores, and doing just enough cleaning that their rooms won’t be condemned if the Board of Health happens to drop by. 21 Ways to Connect with Your Kids offers a straightforward, workable plan to create new avenues of connection between parents and their kids. This handy guide coaches moms and dads to do one simple thing each day for three weeks to connect with their kids.
Daily connection ideas include:
• planning a family fun night
• telling your child what you like about them
• developing a character growth chart
• writing a love note to your child
• working together on a family project
Written in Kathi’s warm and compassionate but thought-provoking tone, this book will motivate parents to incorporate great relationship habits into their daily lives and give them confidence that they can connect with their kids even in the midst of busy schedules.
21 Ways to Connect with Your Kids is available at:
By Bryan Cutshall
Today’s pastor or church leader faces a host of dangers, both physical and spiritual, that can destroy ministries and families, and even take the very life of the leader. Thankfully, God has not left us defenseless in the spiritual battle against the forces of evil.
In this much-needed book, Bryan Cutshall does a masterful job of clearly defining the often-overlooked and seldom-appreciated role of the armorbearer. Using biblical examples and references, he paints an accurate portrait of the armorbearer’s role, position, and relationship with his or her leader.
When church leaders understand and utilize this important spiritual ministry, the kingdom of God will be able to advance, stronger and mightier than ever before.
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