Woke Religion: What Christians Need to Read Today

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Hey, Christian! 

Are you searching for books that will challenge and uplift your faith, while discussing the times we are walking through now? Woke Religion may be all that and more!

Inspired by John Harris’s  Social Justice Goes to Church, author Wes Anderson discusses the steps the Church took to where it is today, and the dangerous precedent it has set. In the age of cancel culture, reading books like Woke Religion challenges the secular culture’s narrative, and shines a bright light on the path Christians must take. Incredibly relevant for today, tomorrow, and next year, and a must-read for any Christian looking to be able to defend his beliefs or understand the religion that is Woke.

 

But – books like this need more than just publishing! They need reading. If you feel discouraged by current events, buy and share this book with your family, friends, and neighbors. Supporting Christian authors and publishers is how we fight against the spirit of the age and helps us deliver great content to your bookshelves!

 

Hear Wes Anderson discuss his book with Pastor Christopher Arnzen on Iron Sharpens Iron Radio on September 17th at 4 PM ET, or listen to the recording at any time after that! Remember – it’s only a defeat if Christians turn their eyes away from Christ and cease encouraging one another. It is only by your support that Christian media is allowed to continue.

 

If you’re interested in Woke Religion, you may also like…

 

Fugitive of Faith by David Mathews “What happens  when  preaching Truth becomes illegal?”

 

John Harris & Social Justice Goes to Church: The New Left in Modern American Evangelicalism.

Five Things: Amy Grochowski {Author Spotlight}

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Learn more about your favorite Ambassador authors with our “5 Things” series. Amy Grochowski is the author of the Amish love story, Runaway Home, which was released on July 27th! Check out Amy’s five fast facts below…

1. I grew up in Melbourne, Australia, where my parents served as church planters.

2. I met my husband while on a travel nursing assignment to Pittsburgh, PA. I also went to Haiti twice on medical missions.

3. One of my favorite roles in the local church has been serving as the Women’s Discipleship Director.

4. I love history, especially anything to do with World War II. Both of my grandfathers served in the Pacific during the war.

5. I love to cook for family and friends. I’ve gathered an eclectic mix of styles from all the places I’ve lived and traveled.

You can find Amy on her website, Twitter, FacebookInstagram, Amazon, Goodreads, and Bookbub! Order Amy’s newest novel, Runaway Home, here!

Summer Reads: July Releases

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What’s on your summer reading list? Our July Releases fit every wish-list!

 

 

 

Fool’s Luck by Dave Milbrandt

In Dave Milbrandt’s novel, Fool’s Luck, one lucky lottery ticket launches high school teacher, Myles Bradford, into a presidential campaign. However, in Myles Bradford’s bid for the most powerful office in the land, he begins to lose all that is precious to him. Fool’s Luck begs the question: what price is too high to pay?

To follow along with author Dave Milbrant, check out his website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Amazon, Goodreads, and Bookbub! Order Dave’s newest novel, Fool’s Luck, here!

 

Karrie’s Thorn: A Novel by Rev. Cheryl Anne Kincaid

In Reverend Cheryl Anne Kincaid’s novel, Karrie’s Thorn, one girl’s faith journey through foster care, abuse, rejection leads her to personal healing and empowerment. Karrie is a Christian, who finds herself removed from her abusive home and placed in foster care. Karrie struggles to balance the truth that God is good with the hardships she endures.

To follow along with author Rev. Cheryl Anne Kincaid, check out her website, Twitter, Facebook, and Amazon! Order Cheryl’s newest novel, Karrie’s Thorn, here!

 

The Secret of Fire by J. J. Fischer:

The Secret of Fire finds El and Torsten in a land that has allowed the Outside in; separated and on the run from the man who seeks to destroy them, they explore the layered history of their beautiful, mysterious land. In The Secret of Fire, author J.J. Fischer once more explores the human condition by contrasting a medieval civilization with a WWII era one in this gripping, high-fantasy novel, leaving the reader grappling with his own human limitations. “Not all who live in chains are prisoners. Not all who win are victors.”

You can find J.J. on her website, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Amazon, and Goodreads! Order J.J. newest novel, The Secret of Fire, here!

 

The Thrall’s Sword by Grace Caylor

The gripping tale of Sigrid, a slave girl meant to be a human sacrifice and spared – only to lose her mother to an evil
master. The Thrall’s Sword is a Viking adventure novel that weaves together the themes of loss, revenge, history, and even a spot of romance. Sigrid’s mother always told her, “Keep your head up.” Despite her hard life as a slave, Sigrid remains dignified. She keeps her head up when she is chosen to die on a funeral pyre as a
sacrificial slave.

You can find Grace on her website, her personal blog, Facebook, and Amazon! Order Grace’s newest novel, The Thrall’s Sword, here!

 

 

 

 

 

Hidden in Irish Hills by Mary Cates

When a surprise military action unfolds in the Mediterranean Sea that threatens world peace, Rachael decides to flee her New York City penthouse and move to her mansion in Irish Hills.“Rules and regulations turned the mansion into a place so different it seemed peculiar…she couldn’t help but feel like a stranger in her own home.” Hidden in Irish Hills tells the story of corrupt government, survival of natural disasters, courage against tremendous odds, the power of God’s presence, and faith that believes in miracles. “God’s presence would often meet them with power so strong a hush would come over them. When His presence came in fullness, no one could speak.

You can find Mary on her website, Amazon, and Bookbub. Order Mary’s newest novel, Hidden in Irish Hills, here!

 

The Broken Spear: Reformation Rising by Ruth Ann Ellinger

The Broken Spear.”follows the influential Carmichael Clan through 16th century Scotland as they struggle for freedom from the 1,000-year domination of Papal Rome. The Carmichael Clan dares to stand for what’s right as they set out on a quest to reveal the truth of God’s Word to all. The Scottish people have long been oppressed by the impenetrable stone of darkness, Papal Rome. After William Tyndale translated the Bible into English, the ignorance, superstition, and deception that the Scottish people had been living in was revealed. The new translation ignited the fires of the Protestant Reformation in the blood-soaked land
of Scotland as people were willing to sacrifice everything and pay the price for freedom. “Someone will sacrifice themselves to support a cause. Someone will pay the price

You can find Ruth Ann on her website, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, and Amazon! Order Ruth Ann’s newest novel, The Broken Spear: Reformation Rising, here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farewell to Hollywood by Michelle Keener

Farewell to Hollywood  is an achingly poignant tale of forgiveness, love, and the power of God’s grace that spans from  Malibu’s beaches to Hollywood’s stage. When a successful corporate lawyer and an ambitious movie producer collide, their paths and hearts are forever intertwined. But can they focus on their passions as well as each other, or will they be forced to say farewell forever?

You can find Michelle on her website, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Amazon, and Goodreads! Order Michelle’s newest novel, Farewell to Hollywood, here!

 

Serpentine by Christy Dietz

From the inspiring mind of Christy Dietz comes Serpentine this season’s toe-curling, dystopian thriller. Esther is an orphan, fighting for survival in an America she no longer recognizes, one taken over by an evil new order, the Federation. Esther has nothing to lose but freedom itself, which makes her the unlikely leader of the resistance that rises to fight back and reclaim what was lost. Serpentine uses a post-apocalyptic universe to teach an age-old truth: “Mankind is the only one to blame for where we are; the original sin at its fruition.”

You can find Christy on her website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Amazon! Order Christy’s newest novel, Serpentine, here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hollywood is Not Home: A Novel by Annmarie M. Roberts

Maggie Malone has what every little girl dreams of having: beauty, wealth, and fame. But with that lifestyle comes the paparazzi, crippling anxiety, and daily scrutiny of every area of her life – from her faith in God to the food she eats. Maggie longs for her southern roots where she grew up and flourished. Anxiety eats at her and begins to weaken her physical health as critics and paparazzi hound her; Maggie begins to wonder what price she is truly willing to pay for her peace of mind. When Maggie is presented with an intriguing opportunity: let a body double take her place in Hollywood and retreat to Home, a charming southern town intended to heal the exhausted starlet, she decides to seize the day. “Life is so mysterious. One day I make a kind impression on an old, widowed man. The
next day I am faced with a death threat.”

You can find Annmarie on her website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads, Bookbub, and Amazon! Order Annmarie’s newest novel, Hollywood is Not Home, here!

 

Obstacles by Odelia Chan

Obstacles is a brilliant, insightful novel about Parkour and those who practice it, traceurs.Leah Jung is passionate about Parkour and becoming the best traceur she can be. However, she has one secret, disabling trauma—a fear of one specific move in the sport she calls her life. “The memory surfaced. Overcoming obstacles—all except that one. The botched kong-gainer. The pain, the anger, the bitterness, the trauma. Fear and doubts? They were all there.”

You can find Odelia on her website and on Amazon! Order Odelia’s newest novel, Obstacles, here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You, Me, and the Stars & Her Sanctuary, His Heart by Michelle Dykman

Her Sanctuary, His Heart tells the story of a couple torn apart after the loss of a child. When the pair discovers one another again, their lives are immediately
threatened after they stumble upon an illegal poaching scheme. What follows is a journey of love, sacrifice, and trust after unimaginable loss.

You, Me, and the Stars  will melt the toughest heart with its tale of young love, the trials we face, and how God can ultimately change us into the people we long to be no matter what our age

You can find Michelle on her website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Amazon, Goodreads, and Bookbub! Order Michelle’s newest novel, Her Sanctuary, His Heart and You, Me, and the Stars by clicking on their links!

 

 

Runaway Home: A Contemporary Amish Romance by Amy Grochowski

Runaway Home is the story of second chances for a man whose tragic childhood caused him to leave the Amish. But can love ever redeem his desire for a home
and family with the woman he left behind? The pair remain separated, until one day, Noah returns to Prince Edward Island – and to Rachel. In Runaway Home, Noah and Rachel’s love fights to bridge the gap between the cowboy who ran away from the Amish and the Amish woman he left behind.

You can find Amy on her website, Twitter, FacebookInstagram, Amazon, Goodreads, and Bookbub! Preorder Amy’s newest novel, Runaway Home, here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fugitive of Faith by David Mathews

Pastor Pete Holloway is an ordinary Bible-believing in pastor, Iraqi war vet, husband, and father in San Francisco, California. His world is upended when he is called to the local police precinct to answer to charges of disseminating hate speech per the Hate Speech Elimination and Reparation Act recently voted into law by the state of California. Pastor Pete soon realizes that he must make a choice: remain home and be arrested or abandon his family and church and begin the life of a fugitive, searching for freedom. He chooses the latter, and the man of God becomes the man on the run. Fugitive of Faith is far more than a
dystopian “what if ” novel. It is an insightful, necessary soul search of the ordinary American Christian.

You can find David on his website, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, and Goodreads! Oorder David’s newest novel, Fugitive of Faith, here!

 

We hope this list guides you to GREAT Christian books and inspires you in your spiritual walk and life. Happy reading!

 

Five Things: Rev. Cheryl Anne Kincaid {Author Spotlight}

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Learn more about your favorite Ambassador authors with our “Five Things” series. Reverend Cheryl Anne Kincaid is the author of the eye-opening novel, Karrie’s Thorn, which was released on July 13th! Check out Cheryl’s five fast facts below…

1. I am an ordained Presbyterian Minister, celebrating 16 years of pastoral service.

2. I am a survivor of childhood abuse.

3. I facilitated support groups for survivors of violence for seven years.

4. I have a paralyzed leg due to a car accident in 1993 and walk with a brace and a cane.

5. I am an avid theater fan and literature lover, especially works by Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare.

 

You can find Cheryl on her website, Twitter, Facebook, and Amazon! Order Cheryl’s newest novel, Karrie’s Thorn, here!

Five Things: Dave Milbrandt {Author Spotlight}

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Learn more about your favorite Ambassador authors with our “5 Things” series. Dave Milbrandt is the author of the political fiction novel, Fool’s Luck, which was released on July 13th! Check out Dave’s five fast facts below…

1. I am a voracious consumer of British and Australian television.

2. I visited the Soviet Union in high school in the late 1980s.

3. I was an award-winning public affairs commentator in college.

4. I knew I was going to marry my wife after only three dates!

5. I am the guardian of my family’s homemade ice cream recipe that dates back to the 1800s.

 

You can find Dave on his website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Amazon, Goodreads, and Bookbub! Order Dave’s newest novel, Fool’s Luck, here!

Five Things: J.J. Fischer {Author Spotlight}

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Learn more about your favorite Ambassador authors with our “5 Things” series. J.J. Fischer is the author of the historical fantasy novel, The Secret of Fire, which was released on July 13th! Check out J.J.’s five fast facts below…

1. I am crazy about chickens. While I also adore cats, I will likely be the crazy chicken lady when I am older, complete with knitted sweaters and all.

2. My favorite movie is The Last of the Mohicans. To me, this movie has it all— adventure, sweet romance, action, Daniel Day-Lewis, an incredible musical score, a perfect villain, and a (mostly) happily ever after ending.

3. I have come very close to death 3 times: in a skiing accident, in a near head-on car collision, and on the operating table.

4. I am obsessed with Disney. My favorite are Tangled and, from the oldies: Aladdin and Mulan.

5. If I could have any 5 guests to a dinner party, I believe I’d pick Taika Waititi (as Korg), Kevin McCloud, Richard Armitage, C.S. Lewis (of course), and the personified Death narrator from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

You can find J.J. on her website, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Amazon, and Goodreads! Order J.J. newest novel, The Secret of Fire, here!

A New World Order Conquers the United States: A Young Generation Rebels for Freedom

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A world crisis caused an evil new order to rise.

Now only a younger generation can fight against it.

 From the inspiring mind of Christy Dietz comes Serpentine (Ambassador International, July 13, 2021, $15.99), this season’s toe-curling,
dystopian thriller. Esther is an orphan fighting for survival in an America she no longer recognizes, one taken over by an evil new order, the Federation. Esther has nothing to lose but freedom itself, which makes her the unlikely leader
of the resistance that rises to fight back and reclaim what was lost.

About the Book
Esther was a normal girl growing up in the United States until one day the world wasn’t normal anymore. “These moments in time were so fleeting. Had I known
that in the future I’d be holding on to them for dear life.” Now orphaned, she watches as classmates and teachers disappear for speaking out against the Federation.
Esther is haunted by the mistakes of her parents’ past and is forced to make decisions with consequences that ripple out towards all those around her. “Our predecessors failed us, and now we are here, stuck in this apocalyptic hell where people shoot people tied to trees in the middle of the street, and no one does anything about it. Esther soon finds herself on the run from the Federation in an endless quest for truth. In Serpentine, an ordinary girl is transformed into a leader after realizing that it is not enough to passively oppose the Federation or merely run from it. Esther must lead the Resistance—formed by people willing to sacrifice their lives for freedom, God, and an everlasting hope—and fight against the Serpentine of the Federation and all it represents. Serpentine uses a post-apocalyptic universe to teach an age-old truth: “Mankind is the only one to blame for where we are; the original sin at its fruition.”

About the Author:


Serpentine is Christy’s debut novel, but she has been writing since she picked up her first crayon. One of four daughters, she spent her childhood years dreaming of becoming Jo from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her wrestling her two young sons and drinking very large cups of coffee!

To connect with the author or request a review copy of Serpentine, please contact
publicity director Susanna Maurer at media@emeraldhouse.com.

Christy Dietz
Author of Serpentine
Connect with the Author
@DietzChristy
christydietz.com/
www.facebook.com/dietzchristy
www.instagram.com/christydietzauthor/
christy-dietz@hotmail.com
tinyurl.com/amazon-christy-dietz

This Summer’s Hottest Political Thriller: A High School Teacher Wins the Lottery and Runs for President

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One man wins the lottery and risks his family – for the presidency. 

 From the pen of Dave Milbrandt comes Fool’s Luck (Ambassador International, July 13, 2021, $16.99), a tale of the everyman thrust into the political spotlight by one lucky draw. When a high school government teacher wins the lottery (literally) he does the unthinkable: he runs for president. But in Myles Bradford’s bid for the most powerful office in the land, he begins to lose all that is precious to him. Fool’s Luck begs the question: what price is too high to pay?

About the Book: Myles Bradford is an ordinary man, teaching high school government in sunny Southern California. A stroke of uncanny luck leads him to purchase a winning lottery ticket. A stroke of genius, or what many might call delusion, then inspires him to fund his own campaign
in a bid for the presidency of the United States. While Bradford is enthusiastic about his unlikely run for the presidency, his family at home cautions him against such a bold endeavor. In an uncanny twist of events, a leading candidate for a major party drops out, allowing Bradford’s campaign to become more than just a fringe vote. As the campaign intensifies, Bradford is caught between the undercurrents of political mud-flinging and rumors and his life at home, where his son continued to battle a deadly illness. When the unthinkable happens and his family is torn apart, Myles is left wondering if his quest was truly good luck
or Fool’s Luck. “What they see on the outside is all glitz and glamour, but, like false facades of the Gilded Age, the golden exterior hides a much less attractive interior. I see myself, in a moment of desperate honesty, unleashing the roiling cauldron gurgling inside of me.”

About the Author:

Dave Milbrandt fell in love with writing in junior high and has been a storyteller ever since. A former reporter and Southern California native, he spent five years in journalism and public relations before becoming a teacher. He has taught government classes to high school, community college, and university students since 2011 and gained on-the-ground experience by working on several political campaigns. He and his wife have been married since 1997. Dave is the author of the Jim Mitchell trilogy (Chasing Deception, 2013; Undue Pressure, 2016; and Running, 2018) and also has written High School Declassified: An Insider’s Guide to Helping Your Student Succeed (2016).

To connect with the author or request a review copy of Fool’s Luck, please contact publicity director Susanna Maurer at media@emeraldhouse.com.
Release Date: July 13, 2021.

Book signings: July 10, {time TBD} Downtown Glendora. July 24, 11 AM – 2 PM at Butter in San Dimas.

Connect with the Author
@DaveMilbrandt
www.davemilbrandt.com
www.facebook.com/dave.milbrandt
www.instagram.com/davemilbrandt/
www.goodreads.com/dave_milbrandt
www.bookbub.com/authors/dave-milbrandt
davemilbrandt@gmail.com

Five Things: David Mathews {Author Spotlight}

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Learn more about your favorite Ambassador International authors with our “5 Things” series. David Mathews is the author of the contemporary adult Christian novel, Fugitive of Faith, which was released on July 27th! Check out David’s five fast facts below…

1. I am a preacher’s kid. My first recollection of church was a spanking for misbehaving, administered by my father who stopped preaching long enough to take me to the basement for some “correction.”

2. I used to draw cartoons and sell them to several small newspapers around central Indiana.

3. I owned my own remodeling business for 25 years.

4. I love camping and bicycling.

5. I went skydiving with my wife on my 60th birthday!

 

You can find David on his website, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, and Goodreads! Order David’s newest novel, Fugitive of Faith, here!