Arrest of Wheaton College Professor Shows Failure of Church to Build Christian Character, According to Author of ‘The Casual Christian’

Wheaton, IL (PRWEB) March 07, 2012

Donald Ratcliff, 60, of Carol Stream, IL, a professor of Christian education at Wheaton College, was recently charged with two counts of aggravated child pornography for downloading images of underage children from pornographic websites onto his home computer, according to a March 1st report by CBS News, Chicago. Bail was set at $ 750,000. (Christian Broadcasting Network, March 4, 2012, staff reporter)

The DuPage County Internet Crimes Unit detected a pattern of downloads of images of underraged children from pornographic sites to Mr. Ratcliffe’s home computer. The author of The Casual Christian, a graduate of Wheaton College, points to this as another example of how Christian institutions have failed to equip believers for the challenges of living in an increasingly pagan culture.

Olson says, “In recent years it has become virtually impossible to distinguish Christian lifestyles from those of the general public. Mr. Ratcliffe is one of a growing number of Christians who have no idea what normative Christian behavior is from a historical perspective.”

In his book, Ten Reasons We Fail in Evangelism, Jerry Harmon says:

“?????Ninety-five percent of all Christians have never won a soul to Christ.

????Eighty percent of all Christians do not consistently witness for Christ.
????Less than two percent are involved in the ministry of evangelism.
????Seventy-one percent give nothing toward the financing of the Great Commission.
????Sixty-three percent of church leadership, including deacons and pastors, have not led a single stranger to Jesus in the last two years.
????Forty-nine percent of Christian leaders spend zero time in an average week ministering outside of the church.
????Nine percent of leaders have zero time reserved on their list of weekly priorities for going out to evangelize.”

According to a study by the Barna Group entitled, ?Surprisingly Few Adults Outside of Christianity Have Positive Views of Christians,? evangelicals rated tenth out of eleven groups on positive impression, beating out only prostitutes. Less than half the respondents had a favorable impression of ministers and less than a third gave born again Christians a thumbs-up.

“Still Christian leaders somehow cannot draw the connection from the declining moral and ethical standards in the Christian community to a church that has failed to produce Christian character,” says Olson.

He goes on, “Most church leaders hold to the notion that spiritual growth is the goal of Christian ministry. On the other hand, the Bible says that the goal of ministry is development of Christian character.”

Second Peter 1: 5-7 lays out Christian character development in a progression:

?For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith excellence, to excellence, knowledge; to knowledge, self-control; to self-control, perseverance; to perseverance, godliness; to godliness, brotherly affection; to brotherly affection, unselfish love? (2 Pet 1:5-7).

One could diagram Christian growth this way:

From Faith to???? Excellence to???? Knowledge to????Self Control to Perseverance to????Godliness to????Brotherly Affection to Unselfish Love.

Each quality builds on the one before it until the ultimate goal is reached which is unselfish love. In a sense one could say that the selfishness is being wrung out of human nature little by little throughout the process until it is completely removed in the final step – a step which no one ever completely attains.

This same process is embodied in some fifty ‘one anothers’ of scripture. They shape up this way in order of occurrence:

Love (11)

Humble, Submit, Service, Honor, Harmony, Agree (8),

Mercy, Compassion, Forgive, Forbear, Patience (8),

Affection (5),

Teach, Admonish, Worship, Meet (4),

Encourage (3).

Once again love is ranked highest on the scale of importance, although most modern church leaders would place teaching and worship at the top of the list.

“It is important to note,” says Olson, “that the biggest difference between spiritual growth and character development is that one is tangible and the other is not. When spiritual growth becomes the object of ministry, outcomes are nebulous. One cannot judge another’s prayer life or his devotion to God, so growth is not quantifiable. But it is possible to measure character development by the way the believer interacts with others. The Apostle Paul provided such an evaluation at the beginning of every letter he wrote to the churches.

“Pastors fail to see the connection between the obvious lack of Christian qualities in the church and the effectiveness of their ministries, precisely because they have abandoned character development for spiritual growth. To make matters worse, they reject all scrutiny of their methods as church bashing or spiritual insubordination. Until now they have been exempt from the professional standards enforced upon secular institutions. Recently a new element of accountability has been added by special police task forces that monitor downloads of images from pornographic websites and trace them to the personal computers of unsuspecting targets.”

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Author Alan Anderson?s New Children?s Book Celebrates the Christmas Spirit

MURRAY, Utah (PRWEB) December 20, 2011

For many people, the Christmas season is a time of happiness, family and celebration. This is especially true for Alan Anderson. In his new book, The Christmas Sleigh (published by WestBow Press), Anderson weaves his fond memories of Christmas into a children?s story book that is sure to put anyone in the Christmas spirit.

The Christmas Sleigh tells the story of a young girl who is out on the town celebrating Christmas. Her parents, who are separated, put aside their differences for the evening on behalf of their daughter. While on a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the park, the friendly driver tells an exciting Christmas story about his own life which in the end has a magical affect on his customers.

Tommy the Christmas sleigh driver only seeks to make his passengers happy, an outlook on life that Anderson hopes will touch readers. ?It is a story that can have great affect upon anyone willing to listen and apply, but there is more to him than meets they eye and Anya comes to learn his secret.?

?Happiness cannot be found in seeking after selfish pleasures,? says Anderson, ?it can only be found as one puts forth sincere effort to make others happy.?

About the Author

Alan Anderson lives in Salt Lake City. Since his youth he has loved writing stories and drawing pictures, although this is his first attempt to share one of his stories with the public. He loves everything about Christmas ? the lights, the music, the decorations, family, snow, giving gifts, the celebration of the birth of our Savior. Anderson contends that when we care about others, life becomes richer.

WestBow Press is a strategic self-publishing alliance of Thomas Nelson, Inc., the world?s largest Christian publisher, and Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI) ? the world leader in the popular self-publishing industry segment. Through this partnership, authors benefit from the rich publishing heritage of Thomas Nelson and the speed-to-market advantages of the ASI self-publishing model. Titles published through WestBow Press are evaluated for sales potential and considered for publication under the Thomas Nelson imprint. Thomas Nelson, Inc. continues to ?inspire the world? with distribution of products in more than 100 countries worldwide. For more information, or to start publishing today, visit or call (866)-928-1240. Follow us @westbowpress on Twitter for the latest news.


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The Bet That Really Paid Off: Aspiring Author Wins Writing Contest, will be Published in July 2012 Novel Headlined by #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Debbie Macomber

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 18, 2011

Christmas came early for aspiring author Darlene Panzera: just in time for the holidays, Panzera learned that a veritable angel, in the form of #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber, has selected Darlene?s novella, ?The Bet,? to be published in the July 2012 edition of Macomber?s heartwarming book, Family Affair. Darlene is one of hundreds of unpublished authors who participated in Avon Books? ?Make Your Dreams Come True? writing contest, offering all those who participated the chance to win a golden ticket ? the chance to be published alongside one of the most important authors in modern literature.

Avon vice president and executive editor Lucia Macro was tasked with selecting the top three entries for Macomber to judge. The choice was difficult: all of the entries were excellent and eminently worthy of publication. Macro says, ?Each time I started reading one of the submissions, I felt like I was opening a present. And, believe me, making the decision for the final three wasn?t easy. I was truly impressed by the quality of so many of the stories, and that?s a testament to the talented writers who took the chance and entered.?

The finalists included ?The Bet? by Panzera; ?Miss Chance? by Cheryl Johnson and ?Where There?s Smoke? by Amy Mullins. The manuscripts were delivered anonymously to Macomber, who read them without knowing who the entrants were, and what stories they wrote. The bestselling author says that she selected ?The Bet? because it seemed like a good companion to her own story, Family Affair. Macomber says, ?I read ?The Bet? with delight and found myself smiling at this classic romance many times. It was a pleasure to read; light-hearted and uplifting. The author shows a great deal of promise and I expect to see many more stories come from her.?

To Panzera, entering in this contest was truly a bet that paid off. In addition to winning a $ 500 cash prize, the opportunity to have her story on bookshelves (and e-bookshelves), packaged with a beloved Macomber tale, is something she?d never even dreamed would happen to her. Panzera, who graduated from the Writer’s Digest Advanced Novel Writing School and The Christian Writer’s Guild apprentice writing program, says that she spent six years trying to get her manuscripts published. ?The dream to be a published author has been there inside me for a lifetime. When I found out I won Debbie Macomber’s “Make Your Dreams Come True” contest I couldn’t believe it. I still can’t!? Panzera will admit, like most aspiring authors, that her family has had more than their share of burnt dinners while she struggled to find the right words to put on paper. But, like Macomber, Panzera takes faith in hard work and perseverance. ?If you work hard to improve your craft, connect with other writers, and believe in yourself, dreams can come true.? For more information about this fresh new voice, visit her website,

In talking about the results of the ?Make Your Dream Come True? writing contest, an unparalleled opportunity generously afforded by Debbie Macomber to aspiring authors looking to break into publishing, Macro concludes, ?This has been such a delightful experience for us here at Avon Books. Congratulations to the finalists and thank you so much to everyone who took the time to enter. And a special personal thank you to Debbie Macomber. I truly appreciate her gracious and always-generous support for ?unknown? talent.?

The paperback and e-book edition of Family Affair (ISBN 9780061997136: $ 6.99; on-sale 6/26/12), which includes ?The Bet,? will be available everywhere books are sold July 2012 from Avon Books.

About HarperCollins Publishers

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Author, Experimental Psychologist Quentin Newhouse, Jr. Pens Story to Inspire Pet Rescue

Montreal, Canada (PRWEB) November 23, 2011

People have kept cats as pets for thousands of years, dating back to the ancient Egyptians who considered cats to be spiritual, even deities. But it seems that humans and cats are having more difficulty coexisting in today?s world. According to the ASPCA, up to 7 million animals enter animal shelters each year, and approximately 70% of the cats in animal shelters are euthanized. Hoping to reconnect people with their pets, Dr. Quentin Newhouse, Jr. releases Hope, the Big Headed Cat: Not Just Another Animal Story (published by WestBow Press), a new non-fiction book for young readers and pet lovers.

Hope, the Big Headed Cat was inspired from Newhouse?s own life. He says, ?The book chronicles the four month period during which I rescued and interacted with a critically ill adopted cat. During that period, I discovered that the cat evidenced spirituality, sensitivity and was sicker than I thought.?

Newhouse is an advocate for shelter animals, arguing that not only can people save the lives of animals but also that animals are equally important to people?s lives. After adopting Hope, Newhouse realized the pressing need to adopt shelter animals. ?One can learn from anyone and anything,? says Newhouse, ?even a sick cat.?

Readers are given a glimpse into the healing power of the friendship between Newhouse and his adopted cat in his new book, Hope, the Big Headed Cat.

About the Author

Quentin Newhouse, Jr., Ph.D. experienced a spiritual miracle through the life of his cat, Hope. Newhouse, a career educator who has taught for more than 10 universities and colleges, is also a life coach and poet. She showed courage and faith in the face of numerous physical handicaps. Although deaf, with heart and kidney problems, Hope ministered to him through her unselfishness and devotion. Newhouse had previously always loved dogs and had two cats for a brief time. He also never realized that God can minister health to anyone through anything, even a sick cat. Hope had spirit and always showed love.

WestBow Press is a strategic self-publishing alliance of Thomas Nelson, the world?s premier Christian publisher, and Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI)?the world leader in the fastest-growing segment of publishing. Through this partnership, authors benefit from the rich publishing heritage of Thomas Nelson and the speed-to-market advantages of the ASI self-publishing model. Titles published through WestBow Press will be evaluated for sales potential and considered for publication under the Thomas Nelson imprint. For more information, or to start publishing today, visit or call 866-928-1240.


WestBow Press Helps First-Time Author Realize Publishing Dream

Bloomington, IND (PRWEB) October 21, 2011

WestBow Press, the strategic self-publishing division of the world?s largest Christian publisher, Thomas Nelson, Inc., today released a powerful video interview with children?s book author and illustrator Mitzi Doster. Her book, ?The Lizard in the Laundry,? was published as a collaborative effort by WestBow Press and the Granting Dreams Foundation to ensure her story and message was captured for children to cherish.

In the interview, Doster discusses her very personal fight with breast cancer and the urgency she felt to turn ?The Lizard in the Laundry? from idea to published book. The touching video is available here:

?I wanted to leave a literary legacy, and I wanted a publisher to publish my book. The Granting Dreams Foundation contacted Thomas Nelson publishing and they agreed to do my book through their subsidiary, WestBow Press,? said ?The Lizard in the Laundry? author, Mitzi Doster. ?Working with WestBow Press has been a pleasure?they were sincere and professional. They took my dream and perfected it.?

The Granting Dreams Foundation, which grants tomorrow?s dreams today for those 19 and older with a life-threatening medical condition, was proud to help Doster make her dream of publishing a children?s book come true. The foundation was also humbled by her wish to donate a portion of the proceeds from ?The Lizard in the Laundry? to helping the organization make hundreds of other dreams come true. For more information, please visit

?Mitzi had an incredible story and a dream to create a literary legacy,? said Keith Ogorek, Senior Vice-President of Marketing of Author Solutions, the publishing partner of WestBow Press. ?We were honored she trusted WestBow Press to make it come true.?

For more information about self-publishing opportunities with WestBow Press please visit

About the Author

Like the lizard in the laundry, Mitzi Doster has been hiding. Creative and talented, Doster spent most of her life writing and illustrating, but only shared her stories with her family and close friends. A recurring bout with breast cancer prompted her to do something to make a bigger impact with her life. Her desire to leave a literary legacy that will continue to help and encourage others was fulfilled when the Granting Dreams Foundation teamed up with Thomas Nelson to publish her book.

About WestBow Press:

WestBow Press is a strategic self-publishing alliance of Thomas Nelson, Inc., the world?s largest Christian publisher, and Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI) ? the world leader in the popular self-publishing industry segment. Through this partnership, authors benefit from the rich publishing heritage of Thomas Nelson and the speed-to-market advantages of the ASI self-publishing model. Titles published through WestBow Press are evaluated for sales potential and considered for publication under the Thomas Nelson imprint. Thomas Nelson, Inc. continues to ?inspire the world? with distribution of products in more than 100 countries worldwide. For more information, or to start publishing today, visit or call (866)-928-1240. Follow us @westbowpress on Twitter for the latest news.


GOD IS NOT ONE, Best-Selling Author Stephen Prothero, Compares the Eight Rival Religions That Run the World?And Why Their Differences Matter

GOD IS NOT ONE, Best-Selling Author Stephen Prothero, Compares the Eight Rival Religions That Run the World—And Why Their Differences Matter

Cover: GOD IS NOT ONE: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World — And Why Their Differences Matter by Stephen Prothero

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 13, 2010

In GOD IS NOT ONE, available from HarperOne Publishers April 20, religion scholar and author, Stephen Prothero supplies readers with much-needed literacy about each of the world’s great religions—opening our eyes to the religious clashes that threaten us worldwide, and creating a new context for the study of religion in the 21st century.

“At least since the first petals of the counterculture bloomed across Europe and the United States in the 1960s, it has been fashionable to affirm that all religions are beautiful and all are true….This is a lovely sentiment but it is dangerous, disrespectful, and untrue.” – Stephen Prothero, from the Introduction

According to many popular religion writers like Karen Armstrong, Huston Smith, and Wayne Dyer, all religions are “different paths to the same God.”

Not true, says bestselling author and religion scholar Stephen Prothero. In his new book God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World—And Why Their Differences Matter (HarperOne; May 2010; Hardcover; $ 26.99; ISBN 9780061571275), Prothero shows how the world’s religions ask very different questions, tackle very different problems, and aim at very different goals. And he explains why this matters both personally and politically.

Beginning with Islam—which of all the great religions has the greatest contemporary impact—he then moves on (in order of influence) to Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Yoruba Religion, Judaism, and Daoism. He highlights the unique contributions each tradition has made to our collective conversation about the things that matter most. And along the way, he explains how each attempts to overcome a different roadblock to human happiness. For example:

    Islam: the problem is pride / the solution is submission
    Christianity: the problem is sin / the solution is salvation
    Confucianism: the problem is chaos / the solution is social order
    Buddhism: the problem is suffering / the solution is awakening
    Judaism: the problem is exile / the solution is to return to God

To claim that all religions are the same is foolish. And to suggest that these traditions don’t matter is not just foolish, but dangerous. Throughout history and across the globe, religion matters. It has, after all, toppled the Bamiyan statues of the Buddha in Afghanistan and the Twin Towers in New York City. It has stirred up civil war in Sri Lanka and Darfur. It has moved elections in the United States. And it has resisted coalition troops in Iraq.

In God Is Not One, Stephen Prothero supplies readers with much-needed literacy about each of the world’s great religions—opening our eyes to the religious clashes that threaten us worldwide, and creating a new context for the study of religion in the 21st century.

About the Author

Stephen Prothero is the New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and a professor of religion at Boston University. His work has been featured on the cover of Time magazine, Oprah, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, National Public Radio, and other top national media outlets. He writes and reviews for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Boston Globe, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Salon, and other publications.

Stephen Prothero will promote God Is Not One in the following cities:

New York, NY – April 19 – 20

Boston, MA – April 27 and ongoing

Chicago, IL – April 29 & 30

Manchester, VT – May 7

Atlanta, GA – May 11 & 12

Raleigh, NC – May 13

New York, NY – May 27 & 28

Praise for God Is Not One:

“Provocative, thoughtful, fiercely intelligent, and, for both believing and nonbelieving, formal and informal students of religion, a must-read.” — Booklist

“Prothero sets up a helpful model for examining each religion on its own terms…a useful introduction to eight of the world’s great religions.” — Publishers Weekly

“Stephen Prothero has done it again. This is a powerfully-written, paradigm-shifting book. We live in the most religiously diverse country in the world and the most religiously devout nation in the West at a time of global religious crisis. How religious differences can be a bridge of cooperation rather than a bomb of destruction is one of the most important challenges of our era, and on that question Stephen Prothero is as good a guide as you will find.” — Eboo Patel,

Founder and Executive Director, Interfaith Youth Core, and author of Acts of Faith

“This book could well be the most highly readable, accurate, and up-to-date introduction to the world’s major religions. It does so by avoiding either polemics or the naive equating of them all as merely different paths to the same summit. Prothero faces the real differences among them squarely, but demonstrates how these differences can enrich, not prevent, dialogue and cooperation.” — Harvey Cox, author of The Future of Faith

“So all religions lead to God? That is certainly the foundation for a widespread and well-meaning modern assumption. But as Prothero shows us in this erudite and very wide-ranging study, the world’s different faiths differ enormously in their essentials as well as their incidental manifestations, and any serious consideration of the role of religion must begin by recognizing that fact. God Is Not One is an elegant and thoughtful study that challenges much of what we think we know about the great religions.” — Philip Jenkins, author of Jesus Wars

“An urgently needed and very nicely done corrective to politically correct nonsense.”

— Rodney Stark, author of Discovering God: The Origins of the Great Religions and the Evolution of Faith

“With intelligence, wit, wisdom, and humor, Prothero has written an important and informative book, which happens to also be a very entertaining read! Through discussion of the world’s great religions, the book makes a convincing argument about religious difference, a hopeful antidote both to the idea that religions are mutually exclusive and to the schmaltzy claim that ‘all religions are one.’ In God is Not One, Prothero gives us a way to religious literacy. Everyone will benefit from reading this book.” — Pamela Eisenbaum, author of Paul Was Not a Christian

“By giving us the best compact guide to world religions in years, Prothero has done an estimable public service in addressing religious illiteracy. With his usual combination of wit, insight, and breezy prose, he shows us that comparative religion can be both important and fun. His core point—that religions are diverse and plural, not necessarily mystical expressions of the same inner truth—is bracing and relevant. God Is Not One is the ideal jumping-off point for anyone who wants a single book that captures the core ideals and values of the leading religious traditions.” — Noah Feldman, Bemis Professor of Law, Harvard Law School,

and author of The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State

“Enough of lazy paddling of a false and dangerous idea that all religions are the same! They are the same and they are different, they are clashing and complementary, overlapping and incongruous. To live together well in a globalized world, we need to know each other’s faiths, learn to debate in a civil way about their truth claims, and above come to respect each other even when we disagree on what matters to us the most. A very much needed book!” — Miroslav Volf, Professor, Yale University, and author of Exclusion and Embrace

GOD IS NOT ONE: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World—And Why Their Differences Matter

By Stephen Prothero

HarperOne, an Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers

May 2010 | $ 26.99 | Hardcover | ISBN: 9780061571275

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Radical Author Issues Invitation to Religious Leaders

Albuquerque, NM (PRWEB) November 21, 2005

At his recent 70th birthday celebration, the Dalai Lama said all religions were “more or less the same,” with their fundamental compassion holding the key to world peace. In the same week, conservative Christian televangelist Pat Robertson warned citizens of a Pennsylvania town who voted against “intelligent design” that they had rejected God and could expect disaster to strike.

At first glance, the two attitudes seem very different. But radical thinker Sankara Saranam, author of the award-winning book God Without Religion, claims both leaders are misguided. “Robertson is obviously a deeply disturbed individual, and it’s unfortunate, though not entirely surprising, that a major religious sect has such a person at its helm. But the Dalai Lama, who is positioned to be a spiritual role model, ought to know better than to mouth platitudes about religious compassion as the solution to world conflict.”

“If compassion is so fundamental to organized religions, then why have religious beliefs caused so much war and violence?” Saranam asks. “Leaders who represent religious authority—which by definition fosters exclusivity, a false sense of superiority, and a narrow sense of identity in both ecclesiasts and followers—are incapable of promoting peace.”

In God Without Religion, Saranam uncovers the hypocrisy underlying all religions and calls for an end to organized worship. Religions, Saranam says, represent centralized authority that removes power from its rightful place in individuals in ways even more insidious than governments and corporations do. “Organized religions have never represented loving others as ourselves,” he says. “Rather, they embody the perversion of universal virtues that would otherwise be naturally expressed by an expansive human heart.”

Saranam suggests that the way to find peace is not through more reliance on organized religion, but through freeing ourselves from religious identification altogether and expanding our sense of self to unconditionally include the rest of humanity. “Simplistically touting any single virtue as the solution to conflict from within one of the very institutions that causes division is like trying to save a burning house with a water hose in one hand and a flamethrower in the other. Only when we give up identifying with institutions that foster a narrow sense of self and instead devote ourselves to the entire human family will we cease to interpret virtues in self-serving ways.”

Saranam challenges today’s spiritual leaders to symbolically cast off the outer accoutrements of organized religion and exemplify genuine inclusiveness. “If the world’s religious leaders took my criticism to heart and truly embraced a universal spirituality, they could greatly advance the cause of peace—an initiative that, as history abundantly proves, cannot be achieved from within the confines of a prescribed faith,” he counsels. “To end the wars caused by narrow identification with a religion, spiritual leaders need to march side by side as human beings—brothers and sisters free of the artificial boundaries and insignias of authority that foster divisiveness and violence.”


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Author Mike Yorkey Profiled on

Buffalo, NY (PRWEB) February 16, 2006

Christian author Mike Yorkey was recently interviewed by Mark Weber of, an international website devoted to Christian and gospel music, and Christian Music Monthly, an accompanying e-zine. While Yorkey is known for writing about Christian music, he recently completed his first novel.

With a focus on “artists you know and want to know more about,” Christian Music Monthly, which operates out of Buffalo, New York, as both a website and an e-zine, covers Christian and gospel music’s most popular stars, including Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, Kirk Franklin, Nicole C. Mullen, Third Day, Jars Of Clay and others with sales in the millions. It also features up-and-comers and indies, providing readers with news and views about a truly wide variety of recording artists. Christian Music Monthly started out as “Zeebozine,” with 50 subscribers in 2001. Five years later, the e-zine, renamed Christian Music Monthly, counts over 2,300 subscribers from the U.S., Canada, and many other countries all over the world.

Christian Music Monthly is currently being promoted on radio stations across the U.S. and in Canada.

“DJs are mentioning the website,, on their shows, and some stations are even including the site on their “links” page because they recognize what a valuable resource Christian Music Monthly is,” says Weber. “Best of all, DJs and stations find that Christian Music Monthly is a great source of news they can use on-the-air, for free, and all they have to do is say it came ‘from’ I’m excited that the word is getting out in a big way that Christian Music Monthly has arrived.”

Christian Music Monthly is supported by paid advertising. It’s also linked to, where “Jesus Rocks” buttons, stickers and t-shirts are selling well.

To read the latest issue(s) of Christian Music Monthly, the ezine, go to and click on the appropriate link. In addition to the interview with Mike Yorkey, the website also features several other interview links with artists like Tree63, BarlowGirl, Nicole C. Mullen, Jonah33, John Tesh, and Martha Munizzi.


Inspirational Christian Author Answers Questions in New Book, ‘Does Jesus Speak to You?’

Ada, Okla. (PRWEB) April 23, 2008

Inspirational Christian author Donna L. Ferrier’s new book, “Does Jesus Speak to You?” answers a variety of questions regarding faith. Inquiries responded to include, “Does Jesus speak to us today?” “How does he speak?” and “Why is this important?”

Donna says the book challenges professed born-again Christians to examine their walks with God to see whether they really have been transformed by the Lord.

“Sadly,” Donna says, “I’ve discovered that many professed Christians, for example, can’t even spiritually discern God’s Word enough to apply it to their lives. This is more indicative of someone who isn’t a Christian, however, than of someone who is.” Throughout the book, Donna uses personal testimonies combined with scripture to discuss how Jesus reveals Himself.

Donna says that the key to understanding a Christian’s personal relationship with Jesus Christ lies in verses like Romans 12:2: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing, and perfect will (NIV).”

“Unfortunately,” says Donna, “this transformation does not take place among so many who claim to know the Lord, and as a result, people who aren’t Christians look at professed believers getting drunk in bars or beating up their spouses and saying, ‘See, look, that person’s a Christian.’ Many false doctrines have been perpetuated because of that mindset.”

Donna believes that one of the greatest spiritual tragedies is that people who are searching for Christ ironically don’t want anything to do with Him because of all the false Christianity they mistake for the real thing. “Don’t get me wrong,” Donna says. “Everyone sins, and every Christian makes mistakes that disrupt our fellowship with the Lord and with one another. That’s why we as believers must be sure that our minds are being renewed on a daily basis. It’s the only way we can a) have the mind of Christ and b) let the world see what that really means.”

For more information on the news that is the subject of this release, contact Donna L. Ferrier, or visit

About the Author:

Donna L. Ferrier was born and raised in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and relocated to Ada, Oklahoma, in 2004. She became a Christian at the age of 21 in college in 1988, and has been active in numerous singles ministries since that time. Donna is now an inspirational author, editor, and book publisher, and is working toward her MA in Biblical Studies.

Contact: Donna L. Ferrier

Phone: 580-332-3288 or 580-310-6151

E-mail: jesusspeakstoyou @



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‘Religion Roundtable’ Gives Radio Voice to God Without Religion Author, Sankara Saranam

Albuquerque, NM (PRWEB) May 12, 2006

While still enjoying literary success, through a book that encourages establishing a personal relationship with God, Sankara Saranam moves on to his own Air America radio show aimed at spreading understanding by raising crucial questions. “Religion Roundtable” will be the only radio show hosted by a bona fide philosopher and mystic, who strives to offer a spiritual path unconfined by religion.

The premier show will air Saturday, May 13, and will stream live on the Air America site at 8:00 am Pacific time and 11:00 Eastern. The program will broadcast from the KUNM University of New Mexico campus studio in Albuquerque.

Sankara’s guest for this first show will be Rev. Dr. Michael Ellner, president of HEAL (Health Education AIDS Liaison), coauthor of Quantum Focus, and winner of the IMDHA Pen and Quill Award. Dr. Ellner will be exploring the controversy of whether HIV is categorically linked to AIDS.

Mr. Saranam, son of Iraqi Jews, became disillusioned with organized religion at a early age and embarked on a quest to discover God on his own. His motto for “Religion Roundtable” is best summed up by Carl Sagan, who said, “One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It is simply too painful to acknowledge – even to ourselves – that we’ve been so credulous.”

Jeff Farias, director of programming and production for Air America’s Nova M Radio, says, “As a network that mostly deals with political issues, we look to Sankara Saranam’s program, “Religion Roundtable,” as a means to enable our listeners to explore their own spirituality and confront the greater questions of our existence and our purposes on this earth.”

Be sure to mark the calendar for “Religion Roundtable,” May 13, and stay tuned weekly for dynamic, groundbreaking discussions with notable and stimulating authors, speakers, teachers, and thinkers as Sankara explores the cutting edge of how the world’s view of religion is evolving.

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