Fireside Stories of Love Life and Laughter
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Real-life stories often inspire those who listen; serving as timeless models of truth. With Fireside Stories, author Mary Hollingsworth has compiled such anecdotes-heartwarming stories that share the personal experiences of both classic and contemporary Christian authors, as well as those of everyday people. Humorous and challenging, these stories will instruct and encourage readers for years to come.
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Josh McDowell is an internationally known speaker, author, and champion of the 'Beyond Belief' Campaign. He is a travelling representative of Campus Crusade for Christ speaking to more than ten million people in at least 84 countries, including 700 university and college campuses.
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Max Lucado loves words - written, spoken - it does not matter. He loves to craft sentences that are memorable, inspiring and hopefully life-changing. In almost 25 years of writing, more than 65 million books filled with his words have been sold.
Max is the only author to have won three Christian Book of the Year awards - in 1999 for Just Like Jesus, in 1997 for In the Grip of Grace, and in 1995 for When God Whispers Your Name. In 2005, Reader's Digest magazine dubbed him 'America's Best Preacher' and in 2004, Christianity Today magazine called him 'America's Pastor.' The product line for 3:16 - The Numbers of Hope sold more than four million units worldwide, including one million units of the book of the same title (released in September 2007), making it the fastest selling Lucado product in his career.
His works have appeared on every major national bestseller list including Publishers Weekly, USA Today, The New York Times, Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, and Christian Booksellers Association. He has been featured in countless media outlets and national broadcasts.
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Birth Place: San Angelo, Texas
Graduate: Andrews High School, Andrews, Texas
BA Mass Communications, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas
MA: Biblical and Related Studies, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas
Associate Minister, Central Church of Christ, Miami, Florida
Church Planning Missionary, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Currently serving as a Preaching Minister, Oak Hills Church, San Antonio, Texas
Teaching Ministry of Max Lucado
In 1991, Max Lucado was presented the idea of developing a radio broadcast that focused solely on Jesus Christ. As a result, the vision for UpWords Ministries was born. Since that time, 'UpWords, with Max Lucado' has changed from a 15 minute, daily feature to an inspirational one minute message. Today, UpWords is heard in over fourteen hundred radio markets around the world.
Along with the inspirational radio program, UpWords provides a comprehensive library of full-length CDs as well as many downloadable audio files of Max's weekly sermons delivered to his home church in San Antonio, Texas.
UpWords exists for the sole purpose of encouraging others to take one step closer to Jesus Christ. The staff of UpWords is prayerfully dedicated to this purpose and is constantly humbled to see God's hand at work.
Charles R. Swindoll is senior pastor of Stonebriar Community Church, Frisco, Texas, and host of a leading program in Christian broadcasting, Insight for Living which airs in major Christian and non-Christian radio markets throughout the world and to a growing web-cast audience.
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Tony Campolo is professor emeritus of Socilogy at Eastern University,St.Davids, Pennsylvania. He is the founder of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, an organisation that develops schools and social programs in various third world countries and in cities across North America. Dr Campolo is an ordained minister and is presently the associate pastor of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia. He is the author of 33 books including Letters to a Young Evangelical and Everybody Wants to Change the World. He is media commentator on religious, social and political matters and is regularly appears on television and hosts a weekly radio program in England. Publisher.
Hollingsworth has written more than 60 adult and children's books, animated videos and CD-ROM's. Sales of her books now exceed 5 million copies including My Little Bible and The International Children's Story Bible, which have each received the ECPA's Gold Book Award. She also wrote Hugs For Women, which climbed the best-selling Christian gift book charts in 1998. SHe is the author of Just Imagine, Barney's first picture book, which sold 1.3 million copies. Mary serves as an editor, co-author and/or ghost writer on projects for Christian publishing houses. She is currently a managing editor.