Sunday, 09 April 2017 21:09

What Winners Do

Author Jeff McManus' Blog Who is going to make you more successful in life? A few weeks ago while running in the woods I did a short video to encourage you as I learned from one of the greats John Maxwell.   Feel free to share this video with a friend.  Enjoy.   To Schedule Author Jeff McManus, contact or 662-259-0988.      
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Thursday, 20 October 2016 11:21

UNSHAKEN: Standing Strong in Uncertain Times

Audio Download for Radio DALLAS, Tex., Oct 19, 2016 | TruthPR | -- A brief glance at the headlines on any given day is enough to make anyone unsettled, frustrated, or down right scared of what might happen next! Horrific acts of terrorism, destruction wrought by natural disaster, and economic volatility in world markets are just a few of the headlines that are becoming common in the daily news reports. “As I speak with people around the world, I see more and more believers becoming either paralyzed by fear of the times or by apathy (just waiting for Jesus to return), or caught up in frustration, blame, and anger because of the unrelenting turbulence and uncertainty in the world and their private lives,” states Jeanne Nigro, author of UNSHAKEN: Standing Strong in Uncertain Times (Destiny Image - October 2016). Instead of focusing on the doom and gloom of the usual end-time fare or attempting to navigate the milieu of theological positions on the subject, Jeanne offers anchors for the soul to keep believers standing strong as lights for God in these uncertain times. Even if we lay aside the idea of a global meltdown for a moment and simply take a look behind the closed doors of the average American home, it won’t be surprising to find an environment that is equally as unstable. On a nightly basis, evening television chips away at moral values that once served as a strong foundation for a great nation. Mom and Dad are stretched to the max trying to juggle responsibilities at work and home. Tensions are high as well as debts. Cancer, diseases, and new viruses threaten our lives each day. Many are living life on the edge and know that it could all come tumbling down with the slightest unexpected and unplanned intrusion into their fragile world. With an unwavering belief that personal intimacy with God is the #1 anchor for our souls, Nigro provides not only encouragement, but practical steps for individuals to deepen their relationship with God, as well as an action plan for what they can do now in a world that seems so out of control. Jeanne shares her expertise and insight into the importance of focusing on the biblical feasts, the Millennium, and the Millennial Temple for what they reveal to us about God’s heart, how He sees us, and how that understanding deepens our intimacy with Him and strengthens and prepares us for the days ahead. UNSHAKEN will lead the reader to the very heart of God, empowering them to not just survive, but to thrive, walking on the water with Jesus and experiencing His abundant life regardless of the storm that rages around them. ### Request an Interview Jeanne Nigro is a seasoned teacher, speaking at conferences, retreats, churches, congregations, and professional organizations around the world, and through her television and radio programs, FACETS OF THE STONE. Her messages are relevant, practical, and life-transforming whether she is bringing Old Testament truths to life, healing strongholds of the heart, or preparing believers for Jesus’ return. She is passionate about leading her audiences to experience greater intimacy with God, mobilizing them out of fear, stress, apathy and frustration and into action and purpose in these uncertain times. Her blogs are regularly featured with the Messianic Times, Messianic Jewish Alliance of America, Charisma News, and Christian Leadership Alliance. Prior to her teaching ministry, Jeanne worked as an organizational change consultant for 17 years. She and her family reside in Plano, TX. 
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Monday, 03 October 2016 17:16

October is Domestic Abuse Awareness Month

Audio Download for Radio Redeemed and Restored Bringing Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Survivors Out of the Shadows HOUSTON, Tex., October 4, 2016 | | — Everyone wants the fairy tale, but fairy tales don’t come easy when the marriage is battling to overcome the nightmare of past shame and betrayal. In her newest release Redeemed (Hopeful Hearts Ministry October 2016), Shannon M. Deitz shares the early struggles of her marriage to her husband, Neal, including how they worked to overcome sexual intimacy issues, abusive behaviors toward one another that carried over into their parenting, and the imminent threat of an extramarital affair and divorce. Redeemed reveals the self-destructive behavior Shannon was led into because of the shame of rape and guilt of self-imposed inexcusable sin during her formative years. Deitz, in a gripping and riveting read, unfolds this truth through the continuation of her journey in accepting love, intimacy, worthiness, and forgiveness through the gift of marriage and motherhood.  Redeemed portrays Shannon’s ever strengthening love story with God as she struggles to accept the good gifts He has waiting for her, and the courage it takes to trust God and others, when her spirit has been so deeply wounded by sins of her past.  Few problems are so pervasive, yet shrouded in secrecy, as domestic violence and sexual abuse. The statistics are staggering.  Nearly one in every four women is beaten or raped by a partner during adulthood. One in every four girls and nearly one in every six boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18. Until recent years, these widespread problems were rarely made public. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Deitz, author, speaker, and founder of Hopeful Hearts Ministry, is asking for survivors to step out of the shadows and bring their stories to light. Through the I Have a Voice video project, Dietz encourages survivors to give voice to their pasts. The I Have a Voice project consists of eight intensely moving interrelated videos, all with a collective purpose to help survivors recognize the abuse they have suffered and expose the truth, understand that they are not alone and that the abuse does not define them, and overcome being a victim and realize the full potential of their lives moving forward. Earlier this year, Deitz conducted an online survey that revealed some interesting information regarding domestic abuse survivors. 98% of survivors polled indicated that they had suffered abuse by a family member during childhood. Deitz commented: I found that women who have suffered through domestic violence in past relationships have lost nearly all sense of identity and the natural boundaries that come with simple dignity and self-respect. They suffered mental and psychological abuse before the abuse ever turned physical. The abuse is subtle, mental, verbal, emotional... slowly chipping away at self-confidence. Causing the victim to feel inferior, they often question their rights and boundaries. When someone chooses to step forward and stand up for themselves it often turns physical for the perpetrator to obtain the upper hand and authority. It is typically when abuse turns physical that the victim realizes the true danger they are in. Many survivors of domestic violence also suffered some form of mental and emotional abuse or neglect during their childhood. With this in mind Hopeful Hearts has added a support group program on the topic of boundaries. A self-defense course that includes a focus on inner strength and self-worth is also underway.  The organization has experienced steady growth over the past year recently adding two new Spanish Speaking Peer Support guides to the Hopeful Hearts Ministry team. Now more than ever Deitz is encouraged to move forward with plans to help other communities across the nation, as well as other countries set up a satellite Hopeful Hearts Ministry. There are many requests from across the nation and the globe, which have expressed interest in joining the vision. In one of the videos from the I Have a Voice project, Deitz relives the heartrending memories and feelings related to the abuse she endured by her grandfather.  By allowing herself to be vulnerable and honest during the filming, she believes that others may be stirred to open up about their own “secret” and move past feelings of victimization to focus on the things gained through their adversity.  “Abuse changes things forever, but healing is possible if the choice is made to overcome the victim mentality and work hard to become a survivor,” Deitz stresses. These videos also help raise public awareness by demonstrating both the prevalence and the insidious nature of abuse. Deitz says: Most people don’t realize that domestic violence rarely begins with actual violence. More often, it starts with emotional and verbal abuse. This erodes their self-confidence and self-worth and causes the victim to question their instincts. Ultimately, this dominance turns to violence when the victim begins to show signs of defiance. Most domestic violence fatalities occur when the victim has left the abuser. If you want to help a friend or family member who is living in an abusive situation, remember the dignity and worth of the victim has been worn thin.  This is what causes them to stay. Do not add to the abuse by belittling them because they are unable to see the situation as clearly as you can. ### For more information please visit . About Hopeful HeartsHopeful Hearts Ministry is a faith-based 501 c3 non-profits which supports the long-term recovery of survivors of all forms of abuse through peer support sessions, counseling, programs that empower, and public awareness services. Schedule an Interview
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Castle Quay Books Canada Announces New Children’s Book by Author Tim Huff The Honour Drum: Sharing the Beauty of Canada’s Indigenous People with Children, Families and Classrooms Written by Cheryl Bear and Tim HuffIllustrated by Tim HuffParent and Teacher Discussion Guide by Cheryl BearForewords by Ray Aldred and Steve Bell TORONTO, Canada, September 30, 2016 | | –A great celebration is planned for the launch of award-winning author Tim Huff’s fifth title and third children’s book from Castle Quay Books entitled The Honour Drum: Sharing the Beauty of Canada’s Indigenous People with Children, Families and Classrooms. The event will occur Saturday, October 15th at 10:30 a.m. at The Ontario Science Centre’s Telus Hall. One of the greatest challenges that Indigenous peoples have had to face—and continue to face—is stereotyping. In modern history, movies, television and novels have often perpetuated images and portrayals of North American Indigenous peoples that have been inaccurate, unfair and often unkind. The Honour Drum is a uniquely envisioned and crafted children’s book project shared between Tim Huff and Cheryl Bear, an Indigenous woman and well-known, award-winning singer/songwriter from the West Coast to dispel just such stereotypes. Their work was born from their desire to reach children, families and classrooms across Canada and around the world with a message of honour, respect and a shared truth about the beauty of Indigenous values and traditions. Huff says, “The Honour Drum is a love letter to the Indigenous people of Canada and a humble bow to Indigenous cultures around the world.” This new children’s book follows the pattern of two previous successful titles by Huff in a series called The Children’s Compassion Series. The content is another jewel of perfectly-illustrated themes that encourage children to look at North American Indigenous cultures with excitement and understanding, rather than badly-rooted assumptions, judgment or misunderstanding. Tim is the author of five award-winning titles: Bent Hope: a Street Journal, Dancing with Dynamite: Celebrating Against the Odds (which won Best Canadian Book of the Year award in 2011), The Yuletide Factor: Cause for Perpetual Comfort and Joy and his previous illustrated children’s books, The Cardboard Shack Beneath the Bridge: Helping Children Understand Homelessness and It’s Hard Not to Stare: Helping Children Understand Disabilities, all published by Castle Quay Books.  Cheryl Bear, an acclaimed speaker and teacher, is from the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation community (Bear Clan) in northern British Columbia, Canada. Cheryl has visited several hundred Indigenous communities across North America. She is a multi-award winning singer/songwriter who shares stories of Indigenous life—the joy, sorrow, faith and journey. The October 15th launch event will be highlighted by the presence of The Honourable David C. Onley and features a special performance of original music by Cheryl Bear. There will also be a launch in Vancouver, Saturday, April 8, 2017. The Honour Drum: Sharing the Beauty of Canada’s Indigenous People with Children, Families and Classroomsis available at most bookstores through Ingram International Distributors and from the Castle Quay Books website. ISBN 978-1-927355-64-0 soft cover$12.95 in Canada        40 pages, size 8.5" x 8.5" For author interviews and book launch event details  – Request Guest Tim Huff Distributed by Ingram International Bookstores may Phone: 1-800-937- 8000 Or, for more information visit 
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New Book Release!   “Why is Great-Grandma So Sad?   Discovering the Holocaust Through the Eyes of a Child” This book is primarily written for children ages 7 to 14. It is also intended for readers of any age who may have difficulty reading books having to do with the tragic Holocaust of WWII. This story is presented from the personal perspective of a family in the midst of the Holocaust, without the deep distressing details of the time, but historically correct. Sarah, at the age of seven, does not understand the extreme sadness her great grandmother portrays; prompting her to ask her mother the question, “Why is Great Grandma so sad?”  Her mother decides it is time to relate the Holocaust experience of Great Grandma Hannah which began at the same age as Sarah. This story gives an account of a family experiencing the onset of WWII, ghetto life, being sent to a concentration camp, and the unusual circumstances surrounding their struggle to survive.  Through the dialog Sarah gains a new view of her great grandmother Hannah, as a child. Hannah, through necessity, grows up much too quickly.  While she endures these changes and experiences and especially during times of hiding, her doll Rachael is always there as a confidant and constant companion in her loneliness. Sarah hears also of an unbelievable time when the Jewish people were treated horribly and unfairly.  Sarah comes to realize how the Jews, her own people, demonstrated strength and resilience under pressure with a determination to survive.  This story brings to life the sadness, and the hope, tightly interwoven in the lives of those who survived the Holocaust culminating with a surprise ending. Throughout this dialog Sarah learns along with the child Hannah about a time in history no one should ever forget.  It is the hope of the author those reading this book will also learn the truth of that time and not allow the voices of those who experienced it to be silenced. This particular story of Great Grandma is historical fiction. The family is not real but the experiences are based on the true life war accounts taken from several Survivors of this catastrophe. Susan’s first book is finished, published and available for you now on AMAZON.COM!  It is available in KINDLE and in BOOKS-A-MILLION or Barnes & Noble!  Click on these links to go right to the page for purchase.  Your purchase supports the Holocaust Survivors of Israel. ### About Susan E. Heagy Susan E. Heagy, author of “Why is Great-Grandma So Sad?” is founder and president of Abundant Hope International (AHI), a non-profit organization providing relational and humanitarian aid assistance to Holocaust Survivors in Israel.  AHI offers education to the public sector and global relationships with Survivors of the Shoah. Ms. Heagy has devoted her entire career since 2004 to the philanthropic and nonprofit sector encouraging volunteers to join AHI in assisting the Survivors. She is available to speak on request, educating about the aspects not generally known of the Holocaust of WWII.  She shares the personal war accounts of the individual Survivors with the intent of making sure they are never forgotten. Ms. Heagy is also available for Book Signings for her new book, Why is Great-Grandma So Sad?  You can reach her through the website Contact Page to set a date for your meeting.
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Thursday, 31 March 2016 08:32

Laughter the Best Medicine?

Let Humor Fast Track You to Healthier, Happier Living
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Sunday, 20 March 2016 19:27

Totalitarians In Disguise

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Has there ever been common ground among opposing factions?  Maybe, but it’s seldom, for light cannot dwell with darkness nor can oil cohere with water.        Nowadays there’s a war raging for the realm of ideas, tradition, and beliefs.  For many, there’s no tolerance for such things anymore.      It's human nature to want to live by definition.  We’re defined by this or that and labeled.  We’re born naked, yet undefined.  We’re taught our thoughts, instructed by an outside world.  No one’s born a liberal or conservative, a decent human being or monster, a Genghis Khan, Stalin, Lenin, Hitler, or a Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, a conformist or subverter.        Those who claim to be indifferent, a nonparticipant in the process, fail to understand that every human on Earth is governed by someone or something.  Freedom is at the pinnacle of the spirit’s reach, yet oftentimes it’s difficult to attain.      We often label people Conservatives or Liberals, but what does that mean?      Daniel Webster defined the term “Liberal” to be someone having views or policies advocating individual freedom of action or expression, be it also in the form of representational government rather than aristocracies or monarchies.  A” Liberal” is a person who is free from prejudice or bigotry, one who’s tolerant, or open-minded, characterized by generosity and not strict or rigorous.       As is most things in society today the term’s been subverted, lost its meaning, the polar opposite for many claiming such credence.     A better description of today's striking Liberal, according to Mr.Webster, would be “Totalitarian.” A totalitarian believes in a centralized government and won't tolerate differing opinions in exercising dictatorial control over many aspects of life.  They partake in the exercise of control over freedom, the will, or thoughts of others.      “Conservatives,” on the other hand, are disposed with preserving existing conditions and situations, in restoring traditional ones, and limiting change.  They’re traditional in style or matter, avoiding novelty or showiness.       It's been said “One can’t serve two masters.”  It's always been our choice to take the lead or follow.  The struggle of the mind dates back to the dawn of time when Eve was coerced by deception.  She believed a clever fabrication and consequences ensued.        One could say the birth of totalitarianism was reflected in her son.  Cain, Adam and Eve’s first, a farmer, had a thirst for recognition.  Abel, his younger sibling, was a rancher who no doubt practiced conservatism.        Abel had favor, Cain didn't, and it drove Cain over the edge.  He couldn't stand being left out of the limelight so he extinguished the competition, murdering his brother.        After Cain’s heinous deed he was asked to give an account for his actions and his callous reaction was: “Am I my brother's keeper?”       Deception has been around since the dawn of time.  When you deceive with practice you get quite good at it.  In the political scheme of things, lying seems to be a means of its own and the “gray” is acceptable.  One need only conceive of the term “bait and switch” to understand the tactics Liberals use and the present definition they represent.  Nothing’s what it appears to be with most Liberals and they’ve mastered the art of manipulation.  They seek out the flaws in human nature and scheme with cleverness for gain.        A sense of belonging is innate in us all.  Minorities refer to their own as “Brothers and Sisters,” as do Christians, and those pushing labor unions.  That sense of belonging can be exploited and often is by Liberals, who are often thirsting for domination of the masses.      It's always up to us, to question or trust, to lead, follow, or ignore, yet few take the time to examine the actions of individuals with the magnifying staple of truth.      Liberals are typically bullies - they're everywhere.  They sprout up on the playground, in the classroom, at work, in society, and in politics. Bullies are just that, the standard doesn’t apply nor fit them.   They're all about intimidation, the belittlement of others, and the destruction of any opposing foe.      I once saw two teenage boys wound a small child with a pellet gun as she innocently rode her bike.  I had a choice, as most do, to stand up to the onslaught or be meek and just fade away.        I broke their gun over a tree and the antagonists screamed: “My Dad’s gonna kick your ***!” My reply was: “Get him.” In the end, both boys were punished severely and the little girl's mom thanked me for the intervention. ### Greg Allen’s column, Thinkin’ Out Loud, has been published bi-monthly since 2009.  He’s an author, nationally syndicated columnist and the founder of Builder of the Spirit in Jamestown, Indiana, a non-profit organization aiding the poor.  He can be reached at or follow him on Twitter @GregAllencolumn.
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Tuesday, 22 December 2015 11:43

“Every Now and Then, I Hate Myself…”

Don’t like what you see? Try a new pair of glasses.  CLICK HERE:  Audio Interview available for download and broadcast DALLAS/FT. WORTH, TX, January 4, 2016 | |—From the outside, she has it all together. She’s committed to her family, her friends, and her church. Her Instagram account is an inspiration. But behind every carefully worded post and perfectly posed picture is a woman tormented by the voice in her head: Am I pretty enough? Smart enough? Thin enough? Good enough? Successful enough? Am I ever enough? Author and speaker Elizabeth Oates knows that voice all too well. In her new book, If You Could See As Jesus Sees, (January 2016, Shiloh Run Press) Oates guides women to abandon their negative self-image and begin viewing themselves through a different lens—the sustaining love and character of Christ. “Since I was a child, I constantly wrestled with feelings of self-loathing and self-doubt. I have a hunch that I’m not alone in this struggle,” Oates says. “I think most women—from ages ten to one hundred—wrestle with feelings of inadequacy, doubt, worthlessness, hopelessness, and even self-loathing at some point in their lives. We scorn our bodies, our faces, or our hair. Maybe we even dislike ourselves at our core: our personalities, our gifts, our talents, and our souls. So we spend days, if not years, comparing ourselves to our friends or media celebrities and daydreaming about a different life.” Oates traces womankind’s ongoing self-worth dilemma back to Eve’s encounter with the serpent in the Garden of Eden. Just as Eve believed his lies about God and herself, so do women today view themselves through warped lenses of self-loathing, ugliness, shame, inadequacy, isolation, discontentment, instead of Jesus’ lenses of love, beauty, redemption, belonging, and generosity. This distorted view of self-worth is often fed by both mainstream media and social media, and Christian women are not immune to its pressures. “Have you ever mindlessly surfed Facebook, only to shut your laptop, feeling lonely, useless, and discouraged? I know I have. It seems everyone around me has her life figured out. Everyone has a great career. Everyone is popular. Everyone takes vacations. Everyone’s kids are all-stars,” Oates says. “Meanwhile, the mainstream media floods our culture with impossible and ever-changing standards of beauty. Now, more than ever, women need to see themselves through the unchanging truth of Jesus’ lens.” With humor and grace, Oates explores the common factors that negatively influence a woman’s selfimage. Topics include competition with others, shame over past decisions or memories of past abuse, body image, unforgiveness, rejection, disappointment with life circumstances, and feelings of inadequacy. Oates combines a conversational style and transparency regarding her own self-worth struggles with the “corrective lens” of solid biblical teaching. If You Could See As Jesus Sees is an ideal resource for a small group bible study. Each chapter concludes with a set of questions for both individual and group study. Oates also includes several meaningful exercises that will guide readers in confronting some harsh, sometimes painful truths about their thought patterns, unhealthy behaviors, and relationships. As they bring those hidden things to light, women can experience real transformation through Christ. “The time to step out of the darkness and into the light is now,” Oates says. “Together, as we lean into Jesus and embrace His truth, we can begin to see as Jesus sees.” CLICK HERE:  Audio Interview available for download and broadcast If You Could See As Jesus SeesElizabeth OatesJanuary 2016 / 978-1-63409-512-9 / $14.99Shiloh Run Press More information Biography of Elizabeth Oates Author, If You Could See as Jesus Sees Elizabeth Oates is an author and speaker who encourages, inspires, and equips a new generation of women seeking a deeper relationship with Christ. She is a cliché Generation Xer from a broken home who once searched for purpose and significance apart from Jesus Christ. Today she devotes her life to spreading the message that we are not defined by our past; our God is bigger than our broken family trees and stronger than the sins that weigh us down. Elizabeth’s own story is an example of God’s redeeming power. “My family tree has been plagued with divorce for generations. Along with this marital unrest came addiction, abuse, abandonment, and general dysfunction. Yet over the years, I have learned that I am more than just divorce. At my core, I am a restored child of God,” she says. Elizabeth lives out her faith and passion not only through her writing but in hands-on ministry as well. She and her husband offer pre-marital education to engaged couples through Legacy Family Ministries and also founded Project Restoration Ministry, which offers affordable Christian counseling and mentoring for married couples in Central Texas. Elizabeth’s writing includes a Bible study for teens, Dealing with Divorce: Finding Direction When Your Parents Split Up. Since 2008 she has written a monthly faith column for Waco Today Magazine, and she regularly blogs about life and faith. Elizabeth is among the experts featured in the DivorceCare DVD curriculum along with Dave Ramsey, Anne Graham Lotz, and others. She earned a B.A. from Baylor University and received her M.A. in Christian Education with a focus in Marriage and Family Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. In her “free time,” Elizabeth enjoys reading, rich conversation with friends, and watching God work miracles through the mundane. She and her husband live in Waco with their biological children and their foster daughter, who they will officially adopt in 2016.  ### Contact Information: Diane Morrow 800.927.1517
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