Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Barry Cooper about Life Explored (The Good Book Company, 2016).
About the Resource: Life Explored is an exciting new way to share the gospel in today's highly visual culture. Developed by Christianity Explored Ministries, the seven interactive sessions are based on stunning videos shot all over the globe.
Life Explored will help people uncover what they’re really living for, and shows how, in Christ, God meets our deepest desire for happiness. Each session explores an aspect of God’s character. We see that the God of the Bible is good, trustworthy, generous, liberating, fulfilling, life-giving and joyful. And ultimately we see that the greatest pleasure in life is enjoying God himself.
This exciting, new outreach course can be run before or after Christianity Explored or Alpha and is perfect for anyone looking for answers to life's big questions. It will also provoke good discussions among those who know and love Jesus.
About the Author: Barry Cooper was born in Epsom, Surrey, and studied English Language and Literature at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. After graduating, he trained at the Webber Douglas Academy in London and began a six year acting career that included work at Shakespeare's Globe and the National Theater. More recently, he completed his Masters degree in theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago, and an internship with Mark Dever at Capitol Hill Baptist Church. He was one of the core team who planted Trinity West Church in Shepherd’s Bush, UK, where he’s now a member. He’s authored or co-authored numerous books and resources including Christianity Explored, Discipleship Explored, One Life, If You Could Ask God One Question, CY, The Real Jesus, and Can I Really Trust The Bible? As well as blogging at Future Perfect, Present Tense, he’s written for Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, 9Marks and ExploreGod.com. Barry is the Director of Product Development at Christianity Explored Ministries.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Gary Wilkerson about his book David Wilkerson: The Cross, the Switchblade, and the Man Who Believed (Zondervan, 2014).
About the Book: This is the story of David Wilkerson, the man who believed against the odds that God could do great things in the rejected and ignored of New York City, who refused to give up on those on the streets even when they had given up on themselves, and who saw in the eyes of the drug addicts and gang members what others failed to see—the love of Jesus Christ.
But who was David Wilkerson? Many Christians don’t really know. More often than not, we saw the fruit of his faith in God rather than the man himself.
When Wilkerson moved to New York from rural Pennsylvania in 1958 to confront the gangs who ran the streets, he was a skinny, 120-pound man. After the initial publicity that brought him face to face with some of the most dangerous young men of the city, he largely flew under the radar of the media, using the Word of God and a bit of tough love to help men and women of the street escape the destructive spiral of drugs and violence. Wilkerson was always the real deal, full of passion and conviction, not interested in what others said was the “right” or political thing to do.
Wilkerson later founded the Times Square Church, now a non-denominational mega-church of 8,000 members, to this day a crossroads for those battling sin, drugs, and pornography, and a place where the message of Christ is discussed. He created the faith-based program Teen Challenge to wean addicts off drugs, and then World Challenge, dedicated since its beginning to promoting and spreading the Gospel throughout the world. Both now have branches worldwide, continuing the work that God began in the life of one man who believed
David Wilkerson was a man of faith who trusted God would give him what he needed to enter a world of crime and killing. He was a man of conviction who took the dream God gave him and marched forward without ever looking back. And he was a man of vision who could not be shaken from his beliefs—sometimes even when counseled otherwise. David Wilkerson was the preacher of New York City.
About the Author: Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the lead pastor of The Springs Church, which he and others launched in 2009 and has grown rapidly by God's grace. Gary travels nationally and internationally to conduct conferences for pastors, missionaries and Christian workers and to oversee mission ventures including church plants, orphanages, health clinics and feeding programs among the poor and unreached people of the world. Gary and his wife, Kelly, have four children and live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Rob Teigen about his book A Dad's Prayers for His Daughter: Praying for Every Part of Her Life.
About the Book: From the moment your little girl was born, you knew you were going to be doing a lot of praying. But you may wonder, What exactly should I be praying for?
Now the authors of 88 Great Daddy-Daughter Dates show you how to pray for every area of your daughter's life. Rob and Joanna Teigen give you a strong foundation to build a lifelong habit of prayer for your daughter with a collection of specific prayers you can use to get started right now. They include engaging stories from well-known authors like Joe Stowell, Bill Farrel, Ted Cunningham, Jim Samra, and others. And they explain a bit more of what girls go through growing up, including stress, purity issues, social pressure, modesty challenges, spiritual growth, and more.
Remember: just because you don't always understand your daughter doesn't mean that God doesn't! Start asking for his guidance, protection, and blessings today.
About the Author: Rob Teigen has been a publishing professional for more than fifteen years and is the author of three joke books, including Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids (under the pseudonym Rob Elliott). He and his wife, Joanna Teigen, are the parents of a teenage son and three younger daughters. They are the authors of 88 Great Daddy-Daughter Dates and live in West Michigan.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Michael A. Milton about his book The Secret Life of a Pastor (and other intimate letters on ministry). Here are some of the topics we cover in the interview:
About the Book: Living a life of Christian service is tough. Quite rightly we can have big hopes for what can be done and dealing with discouragement and disappointment when these dreams shatter can be a painful experience. Michael Milton has a real heart for those who are beginning that work, this heart comes out in brief, honest, penetrating letters that are gold for a pastor just starting out, and remain tremendously helpful to the rest of us, as we seek to serve Christ in our daily lives.
About the Author: Michael A. Milton, is a Presbyterian minister, U.S. Army chaplain, and educator. His record of service includes senior minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Dr Milton resides in North Carolina.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with John Burke about his New York Times bestselling book Imagine Heaven: Near-Death Experiences, God's Promises, and the Exhilarating Future That Awaits You.
About the Book: 1 out of 25 Americans has had a near-death experience. Do they reveal the Heaven of the Bible?
All of us long to know what life after death will be like. Bestselling author John Burke is no exception. In Imagine Heaven, he compares more than one hundred gripping stories of near-death experiences (NDEs) to what Scripture says about our biggest questions of Heaven: Will I be myself? Will I see friends and loved ones? What will Heaven look like? What is God like? What will we do forever? What about children and pets?
Burke shows how the common experiences shared by thousands of near-death survivors--including doctors, college professors, bank presidents, people of all ages and cultures, and even blind people--point to the exhilarating picture of Heaven promised in the Bible.
This thrilling journey into the afterlife will make you feel like you've been there, forever changing the way you view the life to come--and the way you live your life today. You'll discover Heaven is even more amazing than you've ever imagined
About the Author: John Burke is the New York Times bestselling author of Imagine Heaven, No Perfect People Allowed, Soul Revolution, and Unshockable Love. The founder with his wife, Kathy, of Gateway Church in Austin, Texas, John is also the president of Gateway Leadership Initiative (GLI), a nonprofit organization. As an international speaker, John has addressed hundreds of thousands of people in twenty countries on topics of leadership and spiritual growth. He and his family live in Austin, Texas.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Jann Gray about her book Illuminated Journaling: Giving Creative Expression to Your Faith.
About the Book: Illuminated Journaling is written to challenge Christ Followers to stretch the boundaries of how they have typically studied God's Word so they might experience a deeper, richer and more personal relationship with God by lending authentic and creative expression to their faith. If the Bible is God's introduction of Himself to His children, a love letter to His followers and an instruction book for living a life pleasing to Him.
The practice of illuminated journaling provides a tangible way for us to communicate back to Him that we have heard His voice, that we are in love with Him too and perhaps, most importantly, that we want to give a gift back to Him that is filled with genuine praise and appreciation for Who He is and what He has done for us.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Hettie Brittz about her new book unNatural Mom: Why You Are the Perfect Mom for Your Kids (David C. Cook, 2016).
About the Book: unNatural Mom gives you permission to say that mothering doesn't always come naturally to you. Parenting expert and self-proclaimed unnatural mom Hettie Brittz helps you:
In Christ, the unnatural mom becomes the supernatural mom who is just right for her family.
About the Author: Hettie Brittz is an author, international speaker, and one of South Africa’s foremost voices on parenting advice. She is the developer of the Evergreen Parenting Course and Tall Trees Profiles. Hettie and her husband, Gospel singer Louis Brittz, live in South Africa with their three children.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Simonetta Carr about her new book Michelangelo for Kids: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities (Chicago Review Press, 2016).
About the Book:
Michelangelo Buonarroti—known simply as Michelangelo—has been called the greatest artist who has ever lived. His impressive masterpieces astonished his contemporaries and remain some of today’s most famous artworks. Young readers will come to know Michelangelo the man as well as the artistic giant, following his life from his childhood in rural Italy to his emergence as a rather egotistical teenager to a humble and caring old man. They’ll learn that he did exhausting, back-breaking labor to create his art yet worked well, even with humor, with others in the stone quarry and in his workshop. Michelangelo for Kids offers an in-depth look at his life, ideas, and accomplishments, while providing a fascinating view of the Italian Renaissance and how it shaped and affected his work.
Budding artists will come to appreciate Michelangelo’s techniques and understand exactly what made his work so great. Twenty-one creative, fun, hands-on activities illuminate Michelangelo’s various artistic mediums as well as the era in which he lived. Kids can: make homemade paint, learn the cross-hatching technique used by Michelangelo, make an antique statue, build a model fortification, compose a Renaissance-style poem, and much more.
About the Author:
Award-winning author Simonetta Carr was born in Italy and has lived and worked in different cultures. She worked first as elementary school teacher and then as home-schooling mother for many years. Besides writing books, she has contributed to newspapers and magazines around the world and has translated the works of several authors from English into Italian and viceversa. Presently, she lives in San Diego with her husband Thomas and two of her eight children. She is a member and Sunday School teacher at Christ United Reformed Church.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with William Boekestein about several great resources that will help you introduce your kids to the historic confessions of the Christian faith.
About the Books:
The Glory of Grace: The Story of the Canons of Dort - An important confession of the reformed churches for hundreds of years, the Canons of Dort teach clearly that salvation is by grace alone through Christ alone. yet some people may find it an intimidating document and wonder why it was even written. In The Glory of Grace, William Boekestein and evan hughes help our children understand the difficult challenges the churches in the netherlands faced in the Arminians’ distortion of the gospel message. in this story about the Synod of Dort (1618), children will learn about the history and ideas that formed the Canons of Dort and come to a greater appreciation of this great treasure of the reformed faith and its emphasis on the glory of god in graciously saving sinners.
Faithfulness Under Fire: The Story of Guido de Bres - The life of Guido de Bres teaches us that we can find enduring hope in the gospel of Jesus Christ, even during persecution. Author William Boekestein sensitively tells the story of de Bres for children, guiding them through his turbulent life and times--from his birth in 1522 in a small Belgium town, to his call to the ministry and study under Reformers such as John Calvin and Theodore Beza, to his authorship of the Belgic Confession and a life of suffering, to his martyr's death in 1567. Skillfully crafted illustrations and an easy-to-understand narrative combine to capture the interests--and admiration--of the entire family for this amazing Reformation hero.
The Quest for Comfort: The Story of the Heidelberg Catechism - The Heidelberg Catechism has been taught to children for hundreds of years, encouraging them to seek Christ as their true source of comfort. But how did this catechism get written? In The Quest for Comfort, William Boekestein and Evan Hughes combine history and art to retell the events that led to making the catechism. By sharing the stories of Caspar Olevianus, Zacharias Ursinus, and Frederick III and how they came to Heidelberg, children will gain a greater appreciation of the Christian faith as it is expressed in the Heidelberg Catechism.
About the Authors:
William Boekestein is the pastor of Immanuel Fellowship Church in Kalamazoo, MI. He has authored several books including Why Christ Came: 31 Meditations on the Incarnation (with Joel Beeke), and (for children) Faithfulness under Fire: The Story of Guido de Bres, The Quest for Comfort: The Story of the Heidelberg Catechism, and The Glory of Grace: The Story of the Canons of Dort.
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Evan Hughes is an illustrator and graphic designer. He and his wife Kate live in Scranton, Pennsylvania with their two sons.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Tom Thompson about his book Kick Start: A Story of Overcoming Life's Obstacles to Inspire You to Kick Start Your Future.
About the Book:
A true story of overcoming obstacles to score in the most important game of all—life. Tom Thompson’s journey was fraught with many obstacles and setbacks from a very early age. From a broken home and the early death of his father, to divorce, financial stress, and physical injuries as an adult…it seemed to be one thing after another. Was this the way life was meant to be lived? Along the way, Tom’s life intersected with and was influenced by an assortment of fascinating characters including martial arts champion and legend, Chuck Norris, Elvis and Priscilla Presley, and president of the United States, George W. Bush. His is a remarkable story of stamina and faith, and of overcoming the odds to become the first over-60 NCAA football player. And his example will inspire the reader to Kick Start their life at any age.
About the Author:
DR. EMMET C. (TOM) THOMPSON, II is a speaker, businessman, educator, and football coach. On November 14, 2009, he became the first over-60 NCAA football player.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with
Tom Gilson about his new book Critical Conversations: A Christian Parents' Guide
to Discussing Homosexuality with Teens (Kregel
About the Book:
Christian parents need to be prepared to answer the myriad challenges teens might hear in today’s increasingly pro homosexual culture. “Why shouldn’t gays get married?” “Who says gay sex is wrong?” “Does the Bible actually say there’s anything wrong with homosexuality?” “Don’t you care that kids are being bullied just for being themselves?”
To start the discussion, Gilson provides a brief history of the issues beginning with the sexual revolution of the 1960s. He explains how and why cultural attitudes have reversed on this subject in such a short timespan, leaving Christians scrambling for answers.
This is perhaps the most complicated and contentious issue Christians face in today’s culture. Most churches are poorly equipped to handle it; parents are even less prepared. The good news is that parents need not have pat answers ready before they dive into conversations with their teens and preteens on this difficult topic. Learning together―parents struggling through these issues alongside their kids and leading them to biblical answers― has relational benefits.
Answers are important, though, so manageable, nontechnical answers to common questions surrounding this issue are provided, as well as a guide to further resources.
About the Author:
Tom Gilson is the Senior Editor and Ministry Coordinator specializing in Christian apologetics and inspiration for the daily online news and insight website The Stream (stream.org). Previously he had served with the Ratio Christi Campus Apologetics Alliance. He is the monthly Worldview and You columnist at BreakPoint Online, and has written articles for Discipleship Journal, Touchstone Magazine, and Salvo. He blogs at Thinking Christian (thinkingchristian.net). When not studying or writing he enjoys canoeing, sailing, and long walks in the woods. He lives with wife Sara and their two college-aged children in Lebanon, Ohio.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Paul R. House about his book Bonhoeffer's Seminary Vision: A Case for Costly Discipleship and Life Together (Crossway, 2015).
About the Book:
Dietrich Bonhoeffer is best known for his role in a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler and his subsequent execution at the hands of the Nazis. However, most of us are less familiar with his tireless work educating seminary students for a life of pastoral ministry—a role that occupied him for most of his adult life.
Anchored in a variety of influential lectures, personal letters, and major works such as The Cost of Discipleship and Life Together, this book attempts to recover a largely unexamined part of Bonhoeffer’s life, exploring his philosophy and practice of theological education in his original context. It then builds on this foundation to address the drift toward increasingly impersonal educational models in our own day, affirming the value of personal, face-to-face seminary education for the health of pastors and churches.
About the Author:
Paul R. House (PhD, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as a professor of divinity at Beeson Divinity School and has been a pastor-teacher in churches, Christian colleges, and seminaries for over 30 years. He is a past president of the Evangelical Theological Society and an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature. House lives in Birmingham, Alabama.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Bruce Ashford about his and Chris Pappalardo's new book One Nation Under God: A Christian Hope for American Politics (B&H Academic, 2015).
About the Book:
Is it possible to be passionate about the gospel and care deeply about politics? Can we engage in politics responsibly, confidently, graciously—even Christianly?
When it comes to politics, Christians today seem lost and confused. Many Christians desire to relate their faith to politics but simply don’t know how. This book exists to equip the reader to apply Christianity to politics with both grace and truth, with both boldness and humility.
Politics is not an evil arena to be avoided. Neither is it our only avenue for impacting society. The reality is much more complex and, oddly enough, much more promising.
About the Author:
Bruce Riley Ashford is Provost / Dean of the Faculty at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also serves as Professor of Theology and Culture. He is a Fellow in Theology at the St. George's Center for Biblical and Public Theology (Ontario, Canada) and a Research Fellow at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.
He is the co-author of One Nation Under God: A Christian Hope for American Politics (B&H, 2015), the author of Every Square Inch: An Introduction to Cultural Engagement for Christians (Lexham, 2015), and the editor of Theology and Practice of Mission (B&H, 2011). His forthcoming books are I Am Going: To the Nations and In the Streets (B&H, Summer 2017), The Problem with American Politics (Fall 2017), The Doctrine of Creation (IVP, Spring 2017), and For the King: One Story, One Gospel, One Mission (Baker, Fall 2017).
He has appeared on the Eric Metaxas Show, the Pat Williams Show, In the Market with Janet Parshall, Janet Mefferd Today, Chris Fabry Live!, and other nationally syndicated shows. His writing has been featured by Fox News, First Things Magazine, The Daily Caller, The Blaze, Canon & Culture, and other national outlets.
His research interests include theology and culture, public theology, theology of mission, theological method, and contemporary theology. He is married to Lauren, with whom he has two daughters (Riley Noelle, Anna Katherine) and a son (John Paul Kuyper). He is an elder at The Summit Church (Raleigh-Durham, NC).
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Brian Godawa about The Dragon King: First Emperor of China (Chronicles of the Watchers Book 1).
About the Book:
Two Epic Storytellers and a Clash of Ancient Cultures
Brian Godawa, best-selling author of ancient historical fantasy, teams up with Charlie Wen, Co-founder/Head of Visual Development for Marvel Studios, to tell an action-adventure romance rooted in the ancient history and spiritual reality of China.
Written through the Watcher paradigm that was familiar to readers of Chronicles of the Nephilim.
East Eats West
It’s 220 B.C. The ancient Western Empire is crumbling. In a desperate bid to save his throne, the Greek Seleucid king over Babylon sends his son, Antiochus, a dishonored warrior, into the mysterious land of the Far East to capture a mythical creature that will give him absolute power: a dragon.
Antiochus takes with him his longtime friend, Balthazar, a member of the Magi order of Babylon, responsible for both the religion and science of the empire. But Balthazar also carries with him a dangerous secret that could destroy Antiochus’ plans and plunge the world into chaos.
They sail beyond their maps into the mysterious and uncharted Eastern Orient. They are discovered and escorted inland to the empire of Ch’in (now known as China), ruled by the first emperor, Ch’in Shi Huang Di. The emperor is a brutal ruler and is on the edge of insanity in a mad quest to find the elixir of immortality.
Antiochus meets and falls in forbidden love with a beautiful concubine of the emperor, Mei Li. But she also harbors a secret that can bring down the mad emperor. It’s the truth of China’s spiritual past that is mysteriously connected to the ancient Tower of Babel.
And there are spiritual principalities and powers who seek to stop them all. These are the Watchers, who have their own plans to rule the world. Finding and capturing a dragon is the least of Antiochus’ difficulties in this action-adventure clash of cultures and war of gods.
Part of the Historical Fantasy Series Chronicles of the Watchers
The Dragon King is the first book of the Historical Fantasy Series, Chronicles of the Watchers that charts the influence of spiritual principalities and powers over the course of human history. The kingdoms of man in service to the gods of the nations at war. Completely based on ancient historical and mythological research.
About the Author:
Brian Godawa has been a professional writer and filmmaker for over 15 years. His creative versatility was born of a passion for both intellect and imagination, both left-brain and right-brain. The result: Brian is an artisan of word, image, and story that engages heart, mind, and soul. Just think, “Renaissance Man.”
Filmmaker. As an award-winning screenwriter, his first feature film was To End All Wars, starring Kiefer Sutherland. But his skills and experience quickly expanded to include writing and directing feature films, documentaries and video promotionals.
Author. But Brian is also an author and international speaker on art, movies, worldviews, and faith. His popular book, Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment, is used as a textbook in schools around the country. He is a contributing scholarly writer to various journals and professional orgs, and his articles on movies and philosophy have been published around the world. His Chronicles series of novels are his most important contribution by incarnating his worldview and theology in narrative unlike anything you’ve read before.
When he isn’t reading, watching movies, or loving on his wife, he is reading, watching movies, or loving on his wife. He knows, he knows: He should get out more.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! I had the chance to catch up with Christian music artist Jean Watson at NRB 2016 in Nashville. In the interview she gives us an update on the fan response to her recent album Steady My Gaze.
About The Album:
Steady My Gaze features an abundance of Celtic-infused violin, Watson's signature haunting vocals, along with the special treat of stellar fret-work from master guitarist, Phil Keaggy and guest vocals from Tree63's John Ellis!
About The Artist:
Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and classically trained violinist Jean Watson delved into the Christian recording world in 2003. During a time of great brokenness in Jean’s life, her landlord accidentally heard her sing and donated money to make her first CD! She gave the CD away to anyone who would listen and soon was singing and speaking in churches, coffeehouses, homeless shelters, and prisons, sharing the story of how God was transforming her life.
Since that time, Jean’s voice and testimony of God's grace and healing have touched thousands of lives around the world. She has recorded seven albums to date including her latest CD, Steady My Gaze featuring Grammy nominated producer Billy Smiley, guitar virtuoso Phil Keaggy, and John Ellis of ‘Tree63’.
Jean’s musical style is eclectic and features an abundance of celtic-infused violin and Watson’s signature haunting vocals. She has been honored four times as the Best Female Praise and Worship Artist USA by the UK Christian Music Alliance. Watson can be heard worldwide on UCB Radio Ireland where she hosts a daily inspirational radio show. Watson has appeared on The 700 Club, TBN's Praise The Lord, Cornerstone Television Network's flagship show, Real Life, LeSea TV's The Harvest Show, CTN's Bridges and many more media outlets across the globe.
Though her ministry is now international, Jean is still passionate about bringing hope to the hopeless through words and music. Having performed in majestic cathedrals and grand concert halls, her favorite venues are still homeless shelters and prisons. When she is not traveling, Jean enjoys playing violin in the Kalamazoo Symphony, spending time with her family, and riding her horse, Rosie.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! I had the chance to catch up with Christian music artist Cheri Keaggy at NRB 2016 in Nashville. In the interview she gives us an update on the fan response to her recent album No Longer My Own.
About The Album:
No Longer My Own seeks to embolden fellow sojourners of the faith to live more fearlessly for Christ. Perhaps that sentiment is best expressed in the album's title cut, a song inspired by the "Covenant Prayer" popularized by John Wesley.
Listeners can look forward to such vertically oriented songs of celebration as "Lucky To Be Breathing Your Air," prayerful petitions like "Jesus, One and Only," poignant ballads like "You Go Before," and the powerful anthem, "Overcome," a response to recent news reports of believers facing persecution, even unto death, and the increase of moral decay in our nation. She also enlists her uncle, Grammy nominee and Dove Award winner Phil Keaggy, who contributes a jubilant ukulele track in the lighthearted Scripture song, "Whatever is True (Phil. 4:8)."
Keaggy employed the innovative Kickstarter crowd-source business model to fund the project, joining such high profile Christian recording artists as Carman, Shaun Groves, John Schlitt, Five Iron Frenzy and Thousand Foot Krutch, who also used the outside-the-box service to fund recent projects. Keaggy is no stranger to the business model, having successfully employed Kickstarter to raise nearly $25,000 to fund her 2012 release, So I Can Tell.
While Keaggy admits to being both humbled and excited by the number of doors that opened for ministry through concerts, church services, women's events, TV appearances, interviews, and radio airplay as a direct result of So I Can Tell, she insists the story is far from over. With a quiver full of new songs burning in her soul, Keaggy prays No Longer My Own will inspire and embolden fellow saints to live more fearlessly for Christ.
About The Artist:
Cheri Keaggy began her career as a worship leader at a small church in Southern California before recording her debut album on Sparrow Records, Child of the Father, in 1994. Honored with a Dove Award nomination for New Artist of the Year, Keaggy has gone on to record eight additional albums, resulting in nine No. 1 songs, three Dove Award nominations and a Dove Award win. After more than two decades in music, her ministry has expanded to include speaking engagements as well.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Lisa Murray about her new book Peace for a Lifetime: Embracing a Life of Hope, Wholeness, and Harmony Through Emotional Abundance.
About the Book:
What image best describes your life?
A well-nourished, deeply-rooted, overflowing shade tree?
Or a shriveled-up, fallen-down, hollowed-out stump?
We know what a tree needs in order to thrive. Just take away the water, the sun, the soil and watch what happens. The nutrients a tree is given determines how healthy and vibrant that tree will grow.
The same is true for people. If we are not planted properly or given the nutrients necessary for our overall health and functioning, we too, will struggle to survive. We will wind up empty, resentful, exhausted. The opposite of anything deeply rooted or overflowing.
Emotional abundance means we are living deeply rooted, overflowing lives. Our relationships are strong and we are creating a life of peace.
So how do we build a life of emotional abundance? How do we experience a life of peace?
Lisa Murray shares the answer to these questions. Through personal and professional experience, Lisa discovered how to take the broken pieces of life and find indestructible peace with herself, God and with others, and she passionately shares her breakthrough in this timely, well-written, book.
Through Lisa and other’s stories you’ll realize that you can experience the life for which you long. You can experience abundance beyond anything you can imagine. You can experience peace, not just for today, not just for tomorrow.
You can experience peace —for a lifetime!
About the Author:
Lisa Murray is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in spiritual, emotional, and relational healing as well as a full spectrum of mental health issues. As a result of her own personal and professional experiences, Lisa is passionate about helping others find healing and wholeness in their lives as they learn to embrace a life of abundance and peace.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Mark Antonacci about his recent book Test the Shroud.
About the Book:
Mark Antonacci makes compelling arguments about many prominent points in Test the Shroud. His accurate description of all the unique features on the Shroud of Turin allows him to convincingly argue that this is the authentic burial cloth of Jesus Christ. He presents a very testable hypothesis that particle radiation emanating from the dead, crucified body wrapped within this burial cloth caused its unprecedented, full-length body images, its still-red blood marks, its erroneous carbon dating and so many other unforgeable features. He even describes advanced scientific testing techniques that could be applied to this burial cloth and its human bloodstains that could demonstrate whether a miraculous event actually occurred; when it happened; where it happened; the actual age of the burial cloth and its bloodstains, and the identity of the victim.
He contends that we live in a singular moment of history. These new scientific test results combined with previous unparalleled evidence would prove that the passion, crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
About the Author:
Mark Antonacci is an attorney and author who has studied all aspects of the Shroud for 34 years. He wrote The Resurrection of the Shroud (New York: M. Evans and Co., 2000), the most comprehensive book ever written on the Shroud until his landmark book, Test the Shroud, was published in 2015.
He gave the keynote address at the international conference held in Italy in conjunction with the Shroud’s exhibition in 2010 in which he proposed that a new series of sophisticated, minimally-invasive tests be performed on the Shroud at the atomic and molecular levels of this famous burial cloth. He has written the leading scientific hypothesis that not only explains the Shroud’s body images, but also its radiocarbon dating, its excellent condition, its pristine human blood marks, their still-red coloration, the possible outer side imaging, coin features and flower images, skeletal features and all of its other unique features.
This hypothesis has been published in a peer reviewed scientific journal, and although it involves a miraculous event consistent with the resurrection, its occurrence can be scientifically tested. He asserts that these proposed tests could prove whether the Shroud was irradiated with particle radiation; whether the source was the length, width and depth of the crucified corpse in the cloth; when this event happened; where it occurred; the age of the Shroud and its blood; and the identity of the victim. He asserts this technology could also test all other natural or artistic explanations for the Shroud’s images or its radiocarbon dating.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Israel and Brook Wayne about their new book Pitching' a Fit!: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting (New Leaf Press, 2016).
About the Book:
ANGER DESTROYS FAMILIES. You don’t have to let it destroy yours.
Parenting comes with stresses that can make the most laid-back among us feel irritable, frustrated, and angry. Even parents who sincerely love their children sometimes use the wrong methods of anger and frustration in an attempt to control their children. But angry parenting doesn’t just weaken relationships between parents and their children; it can, over time, destroy them. Few parents set out to become yelling meanies who no longer enjoy their children. Yet many feel stuck, unable to pull themselves out of their ugly habits. This book:
If anger is in your home even in small ways this book is for you. It is time to replace that anger with something more powerful: patience and peace. Israel and Brook share candidly from their experience as parents.
About the Authors:
Brook Wayne has a desire to point parents to raise their children with a biblical worldview. Brook is a well-received author and conference speaker, as well as a full-time homeschooling mother. Together with her husband Israel Wayne they are raising their nine children and are founders of Family Renewal.
Israel Wayne is an author and conference speaker who has a passion for defending the Christian faith and promoting a Biblical worldview. The author of Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview, Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family-Based Discipleship, Questions God Asks and Questions Jesus Asks.
Israel, and his wife Brook, are homeschooling their nine children in SW Michigan. Since 1995, Israel has traveled the nation speaking on family, homeschooling, revival, discipleship, and cultural issues.
He is a frequent guest on national radio and television programs. Israel has been featured in national and international publications including TIME Magazine, The Arizona Republic, WORLD Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. Israel has been featured as the keynote speaker at numerous conferences, some with over 5,000 in attendance.
Israel serves as the Director of Family Renewal, LLC and is the Site Editor for ChristianWorldview.net (a Christian apologetics site).
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Melodie Tunney and Bonnie Keen of First Call about their new album Second Birth.
About Second Birth:
Melodie Tunney, Bonnie Keen and Marty McCall have come together to record a brand new EP, appropriately entitled Second Birth. The six-song project, slated for release later this year, will thrill fans of the group's pristine harmonies and introduce a whole new generation to First Call's signature sound, which has been likened to mainstream supergroup Manhattan Transfer.
About First Call:
The vocal trio of Melodie Tunney, Bonnie Keen and Marty McCall were considered the "first call" background vocalists and commercial jingle singers by studio producers in Nashville, Tennessee during the mid-1980s. Their pristine vocals soon compelled them into the spotlight, resulting in a 30+ year career that included has 13 recorded projects with Word Records and Warner Alliance, earned the group three Dove awards, five Grammy award nominations, and multiple national and international tours.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with my buddy John Schlitt about John Schlitt Ministries, his new book Why, and a brand new album called The Union of Sinners and Saints.
In “WHY,” John Schlitt relates his discovery of why God won’t let him stop singing and ministering to the Body of Christ. His search for his “why” is an encouragement to every reader to find his or her “why.” The book includes emails from fans, song lyrics from John’s Petra days and his own recording projects.
About The Union of Sinners and Saints:
"The idea of a new project really intrigued both of us," Schlitt declares. "With our histories, it only made sense to feature Petra and Whiteheart favorites along with the new songs that we were writing in the studio."
Smiley adds, "John and I got together last fall and started writing some songs and reminisced over both of our histories and journeys. With the chemistry and friendship that developed, we also started brainstorming about taking this new material we were creating out on the road in 2016."
Fans can look forward to the release of the new CD project, available exclusively at Lifeway Stores and digitally on iTunes worldwide. The project will feature eight new compositions and updated versions of Petra and Whiteheart classics.
Joining Schlitt and Smiley in the studio is Anthony Sallee of Whiteheart on bass, new artist Jason Fowler on guitar and vocals, Steve Brewster (Peter Cetera) on drums, Jonathan Crone on guitar, and John Ellis, lead singer from Tree63, on guitar and vocals.
Smiley is producing the record and bringing in on select songs an all-star cast of musicians including Brian Wooten (Whiteheart, Trace Adkins) on guitar, Chris McHugh (Whiteheart, Keith Urban) on drums, Brennan Smiley (The Technicolors) on guitar, Peter Furler (Newsboys) on drums and vocals, and Dave Ellefson (Megadeth) on bass.
Richie Biggs (Whiteheart, Petra, and The Civil Wars) is mixing the record.
About John Schlitt:
John Schlitt is known for his career as the lead singer of Christian rock band Petra from 1986 until the band’s retirement in late 2005. Prior to joining Petra in 1986, Schlitt was the vocalist for Head East.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Lucas Miles about his brand new book Good God: The One We Want to Believe in but Are Afraid to Embrace (Worthy Publishing, 2016).
About the Book:
Good God introduces the God we all want to believe in but have been too fearful to embrace. With the Bible as his guide, Lucas Miles takes readers on a journey, tipping over some sacred cows along the way, to uncover the lost and forgotten nature of the Creator of the Universe and discover a real relationship with him through the person of Jesus Christ: God's goodness incarnate.
About the Author:
Lucas Miles is a writer, speaker, life coach, film producer, and senior pastor of Oasis Granger, a church community he and his wife, Krissy, planted in 2004. He is also president of the Oasis Network for Churches, which services churches in more than ten countries. Lucas is also the principal and founder of Miles Media, Inc., and is committed to creating films with a purpose. Lucas and Krissy have been married since 2001 and reside in Granger, Indiana with their Doberman, Kenya.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode you'll get to hear my conversation with the amazing Caspar McCloud from NRB 2016. We discuss his upcoming album The Communion Project and his upcoming book Unmasking the Future.
About Caspar McCloud:
Caspar McCloud is an accomplished portrait artist, as well as an equestrian, he is also a virtuoso guitarist, singer, and songwriter, as well as ordained minister, and author. He signed to Atlantic Records after leaving his home in England for New York City and was touted as the next Jimi Hendrix by Ahmet Ertegun, the CEO of Atlantic Records. As an accomplished musician, he has completed several projects over the years, since his first UK release Messin Round, In Adoration, The Living Word, Soul Saved, and In Our Life Time with his band, Caspar McCloud and the Ministry of Three.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Terry Brennan about his new novel The Aleppo Code (Kregel, 2015).
About the Book:
Will the code reveal history's most powerful weapon for destruction--or humanitys only hope?
The living members of Tom Bohannon's band of adventurers gather again in Jerusalem--physically battered, emotionally exhausted, spiritually challenged, and in various stages of shock--to examine a copy of the tenth-century Aleppo Code, the oldest complete text of Jewish scripture. What the clues inside reveal could lead to the reuniting of the Ark of the Covenant with its true source of power, a weapon that could lead to victory for this ragged bunch trying to save the world.
Hunted by the relentless assassins of the Prophet's Guard and caught in the web of an international conspiracy plotting the conquest of Europe, Bohannon's team searches the ruins of Ancient Babylon. Their search lands them amid the chaos that engulfs western Iraq, but they must press on to accomplish one of the most pivotal pieces of end-times prophecy. This intrepid group will uncover secrets that require them to risk everything for their faith, their country, and the peace of all mankind.
Unfolding against the backdrop of an Israeli/U.S. strike against Iran and the planned economic overthrow of the European Union by the sinister, secret head of the international Muslim Brotherhood, The Aleppo Code is a heart-pounding race. Brennan takes an epic story on a grand scale and tells it primarily through the eyes of one man who is desperately trying to save the world as he follows God's purpose for his life.
About the Author:
Terry Brennan is the award-winning author of The Sacred Cipher and The Brotherhood Conspiracy, the first two books in The Jerusalem Prophecies. He is also a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and has received the Freedoms Foundation award for editorial writing. Brennan is currently chief administrative officer for Care for the Homeless in New York City.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Nabeel Qureshi about his new book Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward (Zondervan, 2016).
About the Book:
From New York Times bestselling author and former Muslim Nabeel Qureshi comes this personal, challenging, and respectful answer to the many questions surrounding jihad, the rise of ISIS, and Islamic terrorism.
San Bernardino was the most lethal terror attack on American soil since 9/11, and it came on the heels of a coordinated assault on Paris. There is no question that innocents were slaughtered in the name of Allah and in the way of jihad, but do the terrorists’ actions actually reflect the religion of Islam? The answer to this question is more pressing than ever, as waves of Muslim refugees arrive in the West seeking shelter from the violent ideology of ISIS.
Setting aside speculations and competing voices, what really is jihad? How are we to understand jihad in relation to our Muslim neighbors and friends? Why is there such a surge of Islamist terrorism in the world today, and how are we to respond?
In Answering Jihad, bestselling author Nabeel Qureshi (Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus) answers these questions from the perspective of a former Muslim who is deeply concerned for both his Muslim family and his American homeland.
About the Author:
Nabeel Qureshi is a speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. He holds an MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School, an MA in Christian apologetics from Biola University, and an MA in religion from Duke University.
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