Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Feisty Crime Novel Skewers 'Left Behind' Generation

Tribulation HouseEnd-times mania has generated a booming industry ever since Hal Lindsey tagged 1988 as the year Jesus would return in his 1971 bestseller, The Late, Great Planet Earth. The legacy continued in Edgar Whisenant's 4.5 million-copy bestseller, 88 Reasons Why the Rapture Could Be in 1988, and reached its zenith with the 60 million-copy best selling Left Behind series (which had the good sense to admit to being fiction).

Unfortunately, date-setters throughout history have always ended up with egg on their faces, because Jesus has steadfastly refused to follow their timetables.

Author Chris Well gleefully reminds his readers of the trouble that follows when we forget that "of that day and hour no one knows."

Chris Well, the undisputed master of the feisty crime novel, takes aim at the ultimate mystery in his latest novel, Tribulation House. Set for release in May 2007, Well skewers the Left Behind generation with a wink and smile in this laugh-out-loud funny mystery complete with high rollers, mobsters, loan sharks, and Apocalypse-predicting preachers.

What Others are Saying about Tribulation House:

"With an engaging cast of characters and a plot that clips right along from start to finish, this book is a satisfying crossover novel that pokes fun at some of the farther-flung fringes of Christianity while remaining, like the best classic mysteries and comic books, a morality tale in which crime doesn't pay and justice -- as well as grace -- prevails." -- Dru Pagliassotti, The Harrow

"A powerful cautionary tale." -- Harriett Klausner

"A must read for fans of quality fiction full of powerful spiritual themes." -- Jake Chism, Armchair Interviews

Tribulation House
By Chris Well
ISBN: 978-0-7369-1741-4
$11.99, Trade
Harvest House Publishers

Friday, March 09, 2007

Roundup Friday March 09

Bethany Dillon's WAKING UP in stores April 3 (CCM Music News)
AMERICAN IDOL alum MANDISA to release debut album, book (CCM Music News)

WHAT IF GHOST RIDER GOT SAVED? (Sightings)
THE FRAY: Nobodies No More (Sightings)
DREAMLAND CHRONICLES: Dreaming of One Million (Sightings)
Mat Kearney on AOL (Sightings)
Urban D gets "Unorthodox" May 8 (Sightings)
Anberlin on LATE LATE SHOW (Sightings)
Newsboys "GO" tour in full swing (Sightings)
TRIBULATION HOUSE Update (Sightings)
BLOG TOUR: The Watchers by Mark Andrew Olsen (Sightings)
Top myCCM Profiles (Sightings)
Youth Conference releases GOD'S NOT DEAD (Sightings)

Holy hip-hop ascending, music industry takes notice (The Clarion-Ledger)
U2's 'Joshua Tree,' 20 years later (Yahoo! Music)
Pope opposed Bob Dylan singing to John Paul in 1997 (Reuters)

"Ultimate Gift" Poses Important Life Questions (Crosswalk Movies)

'Amazing Grace' is a Sweet Sound to Congress (Citizenlink.com)
Evangelical Leaders Challenge Global-Warming Rhetoric (Citizenlink.com)
Do You Know Your Religion? (Faith and Ethics)


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How do you get to be FEATURED ARTIST around here?
MUSICIANS: What is your favorite instrument?
If You Could Ask Your Favorite Artist Three Questions ...
Ask The Brain: HOW DO I FIND MEMBERS IN MY AREA?
Changing your blog's comment settings
RSS and what it means to YOU
HOW DO I MODERATE COMMENTS?
HOW DO I FIND MUSICIANS ON MYCCM?
HOW DO I ADD A SONG TO MY PAGE?
HOW DO I CHANGE MY BACKGROUND?
HOW DO I CHANGE MY PRIVACY SETTINGS?
WHERE DO I FIND PEEPS?
WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH 'TAGS'?
HOW DO WE SIGN OUT?

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TRIBULATION HOUSE
"I Can't Believe It's Not KINGDOM COME!"(tm)
More advance praise: TRIBULATION HOUSE
Armchair Reviews: TRIBULATION HOUSE
TRIBULATION HOUSE Update


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Thursday, March 08, 2007

CFBA: The Watchers by Mark Andrew Olsen

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is featuring THE WATCHERS (Bethany House), by MARK ANDREW OLSEN. Olsen, whose novel The Assignment was a Christy Award finalist, also collaborated on bestsellers Hadassah (now the major motion picture: One Night With the King), The Hadassah Covenant, and Rescued. The son of missionaries to France, Mark is a graduate of Baylor University. He and his wife, Connie, live in Colorado Springs with their three children.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Just below the surface among the family of God lives another family tree--one traced in spirit, invisible and ageless, known as the Watchers. For two thousand years they've seen beyond the veil separating this world from the next, passing on their gift through a lineage mostly overlooked. Throughout history they've scouted the borders of the supernatural frontier, but now their survival hangs by a thread. And their fate lies in the hands of a young woman, her would-be killer, and a mystery they must solve....


"Congratulations. You just reached my own little corner of cyberspace.

Who am I?

Abby Sherman, that's who.

Who are you? And why are you checking me out?

Drop me a few pixels, and let's find out!"


With that innocent invitation, Abby Sherman unwittingly steps in the crosshairs of history, and thus begins her harrowing tale--taking her from ocean-front Malibu to the streets of London, the jungles in West Africa, the Temple Mount, Jerusalem, and to the very gates of heaven itself!

A sneak preview of eternity becomes her one-way ticket to danger--and discovery….

Two lives collide in a globe-circling adventure involving both peril and discovery: Abby, a young woman whose visions of heaven turn her into a Web-celebrity; and Dylan, a troubled young man sent by an ancient foe to silence her. From California beachfronts to Nigerian rain forests to Jerusalem and back again, THE WATCHERS is a high-octane blend of action, mystery, and spiritual battle spanning centuries.

A woman's awe-inspiring vision launches her on a quest through distant lands and ancient history, face-to-face with eternity and into the arms of a family line on the brink of annihilation...

A man who is hired to exterminate her discovers the folly of blind loyalty, then learns how to wage war in a realm he never believed had existed...

An extraordinary saga of the unseen war against evil, the reality of the supernatural, and the transforming power of forgiveness.
ENDORSEMENT:
"A writer who can take your breath away with a single sentence. A welcome, fresh voice that must be read!"--Ted Dekker