Introducing Jackson Okpale, author of The Church: In the Beginning It Was Not So – Revised Edition

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Jackson Okpale has been involved in active ministry since 1986. He holds a master’s degree in architecture from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and a postgraduate diploma in theology from the Redeemer’s Bible College. He is a member of the Redeemed Christian Church of God and has travelled to Turkey, Europe and the United States for this work. He is happily married to Barrister Daisy Okpale, also a minister of the gospel and they reside in Abuja, Nigeria.

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Christianity Under Siege. “This book points us to factors which were responsible for the loss of control, particularly such factors as Church fragmentation and internal rivalries; factors which are still very much present with us today. The author is not only sounding the alarm of going the same way, he has gone further to sound the alarm of not learning from the past mistakes in order that we build a Church that will march forward and the gates of hell will be unable to resist.” ~ Pastor Dan Ogun. “The book is spiritually sound and refreshing; it is educationally profound and globally germane. It passes well for personal edification and as a text book for Bible Schools. I recommend The Church: In the Beginning It Was Not So to all Church leaders, Pastors, Teachers and Educators in Christian religion. It takes us through the historic accounts of God’s dealings with the Church, and its many challenges all the way from the times of Moses to the present. The Church: In the Beginning It Was Not So is a NOW epistle for a distracted Church.” ~ Apostle Goodheart O. Ekwueme

Introducing Les Bundy, author of Interchange – Buddhist Iconography: A Christian reflection

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Lester M. Bundy is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, Regis University, Denver, Colorado, where he taught courses in Buddhism, Taoism, and comparative religions in addition to Christian history and tradition. He has traveled in Japan, China and Southeast Asia, researching Buddhist iconography. An ordained Orthodox Christian priest, the Rev. Dr. Bundy is himself an accomplished iconographer with icons in various Orthodox Churches.

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Buddhist Sacred art and Christian iconography: can they have anything in common? This book is about Buddhist religious art as seen from a Christian perspective. It might seem that Buddhism and Christianity have little or nothing in common, yet there is a mystical dimension in religious art that some times transcends cultural and theological boundaries. Significant differences exist between the beliefs and practices of both religions, and those differences must be respected. Yet in their respective forms of religious art surprising commonalities are found. This book by Professor Lester Bundy helps to explain some of the similarities, differences, and limits of Buddhist and Christian religious images. Head Minister of Tri-State & Denver Buddhist Temple Rev. Doei Fujii Fr. Lester Bundy has written a significant book about the role of art and iconography in religion, focusing on both Buddhism and Christianity. A book which reminds us about the great importance of such religious art is thus quite important and should be widely read. John F. Kane, Emeritus Professor and Former Chair, Religious Studies, Regis University.

Introducing T. Charles Brantley Ph.D, author of Liberalism in Pentecostal Churches: Knowing God in an Unorthodox World

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T Charles Brantley is the senior pastor of Restoration Springs Church in Waterbury, Connecticut and is an author of 22 books on relationship, intimacy and theology. www.drtcbrantley.com

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As we look at the current landscape of the church, we are seeing things that are beyond imagination. What was looked at as wrong and sinful has been downgraded to nothing is really wrong at all. In other words, the church, in many points, has turned its backs on orthodox teaching all in the name of the dollar, branding, people or buildings. What is worse is that those who proclaim the gospel are really denying the gospel they preach. Certain points of the Bible are erased from their teaching because it is perceived as too hard, or that it will scare people away. The word of God is not fluid; it is sharper than any two-edged sword.

Introducing John Wallace Whitehead, author of Servant Leadership: Leading Today for a Better Tomorrow

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John Whitehead is a husband, a father, a grandfather, a brother, a friend, a pastor, and a business owner. He has come to understand that in each of these areas, he is a leader. With being a leader comes the responsibility to lead others well. It is his intention to do so by being a servant leader who strives to emulate the greatest servant leader of all time: Jesus!

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Do You Know That You’re a Leader? When confronted with the reality that each of us is a leader, the natural instinct is to say “No, I’m not.” But the truth is that from parenting to running a business, there are a myriad of ways that we are called to lead. However, many of us are working from ineffective models of leadership. We can see this in broken homes, fractured families, low educational achievement, business failures, and failing churches and ministries. As leaders, we are the sum of our experiences, and we must realize that those experiences have led us to repeat the same habits and make the same mistakes as those whose examples we have followed-parents, siblings, friends, coworkers, and mentors have all played a role in shaping how we currently lead those in our sphere of influence. Regardless of whom we have followed to this point, the best type of leadership is “servant leadership.” And we can follow an example that has not only been proven over time but has transcended every cultural dynamic for the last two thousand years-the example of Jesus of Nazareth. His servant leadership example is the most effective and transformational model in history and is readily available to us today. Servant Leadership: Leading Today for a Better Tomorrow is accessible, easy to follow, and its conclusions are well supported by studies, surveys, and research. It is a practical guide to effective leadership regardless of religious affiliation or faith, and it will become your trusted inspirational resource.

Introducing The Rev. Dr. Martha Bean Kriebel, author of Promise Kept with a Paintbrush: The Story of a Holocaust Survivor Who Lives to Illustrate the “Life of Christ”

“This has been a very good experience that took all the apprehension out of online digital publishing.”

The Rev. Dr. Martha Bean Kriebel is an ordained pastor, researcher and writer of church history, liturgy, and resources for community ministries. She is a graduate of the Philadelphia High School for Girls, Ursinus College, B.S.; Lancaster Seminary. B.D.; Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia, S.T.M.; and received a D.D. from Ursinus College. Pastor Kriebel is married to the Rev. Howard Lewis Kriebel, and they are the parents of two married sons, and six grandchildren.

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This book is for a wide readership that will be introduced to: A personal account of a Holocaust survivor; A Jewish artist’s portrait of Christ; An invitation to Judeo-Christian dialogue; An example of a faith-based community welcoming and sheltering refugees facing death; A stirring call to exemplify love at the highest level, that risks one’s life for others as a religious duty. “Martha Kriebel’s book brings to light a series of important but forgotten paintings that began a modernist/realist trend in Sunday School curriculum. The original paintings were used by the Evangelical and Reformed Church to create a filmstrip and published curriculum presenting more realistic images of the life and ministry of Jesus. Kriebel reintroduces not only Barosin’s paintings but also presents an important part of the history of church school curriculum. – The Rev. Richard Berg, Archivist Emeritus, Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society at Lancaster Seminary, PA. “Both Christians and Jews owe Dr. Martha Kriebel a debt of gratitude for preserving the memory and the art of Jacques Barosin. This Jewish artist survived the Holocaust due to the heroism of a French Christian and then produced a wonderful portfolio of watercolors depicting the life of Jesus. Pastor Kriebel’s annotated collection of Barosin’s oeuvre is a valuable contribution both to the history of art and to Christian-Jewish relations.” – Judith Blumberg Maslin, M.A., Director Emerita of the Temple Judea Museum of Keneseth Israel. “Jacob Barosin was a man of many talents with one of those complicated 20th century life stories that took him from Russia to Germany to France and finally to the United States. Pastor Kriebel has given voice and exposure to one of Barosin’s professional traits, showing for the first time to a general audience his craft and dedication, in this case his art applied to a central Christian theme. It can be hoped that curiosity in Barosin’s work will broaden interest in his work.” – Dr. Frank Mecklenburg, Director of Research and Chief Archivist, Leo Baeck Institute, New York/Berlin

Introducing Charles J. Bullard, author of My Life

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Charles J. Bullard is a Minister of the Gospel and born again believer from Mobile, AL. He is the youngest of three children and a proud veteran of the United States Army. He is a Christian author who wants to share the most difficult time of his life to inspire others to trust God and rely upon Him through the storms life may bring.

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Brace Yourself to Take a Journey of a Lifetime. If you are looking for an inspirational story to encourage you through trials and tribulations then this is the book for you. The author takes you on a unique journey he had to endure through extreme trials and tribulations. From being a proud soldier who served his country to also being a believer who had to rely upon his faith to get through some very difficult times, My Life will grasp the attention of its reader from beginning to end.

Introducing Edward Kleinguetl, author of Encounter: Experiencing the Divine Presence

“It was a good experience.”

Edward Kleinguetl is a deacon in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and also serves the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh (Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic). Deacon Ed has been extensively involved in parish missions and retreats for varying age groups, both in the United States and China. He has written extensively on Eastern Christian spirituality including works on the Jesus Prayer and theosis. In connection with his interests on these topics, he has been on pilgrimage to St. Antony’s monastery in Egypt and to Mt. Athos in Greece. Encounter: Experiencing the Divine Presence leverages his graduate thesis and is a complementary book to Journey: Striving for Our Destiny. Deacon Ed holds a BSBA from The Ohio State University, a Diploma in Pastoral Studies from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, and a MA in Spirituality from Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies. He was ordained to the diaconate on February 3, 2007 by His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston. In secular life, Ed is a partner with Grant Thornton, LLP, working in Transaction Advisory Services.

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Christ is the light which pierces the darkness. We often find ourselves in darkness. Battle lines have been drawn. The messages of the secular world stand in contrast to the Gospel. We question. We doubt. We feel lost and emptiness inside seems to be growing. Where is God? Jesus himself tells us that if we lose the light, how dark that darkness will become. God is not distant. Through his Son Jesus, he reveals his great love for us; how he desires to be close to us and to enter into a personal relationship with each of us. We just need to be open to his presence. For those who are lost, who find themselves in the dark and who are searching for something lasting, we extend a simple invitation: Come and see. Consider how life in Christ is the only true source of lasting happiness. Experience a God who is always near. Discover or re-discover a faith that is ever ancient, ever new. Christ is the true light that has come into the world and darkness cannot overcome it.

Introducing Sharon D. Green, author of Torn Bible

“My publishing experience was amazing and so professional. Everyone I worked with throughout the process was attentive and helpful. Every email was answered in a timely manner and courteously. The finished product, my book, looks beautiful. I’ve gotten nothing but great compliments. I would gladly recommend anyone I know to Outskirts for their publishing needs.”

Sharon Green is an author and freelance writer. She’s a Bible teacher and a sexual/domestic abuse advocate. Sharon has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from DePaul University and currently obtaining a Master’s degree in Urban Leadership from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. Sharon resides in Chicago, IL

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Love and Grace – The Enemies of Religion and Abuse! Torn Bible is a brutally honest and thought provoking memoir of perseverance, resilience, and redemption. It is a look into a life plagued by sexual, domestic, church abuse, and mental illness. Sharon takes you on a very personal journey into her pursuit of love and acceptance. Her life takes many twists and turns through fear, trauma, and the fog of religion and legalism in her quest to know Jesus and His love for her. It is a story permeated by the love and loyalty of one family, while chasing love and acceptance from another. It is a story of a transformed heart and a developing personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Sharon brilliantly tells her story, with humility and boldness. Torn Bible is truly riveting and astonishing.

Introducing Chuck Lormis, author of I Am: Who Jesus Is…in His Own Words

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Chuck Lormis has a Bachelor of Arts degree from North Central University and a Master of Divinity degree from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister, and has served as pastor, evangelist, educator, and missionary. He is author of the book, Cultivating Christian Character. He and his wife, Wilma, live in Bloomington, Illinois, where they base their ministry, M.A.D., Missions Awareness and Development.

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Who Do You Say that I Am? Who is Jesus? The answer to this question depends on who you ask. To some, he was a healer, a deliverer, a great teacher, and a miracle worker. To others, he was a glutton, a drunkard, and a blasphemer. In the first three gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke record a conversation that Jesus had with his disciples. He asked them who the people say that he is. There were several suggestions – John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah or one of the prophets. Jesus then asked them who they thought he is, and Peter replied that he was the Messiah, the Son of God. This account is not found in John’s gospel. John has a different focus in his writing. He identifies who Jesus is by using the very words of Jesus. This book takes a look at the claims made by Jesus, as to who he truly is. The statements made by Jesus in the Gospel of John and in the Book of Revelation give us a glimpse into the reality of who Jesus really is…in his own words. I invite you to consider the words of the Lord and then answer the question, “Who is Jesus?” for yourself.

Introducing Rodney D. Brooks with Breanne E. Brooks, author of What If I Want to Be a Christian? Just A.S.K.

“Lisa performed outstanding as usual for me. She kept me abreast throughout the process and guided me. This was my second book with Outskirts Press and I plan to have two more published.”

Rodney D. Brooks, co-founder of What If? Just A.S.K., is the president of Brothers Brooks Vision 2 Mission LLC. He has been a church officer for over 15 years and a Sunday school teacher for over 25 years. In the private sector, Rodney has more than 30 years of Human Resources and Operations leadership experience in various Fortune 100 and 500 companies. Breanne E. Brooks, co-founder of What If? Just A.S.K., is an active church member in the areas of Sunday school, usher ministry, youth choir (president), missionary society, and praise dancing. Breanne is one of the key spokespersons for the What If? Just A.S.K. program, where she is constantly speaking to various youths, encouraging them to be the best they can be while chasing and realizing their dreams.

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There are some facets of Christianity that are hard for young people to fully grasp! This fun, easy-to-follow guide uses the A.S.K. process to help our youth discover what it means to be Christian and to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior: Ask the question, Seek the answer within yourself first and then use your resources, Know and believe in your abilities. “What If I Want to Be a Christian?” offers a simple yet compelling way to answer this question and others, along with resources for greater understanding of young people’s roles in Christianity. It all starts with A.S.K.!