Saturday, October 20, 2012

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MAN UP! by Jody Burkeen, author interview

Why another book for Christian men?

This is not your normal “let’s try to do better” Christian men’s book. This is more like the “you already know what to do, now start doing it” Christian men’s book. Christian men are inundated with the “how to”,  I felt God was telling to write a book that would challenge them to just “do it”. Stop being spiritual sissies and Man up the way God intended them to. This is why our ministry uses Revelations 3:16 “So because you are lukewarm neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth”. Christian men have become lazy, complacent, and disobedient to Gods words.

Who should read this book? 

Any Christian man that is not living up to the potential God has for his life. The Christian life is not easy, but it’s harder without God and His Word. This book lays out 7 areas in a Christian man’s life where he need to apply certain disciplines to better his walk.

Have you always been a man that Man’ed Up in his walk?

By no means. Most of the book talks about the struggles I have had and how I worked on making myself disciplined to reading the scriptures, praying and applying what God was teaching me. Each day I do all I can to stay a man that God will be proud of.

Why do you discuss “7 areas in a Christian man’s life”? 

As I look at my own life, the process I took and am still taking, involved 7 specific areas.
1. My personal relationship with Christ. With this in the forefront, the remaining 6 can be obtained with His help.
2. My marriage.
3. Being a father.
4. Church.
5. Work.
6. Accountability
7. Discipleship.

I believe that is you follow these step or 7 areas, you will become a godly man in this ungodly world.

How can we find out more about you and the book?         

You can check out our website . We are on Facebook and twitter @manupgodsway1. I also travel the country speaking to men’s groups, conferences and seminars. You can book me at . Send us an email and we can give you more detail.

As part of this book tour, how can we find out where more free copies of Man Up! will be given away? Visit


I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for posting the author’s interview and/or book review on my blog. CSS Virtual Book Tours are managed by Christian Speakers Services (

Jody Burkeen, Author

About the Author

Jody Burkeen is the founder and president of MAN UP! Gods Way Ministries. This ministry was birthed out of a desire to change the way Christian men “do” Christianity.

Jody's self-described "Damascus Road Transformation" led him on a journey to search the Scripture to find what he had been missing his whole life, which was Jesus Christ. In this journey, the Word of God took over in a way he never expected. Searching for men in the church to help him in his walk, he found very little help. What he did find was men that needed the same kind of help he did.

Through MAN UP! Gods Way Ministry it is Jody’s hope that he can challenge men to live a separated life on fire for God.

Jody has been married for 21 wonderful years and has two beautiful children 8 and 11.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A Merry Little Christmas.... giveaway!!

Author" target="_blank">Anita Higman
invites readers to kick off the season with a spirited holiday tale.

Anita is spreading the Christmas cheer by" target="_blank">giving away FIFTEEN COPIES of the book.

To enter to win A Merry Little Christmas, just head over to" target="_blank"> THE CONTEST PAGE at Anita's website and fill out the short form. Be sure to put BLOG CONTEST in the Subject Line. That's it.

Winners will be announced on the Litfuse blog (and notified by email) on 11/9.

Presumed Dead by Barbara Ann Derksen

About the Book:

Andrea Wilton and Brian Strait, from Shuster Detective Agency, take on another case to find a missing person. This second book in the series introduces DJ Wiebe, a biker who rides with The Sons Riders, a Christian biker ministry. Another biker, a member of The Demons Raiders, is missing and presumed dead. DJ, his friend, hires Shuster Detective Agency to find him. He initiates Andrea and Brian into the biker culture, a world that encompasses motorcycles, leather, drugs and murder.

About the Author:

Author Barbara Ann Derksen served as a journalist for American newspapers for 8 years with over 2000 articles published in those papers as well as in some international magazines.  Her first book was published in 2003.  This year, she's working on her 13th book.  For more about Barbara check out her bio here:

My Review:

This book was a really good suspense, mystery novel.  It is the second in this series and did a great job of picking up where the first one (Vanished) left off.  I loved seeing Andrea and Brian's relationship develop.  There is a sweet flirtation between the two of them and it's slowly, but surely breaking down Andrea's walls built up after several bad relationships.  True love heals.  Not only does their personal relationship develop, but so does their working relationship as they take on two new cases.  

There's a lot of twists and unexpected turns, danger and God works through and in it all.  I love how she easily pulls God into the "daily" aspects of Brian, Andrea, Trent and Diane's lives.  It's a good read and I would definitely recommend it to others who enjoy clean, mystery and suspense novels!