Bono + Eugene Peterson on the Psalms

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My introduction to the rock star Bono came when I was working in downtown Dallas in the 1980s for a financial services company with offices that shared space with a large hotel chain. My friend’s hubby, Jim, was a huge Bono fan, and he spotted the singer and his cap-wearing friend entering through the hotel’s revolving doors. I was in the lobby talking with Jim and his wife when this happened, and he ran over to meet them. Finding them to be quite friendly, Jim came back and asked if I wanted him to introduce me. I said, “Naw.” Never heard of the guy. Seriously. I did that.

My next encounter happened at the Grammy Awards ceremony in 1994. I was a publicist for the music producer for Barney and Friends, who was nominated for an award for an album that had gone double platinum. Bono, who accompanied Frank …

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Restore My Soul: A Coloring Book Devotional Journey

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Meditate using this new coloring book by Ann-Margret Hovsepian.

Meditate using this new coloring book by Ann-Margret Hovsepian.

A couple years ago, my employer sent me to the Frankfurt Book Fair to spot trends. We want to prepare our students for what’s coming, not what’s been. Frankfurt is the largest book fair in the world, so I spent hours walking the aisles, talking to venders, and scoping out products. And I came home with a couple of coloring books for adults. I had never heard of such a thing! It was like paint by number only using colored pencils instead of paint—and without the numbers. I got to choose what colors I liked best.

And sure enough, now they’re everywhere, these books. And my friend Ann-Margret Hovsepian has created a nice one especially for helping us think about what matters. She includes a devotional thought with a verse opposite each coloring page. And the pages are thick enough that …

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Win a free copy of Risen

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Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) and Lucius (Tom Felton) at the Roman barracks consider new information from the bystander about the apostles in Columbia Pictures’ RISEN.

Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) and Lucius (Tom Felton) at the Roman barracks consider new information from the bystander about the apostles in Columbia Pictures’ RISEN.

RISEN is the epic biblical story of the resurrection, as told through the eyes of Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a powerful Roman military tribune, and his aide, Lucius (Tom Felton). Rome has tasked them with solving the mystery about what happened to Jesus (Cliff Curtis) in the weeks following the crucifixion. Their mission: To disprove the rumors of Jesus’ rising from the dead and to prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.

RISEN was reviewed on this blog at the time of its release. Now it’s out on DVD and in book form. I have two books and a Blu-ray DVD (includes deleted scenes) to give away free to people in the US. Either subscribe to this blog or leave a comment to be eligible for the drawings to …

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