New Book Launch: The Compelling Heart of Christ

The Inspira Team is happy to announce the book launch of first-time author Carrie Jones: The Compelling Heart of Christ.

Carrie is a writer, speaker, teacher, and a mom raising four boys. Her passion is teaching the Bible, and she loves to find memorable treasures within it to empower and equip women. Carrie holds a BA in International Studies from the University of Washington and attended Capernwray Bible School in England. She and her husband, Eric, have been married for eighteen years and live in Tacoma, Washington.

It’s been a joy for our team to work with Carrie and see her determined vision and poignant message come to print. Using dramatic biblical accounts, along with engaging personal stories and illustrations from the lives of contemporary women, Carrie shares her insights and experiences up close and personally. Creative biblical narratives bring the characters’ thoughts and emotions to life, providing readers with a glimpse into God’s heart and an opportunity to connect with Him emotionally. Carrie says, “Strip away all religious assumption, and take a fresh look at the loving character of Christ. You will find a loving a trustworthy Man, worthy of your devotion and trust.”

Here are what people are saying about The Compelling Heart of Christ:

“With creativity and vulnerability, Carrie draws her readers towards the outstretched hand of a compelling God.” – Joy Zorn, Wife of Former NFL Seattle Seahawk Quarterback Jim Zorn

“What a penetrating, healing book! Carrie Jones has crafted a holy journey into the heart of Jesus that is hard to put down.” – Amy Rachel Peterson, Author of Perpetua: A Bride, A Martyr, A Passion

 “This is a delightful and unusual blend of imaginative storytelling, down-to-earth reality, and meditative prompts for those of us wanting to hear Scripture for the first time again.”  Julie Canlis, Author of Theology of the Ordinary

You can find Carrie Jones at www.compellingheart.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/compellingheartbook/, and on Amazon.com. We hope you’ll check it out as a resource for yourself or as a gift!

 

Celebrating the Kingdom Story!

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On April 2nd, our Inspira Literary Solutions team had the pleasure of attending client John Lewis’ event celebrating the ministry and publication of his Bible study curriculum The Kingdom Story.

Kingdom Story Ministries is a Christian nonprofit organization that promotes a holistic approach to discipleship through experiencing the Bible as God’s story. This story-based curriculum is the basis of a year-long leadership intensive in Tacoma, Washington, and also in Asia. Over the past several years, this ministry has grown exponentially, to the point where founder and director, John Lewis, was compelled to pursue the production of a high-quality publication to provide as a resource for students and ministries around the world.

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For over a year, our team at Inspira Literary Solutions has worked alongside John to develop and publish his four-volume, Bible-based curriculum. Aptly named, The Kingdom Story approaches the Bible from the context of story, both God’s larger Kingdom story and the participant’s own personal story. When this project is finished, there will be 16 total volumes in print: four volumes of the simplified Storyline Version (for small groups, Sunday school classes, personal enrichment, etc.), four volumes of the Discipleship Version (suitable for more intensive study), and all eight volumes translated  for use in Asia! In upcoming weeks, we will send volume four of the discipleship version to the printer and be able to call the first phase of this incredible project a wrap!

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Perhaps the biggest blessing, for our team, of attending an event like this is the opportunity to see the fruit of our handiwork. While we have been hard at work editing and designing (didn’t they turn out beautifully?!), God has been blessing this project and changing lives through engagement with this curriculum. We had the opportunity to hear testimonies of students who have gone through the curriculum, as well as several overseas pastors and leaders who will use this project in their own congregations.

Toward the end of the evening, after the delicious desserts, Arlyn was asked to speak about our work on this project. She shared the value of publication, both for its ability to produce a high-quality product and its potential as an income stream for the ministry. (Click on the photo below to see an excerpt of Arlyn’s talk.)Lewis Fundraiser-6

We have seen the wind of God behind this project and are excited to see where these books go—and how they are used to impact lives around the world!