The Inspira team has served as developmental editors, writers, designers, illustrators, and publishing managers on a number of fine books and curricular resources. Our authors are all world changers and working with them has been an honor and a privilege. Here is our Hall of Fame:
New Release! May 2018
Unshackled: A Story of Redemption
At the age of 19, John Swanger gained the dubious distinction of being one of America’s most prolific armed robbers. Sentenced to serve 30 years in prison, he was set free after only three.
But a prison of the body is not the same as a prison of the heart . . . as Swanger relates in his second book, Unshackled: A Story of Redemption. Continuing the story begun in his first book, Shackled: Confessions of a Teenaged Bank Robber, Swanger tells in gripping detail the account of how he went from inmate to evangelist, from prisoner to minister, called to set the prisoners free.
Unschackled is the second of John’s two books. In his first, Shackled: Confessions of a Teenage Bank Robber, you’ll read the gripping account of how a prolific string of armed robberies committed during his teen years landed him in prison by the age of 19 … and what happened to him there.
“A real page-turner; I couldn’t put it down!” ~ Reader Review
Learn more on John’s website, www.unshackledspirit.com.
New Release! May 2018
There’s No Right Way to Do the Wrong Thing
Christopher K. Gilbert, Ph.D.
Is there really a solid line between right and wrong? If there is, is it ever okay to cross it?
In today’s rapidly-changing, global society, do you wonder what it means to make honest decisions or how to hold yourself and others accountable in your personal, professional, and family lives? Do you want to know how you can become:
- more authentic in your relationships?
- more transparent in your organizations?
- better able to identify the reality behind increasingly outrageous “alternative truths”?
You’ll find answers to these concerns and more in this inspirational conversation spiced with an abundance of personal stories, humorous anecdotes, and invaluable guidance about making good choices. Drawing upon decades of research and international consulting experience, There’s No Right Way to Do the Wrong Thing brings a fresh approach to personal growth and an honesty that empowers a brighter future for all of us.
Learn more at Chris Gilbert’s website: www.theresnorightwaytodothewrongthing.com
Am I Loved? The Question You Might Not Know You’re Asking
by Shawn Petree
We are all asking this question, whether we realize it or not. Unfortunately, most of the time the answer we get from this world, our culture, and other people, is “No.” This pervading sense of rejection is often the root of our deepest insecurities and most heartfelt longings.
Am I Loved? will take you on a personal journey to answer this question in the affirmative, a journey to wholeness, restored identity, and strengthened faith. Along the way, you’ll discover how to:
- identify the lies you’ve been believing about yourself and replace them with the truth of what God says about you
- strengthen your belief in God
- grow your confidence that whatever the circumstances of your life, “He can do this!”
Learn more on Shawn’s website: www.amiloved.org
Becoming: Loving the Process to Wholeness
by former Seattle Seahawk and Super Bowl-winner Clint Gresham
For most of his life, Clint Gresham, like many if not most of us, experienced the world through the lens of outcomes: Academics. Behavior. Sports victories. Career. Relationships. Material success. The underlying message? When the outcomes are good, you are good. When the outcomes are bad, you are bad. Gresham’s dynamic and insightful book, Becoming, unfolds a gripping and inspirational reality check, reminding us all that the point of life is not the destination, but the journey.
Learn more on Clint’s website: www.clintgresham.com
The Doctor Won’t See You Now: Be the Savvy, Successful Biopharma Representative in a Rapidly Changing Industry
A powerful tidal wave began to form almost 20 years ago when physicians and their employers began implementing policies to significantly reduce or eliminate communication between biopharma representatives and health care providers. At the same time, pharmaceutical and biologics employers were asking their field force to meet, connect with, and support health care providers whose patients might benefit from their therapies.
It was the perfect storm.
Since the genesis of this wave, impediments and limitations to access by health care delivery entities have increased unabated. Consequently, it appears the doors to health care customers are, for all intensive purposes, closed to biopharmaceutical representatives.
Or are they?
“. . .an unvarnished look at the challenges, roadblocks, risks, and rewards of a career in biopharma and, most importantly, the coaching and examples needed to be successful.” ~Kevin Madden, US Sales Manager, InHealth Technologies
Learn more on Scott’s website: www.thedoctorwontseeyounow.com
Live Anchored: A Bible Study
by Katie Robertson
What storms are you facing in your life right now? Life is full of “stormy weather” of varying degrees. Katie Robertson has experienced the exhilaration of clear skies and smooth sailing, and the anxiety and terror of high winds and stormy seas—particularly through the loss of her 19-year-old daughter, Karina, to cancer. Through it all, she has learned how to set an anchor firmly in her heart that has kept her from being swept away, emotionally and spiritually.
In this five-session Bible study, Katie shows how anyone can navigate the storms of life: set an anchor firmly in your heart—Jesus Christ—and begin to live and believe on the truths of God’s Word. Serves as a stand-alone study or an accompaniment to Katie’s first book, Anchored: Walking by Faith, Living in Hope, Remembering Karina.
A Place Called Surrender
by Dan Roelofs
Is your life full of pressures you would rather not face? Problems you would like fixed? Challenges that seem overwhelming? According to author Dan Roelofs, who passed away from cancer in 2003 at the age of 33, these are the very situations in which we are most likely to encounter God. A Place Called Surrender is a testimony to this truth. It’s a book about joy—not the joy of a problem-free life, but that which results from an encounter with the Source of joy.
During his 18-month battle with cancer, Dan journaled with spiritual insight and magnetic honesty, sharing the all-important lessons God was teaching his heart. Recently re-released by popular demand, this second edition of A Place Called Surrender also includes a poignant afterword by Dan’s wife, Tammy Roelofs Kessler.
It Was No Accident: Experiencing the Passion and Purpose of the Cross
by John S. Lewis
This 40-day devotional—suitable for Lent or any other time of year—is filled with Scripture readings, sacred art, stirring narratives, heart-moving prayers, and opportunities for private reflection and group discussion. Use it privately in your own personal reflections—or with a group! In its pages, you will see the Passion Story of Jesus through fresh eyes, the eyes of the many different characters who played a role in His life during those crucial last days.
by Cheryl Sacks
Published by Chosen Books
In The Prayer-Saturated Family, Cheryl Sacks gives you step-by-step guidance and real-world tips on how to experience the atmosphere of heaven in your home by praying together regularly as a family. Sacks helps you navigate the challenges–like getting everyone involved!–and experience the benefits of family prayer, such as unity, spiritual growth, and precious bonding time. Discover how a family that prays together becomes an unstoppable force for good, bringing God’s answers to impossible situations.
Becoming Dads: A Mission to Restore Absent Fathers
by Marvin Charles with Jamie Bohnett
Foreword by Eugene Peterson
Most child advocates agree that fatherlessness goes beyond the boundaries of race and socio-economic status—and is the root of almost every social ill faced by children in our society. Children from fatherless homes are more likely to live in poverty, become involved in drugs, alcohol abuse, and crime, drop out of school, and suffer from health and emotional problems. Without any real, lasting intervention, this cycle continues and expands from generation to generation—unless an individual does what it takes to stop it.
Combining heart-wrenching realities with vital statistical information that graphically portrays the problem of fatherlessness in our society, Becoming DADS lays out practical strategies for restoring absentee fathers to their families and helping them develop the skills they need to be engaged and effective dads.
Learn more on Marvin’s website: www.aboutdads.org
Finding the Treasure in Christmas: A Guide to Celebrating Advent
by John S. Lewis
Finding the Treasure in Christmas: A Guide to Celebrating Advent for Families with Young Children
by John S. Lewis
One Will Be Left
(Part 2 of a riveting four-part series by Dawn Morris)
Diabolical evil gains control, promising peace to a devastated world…
After the disappearances of the world’s Christians, hidden powers orchestrate dramatic world events. Natural disasters increase, while wars, and terrorist attacks and disease further threaten the remaining world citizens.
Evil veiled in alluring facades deceives many. What will God do? Who will stand against the malevolent evil of these days? Can anyone who trusts in the true God survive the coming onslaught?
“…this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now is already in the world.” (1 John 4:3, NASB)
Learn more on Dawn’s website: www.dawnmorris.net
I had the distinct privilege and delight of (ghost)writing the text for this gorgeous coffee table book on the art and collecting of porcelain teacups. And of traveling to London for its launch at the London Book Fair!
(by Desiree Sitompoel/KeSaint Blanc Publishing, Jakarta)
Facing the Blitz:
Three Strategies for Turning Trial into Triumphs
(by Jeff Kemp, published by Bethany House)
Available at your local bookstore, bethanyhouse.com or by calling 1-800-877-2665.
In football, a “blitz” is an all-out attack. Defenses use them to force the quarterback into a mistake and create mayhem and destruction. But by its nature the blitz also creates an opportunity for the quarterback and his team. What looks like the worst play can become the best.
During a life “blitz,” when everything seems like it’s collapsing–financially, relationally, spiritually, or physically–if you take initiative you can do more than just survive. You can grow, succeed, and advance. In Facing the Blitz, Jeff Kemp shares lessons he’s learned through all kinds of life blitzes, both personal and professional. Readers will discover how triumph is about transformation and being others-oriented; having the right mind-set can turn unnecessary fear and misery into courage and joy.
Learn more on Jeff’s website: www.facingtheblitz.com
Walking in Hope, Remembering Karina
(by Katie Robertson, Second Edition)
One Will be Taken
(by Dawn Morris)
Global crises multiply and natural disasters are unleashed on the earth, while Israel’s enemies mass on her borders. As evil gains dominion throughout the world, what will happen? What will become of God’s people? Can faith endure in such times?
Pulse: Understanding the Vital Signs of Your Business
(by Frank Coker)
Get practical insight into vital signs derived from your business data. Using trend analysis and predictive analytics, you can build a healthier business.
Author Frank Coker offers the unique perspective of serving as both a faculty business professor at the University of Washington iSchool and CEO of Corelytics (a financial software company). Under his leadership, Corelytics has been recognized as a Top 25 Emerging Vendor and won Intuit’s Grand Prize App of the Year. In Pulse, “Professor Frank’s” easygoing informative style makes easily understandable the important concepts that need to be mastered by business leaders and entrepreneurs who are not experts in financial analytics, and who want to build teams that have a clear picture of where they are headed.
With over 30 expert contributors, Pulse covers an array of topics ranging from Effective Analysis and what your numbers are telling you, Diagnosis, Symptoms vs. Problems, Metrics that Matter Most, Strategic Cash Management, and Activating Your Team. This book is a great practical guide to running a healthy business.
For more information about Pulse or about Corelytics, visit www.corelytics.com
Parenting for the Launch: Raising Teens to Succeed in the Real World
(by Dennis Trittin and Arlyn Lawrence)
One minute they’re playing with Legos, the next they’re asking for the car keys, and the next … they’ve graduated and are out the door! This should not be a time of anxiety; it should be a time of preparation and anticipation! In Parenting for the Launch, you’ll find innovative strategies that will help you prepare your teen to soar in adulthood. You’ll learn to: Develop strategic goals and a parenting mission statement
- Prepare your child for key life decisions
- Value your child’s uniqueness and intrinsic worth
- Communicate effectively and build an enduring relationship
- Cultivate positive third party voices in their lives
- Move confidently from the driver to passenger seat
- Set them up for a successful transition and launch into the real world
Learn more at: www.parentingforthelaunch.com
What I Wish I Knew at 18: Life Lessons for the Road Ahead
(book by Dennis Trittin, with accompanying student manuals by Dennis Trittin and Arlyn Lawrence)
A conversationally written book for teens by a successful former investment manager who spent a career evaluating world class leaders, turning lessons learned into practical life skill lessons for young adults, helping answer such questions as:
- How will I define success in my life?
- How can I make a successful transition to post secondary academics?
- How will I select and thrive in my career?
- How will I build and sustain healthy new relationships?
- What are my financial goals and how will I achieve them?
Find out more at www.dennistrittin.com
Listen & Lead: The Seven MicroSkills of a Leader by Richard Himmer
Visit Richard’s site at www.eqmicroskills.com
The Radiant Woman’s Handbook by Joanna Runciman
Visit Joanna’s site at www.actualorganics.com
Training Up the Next Generation
by Danny and Amy DeWalt
Book and course manual
Visit Danny DeWalt’s site at www.dannydewalt.com
High Octane Marriage: Experience the Power of God’s Design
(by Danny & Amy DeWalt, with course manual for couple/group study)
Oxygen for Your Relationships
(Complete marriage resource kit for Stronger Families)
O2GoTM is fun, interactive, and practical program for couples and groups. A few topics covered include: conflict resolution, communication,understanding our differences, 7 Keys to Incredible Sex, and the power of forgiveness.
Learn more at www.strongerfamilies.org!
BOOST! 52 Infusions of Wisdom to Revolutionize the Way You Think and Live
(by Dean Curry)
Learn more at www.deancurrybooks.com
Time Management Tweets
by Bill Branson (www.timemanagementtweets.com)
Living Free: Recovering God’s Design for Your Life
(by Mike Riches)
(also, the Living Free Course Manual by Mike Riches)
Hearing God’s Voice for Yourself and Others
(by Mike Riches and Tom Jonez)
(by Caleb Anderson)
(Produced in cooperation with the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap counties; available on Amazon.com)
(by Arlyn Lawrence & Cheryl Sacks) (NavPress/Tyndale House)
PrayKids! Teachers Guide: A Hands On Guide for Developing Kids Who Pray
(NavPress, compiled and edited by Arlyn Lawrence)
Isles End, A Spiritual Thriller
by J.H.F. White (available on Amazon.com)