New devotional takes unorthodox approach to encourage readers
LONGWOOD, FLâ" Using humor, life experiences, and Godâs personal â?"one-linersâ spoken into her own life, author Linda Rose Etter encourages others to spend time with God, learn how to hear His voice, and to laugh along the journey of life in her new book, Listen to HIS Heartbeat: Drawing From HIS Presence ($15.99, paperback, 978-1-61379-268-1; $25.99, hardcover, 978-1-61379-269-8).
â?"Many times in my life as a teacher, athlete, coach, friend, or with family I saw the benefits of humor to lighten a mood or bring happiness to someone going through a difficult situation,â says Etter. â?"The Lord has brought so much joy to me through His âone-linersâ and sharing with me the answers and encouragement I needed. One day I walked into a hospital room and the lady said to me, âI prayed that you would come and see me because I knew if you did, you would make me laugh.â Those words have stayed with me, and I want to share Jesus and His love with others.â
Listen to HIS Heartbeat is dedicated to teaching the message that God created people to fellowship with Him moment by moment. Etter uses powerful examples of God teaching her His Word and conversations they shared. Chapter titles such as â?"Godâs One-Liners,â â?"You Canât Pull a Goat,â and â?"God Uses Sump Pumps and Burning Bushesâ will pique the readerâs curiosity. The result is a book that not only entertains but teaches as well. â?"Many devotionals are too serious and donât show that God has a good sense of humor and wants our fellowship,â says Etter. â?"Or they are funny but donât include very much of what the Bible says, and so they arenât much of a teaching tool. I include a lot of Scripture and teach what the Bible says with a nice mix of humor.â
Xulon Press, a division of Salem Communications, is the worldâs largest Christian publisher, with more than 8,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Listen to HIS Heartbeat through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and in e-book formats.
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