Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Power of an Ordinary Prayer & He Knows Your Name

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – June 11th, 2013—The Worthy Publishing Group rounds out its Spring/Summer 2013 list with two gift titles penned by award-winning singer/songwriters Michael W. Smith and Travis Cottrell.

Smith’s book The Power of an Ordinary Prayer (Worthy Publishing, 9781617951923, July 2013, $14.99, hardcover) explores the heart of prayer and its power to transform your world. The beautifully-designed, hardcover gift book inspires readers to pray blessings over their loved ones, and in return discover the abundant joy and peace that can be theirs through the power of this simple blessing. 

Dove-award winning artist, Travis Cottrell’s 144-page gift book entitled He Knows Your Name (Worthy Publishing, 9781617951916, July 2013, $14.99, hardcover), looks at those surprising times and places when God proves his radical love. With a remarkable introduction by NewYork Times best-selling author Beth Moore, Cottrell reminds readers that God is the hope, strength, and deliverance they desperately need in every circumstance—especially those moments when it is least expected.

“These books, written by award-winning recording artists, come on the heels of our success with titles from contemporary Christian music artists Laura Story and Nichole Nordeman,” says Jeana Ledbetter, Vice President of Editorial.Within the past year Worthy Publishing has struck a chord with readers with the release of Grammy-award winning songwriter Laura Story’s devotional, What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops? (Freeman Smith, 9781605873220, March 2012, $11.99, trade paper) along with Dove-award winning artist Nichole Nordeman’s Love Story (Worthy, 9781617950513, August 2012, $16.99, hardcover). “It seems we have found a niche transforming best-selling recording artists into widely read authors,” Ledbetter continues.  Worthy is also scheduled to release Big Daddy Weave’s devotionalRedeemed (Worthy, 9781605875224, August 2013, $11.99), based on the song recently awarded “Song of the Year” at the K-Love Fan Awards on June 1st.

Michael W. Smith is a multiple-time Grammy and Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter, having recorded more than twenty-two albums and written numerous hit songs.Smith has written several best-selling books, including Old Enough to Know and Friends are Friends Forever. He and his wife, Debbie, have five children and live in Nashville.

Travis Cottrell is a Dove Award-winning recording artist and songwriter and has been the worship leader at Beth Moore’s Living Proof Live conferences for fifteen years. He also serves as the Worship Pastor at Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife, Angela, and their three children.

Worthy Publishing Group ( is a privately held, independent voice in Christian and inspirational publishing, based in Nashville, Tennessee, comprised of threedivisions. Worthy Books publishes a boutique list of trade titles across a broad spectrum of genres, including current events, biography, fiction, devotionals, spiritual and personal growth, and specialized Bibles. Ellie Claire is a line of gift and paper expressions, and Freeman-Smith is a value-priced, impulse book imprint.  

My Reviews: 

In The Power Of An Ordinary Prayer by Michael W. Smith, he reminds us that any prayer, no matter how small, has the power to change our lives forever. While surrendering our lives to a higher power is nearly impossible for some of us, by doing so we place our lives in the best Hands possible. In this fallen world we experience the daily disappointments of life, and by looking to the One who made it for His glory should make us realize that praying is not being selfish, but honoring Him. Prayer is just as much the words we say as it is about hearing God. And this book will inspire you to listen to Him more, not just request and go about your day and life. Each chapter begins with a scripture, and ends with a prayer, quotes, and questions for application and further reflection. 

In He Knows Your Name by Travis Cottrell, he writes that no matter who you are, or what you've faced, you are acknowledged and loved by God. Even if you feel that no one cares for you, God does. He cares for the sparrows, how much more the people He has created? Cottrell encourages us to realize that God has a purpose for each of us, even if we don't feel like we're special or have a purpose other than to get through this life. After an introduction by fellow worship leader Beth Moore, the book is divided into ten chapters with inspirational quotations and writings of fellow Christians, with room for reflection and application. Perfect for all of us no matter where we are in our Christian walk, as this little book will inspire you to understand who you are through the Father that created us each uniquely

These books were provided by Worthy Publishers for free in exchange for an honest review. 

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