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National Leaders in Celebrate Recovery coming to Normal

The Victory Christian Center will be hosting a few national leaders from the Celebrate Recovery movement at their next meeting Tuesday, October 22. Mac and Mary Owen will be giving their testimony that night along with special guest, Travis Thrasher, who wrote the book Home Run (based on the hit Christian movie released earlier this year). Mac/Mary and Travis will be doing book signings after the testimony that night. Travis co-authored Mac and Mary’s new book “Never Let Go”. For additional information about the Owens, see below:

Mary and Mac Owen are National Leaders in Celebrate Recovery and have been working together in recovery for over 25 years. They have shared their testimony 120 times in the past 4 years to over 48,000 people (in church, Celebrate Recovery seminars & meetings, rehabs, prisons, and festivals). They are sought-after speakers since sharing their testimony several years ago at the Celebrate Recovery Summit at Saddleback Church in front of 3,600 leaders from around the world.

High school sweethearts from West Monroe, Louisiana, they have been married since 1976 and have three children ages 38, 34 & 29 years old and now ten grandchildren ranging in ages from 12 to 1 month old. In 2012 they decided to sell their house in West Monroe and had it turned into a recovery house for addicts. They then moved to Colorado where two of their children’s families live.

You may recognize Mac from a couple episodes of the hit TV series Duck Dynasty as he is actually one of the original Duck Men. He and Mary are old friends with the Duck Commander Phil Robertson and his wife Miss Kay. And Mary actually has a niece on the show, that’s Korie Robertson, Willie Robertson’s wife!

Inspired by daily lunchtime readings of The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, we know Travis Thrasher best as the author of the book, Home Run, based on the movie released earlier this year. More recently, Travis co-authored Mac and Mary’s new book, Never Let Go which chronicles their life story.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
1st Assembly of God Church
800 E Vernon Ave.
Normal, IL 61761
Doors Open 6:00 PM

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Looking for inside information, book, music or movie reviews?

Three (drei) This and That –
• Jars of Clay lead singer/songwriter Dan Haseltine has a new side project called The Hawks in Paris. Their full-length debut Freaks will be released October 29. An EP is available from NoiseTrade featuring four exclusive mixes and outtakes from the band. The Hawk in Paris is also comprised of producer/writer Matthew Bronlewee (Paul Van Dyke, Selena Gomez), and producer/writer Jeremy Bose (The Band Perry, Amy Grant, Sugar + The Hi-Lows). The Hawk in Paris formed when three college friends reunited after 10 years and explored sounds outside the realm of their day jobs. The trio has created an electronically laced album influenced by 80s-synth and early 90s trip hop. Freaks draws from pioneers of electronic music such as Massive Attack, Kraftwerk, Portishead and finds inspiration in 80s-synth groups including Eurythmics and Depeche Mode. Modern day influences include M83, The Postal Service, and Gotye. The group previously released a seven-song EP, His + Hers, in 2012. To download the EP, go to
• The 2013 Desiring God National Conference recently took place in Minneapolis. The theme was “The Romantic Rationalist: God, Life and Imagination in the Work of C.S. Lewis”. All sessions from the conference – audio and video – are now available below, free of charge:
• December 20 – Michael Card and Phil Keaggy bring their Street Level Christmas Tour to Chesterfield Presbyterian Church in the St. Louis area for a 7:00 pm concert.

Three (tres) Book Reviews –
• Crazy Busy: A Mercifully Short Book About a (Really) Big Problem by Kevin DeYoung
• Killing Jesus: A History by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
• The First Christian (ENCOUNTERS WITH JESUS SERIES) by Timothy Keller

Three (trios) Music Reviews –
• Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song – Deluxe Edition by Amos Lee
• The Glorious Unfolding by Steven Curtis Chapman
• Your Grace Finds Me by Matt Redman – Deluxe Edition

And finally, don’t miss our review of a great movie, Captain Phillips, rated PG-13.


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Happy Saturday!

This and That
• Ligonier Ministries is making the ebook for the excellent book John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, and Doxology available free during October. Here’s more information on this offer:

• Read the story about Jars of Clay excellent song “Fall Asleep” off of their new album Inland and watch the song video, which debuted on USA September 16:

Don’t miss the review of the new movie, Gravity:

In the October print edition of Coram Deo, the magazine….
• You can read more This and That’s
• Find out about upcoming concerts, events and new book and music releases
• Ponder the book reviews of ~
1. Rebel With A Cause by Franklin Graham
2. Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in Christ. By Mark Driscoll.
• See a review of the movie Prisoners
• Enjoy music reviews of Fading West (ep) by Switchfoot and A Messenger by Colton Dixon
• and read many more articles in the October print edition of Coram Deo, the magazine – just click on the link:

From the book “Matthew Henry’s Method for Prayer”:
We will recount the steadfast love of the LORD, the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD has granted us, and the great goodness to the house of Israel that he has granted them according to his compassion, according to the abundance of his steadfast love.