First and Goal

What Football Taught Me About Never Giving UP
Holly Michael joins her NFL player son, Jake Byrne, in this football-themed devotional published by Harvest House, due for release August 2015   
Jake Byrne dreamed of playing professional football. He had the size,  the talent, the drive…but at age 14, he found out he also had type 1  diabetes. Still, Jake was determined to reach his goal. And God was determined to  guide and empower him all along the way.
Jake’s journey to the NFL is the backdrop for this collection of inspiring devotions based on nearly a hundred football terms. Jake takes you to the weight room, practice field, and even across the goal line. You’ll feel as if you’re lined up next to him, facing a big guy on defense you’re about to take down. He also includes Scripture and then ties up each story in way that feels real and encouraging. 
You’ll discover:              + what to do when God calls an audible in your life
                                           + how to respond when God puts you on special teams
                                           + why prayer is never an incomplete pass
These quick daily readings will help you press through your own difficulties and experience God’s dream for you. 


December 26th, 2014 marked the anniversary of the monster waves seen around the world. Is life restored back to normal on the shores of Nagapattinam, South India? Will it ever be?  "We'll go to the most devastated, remote villages where no one else has gone," Bishop Leo Michael promised a Northwest Arkansas newspaper reporter. 
Like a sweeping wave, news of the tsunami fundraiser spread to a national level. Bishop Leo Michael became the ideal vehicle to collect, then ferry aid across the sea. He had lived and worked in the now tsunami devastated region for many years, spoke the native language, and had a counseling degree.  
TEN days later, trekking into impassable villages and decimated shorelines, the Michaels helped the widows and the orphans and those most affected by the tsunami.  TEN years later, the Michaels returned to the same villages and encountered surprising changes and a life-threatening situation. 


On the shores of Lake Michigan, Rebecca Meyer seeks escape. Guilt-ridden over her little sister’s death, she sets her heart on India, a symbol of peace.  Across the ocean in South India, Sagai Raj leaves his tranquil hill station home and impoverished family to answer a higher calling. Pushing through diverse cultural and religious milieus, he labors toward his goals, while wrong turns and bad choices block Rebecca from hers.  Traveling similar paths and bridged across oceans through a priest, the two desire peace and their divine destiny. But vows and blind obedience at all costs must be weighed…and buried memories, unearthed.  Crooked Lines, a beautifully crafted debut novel, threads the lives of two determined souls from different continents and cultures. Compelling characters struggle with spirituality through despair and deceptions in search of truth.