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P.J. Fisk Describes Her Quest for God as Mother in Newly Released Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “If God Is My Mother, Who Is My Father?” by P.J. Fisk.

A religious scholar shares her spiritual journey in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing, searching for truth amidst age-old traditions of religious thought and the role of women.

Influenced by her Seventh-day Adventist grandmother, the author joined that church by baptism when she was 14 years old, setting the stage for the religious conflict that would reverberate in her life. She spent 15 years working within the education system of the church. In this new book that serves as both a memoir and record of a spiritual journey, P.J. Fisk shares her views of religious conflict, especially as it relates to the roles of men and women in a traditionally patriarchal organization.

“If God Is My Father, Who Is My Mother?” gets personal quickly, opening with Fisk’s description of herself as a pregnant newlywed locked out of her apartment by her husband. It’s a pattern that repeats itself over the years, as Fisk works to obey her husband as religious traditions dictate, no matter what the personal cost to her body and mind. Working as head dean for girls at an Adventist school brings professional success but also personal anguish as Fisk realizes girls are held to a different standard than boys and that standard comes straight from doctrine.

Personal pain and losses, as well as big changes in her life, lead Fisk to question the doctrine she’s followed all of her life. Her studies of spirituality, including reading “The Woman’s Bible,” call into question the assumed maleness of God and the resulting subordination of women both in church and in society. “As long as women accept the position that religions assign her, her emancipation is impossible,” Fisk writes, recognizing her own culpability in how she raised her daughters and granddaughters. Her spiritual journey toward finding the Goddess in God, which continues today, leads her to conclude that a purely patriarchal – or matriarchal – solution will not work. “God cannot be a male with no female in the Godhead,” she writes. Instead, the world needs to embrace the love inherent in the mother aspect of God with help from the mothers now living in the world.

Author P.J. Fisk has studied women and religion for more than 30 years, researching religion from ancient times to the present and focusing on the plight of women as they relate to a predominant male system of religion. She has six children and 12 grandchildren and raised her daughters in a fundamental Christian church based on the patriarchal systems of the Bible. Fisk and her husband, Loren, live by the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

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For additional information, please visit www.PJFisk.com.

If God Is My Father, Who Is My Mother?

P.J. Fisk

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2353-3                        192 pages                        $14.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

New Book by Dave Ferguson Acts as Discipleship Companion Piece to Album

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Heart on Fire” by Dave Ferguson

Fans of Living Worship’s “Heart on Fire” album and newcomers to the music will be interested in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing. Author Dave Ferguson engages the reader in an honest and heartfelt conversation about life, worship and relationships, both with God and others. 

Author Dave Ferguson, the founder of Living Worship, released his first album in November 2012 and shortly after felt led to write “Heart on Fire,” a companion piece to the album and a means of spiritual growth. The album Heart of Fire is alight with Ferguson’s love for God, and the book seeks to fan the flames of worship in the reader and the church. Each chapter revolves around a song on the album, and from that vantage point, Ferguson delves into related spiritual themes.

Every chapter is thoughtfully laid out with personal stories, related scriptures, song background and lyrics in a very relatable fashion. Readers are also given tools for group discussion or individual contemplation, and Ferguson offers a specific prayer for every chapter. Everything is carefully chosen to create an atmosphere of spirituality, encouraging readers to become closer to God as they use the book and album to guide their worship. “Heart on Fire” is one man’s passionate outpouring of love and praise to God, and a guide for readers who want to step up their worship.

This is the first book for author Dave Ferguson, the lead worship pastor for Living Church outside of Cincinnati. In addition to his devotion to music and the ministry, Ferguson played a part in raising funds to buy bicycles for many pastors in Kenya who needed a method of transport for their ministry. Ferguson, his wife, Autumn, and their family live in northern Kentucky.

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For additional information, please visit www.livingworshipbooks.com.

Heart on Fire

Dave Ferguson

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2348-9                  140 pages                 $14.95 US

Available at Ingram, Spring Arbor, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

New Book Explores Scripture’s Views on Role of Women in Church

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “The Full Rights of Songs” by Kathryn Stegall.

A missionary and seminary graduate shares her views about the equality of men and women – supported by Scripture and Christian principles – in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

A restlessness with the teachings of her church – the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America – and its interpretation of the role of women in church leadership inspired a theology seminary graduate to explore the topic for herself. Armed with Scripture, author Kathryn Stegall presents her interpretation of the rights of women to act as full sons in Christ, sharing her views in this well-researched new book. She supports the equality of men and women in the church, family and society, pointing out that those views were shared by apostles, prophets and early church fathers, and affirmed by the reformers and Christians today who look at Scripture as the living word of God.

“The Full Rights of Sons” makes its case through descriptions of long-established principles of the orthodox and reformed Christian faith, basic Bible knowledge, common-sense understanding of language and accepted rules for Scripture interpretation. Stegall writes with a conversational tone rather than a scholarly one, boiling down questions of faith to their essence. In support of her belief that all church members are equal, she quotes Galatians 3:26-29: “You are all Sons of God through faith in Chris Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothes yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to his promise.”

Stegall leave no stone unturned in her study of equality, covering related topics like servanthood, authority, reconciliation and exceptional women of the Bible, such as Deborah (a judge), Priscilla (who taught Apollos) and Miriam (who led the congregation in worship) – all women who participated in making decisions and receiving communication directly from God. The author also points to women’s prominent role in Christianity: God using a woman to make Jesus incarnate; it was a woman who first preached that Jesus was the Christ; and women first announced Jesus’ resurrection. Stegall also examines word usage in interpreting Scripture and its role in defining women and the church. In the end, her wish is for women to find their place and not keep silent in church, voicing their faith and love for Christ through worship, teaching, discussion and ministry.

Author Kathryn Stegall, a lifelong member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, has served on its Board of Education and Publication, Board of Directors for the RP Home for the Aged. She worked with her husband, Ron, as a missionary teacher and church planter on Cyprus. The Geneva College graduate also studied at The Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary and taught secondary sciences and the Bible. Stegall has written “Reformanda,” published by the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and written articles for “The Priscilla Papers” and “Cornerstones.”

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For additional information, please visit www.fullrightsofsons.com.

The Full Rights of Sons

Kathryn Stegall

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2000-6                        348 pages                        $14.99 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.