Tuesday, October 31, 2006

God Unplugged Puts Celebrity Faith in the Spotlight

by Gretta Curtis / Christian Today
How Do You Know He's Real? God Unplugged, the second book in the He's Real series, will be released by Destiny Image Publishers on 1 November.
Author Amy Hammond Hagberg shares the profound real-life journeys and dramatic encounters with the living God by young athletes and musicians. According to the book, celebrities, despite their fame, struggle with the same issues that most young people deal with; insecurity, anger, peer pressure, addiction and self-esteem.
Olympic gold medallists, recording artists, professional athletes or extreme sports fanatics are contributors of the book. Always inspirational and often miraculous, How Do You Know He's Real? God Unplugged is a must-read for those who desire to go deeper in their relationship with God. Notable people who contributed are:

Jonny Lang - (platinum selling blues artist)
T-Bone - (rap artist and actor)
Jon Micah Sumrall - (“Kutless”)
Kalel - (“Pillar”)
Trevor McNevin - (“Thousand Foot Krutch” and “FM Static”)
Tricia/Melissa Brock - (“Superchic[k]”)
Vince Lichlyter - (“Jonah33”)
Jontez - (musician and actor)
George Huff - (American Idol finalist)
Kate Earl - (singer/songwriter)
Mark Mohr - (reggae band “Christafari”)
Joseph Rojas - (“Seventh Day Slumber”)
John Cooper - (“Skillet”)
Clay Crosse - (Dove award winner)
Zoro - (drummer for Lenny Kravitz)
Barlow Girl - (CCM recording artists)
Katie Harman - (Miss America 2002)

David Carr - (NFL quarterback)
Bethel Johnson - (NFL wide receiver)
Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila - (NFL defensive end)
Dwight Howard - (NBA forward)
Alana Beard - (WNBA shooting guard)
Jeremy Affeldt - (MLB pitcher)
Aaron Baddeley - (professional golfer)
Brandon Slay - (Olympic Gold Medalist, wrestling)
Josh Davis - (5-time Olympic Medalist, swimming)
Kimiko Soldati - (Olympic diver)
Leah O'Brien-Amico - (Olympic gold medalist, softball)
Kristi Overton-Johnson - (water sports champion)
Christian Hosoi - (skateboarding legend)
Tim Byrne - (pro skateboarder)
Jud Heald - (pro skateboarder)
Bruce Crisman - (BMX pro)
Jimmie McGuire - (Motocross pro)
Matt Beacham - (pro surfer)
Hannah Steffens - (pro mountain biker)
Shannon Dunn-Downing - (Olympic medalist, snowboarding)
Lauren Harf (champion wake boarder)
Dave Downing - (pro snowboarder)
CJ Hobgood - (world champion surfer)
Mick Hannah - (World champion mountain bike racer)
Cat Reddick - (pro soccer defender)

A promotional campaign is underway, including a national promotional tour that has Hagberg making numerous television appearances, including At Home Live!, The Jim Bakker Show, Positively Arkansas, Atlanta Live!, Bridges, The Morning Show, and Babbie's House. The author is also making numerous appearances on national radio programs including Strength For Living and Today's Issues on American Family Radio.
The first book in the series, How Do You Know He's Real? Celebrity Reflections on True Life Experiences With God was released in April. The popular book contains 34 real-life stories about celebrities who know God is real because of their personal relationship with Him. The book provides a forum for Christian celebrities blessed with professional career success to share their very personal stories about life in the spotlight.
The third and final book in the series, How Do You Know He's Real? God for All Generations will be released in mid-2007.
Author Amy Hammond Hagberg is a frequent contributor to numerous magazines, such as HomeLife, Living With Teenagers, Christian Singles, Ignite the Fire, Sports Spectrum, Relevant, Radiant, Living Light News, Disciples World and more. She also speaks to church and corporate groups all over the country.