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Year in Review for Lighthouse Trails Publishing Ministry

Jan 4th, 2016 Posted in company information, Publishing News, YEAR IN REVIEW | Comments Off on Year in Review for Lighthouse Trails Publishing Ministry

lighthousenew107The following is our annual Glance Back and a Look Forward for our publishing ministry, Lighthouse Trails Publishing.

A Glance Back

In 2015, Lighthouse Trails Publishing continued with the two projects we began at the beginning of 2013—the Lighthouse Trails Research Journal, which comes out in print six  times a year and is delivered now to nearly 1000 homes and offices, and our printed Booklet Tracts, of which we now have nearly 80 different titles. As long-time LT readers know, Lighthouse Trails began in 2002 with one author, Ray Yungen, and one book, A Time of Departing. We had no idea back then of the challenging road on which we would be traveling. You can read more about those early days in our booklet, The Story Behind Lighthouse Trails.

Today, Lighthouse Trails represents 35 authors from the U.S and Canada (one in the UK) and has published numerous books, lecture DVDs, and the Booklet Tracts.  We know that our marketing and public relations budget doesn’t hold a candle to medium- and large-sized Christian publishers, but we have seen God take our materials and spread them around the world in often very amazing ways. We have witnessed the commitment and dedication to truth and the Gospel by these three dozen brothers and sisters and are blessed and humbled to be able to publish their materials.

Publishing is an expensive industry, so some may ask, why do you do what you do if it is so challenging and expensive. Well, for us, that’s an obvious answer—we believe in the message these authors have to share, and we believe that many need to hear their messages. We have often prayed, Lord, if you want this ministry to continue, then we trust that You will provide the means to do so. And He continues to do so year after year.

When we began the booklets nearly three years ago, we had no idea what the response from our readers would be like. It didn’t take too long to learn that the booklets were exactly what our readers wanted and needed to share information with their loved ones and church friends. Since January 2013, we have sold and given away over 120,000 booklets around the world. And while there isn’t a lot of monetary profit for either authors or publisher as we sell these at a very low cost, based on the e-mails, phone calls, and letters we receive, we believe these booklets are making a difference in many lives, churches, and ministries. We believe we are even seeing some positive changes taking place in some Christian colleges—efforts to back away from contemplative prayer, Spiritual Formation, and emerging spirituality.

This past year, we also published two new books, Rescuing Randy by Geneva Paulson and How to Prepare for Hard Times and Persecution by Maria Kneas.  You can read about both of them on our website. Both books have tremendous merit, written by two women who have gone through the fire of refinement and have valuable insights to share in their books. And as with all Lighthouse Trails books, they are available directly through our website or calling or writing us and can also be ordered through most major book outlets and walk-in book stores.

We want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of the Lighthouse Trails readers who have taken our materials and used them to share with others. We know that is not an easy task, and we know many of you are often looked down upon, ostracized, ridiculed, and belittled for speaking up about difficult issues. You are the ones on the front lines, and it is for you especially that Lighthouse Trails exists.

Looking Ahead

At Lighthouse Trails, we have many hopes and plans for 2016. And every day, we commit these to the Lord, always praying that we will only do the things He wants us to do and that will bring glory and honor to Him.

Some of the projects we are going to be working on in 2016 include Caryl Matrisciana and Roger Oakland’s new edition of their book The Evolution Conspiracy. We are also working on a Berit Kjos’ children’s novel The Invisible War and an updated expanded edition of Maria Kneas’ Strength for Tough Times. And for those who have read Castles in the Sand and Dangerous Illusions, we are happy to announce that Zach Taylor has completed the manuscript for the third novel in this series. Our editors have now begun to prepare this book for publication. We have a couple other book projects we are developing as well.

In 2016, we expect to release 20-25 new booklet tracts. Several of our authors are working on new ones on some vital topics. We will also be releasing a new lecture DVD set by Warren B. Smith and one by Ray Yungen. These lectures took place at The Berean Call’s 2014 conference, and TBC was kind enough to give us permission to package these and offer them to our readers. Warren’s set should be available by the end of March, and Ray’s by the end of May. We have reviewed all of these lectures and have found them to contain highly valuable information.

We also plan to mail out our 2016-2017 product catalog this coming spring. If you have purchased anything from Lighthouse Trails in the past seven years, you will receive a catalog in the mail.

For those of you who have become acquainted with our Shepherd’s Bible Verse Tea (our own creation), we are making two changes in 2016. First, starting in the spring of this year, the packaging that the tea bags go in will be different. Instead of the clear cellophane packaging we have been using since we began the tea division five years ago, each tea bag will be wrapped in a coated paper wrap. This will not only be much more attractive, it will also retain the tea’s freshness and flavor longer and will have brewing instructions on each wrap. Second, by the end of the year, we will be enlarging the printed text of each Bible verse on the tag on each tea bag. It will mean reducing some of the text, but the verses will be easier to read. One thing will not change with the tea, and that is the flavor of the 6 blends of tea we offer. We have been told over and over by so many people that they absolutely love the flavor of each of the Shepherd’s Bible Verse teas. We are grateful to the Lord for providing this venue that helps meet the financial needs of Lighthouse Trails.

We pray that 2016 will be a productive year for Lighthouse Trails Publishing and Lighthouse Trails Research Project. And most of all, we pray that we may continue being a service to the body of Christ and a witness to the unsaved so that many may come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior in these difficult times in which we live.

Over the years, many of you have told us that you pray for the Lighthouse Trails editors and authors. We thank you for this dedication and support.

Because of His faithfulness and grace,

The Editors at Lighthouse Trails

Lighthouse Trails Publishing – Looking Back at 2012 and Looking Ahead at 2013

Jan 1st, 2013 Posted in Publishing News, YEAR IN REVIEW | Comments Off on Lighthouse Trails Publishing – Looking Back at 2012 and Looking Ahead at 2013

2012 marked the 10th year anniversary for Lighthouse Trails Publishing (the publishing arm of Lighthouse Trails Research Project). It was March of 2002 that we began the ministry/publishing house and September 2002 when we released our first book, A Time of Departing by Ray Yungen. There is a line from a movie we just started carrying, The Printing, that best capsulates our view of this past year. One man said to another, “I ran out of my own strength a long time ago and am going just on the Lord’s now.” We like that. It reminds us of the following verses:

“My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

Remembering the Early Years

In March of this past year, we began a three-part article on the early years of Lighthouse Trails. The first part was titled How Lighthouse Trails Began –  “It was a dark and stormy night.” It starts like this:

Every good mystery starts off with “It was a dark and stormy night.” But this is a different kind of mystery. It’s about a church, a Bride, that was mysteriously kidnapped by a dark deceitful stranger who came as an angel of light and promised her many great things if she would just follow him. And it’s about a small insignificant publishing company who teamed up with members of the Bride who did not succumb to the angel of light, in an effort to find out what happened to her and how to bring her back to safety.

The second part, titled Lighthouse Trails, the Early Years – Part 2 – “A Hot Topic” That Just Wouldn’t Go Away, talks about our initial correspondence with Rick Warren back in 2003 when we thought we could warn him about contemplative spirituality only to find out later that he had been promoting it for a long time already.

The third and final part of our early years article was titled Rick Warren Biographer, George Mair, Passes Away at 83 – The Rest of the Story and chronicled the story of what happens when a small publishing ministry challenges “America’s Pastor.”

We wrote that three-part article because we wanted our readers to know 1)what is the motivation behind Lighthouse Trails, and 2) how faithful God is when our own strength isn’t enough but His is ample.

WHAT WE DID IN 2012

Three Important Releases in 2012

Our first new book release for the year was Muddy Waters: an insider’s view of North American Native Spirituality. Written by a Canadian Cree First Nations woman, Nanci des Gerlaise, the book fits very much in with the mission of Lighthouse Trails as it addresses a spirituality that is identical in nature to contemplative/emerging spirituality. And in fact, you’ll find Native Spirituality now interwoven into the “New” contemplative spirituality and the emerging church and vice versa. This was a brave book for Nanci to write, and we thank the Lord for her courage to say what had to be said.

Our second new book release for 2012 is of a highly sensitive issue – child sexual abuse. Written from the perspective of an Investigative Police Sergeant, Patrick Crough, Seducers Among Our Children is a book that every parent should read. In fact, anyone that is involved in children’s lives should read this book. While it is a difficult read because of true life examples that Patrick shares from his own experiences, it will create an awareness in how to protect a child from sexual abuse that is absolutely essential to have in today’s world. The book offers practical ideas as well, making this an all around top-notch resource. You may think your child or grandchild is safe from abuse, but statistics show that huge numbers of children don’t reach their 18th birthdays without being sexually abused. We have always believed that the power in sexual abuse lies in its secrecy. When such darkness is exposed to light, it loses its strength.

Our third release this year is our own issue of Roger Oakland’s powerful DVD lecture series Searching for the Truth on Origins. The set has 14 lectures with nearly 12 hours of lecture from Roger. His brilliant deductions in his always understandable manner makes this an incredibly important product. You can see a preview clip on the store product page. Roger doesn’t just talk about evolution vs creation here (although this alone makes the set invaluable), but he shows how evolutionary thinking has drastically altered the spiritual climate (and the overall morality) in our world today and then shows how we can use “creation evangelism” to win lost souls to Christ.

New Products That Can Be Trusted

Since we first began Lighthouse Trails, we have not only published many of our own titles, we have added new books and DVDs that are published or produced by other companies. While there is a wide and growing  assortment now of books, DVDs, and CDs in our collection, they all have one thing in common – they can all be trusted. We never add one single item without carefully reviewing it, researching the author’s background, and making sure it lines up with Scripture and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We aren’t just hunting around for products for the mere purpose of making our collection bigger. There has to be a reason to add a new product, and that reason has to be that it will bring strength, edification, exhortation, and/or understanding to the body of Christ and/or the Gospel message to the unbeliever.

In 2012, we added 56 new items to our product list. Here’s a brief synopsis:

1. NEW MUSICIAN – We have been very blessed to meet up with Canadian musician Trevor Baker. Roger Oakland introduced us to him and his music. Trevor travels around North America sharing his Gospel message through his music. He sings about many of the things that Lighthouse Trails writes about.

3. NATIVE SPIRITUALITY – The topic of Native Spirituality and what is called the First Nations Movement (or Indigenous People’s Movement) is vital for the Christian to understand. So in addition to our own Muddy Waters, we have also added the First Nations Movement DVD lecture series with Mike Oppenheimer and Sandy Simpson as well as the testimonial DVD I’ll Never Go Back by Chief Shoefoot. These have allowed us to start a new category of products – Native Spirituality. Already, we have heard from many Native American Christians who have told us how grateful they are to have these resources available.

4. COMMUNISM – Another new category we added in 2012, fitting well with our Remembering the Holocaust category, is Remembering Communism. In addition to last year’s Small Price to Pay, Nikolai, and East Wind (by Dave Hunt’s wife, Ruth), we have added God Knows My Size, The Printing, and Precious. Like the Holocaust, we should not forget Communism and what happens when a country is run by an evil, God-forsaken government.

5. NEW FREE THINGS – In 2012, we created several free PDF articles at the store, and a lot of people are getting these. We’ll be adding more in 2013. We actually just added a new category called Free Things, where you will find several items that we offer at no charge. Definitely worth checking out. We’ll be adding more to this new category in 2013, so be sure and bookmark it.

6. A VERY SPECIAL FAMILY – One of the special delights for us this year is crossing paths with the Broyden family from B.C., Canada. Jimmy Broyden, the dad, was the stunt director for the film Courageous and has been a stunt coordinator for many years. He and his wife have a bunch of children, and these are very talented kids. Their daughter Emma (18 years old)  just produced her first film Precious, and their 14-year-old son Isaac just produced his first feature length movie, The Adventure’s of Jake’s Farm.  Each film presents a solid Gospel message, and Lighthouse Trails is carrying them both. We can’t wait to see what else will be coming out from the Broydens. Be sure and watch the Behind the Scenes sections if you get these movies. Quite a blessing.

7. MISC – Along with expanding our children’s section in the store (not an easy thing to do, by the way, in today’s artificial carnal world) and our fairly new gift section (with KJV Scripture mugs for your Bible verse tea, beautiful Lighthouse watercolor notecards, and braided baskets from our widows in Kenya whom Lighthouse Trails readers support through the Bryce Home project), we have added another Bible to our small, carefully selected Bible collection. This one is a Large Print Ultra Thin KJV Reference Bible in a black genuine leather cover, a very nice Bible with easy to read lettering.

TWO IMPORTANT LISTS IN 2012:

In 2012, we added these two lists that we hope will aid Christian believers in their research for the truth and their contending for the faith:

50 Top Organizations With a Significant Role in Bringing Contemplative Spirituality to the Church

100 Top Contemplative Proponents Evangelical Christians Turn To Today

 

* * Spotlight Article by a Lighthouse Trails Author in 2012:

The Facts Behind My Departure from Calvary Chapel – by Roger Oakland -Part One

Part 2: The Facts Behind My Departure from Calvary Chapel – by Roger Oakland

 

LOOKING AHEAD AT 2013

NEW LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS PRINT JOURNAL

In November of 2012, we announced our first subscription-based Lighthouse Trails Print Journal, with the first issue coming out in mid-January 2013. You can read the press announcement by clicking here. We are excited to finally be able to offer a print journal to Lighthouse Trails readers. Just so you know, the free e-mail newsletter that you get in your e-mail box is still going to be sent out 2-3 times a month and will always remain free.

NEW BOOKS in 2013

We are happy to announce that Berit Kjos’ book How to Protect Your Child from the New Age and Spiritual Deception will be released this spring. This 300+ page manual-for-parents is a must for every parent’s library. Berit has a long-held reputation of upholding biblical truth while having the courage to expose the hidden things of darkness that are hurting our children. In her book, she covers various categories including the media , T.V., the Internet, books, magazines,  the New Age/New Spirituality in the schools and in churches, movies, toys, and more. Each chapter is followed by a chapter with practical ideas and suggestions on how parents can protect and equip their children. This is really a packed and powerful book.

In the fall of 2013, we are releasing a new book by Ray Yungen – Spiritual Formation: Model of Apostasy. This book will be a companion book to his earlier book, A Time of Departing, which uncovered the truth about the contemplative prayer movement. Spiritual Formation, as it is being called, has impacted nearly every facet of modern day Christianity, from colleges to youth organizations to publishing houses to churches to Bible study leaders and even to homeschoolers. Spiritual Formation: Model of Apostasy takes the whole movement head on. This long-needed book will describe what the movement is all about, how it is tied in with last days Bible prophecy, and it will name the names of those who are bringing it to pass.

We have a few other books we are presently working on but do not yet have a release date for them. One of these is the sequel to Castles in the Sand by Canadian author Carolyn A. Greene; another is a new edition of Day of No Return by Kressmann Taylor; and we are working on three Spanish translated books: El Color de Dolor (The Color of Pain), Un Tiempo de APOSTASÍA (A Time of Departing), and Atrapada en el infierno de Hitler (Trapped in Hitler’s Hell) by Anita Dittman. Sally A., our Spanish translator, is a retired missionary to Columbia and a faithful member of the Lighthouse Trails team. She has worked tirelessly on these translations, and we plan to have these three in print in 2013.

NEW PRINT BOOKLET TRACTS

Lighthouse Trails Publishing is pleased to announce the start of print booklet tracts that can be used for sharing important truths with others. The booklets are printed on  high quality 60#white gloss paper with a color cover and are 5.5″ x 8.5″; each booklet is between 12-24 pages (prices will vary depending on number of pages). We will be adding new booklet titles frequently. These will be great to buy in bulk and give out. Topics will include: contemplative prayer, spiritual formation, emerging church, Purpose Driven movement, dominionism, labyrinths,the road to Rome, lectio divina, and many other topics that Lighthouse Trails covers. Click here to see our starting collection. We’ll be adding more titles frequently so be sure and bookmark this page. Each one will be offered in bulk rates with as much as 50% off retail, depending on the quantity ordered. If you have requests for particular topics to be made into booklets, please drop us a line at editors@lighthousetrails.com.

TWO NEW BIBLE VERSE TEA BLENDS

As many of you know, at the close of 2010, Lighthouse Trails launched a “tent-making” business called The Shepherd’s Garden. We created our very own blends of healthy organic tea. Each tea bag has a small tag attached on a string, and each tag has a Bible verse on it. This was a way we have felt would help sustain the ministry of Lighthouse Trails and also have a small part in getting people to think about God’s Word. In 2013, we are going to be announcing two new blends. In addition to our Cranberry Orange Rooibos, Chai Green, Peach White, and Peppermint teas we already have, we are currently preparing for production of Vanilla Almond Rooibos and Red Chai. A lot of people have told us how much they love our tea. Click here to read some of these comments.

That’s a recap of what Lighthouse Trails Publishing was up to in 2012 and what we anticipate doing in 2013. There are lots of others things we could tell you about, but we’ll save those for upcoming issues of our e-newsletter and our print journal. May the Lord bless you and your family this new 2013 year with His wisdom, His guidance, and His peace.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)

Note: To view our 2012 Year in Reviews, click here.

2011 YEAR IN REVIEW AT LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS PUBLISHING

Jan 2nd, 2012 Posted in company information, YEAR IN REVIEW | Comments Off on 2011 YEAR IN REVIEW AT LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS PUBLISHING

As Lighthouse Trails soon nears the end of our 10th year (10 years this coming March), we’d like to take a moment to ponder 2011, which was a busy year for us. It’s not easy being a small publisher in today’s western society where book reading is being slowly squeezed out of many people’s lives by the Internet, television, radio, and a host of other technological inventions. Not only that, small publishing houses must compete with the large houses that seem to have marketing budgets that keep them selling thousands, if not millions, of books. And many of the more established Christian publishers have been bought out by huge secular corporations giving their marketing budgets even more clout. An article in Christianity Today this past fall titled “HarperCollins Buys Thomas Nelson, Will Control 50% of Christian Publishing Market” is a case in point. HarperCollins bought Zondervan in 1988. Thomas Nelson and Zondervan are Christian publishing’s two largest publishing house.

But in spite of the huge challenge it is for small publishers to stay in business, Lighthouse Trails is still here after nearly a decade. We believe that God has continued to provide for us; and we thank Him for giving us the wisdom to keep our overhead small, live and work as simply and frugally as we can, and never lower our standards from what we believe they should be just so we can sell more books. We’ll never be a Thomas Nelson or Zondervan (we think that might be a good thing considering their move toward contemplative and emerging), but we hope and pray we can be around another ten years and represent even more authors than we already have who have biblical and personal integrity .

Here is a recap of this past year:

In 2011, we published our second public domain book, Stories from Indian Wigwams and Northern Campfires by Egerton Ryerson Young. It’s a wonderful collection of true stories by a Canadian missionary to the Cree Native Americans in the late 1800s. The stories are fascinating and inspiring, and we think our readers will gain much from reading this book.

We also published two biographies by women – Stolen From My Arms by Katherine Sapienza (with Zach Taylor) and In My Father’s House by Corrie ten Boom. Sapienza’s book is her story of how her young son was abducted, taken to a far away country, and how with the help of a Delta Force team she decides to attempt to get her son back. This is an edge-of-your-seat book.  In My Father’s House is about the years prior to World War II in Corrie’s life. The book paints a beautiful picture of “family” from which today’s Christian families can glean valuable and eternally-lasting lessons. While this book was published a number of years ago by a couple top name publishers, we’ve been told this Lighthouse Trails edition is the nicest one that’s ever been done. We think it has more photos than any of Corrie’s other books – over 50 of them!

This fall, we published Roger Oakland’s biography Let There Be Light. The book had been published several years ago, but this new edition is about double that size with several new chapters and lots of photos. We’ve been getting some great reviews back on the book – it’s a hard one to put down, we’ve been told time and again. This book will challenge believers to stand strong in their faith and will capture the attention of non-believers, showing them what the true Gospel is and why it is worth believing.

In addition to the new books wepublished ourselves in 2011, we also added several products from other companies or ministries to our Lighthouse Trails online and catalog store. We want to say, we don’t just add products for the sake of adding products. Every single item has been chosen with much care, thought, and prayer, and always with the best interest of our readers in mind. One of the most exciting names we picked up this year was Canadian song writer and singer, Trevor Baker. Roger Oakland told us about him, and we came to love this brother in the Lord and his music immediately. He sings about many of the things that Lighthouse Trails Research writes about, and it doesn’t take too long listening or watching Trevor to know this is man after God’s own heart. You can listen to 30 second clips of all his songs that we carry on the store, and there is also a full Trevor Baker in Concert video on the store site – definitely worth watching. You won’t be sorry you did.

Harvey Yoder, a biographer, is a new name in 2011 to Lighthouse Trails. We now carry three of Yoder’s books, and every one of them is a book you will never forget. Heavy stories of people who are going through some kind of persecution: A Small Price to Pay (Behind Iron Curtain), God Knows My Size (Behind Iron Curtain), and A Good Different (Kenya). Harvey Yoder is an excellent writer and captures the essence of life and faith  in these difficult places.

Just recently we added two young people’s books by Patricia St. John: Treasures of the Snow (we also carry the movie) and The Tanglewood’s Secret. We decided to add these books when we learned that both books have a wonderful Gospel message. It has been our desire to build our children and youth section – a bit of a challenge for sure.

A new project we have just launched is our handcrafted wood-framed pictures with Scriptures. These are absolutely stunning and made right here in Montana by some of the Lighthouse Trails team. The photographer, Dan Morgan, is giving 10% of the proceeds to Understand the Times Bryce Lodge Orphan Home project. You might want to check out these beautiful rustic frames and pictures. The framed photos are part of our new gift section; each item in this collection is really very unique. One of the new product lines that we are just getting started with is baskets made by the widows in Kenya. We should be receiving our first batch in the next few weeks. We are paying the widows a fair market wage to make these beautiful hand-woven multi-colored baskets, which we believe will improve their lives and give them the chance to support themselves.

In 2012, we’ve got some very interesting projects lined up so far. We will be publishing Nanci Des Gerlaise’s book, Muddy Waters: an insider’s view of North American Native Spirituality. This apologetics biography is important and  ties in with much of the evangelical church today. Not only is the evangelical church embracing a mystical spirituality through Native Spirituality, but many First Nations Christians are being led into a very spiritually dangerous situation by Christian evangelical leaders. This book addresses these issues.

We are also planning to release Berit Kjos’ book, How to Protect Your Child From the New Age and Spiritual Deception. When it is released, it will be worth the wait. Berit Kjos has a succinct understanding of spiritual deception in today’s world and how it is affecting children. We consider her work to the body of Christ vital and trustworthy.

Roger Oakland is working on a new book, one he is co-authoring with the editors at Lighthouse Trails. We’ll announce more about this apologetics book later in the new year. We’ve got some other projects on the burner and hopefully those will come to fruition in 2012. We’ll keep you posted.

Thank you to all of those who have supported Lighthouse Trails Publishing these past nearly ten years. We hope we can continue to be a publisher that you and your families feel good about and can trust. May God bless you, your loved ones, and your churches in this New Year with the truth of His Word and the power of His Gospel.

Lighthouse Trails Editors
Eureka, Montana

P.S. If you haven’t had a chance to try our Shepherd’s Bible Verse Tea, remember, you can send us your name and address with a self-addressed stamped envelope, and we will send you a free sample.

YEAR IN REVIEW AT LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS PUBLISHING & 2011 PREVIEW

Jan 1st, 2011 Posted in YEAR IN REVIEW | Comments Off on YEAR IN REVIEW AT LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS PUBLISHING & 2011 PREVIEW

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