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Soundtrack-of-Life Music from The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Eagles and George Strait Featured in New Small Group Resources

Contact: Joni Sullivan Baker, Buoyancy PR, 513-319-3231


CINCINNATI, June 20 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, The Eagles and George Strait -- not exactly what you'd expect to find on the covers of newly-released small group Bible studies.


But with discussions ranging from 'Yellow Submarine,' 'Hotel California,' 'Check Yes or No' and 'Satisfaction,' that's exactly what you do get with the new small group series called Tuning Into God (Standard Publishing, 2007).


Tuning into God provides four six-week, stand-alone sessions for adult small groups, and is a fun, entertaining way to introduce seekers to Bible study, or challenge growing Christians to develop in their faith by tackling some of life's difficult questions.


Each study uses an album of classic songs from one of four pop icons to prompt discussion of Biblical truth. The Beatles' series, for example, includes a session based on 'The Long and Winding Road,' to prompt discussion of Jeremiah 29 and God's promise of plans for his followers, '...plans to give you hope and a future.'


Other well-known songs used include 'You Can't Always Get What You Want,' in the Rolling Stones-themed study, 'Take it Easy,' in the study themed by The Eagles, and 'Living and Living Well' in the George Strait-themed study.


Although the topics deal with serious subjects, the studies also include fun elements such as background stories on the writing of each song, a page of 'Fast Facts' about each group, and ice breaker questions. Each book features website lists for locating Bible study tools, information on each band, and sources for obtaining the music.


'The Tuning into God series is an innovative approach to topical Bible study,' said Steve Couture, vice president of marketing and sales for Standard Publishing.


'In every generation pop music explores the themes of love, loss and the meaning of life, and many times speaks honestly of pain and hopelessness. Using these songs as a springboard for Bible study allows Christians to engage our culture and challenge commonly held secular worldviews,' he added.


Long known for products rich in Bible content, Standard Publishing announced its entry into the small group resources market in April with the release of the Small Group Help Guides, a series of four 'how-to' guidebooks for leaders of small groups, written by leading small group specialists with decades of experience leading small groups and small group ministries.


The Tuning into God studies join other small group resources Standard currently offers including book discussion guides that accompany adult trade titles, and two larger DVD-plus-study guide programs, Life on Loan and H2O. Other small group series will follow in fall 2007.


Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, Standard Publishing is a recognized leader in providing Christian products and resources for churches and families. Since its founding in 1866, Standard Publishing has been providing true-to-the-Bible resources that inspire, educate and motivate Christians to a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. For more information, visit www.standardpub.com.