Weekly Religion News with items on Destiny Image Publishing's Author of the Year winner, a survey about the tea party and the conservative Christian movement and more.

Destiny Image Publishing, a publisher dedicated to biblically sound books that strengthen the Church as a whole, announced Pastor Suzette Caldwell as the 2010 Author of the Year for her book, “Praying to Change Your Life,” a guide to productive prayer. ??

A nominating committee from Destiny Image nominated over 60 of its 600-plus authors to compete for this award. After, 11 of the 60 authors were named finalists, one from each category entered. Over the course of the entire competition, which began in late 2010, over 10,000 readers cast their votes. Caldwell won a resounding 51 percent of the final vote.

Caldwell is the Board Chair and President of The Prayer Institute, a non-profit, community-based organization that is committed to praying for people and teaching people how to pray. She is also Associate Pastor of the 17,000-member Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston, one of the largest United Methodist Churches in the nation.??

"When you pray: 1) First acknowledge God as your father and offer him thanksgiving. 2) Before you express your hurts and desires, talk about what he wants to accomplish in your life — put your focus on his will, not yours. 3) Now, pray for your needs and pour your heart out to him. 4) Ask for forgiveness and commit to forgiving others. 5) Pray for his protection. 6) Finish with praise in a respectful and reverent way. Have faith that God heard you and expect results," says Caldwell.??

Week in Religion

- April 12, 1882, the Evangelical Reformed Church in Germany was created by royal decree when the king of Prussia ordered 124 "reformed" congregations to become incorporated as an independent territorial church.

- April 13, 1059, Pope Nicholas II decreed that only cardinals could elect future popes.

- April 14, 73, according to Jewish historian Josephus, 967 Jews committed mass suicide within the fortress of Masada the night before the walls were breached by the attacking Roman Tenth Legion.

-- William D. Blake, Almanac of the Christian Church

Survey Says

According to an August 2010 survey, of those who agree with the conservative Christian movement, or the religious right, 69 percent agree with the tea party and 4 percent disagree. The same survey reveals that, of those who agree with the tea party movement, 42 percent agree with the conservative Christian movement and 11 percent disagree.

-- Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life

Quote of the week

“Everyone ought to worship God according to his own inclinations, and not to be constrained by force.” – Flavius Josephus (37 AD – 100 AD)

The Word

Vedas: A group of writings which form the oldest of Hinduism's sacred scriptures.

-- religioustolerance.org

Religion Around the World

Religious makeup of Cayman Islands

Church of God: 25.5 percent

Roman Catholic: 12.6 percent

Presbyterian / United Church: 9.2 percent

Seventh Day Adventist: 8.4 percent

Baptist: 8.3 percent

Pentecostal: 6.7 percent

Anglican: 3.9 percent

Other religions: 4 percent

Non-denominational: 5.7 percent

None: 6.1 percent

Unspecified: 3.2 percent

- CIA Factbook

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