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New Hope Publishers releases book by counselor and teacher Julie Sparkman

Join counselor and teacher Julie Sparkman as she explores Jesus’ gentle
yet costly invitation to true rest

BIRMINGHAM: New Hope® Publishers announces the release of Unhitching from the Crazy Train: Finding Rest in a World You Can’t Control by Julie Sparkman. (New Hope/February 5, 2018/ISBN: 978-1-62591-536-8/$14.99). We all have a picture of how life should go. The dream job. Close friendships. Loving, grateful children. A perfect marriage. But more often than not, life doesn’t go according to our plan. So we corral and control—determined to make our picture come true. When our dream job just isn’t that fulfilling, when our friends disappoint us, when our perfect angels turn into teenager with minds of their own, when our marriage is far from perfect—what do we do with that? Revealing that most of the craziness of life stems from unrealistic expectations, counselor and author Julie Sparkman offers practical insight for how to let go of unintentional efforts to corral and control people and circumstances. Replace unrealistic expectations with God’s bigger picture, and experience a deep, soulful rest—rest that is dependent on the finished work of a Savior who will never leave us alone.

View the book trailer here. 

Learn more about Julie and Unhitching from the Crazy Train at 

Advance Praise
“I’ve been blessed to see how Julie’s teaching can unhitch a church and family from the crazy train. And I’m so thankful that many more will be challenged and encouraged by this wonderful book.” —Collin Hansen, editorial director of The Gospel Coalition and author ofBlind Spots: Becoming a Courageous, Compassionate, and Commissioned Church

“In Unhitching from the Crazy Train, Julie Sparkman invites us to experience a meal of pure gospel with a garnishing of beautiful humor that causes us to lean in and laugh. The result is that we experience more of our Savior in everyday life and learn how to trust Him for the rest He promises as we walk with Him.” —Susan and Newt Crenshaw, president of Young Life

Unhitching from the Crazy Train is an enlightening, encouraging resource for examining what we rely on and helping us place our trust in Christ. This book has helped me and many I know to jump off that crazy train . . . or to never hop on in the first place!” —Lauren Hansen, deacon of women’s ministry, Redeemer Community Church, Birmingham, AL

About the Author

Julie Sparkman brings fun and practical insights to serious topics such as applying the gospel to otherwise crazy everyday relationships. A full-time certified counselor by the American Association of Christian Counselors, she is the cofounder and executive director of Restore Ministries, a counseling service for men, women, children/teens, and college students. She is the author of Unhitching from the Crazy Train, which is based on a small group curriculum by the same name. She calls the greater Birmingham, Alabama, area home, where she has been instrumental in creating and training pastoral care teams.

To request a review copy of Unhitching from the Crazy Train, to schedule an interview with Julie, or for more information, please contact Meredith Dunn,