Sheltering Trees Features Famous Friends

“Sheltering Trees—The Power, Promise, and Refuge of Friendship,” written by Donna VanLiere and NewSong
co-founder Eddie Carswell, was recently released by Howard Publishing. The hard-cover gift book features stories of friendship
from such well-known personalities as Stormie Omartian, Arthur Ashe, Zig Ziglar and Chonda Pierce; Christian recording artists
Point of Grace, Mac Powell of Third Day, Rebecca St. James, and Carolyn Arends; and country recording artists Randy Travis and
Mark Wills, among others.
“Sheltering Trees” was inspired by the title-cut of NewSong’s most recent album, with Carswell and Leonard Ahlstrom penning the
song. The book chronicles heartwarming stories of friendship and includes photos of the featured personalities with their friends,
along with a CD of the song “Sheltering Trees.”
“The impact of friendship on each of our lives is immeasurable,” said Carswell. “We find that to be true again and again in these
stories. It is important to remember that friends are a gift from God and part of His provision to have someone to laugh and cry with,
and most importantly, to help weather life’s storms.”
“It was a privilege for me to have the opportunity to interview so many amazing people,” said VanLiere. “These are people who have
influenced my life in one form or another throughout the years—and to sit down and talk with them about a special person who has
influenced their own life was a rare honor. Their stories are touching, comical, challenging, but most importantly inspiring,
encouraging you to rise up as a sheltering tree in someone’s life.”
“There seems to be an innate desire in every human heart for a good friend,” said Denny Boultinghouse, executive editor, Howard
Publishing. “In ‘Sheltering Trees,’ Donna VanLiere and Eddie Carswell share stories about good friends as they remind us about
some of the vital ingredients of friendship and thus equip us to be better friends. I know it sounds too simple, but the world would
be changed if more people had good friends in their lives. This book helps you begin today being a good friend. Working with
Donna and Eddie has been a delightful experience.”
Released last fall, NewSong’s Sheltering Tree album includes the hit singles “Red Letter Day,” “Wonderful One” and the #1
mainstream single, “The Christmas Shoes.”


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