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Here is an excerpt from a press release about an upcoming book about Justin Bieber and his Christian faith:Not since the Beatles sauntered onto the world stage a half-century ago has an artist had more cultural influence on a generation than Justin Bieber of Stratford, Ontario. Any yet, despite overwhelming success and the frenzy of newfound celebrity one thing in Bieber's life has remained constant, his genuine Christian faith. Ask the teen icon what message he wants to send his fans more than anything else and Bieber says "that God loves them."In her new book, Belieber! Faith, Fame and the Heart of Justin Bieber, (Worthy Publishing, September 27, 2011), award-winning journalist Cathleen Falsani explores how Bieber is influencing an entire generation that is often found in a world of over-stimulating outward messages and challenges beyond their years. She paints an inspiring portrait of a young, talented musician discovered when a record producer spotted his home movies on YouTube while also giving fans an intimate glimpse behind-the-scenes of the heart and soul of their beloved star. Rather than a pop idol who points only to himself, time and again, Justin uses the spectacular stage of superstardom to direct his fans to something far bigger. Falsani says "Justin has a message beyond what many critics quickly dismiss as "puppy love". It is above love, God's love for everyone. And his fans are listening." Bieber rarely misses an opportunity to talk openly about his Christian faith and to bring his personal message about gratitude, hope and believing to his millions of Twitter followers and fans who pack his shows at every arena where he performs. This side of Justin Bieber's life, as told by Falsani, is a heartfelt story with positive implications for our world's youth.Falsani is an author of several non-fiction books that deal with the intriguing intersection of spirituality and pop culture including 2009's The Dude Abides: The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers. To view a trailer with author Cathleen Falsani, click here: http://justin-book.com