Starting at the Finish Line: The Gospel of Grace for Mormons Book Cover Starting at the Finish Line: The Gospel of Grace for Mormons

Pomona House Publishing
February 5, 2014
202
"Starting at the Finish Line" seeks to declare the Good News of the gospel in a way that sounds like "good news" to the Latter-day Saint. It does this by 1) establishing the authority and "correctness" of our modern Bible, 2) explaining how we are saved by the grace of God when we put our full faith and trust in the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ, and in His blood alone, and, 3) exposing the dangers of trying to contribute to our own salvation by adding obedience and good works to the finished work of Christ on the cross. This message, to the devout Latter-day Saint, is overly simplistic and offensive. But to the struggling Mormon or to those who have already left the Mormon faith and find themselves lost in a sea of confusion...music to their ears! God gives eternal life to all those who will but receive it in faith.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Starting at the Finish Line: The Gospel of Grace for Mormons (Pomona House Publishing, LLC, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“This book was the encouragement I needed to keep my heart and mind focused on the gospel of grace and preaching one simple message: tetelestai.” Reviewer: Michael Britton Rating:  5 Stars

“Christians should read this book together with their LDS friends, discussing what is written in light of the Bible as God’s revealed Word.” Reviewer: John Divito Rating: 3 Stars

“Wallace speaks clearly and gently and points to Jesus throughout.” Reviewer: Doug Hibbard Rating: 4 stars 

 

God's Story: A Student's Guide to Church History Book Cover God's Story: A Student's Guide to Church History

Christian Focus For Kids
2014
Paperback
144
Brian Cosby makes the past come alive for students to explain Christian identity and to help readers avoid past mistakes. The history of the church reveals God's story for the world - despite the sin, corruption, and twisted events in the church's past, God has preserved this remnant, His people. Get a new understanding of His plan for the church and your life.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for God’s Story: A Student’s Guide to Church History (CF4K, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“I highly recommend God’s Story: A Student’s Guide to Church History for all believers, whether they are history buffs or not.”
Reviewer: Mike Boling
Rating: 5 Stars

“I recommend this book to the Christian who is just beginning to delve into church history.”
Reviewer: Beth Saathoff
Rating: 3 Stars

God’s Story is a brief overview of 2000 years of Church history with plenty of survey-level information. Dr. Cosby’s work is enjoyably written for its intended audience.”
Reviewer: Stan Blackburn
Rating: 3 Stars

“This will be the work I recommend to people as they begin study of Church history for some time to come. Excellent book on an-oft neglected topic.”
Reviewer: Josh Skinner
Rating: 5 Stars

“A good primer for those who want a quick, brief, succinct introduction to church history”
Reviewer: Chris Ho
Rating: 4 Stars

“Any history book that can grab and keep the reader’s attention, especially high school aged kids, is worth buying. I look forward to going through this book with my daughter in the near future (no way I’m waiting until she’s 14 as the age range suggests) and also recommending it to anyone who needs a great primer on church history.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 5 Stars

“His prose is engaging, his research is meaningful, and the book reads like a good novel.”
Reviewer: Ryan Rickard
Rating: 4 Stars

“In writing God’s Story, Brian Cosby has done parents, youth pastors, Christian schools, and the church as a whole a great service. He has made church history accessible, interesting, and applicable in a 21st-century teen’s life. I look forward to recommending and using this book with students in the future.”
Reviewer: Brandon Schmidt
Rating: 4 stars

“Cosby gives readers, especially young readers, an accessible introduction to church history. His ability to discuss church history with clarity and brevity is commendable.”
Reviewer: Hoon Lee
Rating: 4 Stars

“The book is a great reminder that God has “saved, preserved, and refined a people for His own glory”. It is also a reminder of the people throughout the history of the church who persevered through some terrible times so that we can hear the good news of Jesus Christ today.”
Reviewer: Kaye Chalwell
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is short, fun, to the point, and would be a great springboard for deeper study on a particular person or time period.”
Reviewer: Taryn Raulston
Rating: 5 Stars

God’s Story, while a small book, should not be overlooked! Easy to read, and written in layman’s terms, God’s Story condenses more than two thousand years of church history into a manageable 138 pages.”
Reviewer: Amanda Cain
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book would make a great study for a parent and child to read and discuss together, or to use in a group setting, although it will work equally well as an individual study too.”
Reviewer: Kara Haschke
Rating: 4 Stars

This is a very good book, easy to grab hold of. Parents should put this in front of their children, read it with them and discuss the attributes of God and the sinfulness of man that are always on display. This latter ought remind that none but Jesus does helpless sinners good. Flee to Him. This book shows us the way.
Reviewer: Stuart Brogden
Rating: 5 Stars

I highly recommend this book and believe it would be perfect for young adults who want a basic overview of church history.”
Reviewer: Rani Grant
Rating: 5 Stars

“Brian Cosby has given the Church a concise guide on church that will remain useful for a long time.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 5 Stars

“To sum up, I really enjoyed this book and I learned a lot as well. I would and have been recommending it to my friends. It is a great book for students, but I also think it is a great book in general for any age group.”
Reviewer: Jaime Beyersdorf
Rating: 5 Stars

“I enjoyed the book, and it could be useful for kids in their late teens to give them a quick overview of the road that got us where we are.”
Reviewer: Alan Davey
Rating: 4 Stars

“”This little book may give you the desire to go deeper into the history of the world and Christianity.” Reviewer: Jeanie Schwagerman Rating: 4 Stars

“”This book will help you to gain a new understanding of God’s plan for the church and your life.Reviewer: Mike Tiede Rating: 5 Stars

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Victory Through the Lamb. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Victory Through The Lamb by Mark WilsonThe book introduces Christians to the book of Revelation through a thematic study of one of its key themes: victory. Running counter to Revelation’s prevailing interpretation, it proposes that Christians, represented by the audience in the Seven Churches, have been in tribulation since the first century and that Revelation was written to help Christians be victorious over the challenges of life. Each chapter opens with an account of martyrdom. The final account tells the story of the three believers in Malatya, Turkey, who were brutally killed in 2007. The book is dedicated to the three. The volume also features a new translation of Revelation by the author, a scholar who has worked on Revelation for over two decades and who lives in the land of the Seven Churches—Turkey.

Praise for Victory Through the Lamb:

“If you are looking for first-rate evangelical scholarship on the book of Revelation in clear, non-technical language, you can do no better than Mark Wilson’s Victory through the Lamb. Through his extensive training in biblical scholarship and his experience living in Turkey, God has prepared Mark in unique ways to help the church understand this final book of the Bible. Two contributions of the book stand out. First, Mark offers a fresh English translation of the Greek text of Revelation. And second, he unpacks the relevance of Revelation for Christians enduring persecution, both past and present. So much of what has been written on Revelation for the church actually prepares believers to escape tribulation when Jesus himself made it clear that we should prepare to persevere through tribulation (e.g., John 16:33). Victory through the Lamb presents the best of biblical scholarship in clear and powerful language. I will recommend it widely. Thank you, Mark, for your gift to the body of Christ.”
—J. Scott Duvall, Chair of Department of Biblical Studies, and Professor of New Testament, Ouachita Baptist University

“In Victory through the Lamb, Mark Wilson draws upon his breadth of understanding of first-century history, his depth of understanding of the geography of western Anatolia, and his personal experience of having lived for many years in modern Turkey to illuminate the book of Revelation. For those of us who struggle to understand the often cryptic symbolism of this apocalypse, there is much to be learned from this volume. Even for those who might employ alternate interpretive frameworks from those suggested here, many illuminating moments will occur as they read Wilson’s book. The martyr stories at the beginning of each chapter aid in placing the reader into the correct frame of mind for interpreting Revelation. There is a reason, after all, that John’s apocalypse has been such an encouragement for people suffering for the name of Christ throughout history. I heartily recommend this book both for those who will agree with its main conclusions as well as for those who will not.”
—Kenneth Berding, Professor of New Testament, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

About the Author:
Mark Wilson (D.Litt. et Phil., South Africa) is the founder and director of the Asia Minor Research Center in Antalya, Turkey, a country in which he and his wife Dindy have lived since 2004. He serves as Visiting Professor of Early Christianity at Regent University, Associate Professor Extraordinary of New Testament at Stellenbosch University, and Research Fellow in Biblical Archaeology at the University of South Africa. He is the English editor of the Turkish archaeological journals Adalya and Anmed. He also blogs for the online Bible History Daily. He is the author and editor of numerous books, articles, and reviews including a commentary on Revelation (Zondervan), Charts of the Book of Revelation (Kregel), The Victor Sayings in the Book of Revelation (Wipf & Stock), and Biblical Turkey: A Guide to the Jewish and Christian Sites of Asia Minor (Ege Yayıları). Wilson is a member of twelve academic societies, including the Society of Biblical Literature, the Evangelical Theological Association, the Institute of Biblical Research, and the New Testament Society of South Africa. His particular research interests are the ancient Jewish communities, Roman roads, and biblical history in Turkey. He has been married to Dindy for forty years. They have four adult children, four granddaughters, and four grandsons.

Book Information:

  • Publisher: Weaver Book Company
  • ISBN: 9781941337011
  • Page Count: 224

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: August 4-10, 2014
  • Available Formats: Paperback, .mobi ebook (Kindle), & .epub ebook (Nook, Apple iBooks)
  • We ask that reviewers post a review to their personal website/blog and Amazon.

hank you for your interest in reviewing Victory Through the Lamb. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Healed at Last. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Healed At Last by Scott BlackwellMeningitis at the age of three left Scott Blackwell with a legacy of serious lifelong health problems, including the severe limp he still walks with. But his physical ailments were only the half of it. By his own admission, he found himself at the age of 18 “tired, starving, sick, experimenting widely with any drug I could find, mildly suicidal and alone”.

This book tells how God brought profound healing into Scott Blackwell’s life. But it is also the story of Scott’s search for what the Bible teaches about physical healing, in this life and the next. Many Christian pastors make strong claims today about God’s promise to heal all our physical illnesses. What are we to make of these claims? What does the Bible actually teach about healing?

Scott’s examination of these important issues is personal, warm, practical and often funny. But it is also clear, thorough and compelling in its presentation of the Bible’s teaching about healing.

Healed at Last offers truth, hope and encouragement for everyone who longs to be healed.

About the Author:
Scott Blackwell is an experienced pastor and Bible teacher who has wrestled personally with questions about God’s promise of healing. Prior to pastoral ministry, he was an addictions counsellor and community development worker. Over his 20 years in ordained ministry he has worked in church plants, as chaplain to Macquarie University, and in parish churches in southern, northern and western Sydney. Scott’s first love is preaching and teaching the Bible in a way that is practically relevant and helpful to God’s people. He is a husband, father and new grandfather.

Book Information:

  • Publisher: Matthias Media
  • ISBN: 9781922206565
  • Page Count:  205

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: July 28 – August 3, 2014
  • Available Formats: Paperback, .mobi ebook (Kindle), & .epub ebook (Nook, Apple iBooks)
  • We ask that reviewers post a review to their personal website/blog and Amazon.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Healed at Last. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

 

 

Thank you for your interest in reviewing God’s Story: A Student’s Guide to Church History. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

God's Story: A Student's Guide to Church History by Brian CosbyBrian Cosby makes the past come alive for students to explain Christian identity and to help readers avoid past mistakes. The history of the church reveals God’s story for the world – despite the sin, corruption, and twisted events in the church’s past, God has preserved this remnant, His people. Get a new understanding of His plan for the church and your life.

Praise for God’s Story:

“Fast-paced and focused on major leaders and movements, this book gives a helpful introduction to the history of the church in bite-size portions. Through the ages, God’s Story reminds us that history is His story-the account of God’s works among His people.”
-Joel R. Beeke

“I commend this book to you and pray high school and college students will pick it up in order to have an increasing passion to know and study the history of Christ’s Church.”
-Dave Jenkins

“Don’t be fooled by the small package: here is robust… history sure to offer wisdom to God’s people and insight to the church’s future leaders. Brian Cosby has done a favor for students everywhere, both young and old!”
-Sean Michael Lucas

“Our history shapes who we are today. Brain Cosby has done you a huge favor. He’s made reading church history easy and fun-and even devotional and worshipful. All you need to do is take up this book and read.”
-Stephen J. Nichols

Brian CosbyAbout the Author:
Brian H. Cosby (Ph.D., Australian College of Theology) is Pastor of Wayside Presbyterian Church (PCA) on Signal Mountain, Tennessee, and is the author of several books including Rebels Rescued: A Student’s Guide to Reformed Theology.

Book Information:

  • Publisher: Christian Focus 4 Kids
  • ISBN: 9781781913208
  • Page Count:  144

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: July 14-20, 2014
  • Available Formats: .mobi ebook (Kindle), & .epub ebook (Nook, Apple iBooks)
  • We ask that reviewers post a review to their personal website/blog and Amazon.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing God’s Story: A Student’s Guide to Church History. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.