Discovering Delight: 31 Meditations on Loving God's Law
Reformation Heritage Books
Does the concept of loving law sound strange to you—like two things that just don’t go together? Christians today often don’t want to read about law because they would rather revel in gospel and grace. Yet the Bible clearly links law with love, a connection we see in Psalm 119. In these insightful meditations, author Glenda Mathes sheds light on this “long psalm that often gets short shrift.” A closer look at Psalm 119, in particular, and several other psalms and Old and New Testament passages encourages readers to discover the delight of God’s written Word and rejoice in loving His law.
This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Discovering Delight: 31 Meditations on Loving God’s Law (Reformation Heritage Books, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:
“As I read this book, I found myself challenged and encouraged in the faith, to love Jesus and His Word more.” Reviewer: Brian Mann Rating: 5 Stars
“As I was reading this book, I felt I was sitting at the feet of a wise teacher, one with a deep love for God.” Reviewer: James Pate Rating: 3 Stars
“Discovering Delight stresses the importance of God’s Word in the life of a Christian; therefore, I highly recommend it for all Christians.” Reviewer: Beth Saathoff Rating: 5 Stars
R. Douglas Geivett and Holly Pivec
Weaver Book Company
December 1, 2014
God’s Super-Apostles provides a concise entry-level overview of the key teachings and practices of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement. This is a key resource in grasping the significance of this global, confusing, and controversial movement.
This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for God’s Super-Apostles (Weaver Books, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:
“This book is helpful for all Christians who might want to quick and good introduction to what is NAR, and whether it is truly biblical.” Reviewer: Chris Ho Rating: 5 Stars
“I highly recommend this book, I think everyone needs to know about the NAR.” Reviewer: Rani Grant Rating: 5 Stars
What if the path toward an extraordinary life is becoming more ordinary?Ordinary is not a call to be more radical. If anything, it is a call to the contrary. The kingdom of God isn’t coming with light shows, and shock and awe, but with lowly acts of service. Tony Merida wants to push back against sensationalism and “rock star Christianity,” and help people understand that they can make a powerful impact by practicing ordinary Christianity.
Through things such as humble acts of service, neighbor love, and hospitality, Christians can shake the foundations of the culture. In order to see things happen that have never happened before, Christians must to do what Christians have always done. Christians need to become more ordinary.
Let’s think together about how we, ordinary people, doing ordinary things, might turn the world upside down.
About the Author:
Tony Merida is lead pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. He earned a Ph.D. in preaching from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and serves as associate professor of Preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. His books include Faithful Preaching and Orphanology.
Page Count: 140
Blog Tour Details:
Tour Date: January 5 – 11, 2015
Available Formats: Paperback (Continental US Only)
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Purity is Possible
The Good Book Company
November 4, 2014
One in five Christian women use pornography. One in three visitors to a porn site is a woman. Many, many more women read explicit books like Fifty Shades of Grey. Even more than that write their own pornography - not on paper for publication, but in their heads for their own use.
But no one talks about it. Our churches are silent on it. There are very few books about it. It is the unspoken struggle of thousands of Christian women - perhaps you, and probably someone you know.
But no more. In this refreshingly honest, resolutely hope-filled and gospel-soaked book, Helen speaks the unspoken. In doing so, she shows how purity is better and more satisfying than fantasy - and that, whoever you are and whatever your struggles, that purity is possible.
This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Purity is Possible (The Good Book Company, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:
“This is an excellent and encouraging book.” Reviewer: Joey Parker Rating: 5 Stars
“This is a is a thoughtful, insightful, and sincerely-written book.” Reviewer: Hal Marshall Rating: 4 Stars
“This is a beautifully written book written to touch the heart.” Reviewer: Val Belley Rating: 4 Stars
“I believe Purity is Possible is a wonderful resource, both for those who are struggling with pornography or sexual fantasies, and those who simply want to understand better how to come alongside their friends and family who are struggling with these issues, and address them biblically. Filled with Scripture, humility, and kindness, Purity is Possible offers hope and healing, and I would give it an “A”.” Reviewer: Amanda Cain Rating: 4 Stars
“I highly recommend this book first and foremost for women, but also for men, in particular husbands to read.” Reviewer: Mike Boling Rating: 5 Stars
“I heartily recommend this book for all Christian women (young and old) who struggle not only with sexual sin, but also those who have a fantasy life that is not submissive to God’s will.” Reviewer: Beth Saathoff Rating: 4 Stars
“Purity is Possible is a book worth picking up for women who struggle with sexual temptation.” Reviewer: Theron St. John Rating: 5 Stars
“In this refreshingly honest, resolutely hope-filled and gospel-soaked book, Helen speaks the unspoken. In doing so, she shows how purity is better and more satisfying than fantasy – and that, whoever you are and whatever your struggles, that purity is possible.” Reviewer: Kevin Sorensen Rating: 4 Stars
“If this is an issue you’re struggling with and you need to hear from someone who’s been there, you’ll surely find comfort reading this book. But mostly you’ll find comfort where she brings you: at the foot of the cross of our Lord. There you will find repentance and acceptance for your soul.” Reviewer: Ann Beaulieu Rating: 4 Stars
“I recommend this book for women struggling with purity,and who want to restore their walk in faith.” Reviewer: Edythe Hamilton Rating: 4 Stars
“I highly recommended this book to any women who wants to live a life of purity.”Reviewer: Chris Ho Rating: 4 Stars
“Purity is Possible would be very helpful for women who struggle with pornography and sexual fantasy.” Reviewer: Persis Lorenti Rating: 4 Stars
“I recommend this book to all women who desire purity in their walk with the Lord.” Reviewer: Jeanie Schwagerman Rating: 5 Stars
“This book was helpful to me in offering insight into such attractions for women.” Reviewer: Douglas Wallace Rating: 4 stars
“I recommend this book as generally useful to young preachers.” Reviewer: Jonathan Tomes Rating: 4 Stars
A New Apostolic Reformation
R.Douglas Geivett and Holly Pivec
Weaver Book Company
November 14, 2014
This critique provides a framework for understanding and interpreting the widespread but little-known New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement. As the authors state in the preface: "We write this book with two major goals in mind. First, to give people an idea of the sheer size and reach of the NAR movement. And second, to systematize its key teachings and practices and evaluate them on the basis of Scripture and careful reasoning … . In our judgment, the NAR perspective crosses these boundaries [that is, certain broad parameters, revealed in Scripture and practiced in the historical orthodox church], and it does so in part because of flawed theology rooted in a flawed understanding of Scripture. We wish to warn readers about a possible confusion: Some critics have linked the NAR movement with mainstream Pentecostalism and charismatics. We do not do this. In fact, it is our contention that the NAR movement deviates from classical Pentecostal and charismatic teachings. This movement has emerged out of independent charismatic churches and, thus, has gained a foothold in many of those churches in varying degrees."
This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for A New Apostolic Reformation (Weaver Books, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:
“This is a well-researched, and thoughtful book.” Reviewer: Hal Marshall Rating: 5 Stars
“Pastors and ministry leaders will want to turn to this book to have good and solid understanding of what the Word of God has to say about NAR, and also see the importance of having and doing good exegesis.” Reviewer: Chris Ho Rating: 4 Stars
“A New Apostolic Reformation? is an outstanding book; it is well researched and cogently argued, with an orderly, easy-to-follow presentation (with summaries at the end of each chapter, concise recapitulation of key points at appropriate intervals, and so on). I commend it to you.” Reviewer: David Hodges Rating: 5 Stars
“For anyone looking to research and learn more about NAR this book would be a good starting point.” Reviewer: Michael Wilson Rating: 4 Stars
“This book was eye-opening concerning a movement that is likely under the radar of most Christian leaders who should be made aware of these deviant, heretical teachers and teachings.” Reviewer: Douglas Wallace Rating: 4 Stars
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