Gaining By Losing: Why The Future Belongs To Churches That Send Book Cover Gaining By Losing: Why The Future Belongs To Churches That Send
J.D. Greear
Zondervan
July 28, 2015
256

People are leaving the church J.D. Greear pastors. Big givers. Key volunteers. Some of his best leaders and friends. And that’s exactly how he wants it to be.

When Jesus gave his disciples the Great Commission, he revealed that the key for reaching the world with the gospel is found in sending, not gathering. Though many churches focus time and energy on attracting people and counting numbers, the real mission of the church isn’t how many people you can gather. It’s about training up disciples and then sending them out. The true measure of success for a church should be its sending capacity, not its seating capacity.

But there is a cost to this. To see ministry multiply, we must release the seeds God has placed in our hands. And to do that, we must ask ourselves whether we are concerned more with building our kingdom or God’s.

In Gaining By Losing, J.D. Greear unpacks ten plumb lines that you can use to reorient your church’s priorities around God’s mission to reach a lost world. The good news is that you don’t need to choose between gathering or sending. Effective churches can, and must, do both.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Gaining By Losing by J. D. Greear. Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“All in all, this is a great book for everyone in the church to read. I think many Christians will see that the church was not just meant to bring people to Jesus but also send them out, which is not the case of many churches these days.”
Reviewer: Chris Land
Rating: 5 Stars

“It’s all about reaching out and training the people in your church to be reaching out in their communities, workplaces, and wherever they are! Yes, sometimes J.D. even sent out people to plant churches where they were needed. I found this had some sound advice and was a thought provoking read.”
Reviewer: Heidi Smith
Rating: 4 Stars

Gaining By Losing is a much-needed book in our age of pragmatism and man-centeredness. This book provides both an important perspective as well as a corrective to some of the unhelpful practices in the church.”
Reviewer: David Steele
Rating: 4 Stars

“The narrative flows freely and seems to contain a good balance of suggestions for assisting in the Great Commission and personal stories of ministry experiences. Good read.”
Reviewer: Michael Taylor
Rating: 4 Stars

“a good reminder for Christians and churches to be outward focused…”
Reviewer: Shane Lems
Rating: 3 Stars

“[I]f you are serving in church leadership, or want a better understanding of why and how churches should be sending-focused, this book will absolutely be a helpful resource to you.”
Reviewer: Zach Barnhart
Rating: 4 Stars

“I heartily recommend Gaining by Losing. As a pastor, the book is inspiring and satisfies that deep desire for being a faithful shepherd. It lays out a clear vision of multiplying the gifts that God has entrusted pastors and elders with. But this book is not a book only for pastors. It is a book for all believers who long to be sent out and participate in the work God is doing in building his kingdom.”
Reviewer: Aaron Cerda
Rating: 5 Stars

Gaining by Losing is a must read for all Christians, especially church leaders serious about fulfilling the Great Commission. Greear will challenge you to think about how your church functions. This book is a call to see a growing (C)hurch through the eyes of sending (c)hurches.”
Reviewer: Craig Hurst
Rating: 4 Stars

Gaining by Losing serves as a decent resource for pastors and church leaders. It is a personal, balanced, and thought-provoking work.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 4 Stars

“Pastors, potential church planters, mission team members and leaders should read this book. So should the people who sit in the pews and think “there’s no way I could help with any of that.” Reading Gaining by Losing may convince you otherwise. There is a lot here that I didn’t like reading, probably because I need to hear, and apply it in my life and in my ministry.”
Reviewer: Karl Dumas
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is a must read for church leaders everywhere. It is one of the most applicable books written for churches this year.”
Reviewer: Matthew Lloyd
Rating: 5 Stars

“I found myself being convicted while reading this book. There are things that everyone could be doing here and now that are quite simple, but we don’t for various reasons. We must be faithful in the small things here before we will be faithful with the more difficult things. This is how I am trying to view my life now.”
Reviewer: Angela Parsley
Rating: 4 Stars

“…a significant challenge to pastors and elders of churches to change their community culture to disciple-making and sending.”
Reviewer: Barry Simmons
Rating: 4 Stars

“I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone! It will make you think, smile and re-think in a new and exciting way of how to share your faith.”
Reviewer: Deb Stanhope
Rating:4 Stars

“It’s quite quotable, thought provoking, and biblically interactive. It’s not for everyone, but if you are staff of a church or consider yourself a church leader, then you need to pick this up….sooner than later.”
Reviewer: Bo White
Rating: 5 Stars

Questions Jesus Asks: Where Divinity Meets Humanity Book Cover Questions Jesus Asks: Where Divinity Meets Humanity
Israel Wayne
Apologetics
New Leaf Press
May 2, 2015
188

Questions penetrate the heart and probe our deepest motives.

Jesus rarely answered questions He was asked, but instead turned the tables by asking a piercing question of His own. Questions Jesus Asks goes through a broad spectrum of these, dealing with issues like morality, suffering, humility, faith, and much more.

  • Explore the unique paradox of Jesus’ divinity and humanity
  • Be challenged by the questions Jesus asks each of us
  • Learn more about Jesus and find the answers to your own life’s questions.

John 17:3 tells us: “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” There is no higher purpose in life than the knowledge of God through His Son. Prepare to learn far more about God and the nature of Jesus than you thought was possible. Jesus asks penetrating questions that cut passed the pretense and reach the target of our hearts.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Questions Jesus Asks by Israel Wayne. Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

Questions Jesus Asks could be a great discipleship tool or even a devotional.”
Reviewer: Josh Aguilar
Rating: 4 Stars

“Reading this book helped answer many questions I had.”
Reviewer: Jen Brown
Rating: 5 Stars

“There is some good information presented here for the person who is looking for a basic introduction to many of the topics that Wayne introduces, and the occasional bit of humor adds to the presentation.”
Reviewer: Karl Dumas
Rating: 4 Stars

“The questions that Jesus asked can move you from just “knowing another thing” about some facet of Christianity to realizing what it means for you. (And I think He knew that when He asked them.)”
Reviewer: Faith Farrell
Rating: 4 Stars

“It’s a different approach than the standard formula of defining a topic and then going to the text for answers. It strengthens the reader’s interest by using this approach.”
Reviewer: Doug Hibbard
Rating: 4 Stars

“The content is well organized, with a good flow; Wayne’s writing just made me want to keep reading… All in all, Questions Jesus Asks covers a wide range of topics, and it is an excellent book to read.”
Reviewer: H. Marshall
Rating:   Stars

“If you are looking for a book to further your arguments from the Scriptures and to provoke thought, then this is a helpful place to start.”
Reviewer: Melissa Merritt
Rating: 4 Stars

“Israel is able to put this information out there in clear terms for anyone to understand and he doesn’t only use his opinions but others as well. Questions Jesus Asks is a very well rounded, well researched, authoritative read.”
Reviewer: Jalynn Patterson
Rating: 5 Stars

“The chapters are short and accessible but not filled with fluff. I enjoyed this book and plan on using portions of it with my students this year.”
Reviewer: Jon Roberts
Rating: 5 Stars

“I’ve never seen a book on this topic before! I also like the stories Israel Wayne weaves in to make the questions really make sense. I definitely recommend this book!”
Reviewer: Heidi Smith
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book will probe believers to dig deeper into scriptures and discover the answers found in God’s written Word.”
Reviewer: Andrew Smith
Rating: 5 Stars

“If you desire to study the questions of Jesus, this book is for you.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is not an exhaustive apologetic resource, but would be an excellent tool to use in family devotions, small groups, and Sunday school classes as a springboard for discussion. I would recommend that anyone who reads this books should check out the sources cited for additional reading, too, as Mr. Wayne is well-read, especially when it comes to Christian classics.”
Reviewer: Joe Westbrook
Rating: 5 Stars

“I believe Questions Jesus Asks would be an excellent choice for Bible studies, Sunday schools, and family devotions. Also, the fact it is divided into 20 short chapters, each between 6 and 10 pages long, makes it suitable for daily devotional reading as well.”
Reviewer: Marcia Wilwerding
Rating: 5 Stars

“Wayne writes in a humorous and engaging manner while at the same time letting the readers interact with the words of Jesus in each of the chapter. I highly enjoyed reading this book and would recommend this book to anyone who is new to the christian faith to read it. Pastors who are interested to grow their youth groups in doctrinal studies can also use this book as a platform to discuss about the points raised in each chapter.”
Reviewer: Chris Ho
Rating: 4 Stars

“You’ll find this book to be refreshing and monumental in your growth of faith in Jesus.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 5 Stars

“I really enjoy Israel Wayne’s writing style, and the manner in which he presents his subject matter. Both Questions God Asks and Questions Jesus Asks are informative and interesting to read. I highly recommend them for middle school and up.”
Reviewer: Danika cooley
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book provides excellent insight, and new perspectives on familiar stories. I highly recommend it.”
Reviewer: Christy Lube
Rating: 5 Stars

“Israel is one smart cookie and he’s clearly put a ton of time and energy into the research that went into this book. This is a non-fiction book that I’ll actually pick up and read again, I’m sure it would make a great addition to any church library as well.”
Reviewer: Heidi Strawser
Rating: 5 Stars

“Overall this is a great read… It will provoke your thoughts and get you thinking.”
Reviewer: Jamie Beyersdorf
Rating: 5 Stars

“Jesus wants to guide us on a journey of discovery and Israel Wayne has provided a very thought-provoking way to embark by examining the Questions Jesus Asks. Now it’s up to us to ask for clarification, seek to understand and knock to open the door of wisdom.”
Reviewer: Doug Myers
Rating:4 Stars

“On the surface this book doesn’t appear to be a book on apologetics, but the basic question regarding the omniscience of Jesus is well handled in the introduction and the appendix. The author does a nice job of sorting out the Historic Christian views on the perplexing question of the divinity and humanity of Christ. Continuing in each of 20 chapters, a defense of historic Christian perspectives on very common questions regarding faith is competently handled.”
Reviewer: William Perkins
Rating: 4 Stars

“…much meat here for the seasoned Christ follower to make this a book worth having on your shelves! Not only in the content of the chapters, but also in the introduction where he deals with the divinity/humanity of Christ, but also in the two appendices. Even these subjects are dealt with in an easy to understand way for non-biblical scholars.”
Reviewer: Evelyn Mae Raymond
Rating: 5 Stars

“In Questions Jesus Asks: Where Divinity Meets Humanity, Israel Wayne looks at the mystery of the incarnate God with a biblical approach…”
Reviewer: Todd Wilson
Rating: 5 Stars

Israel Wayne was a recent guest on The Shaun Tabatt Show. You can listen to Shaun and Israel’s discussion on Questions Jesus Asks below:

Prayers for New Brides by Jennifer O. WhiteThank you for your interest in reviewing Prayers For New Brides by Jennifer White. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

A new wife is seldom aware of the intense spiritual battle threatening her dreams of happily ever after. Often, she enters the marriage without the benefit of great examples, biblical knowledge, and mentors offering godly wisdom. The battle begins and she is unarmed. Can her faith survive? Will her marriage become another divorce statistic? Prayers for New Brides will empower her to protect her heart and marriage. Within these short chapters she will:

  • Learn biblical truths about marriage, the spiritual battle, and prayer
  • Pray in agreement with God’s will for her marriage
  • Activate these truths in her life through study, journaling, and intentional conversations with her husband and other wives.

Marriage is God’s design. He has a battle plan, the power and the resources to win. When a wife knows who God is and what He can do, she can trust Him to sustain her and her marriage. Her joy will be complete as she allows Him to enable her to do more for her union than she can imagine.

Jennifer WhiteAbout Jennifer O. White:
Jennifer White writes with fierce honesty to every new bride from her own experience of one failed marriage and one rescued by the Wonderful Counselor.

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Book Information:

  • Publisher:  New Leaf Press
  • ISBN:  9780892217335
  • Page Count:  160

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: August 24-30, 2015
  • Available Formats:  Paperback, .mobi ebook (Kindle), .epub ebook (Nook, Apple iBooks)
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and Amazon.com.

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A well-ordered Church Book Cover A well-ordered Church
William Boekestein & Daniel R. Hyde
EP Books
April 7, 2015
190

“Jesus is my personal Lord and Savior.”

No phrase captures better the ethos of modern evangelical Christianity. And while this is absolutely necessary for a Christian to believe and profess, what typically gets lost in much evangelical thinking and acting is Jesus’ church. This book seeks to present to evangelical Christians the basics of ecclesiology, or, the biblical doctrine of the church so that you might participate more fully in the life of the body of Christ.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for A Well-Ordered Church by William Boekestein & Daniel R. Hyde. Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“I think you will find A Well-Ordered Church to be a brief yet valuable resource to turn to and to offer to others.”
Reviewer: Todd Wilson
Rating: 4 Stars

“As an elder I found this book to be helpful. As Michael Horton writes, all readers may not agree with everything presented in the book. However, where you don’t, you will be challenged from Scripture and historic Reformed Confessions as to why you might disagree.”
Reviewer: Bill Pence
Rating: 4 Stars

“Toward the end of the book, the call to action as you could say is that we in the 21st century would recapture our love for the body of Christ. Again going back to the point of the book. If you would like to be encouraged to grow in that love for your Church, I would say read this book.”
Reviewer: Jaime Beyersdorf
Rating: 4 Stars

“…overall a well-written, informative, and beneficial book that I would recommend to anyone interested in a better understanding of the Reformed church.”
Reviewer: Amanda Cain
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you are interested in the subject this is a good starting point especially for those in reformed or Presbyterian churches.”
Reviewer: Kenneth Clayton
Rating: 5 Stars

“… a useful book on presbyterian church government from a US presbyterian stable. Read and reflect.”
Reviewer: Alan Davey
Rating: 4 Stars

“On its own, Well-Ordered Church does exactly what it promises to do… it does an excellent service for those God has called into his marvelous light we call the Church.”
Reviewer: Don Haflich
Rating: 4 Stars

“I would highly recommend this book to pastors… I could see some very good discussion in a small group studying what this book presents.”
Reviewer: Bill Mazey
Rating: 4 Stars

“How we worship the True and Living God is of upmost importance. This book has exhorted me to think more critically about this glorious task.”
Reviewer: Wes Melton
Rating: 3 Stars

“…for pastors in the Reformed tradition, it would be useful to give to everyone on their church leadership team.”
Reviewer: Daniel Pandolph
Rating: 5 Stars

“If you are looking for a good book to use in Elder Training on the nature and function of the church and order in the Church, than your search stops here.”
Reviewer: William Perkins
Rating: 3 Stars

“I would recommend this book for Presbyterian believers.”
Reviewer: Beth Saathoff
Rating: 3 Stars

A Well-Ordered Church is a balanced, biblical, and informative book for pastors with a Reformed theology. ”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 3 Stars

“This is a short, theologically solid, helpful guide to the basics of having a vibrant, solid, gospel oriented, God-centered and honoring church. I recommend it, particularly for those who would like to see how the church is to be biblically oriented and led. ”
Reviewer: Douglas Wallace
Rating: 5 Stars

Daniel R. Hyde was a recent guest on The Shaun Tabatt Show. You can listen to Shaun and Daniel’s discussion on A Well-Ordered Church below:

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Gaining By Losing: Why The Future Belongs To Churches That Send by J.D. Greear. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Gaining by Losing by J.D. GreearPeople are leaving the church J.D. Greear pastors. Big givers. Key volunteers. Some of his best leaders and friends. And that’s exactly how he wants it to be.

When Jesus gave his disciples the Great Commission, he revealed that the key for reaching the world with the gospel is found in sending, not gathering. Though many churches focus time and energy on attracting people and counting numbers, the real mission of the church isn’t how many people you can gather. It’s about training up disciples and then sending them out. The true measure of success for a church should be its sending capacity, not its seating capacity.

But there is a cost to this. To see ministry multiply, we must release the seeds God has placed in our hands. And to do that, we must ask ourselves whether we are concerned more with building our kingdom or God’s.

In Gaining By Losing, J.D. Greear unpacks ten plumb lines that you can use to reorient your church’s priorities around God’s mission to reach a lost world. The good news is that you don’t need to choose between gathering or sending. Effective churches can, and must, do both.

J.D. GreearAbout The Author:
J.D. Greear is pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. The Summit Church has been ranked by Outreach Magazine as one of the fastest-growing churches in the United States. J.D. has a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved and Gospel: Recovering the Power That Made Christianity Revolutionary. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, Veronica, and their four children.

Book Information:

  • Zondervan
  • ISBN:  9780310515241
  • Page Count:  256

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: August 10-23, 2015
  • Available Formats:  Hardcover (Continental US Only)
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and Amazon.com.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Gaining By Losing: Why The Future Belongs To Churches That Send by J.D. Greear. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.