Martin Luther by Simonetta CarrThank you for your interest in reviewing Martin Luther by Simonetta Carr. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Five hundred years ago, a monk named Martin Luther wrote ninety-five questions, hoping to start a discussion about sin and repentance at the University of Wittenberg in Germany. In a few months those questions had stirred the nation; a few years later, the continent. Today we know that those questions changed the course of both the Western church and world history. In this volume for children, Simonetta Carr tells the compelling story of this father of the Protestant Reformation, tracing his quest for peace with God, his lifelong heroic stand for God’s truth, and his family life and numerous accomplishments. The Reformer’s greatest accomplishment, she writes, “has been his uncompromising emphasis on the free promise of the gospel.”

The Christian Biographies for Young Readers introduces children to important people in the Christian tradition. Parents and school teachers alike will welcome the excellent educational value it provides for students, while the quality of the publication and the artwork make each volume a keepsake for generations to come. Furthermore, the books in the series go beyond the simple story of someone’s life by teaching young readers the historical and theological relevance of each character.

Praise for Martin Luther:

“Carr leads readers into the world in which Martin Luther grew up and then served the church and his society with sensitivity to the times and places where his life unfolded. The adventure of bringing the gospel to his people and the drama of his testimony to the truth come alive as we follow his footsteps into the heart of the German government, when he stood up to an emperor, and into his home and the joys he had in raising his family. An excellent introduction to the life of the great Reformer.”
—Robert Kolb, professor of systematic theology, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

“I am a big fan of both Martin Luther and Simonetta Carr, so this book is a dream come true, an author-subject marriage made in heaven. Simonetta beautifully captures both the life and the key thoughts of Dr. Martin and does so in a manner which is fast-paced and exciting. Parents will love reading this book to their children, and children will love reading it for themselves.”
—Carl Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary, and pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (OPC), Ambler, Pennsylvania

Simonetta CarrAbout the Author:  SIMONETTA CARR was born in Italy and has lived and worked in different cultures. A former elementary school teacher, she has home-schooled her eight children for many years. She has written for newspapers and magazines around the world and has translated the works of several Christian authors into Italian. Presently, she lives in San Diego with her husband Thomas and family. She is a member and Sunday School teacher at Christ United Reformed Church.

Book Information:

  • Publisher:  Reformation Heritage Books
  • ISBN:  9781601784544
  • Page Count:  64 Pages

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Dates:  December 5-18, 2016
  • Available Formats:  Hardvoer (Continental US Only)
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The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life: Connecting Christ to Human Experienc Book Cover The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life: Connecting Christ to Human Experienc
Jeremy Pierre
New Growth Press
October 3, 2016
288

Our approach to counseling and personal ministry is often lopsided—we treat people as minds to be taught or problems to be fixed, moving too quickly toward applying biblical solutions without taking the time to love people well and understand their experiences and hurts.

The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life provides a comprehensive view of how the heart works and how Christ redeems it. Pierre’s faith-centered understanding of people combines with a Word-centered methodology to give readers a practical way to help others better understand their tough experiences and who they are in light of who Jesus is. Pierre guides readers through four key activities—reading, reflecting, relating, and renewing—that will consistently position them to understand everyday human experiences in light of Scripture.

Pierre exposes the false dichotomy between the spiritual and seemingly unspiritual parts of the human experience, showing how every thought, feeling, and choice actually expresses the spiritual activity of the heart. He shows how faith in Christ is the means by which the heart begins to respond differently. Faith is not only the entry point for heart change, but also an expression of our everyday, ongoing need for Christ.

Pierre’s holistic view of counseling—forged by his experiences as a counselor, pastor, and seminary professor—equips readers to understand how everyday beliefs, desires, and commitments shape how we respond to life’s biggest struggles and how an active relationship of trust in God is the foundation for lifelong change.

The Cross Focused Reviewers share their thoughts on The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life: Connecting Christ to Human Experience by Jeremy Pierre (New Growth Press, 2016).

“I really enjoyed the reading of this book. I don’t think that I realized how often my responses to myself and to others are shaped by something that doesn’t have anything to do with the actual interaction that I’ve just had. Instead, my beliefs and feelings are always shaping my heart’s response, and those that I interact with are not always able to see why I have reacted in a way that seems to be unhelpful, overblown or simply wrong.”
Reviewer: Rebecca Ray
Rating: 5 Stars

The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life, is a book that can show us how to get back to the basics on just loving on others. The simplicity of it is actually the meat of the whole operation. A great book for beginners in ministry as well as long time veterans that need a fresh approach.”
Reviewer: Jalynn Patterson
Rating: 5 Stars

The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life is about the desires of the heart and how they can lead to problems in life. The book offers guidance about how one can counsel someone else and help that person to identify and apply Christ-centered solutions… Pierre is clear that this is a process and that many people do not do it perfectly.”
Reviewer: James Pate
Rating: 4 Stars

“The book is very readable and contains many helpful insights. Will be a good reference for future use.”
Reviewer: Michael Taylor
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is good for pastors who want to understand more of how to help people in their daily walk with Jesus as well in times of trouble. This would also be a good book for every member to read with others to understand the theology of the human experience.”
Reviewer: Chris Land
Rating: 5 Stars

“If you want to address a vital part of biblical counseling, the human heart, aside from certain Puritans I can’t think of a better book to pick up. As a disclaimer I will add I was a member of Clifton Baptist Church where Jeremy Pierre serves as an elder and developed a great deal of respect for him, he exemplifies what he teaches in this work.”
Reviewer: Steven Dressen
Rating: 5 Stars

“I found The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life to present a strong, biblical perspective on common struggles, along with very practical helps in working through these struggles. It’s not a quick read, but worthy of chewing on as you go. This book will be helpful for pastors, counselors, and believers who simply want to work out their own salvation (Phil 2:12) and walk side-by-side with others in this same pursuit.”
Reviewer: Suzanne Jackson
Rating: 5 Stars

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Not only was it a good introduction to the human interaction aspect of counseling, but it was also a great resource for looking into my own heart on a daily basis. As a natural thinker, I am wired to reject the emotional aspects of my heart to the extent that I fail to notice the impact my emotions have on my thinking and my actions. I am thankful for this excellent work by Dr. Pierre and look forward to using this as an essential tool in my biblical counseling ministry.”
Reviewer: Chrys Jones
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is an excellent biblically based resource for pastors, ministers, and counselors who desire to serve their parishioners and clients well. It is a great side table guide to better understand how the gospel applies to the dynamic heart of people in every day life.”
Reviewer: Zach Kendrick
Rating: 4 Stars

The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life is an excellent book on understanding the human heart, how the heart responds to it’s surroundings and how one should counsel others. I am very thankful for this book and it will certainly be a book that I reference in the future.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book has helped me to see more clearly the nature and causes of inner conflict that I often experience due to conscience and the dynamic interplay between what I know, what I actually love (tainted by sin) and what I want to do because of circumstances or desire to please others. Because this is often complicated, the framework and the suggested questions in the third section helped me sort out the reasons for my response in certain troubling situations and thereby helped me to pursue the right remedy for a more Godly response.”
Reviewer: William Perkins
Rating: 5 Stars

“Pierre equips counselors, pastors, and caretakers by clearly explaining the points he makes, by taking seriously the complexity of the subject, and by teaching a comprehensive understanding of the heart. I wholeheartedly recommend this book for any Christian who desires to be equipped in caring and counseling by grasping the complexities of the dynamic heart.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 5 Stars

“…you should get a copy of this book. It will help if you are a minister and will help all Christians understand what God has revealed about those created in His image, in His word.”
Reviewer: Ben Wilson
Rating: 5 Stars

The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life is one of those books you will want to read more than once and study for better understanding both of your own walk with Christ and how to guide others in your sphere of influence. I would suggest it for pastors, counselors, women’s ministry leaders, older women who mentor younger women, and parents.”
Reviewer: Marcia Wilwerding
Rating: 5 Stars

Where to Buy:
The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life is available at any good Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue Book Cover A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue
The Rwendigo Tales
J. A. Myhre
New Growth Press
September 26, 2016
128

African rebels. Stolen girls. Illegal logging. A dangerous cobra. Join eleven-year-old Kiisa and her messenger bird, Njili, on a thrilling rescue mission in the heart of Africa and learn with them the true meaning of bravery and the value of forgiveness in the second page-turning book in J. A. Myhre’s The Rwendigo Tales.

The Cross Focused Reviewers share their thoughts on A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue By J. A. Myhre.

A Girl, a Bird, and a Rescue itself is a delight… It’s also based on real events, which makes it so special! Just right for reading aloud, the characters carry a sense of magic and the impossible beauty of the African jungle. ”
Reviewer: Diana Gardenhour
Rating: 4 Stars

“The novel is very well-written, and Myhre is a natural storyteller. It is definitely a page-turner!… A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue is a story that can be enjoyed by both children and adults, which is often rare to find.”
Reviewer: H. Marshall
Rating: 5 Stars

“Thank you, Ms. Myhre, for a heartwarming read & your generosity toward the least of these who can’t defend themselves. Ultimately, the good read & the donation make the purchase a win-win for everyone. Buy it–you’ll like it.”
Reviewer: Jackie McBride
Rating: 5 Stars

A Bird, a Girl and a Rescue with its twists, turns, nod to local African culture, sports scenes, and talking animals known as Messengers, is appealing for adults and youth alike. For those unfamiliar with African culture, the glossary of terms on pages 128 – 130 is most helpful.”
Reviewer: Becky Miller
Rating: 4 Stars

“It is a great short read that will have you wondering from page one. A great little story about A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue.”
Reviewer: Jalynn Patterson
Rating: 5 Stars

“As the story progresses we see the main character develop courage, learn the value of forgiveness and experience the forging of surprising friendships. The story is realistic, portraying evil as well as good. This book is listed for ages 8-12, but I would make it 8-adult.”
Reviewer: William Perkins
Rating: 4 Stars

“There’s a good message about forgiveness and grace, and the rescue mission is intriguing so overall it would make a good story for young readers.”
Reviewer: Kim Pina
Rating: 4 Stars

“Beyond the gripping nature of the story itself is the description of the unsugarcoated nature of evil in our world and the right kind of courage in its presence. This story challenges our children to be righteously courageous in our world. I recommend it.”
Reviewer: Jimmy Reagan
Rating: 5 Stars

A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue was written first and foremost to J.A. Myhre’s own children as a Christmas present. This makes her writing personal and deeply impactful. Myhre is telling the story which became her reality as she moved to Africa to help children, and she does an excellent job of taking that story to the world.”
Reviewer: Chrys Jones
Rating: 4 Stars

“As much as can be said about the content of the novel, the cause is even greater: “Half of the author proceeds from this book will go directly into a fund that enables orphans to receive an excellent education.” In sum, A Bird, A Girl, and A Rescue is a book for young people full of biblical imagery that is culturally-informing.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 4 Stars

A Bird, A Girl, and a Rescue is a book that children will enjoy reading and one which parents should rush to read to their children. There are many teachable moments and the storyline (based on events which happen to real people) will encourage your children to take an interest in atrocities which are foreign to their experience, but a stark reality in many places around the world. This was a wonderful book and I can’t wait to read it to my children.”
Reviewer: Aaron Cerda
Rating: 5 Stars

“Besides being a great book to read as a homeschooler, it would also be a great book to read aloud as a family. Even as an adult, I found the story to be quite good and one that reaches through the ages to provide both entertainment and lessons to learn. ”
Reviewer: Monica Huyser
Rating: 5 Stars

“I rarely read fiction books but I wanted to give A Bird, A Girl, and a Rescue by J. A. Myhre a try… The author intersperses common Luwendigo words within the story. A glossary is in the back which defines each one. This aspect of the book allows kids to see a word in another language which I think they would find very interesting.”
Reviewer: Debbie Crawford
Rating: 3 Stars

“Overall, a fascinating read and great to read a book set in modern Africa… The book is designed for children from about 8-11.”
Reviewer: Sarah Jones
Rating: 3 Stars

“My suspicion is that young readers will be taken in by this short story and the practical lessons will serve them well.”
Reviewer: David Steele
Rating: 3 Stars

“If you are looking for a positive gift for your young reader, this is a great choice!”
Reviewer: Hillary Cobb
Rating: 4 Stars

“Young readers will enjoy the fun and adventure aspects of the story. Older readers – and adults – will hopefully gain a little insight into the tension of living in a politically-corrupt area with the ever-present danger of guerrilla warfare.”
Reviewer: Mandy Johnson
Rating: 4 Stars

“In all, this is a great book. My boys (nine and six) all loved it and gave it two thumbs up. The language was often a stretch for the six-year-old, but he was still able to follow along, and my nine-year-olds were fully immersed in the action. I’ve no doubt they’ll read this book on their own in the coming years.”
Reviewer: James Korsmo
Rating: 5 Stars

“I’ve greatly enjoyed this series so far. It’s a pleasure to tuck these lovely stories away on our shelf for my boys! As a side note, I’ve also loved the beautiful covers, and I’m thrilled that they go together so nicely! It’s always even more pleasurable to add beautiful stories to our shelves when they have beautiful covers.”
Reviewer: Tammy Shelnut
Rating: 5 Stars

“I think this book would be enjoyed by many preteens, as well as those a little older or younger. It could also be a wonderful story for families to read and talk about together… By all means, enjoy this story for yourself, then pass it along to a niece or a kid at church. You’ll both be edified as you see God at work among the Messengers and in Kiisa’s courageous heart.”
Reviewer: Sarah White
Rating: 5 Stars

“The plot was engaging and moved at a good pace… I haven’t read the first book yet, and I did not see any reason that you would need to read it first in order to appreciate this book, since though the family and setting are the same, the stories seem to be completely independent.”
Reviewer: Michelle Woods
Rating: 4 Stars

“As with most well-written juvenile literature, this story is meant for young adults, but adults traveling with them will be thankful for the ride. A Bird, a girl, and a Rescue can’t replace a trip to rural Africa. But for one percent of the cost of an airline ticket it is a highly recommend stand-in”
Reviewer: William Boekestein
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a very enjoyable book and can lead to fruitful discussions about one’s purpose and value in life.”
Reviewer: Peter Butler, Jr.
Rating: 4 Stars

“I would recommend this to any young girl or boy who is interested in reading about another world, but not just one in fantasy. One that can be visited and experienced here and now. I will definitely be offering this book to my daughter when she’s old enough.”
Reviewer: Hannah Christmas
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend this book for all juvenile readers. It would make an excellent present. Half of the royalties from the sales of this book help enable children receive an education.”
Reviewer: Rani Grant
Rating: 5 Stars

“I cannot recommend this book enough because of it’s adventuresome nature and it’s cultural challenge. This book covers everything from adventure to rescue to culture to imagination…”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 4 Stars

Where to Buy:
A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue is available at any good Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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Marry Wisely, Marry Well: A Blueprint for Preparation Book Cover Marry Wisely, Marry Well: A Blueprint for Preparation
Ernie Baker
Shepherd Press
August 29, 2016
185

Does marriage matter anymore? If so, is it even possible to have a stable marriage? How do you choose the right one? Is there anything to work on now, even before being in a relationship?

Marry Wisely, Marry Well teaches you how to start building your future marriage house even before you begin a relationship. Learn to make a wise choice of a spouse, and how to start preparing yourself for a future relationship that is truly built on Christ.

The Cross Focused Reviewers weigh in on Marry Wisely, Marry Well: A Blueprint for Preparation (Shepherd Press, 2016).

“Recommend to those intending to get into marriage in the near/far future…”
Reviewer: Xi Ming
Rating: 5 Stars

Marry Wisely, Marry Well is a good examination of what makes a good relationship.”
Reviewer: H. Marshall
Rating: 5 Stars

“I’ve encountered a lot of books on courtship and dating during my college years, many of them being by Josh Harris and Elisabeth Elliot. This book stands out in its pursuit of applying biblical wisdom to the area of dating and preparation for marriage. If you work with singles and students this a resource that will provide them an understanding of God’s design for relationships that will guard them from much heart ache in the future. I would especially recommend walking a young adult through this book in the context of mentoring.”
Reviewer: Steven Dressen
Rating: 5 Stars

“The book which is simple and easy to read is filled with scripture reference and stories. I think what impressed me the most was the Marriage Project at the end of the book.”
Reviewer: Sherry Legan
Rating: 5 Stars

“I love the evaluation of dating, courtship, online dating, and other spouse finding methods in relation to scripture. As a parent, it can be difficult to find the right Biblical mix for your teenagers without being overly legalistic. I like that Baker cuts through some of the arguments for and against each method by evaluating where it is adding to or taking away from scripture… All in all, I found this book to be a very helpful addition to our library, and it is one that I will refer to often as we continue into the years in which my children will begin to evaluate marriage and the relationships that they wish to have in the romantic sphere of life.”
Reviewer: Rebecca Ray
Rating: 5 Stars

“As a married man reading this book, I see so many aspects of my life that are still in need of improvement. Marry Wisely, Marry Well could be a useful resource for Christians who made some major mistakes in the pre-marital phase of their relationship with their spouse. For the single person, this book is a gold mine for areas that may not be on the radar (or that are being ignored because singleness is an area of struggle and weakness).”
Reviewer: Chrys Jones
Rating: 4 Stars

Marry Wisely, Marry Well is a much-needed drink of biblical wisdom for equipping singles in preparation for marriage. Ernie Baker points us back to Scripture in considering how those unmarried as myself can begin to prepare ourselves for marriage even before we are in a romantic relationship. His work both examines and equips. He asks heart-probing questions throughout the book.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book could well be used in counseling prior to marriage, but I would recommend even that parents and junior high and high school students read through this and settle their hopes and dreams of marriage in God and His Will.”
Reviewer: Peter Butler Jr.
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book would be an excellent addition to a homeschooling character study since a lot of homeschooling is about building strong character in children. Parents and young adults alike will benefit from Baker’s biblical approach and parental wisdom. Marry Wisely, Marry Well is a top-notch book on the topic of preparing for marriage and should read by anyone who will be facing these life decisions in the near future.”
Reviewer: Aaron Cerda
Rating: 4 Stars

“I think this book should be on the shelf of anybody who is planning on getting married, thinking about it, or who teaches about it. This book will help you have a solid blueprint for your marriage.”
Reviewer: Rani Grant
Rating: 5 Stars

“Overall it is a nice, concise book on marriage, wisdom, and loving God with all your heart.”
Reviewer: Melissa Merritt
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you are desiring to get married or are working towards getting married and want to have a God glorifying Christ honoring marriage, then this is the Biblical and practical book for you. It will help you immensely.”
Reviewer: Harold Cameron
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is so detailed and intimate, I would highly recommend it for premarital couples. It is easy to read and stands on the Bible.”
Reviewer: Amanda Talbert
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a strong book that will be a great tool in the hands of ministers, singles who are desiring marriage, and for the pre-marital sessions before the marriage is official.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 5 Stars

Where to Buy:
Marry Wisely, Marry Well: A Blueprint for Preparation is available at any good Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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Christ All Sufficient: An Exposition of Colossians by Brian G. HedgesThank you for your interest in reviewing Christ All Sufficient: An Exposition of Colossians by Brian G. Hedges. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

A thousand schemes and to-do lists may threaten to enslave you, but Christ died to free you from them, and he is enough.

Paul’s letter to the Colossians is short, but it delivers a roundhouse kick to religion as it reveals the complete and inexhaustible sufficiency of Jesus Christ. Jesus really is everything we need! Paul reveled in the good news that had captured his heart. He never got over it and never moved beyond it. He knew that no one could advance beyond the essential of the crucified, risen, and exalted Christ. And he didn’t want anyone to retreat from it.

This thorough, detailed, and readable exposition is perfect for pastors, seminary students, Sunday school teachers, and small group leaders who want a Christ-focused, gospel-rich study of Colossians. Its pastoral application of the gospel will appeal to anyone who is weary of the hard yoke of legalism, providing refreshment with the simple, life-transforming truth that all we need is found in Christ alone.

Who should read this book?

  • Pastors, seminary students, Sunday school teachers, and small group leaders who want a Christ-focused, gospel-rich study of Colossians
  • Anyone weary of the hard yoke of legalism or the empty promises of man-made religion
  • Anyone thirsty for the simple, life-transforming truth that all we need is found in Christ alone

Praise for Christ All Sufficient:

“…helpfully highlights the supremacy of Christ… a wonderful introduction to this New Testament letter and will serve pastors, teachers, and students very well.”
Tom Ascol, Pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Cape Coral, FL

“…a rich, clear exposition of this ancient letter, making modern applications of God’s eternal truth to the false ideas of our day. This book has the power to help spiritually hungry individuals and groups to biblically transform their thinking and living.”
—John Crotts, Pastor, Faith Bible Church, Sharpsburg, GA

“…mines the deep theology of Colossians and brings the gold to the surface…”
—Daniel Darling, Vice President of Communication, ERLC

“Brian shines the spotlight on Christ, and reminds us that in Christ we really do have all things…. each of us needs to grow in our understanding of the cosmic Christ who reigns over all. That’s why I am eager to recommend this book to everyone.”
—Dave Furman, Senior Pastor, Redeemer Church of Dubai

Brian HedgesAbout the Author: Brian G. Hedges is the lead pastor for Fulkerson Park Baptist Church in Niles, Michigan. He has been married to Holly since 1996 and they have four children. Brian is also the author of Christ Formed in You and Active Spirituality. For fun, Brian enjoys reading, playing golf, hanging out with his family, and watching good movies.

Book Information:

  • Publisher:  Shepherd Press
  • ISBN:  9781633421219
  • Page Count:  176 Pages

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Dates:  October 17-30, 2016
  • Available Formats:  Paperback (Continental US Only), .mobi ebook (Kindle), & .epub ebook (Nook, Apple iBooks)
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and Amazon.com.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Christ All Sufficient: An Exposition of Colossians by Brian G. Hedges. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.