Christ All Sufficient: An Exposition of Colossians by Brian G. HedgesA 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.

The Dynamic Heart in Daily LifeOur 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.

Praise for The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life:

“Scripture commands us to pay careful attention not only to our actions but also to our hearts. Yet, as many Christians know, the fight against indwelling sin can be one of the most challenging and exhausting aspects of the Christian life. In this book, Jeremy Pierre shows us how to deal with our hearts according to the truths of the Gospel. This book, firmly committed to the sufficiency and authority of Scripture, is a needed resource for the church.”
-R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“In The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life, Jeremy Pierre wonderfully describes how a heart with dynamic faith will so value things that God finds valuable that God becomes the ‘control desire’ in human experience, emotion, and choice. This insight provides not simply an understanding of human motivation but a profoundly helpful tool for transformative Christian counseling.”
-Bryan Chapell, Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church; author, Holiness by Grace and Christ-Centered Preaching

“I am delighted to see this book in print. Jeremy Pierre has ministered to me as a friend and colleague much more than he realizes. Now, through this book, many others can see why he is so appreciated by his students, seminary associates, and fellow church members. In these pages pastors, counselors, caretakers, and just about anyone who works with people will find help to better understand the heart and experience of the person in front of them, and thereby be more fully equipped to minister Christ to that person.”
-Donald S. Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life and Praying the Bible

Jeremy PierreAbout the Author:  Jeremy Pierre, PhDis Associate Professor of Biblical Counseling and Dean of Students at Southern Seminary. He is also a pastor at Clifton Baptist Church. He is coauthor of The Pastor and Counseling. He and his wife Sarah raise their five children in Louisville, Kentucky.

Book Information:

  • Publisher: New Growth Press
  • ISBN: 9781942572671
  • Page Count:  288 Pages

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Dates:  October 9-23, 2016
  • Available Formats:  Paperback (Continental US Only), .mobi ebook (Kindle), .epub ebook (Nook, Apple iBooks), & PDF
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog, NewGrowthPress.com, and Amazon.com.

A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue by J. A. MyhreEleven-year-old Kiisa had no idea why her parents would send her away to boarding school. She wondered why they couldn’t all stay together in their beautiful African valley home. But no matter what she said they were firm: she must go, and she must go to this school.

As she said a tearful goodbye to her father, he whispered, “For such a time as this. . . . Remember that phrase, and try to open your trunk soon. You’ll find something unexpected inside.” When Kiisa opened the trunk, she was astonished to find a small heap of black and white feathers that quickly unfolded into a little bird, a wagtail to be exact. Her surprise only deepened when the bird started to speak, ”My name is Njili. I am one of the Messengers, though a small one. I have been sent to assist you with the Rescue.” Kiisa had no idea what she meant, but she would soon find out.

Join Kiisa on the adventure of a lifetime—a dangerous rescue mission that includes rebels, stolen girls, illegal logging, a hungry cobra, and more messengers who help in unexpected ways. Kiisa sets out to rescue others, but finds herself rescued from fear and bitterness as she learns that bravery is nothing more (or less) than being in the right place at the right time and taking action despite her fears.

This page-turning story, the second in The Rwendigo Tales (A Chameleon, a Boy, and a Quest is the first book), is an adventure that children, young adults, and even full-grown adults will not be able to put down. A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue creatively and convincingly explores universal themes like family, forgiveness, bullying, and courage by blending magical realism and compelling storytelling. Written by a long-time medical missionary to Africa and featuring realistic pen and ink illustrations, it draws first-world readers into another (equally real) world—where young girls are captured by rebel soldiers, terrorism is a way of life, and environmental resources are exploited without a second thought. As Myhre’s characters deal with these real-life issues in the news, readers of all ages will gain a deeper interest in global human concerns.

Designed for eight-to fourteen-year-old youth.

Praise for A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue:

“Much of the beauty of fiction is its unique ability to transport us to places we have never been so we can enjoy experiences through the eyes, hands, and minds of fictional characters. J. A. Myhre’s novels invite boys and girls to embark on distinctly African adventures that are as exciting as they are instructive. I think your children—and perhaps also their parents—will love them.”
-Tim Challies, Author; blogger at challies.com

“Dr. Jennifer Myhre’s stories are birthed from the African outpost where her husband and family have shared their lives, skills, and hearts for the cause of the Christ. Each account, written so that her own family would embrace and rejoice in the power of the gospel, is told in engaging narrative fiction but also rings true with deep knowledge of the African experience and biblical hope for all nations.”
-Bryan Chapell, Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, IL

“Kids love adventure stories. A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue will have them begging you to read the next chapter, and each one seemed to hold a surprise—a great family bedtime story.”
-Marty Machowski, Family Pastor; author of The Ology, The Gospel Story Bible, Long Story Short, and other gospel-rich resources for families

About the Author:

J.A. Myhre serves as a doctor with Serge in East Africa where she has worked for over two decades.  She is passionate about health care for the poor, training local doctors and nurses, promoting childhood nutrition and development, and being the hands of Jesus in the hardest places.  She is married to her best friend and colleague Scott, and together they have raised four children for whom many of her stories were written as Christmas presents.

Book Information:

  • Publisher: New Growth Press
  • ISBN: 9781942572695
  • Page Count:  128 Pages

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Dates:  October 3-16, 2016
  • Available Formats:  Paperback (Continental US Only), .mobi ebook (Kindle), .epub ebook (Nook, Apple iBooks), & PDF
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog, NewGrowthPress.com, and Amazon.com.

Good & Angry Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  September 12, 2016 — 1 Comment
Good and Angry: Redeeming Anger, Irritation, Complaining, and Bitterness Book Cover Good and Angry: Redeeming Anger, Irritation, Complaining, and Bitterness
David Powlison
New Growth Press
September 12, 2016
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Something that matters to you just isn’t right. First you see the problem, then you feel it. It starts with a rush of adrenaline and often a rush of words, but it ends with an overwhelming sense of irritation that impacts how we talk to those we live and work with, complaining, and maybe even a settled bitterness to a person or a group of person. We know anger affects us negatively, but we don’t know any other way to respond when life goes wrong.

Good and Angry, a groundbreaking new book from David Powlison, contends that anger is more than a problem to solve. Anger is our complex human response to things we perceive as wrong in a complex world, thus we must learn how to fruitfully and honestly deal with it. Powlison undertakes an in-depth exploration of the roots of anger, moral judgment, and righteous response by looking in a surprising place: God’s own anger.

Powlison reminds us that God gets angry too. He sees things in this world that aren’t right and he wants justice too. But God’s anger doesn’t devolve into manipulation or trying to control others to get his own way. Instead his anger is good and redemptive. It causes him to step into our world to make wrongs right, sending his own Son to die so that we can be reconciled. He is both our model for change and our power to change.

Good and Angry sets readers on a path toward a faithful and fruitful expression of anger, in which we return good for evil and redeem wrongs. Powlison offers practical help for people who struggle with irritation, complaining, or bitterness and gives guidance for how to respond constructively when life goes wrong. You, your family, and your friends will all be glad that you read this book.

The Cross Focused Reviewers weigh in on Good and Angry: Redeeming Anger, Irritation, Complaining, and Bitterness by David Powlison (New Growth Press, 2016).

“Anger is a tricky thing. One wrong move and we can explode and lash out at others in a way that will damage relationships and accomplish nothing positive. I submit we all have a lot of work to do when it comes to the issue of redeeming anger. Good & Angry by Dr. Powlison was a godsend of a book for me. I fully plan on re-reading and re-reading this book for years to come as I work in my life through the help of the Holy Spirit to be angry and not sin.”
Reviewer: Michael Boling
Rating: 5 Stars

“Wow! That’s my initial reaction on reading this powerful book!… I would highly recommend this book, even if you don’t think that you struggle with anger. We are all affected by anger in various ways and this book is a great read to tackle the problem of sin.”
Reviewer: Debi Martin
Rating: 5 Stars

Good & Angry is a must read for anyone with breath, for none of us is immune to the many forms anger takes. It is an invaluable toolbox that is sure to invoke change, even where it seemed none was needed.”
Reviewer: Becky Miller
Rating: 5 Stars

“…reading this book helped me to understand God’s nature a little better, and that’s worth a deep reading and pondering for me.”
Reviewer: Rebecca Ray
Rating: 5 Stars

“I’d recommend this book to every Christian, but especially those in positions of leadership.”
Reviewer: Debbie White
Rating: 5 Stars

“The Bible looms large in Powlison’s book as he finds helpful biblical insights about anger and how to deal with it.”
Reviewer: James Pate
Rating: 4 Stars

Good and Angry is a terrific book that is forged in the fire and bathed in the Word of God. The gospel runs throughout, urging the followers of Christ to follow his example and treasure him above all things. My prayer is that Powlison’s work will be a blessing to many; that the promises and purposes of God would be clearly revealed and that his people would be served well as a result of this excellent work.”
Reviewer: David Steele
Rating: 4 Stars

“Whether you’re struggling with real anger, irritation or bitterness; you’ll find positive help and guidance. This book is filled with scripture reference and is biblically sound.”
Reviewer: Sherry Legan
Rating: 5 Stars

“The title is very readable, flows smoothly from topic to topic, and offers good insights on dealing appropriately with anger without denying the reality that we can struggle with anger. Will be a good reference on this topic.”
Reviewer: Michael Taylor
Rating: 4 Stars

“With a fully orbed biblical understanding, Powlison gives us a fresh book on anger.”
Reviewer: Spencer Cummins
Rating: 5 Stars

Good & Angry is a book that would be good for everyone who struggles with anger or who counsels anyone who is struggling with anger. This is also a wonderful book for parents with children who are struggling with anger. I can see Good & Angry being used as a workbook for small groups or with older children in the home. No matter how it’s used, Good & Angry is a book that will help you to better understand the many nuances of this complex human capacity.”
Reviewer: Aaron Cerda
Rating: 4 Stars

“I absolutely love books that manage to be theologically rich and warmly practical at the same time. Good and Angry is one of those books. Not only that, but it deals with an important topic that affects us all. It’s a book that I’ll be referencing and giving to others for years to come.”
Reviewer: Darryl Dash
Rating: 5 Stars

“Any pastor would be foolish to not avail themselves of this useful resource on an issue that involves them and everyone they know, because as Powlison demonstrates we all have an anger problem.”
Reviewer: Steven Dresen
Rating: 5 Stars

Good & Angry would be a helpful addition to our counseling shelves in the understanding of anger. It would be a profitable suggestion for couples to read during premarital counseling…”
Reviewer: Lesley Eischen
Rating: 4 Stars

“The book will help you sort out anger in your own heart, or the lack of anger, so that you can live with peace, and when the time comes, get really good and angry, for the glory of God.”
Reviewer: Doug Newell
Rating: 5 Stars

“If you want to learn how you can be both Good And Angry at the same time – just as Jesus was able to do – then I recommend this book to you!”
Reviewer: Ramona Vincent
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book’s value in terms of theological and practical application cannot be overstated. This is not a book left to only crisis counseling appointments or long-lasting feuds. This book has much to say about the man who cuts us off on the highway, the way we punish ourselves, and our bad attitude with God sometimes. Its focus is narrow, but the depth and breadth of the book is significant. I have already benefitted greatly from the wisdom of Good & Angry and hope to continue to refer to it to learn more about the redemption of my anger.”
Reviewer: Zach Barnhart
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is to help you find a good way to deal with the anger and turn it into something useful and constructive. That is always a good thing. You may even find reasons you never knew that existed behind your anger and learn the hows and whys to them. You then can make the according adjustments to your life.”
Reviewer: Via Bella
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend this book, believing it will be most helpful to anyone struggling with the issue of anger in their lives.”
Reviewer: Harold Cameron
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is an incredible resource that was so instructive on each page. The reflection questions at the end are excellent for personal or group study. I have never read very much gospel-centered perspective on anger before so this was refreshing, humbling, and good. I’m grateful.”
Reviewer: Hope Henchey
Rating: 5 Stars

“If you apply the contents to your life it will benefit you and everyone around you. Your relationship with God will be greatly improved by repenting of sin and seeking to love and be angry in the ways that reflect our conformity to Christ. Also, if you want to better love your spouse, children, Church family, and friends by killing the anger that seeks to devour them, this book will lead you to the Scriptures and the God who is able to make us truly holy. If these are your aims, Good and Angry will be a great resource for your journey of repentance.”
Reviewer: Chrys Jones
Rating: 5 Stars

“I would highly recommend this book for personal benefit to help others deal with this emotion that so easily becomes a master that takes us away from God’s design. I know it was helpful for me.”
Reviewer: Aaron Meservey
Rating: 5 Stars

“Since we all get angry and know people who get angry, it would benefit us all to get this book.”
Reviewer: Angela Parsley
Rating: 4 Stars

“I found the book to be very helpful, and both practical and interactive, with several examples or case studies to illustrate the points he makes.”
Reviewer: Bill Pence
Rating: 5 Stars

Good and Angry is book about your anger. It will open your eyes to identifying your anger problem. It will call you to confession and change. I plan on re-reading through this book in the future with an accountability partner.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 5 Stars

“We can only make a difference in our own part of the world by facing our own sins and finding redemption through the truth of God’s word. In Good and Angry, Dr. Powlison holds out that hope for finally finding peace regarding sinful anger, the hope we have in Christ to make a difference both in our own lives and the lives of those around us.”
Reviewer: Marcia Wilwerding
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is not one to just be read and placed back on the bookshelf. David Powlison has written an excellent book of application for those who are serious about changing the way they deal with anger.”
Reviewer: Debbie Crawford
Rating: 5 Stars

“Everyone needs to learn the best way to deal with anger. I highly recommend this book.”
Reviewer: Rani Grant
Rating: 5 Stars

“Read it like a journal and it will give you great solace, inspiration and help.”
Reviewer: Xi Ming
Rating: 5 Stars

“…this book gets 5 out of 5 stars for being so balanced, Biblical, and not trying my patience by being slow to get to content. (Trying my patience…impatience….anger…get it? *silly joke* But seriously, each chapter is packed full of content.)”
Reviewer: Michelle Newman
Rating: 5 Stars

“It isn’t just for those that think they have anger issues, it is for everyone in everyday situations. I was very impressed at the easy reading and the content of the book.”
Reviewer: Deb Stanhope
Rating: 5 Stars

“While Good and Angry does not offer tips such as counting to ten or punching a pillow, the book is filled with practical tips that will challenge your assumptions and take you the Word of God to see God’s intent and design. This book was convicting on a deep level, but left me encouraged and inspired to rethink how I approach this entire subject. I cannot recommend this book enough.”
Reviewer: Kevin Thompson
Rating: 5 Stars

“Overall this was an excellent, helpful, deeply insightful, penetrating, biblically faithful approach to a problem that has affected us humans ubiquitously, pervasively throughout our history. Excellent and outstanding – 4.9 stars. Well worth your investment of time, thought, money, reflection, and sanctifying change.”
Reviewer: Douglas Wallace
Rating: 5 Stars

“Powlison mentions it took years to write this book, and I believe it. It is a manual of thought and work to bring the reader to a natural state of good anger. This is not an easy discipline, but a worthwhile one.”
Reviewer: Peter Butler, Jr.
Rating: 5 Stars

“Wow! That is about the only word I can come up with for this book. I mean WOW!!”
Reviewer: Jon Roberts
Rating: 5 Stars

Where to Buy:
Good and Angry: Redeeming Anger, Irritation, Complaining, and Bitterness 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 by Ernie BakerThank you for your interest in reviewing Marry Wisely, Marry Well. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

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.

Praise for Marry Wisely, Marry Well:

“…a wonderful distillation of biblical principles … a superbly practical, biblically-based handbook for young people and students who are seeking the wisdom of God’s Word in order to make sure their expectations, their affections, and their hearts are right before God as they contemplate the most important and far-reaching human relationship they will ever enter into.”
—John MacArthur, Pastor-Teacher, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, CA

“I don’t know of another dating book that is so rigorously biblical in its approach to dating. If you want to think wisely and be Christ-centered in your approach to dating, Marry Wisely, Marry Well is an invaluable resource for singles who genuinely want to honor God in their pursuit of a spouse.”
-Deepak Reju, Pastor of Counseling, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington DC

“Ernie is a wise man, and he has written a book that is filled with wisdom. It is for those who are thinking about marriage, though it also functions as a fine guide for those who are married. If you know someone in your family or church who is thinking about marriage, this is the perfect gift.”
-Ed Welch, PH.D., Faculty, Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation

Ernie BakerAbout the Author:
Ernie Baker (M.Div., D.Min.) is Professor of Biblical Counseling at The Master’s College and Seminary in Southern California. He served as a pastor for 25 years, is a certified conciliator with The Institute for Christian Conciliation, and is a Fellow with The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). Ernie and his wife Rose have six children and seven grandchildren. Along with discipling his own children to make a wise choice of a spouse and to be ready for marriage, Ernie has had extensive involvement in premarital and relationship counseling with hundreds of individuals and couples.

Connect with Ernie:

Book Information:

  • Publisher: Shepherd Press
  • ISBN: 9781633421189
  • Page Count:  185 Pages

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Dates:  Sept. 26 – Oct 2, 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 Marry Wisely, Marry Well. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.