Pentecostal Outpourings: Revival and the Reformed Tradition Book Cover Pentecostal Outpourings: Revival and the Reformed Tradition
Smart, Haykin & Clary, eds.
Reformation Heritage Books
February 19, 2016
280

When Jesus ascended to heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, He poured out His Holy Spirit at Pentecost. This significant historical and redemptive event was not the last time Christ poured out His Spirit in redemptive history. Mindful of these subsequent acts, Pentecostal Outpourings presents historical research on revivals in the Reformed tradition during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Investigating the British Isles, it observes the outpourings experienced among Welsh Calvinistic Methodists, Irish Dissenters, Calvinistic English Baptists, and Scottish Presbyterians. It then moves on to evaluate the revival instincts among Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Baptists, and the Dutch Reformed in America. May the knowledge of these outpourings of the Holy Spirit help us seek God earnestly to revive His Church once again.

The Cross Focused Reviewers weigh in on Pentecostal Outpourings: Revival and the Reformed Tradition by Smart, Haykin & Clary, eds. (Reformation Heritage Books, 2016).

“What makes this book even more interesting is the multiple flavours of Reformed views that bring out the beauty, the unique perspectives, and the many different ways the Holy Spirit works.”
Reviewer: Conrade Yap
Rating: 5 Stars

“[Pentecostal Outpourings] is packed with detailed and well-researched information, covering revivals in both the British Isles and America.”
Reviewer: H. Marshall
Rating: 5 Stars

“Church history is a very important subject to read and study with fellow Christians. This book gives you a good detailed history of different perspectives on revival as it relates to the reformed community.”
Reviewer: Chris Land
Rating: 5 Stars

“I found this book to be balanced because it focused on the truly Christ centered revivals. It discussed the time period and happenings that may have influenced these movements and even cautioned false revivals… a great book to help fill in those gaps of what I had previously learned. ”
Reviewer: Angela Parsley
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book details exciting historical accounts of revivals. All you have to do is to look at today’s headlines to see that our nation desperately needs revival. But what is biblical revival? Is it a planned, man-centered event, such as “Revival – Saturday Night”? No, as one of the editors and contributors of this volume, Robert Smart writes, the intent of the book is to “Promote the knowledge of God, the gospel of Christ, and the great outpourings of the Spirit through a variety of Reformed authors reflecting and applying historical and biblical lessons for today’s Christian leader.””
Reviewer: Bill Pence
Rating: 5 Stars

“Pentecostal Outpourings will make a great addition to a high school homeschooling curriculum and can neatly work as a history or theology section in your child’s study. It is also appropriate for anyone who has an interest in the history of the Reformed tradition or revivalism. I can’t think of a better book on the subject to include in a church library and pastors will appreciate the congregation’s interest in revival without having to worry about the theology that typically undergirds other works on the subject.”
Reviewer: Aaron Cerda
Rating: 5 Stars

Pentecostal Outpourings is a welcome and helpful corrective to much of what has been written about revival. Readable, yet scholarly, it provides a rational, biblical, and theologically sound understanding of how God has revived His church in the past, and how we might expect Him to work in the future.”
Reviewer: Jim Harrison
Rating: 5 Stars

“Through these historical studies Pentecostal Outpourings is making a theological case for revival. Though revivals are not normative for the church, they are the work of a sovereign God who answers prayers.”
Reviewer: Hoon Lee
Rating: 4 Stars

Pentecostal Outpourings would be a great book for the church history lover and an excellent companion to Iain Murray’s Revival and Revivalism. This book would also offer encouragement to church leaders and believers who are praying for revival in their midst. As God has clearly and powerfully moved in the past, perhaps He will be gracious enough to do so again in our lifetime?”
Reviewer: Persis Lorenti
Rating: 5 Stars

Pentecostal Outpourings is a real achievement and a very helpful resource, one that ought to be turned to again and again. Broad in scope, not shallow in depth, inspirational, honest and thoroughly biblical. A worthwhile addition to any reformed believer’s shelf.”
Reviewer: Ross Murphy
Rating: 5 Stars

Pentecostal Outpourings is a very helpful book for Reformed and conservative leaning Christians who are cautious about the modern day Pentecostal movement but who also want to study how God has moved in the past in revival.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 4 Stars

“It was encouraging to me as a reminder that God can and does move mightily in a society that seems apathetic or even hostile to the gospel. It moved me to pray for revival here and now, and any book that gets you doing that is a worthy read indeed.”
Reviewer: Andrew Wencl
Rating: 4 Stars

“Reading about our forefathers in the faith has encouraged me to pray for and seek revival along these lines… I hope that this book will encourage those like me who find themselves within the tradition to lead the efforts in seeking and promoting revival throughout the entire world, not just in our own churches but in all the churches who call upon Jesus Christ as the only Lord and Savior.”
Reviewer: Christopher Woznicki
Rating: 5 Stars

Where to Buy:
Pentecostal Outpourings: Revival and the Reformed Tradition 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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Living in the Light: Money, Sex and Power Book Cover Living in the Light: Money, Sex and Power
John Piper
The Good Book Company
May 3, 2016
144

Whether we’re rich or poor, married or single, in a position of great influence or not—all of us face temptation in the areas of money, sex and power. They are the dangerous opportunities of our time—opportunities to destroy our own souls, or to experience the true joy of using them for God’s glory. John Piper shows us that when we have the blazing glory of Christ at the center of our spiritual solar system, the planets of money, sex and power find their true and beautiful orbits.

This book is for every Christian and will help you to wake up to the all-satisfying glory of God, and discover what you were made for.

The Cross Focused Reviewers weigh in on Living in the Light: Money, Sex and Power by John Piper (The Good Book Company, 2016).

“If you have read Piper before, you know he writes very extravagantly and sometimes can be hard to read. This book is one he writes with simplicity and clarity. This is a perfect book on how a Christian should look at sex, money, and power.”
Reviewer: Chris Land
Rating: 5 Stars

“I found this to be an excellent book and one that helped me as I worked out some of my issues with money as an idol in my life. It’s one that I would easily read again for a reminder to myself about the dangers of valuing things other than God and how that plays out practically.”
Reviewer: Rebecca Ray
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is fully saturated with the Bible and has an amazing conclusion. As with all of the books and sermons I have read from Dr. Piper I am still digesting it and getting my mind wrapped around it, three days after finishing it. This is a book I will go back to and one that I think can bless every single person who reads it.”
Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts
Rating: 5 Stars

“I would recommend this life changing book to anyone who is ready to live in the light… it will change believer’s outlook on how they live their life.”
Reviewer: Andrew Smith
Rating: 5 Stars

Living in the Light: Money, Sex, & Power is short in length but packed with Christ-saturated wisdom. This book should be required reading for every Christian.”
Reviewer: David Steele
Rating: 5 Stars

“…those who are in positions of leadership where these three areas are often a temptation would be especially blessed in reading this little volume.”
Reviewer: Marcia Wilwerding
Rating: 5 Stars

“Because of how significant these subjects are in our culture, this is a book worth checking out.”
Reviewer: Nate Claiborne
Rating: 4 Stars

“Piper continually and plainly points the reader to Christ as the cure over and over again. The great danger in these three areas is actually quite similar: we exchange the goodness of God in Christ for something that is lesser than and can never satisfy. Hopefully this short book will be used to encourage many to find their joy in Christ so that they may live in the light instead of bondage to money, sex, and power.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you’re looking for a short book that applies “treasure Christ above all things” to money, sex, and power, you’ll appreciate this one!”
Reviewer: Shane Lems
Rating: 3 Stars

“I would highly recommend this book for counseling, discipleship, or just a primer on issues related to the many abuses of money, sex, and power in our society and our churches. Living In The Light is a powerful reminder of the darkness in the world around us and how we must constantly look to the Life and Light of men (John 1:4) as we strive to avoid conforming to that world.”
Reviewer: Chrys Jones
Rating: 5 Stars

“John Piper’s newest book Living in the Light: Money, Sex and Power explores with brevity and clarity how the Christian ought to respond to the issue of money, sex and power in light of the gospel. He argues that they are good things that when properly used deliver incredible benefits… Overall, I would certainly recommend this book to help cast a solid vision for these three areas for the Christian.”
Reviewer: Aaron Meservey
Rating: 4 Stars

“Another swing and home run from The Good Book Company, and another solid piece of writing from John Piper. A timely devotional for anyone wanting to live in the light or dealing with temptation from these potential stumbling blocks.f”
Reviewer: William Sipling
Rating: 4 Stars

“This short little book helpfully condenses the essential biblical teaching about money, sex, and power, so that we are not only made aware of the dangers, but also informed about the potential of using them for the glory of God.”
Reviewer: Conrade Yap
Rating: 4 Stars

“Written in Piper’s normal intellectual style, the smallness of this book makes it easier to digest. It’s divided into easy to manage sections that allow for contemplation and reflection.”
Reviewer: Cindy Cook
Rating: 3 Stars

“This is an excellent read and an important book in a day and age when the world around is on the no clue canoe when it comes to a correct system of belief in regards to money, sex, and power. As believers, we can take to heart the encouraging and insightful discussion by John Piper in this book as we assess our lives to ensure we are living to the glory of God with our finances, our leadership roles at home, work, church, or elsewhere, and how we control lustful behavior. I highly recommend this latest effort by John Piper and I encourage you to give it a read and take to heart the godly principles contained in its pages.”
Reviewer: Michael Boling
Rating: 5 Stars

“Piper’s analysis seems sound, and it is refreshing to have an approach that does not flee too quickly to labelling everything ‘idolatry’ (even though that is what it is), but dwells on the implications of that (God is neither valued nor glorified). I highly recommend this short book to Christians at all stages of their journey.”
Reviewer: Tim Campbell
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a book that will aid us all in reordering our affections so that they are set upon the cross of Christ and the fullness of life he offers.”
Reviewer: Aaron Cerda
Rating: 5 Stars

“Piper as always points us to Christ and reminds us to keep Him at the center and find our satisfaction in Him… I highly recommend this short book of only six chapters. It would be a great book to recommend for someone who hasn’t read John Piper before.”
Reviewer: Debbie Crawford
Rating: 5 Stars

Living in the Light: Money, Sex, and Power by John Piper is a God-glorifying, idol-exposing, and heart-penetrating book that will challenge and exhort the Christian to value Christ in above all things including sex, money, and power.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 5 Stars

“…it is quality content. He writes enough to get us thinking about our own lives and how we should be living in the light of Christ. If we continue to keep ourselves there, we will find ourselves in a graceful position in awe of the beauty of the cross.”
Reviewer: Matthew Lloyd
Rating: 4 Stars

“New and old readers of Piper will find Living in the Light a valuable resource. I recommend it especially to new Christians trying to understand the biblical foundations for these important subjects.”
Reviewer: Zach Barnhart
Rating: 5 Stars

“There is much of value in this short read from one of our most respected theologians. Highly recommended.”
Reviewer: Bill Pence
Rating: 5 Stars

“I would highly recommend this resource to anyone struggling with placing money, sex, or power as preeminent in their lives. Which in one degree or another includes us all!…This short book would be excellent for personal or group study. What a blessing Dr. Piper is for the church!”
Reviewer: Zach Kendrick
Rating: 4 Stars

“The reason there are so many books with similar titles is because these three topics are always relevant – Piper says that he finds it strange how many Christians pursue wealth, despite all the Bible’s warnings. This book will spark helpful thoughts for those doing talks or preaching on these topics.”
Reviewer: Stephen Steele
Rating: 4 Stars

Where to Buy:
Living in the Light 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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Zeal without Burnout: Seven Keys to a Lifelong Ministry of sustainable Sacrifice Book Cover Zeal without Burnout: Seven Keys to a Lifelong Ministry of sustainable Sacrifice
Christopher Ash
The Good Book Company
March 1, 2016
112

Lots of people who are involved in Christian ministry (whether paid or unpaid) find themselves having to step back from it. They have not lost their love for Christ, or their desire to serve him. But for one reason or another, they are exhausted and simply cannot carry on.

Christopher Ash knows this experience all too well. As a pastor of a growing church, and then in his role training people for ministry, he has found himself on the edge of burnout a number of times, and has pastored many younger ministers who have reached the end of their tether.

His wisdom has been distilled into this short, accessible book, in which he reveals a neglected biblical truth and seven keys that flow from it. This practical and biblical guidance will help enthusiastic Christians gain the mindset and lifestyle to protect themselves from burnout and serve Jesus for the long term in a sustainable way.

Below, the Cross Focused Reviewers weigh in on Zeal without Burnout: Seven Keys to a Lifelong Ministry of sustainable Sacrifice by Christopher Ash (The Good Book Company, 2016).

“This book has a place in the library of every believer (especially those serving in formal ministry) as we navigate this complex 21st century world. Zeal Without Burnout is the type of book that should be read at least every few years as a spiritual burnout “check-up”, especially for those of us in positions which lend themselves to burnout.”
Reviewer: Chrys Jones
Rating: 5 Stars

“If you know a pastor going through a burnout situation, give them this book. I think some churches need to read this book so they can know their pastor is human because some of them don’t want to admit that. Anyone in ministry, especially those starting out, need to read this book.”
Reviewer: Chris Land
Rating: 5 Stars

…”a good work, one that ministers should have in their personal library and read from time to time. Those who are not in full time ministry but serve the Lord will also benefit from this book… I think this book should also be used for doctorate of ministry programs…”
Reviewer: Jim Lee
Rating: 5 Stars

“In many circles, overworking and constantly being extremely busy is seen as a positive thing – something to brag about. This book wisely points out the flaws in being overzealous to the point of breakdown, suggesting how we can have zeal without burnout.”
Reviewer: H. Marshall
Rating: 5 Stars

“I’ve found myself simplifying over the past year or so because of my personal struggles with near burnout, and this book was a welcome reminder of why the simplification for a “long term and low key” ministry opportunity and style of homeschooling are important.”
Reviewer: Rebecca Ray
Rating: 5 Stars

“…this book is worth putting on your shelf (after you’ve read it) if you’re in ministry. As the subtitle suggests, these keys are not for ministry in general, but are kind of back-end suggestions (or principles) for how your ministry and level of service can be zealous but sustainable.”
Reviewer: Nate Claiborne
Rating: 4 Stars

“The book is small and easy to read – making it an excellent book to re-read as you become discouraged in service…a great addition to any Christian’s library.”
Reviewer: Cindy Cook
Rating: 4 Stars

“The book is mercifully short. Not because it is bad or that there isn’t more to say, but because this book will help one who is either on the brink or in the midst of burnout. It gives you principles to consider for further reflection.”
Reviewer: Doug Newell
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a wonderful reminder. Our joy must come from God and His grace, not in the successes of ministry. At 125 pages this is a book that can be read in a short period of time. I think that it would be especially encouraging to all who serve in Christian ministry.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 4 Stars

“I greatly enjoyed this book.”
Reviewer: William Sipling
Rating: 4 Stars

“For the pastor who does not think he needs this book, it is for you. For the one serving in ministry who thinks they can wear themselves out without considering biblical wisdom, you need to pick up a copy. Zeal without Burnout is a humbling and helpful book for all pastors and all Christians in ministry who are concerned for the health of the church and for the health of their ministries, because if the leader is not healthy, the church will follow lead.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 4 Stars

“I highly commend Zeal Without Burnout and anticipate a wide reading, which will lead to encouragement for many pastors and Christian leaders in the days ahead.”
Reviewer: David Steele
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is definitely a life-saver for those of us in ministry. Service should not be too burdensome or be allowed to turn into a boring chore. Serving is a joyful endeavour that reflects the life and vitality of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. If we are ever in the state of burnout, most probably, we have taken our ministry way too seriously.”
Reviewer: Conrade Yap
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you are in ministry you must learn how to balance the demands of the job with rest and replenishment. This resource will help you work through that without throwing in the towel.”
Reviewer: Zach Kendrick
Rating: 5 Stars

“If internalized, this slim volume combines truths and testimonies that will safeguard the reader from burning out in his or her service to the Lord.”
Reviewer: Mike Knox
Rating: 5 Stars

“Burnout is a gradual, subtle, and dangerous result of not taking care of ourselves, and Ash hopes we will seize the day in getting the right outlook on how ministry incorporates rest and renewal. It’s a short, but very clear presentation of God’s plan for this important topic.”
Reviewer: Zach Barnhart
Rating: 5 Stars

“It is a good place to start – and words well worth heeding.”
Reviewer: Peter Butler, Jr.
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you think you are too busy for this book, then it might especially be for you!”
Reviewer: Eva Scott
Rating: 5 Stars

“Burnout is a growing problem – this little book is one way to help guard against it in ourselves and in those we care about.”
Reviewer: Stephen Steele
Rating: 4 Stars

“I cannot think of a better book on this subject. You will be encouraged & convicted about why you do what you do & who you do it for. Remember, it is ok to take a break. In fact, it might do you some good & cause you to work harder & last longer in the long run.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 5 Stars

Where to Buy:
Zeal Without Burnout 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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Portraits of Faith: What Five Biblical Characters Teach Us About Our Life with God Book Cover Portraits of Faith: What Five Biblical Characters Teach Us About Our Life with God
Joel Beeke
Reformation Heritage Books
January 27, 2016
104

We often use the word faith without thinking much about its meaning. We know that without faith, it is impossible to please God and that faith is the core and foundation of daily Christian living. But what is faith? Author Joel R. Beeke believes we can best understand faith by seeing how it operates by the Spirit in the lives of fallen sinners like us. Accordingly, he considers essential aspects of faith operating in the lives of Adam and Eve, the Shunammite woman, the Canaanite woman, and Caleb. With pastoral warmth, he challenges readers to ask themselves three questions: Do I have this kind of faith? Am I exercising the particular aspect of faith being described? How can this example of a particular dimension of faith be used in my life to make me a mature believer? Study questions for each chapter encourage meaningful reflection for both individual and group study.

The Cross Focused Reviewers weigh in on Portraits of Faith: What Five Biblical Characters Teach Us About Our Life with God by Joel Beeke (Reformation Heritage Books, 2016).

“These four short portraits were a great encouragement to me. This book is definitely one that could be read in a week with a chapter a day as a short devotion on faith. It will surely bless all who read it.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 5 Stars

“Anyone who wants to understand faith and how it is exercised in the life of a believer should read this book.”
Reviewer: Cliff VanNostrand
Rating: 5 Stars

“Portraits of Faith is a call for Christians to reflect. Joel Beeke paints a biblical picture for Christians of what it means and how it looks to live a life of faith. May we reflect that portrait.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 4 Stars

“I found this book to be of great value to me spiritually. It was an encouraging reminder to see the examples of faith in the lives of those saints with whom I can so easily identify.”
Reviewer: Zack Ford
Rating: 5 Stars

“Those familiar with Joel Beeke will at once recognize his pastoral love and grandfatherly affection for the church in this book. Those who are not yet familiar with him will be encouraged by his care for sinners. Portraits of Faith will encourage you in your walk and will point you to Christ to strengthen your faith.”
Reviewer: Aaron Cerda
Rating: 5 Stars

“The material is biblically sound, the discussion questions provided at the end will give some more food for thought and aspects to study, and for that reason, I suggest if you want to grow in faith, pick up a copy of this book. It will be very helpful in your studies on faith and more importantly, it will serve as a seed that when planted, will cause your faith in God and your relationship with to blossom and grow to a place of maturity.”
Reviewer: Michael Boling
Rating: 5 Stars

“…approachable for all readers. It is a helpful book as one examines their faith and how it affects their life.”
Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts
Rating: 4 Stars

“The Shunammite woman is the one I identify with most in Portraits of Faith. Her simple faith in the midst of great affliction resonates greatly with me.”
Reviewer: Cheryl Stansberry
Rating: 5 Stars

“Each of these little vignettes will be a good resource for pastoral ministry and for personal maturity in the faith. If you have ever failed in your faith, if you have ever suffered in your faith, if you have ever felt rejected in your faith, if you have ever felt in the minority in your faith – read this book! You will be blessed.”
Reviewer: Todd Wilson
Rating: 5 Stars

“We need to interpret the biblical narratives from the eyes of faith. This is what Beeke has demonstrated in his refreshing look at the five characters.”
Reviewer: Conrade Yap
Rating: 4 Stars

“Faith is often a grey, murky word in Christian circles, but Beeke has sought to define it through people, and has succeeded. This is a small, but packed book. I definitely recommend it.”
Reviewer: Zach Barnhart
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book was easy to read yet will fill your spirit with insight and understanding.”
Reviewer: Sherry Legan
Rating: 5 Stars

Portraits of Faith would work well as a study with relatively new believers. This would also be an easy, refreshing devotional read for a more seasoned believer. As Beeke points out, his purpose is not to focus solely on faith, but to use the characteristics of faith to point us to the Savior. In that he succeeds, and thus I recommend this book.”
Reviewer: Ann Pendleton
Rating: 4 Stars

“I have profited by Dr. Beeke’s books in the past, and this is no exception. I found myself encouraged and strengthened not to rely on my eyes, but to look to Who God is, what He has done, and what He has promised, believing in faith that everything comes to pass as God wills it.”
Reviewer: Peter Butler, Jr. 
Rating: 5 Stars

“I liked how clear things were, and how insightful and convicting.”
Reviewer: Melissa Merritt
Rating: 4 Stars

“Overall, a good attempt at communicating stages of the Christian faith. Great for beginners…”
Reviewer: David Ramos
Rating: 3 Stars

“A compact study book that delights and inspires one to live out their life of faith… Easy to read as the author paints a picture in our minds and brings the past into the present.”
Reviewer: Christy Toh
Rating: 4 Stars

Where to Buy:
Portraits of Faith 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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Why bother with church? Book Cover Why bother with church?
Questions Christians Ask
Sam Allberry
The Good book Company
March 1, 2016
96

The church has an image problem.

It is widely viewed in the world at large as being outdated, boring, irrelevant and filled with backbiting hypocrites.

How different that picture is to how the Bible talks about the new family that Jesus has gathered. It is a precious bride, a sparkling jewel, a lifeboat for forgiven sinners that is precious and holy; nurturing and warm; filled with truth, friendship and all embracing, forgiving love.

Sam Allberry understands the collision between these two views, and how, even as Christian believers, we can lose sight of how truly wonderful church is and should be, and what a privilege it is to be part of, and to serve.

In this brief accessible but thorough guide to church, Sam outlines what church is and why we need it. And how, when we have got it wrong, we can move closer to what a true church should be.

The Cross Focused Reviewers are sharing their thoughts on Why bother with church?: And other questions about why you need it and why it needs you (The Good Book Company, 2016).

“This is a simple book on what the church is and what it should be. Christians and non-Christians who have questions about the church will benefit from this book.”
Reviewer: Chris Land
Rating: 5 Stars

“Pastors should consider using this book for three purposes. First, we come across an increasing number of professing Christians who do not believe the church is worth the bother or view attendance with a “when I feel like it” attitude. Allberry provides winsome and convincing answers to such an attitude that you would do well to keep in your mind. Second, with modification this book could provide a basis for a good sermon series, which deals with a serious issue that is immediately practical. Third, it would be a great resource to give to new members or recent converts to explain the importance of church.”
Reviewer: Aaron Meservey
Rating: 5 Stars

“I assign a book report to my seniors every year. I let them choose a book to read, and every year my “Questions Christians Ask” books are always the first ones chosen. In fact there have been some fights over who gets them. So needless to say if you have a baby Christian who wants to know why church matters or a youth who is starting to feel like church is unnecessary, this book wold be a great addition to your library.”
Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts
Rating: 5 Stars

“Any Christian who reads this book should conclude with Allberry, “Why on earth would I not bother with the church?” (Allberry 95). Why Bother with Church? encourages the Christian why they should bother with church and informs them how to bother with the church. A biblically faithful, challenging book for all Christians.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 5 Stars

Why bother with church? is a brief but important introduction into the need for church, the goodness of church, and the nuts and bolts of church. If you struggle to see why or how church should fit into your life, or if you have some other confusions about why the Bible says certain things about church, you’ll find this book useful. This is also a great discipling tool, for the person who is reaching out to someone unchurched or dechurched, preparing us for the questions that are sure to come. ”
Reviewer: Zach Barnhart
Rating: 4 Stars

“The book is concise but very precise and rich. There is a lot of great doctrine of the church in this small book and the author also helps the reader see the practical applications…”
Reviewer: Kenneth Clayton
Rating: 5 Stars

“…this book was a delight to read. It is a great resource to go through with a friend who is questioning the church, but it is also a very refreshing read for the believer who deeply loves the church. Sam’s love for Christ and his bride is evident on every page. Hopefully, after reading it, Sam’s love for the church will become contagious. The book beautifully written. Read it. Share it. Discuss it.”
Reviewer: John Knox
Rating: 5 Stars

“I was extremely blessed by this book. Every Christian should read this book and be encouraged to press on in their devotion to God and His Church.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 5 Stars

“Due to its friendly, sympathetic tone, its ability to point biblically to the need of church, and its thouroughness in explaining what constitutes a healthy church and church member, I recommend this book.”
Reviewer: Anne Pendleton
Rating: 4 Stars

“…if you are asking some of the questions answered in this book or are thinking about ditching the church you need to read this book. This book will also be helpful for new Christians. ”
Reviewer: Benjamin Wilson
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a wonderful little book to give someone who claims to be a Christian, but does not want to be part of the church. Lord willing, God will bless this work and draw His wandering sheep in and lead His sheep in faithfulness and obedience.”
Reviewer: Peter Butler, Jr.
Rating: 5 Stars

“For the non-reader, or the person just beginning to consider this question, this is a great introductory resource. I would not recommend stopping with this book, but I would recommend starting with it. For what he intended to accomplish, Allberry did a great job.”
Reviewer: Zack Ford
Rating: 4 Stars

“[T]his book is a great primer on church, how it works, why people need it, and other related topics. It could be given out to new members, or to those who just need a little help when it comes to understanding the church.”
Reviewer: William Sipling
Rating: 4 Stars

Why bother with church? is an enjoyable and practical read. We will begin distributing it to those who attend our prospective members class as a way to set forth our expectation of them as members, and what should be their expectation as members of our leadership – biblically and therefore reasonably. I think you will find a use for it with your members as well.”
Reviewer: Todd Wilson
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a really helpful book to right people’s perspectives about Church.”
Reviewer: Conrade Yap
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is highly informative but not boring. The information presented really explains the purpose & fine-lining of who the Church is & why it exists.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 4 Stars

“This little book is practical and pastoral. You will understand that the reason you find church boring “has to do with the mindset with which we arrive week by week.” So instead of coming to get something out for yourself, try to think how you can serve others.”
Reviewer: Emmanuel Durand
Rating: 5 Stars

“The book basically serves as a primer to those who may not be familiar with church or those who are unsatisfied with broken churches and are interested to see God’s original design for this institution of his own creation. This would make a great discipleship tool for new believers or new visitors to your church.”
Reviewer: Kevin Thompson
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book has the strength of being exactly what you’d expect from Sam Allberry, who is a thoughtful, gospel-focused, clearly-communicating evangelical Anglican clergyman… it will be useful for student groups and for every other situation where you don’t want to assume or force a position. Or where a way of looking at things is so well established that you want the essentials addressed clearly.”
Reviewer: Alan Davey
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book begins with the question, “Why bother with church?” and ends with the question “Why on earth would I not bother with church?” It’s aim is to get us excited about church if we aren’t already… Does he succeed? Largely, yes.”
Reviewer: Mike Knox
Rating: 4 Stars

“The book is much more than a prod to attend church. In a brief but effective way it covers most questions that people might have about the church. It is truly an introduction to the church. I highly recommend this stellar volume.”
Reviewer: Mark Lugg
Rating: 5 Stars

“Why Bother With Church? by Sam Allberry is a handy little book that provides a simple yet compelling defense of the local church. I think it would be a helpful gift to young adults who are disillusioned with the church they grew up with, giving them several reasons to stick with it.”
Reviewer: Brandon Schmidt
Rating: 5 Stars

“I appreciate the Christ centered approach that the author takes on this touchy topic. This book is mercifully short making it a quick read and an excellent give away to someone struggling with this issue. Thank you Sam Allberry and The Good Book Company for this helpful tool.”
Reviewer: Cliff VanNostrand
Rating: 5 Stars

Where to Buy:
Why bother with church? 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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