Gospel Assurance and Warnings Recovering The Gospel Paul Washer Reformation Heritage Books March 20, 2014 Paperback 288
It should come as no surprise that misunderstandings about the gospel message and the nature of true conversion result in a problem with genuine assurance of salvation. A pseudo-gospel of “easy believism” has led many into careless presumption, and a poor understanding of salvation has abandoned tender consciences to near spiritual despair. In Gospel Assurance and Warnings, Paul Washer shines the light of gospel hope as he cautions against the dangers of making an empty profession of faith and carefully explains from Scripture the basis for establishing and maintaining a sound assurance of faith.
This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Gospel Assurance & Warnings by Paul Washer (Reformation Heritage Books, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:
“I highly recommend this book and pray the Lord uses it to awaken a slumbering and apathetic generation to the glory and excellencies of the gospel, including its warnings, for His glory.” Reviewer: Dave Jenkins (ServantsOfGrace.org) Rating: 5 Stars
“Paul Washer has provided the body of Christ with a book that is a scalpel, balm, and siren. It is a scalpel as he repeatedly references the piercing sword which is the word of God to demonstrate what true faith is all about. It is also a balm as healing also comes from the Word of God as the Holy Spirit works that process of sanctification in the life of the believer. It is a siren for those who are living a lie, claiming to be following Christ yet denying Him by their deeds.” Reviewer: Michael Boling (IntelMin.org) Rating: 5 Stars
“I highly, highly recommend this book and encourage all who profess faith in Jesus Christ to read it. Paul Washer justifiably notes that in 1 John, “John’s boldness is a bit overwhelming to the modern ear that has grown accustomed to smoother speech.” But even so, we are further admonished by the Apostle: “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches,” (Rev. 3:22). This book will help all Christians rightly divide God’s word to test whether or not they are of the Christian faith.” Reviewer: Beth Saathoff (bethsaathoff.blogspot.com) Rating: 5 Stars
“I think Gospel Assurance & Warnings will help many Christian leaders to identify and assure true converts and likewise use Scripture’s warnings to warn those who may not be soundly saved. For people in the business of winning and shepherding souls, I don’t know of many topics that have more eternal significance.” Reviewer: Kevin Halloran (kevinhalloran.net) Rating: 4 Stars
“Readers seeking biblical Christian material of substance that prompts serious reflection will find the book at once highly edifying and troubling (as uncomfortable truths are always troubling). Readers seeking light and encouraging “devotional” fare may prefer to look elsewhere.” Reviewer: David Hodges (piouseye.com) Rating: 5 Stars
“Your toes will be stepped on. You will experience some emotional turmoil. And you will be all the better for it. Don’t just pick up this work, pick up the entire trilogy and be blessed.” Reviewer: Josh Skinner (joshrskinner.com) Rating: 4 Stars
“this book is a good resource for pastors and church leaders. Its treatment of Bible passages giving assurances and warnings is superb, and the gospel issues at stake are that important.” Reviewer: Andrew Wencl (andrewwencl.blogspot.com) Rating: 4 Stars
“Washer dives deep into a multitude of areas, probing behavior and thought attempting to discern genuine vs. artificial faith, and the production of fruit or the lack thereof. Readers can’t go wrong with 200 pages of in-depth analysis and thinking of New Testament theology, as readers will find no lack of information in this book.” Reviewer: Davis Wetherell (brofessionalwriter.wordpress.com) Rating: 4 Stars
“Plainly written, this book aims for the heart. For those who have Christ in their hearts, the message will resonate with a desire to obey. For those who do not have Christ in their hearts, they can be easily offended with a desire to defend their existing way of life. For those who are not sure, perhaps these series of gospel assurances and warnings will help them distinguish the small and narrow way of Christ, versus the highway of hell. If this book can nudge you a little closer toward the way of Christ, it would have worth every penny.” Reviewer: Conrade Yap (booksaint.blogspot.com) Rating: 4 Stars
“Washer writes on assurance and on the warnings of alleged faith that gives no proof of eternal life dwelling within a person. What you are going to find from Washer is a strong biblical case for assurance and a strong biblical case against those who say they believe but have no proof within their lifestyle.” Reviewer: Louis Zinc (gazoontite.wordpress.com) Rating: 5 Stars
Where to Buy: Gospel Assurance & Warnings by Paul Washer is available at your local 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:
Over the next week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for The Third Day: The Gospel of Luke 22-24 by Alex Webb-Peploe (The Good Book Company, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:
“This is a title that I would highly recommend to be provided by churches to all ages in their Sunday School curriculum or as a handout to the entire church body. While the graphic novel approach may be foreign to some, those who take the time to engage this type of work will find it highly useful and thoroughly engaging while bringing the reader into a deeper knowledge of the events of this pivotal moment in world history, driving home the importance of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.” Reviewer: Michael Boling (IntelMin.org) Rating: 5 Stars
“The Third Day is a great way to add to your teen’s understanding of the crucifixion. I read somewhere (and now I can’t find where…) that this 48-page full color book with a glossy, thick paperback cover is the first of a series. I hope that’s true. My boys love comics, and I think Alex Webb-Peploe, André Parker, and The Good Book Company did a fantastic job.” Reviewer: Danika Cooley (thinkingkidsblog.org) Rating: 5 Stars
“I also loved that inaddition to being biblically correct, this graphic novel is also ethnically correct. In a world full of white Jesus movies, yellow-haired stained glass Christs, and other pasty renderings, it is refreshing to see an artistic presentation of Jesus that presents Him as an olive-skinned Mediterranean Jew. This is a marked improvement on the ‘traditional’ blue-eyed Jesus often imaged through Western media and art. The illustrations in this book are strong and dynamic, well-inked and colored. I am impressed. I give this book 4.5 stars and recommend it for young adult and teenagers, children and other fans of ‘great literature.’” Reviewer: James Matichuk (thoughtsprayersandsongs.com) Rating: 5 Stars
“I highly recommend The Third Day for young people who find the story of Jesus (or the church’s modern re-telling of it) boring, uninspiring, or unrealistic. If you’re a parent or a youth minister, get a copy (or many copies) and give them away. My hope is that God will use this graphic novel, and others like it, to help young people to take Scriptures and the gospel story within it seriously.” Reviewer: James Pruch (jamespruch.wordpress.com) Rating: 5 Stars
“My guess is your kids, especially if they are mid-elementary through junior high aged boys, would love this. And with a price point of under seven bucks, this is extremely easy to put in their hands. I would highly recommend that you do so.” Reviewer: Jeff Randleman (jeffrandleman.com) Rating: 5 Stars
“I recommend the comic book for kids probably 8-13. For the fact that they publishers didn’t fluff the images with make-believe dialogue, but rather 100% of the text comes directly from the Scriptures, I can recommend it for all.” Reviewer: Ryan Rickard (declinationblog.wordpress.com) Rating: 4 Stars
“This book is not for younger children because it does show Jesus in different stages of the crucifixion. As an aside I was pleased to see that the artist placed the nails in the correct spot on Jesus’ wrists instead of the hands like so many books do. It makes it easier on us Bible teachers when we do not have to retrain the students with how it actually (most-likely) happened. The story is tight and uses the Holman Christian Bible translation as all of the text for the comic, and as I said earlier it follows the story of the Gospel of Luke, chapters 22-24.” Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts Rating: 5 Stars
“The authors and illustrators did a fantastic job of brining God’s redemption to life as told by Luke. I definitely recommend this edition for any teen, tween and in between!” Reviewer: Heidi Smith (iaminthefishbowl.blogspot.com) Rating: 4 Stars
“I would love to see the entire book of Luke, and for that matter all of the Bible, presented in this format by these artists. Their talent for packing a lot of message into each frame is immense. For a generation which has grown up in the world of digital media, this work makes an important contribution to a deeper understanding of Jesus and His mission on earth.” Reviewer: Beverly Terry (beverlylynnt.wordpress.com) Rating: 5 Stars
“The book is wonderfully illustrated and so captures the emotion behind the scenes and passion of the week. I love the idea of this series. I think that there is a definite group of teens and even younger or older kids (aka adults) who will be intrigued by this series… I hope that they have success in this project and that additional title will be released.” Reviewer: Mike Tiede (VickiTiede.com) Rating: 4 Stars
“Those who love looking at pictures would love the book. It would encourage children (or adults) who are not inclined to read the Bible to be captivated by the drawings and be drawn into the story.” Reviewer: Ben Toh (ubfriends.org) Rating: 4 Stars
“The pictures are well drawn making the illustrations easy to follow. The dialogue is from the HCSB making the language easy to for teens to relate. This is an excellent resource for both individual and youth group study.” Reviewer: Joanne Viola (daysnthoughts.com) Rating: 5 Stars
“I would recommend this as a resource to be given to young teenagers. They may find that The Third Day helps the story to come alive for them. It is very well done.” Reviewer: Adam Blosser (onetruejoy.blogspot.com) Rating: 3 Stars
“It has a gritty, contemporary feel to it that is far removed from the clean, bright, graphic versions of the Bible already available for younger children. This resource will introduce the biblical account of Easter to teens and young adults who enjoy reading illustrated graphic media.” Reviewer: Mary Ann Bell (proverb31titus2godlybookreviews.blogspot.com) Rating: 4 Stars
“The pictures are fantastic! Peploe and Parker capture the emotions swirling throughout the betrayal, trial, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus. The Pharisees’ anger boils on their faces. The recipients of Jesus’ healing have a look of awe and bewilderment. The women that followed Jesus are overjoyed at the news of His resurrection. Peter’s impulsive words and actions jump off the pages… This is a great resource for pre-teens and young adults, and I also found it helpful in my own devotions.” Reviewer: Dave Buller (christianfirst.us) Rating: 5 Stars
“The Third Day has impressive artwork that captures the emotion, detail, humanity, and seriousness we find in Luke 22-24. I have to admit that I was stunned with artists’ ability to depict the passage of Scripture without changing it, which reveals their high value of the Word of God, and desire to share the Gospel through a widely-loved medium.” Reviewer: Amanda Cain (thenerdybookworm.wordpress.com) Rating: 3 Stars
“Overall, I would recommend The Third Day: The Gospel of Luke Chapters 22-24 to make the passion story accessible to comic book fans. Nit-pickiness aside, anything you can do to make the story of Christ’s death and resurrection more accessible to people is worth recommending.” Reviewer: Kevin Halloran (kevinhalloran.net) Rating: 3 Stars
“The artwork is fantastic and the story itself is something kids need to know about and it will keep their interest. Older children can easily read it by themselves. I highly recommend this for parents of young children and for older children to read so they can better visualize what took place in history.” Reviewer: Amanda Talbert (thetalbertreport.blogspot.com) Rating: 5 Stars
Where to Buy: The Third Day: The Gospel of Luke 22-24 by the Grace of God by Alex Webb-Peploe is available at your local 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:
Thank you for your interest in reviewing Bible Revival: Recommitting Ourselves to One Book. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.
Bible Revival passionately explores why the Bible needs to be the single most important book in the Christian’s life—and how to make it so. Unlike most books about the Bible, Berding digs deep to uncover the motivations and distractions that keep Christians from engaging with the Bible as richly as it can. But he does more than just point out the problems; he lovingly offers solutions in order to learn, value, understand, apply, obey, and speak the Bible.
Praise for Bible Revival:
“Bible Revival is at once an accessible and soul-searching read. Kenneth Berding is prophetic and characteristically pastoral in his approach to difficult and sometimes personal questions. Early on, he identifies what he calls a “famine of hearing the words of the Lord.” He goes on to present clear, scripturally grounded strategies for finding nourishment in the famine. You cannot help but be challenged by this book, and if you receive Dr. Berding’s admonitions and advice, you will find yourself reevaluating the place of Scripture in your life.” —Barry H. Corey, President, Biola University
“Evangelicals by definition emphasize conversion and the centrality of Scripture. Yet, an emphasis on the former too often comes at the expense of the latter. We preach and pray for a revival making a priority of religious experience while downplaying the importance of the Word. Rather than bringing true life, this bifurcation is spiritually deadening. No real revival comes without a powerful return to the Word of God. As Kenneth Berding writes, such revivals are ‘like a sparkler that spouted brilliant colors for a moment, sputtered, then [grows] suddenly dark.’ This helpful, little volume promises to do a great work for the modern church. Immensely practical, Bible Revival focuses the heart and the mind of the reader on the importance of reading and applying the word of God in a powerful way. May it be that those who take the time to read this book be found to be like Ezra whom God blessed because he had committed himself to meditating on God’s Word, applying God’s Word, and teaching other’s to do the same.” —Peter Beck, Pastor of Doorway Baptist Church, North Charleston, SC; Associate Professor of Christian Studies & Director of the Honors Program, Charleston Southern University
“Bible Revival is more that the title of Kenneth Berding’s latest book; it is a hope and an intent of his heart. Berding has been a keen observer of the growing need for the Bible to be known and lived. Passionately, he rightly argues for how Christians, if they are indeed Christians, approach, absorb, and apply God’s Word. His engaging writing style is a rare gift, and will guide many to desire, know, and live out the truth that the Bible is God’s powerful words for life for the individual and the community.” —Joanne J. Jung, Associate Professor, Biblical and Theological Studies, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University.
Guiltless Living: Confessions of a Serial Sinner Captured by the Grace of God Ginger Hubbard Shepherd Press February 28, 2014 Paperback 120
Through captivating stories, edgy humor, and shocking confessions, Ginger Hubbard drops the act and gets real in this brutally honest look at the seldom admitted, rarely talked about sins of the heart. Removing her “good Christian” mask, Ginger opens the dark chapters of her heart in order to share about the glorious grace of God toward repentant sinners. Get ready to laugh. Get ready to cry. Get ready for a deeper, more authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. This is what real Christianity is all about.
Includes a Seven-Week Bible Study ideal for small groups.
This week the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Guiltless Living: Confessions of a Serial Sinner Captured by the Grace of God by Ginger Hubbard (Shepherd Press, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:
“In the book, Guiltless Living, the author shows us through different experiences the way that we should act regarding our Christian walk and basically how God would want us to respond to life’s difficulties. We are called to help our fellow neighbors even if that means our comfort takes a back seat to the situation. The first chapter in the book describes a situation where the author definitely felt that she was placed out in the middle of nowhere and she shares her struggles with that. She was funny, but ever so steady to point out to me where God needed to be inserted into the situation and taught her how it should of been handled… I loved this book.” Reviewer: Jalynn Patterson (asimplelifereally.blogspot.com) Rating: 5 Stars
“I definitely am glad I had the chance to read this. Guiltless Living is possible through Jesus shed blood that covers it all! Ginger Hubbard portrays this in a fabulous way!” Reviewer: Heidi Smith (iaminthefishbowl.blogspot.com) Rating: 5 Stars
“The author’s storytelling skills make this book fun to read. Her teaching ability creates a painless path for readers to apply the truth of God’s Word to our lives. Her wit and wisdom makes these truths simple for us to understand. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book, and highly recommend this for both personal Bible study or a women’s Bible study group.” Reviewer: Beverly Terry (beverlylynnt.wordpress.com) Rating: 5 Stars
“Frankly I found this author to be quite encouraging. Loved her deep love for the truth of the Word and how she brings it so alive. Always enjoy discovering new authors, and this one is a keeper!” Reviewer: Ann Beaulieu (annlbeaulieu.com) Rating: 4 Stars
“Ginger Hubbard really makes you dig deep and think about yourself as you read this book. Every personal illustration she gives makes you squirm and think “is this me”?”… This is a very good book, I highly recommend it.” Reviewer: MayAnn Bell (proverb31titus2godlybookreviews.blogspot.ca) Rating: 5 Stars
“This book will make for lively discussion in a women’s bible study or women’s small group. Ginger has a fantastic sense of humor that women of all ages will “get!” With the Bible Study questions at the back of the book I can easily see an enjoyable 7-week study coming from this.” Reviewer: Catherine Daugherty (praycookblog.com) Rating: 4 Stars
“Guiltless Living is an encouraging note to help the exasperated mom move on with her Christian life… This is an easy book to read (at only 100 or so pages) and would be the great backbone of a small group setting.” Reviewer: Dianna Gardenhour (savingsinseconds.com) Rating: 4 Stars
“It definitely gave me something to think about. The end of the book includes a Bible Study Guide for each chapter. I found this book to be worth the read without the preachy sermon. I recommend this book to all who wish a better understanding of what everyday sinning entails.” Reviewer: Edythe Hamilton (GoodReads.com) Rating: 5 Stars
“Overall I did like this book. The author is sure to let you know that you are not alone in acting in these ways and helps us see we are in this together as children of God who Christ saved despite our behavior. It is encouraging and helpful.” Reviewer: Angela Parsley (refreshmysoulblog.blogspot.com) Rating: 4 Stars
“Each chapter starts with our author’s own struggle and experience with each sin in a very humorous way. She exposes the sin in a very real way but also exposes how Jesus dealt with our hearts in response. The question becomes what is our response to who Jesus is and how we live in light of the Gospel.” Reviewer: Jeanie Schwagerman (GoodReads.com) Rating: 4 Stars
“This book would be a great gift for anyone teetering on the edge of giving up on church and their church life. No one is perfect starting out on this journey called life it is something we progress towards. Get ready to cry and laugh and rejoice that it’s not too late and help is on the way.” Reviewer: Rosemary Swinehart (rmsdrummer.wordpress.com) Rating: 4 Stars
“I found this book to be a quick and easy read with a style both engaging and provoking. The book does include a study guide making this an excellent resource for individual and group Bible Study.” Reviewer: Joanne Viola (daysnthoughts.com) Rating: 4 Stars
“I chose to rate this book “5 stars” because I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and some of her stories made me laugh while I was reading it. I encourage you to check out this book and highly recommend it to all Christians.” Reviewer: Charolette Ragsdale (charoletteragsdale.wordpress.com) Rating: 5 Stars
“Should you read this book? If you think you are a pretty good person, yes, study it to have your conscience reactivated. If you are overwhelmed in your struggle with sin, read it to be reminded of God’s grace and goodness.” Reviewer: Annie Kate Aarnoutse (anniekateshomeschoolreviews.com) Rating: 3 Stars
“I thought it good that this woman doesn’t laugh off ”normal” sins such as road rage, proud thoughts, etc. Instead she actually makes herself out to be the worst of sinners in each of those moments. Which is how each of us should view ourselves. Every time we sin, it is an enormous trespass against God’s law. This book has a good perspective on the depth of even the ‘little’ sins, balanced biblically with God’s grace and forgiveness to His children.” Reviewer: Marjolaine Belley (bellabiblio.blogspot.com) Rating: 3 Stars
“I would certainly recommend this book to those struggling under the weight of sin. I think it would be especially helpful for women as they can likely relate to many of the personal examples that Hubbard provides. I will likely add it to the book rack at our church.” Reviewer: Adam Blosser (onetruejoy.blogspot.com) Rating: 3 Stars
“I was touched by Hubbard’s willingness to share personal stories that illustrate timeless Biblical truths, despite the fact that they revealed her own sinful behavior. Guiltless Living is a beautiful reminder that it is only through the cross that we can experience hope, because Christ has already paid our debts, and wrapped us in His Grace.” Reviewer: Amanda Cain (thenerdybookworm.wordpress.com) Rating: 5 Stars
“This is a book that I devoured in one sitting (120 pages) but will find myself turning to again and again especially in the areas that are more of a struggle for me.” Reviewer: Marci Ferrell (thankful-homemaker.blogspot.com) Rating: 5 Stars
“The honesty and humor of this book kept me engaged from beginning to end. An added bonus is that at the end of the book, each chapter has questions to be used in Bible studies.” Reviewer: Cheryl Frerichs Rating: 5 Stars
“I can’t wait to read another book by Hubbard. She is a funny writer, and I enjoyed this book very much! If you are looking for a funny, engaging read, this is the book for you.” Reviewer: Jill Ivy (lucky4jill.wordpress.com) Rating: 5 Stars
“I think this book may be helpful to many Christian women… I would like to go back and glean more truth as I know I need to grow in all of these areas.” Reviewer: Suzanne Jackson (princapecos.blogspot.com) Rating: 3 Stars
“I’m glad I ignored all of my preconceived ideas. I found some great nuggets of truth hidden behind the cover. While written from a woman’s perspective, there is much that anyone reader – male or female, teen or adult, single or married – can glean from these pages.” Reviewer: Asa Veek (worldofasa.blogspot.com) Rating: 4 Stars
“The book is written with humor and candor and because of that you may be more open to see which areas may relate to your life and struggles, where repentance may be needed, where some work may need to be done. You can take a look at yourself without feeling judged by the author who is very honest about her own struggles.” Reviewer: Mary Vidinich (whenqueen.blogspot.com) Rating: 3 Stars
Where to Buy: Guiltless Living: Confessions of a Serial Sinner Captured by the Grace of God by Ginger Hubbard is available at your local 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:
Thank you for your interest in reviewing The Third Day. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.
A faithful and contemporary graphic realization of Luke 22-24 for young adults and teenagers.
The Third Day is the first in a range of short graphic-novel-style books faithfully illustrating the unadorned text of the gospel of Luke.
It has a gritty, contemporary feel to it that is far removed from the clean, bright, graphic versions of the Bible already available for younger children.
This resource will introduce the biblical account of Easter to teens and young adults who enjoy reading illustrated graphic media.
The Third Day covers the Gospel of Luke chapters 22 to 24, the betrayal, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ, using the HCSB.
Please note: this product contains images of violence and crucifixion which may be disturbing for young children. Please look through the book first to ensure that it is appropriate for the children who will be reading it.