Reformation Women: Sixteenth-Century Figures Who Shaped Christianity's Rebirth Book Cover Reformation Women: Sixteenth-Century Figures Who Shaped Christianity's Rebirth
Rebecca VanDoodewaard
Reformation Heritage Books
April 25, 2017
136

Women are an essential element in church history. Just as Deborah, Esther, and the New Testament Marys helped shape Bible history, so the women of the Reformed church have helped to make its history great. In Reformation Women, Rebecca Vandoodewaard introduces readers to twelve sixteenth-century women who are not as well known today as contemporaries like Katie Luther and Lady Jane Grey. Providing an example to Christians today of strong service to Christ and His church, these influential, godly women were devoted to Reformation truth, in many cases provided support for their husbands, practiced hospitality, and stewarded their intellectual abilities. Their strength and bravery will inspire you, and your understanding of church history will become richer as you learn how God used them to further the Reformation through their work and influence.

The Cross Focused Reviewers share their thoughts on Reformation Women: Sixteenth-Century Figures Who Shaped Christianity’s Rebirth by Rebecca VanDoodewaard (Reformation Heritage Books, 2017).

“I would wholeheartedly recommend this book for anyone with an interest in the history of the Protestant Reformation –especially those who desire to learn more about the very important role that women played in its success. This book is perfect for a part of a homeschooling history curriculum and would be a timely addition given the important anniversary which is just around the corner.”
Reviewer: Aaron Cerda
Rating: 5 Stars

“…overall the book was very enjoyable and I would encourage others to pick it up especially women, those with daughters, and pastors who most likely have more women than men in their congregation.”
Reviewer: Kenneth Clayton
Rating: 4 Stars

“After taking a “Women in Church History” course in college, I have loved learning about the powerful women who have helped Christianity to spread throughout the ages. Sometimes it was them going into a scary country on their own. Other times it was a wife supporting her leader of a husband. Reformation Women is a welcomed addition to my collection of books on Women in Church history. What a powerful reminder of what God can do with a heart surrendered to Him.”
Reviewer: Cindy Cook
Rating: 5 Stars

“Not only is Reformation Women a wonderful read for you, it’s entirely appropriate for your middle and high school students. I highly recommend it.”
Reviewer: Danika Cooley
Rating: 5 Stars

“I found Reformation Women to be a personally encouraging, and intellectually satisfying book. More than that, I think it is a necessary book. The ongoing and diverse conversations regarding what makes a “biblical woman” need the historic grounding that this sort of book provides. I hope Rebecca, or another author, also offers us similar biographies of women from other times and places in church history.”
Reviewer: Coralie Cowan
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend this book as a way, not to just learn about the history of these faithful women, but to apply their faithfulness to our own lives.”
Reviewer: Debbie Crawford
Rating: 5 Stars

“Wives, mothers, godly followers of Christ, these women of the Reformation saw fit to live out their faith amidst a culture that was increasingly hostile to the new reforms of Protestants. You will not be disappointed as you read about these faithful followers of Christ.”
Reviewer: Spencer Cummins
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend, Reformation women, to any Pastor looking for historical illustrations as well as to every father to tell read these accounts to their daughters to aid in their spiritual growth, as well as to all women to give them a role model to inspire to . This is a book you do not want to miss out on.”
Reviewer: Dan Doll
Rating: 5 Stars

“While there are many books being published on the Protestant Reformation this one stands out in bringing to attention women whose accomplishments and service though great are largely forgotten in church history. If you’re looking to get a better understanding of the contribution women made to the Protestant Reformation this should be one of the first books you pick up.”
Reviewer: Steve Dresen
Rating: 5 Stars

Reformation Women provides brief but informative accounts from the lives of twelve women. Additionally, the appendices supply timelines and family trees for simplicity of understanding.”
Reviewer: Lesley Eischen
Rating: 5 Stars

“I give this book an A+. I highly recommend it for anyone that enjoys biographies, church history, or women’s studies. It would also make an excellent addition to any homeschooling studying the Reformation.”
Reviewer: Morgan Farr
Rating: 5 Stars

“I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone. This book is not just for women. This book is not just for lovers of history. This book is not just for Reformation gurus. Though the book will certainly appeal to those groups, the truths learned and modeled in this book extend much further — into each and every one of our lives as Christ followers. I found myself encouraged, humbled, convicted, and instructed through the godly lives and examples of these unknown women of the Reformation. I believe that the same will be true for you.”
Reviewer: Zack Ford
Rating: 5 Stars

“VanDoodewaard’s study helps to fill the gap which exists at a popular level regarding the role of women in the Reformation. Her study is helpful and engaging and I found each chapter to be better than the last (the chapters on the Frenchwomen Jeanne d’ Albret & Luise de Coligny were particularly riveting). Hopefully this book will help to provide the church today (and perhaps especially the daughters of the church) with models of feminine faithfulness.”
Reviewer: Ben Franks
Rating: 5 Stars

“Throughout this book, I found myself longing for more details and jotting down questions for further study. Mrs. VanDoodewaard successfully whetted my appetite for further study, indeed. I would love to know more about how these women balanced their many responsibilities, educated their children, managed their homes, etc., and because her sources are well-documented in footnotes, I know just where to turn for additional information!”
Reviewer: Elizabeth Hankins
Rating: 5 Stars

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book and plan to encourage my girls to read it. This makes me want to read more of this period of church history, and I hope it has the same effect on others. I highly recommend this book.”
Reviewer: Robert Hayton
Rating: 5 Stars

“Just as Foxe’s “Book of Martyrs” is important in the lives of believers, so are the stories of these women who stood up to the tyranny of the Roman Catholic Church and gave their lives to serve God. VanDoodewaard’s collection of stories will inspire and challenge you in your Christian walk.”
Reviewer: Jill Jones
Rating: 5 Stars

“I appreciated this book because it was well-written, easy to follow, and very interesting. The introduction and conclusion are very helpful in that they give reasons why it’s important to learn about women of the Reformation and lists several things we can learn from them. I’ll be recommending this book when people ask if I have any ideas for a women’s book club at church. But this book isn’t just for women! It’s for anyone who wants to learn about Reformation history and be edified and encouraged in the faith at the same time.”
Reviewer: Shane Lems
Rating: 5 Stars

“If you are interested in learning more about the Reformation, I would encourage you to read Reformation Women. While we women may drawn to the stories of our sisters, this isn’t just for us. This book gives a bigger picture of how God used both men and women during this turning point in church history.”
Reviewer: Persis Lorenti
Rating: 4 Stars

“Many of the books that discuss the Reformation focus on men’s involvement in the Reformation, so it is excellent that VanDoodewaard has written a book to show how women made waves in the Reformation.”
Reviewer: Haley Marshall
Rating: 5 Stars

“What was perhaps most impactful was how these women did not let circumstances get in the way of always encouraging the church and pushing forward.”
Reviewer: Michelle Newman
Rating: 5 Stars

“I look forward to having my wife and daughter read it so that they can get to know some of these women from church history who can encourage us in our faith today.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 5 Stars

“Some biographies are dry and hard to digest but this book was not like that. It will keep you desiring to read all about each life included. It will spur your faith and encourage it. It is worth the time.”
Reviewer: Angela Parsley
Rating: 4 Stars

“The conclusion of the book was especially strong, as it eloquently discussed lessons that we can learn from the women’s lives. The most powerful lessons included the importance of deriving one’s identity and mission from one’s faith rather than one’s role, how people have different gifts and should diligently use them where they are, and how people should have a cause beyond themselves.”
Reviewer: James Pate
Rating: 4 Stars

“These women are simply some of the most amazing women who have ever been a part of the church. We need to know these women.”
Reviewer: Jon Roberts
Rating: 5 Stars

“Thank you Rebecca, for taking the time to write this gem. It is something that will stay in my bookshelf for the years to come.”
Reviewer: Krista Rodriguez
Rating: 5 Stars

“The stories of such women are, as the author says, “an essential element in church history” (ix). While all made unique contributions, the women are an example of faithfulness to the Lord, His Word, and His church. Reformation Women by Rebecca VanDooewaard will introduce you to women of the Word who fought for the truth of the Word and can give us the courage to fight for that same truth today!”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book would make a nice read for any adult and would be a nice addition to any homeschool family library. ”
Reviewer: Deon Vannostrand
Rating: 5 Stars

“I read this book with my wife and we both enjoyed learning about these unique women and their contribution to the Protestant Reformation. They truly were amazing women, and they serve as proof that extraordinary faithfulness to God is a better legacy than a recognizable name. I’m thankful that Rebecca VanDoodewaard could reintroduce these women to modern audiences. They are truly exceptional, and both my wife and I were encouraged by their faith. I highly recommend this book.”
Reviewer: Andrew Wencl
Rating: 5 Stars

“What I find especially helpful about a book such as this is the reminder that Christianity has never been the domain of men alone. Faithful women, married and serving alongside their husbands or single and serving wherever they can, have been part and parcel of the faith from the very beginning. We do a great disservice to the cause of Christ by forgetting such facts. This volume should be an inspiration and encouragement to men AND women of the faith.”
Reviewer: Joe Westbrook
Rating: 5 Stars

“…there is much to gain from reading Reformation Women, both for historical enrichment and spiritual encouragement.”
Reviewer: John Wiley
Rating: 4 Stars

“I appreciate how the author never elevates nor demeans women who worked alongside their husbands and children on the home front. Though often in obscurity, yet their works, as a light set on a hill, could not be hidden, and we are blessed and encouraged to follow in their footsteps with honor and dignity even if we never leave the sphere of our homes. Yet, those who are active in the workforce or in positions of leadership will also gain many insights into how to portray the love of Christ where they serve with those qualities unique to believing women. I would especially encourage high school aged women to read this book as they are seeking to discern God’s plan for their lives, and it would make an excellent graduation gift.”
Reviewer: Marcia Wilwerding
Rating: 5 Stars

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Spirit-Empowered Theology by Charles CarrinThank you for your interest in reviewing Spirit-Empowered Theology. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

You’ve encountered the Holy Spirit. The answer to nearly every question you have about your faith may be found in the pages of Scripture–and in the amazing resource you hold in your hands.

In this comprehensive volume, respected pastor Dr. Charles Carrin gives you the basics of Spirit-empowered theology in an easy-to-follow question-and-answer format. This insightful book will help you understand the most pressing questions of life and the power behind your faith. With valuable input provided by distinguished revival leaders John and Carol Arnott, Stephen Chitty, Dr. Randy Clark, Leif Hetland, Bill Johnson, Dr. R. T. Kendall, Michael Peterson and Dr. Jack Taylor, Spirit-Empowered Theology will enable you to articulate what you believe and why you believe it.

“An amazing book. I especially recommend it to those who are beginning their journey into the theological realm of ‘Word and Spirit’ truth. This book belongs in your library.”–DR. RANDY CLARK, founder and overseer, Apostolic Network of Global Awakening

“This book is a treasure trove. I encourage you to read it and receive new levels of power, love and wisdom for a supernatural lifestyle!”–LEIF HETLAND, founder and president, Global Mission Awareness

“Charles Carrin is a prince of preachers, a sound theologian and an absolute lover and practitioner of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. This book is a golden resource.”–JOHN AND CAROL ARNOTT, founding pastors, Catch the Fire Ministries; overseers, Partners in Harvest, Toronto, Canada

Charles CarrinCharles Carrin, D.D., has been in ministry more than 65 years. His beliefs and practices denied the supernatural until a crisis in his own life caused him to see what he had missed. He received his education at the University of Georgia and Columbia Theological Seminary. Today his ministry is characterized by displays of the power of God in salvation as well as deliverance and healing. He lives in Boynton Beach, Florida.

Book Information:

  • Publisher:  Chosen Books
  • ISBN:  9780800798178
  • Page Count:  352 Pages

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Dates:  July 31 – August 6, 2017
  • Available Formats: Paperback (Continental US Only) or ebook via NetGalley
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and Amazon.com.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Spirit-Empowered Theology. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Pray About Everything: Cultivating God-Dependency Book Cover Pray About Everything: Cultivating God-Dependency
Paul Tautges
Shepherd Press
June 5, 2017
128

Believers need to learn to pray about everything, but so many unanswered questions hinder our progress.

  • What does it mean to pray in Jesus’ name?
  • How do I pray for my non-Christian friends?
  • When does the Holy Spirit pray for me?

In this book, a seasoned pastor and counselor answers these questions—and many more—by effectively instructing us with biblical principles, examples, and commands. By doing so, he encourages us to develop a life of prayer. Pastors, elders, and small group leaders will also find this book an indispensable help to cultivating an atmosphere of God-dependency in their local church.

Pray About Everything delivers an urgent call for believers to commit themselves to regular and systematic heartfelt prayer as an essential spiritual discipline for the Christian life.

Who should read this book?

  • Christians at varying stages of maturity
  • Small-group or prayer-group leaders
  • Preachers, ministers, Bible teachers
  • Worship leaders
  • Church prayer leaders

This week the Cross Focused Reviewers are sharing their thoughts about Paul Tautges’ new book Pray About Everything.

“This book is a good balance of theological and practical matters so that when one finishes this study, they will have a better understanding of what prayer is…”
Reviewer: Dan Doll
Rating: 5 Stars

“I hope that other pastors will read this book and be inspired to place a renewed emphasis on prayer in their churches.”
Reviewer: Steven Dressen
Rating: 5 Stars

“Because most of the chapters can be read in about ten minutes’ time, this book is great for personal devotions or Bible study groups because it leave you enough time to put into practice what you’re talking about.”
Reviewer: Andrew Wencl
Rating: 5 Stars

“…100 pages packed full of information to help send you on your way to a deeper study or set you up in a sermon, or small group discussion to a Bible Study just from this book. ”
Reviewer: Rosemary Swinehart
Rating: 5 Stars

“…a handbook, providing succinct instruction for leader and layman alike.”
Reviewer: Lesley Eischen
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book will be one to turn to again and again and to give as gifts to those who have questions about prayer and who don’t need to get bogged down with information. “Pray About Everything” is short and simple, but includes a wealth of information and help.”
Reviewer: Jill Jones
Rating: 5 Stars

“This was a good info-packed, yet concise and easy-to-read book on prayer. It gave a good practicality to prayer which is important. It was presented in a gospel-centered way. For all of those reasons, I really enjoyed this book. More books are needed like this on prayer. You will benefit from reading it.”
Reviewer: Angela Parsley
Rating: 4 Stars

“Tautges is right. His presentation and process are Scriptural. His book leads us to go forth and pray.”
Reviewer: Peter Butler, Jr.
Rating: 5 Stars

“I can’t recommend this book enough. The Body of Christ today is malnourished and suffering from a lack of prayer in it’s spiritual diet. Pray About Everything is a gift to the Church and I am hoping.. I am praying that it will be picked up and read by a significant majority of the Church and through it, we might bring glory and honor to our Lord as we grow in grace and sanctification.”
Reviewer: Aaron Cerda
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is far from a full-orbed treatment on prayer. But it is not intended to be so. Rather, the author intended to help the reader understand his/her dependency upon God and how that is manifested in prayer, not only in the individual’s life but also in the life of the larger church body. The book certainly accomplishes that task and is a wonderful resource for any believer to work through… As you work through the truths of this book, you will find yourself learning how to implement its principles into your prayer life for years to come.”
Reviewer: Zack Ford
Rating: 5 Stars

“… Gospel-centered, biblical book that will aid the reader in praying according to God’s will as revealed in Scripture. These are the kinds of prayers that God promises to answer.”
Reviewer: Elizabeth Hankins
Rating: 4 Stars

“I am thankful for Tautges and this excellent book. I recommend it for the prayer section of every pastor’s library.”
Reviewer: Chrys Jones
Rating: 4 Stars

” I would highly recommend this book to all church leaders. The church needs to get back to corporate prayer, especially now, in these troubling times.”
Reviewer: Denise McFarland
Rating: 4 Stars

“This short and convicting book points us to thankfulness and reasons for prayer–as well as reasons for suffering.”
Reviewer: Melissa Merritt
Rating: 4 Stars

“Tautges shows his heart for churches to let go of self-dependency and grasp the life-giving God-dependency found in the gospel. As a pastor, I would recommend this book to anyone struggling to cultivate a consistent and meaningful prayer life, and I intend on using it with my own congregation.”
Reviewer: Ryan Reed
Rating: 4 Stars

“I gladly recommend Paul Tautge’s Pray About Everything: Cultivating God-Dependency to every church member and church leader who desires to be a contributing part of a praying church.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 5 Stars

“I appreciated this little book. It stirred my heart toward the LORD.”
Reviewer: Cheryl Stansberry
Rating: 5 Stars

“I would encourage pastors and small group leaders with teaching responsibilities to look at this book. The devotionals are tailorable, and I think the format and content is beneficial.”
Reviewer: Asa Veek
Rating: 4 Stars

“His sermonettes are short but meaningful as he provides significant substance in short pieces.”
Reviewer: Aaron Meservey
Rating: 4 Stars

“…a brief but powerful book on a subject that can never be exhausted or perfected. It is simply our lifeline to God and His spirit.”
Reviewer: Gradon Schaub
Rating: 4 Stars

“With his book Pray About Everything, Paul Tautges has done something unique: he reminds us that prayer is not a solitary activity. This book is helpful call for pastors, churches and laypersons to remember the importance of the church not only praying for each other, but with each other.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 5 Stars

Where to Buy:
Pray About Everything 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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Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted Book Cover Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted
Ron Citlau
Bethany House
March 14, 2017
176

A Message of Hope and Grace

Sometimes in our big-picture discussions about homosexuality and same-sex marriage, we lose sight of the person in the middle of the struggle. Whether that struggler is you or someone you care about, there are two fundamental questions that need to be answered: How can someone with same-sex attraction be faithful to Jesus? And how can everyone else support and encourage them in this pursuit?

With clarity and grace, author and pastor Ron Citlau will help you think through every option the Bible offers--and what it does not. Having personally dealt with same-sex attraction, walked with others still struggling, and pastored those with gay loved ones, he encourages readers to think deeply and biblically about heterosexual marriage, singleness, celibacy, and more.

Discover the remarkable gifts God provides to the same-sex-attracted Christian who desires to faithfully follow Jesus. And learn how others can come alongside them with love, encouragement, and grace.

This week the Cross Focused Reviewers share their thoughts on Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted by Ron Citlau.

“I recommend it to people with same-sex attraction and to the people who minister to them.”
Reviewer: Robert Morton
Rating: 5 Stars

“The discussion of Citlau’s view on sexual identity compared to those of other orthodox Christians was very insightful. In fact an entire book could be devoted to it, and I would read it as well.”
Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts
Rating: 5 Stars

“The points on Why Gay Marriage Cannot Cause Human Flourishing were really good… I personally will now be more compassionate with everyone no matter what their sexual preference because God loves them and I should too!”
Reviewer: Pauline Burnes
Rating: 3 Stars

Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted is just that – a word of hope. With so much focus in the Church today upon the nature of the sin, Ron’s book is a powerful correction and reminder that the Gospel is about transformation, not condemnation. Ron has written a book that will be helpful going forward both for the same-sex struggler and the church called to welcome them in truth and love. I highly recommend it.”
Reviewer: Scott Nichols
Rating: 5 Stars

“Ron not only includes his own testimony but the testimony of several others who live out their Christian faith in spite of their same-sex attraction. He demonstrates that there is hope. He clearly articulates the gospel and the necessity of involvement in the local church. There is much worthwhile in this book, for those struggling with homosexuality and their friends, family and church leaders.”
Reviewer: Greg Wilson
Rating: 4 Stars

“Is Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted the be-all-end-all on this topic? By no means! But of the resources I have read, it is an excellent introduction.”
Reviewer: Joe Westbrook
Rating: 4 Stars

“…a useful resource for churches, leaders and friends seeking to help persons struggling with unwanted same sex attraction. I think everyone interested in this topic would do good to read it.”
Reviewer: Xi Ming
Rating: 4 Stars

“…it could be good to start a conversation about what hope for the Christian who has non traditional sexual attraction patterns looks like.”
Reviewer: Nate Claiborne
Rating: 3 Stars

“This is a book the church and people with same-sex attraction need. Thank you, Ron.”
Reviewer: Peter Butler, Jr.
Rating: 5 Stars

“No matter what side of the fence you are on, this book is extremely relevant, unique and will help you understand sexuality from both sides.”
Reviewer: Sarah Storm
Rating: 4 Stars

Don’t miss Ron Citlau’s interview on The Shaun Tabatt Show.

Where to Buy:
Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted 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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Praying for Girls by Teri Lynne UnderwoodThank you for your interest in reviewing Praying for Girls. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

What Are Your Biggest Concerns for Your Daughter?

Do you feel uncertain about what or how to pray for your daughter? You’re not alone! Praying for our daughters can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. This easy-to-use book features 200 Scripture-based prayers that cover key areas of every girl’s life:

Her identity–finding her security and strength in God’s love and acceptance
Her heart–pursuing a life of purity and devotion to the Lord
Her mind–committing to growing in wisdom and discernment regardless of her circumstances
Her relationships–developing skills and attitudes to foster healthy relationships
Her purpose–trusting God with her life, gifts, and passions

With simple ideas to nurture your daughter’s faith from toddler through teen, this encouraging book will equip you to pray with more confidence and power.

Praise for Praying for Girls:

“After losing my mother young, I grew up surrounded by boys. And after having two boys of my own, I was straight-up terrified of having a girl. A girl was all-new territory to me. For this mom afraid of messing up her daughter, this book is a lifeline. I might not be able to bubble wrap my girl away from the world, but I sure can wrap her up in fierce prayers and send her out into it bravely. Each prayer, each activity, each new way of seeing my girl with Jesus’ eyes filled me with gratitude and a hearty Amen for this book!”
Lisa-Jo Baker, author of Never Unfriended and Surprised by Motherhood, and community manager at incourage.me

“This book makes me so happy. For years I’ve been asked to recommend a book about praying for girls, and now I finally can! Teri Lynne Underwood is deeply committed to the truth of God’s Word, and she understands how to apply it to godly parenting. This practical and highly usable book will change a generation of future women. As a mom raising two sons who will one day need godly wives, I’m thrilled at that possibility!”
Brooke McGlothlin, co-founder of the MOB Society (for mothers of boys) and author of Praying for Boys: Asking God for the Things They Need Most

Teri Lynne UnderwoodAbout the Author: Teri Lynne Underwood leads Prayers for Girls, a popular online community for mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and anyone else who wants to invest in praying for the girls in their lives. A frequent contributor to parenting blogs, Teri Lynne lives in northern Alabama with her husband and their teenaged daughter. Learn more at www.terilynneunderwood.com and www.prayersforgirls.com.

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Book Information:

  • Publisher:  Bethany House
  • ISBN:  9780764219603
  • Page Count:  208 Pages

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Dates:  July 24-30, 2017
  • Available Formats: Paperback (Continental US Only) or ebook via NetGalley
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and Amazon.com.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Praying for Girls. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.