A Vine-Ripened Life: Spiritual Fruitfulness through Abiding in Christ Book Cover A Vine-Ripened Life: Spiritual Fruitfulness through Abiding in Christ

Reformation Heritage Books
July 13, 2014
303

The grace that stimulates the fruit and maturity of a sanctified life comes to us through Jesus Christ. We bear much fruit only as we abide in Him. In A Vine-Ripened Life, author Stanley Gale points us to Jesus, the Vine of life of John 15, in whom we, as branches, must live and grow to bear the fruit of a grace-grown life. He explains, “Having begun in Christ we remain in Christ, continuing to draw our life from Him and maturing in grace.” With pastoral sensitivity and an engaging style, Gale teaches readers both about the fruit of Christian character and how to cultivate it. Questions at the end of each chapter make this an ideal study for individuals or groups.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for A Vine-Ripened Life: Spiritual Fruitfulness through Abiding in Christ (Reformation Heritage Books, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“I recommend this helpful book.”   Angela Parsley Rating: 4 Stars

“I highly recommend this book.” Reviewer: Tina Garrett Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a great read which will help God’s people in their walk with God.” Reviewer: Val Belley Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a very helpful and accessible book.”  Reviewer: Joey Parker Rating: 5 stars

“This is a helpful and much needed book.” Reviewer: Josh Skinner Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend this book for all Christians because it is helpful in the on-going process of Christian sanctification.” Reviewer: Beth Saathoff Rating: 4 Stars

Thank you for your interest in reviewing James the Just Presents Applications of Torah. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

James The JustYeshua`s Brother & Chief Rabbi of the Messianic Jewish Community James the Just (Ya`Akov HaTzaddik) Presents Applications of Torah By Dr. David Friedman with D.B. Friedman

When we view Ya’acov (James) for who he was: a chief rabbi, a Torah scholar, a Bible commentator, and akin to a high court judge, then we can better understand the purpose of his book. One of the main thrusts of Ya’acov’s teaching is encouraging the practical application of the Torah’s teachings.

Praise for James the Just Presents Applications of Torah:

“…a whole new perspective on how to view the book of Ya`acov. With his scholarship and knowledge of ancient Hebrew texts, Dr. Friedman puts Ya`acov back into his correct historical context and gives us much to chew on.”
— Dr. M. Leibowitz, Tempe, AZ

“…hidden Jewish concepts are brought out, which would have been known to the reference community of Ya’acov, who received this practical manual for Jewish life…an important explanation of the theme of “faith vs. works.”
— S. H. R. ben Haim, MILIM-MJTI Center, Jerusalem, Israel.

“It is a privilege to drink from the author’s very deep well of knowledge and understanding of the ancient languages of Scripture.”
— Pastor Steven Shelley, Salem, AL.

“Dr. David Friedman has written a refreshing look at the book of James/Ya’acov, making it clearly understood that there is a balance of Torah observance and God’s grace.”
— Shmuel Oppenheim, Rabbi, Lev HaShem Messianic Jewish Synagogue, Las Vegas, Nevada

About the Authors:
Dr. David Friedman is the former Academic Dean and Professor of Jewish Studies at King of Kings College in Jerusalem, Israel. Currently, Friedman lectures internationally on biblical topics, as well as on the history of the modern State of Israel. A former member of the Israel Defense Forces, he also works actively in the area of Jewish-Arab reconciliation as a speaker and mentor and is an advocate for a secure State of Israel.

B.D. Friedman is a native and resident of Jerusalem, Israel. He is a student and researcher in Ancient Hebrew and Biblical topics.

Book Information:
Publisher: Messianic Jewish Publishers & Resources
ISBN: 9781936716449
Page Count: 152

Blog Tour Details:
Tour Date: October 20-26, 2014
Available Formats: Paperback (Continental US Only) & PDF
We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and Amazon.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing James the Just Presents Applications of Torah. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Biblical Portraits of Creation Book Cover Biblical Portraits of Creation

Weaver Book Company
September 1, 2014
176
A faithful and edifying exposition of key chapters in the Bible that speak of the glories of creation, including Genesis 1:1–2:3, 2:4–25, Psalms 8 & 19, 29, 33, 104, 148, Job 38, Isaiah 65 & 66, Proverbs 8, and selected passages from the New Testament. The volume provides interesting parallels between the old creation and the new (i.e., redemption). The study includes study questions and discussion starters, making ideal for group Bible study, in addition to being an insightful and enriching tool for pastors doing a series of sermons on creation.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Biblical Portraits of Creation (The Good Book Company, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“I highly recommend this book, and plan to use it in preaching and Bible studies.”  Reviewer: Ben Toh Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is a wonderful resource to study God’s work in creation, whether in small groups, or as a pastor/teacher teaching through passages on creation.” Reviewer: Joey Parker Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is a wonderful resource to study God’s work in creation.” Reviewer: Val Belley Rating: 4 stars

“Get yourself a copy of this book and dive right in. Better yet, buy one for your pastor or bible study leader and encourage them to use it in their preaching or teaching.” Reviewer: Kevin Sorensen Rating: 4 stars

“This is a well researched book packed with important biblical insights from all 66 books of the Bible.” Reviewer: Xi Ming Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a very helpful book.”  Reviewer: James Pate Rating: 4 Stars

“I was blessed to read this book, and will return to it often as I teach through creation each spring in my Bible class.” Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is well worth your time.” Reviewer: Doug Hibbard Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a helpful devotional book.” Reviewer: Jeff Randleman Rating: 3 Stars

“This is a a helpful reference book that will support readers as they think more deeply about God, creation and our place in His creation.” Reviewer: Kaye Chalwell Rating: 4 stars

“This book is a solid work of scholarship that I recommend.” Reviewer: Doug Wallace Rating: 5 Stars

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Jonathan Edwards – CBFYR. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Jonathan Edwards by Simonetta CarrJonathan Edwards lived at a time when many people were seriously questioning long-accepted ideas about the world, life, and God, and his answers to these questions have left a mark on the way we think today. While he is often remembered as the preacher of a scary sermon about a spider dangling over a fire, he remains significant as one of the greatest thinkers America has produced. Simonetta Carr traces the events of Edwards’s life from a young student interested in science to husband and father, pastor, leader of the Great Awakening, missionary, writer, and college president. Colorful illustrations, interesting facts, and a compelling story combine to introduce young readers to this important theologian and life in colonial America.

“Jonathan Edwards is one of the most important post-Reformation Protestant thinkers and writers— at once an intellectual of the highest caliber, a pastor and spiritual theologian, one of the leaders of the evangelical Great Awakening of the eighteenth century, and a devoted family man. The genius of Simonetta Carr’s book is that she manages to capture all these facets of Edwards and compresses them into the scope of a simple, accessible introduction. Young and old readers alike will learn much from her work. It is a delight to read!”
— Oliver Crisp, professor of systematic theology, Fuller Theological Seminary

“Jonathan Edwards believed that the age of childhood was the most important for the formation of piety, character, and habits and that encouraging and instilling the love of reading not just the Bible but good literature was essential to bringing up children in the way they should go. In his own day, he read books about eminent saints that influenced him his entire life. This beautifully produced book continues that tradition; the illustrations are wonderful, and the prose, expertly suited to children and young people, is at once informative and, in the true Edwardsean sense, stirs the affections.”
— Kenneth Minkema, executive director of the Jonathan Edwards Center and assistant adjunct professor of American religious history, Yale Divinity School, and editor of the Works of Jonathan Edwards

“Jonathan Edwards had an all-encompassing vision of God and His work in this world. It is the kind of vision we all need today. This book brings Jonathan Edwards and his vision to life for a whole new generation. I wish I had this book when I was a young reader.”
— Stephen J. Nichols, president of Reformation Bible College and C.A.O. of Ligonier Ministries

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

Book Information:

  • Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books
  • ISBN: 9781601783547
  • Page Count: 64

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: October 13-19, 2014
  • Available Formats: Hardcover (Continental US Only)
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and Amazon.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Jonathan Edwards – CBFYR. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

How can I be sure? Book Cover How can I be sure?

The Good Book Company
2014
96

Many Christians experience times of doubt and uncertainty. At various times we can ask: Does God love me? Am I really a Christian? - and even Is there a God at all?!
This short, readable book unpacks the difference between good and bad doubt, shows us where it comes from and how to deal with it in ourselves and others.
It explains clearly and simply the liberating reality of what the Bible tells us about doubt, assurance and the Christian life.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for How will the world End? (The Good Book Company, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“This book will help you to have a closer walk with God!” Reviewer: Val Belley Rating: 4 Stars

This is definitely a great book to have extra copies of to give out to new Christians as well as those who may be struggling with doubt.Reviewer: Joey Parker Rating: 5 stars

“I recommend “How Can I Be Sure” to anyone currently struggling with or one who is discipling someone with doubt.” Reviewer: Zach Kendrick Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a very helpful book that will help readers grow in the grace of God.” Reviewer: Conrade Yap Rating: 4 stars

“This book is good for Christians to go one-on-one with a struggling believer. This is also good for pastors to take a believer who is struggling with doubt through as well.” Reviewer: Chris Land Rating: 5 Stars 

“This is a wonderful resource for everyone and is written with a gentleness intended to bring release from doubt.” Reviewer: Joanne Viola Rating: 3 Stars

“This book is chock full of information and creative examples that will inspire and motivate a believer in their walk with the Lord.” Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts Rating: 5 Stars

“This book was an easy, quick and informative read that I really enjoyed and think you will too.” Reviewer: Sandra Denman Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a good and worthwhile resource.” Reviewer: Xi Ming Rating: 3 stars

“This is a great book that I look forward to sharing with people.  Get it, read it, enjoy it.”  Reviewer: Josh Skinner Rating: 5 starsv

“This book is a good introduction that pastors to give to new Christians.” Reviewer: Brandon Schmidt Rating: 4 stars

“This is a helpful book on assurance.” Reviewer: Hope Henchey Rating: 3 stars

“This resource will help people of all ages in the faith and ought to be in the hands of both new and seasoned believers.” Reviewer: Louis Zinc Rating: 4 Stars

“The author consistently steers the reader back to the Word of God for the answers. This book would be very helpful for the doubting Christian and a good resource when counseling others. I  highly recommend How can I be sure?”Reviewer: Persis Lorenti Rating: 5 stars

“This book, especially, is a great topic for group discussion, as fighting doubt is best done in community.” Reviewer: Asa Veek Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is a wonderful, clear, Biblically based response to the Christian struggling with doubts about their own salvation.” Reviewer: Craig Hurst Rating:4 stars

“This is a great book to give to those struggling with doubt.” Reviewer: Sara Shoop Rating: 4 stars

“This is a very encouraging and helpful book.”  Reviewer: Jeanie Schwagerman Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a short and easily readable book that will encourage anyone who struggles with doubt.” Reviewer: Ben Toh Rating: 3 Stars

“How Can I Be Sure teaches you how to be blessed as you discover God’s rest, for you.” Reviewer: Mike Chitwood Rating: 4 star