Gospel Conversations by Robert W. KellemenHow does a person learn to counsel others with the truth of God’s Word? Bob Kellemen believes that the best way to learn counseling is by doing it—by giving and receiving biblical counseling in the context of real, raw Christian community.

Gospel Conversations explores the four compass-points of biblical counseling:

  • Sustaining: “It’s Normal to Hurt.”
  • Healing: “It’s Possible to Hope.”
  • Reconciling: “It’s Horrible to Sin, but Wonderful to Be Forgiven.”
  • Guiding: “It’s Supernatural to Mature.”

These four compass points combine to equip readers to develop twenty-two ministry relational competencies—the “how to” of caring like Christ. This book serves as a practical training manual that can be used for lab and small group interaction.

Gospel Conversations is the second volume in The Equipping Biblical Counselors Series, a comprehensive relational training curriculum for the local church that provides a model for equipping God’s people to change lives with Christ’s changeless truth. This two-volume series weaves together comprehensive biblical insight with compassionate Christian engagement.

Robert W. Kellemen

Robert W. Kellemen

About The Author:
Bob Kellemen, ThM, PhD, is the executive director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition and the founder and CEO of RPM Ministries. Bob has pastored for over a dozen years and now serves as chair of the MA in Christian Counseling and Discipleship department at Capital Seminary (Maryland). He is the author of nine books, including Equipping Counselors for Your Church.

Book Information:

  • Publisher:  Zondervan
  • ISBN:  9780310516156
  • Page Count:  400

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  • Tour Date:  October 19 – November 1, 2015
  • Available Formats:  Paperback (Continental US Only)
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Hoping Against Hope by John D. CaputoJohn D. Caputo has a long career as one of the preeminent postmodern philosophers in America. The author of such books as Radical HermeneuticsThe Prayers and Tears of Jacques Derrida, and The Weakness of God, Caputo now reflects on his spiritual journey from a Catholic altar boy in 1950s Philadelphia to a philosopher after the death of God. Part spiritual autobiography, part homily on what he calls the “nihilism of grace,” Hoping Against Hope calls believers and nonbelievers alike to participate in the “praxis of the kingdom of God,” which Caputo says we must pursue “without why.”

Caputo’s conversation partners in this volume include Lyotard, Derrida, and Hegel, but also earlier versions of himself: Jackie, a young altar boy, and Brother Paul, a novice in a religious order. Caputo traces his own journey from faith through skepticism to hope after the “death of God.” In the end, Caputo doesn’t want to do away with religion; he wants to redeem religion and to reinvent religion for a postmodern time.

About The Author:
John D. Caputo is the David R. Cook Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religion at Villanova University and the Thomas J. Watson Professor Emeritus of Religion at Syracuse University, a hybrid philosopher/theologian working in the area of radical theology, and the author of The Weakness of God (2006), an AAR Book Award winner, and What Would Jesus Deconstruct? (2007).

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Book Information:

  • Publisher:  Fortress Press
  • ISBN: 9781451499155
  • Page Count:  224

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  • Tour Date:  October 12-25, 2015
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The Martyrs of Malatya: Martyred for the Messiah in Turkey Book Cover The Martyrs of Malatya: Martyred for the Messiah in Turkey
James Wright (pen name)
EP Books
July 1, 2015

On April 18, 2007, three men gave their lives for Jesus Christ. Two Turkish Christians and one German . . . began their day simply wanting to spend time with local men they thought genuinely wanted to study the Bible. Instead, five hostile young men met their kindness and hospitality with betrayal and treachery.

The Cross Focused Reviewers share their thoughts on The Martyrs of Malatya: Martyred for the Messiah in Turkey (EP Books, 2015). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“This is a book that encourages us to understand the Church universal as being all Christian brothers and sisters throughout time and space — realizing that having our political candidate lose (which is often then greatest suffering of a Christian in the United States) is not such a hardship as many are suffering and now wear the white robes of martyrs, waiting for the return of Christ.”
Reviewer: Peter Butler
Rating: 5 Stars

“Our routine day-to-day activities distract us from the greater picture of our lives. Biographers show us that our lives are much more meaningful than we often realize. And as significant as the martyrdom of Necati, Uğur, and Tilmann was, their lives were even more significant. It is hoped that their deaths will result in more people coming to Christ than before. I hope that their lives, as recorded in this book, will result in more believers taking a bold stand for the gospel.”
Reviewer: Andrew Wencl
Rating: 4 Stars

Martyrs of Malatya by James Wright opened my eyes to the deaths that happen in other countries in relation to Christianity.”
Reviewer: Tylyn Einhorn
Rating: 4 Stars

“Their martyrdom ranks with all the great saints whose lives were taken because of their testimony in Christ. Faithfulness, Jesus said, will come with suffering and persecution in this world – to test our faith, the faith of others, and to provide and example to others of the love of Christ. While the lives of these three men might fade from the pages of history, they will never fade from the book of life and the pages of eternity. And the mark they left in Turkey needs today, 8 years after this tragedy, to be remembered not just in Turkey, but around the world. May we learn to love our enemies as they loved theirs…”
Reviewer: Todd Wilson
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book will open your eyes to the awareness of what is going on around the world to Christians and will drive you to your knees in praying for the families affected by these events.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 4 Stars

“I have been encouraged and challenged by what I’ve read. It was a stark reminder that martyrdom is not just something that happened in the past, but it is something that still happens even today. May the Lord keep us all faithfully to the end and may He come quickly!”
Reviewer: Chris Ho
Rating: 4 Stars

“Thank you James Wright for telling the story of these three faithful martyrs of the Faith, may their story inspire all of us to be faithful even to death!”
Reviewer: Alex Houston
Rating: 5 Stars

Prayers for New Brides: Putting on God's Armor After the Wedding Dress Book Cover Prayers for New Brides: Putting on God's Armor After the Wedding Dress
Jennifer Odom White
New Leaf Press
February 2, 2015

A new wife is seldom aware of the intense spiritual battle threatening her dreams of happily ever after. Often, she enters the marriage without the benefit of great examples, biblical knowledge, and mentors offering godly wisdom. The battle begins and she is unarmed. Can her faith survive? Will her marriage become another divorce statistic? Prayers for New Brides will empower her to protect her heart and marriage. Within these short chapters she will:

  • Learn biblical truths about marriage, the spiritual battle, and prayer
  • Pray in agreement with God's will for her marriage
  • Activate these truths in her life through study, journaling, and intentional conversations with her husband and other wives.

Marriage is God's design. He has a battle plan, the power and the resources to win. When a wife knows who God is and what He can do, she can trust Him to sustain her and her marriage. Her joy will be complete as she allows Him to enable her to do more for her union than she can imagine.

About The Author:
Jennifer O. White has a bachelor's degree in social work, with a minor in marketing, the spiritual gifts of mercy and shepherding, and a passion to help others know their worth despite their failings. She taught Sunday School classes, small groups, women's Bible studies in person and on-line, and currently teaches at JenniferOWhite.com about pursuing a relationship with God through prayer.

Prayers for New Brides by Jennifer O. WhiteThe Cross Focused Reviewers share their thoughts on Prayers for New Brides: Putting on God’s Armor After the Wedding Dress by Jennifer Odom White (New Leaf Press, 2015). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“A very uplifting book… fathers might even consider giving it to their daughters before their wedding!”
Reviewer: Val Belley
Rating: 5 Stars

“I expected the book to be about areas I should pray in regards to my husband, but it has proven to be a refresher course on how to maintain the established boundaries for veteran married couples, while offering newlyweds practical, informative strategies on how to ward off the inevitable attacks from satan. I highly recommend this book to both.”
Reviewer: Karen Chevalier
Rating: 5 Stars

“I recommend this book to those who are newly engaged, along with those who have been married for years. No matter where you are in your relationship, it is never too late to apply these principles, and see changes in your marriage.”
Reviewer: Becky Isaac
Rating: 5 Stars

Prayers for New Brides can be used as a devotional for young brides, and White definitely shares a lot of wisdom with her readers.”
Reviewer: Oak Tree Reviews
Rating: 5 Stars

“If you enjoy Bible studies, this book would be perfect for a group! Each book includes a “Wife’s Call to Action” and some simple prayers to help you make sure your marriage’s foundation is strong.”
Reviewer: Jalynn Patterson
Rating: 5 Stars

“I really enjoyed the conversational tone of Prayers For New Brides – I found it encouraging and inspirational – and highly recommend this book to you.”
Reviewer: Ramona Vincent
Rating: 5 Stars

Prayers for New Brides would make an excellent shower gift for a bride-to-be, but would also be good for ladies’ Bible studies and private devotions.”
Reviewer: Marcia Wilwerding
Rating: 5 Stars

“There are great truths and information in this little book. It is a great resource for all wives.”
Reviewer: Jamie Fuentes
Rating: 4 Stars

“If this book can stir a desire to protect and to be ready to defend our marriages against the temptations of evil, it would be worth every cent.”
Reviewer: Conrade Yap
Rating:4 Stars

“This new book is an excellent tool for brides who want to thrive and not just survive in marriage.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 4 Stars

“Overall, I thought it was a well-compiled discussion of God’s role in marriage and how to go into marriage sure-footed.”
Reviewer: Michelle Green
Rating: 3 Stars

Prayers for New Brides by Jennifer White is a much-needed resource for new brides who desire their marriages to reflect Christ and the church for God’s glory. It is an example of Titus 2:3-5 in book form.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 3 Stars

“The book is geared for new brides, helping prepare for the rough times that will come. But seasoned brides can benefit from the same reminders.”
Reviewer: Deon VanNostrand
Rating: 3 Stars

“This book would be a great gift for the engaged and newly wed woman, particularly during those early seasons when it is easy to get carried away with wonderful dreams and even unrealistic expectations of happily ever after without a fight.”
Reviewer: Diana Da Silva
Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend this book to all brides young and ‘mature’. You’ll be blessed.”
Reviewer: Sherry Legan
Rating: 5 Stars

“Marriage is hard, self-sacrificing work, more-so than I imagined (it goes far beyond the basics of cleaning and cooking), yet God is there to uphold and empower when we seek Him and obey Him.”
Reviewer: Melissa Merritt
Rating: 4 Stars

Prayers for New Brides would also make a nice addition to an engagement or bridal gift or even to a recently married woman who could just use a little encouragement.”
Reviewer: Heather Smith
Rating: 4 Stars

Jennifer O. White was a recent guest on The Shaun Tabatt Show. You can listen to Shaun and Jennifer’s discussion on Prayers for New Brides below:

The Christian Life: Cross or Glory by Steven A. HeinThank you for your interest in reviewing The Christian Life. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

This book offers a radically different perspective from that of many best-selling authors concerning how the Christian should measure and evaluate travel along God’s path of righteousness. It will endeavor to persuade the reader that by feeding regularly on the Gospel in the Preached Word and The Supper, God promises to have His way with the Christian and He alone will accomplish all that is needed for life in Him to be complete. He is not waiting or requiring you to do anything first (during or after) to provide you with every blessing of the Gospel.

About The Author:
Dr. Steven A. Hein currently serves as Director of Concordia Institute for Christian Studies, an organization that offers auxiliary educational services to Lutheran congregations and church gatherings across the country. He also serves as associate pastor at Shepherd of the Springs Lutheran Church and affiliate professor of Theology and Ethics at Colorado Christian University. He previously served for over two decades as a professor of Theology at Concordia University, River Forest.

Book Information:

  • Publisher:  New Reformation Publications
  • ISBN:  9781945500336
  • Page Count:  196

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: September 28 – October 11, 2015
  • Available Formats:  Paperback (Continental US Only), .mobi (Kindle), & .epub (Nook, Apple iBooks)
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Thank you for your interest in reviewing The Christian Life. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.