EPSC Acts by Guy Prentiss WatersStudy Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles is exegetically and theologically sound, cogently reasoned and clearly written. Demonstrating Luke’s competence as a historian.

Praise for EP Study Commentary Acts:

“In an age of multiplying commentaries, some of them very technical and some exceedingly popular, Guy Waters has contributed a mid- level work that is robustly theological, written in straightforward English, and designed to be edifying. This is a commentary that will make many friends among serious Bible readers.”
-D. A. Carson

“Dr. Waters is the ideal commentator on Acts. Scholarly, pastoral, theological — all these and more combine in making this my first resource for Luke’s second volume. An outstanding contribution to the series and deserving of the appellation, “Essential”!”
-Derek W. H. Thomas

Guy Prentiss WatersAbout Guy Prentiss Waters:
Guy Prentiss Waters is Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Miss., USA, where he has served since 2007, and a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Previously, from 2002 to 2007, he was Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Belhaven University, Jackson, Miss.

Book Information:

  • Publisher: EP Books
  • ISBN:  9781783970032
  • Page Count: 614

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: March 30 – April 5, 2015
  • Available Formats:  Paperback (Continental US Only) & PDF
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and Amazon.com.

Why Easter? by Barbara ReaochEaster is a celebration of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But how many children know why Jesus died and came to life again? This illustrated devotional contains 28 lessons—one for each day of the four weeks leading up to Easter—in a short, focused format designed to help parents show the Christ of Easter to their children.

Praise for Why Easter?:

“To grasp the timeless story of the resurrection is to open one’s heart to a life-change that will last for all of eternity. This is why I am so excited about Why Easter? Using the familiar teaching tools of reading, discussion, singing, and memorizing, Barbara Reaoch employs every means possible to illuminate Christ’s resurrection to thirsty young hearts and minds. The lessons are deep, true, fascinating, and insightful—I heartily recommend this remarkable book to children’s leaders, parents, and teachers; most of all, I recommend Why Easter? to every child!”
—Joni Earickson Tada

“Since most Evangelicals do not follow the church calendar, Easter often catches us unprepared. Barbara Reaoch comes to our aid with a four-week series of devotionals for parents and children that will increase our sense of joy at Easter. These devotionals are well-crafted, theologically sound, and doable. They could be used year after year as a wonderful family tradition.”
—Tedd Tripp

Why Christmas? by Barbara ReaochWhy do we celebrate Christmas? Most children do not know the true answer to that question or why God sent Jesus to live on earth. Why Christmas? is a helpful devotional with Scripture reading, memory verse, Christmas carol and questions to direct your child’s heart towards God. The readings, which begin on the first day of December, are Biblical, short, and effective. Colorful illustrations illuminate the events of the incarnation. This book will provide parents with the assistance they desire for leading their child to the Christ of Christmas.

About Barbara Reaoch:
Barbara Reaoch is Bible Study Fellowship International’s Director of children’s programs. For nearly twenty years, she taught women s BSF classes in the U.S. and South Africa. Barbara also worked at the Rafiki Girl s Center in South Africa, teaching the Bible and life skills to young women. She has been married to Ron for 40 years; they have three grown children and four grandchildren.

Book Information:

  • Title:  Why Easter?
  • Publisher: Shepherd Press
  • ISBN:  978936908318
  • Page Count: 72
  • Title:  Why Christmas?
  • Publisher: Shepherd Press
  • ISBN:  9781936908622
  • Page Count: 61

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: March 23 – 29, 2015
  • Available Formats:  Paperback (Continental US Only)
  • We ask that reviewers post a review of each book to their personal website/blog and Amazon.com.

Heaven, How I Got Here by Colin S. SmithWhat if you woke up one morning knowing that it was your last day on earth? That’s what happened to the thief on the cross, who died a few feet from Jesus. Heaven, How I Got Here is his story, told in his own words, as he looks back from Heaven on the day that changed his eternity, and the faith that can change yours.

Praise for Heaven, How I Got Here:

“…brilliant idea beautifully executed…combines pastoral wisdom and narrative skill to help us get inside the heart and mind of the thief on the cross, crucified next to the Christ on Calvary.”
-Justin Taylor

“I’ve never read anything like this! This compelling first-person account from a heavenly perspective helped me understand and appreciate what Jesus endured on the cross and why he did it.”
-Collin Hansen

“Here is a gripping account of God’s amazing grace that comes alive as recounted from this unusual and really helpful perspective.”
-Alistair Begg

AColin S. Smithbout Colin S. Smith:
Colin S. Smith is Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. His preaching ministry is shared through the daily radio program, Unlocking the Bible and through his website, UnlockingtheBible.org.

Book Information:

  • Publisher: Christian Focus
  • ISBN:  9781781915585
  • Page Count: 96

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: March 16 – 22, 2015
  • Available Formats:  Paperback, .mobi eBook (Kindle), & .epub eBook (Nook, Apple iBooks)
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and Amazon.com.

God's Battle Plan for the Mind: The Puritan Practice of Biblical Meditation Book Cover God's Battle Plan for the Mind: The Puritan Practice of Biblical Meditation
David Sexton
Reformation Heritage Books
January 15, 2015
160

During the seventeenth century, English Puritan pastors often encouraged their congregations in the spiritual discipline of meditating on God and His Word. Today, however, much of evangelicalism is either ignorant of or turned off to the idea of meditation. In God s Battle Plan for the Mind, pastor David Saxton seeks to convince God s people of the absolute necessity for personal meditation and motivate them to begin this work themselves. But he has not done this alone. Rather, he has labored through numerous Puritan works in order to bring together the best of their insights on meditation. Standing on the shoulders of these giants, Saxton teaches us how to meditate on divine truth and gives valuable guidance about how to rightly pattern our thinking throughout the day. With the rich experiential theology of the Puritans, this book lays out a course for enjoying true meditation on God s Word.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for God’s Battle Plan for the Mind: The Puritan Practice of Biblical Meditation by David Sexton. Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“Please read this book if you want to be a good disciple.” Reviewer: Xi Ming Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a very helpful book on meditation.” Reviewer: William Perkins Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a great book about strategies on how to keep your mind stayed on God.” Reviewer: Angela Parsley Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a book I would recommend to all believers.” Reviewer: Michael Boiling Rating: 5 Stars

“As I read Saxton’s book, I found the Puritans to be constructive in their approach to meditation.” Reviewer: James Pate Rating: 5 Stars

“Get this book and put what you read in it’s pages into practice!” Reviewer: Alex Houston Rating: 5 Stars

“I was tremendously blessed by His work and will surely recommend it to others as well as return to it in the future.” Reviewer: Joey Parker Rating: 5 Stars

“I recommend this book highly for believers to renew their love for the Word of God through biblical meditation.” Reviewer: Conrade Yap Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a great book and I highly recommend it.” Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts Rating: 5 Stars

God’s Battle Plan for the Mind is a much needed resource for all Christians.” Reviewer: Beth Saathoff Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars!” Reviewer: Constance Reeder Rating: 5 Stars

God’s Battle Plan for the Mind is ideal for those interested in either a Biblical view of meditation.” Reviewer: Amanda Cain Rating: 4 Stars

God’s Battle Plan for the Mind is one of those few books that every Christian should take time to read.” Reviewer: LaRosa Johnson Rating: 5 Stars

God’s Battle Plan For The Mind would be a good book for new or seasoned Christians to learn from on biblical meditation.”  Reviewer: Dave Jenkins Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend this important book for anyone who isn’t already greatly benefiting from meditation or anyone who would like more perspective on what the Puritans think about this subject.” Reviewer: Jeff Oien Rating: 5 Stars

“Buy the book, apply the technique. There is little doubt that meditating on the Word of God is both biblical and necessary for growing in the knowledge of Christ.” Reviewer: Andrew Spencer Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a very good summary of what the Puritan teachers described and urged in the practice of Biblical meditation and an excellent resource for those who do not currently practice Scriptural meditation and excellent motivation to spur you on if you are already in the habit.” Reviewer: Doug Newbell Rating: 4 Stars

“This was an excellent treatise on what Biblical meditation is and is not and the importance it plays for the Christian’s growth.” Reviewer: Debi Martin Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a super helpful book on biblical meditation.”  Reviewer: Chris Land Rating: 5 Stars

“I found this book very helpful.” Reviewer: Nate Claiborne Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is for the everyday Christian and church-goer who wants to learn more about something that could truly transform their life and thought patterns.”  Reviewer: Louis Zinc Rating: 4 stars

Spurgeon's Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression Book Cover Spurgeon's Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression
Zach Eswine
Christian Focus
December 20, 2014
144 pages

 Christians should have the answers, shouldn't they? Depression affects many people both personally and through the ones we love. Here Zack Eswine draws from C.H Spurgeon, 'the Prince of Preachers' experience to encourage us. What Spurgeon found in his darkness can serve as a light in our own darkness. Zack Eskwine brings you here, not a self-help guide, rather 'a handwritten note of one who wishes you well.'

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression by Zach Eswine. Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“This is a a unique work that I receive as a gift to the church, a blessing I pray will really help people keep from giving up, and be a tool to help Christians minister to the despondent with confidence and humility.” Reviewer: Brian Mann Rating: 5 Stars

“I hope many Christians will read, learn from, and treasure the hope celebrated in this book. It is a tenderly written book from the heart of one who knows that “the sorrowing have a Savior.” Reviewer: Sarah White Rating: 5 Stars

“This book was the best book I have ever read on depression.” Reviewer: Angela Parsley Rating: 5 Stars

“I thought this book was very well done on a topic that can be easily swept under the rug.” Reviewer: Beth Saathoff Rating: 4 Stars

“All in all, what I’d say about this book is that pastors must read it.” Reviewer: Phil Auxier Rating: 4 Stars

“I highly recommend this book for all believers.” Reviewer: Mike Boling Rating: 5 Stars

“This short book should be read by individuals who suffer from depression, their family and friends, and counseling ministers.” Reviewer: Josh Torrey Rating: 5 Stars

“This book enables believers to be equipped and become more knowledgeable when handling cases of spiritual depression when it hits nearer home or within the community.” Reviewer: Conrade Yap Rating: 5 Stars

“Zack Eswine has provided the church with a book that will definitely be helpful to those who suffer with depression as well as informative for those who do not.” Reviewer: Joey Parker Rating: 4 Stars

“I highly recommend this book for those who do not understand the mind of the depressed and for those who are experiencing depression.” Reviewer: Debbie Crawford Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is a must for pastors and church leaders to read to equip them in helping someone overcome depression.” Reviewer: Chris Land Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a very readable and appealing book.” Reviewer: Beverly Terry Rating: 5 Stars

“I recommend this book to all those who support depressed people.” Reviewer: Annie Kate Aarnoutse Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is full of wisdom and grace and will serve the Church well.” Reviewer: Josh Skinner Rating: 4 Stars

Spurgeon’s Sorrows should be read by every Christian, especially those who have not struggled with depression.” Reviewer: Jennifer Guo Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a helpful book.” Reviewer: Alan Davey Rating: 4 Stars

This is the one book you have to read.”Reviewer: Chris Ho Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend that you read the book yourself, if not to help yourself, to help others.” Reviewer: Bill Pence Rating: 5 Stars