Prayers for New Brides by Jennifer O. WhiteA 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.

Jennifer WhiteAbout Jennifer O. White:
Jennifer White writes with fierce honesty to every new bride from her own experience of one failed marriage and one rescued by the Wonderful Counselor.

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Book Information:

  • Publisher:  New Leaf Press
  • ISBN:  9780892217335
  • Page Count:  160

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: August 24-30, 2015
  • Available Formats:  Paperback, .mobi ebook (Kindle), .epub ebook (Nook, Apple iBooks)
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and

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A well-ordered Church Book Cover A well-ordered Church
William Boekestein & Daniel R. Hyde
EP Books
April 7, 2015

“Jesus is my personal Lord and Savior.”

No phrase captures better the ethos of modern evangelical Christianity. And while this is absolutely necessary for a Christian to believe and profess, what typically gets lost in much evangelical thinking and acting is Jesus’ church. This book seeks to present to evangelical Christians the basics of ecclesiology, or, the biblical doctrine of the church so that you might participate more fully in the life of the body of Christ.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for A Well-Ordered Church by William Boekestein & Daniel R. Hyde. Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“I think you will find A Well-Ordered Church to be a brief yet valuable resource to turn to and to offer to others.”
Reviewer: Todd Wilson
Rating: 4 Stars

“As an elder I found this book to be helpful. As Michael Horton writes, all readers may not agree with everything presented in the book. However, where you don’t, you will be challenged from Scripture and historic Reformed Confessions as to why you might disagree.”
Reviewer: Bill Pence
Rating: 4 Stars

Daniel R. Hyde was a recent guest on The Shaun Tabatt Show. You can listen to Shaun and Daniel’s discussion on A Well-Ordered Church below:

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Gaining By Losing: Why The Future Belongs To Churches That Send by J.D. Greear. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Gaining by Losing by J.D. GreearPeople are leaving the church J.D. Greear pastors. Big givers. Key volunteers. Some of his best leaders and friends. And that’s exactly how he wants it to be.

When Jesus gave his disciples the Great Commission, he revealed that the key for reaching the world with the gospel is found in sending, not gathering. Though many churches focus time and energy on attracting people and counting numbers, the real mission of the church isn’t how many people you can gather. It’s about training up disciples and then sending them out. The true measure of success for a church should be its sending capacity, not its seating capacity.

But there is a cost to this. To see ministry multiply, we must release the seeds God has placed in our hands. And to do that, we must ask ourselves whether we are concerned more with building our kingdom or God’s.

In Gaining By Losing, J.D. Greear unpacks ten plumb lines that you can use to reorient your church’s priorities around God’s mission to reach a lost world. The good news is that you don’t need to choose between gathering or sending. Effective churches can, and must, do both.

J.D. GreearAbout The Author:
J.D. Greear is pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. The Summit Church has been ranked by Outreach Magazine as one of the fastest-growing churches in the United States. J.D. has a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved and Gospel: Recovering the Power That Made Christianity Revolutionary. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, Veronica, and their four children.

Book Information:

  • Zondervan
  • ISBN:  9780310515241
  • Page Count:  256

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: August 10-23, 2015
  • Available Formats:  Hardcover (Continental US Only)
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Gaining By Losing: Why The Future Belongs To Churches That Send by J.D. Greear. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Marie Durand Book Cover Marie Durand
Christian Biographies For Young Readers
Simonetta Carr
Reformation Heritage Books
June 10, 2015

In 1730, nineteen-year-old Marie Durand was arrested and taken from her home in a village in Southern France for the crime of having a brother who was a Protestant preacher. Imprisoned in the Tower of Constance, Marie would spend the next thirty-eight years there. Simonetta Carr introduces us to the inspiring life of a woman who could have recanted her Protestant faith and gained release, but held fast to the truth—and encouraged others to do so as well. Beautiful illustrations, a simply told story, and interesting facts acquaint young readers with the challenges facing Protestants in eighteenth-century France and show them that even a life spent in prison can be lived in service to Christ and to others.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Marie Durand – Christian Biographies for Young Readers by Simonetta Carr. Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“As a historian, I love these books for how they draw young people in to history and make it come alive! As a homeschooling mom, I love using these because they point out the sources they come from and encourage the kids that are reading them to delve in more to the time by giving them a brief bit of information on either side of the time they feature. As a reader myself, I enjoy being able to sit down for an hour or less and dig in myself and learn something new!”
Reviewer: Wendi Bevitt
Rating: 5 Stars

“Aesthetically her books are lovely. The craftsmanship is beautiful. They are a pleasure to hold and gaze upon for young and old alike as the story unfolds… The story of Marie Durand is one that girds the Christian soul as hostility and persecution eclipse our days.”
Reviewer: Lesley Eischen
Rating: 5 Stars

“I’ve read and reviewed several children’s biographies by Simonetta Carr, but Marie Durand is my favorite thus far. The story of this ordinary believer’s perseverance is very powerful. I’m thankful it is being told.”
Reviewer: Persis Lorenti
Rating: 5 Stars

“Overall this is high caliber quality in a children’s book… Marie’s story was inspiring and encouraging to me personally as I read her book. It is beneficial for other believers to be encouraged to stand strong for their faith, even in the midst of difficult circumstances.”
Reviewer: Angela Parsley
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is one of those books that is a pleasure to read aloud with someone else… History tied to a person is much more memorable than straight facts. For this reason this makes an excellent book for teaching history to young children.”
Reviewer: William Perkins
Rating: 5 Stars

“It is written in a way that children can understand, and is still interesting for adults as well! I found myself wanting to read more about the life of Marie Durand!”
Reviewer: Heidi Smith
Rating: 5 Stars

“Marie Durand is the beautiful story of the faith of a young woman who continued to live faithfully to what God had called her, even in the face of persecution… This is a hardcovered book with pages beautifully printed, making this a wonderful book to gift to any child or school library.”
Reviewer: Joanne Viola
Rating: 5 Stars

Marie Durand by Simonetta Carr is a book parents can read to their children, showing them what Christian perseverance and faithfulness looks like. I gladly recommend this book.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 4 Stars

“This account of Marie’s life was very engrossing; I read almost all of it one sitting. Your kids (and yourselves) will be intellectually and spiritually well served by this highly recommended book and series.”
Reviewer: Douglas Wallace
Rating: 5 Stars

“I thoroughly enjoyed Marie Durand, and cannot recommend it, and the other books in the Christian Biographies for Young Readers series, highly enough. Ideal for reading as a family, it would also be a helpful addition to homeschool curriculum, or a wonderful introduction for those new to the story of Marie Durand. I would give the book an “A”.”
Reviewer: Amanda Cain
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a beautiful book, with illustrations ranging from paintings to photographs of various places and things, making it extra interesting for children and adults… Marie Durand is indeed a woman worthy of note and emulation.”
Reviewer: Melissa Merritt
Rating: 5 Stars

“You will enjoy this historically and spiritually uplifting biography. The illustrations and photographs along with the extras really make for an excellent resource to study this topic.”
Reviewer:  Karen Chevalier
Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend this book to anyone interested in women of the church, French church history, and young girls looking for examples of Godly women.”
Reviewer: Kenneth Clayton
Rating: 4 Stars

“I commend the biography, Marie Durand, and pray that many will be strengthened as they seek to persevere in light of God’s faithfulness.”
Reviewer: Elizabeth Hankins
Rating: 5 stars

“This is a wonderful Christian Biography of Marie Durand’s life as a French Protestant.”
Reviewer: Bonnie Hendrix
Rating: 5 Stars

“This biographical overview is quite inspiring, it shows children (and adults) a Christian whose faith they may strive to imitate.”
Reviewer: Sarah Lambert
Rating: 5 stars

“This book is a true gem, and I am glad to have it on my bookshelf.”
Reviewer: H. Marshall
Rating: 5 Stars

“I heartily recommend Carr’s volume here on Durand, and all of her previous and forthcoming ones.”
Reviewer: Allen Mickle
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is the sort of reading that will stick to a child’s ribs and provide encouragement in a time of need.”
Reviewer: Andrew Spencer
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend this book for its educational value and for personal pleasure.”
Reviewer: Beverly Terry
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book will teach readers that God will be with them through anything that comes their way.”
Reviewer: Andrew Wencl
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend this book as well as the others in this series.”
Reviewer: Jaime Beyersdorf
Rating: 5 Stars

“Biographies are a great tool to teach our families about faith and how we can live in light of God’s word. This is one great tool.”
Reviewer: Jeanie Schwagerman
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend Marie Durand, as well as the rest of the Christian Biographies for Young Readers line.”
Reviewer: Danika Cooley
Rating: 5 Stars

“The author has written a very well researched biography perfect for young readers.”
Reviewer: Jalynn Patterson
Rating: 5 Stars

“I loved this book and, more importantly for me, my boys loved it and will return to it to read for themselves.”
Reviewer: Josh Skinner
Rating: 5 Stars

“I heartily recommend this book for readers of all ages.”
Reviewer: Ann Hibbard
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend this book along with the entire series.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 5 Stars

“Every time I read one of these stories I am reminded that as Christians we stand on the shoulders of giants. Surely we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, may all of us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, drawing encouragement from their faith.”
Reviewer: Alex Houston
Rating: 5 Stars

“I think this is a wonderful and convicting look into what hardships the Christian life can entail, but also a God-honoring way of handling it. ”
Reviewer: Hannah Christmas
Rating: 5 Stars

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Questions Jesus Asks by Israel Wayne. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

It’s time to start thinking about our August blog tours. First up is Questions Jesus Asks: Where Divinity Meets Humanity by Israel Wayne (New Leaf Press, 2015). Israel was a recent guest on The Shaun Tabatt Show. You can listen to Shaun and Israel’s discussion on Questions Jesus Asks below:

Questions Jesus Asks by Israel WayneAbout The Book:
Jesus rarely answered questions He was asked, but instead turned the tables by asking a piercing question of His own. Questions Jesus Asks goes through a broad spectrum of these, dealing with issues like morality, suffering, humility, faith, and much more.

  • Explore the unique paradox of Jesus’ divinity and humanity
  • Be challenged by the questions Jesus asks each of us
  • Learn more about Jesus and find the answers to your own life’s questions.

John 17:3 tells us: “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” There is no higher purpose in life than the knowledge of God through His Son. Prepare to learn far more about God and the nature of Jesus than you thought was possible. Jesus asks penetrating questions that cut passed the pretense and reach the target of our hearts.

Israel WayneAbout Israel Wayne:
Israel Wayne is an author and conference speaker who has a passion for defending the Christian faith and promoting a Biblical worldview. The author of Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview and Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family-Based Discipleship, Israel is the Director of Family Renewal, and site editor for He is a homeschooled graduate, father of eight and author of the previous title, Questions God Asks, which was released in the Spring of 2014 by New Leaf Press.

Book Information:

  • New Leaf Press
  • ISBN:9780892217342
  • Page Count:  186

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: August 3-9, 2015
  • Available Formats:  Paperback (Continental US Only) & eBook (.mobi & .epub)
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Questions Jesus Asks by Israel Wayne. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.