God’s Battle Plan for the Mind: The Puritan Practice of Biblical Meditation by David W. SaxtonThank you for your interest in reviewing God’s Battle Plan for the Mind: The Puritan Practice of Biblical Meditation by David W. Saxton. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

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.

Praise for God’s Battle Plan for the Mind:

“The popular conception of meditation has become so badly misshapen by mysticism, New Age influences, and Eastern religious notions that some otherwise sound Christians today seem to recoil from any mention of meditation as a necessary spiritual exercise. But nothing is more vital or more beneficial for understanding the truth and growing in sanctification than quiet, careful, focused reflection on the words and the meaning of Scripture. That’s what the word meditation means in the Bible. No less than six times in Psalm 119 alone, the psalmist says ‘I will meditate’ on the precepts, promises, and principles of God’s Word. The Puritans had much to say about biblical meditation and the important role it plays in a sanctified thought life. Dave Saxton has written an extremely helpful and encouraging digest of some of the best Puritan teaching on the subject. You need to get a copy, read it, put its principles into practice, and ‘be transformed by the renewal of your mind.’”
—John MacArthur, pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California, and president of the Master’s College and Seminary

About David W. Saxton:
David W. Saxton is senior pastor of Hardingville Bible Church in Gloucester County, New Jersey.

Book Information:

  • Reformation Heritage Books
  • ISBN:  9781601783714
  • Page Count: 160

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: February 9-15, 2015
  • Available Formats: Paperback (Continental US Only), .mobi eBook (Kindle), & .epub eBook (Nook, Apple iBooks)
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Thank you for your interest in reviewing God’s Battle Plan for the Mind: The Puritan Practice of Biblical Meditation by David W. Saxton. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Romans 8 - 16 For You by Tim KellerThank you for your interest in reviewing Romans 8-16 For You by Tim Keller. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

“I have always believed that at the heart of Romans 8 you have the secret to really using the gospel in your heart to change yourself in a profound way.” Tim Keller

Join Dr Timothy Keller as he opens up the second half of the book of Romans, beginning n chapter 8, helping you to get to grips with its meaning and showing how it transforms our hearts and lives today.

Combining a close attention to the detail of the text with Timothy Keller’s trademark gift for clear explanation and compelling insights, this resource will both engage your mind and stir your heart.

Written for people of every age and stage, from new believers to pastors and teachers, this flexible resource is for you to:

  • READ: As a guide to this wonderful letter, helping you appreciate the great gift of righteousness with God.
  • FEED: As a daily devotional to help you grow in Christ as you read and meditate on this portion of God’s word.
  • LEAD: As notes to aid you in explaining, illustrating and applying Romans 8–16 as you preach or lead a Bible study.

Whoever you are, and however you use it, this is… Romans 8–16 For You

Romans 8–16 for You is designed to work alongside In View of God’s Mercy, Timothy Keller’s Bible study resource for small groups and individuals.

Timothy Keller is a best-selling author and Senior Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan.

Tim KellerAbout Tim Keller:
Timothy Keller was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary. He was pastor of West Hopewell Presbyterian Church, Virginia, for nine years before founding Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, which he started in 1989 with his wife, Kathy, and three young sons.

Book Information:

  • The Good Book Company
  • ISBN:  9781910307298
  • Page Count: 224

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: February 2-15, 2015
  • Available Formats: Hardcover (Continental US Only), .mobi eBook (Kindle), & .epub eBook (Nook, Apple iBooks)
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The Resurrection in Your Life: How the living Christ changes your world by Mike McKinleyThank you for your interest in reviewing The Resurrection in Your Life by Mike McKinley. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Christians often spend time arguing that Jesus rose, but we forget to appreciate why it actually matters.

In the follow-up to his brilliant book on the cross, Passion, US pastor and well-known author Mike McKinley considers the revolutionary consequences for each of us of Christ’s resurrection, ascension and the sending of his Spirit.

Walk through Luke 24 and Acts 1-2 and discover how the reality that Jesus lives can and should change every aspect of our world.

Whether you’re a new or a mature Christian, let the joy, peace, confidence and purpose of the resurrection flood into your everyday life.

About Mike McKinley:
Mike McKinley is the author of Passion, Did the devil make me do it? and Church Mike McKinleyPlanting is for Wimps. Since 2005 he has been pastor of Sterling Baptist Church in Sterling, Virginia. Before that, he served on the pastoral staff of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC, having received his MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary. Mike is married to Karen, and they have five children.

Book Information:

  • The Good Book Company
  • ISBN:  9781910307038
  • Page Count: 144

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: January 26, 2015 – February 8, 2015
  • Available Formats: Paperback (Continental US Only), .mobi eBook (Kindle), & .epub eBook (Nook, Apple iBooks)
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Thank you for your interest in reviewing The Resurrection in Your Life by Mike McKinley. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Ordinary: How to Turn the World Upside Down Book Cover Ordinary: How to Turn the World Upside Down
Tony Merida
B&H Publishing
January 1, 2015
140

What if the path toward an extraordinary life is becoming more ordinary?Ordinary is not a call to be more radical. If anything, it is a call to the contrary. The kingdom of God isn’t coming with light shows, and shock and awe, but with lowly acts of service. Tony Merida wants to push back against sensationalism and “rock star Christianity,” and help people understand that they can make a powerful impact by practicing ordinary Christianity.

Through things such as humble acts of service, neighbor love, and hospitality, Christians can shake the foundations of the culture. In order to see things happen that have never happened before, Christians must to do what Christians have always done­. Christians need to become more ordinary.

Let’s think together about how we, ordinary people, doing ordinary things, might turn the world upside down.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Ordinary: How to Turn the World Upside Down (B&H, 2015). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“I found this book to be challenging and insightful.
Reviewer: James Pate
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book will serve as a challenge for everyone in the church.”
Reviewer: Chris Land
Rating: 4 Stars

“I highly recommend it to anyone who is ordinary.”
Reviewer: Beverly Terry
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a book that deserves to be read and read frequently.”
Reviewer: Andrew Spencer
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book has a nice easy pace, a conversational tone, and contains sound biblical principles for every Christian.”
Reviewer: Cheryl Hart
Rating: 3 Stars

Ordinary is an eye opening book to the need for mercy ministry within the church.”
Reviewer: Zach Kendrick
Rating: 3 Stars

“The author has done a great job of researching this subject and bringing it out to the public’s attention.”
Reviewer: Maryann Bell
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is an excellent resource for a Bible Study or small group, and would be a great starting place for a sermon series.”
Reviewer: Karl Dumas
Rating: 5 Stars

“The call of this book the call to the Christian life.”
Reviewer: Thereon St. John
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book would be a great personal study or group study for anyone wanting to do something great for God in ordinary ways.”
Reviewer: Michael Wilson
Rating: 5 Stars

“Read this book and you will be convicted to live a more humble, Christ-like life!”
Reviewer: Marjolaine Belley
Rating: 4 Stars

“Merida does a wonderful job of making the truth of Scripture on this subject very practical with many options of involvement.”
Reviewer: Taryn Raulston
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is a fresh look at how believers can do “ordinary” things with a Kingdom focus for the glory of God and the good of others.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 3 Stars

“I highly recommend this excellent and thought-provoking book.”
Reviewer: Catherine Daugherty
Rating: 5 Stars

“Take the opportunity to challenge yourself with this new release.”
Reviewer: Cheri Strange
Rating: 5 stars

“I found this book to be easy to read ,with an argument and presentation that was easy to follow.”
Reviewer: Barry Simmons
Rating: 5 Stars

“I recommend this book to anyone seeking to be challenged regarding how they can get involved in ministering to others in extremely practical ways that shine the light of Christ in a dark world.”
Reviewer: Adam Blosser
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book will encourage any believer by remind them of what life in Christ is all about.”
Reviewer: Angela Parsley
Rating: 4 Stars

“I highly recommend Ordinary for lay Christians as well as church and ministry leaders who are interested in healthy application of the current call to justice being issued in the church today.”
Reviewer: Andrew Bondurant
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you read one book this year, Ordinary is the one to read.”
Reviewer: Rani Grant
Rating: 5 Stars

“The author writes in an easy to understand manner and one that will both challenge and inspire you.”
Reviewer: Matthew Lloyd
Rating: 4 Stars

“I highly recommend this book for every Christian.”
Reviewer: Cliff VanNostrand
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a helpful and brief read that will encourage and challenge Christians to get out there and serve for God’s glory and honor to a lost world.”
Reviewer: Michael Taylor
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you struggle with the call to walk justly and keep God’s truth, I highly recommend this book.”
Reviewer: Jeanie Schwagerman
Rating: 5 stars

“This book made me want to live a more humble, giving life.”
Reviewer: Brooke Barone
Rating: 4 Stars

“Ordinary will guide the Christian into a greater understanding of what the Scripture teaches about Christian living.”
Reviewer Scott Slayton
Rating: 4 Stars

Ordinary is a call for Christians to serve like Jesus and to be His witness right where they are.”
Reviewer: Sara Shoop
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a fantastic book and one that I will read again with an eye towards how should my life be different because of the Scripture’s view of the orphan, poor, and sick.” Reviewer: Spencer Cummins
Rating: 4 Stars

“Merida is a great writer and speaker and is grounded in Scripture. Therefore it’s hard to argue against his stance, because it’s not his stance, but God’s stance.”
Reviewer:  Louis Zinc
Rating:  3 Stars

“The author challenges his readers to get involved personally in the lives that God brings in our path and to be an advocate for social injustices such as lack of orphan care, sex-trafficking, abortion and other oppressions around the world.”
Reviewer: Debbie Crawford
Rating: 5 Stars

“A very down to earth read.”
Reviewer: Val Belley
Rating: 5 Stars

Salt, Light and Cities on Hills Blog Tour Book Cover Salt, Light and Cities on Hills Blog Tour
Melvin Tinker
EP Books
October 17, 2014
129

Is it possible to co-ordinate evangelism and social action in such a way that it reflects faithfully the pattern of the New Testament; enabling each to reinforce the other while avoiding the extremes of exclusive gospel proclamation on the one hand and the collapsing of evangelism into social action on the other? How has the present situation of tension and controversy amongst evangelicals on this issue come about? Are there lessons which we can learn from our evangelical forebears? How does what they believed and acted contrast with their 21st century theological offspring? What might a biblically shaped and theologically informed co-ordination between evangelistic activity and social action look like on the ground in 21st century Britain? These are some of the questions Melvin Tinker explores in this book in the hope of moving beyond caricatured, entrenched positions to a better rounded and clearly recognizable evangelical appreciation.

The work of leaders such as John Stott and Tim Keller are considered in this new book. Passages from Isaiah and the Sermon on the Mount are given careful consideration and practical examples from the author’s own ministry in Hull are given. This is a book that is both readable and important for all who are looking at the shape of evangelism in Britain today.

This is a book that is both readable and important for all who are looking at the shape of evangelism in Britain today.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Salt, Light and Cities on Hills (EP Books, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“This book is a good book for church leaders.” Reviewer: Maryann Bell Rating: 3 Stars

“This book would serve readers well as an introduction to issues related to social action and evangelism.” Reviewer: Davy Ellison Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend this book for Christians and churches to know and understand the tension and practical implications of the importance of both evangelism and social action.” Reviewer: Ben Toh Rating: 3 Stars

“For readers who enjoy theology or are just looking for a thought-provoking book, this is a great read!” Reviewer: Hal Marshall Rating: 5 Stars

Pastors or those involved in church evangelism ministry should be challenge to read this book especially if they want to stay think biblically about what the bible has to say about social action.”Reviewer: Chris Ho Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a concise, practical, and helpful book.” Reviewer: Marjolaine Belley Rating: 4 Stars

“The single biggest benefit in reading this book is to see how Tinker brings together the salt, the light, and the city on the hill as one big idea.” Reviewer: Conrade Yap Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a book everyone involved in evangelism and social action in the church must read.” Reviewer: Rani Grant Rating: 5 Stars

“Buy this book and read it slowly.” Reviewer: Alan Davey Rating: 5 Stars

“After reading, you’ll better understand Jesus’ lifestyle, His calling on your life, and how to aim at your context.” Reviewer: Louis Zinc Rating: 5 stars

“Melvin Tinker has provided a most useful tool for the Church on evangelism and social action.” Reviewer: Joey Parker Rating: 4 Stars

“Pastors and church leaders would do well to get their hands on this book and seminaries would do well to incorporate these ideas into their curriculum.” Reviewer: Ryan Rickards Rating: 4 Stars

“This book helps clarify what Jesus taught and what the church’s response should be.”  Reviewer: Cliff VanNostrand Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a prevalent read for the church and how we can be authentic in word and in deed.” Reviewer: Jeanie Schwagerman Rating: 4 Stars