Thank you for your interest in reviewing Marie Durand – Christian Biographies for Young Readers by Simonetta Carr. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Marie Durand Sample Pages
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.

Praise For Marie Durand:

“Simonetta opens a window into Marie Durand’s life and world, giving us a glimpse of what French Protestants experienced during the reigns of King Louis XIV and of his great-grandson, Louis XV of France. We admire their courage and tenacity and desire to follow their example of faithful perseverance under trial, thus bringing glory to God. I’m sure that readers will enjoy this beautifully produced book as they learn about an era in French church history that not many are exposed to.”
-Françoise Anderson, librarian at Bethel Seminary, San Diego, and author of a forthcoming biography of Pierre and Marie Durand

“A wonderful and engaging story of courage, faith, and hope in an era of persecution, this story of the trials and tribulations of Marie Durand is sure to inspire many.”
-Martin Klauber, affiliate professor of church history, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“Marie Durand’s life is fascinating. She was imprisoned when she was nineteen because her brother was a pastor, at a time when Protestantism was forbidden in France. She was released after thirty-eight years. In this book, Simonetta Carr tells this story very simply, but with many details. So we can imagine the difficult life of French Protestants in the 18th century. We can marvel at their faith and their perseverance. The beautiful illustrations by Matt Abraxas help us to understand this story of grace and intolerance, to commune with these ordinary women who didn’t want to deny their faith.”
-Dr. Yves Krumenacker, French historian, Professor of Modern History, University of Lyon

“As a Frenchman, I deeply appreciate the quality of the historical research Simonetta Carr has done on Marie Durand and the way she has brought to light important lessons of the past. I highly recommend this book written with a serving heart and setting stepping stones for the rising generation.”
-Philippe Mayhew, Literature Coordinator for Child Evangelism Fellowship of France

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.

About The Illustrator:
Matt Abraxas has traveled from California to France, studying different approaches to art. He enjoys creating and teaching art and currently exhibits his work at the SmithKlein Gallery in Boulder, Colorado. Matt lives with his wife, Rebecca, and two sons, Zorba and Rainer, in Lafayette, Colorado.

Book Information:

  • Publisher:  Reformation Heritage Books
  • ISBN:  9781601783905
  • Page Count:  64

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: July 13-19, 2015
  • Available Formats:  Hardcover (Continental US Only)
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and Amazon.com.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Marie Durand – Christian Biographies for Young Readers by Simonetta Carr. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Passing Through: Pilgrim Life in the Wilderness by Jeremy Walker. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

For our first July blog tour, we’re pleased to offer Passing Through: Pilgrim Life in the Wilderness by Jeremy Walker (Reformation Heritage Books, 2015). Jeremy was a recent guest on The Shaun Tabatt Show. You can listen to Shaun and Jeremy’s discussion on Passing Through below:

Passing Through by Jeremy WalkerAbout The Book:
As twenty-first-century Christians, we must relate to the world, but the question is, how do we relate to it? Some Christians are scared, others are simply bewildered, and still others capitulate to the spirit of the age. In Passing Through: Pilgrim Life in the Wilderness, Pastor Jeremy Walker presents the biblical perspective that Christians are pilgrims passing through this fallen world who must cultivate the spirit of holy separation alongside holy engagement as they serve Christ in all their interactions. Unless we embrace this identity, we will lose our way. Reminding us that we need “the Word of God as our map and the Spirit of Christ as our compass,” Pastor Walker clearly presents principles for holy engagement with the world and separation from it for pilgrims on their way home, seeking to glorify the God of their salvation every step of the way.

About The Author:
Jeremy WalkerJeremy Walker is a pastor of Maidenbower Baptist Church in Crawley, England, author of Life in Christ and The Brokenhearted Evangelist, coauthor of A Portrait of Paul: Identifying a True Minister of Christ.

Book Information:

  • Publisher:  Reformation Heritage Books
  • ISBN:  9781601783875
  • Page Count:  300

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: July 6-19, 2015
  • Available Formats:  Paperback (Continental US Only) & ebook (.mobi or .epub)
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and Amazon.com.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Passing Through: Pilgrim Life in the Wilderness by Jeremy Walker. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

History, Law and Christianity by John Warwick Montgomery Book Cover History, Law and Christianity by John Warwick Montgomery
John Warwick Montgomery
1517 Legacy
131

A stirring defense of the faith by one of Christianity's ablest defenders, this is a A re-issue of the classic "History and Christianity" expanded to include DR. Montgomery's essay "Christianity Juridically Defended.

Dr. John Montgomery, scholar, theologian and apologist for the faith, developed this book from a seminar he presented at the University of British Columbia. Readable and convincing, the book is divided into four sections:
Section One deals with four basic errors usually committed by those who attack the historicity of the New Testament.
Section Two defends the accuracy of the New Testament documents, using tests which are commonly applied to any ancient document.
Section Three, entitled "God Closes In," is a powerful defense of the truly divine and truly human nature of Christ. Section Four clearly shows that if Jesus were not the Son of God, the only other alternatives are either liar or lunatic.
The last section contains DR. Montgomery's essay "Christianity Juridically Defended."
The book includes the transcript of a panel discussion in which Dr. Montgomery convincingly argues from the above four points to demonstrate their application for the reader. Here is excellent material for class discussion or individual study, particularly suited to helping young people combat humanistic concepts of the Bible and Christianity.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for History, Law and Christianity by John Warwick Montgomery. Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“This is a book I am glad to have on my shelf and will gladly recommend to others.”
Reviewer: Andrew Spencer
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is a good simple book.”
Reviewer: Chris Land
Rating: 4 Stars

History, Law and Christianity is a short work that deserves to be read by anyone studying apologetics.”
Reviewer: Joshua Torrey
Rating: 3 Stars

History, Law and Christianity is a book for the believer who wants to rest in the confidence of the historical and legal claims for the Christian message and for the unbeliever who is intrigued by it.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 3 Stars

“A tremendous work.”
Reviewer: Steven Ruff
Rating: 4 Stars

“Highly recommended.”
Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts
Rating: 5 stars

History, Law, and Christianity would be a good book to read in a college class on religion. And if a Christian wants to defend his faith, this book would be an excellent tool.”
Reviewer: H. Marshall
Rating: 5 Stars

“I recommend this book for people who are interested in reading a defense of the gospel.”
Reviewer: Rani Grant
Rating: 3 Stars

“History, Law and Christianity is interesting, worthwhile reading.”
Reviewer: David Hodges
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book should be very useful and is recommended for genuine seekers of truth, those whom God may be preparing for and calling into His salvation. It is also useful for believers to help see the solid historical / factual basis for the Christian faith, something of vital importance for all of us.”
Reviewer: Douglas Wallace
Rating: 5 Stars

“This short work is great for small group study or an intro to apologetics.”
Reviewer: Don Haflich
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in apologetics.”
Reviewer: Todd Randolph
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is an easy recommendation for me…”
Reviewer: Ryan Rickard
Rating: 5 Stars

“The language is slightly scholarly owing to the background of the author, but this book is nevertheless a classic which I would urge urgently all my Christian brothers and sisters to read.”
Reviewer: Xi Ming
Rating: 5 Stars

Bitesize Biographies Ulrich Zwingli Book Cover Bitesize Biographies Ulrich Zwingli
William Boekestein
EP Books
March 10, 2015
164 pages

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Bitesize Biographies Ulrich Zwingli by William Boekestein. Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“I heartily recommend this book for a brief yet thorough life of Zwingli’s influence on the Reformation in Switzerland and Europe.”
Reviewer: Todd Wilson
Rating: 4 Stars

“I liked the book. It’s at least a good start at incorporating Zwingli into the conversation on the reformation.  And since he is largely neglected, Boekestein’s work may prove to be quite impactful in the Lord.”
Reviewer: Brian Mann
Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend this series, and this book, heartily.”
Reviewer: Andrew Spencer
Rating: 4 Stars

“I highly recommend that you get this book and be introduced to another man who took part in the history of our church which so richly blesses us today.”
Reviewer: Shawn Covington
Rating: 3 Stars

“I recommend this book to any Christian individual or family who wants to learn more about one of the pillars of the Reformation.”
Reviewer: Beth Saathoff
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you want to get a quick view of Zwingli’s life and God’s use of Him, this biography would do very well.”
Reviewer: Sarah Lambert
Rating: 4 Stars

“I found this book to be well written, factual, based on solid research, insightful in interpretation, and quite helpful in bringing to life the contextual situations, events, and facts of the life of this important Reformer.”
Reviewer: Doug Wallace
Rating: 5 Stars

“This a good summer read for those interested in learning more about church history.”
Reviewer: Anne Pendleton
Rating: 4 Stars

“I whole-heartedly recommend this biography as a place to start your study of one of the important figures of the Reformation.”
Reviewer: Todd Randolph
Rating: 4 Stars

“This would be a great book to read in a class on history or religion.”
Reviewer: H. Marshall
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend William Boekestein’s biography!”
Reviewer: John Wiley
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book should be used for those interested in this significant man, that historical period, the theology of the early Reformation, and the history of Switzerland,”
Reviewer: Val Belley
Rating: 5 Stars

“William Boekestein has written a much needed little biography of the important Swiss Reformer Ulrich Zwingli.”
Reviewer: Scott Christensen
Rating: 4 stars

“If you have never heard of Zwingli or if it has been some time since you have picked up some Zwingli you will definitely find this to be a good read.”
Reviewer: James Sisco
Rating: 4 stars

“This is a helpful little book for those who are beginning to study the notable Christians of the past.”
Reviewer: Seong Min Yoo
Rating: 4 Stars

“Take up and read, and see how God’s choice servant of the past can continue to have meaning for us in the church today.”
Reviewer: Allen Mickle
Rating: 5 Stars

“As you read this biography, you will see a man who loved the church, cherished the Gospel, was series about the Bible, and had a whole-hearted zeal for loving the Lord. And surely we can all learn a thing or two from a man like that.”
Reviewer: Zach Ford
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you’re a pastor building a solid church library and encouraging your church to read church history / biography, these bitesize biographies are a great place to start.”
Reviewer: Mathew Sims
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to learn more about the leaders of the Reformation.”
Reviewer: Bill Pence
Rating: 4 Stars

“Zwingli was a product of his time and Boekestein pulls back the veil to allow the reader to see this.”
Reviewer: Cliff VanNostrand
Rating: 5 Stars

“This a fine book and should be read.”
Reviewer: Doug Iverson
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is easy to read and provides enough background information for the reader to understand what is being discussed.”
Reviewer: Kaye Chalwell
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book gives us insight into a little known man who fought for Christ to be known.”
Reviewer: Debbie Crawford
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is a great reference for those interested in the early Reformation, and the history of Switzerland.”
Reviewer: Jennifer Greene
Rating: 5 Stars

“William Boekestein, has done a tremendous job in documenting the life and times of Ulrich Zwingli during the Swiss Reformation.”
Reviewer: William Perkins
Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend this book for anyone who desires to learn more about the Protestant Reformation.”
Reviewer: Gaines Redd
Rating: 4 Stars

“Do yourself a favor and pick this book up and enjoy an excellent, readable account of this late great (yet often overlooked) Protestant reformer.”
Reviewer: Angelo Valle
Rating: 5 stars

“I look forward to reading more in the Bitesize Biographies series…”
Reviewer: Amanda Cain
Rating: 3 Stars

“If you have not read anything about Zwingli, or are interested to read up about the reformation of Zurich, I highly encourage to pick up this book and read.”
Reviewer: Chris Ho
Rating: 4 Stars

“I was reminded once more as I read this book, that as a child of the reformation I stand in a long line of godly men. We stand on the shoulders of giants. Thank you Pastor Boekenstein for bringing this giant of the reformation to life!”
Reviewer: Alex Houston
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you want to know what really happened during the Reformation, this is a necessary biography to read.”
Reviewer: Jill Jones
Rating: 3 Stars

“Boekestein gives a good overview of the political, magisterial, economic, educational and religious landscape in Switzerland during the time of the Reformation.”
Reviewer: Chris Malkemes
Rating: 3 Stars

“I appreciate any biographies that can lead me down a road that has been traveled well.”
Reviewer: Jeanie Schwagerman
Rating: 4 Stars

“Boekestein did an incredible job outlining Zwingli’s life.”
Reviewer: Amanda Talbert
Rating: 4 Stars

“The book has a good narrative and covers many aspects of Zwingli’s life – a character often overlooked in the Protestant Reformation.”
Reviewer: Michael Taylor
Rating: 4 Stars

“At the end of the book, I wanted to know more about this large and complex character which may have achieved the aim of a bite sized biography!”
Reviewer: Sarah Jones
Rating 4 Stars

Living Without Worry Book Cover Living Without Worry
Timothy Lane
May 1, 2015
144

Worry is an extremely common yet unchallenged problem, and many people don't know how to practically stop worrying, even if they know they need to.

This warm and pastoral book by Tim Lane helps readers to see when godly concern turns into sinful worry, and how scripture can be used to cast our concerns upon the Lord. Christians will discover how to replace anxiety with peace, freeing them to live life to the full.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Living Without Worry by Timothy Lane. Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“I highly recommend this book.”
Reviewer: Beverly Terry
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend Living Without Worry, and would give it an “A”.”
Reviewer: Amanda Cain
Rating: 5 Stars

“I will use this book as a future reference whether in my personal life or as an encouragement to others.”
Reviewer: Michael Taylor
Rating: 4 Stars

Living Without Worry offers a lot of wise counsel, grounded in Biblical principles. It is a very valuable book.”
Reviewer: H. Marshall
Rating: 5 Stars

Living Without Worry is a primer for those who are desiring to take their worry and turn it into worship of God.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is a great help to living in a world full of worry.”
Reviewer: Brian Mann
Rating: 4 Stars

“I warmly recommend this book.”
Reviewer: Scott Christensen
Rating: 4 Stars

“I appreciated this book very much as a fellow worrier.”
Reviewer: Spencer Cummins
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book would be perfect for a new Christian or anyone who deals with normal levels of anxiety.”
Reviewer: Rani Grant
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a very helpful and practical book.”
Reviewer: Persis Lorenti
Rating: 4 Stars

“You’ll find this book to have a strong theological tone that is wrapped in practicality. This makes it a worthwhile read!”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is useful in bridging the gap between knowing we need to stop worrying and really putting it into action.”
Reviewer: Xi Ming
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a very helpful book that I recommend to everyone.”
Reviewer: Alan Davey
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book will help you realize the uselessness and futility of worry and how real, lasting peace is possible through Christ.”
Reviewer: Jill Jones
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book encourages you with the truth of the why we worry, and what we can do with that worry. There is hope.”
Reviewer: Jeanie Schwagerman
Rating: 5 Stars

“Read this book and be encouraged, and stirred up once again by way of reminder of the precious truth that Jesus will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Reviewer: Dave Jenkins
Rating: 5 Stars

“I did come away from the book with the better understanding of why I am worried about certain things more than others. I am hopeful that having a better understanding of the underlying issue will help me alleviate the anxiety.”
Reviewer: Becky Dempsey
Rating: 4 Stars

“I think this book would be perfect for a new Christian or anyone who deals with normal levels of anxiety. ”
Reviewer: Rani Grant
Rating: 4 Stars

“The book is filled with biblical truths that really aims to help christians deal with their anxiety, be it if you struggle with Generalized Anxiety Disorder or PTSD, Lane is able to help you do these issues biblically. I highly recommend anyone struggling with anxiety to read this book and to see how God and Christ can help you in your struggles.”
Reviewer: Chris Ho
Rating: 4 Stars

“The author does a good job of giving clarity about what worry is and how to begin to grow away from worry, replacing it with peace… providing different biblical illustrations and entry points for beginning to get a grip on worry.”
Reviewer: William Perkins
Rating: 4 Stars

“I really appreciated the in-depth look into worry and how the Bible addresses it.”
Reviewer: Beth Saathoff
Rating: 3 Stars

“Personally, as a long-standing worrier who is inclined to periods of melancholy, Lane’s analysis rings true and his counsel resonates as being a constructive pattern to dealing with the various situations in life that can easily lead to anxiety. Even as I read it for this review I found current situations causing apprehension giving way to a sense of God’s power and purpose that brings peace.”
Reviewer: Gary Ware
Rating: 4 Stars