Captivated Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  March 3, 2014
Captivated: Beholding The Mystery of Jesus' Death and Resurrection Book Cover Captivated: Beholding The Mystery of Jesus' Death and Resurrection
Thabiti Anyabwile
Reformation Heritage Books
January 29, 2014
95

The Bible implores us to take a long look at Jesus, forcefully beckoning us to “come and see” through profound questions connected with Jesus’ death and resurrection. These questions drive us to consider not just the events themselves but also their meaning as we take a long look beneath the surface and find more of the never-ending treasures of Christ. In Captivated, Thabiti Anyabwile invites you to set aside your early lessons on politeness and stare (yes, do stare) into the mystery of the cross and empty tomb.

This week the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Captivated: Beholding the Mystery of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection (Reformation Heritage Books, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“Become captivated by the cross as never before by taking heed to the exhortation provided by Anyabwile in this excellent book.”
Reviewer: Michael Boling (IntelMIn.org)
Rating: 5 Stars

“I would encourage folks to pick up this book for a detailed understanding of Jesus’ death and resurrection — for both the purpose of the cross and the results of the cross.”
Reviewer: Jason Brueckner (TheBraveReviews.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

Captivated by Pastor Thabiti is a very helpful work that will help new or mature Christians to understand what Jesus’ death and resurrection accomplished and why it is important to apply to all of life.”
Reviewer: Dave Jenkins (ServantsOfGraceBookReviews.org)
Rating: 5 Stars

“Overall, it is a very warm, experiential, practical, and winsome book and I highly recommend it.  It powerfully brings forward the gospel with many of its implications, and it would be a great read for just about anyone at any time, especially around Easter!”
Reviewer: Mark Nenadov (allthingsexpounded.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“This short book contains a storehouse of wonderful truths to meditate on… it would be a wonderful book for churches to give away at an Easter service. I highly recommend it.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker (parkerjreviews.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“Simple and quick read, but very contemplative and deep. It enriches how you see Jesus’ death and resurrection. Great for devotional or small group study. I plan to use it to get my family to focus on lent.”
Reviewer: Joshua Aguilar (intersectingfaithandlife.wordpress.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“Whether you’ve struggled with familiarity or you’re consistently amazed at the cross, Captivated is a book that will be a great blessing to you.”
Reviewer: Aaron Armstrong (bloggingtheologically.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“It powerfully brings forward the gospel with many of its implications…”
Reviewer: Val Belley (wise-like-solomon.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“It is very personal and easy to grasp, as well as being easy to take in chapter by chapter. As I have found with several of Reformation Heritage’s books, the content of each chapter is an easy length to take in at a time, and the questions at the close of each make further contemplation easier.”
Reviewer: Marjolaine Belley (mazzoumemories.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“I think Captivated is best suited as a devotional that a believer may use to help him meditate upon the riches of what Christ accomplished through his death and resurrection… it is theologically sound and would make a good resource for churches to make available to their members in the weeks leading up to Easter.”
Reviewer: Adam Blosser (onetruejoy.blogspot.com)
Rating: 3 Stars

“This is not a book you can read once and put up on the shelf to gather dust.”
Reviewer: LuAnn Braley (backporchervations.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

Captivated is an encouraging and insightful analysis of Jesus’ journey and what Christ accomplished for those who believe on His name.”
Reviewer: Dave Buller (christianfirst.us)
Rating: 3 Stars

Captivated is encouraging, meditative, and humbling. It is a beautiful reminder of just how great the Father’s Love for us truly is.”
Reviewer: Amanda Cain (thenerdybookworm.wordpress.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

Captivated would benefit a young Christian or provide a refreshing revisit to the mature Believer.”
Reviewer: Lesley Eischen (thehallowedpath.wordpress.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is saturated with Scripture and Anyabwile is a faithful and skilled expositor of the Word; I can recommend the book without reservation in terms of biblical faithfulness and orthodoxy.”
Reviewer: Jennifer Guo (jenniferguo.wordpress.com)
Rating: 3 Stars

“This book was incredible. Concisely and beautifully written, Captivated truly helped me get my eyes off myself and instead gaze at the cross and the empty tomb.”
Reviewer: Hope Henchey (recoveringwomanhood.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“If I’m honest, I didn’t have high expectations coming into this book. I thought it would be a good read, but I never thought it would impact me spiritually in the way that it did. Heading into this Easter season, Captivated has given me fresh insight into the truths concerning Jesus’ death and resurrection.”
Reviewer: LaRosa Johnson (blog.urban-scholar.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is the first book I have read by Anyabwile and it will not be the last.”
Reviewer: Roger Leonhardt (reformedreader.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“This title is worth the time. In the Christian walk, nothing is more important than Jesus’ death and resurrection.”
Reviewer: Angela Parsley (refreshmysoulblog.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“Laden with rich scriptural exegesis and written with the warmth and insight of a gifted pastor, Captivated will invite the reader to the hope and glory of the resurrection of Jesus Christ!”
Reviewer: Toni Payne (tonilpayne.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“I enjoyed the book and think that it is a valuable resource–a worthy addition to any thinking Christian’s library. In a market dominated by self-help manuals, this book is refreshing. Christ is the main character, from start to finish, and for that reason this book is a winner.”
Reviewer: Ryan Rickard (declinationblog.wordpress.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“I really enjoyed this devotional book and highly recommend it for all Christians.”
Reviewer: Beth Saathoff (bethsaathoff.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“I cannot recommend this book highly enough.  The last time my heart was this stirred by a book was when I read “The Heart of Christ” by Thomas Goodwin!  There exists no true Christian who would not benefit from taking the time to think deeply upon the majesty of our Savior, and this book is a fantastic means to that end.”
Reviewer: Rexford Semrad (1689nut.wordpress.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“Like the parents who experienced the excitement of something familiar becoming new again when witnessing it through the eyes of a child, I felt thrilled and, yes, captivated by the fresh perspectives shared in this book.”
Reviewer: Beverly Terry (beverlylynnt.wordpress.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“I recommend this book for being fresh, experiential and practical.”
Reviewer: Ben Toh (ubfriends.org)
Rating: 4 Stars

“Inquirers, devotional readers, students and pastors looking for a warm and insightful treatment of the purposes of God at work in the Easter narratives are well served to make use of Thabiti Anyabwile’s Captivated as a companion and guide for their explorations into the Bible’s teaching on this central aspect of Christian theology.”
Reviewer: Gary Ware (garyware.me)
Rating: 4 Stars

“Anyabwile has given us a very clear and understandable book on the theology of the Cross and the Resurrection without heavy theological vocabulary.”
Reviewer: Conrade Yap (booksaint.blogspot.ca)
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a short book, yet one of the best and most helpful books I have read to lead me back to the essentials in my Christian’s life. Read the book and be captivated by Jesus’ love for you! You’ll be blessed and fall in love all over again.”
Reviewer: Ann Beaulieu (annlbeaulieu.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is an amazing book that will help you think deeper about what  Christ did for us, what it means and  how important it was… Very appropriate for the season we are entering!”
Reviewer: MaryAnn Bell (proverb31titus2godlybookreviews.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“It is truly rare that I ever read a book and have nothing that I would add as an improvement. But Captivated is exactly what it claims to be and achieves its purpose by remaining simple and to the point. I would recommend that any Christian read this book for their own growth in their own ability to explain and discuss the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ with others.”
Reviewer: Michael Britton (vintagecommunity.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“I must honestly confess that this is the best Easter-devotional style book that I have read in a very long time… I would have gladly “endured” another 100-200 pages of Thabiti’s handling of such a humility-inspiring topic.”
Reviewer: Joshua Davis (servantsofgracebookreviews.org)
Rating: 5 Stars

“I would wholeheartedly recommend this book for anyone wanting to refocus their minds and hearts on the truth and beauty of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Used as a personal devotional, a guide for family devotions, or in the setting of a small group, you will not walk away from reading this book without having a deeper understanding and appreciation for what happened on Calvary.”
Reviewer: Zack Ford (longing4truth.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

Captivated meets its goal. I was encouraged to slow down and remember the power and significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection.”
Reviewer: Coralie Cowan (lifemoreabundant.me)
Rating: 4 Stars

“I would recommend this book to all adults who wish to understand why Jesus’s death and resurrection is so important. Jesus died for each of us and we need to understand what he did for us and what he can still do for us.”
Reviewer: Rani Grant (christsbridge.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“The brevity of the book will prevent even the weakest of readers from the excuse that they don’t have time for this book. It is less than 100 pages, but well worth your time. May God use it to rekindle a love for Christ and the Bible in all of us!”
Reviewer: Bob Hayton (FundamentallyReformed.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“I think it would help you, or a whole local body, understand why Easter matters so much. Of course, it is not seasonally limited, but it’s worth doing sooner rather than later.”
Reviewer: Doug Hibbard (doughibbard.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“If you are looking for something to prepare your heart for Easter, this is a great work to pick up. I think you will be encouraged by it.”
Reviewer: Tyler Holloway (tylerholloway.net)
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you’ve been a Christian for a long time, this book will encourage you to think about the meaning of Jesus’ death and resurrection in a fresh way. If you’re a new believer, it’s my hope that this book will help you learn more about what this death and resurrection means for you today. And if you’re one who wonders what all the fuss is about this man called Jesus, please read this book and pray for God to open your eyes.”
Reviewer: Suzanne Jackson (princapecos.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“I would definitely recommend this book — in fact, I would suggest reading Captivated as part of a dedicated time of personal worship, during the days immediately preceding Easter, to help you become more deeply captivated by Christ Himself.”
Reviewer: Elizabeth Johnson (dogfuranddandelions.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you are a new believer, this book will benefit you and all your lost friends. If you are a maturing believer, you will also benefit from this book that will stir your affections for Jesus. I encourage all Christians to read this book, then get a copy for a lost person and read it with them.”
Reviewer: Chris Land (keepingthemainthing.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“In this book we are lead to ponder the Mystery of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection… As we enter the Easter season this is a book that I plan to re-read.”
Reviewer: Richard Lucian
Rating: 5 Stars

“It does not attempt to convince, as much as provide good meat to chew on and be nourished by. And much as a good meal brings refreshment and new strength to a hungry body, these meditations will help bring solid hope and clearer definition to what death is and what it is not.”
Reviewer: William Perkins (wdanaperkins.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“I am so thankful for the Thabiti Anyabwile’s focus on God’s Word and drawing me back to the stories that I have read hundreds of times and helping me to see them afresh. This book receives five stars from me and I cannot recommend it enough.”
Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts (staff.pcschools.org)
Rating: 5 Stars

Captivated takes an honest and probing look at five questions surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
Reviewer: Steven Ruff (stevenruff.wordpress.com)
Rating: 3 Stars

“this book is well written and is a quick read. I also appreciate the fact that material is theologically sound.”
Reviewer: Charles Savelle (bibleexposition.net)
Rating: 3 Stars

“it is a good book, worth a read, to help us meditate on and be grateful for what Jesus accomplished for us on the Cross. It is well suited as an aid to meditation during the Lenten and Easter seasons.”
Reviewer: Barry Simmons (journeymansfiles.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

Captivated is pound for pound one of the strongest books on the topic of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Thabiti succeeds in his goal of causing to stop and gaze. He provides the church with a gift–an approachable book that doesn’t intimidate and doesn’t pull punches. This is a book you can confidently handout to new believers as a gospel primer and also be assured it will encourage the mature saint.”
Reviewer: Mathew Sims (graceforsinners.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“I found this to be a rich and powerful book. It does not take you through all aspects of the Easter story, but it does take you to a deeper level in all that you read. I highly recommend this book”
Reviewer: Mike Tiede (VickiTiede.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“Not only will this book drive you to focus on Christ, but you’ll find your heart stirred for the Word as you read.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc (louiszinc.tumblr.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“It led me to consider Christ’s death and resurrection afresh, which once again caused my heart to give thanks to God the Father for the indescribable gift of his Son.”
Reviewer: Steve Brand (gegraptai.com)
Rating: 3 Stars

“This would be a great book to buy for someone around Eastertime.”
Reviewer: Alan Davey (daveys2france.blogspot.fr)
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a good and helpful book worth reading slowly, carefully, and thoughtfully in light of Scripture.”
Reviewer: Douglas Wallace (pilgrimsontheway.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“This short book on the death and resurrection of Jesus by Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile is a timely look at the central crux of the Christian faith.”
Reviewer: Spencer Cummins (spencerdeancummins.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

Captivated seeks to take the reader into deeper reflection concerning various truths that are often simply glossed over. Instead of simply glancing at glorious truths, Captivated seeks to help the reader take a harder look.”
Reviewer: Kyle Howard (coramsanctum.wordpress.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“There is much to be captivated and be in awe of the death and resurrection of Christ. I appreciate Mr. Anyabwile’s insight to that and anyone that reads this book will as well.”
Reviewer: Jeanie Schwagerman (GoodReads.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a timely book to read now as we are approaching the Easter season. To stop and gaze at the Cross and the mystery therein contained is time well spent. This book will give its reader truths to consider as they reflect on what Easter is all about.”
Reviewer: Cheryl Frerichs (thykingdomcometoday.wordpress.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“I enjoyed reading this book. It is a pretty quick read because it is a somewhat short book, but there is a lot to be gleaned by reading this book. Especially as we get closer to Easter it is a great reference for getting you in the mindframe (somewhat) that Jesus was in as He was on this journey.”
Reviewer: Amanda Talbert (thetalbertreport.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

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