Portraits of Faith Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  April 25, 2016
Portraits of Faith: What Five Biblical Characters Teach Us About Our Life with God Book Cover Portraits of Faith: What Five Biblical Characters Teach Us About Our Life with God
Joel Beeke
Reformation Heritage Books
January 27, 2016

We often use the word faith without thinking much about its meaning. We know that without faith, it is impossible to please God and that faith is the core and foundation of daily Christian living. But what is faith? Author Joel R. Beeke believes we can best understand faith by seeing how it operates by the Spirit in the lives of fallen sinners like us. Accordingly, he considers essential aspects of faith operating in the lives of Adam and Eve, the Shunammite woman, the Canaanite woman, and Caleb. With pastoral warmth, he challenges readers to ask themselves three questions: Do I have this kind of faith? Am I exercising the particular aspect of faith being described? How can this example of a particular dimension of faith be used in my life to make me a mature believer? Study questions for each chapter encourage meaningful reflection for both individual and group study.

The Cross Focused Reviewers weigh in on Portraits of Faith: What Five Biblical Characters Teach Us About Our Life with God by Joel Beeke (Reformation Heritage Books, 2016).

“These four short portraits were a great encouragement to me. This book is definitely one that could be read in a week with a chapter a day as a short devotion on faith. It will surely bless all who read it.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 5 Stars

“Anyone who wants to understand faith and how it is exercised in the life of a believer should read this book.”
Reviewer: Cliff VanNostrand
Rating: 5 Stars

“Portraits of Faith is a call for Christians to reflect. Joel Beeke paints a biblical picture for Christians of what it means and how it looks to live a life of faith. May we reflect that portrait.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 4 Stars

“I found this book to be of great value to me spiritually. It was an encouraging reminder to see the examples of faith in the lives of those saints with whom I can so easily identify.”
Reviewer: Zack Ford
Rating: 5 Stars

“Those familiar with Joel Beeke will at once recognize his pastoral love and grandfatherly affection for the church in this book. Those who are not yet familiar with him will be encouraged by his care for sinners. Portraits of Faith will encourage you in your walk and will point you to Christ to strengthen your faith.”
Reviewer: Aaron Cerda
Rating: 5 Stars

“The material is biblically sound, the discussion questions provided at the end will give some more food for thought and aspects to study, and for that reason, I suggest if you want to grow in faith, pick up a copy of this book. It will be very helpful in your studies on faith and more importantly, it will serve as a seed that when planted, will cause your faith in God and your relationship with to blossom and grow to a place of maturity.”
Reviewer: Michael Boling
Rating: 5 Stars

“…approachable for all readers. It is a helpful book as one examines their faith and how it affects their life.”
Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts
Rating: 4 Stars

“The Shunammite woman is the one I identify with most in Portraits of Faith. Her simple faith in the midst of great affliction resonates greatly with me.”
Reviewer: Cheryl Stansberry
Rating: 5 Stars

“Each of these little vignettes will be a good resource for pastoral ministry and for personal maturity in the faith. If you have ever failed in your faith, if you have ever suffered in your faith, if you have ever felt rejected in your faith, if you have ever felt in the minority in your faith – read this book! You will be blessed.”
Reviewer: Todd Wilson
Rating: 5 Stars

“We need to interpret the biblical narratives from the eyes of faith. This is what Beeke has demonstrated in his refreshing look at the five characters.”
Reviewer: Conrade Yap
Rating: 4 Stars

“Faith is often a grey, murky word in Christian circles, but Beeke has sought to define it through people, and has succeeded. This is a small, but packed book. I definitely recommend it.”
Reviewer: Zach Barnhart
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book was easy to read yet will fill your spirit with insight and understanding.”
Reviewer: Sherry Legan
Rating: 5 Stars

Portraits of Faith would work well as a study with relatively new believers. This would also be an easy, refreshing devotional read for a more seasoned believer. As Beeke points out, his purpose is not to focus solely on faith, but to use the characteristics of faith to point us to the Savior. In that he succeeds, and thus I recommend this book.”
Reviewer: Ann Pendleton
Rating: 4 Stars

“I have profited by Dr. Beeke’s books in the past, and this is no exception. I found myself encouraged and strengthened not to rely on my eyes, but to look to Who God is, what He has done, and what He has promised, believing in faith that everything comes to pass as God wills it.”
Reviewer: Peter Butler, Jr. 
Rating: 5 Stars

“I liked how clear things were, and how insightful and convicting.”
Reviewer: Melissa Merritt
Rating: 4 Stars

“Overall, a good attempt at communicating stages of the Christian faith. Great for beginners…”
Reviewer: David Ramos
Rating: 3 Stars

“A compact study book that delights and inspires one to live out their life of faith… Easy to read as the author paints a picture in our minds and brings the past into the present.”
Reviewer: Christy Toh
Rating: 4 Stars

“Beeke’s book is short, simple, and refreshing. His chapters speak to both believers and unbelievers of the centrality of saving faith and challenges us all to grow in our faith.”
Reviewer: Ben Franks
Rating: 5 Stars

“This little book is a quick read, but it is worth adding to your library as a reminder that even your faith may be encouraging to someone out there.”
Reviewer: Joe Westbrook
Rating: 5 Stars

Where to Buy:
Portraits of Faith is available at any good Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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