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Pray About Everything: Cultivating God-Dependency Book Cover Pray About Everything: Cultivating God-Dependency
Paul Tautges
Shepherd Press
June 5, 2017
128

Believers need to learn to pray about everything, but so many unanswered questions hinder our progress.

  • What does it mean to pray in Jesus’ name?
  • How do I pray for my non-Christian friends?
  • When does the Holy Spirit pray for me?

In this book, a seasoned pastor and counselor answers these questions—and many more—by effectively instructing us with biblical principles, examples, and commands. By doing so, he encourages us to develop a life of prayer. Pastors, elders, and small group leaders will also find this book an indispensable help to cultivating an atmosphere of God-dependency in their local church.

Pray About Everything delivers an urgent call for believers to commit themselves to regular and systematic heartfelt prayer as an essential spiritual discipline for the Christian life.

Who should read this book?

  • Christians at varying stages of maturity
  • Small-group or prayer-group leaders
  • Preachers, ministers, Bible teachers
  • Worship leaders
  • Church prayer leaders

This week the Cross Focused Reviewers are sharing their thoughts about Paul Tautges’ new book Pray About Everything.

“This book is a good balance of theological and practical matters so that when one finishes this study, they will have a better understanding of what prayer is…”
Reviewer: Dan Doll
Rating: 5 Stars

“I hope that other pastors will read this book and be inspired to place a renewed emphasis on prayer in their churches.”
Reviewer: Steven Dressen
Rating: 5 Stars

“Because most of the chapters can be read in about ten minutes’ time, this book is great for personal devotions or Bible study groups because it leave you enough time to put into practice what you’re talking about.”
Reviewer: Andrew Wencl
Rating: 5 Stars

“…100 pages packed full of information to help send you on your way to a deeper study or set you up in a sermon, or small group discussion to a Bible Study just from this book. ”
Reviewer: Rosemary Swinehart
Rating: 5 Stars

“…a handbook, providing succinct instruction for leader and layman alike.”
Reviewer: Lesley Eischen
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book will be one to turn to again and again and to give as gifts to those who have questions about prayer and who don’t need to get bogged down with information. “Pray About Everything” is short and simple, but includes a wealth of information and help.”
Reviewer: Jill Jones
Rating: 5 Stars

“This was a good info-packed, yet concise and easy-to-read book on prayer. It gave a good practicality to prayer which is important. It was presented in a gospel-centered way. For all of those reasons, I really enjoyed this book. More books are needed like this on prayer. You will benefit from reading it.”
Reviewer: Angela Parsley
Rating: 4 Stars

“Tautges is right. His presentation and process are Scriptural. His book leads us to go forth and pray.”
Reviewer: Peter Butler, Jr.
Rating: 5 Stars

“I can’t recommend this book enough. The Body of Christ today is malnourished and suffering from a lack of prayer in it’s spiritual diet. Pray About Everything is a gift to the Church and I am hoping.. I am praying that it will be picked up and read by a significant majority of the Church and through it, we might bring glory and honor to our Lord as we grow in grace and sanctification.”
Reviewer: Aaron Cerda
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is far from a full-orbed treatment on prayer. But it is not intended to be so. Rather, the author intended to help the reader understand his/her dependency upon God and how that is manifested in prayer, not only in the individual’s life but also in the life of the larger church body. The book certainly accomplishes that task and is a wonderful resource for any believer to work through… As you work through the truths of this book, you will find yourself learning how to implement its principles into your prayer life for years to come.”
Reviewer: Zack Ford
Rating: 5 Stars

“… Gospel-centered, biblical book that will aid the reader in praying according to God’s will as revealed in Scripture. These are the kinds of prayers that God promises to answer.”
Reviewer: Elizabeth Hankins
Rating: 4 Stars

“I am thankful for Tautges and this excellent book. I recommend it for the prayer section of every pastor’s library.”
Reviewer: Chrys Jones
Rating: 4 Stars

” I would highly recommend this book to all church leaders. The church needs to get back to corporate prayer, especially now, in these troubling times.”
Reviewer: Denise McFarland
Rating: 4 Stars

“This short and convicting book points us to thankfulness and reasons for prayer–as well as reasons for suffering.”
Reviewer: Melissa Merritt
Rating: 4 Stars

“Tautges shows his heart for churches to let go of self-dependency and grasp the life-giving God-dependency found in the gospel. As a pastor, I would recommend this book to anyone struggling to cultivate a consistent and meaningful prayer life, and I intend on using it with my own congregation.”
Reviewer: Ryan Reed
Rating: 4 Stars

“I gladly recommend Paul Tautge’s Pray About Everything: Cultivating God-Dependency to every church member and church leader who desires to be a contributing part of a praying church.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 5 Stars

“I appreciated this little book. It stirred my heart toward the LORD.”
Reviewer: Cheryl Stansberry
Rating: 5 Stars

“I would encourage pastors and small group leaders with teaching responsibilities to look at this book. The devotionals are tailorable, and I think the format and content is beneficial.”
Reviewer: Asa Veek
Rating: 4 Stars

Where to Buy:
Pray About Everything 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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Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted Book Cover Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted
Ron Citlau
Bethany House
March 14, 2017
176

A Message of Hope and Grace

Sometimes in our big-picture discussions about homosexuality and same-sex marriage, we lose sight of the person in the middle of the struggle. Whether that struggler is you or someone you care about, there are two fundamental questions that need to be answered: How can someone with same-sex attraction be faithful to Jesus? And how can everyone else support and encourage them in this pursuit?

With clarity and grace, author and pastor Ron Citlau will help you think through every option the Bible offers--and what it does not. Having personally dealt with same-sex attraction, walked with others still struggling, and pastored those with gay loved ones, he encourages readers to think deeply and biblically about heterosexual marriage, singleness, celibacy, and more.

Discover the remarkable gifts God provides to the same-sex-attracted Christian who desires to faithfully follow Jesus. And learn how others can come alongside them with love, encouragement, and grace.

This week the Cross Focused Reviewers share their thoughts on Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted by Ron Citlau.

“I recommend it to people with same-sex attraction and to the people who minister to them.”
Reviewer: Robert Morton
Rating: 5 Stars

“The discussion of Citlau’s view on sexual identity compared to those of other orthodox Christians was very insightful. In fact an entire book could be devoted to it, and I would read it as well.”
Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts
Rating: 5 Stars

“The points on Why Gay Marriage Cannot Cause Human Flourishing were really good… I personally will now be more compassionate with everyone no matter what their sexual preference because God loves them and I should too!”
Reviewer: Pauline Burnes
Rating: 3 Stars

Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted is just that – a word of hope. With so much focus in the Church today upon the nature of the sin, Ron’s book is a powerful correction and reminder that the Gospel is about transformation, not condemnation. Ron has written a book that will be helpful going forward both for the same-sex struggler and the church called to welcome them in truth and love. I highly recommend it.”
Reviewer: Scott Nichols
Rating: 5 Stars

“Ron not only includes his own testimony but the testimony of several others who live out their Christian faith in spite of their same-sex attraction. He demonstrates that there is hope. He clearly articulates the gospel and the necessity of involvement in the local church. There is much worthwhile in this book, for those struggling with homosexuality and their friends, family and church leaders.”
Reviewer: Greg Wilson
Rating: 4 Stars

“Is Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted the be-all-end-all on this topic? By no means! But of the resources I have read, it is an excellent introduction.”
Reviewer: Joe Westbrook
Rating: 4 Stars

“…a useful resource for churches, leaders and friends seeking to help persons struggling with unwanted same sex attraction. I think everyone interested in this topic would do good to read it.”
Reviewer: Xi Ming
Rating: 4 Stars

“…it could be good to start a conversation about what hope for the Christian who has non traditional sexual attraction patterns looks like.”
Reviewer: Nate Claiborne
Rating: 3 Stars

“This is a book the church and people with same-sex attraction need. Thank you, Ron.”
Reviewer: Peter Butler, Jr.
Rating: 5 Stars

“No matter what side of the fence you are on, this book is extremely relevant, unique and will help you understand sexuality from both sides.”
Reviewer: Sarah Storm
Rating: 4 Stars

Don’t miss Ron Citlau’s interview on The Shaun Tabatt Show.

Where to Buy:
Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted 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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The Resurrection Fact: Responding to Modern Critics Book Cover The Resurrection Fact: Responding to Modern Critics
John J. Bombaro & Adam S. Francisco
NRP Books/1517 Legacy
August 31, 2016
248

As the team did with the book, Making the Case For Christianity (CPH), Drs. Bombaro and Francisco bring together a variety of contemporary Lutheran apologists to respond to a wide array of challenges to the heart of the Christian faith.

Each chapter addresses a specific argument from a popular, non-Christian author and offers a clear and concise rebuttal and argument for the resurrection.

The editors have found able representatives from the disciplines of biblical studies, history, philosophy, and the legal profession to write each chapter.

The book is accessible, written for a broad audience, and is ultimately designed to equip its readers for the apologetics task.

This week the Cross Focused Reviewers share their thoughts on The Resurrection Fact: Responding to Modern Critics by John J. Bombaro and Adam S. Francisco.

The Resurrection Fact: Responding to Modern Critics is a compendium detailing the elements and weaknesses of the enemy’s assaults and the reasoning that gives thinking Christians more confidence in this core aspect of our theology”
Reviewer: Stuart Brogden
Rating: 4 Stars

“Anyone interested in Christian apologetics would be wise to become familiar with presuppositional apologetics.”
Reviewer: Chris Lawson
Rating: 4 Stars

“This readable account serves well as a basic introduction to apologetics for any Christian regardless of the level of prior knowledge. It serves pastors as a guide to encourage and equip his flock to bear witness to the Resurrection. This book serves any reader who wishes to read an account concerning the reasons Christians believe.”
Reviewer: Robert Marx
Rating: 4 Stars

“Highly recommended if you have read any of these critics… a good high quality work.”
Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts
Rating: 5 Stars

“The book combines scholarly research and a popular reading style so both academics and laypeople may readily understand the contents. Will be an excellent future reference for more study.”
Reviewer: Michael Taylor
Rating: 4 Stars

“Overall this book provides a good defense of the resurrection with each contributors demonstrating attention to details. I think this book would be a good one to place in the hands of students today as many will be confronted with objections that parallel those dealt with in this book.”
Reviewer: Steven Dressen
Rating: 5 Stars

“Throughout the book they not only reveal the facts, as discernible by a historian, but deal with the underlying presuppositions of the skeptical in analyzing the facts. The case made for the resurrection I believe is compelling.”
Reviewer: Aaron Meservey
Rating: 5 Stars

“The book is well-written and a relatively quick read, at least if the reader has a reasonable familiarity with theology and theological terms.”
Reviewer: Joe Westbrook
Rating: 5 Stars

“Because the resurrection is the center of Christian faith, Satan will continue to attack it. The goal will remain the same, but the approach will be different. “The Resurrection Fact: Responding to Modern Critics” comes onto scene to address the challenge.”
Reviewer: Bledar Valca
Rating:4 Stars

The Resurrection Fact: Responding to Modern Critics is a wonderful addition to the many excellent resources on the Resurrection of Jesus. I appreciate the degree of scholarship demonstrated throughout, and I think the format will be very helpful in that each chapter focuses on the various claims of leading Resurrection deniers. It will serve as a helpful resource for many years as the same oft-refuted views promoted by modern skeptics will inevitably be brought up again and again.”
Reviewer: Tim Chaffey
Rating: 5 Stars

“Thoughtful Christians (or non-Christians) will find here a thorough, scholarly, yet accessible explanation for why Christians believe in the fact of the resurrection.”
Reviewer: Ben Franks
Rating: 4 Stars

“…this is a sound book with a wealth of information and excellent references for further research. Many readers may encounter this book without much exposure to the arguments being raised against the historicity of Christ’s bodily resurrection. This book will educate and equip the reader to stand firm in an age of unbelief.”
Reviewer: Robert Hayton
Rating: 4 Stars

“… a very informative look at the facts surrounding Jesus’ death and resurrection. Every aspect you can think of is covered in this book, by a variety of authors… I recommend this for every Christian looking to brush up on their apologetics skills.”
Reviewer: Denise McFarland
Rating: 4 Stars

“I can anticipate someone being apprehensive about reading a book on apologetics written by academicians. My response is to not be. It is important to have individuals who understand the issues write a response. That is a given. However, reading above your comfort level will only make you a better reader and thinker.”
Reviewer: James Sisco
Rating: 5 Stars

The Resurrection Fact: Responding to Modern Critics is a good resource for a Christian who is interested in investigating how to defend the reality of ”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 3 Stars

“This is a book that one should consider reading to gain insight into the argument of did Jesus really rise again.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 4 Stars

Don’t miss this exclusive interview!

Shaun had the opportunity to interview John Bombaro about the book. Listen to their conversation below:

Where to Buy:
The Resurrection Fact: Responding to Modern Critics 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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Lighthouse Faith: God as a Living Reality in a World Immersed in Fog Book Cover Lighthouse Faith: God as a Living Reality in a World Immersed in Fog
Lauren Green
W Publishing Group
March 14, 2017
Hardcover
256

Is God Just a Distant Concept? An Award-Winning Religion Correspondent is Convinced the Answer is No and Explores the Possible Relationship with Our Creator

 Fox News Religion Correspondent Lauren Green uses her wealth of stories, vast network of contacts, and her own extensive study of theology to take the reader on a unique journey of spiritual discovery. With few female authors writing in the field of theology, Green provides an important perspective to all who wish to move closer to not only a deeper relationship with God but an understanding of what makes that possible.

Green gathers insight from some amazing guides along the way, through personal conversations with some of the leading minds in the world on the topic of Christianity. These include:

  • Timothy Keller
  • John Piper
  • Alister McGrath
  • William Lane Craig
  • John Lennox
  • Sir John Polkinghorne
  • Amy Beckman
  • Elizabeth Lev
  • … and many more

Is God simply an accessory that we carry with us? Something similar to what we might download from a music site to suit our personal tastes—a personal assistant in a way? Or is He His law, His structure, and His authoritative Word contained in the Holy Scripture, an objective reality to which you daily shape your life? If we believe or know we should believe that it’s the latter, how do we make this happen? How do we live joyfully under God’s will in a world so drenched in the will of human desire?

Lighthouse Faith explores the heart of the Christian doctrine and a pathway of perceiving God as an interactive hands-on presence; a caring and loving being. The first commandment is a life-giving force loaded with information about the world in which we live. This law stands atop the other nine commandments as a beacon of light, illuminating the created order, just as a lighthouse lamp shines in a darkened space, heralding a way to safety.

This week the Cross Focused Reviewers share their thoughts on Lighthouse Faith: God as a Living Reality in a World Immersed in Fog by Lauren Green (W Publishing Group, 2017)

“This is a challenging book from start to finish and one we all need in these days we are living. One well worth the time to read!”
Reviewer: Joanne Viola
Rating: 5 Stars

“Green’s book was still an enjoyable read. Her prose was vivid and compelling, and her personal stories were genuine and heartfelt”
Reviewer: James Pate
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is her faith journey as she travels over all of God’s creation seeing His work manifest in ways and in places she did not expect. I would recommend this book…”
Reviewer: Dan Doll
Rating: 4 Stars

“…this book will certainly cause something to stir inside you in such a way that you question the status quo. To the point that you begin to look for the light in your dark night is the point where you begin to understand the journey of people everywhere. They can hear the fog horn and see the light from the water but aren’t sure how to get there. Be that person who points them in the right direction and help them answer their questions in their pursuit of the light. This book will help you do that.”
Reviewer: Don Haflich
Rating: 4 Stars

“The eye of faith stands behind her work and many will benefit from her simple approach and sometimes deeply personal life-lessons.”
Reviewer: Robert Hayton
Rating: 3 Stars

“As a pastor, one of the things I appreciated was the anecdotes scattered throughout to illustrate the points. Her seasoned work as a reporter has given her windows into some incredibly helpful stories that help illustrate many different themes that come up in my preaching. They were consistently helpful, engaging and would give real life examples of why these things matter.”
Reviewer: Aaron Meservey
Rating: 5 Stars

“As someone who enjoys a book on current issues and theology, I enjoyed this book for primarily two reasons. The first is that Lauren Green writes from a perspective that is greatly influenced by God and His word. Second, her way of writing is inspiring as she uses imagery, symbolism and anecdotes to reel the reader in and while there, hits it home with strong gospel truths.”
Reviewer: Krista Rodriguez
Rating: 5 Stars

“…the book is well written and constantly points you to the master of the seas, Jesus Christ.”
Reviewer: Rosemary Swinehart
Rating: 5 Stars

Don’t miss this exclusive interview!

Shaun had the chance to sit down with Lauren Green at the National Religious Broadcasters conference earlier this month in Orlando. Listen to their conversation below:

Where to Buy:
Lighthouse Faith: God as a Living Reality in a World Immersed in Fog by Lauren Green 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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The Jesus Club Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  February 18, 2017
The Jesus Club: Incredible True Stories of How God Is Moving in Our High Schools Book Cover The Jesus Club: Incredible True Stories of How God Is Moving in Our High Schools
Brian Barcelona
Chosen Books
February 14, 2017
224

What happens when a former teenage atheist hears God's call to do the impossible--and decides to act on it?

In this riveting true story, Brian Barcelona recounts how, just a few months after graduation, he responded to God's directive and returned to his high school campus to preach the Gospel to the students. He had no training, no resources, and no experience. Just raw passion and obedience.

Suddenly lives began to be changed. Teens from every background were healed of suicidal thoughts, the trauma of physical and sexual abuse, drug addiction, identity crises and much more. Hearts were saved. Entire families were healed. The Jesus Club's numbers grew, and soon other schools joined in. From one simple act of obedience, thousands of teens were, and still are, letting Jesus heal their lives.

And this is only the beginning of the story! God is moving powerfully in our nation's high schools. And if you are willing, you, too, can be part of the revival that is transforming a generation.

"The Jesus Club will ignite within you a greater passion for Jesus and an unstoppable faith to see God move in the lives of students."
-Banning Liebscher, founder and pastor, Jesus Culture

"This book can only be understood as a storyline straight from the pen of the Author of our faith. Read, and watch hope explode in your soul. God's not done with America!"
-Lou Engle, co-founder, TheCall

The Cross Focused Reviewers share their thoughts on The Jesus Club: Incredible True Stories of How God Is Moving in Our High Schools by Brian Barcelona (Chosen Books, 2017).

“I really enjoyed learning how God has worked through Brian. Thousands of students in both northern California and Los Angeles have become followers of Christ through his ministry. Inspiring stories of the different ways God brought this about fill this book. Gang members, atheists, and ordinary kids alike have turned their lives over to Christ after hearing the good news about Him. The author’s enthusiasm for making this happen in all the high schools in America is exciting, and I highly recommend this easy to read, uplifting 5-star book.”
Reviewer: Becky Isaac
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is the generation that we need to get into our churches, to make them into our future leaders.. If one man can turn his obedience to God into a success like this why can’t we all?”
Reviewer: Mary Ann Bell
Rating: 4 Stars

“It’s sad to see so many high schoolers choosing to follow their peers in a direction that does not lead them to Christ. Bombarded with social media and selfish ideas, many adolescents choose a path that exalts self rather than Christ. It was encouraging to read this testimony book, The Jesus Club, where Brian Barcelona tells of the good things the Lord did with a surrendered heart and a group of teenagers.”
Reviewer: Cindy Cook
Rating: 4 Stars

“God’s usage of Brian Barcelona to minter to youth in their own context gives me renewed strength as I minister to the youth in my own area on their turf in their context.”
Reviewer: Dan Doll
Rating: 4 Stars

“I loved this book and would recommend it for every youth worker. And I would also recommend it for all believers who want to see where the Holy Spirit is moving right now in America. Students are not all lost and narcissistic instead God is on the move, and I for one want to join Him. You should too.”
Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts
Rating: 4 Stars

Where to Buy:
The Jesus Club: Incredible True Stories of How God Is Moving in Our High Schools by Brian Barcelona 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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