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Unimaginable: What Our World Would Be Like Without Christianity Book Cover Unimaginable: What Our World Would Be Like Without Christianity
Jeremiah J. Johnston
Bethany House Publishers
December 5, 2017
Hardcover
240

Is God Dying?

That's what some people think and want. They say Christian beliefs and our way of life aren't relevant anymore. But what critics and even many churchgoers don't realize is the life-changing importance of Christianity.

Showing how the world would be a dark place without Christianity, Unimaginable guides you through the halls of history to see how Jesus' teachings dramatically changed our world and continue to be the most powerful force for good today. Learn . . .

  • How Christianity has stood against the evils of slavery (more than once), racism, eugenics, and injustices toward women and children
  • Why democracy, freedom as a universal value, and modern education and legal systems owe much to Christianity
  • How Christians throughout the ages have demonstrated the value of human life by sacrificially caring for the sick, handicapped, marginalized, and dying
  • How people of faith are extending God's kingdom through charities, social justice efforts, mental health initiatives, and other profound ways

This provocative and enlightening book is for anyone concerned about where our world is heading.|

Jeremiah J. Johnston, PhD, is a New Testament scholar and frequent contributor to national publications and shows, including USA Today, Fox News, CNN, RelevantThe Christian Post, and numerous other media outlets. Known for his unique communication skills and his infectious love for people, Jeremiah ministers internationally in partnership with the Museum of the Bible and is president of the Christian Thinkers Society, a resident institute at Houston Baptist University, where he serves as Associate Professor of Early Christianity. He is the author of Unanswered: Lasting Truth for Trending Questions. Jeremiah and his family live in Houston. Learn more at ChristianThinkers.com.

The Cross Focused Reviewers share their thoughts on Unimaginable: What Our World Would Be Like Without Christianity by Jeremiah J. Johnston (Bethany House Publishers, 2017).

“The references to primary sources make this book a keeper… Also noteworthy are the endnotes. Johnston refers to scholarly sources for those who wish to inquire further. His book is well-researched.”
Reviewer: James Pate
Rating: 4 Stars

“…an excellent and entertaining read. There was much that I enjoyed in this book and many portions made credible connections that I have not seen before.”
Reviewer: Rebecca Ray
Rating: 4 Stars

“I encourage my readers to read this book and chew on this one question: what would life be like without Christianity? Unimaginable, indeed.”
Reviewer: Cheryl Stansberry
Rating: 4 Stars

“I believe it’s a must have for your library.”
Reviewer: Rosemary Swinehart
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is a phenomenal mix of history and theology. I don’t save too many books to go on my shelf, but this one made the cut.”
Reviewer: Amanda Talbert
Rating: 5 Stars

“Johnston makes a very compelling case for Christianity’s many positive contributions to world history. Critics opposed to Christianity will be hard-pressed to deny the impact Jesus Christ and His followers have made on the world. Very readable and smoothly flows from chapter to chapter. Will be an excellent reference for future messages.”
Reviewer: Michael Taylor
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is an encouraging read that exudes hope for those who think that the decaying of the world means doom for believers. What if it were the opposite? Give this book a read & see what God has been doing since the work of redemption began in the Garden.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 4 Stars

Where to Buy:
Unimaginable: What Our World Would Be Like Without Christianity 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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Is God Dying?

That’s what some people think and want. They say Christian beliefs and our way of life aren’t relevant anymore. But what critics and even many churchgoers don’t realize is the life-changing importance of Christianity.

Showing how the world would be a dark place without Christianity, Unimaginable guides you through the halls of history to see how Jesus’ teachings dramatically changed our world and continue to be the most powerful force for good today. Learn . . .

  • How Christianity has stood against the evils of slavery (more than once), racism, eugenics, and injustices toward women and children
  • Why democracy, freedom as a universal value, and modern education and legal systems owe much to Christianity
  • How Christians throughout the ages have demonstrated the value of human life by sacrificially caring for the sick, handicapped, marginalized, and dying
  • How people of faith are extending God’s kingdom through charities, social justice efforts, mental health initiatives, and other profound ways

This provocative and enlightening book is for anyone concerned about where our world is heading.

Praise for Unimaginable:

“Sweeping in scope and teeming with insights, this creative and compelling book shows us the horror of a world without Christianity. An eye-opening work that should be read with pen in hand to mark points to remember. Truly powerful and persuasive.”
-Lee Strobel, bestselling author of The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith

“Much of the way we interpret reality is determined by how we view the world, and the Christian worldview has shaped millions of lives across the globe. If you want to make the case for what you believe as a Christian, or simply want to investigate the truth for yourself, this book will help you in a new and meaningful way.”
-J. Warner Wallace, cold-case detective, Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, and author of Cold-Case Christianity, God’s Crime Scene, and Forensic Faith

“With scholarly research and imaginative flair, Jeremiah Johnston asks us to consider the unimaginable: What if Christianity had not won the war of competing ideologies? What if it were not to continue as a world-changing influence? This insightful book will help you to understand why Christianity makes sense for us and the world we live in.”
-Justin Brierley, presenter of the Unbelievable radio show and podcast and Senior Editor of Premier Christianity magazine

Jeremiah Johnston

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About the Author: Jeremiah J. Johnston, PhD, is a New Testament scholar and frequent contributor to national publications and shows, including USA Today, Fox News, CNN, Relevant, The Christian Post, and numerous other media outlets. Known for his unique communication skills and his infectious love for people, Jeremiah ministers internationally in partnership with the Museum of the Bible and is president of the Christian Thinkers Society, a resident institute at Houston Baptist University, where he serves as Associate Professor of Early Christianity. He is the author of Unanswered: Lasting Truth for Trending Questions. Jeremiah and his family live in Houston. Learn more at ChristianThinkers.com.

Book Information:

  • Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers
  • ISBN:  9780764230813
  • Page Count:  240 Pages

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Dates: January 15-21, 2018
  • Available Formats: Hardcover (Continental US Only), ebook via NetGalley
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and Amazon.com.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Unimaginable. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

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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Praying for Girls by Teri Lynne UnderwoodThank you for your interest in reviewing Praying for Girls. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

What Are Your Biggest Concerns for Your Daughter?

Do you feel uncertain about what or how to pray for your daughter? You’re not alone! Praying for our daughters can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. This easy-to-use book features 200 Scripture-based prayers that cover key areas of every girl’s life:

Her identity–finding her security and strength in God’s love and acceptance
Her heart–pursuing a life of purity and devotion to the Lord
Her mind–committing to growing in wisdom and discernment regardless of her circumstances
Her relationships–developing skills and attitudes to foster healthy relationships
Her purpose–trusting God with her life, gifts, and passions

With simple ideas to nurture your daughter’s faith from toddler through teen, this encouraging book will equip you to pray with more confidence and power.

Praise for Praying for Girls:

“After losing my mother young, I grew up surrounded by boys. And after having two boys of my own, I was straight-up terrified of having a girl. A girl was all-new territory to me. For this mom afraid of messing up her daughter, this book is a lifeline. I might not be able to bubble wrap my girl away from the world, but I sure can wrap her up in fierce prayers and send her out into it bravely. Each prayer, each activity, each new way of seeing my girl with Jesus’ eyes filled me with gratitude and a hearty Amen for this book!”
Lisa-Jo Baker, author of Never Unfriended and Surprised by Motherhood, and community manager at incourage.me

“This book makes me so happy. For years I’ve been asked to recommend a book about praying for girls, and now I finally can! Teri Lynne Underwood is deeply committed to the truth of God’s Word, and she understands how to apply it to godly parenting. This practical and highly usable book will change a generation of future women. As a mom raising two sons who will one day need godly wives, I’m thrilled at that possibility!”
Brooke McGlothlin, co-founder of the MOB Society (for mothers of boys) and author of Praying for Boys: Asking God for the Things They Need Most

Teri Lynne UnderwoodAbout the Author: Teri Lynne Underwood leads Prayers for Girls, a popular online community for mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and anyone else who wants to invest in praying for the girls in their lives. A frequent contributor to parenting blogs, Teri Lynne lives in northern Alabama with her husband and their teenaged daughter. Learn more at www.terilynneunderwood.com and www.prayersforgirls.com.

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Book Information:

  • Publisher:  Bethany House
  • ISBN:  9780764219603
  • Page Count:  208 Pages

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Dates:  July 24-30, 2017
  • Available Formats: Paperback (Continental US Only) or ebook via NetGalley
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and Amazon.com.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Praying for Girls. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted by Ron CitlauThank you for your interest in reviewing Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

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.

Listen to Ron Citlau’s interview on The Shaun Tabatt Show.

Praise for Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted:

“A must-read for pastors, counselors, lay leaders, and same-sex strugglers! Citlau addresses current popular roadblocks in Christian circles and suggests solid ways toward transformation. He highlights practical ways the body of Christ can aid the struggler in ‘straining forward to what lies ahead . . . the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 3:13-14).”

Anne Paulk, executive director, Restored Hope Network

“Ron Citlau bravely supplies compassionate, biblical counsel on perhaps the most divisive issue of our day. He challenges same-sex-attracted Christians not to identify with their temptation, and he calls the church to be their community of love, healing, and family. This is an important book for all same-sex-attracted Christians, and for the people who love them.”

Michael Wittmer, professor of systematic theology, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, Cornerstone University

“I am deeply grateful to my friend Ron for writing this book. He reinforces Gospel hope that has been lost in too many circles, either abandoned for false teaching or set aside as wishful thinking. With selfless honesty and humility, Ron extends the healing Jesus died to make possible.”

Adam T. Barr, author, Compassion Without Compromise; lead pastor, Peace Church

Ron CitlauAbout the Author: Ron Citlau graduated from the University of California, Riverside and Western Theological Seminary. He has served in ministry positions in Southern California and Kansas City. He is the pastor of Calvary Church in Orland Park, Illinois, part of the Reformed Church in America.

Ron struggled with same-sex attraction his whole life and has worked with and walked alongside many others who have struggled with sexual brokenness, as well as equipping pastoral leaders to serve those dealing with sexual sin. He also worked with Andrew Comiskey, producing curriculum on sexual healing now used by Desert Stream Ministries in hundreds of churches throughout the country. When he isn’t working, he loves to be with his wife, Amy, and their four boys: Jack, Sawyer, Eli, and Crosby.

Connect with Ron:

Book Information:

      • Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers
      • ISBN:  9780764218682
      • Page Count:  176 Pages

Blog Tour Details:

    • Tour Dates:  June 19-25, 2017
    • Available Formats: Paperback, E-book via NetGalley
    • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and Amazon.com.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.