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

 

Healthy Living Handbook by Laura Harris SmithSimple, Everyday Ways to Lifelong Health for Your Body, Mind and Spirit

Going beyond complicated diets and exercise routines, spiritual wellness expert and certified nutritional counselor Laura Harris Smith gives you easy, practical, real-life ways to live well–and to live better–emotionally, physically and spiritually. Discover simple course corrections that will bring you the peace, rest, energy, connection and clarity you’ve longed for. When you live from a place of true health, you will live longer, engage more fully and love more deeply.

Also included inside!

  • How to treat the top 50 common ailments with essential oils
  • 3 FREE Laura Harris Smith ebooks
  • The “7 Warning Signs of a Dangerous Relationship” quiz
  • The 10 Healing Commandments and healing prayers
  • Laura’s “5 to thrive” pillars of health list
  • And more!

Praise for The Healthy Living Handbook:

“Very doable ways to gain a healthier spirit, mind and body. Laura’s expertise will have you feeling like an expert as well.”
-Jean Driscoll, U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame athlete; eight-time Boston Marathon champion

“Laura has proven it is easy and possible to have peace, rest, energy and clarity when you are naturally supernatural!”
-Sid Roth, host, It’s Supernatural!

“Absolutely superb. It is both inspirational and informational–a must-read for anyone looking to enrich their whole being!”
-Elisa Sharps, N.D., executive director, International Institute of Original Medicine

“Laura challenges and inspires with a practical and attainable formula for Spirit-filled living and a healthier existence.”
-Debra Fraser, president and CEO, Total Living International

“Well-balanced insights and practical suggestions about how we can cooperate with our heavenly Father as He transforms our lives.”
-Kenneth C. Parsons, M.D.

Laura Harris SmithAbout the Author:  Laura Harris Smith is a certified nutritional counselor, playwright, poet, actress and media dynamo. She and her husband, Chris, who have six children, founded and pastor Eastgate Creative Christian Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee. Find out more at LauraHarrisSmith.com.

Book Information:

  • Publisher:  Chosen Books
  • ISBN:  9780800797881
  • Page Count:  256 Pages

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Dates: January 29 – February 4, 2018
  • Available Formats: Paperback (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 The Healthy Living Handook. 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 Unimaginable. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

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.

God's Smuggler, Young Reader's Edition by Brother AndrewThank you for your interest in reviewing God’s Smuggler, Young Reader’s Edition. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Bestselling, Timeless Classic Now Abridged for Young Readers

With over 10 million sold, this classic work is now available in a new edition for young readers ages 9 to 12, complete with riveting illustrations. The exciting narrative follows the dangerous true-life mission of Brother Andrew, a Dutch factory worker who goes undercover to transport Bibles across closed borders. The courage of this young man will thrill a new generation of readers. They will meet one of the heroes of the faith–and discover the miraculous ways in which God provides for those who trust him.

Let Brother Andrew’s powerful adventure story, which has awed millions, inspire the young people in your life. Through its pages they will grow in knowledge of the mission field and understand more clearly what it means to risk everything to follow God’s heart.

 

About the Author: Brother Andrew began taking Bibles to Christians behind closed borders in 1955. That work has since developed into Open Doors International. He is the author and coauthor of numerous books, including God’s Smuggler. Brother Andrew makes his home in the Netherlands.

Book Information:

  • Publisher:  Chosen Books
  • ISBN:  9780800798055
  • Page Count:  224 Pages

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Dates:  July 3-9, 2017
  • Available Formats: Paperback (Continental US Only)
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and Amazon.com.

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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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