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Pray About Everything by Paul TautgesBelievers 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.

Praise for Pray About Everything:

…one of my favorite books on prayer…
—Mark Dever, 9Marks Ministries

…a valuable contribution to our theology and practice of prayer.
—Jerry Bridges, best-selling author of The Pursuit of Holiness

Use this book as a springboard to stimulate your own ideas on how you as a pastor or church leader can cultivate prayer in your church.
—Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

Paul TautgesAbout the Author:  Dr. Paul Tautges serves as senior pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. He is husband to Karen, father of ten, and a grandfather. He is the author of many books including Comfort the Grieving, Counseling One Another, and Brass Heavens, and serves as the series editor for the LifeLine Mini-books. Paul blogs regularly at CounselingOneAnother.com.

Book Information:

      • Publisher:  Shepherd Press
      • ISBN:  9781633421141
      • Page Count:  128 Pages

Blog Tour Details:

    • Tour Dates:  June 26 – July 2, 2017
    • Available Formats: Paperback (Continental US Only), E-book (.mobi or .epub)
    • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and Amazon.com.

Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted by Ron CitlauSometimes 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.

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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.

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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Thank you for your interest in reviewing Angels-God’s Supernatural Agents: Biblical Insights and True Stories of Angelic Encounters by Ed Rocha. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.
Angels by Ed Rocha

After a powerful encounter with the Spirit of God, Ed Rocha’s life and vision were changed forever. He began to see the supernatural with his own eyes, including healings, signs, wonders and angels. In this rich, biblically grounded book, Rocha, an international healing ministry leader, invites readers to join him on a breathtaking adventure, filled with supernatural experiences. Through faith-inspiring stories of real-life angelic encounters and a deep exploration of Scripture, you’ll better understand the power of angels to bring healing, strength and deliverance.

God has always been at work in our world, sending His angels to interact and intervene in history. It’s time for us to open our eyes, embrace their presence and join in their work!

Praise for Angels-God’s Supernatural Agents:

“It is essential for all believers to understand angels in order to partner with them to move into the greatest explosion of miracles and soul harvest in history. This is your how-to book.”
-Sid Roth, host, It’s Supernatural!

“Ed Rocha is an amazing minister, pastor, healing evangelist and church planter. I have known him for over a decade, during which time he served as my translator in Brazil. He is a student of the ways of God. He is sensitive to the Holy Spirit and receives revelation from God, which creates in him a strong faith for healing. I love what God is doing in his life, and in his church in Rio de Janeiro, Pier49. I am proud to have Ed as one of my spiritual sons, and proud to have a spiritual son who is an author. He is a great storyteller, making the experiences he shares come to life for the reader. I recommend Angels-God’s Supernatural Agents.”
-Dr. Randy Clark, overseer, Apostolic Network of Global Awakening

“Ed brings to us a much-needed understanding of angels and God’s purpose in sending them to us. Angelic activity is part of the supernatural realm we are to operate in. Our understanding of this realm and how angels are sent to us by God is vital to bring the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.”
-Cal Pierce, international director, Healing Rooms Ministries

“As one who was fished out of a flooding river at age three by an angel, I was already warming up to Ed Rocha’s new book. Angels-God’s Supernatural Agents is not simply a topic of systematic theology, but an encouraging faith-builder, almost on the level of an angelic visitation itself. Just as spiritual gifts are part of God’s New Covenant (see Acts 2:39, citing Isaiah 59:21), so angels are part of God’s loving covenant with us to protect, feed, inform, warn, rescue and heal. Like the charismata, angels are to be sought as servants from God for our provision. This book engagingly explains and encourages angelic ministry in all its marvelous diversity. This is a great gift for friends who think the only angel they will ever encounter is atop their Christmas tree.”
-Jon Ruthven, Ph.D., D.Min., professor emeritus, Regent University; author, On the Cessation of the Charismata, What’s Wrong with Protestant Theology? and more

Ed Rocha

Photo Credit: © Tiago Neto

About the Author: Ed Rocha has a theology degree from International Bible Institute of London and is currently pursuing his M.A. in theology. His healing ministry takes him all over the world to speak and teach. Ed and his wife, Dani, have a daughter and split their time between the U.S. and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where they are planting a church with the Global Awakening network.

Connect with Ed:

Book Information:

  • Publisher:  Chosen Books
  • ISBN:  9780800798154
  • Page Count:  176 Pages

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Dates:  February 27 – March 5, 2017
  • 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 Angels-God’s Supernatural Agents: Biblical Insights and True Stories of Angelic Encounters by Ed Rocha. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Finding Forgiveness: Discovering the Healing Power of the Gospel Book Cover Finding Forgiveness: Discovering the Healing Power of the Gospel
Stanley D. Gale
Reformation Heritage Books
November 25, 2016
120

Product Description

If you are a Christian, you have personally experienced the joy of sins forgiven and reconciliation with God. Forgiveness, writes Stanley Gale, “is a divine accomplishment to be savored and offered to others.” Forgiveness is the most basic of Christian graces, yet the topic raises many questions, including these:

  • Is it biblical to “forgive and forget”?
  • Why do we need to confess our sins if they are already forgiven?
  • How do we actually go about forgiving someone?
  • Does the Bible give a place to forgiving ourselves?
  • What does life look like after forgiveness?

In Finding Forgiveness, you will discover practical answers to these questions and many others. With pastoral warmth, the author will help you see how the awe of the gospel dawns anew for those who apply forgiveness and experience the healing of a burdened spirit or broken relationship.

The Cross Focused Reviewers share their thoughts on Finding Forgiveness: Discovering the Healing Power of the Gospel by Stanley D. Gale (Reformation Heritage Books, 2016)

“This book stands out in how the author is able to draw out the principals of forgiveness clearly and concisely while also addressing important misconceptions that have crept into the church. This book would help anyone seeking to understand what biblical forgiveness is.”
Reviewer: Steve Dresen
Rating: 5 Stars

Finding Forgiveness is a Christ centered, Gospel saturated, enduring call …the enduring call to love God and love others as He has loved us.”
Reviewer: Lesley Eischen
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is one of those that packs a punch of gospel truth despite it not being a big one. Gale writes with clarity and as one who has experienced the forgiveness of God, which all in Christ have done so. I am delighted to recommend Finding Forgiveness.”
Reviewer: Chris Land
Rating: 5 Stars

“For readers interested in studying the complicated subject of forgiveness, this book provides valuable insight, with the scriptures to back up the author’s writing.”
Reviewer: Becky Miller
Rating: 3 Stars

“I applaud Gale for the wrestling with issues that he does do in this book, as well as the helpful insights that he presents…”
Reviewer: James Pate
Rating: 4 Stars

“…a journey of awakening not only waking us up to the fact that it is imperative to forgive but shows us how to get on the right path to forgiveness.”
Reviewer: Jalynn Patterson
Rating: 5 Stars

“I would recommend this book for anyone looking to understand biblical forgiveness.”
Reviewer: Anne Pendleton
Rating: 4 Stars

“Are you having difficulty with forgiveness? This book is a timely, helpful, uplifting and encouraging read.”
Reviewer: William Perkins
Rating: 5 Stars

“…a book which not only teaches you what forgiveness is but also challenges you to actually live it out.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 4 Stars

“…skillfully handles an important subject in a very understandable manner.”
Reviewer: Michael Taylor
Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend this book to anyone who wants to better understand how the Gospel allows us to find forgiveness.”
Reviewer: Gregory Wilson
Rating: 5 Stars

Finding Forgiveness helps the believer understand his/her own forgiveness rooted in the gospel and understand how and why we forgive others.”
Reviewer: Aaron Cerda
Rating: 5 Stars

“I would recommend this book to anyone who may have a hard time forgiving themselves or others, and wants to be obedient to God in the process.”
Reviewer: Tom Meiers
Rating: 4 Stars

“I would recommend this to those that want to study and go in depth about forgiveness.”
Reviewer: Deb Stanhope
Rating: 4 Stars

“…a wonderful primer on forgiveness, how to understand it, and how to have it be a part of our Christians character. I recommended it to everyone who will read – there is too much confusion on the subject of forgiveness.”
Reviewer: Peter Butler, Jr.
Rating: 5 Stars

“A great book for anyone. Whether you think you’ve “conquered” forgiveness or not, I bet you’ll be surprised to learn some things you might still need to overcome.”
Reviewer: Sundi Jo Graham
Rating: 4 Stars

Finding Forgiveness would be an exceptional discipleship tool or even for a special emphasis Sunday School study resource.”
Reviewer: Jennifer Mcllwain
Rating: 5 Stars

“I found Gale’s writing to be clear, concise and overall a very helpful book on the topic of forgiveness. This is certainly a book that would be a great resource for pastors and others who give counsel to have readily available to give to people who are struggling with understanding biblical forgiveness.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 5 Stars

“…a good read. I have many highlights that have provoked some future sermons.”
Reviewer: Bledar Valca
Rating: 4 Stars

“I found this book to be first theological in nature, as it relates to God’s character and the manner in which He addresses people. But because God is love & love is an action, this book becomes practical in nature.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 5 Stars

“Gale brings a writers eye and a Pastor’s heart to the subject and I’m confident that many will find his reflections on the subject of forgiveness to be of help.”
Reviewer: Ben Franks
Rating: 4 Stars

Where to Buy:
Finding Forgiveness 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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