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Living in the Light: Money, Sex and Power by John PiperThank you for your interest in reviewing Living in the Light. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Whether we’re rich or poor, married or single, in a position of great influence or not—all of us face temptation in the areas of money, sex and power. They are the dangerous opportunities of our time—opportunities to destroy our own souls, or to experience the true joy of using them for God’s glory. John Piper shows us that when we have the blazing glory of Christ at the center of our spiritual solar system, the planets of money, sex and power find their true and beautiful orbits.

This book is for every Christian and will help you to wake up to the all-satisfying glory of God, and discover what you were made for.

Table of Contents:

Introduction
1. Definitions and Foundations
2. The Pleasure-Destroying Dangers of Sex
3. The Wealth-Destroying Dangers of Money
4. The Self-Destroying Dangers of Power
5. Deliverance: The Return of the Sun to the Center
6. Deployment: The New Orbits for Money, Sex, and Power
Conclusion

Praise for Living in the Light:

“This new book is timely and deserves careful consideration by every Christian. It is a theologically rich, biblically faithful exploration of potential stumbling blocks to enjoying God: sex, money, and power. In these pages you will discover not only the spiritual danger of setting your hope in the things of this world but how, as Christians, we can understand sex, money, and power in ways that display God’s glory.”
-R. Albert Mohler, Jr

“If you do not daily wrestle with temptations in the areas of money, sex, or power, it is only because you have surrendered to these temptations. Every Christian must confront our common pull to make idols in these areas. In this book, John Piper equips us to fight temptation by firing up our affections for the glory of God in Jesus Christ. He wisely shows us not only what to avoid, but how to rightly enjoy money, sex, and power as part of a life conformed to Christ through the gospel. I expect to give this book to many friends and fellow combatants in this spiritual war.”
-Russell Moore

John PiperAbout the Author:
John Piper is founder and teacher of Desiring God Ministries and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is author of more than 50 books.

Book Information:

  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • ISBN: 9781784980511
  • Page Count: 160

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Dates:  May 3-8, 2016
  • Available Formats:  Hardcover (Continental US Only), .mobi ebook (Kindle), and .epub ebook (Nook, Apple iBooks)
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and Amazon.com.

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

Pitchin' A Fit!: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting Book Cover Pitchin' A Fit!: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting
Israel & Brook Wayne
New Leaf Press
March 4, 2016
Paperback
160

ANGER DESTROYS FAMILIES. You don’t have to let it destroy yours.

Parenting comes with stresses that can make the most laid-back among us feel irritable, frustrated, and angry. Even parents who sincerely love their children sometimes use the wrong methods of anger and frustration in an attempt to control their children. But angry parenting doesn’t just weaken relationships between parents and their children; it can, over time, destroy them. Few parents set out to become yelling meanies who no longer enjoy their children. Yet many feel stuck, unable to pull themselves out of their ugly habits. This book:

  • Provides practical and biblical solutions to get to the other side of the issue
  • Gives hope and freedom from the tyranny of stressed-out and angry parenting
  • Offers solutions that are ideal for any family.

If anger is in your home even in small ways this book is for you. It is time to replace that anger with something more powerful: patience and peace. Israel and Brook share candidly from their experience as parents.

This week the Cross Focused Reviewers are sharing their thoughts on Pitchin’ A Fit!: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting by Israel & Brook Wayne (New Leaf Press, 2016).

Listen to an exclusive interview with Israel and Brook on The Shaun Tabatt Show.

For more author interviews, visit ShaunTabatt.com.

Excerpts from the reviews will be added below as they become available.

“The personal experiences, sound biblical insight, and helpful points to ponder provided by Israel and Brook Wayne in this book will be a bounty of help to parents. Take the insights they have to heart, add them to your parenting tool chest, and I am convinced that while the stress may not subside, your approach to stress will, leading to fewer episodes of angry parenting.”
Reviewer: Michael Boling
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend every parent obtain a copy of this book. Through the pages of this book, God has certainly spoken to my heart on the topics of anger, stress, fear, frustration, irritability, patience, and affirmation in a way that I have not experienced before. I am thankful that Israel and Brook are willing to faithfully and uncompromisingly stand on the sure foundation to discuss the topics in this book: and that sure foundation is God’s Word. With God all things are possible, even overcoming angry and stressed-out parenting!”
Reviewer: Michael Brown
Rating: 5 Stars

“The book is a very good compendium of advice and examination. The authors write in a user-friendly and conversational style that isn’t intimidating or condemning, but instead, reminds you that they are parents in the thick of the battle against their own pride and selfish desires that lead to angry words and feelings.”
Reviewer: Rebecca Ray
Rating: 5 Stars

“I would recommend this book to any and all parents, but especially those who struggle with yelling, who have anger issues, or who feel stressed out frequently. It has a lot of great insights and is written in a way that made me feel like I was sitting down to have coffee or tea with a veteran parent who understands me, has “been there,” and who is passing on some of their great wisdom.”
Reviewer: Shalynne Addison
Rating: 5 Stars

“Have you ever been in the position where you as the parent have made the ill decision to lose your temper on your child? Okay if you are, which 99.99% of parents have, you can use this book. Even if you don’t raise your voice, you can use this book. Don’t be fooled that being angry is just yelling. It can be more internal and you don’t realize it!”
Reviewer: Via Bella
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you’re struggling with angry, stressed-out parenting, I highly recommend Israel and Brook Wayne’s book, Pitchin’ A Fit!.”
Reviewer: Danika Cooley
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is written candidly, as the authors share their own experiences with anger, but also with hope as it provides practical and biblical solutions to stop yourself from angry parenting. If you’re struggling with angry parenting-even in just small ways-I encourage you try this book.”
Reviewer: Meghan Lombardo
Rating: 5 Stars

“I’m two chapters in and I have two pages of notes. Quotes I’ve written down, questions I want to discuss, and points I think are important to remember.”
Reviewer: Ticia Messing
Rating: 5 Stars

“I appreciated the lack of flowery language. No rehashing or cliché fillers. I appreciated the directness and moving on. Some of it will apply, some of it won’t. But you won’t have to sit through thick, belabored points or irrelevant stories before you get to what does apply.”
Reviewer: Michele Newman
Rating: 5 Stars

“There is hope for the stressed-out, angry mom. I know you don’t want stress and anger to drive you, your home, or your parenting. After reading through Pitchin’ a Fit, I truly believe that this book and it’s contents can be a game-changer in families. In my family. In your family. True peace and patience is possible.”
Reviewer: Amanda Pelser
Rating: 5 Stars

“t is not an easy fix, nothing worth anything is ever easy. But, it is a simple solution. It all comes back to Jesus Christ. And, that’s what I love about this parenting book!”
Reviewer: Clarissa West
Rating: 5 Stars

“Even if you are not a parent, you will gain much from this honest approach to stress, its causes and its results if left unchecked… this book will pinpoint some areas that all of us, no matter how experienced we are as parents, need to examine in our own parenting “skills.””
Reviewer: Todd Wilson
Rating: 5 Stars

“I encourage all parents, grandparents, teachers, and anyone else who has children in their care to read this little book with an open mind and a prayerful heart. It is never too late to begin afresh in the grace of God. So much damage in our homes and future homes could be averted if we would only take counsel from God’s word.”
Reviewer: Marcia Wilwerding
Rating: 5 Stars

“…even non-Christians would benefit from this book as it has practical examples of how to instill responsibility in children, how to apologize to your children, etc. I recommend this book for everyone!”
Reviewer: Marjolaine Belley
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you are a Christian parent with young children, you need this book! ”
Reviewer: Kimberly Charron
Rating: 4 Stars

“I wish this book were around when we were first starting to raise our kids. If you want a renewed perspective for your parenting, don’t even wait, order a copy now, it’s that good.”
Reviewer: Annette Economides
Rating: 5 Stars

“In Pitchin’ A Fit, you will learn to recognize your triggers to having a fit. You will learn ways to deal with things before you get to the fit…”
Reviewer: Betty Eisenhour
Rating: 5 Stars

“Raising godly kids is hard work, but God gives us His strength each day and He will help us overcome the issues that keep us from being the kind of parent we were made to be. Pitchin a Fit by Israel and Brook Wayne is one book that God can use to help us in this area.”
Reviewer: Cheri Gamble
Rating: 5 Stars

“There is so much more practical truth to unpack from this book. And the scripture used throughout the pages of this book is alive and actively changing my view of myself, my husband, my children, and others.”
Reviewer: Anne Marie Gosnell
Rating: 5 Stars

“For me personally, I am a single mom of 5 kids, so I tend to get a little stressed out and impatient at times, which ca lead to some angry parenting, even on small scales. This book helped me realize where I was going wrong and how a few tweaks can put an end to so many of the struggles I was having with my kids. Do I still have power struggles, sure, but not nearly like I was having or on the same level. I easily can recommend this book to help out parents in need!”
Reviewer: Jennifer Greene
Rating: 5 Stars

“What I took most from this book (which I knew, but it definitely confirmed in my heart that I have work to do!), is that though I do need to continuously work on my children and discipline in my home, I have MUCH more work to do on my own habits and heart.”
Reviewer: Tracy Lambert
Rating: 5 Stars

“Even if you are like me and have been striving in this area for a long time, reading all the books and praying all the prayers, Pitchin’ a Fit gives some unique perspectives and practical approaches that are worth looking into.”
Reviewer: Tauna Meyer
Rating: 5 Stars

“In Pitchin’ A Fit!: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting Israel and Brook Wayne, Christian authors and speakers, discuss the corrosive effects of anger in the home. Their book addresses both practical methods for change, such as recognizing and avoiding the types of circumstances that tend to trigger anger, as well as the spiritual dimension of fleeing a life of wrath.”
Reviewer: Anna Mussmann
Rating: 4 Stars

“I cannot recommend this book heartedly enough. It is relational, it is Scriptural, it is confrontational in the best way. A book that creates a desire to mortify sin and glorify God in all things is a very good thing indeed, and this is just what Pitchin’ A Fit does for the parent struggling with the sin of anger.”
Reviewer: Cheryl Stansberry
Rating: 5 Stars

“I think this is a book that every single parent should read. It is easy to read, down to earth, honest, right on your level, and will help you feel encouraged and not alone in this journey.”
Reviewer: Amanda Talbert
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is a very good choice for moms who don’t have a lot of time to read but are looking for an actionable plan for overcoming angry parenting.”
Reviewer: Jennifer Thorson
Rating: 5 Stars

“I would recommend this book to any parent. It’s too important of an issue for parents not to address. Our children learn how to react to life and others through us, if as parents we leave a legacy of anger it will bear poisonous fruit in the lives of our children.”
Reviewer: Steven Dressen
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a good and practical book for any parent.”
Reviewer: Sherry Legan
Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend this book wholeheartedly for Christian parents dealing with anger issues of their own, or for parents trying to find help for anger in their children. By helping identify root causes of anger, a parent will be in a position to better help her children (or herself) overcome the problems by addressing them properly.”
Reviewer: Malia Russell
Rating: 4 Stars

“I cannot recommend this book enough and it is going to be the first I tell people about now when they ask for books on parenting.”
Reviewer: Melissa Williamson
Rating: 5 Stars

“The reader will walk away equipped to identify issues that lead to anger and create a more harmonious environment for their families.”
Reviewer: April Nourse
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book has helped our family with 4 children. They are all different personalities and with outside pressures and expectations anger is bound to present itself. ”
Reviewer: Julie Smith
Rating: 5 stars

“Israel Wayne, in conjunction with his wife, Brook, has once again put out a tremendous volume that is practical, relatable, and convicting… I would gladly recommend this book to all who are parents or those thinking about becoming parents.”
Reviewer: Joe Westbrook
Rating: 5 Stars

“By first looking at anger, the Waynes guide their readers to see where it fits rightly, or not, into our lives as well as helping figure out what triggers it in our own lives.”
Review: Michele Pleasants
Rating: 5 Stars

Where to Buy:
Pitchin’ A Fit!: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting 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 Christian Life Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  October 26, 2015
The Christian Life: Cross or Glory? Book Cover The Christian Life: Cross or Glory?
Steven A. hein
New Reformation Publications
June 18, 2015
Paperback
196

his book offers a radically different perspective from that of many best-selling authors concerning how the Christian should measure and evaluate travel along God’s path of righteousness. It will endeavor to persuade the reader that by feeding regularly on the Gospel in the Preached Word and The Supper, God promises to have His way with the Christian and He alone will accomplish all that is needed for life in Him to be complete. He is not waiting or requiring you to do anything first (during or after) to provide you with every blessing of the Gospel.

The Cross Focused Reviewers share their thoughts on The Christian Life: Cross or Glory? by Steven A. Hein.

“For the reader who simply wants a deeper understanding of how Lutherans think this book is a great resource. For those who desire to make sense of the Christian life (with all of its complexities) this book is invaluable.”
Reviewer: Aaron Cerda
Rating: 4 Stars

“I think it offers a nice (albeit different) perspective on sanctification–one needed in an age of much confusion.”
Reviewer: Daniel Pandolph
Rating: 4 Stars

“I found this book to be edifying and educational.”
Reviewer: James Pate
Rating: 4 Stars

“I enjoyed this book. Hein writes in a way that it is easy for the average person to read and understand.”
Reviewer: Amanda Talbert
Rating: 4 Stars

“Hein’s book is a masterful presentation of Luther’s understanding of the life of the cross — the reality of the Christian life on earth.”
Reviewer: Peter Butler Jr.
Rating: 3 Stars

“If you already have an understanding of living the Christian life and want to grow deeper in your development then this may be the book for you to read. The author does have the experience and documentation to explain the Christian life.”
Reviewer: Melinda Dean
Rating: 3 Stars

“…recommended if interested in understanding this particular strain of Lutheran thought.”
Reviewer: Douglas Wallace
Rating: 3 Stars

“I encountered some important points to consider in my own faith…”
Reviewer: Joseph Westbrook
Rating: 3 Stars

“Which word best describes the Christian life in the here and now? Cross or glory? This is the question that Dr. Steven Hein is answering in this book.”
Reviewer: Ben Wilson
Rating: 3 Stars

“There are some very good thoughts and implications in this book, but chances are readers won’t agree with Hein on every stance. Yet, the book is worth exploring.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 3 Stars

“Dr. Hein is an engaging writer. I enjoyed perusing this book, especially because he based his arguments on Scripture.”
Reviewer: Steve Bricker
Rating: 5 Stars

“A great resource that is foundational, challenging, and engaging. I highly recommend it.”
Reviewer: Jeanie Schwagerman
Rating: 5 Stars

Passing Through: Pilgrim Life in the Wilderness Book Cover Passing Through: Pilgrim Life in the Wilderness
Jeremy Walker
Reformation Heritage Books
May 20, 2015
Paperback
300

As twenty-first-century Christians, we must relate to the world, but the question is, how do we relate to it? Some Christians isolate themselves and develop a bunker mentality, while others are inattentive, viewing the world as irrelevant and maintaining a kind of distant ignorance that lacks sincere compassion. Still others, motivated by doing good to others, emulate the world and simply meld into the environment. In Passing Through: Pilgrim Life in the Wilderness, Pastor Jeremy Walker offers us a helpful, encouraging guide to making our way through this life as we root our activities in our identity as disciples of Jesus Christ. He reminds us that we need the Word of God as our map and the Spirit of Christ as our compass in order to embrace our identity and pursue our activities to the praise and glory of our God and Savior.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Passing Through: Pilgrim Life in the Wilderness by Jeremy Walker. Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“For Christians living in the 21st century, this is a book that all believers in Christ must read. As we see ourselves as the moral minority, this book will not only equip its readers, but also encourage them”
Reviewer: Chris Land
Rating: 5 Stars

” I highly recommend it to all readers of virtually any reading level. There is much to profit in reading it.”
Reviewer: Daniel Pandolph
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is a very encouraging read. I found the chapters on understanding the environment, knowing the enemy, fighting the battles and respecting the authorities most relevant to living in today’s culture and world. I was reminded that I too easily dismiss our enemy the devil as if he did not exist or had little power.”
Reviewer: William Perkins
Rating: 4 Stars

“Just before and after reading this title, we have seen changes both in America and Great Britain (where the author resides) that make this read even more timely. Indeed, while the world becomes a more ungodly and dangerous place to live, the Christian has an infinitely better eternal home!”
Reviewer: Michael Taylor
Rating: 4 Stars

“There were moments when I wanted to “high-five” or raise my hand up and say Amen! ”
Reviewer: Annette Kristynik
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is the kind of book that could get preachy or holier-than-though at times but Walker walks (pun not necessarily intended) the line and does not go over into being preachy, but does a wonderful job of convicting as he writes about what really matters, Christ and His Kingdom!!!”
Reviewer: Jon Roberts
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you are searching for a challenging, Bible-based, and application-focused resource for your Christian pilgrimage, Passing Through is it!”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is wonderful book to help us figure our identity in Christ and to live accordingly.”
Reviewer: Stuart Brogden
Rating: 5 Stars

“I encourage everyone to pick up this helpful volume as a useful tool on this pilgrim road we trod.”
Reviewer: Ben Franks
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is such a breath of fresh air for the Christian that I cannot recommend it heartily enough.”
Reviewer: Allen Mickle
Rating: 5 Stars

“I recommend this book for every Christian.”
Reviewer: Beth Saathoff
Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend this book (along with all of Jeremy’s books) to everyone.”
Reviewer: Jeff Shawver
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is readable, but it is not light. Each chapter follows the pattern of the subject being defined and illustrated, then a spiritual framework is given, followed up by summary thoughts, so each chapter’s subject is thoroughly deal with. Full of pastoral application I believe Christians who are unfamiliar with the idea of pilgrim life or Christians who are not struggling with the thoughts of living in an hostile, anti-Christian society, will be helped and encouraged.”
Reviewer: Doug Newell
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a good book and worth the time and effort.”
Reviewer: Josh Skinner
Rating: 4 Stars

“I liked this book.  It was the first I have read by Jeremy Walker, and I must say he is an excellent writer.”
Reviewer: Brian Mann
Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend this book for personal and group study.”
Reviewer: Peter Butler Jr.
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is not merely about answering the question, “Who am I?” It’s about seeing the endgame of the Christian life.”
Reviewer: Don Haflich
Rating: 5 Stars

“I recommend this book for anyone looking to gain the proper, Christian perspective on how we sojourn here, while looking for our real home.”
Reviewer: RA Jameson
Rating: 4 Stars

Passing Through is a biblical and practical theology for living a life that glorifies God in a hostile world.”
Reviewer: Rick Crampton
Rating: 5 Stars

“Why should you read this book? If you are a Christian you should read it because you are a pilgrim in this life and it is important to know what your life should look like and what you should be doing.”
Reviewer: Ben Wilson
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is an engaging and well-written book, and will help Christians understand what our identity is within a culture that often conflicts with our beliefs.”
Reviewer: H. Marshall
Rating: 5 Stars

“I encourage you to read this book slowly in order to digest what the author is saying.”
Reviewer: Anne Pendleton
Rating: 5 Stars

“Passing Through is a wake up call to reorient our vision to Christ and His Kingdom and to serve Him as we relate to this world.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 5 Stars

I’m thankful for this book and hope Christians will pick it up and read it.
Reviewer: Chris Ho
Rating: 5 Stars

This is a book every Christian should read.
Reviewer: Jaime Beyersdorf
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a good and helpful book.”
Reviewer: Alan Davey
Rating: 5 Stars

“Jeremy Walker has written a very timely and much needed book for the perilous times in which we currently live.”
Reviewer: Jennifer McIlwain
Rating: 5 Stars

Passing Through is a thorough theological study, but it is also very easy to read and very pastoral… For the pilgrim on his way toward the city of God, I would recommend carrying a copy of this book with you, and recommend you refer back to it often.”
Reviewer: Alex Houston
Rating: 4 Stars

“Walker is a seasoned pilgrim himself. His encouragement is both biblical and wise.”
Reviewer: Mark Lugg
Rating: 4 Stars

“I appreciated his extensive use of Scripture and his thought-provoking points…”
Reviewer: Harmony Wheeler
Rating: 4 Stars

Jeremy Walker was a recent guest on The Shaun Tabatt Show. You can listen to Shaun and Jeremy’s discussion on Passing Through below:

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Ordinary: How to Turn the World Upside Down by Tony Merida. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

What if the path toward an extraordinary life is becoming more ordinary?Ordinary is not a call to be more radical. If anything, it is a call to the contrary. The kingdom of God isn’t coming with light shows, and shock and awe, but with lowly acts of service. Tony Merida wants to push back against sensationalism and “rock star Christianity,” and help people understand that they can make a powerful impact by practicing ordinary Christianity.

Through things such as humble acts of service, neighbor love, and hospitality, Christians can shake the foundations of the culture. In order to see things happen that have never happened before, Christians must to do what Christians have always done­. Christians need to become more ordinary.

Let’s think together about how we, ordinary people, doing ordinary things, might turn the world upside down.

Tony MeridaAbout the Author:
Tony Merida is lead pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. He earned a Ph.D. in preaching from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and serves as associate professor of Preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. His books include Faithful Preaching and Orphanology.

Book Information:

  • B&H Publishing
  • ISBN:  9781433684166
  • Page Count: 140

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: January 5 – 11, 2015
  • Available Formats: Paperback (Continental US Only)
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and Amazon.com.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Ordinary: How to Turn the World Upside Down by Tony Merida. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.