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The Secret Life of a Pastor (and other intimate letters on ministry) Book Cover The Secret Life of a Pastor (and other intimate letters on ministry)
Michael A. Milton
Christian Focus Publications
April 20, 2015
128

Living a life of Christian service is tough. Quite rightly we can have big hopes for what can be done and dealing with discouragement and disappointment when these dreams shatter can be a painful experience. Michael Milton has a real heart for those who are beginning that work, this heart comes out in brief, honest, penetrating letters that are gold for a pastor just starting out, and remain tremendously helpful to the rest of us, as we seek to serve Christ in our daily lives.

The Cross Focused Reviewers share their thoughts on The Secret Life of a Pastor by Michael A. Milton (Christian Focus, 2015).

“When I finished this book, I walked away with a new appreciation for the role of the pastor… The advice offered is sound and timeless. This book should be mandatory reading for both those entering and graduating from seminary.”
Reviewer: LaRosa Johnson
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend this work to pastors, church leaders, and those wanting to be pastors someday…”
Reviewer: Rachel Rodriguez
Rating: 5 Stars

“I have found Milton to be an excellent guide for helping me gain an insider perspective on what a pastor’s life looks like. I think pastors will find his pastoral advice helpful to their life and work. Hopefully this book will help revitalize those who are weary and energize those who are struggling through their ministry.”
Reviewer: Chris Ho
Rating: 4 Stars

“Whether you are preparing for pastoral ministry or doing pastoral ministry you will not regret the time you take to read this book. Read it in a thoughtful way and let God use it to challenge, encourage and remind you of His love for His Church and how He calls and equips men for pastoral ministry.”
Reviewer: Bill Mazey
Rating: 4 Stars

“Milton’s love and wise words blend together in these brief letters and will surely be an encouragement to aspiring pastors, new pastors and seasoned pastors alike.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 4 Stars

“Transitioning from student to pastor can be bumpy and fraught with failure for those who don’t have good, godly men speaking into their lives. This book helps those seminarians wade into the responsibility of being a pastor.”
Reviewer: Andrew Wencl
Rating: 4 Stars

“We will encounter so many various seasons of life in ministry and this book covers much of it all in a personal, passionate, and prevalent way.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 4 Stars

“The advice is always good and given graciously. Some of the chapters will do European pastors a whole lot of good!”
Reviewer: Alan Davey
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a book worth reading, even for those who have left their seminary years far behind.”
Reviewer: William Perkins
Rating: 4 Stars

Secret Life of a Pastor by Michael MiltonThank you for your interest in reviewing The Secret Life of a Pastor by Michael A. Milton. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Living a life of Christian service is tough. Quite rightly we can have big hopes for what can be done and dealing with discouragement and disappointment when these dreams shatter can be a painful experience. Michael Milton has a real heart for those who are beginning that work, this heart comes out in brief, honest, penetrating letters that are gold for a pastor just starting out, and remain tremendously helpful to the rest of us, as we seek to serve Christ in our daily lives.

Praise for The Secret Life of a Pastor:

“Mike Milton is a pastor to pastors…I am so grateful that now, in these letters, he has distilled that wisdom for a whole new generation of pastors.”
-George Grant, Senior Pastor, Parish Presbyterian Church, Franklin, Tennessee

“…here is a modern version of C. H. Spurgeon’s Lectures To My Students…they should be read by every pastor, those studying for ministry, and those who care for ministers.”
-Paul Kooistra, President, Erskine College and Seminary, Due West, South Carolina

Michael A. MiltonAbout The Author:
Michael A. Milton, is a Presbyterian minister, U.S. Army chaplain, and educator. His record of service includes senior minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Dr Milton resides in North Carolina.

Book Information:

  • Publisher:  Christian Focus Publications
  • ISBN:9781781915967
  • Page Count:  128

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date:  November 2-8, 2015
  • Available Formats:  .mobi & .epub ebook
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and Amazon.com.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing The Secret Life of a Pastor by Michael A. Milton. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Heaven, How I Got Here Book Cover Heaven, How I Got Here
Colin S. Smith
Christian Focus
February 20, 2015
Paperback
96 pages
What if you woke up one morning knowing that it was your last day on earth? That's what happened to the thief on the cross, who died a few feet from Jesus. Heaven, How I Got Here is his story, told in his own words, as he looks back from Heaven on the day that changed his eternity, and the faith that can change yours.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Heaven, How I Got Here by Colin Smith. Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“If you are looking to deepen your understanding of God’s cross-shaped love and to share it with others, I can’t help but warmly commend Heaven, How I Got Here. ”
Reviewer: Kevin Halloran
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is good book for believers to read because it will encourage and point them to the finished work of Christ.”
Reviewer: Angela Parsley
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a great book to give to an unbeliever to see there is hope and for the believer to see the truth of the cross in a new light.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 5 Stars

Heaven, How I Got Here is to be commended – and recommended.”
Reviewer: Todd Wilson
Rating: 5 Stars

“Smith has shown us once again the beauty of grace and the power of Christ. I highly recommend this book!”
Reviewer: Conrade Yap
Rating:  4 Stars

“I highly recommend this book.”
Reviewer: Xi Ming
Rating: 5 Stars

“Heaven, How I Got Here is an incredibly powerful story that will be a blessing to all who read it. I highly recommend it.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is well worth worth taking the time to read.”
Reviewer: William Perkins
Rating: 4 Stars

“This short little book was amazing.”
Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts
Rating: 5 Stars

“I really enjoyed this book and think many will be caught up in the narrative life of the thief.”
Reviewer: Spencer Cummins
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a fresh look at a story all church-goers know.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 5 Stars

“I have nothing but high praise for this book, and I highly recommend it.”
Reviewer: Amanda Talbert
Rating: 5 Stars

“The author skillfully brings together sound doctrine, powerful theological accounts of the cross, and  historical accuracy concerning the drama of this account concerning the thief and Jesus Christ.”
Reviewer: Zephaniah Mel
Rating: 4 Stars

“Heaven How I Got Here was an easy to read, fast paced book.”
Reviewer: Joshua Aguilar
Rating: 5 Stars

“Whether Easter is approaching or you’ve stumbled across this book in autumn, Heaven, How I Got Here is a worthy book to read.”
Reviewer: H. Marshall
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book would be a blessing to any follower of Jesus this Easter.”
Reviewer: Mandy Baker Johnson
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is perfect for those who want to know more about Christianity. I highly recommend it.”
Reviewer: Rani Grant
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a wonderful book to remind us that our salvation is found through faith in Christ alone. What a wonderful reminder to us all this close to Easter.”
Reviewer: Jennifer Greene
Rating: 4 stars

“This book is a great reminder of the cross where love and justice meet.”
Reviewer: Jeanie Schwagerman
Rating: 5 Stars

“I recommend this book to Christians and non-Christians alike.”
Reviewer: Rachel Rodriguez
Rating: 5 Stars

“I wholeheartedly recommend this book.”
Reviewer: Adam Blosser
Rating: 5 Stars

Heaven, How I Got Here by Colin S. SmithThank you for your interest in reviewing Heaven, How I Got Here by Colin S. Smith. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

What if you woke up one morning knowing that it was your last day on earth? That’s what happened to the thief on the cross, who died a few feet from Jesus. Heaven, How I Got Here is his story, told in his own words, as he looks back from Heaven on the day that changed his eternity, and the faith that can change yours.

Praise for Heaven, How I Got Here:

“…brilliant idea beautifully executed…combines pastoral wisdom and narrative skill to help us get inside the heart and mind of the thief on the cross, crucified next to the Christ on Calvary.”
Justin Taylor

“I’ve never read anything like this! This compelling first-person account from a heavenly perspective helped me understand and appreciate what Jesus endured on the cross and why he did it.”
Collin Hansen

“Here is a gripping account of God’s amazing grace that comes alive as recounted from this unusual and really helpful perspective.”
Alistair Begg

AColin S. Smithbout Colin S. Smith:
Colin S. Smith is Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. His preaching ministry is shared through the daily radio program, Unlocking the Bible and through his website, UnlockingtheBible.org.

Book Information:

  • Publisher: Christian Focus
  • ISBN:  9781781915585
  • Page Count: 96

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: March 16 – 22, 2015
  • Available Formats:  Paperback, .mobi eBook (Kindle), & .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 Heaven, How I Got Here by Colin S. Smith. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Spurgeon’s Sorrows by Zack Eswine. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Spurgeon's Sorrows by Zack EswineChristians should have the answers, shouldn’t they? Depression affects many people both personally and through the ones we love. Here Zack Eswine draws from C.H Spurgeon, ‘the Prince of Preachers’ experience to encourage us. What Spurgeon found in his darkness can serve as a light in our own darkness. Zack Eskwine brings you here, not a self-help guide, rather ‘a handwritten note of one who wishes you well.’

Praise for Spurgeon’s Sorrows:

“…Spurgeon from early years to final days found dark distress ever hovering on the edges of his mind and sometimes launching an all out assault on his very being. How he managed all this, by the grace of God, both for himself and for others, drives both the gripping content and the riveting literary style of Zack Eswine in Spurgeon’s Sorrows.”
-Tom Nettles

“…Poetic, poignant, and platitude-free, this shimmering treasure of a book may literally save your life or the life of someone you love.”
-Ken Shigematsu

Zack EswineAbout Zack Eswine:
Zack Eswine is the Senior Pastor at the Riverside Church, St Louis, Missouri. He previously served as Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Covenant Seminary, St Louis. He is also an accomplished musician and songwriter.

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Book Information:

  • Publisher: Christian Focus
  • ISBN:  9781781915387
  • Page Count: 144

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: February 23 – March 1, 2015
  • Available Formats:  .mobi eBook (Kindle), & .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 Spurgeon’s Sorrows by Zack Eswine. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.