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Healed At Last Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  July 28, 2014
Healed at Last Book Cover Healed at Last
Scott Blackwell
Matthias Media
June 9, 2014
205

Meningitis at the age of three left Scott Blackwell with a legacy of serious lifelong health problems, including the severe limp he still walks with. But his physical ailments were only the half of it. By his own admission, he found himself at the age of 18 "tired, starving, sick, experimenting widely with any drug I could find, mildly suicidal and alone".

This book tells how God brought profound healing into Scott Blackwell’s life. But it is also the story of Scott’s search for what the Bible teaches about physical healing, in this life and the next. Many Christian pastors make strong claims today about God's promise to heal all our physical illnesses. What are we to make of these claims? What does the Bible actually teach about healing?

Scott's examination of these important issues is personal, warm, practical and often funny. But it is also clear, thorough and compelling in its presentation of the Bible's teaching about healing.

Healed at Last offers truth, hope and encouragement for everyone who longs to be healed.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Healed At Last (Matthias Media, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“The author consistently points the reader back to Christ and to the Father’s work in the ministry of miracles.” Reviewer: Spencer Cummins Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is full of hope.” Reviewer: Val Belley Rating: 4 Stars

This title was Biblically balanced and packed with truth according to the full counsel of God.”Reviewer: Angela Parsley Rating: 5 stars

“The strength of this book lies in it’s storytelling and emphasis on God’s sovereignty and love for his people.” Reviewer: Kaye Chalwell Rating: 4 Stars

I recommend this book for anyone who is experiencing physical maladies or those who need to grasp the true biblical picture of what healing is all about.”Reviewer: Mike Boling Rating: 4 Stars

“I highly recommend this book.” Reviewer: Greg Wilson Rating: 5 Stars

“This book reminds us that our hope is on the work of Christ and on the certainty that our salvation will be completed at the Day of the Lord.” Reviewer: William Perkins Rating: 5 Stars

“Though this book deals extensively with healing, it is primarily a glorious proclamation of the gospel and a proclamation of Christ.” Reviewer: Chris Ho Rating: 4 Stars

“This book will help readers have a biblical understanding of miracles.”  Reviewer: Louis Zinc Rating: 5 Stars

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

Healed At Last by Scott BlackwellMeningitis at the age of three left Scott Blackwell with a legacy of serious lifelong health problems, including the severe limp he still walks with. But his physical ailments were only the half of it. By his own admission, he found himself at the age of 18 “tired, starving, sick, experimenting widely with any drug I could find, mildly suicidal and alone”.

This book tells how God brought profound healing into Scott Blackwell’s life. But it is also the story of Scott’s search for what the Bible teaches about physical healing, in this life and the next. Many Christian pastors make strong claims today about God’s promise to heal all our physical illnesses. What are we to make of these claims? What does the Bible actually teach about healing?

Scott’s examination of these important issues is personal, warm, practical and often funny. But it is also clear, thorough and compelling in its presentation of the Bible’s teaching about healing.

Healed at Last offers truth, hope and encouragement for everyone who longs to be healed.

About the Author:
Scott Blackwell is an experienced pastor and Bible teacher who has wrestled personally with questions about God’s promise of healing. Prior to pastoral ministry, he was an addictions counsellor and community development worker. Over his 20 years in ordained ministry he has worked in church plants, as chaplain to Macquarie University, and in parish churches in southern, northern and western Sydney. Scott’s first love is preaching and teaching the Bible in a way that is practically relevant and helpful to God’s people. He is a husband, father and new grandfather.

Book Information:

  • Publisher: Matthias Media
  • ISBN: 9781922206565
  • Page Count:  205

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: July 28 – August 3, 2014
  • Available Formats: Paperback, .mobi ebook (Kindle), & .epub ebook (Nook, Apple iBooks)
  • We ask that reviewers post a review to their personal website/blog and Amazon.

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

 

 

Steppig Out in Faith by Mark GilbertThis week the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Stepping Out in Faith: Former Catholics Tell Their Stories by Mark Gilbert (editor). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“I found the various stories to be compelling reads and the honesty of each contributor was greatly appreciated. This book is not a polemic against the Catholic Church. Conversely, it shares the real life stories of people who realized there is more to this thing called the Christian walk than simply going to a church building, reciting prayers, and trying to be good. To that end, I found it to be highly successful in its overall approach to the topic.”
Reviewer: Michael Boling (IntelMin.org)
Rating: 5 Stars

“In this book we hear the words of former Catholics, in their own words, describe how they felt and how they converted from their “religion”.  It is amazing to hear how God transforms each one of these people, and to see how many of them have grown in their relationship with Christ.”
Reviewer: Mary Ann Bell (proverb31titus2godlybookreviews.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“The book can be a valuable tool for someone thinking of switching faith communities or churches. It challenges people not considering switching faiths to practice what they preach as well. This book is well worth the read.”
Reviewer: LuAnn Braley (backporchervations.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“The true accounts in this book are unique, convicting, heart wrenching and encouraging…  I hope this book will help you lovingly see the Truth, step out and trust Him. Jesus.”
Reviewer: Heather Dannewitz (brokenathisfeet.wordpress.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“I read this book to evaluate whether or not it would be a good book to pass along to Catholic friends at the right time (and it is that), but I found it challenging me, as well. How willing am I to invest time, energy, and genuine friendship in unbelievers who I encounter in my daily life? How prepared am I to listen, to get to know them, to serve them, to share the hope that they so desperately need? This is my challenge; this is our Lord’s command.”
Reviewer: Suzanne Jackson (princapecos.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“a good resource for those interested in a starting point for what it means to leave Rome. This book would be helpful for average Catholics who are questioning. It’s also a good read for those of us who are in solid Protestant churches. Stories like this should make us thankful for the Reformation and for churches that proclaim the doctrines of grace clearly Lord’s Day after Lord’s Day.”
Reviewer: Shane Lems (reformedreader.wordpress.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

Stepping Out In Faith, gives us a more in depth understanding into the lives of a few selected people who decided that in order to have a closer walk with God, they would soon have to leave the Catholic church and turn to evangelicalism. Each of these stories though unique all share a common thread in that they all were seeking the true intercessor, Jesus Christ. They came to realize that a priest is not the one they should be confessing to.”
Reviewer: Jalynn Patterson (asimplelifereally.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“These are stories of substance and written in such a way that people can easily identify with them. There is enough variety in the circumstances to make each story interesting, yet there is a unity to the stories that helps tie them together in a way that accomplishes the author’s purpose of helping Catholics not yet at peace with God, to find the way to that peace.”
Reviewer: William Perkins (wdanaperkins.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is perfect for Catholics who are thinking about converting to the Christian faith and those who enjoy reading books about how others are drawn closer to God and having a deeper, closer relationship with Him.”
Reviewer: Charolette Ragsdale (charoletteragsdale.wordpress.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“Each person tells how they started with being catholic and found that they were missing something in their lives, they come to realize that they were missing a relationship with GOD.  They tell how they were able to find salvation from learning that believing in GOD and praying to HIM is what you need in your life, not going through a priest or a saint, you need to go through JESUS.”
Reviewer: Deb Stanhope (debs-bookreview.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“I think this book would be wonderful for a person of Catholic faith who is questioning leaving the church, and wondering about the differences between Catholics and Protestants.”
Reviewer: Amanda Talbert (thetalbertreport.blogspot.com)
Rating: 3 Stars

“The eleven individuals who shared their stories in this short but powerful book all found the key in the Gospel of Jesus Christ–in the person of Jesus Christ. In this book the point is not where the storytellers came from, but where they were going and what they found.”
Reviewer: Beverly Terry (beverlylynnt.wordpress.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“The testimonies in this book are honest and generally non-polemical … they are loving and truthful in tone and respectful of certain helpful elements of Roman teachings and practices. At the same time, these people express great relief and profound gratitude for having been liberated from the man-made, guilt / fear-based bondages of self-attained and easily lost works-righteousness officially taught and practiced in the Roman church, core teachings that generally ignore, undermine, and / or directly contradict the prophetic and apostolic teachings of sacred Scripture.”
Reviewer: Douglas Wallace (pilgrimsontheway.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a book about grace found in Jesus, not in a Church. However, if you’re serious about Jesus, you are serious about His bride, the Church.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc (gazoontite.wordpress.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“I love to read stories of other people and how their faith grew and developed, especially as they develop a closer relationship with Jesus Christ. The one thing that struck me with a lot of these stories is the courage that a lot of the writers displayed, especially in regards to their relationship with their families. It was a big change for them to leave the Catholic Church, but they found peace and happiness in their relationship with Jesus.”
Reviewer: Jill Ivy (lucky4jill.wordpress.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“The stories were quite moving at times. I was moved to tears more than once as I contemplated the struggles these people faced. It was a joy to read of their journeys that led them to faith in Jesus Christ alone.”
Reviewer: Jason Skipper (PastoralMusings.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“Being a Christian is what is important, that should come first before any denomination and, to me, that was not how the Catholic Church seemed to work. And reading this book, I found I was not alone.”
Reviewer: Mary Vidnich (whenqueen.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“I recommend this for those who are currently seeking to know Christ, have recently received Him, or are presently seeking direction regarding their involvement in the Roman Catholic Church.”
Reviewer: Hilary Cartwright (wholesomereads.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

Stepping Out in Faith is a wonderful book that invigorates the faith of Christian believers from all backgrounds. The book focuses on the forgiveness and grace found only in Jesus Christ and points to the Scriptures as God’s Word, practical for all of life. I cannot commend this book enough to those struggling with Catholic teaching, those wondering about grace, and those wanting to strengthen their faith through the stories of others.”
Reviewer: Spencer Cummins (spencerdeancummins.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“The personal testimonies contained in this book are definitely unique, but they each share a common theme: The power of God’s Word to change lives.”
Reviewer: Joshua Davis (ServantsofGrace.org)
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book was so compelling I read it in on sitting… if you know someone in the Catholic church and you are wondering if they know what it means to be born again, this is the perfect book to ask them to consider reading.”
Reviewer: Cheryl Frerichs (thykingdomcometoday.wordpress.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“It’s amazing how one little invitation can completely change someone’s life!”
Reviewer: Dianna Gardenhour (savingsinseconds.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“This isn’t an apologetic treatise on how to evangelize catholics, but if you have a burden for catholic friends, family members, and neighbors, I think this book will be helpful and encouraging.  A quick read but definitely worth reading, a great book!”
Reviewer: Alex Houston (reformed-at-last.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“The stories are compelling, and they will help anyone struggling with their own journey of faith.”
Reviewer: Joe Lee (sjlee.net)
Rating: 3 Stars

Where to Buy:
Stepping Out in Faith by Mark Gilbert is available at your local 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 Stepping Out in Faith: Former Catholics Tell Their Stories by Mark Gilbert. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Steppig Out in Faith by Mark GilbertA young boy in the confessional lies about his sin, knowing that he is choosing hell over shame and embarrassment. A young man in spiritual distress decides to become a priest so he can be sure he will go to heaven. A white leather Bible sits in a box on a shelf for years, off limits to the little girl who asks to see it, because it might get dirty. “Just do what I say,” a priest tells another boy who is full of questions about God, “and everything will be okay”.

In every one of these situations God transformed people by his word in the Bible, replaced lies with truth, and brought peace through the salvation that is only found in Jesus Christ. This is a book with not one but 11 happy endings.

The 11 individuals who share their stories of Stepping Out in Faith could not be more different. They are men and women from different generations and from around the world. But they have in common the peace they have found in God through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Table of Contents:

  1. When everything else is gone | Alex Morbelli
  2. Confident in God’s love | Gerard O’Brien
  3. A wretch like me | Matt Schmucker
  4. The ultimate fresh start | Ngaira Smith
  5. Letting in air and light | Tony Coffey
  6. Words of eternal life | Omar Anheluk
  7. Authentic church | Alex Purnomo
  8. No more fear | Eddie Piani
  9. Learning to trust | Angelo Porcu
  10. A retired Catholic | Gay Ross
  11. Certainty for eternity | Mark Gilbert

Book Information:

  • Publisher: Matthias Media (2013)
  • ISBN: 9781921896996
  • Page Count: 130

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Dates: January 27 – February 2, 2014
  • Available Formats: Paperback (Continental US Only), .mobi (Kindle), & .epub (Nook, Apple iBooks)
  • We ask that reviewers post a review to their personal website/blog and Amazon.com.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Stepping Out in Faith: Former Catholics Tell Their Stories by Mark Gilbert. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Saving Eutychus by Gary Millar and Phil CampbellThis week the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Saving Eutychus: How to Preach God’s Word and Keep People Awake by Gary Millar & Phil Campbell. Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“Those who take to heart the ideas presented in this book will find their effort well worth their time which will ultimately result in their flocks being fed the meat of God’s word, the true hallmark of a great preacher with the added bonus of nobody in the service falling asleep or “counting the bricks in the wall.””
Reviewer: Michael Boling (intelmin.org)
Rating: 5 Stars

[Saving Eutychus] was an excellent read and one that I know I will be referencing again and one that I will be recommending to my friends in the ministry.”
Reviewer: Joshua Davis (GoodReads.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“Alistair Begg said this book was on his “must read” list for preachers and I totally agree. I learned a lot from this book. I believe all preachers, especially those just starting ministry, will benefit from this book.”
Reviewer: Chris Land (keepingthemainthing.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“I recommend this book highly to all pastors and seminary students.  Don’t look at it as a mold but see it as a blueprint to better preaching.”
Reviewer: Todd Randolph (toddrandolph.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“I would definitely recommend this book.  Even if you have the gift for preaching, you may read this and realize you could use some of their suggestions.”
Reviewer: Mary Vidinich (whenqueen.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“This little text is short but stout… worth reading and holding on to for the purpose of re-reading again and again. ”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc (louiszinc.tumblr.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“While there are many books out there on preaching, I can’t think of one right off that has so much practical advice packed in under 200 pages.”
Reviewer: Nate Claiborne (nathanielclaiborne.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

” If you’ve never preached, but are interested to read more on this topic, then this book would be a nice introduction.”
Reviewer: Heather Dannewitz (brokenathisfeet.wordpress.com)
Rating: 3 Stars

“Regardless of whether you’re just starting out as a teacher/preacher or if you’ve been at it for years, you will find this book to be a very helpful resource. I gladly commend it to you.”
Reviewer: Derek Griz (derekgriz.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“[I] would highly recommend you get your hands on a copy soon if you are a preacher in any context, big church or little, city church or rural parish, there is something in here for everyone.”
Reviewer: Paul Horne (preachdatruth.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

Saving Eutychus is a useful little book for preachers looking for something to assist them in faithfully communicating God’s Word in a manner that affects the hearts of their hearers.”
Reviewer: David Norman (www.davidnormanblog.com)
Rating: 3 Stars

“I heartily recommend this work and hope that it becomes a mainstay in the discussion of the need for expositional preaching.”
Reviewer: Ryan Rickard (declinationblog.wordpress.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“I would recommend this book to all of my pastor/preacher friends. Saving Eutychus brings a great awareness and insight to our calling.”
Reviewer: Steven Ruff (stevenruff.wordpress.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“Anyone who preaches or will be preaching, or perhaps those interested in the process of sermon writing and delivery, will benefit from reading this book.”
Reviewer: Jude St. John (quercuscalliprinos.blogspot.ca)
Rating: 4 Stars

“I can’t recommend this book highly enough. I’ve been preparing and delivering sermons for twenty-five years and Saving Eutychus taught me, challenged me, encouraged me, and also reminded me of the great goal of effective preaching: it’s not just to keep folk awake, it’s to be the Spirit-empowered means by which God ushers people into His family and grows them to become more like Jesus.”
Reviewer: Gary Ware (garyware.me)
Rating: 5 Stars

“I found this book to be a very helpful addition to the current preaching literature today. It was full of witty comments and very practical, real-world advise. I can definitely see myself returning to this book in the future, and it is for sure one that I will recommend to others as well.”
Reviewer: Zack Ford (ztford.wordpress.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“the book itself is really about preaching moreso than Acts 20, and, overall, it has some really excellent s