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Martin Luther by Simonetta CarrThank you for your interest in reviewing Martin Luther by Simonetta Carr. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Five hundred years ago, a monk named Martin Luther wrote ninety-five questions, hoping to start a discussion about sin and repentance at the University of Wittenberg in Germany. In a few months those questions had stirred the nation; a few years later, the continent. Today we know that those questions changed the course of both the Western church and world history. In this volume for children, Simonetta Carr tells the compelling story of this father of the Protestant Reformation, tracing his quest for peace with God, his lifelong heroic stand for God’s truth, and his family life and numerous accomplishments. The Reformer’s greatest accomplishment, she writes, “has been his uncompromising emphasis on the free promise of the gospel.”

The Christian Biographies for Young Readers introduces children to important people in the Christian tradition. Parents and school teachers alike will welcome the excellent educational value it provides for students, while the quality of the publication and the artwork make each volume a keepsake for generations to come. Furthermore, the books in the series go beyond the simple story of someone’s life by teaching young readers the historical and theological relevance of each character.

Praise for Martin Luther:

“Carr leads readers into the world in which Martin Luther grew up and then served the church and his society with sensitivity to the times and places where his life unfolded. The adventure of bringing the gospel to his people and the drama of his testimony to the truth come alive as we follow his footsteps into the heart of the German government, when he stood up to an emperor, and into his home and the joys he had in raising his family. An excellent introduction to the life of the great Reformer.”
—Robert Kolb, professor of systematic theology, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

“I am a big fan of both Martin Luther and Simonetta Carr, so this book is a dream come true, an author-subject marriage made in heaven. Simonetta beautifully captures both the life and the key thoughts of Dr. Martin and does so in a manner which is fast-paced and exciting. Parents will love reading this book to their children, and children will love reading it for themselves.”
—Carl Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary, and pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (OPC), Ambler, Pennsylvania

Simonetta CarrAbout the Author:  SIMONETTA CARR was born in Italy and has lived and worked in different cultures. A former elementary school teacher, she has home-schooled her eight children for many years. She has written for newspapers and magazines around the world and has translated the works of several Christian authors into Italian. Presently, she lives in San Diego with her husband Thomas and family. She is a member and Sunday School teacher at Christ United Reformed Church.

Book Information:

  • Publisher:  Reformation Heritage Books
  • ISBN:  9781601784544
  • Page Count:  64 Pages

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Dates:  December 5-18, 2016
  • Available Formats:  Hardvoer (Continental US Only)
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and Amazon.com.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Martin Luther by Simonetta Carr. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Pentecostal Outpourings: Revival and the Reformed Tradition Book Cover Pentecostal Outpourings: Revival and the Reformed Tradition
Smart, Haykin & Clary, eds.
Reformation Heritage Books
February 19, 2016
280

When Jesus ascended to heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, He poured out His Holy Spirit at Pentecost. This significant historical and redemptive event was not the last time Christ poured out His Spirit in redemptive history. Mindful of these subsequent acts, Pentecostal Outpourings presents historical research on revivals in the Reformed tradition during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Investigating the British Isles, it observes the outpourings experienced among Welsh Calvinistic Methodists, Irish Dissenters, Calvinistic English Baptists, and Scottish Presbyterians. It then moves on to evaluate the revival instincts among Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Baptists, and the Dutch Reformed in America. May the knowledge of these outpourings of the Holy Spirit help us seek God earnestly to revive His Church once again.

The Cross Focused Reviewers weigh in on Pentecostal Outpourings: Revival and the Reformed Tradition by Smart, Haykin & Clary, eds. (Reformation Heritage Books, 2016).

“What makes this book even more interesting is the multiple flavours of Reformed views that bring out the beauty, the unique perspectives, and the many different ways the Holy Spirit works.”
Reviewer: Conrade Yap
Rating: 5 Stars

“[Pentecostal Outpourings] is packed with detailed and well-researched information, covering revivals in both the British Isles and America.”
Reviewer: H. Marshall
Rating: 5 Stars

“Church history is a very important subject to read and study with fellow Christians. This book gives you a good detailed history of different perspectives on revival as it relates to the reformed community.”
Reviewer: Chris Land
Rating: 5 Stars

“I found this book to be balanced because it focused on the truly Christ centered revivals. It discussed the time period and happenings that may have influenced these movements and even cautioned false revivals… a great book to help fill in those gaps of what I had previously learned. ”
Reviewer: Angela Parsley
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book details exciting historical accounts of revivals. All you have to do is to look at today’s headlines to see that our nation desperately needs revival. But what is biblical revival? Is it a planned, man-centered event, such as “Revival – Saturday Night”? No, as one of the editors and contributors of this volume, Robert Smart writes, the intent of the book is to “Promote the knowledge of God, the gospel of Christ, and the great outpourings of the Spirit through a variety of Reformed authors reflecting and applying historical and biblical lessons for today’s Christian leader.””
Reviewer: Bill Pence
Rating: 5 Stars

“Pentecostal Outpourings will make a great addition to a high school homeschooling curriculum and can neatly work as a history or theology section in your child’s study. It is also appropriate for anyone who has an interest in the history of the Reformed tradition or revivalism. I can’t think of a better book on the subject to include in a church library and pastors will appreciate the congregation’s interest in revival without having to worry about the theology that typically undergirds other works on the subject.”
Reviewer: Aaron Cerda
Rating: 5 Stars

Pentecostal Outpourings is a welcome and helpful corrective to much of what has been written about revival. Readable, yet scholarly, it provides a rational, biblical, and theologically sound understanding of how God has revived His church in the past, and how we might expect Him to work in the future.”
Reviewer: Jim Harrison
Rating: 5 Stars

“Through these historical studies Pentecostal Outpourings is making a theological case for revival. Though revivals are not normative for the church, they are the work of a sovereign God who answers prayers.”
Reviewer: Hoon Lee
Rating: 4 Stars

Pentecostal Outpourings would be a great book for the church history lover and an excellent companion to Iain Murray’s Revival and Revivalism. This book would also offer encouragement to church leaders and believers who are praying for revival in their midst. As God has clearly and powerfully moved in the past, perhaps He will be gracious enough to do so again in our lifetime?”
Reviewer: Persis Lorenti
Rating: 5 Stars

Pentecostal Outpourings is a real achievement and a very helpful resource, one that ought to be turned to again and again. Broad in scope, not shallow in depth, inspirational, honest and thoroughly biblical. A worthwhile addition to any reformed believer’s shelf.”
Reviewer: Ross Murphy
Rating: 5 Stars

Pentecostal Outpourings is a very helpful book for Reformed and conservative leaning Christians who are cautious about the modern day Pentecostal movement but who also want to study how God has moved in the past in revival.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 4 Stars

“It was encouraging to me as a reminder that God can and does move mightily in a society that seems apathetic or even hostile to the gospel. It moved me to pray for revival here and now, and any book that gets you doing that is a worthy read indeed.”
Reviewer: Andrew Wencl
Rating: 4 Stars

“Reading about our forefathers in the faith has encouraged me to pray for and seek revival along these lines… I hope that this book will encourage those like me who find themselves within the tradition to lead the efforts in seeking and promoting revival throughout the entire world, not just in our own churches but in all the churches who call upon Jesus Christ as the only Lord and Savior.”
Reviewer: Christopher Woznicki
Rating: 5 Stars

“In reading these histories, the reader is struck with the truth that God the Holy Spirit is Sovereign and moves as He sees fit, and the reader is struck with the truth that God answers the prayers of His people at are in accordance with His Will. May we be strong and passionate in praying for revival that glorifies God and builds His Kingdom as we proclaim the Gospel, and may God be pleased to grant revival in this day – for the joy of His people.”
Reviewer: Peter Butler, Jr.
Rating: 5 Stars

“As a student of the history of revivals I hope this book finds many readers and that those who read it would have a burden to see God do again what He has done in the past and that is revive His church.”
Reviewer: Steven Dresen
Rating: 5 Stars

“While Reformed believers have always rightly been wary of Revivalism (and the emotionalism it produces), God-honoring, biblical revival is something that should be close to all of our hearts. This book goes a long way towards helping us understand what that has looked like over the centuries; and it points us towards what it might look like in our own day.”
Reviewer: Ben Franks
Rating: 5 Stars

“Pentecostal Outpourings gives me hope, since, as one discovers in this excellent survey of past revivals, significant spiritual decline typically does precede God-wrought revivals. We have the decline. Will revival follow?”
Reviewer: David M. Hodges
Rating: 5 Stars

“Evangelical Christians will come away from this work with a renewed longing for genuine revival, resulting in earnest prayer and renewed passion for faithful preaching and teaching of the Bible.”
Reviewer: Duncan Johnson
Rating: 5 Stars

Where to Buy:
Pentecostal Outpourings: Revival and the Reformed Tradition 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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Portraits of Faith: What Five Biblical Characters Teach Us About Our Life with God Book Cover Portraits of Faith: What Five Biblical Characters Teach Us About Our Life with God
Joel Beeke
Reformation Heritage Books
January 27, 2016
104

We often use the word faith without thinking much about its meaning. We know that without faith, it is impossible to please God and that faith is the core and foundation of daily Christian living. But what is faith? Author Joel R. Beeke believes we can best understand faith by seeing how it operates by the Spirit in the lives of fallen sinners like us. Accordingly, he considers essential aspects of faith operating in the lives of Adam and Eve, the Shunammite woman, the Canaanite woman, and Caleb. With pastoral warmth, he challenges readers to ask themselves three questions: Do I have this kind of faith? Am I exercising the particular aspect of faith being described? How can this example of a particular dimension of faith be used in my life to make me a mature believer? Study questions for each chapter encourage meaningful reflection for both individual and group study.

The Cross Focused Reviewers weigh in on Portraits of Faith: What Five Biblical Characters Teach Us About Our Life with God by Joel Beeke (Reformation Heritage Books, 2016).

“These four short portraits were a great encouragement to me. This book is definitely one that could be read in a week with a chapter a day as a short devotion on faith. It will surely bless all who read it.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 5 Stars

“Anyone who wants to understand faith and how it is exercised in the life of a believer should read this book.”
Reviewer: Cliff VanNostrand
Rating: 5 Stars

“Portraits of Faith is a call for Christians to reflect. Joel Beeke paints a biblical picture for Christians of what it means and how it looks to live a life of faith. May we reflect that portrait.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 4 Stars

“I found this book to be of great value to me spiritually. It was an encouraging reminder to see the examples of faith in the lives of those saints with whom I can so easily identify.”
Reviewer: Zack Ford
Rating: 5 Stars

“Those familiar with Joel Beeke will at once recognize his pastoral love and grandfatherly affection for the church in this book. Those who are not yet familiar with him will be encouraged by his care for sinners. Portraits of Faith will encourage you in your walk and will point you to Christ to strengthen your faith.”
Reviewer: Aaron Cerda
Rating: 5 Stars

“The material is biblically sound, the discussion questions provided at the end will give some more food for thought and aspects to study, and for that reason, I suggest if you want to grow in faith, pick up a copy of this book. It will be very helpful in your studies on faith and more importantly, it will serve as a seed that when planted, will cause your faith in God and your relationship with to blossom and grow to a place of maturity.”
Reviewer: Michael Boling
Rating: 5 Stars

“…approachable for all readers. It is a helpful book as one examines their faith and how it affects their life.”
Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts
Rating: 4 Stars

“The Shunammite woman is the one I identify with most in Portraits of Faith. Her simple faith in the midst of great affliction resonates greatly with me.”
Reviewer: Cheryl Stansberry
Rating: 5 Stars

“Each of these little vignettes will be a good resource for pastoral ministry and for personal maturity in the faith. If you have ever failed in your faith, if you have ever suffered in your faith, if you have ever felt rejected in your faith, if you have ever felt in the minority in your faith – read this book! You will be blessed.”
Reviewer: Todd Wilson
Rating: 5 Stars

“We need to interpret the biblical narratives from the eyes of faith. This is what Beeke has demonstrated in his refreshing look at the five characters.”
Reviewer: Conrade Yap
Rating: 4 Stars

“Faith is often a grey, murky word in Christian circles, but Beeke has sought to define it through people, and has succeeded. This is a small, but packed book. I definitely recommend it.”
Reviewer: Zach Barnhart
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book was easy to read yet will fill your spirit with insight and understanding.”
Reviewer: Sherry Legan
Rating: 5 Stars

Portraits of Faith would work well as a study with relatively new believers. This would also be an easy, refreshing devotional read for a more seasoned believer. As Beeke points out, his purpose is not to focus solely on faith, but to use the characteristics of faith to point us to the Savior. In that he succeeds, and thus I recommend this book.”
Reviewer: Ann Pendleton
Rating: 4 Stars

“I have profited by Dr. Beeke’s books in the past, and this is no exception. I found myself encouraged and strengthened not to rely on my eyes, but to look to Who God is, what He has done, and what He has promised, believing in faith that everything comes to pass as God wills it.”
Reviewer: Peter Butler, Jr. 
Rating: 5 Stars

“I liked how clear things were, and how insightful and convicting.”
Reviewer: Melissa Merritt
Rating: 4 Stars

“Overall, a good attempt at communicating stages of the Christian faith. Great for beginners…”
Reviewer: David Ramos
Rating: 3 Stars

“A compact study book that delights and inspires one to live out their life of faith… Easy to read as the author paints a picture in our minds and brings the past into the present.”
Reviewer: Christy Toh
Rating: 4 Stars

“Beeke’s book is short, simple, and refreshing. His chapters speak to both believers and unbelievers of the centrality of saving faith and challenges us all to grow in our faith.”
Reviewer: Ben Franks
Rating: 5 Stars

“This little book is a quick read, but it is worth adding to your library as a reminder that even your faith may be encouraging to someone out there.”
Reviewer: Joe Westbrook
Rating: 5 Stars

Where to Buy:
Portraits of Faith 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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Pentecostal OutpouringsThank you for your interest in reviewing Pentecostal Outpourings. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

When Jesus ascended to heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, He poured out His Holy Spirit at Pentecost. This significant historical and redemptive event was not the last time Christ poured out His Spirit in redemptive history. Mindful of these subsequent acts, Pentecostal Outpourings presents historical research on revivals in the Reformed tradition during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Investigating the British Isles, it observes the outpourings experienced among Welsh Calvinistic Methodists, Irish Dissenters, Calvinistic English Baptists, and Scottish Presbyterians. It then moves on to evaluate the revival instincts among Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Baptists, and the Dutch Reformed in America. May the knowledge of these outpourings of the Holy Spirit help us seek God earnestly to revive His Church once again.

Table of Contents:

  • Preface (Steve Lawson)
  • Introduction
  • I. Revival in the British Isles
    • 1. “The Power of Heaven in the Word of Life”: Welsh Calvinistic Methodism and Revival — Eifon Evans
    • 2. “Melting the Ice of a Long Winter”: Revival and Irish Dissent — Ian Hugh Clary
    • 3. “The Lord Is Doing Great Things and Answering Prayer Everywhere”: The Revival of the Calvinistic Baptists in the Long Eighteenth Century — Michael A. G. Haykin
    • 4. Revival: A Scottish Presbyterian Perspective — Iain Campbell
  • II. Revival in America
    • 5. Edwards’s Revival Instinctive and Apologetic in American Presbyterianism: Planted, Grown, and Faded — Robert Davis Smart
    • 6. “The Glorious Work of God”: Revival among Congregationalists in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries — Peter Beck
    • 7. Baptist Revivals in America in the Eighteenth Century — Tom Nettles
    • 8. Dutch Reformed Church in America (the 18th century) — Joel Beeke

About the Editors:

Michael A. G. Haykin is professor of church history and biblical spirituality at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

Robert Davis Smart is senior minister of Christ Church in Bloomington, Illinois. He teaches part-time at different seminaries, preaches at conferences, and stays active in world missions. He and his wife, Karen, enjoy their five children and three grandchildren.

Ian Hugh Clary is a coeditor of The Pure Flame of Devotion: A History of Christian Spirituality. He and his wife, Vicky, have three children, Jack, Molly, and Kate, and live in Toronto where they are members of West Toronto Baptist Church.

Book Information:

  • Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books
  • ISBN: 9781601784339
  • Page Count: 280

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Dates:  April 18 – May 2, 2016
  • Available Formats:  Paperback (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 Pentecostal Outpourings. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Portraits of Faith by Joel R. BeekeThank you for your interest in reviewing Portraits of Faith. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

We often use the word faith without thinking much about its meaning. We know that without faith, it is impossible to please God and that faith is the core and foundation of daily Christian living. But what is faith? Author Joel R. Beeke believes we can best understand faith by seeing how it operates by the Spirit in the lives of fallen sinners like us. Accordingly, he considers essential aspects of faith operating in the lives of Adam and Eve, the Shunammite woman, the Canaanite woman, and Caleb. With pastoral warmth, he challenges readers to ask themselves three questions: Do I have this kind of faith? Am I exercising the particular aspect of faith being described? How can this example of a particular dimension of faith be used in my life to make me a mature believer? Study questions for each chapter encourage meaningful reflection for both individual and group study.

Table of Contents:

  • Foreword by Geoff Thomas
  • Introduction
  • Adam and Eve: Childlike Faith
  • The Shunammite Woman: Submissive Faith
  • The Canaanite Woman: Mature Faith
  • Caleb: Persevering Faith
Joel R. Beeke

Joel R. Beeke

About the Author:
Joel R. Beeke is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and a pastor of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Book Information:

  • Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books
  • ISBN: 9781601784476
  • Page Count: 104

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Dates:  April 11 – 24 , 2016
  • Available Formats:  Paperback (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 Portraits of Faith. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.