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Discovering Delight: 31 Meditations on Loving God's Law Book Cover Discovering Delight: 31 Meditations on Loving God's Law
Glenda Mathes
Reformation Heritage Books
160

Does the concept of loving law sound strange to you—like two things that just don’t go together? Christians today often don’t want to read about law because they would rather revel in gospel and grace. Yet the Bible clearly links law with love, a connection we see in Psalm 119. In these insightful meditations, author Glenda Mathes sheds light on this “long psalm that often gets short shrift.” A closer look at Psalm 119, in particular, and several other psalms and Old and New Testament passages encourages readers to discover the delight of God’s written Word and rejoice in loving His law.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Discovering Delight: 31 Meditations on Loving God’s Law (Reformation Heritage Books, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“As I read this book, I found myself challenged and encouraged in the faith, to love Jesus and His Word more.”
Reviewer: Brian Mann
Rating: 5 Stars

“As I was reading this book, I felt I was sitting at the feet of a wise teacher, one with a deep love for God.”
Reviewer: James Pate
Rating: 3 Stars

Discovering Delight stresses the importance of God’s Word in the life of a Christian; therefore, I highly recommend it for all Christians.”
Reviewer: Beth Saathoff
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book would make a great devotional for starting off 2015.”
Reviewer: Victoria Ireland
Rating: 4 Stars

I recommend this book for Christians as a one-month devotional, to spend one month really getting into the Word of God, meditating on His Word day or night. This book could also be utilized as a group or individual quiet time material by every church that wants to their congregation to learn or cultivate a habit of meditation on scripture.”
Reviewer: Chris Ho
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you desire a way to spend your daily devotions in a unique way, this book is a nice avenue to take.”
Reviewer: Cheryl Hart
Rating: 3 Stars

“I encourage you to read each chapter carefully and dwell on each portion,”
Reviewer: Val Belley
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is a perfect daily devotional book geared towards helping us see God’s law for what it is and teaching us to love it and ultimately Him more.”
Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book will remain near my reading chair for help in frequent feasting upon and delighting in God’s law.”
Reviewer: William Perkins
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is the ideal book for starting the day with because it leads the reader into God’s Word.”
Reviewer: Kaye Chalwell
Rating: 4 Stars

“a devotional I recommend for those who desire to deepen their love and delight of the Lord, His Law and His Word.”
Reviewer: Lesley Eischen
Rating: 4 Stars

“You may read the devotionals in the morning, but the words will resonate with you throughout the day.”
Reviewer: Hal Marshall
Rating: 5 Stars

“A book that has small suggestions packed with good, sound Biblical advice! Looking forward to reading many more from this author!”
Reviewer: Jalynn Patterson
Rating: 5 Stars

“The devotional covers 30 days of scripture reading of Psalms and commentary ending with questions for reflection. You will not only be challenged with the questions, you will be encouraged of the simplicity of the Gospel.”
Reviewer: Jeanie Schwagerman
Rating: 5 Stars

“Reading this devotional will renew a passion for Scripture and a desire to be obedient to Jesus”
Reviewer: Mike Boling
Rating: 5 Stars

“Discovering Delight is the perfect book for anyone looking for a short 10 minute devotional read for their day that will leave thoughts lingering through the rest of the day.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating:  4 Stars

“I recommend this book to a wide readership.”
Reviewer: Jonathan Tomes
Rating: 5 Stars

“These “31” books are brief but bold in the line of devotionals. Glenda Mathes knocks this one out of the park!”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 5 Stars

“Those who read the book will discover a lot to delight in.”
Reviewer: Michael Hansen
Rating: 3 Stars

“If you enjoy devotionals, but wish they went further in depth, this is the kind of volume for you.”
Reviewer: Allen Mickle
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a nice easy to read devotional.”
Reviewer: Deon Vannostrand
Rating: 5 Stars

“there is a lot of meat which is packed into the small reading… I really enjoyed this book and would certainly recommend it to others.”
Reviewer: Amanda Talbert
Rating: 4 Stars

“Each devotional section is quite short, so it is easy to complete during the day, but there is a lot of substance which is packed into the small reading.”
Reviewer:  Karen Lyons
Rating:  4 Stars

China's Reforming Churches Book Cover China's Reforming Churches
Bruce P. Baugus
Reformation Heritage Books
May 26, 2014
320
China is now home to more evangelical believers than any other nation, and the church continues to grow and make inroads in every level of Chinese society. Such dramatic growth, against the backdrop of modern China, has produced profound and urgent church development needs. As faithful Chinese ministers strive to meet these needs, an increasing number are discovering the rich biblical and theological resources of the Reformed tradition and Presbyterian polity. This is a critical moment in the life of China s reforming churches and the Presbyterian and Reformed mission to China. This book provides both a historical look at Presbyterianism in China and an assessment of the current state of affairs, orienting readers to church development needs and the basic outlines of Reformed Christianity in China today. While laying out the challenges and opportunities facing the church, the authors argue that assisting this reformation in China should be a central objective of the Presbyterian and Reformed mission to China in this generation.

China is now home to more evangelical believers than any other nation, and the church continues to grow and make inroads in every level of Chinese society. Such dramatic growth, against the backdrop of modern China, has produced profound and urgent church development needs. As faithful Chinese ministers strive to meet these needs, an increasing number are discovering the rich biblical and theological resources of the Reformed tradition and Presbyterian polity. This is a critical moment in the life of China s reforming churches and the Presbyterian and Reformed mission to China. This book provides both a historical look at Presbyterianism in China and an assessment of the current state of affairs, orienting readers to church development needs and the basic outlines of Reformed Christianity in China today. While laying out the challenges and opportunities facing the church, the authors argue that assisting this reformation in China should be a central objective of the Presbyterian and Reformed mission to China in this generation.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for China’s Reforming Churches (Reformation Heritage Books, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

Every Christian should read this volume to understand how to pray and to support missionaries.
Reviewer: Val Belley
Rating: 5 Stars

“These essays worked together perfectly to leave the reader excited, encouraged, and challenged to be a part of the mighty works God is doing.”
Reviewer: Josh Skinner
Rating: 5 Stars

CRC is a refined and helpful volume that is best suited for the classroom, pastors and interested laymen.”
Reviewer: Joshua Torrey Rating: 4 Stars

“I highly recommend this book for those interested in learning more about the state of the church in China.”
Reviewer: Josh Schwisow
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is also a good tool to be used to pray for what is happening in China and the details should be shared in all churches.”
Reviewer: Chris Land
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a helpful book.”
Reviewer: Angela Parsley
Rating: 3 Stars

“I heartily recommend this book to both the layperson and the minister alike.”
Reviewer: RA Jameson
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book will serve as a great benefit to any Christian interested in the current state of missions in China and will provide invaluable information for those invested in Chinese missions from both sides.”
Reviewer: Craig Hurst
Rating: 4 Stars

“Overall, this book is a very interesting read and an important tool for thinking about the church’s mission, polity, and ministry in China in the coming years. It lays groundwork for coming alongside an already moving Chinese Church, made more valuable by the unpredictable future of the communistic state.” Reviewer: Shawna Tomes
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book gives readers many wonderful insights about how the struggles of the Chinese Church is also linked to the struggles of the nation as a whole   ”
Reviewer: Conrade Yap
Rating: 4 Stars

China’s Reforming Churches is an invaluable resource for Christians, giving insight into how to better aid and pray for our Chinese brethren.”
Reviewer: Amanda Cain
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a very good book”
Reviewer: Lindsay Zimpel
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a very helpful book for those interested in missions in China or who are going to be missionaries to China.”
Reviewer: John Wiley
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is very informative and gives a theologically grounded perspective on God’s work in China.” Reviewer: Persis Lorenti
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book helped me to better pray for my brothers and sisters in Christ in China.”
Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is a wonderful book for anyone who is interested with God’s global work and gaining a bigger vision of just how He is building His church.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 4 Stars

“I am tremendously encouraged by this book and by what God is doing in China’s reforming churches.” Reviewer: Jennifer Guo
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is an encouraging, and eye-opening read that has helped me to better understand and appreciate global Christianity.”
Reviewer: Timothy Harris
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a very informative book about China’s recent history, current status, and the way forward for Christian churches in that country.”
Reviewer: Doug Wallace
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you care about China, missions and the church, this book is for you.”
Reviewer: Alan Davey
Rating: 5 Stars

China’s Reforming Churches is a wonderful book. It is an intensive read, and won’t be consumed in an afternoon by the pool, but it is worth the time and effort to gain a more accurate view of our brothers and sisters in China, and to reflect on the global needs of the Universal church.”
Reviewer: Coralie Cowan
Rating: 4 Stars

China’s Reforming Churches is a good reminder that church structures are not only necessary, but beautiful and graciously given by God.”
Reviewer: Sarah White
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a very helpful book on God’s work in China”  Reviewer: Jeanie Schwagerman Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is a look at God’s work in China..” Reviewer: Jennifer King Rating: 4 Stars