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Bible Studies on Mark Book Cover Bible Studies on Mark
William Boekestein
Reformed Fellowship, Inc.
218

Praise for Bible Studies on Mark:

“Though sometimes neglected as if it were an abridged version of Matthew, the Gospel of Mark opens up before us beautiful snapshots of our King in action. Bill Boekestein’s crisp writing, practical orientation, and engaging questions make this book an ideal guide for studying the good news of the kingdom of God.”
-Rev. Joel Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“The Gospel of Mark is all about that—the Gospel. In this short guide through this shortest of Gospels, Bill Boekestein opens up for us the person and work of Jesus Christ, who is the Gospel incarnate. You will grow in your knowledge, love, and desire to serve Jesus through these pages.”
—Rev. Daniel R. Hyde

“Studying the holy Scripture nourishes the humble soul. In this study of the gospel of Mark, Boekestein dishes up a delicious and nutritious spiritual meal. In fact, he often packs more food for the soul into a short paragraph than many others do in an entire page. Take and read… or perhaps I should say, take and enjoy your meal.”
-Dr. Jason Van Vliet, Professor of Dogmatics, Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary

The Cross Focused Reviewers share their thoughts on Bible Studies on Mark by William Boekestein (Reformed Fellowship, 2016).

” This is a Bible study definitely worth doing. It is the kind that will get help you get more out of this Gospel that is often overlooked by some people… like me.”
Reviewer: Mark Buzard
Rating: 5 Stars

“As Boekestein notes in his introduction there is a great danger of taking our eyes off of Jesus and the Gospels are vital for keeping our eyes on Christ. So if you are looking for a book that fixes yours eyes upon the person and work of Christ this is one such book that should commend itself to you.”
Reviewer: Steven Dresen
Rating: 5 Stars

“…there is a lot to be gleaned from this book, just as there is from the Gospel on which it is based.”
Reviewer: Karl Dumas
Rating: 4 Stars

“Having studied Mark more in depth than most books, I can appreciate all the study that has gone into this book. It’s clear that he spent many hours looking to understand what’s happening in the text to present it.”
Reviewer: Aaron Meservey
Rating: 4 Stars

“The book was a thoughtful and an engaging read. I agree with Jason Van Vliet’s statement on the back cover of the book that “Boekestein dishes up a delicious and nutritious spiritual meal.” A recurring point that I appreciated was that we should not idolize people’s approval.”
Reviewer: James Pate
Rating: 4 Stars

“The author has done a thorough Bible study on the Gospel, therefore he is able to give you many advantages on your study of this great Gospel… a great study to start the New Year!”
Reviewer: Jalynn Patterson
Rating: 5 Stars

“…a handy reference book for a teacher leading a small group through Mark’s Gospel.”
Reviewer: William Perkins
Rating: 4 Stars

Bible Studies on Mark is a study for those who want to be guided into a deeper study on Mark in a timely fashion.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 4 Stars

Bible Studies On Mark by William Boekestein is a readable commentary on the Gospel of Mark… Whatever the reader may think of Reformed Theology, this book is a helpful reference for the Gospel of Mark.”
Reviewer: Michael Taylor
Rating: 4 Stars

“The Gospel of Mark is a short Gospel and can be often overlooked. This author kept his focus on Christ and His ministry which reminded me to give Him my all and keep my life centered upon Him. This is a resource which I will refer to often.”
Reviewer: Joanne Viola
Rating: 5 Stars

Bible Studies on Mark can be used as a devotional commentary. Brevity does not mean vacuous! Each reading will prove helpful in starting a day with thoughts tuned on Christ and His Word. It is simple to read for believers young and old. It is a delightful read!”
Reviewer: Todd Wilson
Rating: 5 Stars

“Hailing from a Reformed faith, this study guide manifests many of the traits of this tradition, which includes adhering to Calvinistic creeds such as Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Confession, the Canons of Dort, the Westminster Confession, and Catechisms.”
Reviewer: Conrade Yap
Rating: 4 Stars

“I would highly recommend this book. Whether you use it to enhance your own personal Bible study, to help as an aid in sermon preparation, or to lead a small group through the Gospel of Mark, Boekestein’s book will be a great addition to your library. I pray that, as you use it, you would have a better understanding of Mark’s Gospel, which would ultimately give you a better understanding of who Jesus is and what He has done, enabling you to more fully set your eyes on Him as your Lord and Savior.”
Reviewer: Zack Ford
Rating: 5 Stars

“If you’re searching for a new look at the book of Mark, or want to learn more about the Gospel, this is a wonderful avenue to take. This is a great tool for small study groups or individuals who have a desire to give a more in-depth look at the lesser-studied Gospel of Christ.”
Reviewer: Cheryl Hart
Rating: 4 Stars

“I was greatly encouraged while reading through this commentary. It provided great insight into the Gospel of Mark. It is definitely a devotional commentary that I will recommend to others who desire to “dig in” to Mark’s Gospel and need a faithful guide.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 5 Stars

“I have no doubt that any reader who thoughtfully and prayerfully works through these studies will walk away with a clear understanding of Mark and a deeper love for Mark’s Savior.”
Reviewer: Ben Franks
Rating: 4 Stars

“Boekestein incorporated helpful as well as thought-provoking information to help readers develop a well-rounded view of the person, work and ministry of Christ.”
Reviewer: Jill Jones
Rating: 3 Stars

“…a very well laid out book as well as being an application commentary that sticks closer to the text than most application commentaries as the focus remains on Jesus. As I read this book, I had to think about what was being said, not all books make me stop, think and reread a section.”
Reviewer: Rick Lucian
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a commentary that does not fit the academic mold because the author was careful to format this as a conversation-based bible study. However, in no way does that diminish the scholarly truths of the Gospel of Mark. But the author was careful to tread in both waters of exposition and application.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 5 Stars

“I can see this book being used for an in depth Bible Study of the book of Mark.”
Reviewer: Tom Meiers
Rating: 5 Stars

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Thank you for your interest in reviewing Bible Studies on Mark by William Boekestein. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

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Praise for Bible Studies on Mark:

“Though sometimes neglected as if it were an abridged version of Matthew, the Gospel of Mark opens up before us beautiful snapshots of our King in action. Bill Boekestein’s crisp writing, practical orientation, and engaging questions make this book an ideal guide for studying the good news of the kingdom of God.”
-Rev. Joel Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“The Gospel of Mark is all about that—the Gospel. In this short guide through this shortest of Gospels, Bill Boekestein opens up for us the person and work of Jesus Christ, who is the Gospel incarnate. You will grow in your knowledge, love, and desire to serve Jesus through these pages.”
—Rev. Daniel R. Hyde

“Studying the holy Scripture nourishes the humble soul. In this study of the gospel of Mark, Boekestein dishes up a delicious and nutritious spiritual meal. In fact, he often packs more food for the soul into a short paragraph than many others do in an entire page. Take and read… or perhaps I should say, take and enjoy your meal.”
-Dr. Jason Van Vliet, Professor of Dogmatics, Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary

William BoekesteinAbout the Author:  William Boekestein is the pastor of Immanuel Fellowship Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  He received his B.A. at Kuyper College and his M.Div. at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. He has worked in residential construction and taught at a Christian school for several years. He and his wife have three children.

William has authored:

“Life Lessons from a Calloused Christian: A Study of Jonah with Questions,” (2009)
“Faithfulness under Fire: The Story of Guido de Bres” (2010)
“The Quest for Comfort: The Story of the Heidelberg Catechism” (2011)
“The Glory of Grace: The Story of the Canons of Dort” (2012)
“Why Christ Came: 31 Meditations on the Incarnation” (with Joel Beeke; 2013)
“A Well-Ordered Church: Laying a Foundation for a Vibrant Church” (with Daniel R. Hyde; 2015)
“Ulrich Zwingli” (2015)

You can follow him on Twitter at @williamboek.

Book Information:

  • Publisher:  Reformed Fellowship, Inc.
  • ISBN:  9781935369110
  • Page Count: 218 Pages

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Dates:  January 30 – February 5, 2017
  • Available Formats:  Paperback (Continental US Only) & PDF
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and Amazon.com.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Bible Studies on Mark by William Boekestein. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

A well-ordered Church Book Cover A well-ordered Church
William Boekestein & Daniel R. Hyde
EP Books
April 7, 2015
Paperback
190

“Jesus is my personal Lord and Savior.”

No phrase captures better the ethos of modern evangelical Christianity. And while this is absolutely necessary for a Christian to believe and profess, what typically gets lost in much evangelical thinking and acting is Jesus’ church. This book seeks to present to evangelical Christians the basics of ecclesiology, or, the biblical doctrine of the church so that you might participate more fully in the life of the body of Christ.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for A Well-Ordered Church by William Boekestein & Daniel R. Hyde. Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“I think you will find A Well-Ordered Church to be a brief yet valuable resource to turn to and to offer to others.”
Reviewer: Todd Wilson
Rating: 4 Stars

“As an elder I found this book to be helpful. As Michael Horton writes, all readers may not agree with everything presented in the book. However, where you don’t, you will be challenged from Scripture and historic Reformed Confessions as to why you might disagree.”
Reviewer: Bill Pence
Rating: 4 Stars

“Toward the end of the book, the call to action as you could say is that we in the 21st century would recapture our love for the body of Christ. Again going back to the point of the book. If you would like to be encouraged to grow in that love for your Church, I would say read this book.”
Reviewer: Jaime Beyersdorf
Rating: 4 Stars

“…overall a well-written, informative, and beneficial book that I would recommend to anyone interested in a better understanding of the Reformed church.”
Reviewer: Amanda Cain
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you are interested in the subject this is a good starting point especially for those in reformed or Presbyterian churches.”
Reviewer: Kenneth Clayton
Rating: 5 Stars

“… a useful book on presbyterian church government from a US presbyterian stable. Read and reflect.”
Reviewer: Alan Davey
Rating: 4 Stars

“On its own, Well-Ordered Church does exactly what it promises to do… it does an excellent service for those God has called into his marvelous light we call the Church.”
Reviewer: Don Haflich
Rating: 4 Stars

“I would highly recommend this book to pastors… I could see some very good discussion in a small group studying what this book presents.”
Reviewer: Bill Mazey
Rating: 4 Stars

“How we worship the True and Living God is of upmost importance. This book has exhorted me to think more critically about this glorious task.”
Reviewer: Wes Melton
Rating: 3 Stars

“…for pastors in the Reformed tradition, it would be useful to give to everyone on their church leadership team.”
Reviewer: Daniel Pandolph
Rating: 5 Stars

“If you are looking for a good book to use in Elder Training on the nature and function of the church and order in the Church, than your search stops here.”
Reviewer: William Perkins
Rating: 3 Stars

“I would recommend this book for Presbyterian believers.”
Reviewer: Beth Saathoff
Rating: 3 Stars

A Well-Ordered Church is a balanced, biblical, and informative book for pastors with a Reformed theology. ”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 3 Stars

“This is a short, theologically solid, helpful guide to the basics of having a vibrant, solid, gospel oriented, God-centered and honoring church. I recommend it, particularly for those who would like to see how the church is to be biblically oriented and led. ”
Reviewer: Douglas Wallace
Rating: 5 Stars

“As one who is reformed, but who does not attend a reformed church. I have found this book to be especially enlightening.”
Reviewer: Chris Ho
Rating:4 stars

“I think this is a must-read for all Christians and especially church leaders.”
Reviewer: Amanda Talbert
Rating: 5 Stars

Daniel R. Hyde was a recent guest on The Shaun Tabatt Show. You can listen to Shaun and Daniel’s discussion on A Well-Ordered Church below:

Thank you for your interest in reviewing A Well-Ordered Church by William Boekestein & Daniel R. Hyde. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

For our final July blog tour, we’re pleased to offer A Well-Ordered Church: Laying a Foundation for a Vibrant Church by William Boekestein and Daniel R. Hyde (EP Books, 2015). Daniel was a recent guest on The Shaun Tabatt Show. You can listen to Shaun and Daniel’s discussion on A Well-Ordered Church below:

A Well-Ordered ChurchAbout The Book:
“Jesus is my personal Lord and Savior.”

No phrase captures better the ethos of modern evangelical Christianity. And while this is absolutely necessary for a Christian to believe and profess, what typically gets lost in much evangelical thinking and acting is Jesus’ church. This book seeks to present to evangelical Christians the basics of ecclesiaology, or, the biblical doctrine of the church. The authors say in these pages, “This is a church, in the most basic and fundamental of ways. No matter what view of church government you may hold, the goal is to draw you back to the big principles of Scripture to help you understand the church s identity, authority, ecumenicity, and activity.”

Praise For A Well-Ordered Church:

“William Boekestein and Danny Hyde love the church because they love the church’s Head, Jesus Christ. They want you and me to love the church also. How? By learning more about the order, offices, and callings that Jesus has given the church in the Bible. This is a well-written, accessible, and practical introduction to the life and work of the church. Whether you are new Christian or you have been one for a long time, read this book and get a clearer glimpse of the church … and of the Savior who “loved the church and gave himself up for her.”
-Guy Prentiss Waters, James M. Baird, Jr. Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Miss. USA

“This book helps readers navigate the host of Scriptures where the Spirit instructs us regarding the nature, structure, and practice of the church. Like the authors, I too, deeply desire that many more church leaders would discover the riches of the Word in these matters and follow the Good Shepherd.”
-Theodore G. Van Raalte, Professor of Ecclesiology, Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary

About The Authors:
William Boekestein (M.Div., Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary) is the pastor of Covenant Reformed Church in Carbondale, Pennsylvania. He has authored several books including Ulrich Zwingli, and Why Christ Came.

Daniel R. Hyde (Th.M., Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary) is the Pastor of Oceanside United Reformed Church in Carlsbad, California. He is author of over a dozen books including Welcome to a Reformed Church: A Guide for Pilgrims and also serves as an adjunct instructor at Mid-America Reformed Seminary and Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary.

Book Information:

  • EP Books
  • ISBN:  9781783970735
  • Page Count:  190

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: July 20 – August 2, 2015
  • Available Formats:  Paperback (Continental US Only) & PDF
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and Amazon.com.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing A Well-Ordered Church by William Boekestein & Daniel R. Hyde. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Bitesize Biographies Ulrich Zwingli Book Cover Bitesize Biographies Ulrich Zwingli
William Boekestein
EP Books
March 10, 2015
164 pages

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Bitesize Biographies Ulrich Zwingli by William Boekestein. Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“I heartily recommend this book for a brief yet thorough life of Zwingli’s influence on the Reformation in Switzerland and Europe.”
Reviewer: Todd Wilson
Rating: 4 Stars

“I liked the book. It’s at least a good start at incorporating Zwingli into the conversation on the reformation.  And since he is largely neglected, Boekestein’s work may prove to be quite impactful in the Lord.”
Reviewer: Brian Mann
Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend this series, and this book, heartily.”
Reviewer: Andrew Spencer
Rating: 4 Stars

“I highly recommend that you get this book and be introduced to another man who took part in the history of our church which so richly blesses us today.”
Reviewer: Shawn Covington
Rating: 3 Stars

“I recommend this book to any Christian individual or family who wants to learn more about one of the pillars of the Reformation.”
Reviewer: Beth Saathoff
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you want to get a quick view of Zwingli’s life and God’s use of Him, this biography would do very well.”
Reviewer: Sarah Lambert
Rating: 4 Stars

“I found this book to be well written, factual, based on solid research, insightful in interpretation, and quite helpful in bringing to life the contextual situations, events, and facts of the life of this important Reformer.”
Reviewer: Doug Wallace
Rating: 5 Stars

“This a good summer read for those interested in learning more about church history.”
Reviewer: Anne Pendleton
Rating: 4 Stars

“I whole-heartedly recommend this biography as a place to start your study of one of the important figures of the Reformation.”
Reviewer: Todd Randolph
Rating: 4 Stars

“This would be a great book to read in a class on history or religion.”
Reviewer: H. Marshall
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend William Boekestein’s biography!”
Reviewer: John Wiley
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book should be used for those interested in this significant man, that historical period, the theology of the early Reformation, and the history of Switzerland,”
Reviewer: Val Belley
Rating: 5 Stars

“William Boekestein has written a much needed little biography of the important Swiss Reformer Ulrich Zwingli.”
Reviewer: Scott Christensen
Rating: 4 stars

“If you have never heard of Zwingli or if it has been some time since you have picked up some Zwingli you will definitely find this to be a good read.”
Reviewer: James Sisco
Rating: 4 stars

“This is a helpful little book for those who are beginning to study the notable Christians of the past.”
Reviewer: Seong Min Yoo
Rating: 4 Stars

“Take up and read, and see how God’s choice servant of the past can continue to have meaning for us in the church today.”
Reviewer: Allen Mickle
Rating: 5 Stars

“As you read this biography, you will see a man who loved the church, cherished the Gospel, was series about the Bible, and had a whole-hearted zeal for loving the Lord. And surely we can all learn a thing or two from a man like that.”
Reviewer: Zach Ford
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you’re a pastor building a solid church library and encouraging your church to read church history / biography, these bitesize biographies are a great place to start.”
Reviewer: Mathew Sims
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to learn more about the leaders of the Reformation.”
Reviewer: Bill Pence
Rating: 4 Stars

“Zwingli was a product of his time and Boekestein pulls back the veil to allow the reader to see this.”
Reviewer: Cliff VanNostrand
Rating: 5 Stars

“This a fine book and should be read.”
Reviewer: Doug Iverson
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is easy to read and provides enough background information for the reader to understand what is being discussed.”
Reviewer: Kaye Chalwell
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book gives us insight into a little known man who fought for Christ to be known.”
Reviewer: Debbie Crawford
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is a great reference for those interested in the early Reformation, and the history of Switzerland.”
Reviewer: Jennifer Greene
Rating: 5 Stars

“William Boekestein, has done a tremendous job in documenting the life and times of Ulrich Zwingli during the Swiss Reformation.”
Reviewer: William Perkins
Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend this book for anyone who desires to learn more about the Protestant Reformation.”
Reviewer: Gaines Redd
Rating: 4 Stars

“Do yourself a favor and pick this book up and enjoy an excellent, readable account of this late great (yet often overlooked) Protestant reformer.”
Reviewer: Angelo Valle
Rating: 5 stars

“I look forward to reading more in the Bitesize Biographies series…”
Reviewer: Amanda Cain
Rating: 3 Stars

“If you have not read anything about Zwingli, or are interested to read up about the reformation of Zurich, I highly encourage to pick up this book and read.”
Reviewer: Chris Ho
Rating: 4 Stars

“I was reminded once more as I read this book, that as a child of the reformation I stand in a long line of godly men. We stand on the shoulders of giants. Thank you Pastor Boekenstein for bringing this giant of the reformation to life!”
Reviewer: Alex Houston
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you want to know what really happened during the Reformation, this is a necessary biography to read.”
Reviewer: Jill Jones
Rating: 3 Stars

“Boekestein gives a good overview of the political, magisterial, economic, educational and religious landscape in Switzerland during the time of the Reformation.”
Reviewer: Chris Malkemes
Rating: 3 Stars

“I appreciate any biographies that can lead me down a road that has been traveled well.”
Reviewer: Jeanie Schwagerman
Rating: 4 Stars

“Boekestein did an incredible job outlining Zwingli’s life.”
Reviewer: Amanda Talbert
Rating: 4 Stars

“The book has a good narrative and covers many aspects of Zwingli’s life – a character often overlooked in the Protestant Reformation.”
Reviewer: Michael Taylor
Rating: 4 Stars

“At the end of the book, I wanted to know more about this large and complex character which may have achieved the aim of a bite sized biography!”
Reviewer: Sarah Jones
Rating 4 Stars

“This book, however, clarifies and corrects many of the (mis)understandings of Zwingli and his legacy. Members of the Reformed Church in the U.S. should be especially interested in Zwingli, as some of the first historians of our denomination commented on how Zwingli stands right up there with Calvin as one of the great forefathers of our Reformed beliefs and practices.”
Reviewer: Kyle Sorensen
Rating: 5 Stars