Monthly Archives: September 2011

Christian Focus Across the Web – September 30, 2011

Christian Focus Across the Web highlights important news and blog posts related to our books. This week’s highlights are below:

Last Day to Enter our September Book Giveaway – If you haven’t already, be sure to enter our September Book Giveaway for a chance to win a Denise George 3 pack, including I Am My Sister’s Keeper (Christian Focus, 2011), Fighting Fear With Faith (Christian Focus, 2011), and Johnny Cornflakes (Christian Focus, 2010).


FAQS:  Family Worship for a Child Under 2? – Jared Kennedy at Sojourn Kids makes some great suggestions for books that will be helpful for sharing the gospel with children ages 3 and under.  He recommends the “shaped board books” by Hazel Scrimshire as a great resource for sharing with children under age 2.


Building the Minister’s Library: The Lord’s Prayer – John G. Bales (Library Director and Lecturer in Theological Bibliography, Westminster Seminary California) suggests a wide range of books that every pastor should consider adding to their library in order to better understand what the Lord’s Prayer means and what its implications are for the life of the church today.  We were pleased to see Terry Johnson’s When Grace Comes Alive: Living Through the Lord’s Prayer (Christian Focus, 2004) included in this list of fine resources.

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Author Profile: Alan Stibbs

“No one in his generation did more to help people, and especially students, to understand the Bible, to love the Bible and to obey it. His memorial is in many lives and in many pulpits throughout the world.”

So declared the Inter-Varsity Fellowship annual report on the death in July 1971 of Alan Stibbs who, for more than thirty years, exercised an influential ministry as a Bible expositor and cogent teacher of Christian doctrine.

After returning from the mission field in China in the mid-1930s, he played a significant part in the resurgence of conservative evangelicalism in Britain after World War Two – alongside other leaders like Martyn Lloyd-Jones and John Stott.

As vice principal of Oak Hill College in north London, Stibbs aimed to revive biblical preaching and biblical thinking across the country. His powerful sermons made a profound impact upon countless congregations and his pithy writings helped to stimulate the rebirth of a robust evangelical theology.

Evangelical leader John Stott said of him, “Alan Stibbs was a voice crying in the wilderness, a lonely evangelical scholar in a sea of liberalism. We owe him much.” And Dr. J.I. Packer thought that, “Alan Stibbs was for many years the best theological mind serving British evangelicals….” Even after his death, Stibbs continues to influence the church at large through his writings.

Christian Focus Titles by Alan Stibbs:

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New Release — His Blood Works: The Meaning of the Word “Blood” in Scripture by Alan Stibbs

Did you know that the blood of Christ is mentioned more times in the New Testament than the cross or even the death of Christ? But what is the significance of this fact? What does it tell us about the sacrifice of Christ and how does this emphasis on his blood help us in understanding the finished work of Christ on the cross? Alan Stibbs dispels any misconceptions that people may have about Jesus’ blood and its work by examining the Old and New Testaments. The author gives us the Biblical understanding of the meaning of the blood which equates to the purposeful and effective laying down of life. We will find that indeed His Blood Works!

First published in 1962, Alan Stibbs’ essay on “the blood” has become a classic. In a day when the substitutionary atonement of Christ is attacked on all sides, Stibbs’ lucid exposition of the Bible’s teaching on Christ’s blood is more needed than ever.

For more information about the book, and to read Michael Ovey’s forward, visit the books product detail page at You can pick up a copy of this book at any of the following online retailers:, Westminster Bookstore, Cumberland Valley Books, Monergism Books,, and

About the Author:
Alan Stibb’s (1901-1971) preaching and teaching led him to the staff of Oak Hill Theological College in London, where he served as vice principal. He became known as a Bible expositor and preacher in demand for evangelical conferences and conventions. He was also an author, and editor of several books including The New Bible Commentary.

Praise for His Blood Works:

“Here is a biblical and reasoned defense of the teaching on the blood of Christ…. You will want to read this little booklet and refresh your spirit by drinking from this rich supply of living water. It is a miniature treasure.”

Liam Goligher ~ Senior Pastor, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“On the one hand, Stibbs’ essay is a theological jewel, with its close and lucid reading of biblical material. On the other hand, it is a pastoral masterpiece, because the reader loves Christ more at the end of it. I think that would greatly please Alan Stibbs, and it is why this ‘old’ essay is so worth reading.”

Michael Ovey ~ Principal, Oak Hill Theological College, London

“Solid gold! Alan Stibbs’ brilliant study on ‘the meaning of the word blood in Scripture’ is one of those classics that has directly or indirectly influenced generations of Bible readers…. You will deepen your appreciation of God’s grace and your salvation, both focused in the sacrificial death of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

John Woodhouse ~ Principal of Moore College, Australia

“The Meaning of the Word “Blood” in Scripture’ was and is a very necessary corrective after Westcott had deceived the whole world.”

Dick Lucas ~ Formerly Rector of St Helens Bishopsgate, London

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September Book Giveaway – Denise George 3 Pack

Our September book giveaway features a Denise George 3 pack, which includes I Am My Sister’s Keeper (Christian Focus, 2011), Fighting Fear With Faith (Christian Focus, 2011), and Johnny Cornflakes (Christian Focus, 2010).

Contest entries will be taken via the form at the bottom of this post.  Answers to the questions can be found on Denise’s web site:

Terms and Conditions:

  • This contest is limited to residents of the 48 state continental United States and the UK..
  • The contest will run through end of day September 30, 2011.
  • After the contest closes, we will choose 1 winner for the titles listed above.

This contest is now closed. We will announce winner shortly.


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Christian Focus Across the Web – September 23, 2011

Christian Focus Across the Web highlights important news and blog posts related to our books. This week’s highlights are below:

Terry Delaney reviews Unseen Realities -Blogger and book reviewer extraordinaire Terry Delaney offers his review of Unseen Realities: Heaven, Hell, Angels, and Demons by R. C. Sproul at the Christian Book Notes blog.  Terry says:

Unseen Realities is a worthwhile resource to have in one’s library. It will kick-start your own meditations and help you to “see” that there is more to this life than meets the eye. Pick up a copy, read it, and then give it to another.”

The review is available in its entirety here: LINK. Please visit to learn about Unseen Realities: Heaven, Hell, Angels, & Demons by R.C. Sproul.

Denise George shares a picture of Johnny Cornflakes – In Johnny Cornflakes:  A Story about Loving the Unloved, Denise George offers a story of hope that challenges our attitudes toward others and shows how God can work in the most unexpected ways through the most unlikely, unloved people.  If any of our readers ever wondered what Johnny Cornflakes looked like, well today is your lucky day.  Denise was kind enough to share his picture via Facebook and we’ve featured it below.  You can also learn more about Johnny Cornflakes in this radio interview Denise recorded for the Northland Notebook radio program back in January 2011:  LINK.

Recent Christian Focus Titles By Denise George:


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New Release — God Made Books by Catherine Mackenzie

The “God Made” books by Catherine Mackenzie are bright colored, board books for children ages 0-3. Each book teaches children how God made the food they enjoy, the water they use, the weather they experience, or the time in their day. The books include a Scripture verse as well as a “Thank You” prayer to God. The pictures by illustrator Andy Robb are engaging, and the board books are the perfect size for little hands. These books offer an opportunity for parents to teach young children about the world, and the One who made everything in it.

To see all eight titles (so far) in the “God Made” series click here.

About the Author:
Catherine Mackenzie has written several biographies for young children as well as compiling the Bible Art series on key words from the Bible. She lives in Scotland and has several nieces and nephews – a perfect practice audience!

See Catherine Mackenzie’s author profile here at Christian Focus BookNotes for more info. You can also see a listing of all her books (more than 80), here.

New Titles in the “God Made” series:

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New Release – Find The Animal Books by Penny Reeve

The Find The Animal Series by Penny Reeve gives readers ages 5 to 7 an opportunity to join the animal detectives as they find out what animals are hiding in the jungle.  Each story gives children an opportunity to solve a mystery and learn more about the God who has made all sorts of wonderful things.  The brand new additions to the series are:

For information on other titles in the Find The Animal series and additional CF4K titles written by Penney Reeve, please visit

About the Author:

Penny Reeve and her family lived in Nepal as missionaries for five years. They now live in the Blue Mountains of Australia.  You can learn more about Penny in her author profile on the Christan Focus Booknotes blog.


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Christian Focus On the Road – Desiring God 2011 National Conference

Christian Focus Publications will be at this week’s Desiring God National Conference in Minneapolis, MN.  Anthony Gosling from our sales and marketing team will be in attendance.  You will be able to find him manning the Christian Focus book tables in the conference book store.  We will have a wide selection of our children’s and adult titles, including several new releases available at great conference prices. We’re always looking for opportunities to connect with our social media followers, so we wanted to put on a little contest. The first 10 conference attendees to get their picture taken with Anthony and share it with us via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter will win a copy of Unseen Realities:  Heaven, Hell, Angels, & Demons by R.C. Sproul.  Prizes will be delivered via mail following the conference. Since many of you’ve never met Anthony before, we’ve included a picture of him below. He is excited to have an opportunity to connect with more of our readers at the conference and looks forward to meeting you there.


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Author Profile – Penny Reeve

Penny Reeve is the daughter of missionaries who served in Arnhem Land – North Australia, Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea. Following in her parents’ footsteps, Penny, her husband Richard, and their children lived and served as missionaries in Pokhara, Nepal for five years, which is the inspiration for Penny’s book Himalayan Adventures. Today Penny and her family live in Western Sydney, Australia.

Penny is active in social media.  You can learn more about Penny on her web site and Facebook profile, which are listed below:

A Selection of CF4K Titles by Penny Reeve:


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Announcing the Enough Blog Tour – October 24-28

Announcing the Enough Blog Tour – October 24-28

What is our motivation for serving Jesus? Is it so that we might have good health and be wealthy? Galatians 1 tells us that the wealth or health prosperity gospel is no gospel at all! However what we can find is fullness in Christ and in him we find that indeed God is enough for us!

This easy to read book addresses key themes that span global cultures, including:

  • The prosperity gospel myth
  • Satisfaction, contentment and  joy
  • Fulfillment and purpose

About the Author:
Dr. Helen Roseveare went to the Congo in 1953. She has dedicated her life to serving others even in the deep trials of life. She pioneered vital medical work in the rainforests of what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, and is an internationally respected speaker with WEC ministries.

Blog Tour Details:

The Enough blog tour will run October 24th through the 28th. Participants must be willing to post a review of the book on their personal blog and an internet retailer of their choice such as

A limited number of entries will be selected via the form below:

This blog tour is now full. Thank you for your interest.

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