Monthly Archives: November 2011

New Release — Letters with Love (Daily Readings) by Cecil Bewes

Letters with Love is a wonderful book. A young teenager suffering from anorexia receives a letter every day for a whole year from her grandfather. He sets out to encourage her and anchor her once again in the faith she has been brought up in. With each of these letters we are given a rare glimpse into a private world of family love and God’s grace. Each letter is presented as a daily reading for your own personal devotions.

With a reading for each day of the year, and a Scripture verse at the top of each page, this book would be a great daily devotional for the upcoming new year. Like other books in the “Daily Readings” series from Christian Focus, this book comes in a pocket size with an attractive, durable cover. It would make a great gift this Christmas season.

This book should be available through your local Christian bookstore. Here are some of the places where you can purchase this book online: ChristianBook.com, 10ofThose.com, Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. Learn more about this book from ChristianFocus.com

About the Author:
Cecil Bewes was involved in establishing churches in Kenya and in coordinating the work of CMS across the African continent.

Other “Daily Readings” Titles from Christian Focus:

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New Release — Facing a Task Unfinished by Roger Carswell

Evangelist Roger Carswell has a burden to reach the lost with the good news of the gospel. He is also deeply concerned that Christians should have a love for those without Jesus. In this carefully crafted devotional journal of 52 readings he has brought together a selection of Bible passages, prayers and hymns designed to help us all cultivate a soul winner’s passion. There is also space for your own notes or written prayers.

These readings could be used as a weekly meditation on the importance of evangelism – one for each week of 2012. Or they could equally provide a daily devotional reading for nearly eight weeks of a concentrated focus on personal evangelism. The attractive cover and handy size will also let this book serve as a personal journal.

Facing a Task Unfinished: A Personal Devotional for Evangelism is available at your local Christian book store. Here are a few of the places where you can purchase it online: ChristianBook.com, 10ofthose.com, BarnesandNoble.com or Amazon.com. Learn more about the book at ChristianFocus.com.

About the Author:
Roger Carswell was a secondary school teacher. He now works full-time speaking to students and adults about the believability of the Christian faith and its relevance to the modern world. He is married to Dot and they have four children.

Learn more about Roger Carswell from his author profile here at Christian Focus Booknotes.

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Join the Children & the Lord’s Supper Blog Tour

Announcing the Children and the Lord’s Supper Blog Tour – December 26-30

What age is it okay for a child to partake in the Lord’s supper? This book takes a constructive look at the doctrine of paedo-communion as defined: “as the admittance of a covenant child to the Lord’s Supper on the basis of his descent from at least one professing Christian parent.” Looking at this doctrine, these essays will provide food for thought across the various disciplines such as Biblical, Theological, historical and pastoral. It will be a guide as you seek to explore this key pastoral issue.

Blog Tour Details:

The Children and the Lord’s Supper blog tour will run December 26th through the 30th. Participants must be willing to post a review of the book on their personal blog and an internet retailer of their choice such as Amazon.com.

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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Christian Focus Across the Web – November 25, 2011

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

Don’t forget to enter our November Book Giveaway – If you haven’t already, be sure to enter our November Book Giveaway for a chance to win Isaiah by the Day: A New Devotional Translation by Alec Motyer.  We will be accepting entries through November 30, 2011.

Jonathan Edwards: America’s Genius Giveaway at The Hankins Family Blog – It’s the last day to enter for your chance to win a copy of Jonathan Edwards: America’s Genius by Christian George over at The Hankins Family Blog. Entries will be accepted through 12 PM EST, November 25, 2011.

Get John Owen’s The Mortification of Sin for $5 – Check out this great deal on The Mortification of Sin: A Puritan’s View of how to Deal with the Sin in Your Life by John Owen. Only $5  in Ligonier’s $5 Friday sale.

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Notable and Quotable — Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers. In honor of this special day, we thought this quote by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones would be especially appropriate. It reminds us that being grateful is evidence that God has opened our hearts and minds to the glories of the Gospel.

“My dear friends, have you a sense of gratitude to God? Is there a glimmering of praise in your heart somewhere? Is there something within you that makes you desire to praise God and to magnify his grace? Is it possible to be a Christian without feeling something of that? Do you believe your sins are forgiven? Do you believe your soul is redeemed? Do you say that you have got a new nature? Do you say that there is a blessed hope set, awaiting you in heaven with God? Do you believe all that?”

“…Do you really believe it? How can you believe it without feeling some sense of gratitude and of praise and of thanksgiving?

“Do you feel a little of it? I want to try and help you. Is there the faintest flicker of a sense of gratitude within you? If so, you can be hopeful. But if you can consider these blessed facts; if you can consider the Christmas event, the Incarnation and all that followed; if you can look at it with a complete detachment, with a philosophical or intellectual objectivity; and if it does not move you even to the slightest fraction; if there is not a speck of softness in your calloused, hard heart, how can you be a Christian? O no! The one who realises what God is doing and what is happening says, ‘My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.'”

Excerpted from Magnify the Lord by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (Christian Focus, reprint 2011), p. 106-107. This book is an extended meditation on Luke 1:46-55 and Mary’s song of praise at the angel’s message to her. Learn more about this title at ChristianFocus.com.

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Announcing the What the Bible Means to Me Blog Tour – December 12-16

Announcing the What the Bible Means to Me Blog Tour – December 12-16

From all backgrounds, nationalities and cultures people are remarkably different but also intriguingly the same. God’s Word has something to say to all mankind and in this book 44 people summarize what the Bible means to them. The bus driver and the theologian; the missionary and the midwife; the army chaplain and the artist. We know how different they are but we also see their similarities … their search for truth; their need for love; their quest for faith. Through the Word of God we can see how God loves us, faithfully and truly and how his Word is a Word for all times and ages. It’s a Word for you.

Here are a few of the contributors who share what the Bible means to them in this new book:

  • Alec Motyer – Author & Retired principal of Trinity College, Bristol
  • Dale Ralph Davis — respected author and Bible expositor
  • Linda Finlayson – Children’s author
  • Douglas Kelly – Richard Jordan Professor of Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Helen Roseveare – an international speaker with W.E.C. ministries.
  • J. I. Packer – Professor of Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada
  • Catherine Mackenzie – CF4k Editor, Inverness Scotland

The full list of contributors is available here: LINK

Blog Tour Details:

The What the Bible Means to Me blog tour will run December 12th through the 16th. Participants must be willing to post a review of the book on their personal blog and an internet retailer of their choice such as Amazon.com.

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

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

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November Book Giveaway – Isaiah by the Day: A New Devotional Translation by Alec Motyer

Our November Book Giveaway features Isaiah by the Day: A New Devotional Translation by Alec Motyer. Here is a brief description of this great new devotional book:

As a man who loves the word of God, Alec Motyer presents these daily devotionals from Isaiah. For him, daily devotion is not a mere habit but a real desire to be transformed by the challenging word of Isaiah. These devotionals reassure us that the Lord can restore what sin has robbed us of. These daily devotionals are birthed from a lifetime of study on the prophecy of Isaiah. Day by day you will be provided with passages from Isaiah and an opportunity to explore the passage further. Take time to acquaint yourself with these passages from God’s Word and treasure them in your heart.

The November Book Giveaway is now closed.  Thank you for your interest.

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 November 30, 2011.
  • After the contest closes, we will choose 2 winners, who will each receive 1 copy of the book.

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Author Profile – Alec Motyer

Dr. Alec Motyer is a well-known Bible expositor and from an early age has had a love for studying God’s Word. He was formerly principal of Trinity College, Bristol.  The following excerpt from an interview Alec did for The Presbyterian Layman back in May 2000 describes how he was introduced to the word of God and his love for the scriptures:

“Now retired as principal of Trinity College in Bristol, England, Motyer has spent his professional career studying the Bible. However, he learned to love the Scriptures at his grandmother’s knee in Ireland. “Grandma was, in worldly terms, a comparatively uneducated lady,” Motyer says, “but she was a great Bible woman. Biblical studies have simply confirmed that which I learned from Grandma – that the Bible is the Word of God – and made it a coherently held position.”

He adds, “I had a conversion experience when I was 15, but I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love the Word of God.”

That love is quickly evident. Motyer’s speech is filled with Biblical references and allusions. It takes only a little longer to realize that he has understated his scholarly abilities, so lightly does he wear his considerable learning. Having served the Church as both pastor and professor, much of Motyer’s academic life has been devoted to the study of the Old Testament, particularly Isaiah. A widely respected scholar who now spends his time lecturing and writing…”

The full interview is available here: LINK.  Readers can also connect with Alec in this brief video, where he shares insights into Handel’s interpretation of Isaiah 53 in The Messiah.

Books by Alec Motyer:

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Christian Focus on the Road – Wesley Owen bookshop – Coleraine, Northern Ireland

Carine Mackenzie recently paid a visit to the Wesley Owen bookshop in Coleraine, Northern Ireland to sign books and read stories from her 150th book, 365 Great Bible Stories: The good news of Jesus Christ from Genesis to Revelation (CF4K, 2011). Here are a few of the photos from the event:

 

All of the photos from the event are available on the Christian Focus Publications Facebook page:  LINK.

365 Great Bible Stories is Carine MacKenzie’s 150th Book. With one story a day this book will give you enough Bible stories to last all year. There is also an opportunity to track a theme such as Salvation; The Holy Spirit; God’s Word and by looking out for the key picture as you flick through the book. Be sure to remember that this book is not about how fast or slow you read, or how many days you spend going through it. This book is about discovering the good news about Jesus Christ from Genesis to Revelation. You can also make a special friend, Jesus Christ, the true Saviour. He is with his people always no matter what time of day or what month of the year it is. God’s word is true always. Read it and learn from it and follow it all the days of your life.

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New Release – Isaiah by the Day: A New Devotional Translation by Alec Motyer

As a man who loves the Word of God, and is passionate about the Old Testament, Alec Motyer presents these daily devotionals from Isaiah birthed from a lifetime of study. For him, daily devotion is not a mere duty but a real desire to be transformed by the challenging Word of God as given to the prophet Isaiah. These devotionals reassure us that the Lord can restore what sin has robbed us of. Day by day you will read freshly translated passages from Isaiah and have an opportunity to explore the passage further through the author’s notes and devotional comments. Take time to acquaint yourself with these passages from God’s word and treasure them in your heart and life.

Dr. Motyer invites readers to share in his passion for the book of Isaiah, see his personal invitation from the Author’s Preface below:

Welcome to Isaiah! I send you this invitation as one who loves everything about him-the way he writes, his mastery of words, the rhythmic beauty of his Hebrew and, above all, the magnificent sweep of his messianic vision, taking in the glory of Jesus as God and King, the wonder and fullness of the salvation he accomplished, and the shining hope of his coming again. I want to share all this with you so that you may become as indebted to Isaiah as I feel myself to be. His book is as much the crown of the Old Testament as the Epistle to the Hebrews is of the New Testament-and for the same reason. Isaiah saw the coming King, Saviour and Conqueror; Hebrews knew him as Jesus. May the Lord God bless you richly as you read this tremendous portion of his word.

Alec Motyer
Poynton, Cheshire

Isaiah by the Day: A new Devotional Translation is available at your local Christian book store.  Here are a few of the places you can purchase it online: ChristianBook.com, Monergism Books, 10ofthose.com, BarnesandNoble.com or Amazon.com.

About the Author:
Dr. Alec Motyer is a well-known Bible expositor and from an early age has had a love for studying God’s Word. He was formerly principal of Trinity College, Bristol, where over his years there he regularly taught on the book of Isaiah.

Other Books by Alec Motyer:

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