New Releases from Christian Focus – November 2011

Amos: An Ordinary Man with an Extraordinary Message by T.J. Betts

Amos had no claim to fame. He was not even a son of a prophet. Neither had he had any formal training to be a prophet. Yet God called him out from a career of overseeing Herdsman. He was sent out from the south to bring the Lord’s message to Samaria in the Northern Kingdom. Amos called to speak at the time of national disunity; military superiority; economic prosperity and religious activity. Amos brings home the idea of a famine. However it is not food the people lack like we might expect but there is a famine of the Word of God. Through this study we will be reminded of the importance of the Word of God in our lives.
Isaiah By the Day: A New Devotional Translation by Alec Motyer
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.

Facing a Task Unfinished: A Personal Devotional for Evangelism 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 prayer.

Letters With Love 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.

What the Bible Means to Me: Testimonies of How God’s Word impacts Lives edited by Catherine MacKenzie
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 summarise 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.

Is There Anybody Out There? by Mez McConnell
Since the publication of ‘A child called “it”‘ by Dave Pelzer there hasn’t been a story like this. But this is not just another harrowing story about an excruciating childhood and the ravages on a life it produces. The difference is that Mez not only escaped from his ‘trial by parent’ but he discovered a hope that has transformed his life. He in turn has helped others find hope in their lives. Mez’s story is told with a frankness and wit that hides much of the pain and despair that was his everyday experience. Nevertheless, although his story at times may sicken you, his first brushes with the faith that restored him will make you laugh out loud! Mez’s life involved abuse, violence, drugs, thieving and prison – but you don’t have to fall as far as him in order to climb out of the traps in your life. Do you like happy endings? Mez still suffers from his experiences but you’ll be amazed at how far you can be restored from such a beginning.

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