Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Envy of Eve Blog Tour

The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World by Melissa B. KrugerThis week we have a several of bloggers participating in a book review blog tour for The Envy of Eve by Melissa Kruger. Links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

About the Book:
What’s truly at the heart of our desires? The Envy of Eve guides readers to understand how desires grow into covetousness and what happens when this sin takes power in our hearts. Covetousness chokes out the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, allowing discontentment to bloom. The key to overcoming is to get to the root of our problem: unbelief-a mistrust of God’s sovereignty and goodness. An ideal resource for deeper study or group discussion.

About the Author:
Melissa B. KrugerMelissa is a North Carolina native and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, where she studied math and education, as well as met her husband, Mike. She currently works part-time as the Women’s Ministry Coordinator for Uptown Church, acting as a liaison between the women’s prayer team, program team and staff team. She enjoys meeting with women, studying the Bible, running with friends, reading, and spending her days raising her three children, Emma, John, and Kate.

Where to Buy:
The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World is available at any good Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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What We’re Reading – Royal Company: A Devotional on the Song of Solomon – Part 2

Royal Company: A Devotional on Song of Solomon by Malcolm MacLeanThe next contribution to the “What We’re Reading” series on the Christian Focus Booknotes blog comes from Derry Brebner, P.A. for our Managing Director.

Malcolm writes in the foreword “And I suspect today that there has been a subtle shift from contemplative religion to a form of Christian activism that is commendable in several ways; yet instead of maintaining a balance between a healthy heart religion and a healthy walk, the heart has been largely jettisoned and we have produced a kind of Christianity that is not as warm as the spiritual life of our forefathers.” It is this very warmth that the reader encounters in the pages of Royal Company. King Jesus’ beauty, fragrance and the warmth of His love pour out through the pages of this book of the Bible and also through the pages of the book, so that you will just wish to sit at His feet in worship and settle for nothing less than that.

Some quotes from the book –

“It is a good way to think of church services as corridors in the king’s palace, and in each of these services we should smell the fragrance of Christ as he comes to meet with us.”

“As the woman sits in the banqueting hall, she looks at the king’s banners and discovers that there is only one announcement: he loves her. Applying this to Jesus, we know that many things of great importance could be written on the banners in his banqueting hall. But all he wants recorded is the he loves his people. The great king, Jesus the Son of God, is not ashamed to erect a banner that says he is in love with sinners and intends to express his love for them.”

“We often anticipate the joy of the believer as he or she enters heaven. However great that joy may be, it is eclipsed by the joy of Jesus in having with him there an individual believer who has not been in heaven before. There are many joys awaiting us in the heavenly experience, and there are many kinds of joy awaiting Jesus, one of them being the individual pleasure and delight he will experience when each believer reaches home.”

 

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May Book Giveaway – Matthew Henry: His Life and Influence by Allan Harman

Matthew Henry: His Life And Influence by Allan HarmanOur May book giveaway features Matthew Henry: His Life And Influence by Allan Harman.

About the Book:
Matthew Henry (1662-1714) is highly-valued by contemporary preachers and Bible users. Here we get a closer look at the life of Matthew Henry by an author who has had a life-long interest in Matthew Henry and his writings. Matthew Henry was the son of a Puritan pastor who had been silenced by the government of the time. Nevertheless Philip Henry, a godly man reared his family on Christian principles and Matthew followed the Lord from an early age. Although it was difficult to find suitable ministerial training, Matthew Henry eventually studied for the ministry. With government opposition relaxing, he became a Presbyterian pastor in Chester in 1687 and later in London from 1712. It is astonishing to note the amount of preaching and writing that he accomplished despite suffering from ill-health and knowing intense sorrow in his family life.

About the Author:
Allan HarmanAllan Harman has had a life-time interest in exposition of the biblical text, and also in the history of interpretation. He is Research Professor of Old Testament at the Presbyterian Theological College in Melbourne, Australia. He has lectured and preached in many countries, and continues to serve as the senior editor of the Reformed Theological Review, Australia’s oldest theological journal.

How to Enter:
This contest 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 June 1, 2012.
  • After the contest closes, we will choose 1 winner, who will receive a copy of the book.

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E-Book Sale: The Hidden Life of Prayer by David McIntyre

The Hidden Life of Prayer: The life-blood of the Christian by David McIntyreIn his next installment of Reading Classics Together, Tim Challies and his readers will be discussing their way through The Hidden Life of Prayer: The Life-blood of the Christian by David McIntyre. The discussion begins May 31. Visit Challies.com to learn how you can join the conversation.

For a limited time we’re offering The Hidden Life of Prayer on Kindle for $2.99 (US) and £1.95 (UK). If you’d prefer a print copy of the book, Westminster Bookstore currently has it available for 50% off (LINK).

About the Book:
Private or secret prayer is the life-blood of the Christian. The great men and women of God down through the ages have testified to the effectiveness of this in their lives. Some like Martin Luther, have said that they could not survive a busy day without spending 2-3 hours alone with God. Drawing on the experiences of people like Luther, Spurgeon, Muller, Whitefield and Wesley, the author presses the case for a greater commitment to prayer. His advice may not only transform your life, it could be a catalyst towards a change in the world around you.

Praise for The Hidden Life of Prayer:

“God brings books at their appointed times. The Hidden Life of Prayer arrived late but well-timed. This little jewel-strewn tapestry has done for me at 64 what Bounds’ Power Through Prayer did at 34. I could be ashamed that I need inspiration for the highest privilege. But I choose to be thankful.”
-John Piper – Senior Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota

“I have read The Hidden Life of Prayer again and again since Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia first gave it to me when I visited there as a prospective student forty years ago. Every time I read this book, the Lord uses it to deepen my prayer life and encourage my faith. I strongly recommend it!”
-Wayne Grudem – Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

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Christian Focus Across the Web – May 25, 2012

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

Mez McConnell’s Testimony at T4G 2012 – Christian Focus author Mez McConnell had an opportunity to share his testimony at Together for the Gospel 2012. Take a few minutes to wach the video and learn more about his story.


If you’d to learn more about Mez, check out his author profile here on the Christian Focus Booknotes blog.

Christian Focus Authors Around the Airwaves – Here are a few recent radio interviews with our authors:

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What We’re Reading – Royal Company: A Devotional on The Song of Solomon

Royal Company: A Devotional on Song of Solomon by Malcolm MacLeanHere at Christian Focus Publications, we read a lot of books (as you might expect!). We thought our blog readers would enjoy hearing about the books our staff are reading from time to time, so we decided to add a regular blog feature called “What We’re Reading.”

The first contribution to the “What We’re Reading” series on the Christian Focus Booknotes blog comes from our Managing Director, William Mackenzie. William shares about the four men who convinced him of the importance of the oft neglected Song of Solomon.

Four questions –

Q: Who said “The Song of Solomon affords a better test of the depth of a man’s Christianity than any other book in the Bible”?
A: Robert Murray McCheyne

Q: Who said “I would prefer the Song of Solomon above all other books of the Bible for fellowship and communion”?
A: Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Q: Who said “The Song of Songs brings gladness to the heart which is as far beyond the joy of earthly things as heaven is higher than the earth”?
A: Hudson Taylor

Q: Who said, “The Song of Solomon enables me to be greatly engaged to spend my time reading and meditating on Christ.”?
A: Jonathan Edwards

These questions and the individuals who said these things encouraged me to continue to read this book and benefit from the spiritual, encouraging and challenging insights in this often neglected book of the Bible. Enough said to encourage anyone to read Malcolm Maclean’s new book, Royal Company: A Devotional on the Song of Solomon, and benefit from the insights to the Song of Songs.


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Hear Melissa Kruger Live on Knowing the Truth with Kevin Boling – 5/24/2012 – 11:00 AM ET

Melissa B. KrugerChristian Focus author Melissa Kruger will be interviewed live Thursday May 24, 2012 at 11:00 AM ET on Knowing the Truth with Kevin Boling to discuss her book The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World. You can tune in to the live broadcast at www.ChristianTalk660.com.

The archive of this interview is now available to stream or download:  LINK.

About the Book:
What’s truly at the heart of our desires? The Envy of Eve guides readers to understand how desires grow into covetousness and what happens when this sin takes power in our hearts. Covetousness chokes out the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, allowing discontentment to bloom. The key to overcoming is to get to the root of our problem: unbelief-a mistrust of God’s sovereignty and goodness. An ideal resource for deeper study or group discussion.

About the Author:
Melissa is a North Carolina native and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, where she studied math and education, as well as met her husband, Mike. She currently works part-time as the Women’s Ministry Coordinator for Uptown Church, acting as a liaison between the women’s prayer team, program team and staff team. She enjoys meeting with women, studying the Bible, running with friends, reading, and spending her days raising her three children, Emma, John, and Kate.

Where to Buy:
The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World is available at any good Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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Hear Melissa Kruger Live on The Janet Mefferd Show – 5/23/2012 – 2:00 PM ET

Melissa B. KrugerChristian Focus author Melissa Kruger will be interviewed live Wednesday May 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM ET on the Janet  Mefferd Show to discuss her book The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World. You can tune in to the live broadcast at www.thewordfm.com.

The archive of this interview is available here: LINK.

About the Book:
What’s truly at the heart of our desires? The Envy of Eve guides readers to understand how desires grow into covetousness and what happens when this sin takes power in our hearts. Covetousness chokes out the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, allowing discontentment to bloom. The key to overcoming is to get to the root of our problem: unbelief-a mistrust of God’s sovereignty and goodness. An ideal resource for deeper study or group discussion.

About the Author:
Melissa is a North Carolina native and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, where she studied math and education, as well as met her husband, Mike. She currently works part-time as the Women’s Ministry Coordinator for Uptown Church, acting as a liaison between the women’s prayer team, program team and staff team. She enjoys meeting with women, studying the Bible, running with friends, reading, and spending her days raising her three children, Emma, John, and Kate.

Where to Buy:
The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World is available at any good Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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Books Change Lives – Living With Depression? by Elaine Brown

Living With Depression by Elaine BrownAs a publisher of Christian books, one of our greatest joys is to hear stories of how lives have been impacted through our books. We hope you’ll be as encouraged as we were by what follows below:

So, there I was, walking back home after meeting with a very dear friend and I walked past the Christian book shop, and debated in my head for a while whether I should go in. I had always meant to but just never got around to it, but for this moment it seemed like it was everything I wanted to do. And so my divine appointment began. Man I love divine appointments! When God just blesses you and is like, out there just to look after you personally (obviously it’s not all about me, but sometimes I feel like God is looking out for everyone but me, and so when these things happen it reminds me that he does in fact love me too.) The first thing I saw when I walked in was a book called “living with depression?” on sale for 50p! I knew instantly that I was meant to read this book. This woman knows exactly my feelings and it is making me cry constantly but is also giving me assurance.

You can Sarah’s full blog post on her Some Thoughts… Blog.

Where to Buy:
Living with Depression? is available at any good Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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Christian Focus Across the Web – May 18, 2012

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

Different By Design God's: Blueprint for Men and Women by Carrie SandomDifferent by Design reviewed on the Domestic Kingdom Blog – Many thanks to Priya Samuel for her thorough review of Different By Design: God’s Blueprint for Men and Women. Here are a few selections from the review:

“Carrie Sandom, with wisdom from above, has unraveled this topic in a way that I have not read before.

Her handling of rich truths not only edify but the discussion questions at the end of each chapter convict and provide fodder for deep introspection. Carrie does not merely present theology but helps the reader apply these glorious truths to the warp and woof of life.”

“This book is one that is full of hope and will be a balm for many men and women who are struggling to understand God’s design for them and help them work through difficult relationships.”

We encourage you to visit the Domestic Kingdom Blog to read the review in its entirety.

Read The Hidden Life of Prayer with Tim Challies – In his next installment of Reading Classics Together, Tim and his fellow readers will be discussing their way through The Hidden Life of Prayer: The life-blood of the Christian by David McIntyre. Don’t think you’d get much out of reading a book on prayer? See what John Piper had to day about this wonderful little book:

“God brings books at their appointed times. The Hidden Life of Prayer arrived late but well-timed. This little jewel-strewn tapestry has done for me at 64 what Bounds’ Power Through Prayer did at 34. I could be ashamed that I need inspiration for the highest privilege. But I choose to be thankful.”

Westminster Bookstore is currently featuring The Hidden Life of Prayer for 50% off. Whether you’re going to pick up a copy of the book to read along with Tim or to simply read it on your own, either way it’s a great deal! Visit WTSBooks.com to take advantage of this special price.

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