Monthly Archives: July 2012

Christian Focus Across the Web – July 27, 2012

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

The Yankee Officer & the Southern Belle: A Journey of Love across Africa by Nell Robertson ChinchenJoin The Yankee Officer and the Southern Belle Blog Tour – August 20-24, we’re hosting a book review blog tour for The Yankee Officer and the Southern Belle here on the Christian Focus Booknotes Blog. This brand new book recounts the vivid recollection of how God called Nell and Jack Chinchen from the comforts of their “perfect” life to a risky, lifelong journey they would never regret. More than forty years ago, the Chinchens arrived in Liberia, West Africa, as missionaries. They had left family, thriving ministries and a successful business. Their new life in the jungle would bring perils: tropical diseases, witch doctors, fire and even rebel invasion. Yet joy overflowed in their faithfulness to God’s call-training pastors, teaching children, pioneering medical ministry. Learn more here: LINK.

Eric T. Young reviews Isaiah by the Day – Head on over to the Reformed Bibliophile Blog (erictyoung.com) to read Eric’s review Isaiah by the Day: A New Devotional Translation by Alec Motyer. Here’s a snippet of what Erich had to say:

This is no normal daily devotional. The commentary is edifying and comforting, but also corrective and challenging, and most of all centered on the Christ of Isaiah. The One who “was wounded for our transgressions…bruised for our iniquities.”

Eric’s full review is available here: LINK.

Mary Slessor: What Is It Like? by Catherine MacKenzieShaun Tabatt reviews Mary Slessor – What is it Like? – Head on over to Bible Geek Gone Wild (biblegeekgonewild.com) to see Shaun Tabatt’s review of Mary Slessor – What is it Like by Catherine Mackenzie (Little Lights book # 9). Shaun Says:

Mary Slessor – What is it like? is a great book to introduce your children to Mary Slessor and her important missions work in the jungles of Africa. I highly recommend this and the other nine books in the Little Lights series.

Shaun’s full review is available here: LINK.

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Announcing The Yankee Officer and the Southern Belle Blog Tour

The Yankee Officer & the Southern Belle: A Journey of Love across Africa by Nell Robertson ChinchenAugust 20th-24th, we will be hosting a book review blog tour for The Yankee Officer and the Southern Belle by Nell Robertson Chinchen. If you’ve been looking to lose yourself in a missionary biography before the end of the summer, this may be just the book you’ve been waiting for.

About the Book:
It began like a fairytale-amidst mint juleps and magnolias in Mississippi. But as their love grew, its fruit flourished and spread to a most unlikely place-across the mission fields of Africa. The Yankee Officer and the Southern Belle is the vivid recollection of how God called Nell and Jack Chinchen from the comforts of their “perfect” life to a risky, lifelong journey they would never regret. More than forty years ago, the Chinchens arrived in Liberia, West Africa, as missionaries. They had left family, thriving ministries and a successful business. Their new life in the jungle would bring perils: tropical diseases, witch doctors, fire and even rebel invasion. Yet joy overflowed in their faithfulness to God’s call-training pastors, teaching children, pioneering medical ministry. And their work wouldn’t stop at the boundaries of their bamboo mission station. As the ministry expanded, God led the Chinchens to establish African Bible Colleges and Radio ABC, sending the Gospel across the continent. Looking back now, as the Chinchens live and work in Malawi, Nell is certain about the author of her story. “Africa,” she says… “the place that God had written on my heart before the foundation of the world.”

Blog Tour Details:
The Yankee Officer and the Southern Belle Blog Tour will run August 20th through the 24th. Participants must be willing to post a review of the book on their personal blog and at least one 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 – July 20, 2012

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

How to Be a Bible Princess by Catherine MacKenzieJoin the How to Be a Bible Princess Book Review Blog Tour – The Christian Focus 4 Kids Blog will be hosting a book review blog tour August 13 – 17 for Catherine Mackenzie’s new book How to Be a Bible Princess. Visit the Christian Focus 4 Kids Blog for details.

Matthew Henry: His Life And Influence by Allan HarmanBob Hayton reviews Matthew Henry: His Life and Influence – Pay a visit to FundamentallyReformed.com and check out Bob Hayton’s review of Matthew Henry: His Life and Influence by Allan Harman. Here’s a bit of what Bob had to say:

“This biography will encourage many, myself included, to pick up Matthew Henry’s commentary again and spend some time reading through it. And it will also lead to a greater appreciation of the lasting impact of a simple ministry in a country church–and of a life well lived. Henry himself pointed out shortly before his death “that a holy, heavenly life, spent in the service of God and communion with him, is the most pleasant and comfortable life that anyone can live in this world” (Kindle location 3706-8) Matthew Heny lived such a life, and this is why studying Henry’s life is so worthwhile. May God give us more men like Matthew Henry!”

Bob’s full review can be found here: LINK.

Galatians: A Mentor Expository Commentary by Terry JohnsonJim West reviews Galatians: A Mentor Expository Commentary – After you finish reading Bob’s review, head on over to zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com and check out Jim’s review of Galatians: A Mentor Expository Commentary by Terry Johnson. Here’s a bit of what Jim had to say:

“Johnson’s volume is very much, though, worth reading and consulting; particularly by those wishing to consult a reliable guide to a fascinating biblical book.”

Jim’s full review can be found here: LINK.

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New in the Christian’s Pocket Guide Series from Christian Focus

A Christian's Pocket Guide to Baptism by Robert LethamA Christian’s Pocket Guide to Baptism by Robert Letham
What is Christian baptism? Is it, as many believe, a mere symbol? When should someone be baptized? In A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Baptism, Robert Letham answers such questions from Scripture. He reflects sensitively on historic Christian teaching and avoids the extremes that often mark discussions of this subject, making this a book for everyone. Letham’s plain talk will not leave beginners bemused, nor will it frustrate those who want to make real progress in their theological understanding. It is a ‘tragedy’, says Letham, that Christians should think of baptism as ‘the water that divides’. The sign of our union with Christ should unite Christians, not least because it does not focus on our actions, but on God’s mighty deeds. Baptism belongs to him. It must always be administered in connection with faith, yet that does not mean Christians do anything to receive or to earn baptism. They are to be baptized solely because of God’s gracious promises.

A Christian's Pocket Guide to Jesus Christ by Mark JonesA Christian’s Pocket Guide to Jesus Christ by Mark Jones
For many of us, the whole concept of Christology is as mystifying as a foreign language, yet Christians down the ages have fought to defend the person and work of Christ – seeing him and what he did quite rightly as a vital element of how we are saved. If we are to understand this subject we need to know the person of Christ; not just what he did (his work) but who he is (his person). Through this book we get to know the Son of God who indeed is God and not just a superman! He is the one who came from above and became fully human having a human body and soul. Being God enabled him to pay the debt owed for sin and being man enabled him to stand on man’s behalf for their sin. In straightforward and simple layman terms this book will explain the interconnectivity of the work and person of Jesus Christ and dispel any misconceptions you may have.

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New from Christian Focus – July / August 2012

Churches, Revolutions And Empires by Ian J ShawChurches, Revolutions And Empires: 1789-1914 by Ian J Shaw
1789 to 1914 was a time of momentous and often violent change religiously, socially, politically and economically in the western world. The revolutions in the churches and the powerful empires of the day were to have a profound effect upon society at large both then and in the years that followed. In this detailed yet fascinating study, Ian Shaw gives context and understanding to this legacy which has been passed on from that era by providing an expert analysis of the period with a focus on the key leaders, influences and issues.

The Yankee Officer & the Southern Belle: A Journey of Love across Africa by Nell Robertson ChinchenThe Yankee Officer & the Southern Belle: A Journey of Love across Africa by Nell Robertson Chinchen
The Yankee Officer and the Southern Belle is the vivid recollection of how God called Nell and Jack Chinchen from the comforts of their “perfect” life to a risky, lifelong journey they would never regret. More than forty years ago, the Chinchens arrived in Liberia, West Africa, as missionaries. They had left family, thriving ministries and a successful business. Their new life in the jungle would bring perils: tropical diseases, witch doctors, fire and even rebel invasion. Yet joy overflowed in their faithfulness to God’s call-training pastors, teaching children, pioneering medical ministry. And their work wouldn’t stop at the boundaries of their bamboo mission station. As the ministry expanded, God led the Chinchens to establish African Bible Colleges and Radio ABC, sending the Gospel across the continent. Looking back now, as the Chinchens live and work in Malawi, Nell is certain about the author of her story. “Africa,” she says… “the place that God had written on my heart before the foundation of the world.”

A Cord of Three Strands by Diana Lynn SeveranceA Cord of Three Strands by Diana Lynn Severance
Follow the love stories of those who served in public positions such as soldiers; martyrs; and pastors through the letters they wrote to their loved ones. However marriage is not purely about the husband and wife; there is another strand which is vital. Marriage is a gift from God and a most important factor in the strength of that marriage is the love we have for the Giver of that gift. There are: Thomas J. and Mary Anna Jackson; John and Margaret Winthrop; Henry Martyn and Lydia Grenfell; Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Maria von Wedemeyer; Christopher and Margaret Love; John and Mary Newton; Charles and Susannah Spurgeon.

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New From CF4K – July / August 2012

The Shorter Catechism Activity Book: Learning The Truth Through Puzzles by Marianne RossThe Shorter Catechism Activity Book: Learning The Truth Through Puzzles by Marianne Ross
Using the familiar puzzle formats children use in school such as word searches, crossword puzzles and codes this book will help children to work through the Westminster Shorter Catechism – one of the church’s key statements of faith. Not only will they enjoy completing these work sheets; the truths that are presented here will be a strong foundation for their future life. The shorter catechism covers the following important doctrines: God; Sin; Christ; The ten commandments; Baptism; The Lord’s Supper and The Lord’s prayer.

Mary of Orange: At the Mercy of the Kings by Linda FinlaysonMary of Orange: At the Mercy of the Kings by Linda Finlayson
If you saw a girl in tears on her wedding day and then heard that the same girl was the reluctant second in line to the throne you might think she wasn’t strong enough to rule… but you’d be wrong. Mary was a young girl born to privilege, from the Royal line, heir to the throne of England, Scotland and Ireland – and destined to reign herself and change her country. She was brought up to believe in the God of the Bible rather than the fabricated teachings of priests. It was this personal faith that would be her strength as she left her homeland to marry and eventually to rule. After a storm of tears and a rough sea crossing Mary’s marriage to her first cousin became a love match. Both husband and wife trusted God and as the wind of history blew their circumstances and their future was changed dramatically. William and Mary of Orange influenced the religious and political environment of Great Britain and subsequently other democracies in ways that can still be seen today. Their Glorious Revolution resulted in  one of the most important constitutional documents in British history – the Bill of Rights – where the powers of the sovereign were limited and the rights of Parliament and the rules for freedom of speech were set out; liberties that have existed for centuries but still have to be defended.

How to Be a Bible Princess by Catherine MacKenzieHow To Be a Bible Princess by Catherine Mackenzie
If you were a princess you’d have the best wardrobe in the world with new dresses in it every day – and a tiara to match. But is that all there is to being a princess? And what does it mean to be a real Bible princess? Abigail, Jehosheba, Esther and The Queen of the South were women of royalty who honoured God. Pharaoh’s daughter and Michal were princesses who showed bravery but were they true followers of the Lord? Jezebel and Herodias’ daughter are two royal women who did not love God. All their stories are in the Bible and all can teach us in their own way how to be a Bible princess, daughters of the King, women and girls of righteousness.

Eric Liddell: Are You Ready? by Catherine MacKenzie

Eric Liddell: Are You Ready? by Catherine MacKenzie
‘On your marks, get set, Go!’ The race begins and Eric Liddell thunders down the track. The crowd cheers him on. Eric Liddell has spent months preparing himself for the Olympics. But he has also spent years getting ready to serve God. Which is more important – winning a gold medal or honouring Jesus Christ? Can Eric do both?

Mary Slessor; What Is It Like? by Catherine MacKenzieMary Slessor: What Is It Like? by Catherine MacKenzie
Mary Slessor was a fiery young red head who led a tough life. From the slums of Dundee in Scotland she travelled to the wild jungles of Africa. Wherever she went she shared the good news of Jesus Christ. What was it like to work in a jute mill in Dundee or to work amongst warrior tribes in Africa? It was hard work, it was dangerous – but it was also an exciting adventure to be working for God.

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Hear Douglas Webster Live on The Janet Mefferd Show – 7/13/2012 – 2:30 PM CT

Christian Focus author Douglas Webster will be interviewed live Friday July 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM CT on The Janet Mefferd Show to discuss his book Table Grace: The Role of Hospitality in the Christian Life. You can tune in to the live broadcast at www.thewordfm.com.

The archive of this interview is available here:  LINK

About the Book:
When we as Christians open our homes to friends and strangers, set the table, put on a meal, and break bread together, we invite God’s blessing. This pattern of hospitality is at the heart of the gospel. Food for the body and food for the soul can and does belong together. Table fellowship fits into the New Testament narrative so unobtrusively that we can almost miss it. Jesus used simple hospitality and meal time conversations to share some of the most profound truths of the gospel. Our Faith is often squeezed into a corner of life reserved for church services and Bible study groups. But God desires to be at the center of our ordinary, every-day life together and never more so than in a home open to others.

About the Author:
Douglas Webster mentors future pastors at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. He has a Ph.D. from the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto School of Theology.

Where to Buy:
Table Grace: The Role of Hospitality in the Christian Life 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 – July 13, 2012

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

ICRS 2012Visit us at booth #670 at ICRS 2012 in Orlando, FL – Heading to Orlando for ICRS 2012? Be sure to stop by booth #670 and visit with the guys from Christian Focus. Anthony and Jonathan will be on hand to share about the all of the new and exciting books available from Christian Focus. Be sure to take advantage of the show special, 50% off all orders & free shipping on all orders $100 net or more!

Different By Design God's: Blueprint for Men and Women by Carrie SandomCarrie Sandom Speaking at TGCW 2012 – If you didn’t have the opportunity to attend the TGC Women’s Conference last month, the archive of the talks are now available. We recommend you check out this video of Christian Focus Author Carrie Sandom (Different By Design: God’s Blueprint for Men and Women) speaking on Psalm 40 in her talk titled ‘From a Miry Swamp: The God Who Comes and Delivers.’

From a Miry Swamp: The God Who Comes and Delivers (Psalm 40) – Carrie Sandom from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.

World MagazineTheology for 3-Year-Olds – If you subscribe to World Magazine, be sure to take a few minutes to read Russ Pulliam’s article in the “2012 Books Issue” July 14, 2012, Vol. 27, No. 14. The article titled ‘Theology for 3-Year-Olds’ highlights the efforts of theologians and authors to present the gospel and church history to young children. Authors noted in the article are R. C. Sproul, Sinclair Ferguson, Simonetta Carr, and Christian Focus’s very own Carine and Catherine Mackenzie. If you don’t subscribe to World Magazine, you can read a limited preview of the article here:  LINK.

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Vist Christian Focus at Booth #670 – ICRS 2012

ICRS 2012

Heading to Orlando for ICRS 2012? Be sure to stop by booth #670 and visit with the guys from Christian Focus. Anthony and Jonathan will be on hand to share about the all of the new and exciting books available from Christian Focus Publications’ four imprints. An important new title that will be available for order is The Life of God in the Soul of the Church by Thabiti Anyabwile.

Life of God in the Soul of the Church by Thabiti AnyabwileIn this transformational book, trusted pastor Thabiti Anyabwile repositions our thinking about spiritual fellowship. Extending the concept of Divine life presented in Henry Scougal’s classic The Life of God in the Soul of Man, Anyabwile contends that union with Christ is not individualistic, but is discerned in the soul of the local church. This vision of spiritual fellowship is not centred on external activities and programs, but on our shared life in Christ, as we share one another’s sufferings, use our spiritual gifts for the good of the body, partner in spreading the gospel and grow spiritually together.

Be sure to take advantage of the show special, 50% off all orders & free shipping on all orders $100 net or more! We can’t wait to see you there.

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New from Christian Heritage – July / August 2012

Crook in the Lot: Living with that thorn in your side by Thomas BostonThe Crook in the Lot: Living with that thorn in your side by Thomas Boston
First published in 1737 this book holds a special place among the tremendous amount of Puritan literature that was produced during that time. Thomas Boston was renowned for his clearly understood English and the manner in which he maintained that clarity while conveying messages of great depth. The Crook in the Lot is introduced to us by J. I. Packer. In an extensive prologue he shows how Boston’s advice remains deeply relevant today. Boston was not preaching merely from his theological understanding, he was speaking from direct personal experience. Boston had real “thorns” to deal with himself, ranging from his wife’s paralyzing depression to his own experiences living for years with what were probably kidney stones. He brings his own unique combination of wonderfully profound and yet immensely practical advice to bear to give us a work of lasting impact.

The Heavenly Footman: How to get to Heaven by John BunyanThe Heavenly Footman: How to get to Heaven by John Bunyan
Throughout Bunyan’s great allegories his prime concern was that people would be able to discern the way to heaven. The ‘Footman’ is an athlete dogged in the pursuit of ‘winning’ the race. Bunyan wants us to be able run the race of the Christian life and finish the course so that we might all meet in Heaven. As he states in this book:- ‘Farewell, I wish our souls may meet with comfort at the journey’s end.’ Based on the text ‘so run that ye may obtain’ (1 Cor 9v24), Bunyan’s terse and racy style gives us vital guidance on how to complete the journey. This is regarded as one of the classic texts to have come from the Puritan era on Christian living. Bunyan is well known for his perceptiveness in describing human motivation and thought processes with discernment as he gives us the ‘description of the man who gets to heaven.’

The Pleasantness of a Religious: Life Life as good as it can be by Matthew HenryThe Pleasantness of a Religious Life: Life as good as it can be by Matthew Henry
Matthew Henry, the great Puritan commentator, here looks at what gives people real joy. He looks at 12 different types of Christian pleasure, reviews what God has done to bring sinners joy, demonstrates that Christian experience proves this and challenges the reader to join in! This was Matthew Henry’s last book and was at the press when he died in 1714. This classic of Christian living is brought to you by J. I. Packer who adds an extensive introduction to the book showing its significance and gestation from Henry’s ministry.

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