Monthly Archives: August 2012

Christian Focus Across the Web – August 31, 2012

Crook in the Lot: Living with that thorn in your side by Thomas BostonLast Day to Enter the August Book Giveaway – If you haven’t already, be sure to take a minute to enter our August Book Giveaway here on the Christian Focus Booknotes blog for a chance to win A Crook in the Lot by Thomas Boston from our Puritan classics series.

Time To Teach Your Kids The Shorter Catechism GiveawayLast Day to Enter the Time To Teach Your Kids The Shorter Catechism Giveaway – Be sure to swing on over to the Christian Focus 4 Kids blog as well and enter for a chance to win some great resources that will help you teach the Shorter Catechism to your kids.

A Man After God's Own Heart by R. T. KendallA Man After God’s Own Heart by R. T. Kendall Is On Sale For Kindle and NookA Man After God’s Own Heart by R. T. Kendall is available for booth Kindle and Nook at a special sale price of $2.99. The sale will go through September 14th. Visit Amazon or Barnes & Noble to get your copy.

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August Book Giveaway – The Crook in the Lot by Thomas Boston

(If you’re unable to see the entry form click here: LINK.)

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 August 31, 2012.
*After the contest closes, we will choose 1 winner, who will receive a copy of the book.

Crook in the Lot: Living with that thorn in your side by Thomas BostonAbout the Book:
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.

About the Author:
Thomas Boston held a pastorate with a very small Congregation in Simprin, Scotland until 1707. He was an extremely popular preacher, though self-effacing – considering that he had but “small talents.” He was reluctant to publish his works, although he wrote out completely all of his sermons before they were preached. Many, however, came to be published after his death at the age of 57.

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New Release – A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Jesus Christ by Mark Jones

A Christian's Pocket Guide to Jesus Christ by Mark JonesFor 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 some sort of 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.

Mark JonesAbout the Author:
Mark Jones is the Minister of Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church (PCA), Vancouver, Canada. He is married to Barbara and they have four children.

Praise for A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Jesus Christ:

“Mark Jones has served us well by writing this short introduction to the doctrine of Christ. His book is biblical, clear, and rooted in historic Reformed theology.”
Joel R Beeke ~ President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Who is Jesus Christ? Our answer to that question will determine our eternity. What we believe about Jesus is essential to our belief in Jesus. In this book, Dr. Mark Jones helps to answer hard questions about the person and work of Jesus Christ in a simple and clear manner. This book is an excellent tool for evangelism and discipleship, and it is a much-needed resource for new believers, laypeople, and pastors alike.”
Burk Parsons ~ Associate Pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel, Sanford, Florida, Editor of Tabletalk magazine.

Where to Buy:
 A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Jesus Christ 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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Announcing The Life of God in the Soul of the Church Blog Tour – October 1-5, 2012

The Life of God in the Soul of the Church by Thabiti AnyabwileJoin us October 1-5, 2012 for The Life of God in the Soul of the Church Book Review Blog Tour!

About the Book:
In 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. The Life of God in the Soul of the Church-Experienced personally by believing the truth; shared relationally in the church…leads to great joy and holiness.

Thabiti AnyabwileAbout the Author:
Thabiti Anyabwile is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. He is a council member of The Gospel Coalition, and his internationally regarded blog, Pure Church, is hosted by The Gospel Coalition.

Blog Tour Details:
The Life of God in the Soul of the Church Blog Tour will run October 1-5, 2012. 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 – August 24, 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 ChinchenThe Yankee Officer and The Southern Belle Blog Tour – We’ve enjoyed reading all of the reviews coming in this week for The Yankee Officer and The Southern Belle Blog Tour. Below are a couple of highlights:

“From the title The Yankee Officer and the Southern Belle, I did not expect a dry, over-spiritualised missionary biography, and I was not disappointed. It was a pleasure to read this well-paced book with its chatty, every-day style. It’s the story of how God called Nell and Jack Chinchen to Himself and then sent them to Liberia as missionaries. Nell writes in such a way that it seems as though she is sitting in the same room with you, telling her life story over a cup of tea…I would highly recommend this book, which is a breath of fresh air on the missionary biography front. I suspect it will feature quite highly on my Christmas gift list this year.”
-Mandy Johnson (http://mandybakerjohnson.com)

“A good missionary biography can be an excellent tool to refresh the sheer wonder at the work of God that we as believers should enjoy. Nell Robertson Chinchen’s The Yankee Officer and the Southern Belle serves admirably for this. The Chinchen family’s story of spiritual growth from complacent churchgoing to pastoral ministry to pioneering missionary work across Africa offers example after example of God’s radical faithfulness to His obedient servants.”
-Justin Lonas (DiscipleMagazne.com)

The full list of reviews is available here: LINK.

John Brand Reviews The Trials of Theology on the Evangelicals Now Blog – Many thanks to the folks at Evangelicals Now for sharing John Brand’s review of The Trials of Theology on their blog. Here’s an excerpt from John’s review:

The process of studying theology is fraught with dangers that need to be faced and navigated. I personally know more than one theological student who ‘lost the plot’ as a result of their studies.

This book is primarily aimed at those engaged in theological studies, but has a wider relevance. The aim is to remind us that ‘the task of theology is to know the unknowable and to describe the unknowable’ and to warn of the danger of ‘substituting intellectual stimulation for genuine spiritual experience’.

John’s full review is available here: LINK.

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New Release – A Christian’s Pocket Guide To Baptism by Robert Letham

A Christian's Pocket Guide to Baptism by Robert LethamBaptism is a matter often fraught with discord and strife. One popular book described it as ‘the water that divides’ (The Water that Divides: Two Views on Baptism Explored, Christian Focus, 2008). This is a tragedy, since it is the sign of our union with Christ and his church. It should be a focus for union rather than division. Yet I have known many people who have been excluded from church membership and ministry because their baptism was not held to conform to what was regarded as biblical. How can this division be overcome? Is this a simple matter, to be resolved if only everyone were to submit to the plain and obvious teaching of the Bible? Or are deeper questions involved?

When we disagree on biblical teaching it is important that we consider factors affecting the way we interpret the Bible, and so shape our understanding of doctrine. Our reading of Scripture is often governed by unconscious principles that influence what we can see in the text. Elsewhere I have argued that we can study the Bible until we are blue in the face but we will never come to an agreement on disputed questions such as whether infants are to be baptized until we have uncovered these factors (R. Letham, ‘Baptism in the Writings of the Reformers,’ Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology [SBET] 7/ 2 (Autumn 1989) 21–44). Only then will we appreciate what drove the biblical authors and the church down the ages in its interpretation of the Bible. A key to reading a book of the Bible— or any document, for that matter— is for us to determine, as far as we can, what was the intention of the person who wrote it. Often our own cultural and philosophical assumptions can hamper this process. In this first section, we will ask how far our reading of Scripture is to be taken into account in understanding what baptism means and who should receive it.

In the Western world, we are accustomed to viewing ourselves as individuals. In the world of the Bible, people thought rather differently than we do. This issue affects the question of how we view the family, the household, and consequently children. The conclusions we draw will affect who we baptize. So these foundational principles are vital to grasp, since they often govern the way we read the Bible, understand its teaching and implement it in practice.

Adapted from Part One: Foundational Principles in  A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Baptism: The Water That Unites by Robert Letham (Christian Focus 2012).

Dr. Robert LethamAbout the Author:
Robert Letham is the senior tutor in Systematic and Historical Theology at the Wales Evangelical School of Theology (formerly ECTW). Previously he was Pastor of Emmanuel Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, Delaware. He has taught at London Bible College, is Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia and Visiting Professor at Reformed Theological Seminary.

Praise for A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Baptism:

“Here is a robust, articulate and biblical presentation of covenant baptism that avoids populism and individualism. Dr Letham has placed baptism in its covenantal and canonical context – a work of God rather than an act of obedience – no bare sign but an active means of grace – for believers and their children.”
Liam Goligher ~ Senior Minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“Rightly Letham seeks to understand the issue of baptism within the canonical framework of Scripture. He is hopeful that this is the way forward beyond the impasse that has stymied the church for centuries regarding this precious ordinance ….if you are searching for a well-argued, and irenic, approach to this subject from the vantage-point of infant baptism, this is the book for you.”
Michael A. G. Haykin ~ Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

Other Books by Robert Letham:

Where to Buy:
 A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Baptism 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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The Yankee Officer and The Southern Belle Blog Tour

The Yankee Officer & the Southern Belle: A Journey of Love across Africa by Nell Robertson ChinchenThis week we have several bloggers participating in a book review blog tour for The Yankee Officer and the Southern Belle by Nell Robertson Chinchen. Links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“The Yankee Officer and the Southern Belle: A Journey of Love Across Africa is an easy, sometimes humorous read for anyone considering the call to the mission field or for any Christian who wonders if God *really* cares. I found it an especially encouraging reminder that God doesn’t forget His children and cares for all the things in our lives, big and small. As someone who has a “soft spot” for Africa, I’m grateful for the work the Chinchens have done in founding the African Bible College to enable its students to one day lead while continuing to spread the gospel over the continent. I highly recommend it.”

“Reading The Yankee Officer and the Southern Belle is like having Nell Chinchen in your kitchen, relating her amazing stories over a cup of something warm and cozy… The book also gave me a new appreciation for missionaries, especially the two young families from my church who are serving overseas. Sometimes we here in the US romanticize the mission field. Nell’s story certainly changed my view. The family has survived fires that destroyed their homes, rebel invasions, and the deaths of many who were close to them. Yet through it all, they have seen the goodness of the Lord.”

“A good missionary biography can be an excellent tool to refresh the sheer wonder at the work of God that we as believers should enjoy. Nell Robertson Chinchen’s The Yankee Officer and the Southern Belle serves admirably for this. The Chinchen family’s story of spiritual growth from complacent churchgoing to pastoral ministry to pioneering missionary work across Africa offers example after example of God’s radical faithfulness to His obedient servants.”

“From the title The Yankee Officer and the Southern Belle, I did not expect a dry, over-spiritualised missionary biography, and I was not disappointed. It was a pleasure to read this well-paced book with its chatty, every-day style. It’s the story of how God called Nell and Jack Chinchen to Himself and then sent them to Liberia as missionaries. Nell writes in such a way that it seems as though she is sitting in the same room with you, telling her life story over a cup of tea…I would highly recommend this book, which is a breath of fresh air on the missionary biography front. I suspect it will feature quite highly on my Christmas gift list this year.”

“The Yankee Officer and the Southern Belle is the story of Jack and Nell Chinchen. Both Jack and Nell were raised by families of relative privilege. Through a series of personal surrenders and the providence of God, they end up dedicating their lives to world missions, by serving God as missionaries to Liberia, building the African Bible College there, and starting a radio station. This is the story of their marriage and life together, and the ways that God has guided them through out their lives. I would recommend it for those who like missionary stories or stories about people taking risks based on their faith.”

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.”

About the Author: Jack and Nell Chinchen are founders of the African Bible Colleges in Liberia, Malawi and Uganda.

Where to Buy:
 The Yankee Office and The Southern Belle 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 – August 17, 2012

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

The Life of God in the Soul of the Church by Thabiti AnyabwileThabiti Anyabwile talks about his forthcoming book on the Pure Church Blog – Take a minute to read Thabiti’s recent post on the Pure Church Blog talking about his forthcoming book The Life of God in the Soul of the Church published by Christian Focus Publications. This book is currently available in the UK and will release in the US in September.

How to Be a Bible Princess by Catherine MacKenzieWrapping Up The How to Be a Bible Princess Blog Tour – We’ve appreciated the great reviews for How to Be a Bible Princess that have come in this week over on the Christian Focus 4 Kids Blog. Here are a couple of highlights:

“Our young girls face a barrage of ugliness in the media. The examples that are directed their way through music and entertainment are often not the ones a Christian mother wants for her daughter. I found it refreshing to have a book that points young girls away from the examples of celebrities and back to Scripture. It is never too late to begin promoting godly character in our young girls.”
-Kim Shay (philippians314.squarespace.com)

“With all the secular princess media out there, some with questionable subplots, it is so refreshing to find a book that draws a girl’s interest to the Biblical princesses and does it in a fun and engaging way. I loved the quote at the end that says, “a woman who loves God and his Word is to be praised. She is worth more than rubies and she is worth more than princesses that wear rubies. She is worth this because of her great God – and He is worthy!””
-Wendi Bevitt (adventureswithmyfamily.blogspot.com)

Want to read more? You can check out the full list of reviews at the Christian Focus 4 Kids Blog.

Time To Teach Your Kids The Shorter Catechism GiveawayTime To Teach Your Kids The Shorter Catechism Giveaway – Head on over to the Christian Focus 4 Kids Blog and enter for a chance to win The Shorter Catechism Activity Book by Marianne Ross and The Shorter Catechism by Roderick Lawson. The contest runs through end of day August 31, 2012.

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Hear Carrie Sandom Live on In the Market with Janet Parshall – 8/14/2012 @ 5 PM ET

Carrie SandomChristian Focus author Carrie Sandom will be interviewed live Tuesday August 14, 2012 at 5:00 PM ET on In the Market with Janet Parshall to discuss her book Different By Design: God’s Blueprint for Men and Women. You can tune in to the live broadcast at www.inthemarketwithjanetparshall.org.

The archive of this interview is now available :  LINK

Different By Design God's: Blueprint for Men and Women by Carrie SandomAbout the Book:
Created in the image of God, man and woman are designed to reflect God’s own nature and being. At the very heart of the Godhead-Father, Son and Spirit-we see the qualities that form the basis of our design as men and women. In the Godhead, there is perfect equality, diversity, unity and order, and it is these characteristics that shape our differences as well.

Carrie Sandom, along with a rising tide of like-minded Christians, is concerned about the growth of feminism in our society, our families and our churches-and the detriment this poses to all three. She clearly presents the problem and leads readers along the path to restore God’s design to its rightful place.

Just as relationships in the Godhead are equal yet diverse, working together in unity and order, so are these characteristics to be reflected in the way men and women relate to one another. Scripturally grounded, Different by Design presents a biblical context for roles of men and women in marriage, the church and the workplace, with present-day implications for each.

About the Author:
Carrie Sandom is Associate Minister for Women and Pastoral Care at St John’s Church, Tunbridge Wells, UK. She has served in women’s and student ministry for almost 20 years and is a speaker at this month’s The Gospel Coalition’s 2012 National Women’s Conference.

Where to Buy:
 Different by Design: God’s Blueprint for Men and Women 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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Read the Preface and 1st Chapter of Churches, Revolutions and Empires: 1789-1914 on Scribd

Churches, Revolutions And Empires: 1789-1914 by Ian J. Shaw (Sample)

Where to Buy:
 Churches, Revolutions and Empires 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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