Monthly Archives: June 2013

Christian Focus Across the Web – June 28, 2013

Christian Focus Across the Web - June 28, 2013

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

David Gunderson reviews A Neglected Grace – Many thanks to David Gunderson for his recent review of A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home by Jason Helopoulos. Here’s a bit of what Jason had to say in his review:

“The greatest compliment I can pay this book is that I’m walking away wanting to do family worship consistently and well… I am instructed and inspired to lead consistent, intentional, wise times of worship with my family—not as a heavy obligation but a precious grace.”

You can read Jason’s review in its entirety at rawchristianity.wordpress.com.

ICRS 2013 in St. Louis, MO is a Wrap – We were very blessed by all of our customers and friends who visited with us at the 2013 International Christian Retail Show in St. Louis. Here are a few pictures from the event.

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Christian Focus Across the Web – June 21, 2013

Christian Focus Across the Web - June 21, 2013

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

William & Carine Mackenzie Interviewed at the 2013 PCA General Assembly – Earlier this week Knowing the Truth with Kevin Boling was broadcasting from the PCA General Assembly. Kevin sat down with William and Carine Mackenzie to talk about the work and ministry of Christian Focus Publications. You can stream or download the interview via the links below:

Emma Dermer reviews Nate Saint: Operation Auca – 10-year-old Emma Dermer wrote her very first book review this week for Nate Saint: Operation Auca by Nancy Drummond. Here’s a bit of what Emma had to say:

“I am pretty excited, as this is my first book review and I have finally got to review a book like I have seen my mom do! I cannot wait to read other books like Nate Saint… I recommend this book, it is pretty exciting, and as I said kids and adults both while most likely like all of it or almost all of it like me!”

You can read Emma’s review in its entirety here: LINK.

Rebecca Davis Interviewed on Author Talks with Shaun Tabatt – Christian Focus 4 Kids author Rebecca Davis was recently interviewed on Author Talks with Shaun Tabatt about her book Witness Men: True Stories of God at Work in Papua, Indonesia. You can stream or download the interview via the links below:

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Interview with William & Carine Mackenzie at the 2013 PCA General Assembly

Interview with William & Carine Mackenzie at the 2013 PCA General Assembly

This week Knowing the Truth with Kevin Boling is broadcasting from the PCA General Assembly, which is being held at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, SC. Yesterday Kevin sat down with William and Carine Mackenzie to talk about the work and ministry of Christian Focus Publications. The interview is available in both audio and video formats below:

 

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The Ascension Blog Tour

The Ascension: Humanity in the Presence of God by Jonny Woodrow & Tim ChesterThis week we have several bloggers participating in a book review blog tour for The Ascension: Humanity in the Presence of God by Tim Chester & Jonny Woodrow. Links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“Understanding Christ as the Ascended Priest, King, and Man are three important elements of understanding Christology at large and understanding Scripture at large as well. Chester and Woodrow do an excellent job in a short amount of space examining these topics using Scripture as a clear foundation. For anyone desiring to get a foundational understanding of this topic, this book is for you. It will whet your appetite to further study Christ as Priest, King, and Man, the One who is seated with all power and authority at the right hand of the Father.”
Reviewer: Michael Boling (intelmin.org)
Rating: 5 Stars

“Overall, this little book (96 pages) packs a punch. It is concise, but the authors present some weighty truths with clarity and precision… Due to the contemporary obfuscation of the doctrine of Christ’s ascension and exaltation, this is a much-needed and welcome book that will comfort and encourage believers, and inform them of the necessity and sufficiency of our Savior’s authoritative session-ministry.”
Reviewer: Timothy Harris (activedidactic.wordpress.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“At ninety-four pages, The Ascension: Humanity in the Presence of God packs a lot of information into not a lot of space doing so from the Word of God with the express purpose to help the reader understand the importance of the ascension for daily life. If you are a new or mature Christian and haven’t studied the ascension much at all, this book would be a great place to start.”
Reviewer: Dave Jenkins (bookreviews.servantsofgrace.org)
Rating: 5 Stars

“I’m so glad to see such a book written about the doctrine of the ascension of Christ for Christians. In my humble opinion, I believe we need to study and understand more about Christ’s ascension before we share with the world about the return of Christ.”
Reviewer: Daniel Mac (fiveintelligiblewordsblog.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“For a short book, The Ascension is a gem. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to young and old Christians alike. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.”
Reviewer: Roger Leonhardt (reformedreader.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

The Ascension: Humanity in the Presence of God is a wonderful short book bringing its readers to a better understanding of what the ascension of Christ truly is and what it means for the Christian… I highly recommend this book.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker (parkerjreviews.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“this book opened my eyes to the importance of the ascension of Christ”
Reviewer: Angela Parsley (refreshmysoulblog.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“I highly recommend this book for all Christians. There’s so few books written about the ascension especially on the level any one could understand. Ascension: Humanity in the Presence of God fills this hole. You won’t find a book that has such a strong right hook in such a little frame (just under one hundred pages).”
Reviewer: Matthew Sims (graceforsinners.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“I recommend this book and believe it will be a benefit to stretch its reader in their faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ’s final earthly act … at least so far! I give the book five stars of five.”
Reviewer: Mike Tiede (vickitiede.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a helpful introduction to the topic of the ascension which one can easily sit and read in the hour.”
Reviewer: Chris Kidd (chriskidd.co.uk)
Rating: 5 Stars

“the gift of Chester and Woodrow’s book is that they make deep theological reflections available to non-theologians (if there is such a thing). I enjoyed this book a lot…”
Reviewer: James Matichuk (thoughtsprayersandsongs.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“The study of the ascension of Christ demonstrates the Glory of God and his love for his people. Taste and see that the Lord is good. Thank you for the opportunity to read such Christ, Cross Centered books.”
Reviewer: Jeanie Schwagerman (GoodReads.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book forced me to do my homework to be able to write this review, for which I’m thankful. Study the kingdom of God with diligence, and know your eschatology. And as a supplement, this is a great book for interaction with this glorious subject if read with a discerning mind, nourished by the Scriptures.”
Reviewer: Josh Starkey (myborrowedwords.wordpress.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

About the Book:
Who is this ascended Jesus? He is King, Priest and man and is still at work. Ultimately he is humanity in the presence of God. Here we discover how we are a part of the Ascension. With the Spirit’s enlightening we can begin to understand the Ascension. Tim Chester introduces us to this important doctrine.

About the Authors:

Tim Chester is an author, pastor of The Crowded House, Sheffield and a leader of The Crowded House church planting network. He is married with two daughters.

Jonny Woodrow is the Associate Director of Porterbrook Seminary and part of the leadership team of The Crowded House church planting network.

Where to Buy:
The Ascension: Humanity in the Presence of God by Tim Chester & Jonny Woodrow 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:

The Ascension: Humanity in the Presence of God by Jonny Woodrow & Tim Chester Buy Now:

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Christian Focus Across the Web – June 14, 2013

Christian Focus Across The Web - June 14, 2013

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

A Neglected Grace is available for $5 at WTS Books – Be sure to stop by WTS Books and pick up a copy of A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home by Jason Helopoulos, while it’s still available at a 55% discount. Kevin DeYoung describes A Neglected Grace as, “A book I need.”

Vance Christie Interviewed on Author Talks with Shaun Tabatt – Christian Focus author/biographer Vance Christie was recently interviewed on Author Talks with Shaun Tabatt about his books Women of Faith and Courage and Timeless Stories. You can stream or download the interview via the links below:

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Next month, be on the lookout for Vance Christie’s brand new addition to our History Maker series titled Adoniram Judson: Devoted for Life.

Educator Resources for Witness Men: True Stories of God at Work in Papua, Indonesia – We’ve been very blessed by the positive feedback and reviews we’ve received recently for Rebecca Davis’ latest book in the Hidden Heroes series. Rebecca is passionate about these missionary accounts reaching and impacting young people, so she has graciously compiled  educator resources, including activity pages, articles, photos, and videos. These are all correlated back to the chapters in the book and are a great way to help young readers get even more out of their time in the book. You can access these resources at HeresTheJoy.com.

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Hear Richard Bewes Live on The Bob Dutko Show – 6/10/2013 @ 1:08 PM ET

Speaking in Public Effectively by Richard BewesChristian Focus author Richard Bewes will be interviewed live Monday June 10, 2013 at 1:08 PM ET on The Bob Dutko Show to discuss his book Speaking in Public Effectively: How to prepare, How to present, How to Progress. You can tune in to the live broadcast at www.wmuz.com.

About the Book:
This is a book for anyone who has to speak in public, whether it is epilogues, meetings, and presentations to committees or preaching. Richard Bewes carefully divides up the subject into easily digestible sections in a way that is memorable, and sprinkles anecdotes about his own experiences to illustrate many points.

If speaking in public is normally something that concerns you, or fills you with fear, then this book will leave a warm rosy glow on your cheeks and the irresistible urge to try some of the ideas out as soon as you can.

About the Author:
Richard Bewes was the rector of All Souls, Langham Place in the centre of London for many years. He is an experienced broadcaster, conference speaker and the author of more than twenty books.

Where to Buy:
Speaking in Public Effectively: How to prepare, How to present, How to Progress 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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Vance Christie Interviewed on the Author Talks with Shaun Tabatt Podcast

Christian Focus author Vance Christie was recently interviewed on the Author Talks with Shaun Tabatt Podcast about his books Timeless Stories and Women of Faith and Courage. The interview is now available to stream or download via the links below:

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About the Books:

Women of Faith And Courage by Vance ChristieWomen of Faith and Courage
Through some of the best-loved heroines of the Christian faith, God’s glory is manifest as He accomplishes significant things through imperfect people. In Women of Faith readers discover the remarkable stories of Susanna Wesley, Fanny Crosby, Catherine Booth, Mary Slessor and Corrie ten Boom. Their lives spanned three centuries and their circumstances were each very different, but steadfast faith and courage is the constant resounding theme for each.

In Women of Faith engaging narratives with rich historical detail reveal the uncommon faithfulness of these five women in evangelism, missions pioneering, ministries of compassion and the nurturing of their own families. Their giftedness, resilience and compassion shine through, modeling devotion to Christ and sacrificial service in His kingdom.

Across the pages of this book, the legacy of these women lives on to inspire and instruct contemporary believers-in living all of life for the glory of God.

Timeless Stories by Vance ChristieTimeless Stories: God’s Incredible Work in the Lives of Inspiring Christians
They were, much like us, ordinary citizens of their time. Yet their extraordinary lives resound through the generations for the glory of God, pointing us to a higher way of life today. Timeless Stories is an exceptional collection of narratives from the daily lives of Christian heroes like George Muller, Charles Spurgeon, Dwight Moody, Corrie ten Boom, Billy Graham and others.

Timeless Stories is a treasure trove of illustrations that will capture the hearts of children and adults alike. The powerful words of testimony and transformative ideals portrayed in this collection continue to instruct believers across the globe and through the ages. These stories of day-to-day living reveal human frailty, emotion and struggles common to man-all undergirded by an unshakable faith that fueled great passions. There are tales of love, family, broken hearts, regrets and survival. Lessons of forgiveness, adversity, stewardship, prayer and service light the way for followers through the ages.

The same Lord who equipped, empowered and gave great success to those who went before us-despite their faults and inadequacies-will so work in the lives of Christians today and until the end of time.

Vance ChristieAbout the Author:
Vance Christie was born in Indiana and raised in south-central Washington State. He had the unspeakable blessing of being raised in a loving Christian home where both his parents consistently lived by the principles they believed and taught. His father, a pastor, was used of the Lord to lead Vance to saving faith in Jesus Christ as a young boy.

Vance attended Grace College and Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. While in college, he met and married his wife, Leeta. They have been married thirty-three years. They are blessed with three lovely adult daughters and two quality sons-in-law.

Since graduating from seminary (with the Master of Divinity degree) in 1986, Vance has pastored churches in Michigan, Iowa and Nebraska. He currently pastors the Evangelical Free Church of Aurora, Nebraska, where he has served for over sixteen years.

An avid fan of historic Christian biography throughout his ministry, Vance has published seven books in that field since 1999. His works have been published by Christian Focus Publications, P & R (Presbyterian & Reformed), and Barbour Publishing.

For additional information on Vance Christie, see his website at VanceChristie.com and his Facebook page at Facebook.com/vancechristieauthor.

Where to Buy:
Timeless Stories and Women of Faith and Courage are 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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Timeless Stories by Vance Christie Buy Now:

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Christian Focus Across the Web – June 7, 2013

Christian Focus Across the Web - June 7, 2013

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

Danika Cooley Reviews Witness Men by Rebecca Davis – Many thanks to Danika Cooley for her glowing review of Witness Men: True Stories of God at Work in Papua, Indonesia by Rebecca Davis. Here’s a bit of what Danika had to say in her review:

“It’s not often that my kids cheer multiple times during the reading of a book. They laugh, they frown, but rarely do I see them clap, whoop, or shout “Go God!” while we’re reading. Yet Rebecca Davis’ new middle grade book Witness Men: True Stories of God at Work in Papua, Indonesia (Christian Focus Publications, 2013, Hidden Heroes series) is just such a book.”

Danika’s review can be read in full at thinkingkids.wordpress.com.

Paul Reynolds Interviewed on The Confessing Baptist Podcast – If you haven’t already, be sure to set aside some time to listen to Paul Reynolds’ recent interview on The Confessing Baptist Podcast talking about his recent Christian Focus 4 Kids title 66 Books One Story: A Guide to Every Book of the Bible. You can stream or download the interview via the links below:

 The Confessing Baptist Episode 9 | Download

$3.99 E-book Sale – Be sure to take advantage of our current e-book sale featuring the following titles for only $3.99:

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Paul Reynolds Interviewed on The Confessing Baptist Podcast

Paul Reynolds Interview - The Confessing Baptist Podcast

Christian Focus 4 Kids author Paul Reynolds was recently interviewed on The Confessing Baptist Podcast about his book 66 Books One Story: A Guide to Every Book of the Bible. The interview is now available to stream or download via the links below:

 The Confessing Baptist Episode 9 | Download

About the Book:
If you’ve read the Bible, you probably know some of the important battles, a good chunk of the life of Jesus, maybe a Psalm or two – but what do you know about the minor prophets and the epistles? Do you have some loose ends that need tying up? This is where a book like this helps. The Bible has one author – God – so we need to see the Bible as a whole, as God’s Word. Every book of the Bible is the breath of God and the plan of Salvation spans all of Scripture. In this Bible overview each book of the Bible is summarised; background given; themes and theology explained.

About the Author:
Paul Reynolds is an Assistant Pastor at First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman. He and his wife Rachael have two young children, Jude and Alice. Paul enjoys photography, and writing about, watching and coaching baseball.

Where to Buy:
66 Books One Story by Paul Reynolds 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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May Book Giveaway Winner

Get Over It: Letting Go and Moving on with God by Mary WhelchelCongratulations to Marguerite Harrell, who won a copy of Get Over It!: Letting Go and Moving on with God by Mary Whelchel in our May Book Giveaway on the Christian Focus Booknotes blog. Look for our next great giveaway at the end of June.

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