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Christmas with CF4K

Our children’s imprint, CF4K, provides a range of resources which are ideal for sharing the wonders of Christmas with your kids. Here is just a selection, perfect as presents, gifts or as a resource for leaders :


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It’s the countdown to Christmas. There are 25 days to go until we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. In this book there are puzzles and codes, activities and crafts to help you remember the real reason for Christmas – the fact that God sent his Son to the world so that people could become God’s friends once more.

Look out for the full colour pull out advent calendar! Something you can use each day as you go through the book and as you count the days until the big day itself.


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What parent, Sunday School teacher or Pastor would not want a Christ-centered, Biblically faithful and understandable story written for children that is also well illustrated and well written? Now we have one which will not only benefit our children but will be loved and devoured by the adults who read it to them.

Harry L. Reeder, Pastor of Preaching & Leadership, Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, Alabama


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“I remember your first Christmas. We said, ‘You’re here at last. We had waited for you for sooo long. On the very first Christmas another baby was born. The world had been waiting for Jesus, God’s Son, for many years.”

A family revisits Christmases gone by while also remembering the very Christmas and the child that God sent to save the world. Make your own memories by reading this book with a child.


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Our Christmas selection 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 Perfect Advent Devotional from Christian Focus

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At the centre of heaven is Christ, lovingly adored as the forever Lord of all. At the centre of Christmas is Christ, frail and cradled in the tender arms of a young mother. How can the two be put together? Heavenly glory and human frailty? That is the real wonder of Christmas. Pleased to Dwell is an energetic biblical introduction to Christmas. It is an invitation to ponder the Incarnation, and a God who was pleased to dwell with us.

Building anticipation with the great themes of the Old Testament, enjoying the remarkably distinct birth narratives of Matthew, then Luke, before surveying some great New Testament passages, Pleased to Dwell is an engaging introduction to the wonder of the Word becoming flesh and dwelling among us. This book offers a wealth of ideas for preachers, an easy access mini-reference tool for Bible students, and an enjoyable cover-to-cover read for everyone. Twenty-four short chapters would make a great advent devotional, but this book is not just for Christmas. God’s Son stepped into our world and that changes every day of the year!


“In this book we see the profound truths of the incarnation presented in a way that makes the Bible and its truth come alive. And, best of all, it is presented in an engaging style that makes it accessible to ordinary laypersons.”

Ajith Fernando, Youth for Christ

“What a really useful resource! As I read through it, I found that ideas for carol service talks just kept leaping off its pages.”

Rico Tice,  Christianity Explored

“Through a clear and accessible explanation of the profound miracle of the incarnation… An ideal introduction to a profound theme – and a great Christmas present!”

Jonathan Lamb, Keswick Ministries


About the Author:

Peter Mead is director of Cor Deo, a mentored ministry training programme based in Chippenham, England. He is on the leadership team of a church plant and leads the Bible Teachers & Preachers Networks at the European Leadership Forum.

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas-CFP

Merry Christmas from all of us here at Christian Focus Publications.

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”

Luke 2:11–12, ESV

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Catherine Mackenzie’s 12 Books of Christmas – God is My Strength

God is my StrengthMoving on from the books that dominated my summer, this following book has dominated my autumnal weeks as it sparked a rather long trip to the United States in order that I could attend its book launch at Southwestern Seminary in October.

God is My Strength: Fifty Biblical Responses to Issues Facing Women Today

As well as being a book that I’ve enjoyed reading, in its manuscript form, I loved working on the editorial – simply because 1. Pat Ennis is every editor’s dream writer! So great to work with, helpful, relaxed, and 2. This book is just chock full of scripture, and with Pat’s experience as a Christian woman this book is full of practical and spiritual wisdom.

Throughout the book Pat shares God’s Word and God’s Wisdom on the issues that impact all of our lives – issues such as Friendship, God, Myself, My Home and My World.

By the end of the book you find that you’ve opened up your mind to thinking about what God’s will is for your role models, evangelism, money, the holiday season, hospitality, worry, loneliness, and many other topics.

This is a great book for women – that even my Dad enjoyed reading! Again it’s one of those titles you can read from cover to cover or dip in and out of. So you can treat it like your Christmas dinner and read it all at once, or it can be like picking at the leftovers on boxing day when you make multiple visits to the fridge for bits of this and that. 🙂

There are several endorsements for this book one of which is here:

God Is My Strength is about living wisely in His power instead of your own. If that’s your heart’s desire, you’ll find this book to be a dear and constant companion.”
Steve and Becky Miller, Christian Authors

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Catherine Mackenzie’s 12 Books of Christmas – Miracles From Mayhem

Miracles From Mayhem

The reason I’m blogging about this book is that May Nicholson has been like an echo in my life throughout this spring and summer as I’ve worked on a new title of hers: Precious to God.

As I tried to sum up her testimony in a few hundred words I felt that in order to do the best job I could before this book went into the Blythswood shoe boxes for this Christmas I had to actually see where May was working right now. So at one point during the summer I visited her ministry centre: Preshal in Govan, Glasgow for the first time. I was glad to have Irene Howat with me – as the ‘Ghost Writer’ for May’s books she was a valuable source of information before and during my visit.

It was at Preshal that I realised the importance of ‘storytelling’ in the lives of the people who have experienced Christ’s healing within the doors of that wonderful place. As I sat down, eating several slices of hot buttered toast and steaming cups of tea, several people came up to me and said, ‘Can I tell you my story.’ And I went away at the end of that day – exhausted – Yes – but also challenged, encouraged, and amazed.

May’s story on its own is a remarkable example of how God can transform a life… sucked into a life of alcoholism as a young teenager May’s life spiraled out of control… until one day people welcomed her into their midst and shared the Good News of Jesus Christ. The transformation was so dramatic that some time later when she was giving her testimony the local doctor was in floods of tears. The last time he’d seen her he’d hardly expected her to live she was so far gone with her addictions. She had in fact changed so dramatically he hadn’t recognised the smartly dressed woman on the podium as the crazed addict he’d treated in his clinic.

May now reaches out to people who face the same troubles as she did… and if you ever get a chance to visit Preshal in Govan one day, be prepared to listen and to wonder.

But in the meantime read this book and others in the Mayhem series… the story always goes on.

Several of the people I met this summer appear in this book – Renewing Broken Lives.

Where to Buy:
Miracles from Mayhem and Precious to God 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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Catherine Mackenzie’s 12 Books of Christmas – Far Above Rubies

Far Above RubiesThe Third Book in my list is Far Above Rubies: The Life of Bethan Lloyd-Jones.

The Christian church has many women throughout its history who have been vital and energetic workers for God’s kingdom. Most of them do not share the accolades or column space that their male counterparts do. A lot of them are like Bethan Lloyd Jones – the help behind the hero, with their work and influence known only to a few close friends and family.

This book on Bethan Lloyd Jones goes some way to informing the rest of us what only a cherished few were aware of in the past – that Bethan Lloyd Jones, the wife of Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones, was of great value in the ministry of her husband – her worth was in fact Far Above Rubies.

This is a refreshingly honest account, one that not only challenges and encourages you  but also brings a smile to your face as you read about this witty and wise woman of faith.

I love it when you read a biography and you come face to face with the human, not the ‘biography character’ – and this is what you witness in this book… Bethan Lloyd Jones, flesh and bone and soul.

This is a great gift to give to any woman, particularly a pastor’s wife, but don’t leave out the guys… someone who has enjoyed reading ‘The Doctor’s’ books in the past will relish this insight to his life.

Again here are a couple of good endorsements of the material:

“What a rich and colorful portrait, of a godly woman who served her Savior with wit and wisdom…This is a portrait worth stopping to relish and study.”
Kathleen B. Nielson, Director of Women’s Initiatives, The Gospel Coalition

“A lovely portrait of a lovely woman of God!…The wisdom and insight drawn from Bethan’s life will be of great encouragement and help to today’s pilgrims.”
Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Author, Revive Our Hearts & radio host, Niles, Michigan

Where to Buy:
Far Above Rubies 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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Pleased to Dwell: The Perfect Preparation for Christmas

In the busyness of December – gifts to be bought, decorations to go up, Christmas dinner to organise  – it is easy to lose sight of the wonder of Christmas. At the centre of heaven is Christ, lovingly adored as the forever Lord of all. At the centre of Christmas is Christ, frail and cradled in the tender arms of a young mother. How can the two be put together? Heavenly glory and human frailty? That is the real wonder of Christmas. Pleased to Dwell is an energetic biblical introduction to Christmas. It is an invitation to ponder the Incarnation, and a God who was please to dwell with us.

Building anticipation with the great themes of the Old Testament, enjoying the remarkably distinct birth narratives of Matthew, then Luke, before surveying some great New Testament passages, Pleased to Dwell is an engaging introduction to the wonder of the Word becoming flesh and dwelling among us. This book offers a wealth of ideas for preachers, an easy access mini-reference tool for Bible students, and an enjoyable cover-to-cover read for everyone. Twenty-four short chapters would make a great advent devotional, but this book is not just for Christmas. God’s Son stepped into our world and that changes every day of the year!

Praise for Pleased to Dwell

“This book is perfect food for the heart for all of us who long for a richer understanding of the birth of The King!”

 Joseph M. Stowell, President, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Through a clear and accessible explanation of the profound miracle of the incarnation… An ideal introduction to a profound theme – and a great Christmas present!”

 Jonathan Lamb, Keswick Ministries, CEO and minister-at-large

About | Peter Mead

Peter MeadPeter Mead is a mentor with Cor Deo, a small ministry that exists to multiply ministry that shares God’s heart.  He is also on the leadership team of Trinity Chippenham, a new church launched in 2014. Peter leads the Bible Teachers & Preachers Networks at the European Leadership Forum.

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Catherine Mackenzie’s 12 Books of Christmas – A Little Bird Told Me

A Little Bird Told Me: Everyday Expressions from Scripture by Timothy CrossThe second book in my List: Twelve Books of Christmas – is not a Christmas book. In fact none of the titles in this list fit that seasonal mold – though if you’re looking for gifts and even stocking fillers for the adults in your family this year any of these titles would suit.

A Little Bird Told Me: Everyday Expressions from Scripture is a relaxing read, a curl-up-by-the-fire sort of title and a real book lovers book. You know the sort of person who posts on facebook pictures of libraries and gorgeous leather bound books? I could probably tag over half my friends under this description. Well they are just the sort of person who will enjoy digging around these little devotionals.

Timothy Cross has taken 52 well known phrases from the English language and shows us how these phrases have their origins in the Bible. So many of these expressions are ones that I use in everyday life. You’ll even hear them used by people who walk past you in the supermarket or sit beside you on the bus.

A guy stocking shelves in Tesco’s the other day said ‘O ye of little faith’ to his colleague.

I don’t know how many times over the years someone has said to me, ‘Rise and Shine’ as I’ve struggled bleary eyed out of bed.

Just two of the expressions in this book that you will discover have their roots in the Scripture! The English language owes a lot to the Bible. But this book by Timothy Cross is not just a study in linguistics – it’s an enlightening devotional. As well as studying the origins of these sayings the author goes deeper into the spiritual meanings of the phrases.

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Catherine Mackenzie’s 12 Books of Christmas – Held in Honor

Held in HonorOver the next few days I’m going to bash out a few posts about twelve Christian Focus books that have been in that leaning tower of literature on my bedside cabinet over the last year. In no particular order I’m starting off today with

Held in Honor: Wisdom for Your Marriage from Voices of the Past

This book is something I’ve found to be a very easy read but also highly beneficial – even though I’m a single woman. Held in Honor has 50 devotional entries on the subject of marriage, each one written by a Christian from the past or present. People like Paulinus of Nola (354–431) and Piper of Minnesota 🙂 – (1946 to present aka John Piper.)

Each devotional gives a short biography on the writer, a quote that they have written on the theme of marriage and then there is a short additional devotional from the authors: Matthew D Haste and Robert L Plummer.

But to whet your appetite for this book I’ll leave you with a quote from Martin Luther:

In order that we may not proceed as blindly, but rather conduct ourselves in a Christian manner, hold fast first of all to this, that man and woman are the work of God. Keep a tight rein on your heart and lips; do not criticize his work, or call that evil which he himself has called good. He knows better than you yourself what is good and to your benefit, as he says in Genesis [2:18], “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” There you see that he calls the woman good, a helper. If you deem it otherwise, it is certainly your own fault, you neither understand nor believe God’s word and work. See, with this statement of God one stops the mouths of all those who criticize and censure marriage.

There are a good stock of endorsements for this book but the one that jumps out for me is the following:

“As a woman engaged to be married for the first time (in my mid-50s), who loves classic Christian writings and devotional literature, I have found this book to be a treasure trove. A sweet and timely source of wisdom as I seek to honor Christ in a new season and station of life.”
Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Author, Revive Our Hearts & radio host, Niles, Michigan

This is a good book for any library. Not only will it be helpful to married couples, it will be an engaging read for anyone who is a history-buff or simply just interested in the spiritual side to relationships. With it’s easily read format it’s one of those dip into books – a perfect after turkey, boxing day read.

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Held in Honor: Wisdom for Your Marriage from Voices of the Past 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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Interview with Peter Mead on Knowing the Truth with Kevin Boling

Peter MeadPeter Mead recently appeared as a guest on Knowing the Truth with Kevin Boling to discuss his new book Pleased to Dwell: A Biblical Introduction to the Incarnation. You can stream or download the interview here:  LINK

About the Book:
At the centre of heaven is Christ, lovingly adored as the forever Lord of all. At the centre of Christmas is Christ, frail and cradled in the tender arms of a young mother. How can the two be put together? Heavenly glory and human frailty? That is the real wonder of Christmas.Pleased to Dwell is an energetic biblical introduction to Christmas. It is an invitation to ponder the Incarnation, and a God who was pleased to dwell with us.

Building anticipation with the great themes of the Old Testament, enjoying the remarkably distinct birth narratives of Matthew, then Luke, before surveying some great New Testament passages, Pleased to Dwell is an engaging introduction to the wonder of the Word becoming flesh and dwelling among us. This book offers a wealth of ideas for preachers, an easy access mini-reference tool for Bible students, and an enjoyable cover-to-cover read for everyone. Twenty-four short chapters would make a great advent devotional, but this book is not just for Christmas. God’s Son stepped into our world and that changes every day of the year!

Praise for Pleased to Dwell:

“This book is perfect food for the heart for all of us who long for a richer understanding of the birth of The King!”
-Joseph M. Stowell ~ President, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“What a really useful resource! As I read through it, I found that ideas for carol service talks just kept leaping off its pages.”
-Rico Tice ~ Author, Christianity Explored & Associate Minister at All Souls Church, Langham Place, London

About Peter Mead:
Peter Mead is director of Cor Deo, a mentored ministry training programme based in Chippenham, England. He is on the leadership team of a church plant and leads the Bible Teachers & Preachers Networks at the European Leadership Forum. He studied at Multnomah Biblical Seminary and received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

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Pleased to Dwell: A Biblical Introduction to the Incarnation by Peter Mead 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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