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Unlocking The Bible Giveaway

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This month we’ve partnered with our friends at Unlocking the Bible for a special giveaway. We’re giving away 10 prize packs that include a copy of Jonah: Navigating a God-Centered Life by Colin S. Smith and Slogging Along in the Paths of Righteousness by Dale Ralph Davis.

Be sure to join us Wednesday, September 16th at 3 PM CT for a Twitter party with Pastor Colin. He’ll be answering questions about prayer. Use the hashtag #AskPastorCol to submit your question.

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September Book Giveaway: Burning Hearts: Preaching to the Affections

Burning Hearts: Preaching to the Affections by Josh Moody & Robin WeekesFor our September book giveaway, we’re featuring Burning Hearts: Preaching to the Affections by Josh Moody & Robin Weekes.

About the Book:
Affection is often a neglected theme in our generation of Bible believing Christians. It has not always been so. Previous generations thought a great deal about the centrality of the heart in the Christian life and the need to preach to it. This book will prove a valuable resource as we learn about the place of the affections in our walk with Christ and in preaching Him to ourselves and others.

Praise for Burning Hearts:

“For some, this little book will be a healthy reminder; for others, it will revolutionize their preaching.”
-D. A. Carson ~ Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois

“…offers a wise reminder that the truth of a sermon – no matter how logically and accurately it reflects Scripture – denies the power of the Word if there is no intention to affect the heart of the listener.”
-Bryan Chapell ~ Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, Illinois

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*Winners from the continental United States and the United Kingdom will be awarded a paperback copy of the book. Winners outside of the US and the UK will be awarded an e-book (.mobi or .epub) copy of the book.

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Early Church Fathers Giveaway Winners

Basil of Caesarea: His Life and Impact by Marvin Jones
Many thanks to all of you who took the time to enter our June book giveaway for a chance two win the first two volumes from our brand new Early Church Fathers series. The winners are:

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Win It Before You Can Buy It – Systematic Theology (Volume 2) by Douglas F. Kelly

The long awaited second volume of Douglas F. Kelly’s Systematic Theology will be releasing early next month. Enter below for a chance to win it before you can even buy it.


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Systematic Theology (Volume 2): The Beauty of Christ - a Trinitarian Vision by Douglas F. KellyAbout the Book:
Douglas F. Kelly returns to the writings of saints and scholars to exemplify the beauty and the wonder of Christ, the Son of God, in this highly-anticipated second volume of systematic theology. Kelly delves through a treasure trove of Patristics, Scholastics, Reformers, Puritans, and Moderns to recover an Augustinian reverence for the beauty of Christ, to illustrate that the Father and the Spirit are most fully revealed through Him, and to make clear that His coming is the restoration of the universe.

Praise for Systematic Theology (Volume 2): The Beauty of Christ – a Trinitarian Vision:

“One of those rare books that will shape both scholarly and pastoral theology for generations to come.”
-Richard Pratt ~ President, Third Millenium Ministries, Orlando, Florida

“Nothing less than remarkable.”
-William Edgar ~ Professor of Apologetics, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“A joy to witness… a model to which others should aspire.”
-Carl R. Trueman ~ Paul Woolley Professor of Historical Theology and Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“Striking indeed… Reminds us of Jonathan Edwards, Augustine, and many other great writers of the church.”
-John M. Frame ~ Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Florida

“In the forest of recent and not-so recent systematic theologies… this tree stands out.”
-Paul Wells ~ Adjunct dean of the Faculté Jean Calvin in Aix-en- Provence France

“Impressive and invaluable.”
-George Dion Dragas ~ Protopresbyter, General Editor of the Patristic and Ecclesiastical Texts and Translations, Orthodox Research Institute

“There is no other book of this magnitude.”
-Joseph Chien ~ Director, Calvin Publications, Pastor, Chinese Reformed Congregation of Taipei

About the Author:
Douglas F. Kelly is the Richard Jordan Professor of Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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October Book Giveaway – Everyday Worship by Trisha Wilkerson

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*Winners from the continental United States and the United Kingdom will be awarded a paperback copy of the book. Winners from outside of the US and the UK will be awarded an e-book (.mobi or .epub) copy of the book.

About the Book:
As women busy about our work, we often leave God to the spiritual categories of our lives, seeing our daily occupations as just work. In Everyday Worship, biblical counselor Trisha Wilkerson addresses the underlying heart issues that keep us from seeing all of life lived for God’s glory. The challenge of connecting work to worship is as old as the story of Mary and Martha, Wilkerson teaches. The solution, though, is not to choose between worship and work, but rather to worship in our work. As we depend on God, find our confidence in Him, and work as stewards by his grace, our hearts are filled with joy.

Trisha WilkersonAbout the Author:
Trisha Wilkerson is a blogger for The Resurgence, a volunteer biblical counselor, homeschooler, and women’s leader at Mars Hill Church. She is the wife of Pastor Mike Wilkerson who oversees Redemption Groups at Mars Hill. Trisha and Mike are the parents of four young children and make their home in Seattle, Washington.

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Enter to win a copy of Living By Revealed Truth: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon by Tom Nettles


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The giveaway is limited to residents of the continental United States and the United Kingdom.

Living By Revealed TruthPraise for Living By Revealed Truth:

“Charles Spurgeon is a mountain – a massive figure on the evangelical landscape. Tom Nettles now helps us to understand Charles Haddon Spurgeon as a man, a theologian, and one of the most influential pastors in church history. Nettles takes us into the heart of Charles Spurgeon’s conviction and his pastoral theology. This is a book that will encourage, educate, and bless its readers.”
-R. Albert Mohler ~ President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

“Tom Nettles’ new biography of Charles Spurgeon will be the new standard for a long time.”
-John Piper ~ Founder DesiringGod.org, Chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary, Author of spiritual classics including Desiring God and Don’t Waste Your Life

About the Book:
Tom Nettles has written this biography of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the famous 19th century preacher and writer. It covers his life, ministry and also his theology. He draws on material from The Sword and Trowel, the magazine of the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London, where C H Spurgeon ministered.

Tom NettlesAbout the Author:
Thomas J. Nettles is Professor of Historical Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky.

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May Book Giveaway – Get Over It! by Mary Whelchel


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Terms and Conditions:
The giveaway is limited to residents of the continental United States and the United Kingdom.

Praise for Get Over It!:

“Read this book and then pass it along to others who need to quit wallowing in their past-no matter how terrible it might be-and unload the baggage they have carried far too long.”
Erwin Lutzer ~ Senior Pastor, Moody Church, Chicago, Illinois

“Mary Whelchel draws from her own journey with God and her years of ministry to shepherd readers to the place of letting go of burdens we weren’t meant to carry and
courageously moving forward with God.”
Carolyn Custis James ~ Author of Half the Church

About the Book:
Unrealistic expectations. Hurt feelings. False guilt. As we go about our daily lives, we are so often mired down in all kinds of joy-robbing thought patterns and unhealthy habits. But grounded in God’s Word, we can move on, set free from these burdens. Through more than 25 years of ministry, author Mary Whelchel has developed insightful wisdom for leading women to experience the true freedom of following Christ.

Mary WhelchelAbout the Author:
Mary Whelchel is founder of The Christian Working Woman, a ministry dedicated to equipping and encouraging Christians in the workplace. TCWW began as a ministry of The Moody Church in Chicago in 1984 and now produces two radio program formats, distributes resources, and organizes retreats and conferences.

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January Book Giveaway – God Redeeming His Bride by Robert K. Cheong

Terms and Conditions:
The giveaway is limited to residents of the continental United States and the United Kingdom.

Praise for God Redeeming His Bride:

“a wonderfully practical and refreshingly gracious treatment of the topic. Even those who don’t subscribe to everything Cheong says will find this book to be a significant help.”
-Thomas R. Schreiner ~ James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

“It is one thing to believe, in theory, in what God says in the Bible about the necessity of church discipline. It is another thing altogether to know how to navigate the process in the case of an unrepentant, falling church member. In this book, Robert Cheong, with biblical brilliance and pastoral compassion, provides a model for churches and leaders.”
-Russell D. Moore ~ Dean of the School of Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

“a treasure-trove of grace, wisdom, and gospel truths regarding the difficult topic of church discipline, drawn from a pastor’s hard-earned experience with the reality of sin and the power of the gospel.”
Justin Holcomb ~ Executive director of the Resurgence, lead pastor of Mars Hill Church | U-District, Seattle, Washington, & adjunct professor at Reformed Theological Seminary

About the Book:
Church discipline is a term that is fraught with problems for the church today. However from the Biblical witness it is clear that it is an essential component of a healthy, God-honoring church – a church where Christians grow and mature in grace and develop solid foundations with which they can, with the help of the Spirit, withstand the storms of life.

With many years of pastoral experience, Robert K. Cheong has faced this issue many times. Additionally he interviewed over 30 pastors from different countries and a wide variety of church settings.

Robert K. CheongAbout the Author:
Robert Cheong is the pastor responsible for Care and Counselling at Sojourn Community Church, Louisville, Kentucky. He is married to Karen and they have three grown children.

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November Book Giveaway – Puritan Portraits by J. I. Packer

About the Book:
Here one of the leading authorities on the Puritans, J. I. Packer introduces us to their rich theology and deep spirituality. Packer gives us profiles of John Flavel, Thomas Boston, John Bunyan, Matthew Henry, Henry Scougal, John Owen and Stephen Charnock and two closer portraits of William Perkins and Richard Baxter. The writings of the Puritans continue to profoundly reward readers and here J. I. Packer brings them alive in an inspiring way to encourage a new generation to experience their delights.

J. I. PackerAbout the Author:
Jim Packer is named by Time Magazine as one of the 25 most influential evangelicals alive. He is the Board of Governor’s Professor of Theology at Regent College, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Terms and Conditions:
The giveaway is limited to residents of the continental United States and the United Kingdom.

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October Book Giveaway – TableTalk: Luther’s Comments on Life, the Church and the Bible

Martin Luther's TabletalkWith Reformation Day (October 31) just around the corner, we thought it’d be fitting to feature Martin Luther’s TableTalk in the October Book Giveaway on the Christian Focus Booknotes Blog.

About the Book:
Luther’s ‘Divine Discourses’ (as this book was known) stirred up so much anger in the Roman Catholic Church that all copies were ordered to be burnt under an edict by Pope Gregory XIII. One copy was found by Casparus Van Sparr in 1626, whilst building on a house once owned by his grandfather in Germany. The book was wrapped in a linen cloth treated with beeswax and buried in the ground – it was perfectly preserved.

An English friend of Casparus, Captain Henry Bell, brought the book back to Britain and began the work of translation several times but never completed it. He received a vision of an old man who told him he would complete the translation. Two weeks later he was arrested and spent the next 10 years in jail during which time he completed the work and produced what we now know as ‘Tabletalk’.

This collection of informal comments was gathered together by Antony Lauterbach and John Aurifaber, who were very close to Luther towards the end of his life.

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