BOOK HIGHLIGHT — Treasures of Encouragement by Sharon W. Betters

Trea­sures of Encour­age­ment: Women Help­ing Women in the Church
by Sharon W. Betters
224 pages | $14.99 | Paper­back | Pub­lished: 1996
To read a sam­ple chap­ter, click HERE
To read the table of con­tents, click HERE

Sum­mary: In this book, Sharon Bet­ters explains how the free­dom that springs from a secure iden­tity in Christ can enable you to reach out to oth­ers around you. She offers inspir­ing sto­ries, key prin­ci­ples, and spe­cific exam­ples of how to build up each other—and the church as a whole—through the min­istry of encouragement.

A great resource to go along with her book is the Trea­sures of Encour­age­ment: A Monthly Plan­ner.

80 Pages | $14.99 | Spiralbound

About the Author: 

Sharon Bet­ters is a mother of four and grand­mother of nine. She is a nation­ally known con­fer­ence and retreat speaker and has also spo­ken to women’s groups in Africa and Japan. Author of Trea­sures of Encour­age­ment, Trea­sures in Dark­ness and Trea­sures of Faith, she has also con­tributed arti­cles to Today’s Chris­t­ian Woman, Virtue, and Chris­t­ian Par­ent­ing Today.

What Others Say About This Book:

...will fill a gap...I hope this book will have a wide dis­tri­b­u­tion.” - Jay E. Adams, author and pastor

This book is Sharon’s sac­ri­fice of praise...Her the­o­log­i­cal integrity and her per­sonal pil­grim­age through pain har­mo­nize into a glo­ri­ous dox­ol­ogy.” - Susan Hunt, author of Prayers of the Bible

...deeply mov­ing per­sonal expe­ri­ences, and...biblical teach­ing about encour­age­ment.” - Stephen Small­man, pas­tor and author of The Walk

This book will help us inder­stand how vital and life-changing is the work of encour­ag­ing others...excellent book.” - John H. Arm­strong, Ref­or­ma­tion and Revival Ministries

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Our mis­sion is to serve Christ and his church by pro­duc­ing clear, engag­ing, fresh, and insight­ful appli­ca­tions of Reformed theology.

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Author Interviews with Kevin Boling on Knowing the Truth

Kevin Bol­ing is a pas­tor and radio pro­gram host for Know­ing the Truth, which is a live, call-in radio pro­gram pro­vid­ing doc­tri­nal dia­log, cul­tural com­men­tary and insight­ful inter­views with some of today’s fore­most Chris­t­ian authors and leaders. Check out these inter­views with Kevin and a cou­ple of P&R authors: Peter Jones and Sarah Ivill.

1. Peter Jones

Click HERE to lis­ten to Peter Jones dis­cuss his new book­let, The Pagan Heart of Today’s Cul­ture with Kevin Boling.

2. Sarah Ivill

Click HERE to lis­ten to Sarah Ivill dis­cuss her book, Judges & Ruth: There Is a Redeemer with Kevin Boling.

 

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Know­ing The Truth” with Pas­tor Kevin Bol­ing is a live, call-in radio pro­gram pro­vid­ing Doc­tri­nal Dia­log, Cul­tural Com­men­tary and Insight­ful Inter­views with some of today’s fore­most Chris­t­ian authors and leaders.

 

Our mis­sion is to serve Christ and his church by pro­duc­ing clear, engag­ing, fresh, and insight­ful appli­ca­tions of Reformed theology.

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Author Interview with Sam Allberry

This week’s author inter­view is with Sam All­berry, author of Lifted: Expe­ri­enc­ing the Res­ur­rec­tion Life and Connected: Living in the Light of the Trin­ity.

  • Ques­tion #1 — Tell us a lit­tle bit about your­self: where you’re from, fam­ily, job, per­sonal inter­ests, unique hob­bies, what do you do in your spare time, etc.

I’m British – from south­ern Eng­land, where I’ve lived and worked my whole life. I am a pas­tor, and work for an Angli­can church in a town called Maid­en­head. Despite being a Brit, I’m some­thing of an Amer­i­canophile – I love US his­tory and pol­i­tics. I’ve had the oppor­tu­nity to visit the States numer­ous times and find Amer­ica utterly fas­ci­nat­ing. Other than that, I love hill walk­ing – espe­cially up in Scot­land – and Thai cuisine.

 

  • Ques­tion #2 — Did you always enjoy writing?

Yes – I’m a bit of an intro­vert, and so quite enjoy tak­ing time out to play around with words. As a pas­tor I know that so much of Chris­t­ian min­istry feels intan­gi­ble, and so it is a joy to have time to write and be cre­ative and have some­thing tan­gi­ble to show at the end of it. Which isn’t to say writ­ing is always easy – I’ve had many a day where I’ve ended up delet­ing most or all of what I’ve spent the day work­ing on!

 

  • Ques­tion #3 — What inspired you to write Con­nected: Liv­ing in the Light of the Trinity?

Under­stand­ing more about what it means for God to be Trin­ity has been one of the great­est joys in my Chris­t­ian life. It has made me real­ize that God is both big­ger and more beau­ti­ful than I had pre­vi­ously thought. His tri­une nature has cap­ti­vated me, and as a pas­tor it is some­thing I long for Chris­tians to bet­ter grasp and enjoy.

So it was nat­ural for me to want to do some writ­ing on this, and to try to write some­thing that would help Chris­tians in gen­eral be excited and thank­ful about God being Trin­ity. I wanted to write a book that didn’t get bogged down in tech­ni­cal­i­ties or Latin ter­mi­nol­ogy, but which showed both the beauty and prac­ti­cal sig­nif­i­cance of the Trinity.

I remem­ber think­ing some time ago that if I could write an even vaguely help­ful book on the Trin­ity then I would die a very happy man! What­ever else I may get round to writ­ing in life, I can’t imag­ine writ­ing on any­thing more sig­nif­i­cant and won­der­ful than this!

 

  • Ques­tion #4 — Do you have a spe­cific spot that you enjoy writ­ing most?

I have to con­fess to enjoy­ing writ­ing in cof­fee shops, and Pan­era Bread is a favourite, par­tic­u­larly the one in Hern­don, North­ern Vir­ginia. Writ­ing can be quite an iso­lat­ing expe­ri­ence so it is nice to write with other peo­ple in the back­ground. Plus a cin­na­mon bun is a good men­tal stimulant!

 

  • Ques­tion #5 — What book are you read­ing now?

I’m read­ing a num­ber of books at the moment. One or two each on Chris­t­ian the­ol­ogy and ethics, The Return of the King, and Hillary Clinton’s lat­est mem­oir (I’m a sucker for polit­i­cal biography).

 

  • Ques­tion #6 — Do you have a favorite author? Who is it and why?

I have a num­ber, and for dif­fer­ent rea­sons: Tim Keller opens my eyes to God’s wis­dom in his books; N. D. Wil­son writes so beau­ti­fully; C. S. Lewis was the first author who taught me that it is enjoy­able to think about God’s truth; Tolkien can utterly cap­ti­vate and absorb me.

 

  • Ques­tion #7 — What advice would you give to aspir­ing writers?

I read a book on writ­ing that kept stress­ing the impor­tance of remem­ber­ing how bad your first draft will be. It is easy to read books and to think the fin­ished work all poured out of the writer seam­lessly in one go. The fact is, it takes me about as long to re-write a book as it does to do the first draft, so don’t worry that the first draft may be awful! There is a sense in which a book is never actu­ally fin­ished – it can always be improved.

 

  • Ques­tion #8 — At what time of day do you write most?

I love writ­ing in the morn­ings. I feel most fresh and clear-minded. If I start the day writ­ing it is eas­ier to carry on, oth­er­wise it is very hard to make the gear-shift into it if I’ve been doing other things that day.

 

  • Ques­tion #9 — What has been the best compliment?

I think the most encour­ag­ing piece of feed­back I heard was some­one who had just read my first book Lifted telling me that they’d fin­ished it (adding that they rarely fin­ish books) and that as a result they were so excited about Jesus being alive. It’s hard to top that!

 

  • Ques­tion #10 — Do you have a favorite animal?

I love dogs – such great fun to be around, espe­cially retrievers.

 

  • Ques­tion #11 — Lord of the Rings or The Chron­i­cles of Nar­nia? Why?

I love both, but Rings wins in the end as it has such an extra­or­di­nary depth and pathos that I can eas­ily lose myself in.

 

  • Ques­tion #12 — What famous per­son (liv­ing or dead) would you like to meet and why?

I’ve always loved the music of Mozart, and you sense from it a man who had both depth and lev­ity to him. I’d love to meet him and get a sense of what was going on under­neath his beau­ti­ful music.

 

  • Ques­tion #13 — If you have a favorite book of the Bible, what is it and why?

My favourite book of the Bible tends to be whichever book I’ve most recently been study­ing closely. So at the moment it is Ezra. But Acts is a book I fre­quently come back to when I need to get my heart stirred afresh for the Lord’s work.

 

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To learn more about Sam Allberry:

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P&R Author Interviews on the Reformed Forum

Reformed Forum is an orga­ni­za­tion com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing Reformed the­o­log­i­cal resources to pas­tors, schol­ars, and any­one who desires to grow in their under­stand­ing of Scrip­ture and the the­ol­ogy that faith­fully sum­ma­rizes its teachings.

Check out these P&R author inter­views on the Reformed Forum.

1 . Sys­tem­atic The­ol­ogy: An Intro­duc­tion to Chris­t­ian Belief by John M. Frame

Click HERE to lis­ten Cam­den Bucey, Jeff Waddington, Jim Cas­sidy, and John Frame speak about the impor­tance of the­ol­ogy, the nature of the­o­log­i­cal method­ol­ogy, and the foun­da­tional doc­trines of the faith..

 

2. How Can I Know for Sure? by David B. Garner

Click HERE to lis­ten to Dr. Gar­ner as he argues that to find answers we must look to the Bible as God’s author­i­ta­tive word for mankind..

 

3. How Did Evil Come into the World? by William Edgar

Click HERE to lis­ten to William Edgar as he dis­cusses the ques­tion, How Did Evil Come Into the World? (which is also the title of his new booklet). Dr. Edgar guides lis­ten­ers and read­ers to a view of God and evil that rec­og­nizes both the ter­ri­ble real­ity of evil and the supreme real­ity of God’s good plan.

 

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Our mis­sion is to serve Christ and his church by pro­duc­ing clear, engag­ing, fresh, and insight­ful appli­ca­tions of Reformed theology.

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BOOK HIGHLIGHT — God’s Pattern for Creation by W. Robert Godfrey

God’s Pat­tern for Cre­ation: A Covenan­tal Read­ing of Gen­e­sis 1

by W. Robert Godfrey

144 Pages | $10.99 | Paper­back | Pub­lished: 2003

Sum­mary: “In the begin­ning God cre­ated the heav­ens and the earth.” Begin­nings are impor­tant. If we want to under­stand the Bible as a whole, it is vital to under­stand what it teaches about creation.

W. Robert God­frey has writ­ten this study with thought­ful Chris­tians in mind. He care­fully exam­ines the text, know­ing that the Bible is a covenan­tal record that is always focused on God and his rela­tion­ship to his people.

What Others Say About this Book:

W. Robert God­frey under­stands how to read Scrip­ture texts. In the midst of present con­fu­sion regard­ing Gen­e­sis 1, he writes with a clear and proper focus. Gen­e­sis 1, accord­ing to him, is covenan­tal and lit­er­ary and it is for us! I will be giv­ing out many copies of this book.” - Bryan D. Estelle

God­frey gives us an inter­pre­ta­tion of Gen­e­sis 1 that is clear, con­cise, and com­pelling. In this won­der­ful book he teaches us the prac­ti­cal the­ol­ogy con­tained in Gen­e­sis 1, as well as sounds prin­ci­ples for inter­pret­ing the rest of Scrip­ture. I heartily rec­om­mend God’s Pat­tern for Cre­ation.” - Mark D. Futato

About the Author:

W. Robert God­frey (PhD, Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity) is a pro­fes­sor of church his­tory and pres­i­dent of West­min­ster Sem­i­nary Cal­i­for­nia. He is a min­is­ter of the United Reformed Churches. He is author of Ref­or­ma­tion Sketches: Insights into Luther, Calvin, and the Con­fes­sions, God’s Pat­tern for Cre­ation: A Covenan­tal Read­ing of Gen­e­sis 1, and An Unex­pected Jour­ney: Dis­cov­er­ing Reformed Chris­tian­ity. He is coed­i­tor of Theon­omy: A Reformed Cri­tique, and con­trib­u­tor to John Calvin: His Influ­ence in the West­ern World. God­frey has also writ­ten numer­ous arti­cles. He has been a speaker at many con­fer­ences, includ­ing the Lau­sanne Com­mit­tee for World Evan­ge­liza­tion, the Philadel­phia Con­fer­ence on Reformed The­ol­ogy, and Ligo­nier Ministries.

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Our mis­sion is to serve Christ and his church by pro­duc­ing clear, engag­ing, fresh, and insight­ful appli­ca­tions of Reformed theology.

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