BOOK HIGHLIGHT — A Journey Worth Taking by Charles D. Drew

A Jour­ney Worth Tak­ing: Find­ing Your Pur­pose in This World by Charles D. Drew

272 pages | $12.99 | Paper­back | Pub­lished: 2007

To read a sam­ple chap­ter of the book, click HERE

To read the table of con­tents, click HERE

Sum­mary: Peo­ple have always been keen to fig­ure out their place in the scheme of things. This book helps by pro­vid­ing a “the­ol­ogy roadmap” for the jour­ney. These great bib­li­cal truths, when held together in our minds, will take us where we need to go in a healthy way.

About the Author:

Charles D. Drew (BA, Har­vard Uni­ver­sity; MDiv, West­min­ster The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary, Philadel­phia) serves as the Senior Pas­tor at Emmanuel Pres­by­ter­ian Church, Man­hat­tan. He and his wife, Jean, have two grown children.

What Others Say About This Book:

Charles Drew has given us a great book to give away — espe­cially to those who want a purpose-driven life and want to dig more deeply into the mys­ter­ies of that pur­pose. . . [He] takes us a step beyond the lit­er­a­ture that is presently avail­able on the sub­ject.  Highly rec­om­mended.”Tim­o­thy Keller, Redeemer Pres­by­ter­ian Church, New York

In A Jour­ney Worth Tak­ing, Charles Drew has writ­ten a well-researched, thought-provoking guide which offers a mean­ing­ful analy­sis of the unique stages of call­ing. A highly rec­om­mended read for any­one who has ever won­dered ‘Why am I here?’” — Jane Hyun, author, Break­ing the Bam­boo Ceiling

I was moved to tears by this beau­ti­fully writ­ten, hon­est, and com­pre­hen­sive per­spec­tive on life call­ing. Charles Drew presents a real­is­tic but hope­ful view — one solidly grounded in the real­ity of the tri­une God. This is a great book for any­one want­ing to reflect on the pur­pose and direc­tion of their life’s work.” — Chris Kei­del, Inter­Var­sity Chris­t­ian Fellowship

Find a group of oth­ers who are seek­ing direc­tion in life and read this book together. The ques­tions at the end of each chap­ter are worth the price, and you’ll find your­selves drawn into a dia­logue that will change your life.” — The Rev. Peter C. Moore, D.D., author, Dis­arm­ing the Sec­u­lar Gods

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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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William Farley’s Interview on the Christian Television Network

Watch Her­man and Shar­ron (Chris­t­ian Tele­vi­sion Net­work) inter­view William P. Far­ley about his book, Gospel-Powered Humil­ity.

Click HERE to watch the interview.

Its Time with Her­man & Shar­ron has been rated in the top 10 Chris­t­ian pro­grams on cable tele­vi­sion and has been awarded 10 ANGEL AWARDS for excel­lence in programming.

Read a sam­ple chap­ter of the book by click­ing HERE.
Read the table of con­tents by click­ing HERE.

NEW RELEASE — Prone to Wander by Barbara Duguid and Wayne Duguid Houk

Prone to Wan­der: Prayers of Con­fes­sion and Celebration
by Bar­bara Duguid and Wayne Duguid Houk
edited by Iain M. Duguid

240 pages | $14.99 | Paper­back

Sum­mary: “We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done.” But what are “those things”? Why do we con­fess them?

The pur­pose of con­fess­ing our sins is not sim­ply to remind us what great sin­ners we are, but rather to point us to the great Sav­ior we have. Inspired by the Puri­tan clas­sic The Val­ley of Vision, this book pro­vides spe­cific prayers of con­fes­sion in response to par­tic­u­lar Scrip­ture pas­sages. They are ideal for use in church or in per­sonal devotions.

These prayers thank God for Jesus’ per­fect right­eous­ness and sub­sti­tu­tion­ary atone­ment for our sins and ask for the help of the Spirit in pur­su­ing holi­ness. They close with a scrip­tural assur­ance of par­don in Christ for the sins of God’s peo­ple. Appen­dices include the hymns ref­er­enced in each prayer, as well as the ser­mon texts that accom­pa­nied these con­fes­sions as they were orig­i­nally used in wor­ship services.

About the Authors:

Bar­bara R. Duguid is a coun­selor and min­istry assis­tant at Christ Pres­by­ter­ian Church (ARP) in Grove City, Penn­syl­va­nia, where she crafts the weekly liturgy. She is a pastor’s wife and the mother of six chil­dren, and she holds an advanced cer­tifi­cate in bib­li­cal coun­sel­ing from the Chris­t­ian Coun­sel­ing and Edu­ca­tional Foun­da­tion in Glen­side, Pennsylvania.

Wayne Duguid Houk is the events direc­tor and con­fer­ence plan­ner at Chris­t­ian Coun­sel­ing and Edu­ca­tional Foun­da­tion in Glen­side, Pennsylvania.

 

Iain M. Duguid is pro­fes­sor of Old Tes­ta­ment at West­min­ster The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary, Philadel­phia. He has writ­ten numer­ous works of bib­li­cal expo­si­tion, includ­ing Esther & Ruth and Daniel in the Reformed Expos­i­tory Com­men­tary series, Ezekiel in the NIV Appli­ca­tion Com­men­tary series, and Num­bers in the Preach­ing the Word series.

What Others Say About This Book:
I find it eas­ier to learn about God than to talk to him. These devo­tion­als and prayers assist me in doing both, with the added ben­e­fit that they inspire me to pray those prayers with others.”
Edward T. Welch, Fac­ulty Mem­ber, Chris­t­ian Coun­sel­ing and Edu­ca­tional Foundation

 

Duguid and Houk show how the heart long­ing for rec­on­cil­i­a­tion with God can find peace and beauty in bib­li­cal con­fes­sion. . . . help[ing] us to face the bit­ter to taste the sweet.”
Bryan Chapell, Senior Pas­tor, Grace Pres­by­ter­ian Church

 

This book has many virtues. One is its flex­i­bil­ity in being adapt­able to a range of sit­u­a­tions, includ­ing pub­lic wor­ship and pri­vate devo­tions. . . . I love its over­all aims and method.”
—Leland Ryken, Pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish, Wheaton College

 

 

Author Interview with Sarah Ivill

Check out this week’s author inter­view with Sarah Ivill, author of 2 books in our Tapes­try series: Rev­e­la­tion: Let the One Who Is Thirsty Come, and new title Judges & Ruth: There Is a Redeemer.

  • Ques­tion #1 — Tell us a lit­tle bit about yourself…

I have lived in North Car­olina and Geor­gia most of my life. My hus­band and I have been mar­ried for almost eleven years and the Lord has blessed us with three children—Caleb (8), Han­nah (6) and Daniel (4 months). We presently live in Char­lotte. I enjoy teach­ing a women’s Bible study at our church, as well as shep­herd­ing women through dif­fi­cult sea­sons of life. I love to exer­cise, read, and spend time out­doors with my family.

 

  • Ques­tion #2 — Did you always enjoy writing?

I have always loved to write. I began jour­nal­ing as a young girl and at last count had filled 29 journals.

 

  • Ques­tion #3 — What inspired you to write this book, about this topic?

When I was asked to teach a Bible study at my church years ago and began search­ing for resources, I real­ized that there was a lack of Bible stud­ies for women writ­ten from a covenan­tal per­spec­tive. I wanted to help fill this need, so I began writ­ing stud­ies such as, Hebrews: His Hope, The Anchor For Our Souls, Rev­e­la­tion: Let the One Who Is Thirsty Come and Judges & Ruth: There Is A Redeemer.

 

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

I love to write in my home office. I have a great view to the beauty of God’s cre­ation and easy access to resources I need while writing.

 

  • Ques­tion #5 — At what time of day do you write most?

I love to write in the early morning.

 

  • Ques­tion #6 — How do you deal with writer’s block?

I got writer’s block for the first time when I was in sem­i­nary. I got down on my knees with my key­board on my lap, cry­ing out to the Lord to help me write so I could turn my paper in on time. He did! There are times I still do this, but often­times if I push through and write at least a few para­graphs, I move past it. I can always go back and revise the les­son later.

 

  • Ques­tion #7 — Chron­i­cles of Nar­nia or Lord of the Rings?

I have always enjoyed read­ing books by C. S. Lewis. I espe­cially love the Chron­i­cles of Nar­nia because they are won­der­ful books to read aloud to my chil­dren. I read all of them to my old­est son a cou­ple of years ago and now enjoy see­ing him reread them on his own.

 

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Want to learn more about Sarah?

Visit her new web­site: http://www.sarahivill.com/

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BOOK HIGHLIGHT — With Reverence and Awe by Hart and Muether

With Rev­er­ence and Awe: Return­ing to the Basics of Reformed Wor­ship by D.G. Hart and John R. Muether

208 pages | $14.99 | Paper­back | Pub­lished: 2002

To read the table of con­tents, click HERE

Sum­mary: “Reformed Chris­tians,” write D. G. Hart and John R. Muether, “are increas­ingly divided over how they ought to wor­ship their God.” Con­sid­er­ing it an urgent mat­ter “to recover a bib­li­cal view of wor­ship,” the authors have writ­ten With Rev­er­ence and Awe. Draw­ing on Scrip­ture and Reformed con­fes­sions and cat­e­chisms, the authors answer such ques­tions as: When are we to wor­ship? How do we wor­ship with rev­er­ence and joy?  What is the place of the means of grace?  How do the ele­ments of wor­ship dif­fer from its cir­cum­stances? Finally, the authors tackle “the most divi­sive issue,” music.

About the Authors:

D. G. Hart stud­ied Amer­i­can his­tory at the Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity and has served as Direc­tor of the Insti­tute for the Study of Amer­i­can Evan­gel­i­cals at Wheaton Col­lege and Aca­d­e­mic Dean and Pro­fes­sor of Church His­tory at West­min­ster Sem­i­nary in Cal­i­for­nia. He is cur­rently Vis­it­ing Pro­fes­sor of His­tory at Hills­dale Col­lege. His books include Defend­ing the Faith: J. Gre­sham Machen and the Cri­sis of Con­ser­v­a­tive Protes­tantism (1994); The Lost Soul of Amer­i­can Protes­tantism (2002); With Rev­er­ence and Awe: Return­ing to the Basics of Reformed Wor­ship (2002); John Williamson Nevin: High Church Calvin­ist (2005); and A Sec­u­lar Faith: Why Chris­tian­ity Favors the Sep­a­ra­tion of Church and State (2006).

John R. Muether (MAR, West­min­ster The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary) is librar­ian and asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of church his­tory at Reformed The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary in Orlando. The coau­thor of four vol­umes, Muether has served on the Har­vard Divin­ity School library staff and has been librar­ian at West­ern The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary and West­min­ster The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary. He has served on the edi­to­r­ial board of Regen­er­a­tion Quar­terly and on the board of direc­tors of Mars Hill Audio. He is his­to­rian of the Ortho­dox Pres­by­ter­ian Church and serves on that denomination’s Chris­t­ian Edu­ca­tion Committee.

What Others Say About This Book:

This is a good book, which ought to be read by every believer who wishes to engage in wor­ship that is pleas­ing to God because it is wor­ship that is in har­mony with God’s will as revealed in the inspired, infal­li­ble Scrip­tures.” — Robert D. Decker

The authors are mea­sured, bal­anced and com­pactly com­pre­hen­sive. The book is, after all, a primer, so they short­hand some of the more con­tro­ver­sial or ques­tion­able Old School hermeneu­tics.  It’s nonethe­less heartily rec­om­mended to pas­tors and elders.” — Gerry Wisz

[A] well-written, thought-provoking vol­ume. . . . Lay­men and min­is­ters should read this dis­cus­sion of the value of Reformed wor­ship and what Reformed wor­ship is.” - Chris­t­ian Observer

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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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