Recap of New Releases from August & September

1. Hid­den in the Gospel: Truths You For­get to Tell Your­self Every Day
by William P. Farley

Price: $12.99
Page Count: 128
Spir­i­tual Growth & Guidance
Paper­back
Sum­mary: We live with our own thoughts 24/7. Often we are car­ried along by sin­ful think­ing instead of inten­tion­ally speak­ing truth to our­selves. How can we start chang­ing this? How can we live lives that are influ­enced by the gospel moment by moment?
William Far­ley argues that mature Chris­tians solve many spir­i­tual prob­lems in their lives by preach­ing the gospel to them­selves. The gospel is not one event but a story that began before time and stretches into eter­nity. Key moments in this story—such as Jesus’ incar­na­tion, death, res­ur­rec­tion, and ascension—teach us lessons that can be applied to life every sin­gle day. In this user-friendly book, Far­ley shows us how.

 

2. The Three­fold Cord, The Dark Har­vest Tril­ogy, Book 3
by Jere­miah W. Montgomery

Price: $14.99
Page Count: 320
Series: The Dark Har­vest Trilogy
Fic­tion / Fantasy
Paper­back
Sum­mary: The Dark Faith is ris­ing again. . . . Will it bury the light?
The machi­na­tions of the Dark Faith ignite war through­out the lands of Aeld Gowan. Des­per­ate to mar­shal allies against the ris­ing foe, Moru­mus embarks on a secret mis­sion to the dis­tant bar­bar­ian peo­ples of the North. Sin­is­ter events force Oethur to risk every­thing for his queen and his crown. Will he find jus­tice? Mean­while, agony haunts Urien in the dun­geons of the Scar­let Bishop as she faces the loss of everything—even her brother. Will the Ring of Stars be bro­ken . . . or will the Red Order drag all of Aeld Gowan into the bosom of the Mother?

 

3. Prone to Wan­der: Prayers of Con­fes­sion and Celebration
by Bar­bara R. Duguid & Wayne Duguid Houk, edited by Iain M. Duguid
Price: $14.99
Pages: 240
Chris­t­ian Life / Prayer
Paper­back
Sum­mary: Inspired by the clas­sic The Val­ley of Vision, this book pro­vides spe­cific prayers of con­fes­sion in response to Scrip­ture pas­sages. Ideal for use in church ser­vices or per­sonal devo­tions, these prayers thank God for Jesus’ right­eous­ness and aton­ing death and ask for the Spirit’s help in pur­su­ing holiness—closing with an assur­ance of par­don in Christ for the spe­cific sins of God’s peo­ple. Appen­dices include a list of hymns ref­er­enced, as well as the ser­mon texts that orig­i­nally accom­pa­nied them.

 

4. Jesus Is Most Special
by Sally Michael

Price: $9.99
Pages: 24
Chil­dren / Non-fiction
Hard­cover
Fully Illus­trated
Sum­mary: Sally Michael helps par­ents to share the story of Jesus’ birth with young chil­dren, plac­ing it in the larger bib­li­cal con­text of what comes before and after it. This book’s large, full-color illus­trated pages and sug­ges­tions for accom­pa­ny­ing songs and visu­als help chil­dren to learn the story by heart, and it fur­ther moti­vates chil­dren to teach the story to others.

 

5. Keep­ing Your Cool: A Teen’s Sur­vival Guide
by Lou Pri­olo

Price: $12.99
Page Count: 256
Youth / Counseling
Paper­back
Sum­mary: You prob­a­bly know plenty about argu­ing with your parents—but did you know that this isn’t just because you are a teenager? It’s because of anger, which every­one strug­gles with—and which you can con­trol! This prac­ti­cal, bib­li­cal approach to mas­ter­ing sin­ful anger devel­ops bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion with your par­ents and includes prac­ti­cal tools, such as jour­nal­ing exer­cises and dis­cus­sion points.

 

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NEW RELEASE — Keeping Your Cool by Lou Priolo

Keep­ing Your Cool: A Teen’s Sur­vival Guide by Lou Pri­olo

256 pages | $12.99 | Paper­back

Sum­mary: If you are a teenager, you prob­a­bly know plenty about issues like argu­ing with your par­ents, rebelling against author­ity, and atti­tude problems—either first­hand or because every­one expects you to be like that! But what if you knew that these things actu­ally spring from a prob­lem with anger; that they‘re the result of being a sin­ner, not a teenager; and that you can have more con­trol over them than peo­ple think you can?

Bib­li­cal coun­selor Lou Pri­olo pro­vides a prac­ti­cal, under­stand­able, and bib­li­cal approach to mas­ter­ing sin­ful anger and its causes and effects. He helps you to assess your level of anger and what form it takes, to iden­tify some of the heart issues that lead to anger (and how to replace them with bib­li­cal atti­tudes,) and to have open com­mu­ni­ca­tion with your par­ents with­out the dis­trac­tions that cause argu­ments. Prac­ti­cal tools, such as jour­nal­ing exer­cises and dis­cus­sion points to talk over with your par­ents, help you to take mea­sur­able steps toward “keep­ing your cool.”

About the Author:

Lou Pri­olo is a Fel­low of the Asso­ci­a­tion of Cer­ti­fied Bib­li­cal Coun­selors and an instruc­tor with Birm­ing­ham The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary. He has been the Direc­tor of Bib­li­cal Coun­sel­ing at East­wood Pres­by­ter­ian Church since 1998.

 

 

What Others Are Saying About This Book:

Refresh­ingly and doggedly bib­li­cal. With a thor­oughly gospel-centered approach, [Lou] helps young peo­ple to con­front sin head on and move toward find­ing both grace and change by the power of God’s Word and Spirit, while remain­ing intensely prac­ti­cal and con­crete.” - JON NIELSON, col­lege pas­tor, col­lege church, Wheaton, Illinois

 

Being a teenager is hard. Finally help is avail­able! Lou Pri­olo shows what teenage anger is and where it comes from. Open these pages and you will find hope, encour­age­ment, and the Sav­ior.”RICK HOLLAND, cofounder of the Resolved and Anchored Youth Conferences

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Author Interview with Richard Phillips

This week’s author inter­view is with Richard Phillips, author of the fol­low­ing 19 P&R titles.

Reformed Expos­i­tory Com­men­taries (he is also one of the two series editors):

Basics of the Faith Book­lets:

Other Books:

  • 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 was raised in an Army fam­ily, so I moved all through my child­hood. We were what I would call patri­otic Protes­tants. My fam­ily was not Chris­t­ian in a spir­i­tu­ally alive sense, but we attended church reg­u­larly and empha­sized moral­ity, patri­o­tism, and duty. This made for a won­der­ful child­hood in many ways. Ours was a very close-knit fam­ily that enjoyed work­ing and play­ing together. My father was a tank colonel, so there were always things going on that are very inter­est­ing to a boy. Due to the Viet­nam War, in which my father served for two years, there was also a sense of impend­ing tragedy in the air. Many of my child­hood friends’ fathers died and we attended an awful lot of funer­als. So the patri­o­tism, duty, and honor fac­tors were very high in my upbring­ing. But there was a huge amount of love, fun, and excitement.

I met my wife 22 years ago at church. We have five chil­dren, which makes us a pretty active fam­ily. We home-school and our kids are quite active in church, sports, and music (to name the main activ­i­ties). This year our old­est is a senior in high school, so it is pretty excit­ing work­ing through the pre-college process with her. Our two boys (16 and 14) are play­ing on a home-school var­sity foot­ball team (isn’t South Car­olina great!) and that is excit­ing to me, since I played foot­ball as well. We are blessed to serve a church with a strong and lov­ing com­mu­nity, so our kids are highly immersed in a Chris­t­ian social cir­cle in which my wife and I are pretty involved as well. It’s a lot of fun and we are grate­ful to God.

I was an Army offi­cer until age 35, so I came into min­istry later than most. I was con­verted at age 30 at Tenth Pres­by­ter­ian Church in Philadel­phia and by God’s prov­i­dence I began preach­ing there reg­u­larly at age 39. For the last 15 years, I have been preach­ing God’s Word vir­tu­ally every week, usu­ally morn­ing and evening. It was a priv­i­lege to serve as evening preacher at Tenth and then senior min­is­ter at First Pres­by­ter­ian Church in Coral Springs, FL. But we found our home in Greenville, SC, where I am senior min­is­ter at Sec­ond Pres­by­ter­ian Church. I am involved in a num­ber of dif­fer­ent Reformed orga­ni­za­tions, includ­ing the Alliance of Con­fess­ing Evan­gel­i­cals, the Gospel Coali­tion, West­min­ster The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary, and the Gospel Ref­or­ma­tion Network.

All this keeps me pretty busy!  Any­thing along the lines of hob­bies mainly involves things with my chil­dren. We fol­low our sports teams pretty avidly (Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan and the Boston Red Sox, mainly). And I am a writer – so I have no spare time for any­thing else!

 

  • Ques­tion #2 — Which writ­ers inspire you?

My writ­ing mainly involves the expo­si­tion of Scrip­ture, so my inspi­ra­tion in writ­ing runs in that direc­tion. I am inspired by faith­ful ser­vants of the Word who have writ­ten a large amount of mate­r­ial on a wide range of top­ics and texts, han­dling them all with faith­ful­ness, skill, insight, clar­ity, and econ­omy of style. My first inspi­ra­tion in this regard was James Mont­gomery Boice, who I had the priv­i­lege of know­ing inti­mately and with whom I shared many dis­cus­sions about min­istry, the­ol­ogy, and writ­ing. When I think of other inspi­ra­tions, I would include Mar­tyn Lloyd-Jones for his insight and power, John Mur­ray for his clar­ity and depth, and my close friend Phil Ryken for his reg­u­lar, con­sis­tent excel­lence. These are the virtues to which I aspire: faith­ful­ness, insight, clar­ity, and con­sis­tent excellence.

I would add a word to aspir­ing writ­ers that they need to read vora­ciously. As a preacher and writer, I not only read dozens of com­men­taries weekly, but I also read the­o­log­i­cal books, church his­tory, and pub­lished ser­mons (my favorite) for per­sonal edi­fi­ca­tion and spir­i­tual fuel.

 

  • Ques­tion #3 — Did you always enjoy writing?

Yes. In high school and col­lege I enjoyed writ­ing papers. As a young Army offi­cer, I pub­lished arti­cles on tac­tics and lead­er­ship in mil­i­tary jour­nals. I think I have always felt a cre­ative out­let in writ­ing and have wanted to exer­cise that. It still thrills me to write, and espe­cially to serve Christ’s Church in this way. After thirty books in print, I still greet each new arrival with an aston­ished joy that I have the priv­i­lege to write books and with a fer­vent desire that peo­ple would be gen­uinely helped by them. Writ­ing is such hard work and takes so much time, that I do think you need to find a joy sim­ply in the process of writ­ing and editing.

 

  • Ques­tion #4 — Do you have a favorite book that you have written?

My com­men­taries are par­tic­u­larly pre­cious to me, as is the entire Reformed Expos­i­tory Com­men­tary series that I co-edit. I think my Hebrews com­men­tary will always be dear to my heart, because it was the first full-length com­men­tary I wrote and I ded­i­cated it to Jim Boice as a way of express­ing my desire to carry on his work. Also my Zechariah com­men­tary, because I was aware that it would be a par­tic­u­larly valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to the lit­er­a­ture. I am always excited about my most recent book, in this case my 2-volume com­men­tary on the Gospel of John (ten years of my life went into that one). I am also really excited about the Rev­e­la­tion com­men­tary that, Lord will­ing, I will pub­lish in 2 or 3 years.

 

  • Ques­tion #5 — How do you deal with writer’s block?

I don’t know that I expe­ri­ence writer’s block, per se. But there are plenty of times when I do not see the way for­ward – the right tran­si­tion to the next topic, the proper orga­ni­za­tion of the mate­r­ial, a really excel­lent con­clu­sion, etc. What I do is set the work aside, know­ing it will be on my mind. I then may go for a drive, take a shower, or do some chores. I pray for God to give me insight so that I may serve him. Over and over, I find that God answers this prayer. Usu­ally, it is while the sub­ject is not at the fore­front of my mind – but not absent either – that an insight will come that enables me to move for­ward. Some­times, as well, the solu­tion presents itself while I am deal­ing with a dif­fer­ent min­istry issue – pas­toral coun­sel­ing or a com­mit­tee meet­ing – and that sit­u­a­tion pro­vides a con­text that helps me to orga­nize my problem.

 

  • Ques­tion #6 — Favorite sport to watch? Why? Favorite sport’s team?

Col­lege foot­ball. Raw pas­sion and unbri­dled enthu­si­asm. Loy­alty to fam­ily and alma mater. I grad­u­ated from the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan and I am (together with my sons) a fanat­i­cal fol­lower of Michi­gan foot­ball and basketball.

 

  • Ques­tion #7 — Favorite ani­mal? Why?

The dog. Loy­alty, love, faith­ful­ness, devo­tion, play­ful­ness and fun. The exact oppo­site of cats!

 

  • Ques­tion #8 — Lord of the Rings or The Chron­i­cles of Nar­nia? Why?

Lord of the Rings, by far. I enjoy Nar­nia, but it is much more pedan­tic – Lewis, as Tolkien com­plained, con­trolled the nar­ra­tive to force a point on you. (This is not to deny the bril­liance and beauty of Nar­nia!) Lord of the Rings is true lit­er­a­ture, as a Chris­t­ian world­view expresses itself in myth­i­cal form. I lis­ten to the Lord of the Rings on audio once a year.

My favorite scene in Lord of the Rings? The coro­na­tion of Aragorn. As beau­ti­ful an artis­tic depic­tion of the exal­ta­tion of Christ as I have ever read: “Ancient of days he seemed and yet in the flower of man­hood; and wis­dom sat upon his brow, and strength and heal­ing were in his hands, and a light was about him. And then Faramir cried: ‘Behold the King!”” That is won­der­ful beyond telling.

 

  • Ques­tion #9 — What famous per­son (liv­ing or dead) would you like to meet and why?

My heart is par­tic­u­larly drawn to Bible fig­ures. After our Lord, I really look for­ward to meet­ing Samuel, Jonathan, Jehoshaphat, Paul, and the writer of Hebrews (I’d like to know who he is). Notice how I put this – not that I would like to meet them but that I am going to meet them!

As for Chris­tians in heaven, I look for­ward to these: Tyn­dale, Luther, Calvin, Lady Jane Grey, Lloyd-Jones, Spur­geon, B.M. Palmer, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jack­son, George Wash­ing­ton, and Robert the Bruce.

Non-Christians I would enjoy meet­ing (here my mil­i­tary back­ground comes out): Napoleon, Nel­son, von Manstein, Belis­ar­ius, Pom­pey the Great, Leonidas, Ben Franklin, and David Ortiz.

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NEW RELEASE — Jesus Is Most Special by Sally Michael

There are 3 months till Christ­mas! What per­fect tim­ing for the release of our new Christ­mas book: Jesus Is Most Spe­cial by Sally Michael.

24 Pages | $9.99 | Hard­cover | Color Illus­trated

Sum­mary: Our chil­dren are spe­cial to us, and Christ­mas is a spe­cial time for them, cap­ti­vat­ing them with its joy and won­der. What bet­ter time for par­ents to intro­duce their young chil­dren to the most spe­cial child ever born — the child who is also the Sav­ior of the world and the King of Kings?

Sally Michael helps par­ents to share the story of the birth of Jesus with their chil­dren and goes a step fur­ther by plac­ing the Christ­mas story in the larger con­text of the Bible, includ­ing what comes before and after. She goes on to moti­vate chil­dren to teach this all-important story to oth­ers after they have learned it them­selves. Through its large, full-color illus­trated pages and its sug­ges­tions for accom­pa­ny­ing songs and visu­als, this book will help chil­dren to learn by heart the most spe­cial story ever told.

About the Author:

Sally Michael is the co-founder and pub­lish­ing con­sul­tant of Chil­dren Desir­ing God, and she devel­oped their widely used Sun­day school cur­ricu­lum for young peo­ple. She is also an author and a speaker, and she served as Min­is­ter for Chil­dren at Beth­le­hem Bap­tist Church in Min­neapo­lis, Min­nesota, for six­teen years. She is also the author of God’s Names, God’s Promise, God’s Prov­i­dence, God’s Wis­dom.

What Others Are Saying about this Book:

The sim­plic­ity of this book mir­rors the plain­ness of the bib­li­cal story. Carol lyrics waft beside the brief, deep Scrip­tures that inspired them. In these pages the Sav­ior is clearly worshiped—the story of his arrival touched me yet again.” — Steve Estes, Author of A Bet­ter December

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BOOK HIGHLIGHT — Overcoming the World by Joel R. Beeke

Over­com­ing the World: Grace to Win the Daily Bat­tle by Joel R. Beeke

208 pages | $12.99 | Paper­back | Pub­lished: 2005

Sum­mary: We see all around us that the world is on a quest for plea­sure, power, profit, and posi­tion. Many Chris­tians strug­gle to live faith­fully in such a world and stay true to Christ’s com­mand to be in the world, but not of it. Tak­ing direc­tion from the Puri­tans, John Calvin, and oth­ers, Joel Beeke guides read­ers to the bib­li­cal alter­na­tives to world­li­ness: gen­uine piety and holiness.

Writ­ten for such times as these, Over­com­ing the World will be a source of encour­age­ment and growth for read­ers that are seri­ous about fol­low­ing Christ. Pas­tors and other lead­ers will find here a uniquely prac­ti­cal work that will help them in lead­ing Chris­tians through the nar­row gate.

About the Author:

Joel R. Beeke is pres­i­dent of Puri­tan Reformed The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary, where he also serves as pro­fes­sor of sys­tem­atic the­ol­ogy and homilet­ics. He is a pas­tor of the Her­itage Nether­lands Reformed Con­gre­ga­tions in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

 

What Others Say About This Book:

Why is world­li­ness such a seri­ous mat­ter for the indi­vid­ual Chris­t­ian and the church? Beeke does us a great ser­vice by answer­ing this and other cru­cial ques­tions about world­li­ness in a bib­li­cal, prac­ti­cal and insight­ful way. I am glad that this book is avail­able for my own spir­i­tual growth and min­istry, and for the ben­e­fit of oth­ers who will be blessed.” - Wayne A. Mack

A book on world­li­ness seems strangely out of fash­ion today. Talk of holi­ness and sep­a­ra­tion from the world seems to belong to another age. Joel Beeke pro­vides a dose of purity and sense, like a glass of clean fresh water, in the murky pools of today’s talk about holi­ness. The book is not only timely; it is also essen­tial read­ing for every Chris­t­ian who is seri­ous about fol­low­ing Christ.” - Derek W. H. Thomas

Every Chris­t­ian is called to a pure life. These chap­ters define a worldly spirit, and then exhort us to pur­sue vic­tory over this impure world with a single-mindedness.” - Geoff Thomas

Over­com­ing the World is not only a bril­liant expo­si­tion of the mean­ing of world­li­ness, but a very prac­ti­cal guide. John Calvin is shown to be a man who was a great reformer with intense con­cern about basic spir­i­tu­al­ity as it affected the believ­ers’ rela­tion­ship to the world. We need Joel Beeke’s book–we need to read it, imbibe it, prac­tice it, and com­mend it wher­ever we can.” - Mar­tin Holdt

 

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