Author Interview with Catherine Stewart

This week’s author inter­view is with Cather­ine Stew­art, edi­tor of Let­ters to Pas­tors’ Wives: When Sem­i­nary Ends and Min­istry Begins.

  • 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.

Orig­i­nally I come from North­ern Ire­land, but have lived all over Eng­land, the Isle of Man and now live in Savan­nah, Geor­gia. My fam­ily still live in North­ern Ire­land where I spent most of my youth. It was there that I had the priv­i­lege of grow­ing up sur­rounded by horses, and so most of my extra cur­ric­u­lar time was devoted to their care and prepa­ra­tion for all sorts of equine sports. That par­tic­u­lar avenue of plea­sure has passed for now as I care for and home-school our six chil­dren; the old­est will be head­ing to col­lege next year and the youngest is still in diapers!!!

 

  • Ques­tion #2 — Did you always enjoy writing?

Yes, I always enjoy writ­ing. Whether it be a sim­ple thank you let­ter or prepar­ing a mes­sage for a group of women, writ­ing is a lit­tle haven from the busy­ness of every­day life.

 

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

When my hus­band decided to leave his job as a physi­cian in North­ern Ire­land and pur­sue a call to the min­istry, I felt over­whelmed at the prospect of being a pastor’s wife. Truth be told, I felt very much like a square peg in a round hole!! After get­ting to know many other pas­tors’ wives through sem­i­nary life, I real­ized I was not alone in my fears and that there is no typ­i­cal stereo type of a pastor’s wife. I longed to have put into print much of the wis­dom I gleaned from other ‘sea­soned’ pas­tors wives . . . and sub­se­quently the seed form of this book was born.

 

  • Ques­tion #4 — What book are you read­ing now?

I have just fin­ished read­ing Glo­ria Furman’s book, Trea­sur­ing Christ:When Your Hands Are Full. Its title nat­u­rally appealed to me and the con­tent is a delight­ful reminder of our need to redeem the pre­cious years of moth­er­ing, see­ing Christ in all of life’s lit­tle prov­i­dences; a gem!

 

 

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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Aimee Byrd’s Interview on Connecting Faith — Hosted by Jo Rathmanner

Aimee Byrd has been inter­viewed on a spe­cial edi­tion of Con­nect­ing Faith hosted by Jo Rath­man­ner on Faith Radio.

Wife and mom of three, Aimee Byrd, brings a whole new mean­ing to the term “house­wife” on this edi­tion of Con­nect­ing Faith.

Jo wel­comes Aimee to talk about the dif­fer­ence between being a “stan­dard” house­wife and being a House­wife The­olo­gian. That dichotomy is the sub­ject of her book, House­wife The­olo­gian: How the Gospel Inter­rupts the Ordi­nary.”

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Shin­ing a light where faith and life meet with inter­views & insight / Mon­day — Fri­day at noon (CDT) on My Faith Radio.

Aimee Byrd is just an ordi­nary mom of three liv­ing in Mar­tins­burg, West Vir­ginia. Aside from that amaz­ing gig, Aimee has made a fool of her­self in mar­tial arts train­ing, sur­vived col­lege, dab­bled in ceram­ics, owned a cof­fee shop, braved lead­ing the youth group with her hus­band, become a Bible study teacher and blog­ger, and done a lit­tle speak­ing on the side. Since her children’s sched­ules have majorly cut into her social life, she has resorted to writing.

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 David F. Wells

This week’s author inter­view is with David F. Wells, author of the Basics of the Faith book­let, What Is 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 am an African—now an African-American (!)—since I have become an Amer­i­can cit­i­zen.  My home coun­try barely exists any­more. It is Zimbabwe.

 

  • Ques­tion #2 — When did you first want to write a book?

I am not sure if I ever wanted to write a book and that is a good thing. The best books are those that find their authors and insist upon being writ­ten. The most suc­cess­ful books are those that first burn in one’s bones before they make their way into the world as printed books.

 

  • Ques­tion #3 — Which writ­ers inspire you?

Dif­fer­ent authors mean dif­fer­ent things to you at dif­fer­ent stages in your life. I went through a C.S. Lewis stage. It was my intro­duc­tion to how to think Chris­tian­ity. The­o­log­i­cally, I was more shaped by J. I. Packer and I also loved the clar­ity of John Stott. I admired Muggeridge’s skill with the Eng­lish lan­guage. At one point, I had read every­thing Solzen­hit­syn had writ­ten and was cap­ti­vated by his acute obser­va­tions on life.

 

  • Ques­tion #4 — Did you always enjoy writing?

Writ­ing has always come eas­ily to me.

 

  • Ques­tion #5 — Do you have a spe­cific spot that you enjoy writ­ing most?

Any spot that is com­pletely quiet.

 

  • Ques­tion #6 — What book are you read­ing now?

Andrew Keen’s, The Cult of the Ama­teur and Doris Kearns Goodwin’s, The Fitzger­alds and the Kennedys.

 

  • Ques­tion #7 — Other than the Bible, do you have a favorite book?

Mal­colm Muggeridge’s, Chron­i­cles of Wasted Time though he could never bring him­self to com­plete the final volume.

 

  • Ques­tion #8 — Do you have a favorite author? Who is it and why?

No. I have authors to whom I go under par­tic­u­lar cir­cum­stances. For exam­ple, before start­ing a writ­ing project, I always read what Karl Barth had to say in his Church Dog­mat­ics. There are some mag­nif­i­cent sec­tions in this multi-volume work but Barth is also aber­rant in some ways. There is a majesty, and dig­nity, to his the­ol­ogy that I love.  Tra­di­tion­ally Reformed the­ol­ogy has not pro­duced any­thing com­pa­ra­ble in qual­ity since the Prince­to­ni­ans of more than a cen­tury ago—e.g. Charles Hodge and B.B. Warfield. So, where else can you go? When I am work­ing on a ser­mon on the gospels, I always check out J.C. Ryle’s, Expos­i­tory Thoughts.

 

  • Ques­tion #9 — What advice would you give to aspir­ing writers?

I find some aspir­ing writ­ers want to write. That is putting the cart before the horse. The ques­tion is: do you have any­thing to say? Our schools have given in to our nar­cis­sis­tic cul­ture by focus­ing only on the mechan­i­cal part: what is writ­ten. They step back from what is being said on the mis­taken assump­tion that every per­son has a per­fect right to say what­ever they want and that what is said is beyond the reach of crit­i­cism. This does not help young peo­ple to hone their skills think­ing clearly and then express­ing those thoughts coherently.

 

  • Ques­tion #10 — Do you have a favorite book that you have written?

The most tech­ni­cally pro­fi­cient book, I think, was No Place for Truth: Or, What­ever Hap­pened to Evan­gel­i­cal The­ol­ogy. The book clos­est to my own heart was God in the Whirl­wind: How the Holy-love of God Reori­ents our World.

 

  • Ques­tion #11 — At what time of day do you write most?

I dis­ci­pline myself to write when­ever I have the time.

 

  • Ques­tion #12 — How do you deal with writer’s block?

Most peo­ple who think they have writer’s block have mis­di­ag­nosed their con­di­tion. What they have is thought block. We can never put into words thoughts that have not formed well in our minds. C. S. Lewis once said that we write most lucidly on those mat­ters on which we have thought best. Peo­ple who feel they have a cramp in their brains are those who are sim­ply not yet ready to write. They do not know exactly what it is they want to say and not say. What can be frus­trat­ing as a writer is that we can con­trol the out­ward process—what we are read­ing to gain under­stand­ing, maybe with whom we con­sult, and how much time we have set aside for our writ­ing project. What can­not be con­trolled is the inward process. It has its own sched­ule. Under­stand­ing does not come on com­mand. It comes when it is ready to emerge on the sur­face and, as it were, give itself up. There is noth­ing that a writer can do to speed it up this eman­ci­pa­tion of understanding.

 

  • Ques­tion #13 — What has been the tough­est crit­i­cism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

Begin­ning in the early 1990’s, I set out to write a series of volumes—it turned out to be six—that were work­ing the lines between Christ and con­tem­po­rary cul­ture. It was a way of under­stand­ing what has hap­pened in our mod­ern­ized world, how this is affect­ing us, and how we should think and act in such a world. Since this was, in part, a cri­tique of the evan­gel­i­cal world, I knew that those thus dis­lodged would not be happy. I antic­i­pated they would react by say­ing that I was a pes­simist, a kind of killjoy. And so it was. Since this was so pre­dictable, I rarely ever pay much heed to it. How­ever, I am always grat­i­fied when some­one says to me that they knew some­thing was amiss in the Church but they just couldn’t put their fin­ger on it. Then they read one of my books and it made sense to them. For me, that is a won­der­ful expe­ri­ence. That is exactly why I set out to write these volumes.

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To learn more about David Wells, visit his fac­ulty page on Gordon-Conwell The­o­log­i­cal Seminary’s web­site: http://www.gordonconwell.edu/academics/view-faculty-member.cfm?faculty_id=15912&grp_id=8947

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