BOOK HIGHLIGHT — Down, But Not Out by Wayne A. Mack

Down, But Not Out: How to Get Up When Life Knocks You Down by Wayne A. Mack

256 pages | $12.99 | Paper­back | Pub­lished: 2005

Sum­mary: Do cir­cum­stances con­trol you? Do you worry about your next career move? Are you over­worked or miss­ing dead­lines? Are you unsure of the next step? Life is full of prob­lems that can bring us down. As Chris­tians, how­ever, we know that Jesus over­came the world, and by his power at work within us, we can as well. In Down, But Not Out, Wayne Mack brings bib­li­cal coun­sel to peo­ple suf­fer­ing from worry or spir­i­tual burnout—two major prob­lems that knock us down. Other chap­ters treat “down­ers” such as self-pity, dis­con­tent­ment, dis­cour­age­ment, per­plex­ity, and hopelessness.

About the Author:

Wayne Mack lives in Pre­to­ria, South Africa, where he serves as a pastor-elder with his son-in-law and teaches bib­li­cal coun­sel­ing at Strength­en­ing Min­istries Train­ing Insti­tute to pas­tors and aspir­ing pas­tors in the region. He also spends about six weeks in the USA teach­ing at var­i­ous churches. He and his wife, Carol, have four adult chil­dren and numer­ous grandchildren.

What Others Say About This Book:

This book is greatly needed and immensely help­ful. There is a super­nat­ural way to over­power trou­ble, to live in gen­uine con­tent­ment with a deep down peace and an unas­sail­able joy. Every believer can enjoy tri­umph in trou­ble. In fact, that is what God wants for us. Wayne Mack shows us how.” - John MacArthur

“Down but Not Out is writ­ten with the the­o­log­i­cal integrity and bib­li­cal prac­ti­cal­ity that you have come to expect from one of the world’s fore­most Chris­t­ian Coun­selors. This is a book that wor­ri­ers (and those who want to help them) have been wait­ing for.” - Lou Pri­olo

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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 — Blame It on the Brain? by Edward T. Welch

Blame It on the Brain?: Dis­tin­guish­ing Chem­i­cal Imbal­ances, Brain Dis­or­ders, and Dis­obe­di­ence by Edward T. Welch

208 pages | $12.99 | Paper­back | Pub­lished: 1998

To read the table of con­tents, click HERE

Sum­mary: View­ing brain prob­lems through the lens of Scrip­ture, Welch dis­tin­guishes gen­uine brain dis­or­ders from dis­or­ders that may not be rooted in the brain. Under­stand­ing that dis­tinc­tion will enable pas­tors, coun­selors, fam­i­lies, and other con­cerned believ­ers to know the extent of a person’s responsibility.

About the Author:

Edward T. Welch (PhD, Uni­ver­sity of Utah) serves both the Chris­t­ian Coun­sel­ing and Edu­ca­tional Foun­da­tion (CCEF) and West­min­ster The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary. At CCEF, he is direc­tor of coun­sel­ing and aca­d­e­mic dean, as well as a coun­selor and fac­ulty mem­ber. At West­min­ster, he is pro­fes­sor of prac­ti­cal the­ol­ogy. He is author of When Peo­ple Are Big and God Is Small, Addic­tions, and Blame It on the Brain and has con­tributed to sev­eral other books and jour­nals, includ­ing the Jour­nal of Psy­chol­ogy and Chris­tian­ity.

What Others Are Saying About This Book:

Ed Welch’s care­ful bib­li­cal and sci­en­tific schol­ar­ship is a model to be emu­lated, espe­cially in his chap­ters on homo­sex­u­al­ity and alco­holism. While he has not writ­ten the final word on the inter­ac­tion between the brain and the soul, he has forged a work that has a strong the­o­ret­i­cal base and emi­nently prac­ti­cal appli­ca­tion. Chris­tians who per­son­ally or pro­fes­sion­ally face or dis­cuss these prob­lems in them­selves or oth­ers must study and con­tend with this book.” - Franklin E. Payne Jr., M.D.

Resources for Changing Lives:

Other books in the RCL series include:

  1. Addic­tions: A Ban­quet in the Grave: Find­ing Hope in the Power of the Gospel by Edward T. Welch
  2. Age of Oppor­tu­nity: A Bib­li­cal Guide to Par­ent­ing Teens by Paul David Tripp
  3. Instru­ments in the Redeemer’s Hands: Peo­ple in Need of Change Help­ing Peo­ple in Need of Change by Paul David Tripp
  4. See­ing With New Eyes: Coun­sel­ing and the Human Con­di­tion Through the Lens of Scrip­ture by David Powli­son
  5. Step by Step: Divine Guid­ance for Ordi­nary Chris­tians by James C. Petty
  6. War of Words: Get­ting to the Heart of Your Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Strug­gles by Paul David Tripp
  7. When Peo­ple Are Big and God Is Small: Over­com­ing Peer Pres­sure, Code­pen­dency, and the Fear of Man by Edward T. Welch

 

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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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Paul Tripp’s Books Now Available as eBooks!

The fol­low­ing 3 books writ­ten by Paul David Tripp are now avail­able on iTunes and Kin­dle. Each eBook is $9.99.

  

1. Instru­ments in the Redeemer’s Hands: People in Need of Change Help­ing Peo­ple in Need of Change

iTunes: Click HERE
Kin­dle: Click HERE

 

2. Age of Opportunity: A Bib­li­cal Guide to Par­ent­ing Teens

iTunes: Click HERE
Kin­dle: Click HERE

 

3. War of Words: Getting to the Heart of Your Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Struggles

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Kin­dle: Click HERE

 

Recap of New Releases from June

1. For the World: Essays in Honor of Richard L. Pratt Jr.

edited by Justin S. Hol­comb and Glenn Lucke

Price: $17.99
Page Count: 240
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Sum­mary: This vol­ume in honor of Richard L. Pratt Jr. broadly cov­ers his life­long themes of bib­li­cal stud­ies, the­o­log­i­cal stud­ies, hermeneu­tics, the king­dom of God, min­istry train­ing, mis­sions, evan­ge­lism, and bib­li­cal edu­ca­tion for the world.

ESSAYS BY:

Michael Briggs  •  Stephen W. Brown  •  David M. Cor­rea  •  William Edgar  •  John M. Frame  •  Justin S. Hol­comb  •  Reg­gie M. Kidd  •  Jongho Kim  •  Glenn Lucke  •  Gre­gory R. Perry  •  Scott Redd  •  Mon­ica Taffinder  •  Simon Vib­ert  •  Bruce K. Waltke

 

2. Grace Works!: (And Ways We Think It Doesn’t)

by Dou­glas Bond

Price: $12.99
Page Count: 304
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Sum­mary: When the church down­plays the gospel, it breeds its own assas­sins: moral­ists who yawn at the notion of free grace in Christ alone and rebels who can’t get out of phar­i­saical churches fast enough. Sound­ing the alarm, Dou­glas Bond cel­e­brates the amaz­ing, effec­tive power of grace while show­ing us how to iden­tify destruc­tive “law-creep” in our churches and lives.

 

3. Judges & Ruth: There Is a Redeemer

by Sarah Ivill

Price: $12.99
Page Count: 336
Series: Tapes­try
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Sum­mary: In its tales of gore, rebel­lion, sex­ual escapades, and fleet­ing vic­tory, Judges is one of the books of the Bible in which we most see our need for a Sav­ior and in which God’s grace shines most brightly. Mean­while, the book of Ruth beau­ti­fully reminds us that God has not for­got­ten his promises to Abra­ham. His plan of redemp­tion is dis­played in this book through the lives of hurt­ing women who cling to his covenan­tal lovingkindness.

 

4. From Age to Age: The Unfold­ing of Bib­li­cal Eschatology

by Keith A. Mathison

Price: $29.99
Page Count: 832
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Now a paper­back book - price decreased by 25% from $39.99 down to $29.99.

Sum­mary: Read­ers will only under­stand a book’s final chap­ter if they have under­stood all that came before it. Like­wise, “in order to under­stand bib­li­cal escha­tol­ogy,” writes Keith Math­i­son, “we must under­stand the entire Bible.”

From Age to Age looks not only at the ful­fill­ment of God’s pur­poses at the end of his­tory, but also at the stages along the way. The mil­len­nium and sec­ond com­ing of Christ are escha­to­log­i­cally important—but Christ’s first com­ing was the begin­ning of the end. Deftly work­ing through each book of the Bible, Math­i­son traces God’s prepa­ra­tions through­out redemp­tive his­tory, which have laid every­thing in place for the last day.

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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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Recap of New Releases from April and May

1. The Heart Is the Tar­get: Preach­ing Prac­ti­cal Appli­ca­tion from Every Text

by Mur­ray Capill

Price: $16.99
Page Count: 272
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Sum­mary: God’s Word is pow­er­ful, and when preached clearly and applied per­ti­nently it can change lives. Yet preach­ing does not always have this impact; preach­ers con­cerned merely with teach­ing infor­ma­tion can leave con­gre­ga­tions unmoved, and those who sac­ri­fice sub­stance for rel­e­vance skimp on the power of the text. To truly change those who hear it, preach­ing must blend bib­li­cal faith­ful­ness and insight­ful appli­ca­tion together.
Mur­ray Capill helps all preach­ers who want to change lives to make their preach­ing wholly applic­a­ble, avoid­ing the pit­falls of tacked-on appli­ca­tion. He takes preach­ers through the liv­ing appli­ca­tion preach­ing process—moving the Word of God, via the life of the preacher, to the lives of the hearers—and gives them the tools to sys­tem­at­i­cally explore the appli­ca­tion poten­tial of any text. He him­self applies this teach­ing to any preacher’s sit­u­a­tion by show­ing how it works out in some of the spe­cific chal­lenges and sit­u­a­tions of preaching.

 

2. John Frame’s Selected Shorter Writ­ings, Vol­ume 1 by John M. Frame

Price: $16.99
Page Count: 336
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Sum­mary: A col­lec­tion of short, pointed essays from John Frame stat­ing some of his teach­ings in the­o­log­i­cal method, apolo­get­ics, and the Chris­t­ian life. Includes an intro­duc­tion to his sig­na­ture con­cept of “perspectivalism.”

 

3. Self-Centered Spouse: Help for Chron­i­cally Bro­ken Marriages

by Brad Ham­brick

Price: $4.99
Page Count: 40
Series: Gospel for Real Life
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Sum­mary: Any­one in a mar­riage knows that we are all self-centered spouses who are mar­ried to self-centered spouses. But when this all-too-common sin becomes severe and chronic, it results in a mar­i­tal envi­ron­ment of abuse or neglect—leaving the spouse on the receiv­ing end feel­ing trapped and hope­less. But how might this out­look change if we knew that Jesus addressed just such chron­i­cally bro­ken relationships?
Brad Ham­brick exam­ines Jesus’ teach­ings about rela­tion­ships to show us how we can turn the other cheek while keep­ing away from unhealthy and destruc­tive paths. He iden­ti­fies dif­fer­ent types of self-centered spouses to show us what we are deal­ing with, shares strate­gies for inter­act­ing with them, and points to evi­dences of gen­uine change to bring hope to any­one liv­ing with a chron­i­cally self-centered spouse.

 

4. Roman­tic Con­flict: Embrac­ing Desires That Bless Not Bruise

by Brad Ham­brick

Price: $4.99
Page Count: 32
Series: Gospel for Real Life
Book­let
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Sum­mary: Few mar­riages fall apart because the spouses have evil desires. But even the good desires of two well-meaning peo­ple do not always match up. Our lim­ited time and resources mean that ful­fill­ing one person’s desires often results in neglect­ing another’s, which can lead to con­flict and bit­ter­ness. So how do we enjoy the bless­ings of mar­riage with­out being con­sumed by our desire for those bless­ings we prefer?
Brad Ham­brick shows us that Jesus addressed this very issue—in his foun­da­tional call to be a dis­ci­ple, no less. In this plan for bib­li­cally deal­ing with mar­i­tal con­flict, he walks us through Jesus’ words and their impli­ca­tions, out­lines a typ­i­cal mar­i­tal con­flict, gives us strate­gies for how to “inter­rupt” our con­flicts with grace and love, and gives us fur­ther tips on how to reignite romance going forward.

 

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