Thursday, June 30, 2016

Free ebook: "A Place Called Morning" by Ann Tatlock

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Every pastor & elder should read it! "The Shepherd as Leader: Guiding Others with Integrity and Conviction" by John MacArthur

about the book....

The very best training a pastor can receive comes from proven leaders with proven track records—leaders like John MacArthur, John Piper, Steven Lawson, RC Sproul, and Al Mohler.

You’ll find all of them and more in The Shepherd as Leader, a collection of the all-time best-ever messages on spiritual leadership from the popular Shepherds’ Conference held annually at Grace Community Church in Southern California. With longtime bestselling author John MacArthur as general editor and contributor, church leaders will find an abundance of guidance on…

  • the key essentials of effective ministry
  • the urgency of purity and integrity in a leader’s life
  • the value of prayer, both personal and public
  • the biblical responses to suffering and opposition
  • the necessity of complete reliance upon God’s grace and empowerment

The Shepherd as Leader is the second volume in the popular Shepherds’ Library series, a new line of resources designed to help pastors fulfill their calling with excellence. Also available is The Shepherd as Preacher.

my review....

"The Shepherd as Leader" is a wonderful resource for pastors, elders, and leaders in the church today. Each chapter, though written by a different author, is well-crafted and easy to understand, and provides a godly challenge for leaders to rise up and lead as Christ himself led. The book is infused with scripture and solid exegesis, and it would be impossible to put down this book without having come to a deeper understanding of how God wants his church to be led.

I particularly enjoyed two of the chapters contained within the book. The first is the chapter "Hallowed Be Your Name", which provides a call to leaders to first and foremost lead on their knees. The chapter opens with statistics that remind us that many pastors and leaders today admit to putting very little time and attention to praying, which is the exact opposite of the example Jesus left for us! While reading this chapter, I too found myself feeling convicted that I need to make prayer more of a priority in my own life, because it is through prayer that God first and foremost changes lives. I also enjoyed the chapter "Guarding the Gospel", particularly the challenge in the section "Who Will You Please?" which talks about the difficulty we all face in wrestling with the question of seeking the favor of men or of God. As the news headlines so often scream today, the truth of the gospel continues to run up against political correctness, and it is becoming ever more unpopular to share God's views on issues like human sexuality and marriage. A chapter like this one reminds us that, with love and grace, we need to stand on God's truth and guard the gospel, no matter the cost.

If you are a pastor or a leader of any kind in the church, I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book and allow yourself to be challenged in your role as leader. I award this book a solid 4 out of 5 stars.  

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Harvest House. Available at your favourite bookseller!

 about the author....

John MacArthur
John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California; president of The Master’s College & Seminary; and featured teacher for the Grace to You media ministry, which reaches millions worldwide. John has also written many bestselling books, including The Gospel According to Jesus. He and his wife, Patricia, have 4 married children and 15 grandchildren.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Kelli Stuart’s ‘Like a River from Its Course’ Blog Tour and Kindle Prize Pack

Travel back in time in Kelli Stuart's new novel, Like a River from Its Course, as the city of Kiev is bombed in Hitler's blitzkrieg across the Soviet Union. This sweeping historical saga takes the reader on a captivating journey into the little-known history of Ukraine's tragedies through the eyes of four compelling characters who experience the same story from different perspectives. Based on true stories gathered from fifteen years of research and interviews with Ukrainian World War II survivors, Like a River From Its Course is a story of love, war, heartache, forgiveness, and redemption.

Celebrate the release of Like a River from Its Course with Kelli by entering to win a Kindle Fire Prize Pack.

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One grand prize winner will receive:
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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on July 18th. The winner will be announced July 19th on Kelli's blog.

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EXCELLENT free ebook: Things We Once Held Dear (2016 Book Club Selection) by Ann Tatlock

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

An excellent collection of stories for your emerging reader: "Heroes Of The Bible Treasury" By David Miles

9780310750963, Heroes of the Bible Treasury, David Miles

Bringing together six engaging stories into one excellent collection, "Heroes of the Bible Treasury" is a valuable addition to the "I Can Read" series of books. From the story of Queen Esther to Joseph, to Noah to Elijah, to Moses and Paul, there is something here for everyone. Each story is written at level 2 of the I Can Read stage of reading, and so introduces longer sentences and language play for your young reader. Each story begins with a pertinent verse and ends with a character snapshot of the main character of the story along with a "Did you Know?" section providing more information about Bible times. The stories are based on the "Adventure Bible" text and do an excellent job at bringing each story to vivid life.

My son, who just finished grade 1, was able to read through each story with minimal assistance, and he loved pouring over the colourful pictures that simply exploded with action! Probably his favourite story in the collection was the one of Moses leading the people out of Egypt after the plagues descend on the country. However, he really did enjoy each and every addition in this book, because while I've had to do a lot of convincing to get him to read other books, I had no problem getting him to sit down and read each of these as he enjoyed the stories so much. Each story is full of adventure, and showcases God's amazing power to act on behalf of his people. I am confident that we will be reading through this collection again and again as time goes on. As a parent, I love the great value you get in this book, as the book is sturdy and well put together, and because there are 6 stories you feel like you are definitely getting what you paid for. I am always on the lookout for good books to help my son grow in his reading, and I continue to be impressed by Zonderkidz products such as this one!

Not only will this book help your children continue to develop their reading skills, they will learn Biblical truths and be entertained, all at the same time! My son and I award this book a high rating of 5 out of 5 stars.

A review copy was received from the publisher via the Booklook Bloggers program, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

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