Author Highlight — Elyse Fitzpatrick

Elyse Fitzpatrick (Certificate in Biblical Counseling, CCEF; MA in Biblical Counseling, Trinity Theological Seminary) is a frequent conference speaker and the author of more than twenty books, as well as numerous journal articles and blogs. She and her husband, Philip, have three adult children and six grandchildren. Access her speaking schedule at www.elysefitzpatrick.com and hear her on her weekly podcast, Front Porch with the Fitzes.

  

1. Idols of the Heart, Revised and Updated: Learning to Long for God Alone

240 pages | List Price: $14.99 | Paperback | SAMPLE CHAPTER | Study Guide

Summary—Do you feel discouraged, even defeated, in your battle against habitual sin? Elyse Fitzpatrick delves into the heart of the problem: we’re all idol-worshippers who put our loves, desires, and expectations in God’s place—and then suffer the consequences. Yet God uses even our struggles for his glory. Fitzpatrick shows us how to better know our hearts, long for our God, and resist and crush the false gods in our lives. Revised edition.

2. The Afternoon of Life: Finding Purpose and Joy in Midlife

216 pages | List Price: $12.99 | Paperback

SummaryThe Afternoon of Life is written for women in the middle years of their lives. As we age, we wonder at the many changes occurring in our lives. How do we make the necessary adjustments? How do we handle all this? Elyse Fitzpatrick shows us how our faith can be at the center of how we respond to these life changes.

With humor, transparency, and biblical wisdom, she helps us see that God’s purpose in bringing us through this time is to glorify himself and sanctify us.

There are questions at the end of each chapter to help women during what may be the most difficult time they will face.

3. A Steadfast Heart: Experiencing God’s Comfort in Life’s Storms

160 pages | List Price: $12.99 | Paperback

Summary—Although never our personal choice, it is frequently God’s plan that his children walk through storms and difficulties. Using the picture presented in Psalm 57, readers will discover the secret of experiencing God’s presence and comfort in trial and will grow in their appreciation of his purposes in their lives.

4. You Never Stop Being a Parent: Thriving in Relationship with Your Adult Children coauthored with Jim Newheiser

224 pages | List Price: $14.99 | Paperback

Summary—You may have always expected your job as a parent to be done once your children reached adulthood . . . but you’re quickly finding out that you never stop being a parent!

Jim Newheiser and Elyse Fitzpatrick ground you in the guidance of God’s Word, reminding you that your relationship with your adult children can only be as deep and meaningful as your relationship with him.

 

NEW RELEASE — No Little Women by Aimee Byrd

No Little Women: Equipping All Women in the Household of God by Aimee Byrd

288 pages | List Price: $14.99 | SAMPLE CHAPTER | PaperbackKindle Version | iTunes Version

About

Why are so many well-intentioned women falling for poor—even false—theology? The Devil has been effectively targeting women from the beginning, so why are they often left to fend for themselves in so-called women’s ministries?

Strengthening women in the church strengthens the whole church. Cultivating resolved, competent women equips them to fulfill their calling as Christ’s disciples and men’s essential allies. Writing to concerned women and church officers, Aimee Byrd pinpoints the problem, especially the commodification of women’s ministry. Aimee answers the hot-button issues—How can women grow in discernment? How should pastors preach to women? What are our roles within the church?—and points us in the direction of a multifaceted solution.

Endorsements

“Aimee Byrd is asking the right questions. . . . [She] steers the discussion about women and the church back to its rightful place by uniting a high view of Scripture and a high view of women.”

—Karen Swallow Prior, professor of English, Liberty University

“Women are our most committed resource for doing the work of the kingdom, and they deserve our best thinking and support. . . . Aimee Byrd writes with wit and wisdom, biblical clarity and theological maturity.”

—Liam Goligher, senior minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia

“Aimee Byrd fearlessly takes on a range of problems that are not often addressed. . . . May all those who need to hear her message give it heed.”

—Kathy Keller, author, Jesus, Justice, and Gender Roles

About the Author

Byrd, Aimee 2Aimee Byrd is just an ordinary mom of three who has also been a martial arts student, coffee shop owner, and Bible study teacher. Author of Housewife Theologian, she now blogs about theology and the Christian life and cohosts The Mortification of Spin podcast.

 

 

NEW RELEASE — Beyond the Ninety-Five Theses: Martin Luther’s Life, Thought, and Lasting Legacy by Stephen J. Nichols

Beyond the Ninety-Five Theses: Martin Luther’s Life, Thought, and Lasting Legacy by Stephen J. Nichols

304 pages | List Price: $16.99 | Paperback

About

Does your knowledge of Martin Luther’s writings start and end with the hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”?

As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation he put into motion, we discover a Martin Luther who was one of history’s most colorful and influential figures. His story is well known, but his powerful writing is often unfamiliar to us.

This illustrated introductory guide to Luther’s life, theology, and works introduces and summarizes his major writings, such as The Bondage of the Will and On the Councils and the Church, and includes, with annotations, the complete Ninety-Five Theses. Stephen Nichols also gives encouragement and guidance for studying Luther’s ethical writings, “table talk,” hymns, and sermons. Includes a select guide for further reading.

Endorsements

“As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, may we not only appreciate the profound ways God used Martin Luther, but may we learn from him. Dr. Nichols gives us a front-row seat on Luther’s life. As we watch, may we have the same boldness and the same lifelong commitment to the gospel.”

—R.C. Sproul, Founder, Ligonier Ministries

“A marvelous mixture of biography, history, theology, and anecdote. If you don’t feel the heartbeat of the Reformation in these pages, check your pulse!”

—Sinclair Ferguson, Coauthor, Church History 101

“Rarely do we find the rich combination of theological precision and historical passion so accessibly written as we do here in Dr. Nichols’ entertaining treatment of Martin Luther. A marvelous introduction.”

—Derek W. H. Thomas, Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Atlanta

About the Author

Stephen J. Nichols (PhD, Westminster  Theological Seminary) is president of Reformation Bible College and chief academic officer of Ligonier Ministries. He hosts the weekly podcast 5 Minutes in Church History.

Author Interview with Kathi Westlund

This week’s author interview is with Kathi Lambrides Westlund. She is the author of Prayer PathWay: Journeying in a Life of Prayer.

   Westlund, Kathi

 

  • Question #1—Tell us a little bit about yourself: where you’re from, family, job, personal interests, unique hobbies, what you do in your spare time, etc.

I live the midwest with my husband, Randy, and the youngest two of our five children. Our children range in age from 17 to 31. Life with two 17 year olds is never dull – or quiet! We’ve been homeschooling for 25 years – it’s been my primary hobby/ministry/job. Our little family school is called Ancora Impara (which means “Always Learning”). That’s what it’s been for me as much as for my children – a great learning experience! In my “spare” time, I like to collect old things: old books, old hymns, old quotes, old dishes, and old linens. My favorite thing? Travel – definitely travel – with a tote bag full of books!

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

I never planned to write a book. I’m a reader – not a writer. Writing requires an inner stillness of me that my life rarely offers. I would MUCH rather read than write. But experience has shown me that writing is helpful for my reading – it forces me to collect my swirling thoughts and funnel them. It helps me to understand more. I had a high school teacher who said: “Read until you’re full – write until you’re empty.” I aspire to write more.

  • Question #3—Which writers inspire you?

Charlotte Bronte, Victor Hugo, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and John Piper.

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

I’m currently reading Surprised by Oxford by Carolyn Weber.

  • Question #5—Other than the Bible, do you have a favorite book?

One favorite is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Another is Desiring God by John Piper.

  • Question #6—Do you have a favorite movie? What is it and why?

One of my most favorite movies is Apollo 13 because it a real-life depiction of desperation and perseverance and careful thinking.

  • Question #7—Do you have a favorite quote?

Just one?? I collect quotes. I have several thousand! This is certainly one of my very favorites:

“Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.” (Betty Smith – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn)

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

Pretty impossible to choose between these two crucial works but I’ll say Narnia because my dad read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe aloud to our family when I was in about 3rd grade. It had a huge impact on me, spiritually and intellectually. It made me love God more. And it awakened my imagination to a sense of painful beauty.

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

Definitely Elizabeth Prentiss. As much as I loved Stepping Heavenward, I’ve been challenged and inspired and strengthened and encouraged by More Love to Thee: The Life and Letters of Elizabeth Prentiss (by her adoring husband, George Prentiss).

  • Question #10—If you have a favorite book of the Bible, what is it and why?

Of course, I love the Psalms – I could live there (I DO live there – scarcely a day goes by without dipping into the Psalms). I also love Deuteronomy and Ruth.

  • How can readers discover more about you and your work?

—Website: prayerpathway.com

—Twitter: @prayerpathway

—Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/PrayerPathWay/

 

BOOK HIGHLIGHT — The Battle Belongs to the Lord by K. Scott Oliphint

The Battle Belongs to the Lord: The Power of Scripture for Defending Our Faith by K. Scott Oliphint

224 pages | List Price: $14.99 | Paperback

About

Apologetics is not just for philosophers. We all need wisdom for defending our faith. This book equips us to answer unbelief by means of our most powerful weapon—God’s Word.

In this non-technical introduction to apologetics and its biblical underpinnings, K. Scott Oliphint calls all believers to do apologetics—to apply biblical truth to contemporary concerns. He helps us to build our witness through using our ability to reason and persuade, while stressing our need to rely on God’s Word and his Spirit. God has called us to be his witnesses to the world, and yet, ultimately, “the battle belongs to the Lord.”

Includes discussion questions to aid individuals and groups in applying a biblical case for the faith.

Endorsements

“Scott Oliphint rightly emphasizes that the Christian can never put the Bible aside, for Scripture sets the standards for everything we do, including apologetics. He analyzes some of the most important Bible passages for apologetics and points us to many more. Clear and non-technical, this is a helpful addition to the literature of presuppositional apologetics.”

—John M. Frame

“Most of us who want to be faitful witnesses know we need—but often lack—three things: a clear understanding of the truth, the ability to express our message persuasively, and confidence that the gospel has nothing to fear in the intellectual market place. As a skilled seminary professor who has also served in the trenches of pastoral and evangelistic ministry, Dr. Oliphint is well qualified to give us just the help we need.”

—Sinclair B. Ferguson

“An excellent primer on apologetics. Unlike others writing in this area, Oliphint underscores how God’s revelation is at the heart of apologetics. He demonstrates how we are to use reason, logic, and persuasion in reliance on the Word and Spirit. Defending the Christian faith is not something that only a privileged few can do. Readers will reap much benefit from this extremely readable book.”

—Charles Dunahoo

About the Author

K. Scott Oliphint (MAR, ThM, PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia. He has written numerous journal articles in the field of apologetics, is coeditor of Revelation and Reason: New Essays in Reformed Apologetics, and is also the author of many P&R titles.