Author Interview with Tim Chester

This week’s author inter­view is with Tim Chester. Tim is the author of You can Pray: Find­ing Grace to Pray Every Day.


  • Chester, TimQues­tion #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’m mar­ried to Helen and we have two daugh­ters who are both at uni­ver­sity in the UK. I live in Sheffield, the most beau­ti­ful city in the world. We moved here in 2000 to start a church. But later this year my wife and I are mov­ing to North York­shire where I’ll be co-leading a rural church plant. In my spare time I love his­tory and walk­ing plus a bit of wild swimming.


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

I wrote my first book 21 years ago. I know that because it came out in the same month my first daugh­ter was born.


  • Ques­tion #3 — Have you always enjoyed writing?

I didn’t so much dis­cover that I loved writ­ing as dis­cover that other peo­ple don’t love writ­ing! I just assumed every­one could write. It wasn’t until I’d writ­ten a cou­ple of books that I real­ized other peo­ple found writ­ing hard or painful. I think by writ­ing. So many of my books started with me wrestling with an issue. But I also love words and the way they work together. Often in idle moments I find myself com­pos­ing sen­tences in my head. Appar­ently this is not normal!


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

Yes­ter­day I read a pre-publication copy of a great lit­tle book on Chris­t­ian growth by John Hind­ley called You Can Really Grow. Today I’m read­ing Life in the Trin­ity by Don­ald Fair­bairn. My bed­time read­ing at the moment is Clax­ton: Field Notes from a Small Planet by Mark Cocker – a nature diary based in the vil­lage of Clax­ton in Nor­folk, Eng­land. In the UK it gets dark at around 4:30pm at this time of year (the com­pen­sa­tion is it doesn’t get dark until 10:00pm in the sum­mer) so in Feb­ru­ary read­ing about nature is a good alter­na­tive to being able to go walking.


  • Ques­tion #5 — What advice would you give to aspir­ing writers?

When peo­ple tell me they’d like to write a book, I always ask, ‘What about?’ And if peo­ple don’t know then I dis­cour­age them. You have to have some­thing to say. It’s not so much that I choose to write a book as a book chooses to be writ­ten by me. That’s just a pre­ten­tious way of say­ing a topic grips my heart and then writ­ing about it feels like a com­pul­sion. I guess ‘call­ing’ would sound bet­ter, but ‘com­pul­sion’ is what it feels like!


  • Ques­tion #6 — Do you have an inter­est­ing writ­ing quirk?

I don’t know if this counts, but I often leave out neg­a­tives in a sen­tence (words like ‘not’). As typos go it’s about as bad as it gets because of course it com­pletely reverses the mean­ing of the sentence!


  • Ques­tion #7 — Favorite sport to watch?

That’s easy — cricket.


  • Ques­tion #8 — Favorite fla­vor of ice cream?

Don’t mess about with ice cream, giv­ing it wacky flavours or trendy names. Just give me vanilla.


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BOOK HIGHLIGHT — The Word of God and the Mind of Man by Ronald H. Nash

The Word of God and the Mind of Man by Ronald H. Nash

138 pages | Direct Price: $11.99 $9.00 | Paper­back | Pub­lished: 1982

Sum­mary: The last two cen­turies of Chris­t­ian the­ol­ogy are the record of an evolv­ing attack on the role of knowl­edge in the Chris­t­ian faith. The pur­pose of this book is to chal­lenge the major forms of Chris­t­ian agnos­ti­cism and offer an alter­na­tive the­ory that makes human knowl­edge about God possible.

In other words, is there a rela­tion­ship between the human mind and the divine mind that is suf­fi­cient to ground the com­mu­ni­ca­tion of truth from God to humans?

About the Author:

Ronald H. Nash was pro­fes­sor of Chris­t­ian phi­los­o­phy at South­ern Bap­tist Sem­i­nary. He authored more than thirty books and lec­tured at more than fifty col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties in the United States, Great Britain, and the for­mer Soviet Union. He is also the author of The Gospel and the Greeks: Did the New Tes­ta­ment Bor­row from Pagan Thought?.

What Others Say About This Book:

A timely, impor­tant, and truly pen­e­trat­ing work. It makes a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion at the con­tro­ver­sial cross­roads of debates over divine revelation.”

- Carl F. H. Henry


Our mis­sion is to serve Christ and his church by pro­duc­ing clear, engag­ing, fresh, and insight­ful appli­ca­tions of Reformed theology.


NEW RELEASE — Parenting Is More than a Formula by Jim Newheiser

Par­ent­ing Is More than a For­mula by Jim Newheiser

64 pages | List Price: $6.99 | Mini-book (Trim size: 4 1/2 x 6 1/4)

Sum­mary: Jim Newheiser pro­vides insight into the many com­pet­ing par­ent­ing for­mu­las that vie for par­ents’ atten­tion. He teaches par­ents how to dis­cern their value and cri­tique them against God’s Word, explains why they often fail and what truly deter­mines how chil­dren turn out, and encour­ages par­ents with the only par­ent­ing plan we can trust: the gospel, which is big­ger than any formula.

About the Author:


Jim Newheiser is pas­tor of Grace Bible Church, Escon­dido; direc­tor of the Insti­tute for Bib­li­cal Coun­sel­ing and Dis­ci­ple­ship; lec­turer in prac­ti­cal the­ol­ogy at West­min­ster Sem­i­nary in Cal­i­for­nia; NANC fel­low; and a board mem­ber of FIRE. He is also the co-author of You Never Stop Being a Par­ent: Thriv­ing in Rela­tion­ship with Your Adult Chil­dren.

More than a Formula

What Others Say About This Book:

Jim Newheiser has given us a lit­tle gem of par­ent­ing wis­dom and grace in this book­let! Don’t be fooled by the size, because the con­tent is rich and rad­i­cal. Jim cuts through all the fog and hype of so much of the Chris­t­ian par­ent­ing mate­ri­als and . . . brings clar­ity to what we as par­ents can and should do.”

Brad Bigney, Senior Pas­tor, Grace Fel­low­ship Church, Flo­rence, Kentucky


Our mis­sion is to serve Christ and his church by pro­duc­ing clear, engag­ing, fresh, and insight­ful appli­ca­tions of Reformed theology.


NEW RELEASE — Joy beyond Agony by Jane Roach

Joy beyond Agony: Embrac­ing the Cross of Christ, A Twelve-Lesson Bible Study
by Jane Roach

304 pages | $12.99 | Paper­back

Sum­mary: A devo­tional com­men­tary ideal for small group dis­cus­sion and study. Jesus endured the cross in antic­i­pa­tion of the joy set before him: vic­tory over Satan, sin, and death, and union with his glo­ri­fied redeemed. Now he calls us to fol­low him with crosses of our own. What does this mean?

Each of the twelve lessons in this vol­ume explores one aspect of Jesus’ cross through Bible study, appli­ca­tion ques­tions, com­men­tary, tes­ti­monies, and hymns. Our famil­iar­ity with the cru­ci­fix­ion nar­ra­tive can cause us to miss its deep teach­ing. Learn what the cross shows us about our Sav­ior and the para­doxes of Chris­t­ian liv­ing, and dis­cover the hope and joy it gives us as we face life’s strug­gles and uncertainties.

About the Author:


Joy Beyond Agony

Jane Roach was Direc­tor of Train­ing for Bible Study Fel­low­ship for more than twenty-five years. She cur­rently teaches two Bible stud­ies, assists the Texas Hill Coun­try Bible Con­fer­ence, and directs women’s min­istries at her church.

Joy Beyond Agony

What Others Say About the Series:

This Bible study is thor­ough and doc­tri­nally sound, and it speaks to the sub­ject that is cen­tral in Chris­tian­ity but often ignored in churches and Chris­t­ian pub­li­ca­tions today: the cross of Jesus Christ. Jane Roach has taught the Bible for many years, and she has taught well. This book is no exception.”

— Rose­mary Jensen, Founder and Pres­i­dent, Rafiki Foundation

A won­der­ful tool to intro­duce the inquirer to the most impor­tant per­son in human his­tory. . . . I com­mend this study tool to any and all read­ers. It is well writ­ten, ped­a­gog­i­cally sound, the­o­log­i­cally insight­ful, prac­ti­cally rel­e­vant, and per­son­ally penetrating.”

— John Han­nah, Pro­fes­sor of His­tor­i­cal The­ol­ogy, Dal­las The­o­log­i­cal Seminary


Our mis­sion is to serve Christ and his church by pro­duc­ing clear, engag­ing, fresh, and insight­ful appli­ca­tions of Reformed theology.


NEW RELEASE — A Theological Guide to Calvin’s Institutes Edited by David W. Hall

There is a new paper­back edi­tion avail­able of A The­o­log­i­cal Guide to Calvin’s Insti­tutes. By releas­ing this new edi­tion, we have been able to lower the list price by 36%, which makes the list price $22.99 com­pared to the hard­cover list price of $35.99.

A The­o­log­i­cal Guide to Calvin’s Insti­tutes edited by David W. Hall and Peter Lill­back

528 pages | List Price: $22.99 | Paper­back | Series: Calvin 500

Sum­mary: A The­o­log­i­cal Guide to Calvin’s Insti­tutes, edited by David W. Hall and Peter A. Lill­back, fills a gap in the lit­er­a­ture for Ref­or­ma­tion stud­ies. Twenty lead­ing Calvin schol­ars have con­tributed to a work that ably pro­vides a section-by-section com­men­tary on Calvin’s mag­num opus.

Cap­tur­ing both the best of elite schol­ar­ship, as well as exhibit­ing a firm under­stand­ing of and pas­sion for Calvin’s own work, these essays pro­vide defin­i­tive com­men­tary from elite Calvin schol­ars who seek to elu­ci­date his work and dis­play its abid­ing value.

This long-needed work serves as the nat­ural com­pan­ion to Calvin’s Insti­tutes of the Chris­t­ian Reli­gion for classes, stu­dents, pas­tors, and oth­ers for years to come.

About the Editors:

David W. Hall was senior pas­tor of Mid­way Pres­by­ter­ian Church in Pow­der Springs, Geor­gia, from 2003 to 2008. He founded the Kuyper Insti­tute and the Cen­ter for the Advance­ment of Paleo-Orthodoxy in Oak Ridge, Ten­nessee, in 1994.

Peter A. Lill­back is pres­i­dent and pro­fes­sor of his­tor­i­cal the­ol­ogy at West­min­ster The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary in Philadel­phia. He has also served in pas­toral min­istry for over thirty years. Dr. Lill­back has authored books and numer­ous arti­cles in the fields of the Ref­or­ma­tion and the post-Reformation era.

What Others Say About this Book:

A very valu­able vol­ume, which I com­mend with enthu­si­asm. For mak­ing Calvin known today as well as once he was, and in every age deserves to be, this really is a major step forward.”

J. I. Packer, Board of Gov­er­nors’ Pro­fes­sor, Regent Col­lege, Vancouver

Other Books in the Calvin 500 Series:


Our mis­sion is to serve Christ and his church by pro­duc­ing clear, engag­ing, fresh, and insight­ful appli­ca­tions of Reformed theology.