BOOK HIGHLIGHT — Your Family, God’s Way by Wayne A. Mack

Your Fam­ily, God’s Way: Devel­op­ing and Sus­tain­ing Rela­tion­ships in the Home      by Wayne A. Mack

240 pages | $12.99 | Paper­back | Pub­lished: 1991

Sum­mary: Why do some fam­i­lies grow closer, when oth­ers fall apart?

As a hus­band, father of four, and fam­ily coun­selor, Wayne A. Mack knows what makes fam­i­lies tick. Here he offers bib­li­cal insight and prac­ti­cal wis­dom into two cru­cial areas of fam­ily life: com­mu­ni­ca­tion and con­flict res­o­lu­tion. Alert­ing us to the pit­falls of faulty com­mu­ni­ca­tion, such as “under­talk,” “overtalk,” poor lis­ten­ing, forms of false­hood, and “cir­cuit jam­mers” to com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Mack exam­ines why fam­i­lies fight and explains the key to turn­ing fam­ily dis­cord into harmony.

First­hand suc­cess sto­ries and highly prac­ti­cal appli­ca­tion ques­tions give hope and clear direc­tion to all who wish to build stronger fam­i­lies God’s way.

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.

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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 — Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Edward T. Welch

Addic­tions: A Ban­quet in the Grave: Find­ing Hope in the Power of the Gospel by Edward T. Welch

320 pages | $16.99 | Series: Resources for Chang­ing Lives | Pub­lished: 2001

Sum­mary: Scrip­ture reveals addicts’ true con­di­tion: like guests at a ban­quet thrown by “the woman Folly,” they are already in the grave. (Prov. 9:13–18) Can we not escape our addic­tions? Fol­low­ing Jesus, we have “immense hope that God can give power so that we are no longer mas­tered by the addiction.”

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 Blame It on the Brain and When Peo­ple Are Big and God Is Small and has con­tributed to sev­eral other books and jour­nals, includ­ing the Jour­nal of Psy­chol­ogy and Chris­tian­ity.

What Others Say About This Book:

One of the most help­ful books pro­vid­ing prac­ti­cal the­ol­ogy on addic­tions. Welch’s assess­ment of addic­tions as a prob­lem that pro­ceeds from the heart, involv­ing issues of wor­ship and idol­a­try, is cen­tral to help­ing peo­ple grow and change. This is vital read­ing for church lead­ers, and for friends and fam­ily desir­ing to help those strug­gling with addic­tions.” — John Free­man, Har­vest USA

Destroys the myth that addic­tion is a dis­ease and sin is a sick­ness. Welch shows that the hope­less cycle of ‘sick­ness, recov­ery, and relapse’ must be replaced with the bib­li­cal view of sin, sal­va­tion, and sanc­ti­fi­ca­tion. As a pas­tor, bib­li­cal coun­selor, and redeemed (not recov­er­ing) ex-heroin addict, I believe Welch has given every pas­tor, parish­ioner, and any­one caught in the bondage of idolatry/addiction a bib­li­cal road map to last­ing free­dom.” — Peter Garich, Dayspring Cen­ter for Bib­li­cal Counseling

Bib­li­cally sound, prac­ti­cal, filled with Christ-like com­pas­sion. . . . This much-needed book offers real hope and the promise of vic­tory in Jesus to those strug­gling with addic­tion.” — Robert A. Emberger, Whoso­ever Gospel Mission

 

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BOOK HIGHLIGHT — Step by Step James C. Petty

Step by Step: Divine Guid­ance for Ordi­nary Chris­tians by James C. Petty

282 pages | $16.99 | Series: Resources for Chang­ing Lives | Pub­lished: 1999

Sum­mary: How can I know God’s will for my life? Sift­ing through con­fu­sion about divine guid­ance, prompt­ings, “fleece,” and inner voices, Petty clearly illus­trates how to make bib­li­cally wise decisions.

About the Author:

James C. Petty (MDiv and DMin, West­min­ster The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary) is Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of The Children’s Jubilee Fund in Erden­heim Pennsylvania.

What Others Say About This Book:

Step by Step is a fresh, up-to-date, bib­li­cal, edi­fy­ing, and well-written approach to the old but impor­tant Chris­t­ian ques­tion: How can I know the will of God for my life? . . . I com­mend this wise and bal­anced book to every­one.” - James Mont­gomery Boice

. . . a fine book on the wise and God-honoring way to make deci­sions.” - J. I. Packer

Dis­arm­ingly sim­ple, truly pro­found. You find your­self hit­ting your fore­head and say­ing, ‘But of course! That’s exactly what the Bible says.’” - Steve Estes

. . . avoids the mis­take of mak­ing bib­li­cal guid­ance look merely aca­d­e­mic . . . . many spe­cific exam­ples of how God leads us through per­plex­ing sit­u­a­tions.” - John M. Frame

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Recap of New Releases from August & September

1. Hid­den in the Gospel: Truths You For­get to Tell Your­self Every Day
by William P. Farley

Price: $12.99
Page Count: 128
Spir­i­tual Growth & Guidance
Paper­back
Sum­mary: We live with our own thoughts 24/7. Often we are car­ried along by sin­ful think­ing instead of inten­tion­ally speak­ing truth to our­selves. How can we start chang­ing this? How can we live lives that are influ­enced by the gospel moment by moment?
William Far­ley argues that mature Chris­tians solve many spir­i­tual prob­lems in their lives by preach­ing the gospel to them­selves. The gospel is not one event but a story that began before time and stretches into eter­nity. Key moments in this story—such as Jesus’ incar­na­tion, death, res­ur­rec­tion, and ascension—teach us lessons that can be applied to life every sin­gle day. In this user-friendly book, Far­ley shows us how.

 

2. The Three­fold Cord, The Dark Har­vest Tril­ogy, Book 3
by Jere­miah W. Montgomery

Price: $14.99
Page Count: 320
Series: The Dark Har­vest Trilogy
Fic­tion / Fantasy
Paper­back
Sum­mary: The Dark Faith is ris­ing again. . . . Will it bury the light?
The machi­na­tions of the Dark Faith ignite war through­out the lands of Aeld Gowan. Des­per­ate to mar­shal allies against the ris­ing foe, Moru­mus embarks on a secret mis­sion to the dis­tant bar­bar­ian peo­ples of the North. Sin­is­ter events force Oethur to risk every­thing for his queen and his crown. Will he find jus­tice? Mean­while, agony haunts Urien in the dun­geons of the Scar­let Bishop as she faces the loss of everything—even her brother. Will the Ring of Stars be bro­ken . . . or will the Red Order drag all of Aeld Gowan into the bosom of the Mother?

 

3. Prone to Wan­der: Prayers of Con­fes­sion and Celebration
by Bar­bara R. Duguid & Wayne Duguid Houk, edited by Iain M. Duguid
Price: $14.99
Pages: 240
Chris­t­ian Life / Prayer
Paper­back
Sum­mary: Inspired by the clas­sic The Val­ley of Vision, this book pro­vides spe­cific prayers of con­fes­sion in response to Scrip­ture pas­sages. Ideal for use in church ser­vices or per­sonal devo­tions, these prayers thank God for Jesus’ right­eous­ness and aton­ing death and ask for the Spirit’s help in pur­su­ing holiness—closing with an assur­ance of par­don in Christ for the spe­cific sins of God’s peo­ple. Appen­dices include a list of hymns ref­er­enced, as well as the ser­mon texts that orig­i­nally accom­pa­nied them.

 

4. Jesus Is Most Special
by Sally Michael

Price: $9.99
Pages: 24
Chil­dren / Non-fiction
Hard­cover
Fully Illus­trated
Sum­mary: Sally Michael helps par­ents to share the story of Jesus’ birth with young chil­dren, plac­ing it in the larger bib­li­cal con­text of what comes before and after it. This book’s large, full-color illus­trated pages and sug­ges­tions for accom­pa­ny­ing songs and visu­als help chil­dren to learn the story by heart, and it fur­ther moti­vates chil­dren to teach the story to others.

 

5. Keep­ing Your Cool: A Teen’s Sur­vival Guide
by Lou Pri­olo

Price: $12.99
Page Count: 256
Youth / Counseling
Paper­back
Sum­mary: You prob­a­bly know plenty about argu­ing with your parents—but did you know that this isn’t just because you are a teenager? It’s because of anger, which every­one strug­gles with—and which you can con­trol! This prac­ti­cal, bib­li­cal approach to mas­ter­ing sin­ful anger devel­ops bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion with your par­ents and includes prac­ti­cal tools, such as jour­nal­ing exer­cises and dis­cus­sion points.

 

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NEW RELEASE — Keeping Your Cool by Lou Priolo

Keep­ing Your Cool: A Teen’s Sur­vival Guide by Lou Pri­olo

256 pages | $12.99 | Paper­back

Sum­mary: If you are a teenager, you prob­a­bly know plenty about issues like argu­ing with your par­ents, rebelling against author­ity, and atti­tude problems—either first­hand or because every­one expects you to be like that! But what if you knew that these things actu­ally spring from a prob­lem with anger; that they‘re the result of being a sin­ner, not a teenager; and that you can have more con­trol over them than peo­ple think you can?

Bib­li­cal coun­selor Lou Pri­olo pro­vides a prac­ti­cal, under­stand­able, and bib­li­cal approach to mas­ter­ing sin­ful anger and its causes and effects. He helps you to assess your level of anger and what form it takes, to iden­tify some of the heart issues that lead to anger (and how to replace them with bib­li­cal atti­tudes,) and to have open com­mu­ni­ca­tion with your par­ents with­out the dis­trac­tions that cause argu­ments. Prac­ti­cal tools, such as jour­nal­ing exer­cises and dis­cus­sion points to talk over with your par­ents, help you to take mea­sur­able steps toward “keep­ing your cool.”

About the Author:

Lou Pri­olo is a Fel­low of the Asso­ci­a­tion of Cer­ti­fied Bib­li­cal Coun­selors and an instruc­tor with Birm­ing­ham The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary. He has been the Direc­tor of Bib­li­cal Coun­sel­ing at East­wood Pres­by­ter­ian Church since 1998.

 

 

What Others Are Saying About This Book:

Refresh­ingly and doggedly bib­li­cal. With a thor­oughly gospel-centered approach, [Lou] helps young peo­ple to con­front sin head on and move toward find­ing both grace and change by the power of God’s Word and Spirit, while remain­ing intensely prac­ti­cal and con­crete.” - JON NIELSON, col­lege pas­tor, col­lege church, Wheaton, Illinois

 

Being a teenager is hard. Finally help is avail­able! Lou Pri­olo shows what teenage anger is and where it comes from. Open these pages and you will find hope, encour­age­ment, and the Sav­ior.”RICK HOLLAND, cofounder of the Resolved and Anchored Youth Conferences

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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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