NEW RELEASE — Beginnings by Stephen Smallman

Begin­nings: Under­stand­ing How We Expe­ri­ence the New Birth
by Stephen Small­man

208 pages | List Price: $12.99 | Paper­back

Sum­mary: Are Chris­tians sup­posed to be spir­i­tual sales­peo­ple, ped­dling Jesus to oth­ers and push­ing to seal the deal?

In John 3, Jesus describes the work of the Holy Spirit in a process of spir­i­tual rebirth. In light of this, Stephen Small­man argues that we best view our­selves as “spir­i­tual midwives”—not giv­ing new life, but instead being used by God to assist in the birth.

To best do this, we must under­stand how con­ver­sion works and where our spir­i­tual jour­neys begin. Fol­low­ing the tra­di­tion of Jonathan Edwards and Archibald Alexan­der, Small­man unpacks numer­ous con­ver­sion sto­ries, both bib­li­cal and con­tem­po­rary, show­ing how the Holy Spirit’s work can be traced in the lives of new believers.

Small­man shows how we can learn the sto­ries of oth­ers and tell our own sto­ries. Then we will under­stand where peo­ple are com­ing from as we inter­act with them, and we will have both hope and guid­ance in speak­ing with unbelievers.

About the Author:

Smallman1Stephen Small­man served for over forty years in pas­toral min­istry. He is an urban mis­sion­ary serv­ing with CityNet Min­istries and is Assis­tant Pas­tor of New Life Pres­by­ter­ian Church in Glen­side, Penn­syl­va­nia. He is the also the author of The Walk: Steps for New and Renewed Fol­low­ers of JesusUnder­stand­ing the Faith, New ESV Edi­tion: A Work­book for Com­mu­ni­cants Classes and Oth­ers Prepar­ing to Make a Pub­lic Con­fes­sion of Faith, and 4 Basics of Faith booklets.

What Others Say About This Book:

In place of our too-often clichéd born-again nar­ra­tives, Small­man guides us to a richer under­stand­ing that is won­der­fully pro­found and reas­sur­ingly prac­ti­cal.” — Mindy Belz, Edi­tor, WORLD

Begin­nings . . . gave me an inter­pre­tive frame­work of [the] new birth that was not only more accu­rate, all-embracing, and truth­ful but, more impor­tantly, God-centered.” — Rico Tice, Founder and Pres­i­dent, Chris­tian­ity Explored

In a com­pelling way Stephen Small­man helps us under­stand . . . the super­nat­ural work of the Holy Spirit. This book will prove prof­itable to all who read it.” — Jerry Bridges, Author, The Pur­suit of Holiness

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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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2015 New Releases — January through March Titles


Here are our upcom­ing releases from Jan­u­ary — March 2015.


1. God’s Word by Sally Michael

Released Jan­u­ary 8th | 128 Pages | $16.99 | Paper­back | Color Illus­trated | Series: Mak­ing Him Known

Sum­mary: This full-color illus­trated primer teaches chil­dren what the Bible is, what it says, and why we can trust God’s true, pow­er­ful Word. In easy-to-understand lan­guage, chil­dren will learn impor­tant the­o­log­i­cal con­cepts like the author­ity, inspi­ra­tion, infal­li­bil­ity, and inerrancy of Scrip­ture. Each chap­ter includes dis­cus­sion ques­tions and family-friendly activ­i­ties, mak­ing this book an excel­lent devo­tional for par­ents of young children.


2. Begin­nings: Under­stand­ing How We Expe­ri­ence the New Birth by Stephen Small­man

Jan­u­ary Release | 208 Pages | $12.99 | Paper­back

Sum­mary: Every true Chris­t­ian has a story to tell of God’s reviv­ing work. Here Small­man stud­ies numer­ous con­ver­sion sto­ries, both bib­li­cal and con­tem­po­rary, show­ing how the Holy Spirit’s work can be traced in the spir­i­tual birth of new believ­ers. In light of John 3, he gives prac­ti­cal instruc­tion on how we can serve as “spir­i­tual mid­wives” to others—assisting in their new birth.


3. Liv­ing in the Gap Between Promise and Real­ity: The Gospel Accord­ing to Abra­ham, Sec­ond Edi­tion by Iain M. Duguid

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Feb­ru­ary Release | 208 Pages | $14.99 | Paper­back | Series: Gospel Accord­ing to the Old Testament

Sum­mary: God made Abra­ham glo­ri­ous promises, but the patri­arch still spent years liv­ing in a gap between their ful­fill­ment and his day-to-day real­ity. We can often relate to him. Work­ing through the Gen­e­sis account, Iain Duguid shows how Abra­ham, in both his faith and fail­ure, points to Jesus and the gospel, pro­vid­ing an exam­ple and a pro­found encour­age­ment for us today.


4. Par­ent­ing Is More than a For­mula by Jim Newheiser

Feb­ru­ary Release | 64 pages | $6.99 | Mini-book

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.


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

Feb­ru­ary Release | 384 Pages (est.) | $16.99 | Paper­back

Sum­mary: Twenty-six pointed essays sum­ma­rize some of Frame’s cen­tral ideas about Scrip­ture, the­o­log­i­cal edu­ca­tion, apolo­get­ics, ethics, and the church. The book begins with “Inerrancy: A Place to Live,” one of Frame’s short­est and clear­est pre­sen­ta­tions of this cen­tral aspect of the doc­trine of Scrip­ture. Other essays include “Why The­ol­ogy Needs Philosophy”—a pre­cur­sor to Frame’s epic His­tory of West­ern Phi­los­o­phy and Theology.


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

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Feb­ru­ary Release | 192 Pages (est.) | $12.99 | Paper­back

Sum­mary: A devo­tional com­men­tary ideal for small group dis­cus­sion and study. 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 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.


7. Com­mon Grace and the Gospel, Sec­ond Edi­tion by Cor­nelius Van Til, edited by K. Scott Oliphint

March Release | 272 Pages (est.) | $17.99 | Paper­back

Sum­mary: Restor­ing the full text of the orig­i­nal 1972 work, this col­lec­tion of anno­tated essays addresses ques­tions on com­mon grace and its rel­e­vance to the gospel. A pio­neer in pre­sup­po­si­tional apolo­get­ics, Cor­nelius Van Til sets forth a Chris­t­ian phi­los­o­phy of his­tory; exam­ines the views of Abra­ham Kuyper, Her­man Hoek­sema, and oth­ers in the debate over com­mon grace; and replies to criticism.


8. A Jour­ney to Whole­ness: The Gospel Accord­ing to Naaman’s Slave Girl by Mark Belz

March Release | 208 Pages (est.) | $14.99 | Paper­back | Series: Gospel Accord­ing to the Old Testament

Sum­mary: The story of Naa­man, a Syr­ian gen­eral, and his Jew­ish slave girl shows how her sim­ple tes­ti­mony helped to rec­on­cile Naa­man to God. Mark Belz exam­ines this inci­dent in 2 Kings 5—focusing on bib­li­cal rec­on­cil­i­a­tion in its sal­va­tion sense and its sec­ondary sense of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion between dif­fer­ent races, rich and poor, Jew and Gen­tile, and the pow­er­ful and the weak.


9. God, Adam, and You: Bib­li­cal Cre­ation Defended and Applied edited by Richard D. Phillips

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March Release | 256 Pages | $14.99 | Paper­back

Sum­mary: Ques­tion­ing the truth of Gen­e­sis 1–3 puts more than just Adam in jeopardy—the reper­cus­sions are enor­mous. Noted pastor-scholars Joel R. Beeke, Kevin DeY­oung, Liam Goligher, Richard D. Phillips, Derek W. H. Thomas, and Carl R. True­man argue for the inerrancy and infal­li­bil­ity of Scrip­ture, unpack­ing the impli­ca­tions of Gen­e­sis 1–3 for human nature, orig­i­nal sin, the gospel, God’s intent for human sex­u­al­ity, redemp­tion, and more.

NEW RELEASE — God’s Word by Sally Michael

God’s Word by Sally Michael

128 Pages | $16.99 | Paper­back | Color Illus­trated |

Series: Mak­ing Him Known

Sum­mary: This full-color illus­trated primer teaches chil­dren what the Bible is, what it says, and why we can trust God’s true, pow­er­ful Word. In easy-to-understand lan­guage, chil­dren will learn impor­tant the­o­log­i­cal con­cepts like the author­ity, inspi­ra­tion, infal­li­bil­ity, and inerrancy of Scrip­ture. Each chap­ter includes dis­cus­sion ques­tions and family-friendly activ­i­ties, mak­ing this book an excel­lent devo­tional for par­ents of young children.

About the Author:

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Sally Michael is the co-founder and pub­lish­ing con­sul­tant of Chil­dren Desir­ing God, and she devel­oped their widely used Sun­day school cur­ricu­lum for young peo­ple. She is also an author and a speaker, and she served as Min­is­ter for Chil­dren at Beth­le­hem Bap­tist Church in Min­neapo­lis, Min­nesota, for six­teen years.

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What Others Say About This Book:

Sally Michael has writ­ten an easy-to-read devo­tional book that will help par­ents teach their chil­dren about the prop­er­ties of Scrip­ture. God’s Word shouldn’t be intim­i­dat­ing. A proper knowl­edge of the Bible gives us hope, helps us to iden­tify false teach­ing, increases our grat­i­tude and trust in God, and results in his Word becom­ing more pre­cious to us.”    — Aimee Byrd, author of House­wife Theologian

Other Books in the Making Him Known Series:

God’s Names | 120 pages | Released 2011

God’s Promise | 128 pages | Released 2012

God’s Prov­i­dence | 128 pages | Released 2013

God’s Wis­dom | 128 pages | Released 2014

God’s Bat­tle | 128 pages | Released 2014

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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 All 2014 New Releases

This past year has been another good one for us here at P&R. We pub­lished 47 new titles in 2014. We are so grate­ful for all of our won­der­ful authors and their hard work and com­mit­ment. We also appre­ci­ate all of you ded­i­cated P&R read­ers out there. Thank you!

I have cat­e­go­rized the new books of 2014 by cat­e­gory. The cat­e­gories included are: Apolo­get­ics, Bible Study, Bib­li­cal Stud­ies, Chris­t­ian Liv­ing, Church His­toryChurch Min­istry, Coun­sel­ing, Fic­tionThe­ol­ogy, World­view & Ethics, and Youth. I hope you have enjoyed all of the new books this year. Have a favorite? Leave a com­ment on this blog post and we will pass it along to the author.

Apologetics:

1. How Did Evil Come into the World? by William Edgar (part of the CAHQ Series)

2. Did Adam Exist? by Vern S. Poythress (part of the CAHQ Series)

3. How Can I Know for Sure? by David B. Gar­ner (part of the CAHQ Series)

4. The Pagan Heart of Today’s Cul­ture by Peter Jones (part of the CAHQ Series)

Bible Study:

5. Lov­ing in God’s Story of Grace by Eliz­a­beth Reynolds Tur­nage (the third and final book in the Liv­ing Story Series)

6. 1 & 2 Samuel: Rise of the Lord’s Anointed by Kay Gabrysch (part of the Tapes­try Series)

7. Judges & Ruth: There Is a Redeemer by Sarah Ivill (part of the Tapes­try Series)

8. Time Travel to the Old Tes­ta­ment: An Essen­tial Com­pan­ion for the Chris­t­ian Explorer by Chris Sink­in­son

Biblical Studies:

9. Recov­er­ing Eden: The Gospel Accord­ing to Eccle­si­astes by Zack Eswine (part of the GAOT Series)

10. From Bondage to Lib­erty: The Gospel Accord­ing to Moses by Anthony T. Sel­vag­gio (part of the GAOT Series)

11. Sex & Vio­lence in the Bible: A Sur­vey of Explicit Con­tent in the Holy Book by Joseph W. Smith III

12. John: 2 Vol­ume Set by Richard D. Phillips (part of the REC Series)

13. Eccle­si­astes by Dou­glas Sean O’Donnell (part of the REC Series)

14. 1 Peter by Daniel M. Dori­ani (part of the REC Series)

15. Incon­spic­u­ous Prov­i­dence by Bryan R. Gre­gory (part of the GAOT Series)

Christian Living:

16. Dis­cov­er­ing the Joy of a Clear Con­science by Christo­pher Ash

17. Grace Works!: (And Ways We Think It Doesn’t) by Dou­glas Bond

18. Soci­ol­ogy by Matthew S. Vos (part of the Faith­ful Learn­ing Series)

19. Phi­los­o­phy by James S. Spiegel (part of the Faith­ful Learn­ing Series)

20. An Invi­ta­tion to Aca­d­e­mic Stud­ies by Jay D. Green (part of the Faith­ful Learn­ing Series)

21. Lit­er­a­ture by Clif­ford W. Fore­man (part of the Faith­ful Learn­ing Series)

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

23. Prone to Wan­der: Prayers of Con­fes­sion and Cel­e­bra­tion by Wayne Duguid Houk and Bar­bara R. Duguid

24. The Prob­lem of Good: When the World Seems Fine with­out God edited by D. Mar­ion Clark

25. You Can Pray: Find­ing Grace to Pray Every Day by Tim Chester

Church History:

26. Prince­ton Sem­i­nary (1812–1929): Its Lead­ers’ Lives and Works by Gary Stew­ard

Church Ministry:

27. Encoun­ter­ing God Together: Lead­ing Wor­ship Ser­vices That Honor God, Min­is­ter to His Peo­ple, and Build His Church by David G. Peterson

28. The Heart Is the Tar­get: Preach­ing Prac­ti­cal Appli­ca­tion from Every Text by Mur­ray Capill

29. On the Brink: Grace for the Burned-Out Pas­tor by Clay Werner

Counseling:

30. God’s Solu­tions to Life’s Prob­lems: Rad­i­cal Change by the Power of God by Wayne A. Mack and Joshua Mack

31. Courage by Wayne A. Mack and Joshua Mack

32. Roman­tic Con­flict: Embrac­ing Desires That Bless Not Bruise by Brad Ham­brick (part of the GRL Series)

33. Self-Centered Spouse: Help for Chron­i­cally Bro­ken Mar­riages by Brad Ham­brick (part of the GRL Series)

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

Fiction: 

35. The Three­fold Cord: The Dark Har­vest, Book 3 by Jere­miah W. Mont­gomery (part of the DHT Series)

The Dark Har­vest Tril­ogy by Jere­miah W. Mont­gomery (Three-Volume Set)

Theology: 

36. The Imi­ta­tion of Christ in the Gospel of Luke: Grow­ing in Christ­like Love for God and Neigh­bor by C. D. “Jimmy” Agan III

37. The Tri­une God edited by Ronald L. Kohl

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

39. From Age to Age: The Unfold­ing of Bib­li­cal Escha­tol­ogy by Keith A. Mathison

40. For the World: Essays in Honor of Richard L. Pratt Jr. edited by Justin S. Hol­comb and Glenn Lucke

41. What Is Res­ur­rec­tion? by Joel R. Beeke (part of our BOF Series)

42. God with Us: Explor­ing God’s Per­sonal Inter­ac­tions with His Peo­ple through­out the Bible by Glenn R. Kreider

43. Covenants Made Sim­ple: Under­stand­ing God’s Unfold­ing Promises to His Peo­ple by Jonty Rhodes

Youth: 

44. God’s Wis­dom by Sally Michael (part of the MHK Series)

45. The Story: The Bible’s Grand Nar­ra­tive of Redemp­tion by Jon Niel­son

46. Jesus Is Most Spe­cial by Sally Michael

47. God’s Bat­tle by Sally Michael (part of the MHK Series)

Recap of New Releases from October, November, & December

1. God’s Bat­tle by Sally Michael

Price: $16.99
Page Count: 128
Series: Mak­ing Him Known
Sub­ject: Youth Devotional
Paper­back | Color Illustrated
Sum­mary: Sally Michael equips par­ents to teach their chil­dren about the fight of faith. In this full-color, illus­trated “bat­tle plan,” she intro­duces chil­dren to the state of their hearts and to the many spir­i­tual bat­tle­grounds within us and with­out. She encour­ages chil­dren to be fight­ers, giv­ing them a bib­li­cal bat­tle strat­egy to depend on God, resist the enemy, and stand strong!

 

2. Lit­er­a­ture by Clif­ford W. Foreman

Price: $4.99
Page Count: 48
Series: Faith­ful Learning
Sub­ject: Chris­t­ian Living
Book­let
Sum­mary: Chris­tians don’t always trust lit­er­a­ture, but God used it to reveal him­self. This explo­ration of lit­er­a­ture and its forms, using respected authors’ exam­ples, shows us its beauty and scrip­tural value.

 

3. The Prob­lem of Good: When the World Seems Fine with­out God edited by D. Mar­ion Clark

Price: $14.99
Page Count: 192
Sub­ject: Chris­t­ian Living
Paper­back
Sum­mary: If Chris­tian­ity is true, why do many peo­ple seem to live moral, ful­fill­ing lives out­side the gospel? How do we evan­ge­lize peo­ple who seem more upright than we are? How should we respond to unbe­liev­ers’ con­tri­bu­tions to cul­ture and society?

 

4. You Can Pray: Find­ing Grace to Pray Every Day by Tim Chester

Price: $12.99
Page Count: 176
Sub­ject: Chris­t­ian Living
Paper­back
Sum­mary: Tim Chester shows us how, through Christ, we can become great “pray-ers” when we know three key truths about God: the Father loves to hear us pray, the Son makes every prayer pleas­ing, and the Spirit helps us to pray. Prayer is like a child’s ask­ing her father for help—and that’s not beyond any of us.

 

5. Eccle­si­astes by Dou­glas Sean O’Donnell

Price: $22.99
Page Count: 272
Series: Reformed Expos­i­tory Commentary
Sub­ject: Bib­li­cal Stud­ies | Commentary
Hard­cover 
Sum­mary: Jesus Christ—the true embod­i­ment of wisdom—crushed the curse of death on the cross, brought hope through his res­ur­rec­tion, and will bring jus­tice at his return. Dou­glas O’Donnell shows that the only way that Eccle­si­astes is made clear is in light of the cru­ci­fied, risen, and return­ing Christ. Under­stand­ing this will lead us to grate­ful obe­di­ence, steady con­tent­ment, and sur­pris­ing joy.

 

6. 1 Peter by Daniel M. Doriani

Price: $24.99
Page Count: 288
Series: Reformed Expos­i­tory Commentary
Sub­ject: Bib­li­cal Stud­ies | Commentary
Hard­cover 
Sum­mary: Daniel Dori­ani explores how Peter presents both the effec­tive work of Jesus for us and his per­sonal work in us—and how this enables us to live faith­fully amidst trials.

 

7. God with Us: Explor­ing God’s Per­sonal Inter­ac­tions with His Peo­ple through­out the Bible by Glenn R. Kreider

Price: $14.99
Page Count: 240
Sub­ject: The­ol­ogy
Paper­back
Sum­mary: This explo­ration of God’s humil­ity in how he relates to his creation—not just in Christ, but through­out the Bible—helps us under­stand our own need for humil­ity and service.

 

8. Prince­ton Sem­i­nary (1812–1929): Its Lead­ers’ Lives and Works by Gary Stew­ard

Price: $15.99
Page Count: 336
Series: Guided Tour
Sub­ject: Church His­tory
Paper­back
Sum­mary: Many mod­ern philo­soph­i­cal ideas, and Chris­t­ian responses to them, were for­mu­lated at the time of “Old Prince­ton.” Gary Stew­ard intro­duces us to the great men of Prince­ton The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary from its found­ing to the early twen­ti­eth century—together with some of their most impor­tant writ­ings. While com­mem­o­rat­ing the legacy of Old Prince­ton, this book also places the sem­i­nary in its his­tor­i­cal and the­o­log­i­cal contexts.

 

9. Covenants Made Sim­ple: Under­stand­ing God’s Unfold­ing Promises to His Peo­ple by Jonty Rhodes

Price: $12.99
Page Count: 192
Sub­ject: The­ol­ogy
Paper­back
Sum­mary: What do the var­i­ous covenants given through­out the Bible mean to us? Are they rel­e­vant to our lives? Jonty Rhodes shows us how covenants carry the Bible’s story from start to fin­ish and ulti­mately give root to the gospel of sal­va­tion by grace. Covenants mat­ter! Redis­cover the Bible’s uni­fied covenan­tal story and its unfold­ing mes­sage through­out Scripture.

 

10. Incon­spic­u­ous Prov­i­dence: The Gospel Accord­ing to Esther by Bryan R. Gregory

Price: $14.99
Page Count: 224
Series: Gospel Accord­ing to the Old Testament
Sub­ject: Bib­li­cal Studies
Paper­back
Sum­mary: Esther sur­prises us by never men­tion­ing God or his inter­ven­tion. Yet we our­selves are famil­iar with not expe­ri­enc­ing divine inter­ven­tion in our sec­u­lar world. Where is God in it all?

 

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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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