Author Interview with Stephanie Hubach

This week’s author interview is with Stephanie Hubach. She is the author of Parenting & Disabilities: Abiding in God’s Presence (31-Day Devotionals for Life series) and Same Lake, Different Boat: Coming Alongside People Touched by Disability.

  • 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 was born in Glen Cove, NY but grew up in Lutherville, MD in a historic village outside of Baltimore—surrounded by Victorian homes. Even as a child, I loved the beautiful architecture all around us. Now I live with my family in Lancaster County, PA. My husband Fred and I met at Western Maryland College (now called McDaniel College) and were married in 1983. We have two adult sons. Freddy, our oldest, is married to Cecelia, who has been such a wonderful addition to our family. Freddy and Cecelia have one daughter, which means we have the fabulous privilege of being grandparents! Our younger son, Tim, has Down syndrome and lives in his own apartment in our house. Currently, I work as a Research Fellow in Disability Ministries in affiliation with Covenant Theological Seminary. I’m not sure I actually have a lot of spare time for personal interests of unique hobbies in this season of my life. My personal interests and unique hobbies at this point are attempting to love well the people God has blessed us with in our lives! When we can find the time, I love to boat on the Chesapeake Bay.

  • When did you first want to write a book?

Interesting question! I think there are people who write because they love the art of writing and think, “What should I write about?” The possibilities before these types of writers are endless. They may dabble in different genres, different topics, different audiences—all of which may change over time. Then, there are others (like me) who care deeply about a specific topic or cause and ask, “How can I use my gift for writing to be a change agent in this particular arena, by fostering thoughtful discussion and spiritual transformation in the lives of others?” If I’m not passionate about the subject, the writing does not flow for me. (I wrote Department of Defense manuals in my “former life,” when I was a project manager for a DoD contractor, and while I learned a lot about consistency and clarity in writing in that context, I was not passionate about the subject matter in that job.)

  • Have you always enjoyed writing?

As I described above, I think I’ve always enjoyed writing as a means to an end, not an end in and of itself. For example, in fifth grade, we had a short story contest every week, and the winner received a free ice cream sandwich. So, perhaps it all started because I really love ice cream, and writing was a way of acquiring it. To be honest, writing in the phase of my life is so much easier because computer technology allows a lot more fluidity of thought and the ability to regularly change one’s mind, move things around, etc. When I was in college, there were no personal computers. Every paper I wrote had to be hand typed and measured to make sure footnotes would fit etc. The tedium of that was a huge turn-off when I was younger. (I don’t do tedium well…) I’ve learned to love to write because I have a laptop now!

  • What inspired you to write this book, about this topic?

Two women planted the seeds in my heart to write this particular book. My mother, Darrah Opdahl, and my mentor, Jane Patete. Both encouraged me, over twenty years ago, to write a devotional like this one. I wasn’t passionate about the idea yet because I was still working my way through the actual experiences of parenting a younger child with disabilities and I was also still finding my way through my theological understanding of disability. Same Lake, Different Boat: Coming Alongside People Touched by Disability (P&R, 2006, Revised & Expanded 2020) was the outcome of my theological processing. Now that my son Tim is almost 30, I have felt both ready and passionate about writing this book—Parenting & Disabilities: Abiding in God’s Presence (P&R, 2021) as a daily devotional to encourage other families.

  • Do you have a specific spot where you enjoy writing most?

Sandy Cove Bible Conference on the Chesapeake Bay (Thanks Mom and Dad!)

  • What book are you reading now?
    • I’m reading several books right now:
      • The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbes
      • Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow by Nancy Guthrie
      • Confronting Christianity by Rebecca McLaughlin
      • The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
      • The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh by Ronald de Leeuw 
  • Other than the Bible, do you have a favorite book? 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

  • Favorite food?

Chocolate

  • Favorite flavor of ice cream?

Chocolate

  • Favorite animal? Why?

Chocolate bunnies. Why? Because they are chocolate.

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

NOW AVAILABLE — Parenting & Disabilities: Abiding in God’s Presence

Amazon: $9.99

Christianbook: $8.49

P&R Publishing: $7.50

PCA Bookstore: $7.79

WTS Books: $7.63

Kindle: $6.99


NOW AVAILABLE — Same Lake, Different Boat: Coming Alongside People Touched by Disability

Amazon: $15.49

Christianbook: $13.49

P&R Publishing: $13.50

PCA Bookstore: $13.25

WTS Books: $12.97

Kindle: $9.99


NEW EDITION — Ready to Restore: An Introductory Guide to Biblical Counseling by Jay E. Adams

Ready to Restore, New Edition: An Introductory Guide to Biblical Counseling by Jay E. Adams

160 pages | $12.99 $7.79 | SAMPLE CHAPTER | ebook: $8.99

Editor’s Foreword

It is altogether fitting that on the fortieth anniversary of its original publication, Dr. Adams’s classic work Ready to Restore is being produced by P&R Publishing in a new edition. The ten years following the publication of his groundbreaking book, Competent to Counsel, were breathless for Dr. Adams. The decade saw the explosive growth of the modern biblical counseling movement, the publication of twenty more books from his pen, and the establishment of the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (now the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors). During this time, Dr. Adams traveled and lectured worldwide, taught at several seminaries, and moved his family to rural Georgia.

By the end of the decade, the movement had grown exponentially, and Dr. Adams concluded it would be wise for him to produce a concise summary of the basic concepts of nouthetic counseling that would be useful for both the classroom and individual study.

Although this is a new edition, the text remains much the same as the original. The changes are primarily cosmetic with the new interior design. I found a few typos and archaic expressions to correct, but these are still Jay Adams’s words. The primary revision occurs in chapter 16. There Dr. Adams urged his readers to continue to grow as counselors and listed a number of resources that students could obtain to continue their study. Those resources, however, consisted of a number of books that are now out of print and cassette tapes (remember those?) that could be ordered from entities that no longer exist.

Chapter 16 now lists resources for continued study that are easily accessible to the student of counseling today. We begin by listing the works of Dr. Adams himself, most of which were not yet written when this book first appeared. Then we have compiled an admittedly subjective list of the best helps written by men and women Dr. Adams knew and trusted.

It is our prayer that even now, after Dr. Adams’s faith has been made sight, this significant book will receive again the wide readership it enjoyed when it was first published forty years ago.

—Donn R. Arms


Endorsements

“Returns counseling to laymen and women who are well-schooled in biblical hermeneutics, theology, and discipleship. It has all the foundational ideas that make biblical counseling effective.”

—John D. Street, Chair of the Graduate Department of Biblical  Counseling, The Master’s University and Seminary

“A very readable small book that will help you to cut your teeth on the basics of biblical counseling.”

—Lou Priolo, Pastor of Counseling, Christ Covenant, Atlanta

“The mainstay of many lay counseling training programs since it was first published.” 

—Jim Berg, Professor of Biblical Counseling, Bob Jones University

“You will be hard-pressed to find a better brief introduction to the biblical rationale and fundamental methodologies of biblical counseling.”

—T. Dale Johnson Jr., Executive Director, Association of Certified Biblical Counselors

“The essence of the biblical counseling movement. A primary primer for the encouragement and training of lay folks who do the work of this important ministry.”

—Howard Eyrich, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, Birmingham Theological Seminary

“This volume contains excellent information on some of the fundamentals of truly biblical counseling.”

—Wayne Mack, Director, Association of Certified Biblical Counselors—Africa


The Whole Counsel of God, Volume 3 — NOW AVAILABLE

The Whole Counsel of God, Volume 3: God’s People in the Western World
by Richard C. Gamble

1,232 pages | Hardcover | $59.99 $35.99 (40% OFF for 1 week) | SAMPLE CHAPTER

About

Richard Gamble’s three-volume Whole Counsel of God explores the relationships between exegesis and hermeneutics, and between biblical, systematic, and historical theology. “He bridges the gap so many have identified between traditional systematic theology and biblical theology,” Richard Pratt writes; not only that, he “penetrates beyond scholarly concerns to life issues that every believer faces.” Gamble engages the writings of theologians across disciplines and through church history to assist him in this task.

Having closely studied the Old and New Testaments in his first two volumes, Gamble turns to examine how the church has handled God’s holy Word throughout two thousand years of unfolding history in the West. In continuity with the rest of this work, the final installment presents a study of apologetics as well as practical application—integral parts of the whole counsel of God. Readers will follow the development of systematic theology in its context and, learning from the church’s past mistakes, be better able to defend it to the world. 

“A very comprehensive theological project, embracing the disciplines of biblical theology, historical theology, and systematic theology,” writes John Frame. “Nothing comparable in scope has been done in the last hundred years within the circles of Reformed orthodoxy.”

Endorsements 

“For me, this volume is the capstone of the three-volume set and is worth the price of the set all by itself.”

—Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary 

“A remarkable achievement. Gamble’s volume is sweeping, interesting, and, at times, quirky, not unlike the orthodox Protestantism he describes so well.”

—Stephen D. Crocco, Divinity Librarian, Yale Divinity School 

“This volume brings Richard C. Gamble’s ambitious integrative theological project—biblical, systematic, and historical—to completion. The coverage is remarkably comprehensive, the judgments careful and well-informed. Seminary students in particular will be well served by a careful reading of this entire project.”

—William B. Evans, Younts Professor of Bible and Religion, Erskine College 

“This conclusion of [Richard Gamble’s] remarkable achievement is a substantial and insightful guide to the contours of the leading ideas and significant persons of Christian thought, providing a starting point for students and a valuable resource for scholars of all theological traditions.” 

—Peter A. Lillback, President, Westminster Theological Seminary 

“An ambitious and unique project, providing a synthesis of biblical theology, systematic theology, and church history; it should provide an excellent basis for further detailed study.”

—Robert Letham, Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Union School of Theology 

“I know of no other single source that effectively vacuum-packs such a wealth of useful material, as well as practical insights. I heartily commend this volume to energetic Christian readers; the time needed to work through it will be worth the lifetime of help that it gives to Christians who hope to thoughtfully understand and challenge unbelief in its many forms.”

—K. Scott Oliphint, Professor of Apologetics, Westminster Theological Seminary 

“[Gamble] combines the insights of many years of teaching in these disciplines with a pastor’s heart that renders this volume not only instructive but also edifying.”

—Alan D. Strange, Professor of Church History, Mid-America Reformed Seminary

Each of the 3 volumes are currently 40% OFF.


Three New November Releases

We have three new releases today:

  • Rescue Plan: Charting a Course to Restore Prisoners of Pornography by Deepak Reju & Jonathan D. Holmes
  • Rescue Skills: Essential Skills for Restoring the Sexually Broken by Deepak Reju & Jonathan D. Holmes
  • Ready to Restore, New Edition: An Introductory Guide to Biblical Counseling by Jay E. Adams

Rescue Plan: Charting a Course to Restore Prisoners of Pornography by Deepak Reju & Jonathan D. Holmes

256 pages | $16.99 $10.19 | READ A SAMPLE | ebook: $9.99

About

Pornography addiction is a pervasive problem—even in Christian circles. If you want to help someone who has become a prisoner of this sin, you’ll need to know your enemy and the terrain on which you’ll be fighting. Rescue Plan draws on the research and experience of two biblical counselors, giving concrete information and helping you to shape an effective plan of attack for strugglers young and old, whether single, dating, or married.

Although it can stand alone, Rescue Plan pairs with Rescue Skills, also by Reju and Holmes, for maximum effectiveness.

Endorsements

“An extremely practical resource, rooted in the gospel, for porn strugglers and those who want to help them to find freedom.” —John Freeman, Founder, Harvest USA

“Packed with practical, thoughtful truth [and] rooted in scriptural wisdom to help you to lean on Jesus for help.” —Garrett Kell, Pastor, Del Ray Baptist Church, Alexandria, Virginia

“A practical, biblical, and gospel-saturated guidebook .  .  . remarkably candid .  .  . saturated in gospel hope.” —R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“A comprehensive, hope-filled, and practical guide for sexual sinners regardless of gender, age, or life stage.” —Brenda Pauken, Biblical Counselor, Sterling Park Baptist Church, Sterling, Virginia

“Priceless practical tips, honest words of hope, and an invitation for strugglers to love Jesus more than their sin. . . . [An] excellent resource.” —Darby A. Strickland, Counselor, Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation


Rescue Skills: Essential Skills for Restoring the Sexually Broken by Deepak Reju & Jonathan D. Holmes

272 pages | $16.99 $10.19 | READ A SAMPLE | ebook: $9.99

About

Do you know someone who is struggling with pornography use? Unfortunately, it’s likely that you do—but you may not know how to help. In this book, counselors Deepak Reju and Jonathan Holmes provide a treasure trove of straightforward, biblical strategies for guiding a fellow believer toward recovery. You’ll learn how to listen well, develop a plan, understand the body’s role in sexual struggles, and, by God’s grace, keep your friend focused on Christ throughout his or her journey to freedom.

Although it can stand alone, Rescue Plan pairs with Rescue Skills, also by Reju and Holmes, for maximum effectiveness.

Endorsements

“Has the potential to . . . change the way you offer ministry to women and men who battle sexual sin.” —Ellen Mary Dykas, Women’s Ministry Director, Harvest USA

“The most realistic yet hope-filled book I’ve read on helping people with pornography.” —Alasdair Groves, Executive Director, Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation

“Compassionate, fresh, practical, convicting, and reproducible. . . . The right book at the right time.” —Dave Harvey, President, Great Commission Collective

“Offers the most comprehensive approach . . . to equip counselors to offer wise, practical, biblical advice to people who indulge in pornography.” —Jim Newheiser, Executive Director, The Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship

“A stockpile of necessary wisdom. . . . Your arsenal will be filled with multidimensional tactics specific to the battle against porn.” —Jenny & Curtis Solomon, Authors, Reclaim Your Marriage and Redeem Your Marriage


Ready to Restore, New Edition: An Introductory Guide to Biblical Counseling by Jay E. Adams

160 pages | $12.99 $7.79 | READ A SAMPLE | ebook: $8.99

About

This accessible introductory volume brings Jay Adams’s counseling expertise to ordinary Christians who want to counsel peers in need. Redesigned for its fortieth anniversary and celebrating more than 60,000 copies sold, this edition includes updated lists of critical resources.

Endorsements

“Returns counseling to laymen and women who are well-schooled in biblical hermeneutics, theology, and discipleship. It has all the foundational ideas that make biblical counseling effective.” —John D. Street, Chair of the Graduate Department of Biblical  Counseling, The Master’s University and Seminary

“A very readable small book that will help you to cut your teeth on the basics of biblical counseling.” —Lou Priolo, Pastor of Counseling, Christ Covenant, Atlanta

“The mainstay of many lay counseling training programs since it was first published.” —Jim Berg, Professor of Biblical Counseling, Bob Jones University

“You will be hard-pressed to find a better brief introduction to the biblical rationale and fundamental methodologies of biblical counseling.” —T. Dale Johnson Jr., Executive Director, Association of Certified Biblical Counselors

“The essence of the biblical counseling movement. A primary primer for the encouragement and training of lay folks who do the work of this important ministry.” —Howard Eyrich, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, Birmingham Theological Seminary

“This volume contains excellent information on some of the fundamentals of truly biblical counseling.” —Wayne Mack, Director, Association of Certified Biblical Counselors—Africa


Author Interview with John Crotts

This week’s author interview is with John Crotts. He is the author of Hope: Living Confidently in God (31-Day Devotionals for Life series).

  • Tell us a little bit about yourself

I’m originally from Virginia Beach, VA. My wife, Lynn, and I have been married for 31 years. We have four kids and one granddaughter. I love watching and playing sports, reading, and drinking coffee.

  • When did you first want to write a book?

I have had a heart to write a book since college. I love the idea of expressing a biblical message that could go places that I will never go and reach people after I am gone.

  • Which writers inspire you?

Too many to list.

  • Have you always enjoyed writing?

Growing up I enjoyed creative writing.

  • What inspired you to write this book, about this topic?

The world is a negative place. I wanted to inspire positive hope from all over the Bible. The format of the 31-Day Devotionals for Life series let me offer a daily dose of hope for a whole month.

  • Do you have a specific spot where you enjoy writing most?

I like writing in coffee shops.

  • What book are you reading now?

I am reading Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. I am trying to pick up some of the classics that I missed earlier in my Christian life.

  • Other than the Bible, do you have a favorite book? 

Don Whitney’s Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

  • Do you have a favorite author? Who is it and why?

Daniel Silva can write a spy novel so compelling that it almost reads itself. I love losing myself in his stories on long plane trips.

  • Do you have a favorite quote?

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” —Jim Elliot

It is a great reminder to keep one eye on eternity. 

  • What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Writing a book takes way longer than you would think. Be patient. Editors are helping your book be better, not destroying your art. 

  • Do you have a favorite book that you have written?

Probably Graciousness: Tempering the Truth with Love

  • At what time of day do you write most?

My best time is mid-morning. 

  • What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

As a pastor, I take it very seriously if someone thinks I have misused Scripture. The best compliments have been about my books helping readers understand and apply the Bible to their lives.

  • Is there anything you would like to add that you have not been asked about?

I have eaten Pizza Hut in over 20 international cities. 

  • Favorite food?

Pizza

  • Favorite flavor of ice cream?

Cookie Dough

  • Favorite animal? Why?

Tiger—powerful and sleek 

  • Do you have a favorite movie? What is it and why?

Gladiator. It is an inspiring story of leadership, responsibility, and overcoming.

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

George W Bush. I would love to ask him about what he was thinking during some of the crisis moments of his presidency

  • Favorite sport to watch? Favorite sport’s team?

My favorite sport changes by season. Boston Red Sox.

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

NOW AVAILABLE — Hope: Living Confidently in God

Amazon: $9.99

Christianbook: $8.49

P&R Publishing: $7.50

PCA Bookstore: $7.79

WTS Books: $7.63

Kindle: $6.99