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Bruce Ware Brings the Seminary Classroom to the Home

Russell Moore, author of Adopted for Life, posted a review of Bruce Ware’s new book Big Truths for Young Hearts. Moore writes:

“My favorite part . . . is the foreword. The foreword is written by Bethany Strachan and Rachel Ware, the daughters of Bruce and Jodi Ware. I teared up as I read their words about their Dad. They talked about how Bruce would teach them as they grew up, sometimes by singing hymns, sometimes as they drove along on trips, sometimes on one-on-one dinners together. They write: ‘Dad really believes the things that are in this book.’

They further write: ‘To parents: it may sound cliche, but we followed our father’s teaching in part because he practiced what he preached.’

Moments after I read those words, I said, through tears, to a friend in a similar context: ‘Oh, how I pray one day our children could write words about loving and following the same gospel we’ve preached and taught.’”

Read the rest of the review here.

See What Some Other’s Are Saying here:

The Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood

The Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood (2)

Jim Hamilton

Shannon Jordan

Between Two Worlds

Grace Crossing

Jeff Wright

Take Your Vitamin Z

Gretchen Reads

Pastor Tony’s Blog

Bruce Ware’s new title helps equip parents to disciple their children in theological truth by taking ten topics of systematic theology from the seminary classroom to the home. Ware discusses the trinity, the nature of sin, the work of Christ, salvation, and much more in a non-intimidating chapter per day format. Join him as he interviews live with Kevin Boling today at 1pm EST. Listen here.

May 12, 2009 | Posted in: Children,Parenting,Reviews | Author: Crossway Staff @ 6:38 am | 0 Comments »

Themelios Reviews Recent Crossway Titles

341See what Themelios reviewers are saying about:

Driscoll and Breashears’ Death by Love

…Death by Love is biblically orthodox, theologically comprehensive, and provides one of the most practical and pastoral applications of the truth of Jesus’ substitutionary atonement in print. (Read the full review.)

Colin Duriez’s Francis Schaeffer

Connecting the young Schaeffer to the more famous, older man is a great strength of Colin Duriez’s book. It has become well-accepted to break Schaeffer’s life up into segments and to characterize him as three different people. There is the young, fire breathing fundamentalist eager to “be ye separate” from the impure compromisers; the artsy, compassionate, bohemian founder of L’abri in Switzerland; and then the old man, brushing off his best instincts and returning to his fundamentalist roots to fight for the doctrine of inerrancy and “Christian America.” While it is possible to reach such a conclusion by looking at his early career and then considering the chronological development of his publications, this book rejects that approach by portraying Schaeffer as a consistent personality throughout. (Read the full review.)

Reynolds and Overton’s The New Media Frontier

In sum, this volume makes a sustained argument throughout: The new media have revolutionized the way people communicate and are here to stay. Thus, believers must think critically about these changes and utilize the best of them for the glory of God and the furtherance of his kingdom. Through its timely analysis and stable framework, this book will help believers execute this task as they navigate through the ‘new media frontier’ and beyond. (Read the full review.)

Themelios is an International Journal for Pastors and Students of Theological and Religious Studies.

April 28, 2009 | Posted in: Books,Reviews | Author: Crossway Staff @ 12:07 pm | 0 Comments »

Mohler calls Worldliness “Powerhouse of a Book”

Dr. Mohler’s review in the latest Southern Seminary Magazine (Spring 2009, Vol. 77, No.1):

Worldliness — Honest Talk About Seduction
By R. ALBERT MOHLER JR.

My friend C. J. Mahaney and a few of his friends have written a powerhouse of a book in Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World (Crossway). In its essence, worldliness is “a love for the fallen world,” Mahaney explains. “It’s loving the values and pursuits of the world that stand opposed to God.” More emphatically, it is “to gratify and exalt oneself to the exclusion of God.”

Just in case anyone might miss how to apply this, Mahaney and his team go right after major temptations inherent in worldliness. Craig Cabaniss writes about worldliness and media with good insight. To no surprise, Bob Kauflin goes after music, bringing the same theological insights he brings to his music ministry. Take this zinger, for example: Kauflin warns that a sign that music has become an idol is when our passion for Christ has waned but our passion for music has not.

Dave Harvey writes about worldliness and “our stuff.” (Loved his warning about “virtual giving.”) Mahaney then turns to worldliness and dress, offering good and much needed advice, and Jeff Purswell concludes by talking about the Christian’s right understanding of the world. We are not here by accident.

Worldliness offers other good features, including a foreword by John Piper. Most importantly, the book is Gospel-centered and avoids both legalism and antinomianism. Read it, savor it, ponder it… and then give a copy to someone else.

Read Chapter 1 – “Is This Verse in Your Bible?”:

April 25, 2009 | Posted in: Books,Pursuit of Holiness,Reviews,Sanctification/Growth,Sin & Temptation | Author: James Kinnard @ 11:28 am | 1 Comment »

Homeschool Reviews – Treasuring God in Our Traditions

Recently Crossway’s homeschool book reviewers looked at Treasuring God in Our Traditions by Noel Piper.

1581345089As one reviewer said, “Noel Piper’s book Treasuring God in Our Traditions has a lot of inspiration and heart to offer its readers. She reveals the layers of our traditions and gives us a goal of applying our Christian faith through these well-planned efforts that last a lifetime.”

Other comments from the reviewers:

“Noël Piper opens her home to you—more than thirty years of marriage and mothering. She invites you into the happy, imperfect Piper pattern of life (including a few family-occasion poems written by her husband, John). But, even better, she roots things in the Bible.”

Treasuring God in Our Traditions by Noel Piper is a time-honored book that helps us direct our children to delight in God through establishing family traditions.”

“This book has really opened my eyes to see how fun and encouraging it can be to train up a child to understand and desire a relationship with God.”

Their full reviews can be read by visiting the following blogs:

  1. The View from My Beach Chair
  2. Pam’s Private Reflections
  3. Being Mrs. Momma
  4. From Tiny to Teen
  5. Faith in Love
  6. Cornings at Home
  7. Reviews by Heidi
  8. Voice of the Sheep
  9. Earthling
  10. Abundant Blessings
  11. In Word
  12. Gail’s Reviews

If you would like to join Crossway’s Homeschool Book Review Program or find out more about it, feel free to e-mail Crossway at marketing[at]crossway.org.

March 31, 2009 | Posted in: Books,Reviews | Author: Amy Kruis @ 4:40 am | (2) Comments »

“Find One, Build One” – Part 2

9781581349306Since our last post about the “Find One, Build One” tour, eight bloggers have added to the discussion. Here’s a quick recap:

La Shawn Barber and Doug Wilson both commend the book to the readers of their respective blogs. Click over to La Shawn Barber’s Corner and Blog and Mablog to read what they say.

Frank Turk of Pyromaniacs places What He Must Be “in the top three books of the last 50 years on marriage and the call to being a husband.” Voddie was so touched by Frank’s analysis that he commented on it here.

Several posts by Candice Watters, appearing on Boundless Line, have sparked an enthusiastic discussion. Monday’s post actually garnered 77 comments! Tuesday’s post appears here, and a bio of Voddie is here. Candice also promises a full review of the book soon.

You can also check out these blogs for more reviews:

Keep in the mind that conversations on many of these blogs are ongoing. So check back often!

March 5, 2009 | Posted in: Author,Dating and Singleness,Marriage,Men, Husbands, Fathers,Reviews | Author: Crossway Staff @ 8:44 am | 0 Comments »