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April 6, 2014 | Posted in: 2014_04 April Book Releases | Author: Janni Firestone @ 8:14 pm | Comments Off »

Taking God at His Word

9781433542404by Kevin DeYoung

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Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough

Can we trust the Bible completely? Is it sufficient for our complicated lives? Can we really know what it teaches?

With his characteristic wit and clarity, award-winning author Kevin DeYoung has written an accessible introduction to the Bible that answers important questions raised by Christians and non-Christians. Avoiding technical jargon, this winsome volume will encourage you to read and believe the Bible—confident that it truly is God’s word. Taking God at His Word will help you understand what the Bible says about itself and the key characteristics that contribute to its lasting significance.


“My trust in God’s Word is greater, my submission to God’s Word is deeper, and my love for God’s Word is sweeter as a result of reading this book. For these reasons, I cannot recommend it highly enough.”
—David Platt, Senior Pastor, The Church at Brook Hills, Birmingham, Alabama; author, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream


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Jesus or Nothing

9781433540462by Dan DeWitt

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It’s Time to Make A Choice

Many young adults are abandoning the Christian faith, convinced that it’s an outdated and uneducated belief system. In this compelling address, Dan DeWitt counters these misconceptions and challenges us to think carefully about the choice between Jesus or nothing by comparing the Christian worldview to the notion of a godless universe devoid of true goodness and ultimate significance.

Jesus or Nothing—written in an accessible, conversational style—uses the fictional journey of a young man named Zach to illustrate how the gospel provides a rock-solid foundation for life and offers an explanation for our existence, grace for our guilt, and meaning for our mortality.


“To be alive today is to be at the intersection of worldviews. Different worldviews compete for allegiance, but Dan DeWitt clearly demonstrates that there are really only two worldviews in constant conflict: theism versus nihilism. The superiority of the Christian worldview is demonstrated not only by its inherent truth claims, but also by the tragic inadequacy of nihilism. DeWitt sets the issue clearly in his title: it’s Jesus or Nothing. Any thinking person will benefit from reading this important new book.”
R. Albert Mohler Jr., President and Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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Two Crossway Finalists in ECPA Christian Book Awards


Wheaton, IL (March 20, 2014) — Crossway is pleased to announce two titles among the finalists for the ECPA 2014 Christian Book Awards.

Max Lucado’s most recent children’s book, The Boy and the Ocean, illustrated by T.Lively Fluharty, was honored as a finalist in the Children category. Filled with beautiful illustration, this charming tale helps young children grasp the unending love of God and wonder of the amazing world that God has made.

Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem by Kevin DeYoung is a finalist for Non-Fiction. In Crazy Busy, DeYoung rejects the “busyness as usual” mindset. Showing that a life of constant chaos is far from what God intends, DeYoung helps us figure out a better way forward as he strikes a mature and well-reasoned balance between doing nothing and doing everything.

ECPA 2014 Christian Book Awards winners will be announced at the ECPA Awards Banquet on April 28 in Colorado Springs.


March 20, 2014 | Posted in: News | Author: Janni Firestone @ 11:17 am | Comments Off »

True Beauty

True Beautyby Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Whitacre

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What Is True Beauty?

Whether it’s age-defying makeup or the latest diet fad, our culture continually tells women that beauty consists of flawless skin and a supermodel figure. In True Beauty, Carolyn Mahaney and her daughter Nicole Whitacre direct us to the truth of God’s Word, where we encounter an entirely different—and refreshingly liberating—standard of beauty.

Offering a path to freedom from the false idols that society, the Devil, and our sinful hearts so often create, this encouraging book will help you to exchange the temporary glamour of pop culture for the unfading beauty of godliness.


“Finally . . . the book I’ve been wishing someone would write—a book that helps women like me who obsess about our own beauty (or more accurately, our lack there-of) to the detriment of our souls and our witness to the beauty and sufficiency of Christ. The answers Carolyn and Nicole put forward to our consuming and crippling desires to be beautiful on the world’s terms are neither square nor simplistic but rather completely scriptural and deeply satisfying.”
Nancy Guthrie, Bible Teacher; author, Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible study series

March 11, 2014 | Posted in: 2014_03 March Book Releases | Author: Janni Firestone @ 11:05 pm | Comments Off »

Calvin on the Christian Life

Calvinby Michael Horton

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Glorifying and Enjoying God Forever

John Calvin, a man adored by some and maligned by others, stands as a legendary figure in Christian history. In Calvin on the Christian Life, professor Michael Horton offers us fresh insights into the Reformer’s personal piety and practical theology by allowing Calvin to speak in his own words.

Drawing not only from his Institutes and biblical commentaries, but also from lesser-known tracts, treatises, and letters, this book will deepen your understanding of Calvin’s theology and ministry by exploring the heart of his spiritual life: confident trust and unwavering joy in the sovereign grace of God.

“Learned and lucid, masterfully organized, and vigorously expressed, this full, solid, and exact study of Geneva’s reforming pastor is an outstanding piece of work. In all four sections Calvin comes to vigorous life. Calvin’s reputation for godly wisdom, and Horton’s for vivid writing, will certainly be enhanced.”
J. I. Packer, Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology, Regent College

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Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full

Treasuring Christby Gloria Furman

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Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms

Grocery shopping. Soccer practice. Dirty dishes.

Motherhood is tough, and it often feels like the to-do list just gets longer and longer every day—making it hard to experience true joy in God, our children, and the gospel.

In this encouraging book for frazzled moms, Gloria Furman, pastor’s wife and mother of four, encourages us to reorient our vision of motherhood around what the Bible teaches. Showing us how to pursue a vibrant and ever-growing relationship with Christ—even when discouragement sets in and the laundry still needs to be washed—Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full will help you treasure Christ more deeply no matter how busy you are.

“These pages are filled with such helpful honesty and gospel centrality as we’re invited to look at the wonderful and messy world of motherhood! Reading it was like opening a window in the stuffy room of pretense, guilt, and self-focus that often press in on us as mothers. Let the windows fly open and come breathe the fresh air of grace!”

Kristyn Getty, hymn writer and recording artist

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Now That I’m A Christian

Now That I'm a Christianby C. Michael Patton

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What It Means To Follow Jesus

You’ve become a Christian. Now what?

Michael Patton unpacks the basics of the Christian faith, helping you think carefully about God and live fully for God as you begin your new life in Christ. In ten easy-to-read chapters, Now That I’m a Christian will introduce you to the foundational teachings and life-giving practices of Christianity—from the doctrine of the Trinity to reading and understanding the Bible.

Designed as a handbook for the Christian life, this go-to guide will help you answer a crucial question: What does it mean to follow Jesus?


“I wish this book was out when I first became a Christian! What we believe really matters, and this book covers many basic and necessary beliefs of the Christian faith in an easy-to-read format. It’s like sitting in a theology class, but one that brings life and you can understand what the teacher is teaching. There has been no more urgent time in history for us to be reading and learning the basic beliefs of the Christian faith. I encourage all Christians, especially those new to the faith, to not miss the joy and wonder of learning what is written in this book.”
Dan Kimball, Pastor, Vintage Faith Church; author, They Like Jesus but Not the Church

| Posted in: 2014_02 February Book Releases | Author: Janni Firestone @ 12:51 pm | Comments Off »

Joy for the World

Joy for the Worldby Greg Forster

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Regaining Cultural Influence

The church in America is losing ground. Unfortunately, our efforts to reverse this trend often seem to do more harm than good. In Joy for the World, Greg Forster explains how the church lost its culture-shaping voice and what Christians can do to turn things around.

This book teaches us that the key to cultural transformation is something that we might not expect: explosive, Spirit-produced joy in God and his gospel.
“Bouncy title, thoughtful subtitle, tight writing, and nuanced analysis: Joy for the World lays out enjoyably what we need to understand to save freedom of religion. Greg Forster brilliantly shows that we should expect, embrace, and work to preserve a crowded and uncomfortable public square, because if we’re scared by it the naked public square that results will weaken Christianity and America.”
Marvin Olasky, Editor in Chief, World News Group

| Posted in: 2014_02 February Book Releases | Author: Janni Firestone @ 11:47 am | Comments Off »

The Storytelling God

Storytelling Godby Jared C. Wilson

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Seeing the Glory of Jesus in His Parables

The prodigal son. The good Samaritan. The treasure hidden in a field.

Most of us have heard Jesus’s parables before. Yet if these stories strike us as merely sweet, heartwarming, or sentimental, we can be sure we’ve misread them. In The Storytelling God, pastor Jared Wilson helps us to see how Jesus’s parables reveal profound spiritual truths about God, humanity, the world, and the future. Discarding the notion that Christ’s parables are nothing more than moralistic fables, this book highlights how each one is designed to drive us to Jesus in awe, need, faith, and worship.


““My friend Jared Wilson shows how Jesus used parables to illustrate the upside-down and counterintuitive ways of God compared to our ways. We see how the parables are not a witness to the best people making it up to God, but rather a witness to God making it down to the worst people—meeting our rebellion with his rescue, our sin with his salvation, our guilt with his grace, our badness with his goodness. Thanks for the reminder, Jared, that this whole thing is about Jesus, not me.”
Tullian Tchividjian, Pastor, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; author, One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World

February 13, 2014 | Posted in: 2014_02 February Book Releases | Author: Janni Firestone @ 9:41 pm | Comments Off »