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Women of the Word

WOTW by Jen Wilkin

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Bible Study for the Heart and Mind

We all know it’s important to study God’s Word. But sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. What’s more, a lack of time, emotionally driven approaches, and past frustrations can erode our resolve to keep growing in our knowledge of Scripture.

In Women of the Word, popular Bible study teacher Jen Wilkin challenges hungry women to go deeper in their study of Scripture, offering a clear and concise plan to equip them to engage God’s Word. Whether young or old, married or single, this book will energize and equip women for Bible study aimed at transforming both their hearts and minds.


“Wilkin’s challenges to the status quo, grounded in years of observation, ring with gentle wisdom and guide readers in how to study the Bible with greater depth.” (July 14, 2014)
Publishers Weekly

“This book responds to the feelings-driven, me-centered approach that has too often dominated our study of the Scriptures. Jen encourages women to grow in knowledge of the Word in order to know our Lord. She speaks out of her own joyful and growing experience of learning to dig in. May her voice be joined by many others!”
Kathleen B. Nielson, Director of Women’s Initiatives, The Gospel Coalition


July 21, 2014 | Posted in: 2014_07 July Book Releases | Author: Janni Firestone @ 6:15 pm | Comments Off »

The Wonder-Working God

Wonder-Working Godby Jared C. Wilson

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Seeing The Glory of Jesus in His Miracles

Walking on water. Multiplying the fish and the loaves. Raising Lazarus from the dead. The miracles of Jesus may be well known, but they are often treated as nothing more than fanciful tales. Written as a companion volume to The Storytelling God: Seeing the Glory of Jesus in His Parables, this book by Jared Wilson argues for the historicity and importance of the miraculous events surrounding Jesus’s life and ministry. From the humble wonder of the incarnation to the awesome glory of the transfiguration, Wilson shows readers how the amazing miracles described in the Gospels attest to Christ’s divinity, authority, and ultimate mission: restoring us and this world to a right relationship with God.


“Christianity is supernatural. We read the Bible and see God doing things that can’t be explained rationally. That is the God we long for, One who can do extraordinary things in and around our ordinary lives. But Christianity is about God, not just what God does. I love this book, because Jared Wilson helps us worship the miracle worker, and not settle for just wanting and worshiping miracles.”
Darrin Patrick, Lead Pastor, The Journey, St. Louis, Missouri; Vice President, Acts 29; Chaplain to the St. Louis Cardinals; author,
The Dude’s Guide to Manhood


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Dispatches from the Front

Dispatchesby Tim Keesee


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True Stories of Gospel Advance

Most Christians in the West know little about the dangers believers face in other parts of the world. Tim Keesee, a veteran missionary and executive producer of the award-winning Dispatches from the Front DVD series, leads readers to experience global Christianity, exploring the faith and lives of Christians living in some of the world’s most perilous countries.

The incredible accounts included in this compelling travelogue—stories that span the globe from China to Afghanistan—highlight the bold faith and sacrificial bravery of God’s people. Ultimately, Dispatches from the Front magnifies Christ’s saving work in all the earth, encouraging Christians to stand firm in the gospel and joyfully embrace their role in its unstoppable advance!


“Beware of Dispatches from the Front if you don’t like being moved and inspired and shaken out of the ruts of your life. These are kingdom stories that build faith in the present providence of God over his mission and stir up action for the sake of lost and hurting people near and far. I would love to see thousands of people mobilized as senders and goers for the sake of the glory of Christ and the relief of suffering on the frontiers, especially eternal suffering.”
—John Piper, Founder, desiringGod.org; Chancellor, Bethlehem College and Seminary


May 7, 2014 | Posted in: 2014_05 May Book Releases | Author: Janni Firestone @ 1:55 pm | Comments Off »

The Word of the Lord

Word of the Lordby Nancy Guthrie

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Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament

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Seeing Jesus in the Prophets

“We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth.” (John 1:45)

In the Old Testament, God spoke to his people through prophets—men specially called to speak God’s Word to his people. The New Testament makes it clear that such prophets, whether chastising or comforting, testified to Israel’s final redemption and ultimate hope: Jesus the Messiah.

Through 10 weeks of guided study, participants will explore the sacrifice of Isaiah’s suffering servant, the stubbornness of Jonah, and more. Bible teacher Nancy Guthrie shows how all of the prophets, whether chastising or comforting, point forward to Israel’s final redemption and ultimate hope. The Word of the Lord helps readers see Jesus, the true and living Word of God, in the Old Testament.


“It’s not hyperbole to say, ‘It’s about time.’ While there are good books out there telling pastors how to preach Christ from all the Scriptures, there have been very few Bible studies for laypeople—especially for women—along these lines. Nancy Guthrie does an amazing job of helping us to fit the pieces of the biblical puzzle together, with Christ at the center.”
Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California; author, Calvin on the Christian Life


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The Unfinished Church

Unfinished Churchby Rob Bentz

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A Work-In-Progress

“I love Jesus but hate the church.”

We hear this kind of talk all the time, but what if it’s profoundly mistaken? Rob Bentz challenges readers to rethink this popular—yet ultimately harmful—mentality with a biblical alternative to the church bashing so prevalent in our society today.

Drawing on his experience as a pastor, Bentz helps those disenchanted with the local church to rediscover its importance for the Christian life by examining the biblical, theological, and historical reasons why Christians should embrace Gospel-centered community—even when it’s hard.

Honest yet hopeful, The Unfinished Church provides an encouraging look at God’s ultimate building project: his church.
“Reader beware! If you don’t want to be inspired to love quirky, diverse, often unlovable, certainly sinful people—like those in your church—well, put this book down now. Rob Bentz seems to think this is precisely what God had in mind when he redeemed us and planted us in a local church. Personally, I’d rather be entertained in a church full of people like me who are easy to get along with. Bentz says otherwise. Of course, he’s right, which is why this may be one of the most important books on the church you read this year.”
Mark Galli, Editor, Christianity Today


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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 »