Born in the enchanting region between the Rhone River and the Massif Central mountains in southern France, Marie Durand chose to spend most of her life in a dark, unhealthy prison rather than following a religion she considered contrary to the teachings of Christ.

Over the years, Marie’s story has encouraged many believers to trust the same “God of mercy” who faithfully sustained her faith. Especially in France, she has become a symbol of resistance and perseverance. Her letters have also helped historians to understand how prisoners lived at the Tower of Constance and how Protestants helped each other during the persecution in France.

Of course, Marie never imagined her life would still be remembered three hundred years after her birth. Through both her long and terrible imprisonment, and her time of poverty and disappointments back home, she simply continued to do what God called her to do every day, keeping her eyes on the future “triumph of glory,” loving those around her, and thanking God for what she described as “the honor of wearing His uniform for His just cause.”

This newest addition to the Christian Biographies for Younger Readers is scheduled to be published in June 2015

For the eighteenth week commemorating our 20th anniversary, we are giving away a copy of Stop Loving the World


stop lovingLive in this world in such a way that people recognize that God is your treasure.

Do you live in this world in such a way that people recognize that it is not your treasure?

The Puritans were greatly concerned with suppressing worldliness in the church. Today, worldliness is an even greater problem, exacerbated by the fact that so few dare to speak out against it. In this book, William Greenhill provides modern readers with a healthy antidote to our love affair with the world. He explains what it means to love the world, exposes the dangers of cherishing it, shares how we ought to relate to it, and gives encouraging directions for removing our hearts from it. This is a book with a timeless message, demonstrating the relevance of the Puritans for today. By God’s grace, it will help persuade you that the world and all its charms are not what you should live for.

Endorsement  “‘Don’t let the world squeeze you into its mold’ is a modern paraphrase of Paul’s warning in Romans 12:2 regarding conformity to this world. William Greenhill’s sermon, carefully edited in this volume and made more digestible by introducing separate chapters to the Puritan’s lengthy discourse, is as timely as it is necessary. Truth is, we are all too much in love with this world and too little in love with the world to come. Worldliness pervades our churches as much as our individual lives and we need to do something about it—quickly. Stop Loving the World is not pleasant reading—for it calls attention to a sin that we would sooner tolerate than mortify; but, if we are serious about godliness, mortify it we must. A book to read slowly, carefully, and prayerfully.” — Derek W. H. Thomas, John E. Richards Professor of Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Minister of Teaching, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS

assuranceReview of Gospel Assurance & Warnings by Richard Atherton (Evangelical Times)

Some books have enticing titles and eye-catching covers, only for the content to be disappointing. This book is the opposite; the nondescript cover and title belie the excellent content within.

This is the third book in a series called ‘Recovering the Gospel’. In the preface, Washer explains what drove him to write: ‘The essential themes that make up the very core of the gospel – the justice of God, the radical depravity of man, the blood atonement, the nature of true conversion and the biblical basis of assurance – are absent from too many pulpits’.

The book surveys the broad, evangelical scene from the perspective of 1 John. Reading a chapter is like listening to the preached Word. Indeed, the chapters are reworked sermons. There is some repetitiveness, but then again repetition is a feature of many a good sermon.

Part one constitutes the major portion of the book and deals with biblical assurance, using the tests given by 1 John. The aim is both positive (encouraging fearful believers to be assured that they are in the faith) and negative (warning of the dangers of falsely assuming to be in the faith).

The tests include confessing sin, keeping God’s commandments, loving Christians and, finally, rejecting and overcoming the world. Repeatedly, Washer thunders against the shallow gospel which tells folk they are Christians if they once prayed a prayer of decision, notwithstanding a lifestyle no different from the rest of the world.

Part two is shorter, focusing on warning signs of a false profession. This expands on themes covered in part one, but is good reading and ensures that we get the message.

Washer writes from an American perspective, but his warnings apply to the UK, Long ago, the apostle Paul told Timothy to ‘Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you’ (2 Timothy 1:14). Today, Paul Washer is exhorting us all to do the same.

preachingHow Do Preaching and Corporate Prayer Work Together? - Cultivating Biblical Godliness Series

Ryan M. McGraw

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In John 14:12–14, Jesus declares that His people would accomplish “greater works” than His. What are these greater works the church would accomplish, and how could they be even greater than Christ’s miracles? With biblical insight, author Ryan McGraw takes a closer look at this passage, along with the book of Acts, and explains that these greater works are connected to corporate prayer and faithful preaching, which are vital to the life of every local congregation. How Do Preaching and Corporate Prayer Work Together? affirms the priority of prayer and preaching in the church and offers practical instruction for effective corporate prayer that, by God’s grace, will bear fruit in preaching.

 

9781601783653How Should Men Lead Their Families? - Cultivating Biblical Godliness Series

Joel R. Beeke

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God’s Word teaches us that Jesus Christ was ordained by God and anointed by the Spirit for His work as prophet, priest, and king of His children. Those who are in union with Him share His offices in a limited but important way. In this booklet, Joel Beeke explains how husbands and fathers should lead their families as prophets, priests, and kings. Filled with biblical wisdom and practical application, How Should Men Lead Their Families? is a helpful guide for men who desire to bear the image of the Father of glory and of the heavenly Husband as they lead, teach, love, evangelize, protect, and rule over their wives and children.

 

discoveringDiscovering Delight: 31 Meditations on Loving God's Law

Glenda Mathes

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Does the concept of loving law sound strange to you—like two things that just don’t go together? Christians today often don’t want to read about law because they would rather revel in gospel and grace. Yet the Bible clearly links law with love, a connection we see in Psalm 119. In these insightful meditations, author Glenda Mathes sheds light on this “long psalm that often gets short shrift.” A closer look at Psalm 119, in particular, and several other psalms and Old and New Testament passages encourages readers to discover the delight of God’s written Word and rejoice in loving His law.

 

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For the seventeenth week commemorating our 20th anniversary, we are giving away a copy of Christians Get Depressed.

depressedMany Christians mistakenly believe that true Christians don’t get depressed, and this misconception heaps additional pain and guilt onto Christians who are suffering from mental and emotional distress. Author David P. Murray comes to the defense of depressed Christians, asserting that Christians do get depressed! He explains why and how Christians should study depression, what depression is, and the approaches caregivers, pastors, and churches can take to help those who are suffering from it. With clarity and wise biblical insight, Dr. Murray offers help and hope to those suffering from depression, the family members and friends who care for them, and pastors ministering to these wounded members of their flock.

Testimonials  "In a very compassionate manner, Dr. Murray helps ease the guilt that accompanies the inexpressible agony of depression. Based on Scripture, this treasure shows the depressed believer that he is not forsaken of God, is not an inferior Christian, and is not necessarily being punished for some sin. The author carefully explains the thoughts and feelings of the depressed and then offers cures. He concludes by very pointedly addressing those who care for the depressed. This is one of the most practical and encouraging books I have read on depression, and having suffered from depression myself, I have read many." -S.L. Grand Rapids, MI

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marrowReview of The Marrow Controversy and Seceder Tradition by Hugh McLachlan (Scottish Journal of Theology)

In this well written, scholarly and attractively published book, William Vandoodewaard relates what he considers to be the central tenets of ‘Marrow’ theology to the doctrines which he implies were characteristic of the churches of Associate Presbytery and Associate Synod in Scotland in the eighteenth century.

Dr Vandoodewaard’s thesis, that the theology of the secessionist churches in question is a continuation of Marrow theology, is well supported by his quotations from and expositions of the published works of numerous secessionist ministers. However, one wonders what were the views of those secessionist ministers who did not write books or whose publications did not survive. Furthermore, a comparative study of the theological views of contemporary Church of Scotland ministers would be required to give an indication of the fuller significance of such continuity.

What were the views of the members of the secessionist churches? Did they differ from the views of the Church of Scotland laity? We cannot comfortably assume that the members of a congregation will tend to share the particular pet theological theories of their minister. Do we belong to particular churches because of or despite some particular theological views?

This is a history of particular ideas rather than an analysis or evaluation of them. However, the Marrow account of atonement consistently comes across as by far the weakest of the three tenets. That each person deserves punishment and requires to be redeemed because Adam was in breach of a covenant he made with God while acting as the representative of the human race is an analogy which provides only very limited illumination.

Suppose that someone acts as a representative for, say, Elderslie Golf Club. In that capacity, he might enter into a contractual arrangement which binds Elderslie Golf Club to follow a particular course of action. If Elderslie Golf Club fails to fulfill the terms of the agreed arrangement, it might be held to account. However, current and future members of the club cannot be held to account as individual people for the debts and other obligations of Elderslie Golf Club. They are not bound as individual people by the deal that was struck by the representative of Elderslie Golf Club in his capacity as a representative of Elderslie Golf Club.

In general, there is a crucial difference between criminal and civil law the force of which should, surely, pertain to the analogy at issue. Breach of contract provokes the sanction of compensation rather than of punishment. There is a profound difference between the rightful punishment of thieves and the appropriate treatment of those who have failed to fulfil a contractual agreement they have, without fraudulent intent, entered into. A fortiori, it would be inappropriate to mete out punishment to individual people who happened to be members of Elderslie Golf Club for the failure of Elderslie Golf club to fulfil its contractual arrangements.

This is an interesting and a very stimulating book. The clear, well-structured prose as well as its generous type – the size I would choose if reading on my Kindle – make it a pleasure to read.

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Enjoy the spiritual feast served in these books, which are a compilation of the addresses given at the Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary's conference from 2010-2013. 

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Enjoy the spiritual feast served in The Beauty and Glory of Christ, a compilation of the addresses given at the Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary’s annual conference in August 2010 at Grand Rapids, Michigan. Each essay sets before readers the unsearchable riches of the Lord Jesus Christ, the hope of our glory and the glory of our hope. Topics include Christ’s beauty prophesied and typified in Isaiah and Song of Solomon; Christ’s glory in His incarnation, earthly ministry, and death on the cross; Christ in historical theology and everyday life; and Christ’s glorious exaltation in His resurrection and in His triumph in the book of Revelation.

Contributors include David Murray, Iain Campbell, Richard Phillips, Gerald Bilkes, David Carmichael, Albert Martin, Joel Beeke, William VanDoodewaard, Ray Pennings, and James Grier.

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The essays in The Beauty and Glory of the Father call us to stand in wonder of the First Person of the Trinity. Through an assortment of studies, readers are challenged to recognize the Father’s glory displayed in His Son, to adore His beautiful attributes, to know Him as a Savior, and to rest in His loving hands. This book, along with The Beauty and Glory of Christ and The Beauty and Glory of the Holy Spirit, reinforces the ongoing necessity of cultivating a Trinitarian piety.

Contributors include Joel Beeke, Bart Elshout, Jerry Bilkes, Ryan McGraw, David Murray, Burk Parsons, Paul Smalley, Derek Thomas, and William VanDoodewaard.

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The essays in The Beauty and Glory of the Holy Spirit both exalt and revel in the third person of the Trinity. Through an assortment of studies - categorized according to their biblical, doctrinal, historical, or pastoral focus - this book sets before readers the inestimable ministry of the blessed Holy Spirit.

Contributors include David Murray, Geoffrey Thomas, John Thackway, Malcolm Watts, Gerald Bilkes, Michael Barrett, John Carrick, George Knight, Morton Smith, Ian Hamilton, William Shishko, William VanDoodewaard, Joel R. Beeke, Joseph Morecraft, Ryan McGraw, and Joseph Pipa.

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When the seed of life is sown in their hearts, God’s people grow up beautifully and gloriously. Taking up this botanical analogy, The Beauty and Glory of Christian Living opens by discussing the divine roots of the Christian life in being united to Christ in faith, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit, becoming spiritually minded, and living by the means of grace. It then explores how our Christian lives branch out to influence our families, our workplaces, and the world. Finally, a series of chapters deal with weathering the storms of life, when we are pelted with affliction, sexual temptation, negative thought patterns, hard times, sickness, and death. In all of this, we see a faithful God who causes His people to flourish for His glory.

Contributors include Michael Barrett, Ian Hamilton, John Tweeddale, Joel Beeke, William VanDoodewaard, Brian Najapfour, Josh Dear, Gerald Bilkes, Brian Croft, and David Murray.

a-vine-ripened-lifeReview of A Vine Ripened Life by Peter Murcott (British Church Newspaper)

When you think of the vine, you think of fruit. Christ Jesus said as much in the famous passage in John 15, and especially in verse five. He made it clear that all believers, born of the Spirit, and abiding in Him, should bring forth much fruit; and Galatians 5:22 & 23 spells out the gifts and graces that should be conspicuous in a Christian’s life.

It is on these two passages, as the title indicates, that this book is based. As the author mentions in the introduction, he has added humility for good measure.

This is devotional book, where various New Testament texts are examined. Thus, for example, in considering the first three fruits of the Spirit, love, joy and peace, which form the basis of chapters 4-6, 1 John 4:9-12; 1 Peter 1:6-8; and Philippians 4:6-7 respectively are the passages quoted alongside the chapter headings.

No doubt this reviewer is not alone in having discovered long since that, when reading a book, it aids the memory if the reader reflects every so often as to what he has read. This is where the questions at the end of each chapter are useful, raising such issues as ‘How does society’s conception of love differ from the Bible’s?’

The chapter on patience, based on Colossians 1:9-11, raises a multitude of issues. A memorable line is ‘Impatience is the throne bush that grows in the soil of price’. The theme is then developed, with a six point comparison chart between patience and impatience, leading to another interesting thought: “The gospel is the generator to patience”.

Maybe Bible study group leaders would find this book useful, over and above those who read it for personal devotions.

Today the Hardcover version of the 'Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible' is arriving at our warehouse!

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A Study Bible to Feed Your Soul . . .

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  • Three dozen articles on how to live the Christian life
  • Guidance on how to experience the truths of the Bible

A Study Bible to Instruct Your Mind . . .

  • Thousands of study notes with integrated cross-references
  • Introductions to each section and every book of the Bible
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  • More than fifty articles on key Christian teachings
  • Concordance, color maps, daily reading plan, and more!

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  • Overview of twenty centuries of church history
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