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Pray, Plan, Prepare, Preach: Establishing and Maintaining Priorities in the Preaching Ministry (Ministering the Master's Way)
Pray, Plan, Prepare, Preach: Establishing and Maintaining Priorities in the Preaching Ministry (Ministering the Master's Way)
by Iain D. Campbell
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.00
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a call back to diligent preaching, April 17, 2012
A new addition to Day One Publications `Ministering The Masters Way' series, "Pray, plan, prepare, preach:" by Iain D Campbell sets out a call to a faithful expository ministry that will elevate Christ, feed minds and move hearts. With a sub-heading of `Establishing and maintaining priorities in the preaching ministry', it also contains important principles to help Christians understand what authentic preaching is and assist preachers and pastors to impart the Word better
An initial observation is that preachers are called and not made. Yet the striving of the author is to confirm that God has ordained preaching as a glorious means of accomplishing an end which can be secured by no other medium, arguing that those who are called to be preachers of the Word are called also to a lifetime of honouring the gifts bestowed on them as heralds of the Gospel and sharpening their abilities in order to be better preachers.
Dividing his treatise into five parts, the people that are preachers, the prayer they should engage in, the planning they should undertake, the preparation they should commit to and the action of preaching, this is a vigorous and useful short manual. Notably, the book draws attention to preachers of the past from readings drawn from the author's own bookshelf - there are many valuable lessons to be learned from many of the books referred to in the Endnotes.
The entire book is to be commended as a call back to faithful and diligent gospel centred preaching.


Silent Stars Speak
Silent Stars Speak
by Keith McCullough
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining and educationald, November 26, 2011
This review is from: Silent Stars Speak (Paperback)
SILENT STARS SPEAK
This is a wonderful book in many respects. It is a book filled with information, about the stars and the planets, a puzzle book of wordsearches, picture colouring, codes and finding verses in scripture among other things. It is also a delightful and fun sticker book, a fact that will not go un-noticed among younger readers!
The sky at night is a visual aid and a testimony to the glory of God. This book skilfully articulates the awe inspiring wonders of the universe, as you might expect of a retired school teacher, alongside an effective presentation of scripture that reveals God's purpose for His creation. This is a book for children to learn from alongside their parents and serves as an informative text which counteracts much of what a supposedly `objective' education presents today.
I enjoyed this book immensely as an example of what can be achieved with thought to what readers find engaging and attractive. It is a good sized book for younger hands and has a clear sized script with good illustrations (and sticker opportunities!). This is wonderful as an additional seasonal gift - if you can bear to give it away - but for certain, the kind of title and presentation that is rewarding for its readers and an entertaining and astronomical educational choice for parents


James Montgomery: A Man for All Seasons (History Today)
James Montgomery: A Man for All Seasons (History Today)
by Paul Taylor
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent historical biography, November 26, 2011
James Montgomery was the author of the hymn `Hail to the Lord's Anointed'. This book serves as a full well researched biography of a man whose interests and passions covered poetry, hymn-writing, journalism and as a social justice campaigner.
Books like this bring alive the life and testimony of people whose witness had a great influence in times past but whose work and writings still remain to be discovered again today. This is a balanced and lively study of a man who became a successful businessman, editor and newspaper proprietor but balanced this with a breadth of travel, missionary and Bible tours. An interesting book for its historical detail of life and influences in the Nineteenth Century, its appendices on the writer's poetry, the places he abode in and travelled to and an appreciation paper written on him in his church magazine which gives good background to the political times he lived in.
As a Christian biography, this is an excellent account of James Montgomery's lifetime and his zeal for evangelism. It is a warm account and to be recommended for the wide reading the author has done to give us his appreciation and for the way he has given us an essence of the man and his impact.


C H Spurgeon's Forgotten Prayer Meeting Addresses: Forgotten Prayer Meeting Adresses and Other Forgotten Metropolitan Tabernacle Sermons
C H Spurgeon's Forgotten Prayer Meeting Addresses: Forgotten Prayer Meeting Adresses and Other Forgotten Metropolitan Tabernacle Sermons
by Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars refreshing words, November 8, 2011
Charles Haddon Spurgeon was Britain's best known preacher for most of the second half of the nineteenth century. His work and influence lives on through the many volumes of his sermons that have made it into print. There are few Christians brought up in an evangelical tradition that have not read or own one of his books.
This book serves as a sequel in part to `Only A Prayer Meeting' and draws on sermons published in `The Sword and the Trowel', the magazine of the Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, the church in he served and dedicated his life for so long. These sermons cover a range of subjects and the reader will be challenged and stimulated by the good counsel that they will read on a variety of subjects, which while written over 100 years ago, still affect us in the modern age
This is a book to treasure. Most of the sermons are brief and yet contain wise words which have been given much thought. Every sermon is challenging and evangelical, confronting the reader with the reality of the Gospel and the certainty of an eternity. I found it striking that even outwith the Prayer Meeting addresses, not every sermon was preached on a Sunday - it demonstrates the commitment that Spurgeon had to his flock and the urgency with which he preached with an unfailing consistency. I'm delighted that this book has made it into print as this is readable, challenging and necessary for Christians that are looking to be refreshed and provoked in their faith.


A Tender Plant from the Dry Ground: A Vision from Isaiah of the Crucified Jesus (Reflections (DayOne))
A Tender Plant from the Dry Ground: A Vision from Isaiah of the Crucified Jesus (Reflections (DayOne))
by Timothy J. E. Cross
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars a useful guide to Isaiah 53, November 8, 2011
The Book of Isaiah is rich in wise words. Some have called it blessed to them, Martin Luther said that Isaiah Chapter 53 `ought to be written on parchment of Gold and lettered in diamonds'. It is indeed a remarkable chapter of scripture, being composed of only twelve verses and beginning with the majestic phrase `Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed'.
This exposition is divided into 20 chapters - each a fascinating glimpse into the mind of the writer Prophet and with a rich application for believers today. This devotional examination truly brings out the wonder of the Word of God and the glory of Christ declared in its content - an account written up to 700 years before the birth of the Saviour. In analysing the chapter, the writer covers almost every facet of the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ predicted so clearly and fulfilled so evidently in New Testament scripture.
This is well presented and well referenced. The author has put a great deal of work in making the different chapters accessible yet comprehensive - while each section is relatively short, this makes it ideal for study groups or individual devotions. A great addition to a personal library.


The Sovereignty and Supremacy of King Jesus: Bowing to the Gracious Despot (Truth for All Time)
The Sovereignty and Supremacy of King Jesus: Bowing to the Gracious Despot (Truth for All Time)
by Mike Abendroth
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars challenging and thought provoking, November 8, 2011
Part of the Day One Publishing `Truth For All Time' series, `The Sovereignty and Supremacy of King Jesus' is subtitled with a provocative `Bowing to the Gracious Despot' subheading. This title is clearly explained from its roots in the original Bible languages and leads into an informative, challenging and always relevant journey of discovery.
This book divides into two sections, one on Kingmakers, demonstrating that the whole of the Bible reveals God as King and the other on the Coronation and roles of the King, describing the life-changing implications that flow from that revelation. It contains 11 full chapters and a stimulating conclusion. It also offers very appropriate Appendices on the Enthronement Psalms, an alternative outline of the Gospel of Matthew and a Charles H Spurgeon sermon on `The Unconquerable King'.
Readers will be stimulated by the variety of insightful quotations, poems, thoughts and meditations from a range of sources, hymns and study questions to draw out the lessons from each section and summary. The end of each chapter is a stimulus to further reading as it is well referenced and readers will be familiar with many of the sources.
This book proudly helps us to biblically embrace God as our King.


365 Days with C H Spurgeon Vol 6: A Further Collection of Daily Readings from Sermons Preached by Charles Haddon Spurgeon from His Metropolitan Tabern
365 Days with C H Spurgeon Vol 6: A Further Collection of Daily Readings from Sermons Preached by Charles Haddon Spurgeon from His Metropolitan Tabern
by Terence Peter Crosby
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent daily devotional, November 8, 2011
This is presented as a further collection of daily readings from sermons preached by Charles H Spurgeon drawn from the volumes of his Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit. Commencing with a reading from the very first day of 1885, this sixth volume of from 365 Days with Spurgeon covers the sermons published during the last six and a half years of his ministry.
The reader will acknowledge through the readings that it turned out to be a distressing and difficult period of his life, yet a period characterised by powerful preaching on the glories of Christ as Saviour, Redeemer and King. There are some interesting appendices also on the sermons that Spurgeon preached alongside subject and scripture references.
It is a testament to the enduring words that Spurgeon preached that his work has now provided material for the sixth volume in this series. He preaches an eternal and unchanging God consistently and wisely and readers familiar with the format of the exposition of a text and a meditation for the day will welcome its publication. I found the Scripture reference for each day being quoted from the King James Version as very appropriate in a day of alternatives and hope that this will find a place on many bookshelves and many more bedside tables as part of daily devotions.


Travel Through Rome: City of Empire, Christendom and Culture (Day One Travel Guides)
Travel Through Rome: City of Empire, Christendom and Culture (Day One Travel Guides)
by Nigel Scotland
Edition: Paperback
Price: $20.00
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a helpful guide, November 8, 2011
A new title in the Day One Publications `Travel Through' series, this is a fascinating glimpse into Italy's capital city as a city of Empire, it's role in the growth of Christianity and in the development of popular culture as we know it today.
As with all the titles in this series, the booklet is lavishly illustrated and indexed, containing an introduction to the features of the modern and classical city of Rome, contrasting the Ancient Empire with the modern Italy and providing valuable timelines to help us understand and apply history in context.
This is as good a compact guidebook as you are likely to find on Rome and as a starter book on the city, its culture, its highlights and its history, it stands as being a portable illustrated book, strong on research and containing relevant and appropriate graphics content. Practical in outlook, it has information for the traveller in Rome and useful maps and illustrations to help you find your way around the city and area. It is an enjoyable educational and practical guide which is a welcome addition to the series.


Charles Simeon: An Ordinary Pastor of Extraordinary Influence (History Today)
Charles Simeon: An Ordinary Pastor of Extraordinary Influence (History Today)
by Derek Prime
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a full well researched biography, November 8, 2011
Part of Day One Publications `History Today' series, `Charles Simeon - An Ordinary Pastor of Extraordinary Influence' is a valuable book that prompts instruction, challenge and enthusiasm for the work of preachers like this. Many of us will not have heard of pastors such as Charles Simeon, but that in no way diminishes their impact. For a man who spent the whole of his life in one charge, it is clear from this reading that his influence went well beyond the bounds of his own parish
Charles Simeon's preaching was Christ-centred with a focus on the application of the Bible to daily life. The book serves not just as a biography of Simeon by drawing from his memoirs, letters and sermons but also as an indicator of his main spiritual concerns and where he placed the emphasis in his teaching and preaching. The writer notes that Simeon's life and experience provide enduring principles relevant to the church at all times. The text is compelling, showing examples of Simeon's concern for others in his own country and farther afield, with some work still bearing his marks and observing his guiding principles today.
This is a full and well researched biography of Charles Simeon, confronting the initial opposition to their gospel preaching as well as his later connections with concerns outside his own parish. I enjoyed this book greatly and welcomed the inclusion of one of Simeon's sermon on 1 Corinthians 2:2 - a revealing insight into the clarity of the great man's thoughts .


Adventures of Peter and Leisel Book 2: A Lesson in Obedience
Adventures of Peter and Leisel Book 2: A Lesson in Obedience
by Aaron Friedrick
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excllent adventure, November 8, 2011
This is a truly wonderfully presented book and well written moral story whose theme is `obedience'. Centred on brother and sister Peter and Leisel and some animal characters, it is clever and enchanting in drawing the reader into a tense story.
What is refreshing about this book is the way it divides into four chapters, each tailed with a point for reflection and is completed with a biblical story on the same theme. Brief as the book is, at 25 pages, the text remains so precise and compelling and the illustrations (also by the author) absolutely brilliant in bringing out the story and pointing out features to younger readers.
This would be a great gift because it is so rich in detail and a well told story. I would highly recommend it for being such a fun book to pick up and invite its reading.


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