Resources from Ligonier | Winter 2009
A selection of new and popular resources for Christian growth.
w i n t e r 2 0 0 9 Resources from Ligonier t O O r d e r c A L L 1 - 8 0 0 - 4 3 5 - 4 3 4 3 ( 8 A M t O 8 P M e s t ) O r v i s i t w w w. L i g O n i e r . O r g John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, & Doxology Edited by Burk Parsons Celebrating Calvin’s 500th birthday In 2009, we celebrate the 500th birthday of John Calvin. It is only appropriate this year to reflect on the legacy of a man whose contributions to Christian thought and living were significant and whose life, work, and teachings are worthy to be remembered and studied — even in the twenty-first century. In The Expository Genius of John Calvin, Steven J. Lawson focuses on the little known power of Calvin’s preaching ministry in Geneva and encourages preachers to follow Calvin’s guidelines for expositing the Word of God. J ohn Calvin is often reviled as a humorless doctrinarian who preached an austere theology that twisted Scripture. In John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, & Doxology, Burk Parsons and a cadre of godly pastors and scholars seek to set the record straight in honor of the 500th observance of John Calvin’s birth in 1509. The book explores aspects of Calvin’s life, ministry, and teachings, and it establishes his importance even for the twenty-first-century church. Contributors, in addition to Parsons, include Sinclair B. Ferguson, Keith A. Mathison, Steven J. Lawson, John MacArthur, Richard D. Phillips, and Joel R. Beeke, among others. John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, & Doxology is a winsome portrait that dashes stereotypes about Calvin and the theological system that bears his name. Read the first chapter online. Burk Parsons serves as minister of congregational life at Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Florida, and is the editor of Tabletalk, the monthly Bible study magazine of Ligonier Ministries. He holds a degree in biblical studies from Trinity College and the M. Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary. the expository genius of John calvin b y S t e v e n J. L aw S o n EXP03BH Z HARDCOVER, 142 PAGES Z (REG. $15) $12 JOH08BH Z HardcOver, 246 pages Z (reg. $19) $15.20 the Christian Lover by Michael Haykin Haykin brings together letters from one or both parties in twelve significant relationships from church history. the correspondents include such notables as Martin Luther (writing to his wife Katie) and John Calvin (expressing to friends his grief over the death of his wife Idelette). Lesser-known writers include Helmuth von Moltke, who wrote to his wife as he faced execution at the hands of the nazis in 1945. the contents range from courtship communications to proposals of marriage to final words before dying, but most have to do with the events of everyday life. this book is a celebration of marriage, an intimate window into the thoughts of men and women in love with both God and one another. J ust in time for valentine’s Day. I n The Christian Lover: The Sweetness of Love and Marriage in the Letters of Believers, Dr. Michael a. G. A celebration of marriage, an intimate window into the thoughts of men and women in love with both god and one another. Michael A.G. Haykin is the director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies, located on the campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also professor of church history and biblical spirituality at SBTS and the editor of Eusebeia: The Bulletin of The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies. AVAILABLE JANUARY 15, 2009 CHR38BH Z HARDCOVER, 128 PAGES (REG. $15) $12 t O O r d e r c A L L 1 - 8 0 0 - 4 3 5 - 4 3 4 3 ( 8 A M t O 8 P M e s t ) O r v i s i t w w w. L i g O n i e r . O r g I n Living for God’s Glory: An Introduction to Calvinism, Dr. Joel R. beeke desires to introduce Calvinism to the serious inquirer and to solidify a healthy brand of Calvinism in the minds of people who already embrace it. Here is the story of Calvinism, from its earliest roots to its brightest expressions. Here, too, is an exploration of how Calvinism is lived out. Living for God’s Glory will confront false assumptions and challenge believers to embrace a comprehensive outlook on the Christian life. Joel R. Beeke is pastor of Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and a prolific author. LIV03BH Z HARDCOVER, 416 PAGES Z (REG. $24) $19.20 S ammy and His Shepherd is a delightful trip through Psalm 23 — from the point of view of a sheep named Sammy. Sammy lives happily under the care of his faithful shepherd. but one day he meets a sheep from another flock, one who lives in misery because her shepherd is not children will gain a deeper love and appreciation for the good shepherd, Jesus christ. so caring. eventually, to the delight of both of them, Sammy’s shepherd buys the needy little sheep for his flock and gives her a name — Precious. as they work through the book, children will gain a deeper appreciation for the one who is the subject of the psalm: the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. Captivating illustrations by Corey Godbey help Sammy and Precious come to life for children. bible passages, discussion questions, and activities reinforce the lessons of each chapter. Susan Hunt, the author of twelve books, including four other children’s titles, has a passion to teach women a biblical apologetic of womanhood and of women’s ministry in the church so that they can glorify God by fulfilling His design and mission. In addition to speaking to women all over the United States, she has spoken at women’s conferences in several countries and her books have been translated into several languages. Mrs. Hunt holds a degree in SAM02BH Z HARDCOVER, 56 PAGES Z (REG. $17) $13.60 Christian education from Columbia Theological Seminary. t O O r d e r c A L L 1 - 8 0 0 - 4 3 5 - 4 3 4 3 ( 8 A M t O 8 P M e s t ) O r v i s i t w w w. L i g O n i e r . O r g noted for his preaching and writing. but in this Long Line profile, Dr. Steven J. Lawson considers the unique focus and commitment with which edwards sought to live out the Christian faith. Lawson examines edwards’ life through the lens of the seventy resolutions he penned in his late teens, shortly after his conversion, which cover everything from glorifying God to repenting of sin to managing time. Drawing on edwards’ writings, as well as scholarly accounts of edwards’ life and thought, Lawson shows how edwards sought to live out these lofty goals he set for the management of his walk with Christ. In edwards’ example, Lawson finds helpful instruction for all believers. J onathan edwards is well known as perhaps the greatest theologian the United States has ever produced. He is equally the ultimate goal of this book is to challenge a new generation of believers to pursue holiness in their daily lives. Steven J. Lawson is the senior pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama, and serves on the ministerial board for Reformed Theological Seminary and the board of directors for The Master’s College and Seminary. UNW01BH Z HARDCOVER, 170 PAGES Z (REG. $16) $12.80 deep biblical truths to children on their own level. In this work, he focuses on the atonement to show that Jesus had to endure the curse of sin in order to redeem His people from spiritual death. when ella gets sick and has to take yucky medicine, she wonders why something that will help her get well has to taste so bad. She puts the question to Grandpa and he tells her the story of a great king and his subjects who enjoyed wonderful fellowship — until the people rebelled against the king and drank from a forbidden fountain. to their horror, they found that the beautiful water in the well made their hearts turn to stone. to reclaim his people, the king asks his son, the prince, to drink from a well of horrid poison. the poison will surely kill the prince — but he is willing to drink it to please his father and help his people. w ith The Prince’s Poison Cup, Dr. R. C. Sproul continues his series of books designed to present PRI05BH Z HDCVR, 35 PAGES Z (REG. $18) $14.40 PRI05BA Z AUDIOBOOk Z (REG. $10) $8 t O O r d e r c A L L 1 - 8 0 0 - 4 3 5 - 4 3 4 3 ( 8 A M t O 8 P M e s t ) O r v i s i t w w w. L i g O n i e r . O r g From R.C. Sproul the truth of the cross In this book, Dr. R.C. Sproul surveys the great work accomplished by Jesus Christ through His crucifixion — the redemption of God’s people. Opening the Scriptures, Dr. Sproul shows that God Himself provided salvation by sending Jesus Christ to die on the cross and that the cross was always God’s intended method by which to bring salvation. The Truth of the Cross is an uncompromising reminder that the atonement of Christ is an absolutely essential doctrine of the Christian faith, one that should be studied and understood by all believers. TRU07BH Z HARDCOVER, 178 PAGES Z (REG. $15) $12 Five things every christian needs to grow We need to maintain a diet of nutritious foods if our bodies are to grow and thrive. But what do the people of God need in order to grow and thrive in the Christian faith? In this book, Dr. Sproul identifies five of the crucial “nutrients” that promote spiritual growth: Bible study, prayer, worship, service, and stewardship. With biblical insight and practical wisdom, he teaches Christians how to maintain a balanced “diet” that will lead to growth and mature Christian living. FIV06BH Z HARDCOVER, 135 PAGES Z (REG. $15) $12 ‘Spread-the-word’ pricing the truth of the cross Books purchased at a discount are not for resale. O ff e r e x p i re s 2 / 2 8 / 2 0 0 9 . 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In Christ T his collection of articles is designed to help believers In Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching, an outstanding team of pastors and scholars shows that expositional preaching is not just one of many acceptable methodologies that the church may employ as the cultural landscape changes. Rather, the preaching of God’s Word is the biblically mandated method by which unbelievers are to be converted and churches built up in the faith. FEE01BH Z HARDCOVER, 156 PAGES Z (REG. $15) $12 Alone is packed full of scriptural truth that will spark and fan the flames of the believer’s love for the Savior who is so beautiful in His love and so faithful in His work on behalf of His people. INC01BH Z HarDCoVer, 256 Pages (reg. $18) $14.40 Sinclair Ferguson is senior minister of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C. A native of Scotland, he also teaches systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas, serves on the council of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, and is a trustee of the Banner of Truth Trust. He is also a popular conference speaker and author. t O O r d e r c A L L 1 - 8 0 0 - 4 3 5 - 4 3 4 3 ( 8 A M t O 8 P M e s t ) O r v i s i t w w w. L i g O n i e r . O r g Jesus the evangelist by RICHaRD D. PHILLIPS JES02BH Z HARDCOVER, 208 PAGES Z (REG. $19) $15.20 what’s so great About the doctrines of grace? by RICHaRD D. PHILLIPS WHA14BH Z HARDCOVER, 111 PAGES Z (REG. $15) $12 A Taste of Heaven by R.C. SpRoul tas01bh Z harDCoVer, 173 pages Z (reg. $15) $10.50 Do you share your faith often — or at all? All Christians are called to be evangelists. But many believers ask: What is an evangelist? How do I begin to talk to someone about Jesus? What must I say? This book offers answers about evangelism straight from the pages of Scripture. The book of John reveals Jesus crossing barriers to the gospel and ministering to people at their point of need. By focusing on these encounters, Jesus the Evangelist provides guidance, encouragement, and direction for those who struggle. In What’s So Great About the Doctrines of Grace?, Rev. Phillips explains the doctrines of grace through the exposition of Scripture and helps believers feel the power of these magnificent truths. He argues that these doctrines are wonderful in that they reveal the sovereign, mighty, and effectual grace of God, shaping Christians’ attitudes toward God, themselves, the present life, and the life to come. In A Taste of Heaven, Dr. sproul searches the scriptures, finding timeless principles from the worship practices of the old testament to guide worship today. god intends worship to be an unforgettable encounter between himself and his people — a joyous experience engaging the worshiper’s entire being. Read this book online for free. CHECk OUT THE REFORMATION TRUST ONLINE BOOkSHELF AT WWW.REFORMATIONTRUST.COM. Read the fiRst chapteR online Read the fiRst chapteR online the expository genius of John calvin b y S t e v e n J. L aw S o n EXP03BH Z HARDCOVER, 142 PAGES Z (REG. $15) the Lightlings by R.C. SPRoUL LIG04BH Z HARDCOVER, 40 PAGES Z (REG. $18) Foundations of grace b y S t e v e n J. L aw S o n $12 LIG04CI Z AUDIOBOOk Z (REG. $10) $14.40 $8 FOU04BH Z HARDCOVER, 577 PAGES Z (REG. $28) $22.40 Many people are familiar with John Calvin’s important contributions to systematic theology, but fewer people know of the power of his preaching ministry. In this new book, Dr. Steven J. Lawson looks at the life and preaching ministry of John Calvin and encourages preachers to follow Calvin’s guidelines for expositing the Word of God. Lawson’s work is a powerful reminder of the importance of expository preaching and a call to return to the proclamation of biblical truth from the pulpit in our day. In The Lightlings, Dr. R.C. Sproul weaves an allegorical tale that captures the essence of the biblical story of redemption in a manner that will fascinate and delight children. A race of tiny beings known as Lightlings are a picture of humanity as they pass through all the stages of the biblical drama — creation, fall, and redemption. In the end, children will understand why some people fear light more than darkness, but why they need never fear darkness again. The Lightlings is an excellent introduction to the key themes of Scripture. From Genesis to Revelation, more than forty authors over a period of fifteen hundred years wrote the transcendent truths of God’s sovereignty in man’s salvation. As a result, the Bible in its entirety teaches that God saves sinners — the Father choosing His elect, the Son redeeming these chosen ones, and the Spirit calling, regenerating, and preserving them throughout all the ages to come. Read the fiRst chapteR online Read the fiRst chapteR online enhance your bible Study and Daily Devotions t O O r d e r c A L L 1 - 8 0 0 - 4 3 5 - 4 3 4 3 ( 8 A M t O 8 P M e s t ) O r v i s i t w w w. L i g O n i e r . O r g Dust to Glory by R.C. SpRoul The Reformation Study Bible R .C . S p R o u l , EditoR A Method for Prayer by Matthew henry This overview series provides a panorama of biblical truth and a starting point to help you understand the content of the Bible. Dr. Sproul provides a survey of the important themes and characters of Scripture, tracing the progress of redemption from creation to consummation, and he demonstrates the unity of God’s Word as displayed in the diversity of the Bible. DUS01DC Z 8 DVDS Z (ReG. $142.50) $95 DUS01CC Z 19 CDS Z (ReG. $116) $92.80 DUS01U Z STUDy GUiDe Z Presented in the English Standard Version, this foundational resource, created by more than fifty scholars, features thousands of in-depth study notes, 96 theological articles, 19 in-text maps, 12 charts, a presentation page, color maps, and a daily Bible reading schedule. REF40S Z (ESV) HaRdcoVER Z (REg. $39.99) $27 REF41S Z (ESV) LEatHER Bk Z (REg. $69.99) $42 *MoRE VERSionS aRE aVaiLaBLE onLinE Puritan pastor Matthew Henry gives instructions for developing a more consistent and meaningful prayer life. Henry explains both public and private prayer and provides many sample prayers that can be used in order to help structure the believer’s conversations with the Lord. Dr. J. 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Featuring The Master’s Chorale from The Master’s College in southern California, this album contains a diverse repertoire of twelve songs including “The king of Love My Shepherd Is,” “Agnus Dei,” “Let All Mortal Flesh keep Silence,” “You Are the Light,” and several others. Dr. Sproul gives narration from the book of Revelation to accompany “The Visions of St. John” by John Ness Beck. LIG06CI Z 1 MUSIC CD Z (REG. $15) $12 Get a free download online. LISTEN TO SAMPLES AND GET A FREE DOWNLOAD VISIT STORE.LIGONIER.ORG. Hymn scenes Music cd b y L a R Ry H a L L w I t H t H e K I e v S y M P H o n y o R C H e S t R a Hymn Scenes is a vivid instrumental collection of cherished hymns. These grand and expressive settings are arranged by Larry Hall and performed by the kiev Symphony Orchestra. The drama and wonder of these familiar tunes is artfully displayed through the many colors of the orchestra. 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