• Week in Reviews - September 6th

Read-Worthy Reviews – Summer Wrap-up

Summertime is nearing its end and fall is on the horizon. Hopefully you have had an opportunity to enjoy the sunshine and pause from the flurry of life for a bit this season. Many of our reviewers have taken time over the last few months to visit family cottages, go on camping adventures, and relax by the beach…with a good book in hand! Stay tuned for lots of reviews over the coming months as we receive their feedback on several recent releases. For this week, we have two books we want to highlight for you as a summer wrap-up; one that was offered to our Resourcing Leaders Program, and the other that was a Nuts About Books pick. These books have received rave reviews and we hope you’ll consider purchasing a copy for some cozy reading this fall!

Summer Wrap-up - Essential Worship

Essential Worship (Greg Scheer)

A clear and concise introduction to worship and worship leading

Essential Worship is an easy-to-read primer on the basics of worship theology and practice that is perfect for pastors and worship leaders of all levels of experience. Each concept is introduced and unpacked with useful diagrams, charts, and lists, plus preparation and reflection questions to help you apply the material to your unique church context.

Whether you’re beginning a new service or hoping to deepen existing worship, this indispensable resource is your solid foundation for future success.


“This book basically follows a three-pronged approach. It begins with principles about worship and sets the foundations of worship. It explores the past in which we learn from tradition, history, and the lessons learned. Finally, it looks at the practices that we often use and to consider other aspects that can enrich our worship…I like how Scheer is theologically sensitive to the Word and also technologically aware about the world we live in. He has given us a fantastic resource to help us think through or to refresh our thinking with regard to how we design, plan, and implement our worship services…I deeply appreciate Scheer’s take on the need to be sensible when choosing songs, not to be distracted by the contemporary/traditional divide; or the new vs old paradigm; but to keep our priorities straight…I recommend this book highly. As a primer for worship leaders, this book is godsend. Rating: 5 stars of 5.” – Dr. Conrade Yap (Panorama of a Book Saint)

Summer Wrap-up - Friends, Partners and Lovers

Friends, Partners & Lovers (Kevin A. Thompson)

Great marriages don’t just happen–they’re made, intentionally, day by day.

The number one cause of divorce isn’t adultery or finances or disagreements. It’s apathy–a lack of intentional emotional, physical, and mental investment in the relationship. It’s forgetting that as a husband or wife you have three distinct roles: friend, partner, and lover.

With engaging stories and clear, simple language, pastor Kevin A. Thompson shows how to live out those roles. Using solid biblical principles, he helps you and your spouse grow your friendship, be supportive partners through the good times and the bad, and develop a healthy and satisfying sex life.

Whether you are starry-eyed in love or struggling to make it work, this book will show you how to keep your marriage healthy, strong, and fulfilling.


“Young married couples, old(er) married couples, couples anticipating marriage – “Friends, Partners, & Lovers” offers up some fantastic guidance that will surely bless your marriage! I greatly appreciate the straight-forward manner that Thompson writes in, offering a very practical book that is easy to read from start to finish…The questions at the end of each chapter of this book are excellent, and will help couples create space to talk about some difficult issues. All in all, “Friends, Partners & Lovers” is a well-crafted, practical book that has earned a permanent place on my shelf. This book is perfect for couples at all stages of their marital journey, and I award it 4.5 out of 5 stars.” – Christian Fiction Addiction

“As I sat on the beach reading this volume, I wondered a little if others were noticing and wondering why I was reading a book on marriage. Then I shrugged mentally – after all, why shouldn’t someone who has a good marriage read such a volume?…Kevin A. Thompson brings more perspective than I could to this topic: over the years he has married hundreds of men and women…This book is born out of his experience…Thompson wants us all to realize that marriages don’t have to become stagnant, that husband and wife can make their relationship vibrant through daily choices to be friends, partners and lovers…Thompson is readable, practical and not preachy…you don’t need to be a person of faith to get a lot out of this book.” – Lorne Anderson

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