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What’s The Smoke For?

What’s The Smoke for?
By Johan van Parys
Liturgical Press
Retail Price $16.95
Amazon Price: $15.26

Book Description: 

What are Vespers? Where have the consecration bells gone? Why do some liturgical ministers vest and others don’t? Blinking sneakers on altar servers, Christmas trees in January . . . what is that all about? These are some of the candid questions that Catholics and others often wonder about the liturgy. In What’s the Smoke For? expert liturgist Johan van Parys offers helpful and engaging answers. Based on church teaching and rooted in sound theology, Johan’s responses invite inquiring minds to continue to think about what is happening in the church and to be engaged in learning more about liturgy and the arts.

Review

 

This fresh work explains the liturgy in all its aspects for the common man and while it is written by a respected liturgics scholar, it is done so in plain language making it easy to read and understand. The author answers many questions that many are thinking, but afraid to ask.  I would recommend this to anyone who would like to understand what the liturgy is, how it functions, and why churches in the prayer book tradition hold so firmly to it.

~Reviewed by Janice S.

 

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    The Biblical Counseling Reference guide

     

    The Biblical Counseling Reference guide
    By June Hunt
    Harvest House
    Retail Price $13.99
    Amazon Price: $10.45

    Book Description: 

    The Bible provides God’s solutions for every problem or issue we face in life. But how can you find the most relevant biblical counsel when you need help from God’s Word?That’s where The Biblical Counseling Concordance comes in. This comprehensive resource, developed by longtime Christian counselor June Hunt, will enable you to find the right Bible verses in response to hundreds of practical, everyday issues.Here in one volume, covering 600-plus topics, is quick access to God’s perfect wisdom for all of life. Every teacher and student, counselor and coach, fellow believer and caring helper will find within these pages a treasure trove of biblical counsel for every issue people face, including…

    anger conflict resolution
    depression forgiveness
    grief homosexuality
    loneliness marital struggles
    overeating stress
    temptation victimization

    Review

     

    This book is a must if you’re a Christian and have a heart to help people, especially if you are involved in some type of counseling ministry, helping people during their struggles.  This will take your ability to help people to another level. Along with a sound base of the Bible and some wisdom and experiences of life, this has been a “excellent” addition to my library.

    ~Reviewed by Daivd H.

     

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