Books & Studies

The Word of God, as it is delivered to us in the thousand-plus pages of the Bible, can be challenging. Daunting, even. How do you glean everything that this all-important book has to offer? Where do you start?

Books by Words of Hope

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William C. Brownson

The Life of a Christian

Imagine writing a letter to a loved one that would most likely be the last words they would ever receive from you. What would you say? Dr. Henry Bast explores these final words of Peter in The Life of a Christian.

“In this letter Peter looks not only at the circumstances, problems, difficulties and temptations the Christians faced in the first century; he looks beyond these to the second coming of Jesus Christ and the end time.” While reading this book you may find that Peter’s message rings strangely true even today.

Books
Rev. David Bast

Objections to Christianity

Is Jesus the only way of salvation? Can modern, educated people still believe in God? Has the Bible been discredited by science?

Books
William C. Brownson

The Heart of the Christian Faith

With the thoroughness of a scholar and the tenderness of a father, Dr. Bill Brownson leads readers through the first eight chapters of the book of Romans verse by verse. A true celebration of the text, this joyful exploration of Paul’s letter will nurture your faith, answer your questions, and help you apply the truths of Scripture into your daily life experiences. The Heart of the Christian Faith guides readers through the basic truths of Christianity, as summarized in the first chapters of Romans, and straight to the heart of Christ.

Books
William C. Brownson

Applied Christianity: Studies in James

The New Testament letter of James is passionately practical. It breathes down-to-earth intensity. The author yearns to see the realities of the gospel translated into daily life. He has no patience with speculative theology or pious pretense. His cry is: “Let the faith be lived!”

Black and white framed photo of boys Billy and Dave
Books
William C. Brownson

Billy & Dave

This is a story about two sons, Billy and Dave, and the family of which they were a part. It is also a story of loss—the different kinds of losses that Billy and Dave each experienced and the things their family lost as a result. In the early 1950s Bill and Helen Brownson were the parents of a young and growing brood. Deeply devoted to one another and to the Lord, committed to serving him in ministry, the Brownsons were the very picture of a happy, active Christian family.

Books
Helen Hofman

Light from Tzeltal Lamps

Fifty years ago the Tzeltal Indians of southern Mexico heard the gospel. With grateful enthusiasm they shared the good news of salvation with their people and surrounding tribes. Today 60,000 Tzeltals, over 1/4 of the tribal population, are passionate believers.

Books
Rev. David Bast

Christ in the Psalms (9 Studies)

David Bast follows the trail of Christ in the Psalms. The result is a series of 9 Bible studies that focus not only on what various psalms prophesy concerning Christ, but also the New Testament passages that quote and interpret those texts. When read through the lens of the New Testament, we see Christ depicted in the Psalms in all his various roles – Saviour and Priest, King and Lord. The nine studies in this new book, suitable for either group of individual use, will both deepen your understanding of the person and work of Christ and quicken your devotion to him.

Books
William C. Brownson

Courage to Pray

Real praying isn’t easy; sometimes it can be difficult. But God wants us to pray. Prayer is also God’s gift. He provides everything we need and then calls us to respond. Well, then, how do we capture excitement about prayer when we’ve lost the heart to pray? Dr. Brownson doesn’t intend this book to be merely a call to prayer. Rather, his purpose is to inspire courage to pray, to leave us saying “I think I can do that. I can learn to pray.”

Books
William C. Brownson

Life in the Light of the Gospel

When Paul wrote to the Corinthians that he had decided to “know nothing” among them “except Jesus Christ and him crucified,” he was not claiming for himself a narrow, limited message. The apostle obviously addressed a number of doctrinal issues, ethical concerns and church problems. But he approached every one of those in a particular way – in the light of the gospel, in the light of Christ crucified and risen for us. He brought to bear upon every issue he met, the mighty realities of the Gospel. Christ was always at the center.

Books
William C. Brownson

Pilgrimage in Prayer

The story of how one man learned to practice prayer as the secret to intimacy with God and effectiveness in service.

Books
William C. Brownson

A Guided Life, Touched By Grace

Real praying isn’t easy; sometimes it can be difficult. But God wants us to pray. Prayer is also God’s gift. He provides everything we need and then calls us to respond. Well, then, how do we capture excitement about prayer when we’ve lost the heart to pray? Dr. Brownson doesn’t intend this book to be merely a call to prayer. Rather, his purpose is to inspire courage to pray, to leave us saying “I think I can do that. I can learn to pray.”

Books
Rev. David Bast

What Love is Like

Love is not a feeling, it is a way of behaving.
This is the thesis of one of the most familiar and popular chapters in the Bible: 1 Corinthians 13, the love chapter. Paul, the writer of this famous love song, says the most important thing to know about love is what it does. These ten studies try to explain in simple terms each of the love actions, attitudes that characterize the deepest kind of love.

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