Category Archives: Book Spotlight

I’m Not Buying It Until I See More (re: Husbands by Design book)

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Some books just grab you and not much is needed to convince you to buy them. Sometimes it is due to a creative title that catches your attention. Other times it is due simply to the relevance of the subject matter to your life and/or to those whom you know. And then there is name recognition. You are familiar with an author and his or her body of work, and this, in turn, encourages you to secure a copy.

But here is the thing about me: even if one or any combination of those points exists with a particular book, on most occasions I still would like the opportunity to at least view the Table of Contents before I commit to buying it. I need to see a little bit more before I scoop it up.

So, for those kindred spirits out there who operate the same way as I do when deciding on whether or not to buy a book, here is the Table of Contents (chapter titles only) of my new book, Husbands by Design: A Biblical Blueprint of Godly Husbands:

Chapter 1 – Don’t Be A Jerk! Be Like Jesus to Her

Chapter 2 – Understanding Submission

Chapter 3 – Let’s Talk: Communicating With Your Wife

Chapter 4 – A Charge to Keep I Have

Chapter 5 – Where’s Romeo?

Chapter 6 – Faithful unto Death

Chapter 7 – Living in a Difficult Marriage

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Was this helpful? Great! Order your copy of Husbands by Design today. 🙂

P.S. – Men, I pray God uses this book to help you in your marriage, so that day-by-day it reflects more clearly the relationship between Christ and the church (Ephesians 5:32), for the joy and good of you and your wife and the glory of God.

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Official Book Release of “Husbands by Design”

Have you ever had the Lord Jesus change your direction? You were headed down one path and then the Lord somehow redirects you to another. That is, in essence, how my new book, Husbands by Design came to be.

Around year and a half after my first book (Beyond the Dream: Transitioning from a Dream to Its Fulfillment in Your Life) was released in 2012, I began working on my next project, which I thought was going to be – what I call – a pastoral commentary on the book of Titus. But every time I sat down in front of my computer to write I would experience writer’s block. I thought to myself: Ed, don’t panic. This happens to almost every author at some point in time. Just pray and press your way through. The Lord will answer your prayers, and everything will begin to flow.

But it didn’t.

After spending some more time in prayer and thought, it became clear to me, through the circumstantial and internal leading of God the Holy Spirit, that my focus needed to shift to the subject of marriage with particular emphasis on Christian husbands (and husbands-to-be).

As I obeyed, the writer’s block went away, and it felt great. The Lord Jesus is good!

So, here we are; a little over two years since that time. Today I am grateful and excited to announce the official release of my new book: Husbands by Design: A Biblical Blueprint of Godly Husbands

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The book is currently available for purchase in both print and ebook formats on Amazon.com. Click here to get your copy today! And after you read it, please don’t forget to log back on to Amazon and leave a review. Thanks!

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For preaching/speaking engagements and/or book signings, please contact me at ejohnson_3@yahoo.com. I would love to discuss with you how I might be of service to your church or ministry group.

For those interested in getting your book published in a quality and efficient manner, I would highly recommend my publisher, Lucid Books, a Christian-based publishing company in Houston, TX.

“Husbands by Design” Book Endorsements

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When you write a book, one that you’ve prayed fervently over and worked tirelessly on, it is such a joy-filled moment (and a relief) to finally hold the first printed copy in your hands. But what is equally satisfying and humbling is to have people you love and respect give their endorsement of your work.

So, in anticipation of the upcoming official release of my new book this week, I want to share with you what others have so graciously said about Husbands by Design: A Biblical Blueprint of Godly Husbands (published by Lucid Books). First up, Dr. Karry D. Wesley, Senior Pastor of Antioch Fellowship Missionary Baptist (Dallas, TX):

Pastor Ed Johnson III does a remarkable job dealing with the God-given role of the husband in the institution of marriage. This book is a must-read for all married men as well as those planning to become husbands in the future.

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For more information about Dr. Wesley, his published works, and the Antioch Church (where I serve full-time as one of the Associate Pastors), click here.

Beyond the Dream – Republished!

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I never thought I would see the day, but in February 2012 it happened; a God-given dream of mine came to pass. I published and released my debut book, “Beyond the Dream: Transitioning from a Dream to its Fulfillment in Your Life.” Here is a brief synopsis:

Has God given you a dream? Has He not yet fulfilled it? Do you wonder what to do in the meantime? If you are one of thousands of Christians who can answer yes to those questions, Beyond the Dream was written for you. Discovering the dream that God has for you is an amazing experience, but when He doesn’t bring that dream to fruition in the way you want it to – or as quickly as you want it to – despair, disillusionment, or desperation can set in. But God’s Word gives the encouragement you need to make it through this season in your life.

Beyond the Dream is a down-to-earth, Old Testament character study of Joseph – a man who had big dreams but had to endure hardships, and experienced some twists and turns in the road before God brought those dreams to fruition. Ed Johnson III draws out four simple lesson from the life of Joseph to help you see what God desires of you in the time of transition from dream to reality.

Although the process of writing and publishing was, at times, painstaking and laborious, the end result was well worth it. “So, if you published this in 2012, why are you posting about it again?” Great question. Without delving into all the details, my book has recently been republished and released again. My experience with the former publishing company (Winepress Publishing) was pleasurable. They did a good job on my project and were very professional. But due to some unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances on their end, our publishing relationship came to an end earlier this year.

But in all of that I see the providential hand of God at work because now I am with another great Christian self-publishing company that is under the umbrella of an outstanding and reputable traditional publishing organization. I am grateful to announce that I have joined the Westbow Press (A Division of Thomas Nelson and Zondervan) family! As I type this post, my author copy is sitting on the desk next to me. Although the cover and content are virtually the same as before (with some minor tweaks, along with the obvious publishing company notation and logo changes), their editing and formatting work on my book is exceptional, making it more clean and crisp.

If you are looking to self-publish, click here for more information about Westbow Press.

If you haven’t done so already, I would love for you to have a copy or copies of my book in your hands. The book is available for purchase in both softcover and e-book format at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and Westbow’s online bookstore (which has a Google Preview of the Contents, Foreword, and Acknowledgments pages). Though my book has been read by and benefits adults of all ages, I have found that it is especially relevant to high school and college students, and working young adults. Thanks for your support.

P.S. – I am currently writing my second book. Please be in prayer with and for me that I may complete this project by year’s end.

Book Spotlight – Experiencing the Truth: Bringing the Reformation to the African-American Church

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C0-Author and Editor: Anthony J. Carter (with contributions from Kenneth Jones and Michael Leach)

Vocation: Lead Pastor of East Point Church in East Point, GA.

Church Website: http://www.epointchurch.org

Anthony is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL, and Point University of East Point, GA. He is author of several books including “On Being Black and Reformed”; and “What is the Gospel: Life’s Most Important Question”; and “Glory Road: The Journeys of Ten African Americans into Reformed Christianity.”

Back Cover Endorsement:

“Provides a biblical diagnosis and prescription for what ails the African-American church and much of the larger church world as well. From theology to preaching to worship and Christian spirituality, these veterans of the church and pulpit apply the scalpel of truth to every major area of church life.” (Thabiti Anyabwile, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman.)

Book Spotlight: What He Must Be…If He Wants to Marry My Daughter

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Author: Voddie Baucham, Jr.

Vocation: Preaching Pastor of Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, TX

Church Website: http://www.gracefamilybaptist.net

I unfortunately have not had the privilege of personally meeting Pastor Baucham, but I have been following him via the internet for a few years now. I have been encouraged and strengthened by his sermons, teachings, articles, and interviews on sites like The Gospel Coalition.

Back Cover Description:

What will you say…when that certain young man sits down in your living room, sweaty-palmed and tongue-tied, and asks permission to marry your daughter? What criteria should he meet before the two of them join together for life? Fortunately, God has given us a clear picture of the role of the husband/father in the home, and in What He Must Be…If He Wants to Marry My Daughter Voddie Baucham breaks this picture down into ten desirable qualities. Not only should parents of young women seek these qualities in a son-in-law, but parents of young men should strive to cultivate these qualities in their sons. Baucham, one of the architects of the Family Integrated Church movement, follows up on his popular book Family Driven Faith with this compelling, down-to-earth apologetic of biblical manhood.

Book Spotlight: A Definition And Critique of Postmodernism

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Author: Bruce A. Proctor

Vocation: Minister of Education at True Vine Baptist Church in San Antonio, TX

Church Website: http://www.truevinesa.org

I met Dr. Bruce A. Proctor through a mutual friend of ours. He is a committed disciple of Jesus, husband, father, and minister. I am grateful to know that he has put pen to paper to bring to bear the Gospel and other biblical truths on this issue of postmodernism.

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Postmodernism is difficult to define because it rejects absolute meaning. However, I found it worth trying to define it by looking at other authors’ attempts to define it. It was easier for me to describe than to define it. Much discussion is also given to the definition of the emergent church movement, including its fundamental tenets and marks, along with signs of drifting toward it. Next, the idea of postmodernism is weaved into the description of condemned mankind according to Romans 1:18-32. The description given is clearly relevant to the postmodern mindset as “men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness” (verse 18). In my conclusion, I discuss the power of truth and the loss of truth due primarily to a loss of focus. However, in the Person of Jesus Christ, Truth arose from the dead and marches on victoriously despite the postmodern spirits of delusions.

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The book is available here on Amazon.

Book Spotlight: It Happens After Prayer

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Author: H.B. Charles, Jr.

Vocation: Senior Pastor of the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida

Church Website: http://www.smbcjax.com

I came to know of H.B. Charles, Jr. a little over 5 years ago when he came to preach during a minister’s institute that my church was hosting here in Dallas, TX. We would later connect via Twitter and at the Kingdom Agenda Pastors Summit (facilitated by Dr. Tony Evans). I have since been following his ministry there at Shiloh and online through his blog: http://www.hbcharlesjr.com. For the past two years, Pastor Charles has been the guest preacher at our Spring Revival. Our church has been richly blessed by his faithfulness to biblical expository preaching.  If there is anything that H.B. is passionate about (in addition to Jesus, his family, and the Shiloh Church), it is preaching! He writes about it, reads about it, and teaches on it. He bleeds preaching! I have been encouraged and inspired by his passion and commitment to rightly dividing the Word of God.

Back Cover Description:

Life’s inevitable difficulties and disappointments can discourage us from praying, but our response should be to pray anyway and keep praying. Whatever our want or need, God invites us to come to Him with confidence, believing that He is able to answer – and He will answer.

We can pray for:

  • Forgiveness like David
  • Wisdom like Solomon
  • Healing like Hezekiah
  • A child like Hannah
  • Deliverance like Jonah
  • Mercy like the ten lepers
  • Salvation like the thief on the cross

But are you convinced that prayer works? Even when you don’t get the answers you want? In It Happens After Prayer, Pastor H.B. Charles, Jr. motivates and encourages us to respond to the challenges of life with prayer, to pray without ceasing, and to pray with great expectations.

Are you ready for a new level of earnest, passionate, God-sized prayers? Don’t let another day go by without praying and seeking the face of God, because it happens after prayer.

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This book is one that I have prioritized on my reading list. I purchased my copy on Amazon, but I am sure it is also available for order wherever Christian books are sold. Be sure to get yours today.

Book Spotlight – Manhood Restored: How The Gospel Makes Men Whole

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Author: Eric Mason

Vocation: Founder and Lead Pastor of Epiphany Fellowship Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Church Website: http://www.epiphanyfellowship.org

I was first introduced to Eric online via the Acts 29 Network. What intrigued me about him was his unwavering commitment to the Bible and his passion to see the Gospel of Jesus impact urban communities (and beyond) – with an intentional focus on reaching men but not to the exclusion of women – in the power of the Holy Spirit through the agency of the local church. I have since followed his life and ministry from afar, and was honored to meet him in person at the Kingdom Agenda Pastors Summit (led by Dr. Tony Evans, Senior Pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church in Dallas, TX) a year ago.

Back Cover Book Description:

The earthly crisis within manhood will remain until Jesus returns, but in Christ a man is pointed toward the gospel as the vision for renewal. Manhood Restored by exciting new pastoral voice Eric Mason combines theological depth with practical insights, putting men in step with a gospel-centered manhood that will enrich every facet of their lives.

The Scope of Manhood

Mason begins by looking first at why God created man, at the differences between man and woman, and what should drive the purpose of a man during his time on earth.

The Problems in Manhood

Mason analyzes the false icons that lead to cultural caricatures of men – the businessman, the thug, the playboy, the athlete, etc. – then makes a connection to the cross-cultural fatherhood crisis by looking at what men do to fill the void when their relationship with Dad or God is not there.

The Redemption of Manhood

Mason sets Jesus as the true standard of biblical manhood, looking to His perfect example to redeem and restore a man’s life in the areas of sexuality, home, and work.

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I have already selected and ordered this book – along with its supplemental resources: study guide, video teaching, and leader kit – available for purchase at here – as the curriculum that we will use during the new ministry program year (fall 2013) of our Men’s ministry here at my church.

Make this book a part of your library, ministry, or church. I am certain it will be a tremendous blessing.

Book Spotlight (New Blog Category)

From presidents to doctors to inventors to bus drivers, African Americans have made significant contributions to American society at large. This is no less true when it comes to the Christian evangelical world, all of which is by God’s grace and gifting.  Our songs have been adopted and adapted. Our sermons and services (worship and also outreach) are lauded as being Christ-centered, biblically-solid, holistic, creative, rich and jubilant. The list could go on and on.

But what I am most excited about is our (specifically Black Pastors and Theologians) contribution to Christian literature, particularly in the categories of Theology, Biblical Studies, and Christian Living.  African American believers have been writing such works for decades; persons like Dr. Tony Evans, Dr. Cleophus J. LaRue, Thabiti Anyabwile, and my Pastor, Dr. Karry D. Wesley, to just name a few. So this is not a new phenomenon.  However, it is the new crop of Black evangelical authors, of which I am grateful to be a part, who are publishing Christ/Gospel-centered, biblically-faithful books that encourages my soul, and I want to do my part in promoting them.

So with that, I am introducing a new category here on my blog entitled “Book Spotlight.” This will not be posts reviewing books in their entirety and marking out strengths and weaknesses, but rather, as the title suggests, simply highlighting them with the hope that you will support by purchasing a copy or copies.

It is my sincere prayer that this feature will direct you to books that after reading them will produce spiritual fruit in your life (or in the lives of others) to the glory of God in Christ.

The Witness

A Black Christian Collective

Trillia Newbell

Living, Leading, & Loving Like Jesus

Cam Triggs

For God's Glory

Henry Ballard, Jr.

Living, Leading, & Loving Like Jesus

D. A. Horton

Living, Leading, & Loving Like Jesus

Stephen G. Brown

Be encouraged by the preaching + teaching + writing of Stephen G. Brown

Living, Leading, & Loving Like Jesus

THE WIRE

by Pastor Robert Earl Houston

Desiring God

Living, Leading, & Loving Like Jesus

Ligonier Ministries Blog

Living, Leading, & Loving Like Jesus

Vertical Church

Just another WordPress.com site

Tim Challies

Informing the Reforming

H.B. Charles Jr.

Living, Leading, & Loving Like Jesus

Kraig Lowell Pullam

My thoughts. My reflections. My journey.... On pastoring, preaching, leading & learning.