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Encouragement: Adrenaline for the Soul

By Mark Chanski
August 2020 | Review by Jonathan Jeffreys
  • Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books
  • ISBN: :978-1-60178-662-3
  • Pages: 176
  • Price: £14.99
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In this book, Mark Chanski helpfully guides us through the practical and down-to-earth ways in which Christians can encourage one another.

Direct expressions of encouragement, as well as some more subtle ways to encourage one another, are clearly explained. Chanski then moves to the implications for marriage, reminding us that husbands and wives are to encourage and support one another. He brings the church into the picture too, urging us to spur each other on. Finally, he expands the scenarios to the workplace and social media.

The whole book is very readable, and the chapters are in small bite sized chunks, easily manageable with a busy schedule. There are many life examples, illustrations, and historical references mentioned.

The content is sound and biblical, regularly interspersed with passages of Scripture to clarify and back up what is being said. The ‘son of encouragement’ — Barnabas — and Philemon, the refresher of the saints, are shown as two great biblical examples. Finding the good in people is part of giving encouragement, and this is clearly shown in the Lord Jesus, the greatest encourager of all.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it’s well worth getting a copy and digging in to explore the gems within its pages. We all need to be spurred on to excellence in this area! ‘Therefore, encourage one another with these words’ (1 Thessalonians 4:18, ESV).

Jonathan Jeffreys


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