Books by Us

it-matters-whom-you-marry Your Future ‘Other Half’: It Matters Whom You Marry. Christian Focus Publications, 2014.
“Will your husband’s interactions with your body, mind and soul tend towards health, sanctifying you? The will of God is your sanctification (I Thess. 4:3); you must marry someone who makes you want to be more like Jesus and who can help you become more like Jesus. Your marriage matters not only to you, not only to your family, not only to the church, but also to the world. A married couple’s relationship will either be a living picture of Christ and the church, or it will be a living lie about Christ and the Church. Even Paul described this as a profound mystery (Eph. 5:32). Will your marriage be one that shines gospel love into the world, or one that adds to the darkness? Let’s think about that.” Available at Christian Focus in 2014.

Endorsements & Reviews:

“Finally, a book for the woman wondering if she has found the right man for a life-long commitment… This book is a must read for any woman thinking about marriage, in a marriage now, or helping others towards a life-long biblical romance that echoes the love of Christ for His Bride and her joyous “Yes!” to Him. Buy it! Read it! Use it! I know I will.” – Jani Ortlund

“If you are a single woman, this may be the most important book you read this year… Heed the warnings in this book, be fortified by its encouragements, and give an ear to its sound biblical advice. As a pastor in a university church, I would place this book in the hands of every single young woman I could. And as a father, this is a book that I will ask my daughter to prayerfully read from cover to cover.” – Jason Helopoulos

uprootedUprooted: A Guide for Homesick Christians. Christian Focus Publications, 2012.
In today’s world, we relocate for many reasons, and even multiple times over the years. While this is often adventurous and exciting, we’re all vulnerable to a host of human feelings in the midst of the new and unfamiliar. And homesickness sets in. From the well of her own life experiences, Rebecca VanDoodewaard offers practical guidance for those going through these life-changing experiences. Rebecca learnt that these times were often a catalyst for spiritual growth and reminded her of spiritual realities. It was an opportunity to meet new people, help others, practice hospitality and embrace new cultures. Special sections address the unique needs of children, single adults and pastors’ families affected by moving and also how you can help someone experiencing homesickness. Available at Christian Focus Publications and

Endorsements & Reviews:
“What a helpful book Rebecca VanDoodewaard has written for those of us living in foreign lands and also those who move in-country to a new town or are students living away from home. Her advice is practical, centered on Christ and biblically sound with examples from her own experience and great saints of old beautifully weaved throughout the book. This book will encourage women in all stages of life to, not only survive a move, but to thrive in a new home.” – Keri Folmar

“Students, missionaries, pastors and pastor’s wives, transferred employees, and mothers a long way from grandmothers many of us experience homesickness. Rebecca VanDoodewaard has written a book full of sympathy and wisdom for them all. She has both felt homesick and helped others feeling it in university and seminary settings. Her book guides us through the pitfalls and opportunities of leaving behind the precious and familiar. Above all, it gently reminds Christians that on earth they are always pilgrims on their way to a heavenly home, the only true paradise.” – Joel Beeke


The Marrow Controversy and Seceder Tradition. Reformation Heritage Books, 2011.
After the Reformation, the Marrow Controversy of the eighteenth century is noted as one of the most significant and defining events in the Scottish church. However, until now, there has not been a serious analysis of the theology of the Marrow Men as it relates to churches in Scotland during the aftermath of the controversy. In this important study, William VanDoodewaard identifies characteristic understandings of Marrow theology on the atonement, saving faith, and the free offer of the gospel and traces them out in the theology of the Seceder tradition. In doing so, he presents substantial evidence for the continuity of Marrow theology in the Associate Presbytery and Associate Synod in Scotland during the eighteenth century. He ably demonstrates that while Marrow theology was not the primary cause of the Secession churches, the Seceders were aware of the significance of Marrow theology and consciously made it an integral part of their churches.  Available at Reformation Heritage Books and Westminster Bookstore.

Endorsements & Reviews:

“The heart of VanDoodewaard’s argument—the substitutionary atonement, saving faith, and the free offer of the gospel—[is] not of merely historical interest, but of perennial necessity for the truth of the gospel and the vitality of the Christian church.” – Philip G. Ryken, President, Wheaton College.

“I warmly welcome The Marrow Controversy and Seceder Tradition, a fine piece of academic research… even-handed and judicious…” – Sinclair Ferguson, Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC.

“VanDoodewaard’s scholarly, yet engagingly written book will not only inform the church of a significant episode in its historical development, it will stir hearts and minds to rejoice afresh in the free grace of God in Jesus Christ to a world dead in trespasses and sins.” – Ian Hamilton, Cambridge Presbyterian Church, Cambridge, England.

“The Marrow Controversy and Seceder Tradition …[is] historical theology on steroids.” – Nick Batzig, Feeding on Christ.

“Balanced, judicious, scholarly… relevant… sweet Dutch last name too.” – Kevin DeYoung, DeYoung, Restless and Reformed.

how-prayer-impacts-livesHow Prayer Impacts Lives: 41 Christians and Their Conversations with God. Christian Focus, 2013.
“Prayer has impacted my life more than I know. God has used prayer so pivotally to change me that I can only see part of it right now. But even the part that I can see is substantial.” – from Rebecca VanDoodewaard’s chapter.

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“When God hungers for some special satisfaction, he seeks out a prayer to answer. Our prayer is the sweet aroma from the kitchen ascending up into the King’s chambers making him hungry for the meal.” – John Piper

The Beauty and Glory of Christ. Reformation Heritage Books, 2011.

Enjoy the spiritual feast served in The Beauty and Glory of Christ, a compilation of the addresses given at the Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary’s annual conference in August 2010 at Grand Rapids, Michigan. Each essay sets before readers the unsearchable riches of the Lord Jesus Christ, the hope of our glory and the glory of our hope. Topics include Christ’s beauty prophesied and typified in Isaiah and Song of Solomon; Christ’s glory in His incarnation, earthly ministry, and death on the cross; Christ in historical theology and everyday life; and Christ’s glorious exaltation in His resurrection and in His triumph in the book of Revelation. Contributors include David Murray, Iain Campbell, Richard Phillips, Gerald Bilkes, David Carmichael, Albert Martin, Joel Beeke, William VanDoodewaard, Ray Pennings, and James Grier.  Available at Reformation Heritage Books.

Endorsements & Reviews:

“Can there be a more delightful theme than this? …To know Christ as He was and is, to grow in affection for Him, to appropriate Him in His offices as teacher, Lamb of God, and protecting Shepherd of His people — this is the essence of Christian living…” –Geoff Thomas, Minister, Alfred Place Baptist Church, Aberystwyth, Wales.

The Marrow of Modern Divinity. Christian Focus Publications, 2009.

An intriguing book, quite unlike any other The Marrow of Modern Divinity defies pigeonholing. It was written in the 1600s by an author of whom we know little, yet it proved to be a critically important and controversial theological text. Penned as dialogue between a minister(Evangelista), a young Christian(Neophytus), a legalist(Nomista) who believes Christianity is a set of rules to be obeyed and Antinomista who thinks it’s okay to sin because God will forgive him anyway, it makes for a wonderfully insightful book that remains tremendously relevant for our world today. This newly laid out and eagerly awaited edition includes explanatory notes by the famous Scottish Presbyterian Thomas Boston, an introduction by Philip Ryken and an historical introduction by William VanDoodewaard. Available from Christian Focus Publications and Westminster Bookstore.

Endorsements & Reviews:

“Anyone who comes to grips with the issues raised in The Marrow of Modern Divinity will almost certainly grow by leaps and bounds in understanding three things: the grace of God, the Christian life, and the very nature of the gospel itself. I personally owe it a huge debt. Despite their mild-mannered appearance, these pages contain a powerful piece of propaganda. Read them with great care!”
Sinclair B. Ferguson, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina.

“The Marrow of Modern Divinity is one of the most important theological texts of all time.” — Derek Thomas, Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi.