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More About This Title Encouragement


In a crisis, the body’s burst of adrenaline can boost the average person’s physical abilities, so that a man is able to lift a car off a trapped bicyclist and a mother can fight off a polar bear threatening her son. Author Mark Chanski makes the case that encouragement is able to do emotionally and psychologically for the soul what adrenaline does for the body. While Christians are sometimes reluctant to offer encouragement, we must do so in order to love our neighbors as ourselves. Building on the foundation of the gospel as the ultimate encouragement from God, the author—using quotations, historical references, illustrations, and examples—sets forth the Christian’s obligation to offer encouragement and then shows us how we can be encouraging in our families, our churches, and the world in general.


MARK CHANSKI is a pastor of the Harbor Reformed Baptist Church of Holland, Michigan.


“Pastor Mark Chanski provides for us a resounding, irrefutable case for encouraging one another in the Lord Jesus Christ. I challenge you to read it and then go out to encourage others as Jesus and the biblical saints as well as great stalwarts in church history commonly did.”
JOEL R. BEEKE, president, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Chanski’s book dives deep into the topic of encouragement and shows us how and why God has designed us to thrive on this ‘adrenaline for the soul.’ Parents, friends, siblings, coworkers—everybody will find tremendous resources for their own hearts and their relationships in this book. You’ll see from Scripture and experience how the words we use to build each other up can impact both somebody’s day and even a lifetime.”
GLORIA FURMAN, author of Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full

“This book brings both relief and instruction. It immediately relieves the imbalance of negativity that so many of us carry around in our souls while also teaching us how to be ministers of joy and encouragement to one another in the body of Christ. These are good things. My dear friend has given us a much-needed breath of fresh air.”
GARY HENDRIX, pastor of Grace Reformed Baptist Church, Mebane, North Carolina

Are you discouraged? Read this book and let God’s love in Christ warm your heart with revitalizing truths. And as your soul experiences buoyancy again, remember to be an affirming companion to others—as this book so eloquently urges us.”
CONRAD MBEWE, pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church, Lusaka, Zambia

“At its core, this book is a challenge to imitate the grace and mercy that we ourselves have received from our Lord Jesus Christ.”
KATE MOTAUNG, author of A Place to Land: A Story of Longing and Belonging

“With God’s blessing, this wonderful book will not only transform your view of God, it will transform you into His likeness and transform your relationships with others. Practical theology at its best!”
DAVID MURRAY, professor of Old Testament and practical theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

“What would it be like if we woke up each day and prayed, ‘Lord, help be an encouragement to someone today’? It would be transformative, enabling us to serve others well rather than serve ourselves. Mark Chanski’s book Encouragement: Adrenaline for the Soul is a clarion call to do just that.”
DEREK. W. H. THOMAS, senior minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina