I've found some great deals on good poetry for your Kindle or Kindle app. Happy National Poetry Month!
- The Selected Poems of Donald Hall ($2.99) - I paid full price for hardback a while back and I really like Hall. This deal is pretty rare in my experience with newer poetry books.
- The Best of Poetry ($2.99, 200 poems)
SCOTT CAIRNS (all $2.99)
DOVER THRIFT - POETRY BOOKS (all $0.99) - Dover Thrift Edition books are made to be super cheap and therefore accessible to many. I have a number of paperback Dover books from years ago.
A little searching and I found a bunch. Enjoy!
- What's Best Next by Matt Perman ($2.99)
- Center Church by Tim Keller ($4.99)
- Dangerous Calling & Awe by Paul Tripp ($4.99 each)
- The Artisan Soul by Erwin McManus ($1.99)
- H3 Leadership by Brad Lomenick ($3.99)
- Ordinary by Mike Horton ($2.99)
- Heaven (Theology in Community series) ($2.99)
- How People Change by Timothy Lane & Paul Tripp ($1.99)
- Help My Unbelief ($3.99) & The Pastor's Kid ($0.99) by Barnabas Piper
- Paul and the Faithfulness of God by N.T. Wright - $7.99 (1,700 pages!)
- Recovering the Reformed Confession by R. Scott Clark - $0.99
- Meet the Puritans by Joel Beeke - $2.99 (800 page book)
- Puritan Evangelism by Joel Beeke - $0.99
- Salvation by Grace by Matthew Barrett - $0.99
- Martin Luther: A Guided Tour of his Life & Thought by Stephen Nichols - $1.99
- Tributes to John Calvin - $1.99 (600 page book)
- Hero of Heroes: Seeing Christ in the Beatitudes by Iain Duguid - $1.99
- The End of the Law (NAC Studies) by Jason Meyer - $0.99
- Enthroned On Our Praise (NAC Studies) by Timothy Pierce - $0.99
- Sermon on the Mount (NAC Studies) by Charles Quarles - $2.99
- The Ten Commandments (NAC Studies) by Mark Rooker - $2.99
- The Church: Why Bother? by Jeffrey Johnson - $2.99
- Saturate by Jeff Vanderstelt $4.99
- Pursuing Peace by Robert Jones $3.99
- Unpacking Forgiveness by Chris Brauns $3.99
- Big Truths for Young Hearts by Bruce Ware $2.99
- Martin Luther: A Guided Tour of His Life & Thought by Stephen Nichols $1.99
- The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation by Michael Reeves $2.99
- Theology of the Reformers by Timothy George $2.99
- The War of Art by Steven Pressfield $2.60
Some supercheap gems...
NAC Studies in NT Theology
- Believer's Baptism by Tom Schreiner & Shawn Wright ($0.99)
- The End of the Law by Jason Meyer ($0.99)
- God's Indwelling Presence by Jim Hamilton ($0.99)
From Crossway, on The Prodigal Church...
"This is my manifesto. I'm not angry about it. I'm not throwing stones. I just want to raise the banner for the gospel. I want it to fly high over all of our churches. Because in the end, they're not our churches, but Christ's.."
This book is for you--the normal, unimpressive, everyday person, young or old, male or female--because Jesus means to carry out his mission of filling the world with his presence through you. You are meant to do this.
The mission of Jesus is yours to participate in. It has always been God's intention to choose normal, everyday people, and to show his amazing power and glory through them. He's not looking for the most impressive person because he already is that person.
“Don’t carry one miserable sin for one miserable second.” David Murray, The Happy Christian, p 56
I've been given the opportunity to give away a copy of David Murray's new book, The Happy Christian: Ten Ways to be a Joyful Believer in a Gloomy World. David is professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and pastor of the Free Reformed Church in Grand Rapids. I've reviewed his excellent book, Jesus on Every Page. A book that may not be on your radar but should be is Murray's Christians Get Depressed Too. I appreciate Dr. Murray giving us the flip side book to the topic of depression, The Happy Christian. An important topic and a helpful resource for the many Christians around you who need encouragement.
GIVEAWAY --> I'll keep this simple. To enter to win...
- Tweet and/or share on Facebook --> Tell folks about this giveaway so I can get the word out on this great book and use this link, please: http://bit.ly/gethappybook
- Comment below (be sure to input your real name and email so I can notify a winner) with your guess as to how many brands of pencils I have on my desk. I'll send out of secondary gift to the closest guess and I'll post a picture to show the correct answer visually. I'm a pencil geek so it isn't only a few. I'll use random.org to choose a winner from the comments below on Monday.
BONUS --> If you order The Happy Christian before February 24, you'll receive over $100 of free books and videos. More information on the resources at happychristian.net. Giveaway includes ebooks, study guide, and films. You don't have to buy it anywhere special to get these free items. Just send your online or bookstore invoice to: TheHappyChristianBook@gmail.com.
“Happy is a cheap word nowadays, hardly strong enough to describe the realistic, joyful, triumphant Christian life into which David Murray labors to lead us. His book overflows with earthy, deep-rooted biblical wisdom that many miss but all of us need.”
-J. I. Packer, Professor of Theology, Regent College
- Preaching & Preachers by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones ($3.99)
- Pilgrim Theology by Michael Horton ($5.99)
- For Calvinism by Michael Horton ($2.99)
- A Place For Weakness by Michael Horton ($2.99)
- A Meal With Jesus by Tim Chester ($0.99)
- Church History: A Crash Course for the Curious by Christopher Catherwood ($0.99)
- Historical Theology by Gregg Allison ($5.98)
- Rediscovering Holiness by J.I. Packer ($2.99)
- Worship By The Book by Carson, Hughes, others ($2.99)
- Telling the Truth by D.A. Carson & others ($0.99)
- Learning Evangelism From Jesus by Jerram Barrs ($0.99)
- Holy Subversion by Trevin Wax ($0.99)
- The Gospel At Work by Traeger and Gilbert ($3.99)
My current sermon series is about being an eternity junkie and seeking hard after forever, with eternity set in our hearts. We can't be satisfied in anything else. I'm preaching it because we need it, and because I need it. I need to grasp for and long after eternity.
- Living with unrealistic expectations
- Focusing too much on self
- Asking too much of people
- Being controlling or fearful
- Questioning the goodness of God
- Living more disappointed than thankful
- Lacking motivation and hope
- Living as if life doesn't have consequences
- Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung ($3.99)
- Our Triune God by Ryken and LeFebvre ($3.99)
- Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart by J.D. Greear ($0.99)
- The Church by Mark Dever ($0.99)
- Lectures on Calvinism by Abraham Kuyper ($0.99)
- Knots Untied by J.C. Ryle ($0.99)
- Old Paths by J.C. Ryle ($0.99)
- Advice to Sufferers by John Bunyan ($0.99)
- A Treatise on Earthly-Mindedness by Jeremiah Burroughs ($2.99)
- Date Your Wife by Justin Buzzard ($0.99)
- Weakness is the Way by J.I. Packer ($4.99)
- Creature of the Word by Matt Chandler ($3.99)
- Isaiah by Ray Ortlund Jr ($4.99)
- Matthew by Douglas Sean O'Donnell ($4.99)
- Acts by Kent Hughes ($4.99)
- 1-2 Timothy & Titus by Kent Hughes & Bryan Chappell ($4.99)
- Reading for Preaching by Cornelius Plantinga Jr. ($3.99)
- Supernatural Living For Natural People by Ray Ortlund ($2.99)
- Center Church by Tim Keller ($2.99)
- The Big Story by Justin Buzzard ($2.99)
- Salvation Accomplished By The Son by Robert Peterson ($2.99)
- Jesus Among Other Gods by Ravi Zacharias ($1.99)
- Raised With Christ by Adrain Warnock ($1.99)
- 3 Crucial Questions About Spiritual Warfare by Clinton Arnold ($2.99)
Several on sale in the "Perspectives" series ($3.49 each)
- Father, Son, & Holy Spirit by Bruce Ware ($1.99)
- Brothers, We Are Not Professionals by John Piper ($2.99)
- Speaking Truth In Love by David Powlison ($2.51)
- The Conviction to Lead by Al Mohler ($4.99)
- Transformational Church by Ed Stetzer & Thom Rainer ($0.99)
- Five Views on Law & Gospel ($3.99)
- Counseling in Hard Cases by Stuart Scott & Heath Lambert ($2.99)
- The Gospel-Driven Life by Michael Horton ($3.49)
- HCSB Study Bible ($2.99)
- Seeing the Unseen by Randy Alcorn ($2.99)
- 24/6 by Matthew Sleeth ($2.99)
Preaching the Word Series ($2.99 each)
The Gospel Coalition published my review of In Search of Deep Faith (Amazon|Kindle) by Jim Belcher. It's one of the best books I've read in some time, mostly because it wasn't just trying to tell me something. It took me somewhere. My family and I have started to read it aloud together and it's changing the way we think about God and what He is doing with us. Here's a couple of paragraphs from the opening of my review. Please go read the whole review. I encourage you to pick up this book.
After reviewing Jim Belcher’s first book in 2009, Deep Church, I was eager to get my hands on In Search of Deep Faith. I’m thankful for the opportunity to offer a review, as this book deserves a wide audience.
I’ve been a pastor for the past 10 years and have a wife and four children. Belcher founded and pastored Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, California, until he stepped out of ministry in 2010. He pastored there for 10 years. Jim is also married with four kids. There are obvious reasons for me to resonate with his story. Like this:
What I really needed was spiritual rest. I needed to take stock of my life, rediscover where I came from and where I may be going. I wanted to take a year to walk in the steps of my heroes, read their books again and marinate in their lives—go deeper into their stories and learn from them all over again. It was going to be like a pilgrimage, a time to spiritually and experientially connect with the places and people that had most influenced me. And, most importantly, to reconnect to God. (13)
This is the backdrop for a book about the Belcher family’s pilgrimage to some important places where faithful disciples who have gone before us have lived and served. Some of them suffered, and all of them died with deep faith in God. You don’t need to be a pastor or have young kids to resonate with this pilgrimage. You just have to be a disciple in search of the same deep faith.
Please go and finish reading my review. I'm very thankful for this book.
Race, Religion, Puritans: An Interview With Richard Bailey | Richard is a good friend and author of Race and Redemption in Puritan New England (Kindle). A sample...
Moore: It is not well known that Jonathan Edwards owned slaves. How should we think of Edwards in light of this reality?
Bailey: I am not 100% certain how to answer this question, David. I am glad that this fact about Edwards is becoming more commonly known and I am glad that my book can have something to do with that fact.
But how to think of Edwards? Well, Jonathan Edwards is certainly more than simply a slave owner. He is an important figure in the development of American evangelicalism and the modern missions movement. He is one of America’s most prominent philosophers and theologians. He certainly ought to be remembered for those sorts of legacies. But he also was a purchaser of human flesh. He actively defended and participated in the slave trade. And I’d argue he must be remembered for that, as well. I think that is what it means to take on the virtual amnesias of our pasts.
The one way I would encourage people NOT to think of Jonathan Edwards is as “a man of his time.” That sort of phrase doesn’t really mean anything; rather, it is a way of not thinking about Edwards. And I hope people will continue to think about him, relying of the historical work of George Marsden in Jonathan Edwards: A Life (Yale University Press, 2003) or the recent novel by Susan Stinson, Spider in a Tree (Small Beer Press, 2013) to get a more complete picture not only of the man, but also of the society and culture of which he was a part.
The Seven Benefits of Keeping a Daily Journal by Michael Hyatt | I don't do this but this makes me want to do something like this. Here are his points, but he elaborates on each and offers a lot more context on his website. Be sure to read the whole thing.
- Process previous events.
- Clarify my thinking.
- Understand the context.
- Notice my feelings.
- Connect with my heart.
- Record significant lessons.
- Ask important questions.
I was around Dr. Albert Mohler as a student not too long after he lead a massive turnaround at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. What he accomplished and the stories I heard from his lips and the stories I've heard for many others ring in my ears on the days I need to remember that things can change, that God can change things, and that He calls us to lead change. Because of that, I want to recommend to you his book The Conviction to Lead. It's $4.99 for Kindle right now.
It looks like Jared Wilson is beside himself as he speaks at the Desiring God Pastors' Conference because he realizes they stole his new book cover for their backdrop and branding!
Ok, he probably loves it. I do! Jared's speaking at a conference about The Vine and the Branches and he wrote a book about the parables, The Storytelling God, which comes out later this month.
- Good News to the Poor by Tim Chester ($4.99)
- The Pastor's Justification by Jared Wilson ($4.99)
- Shame Interrupted & Running Scared by Ed Welch ($2.51)
- Acting the Miracle by John Piper & David Mathis, Eds ($4.99)
- Spectacular Sins by John Piper ($2.99)
- The God Who Is There by D.A. Carson ($3.49)
- Telling the Truth by D.A. Carson, Ed ($5.98)
- Death by Living by N.D. Wilson ($3.99)
- The Case for the Psalms by N.T. Wright ($3.99)
- Wisdom & Wonder by Abraham Kuyper ($0.99)
- The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment by Tim Challies ($2.99)
- To the Glory of God: 40 Day Devotional on Romans by James Boice ($2.51)
- The Disciplines of the Christian Life by Eric Liddell (FREE)
- Grounded in the Gospel by J.I. Packer & Gary Parrett ($3.49)
I encourage you to pick up a Kindle for yourself. Since I got mine I've gotten to the place where I'm using it most days. My recommendation is the Kindle Paperwhite or the Paperwhite 3G (which I have), but they are all great. You can even get one for $69 now.
In Jerry Bridges' beloved little book, The Pursuit of Holiness (Kindle), he describes in his chapter on the place of personal discipline three questions to ask as you read, study, or meditate on the Scriptures and then explains why being specific is so important.
- What does this passage teach concerning God's will for a holy life?
- How does my life measure up to that Scripture; specifically where and how do I fall short? (Be specific; don't generalize.)
- What definite steps of action do I need to take to obey?
The most important part of this process is the specific application of the Scripture to specific life situations. We are prone to vagueness at this point because commitment to specific actions makes us uncomfortable. But we must avoid general commitments to obedience and instead aim for specific obedience in specific instances. We deceive our souls when we grown in knowledge of the truth without specifically responding to it (James 1:22).
The Pursuit of Holiness (1978) by Jerry Bridges, pg 104. Bold is mine.