$0.99 Christian Kindle Books

There appears to be a $0.99 Christian Kindle Book sale coming up.  I have not seen anything announced but I have found nearly 100 books, fiction and non-fiction that are on sale.  Most seem to be Zondervan, but because Zondervan was purchased by HaperOne, who also owns Thomas Nelson, I expect this to be a larger sale.  I will update this post with a link to the whole sale if I find one.  There are way too many to post here now.  So I will post a few now and probably post more tomorrow if the sale is not announced by then.

Limitless Life: You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future by Derwin Gray – $0.99

234 pages, 112 of 120 reviews are 4 or 5-star

Is your life limited by labels the world and other people have used to define you?

Labels you have internalized and apply to yourself every day. Labels like Afraid. Or Addict. Orphan. Damaged Goods. Failure. Maybe even Religious. These labels might be sewn into your life with such tight little stitches that they feel like a part of you. They feel like they define you. But that’s a lie. If you let Him, Jesus can remove those old labels and tattoo new ones onto your soul. Then you’ll begin to see yourself as God the Father sees you. The limits will be lifted, and your life will be transformed. It’s the truth. Join Pastor Derwin Gray on a fascinating journey into what can happen when you offer your head, your heart, and your hands to the only one who can offer you truly limitless life.

Truth Stained Lies by Terri Blackstock – $0.99

320 pages, 353 of 395 reviews are 4 or 5-star

When truth doesn’t make sense, will lies prevail?  Cathy Cramer is a former lawyer and investigativ

e blogger who writes commentary on high-profile homicides. When she finds a threatening note warning her that she’s about to experience the same kind of judgment and speculation that she dishes out in her blog, Cathy writes it off as mischief . . . until her brother’s wife is murdered and all the “facts” point to him. The killer has staged the crime to make the truth too far-fetched to believe. Working to solve the murder and clear her brother’s name, Cathy and her two sisters, Holly and Juliet, moonlight as part-time private investigators. Juliet, a stay-at-home mom of two boys, and Holly, a scattered ne’er-do-well who drives a taxi, put aside their fear to hunt down the real killer.

Stakes rise when their brother’s grieving five-year-old son is kidnapped. As police focus on the wrong set of clues, the three sisters and their battered detective friend are the only hope for solving this bizarre crime, saving the child, and freeing their brother. Also Distortion the next book in the series is $0.99

Notes From a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider – $0.99

221 pages, 105 of 133 reviews are 4 or 5-star

Life is chaotic. But we can choose to live it differently. It doesn¿t always feel like it, but we do have the freedom to creatively change the everyday little things in our lives so that our path better aligns with our values and passions. The popular blogger and founder of the internationally recognized Simple Mom online community tells the story of her family¿s ongoing quest to live more simply, fully, and intentionally.

Part memoir, part travelogue, part practical guide, Notes from a Blue Bike takes you from a hillside in Kosovo to a Turkish high-rise to the congested city of Austin to a small town in Oregon. It chronicles schooling quandaries and dinnertime dilemmas, as well as entrepreneurial adventures and family excursions via plane, train, automobile, and blue cruiser bike.

Entertaining and compelling – but never shrill or dogmatic – Notes from a Blue Bike invites you to climb on your own bike, pay attention to who you are and what your family needs, and make some important choices. It’s a risky ride, but it’s worth it – living your life according to who you really are simply takes a little intention. It¿s never too late.

My One Word: Change Your Life With Just One Word by Mike Ashcraftand Rachel Olsen – $0.99

192 pages, 99 of 101 reviews are 4 or 5-star

The concept of My One Word is simple. Lose the long list of resolutions—all your sweeping promises to change—and do something about one thing this year instead of nothing about everything. Choose just one word that represents what you most hope God will do in you, and focus on it for an entire year. This single act will force clarity and concentrate your efforts. As you focus on your word over an extended period of time, you position yourself for God to form your character at a deep, sustainable level. Growth and change will result.

Some Sale Bookwi.se Reviewed Books

Night by Elie Wiesel - $3.99 – Bookwi.se Review

148 pages, 1473 of 1584 reviews are 4 or 5-star

A New Translation From The French By Marion Wiesel

Night is Elie Wiesel’s masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie’s wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author’s original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man’s capacity for inhumanity to man.

Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – $3.99 – Bookwi.se Review

352 pages, of reviews are 4 or 5-star

A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. 

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter - $1.99 – Bookwi.se Review

337 pages, 1418 of 2014 reviews are 4 or 5-star

The acclaimed, award-winning author of the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets returns with his funniest, most romantic, and most purely enjoyable novel yet: the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 . . . and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later.



Year Zero by Rob Reid – $2.99 – Bookwi.se Review

386 pages, 242 of 338 reviews are 4 or 5-star

Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it’s a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on American pop songs ever since “Year Zero” (1977 to us), resulting in the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang and bankrupting the whole universe. Nick has just been tapped to clean up this mess before things get ugly. Thankfully, this unlikely galaxy-hopping hero does know a thing or two about copyright law. Now, with Carly and Frampton as his guides, Nick has forty-eight hours to save humanity—while hoping to wow the hot girl who lives down the hall from him.

The Selection by Kiera Cass – $2.99 – Bookwi.se Review

339 pages, 1908 of 2190 reviews are 4 or 5-star

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Bookwi.se Note: I liked the second book a lot more than the first, I haven’t read the third yet.


20 Free Christian Kindle Books

Thicker Than Blood by CJ Darlington

402 pages, 173 of 193 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled

Two estranged sisters, one a rare book dealer, the other a cattle rancher, meet again after fifteen years.

Christy Williams finally has her life on track. She’s putting her past behind her and working hard to build a career as an antiquarian book buyer. She could never imagine that a stolen first edition of “For Whom the Bell Tolls” would lead her back to the sister she abandoned fifteen years ago. With her life in danger, can May’s Triple Cross Ranch be the safe haven Christy’s searching for? Will the sisters realize before it’s too late that each possesses what the other desperately needs?

Spiritual Java

251 pages, 26 of 26 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled

Selecting 40 invigorating excerpts from their exciting and popular books, Pastor Bill Johnson and his Bethel Church associates have created an excellent blend of rich, generous, fortifying spiritual inspiration.

Take a deep whiff of what Bill, his wife Beni, and their friends Kris Vallotton, Danny Silk, Kevin Dedmon, and Banning Liebscher have brewed specially for you.

  • Step 1: Select an espresso-size chapter.
  • Step 2: Sit back and relax in God’s presence.
  • Step 3: Learn to listen to His voice.
  • Step 4: Follow His directions.

God will take you into supernatural new territory, and your explorations will not end until you are fully walking in His perfect plan for your life.

Each time you enjoy a few more sips, you will be warmed and energized to step out into your world with renewed Kingdom effectiveness. May each sip of every chapter be spiritual java for your soul.

While Love Stirs by Lorna Seilstad

353 pages, 88 of 97 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled, Previously Free

After graduating from Fannie Farmer’s School of Cookery in 1910, Charlotte Gregory is ready to stir things up. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to travel, lecture, and give cooking demonstrations on the very latest kitchen revolution–the gas stove–and certainly doesn’t mind that the gas company has hired the handsome Lewis Mathis to perform at her lectures. Lewis encourages her work, especially her crusade to introduce fresh, appetizing, nutritious food to those convalescing in hospitals. But young hospital superintendent Dr. Joel Brooks is not convinced any changes should be made–especially by this outspoken young woman.

Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose

Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose is a play that recounts the deliberation of a jury in the murder trial. The jury is tasked to determine the future of an 18-year-old boy who is accused of killing his own father. At first, the case seems pretty obvious, but as the details of the case are discussed we discover that everything is not as open-and-shut as it seemed. The jury learns that biases and prior experiences play a role, unwittingly at times, in how facts are perceived and how events are interpreted. Tempers flare as the innocence and guilt of the defendant is discussed and a unanimous verdict must be found.

Reginald Rose originally wrote the story as a teleplay for a CBS show called Studio One in 1954. In 1957, it was turned into a film in which Henry Fonda produced and starred as the main protagonist. Other notable cast members are Lee J. Cobb as the main antagonist. Jack Klugman, who went on to star in The Odd Couple, was the sober jurist who grew up in a slum just like the defendant. Martin Balsalm, the foreman, played the unfortunate detective in Hitchcock’s Psycho. In doing research, I learned that while I didn’t recognize John Fielder, juror #2, in too many movies, his voice may seem familiar because he has voiced the character of Piglet for many years. Jack Warden, sports loving juror #7, played the sweet grandpa in the Sandra Bullock romantic comedy, While You Were Sleeping (I definitely loved that movie in middle school). Needless to say, the excellent cast helped to add depth to the rich script.

Mere Christianity by CS Lewis

Reposting this 2013 review because the Kindle Edition in on sale for $4.50

Mere Christianity by CS LewisSummary: A classic book of apologetics.

I know it is near heretical in some Evangelical circles, but I have never read Mere Christianity before.  As you are reading this I should by Kayaking around a small island in Georgian Bay of Lake Huron.  This is my 20th trip with my guy friends from College.

For the past couple years I have conned them into reading a book prior to the trip to give us something to discuss.  Since I have some influence and there are two pastor’s kids, a missionary, and a hebrew professor in the group we read theology.  We have read Scripture and the Authority of God and The Lost World of Genesis One (which sparked online discussions of The Bible Made Impossible and Incarnation and Inspiration).

This year we decided to read Mere Christianity.  I think only one of us had previously read it.  Prior to the trip I listened to it on audiobook and then re-read it on kindle on the plane ride.

I understand somewhat why it is a classic.  In part, because huge sections of the first part (the more general apologetics section) I have heard in one form or another. So Lewis’ arguments are either standard arguments about God or those that are original have been repeated so much over the past 60 years that they sound standard.

Amazon Mom

Some regular readers know that I am a stay at home Dad and was previously a nanny for my two nieces.  I have found that Amazon is one of the cheapest places to get Diapers and other basics.  I have been signed up for Amazon Mom since it started.  Amazon Mom is a free program with a couple of benefits.

If you are not an Amazon Prime member, Amazon Mom gives you the free shipping benefits of Amazon Prime without the $99 a year cost.  (You do not get the Prime Instant Video after the first 30 days, but you do get free shipping, prime music and access to the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library. You do not get any other benefits of Amazon Prime except free shipping after the 30 days. See discussion below, this may not be true, I will update once I ask Amazon.)

The main benefit for Amazon Mom is 20% off all diapers that you buy through Subscribe and Save. You also get discounts on non-purchase Baby registry items, but that is a one time thing.

10 Free Christian Kindle Books

Chasing Hope by Kathryn Cushman

321 pages, 77 of 80 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled

A Personal Drama of Shattered Dreams and Second Chances

A talented runner fully committed to Olympic dreams, Sabrina Rice’s future was shattered by a devastating diagnosis. One forfeited scholarship and several years later, she has new goals and dreams that have nothing to do with running–something that’s become far too painful to think on.

Until the day she sees Brandy Philip running across the community college campus, easily outpacing security. Sabrina immediately recognizes world-class speed, and it’s all the more painful that it belongs to a teenage graffiti artist. When a chance encounter brings the two young women together, Sabrina becomes Brandy’s best hope for staying out of juvenile hall. Soon, Sabrina begins to feel an uncomfortable nudge that her new life is just about to be toppled…that God may be calling her to minister to this talented but troubled girl.

Finding Faith on the Other Side of Everything by Mandy Steward

274 pages, 28 of 32 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Previously Free

What if Jesus didn’t die so our lives could look perfect? What if He died so we could stop feeling like our lives have to be perfect to mean something? What if we simply live out our own story, even if it doesn’t look as others say it should? Mandy Steward set out in pursuit of these what-ifs. She didn’t find answers so much as she discovered a messy grace that knows no limits and a God that was and is willing to thrash about with her no matter her questions or struggles or doubts. What she found was abundant life, but it didn’t look like she thought it was going to. It was far different, and much deeper. This is a book without “easy” answers that lets those struggling with faith and searching for more know they are not alone.

Blue Hole Back Home: A Novel by Joy Jordan-Lake

320 pages, 107 of 122 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Previously Free

“Sacred’s not a word I’ve ever much liked. But maybe some things, and some places, just are. And maybe the Blue Hole was one of those things.”

Citizen Insane by Karen Cantwell

Summary: A suburban housewife and her two friends find out that their neighborhood struggles (PTA, school year books, crazy neighbors, etc) all might be connected to a much deeper problem than they could have expected.

I am very careful with my purchases of books.  Because I aways have a few (hundred) books that I could fall back to reading from my library, I tend to only buy books when they are on sale or I really have a specific interest.  But I also tend to always pick up free Audible credits or promotional books.  Recently there was a $10 promotional credit for Audible.  And I used it to buy audio companions to books that I already had on Kindle, but I had not ever gotten around to reading.  I try to be adventurous because after all I didn’t pay for the credit, I might as well go out of my standard reading practice.

As I have said recently, nothing lately has really been pricking my interest.  Usually when I get in this mood I need to find something funny.

Citizen Insane was billed as a funny cozy mystery.  It is about Barb, a suburban housewife, mother of three and wife of an FBI agent that is a dead ringer for George Clouney.  This is the second book in a series (didn’t realize that when I picked it up, but the first book, Take the Monkeys and Run is free on Kindle). The books in this series are relatively short (less than 200 pages) and funny (almost farcical) look at suburban life.

8 Free Christian Kindle Books

The Lamp by Jason Cunningham

297 pages, 32 of 44 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled

THE LAMP is a fast-paced dystopian thriller.

They called him Levi the Leveler because of his frightening power. A terror in the boxing ring, most of his opponents didn’t make it past the first round. But after a careless decision sends him into exile for seven years, Levi returns to a life in ruins: his fiancé has split, his friends and money gone. Once a notable figure with more money than he could ever spend, Levi must now contend with life as a regular citizen, trying to make ends meet doing menial labor as a handyman in a downtown apartment building. He soon befriends a smart teenage grifter and a spunky tenant in his building who remembers his former glory days. But not everything is what it seems, and dangers lurk in the shadows. As Levi struggles to pick up the pieces of his life, he receives an unusual inheritance from the mysterious figure known simply as K.S. He quickly learns that this gift is precious beyond value, and carries with it a unique power. This gift, however, proves costly as a fearsome enemy now hunts him and Levi is forced to become its protector while uncovering the mystery of K.S. and looking after those entrusted to him.

From Pharaoh’s Hand: A Novel by Cynthia Green

312 pages, 20 of 23 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled

Jackson, Tennessee had its share of murders every year. Drug deals gone sour, botched robberies, full blown domestic disputes, and crazed jealous lovers were nothing new. Even the gang violence which was once foreign to this rural town in the Bible belt had bullied its way in, and despite law enforcement’s best efforts, seemed to be here to stay. Still, it was big news around town when 17 year-old Elizabeth Merriweather, came up missing. No one ever wanted to get used to having their sons or daughters disappear into thin air. No one could fathom what kind of evil, sick being lurked in their neighborhoods, parks, and parking lots of their stores. And everyone prayed that she had simply run away and would come home soon. But no one knew for sure. Especially after her backpack floated ashore at the Perryville bridge.

Boaz Brown by Michelle Stimpson

353 pages, 105 of 118 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled

Right man…wrong color?

LaShondra has done the work on herself first. She’s gotten her education and, more importantly, developed a strong relationship with Christ. Now, she’s ready for a man—but not just any man. She wants a Boaz, a godly man…who’s gainfully employed…and it would hurt if he looked good, too. God answers with three out of three, but there’s a twist: her perfect man, Stelson Brown, isn’t African-American.

Ignorance: How It Drives Science by Stuart Firestein

Summary: It is ignorance, not knowledge that really drives science.

Stuart Firestein is a professor of Neurobiology and a researcher.  At one point he realized that he loved doing research and coming up with new things to research and questions to ask.  But when he taught his upper level undergrads about Neurobiology he tended to focus not on the questions and what was unknown and where the science was going, but on the facts.

He realized that this gave students the impression that what was important was gaining a foothold in the facts so that they could grasp the concepts of the field.  But what he needed to be teaching them was not the facts (although they did need basic information and concepts that were important), he needed to be teaching them wonder and sparking the creative ideas of his students and helping them understand that no matter how much we will learn, that the very fact of learning opens up new areas of ignorance so that there will never be a point when science has solved all the questions of particular field.

The book is split into two large sections, the first is a description of what Ignorance is all about. Eventually, Firestein started teaching a class on ignorance. He would bring in prominent scientists in their field and talk about what was unknown, what areas were driving their research, what things that scientist would love to know, but can’t because of limitations of equipment or observation.  Essentially, the scientists talked about all the areas of their field that they were ignorant of and how that was driving their science.