10 Books on Subjects Related to Islam from HarperOne for $2.99

HarperOne has put these 10 books on sale for $2.99 to help readers gain a greater understanding of Islam and the crisis of ISIS.  The sale is ‘for a limited time’ (my guess is at least a week), but the announcement did not specify.  I have only read God’s Battalion, which is worth reading as a counter to common understanding of the Crudades. I have also read other books by Stephen Prothero, Karen Armstrong and Mirsolov Volf. Theirs are important voices, but their three books here have controversy. The rest of these books I don’t know anything about, but I am putting them all up.

God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run The World and Why Their Differences Matter by Stephen Prothero – $2.99

404 pages, 90 of 147 reviews are 4 or 5-star

In God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World, New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and religion scholar Stephen Prothero argues that persistent attempts to portray all religions as different paths to the same God overlook the distinct problem that each tradition seeks to solve. Delving into the different problems and solutions that Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Confucianism, Yoruba Religion, Daoism and Atheism strive to combat, God is Not One is an indispensable guide to the questions human beings have asked for millennia—and to the disparate paths we are taking to answer them today.

Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time by Karen Armstrong – $2.99

256 pages, 61 of 86 reviews are 4 or 5-star

The Man Who Inspired the World’s Fastest-Growing Religion

Muhammad presents a fascinating portrait of the founder of a religion that continues to change the course of world history. Muhammad’s story is more relevant than ever because it offers crucial insight into the true origins of an increasingly radicalized Islam. Countering those who dismiss Islam as fanatical and violent, Armstrong offers a clear, accessible, and balanced portrait of the central figure of one of the world’s great religions.

Allah: A Christian Response by Miroslov Volf – $2.99

339 pages, 13 of 23 reviews are 5-star

From Miroslav Volf, one of the world’s foremost Christian theologians—and co-teacher, along with Tony Blair, of a groundbreaking Yale University course on faith and globalization—comes Allah, a timely and provocative argument for a new pluralism between Muslims and Christians. In a penetrating exploration of every side of the issue, from New York Times headlines on terrorism to passages in the Koran and excerpts from the Gospels, Volf makes an unprecedented argument for effecting a unified understanding between Islam and Christianity. In the tradition of Seyyed Hossein Nasr’s Islam in the Modern World, Volf’s Allah is essential reading for students of the evolving political science of the twenty-first century.

Islam: A Concise Introduction by Huston Smith – $2.99

114 pages, 6 of 11 reviews are 4 or 5-star

Bookwi.se Note: This is the chapter on Islam from Huston Smith’s larger The Religions of Man.

Huston Smith is internationally known and revered as the premier teacher of world religions. He is the focus of a five-part PBS television series with Bill Moyers and has taught at Washington University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, and the University of California at Berkeley. The recipient of twelve honorary degrees, Smith’s fifteen books include his bestselling The World’s Religions, Why Religion Matters, and his autobiography, Tales of Wonder.

God’s Battalions: The Case for the Crusades by Rodney Stark – $2.99 – Bookwi.se Review

292 pages, 114 of 137 reviews are 4 or 5-star

In God’s Battalions, distinguished scholar Rodney Stark puts forth a controversial argument that the Crusades were a justified war waged against Muslim terror and aggression. Stark, the author of The Rise of Christianity, reviews the history of the seven major crusades from 1095-1291 in this fascinating work of religious revisionist history.

The Hear of Islam by Seyyed Hossein Nasr – $2.99

352 pages, of reviews are 4 or 5-star

As the specter of religious extremism has become a fact of life today, the temptation is great to allow the evil actions and perspectives of a minority to represent an entire tradition. In the case of Islam, there has been much recent confusion in the Western world centered on distorted portrayals of its core values. Born of ignorance, such confusion feeds the very problem at hand.

In The Heart of Islam one of the great intellectual figures in Islamic history offers a timely presentation of the core spiritual and social values of Islam: peace, compassion, social justice, and respect for the other. Seizing this unique moment in history to reflect on the essence of his tradition, Seyyed Hossein Nasr seeks to “open a spiritual and intellectual space for mutual understanding.” Exploring Islamic values in scripture, traditional sources, and history, he also shows their clear counterparts in the Jewish and Christian traditions, revealing the common ground of the Abrahamic faiths.

Nasr challenges members of the world’s civilizations to stop demonizing others while identifying themselves with pure goodness and to turn instead to a deeper understanding of those shared values that can solve the acute problems facing humanity today. “Muslims must ask themselves what went wrong within their own societies,” he writes, “but the West must also pose the same question about itself . . . whether we are Muslims, Jews, Christians, or even secularists, whether we live in the Islamic world or in the West, we are in need of meaning in our lives, of ethical norms to guide our actions, of a vision that would allow us to live at peace with each other and with the rest of God’s creation.” Such help, he believes, lies at the heart of every religion and can lead the followers of the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) as well as other religious and spiritual traditions to a new future of mutual respect and common global purpose.

The Heart of Islam is a landmark presentation of enduring value that offers hope to humanity, and a compelling portrait of the beauty and appeal of the faith of 1.2 billion people.

What’s Right with Islam: A New Vision for Muslims and the West by Feisal Abdul Rauf – $2.99

340 pages, 5 of 10 reviews are 4 or 5-star

An American imam offers answers for today’s toughest questions about Islam, and a vision for a reconciliation between Islam and the West.

One of the pressing questions of our time is what went wrong in the relationship between Muslims and the West. Continuing global violence in the name of Islam reflects the deepest fears by certain Muslim factions of Western political, cultural, and economic encroachment. The solution to the current antagonism requires finding common ground upon which to build mutual respect and understanding. Who better to offer such an analysis than an American imam, someone with a foot in each world and the tools to examine the common roots of both Western and Muslim cultures; someone to explain to the non-Islamic West not just what went wrong with Islam, but what’s right with Islam.

Focused on finding solutions, not on determining fault, this is ultimately a hopeful, inspiring book. What’s Right with Islam systematically lays out the reasons for the current dissonance between these cultures and offers a foundation and plan for improved relations. Wide-ranging in scope, What’s Right with Islam elaborates in satisfying detail a vision for a Muslim world that can eventually embrace its own distinctive forms of democracy and capitalism, aspiring to a new Cordoba – a time when Jews, Christians, Muslims, and all other faith traditions will live together in peace and prosperity.

The Memoiries of Muhammad: Why the Prophet Matters by Omid Safi – $2.99

355 pages, 9 of 11 reviews are 5-star

In Memories of Muhammad: Why the Prophet Matters, leading Islamic scholar Omid Safi presents a portrait of Muhammad that reveals his centrality in the devotions of modern Muslims around the world. This religious biography offers new insights into Islam, covering such hot button issues such as the spread of Islam, holy wars, the role of women, the significance of Jerusalem, tensions with Jews and Christians, wahabbi Islam, and the role of cyberspace in the evolution of the religion.

The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists by Khaled About El Fadl – $2.99

336 pages, 20 of 25 reviews are 4 or 5-star

Despite President George W. Bush’s assurances that Islam is a peaceful religion and that all good Muslims hunger for democracy, confusion persists and far too many Westerners remain convinced that Muslims and terrorists are synonymous. In the aftermath of the attacks of 9/11, the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the recent bombings in London, an unprecedented amount of attention has been directed toward Islam and the Muslim world. Yet, even with this increased scrutiny, most of the public discourse regarding Islam revolves around the actions of extremist factions such as the Wahhabis and al-Qa’ida. But what of the Islam we don’t hear about?

As the second-largest and fastest-growing religion in the world, Islam is deemed by more than a billion Muslims to be a source of serenity and spiritual peace, and a touchstone for moral and ethical guidance. While extremists have an impact upon the religion that is wildly disproportionate to their numbers, moderates constitute the majority of Muslims worldwide. It is this rift between the quiet voice of the moderates and the deafening statements of the extremists that threatens the future of the faith.

In The Great Theft, Khaled Abou El Fadl, one of the world’s preeminent Islamic scholars, argues that Islam is currently passing through a transformative period no less dramatic than the movements that swept through Europe during the Reformation. At this critical juncture there are two completely opposed worldviews within Islam competing to define this great world religion. The stakes have never been higher, and the future of the Muslim world hangs in the balance.

Drawing on the rich tradition of Islamic history and law, The Great Theft is an impassioned defense of Islam against the encroaching power of the extremists. As an accomplished Islamic jurist, Abou El Fadl roots his arguments in long-standing historical legal debates and delineates point by point the beliefs and practices of moderate Muslims, distinguishing these tenets from the corrupting influences of the extremists. From the role of women in Islam to the nature of jihad, from democracy and human rights to terrorism and warfare, Abou El Fadl builds a vital vision for a moderate Islam. At long last, the great majority of Muslims who oppose extremism have a desperately needed voice to help reclaim Islam’s great moral tradition.

When Religion Becomes Evil: Five Warning Signs by Charles Kimball – $2.99

304 pages, 38 of 48 reviews are 4 or 5-star

In this thoroughly revised and updated edition, leading religion and Middle East expert Charles Kimball shows how all religious traditions are susceptible to these basic corruptions and why only authentic faith can prevent such evil.

The Five Warning Signs of Corruption in Religion

1. Absolute Truth Claims
2. Blind Obedience
3. Establishing the “Ideal” Time
4. The End Justifies Any Means
5. Declaring Holy War

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The Illusion of More: The Trick to Finding Faith in a World of Deception by Harris

208 pages, 17 of 19 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled

Is the grass really greener on the other side?…Or is this the ultimate illusion?

The first man and woman were closer to God than any other creature on Earth. They had everything they could have ever wanted: healthy timeless bodies, an endless supply of food and water, and a beautiful garden in which to live and play. Still, they reached for the mirage of MORE.

What is the great illusion that each of us falls prey to in life? More. More money = more contentment. More things = more satisfaction. More success = more happiness.

Like Adam and Eve, we still eat the forbidden fruit today. We are tricked into thinking that the One Thing that does offer lasting joy, purpose and contentment is not enough. As a result, the very things we pursue always remain out of reach because we bought into the ultimate illusion.

Join Master Illusionist Harris III on an unforgettable journey

The Coach’s Daughter: A Journey Into God’s Faithfulness by Jill Woodruff

223 pages, 4 of 4 reviews are 5-star, Lending Enabled, Previously Free

The daughter of legendary football coach Don James and wife of football coach Jeff Woodruff, Jill expected a life of fun, family…and lots of football. But things didn’t turn out exactly as she had planned.

A tragic car accident. A medical condition that left doctors puzzled and Jill a prisoner in her own home. Depression with a strange supernatural dimension. A surprise announcement that threatens to end her marriage. Disappointments along with successes on the sports field.

Through it all, Jill learned to trust in the game plan of her true Coach.

This is her legacy.

In The Coach’s Daughter, Jill offers a warm and authentic memoir with a testimony of faith that will inspire you to seek a closer relationship with the God who cares about you.

HearthLand by Chautona Havig

265 pages, 10 of 11 reviews are 5-star, Lending Enabled, Previously Free

HearthLand is a serial novel released in episodes. Volume One is a compilation of Episodes 1-6

Taking a step back in time–deliberately.

After a trip to Walden Farm and an afternoon talking to Chad and Willow Tesdall, Ralph Myner caught a vision for what life could be like. Against the advice of his nephew, Ralph sinks his entire retirement account into an incredibly risky venture.

Harlan Walker thinks his uncle has gone crazy. With the project in motion, all he can do is try to find people to invest their time, money, and even their lives into Ralph’s project before the man ends up broke and without means to survive.

Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World? by Eugene Cho

Eugene Cho challenges us to truly pursue justice, and to be willing to make the personal sacrifices that the pursuit will ultimately force us to make. In an age of short-term mission trips and numerous opportunities to change the world, many people love the idea of justice and doing good until it begins to require some sacrifice, and it always will.

Pursuing justice will come with a cost, and it will change us. Change is painful, but if we stick with it, the changes are good. Instead of pursuing justice because the world is broken, we need to recognize we are also broken. By serving others, we begin to get a better glimpse of God’s heart and His character, and we begin to change.

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Kindred by Octavia Butler – $2.99 – Bookwi.se Review

288 pages, 439 of 503 reviews are 4 or 5-star

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana’s life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Question to Follow the Bible As Literally as Possible by AJ Jacobs – $1.99

404 pages, 763 of 911 reviews are 4 or 5-star

Raised in a secular family but increasingly interested in the relevance of faith in our modern world, A.J. Jacobs decides to dive in headfirst and attempt to obey the Bible as literally as possible for one full year. He vows to follow the Ten Commandments. To be fruitful and multiply. To love his neighbor. But also to obey the hundreds of less publicized rules: to avoid wearing clothes made of mixed fibers; to play a ten-string harp; to stone adulterers.

The resulting spiritual journey is at once funny and profound, reverent and irreverent, personal and universal and will make you see history’s most influential book with new eyes.

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Fred 2.0: New Ideas on How to Keep Delivering Extraordinary Results by Mark Sanborn with Margaret Kelly

208 pages, 53 of 54 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled

Nine years ago, bestselling author and business consultant Mark Sanborn introduced the world to Fred, his postman, who delivered extraordinary service in simple but remarkable ways. Fred’s story inspired millions. Companies—even, cities—were inspired to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary each day.

Today, with stiff competition from the networked global economy, delivering extraordinary results is more important than ever. With Fred 2.0, Mark not only revisits the original Fred to gain new insights, but also equips all of us with new strategies to achieve more. You’ll not only be inspired by Fred 2.0, you’ll also have the tools and strategies to aim higher and achieve the extraordinary.

Start Here: Beginning A Relationship With Jesus by David Dwight and Nicole Unice

210 pages, 27 of 27 reviews are 4 or 5-star

Are you wondering what saying yes to following Jesus really means? Do you want to know more about Christianity but you’re not sure what, or how, to ask? Are you just beginning in a new faith in Jesus Christ?

Then Start Here.

Following Jesus isn’t about rules—it’s all about relationship. So start here to find practical help and encouraging stories about what authentic Christianity looks like. Welcome to the journey of a lifetime.

Nova Scotia Runner by Sheila Munoz

249 pages, 9 of 9 reviews are 4 or 5-star

Set in the 1700s, a young woman flees her home in wild Nova Scotia, running away from everything she knows and is, to find herself, months later, in the state of Georgia during its infancy. What mysterious secrets does she harbor that are pushing her headlong into grave danger and tragedy?

As her journey unfolds, she decides she must search for her infant daughter, kidnapped by privateers in Nova Scotia before her departure and taken to who knows where? Will she be found by those from whom she is running before she can even begin her search?

The woman’s habit of running from conflict steers her right into what she is most trying to avoid: the hands of dangerous privateers, as well. Tormented, abused, and chained, she all but loses hope.

Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood by Michael Lewis

1411414667_0.pngSummary: Author Michael Lewis (The Big Short, Money Ball, The Blind Side) gives his account of the new world of  fatherhood.

Michael Lewis is one of those authors I have been meaning to read, but I am tired of reading about economics and I have never liked sports. So as I was looking around for something to read, I stumbled across this in the KindleUnlimited collection.

Lewis is giving his account of the changing of the meaning of fatherhood. It is no longer ‘Father Knows Best’ but hopefully is it moving past ‘father as convenient idiot’ as well. There is a huge social shift over the past couple generations. The social science research has shown a huge shift in the number of hours that fathers have increased in house work and child care over the past 50 years.

But still there is a stereotype of the distant and/or idiot Dad. Lewis both feeds into and helps break this stereotype. He is an active Dad that cares for his kids. He also highlights some of the stupid (but real) things that Dads do.

On the positive side, he communicates well the inability of fathers to replace mothers. It just isn’t possible. Men can’t birth children or breast feed. So Dads do what they can, they care for the older children, change diapers, comfort Moms.

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Making Radical Disciples: Folliwng Jesus Training by Daniel Lancaster

161 pages, 7 of 8 reviews are 5-star, Lending Enabled

A complete training system for mission trips, house churches, disciple groups, and believers wanting to fulfill the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20. Developed and field-tested in Southeast Asia over a seven-year period, learners experience hands-on training in how to imitate Christ in their daily lives.

 

Nighthawk by Michael James Alexander

193 Pages, 12 Of 15 Reviews Are 4 Or 5-Star, Lending Enabled, Previously Free

Something strange is happening in the metropolis of Jackson City. There have been… sightings, all over the Eastside.

The police are nervous – who is this mystery man? He shows up to stop a crime, then disappears into thin air!

The people are curious – rumor has it that he has supernatural powers and an invisible car!

The victims he’s helped love him. “He came down out of nowhere, like a Hawk in the Night!”

David Bradford is Nighthawk, a super hero created with top secret technology. He’s ready to take on the city, but will all his good deeds finally quiet his conscience?

The Demise: A Mystery by Diane Moody

311 pages, 10 of 13 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled, Previously Free

Tiny Braxton, Tennessee, is a quiet, tight-knit community wrapped around an old town square just a stone’s throw from Nashville. But when the town’s most prominent citizen is found dead at the base of its water tower, news of Peter Lanham’s apparent suicide roars through town like a massive tsunami.

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Thriving the First Days of Becoming Mommy by Elaine Mingus

56 pages, 23 of 25 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled

No one warns us about motherhood. Or maybe they do and we just weren’t listening. Thriving the First Days of Becoming Mommy acknowledges that moms spend most of their time keeping up with the new task of caring for a new baby and that their Bibles always seem to sit out of arm’s reach. Thriving the First Days of Becoming Mommy includes a month of short devotionals new moms can digest while tackling nursing, diapering and the whole new world of motherhood. With uplifting and humorous stories, the author, Elaine Mingus, explores her first days of becoming a mommy with the wisdom that comes from having six children. It functions as a gateway back into the swing of having a quiet time with the Lord, despite being busy with a new baby.

The Name Quest: Explore the Name of God to Grow in Faith and Get to Know Him Better by John Avery

483 pages, 6 of 6 reviews are 4 or 5-star

An insightful journey through all the biblical names of God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Beginning in Babel and ending with a burning Babylon, “The Name Quest” explains the significance that the different names for God have for an everyday relationship with God and for spiritual growth. The names of God are like a rainbow–each name expresses part of the spectrum of the character and attributes of God. Along the way, the author tenderly answers tough questions: Which of the Hebrew names of God is His personal name–Yahweh or Jehovah? What does it mean to pray in Jesus’ name? How can we relate to the Holy God and the Judge? Why is a God of love called the “Jealous God”? What does it mean to call Jesus the Messiah? “The Name Quest” mentions all the names of God in the Bible while explaining their significance in ordinary language. The author weaves together fifteen years of Bible study research with plentiful illustrations and humorous anecdotes. These include lessons learned as a pastor on a Caribbean island. A visit to a Welsh hill farm introduces a chapter about the Good Shepherd. The story of a Hungarian political prisoner illustrates the meaning of Immanuel (or is it Emmanuel?) A rescue from the slopes of an active volcano helps explain salvation and the meaning of Jesus’ Hebrew name Yeshua. Even the clever advertisement on a packet of potato chips offers a lesson about how to grow in faith in God. Unlike chasing rainbows, the spiritual journey has an end. “The Name Quest” is a road map for every Christian’s spiritual journey and it points to the destination–being formed into the image of Jesus Christ.

Voices by John Michael Hileman (David Chance Series #2)

270 pages, 136 of 156 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled

Six months after strange messages lead David Chance through a gauntlet of lies and terror, they are back—this time drawing him unwillingly into a murder mystery involving an elusive teen with a mysterious gift.

Jon Blake is a troubled teen with faint aspirations of escaping Boston and attending college, but when the voices in his head save his life and begin revealing hidden secrets, he finds himself lured into a national conspiracy involving the FBI and powerful businessmen.

The Soloist by Steve Lopez

The Soloist is the retelling of Steve Lopez’ relationship with Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, a homeless musical prodigy whom Lopez meets while out riding his bike in Los Angeles. Lopez is immediately amazed by Ayers abilities, especially seeing that he is playing well on a two-string violin. He begins to write about Ayers in his column at the L.A. Times. Through his columns, readers send him instruments for Ayers to play.

Lopez explains in his book that he strived hard to understand Ayers’ situation as he struggles with schizophrenia, a mental disorder that caused him to quit Julliard and live on the streets. Lopez’s column and Lopez’s own networking gave Ayers some of the help that he needed to get off the streets and get back his dignity through music. For Lopez, the most surprising aspect to his relationship with Ayers is that while he started out wanting to help Ayers he realized quickly that they had a lot to learn from each other.

Steve Lopez truly does tell a compelling story of an amazing man who would likely be on par with Yo-Yo Ma if it weren’t for a debilitating mental disorder. It seems that Lopez discovers through the process of helping Nathaniel that our desire to simply put a Band-Aid on certain sad situations or throw some money at the uglier side of life doesn’t always work and often makes things worse. From personal experience, Lopez has learned that misunderstanding is one of the main roadblocks for people getting the help that others are trying to give. By telling the story of Ayers, Lopez explains that giving someone a few dollars, buying them a hot meal, setting them up at a half-way house, putting them on medication, while not bad things, are not a solution, especially if they come without a relationship.

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Losers Like Us: Redefining Discipleship After Epic Failure by Daniel Hochhalter

236 pages, 6 of 7 reviews are 4 or 5-star

In 2008, after seven years of preparation, Daniel Hochhalter permanently failed his PhD, leaving him with no refunds, no transferable credits, no recourse to appeal or try again, and no hope of gaining the qualifications needed for his desired career. Then he lost his job. Devastated and in crisis, with no Plan B and no clue how to redeem his future, he looked to the twelve disciples and discovered that—despite their gaping faults and sins—God still loved them and used them to change the world.

With fresh warmth and wisdom, ample hope and humor, Losers Like Us skillfully intertwines Dan’s own story with theirs to show how our worst mistakes and greatest failures bring us to a place of teachableness, egolessness, brokenness, and empathy—the very qualifications required to receive God’s love and grace, and to manifest his kingdom on earth.

CrossTalk: Where Life & Scripture Meet by Michael Emlet

225 pages, 25 of 28 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Previously Free

An Antidote to “Take Two Verses and Call Me in the Morning”

Your friend just left his wife. You catch your child posting something inappropriate on the Internet. Someone in your small group is depressed. A relative was just diagnosed with an incurable disease.

When those you know and love experience trouble, you don’t want to hand out pat answers or religious platitudes. Instead, you want to offer real hope and help from God’s Word. You know it’s true, but how does an ancient book, written thousands of years ago, connect with our twenty-first century problems?

In CrossTalk: Where Life and Scripture Meet, Michael R. Emlet gives you the tools to connect the Bible to your life and to the lives of your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. You will learn to understand people and God’s Word in ways that promote gospel-centered, rich conversations that help you and those you know grow in love for God and others. This book will make the whole Bible come alive to you. Instead of platitudes, you can offer a cup of living water to those who are struggling in this broken world.

Shout It Out Loud: Stories of Fast Times and Faith, From the Show Biz Guru by Christopher Long with Bryan Dumas

173 pages, 8 of 8 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled, Previously Free

Join author Christopher Long on his journey from mosh pits to missions fields in the pages of his fascinating new book, “SHOUT IT OUT LOUD: Stories of Fast Times and Faith, From the Show Biz Guru.”

Remaining true to his colorful reputation, this lively 2014 follow-up to Long’s popular 2012 release “C’MON!” delivers the same engaging, conversational style that continues to make his “Show Biz Guru” website a popular Internet destination.