September Kindle First Books

Every Month Amazon gives Amazon Prime members the choice of 1 of 4 kindle books for free (Kindle First Program).  These books have not been released yet, but are pre-released for free (to try and build momentum, usually for new Amazon authors.)

This month it appears that there are is a young adult fantasy, a mystery, an historical fiction and a romance.


September Kindle First Books

12 IVP or Crossway Kindle Books for $0.99 to $2.99

Most weeks Crossway had 3 to 5 books on sale.  About once a month Intervarsity Press has 3 to 5 books on sale.  This week both have books on sale and the sale last until next weekend. The books in both sales are $0.99 to $2.99.

(I am having some problem with my blogging software and don’t have time to figure it out right now, so there are not any images.  Sorry about that.)

A Guidebook to Prayer: 24 Ways to Walk With God by Mary Kate Morse – $2.99 

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

Why is prayer so hard?

Many of us have asked that question. We want to pray. We intend to pray. But, as spiritual director and professor MaryKate Morse notes, ” we don’t pray as consistently or as meaningfully as we might like.”

And yet prayer offers us such spiritual riches. Prayer

  • draws us to experience love and to be love
  • increases our faith
  • expands our vision of God
  • helps us grow in self-understanding
  • gives us perspective on life and death

Morse continues: “Through prayer, we experience forgiveness, guidance and peace. We are healed physically and emotionally. We experience the mystery of God, see truth and receive spiritual gifts. We receive vision and courage for God’s mission. Faith becomes more beautiful, more real.”  This guidebook is designed to move you from lamenting over prayerlessness to the joy of praying. Whether you are a beginner or a lifetime person of faith, you will find a treasure trove of riches here to guide you into a deeper experience of prayer.

Jack: A Life of CS Lewis by George Sayer – $1.99

467 pages, 35 of 40 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled

As I walked away from New Buildings, I found the man that Lewis had called “Tollers” sitting on one of the stone steps in front of the arcade.

“How did you get on?” he asked.

“I think rather well. I think he will be a most interesting tutor to have.”

“Interesting? Yes, he’s certainly that,” said the man, who I later learned was J. R. R. Tolkien. “You’ll never get to the bottom of him.”

Over the next twenty-nine years, author George Sayer’s first impression about C. S. Lewis proved true. He was interesting; but he was more than just that. He was a devout Christian, gifted literary scholar, best-selling author, and brilliant apologist. Sayer draws from a variety of sources, including his close friendship with Lewis and the million-word diary of Lewis’s brother, to paint a portrait of the man whose friends knew as Jack.  Offering glimpses into Lewis’s extraordinary relationships and experiences, Jack details the great scholar’s life at the Kilns; days at Magdalen College; meetings with the Inklings; marriage to Joy Davidman Gresham; and the creative process that produced such world-famous works as the classic Chronicles of Narnia, Mere Christianity, and The Screwtape Letters.  This book is an intimate account of the man who helped-and through his works, continues to help-generations hear and understand the heart of Christianity.

Theology Questions Everyone Asks: Christian Faith in Plain Language by Gary M Burge, David Lauber – $2.99

203 pages, 2 of 3 reviews are 4 or 5-star

Everyone has questions about God and what matters most in life. When we ask those questions, we are asking about theology.

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Welcome to a Reformed Church: A Guide for Pilgrims by Daniel Hyde - Review

154 pages, 13 of 16 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Previously Free

Who are these guys? That was the question the teenage Daniel R. Hyde posed to his father when he first encountered Reformed believers. With their unique beliefs and practices, these Christians didn t fit any of the categories in his mind.

Not so many years later, Hyde is now Rev. Daniel R. Hyde, a pastor of a Reformed church. Recognizing that many are on the outside looking in, just as he once was, he wrote Welcome to a Reformed Church: A Guide for Pilgrims to explain what Reformed churches believe and why they structure their life and worship as they do.

In layman s terms, Rev. Hyde sketches the historical roots of the Reformed churches, their scriptural and confessional basis, their key beliefs, and the ways in which those beliefs are put into practice. The result is a roadmap for those encountering the Reformed world for the first time and a primer for those who want to know more about their Reformed heritage.

Different: Reimaging Holiness for a Wandering Church in a Watching World by Brian Sanders and Michael Patz

156 pages, 13 of 13 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled

Different makes a compelling argument that passionate love for God and the world he came to save will produce disciples who stand with, but not as, the lost world. We can walk alongside people and still stand out from them. Disciples cannot call other disciples to repentance and change if they are not themselves changed and changing. Churches cannot serve their divine purpose to call cities and systems to redemption and change if they are not themselves redeemed and redemptive.

The Measure of Katie Calloway by Serena Miller

320 Pages, 274 Of 279 Reviews Are 4 Or 5-Star, Lending Enabled, Previously Free

The Civil War has ended, but in Katie Calloway’s Georgia home conflict still rages. To protect herself and her young brother from her violent and unstable husband, she flees north, finding anonymity and sanctuary as the cook in a Northwoods lumber camp. The camp owner, Robert Foster, wonders if the lovely woman he’s hired has the grit to survive the never-ending work and harsh conditions of a remote pine forest in winter. Katie wonders if she can keep her past a secret from a man she is slowly growing to love.

The Pastor’s Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity by Barnabas Piper

I am reposting this review because the kindle edition is free (today only)

Summary: A pastor’s kid talks to pastors and other pastor’s kids about being a pastor’s kid.

I am a pastor’s kid.  In fact, pastoring is a bit of a family business.  My brother, father, and 3 uncles and an aunt are pastors, another uncle is not officially ordained but was the main interim pastor for a small church for several years.  Also a grandfather, a great-grandfather, a great-great grandfather were pastors and a great-great-great grandmother was a traveling evangelist in the civil war era (if I have my history right.)

And I know a lot of pastor’s kids.  When you go to Wheaton College, there are a lot of pastor’s kids (and Missionary Kids which has its own special set of issues.)  I know pastor’s kids that have done well, and those that have not. So I picked up The Pastor’s Kids (a review copy) with interest.

This is a pretty short book (about 140 pages of content or 3 hours of audio).  John Piper introduces it and acknowledges that at time the book was hard for him to read because it is being written by his son about the problems of being a pastor’s kid.  But John Piper wants to assure the reader that anything critical is about wanting what’s best for the church as a whole and pastor’s families in particular.

The end really hits that tone by concluding with all of the good that can come of being a pastor’s kid.  Personally, that is where I and most other pastor’s kids I know end up.  All in all, we are glad we were pastor’s kids.

Sept Free Audiobook from – Francis Schaeffer

Each month gives away a free MP3 audiobook.  This month it is How Should We Then Live? The Decline of Western Thought and Culture by Francis Schaeffer

7 hrs and 51 mins, 56 of 65 reviews are 4 of 5 stars (at Audible) or 105 of 119 reviews are 4 or 5 stars (at Amazon)

As one of the foremost evangelical thinkers of the 20th century, Francis Schaeffer long pondered the fate of declining Western culture. In this brilliant book, he analyzed the reasons for modern society’s state of affairs and presented the only viable alternative: living by the Christian ethic, acceptance of God’s revelation, and total affirmation of the Bible’s morals, values, and meaning.

How Should We Then Live? has become the benchmark for Christian worldview thinking today. This edition commemorates the 50th anniversary of L’Abri Fellowship, founded by Francis and Edith Schaeffer.
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August End of the Month Reminders

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10 Free Christian Kindle Books

St Francis of Assisi

140 pages, 23 of 23 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled, Previously Free

St. Francis’s call is a call to return to the basics of Christianity. It is a call to Christians to reach back to their roots so that their spiritual lives can draw strength from the pure waters of the Gospel instead of being choked by manmade traditions and worldly concerns. In the words of G. K. Chesterton, the coming of Francis “marked the moment when men could be reconciled not only to God but to nature and, most difficult of all, to themselves. … his whole function [was] to tell men to start afresh and, in that sense, to tell them to forget” (124).

While St. Francis of Assisi is one of the most beloved saints in history, the relevancy of St. Francis for our times in light of the election of Pope Francis has yet to be explored. This book is written with the intention of filling that gap. While it is biographical in nature, it also freely explores themes that relate to St. Francis but are not a part of his life. This book is about more than the life of St. Francis of Assisi; it is about the impact this beloved saint has had through his imitation of Christ, his love of poverty, the Franciscan movement, and his profound influence on Pope Francis.

A Difference of Purpose: A Novel of the American Civil War by Terry Solleau

222 pages, 23 of 31 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled, Previously Free

A DIFFERENCE OF PURPOSE is a civil war novel that tells the story of 12 year old Jonathan Berkeley, a Confederate drummer boy serving with the famous Orphan Brigade, and his uncle and Godfather, Alexander Wythe, an abolitionist lawyer and captain serving in the Union army. They wrestle with God and their own inner demons as they confront devastating personal tragedies and search desperately for faith, love, and meaning in a torn and tragic world of civil war. Captain Wythe is forced to question his faith when confronted with the loss of loved ones, including his wife, Amanda Wythe, and with the human suffering, inhumanity, cruelty and chaos of the American Civil War. This story of loss, sorrow, faith and redeeming love takes the reader on a fast paced journey to the bloody battlefields of Fredericksburg, Stones River, and Chickamauga, and through a tragic world of division and heartbreak. Also, featured in this novel of love and war are Abraham Lincoln, Clara Barton, the abolition of slavery, the mistreatment of American Indians, and the largest mass execution in American history

Ministerial Musings by Dr Wilson Jay Tyree

118 pages, 3 of 3 reviews are 5-star, Lending Enabled, Previously Free

This collection of writings comes from the heart of a veteran minister, husband, father and friend. “A Mower Went Forth to Mow”, first published by Gospel Advocate Magazine in April of 1995, calls preachers to cultivate the church’s “lawnscape”. “Unsung Songs” is a series of poems depicting the joyous and not so joyous sides of local ministry and daily life. And in “Ministry 101″ Dr Tyree takes the reader on a guided tour of 30 years of lessons learned in churches of Christ.

Free Audiobook of Island of the Blue Dolphins

Random House AudioIsland of the Blue dolphins is giving away an MP3 audiobook of Scott O’Dell’s classic Island of the Blue Dolphins.

The give away is on Facebook and you have to give your email address and sign up for the Random House Audio email list (which you can unsubscribe from at any time.)

You will need to sign up on a desktop computer if you want to download the audio instead of streaming it.

Island of the Blue Dolphins free audiobook


7 Free Christian Kindle Books

Stolen Woman: Christian Suspense by Kimberly Rae

305 pages, 112 of 117 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled, Previously Free

Human Trafficking…Asha knew nothing about it before meeting 16-year-old Rani, stolen from her home and forced into prostitution in Kolkata, India. Asha must help this girl escape, but Mark, a 3rd generation missionary, keeps warning her away from the red-light district and its workers. Will she ever discover why? And will they ever stop their intense arguments long enough to admit their even more intense feelings for one another?

When Asha sneaks out one last time in a desperate attempt to rescue her friend, someone follows her through the night. Is freedom possible? Or will she, too, become one of the stolen?

Managing Money God’s Way: 31-Day Daily Devotional by Bob Lotich

129 pages, 45 of 46 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled, Previously Free

As Christians we are hard-wired with a desire to be generous givers. Unfortunately, many Christians are greatly limited in their giving potential because they don’t have their money under control! Join Bob in this 31 day daily devotional as he shares his own experiences, insights, questions, and discoveries about Biblical money management and what we can do to be better stewards of our money. Each short chapter will leave you with a new Biblical insight, personal challenge, encouraging thought, and even practical steps to better control your money.

Death of the Modern Superhero: How Grace Breaks Our Rules by Chris Lautsbaugh

200 pages, 30 of 30 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled, Previously Free

Have you ever felt like you were just not good enough for God? We are told we must be a good Christian, a loving spouse, a caring and involved parent, active in your community, and so much more.

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When Godly People do Ungodly Things: Finding Authentic Restoration in an Age of Seduction by Beth Moore - $2.99

332 pages, 363 of 384 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled

It is reported in the headlines, confessed in the pulpits, and hidden in the pews in churches around the world. The seduction of God’s people by the deceiver is a tale as old as the garden, but we are always surprised when it happens. We must realize that Satan is a lion on the prowl and we are his prey.

Beth writes with a passion fueled by the Biblical warnings of the schemes of Satan’s seductive activity and the broken-hearted concern of a teacher who receives countless letters from repentant Christians limping on the road to finding restoration. Delivering dire warnings to Christians to safeguard themselves against Satan’s attacks, Beth also reveals how you can know if someone is vulnerable. Beth writes, “We, Christ’s church, are in desperate need of developing His heart and mind in issues like these.” She fears that often God is far more merciful than the Body of Christ is with the deeply repentant and those desperate to find their way home. When Godly People Do Ungodly Things will be a guide to authentic repentance and restoration.

Can These Bones LIve: A Catholic Baptist Engagement With Ecclesiology, Hermeneutics and Social Theory by Barry Harvey – $1.99

304 pages, 1 of 1 reviews are 5-star

In this book, Barry Harvey offers a doctrine of the church that combines Baptist distinctives and origins with an unbending commitment to the visible church as the social body of Christ. Writing from a postliberal, post-Constantinian perspective, Harvey outlines how the church, in its current Western setting, needs to recover and reinvigorate core ecclesial practices in order to “remember the scattered followers of Jesus into the earthy-historical form of the crucified and risen Christ.” These core practices include the theological interpretation of Scripture, the development of sound doctrine, the centrality of baptism and the Eucharist, the exercises of spiritual discipline, and the cultivation of the church as a distinctive social body. This book will serve as a useful text for students of ecclesiology, systematic theology, missiology, and ethics.

A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans – $0.99 – Review

333 pages, of reviews are 4 or 5-star

What is “biblical womanhood” . . . really?

Strong-willed and independent, Rachel Held Evans couldn’t sew a button on a blouse before she embarked on a radical life experiment–a year of biblical womanhood. Intrigued by the traditionalist resurgence that led many of her friends to abandon their careers to assume traditional gender roles in the home, Evans decides to try it for herself, vowing to take all of the Bible’s instructions for women as literally as possible for a year.