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.

The Grace Outpouring: Blessing Others Through Prayer by Roy Godwin with Dave Roberts

Summary: A wandering, but very encouraging story of how obedience can be used by God.

I know that some dismiss books that are written ‘with…’.  These are books where a person has a story to tell but does not have the time (and usually skill) to tell it well in book form.  Whenever I have hear automatic dismissal I think of the work that John and Elizabeth Sherrill did in bring the stories of Brother Andrew, Corrie Ten Boom, David Wilkerson and many others where their names did not clearly appear in the ‘with…’ section.

I do want to say clearly, that while I am supportive of people like the Sherrills and Dave Roberts in this book, I think these cowriters need to always be acknowledged and Christian publishers in particular need to stop the practice of hidden ghost writers.

In the Grace Outpouring, Roy Godwin tells the story of how God has used him and the Ffald-y-Brenin retreat center in Wales to bless others and bring God’s power to the people that visit the retreat center, the community around the retreat center, and even people that have never been there.

Testimony stories like this are an important part of Christian literature.  Sometimes I can forget how important a part they are.  These types of books are usually not great literary works, but instead are simple narratives of Gods work in normal people’s lives.

In Roy Godwin’s example, God choose a broken business man and evangelist and his wife to lead a retreat center into becoming a ‘house of prayer.’  Early in the book he focuses on how they prayed blessings over individuals and God directly worked in their lives to bring about salvation, spiritual and emotional healing (and later in the book physical healing.)

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The Great Divorce by CS Lewis – $3.29

164 pages, 584 of 636 reviews are 4 or 5-star

C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce is a classic Christian allegorical tale about a bus ride from hell to heaven. An extraordinary meditation upon good and evil, grace and judgment, Lewis’s revolutionary idea in the The Great Divorce is that the gates of Hell are locked from the inside. Using his extraordinary descriptive powers, Lewis’ The Great Divorce will change the way we think about good and evil.

Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy by John Julius Norwich - $1.99

528 pages, 61 of 89 reviews are 4 or 5-star

In a chronicle that captures nearly two thousand years of inspiration and intrigue, John Julius Norwich recounts in riveting detail the histories of the most significant popes and what they meant politically, culturally, and socially to Rome and to the world. Norwich presents such popes as Innocent I, who in the fifth century successfully negotiated with Alaric the Goth, an invader civil authorities could not defeat; Leo I, who two decades later tamed (and perhaps paid off) Attila the Hun; the infamous “pornocracy”—the five libertines who were descendants or lovers of Marozia, debauched daughter of one of Rome’s most powerful families; Pope Paul III, “the greatest pontiff of the sixteenth century,” who reinterpreted the Church’s teaching and discipline; John XXIII, who in five short years starting in 1958 instituted reforms that led to Vatican II; and Benedict XVI, who is coping with today’s global priest sex scandal. Epic and compelling, Absolute Monarchs is an enthralling history from “an enchanting and satisfying raconteur” (The Washington Post).

The Good News of Revelation by Larry Helyer and Ed Cyzewski - $2.99

110 pages, 6 of 6 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled

Readers of the Bible rarely, if ever, turn to the book of Revelation for comfort or assurance in hard times. In fact, many popular interpretations of Revelation today focus on predicting a terrifying future that leaves many unsettled and disconnected from John’s original message to the seven churches, many of whom were suffering persecution under the Roman Empire.

Revelation encouraged its original readers to persevere as they waited for God to eradicate evil, restore justice, and redeem the world. Revelation speaks to the past, present, and future church with the assurance of Christ’s victory over evil and the promise that faithfulness will be richly rewarded. This often perplexing book of the Bible reveals good news about the rule of Christ and the future of God’s people.

Rather than saying, “Watch out! The Anti-Christ is coming,” Revelation tells its readers, “Hold on, Jesus is Lord!”

John Scalzi Kindle Sale

I have read a number of John Scalzi books over the past two years.  He does a great job of mixing humor and science fiction in most of his books (although not all are funny.) He has a new book coming out next week, which I have pre-ordered and I assume is the reason that most of the kindle edition of his books are on sale right now.

Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi – $1.50 – Bookwi.se Review

304 pages, 194 of 247 reviews are 4 or 5-star

Jack Holloway works alone, for reasons he doesn’t care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorp’s headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporation’s headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, that’s not up for discussion.

Then, in the wake of an accidental cliff collapse, Jack discovers a seam of unimaginably valuable jewels, to which he manages to lay legal claim just as ZaraCorp is cancelling their contract with him for his part in causing the collapse. Briefly in the catbird seat, legally speaking, Jack pressures ZaraCorp into recognizing his claim, and cuts them in as partners to help extract the wealth.

But there’s another wrinkle to ZaraCorp’s relationship with the planet Zarathustra. Their entire legal right to exploit the verdant Earth-like planet, the basis of the wealth they derive from extracting its resources, is based on being able to certify to the authorities on Earth that Zarathustra is home to no sentient species.

Then a small furry biped—trusting, appealing, and ridiculously cute—shows up at Jack’s outback home. Followed by its family. As it dawns on Jack that despite their stature, these are people, he begins to suspect that ZaraCorp’s claim to a planet’s worth of wealth is very flimsy indeed…and that ZaraCorp may stop at nothing to eliminate the “fuzzys” before their existence becomes more widely known.

Redshirts: A Novel With Three Codas by John Scalzi – $5.00 – Bookwi.se Review

318 pages, 537 of 827 reviews are 4 or 5-star

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship’s Xenobiology laboratory.

Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces, (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations, and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expendedon avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives.

Redshirts is the winner of the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi – $4.00 – Bookwi.se Review

332 pages, 1046 of 1186 reviews are 4 or 5-star

John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife’s grave. Then he joined the army.

The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce-and aliens willing to fight for them are common. The universe, it turns out, is a hostile place.

So: we fight. To defend Earth (a target for our new enemies, should we let them get close enough) and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has gone on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

9 Free Christian Kindle Books

A Christian Survival Guide: A Lifeline to Faith and Growth by Ed Cyzewiski

208 pages, 5 of 8 reviews are 4 or 5-star

What enables some to survive as Christians when so many others falter? Without resorting to empty answers, clichés, relativism, or smug certainty, A Christian Survival Guide provides an accessible and safe place to deal with issues that can give Christians sleepless nights. By focusing on spiritual practices, discussing solutions to faith struggles, and offering perspectives from multiple Christian traditions, this survival guide moves readers into a thriving relationship with God, even if that means not necessarily finding all the answers.

When You’ve Been Blessed (Feels Life Heaven) by Adrienne Thompson

224 pages, 45 of 46 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled

What’s a woman of God to do when everything, even her faith, begins to fall apart?

Gospel star Tonya Langford-Hill revels in her role as First Lady of her husband’s church and is proud to be the wife of one of the most successful pastors in Central Arkansas. When an unexpected revelation sends shock waves through her life and her marriage, she finds herself on the edge of losing everything that ever mattered to her. Will Tonya regain her faith and accept the blessings of love that eventually come flowing her way?

Turn Around at Home: Giving a Stronger Spiritual Legacy Than You Received by Jack and Lisa Hubbs with Kurt Bruner

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

God Has a Purpose for Your Family

Turnaround at Home is a guide to creating a God-honoring home for your kids, no matter what model you had as you grew up. Drawing from their own inspiring stories, the authors:

Help you understand your emotional, spiritual, and social background

Give biblical encouragement for creating positive cycles in marriage and parenting

Offer 50 practical ideas for becoming intentional as couples, parents of young children, parents of teens, and grandparents

Family patterns can be renewed in your generation. Turnaround at Home will help you make changes for good—starting at home.

Waterfall: A Novel by Lisa Bergren (River of Time #1)

Summary: A surprisingly prepared 17 year old gets sent back into time to 14th Century Italy.

I have a pretty high tolerance for cheesy stories. But Waterfall really pushed the cheesy factors. I was pretty tired of all the teen slang that felt like it was included to try and be more authentic, but ended up being annoying and making the book feel younger and less professional.

Gabi is a 17 year old daughter of a pair of archeologists. Her father recently died and she and her sister and mother are on site in Italy trying to excavate an ancient tomb. While exploring the tomb, Gabi and her sister touches the wall and somehow Gabi gets sent back to 14th century Italy. When she walks out of the tomb she is in the midst of a small battle between two neighboring keeps (and her sister is no where to be found.)

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Destiny Junction: Behind Every Door is a Life and Behind Every Life is a Destiny by Michael Phillips

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

Destiny Junction is a small town, not unlike any other small town in America. As its name implies, however, it becomes the place where many people’s lives meet destiny.

Through one young lady’s obedient Christian life and the work of the Holy Spirit subsequent to her murder, the lives of many people in the town of Destiny Junction are transformed.

This is their story…a story about life…and what it means…or what it ought to mean.

Invisible (Ivy Malone Mystery #1) by Lorena McCourtney

324 pages, 884 of 1127 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled, Previously Free

She’s not your average crime fighter!

Ivy Malone has a curiosity that sometimes gets her into trouble, and it’s only aggravated by her discovery that she can easily escape the public eye. So when vandals romp through the local cemetery, she takes advantage of her newfound anonymity and its unforeseen advantages as she launches her own unofficial investigation.

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Doesn’t She Look Natural by Angela Hunt

354 pages, 74 of 89 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled, Previously Free

How do you cope when God asks you to bury a dream? In this new series by best-selling author Angela Hunt, readers will meet Jennifer Graham, the no-nonsense chief of staff for a Virginia senator who quits her job after a divorce and finds herself an unemployed single mom. Forced to live with her mother until she can find work on Capitol Hill that does not involve her gregarious ex-husband, her efforts are stymied until she learns that she has inherited a funeral home in picturesque Mt. Dora. Jennifer journeys to the small Florida town with her two sons and her mother, never dreaming that within a mortuary she will discover she has inherited a rewarding career that teaches her far more about life than death.

1408200381_1.pngPerfect Fit: Weekly Wisdom and Workouts for Women of Faith and Fitness by Diana Anderson-Tyler

282 pages, 12 of 12 reviews are 5-star, Lending Enabled

As ungodly depictions of beauty and carnal portraits of wellness saturate our society, young women are falling prey to secular notions of health and fitness by failing to view and treat their bodies from a Christ-centered perspective. Perfect Fit reveals and elucidates relevant biblical truths, presents powerful, heartfelt testimonies, and demonstrates fun, effective workouts that inspire women to embrace and exemplify God’s best for our bodies.

The Wishing Well Curse by Lynn Donovan

363 pages, 65 of 74 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled, Previously Free

~ A Gothic – Paranormal Christian Ghost Story ~

Zeke Clay is down on his luck. He’s lost everything—an apartment, an education, a girlfriend, his job…

When a mysterious letter comes from a law firm in Colorado, he decides things just might be looking up. Now he stands to inherit a fortune, but it comes with a price. He must break a family curse and restore true love. What does he know about breaking a curse? And who is this Great Uncle Luther Clayton, who claims Zeke is the one? Can he piece together the clues left by his dearly departed?

Who can he trust? The Apache Indian attorney? Her great nephew? The leather-clad, Harley riding Pastor? Least of all, himself?
What about the Ghosts?

…And why does his three-year-old tattoo bleed every time he gets near the wishing well?

In Time for Christmas by Heather Blanton

96 pages, 18 of 18 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled, Previously Free

Charlene needs a miracle. God has one waiting…a hundred years in the past.

In Time for Christmas — a Novella, is the story of Charlene Williams, a woman trapped in a dangerously abusive marriage. Disappointed that God hasn’t gotten her out of it, or even hears her prayers at all, she has shut down emotionally. When husband Dale becomes suspicious of her daily chats with the mailman, he whisks her out of town and abandons her on his family’s ranch—an isolated, dilapidated place no one has lived on for over forty years. With the promise that he’ll be back in a few days, he knocks her unconscious and leaves.

Kindred by Octavia Butler

Reposting this late 2013 review, of one of the best books I have read in the last year. The Kindle Edition is on sale for $2.99. (Probably today only because it is a price match to B&N Daily Deal)

Kindred by Octavia ButlerSummary: A 26 year old newlywed African American woman from 1976 somehow gets sent back in time to save the life of a young Maryland plantation owners son, in 1815.

A bit over a year ago I picked up Octavia Butler’s book Fledgling more by mistake than anything else.  I knew the late Octavia Butler was a well known science fiction author, but I had not read anything she had written.

Fledgling, her last book, was about vampires, but was far different from either the young adult Twilight books, the Anne Rice books or the traditional Bram Stoker, book.

I was reluctant to pick up Kindred because of the subject matter.  An African American woman gets sent back in time to Antebellum South.  I expected a depressing or superficial book.  Instead I found one of the best fiction books I have read this year.

I am a bit allergic to nostalgia, wishing to be back at some mythical point in history is great, for those that were privileged at that point in time.

Dana, both a woman and African American, was not privileged to in 1815 or the later points where she goes back.  It is this voice, of the African American and female writer that Butler is known for.  But what could be a simplistic (slavery was bad) book was a nuanced look at how culture affect the person.