Sale Christian Kindle Books, 3 Reviewed

Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Negelct of the Holy Spirit by Francis Chan with Danae Yankoski – $4.99 – Review

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

In the name of the Father, the Son, and … the Holy Spirit. We pray in the name of all three, but how often do we live with an awareness of only the first two? As Jesus ascended into heaven, He promised to send the Holy Spirit—the Helper—so that we could be true and living witnesses for Christ. Unfortunately, today’s church has admired the gift but neglected to open it.

Breakthrough author Francis Chan rips away paper and bows to get at the true source of the church’s power—the Holy Spirit. Chan contends that we’ve ignored the Spirit for far too long, and we are reaping the disastrous results. Thorough scriptural support and compelling narrative form Chan’s invitation to stop and remember the One we’ve forgotten, the Spirit of the living God.

Also on sale by Francis Chan: Erasing Hell ($3.99) and Multiply ($2.99)

Discover the Mystery of Faith: How Worship Shapes Believing by Glenn Packiam – $1.99 – Review

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

What if the way we worship isn’t just an expression of our faith, but is what shapes our faith?

The Church has believed this about the way we worship and pray together for centuries: The way we worship becomes the way we believe. But if this is true, it’s time to take a closer look at what we say and sing and do each week. Drawing from his own discovery of ancient worship practices, Glenn Packiam helps us understand why the Church made creedal proclamations and Psalm-praying a regular part of their worship. He shares about why the Eucharist was the climactic point of their corporate “re-telling of the salvation story.”

When our worship becomes a rich feast, our faith is nourished and no longer anemic. The more our worship speaks of Christ, the more we enter into the mystery of faith.

Also on sale by Glenn Packiam: Secondhand Jesus ($1.99)

Against Calvinism: Rescuing God’s Reputation from Radical Reformed Theology by Roger Olson – $2.99 Review

208 pages, 70 of 93 reviews are 4 or 5-star

Calvinist theology has been debated and promoted for centuries. But is it a theology that should last? Roger Olson suggests that Calvinism, also commonly known as Reformed theology, holds an unwarranted place in our list of accepted theologies. In Against Calvinism, readers will find scholarly arguments explaining why Calvinist theology is incorrect and how it affects God’s reputation.

Olson draws on a variety of sources, including Scripture, reason, tradition, and experience, to support his critique of Calvinism and the more historically rich, biblically faithful alternative theologies he proposes. Addressing what many evangelical Christians are concerned about today—so-called “new Calvinism,” a movement embraced by a generation labeled as “young, restless, Reformed” —Against Calvinism is the only book of its kind to offer objections from a non-Calvinist perspective to the current wave of Calvinism among Christian youth. As a companion to Michael Horton’s For Calvinism, readers will be able to compare contrasting perspectives and form their own opinions on the merits and weaknesses of Calvinism.

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Heaven: Biblical Answers to Common Questions by Randy Alcorn

60 pages, 218 of 152 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Previously Free

This pocket-sized 60-page booklet provides a sampling of some of the questions and answers found in Randy Alcorn’s Heaven. This handy little booklet makes a great gift!


Crucify: Why The Crowd Killed Jesus: A Novel by Tomonthy Stoner

300 pages, 31 of 40 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Previously Free

On Sunday they jammed the streets celebrating his arrival. But on Friday they were screaming for his blood.

What prompted this stunning reversal? Why did this man’s followers and friends demand his death?

Crucify! reveals the motive behind the most heinous murder of all time. Timothy J. Stoner mines the Gospels to expose Jesus’s secret agenda and uncovers his dangerous and provocative mission. Is there something about this young Rabbi that we have failed to understand or appreciate?

Answering these questions raises another—one that is more troubling: If we’d been there, would we have joined with the scandalized crowd crying Crucify?

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by John Safran Foer

Reposting this 2012 review because the Kindle Edition is on the the Kindle Deals of the day and on sale for $2.99 today only.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly CloseExtremely Loud and Incredibly Close is an intense novel about a boy who has lost his father in one of the twin towers on 9/11. The majority of the novel is made up of the inner workings of this boy’s mind as he attempts to navigate through life carrying the burden of the tragedy of his father’s death. Oscar is a very smart boy and there are times where you would think that his thoughts belong more to an adult, but there are also times when his fragility and youth are revealed. While the boy is the main narrator, there are times when the boy’s grandmother and grandfather reveal their thoughts through the form of a letter.

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Fully Devoted by John Ortberg, Laurie Pederson, Judson Poling – $0.99

128 pages, 9 of 9 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled

What does it mean to do everything “in Jesus’ name”? Is that an ideal attainable only by a few “super Christians”–or is it a way of life we can all experience?

John Ortberg is a teaching pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California, and previously served as teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church.Judson Poling works with small group ministries at Willow Creek. He is coauthor of the Walking with God series and general editor of The Journey: A Study Bible for Spiritual Seekers (also $0.99).

The New Testament: Its Background and Message by Thomas Lea and David Alan Black – $0.99

676 pages, 26 of 28 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled

In the comprehensive The New Testament: Its Background and Message, the late Thomas Lea presented a clear and concise introduction to the New Testament giving readers the key that unlocks the door to understanding these important texts. This influential work presents the background of the New Testament with broad strokes and with a focus on specific books including the Gospels, Acts, and Paul and his letters. Originally written in an easy-to-understand style and form, Lea’s text continues to unlock the message of the New Testament for both new students and seasoned scholars.

The World and the Word: An Introduction to the Old Testament by Eugene Merrill, Mark Rooker and Michael Grisanti – $0.99

560 pages, 16 of 19 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled

The World and the Word is a fresh introduction to the Old Testament driven largely by the fact that so much Christian preaching and teaching today increasingly ignores what is eighty percent of the Bible. Authors Eugene Merrill, Mark Rooker, and Michael Grisanti work through the world and text of the Old Testament always making three major points:

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The Generosity Revolution by Paul Hatfield

212 pages, 31 of 34 reviews are 5-star, Lending Enabled, Previously Free

Have you ever heard a story about someone who lived a radically generous life, and wished you had the faith and ability to live that way? I believe each of us can, and are actually called, to live with our financial lives centered around generosity. In The Generosity Revolution you will find ten challenging and practical steps that you can begin to implement in your life today. From untethering your heart from the world, to saving consistently, to changing how you pray this book will help unhinder you so that you can be more generous than you ever thought possible. Generosity is not just for the rich; it is for everyone—including you. Are you ready? Let’s get started!

The Restorer by Sharon Hinck

524 pages, 28 of 30 reviews are 5-star, Lending Enabled

Susan Mitchell sees herself as an ordinary soccer mom, until she’s pulled through a portal into another world, where a nation grappling for its soul waits for a promised Restorer to save their people.

She has always longed to do something important for God, but can she fill this role?

While she struggles to adapt to a foreign culture, she tackles an enemy that is poisoning the minds of the people, uncovers a corrupt ruling Council, and learns that God can use even her floundering attempts at service in surprising ways.

A Question of Destiny by Anita Higman

378 pages, 22 of 26 reviews are 5-star, Lending Enabled

Lucy O’Brien is about to be given ten million dollars and a chance to live a life she never imagined. Will this new found wealth be Lucy’s undoing, or can she rise above the temptations within high society and choose to become a nobler version of herself? And will the solitary Andrew Whitfield—a man who watches over Lucy as she adapts to her new lifestyle—cause her to close the door on her dreams or be the key that opens the rest of Lucy’s destiny?

And Then Came a Lion by Cecilia Marie Pulliam

337 pages, 10 of 12 reviews are 5-star, Lending Enabled

Susannah Carlson’s premonitions do not foretell cataclysmic world events; they reveal child abductions, heinous crimes perpetrated by heartless monsters on innocent children. Knowing the exact time and place of the abduction, Susannah arrives ahead of the predator, and waits. When the criminal strikes, she intercedes, snatching the child away to safety, and ensuring the pedophile’s arrest and conviction – if all goes according to plan.

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Anything for a Mystery by Cynthia Hickey

208 pages, 146 of 181 reviews are 4 or 5-star

Stormi Nelson, best-selling romance author, moved into her huge Victorian house in the private community of Oak Meadows Estates. When her agent tells her that her characters are becoming too cardboard and that she needs to get out and mingle with people, she comes up with the idea of a Neighborhood Watch Program. The only problem is … she’s the only member. On her first night of patrol, she stumbles over a dead body, meets a hunky detective, who happens to be her neighbor and clearly frustrated with her, and her mother, sister, niece and nephew arrive to shake up Stormi’s peaceful life. As she is immersed ever deeper into the mystery surrounding a neighbor’s murder, she decides to change writing tactics and write a romantic mystery based on her experiences. What follows is a frolicking good time as Stormi finds herself the nosiest neighbor of them all. Can she find the killer before she becomes the next victim?

Field of Blessing – Beyond Understanding by Elaine Ellis

99 pages, 20 of 21 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled, Previously Free

He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted… (Luke 4:18)
Jesus came into the world to be the fulfillment of these very words.

Upside: Surprising Good News About The State of Our World by Bradley Wright

Reposting this 2012 review because the Kindle Edition is on sale for $1.99 (and I am still at the hospital for the birth of my son.)

Upside: Surprising Good News About the State of Our WorldTakeaway: In most ways, the world is better now than it ever has been.

It might be surprising to many of us, especially in the midst of our current economy, but the world is actually fairly well off.  In fact, if you are an average middle class person right now, then you are better off in virtually every way than 94.6 percent of everyone that has ever lived.

Upside is a very good follow up to Wright’s first book, Christians are Hate Filled Hypocrites and other Lies You’ve Been Told.  Wright has the same basic point, to objectively look at the statistics and try to separate the hype and doom-sayers from reality.  In the first book, Wright shows that while there indeed are problems with the church, the church is not going to end in this generation and that most people do not hate Christians.

In Upside, Wright looks at the general state of the world.  Wright takes a long view of the issues and sees real improvement.  Early in the book he shows that most people view the best historic decade as the one that they spent their 20s.  So if you were born in the 1960s, you would view the 1980s as the best decade.  We have a relatively short view of the world, so humans in general always think things are getting worse, because the our lives are always getting more complex.

Economically, in spite of this short-term economic problem, the average family in the US has about twice as much income (inflation adjusted) as in 1950 and much more than in 1900.  In health areas, many diseases are significantly decreased, while there are others (like cancer and AIDS) that have increased.

Know the Creeds and Councils by Justin Holcolm

I am reposting this 2014 review because the Kindle Edition is on Sale for $3.99. (The companion book Know the Heretics is also on sale.)
Takeaway: While we are not saved by our beliefs, knowing why we believe what we believe is essential to right belief.

One of the things that I have become more sure of as I have aged (and read more books) is that salvation is not simply about right belief. I Cor 13 seems to directly address the common, but unfortunate, problem that many modern Evangelicals (and other Christians have). I Cor 13 suggests that we may be right in the external features of our faith (knowledge, miracles, suffering for God) but still be missing the essential feature of Love.

So I think many, especially of the non-denominational and free church varieties of Christians, have rejected some types of knowledge in a partial attempt at being more about personal experience of faith than about the knowledge of faith. I think often this is a false dichotomy.  We need the personal experience of Christ’s love for us (and our corresponding response of love for others) but we do not need to reject our knowledge (or history) to get it.

This past weekend I was talking to my Dad about theology (a common topic for us since he is a pastor and I like to read theology for fun.) One of the things that came up is that Evangelical theology is often narrow. The problem is not with the particulars of that theology, but with the narrowness. As a response some people want to reject one narrow theology and just adopt a new narrow theology.

But the better choice is to read and talk widely within the different streams of the Christian church precisely because we need those various streams to understand the fullness of the Christian faith.

Know the Heretics by Justin Holcomb

I am reposting this 2014 review because the Kindle Edition is on sale for $2.99 (Also on sale is the companion book Know the Creeds and Councils)
Takeaway: Knowing theology is more than just knowing the positive (creeds and beliefs) it is also understanding the negative (the Heresies).

We are all acquainted with the mantra, ‘Christians should be known more for what they are for than what they are against.’  It is simplistic, but I generally agree with the concept.

However, that does not mean that we should ignore the concept of Heresy.  Justin Holcomb has a very helpful, easy to read, good for small group discussion, book on the basic heresies of the church.

Marc Cortez, a theology professor at Wheaton College had a recent helpful post on the positives of ‘Becoming a Heretic’.  Cortez talks about how when he was teaching a class on the church fathers he temporarily became an Arianist, using the best arguments and historical documents to prove his case.  (Arianism is an ancient heresy that suggests that Jesus is eternally subordinate to the Father and was not eternal but created later.)

Cortez made his case to his students that because they didn’t really understand the reasoning behind the heresies, they did not really understand how to defend against them.

Meet William Thomas Shields

My son was born this morning at 2:17 AM.  He is 6lbs, 12ozs and 19in long. He and my wife are doing well. posting schedule will probably be a bit erratic for a little while.