Archive for the ‘Books’ category

Moody Publishers Blogger Review Program

May 16, 2012

I know that bloggers like free books. Over the past six years, I have connected hundreds of bloggers with dozens of book publishers and given away over 20,000 books through Band of Bloggers. One of the generous publishing companies has been Moody Publishers, and they have just recently announced a new Blogger Review Program. If you are blogger who likes to read and review books, I encourage you to check this program out. It’s a great way to get good books you would normally buy for free.

Free Audiobook – Think by John Piper

October 2, 2011

For the month of October, ChristianAudio is giving away as a free download John Piper’s audiobook Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God. This is a really helpful book, and if you have a regular commute or exercise routine, this audiobook is well worth your time.

Here’s a video trailer for the book.

Bloodlines Documentary with John Piper

September 30, 2011

I recently picked up this book on hard copy as well as on Kindle. Below is an exclusive video documentary featuring John Piper as he walks through his personal story of growing up in the racist South. His personal story boldly champions the transforming power of the gospel and the beauty of racial diversity and harmony in Christ.

Very moving. Check it.

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Bloodlines by John Piper

September 15, 2011

Last night, I picked up on Kindle John Piper’s latest book, Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian (foreword by Tim Keller).  I have always enjoyed reading works by Piper, but I’m especially interested in this one because of the topic and how it relates to my life and work.

There are two parts to the book: part one focuses on  “Our World: The Need for the Gospel” and part two transitions to “God’s Word: The Power of the Gospel.” Needless to say, I’m eager to dive in.

A very cool addition to this new release is an 18-minute documentary of Piper and his past growing up in Greenville, South Carolina.  Check out this excerpt from the documentary.

Creed by Winfield Bevins

September 1, 2011

I’m excited to see my friend Winfield Bevin’s new book Creed: Connect to the Basic Essentials of Historic Christian Faith (NavPress) releases today.  Winfield is a gifted writer and theologian who rebels against what C.S. Lewis called “chronological snobbery” with a true historical consciousness.

One of the growing trends I’m seeing today among the younger generational of evangelicals is a recognition of the importance of being confessional.  That is not to say that a document or confession is given a place of authority or primary source in Christian faith; rather, confessions are theological consensus statements by which we can agree with saints across generations the faith once for all delivered to the saints.

Winfield’s book Creed addresses three core components of Christian orthodoxy, namely the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Apostle’s Creed.  This resource will be a great discipleship tool to anchor believers new and old in the doctrinal, ethical, and spiritual foundations in the Christian faith.

Read what others are saying, preview the book, and pick up a copy » Paperback | Kindle Version

Vacation Reading

July 21, 2011

My stack of “to read” books is getting bigger and bigger.  Sadly, this year has proved to be a very difficult year for reading and self-feeding, but I’m working on that, beginning with my upcoming time off.  I wrestled with what books to take with me this year.  A lengthy theological treatise? Moving biography? Leisure reading?

I decided to go with four thin books that that I anticipate to be both personally nourishing and ministerially challenging.  I chose thin books, too, because they are easy to pack and carry to the beach. 🙂

Here they are:

1.  A Meal with Jesus: Discovering Grace, Community, and Mission Around the Table by Tim Chester (144 pages)

2. Church Planting Is for Wimps: How God Uses Messed Up People to Plant Ordinary Churches That Do Extraordinary Things by Mike McKinley (128 pages)

3. Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God by David Platt (196 pages)

4. Marks of the Messenger: Knowing, Living and Speaking the Gospel by J. Mack Stiles (128 pages)

J.D. Greear on God as the Central Figure of the Story of Scripture

July 9, 2011

J.D. Greear has a new book coming out this October called GOSPEL: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary (foreword by Tim Keller).  This book comes in the wave of great books coming out in recent years on the gospel in what I believe to be a work of God in bringing us to recovery and renewal in and through the good news of Jesus Christ.  Below is a little video of Greear explaining how God is the central figure in the gospel story, followed by a little trailer where Greear explains why he wrote his forthcoming book.

Joe Thorn on Note to Self

June 4, 2011

My good friend Joe Thorn was recently interviewed by Justin Taylor about his new book, Note to Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself.  I have been recently working through it in my morning devotions (on Kindle) and have found it to be a very edifying read.  In this interview, Joe answers the question of what it means to preach the gospel and follows up with an excellent summary of the importance of law and gospel in the Christian life.  Check it out!

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Counterfeit Gospels

March 29, 2011

I’m excited for Trevin and the very important topic he has taken up in this book. I remember a year ago sitting down with him in Louisville talking about his work on this book, and I am really looking forward to digging into it!

Book releases April 1.

15 New and Forthcoming Books Deserving Your Attention

March 25, 2011

Lots of good books coming out this spring. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but here are 15 books that I have spotted that I find deserving your attention.  Check them out.

1.  The Gospel Commission: Recovering God’s Strategy for Making Disciples by Michael Horton (March)
2.  Counterfeit Gospels: Rediscovering the Gospel in a World of False Hope by Trevin Wax (April)
3.  Note to Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself by Joe Thorn (May)
4.  Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God by David Platt (May)
5.  Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ by Russell Moore (April)
6.  Practicing Affirmation: God-Centered Praise of Those Who Are Not God by Sam Crabtree (March)
7.  Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse Fitzpatrick (June)
8.  The Intolerance of Tolerance by D.A. Carson (March)
9.  A Meal with Jesus: Discovering Grace, Community, and Mission Around the Table by Tim Chester (May)
10. Our Triune God: Living in the Love of the Three-In-One by Philip Graham Ryken and Michael Lefebvre
11. Preaching for God’s Glory by Alistair Begg (May)
12. The Greener Grass Conspiracy: Finding Contentment on Your Side of the Fence by Stephen Altrogge (May)
13. The Next Story: Life and Faith After the Digital Explosion by Tim Challies (April)
14. The Pastor as Scholar and the Scholar as Pastor: Reflections on Life and Ministry by D.A. Carson and John Piper (May)
15. Eternal God: A Study of God without Time by Paul Helm (March)

Get These (Gospel Coalition) Booklets

March 11, 2011

Yesterday, I took advantage of the great deal by Westminster Bookstore that had all eight of the new Gospel Coalition booklets for the sale price of only $17.00 (45% off).  I encourage you to do the same.  This sale is good only for a limited time (ends March 16).

Personally, I can see how these booklets can be used for (a) personal discipleship, (b) supplementary reading for our apprenticeship program, and (c) provisional literature of the church for members in the bookstore or information center.

You can download for free Sam Storms’ booklet, The Restoration of All Things.  Check them out!

Tim Challies – The Next Story

February 22, 2011

Movie trailer for his new book. Hilarious and convicting. “Do you own technology, or does technology own you?”

King’s Cross by Tim Keller – 60% off this week only

February 21, 2011

Tim Keller’s new book, King’s Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus officially comes out tomorrow (Feb. 22), and Westminster Bookstore has some deep savings this week only where you can get it at 60% off the cover price.  The sale ends Feb. 28, so be sure to take advantage of this great sale on what looks to be a great book!

Here’s an excerpt from Keller in the preface:

“The whole story of the world—and of how we fit into it—is most clearly understood through a careful, direct look at the story of Jesus. My purpose here is to try to show, through his words and actions, how beautifully his life makes sense of ours.”

“[The Gospel of] Mark does not read like a dry history. It is written in the present tense, often using words like ‘immediately’ to pack the account full of action. You can’t help but notice the abruptness and breathless speed of the narrative. This Gospel conveys, then, something important about Jesus. He is not merely a historical figure, but a living reality, a person who addresses us today. In his very first sentences Mark tells us that God has broken into history. His style communicates a sense of crisis, that the status quo has been ruptured… Jesus has come; anything can happen now. Mark wants us to see that the coming of Jesus calls for decisive action… Therefore we need to respond actively. We can’t remain neutral. We may not sit and reflect and find excuses for not changing our lives now.”

Reclaiming Adoption Book Endorsement

December 15, 2010

I have had the privilege of knowing Dan Cruver since the first Band of Bloggers in 2006.  He has consistently championed the gospel and its implications in our lives, especially as it relates to adoption and orphan care.  So when he asked me to read his forthcoming book and consider writing an endorsement, I was honored and excited.  Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living Through the Rediscovery of Abba Father includes various authors such as John Piper, Scotty Smith, Rick Phillips and Jason Kovacs.  You will definitely want to get this book.

Here’s my official endorsement:

“I have heard it said that our adoption in Christ is the excellency and apex of God’s salvation. In fact, we’re told that this adoption has cosmic implications as all creation awaits the revelation of once flagrant rebels now glorified children of God (Rom. 8:19). I’m greatly blessed—and I know you will be as well—by the capable guides in Reclaiming Adoption who propel us to the breathtaking views of God’s Trinitarian work of adopting us as His own. Not only that, but this book causes you to take it in chapter by chapter. Having been thrilled by God’s adopting love, you are set free to live from God’s acceptance of you, not striving for it; to go on a rescue mission after rebels because God’s missionary heart has included you.”

To see the rest of endorsements, go here.

5 Books Every Christian Should Read

November 28, 2010

I had the privilege of joining Tim Challies, Owen Strachan, Trevin Wax, and Terry Delaney of coming up with a short list of books (five to be exact) we believe every Christian should read.  Terry, who came up with the idea, explains a little about our thinking in this blogpost.  There are other great books not on this short list, but we felt that these were foundational to the Christian life, enduring in their influence, and accessible to all Christians, especially those just beginning in their relationship with Christ.

Westminster Bookstore agreed to offer a special discount for those desiring to purchase these books individually or as a whole.  Here’s the list:

The sale at WTSBookstore is now offering these books at an additional 10% discount which will last only through December 31, 2010.  If you decide to buy all give books together, you will save $40 and receive free shipping for your order.  To take advantage of this sale, you will need to enter 5BOOKS as a coupon code when you come to the screen,”ENTER SPECIAL OFFER COUPON CODE.”

You may already own most if not all five of these books, but I’d encourage you to consider creating a “giveaway” shelf in your personal library of great books that you can hand out to those who come into your home as a guest or into your life as a friend.  I come to find that those who love good books love giving them away as well.  These are five that any Christian can enjoy and truly be impacted for their good and God’s glory in their life!