New Books and a Sale or Two

The books are endless and with e-books and e-delivery the pace is almost unsettling, nevertheless here’s a few more to catch your fancy.

Good: The Joy of Christian Manhood and Womanhood is a new eBook from Desiring God. It is a compilation of writings related to Gospel life as a Man and Woman under Christ. It is available for free in pdf, EPUB and MOBI formats. Of related note, check out the similar Twitter or Facebook feed.

Get J. Ligon Duncan’s Exposition on Romans free e-book from Monergism Books.

WTS is offering the book On Guard for 35%-60% off depending on how many you purchase. This book deals with preventing and responding to child abuse in the church.

Practical Shepherding has three e-books on sale also: Practical Shepherding for $3.99, Visit the Sick for $2.99, Prepare Them to Shepherd for $2.99 and Conduct Gospel Centered Funerals for $2.99.

New in Print

G. K. Beale’s newest book Hidden But Now Revealed: A Biblical Theology of Mystery was released this month, Adam, The Fall, and Original Sin: Theological, Biblical, and Scientific Perspectives from Baker Academic was just released and James Hamilton’s With the Clouds of Heaven: The book of Daniel in biblical theology (New Studies in Biblical Theology Series) was released the end of August. I am currently reading Hamilton as I’m teaching through Daniel with our kids and teens this fall. It’s good.

J. A. Medders has a new book, Gospel Formed releasing Nov. 27th. You can find the information here. Also, G. K. Beale has another new book; God Dwells Among Us: Expanding to the Ends of the Earth releasing in December.

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Growth: Miles or Millimeters?

Everyone wants to grow – in some fashion or other. Children want to be teenagers. Teenagers want to be Adults. Adults (wish they were kids!) want to be better able to hand pressure, stress, life, money, etc.

As Christians, we desire to be like our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. We desire to be there today but we know we are not. For those of us discipling someone (which should be all of us), we often wish for faster growth in our ‘pupil’.

And yet it is often the little things in life that are the most meaningful; the lazy afternoon with the kids or a loved one, the flowers brought home, the breakfast in bed, the extra hug, the “I love you”.

Little things can have a powerful impact. How else can you explain the impact a little red fire ant that is often no more than a few millimeters take down a grown man. Considering that a fire ant (no larger than 6 mm or 1/4 inch long) could potentially take down a 6 feet man, who is 288 times larger, I would say little things can have a big impact. Being personally allergic to fire ants, I know the pain they can cause.

Bees, Hornets and wasps are another one. This past weekend while enjoying my anniversary with my wife I accidentally put my hand down on the side of the pool, right on top of a hornet/wasp (I really don’t know which!). Three days later my hand still has a swollen spot and is sore – from a little flying insect! Little things can make a big difference.

One last illustration: One Degree – just one degree – the difference between boiling water and not boiling water – the difference between having steam and not having steam (which can power all sorts of things). The difference between ending up in one destination or another (over a period of miles) on a nautical journey. Little things can make a big difference.

And when it comes to growing in Christ-likeness it is the little things, done over a long period of time that make the difference. That is our responsibility. That is our expectation. Big changes – to the degree of miles, in contrast to millimeters, are the work of God. Those are putting the Holy Spirit inside us – that’s mile change, not millimeter change. But then when the Holy Spirit says “Do this” or “Don’t do that” on a daily basis – those are the millimeter decisions we make that set the course for our future growth on earth.

While Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither are we transformed in a day (in the earthly sense) and so we need to learn to celebrate the millimeters because the millimeters become meters and meters become miles and that is simply a work of God. So stick to the Little Things that God tells you to do each day and let Him take care of the Big things that are out of your control anyway. He has promised to complete the work He began in us (Phil. 1:6), now let’s stick to working out what He’s already worked in us (Phil. 2:12).

And if you’re discipling someone and feeling frustrated, focus on faithfully encouraging the millimeters and let God take care of the miles. Difficult to understand sometimes, but the grace of God is SO much more than we can fathom – it was sufficient for Moses and Abraham, David and Solomon, Peter and Paul, and it is sufficient for us as well.

Let’s get them millimeters in!

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Books and More

David C Cook has a couple free e-books.

Inspire has the following five books at 50% off plus free shipping. $44.48 for all 5.

  • The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated, White (4/14) 
  • The End of Apologetics: Christian Witness in a Postmodern Context, Penner (6/13)
  • The Atheist’s Fatal Flaw: Exposing Conflicting Beliefs, Geisler/McCoy (6/14) 
  • Can We Still Believe the Bible? Evangelical Engagement w/Contemporary Questions, Blomberg (3/14) 
  • More Than a Theory: Revealing a Testable Model for Creation, Ross (4/12)

GoTandem is offering a free copy of a new devotional entitled Growing in Christ as well as a new Bible App (bottom of page on left-email required).

Faith Gateway is running a 65% off sale on select books

Stephen Miller of Real Life in Austin, TX has a free Christmas EP and Charts (email required).

WTS is offering a special on the book Resisting Gossip. Their package deal includes 5 copies of the book plus 5 copies of the Participant Guide and free shipping  – all for $50. You can also purchase individual copies, currently on sale for $8 and $4 (Participant Guide) Free videos are also available to supplement the use of the curriculum. The e-book is available for $4.

If you are a user of Wordsearch Bible Software, there is currently a great deal on a 91 volume Charles Spurgeon library for just $89.95 – that’s less than $1 per book. This price is good through Nov. 1st.

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Books, Blogs, Discipleship Training and Jesus App

It’s been busy so far this week but here’s some book deals for you.

The BibleArc blog is running a free one month trial for TODAY only. This may be a way for you to dig deeper into Scripture. Check it out, along with their Arcing 101 to get you started.

E-Book: Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family, and Fatherhood by Josh Turner for 99 cents.

Not A Fan by Kyle Idleman is $5.00 at FaithGateway until Oct. 31st.

Inspire Resources is running a great sale on Baker’s Illustrated Reference works – at 50% off plus a freebie. This package deal includes Baker’s Illustrated Bible Commentary, Dictionary, Handbook and Guide to Life in Bible Times. All 4 books for $59.98 with free shipping. Great Deal.

CCEF is offering their 5 volumes of JBC Must Reads at 60% off. They include On Anger, Redeeming Psychology, Relationships, Suffering, Parenting. The entire set is $20. Anything from CCEF and JBC (Journal of Biblical Counseling) are beneficial to the growing Christian and very useful for counseling, discipling, pastoring.

Discipleship Training International offers some free resources for making more effective disciples.

The Story of Jesus App from DCC is available for free in dozens of languages and presents an animated (comic book) edition of the Life of Jesus. Available for Android and Apple devices.

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Book Deals

DCC has several additional e-books available for free; including Be All You Can Be by John Maxwell, Man of God by Charles Stanley, The Heart of a Leader by Ken Blanchard.

Vyrso has most of the above plus many others, including a new add to the list, A Dad’s Guide to Raising a Son of Character by Rick Johnson.

Inspire Resource Group has a three book package at 50% off. The three books include; Look before You Lead and Advanced Strategic Planning, both by Aubrey Malphurs and Effective Staffing for Vital Churches by  Bill Easum and Bill Tenny-Brittian. Price for all three is $29.48 (with free s/h).

Clearance titles from Scripture Truth Book Company includes Bibles, Commentaries, Devotional, Spiritual Growth and more.

Eisenbrauns Clearance sale of mostly OT books is available here. They also have other deals on their home page. Eisenbrauns published a lot of material related to the OT and the Ancient Near East and includes much scholarly literature.

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Thinking Critically, Books and more

On Critical Thinking

Miles Van Pelt at The Gospel Coalition has an interesting article on Jephthah’s Foolish Vow.

How critically do you analyze your involvement with entertainment and sports? This article may challenge your thinking related to sports.  (Free account required to download)

Check out Paul Tripp’s Wednesday’s Word on being Dehydrated.

As pornography has become mainstream and our children and students are being exposed to it earlier and earlier (average age of first exposure 11 yrs old; largest/fastest group of users is aged 12-17), how do you handle it. Pure Life Ministries is a good source, including this recent article, A Parent’s Dreaded Discovery

Books

Christian Audio is giving away Jerry Bridges Audiobook Who Am I? (Free account required)

WTS Sales this week are:

  • Compassion without Compromise for $10 ($8 if you buy 5 or more). The book deals with homosexuality and biblical responses to it.
  • The Reason for God by Tim Keller for $9
  • What is the Gospel by Greg Gilbert for $6.50
  • Loving the Way Jesus Loves by Phil Ryken for $10
  • Loving Jesus More by Phil Ryken for $12
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Free Books and a price drop from Logos

Get the latest free books from David C. Cook: The Legacy Builder by Rod Olson and When Your Husband is Addicted to Pornography by Vicki Tiede. Both are available at Amazon and Vyrso/Logos; however, the Vyrso link is not up for Addicted to Pornography, but you can get it here. Vyrso also has many other free books here.

Monergism continues to post free e-books including Covenant Theology by J. Ligon Duncan, The Crown and Glory of Christianity by Thomas Brooks, On Meekness and the Quietness of Spirit by Matthew Henry, Survey of OT and NT by Machen, Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices by Thomas Brooks and more.

WTS still has there Calvin for Everyone set on sale for $35 as well as some good bargain deals.

Logos has brought the pre-pub price of the highly anticipated, updated 5 volume New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology down to $159.95 which is still higher than I would like but more in line with the $125 price Zondervan is offering the print set for when it releases later this year.

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