Christian Books

When Everything Seems in Ruins: Encouragement from C.S. Lewis – Christian Article

This guest post is from pastor and C.S. Lewis scholar Ryan Pemberton. *** When I get called in to speak, it’s either on the topic of C. S. Lewis or calling. That’s about all I’m good for, I like to joke (half-jokingly). The best is when I can share a bit on both. As a minister for university engagement in Berkeley, I’m often doing some combination of the two. And while C. S. Lewis is quoted as much as any…

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5 Resources to Celebrate World Teachers’ Day – Christian Article

Teaching is often thankless and can be exhausting. Yet every day teachers impact society by the lives they touch. Since today is World Teachers’ Day, we at Faithlife want to say “thank you” to all teachers for the work you do.  Here are five unique resources for teachers—whether you or a loved one teach elementary or secondary school, homeschool . . . even homiletics. For school teachers Created to Learn: A Christian Teacher’s Introduction to Educational Psychology, Second Edition This revised and expanded…

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Faithlife Ebooks Weekly Deals: July 2–5, 2019 – Christian Article

Here are this week’s top deals, brought to you by Faithlife Ebooks. For more deals, visit our sale page or get our Free Book of the Month. Some of these deals are only good for a few days, so act fast to get these books at the sale price! Glory in the Ordinary Folding laundry. Weeding the garden. Cooking dinner. Changing diapers. Work in the home can seem so meaningless. In this encouraging book, Courtney Reissig combats the common misconceptions…

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Faithlife Ebooks Weekly Deals: June 11–14, 2019 – Christian Article

Here are this week’s top deals, brought to you by Faithlife Ebooks. For more deals, visit our sale page or get our Free Book of the Month. Some of these deals are only good for a few days, so act fast to get these books at the sale price! Stand with the Heart In Stand with the Heart, Dr. Kathy Koch teaches proven strategies for training a child’s heart and parenting in a way that honors God. Kock doesn’t offer…

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Faithlife Ebooks Weekly Deals: June 4–7, 2019 – Christian Article

Here are this week’s top deals, brought to you by Faithlife Ebooks. For more deals, visit our sale page or get our Free Book of the Month. Some of these deals are only good for a few days, so act fast to get these books at the sale price! Think Along with an emphasis on emotions and the experience of God, we also need to practice careful thinking about God. So how are we to maintain a healthy balance of…

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You Can’t Hack Your Heart—Excerpt from This Month’s Free Book – Christian Article

With all our life hacks, kitchen hacks, and travel hacks, we often try to hack our spiritual lives, too. But as Richard J. Foster reminds us in Sanctuary of the Soul—free this month on Faithlife Ebooks—we can’t hack, program, or microwave our spiritual and devotional growth. Only God can form and transform our hearts—and we desperately need him to do so. Here’s an excerpt from Sanctuary of the Soul. *** As we consider the transformation of the human heart, we…

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What’s with the Brackets around John 7:52–8:12? – Christian Article

In this excerpt from John for Everyone, esteemed New Testament scholar and professor N. T. Wright—whose books and courses are on sale for just two more days—explains why John 7:52–8:12 is often included in the Gospel, though there are good reasons for its omission. Whether the story “should” be there or not, it can help us better understand John’s Gospel and Jesus’ mission on earth. *** There is a puzzle about this story. It doesn’t really seem to fit here.…

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Faithlife Ebooks Weekly Deals: May 28–31, 2019 – Christian Article

Here are this week’s top deals, brought to you by Faithlife Ebooks. For more deals, visit our sale page or get our Free Book of the Month. Some of these deals are only good for a few days, so act fast to get these books at the sale price! Wherever the River Runs In Wherever the River Runs, Kelly Minter invites us on a jungle adventure down a river teeming with piranhas, caymans, a beautiful people, and, especially, God’s presence.…

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Faithlife Ebooks Weekly Deals: May 21–24, 2019 – Christian Article

Here are this week’s top deals, brought to you by Faithlife Ebooks. For more deals, visit our sale page or get our Free Book of the Month. Some of these deals are only good for a few days, so act fast to get these books at the sale price! Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire In the best-selling book Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, Jim Cymbala shares the story of what happened to his broken-down church in one of America’s toughest neighborhoods and…

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Faithlife Ebooks Weekly Deals: May 14–17, 2019 – Christian Article

Here are this week’s top deals, brought to you by Faithlife Ebooks. For more deals, visit our sale page or get our Free Book of the Month. Some of these deals are only good for a few days, so act fast to get these books at the sale price! Faith That Matters: 365 Devotions from Classic Christian Leaders Together for the first time in one devotional, experience daily readings from such bestselling and respected voices as Brennan Manning, Henri Nouwen,…

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The Colorization of Your Bible

On the weekend I realized that several articles we’ve done here at Thinking Out Loud and at Christian Book Shop Talk have a common theme: The progressively increasing use of color in Bibles. By this I don’t mean the addition of illustrations, such as is found in Children’s Bibles such as The Picture Bible or The Action Bible, but rather the use of color in otherwise unedited, full-text editions. There also isn’t time to talk about Biblezines, such as these…

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How to Accuse Someone of Heresy

Before you say: He’s not a Christian She doesn’t know the Lord He’s probably in hell today make sure you’ve worked your way through the normal method of drawing such conclusion. Citation You simply must quote the name of the work in question and page number. Include the quotation. If you can’t honestly bring yourself to purchase a copy of the author’s book, while I admire you for standing on your principles and not spending money on someone you don’t…

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Remembering Two Much-Loved But Diverse Authors

This past week Christian readers lost two very much loved authors, each successful by different metrics, but each unique, catering to two very different audiences: Rachel Held Evans and Warren Wiersbe. It speaks to the diversity or breadth of the Christian subculture that it includes such a broad range of writers; such a wide demographic. Rachel Held Evans died on May 4th at age 37, after entering a coma following treatment for flu and a subsequent infection. The outpouring of…

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What Is the Family of God For? Or Why You’re Not an Only Child. – Christian Article

If you want the deepest experience of your vertical relationship with God, check your horizontal relationships with the family of God. You are not an only child in God’s family. People in healthy families always share responsibilities. The Church is a spiritual family of believers, so our relationship with God correlates in various ways with our relationships with one another. If you ignore the “one anothers” in the Bible, you won’t receive everything God wants to give you. Imagine a…

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Faithlife Ebooks Weekly Deals: April 2–5, 2019 – Christian Article

Here are this week’s top deals, brought to you by Faithlife Ebooks. For more deals, visit our sale page or get our Free Book of the Month. Some of these deals are only good for a few days, so act fast to get these books at the sale price! Jesus Every Day Rediscover your compassionate Savior with this collection of daily heart-provoking prayers and accompanying Scriptures from author and speaker Mary DeMuth. Each reading will awaken your tired soul, prompt…

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The Gospel Is More Than Good Advice – Christian Article

By Timothy Keller What is this “gospel” for which Paul is willing to glory in being a slave? What gospel would make Paul happy to lose everything in order to share it? First, it is worth reflecting on the word itself. “Gospel”—euangeloi—is literally “good herald.” In the first century, if on a far-flung battlefield an emperor won a great victory which secured his peace and established his authority, he would send heralds—angeloi—to declare his victory, peace and authority. Put most…

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Faithlife Ebooks Weekly Deals: April 9–12, 2019 – Christian Article

Here are this week’s top deals, brought to you by Faithlife Ebooks. For more deals, visit our sale page or get our Free Book of the Month. Some of these deals are only good for a few days, so act fast to get these books at the sale price! A Place of Healing In this eloquent account of her current struggle with physical pain, Joni Eareckson Tada offers her perspective on divine healing, God’s purposes, and what it means to…

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Your Future Self Wants You to Read This

Part of the reason I had hoped to review Drew Dyck’s latest book before its publication is that there is so little available in the Christian market dealing with self-control. It’s one of the nine ‘Fruit of the Spirit,’ so why isn’t more being said? I had my only-ever audio-book experience this summer with Walter Mischel’s The Marshmallow Test, which looks at self-control in general and delayed gratification in particular through the lens of a study done on preschool children…

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I Am Loved, Therefore I Am: Perception and the Image of God – Christian Article

Editor’s note: This excerpt from The God of All Comfort provides a brief but fascinating reflection on human perception before the fall. It appears in the earlier part of the book, where the author is contrasting the beauty of perfection with the deformities of sin and horror. You can preview the first three chapters free with a subscription or trial to Faithlife Connect. By Scott Harrower Ideally, a certain kind of perspective on the world follows from being a person…

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Who Are the Archangels in the Bible? – Christian Article

This is a post by guest author Lindsay Kennedy. Given that only two angels are explicitly named in Scripture (Michael and Gabriel), it is unsurprising that they have garnered a lot of attention, speculation, and reverence throughout the centuries—in both religious tradition and popular media. Some even believe Michael was the pre-incarnate Jesus. With the help of Michael Heiser’s Angels, we will consider what the Bible says about Michael, archangels, and some other important angels. Michael and archangels Michael is…

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Get Francis Chan’s Letters to the Church—on Sale through Dec. 31 – Christian Article

One of the best-selling Christian books this year was Letters to the Church by Francis Chan. In it, he reminds readers of how powerful and glorious the Church once was—and calls us to once again be the Church God intended us to be. In this excerpt, Chan gently challenges our displaced focus on self and redirects it to someone, and something, far greater. *** A Small Piece of Heaven You are a part of something much bigger than yourself, something…

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When Should Christian Bookstores Pull Authors from Shelves and Online Listings?

Some of you know that when I’m not writing this blog and editing Christianity 201; when I’m not leading or assisting in weekend worship at a local church; when I’m not occasionally speaking at a church; during the rest of the time I am making decisions for our local Christian bookstore. One of the hardest decisions I made in 2018 was to remove books by Bill Hybels from our shelves. It isn’t that those books don’t contain much truth and…

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Tools to Simplify Your Small Group Leader Role – Christian Article

Small group leaders can spend hours each week researching and creating curriculum on top of trying to lead their group effectively. But with a David C Cook study kit, all you need to do is invite your group. You’ll get study books, videos, and leader material to help guide your group toward a stronger faith in God and deeper relationships with one another. Choose from eight bundles, including these highlights: I Am N from Voice of the Martyrs – on…

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Get a Free Bible Study Starter Pack – Christian Article

Yesterday we posted about ways to kickstart your yearly Bible study goals. Today, we’re back with another of a different kind: free Bible study starter packs. We all come into the new year with different goals. Some of us just want to finally nail down a habit of Bible reading, while others have loftier goals, like learning (or relearning) Greek and Hebrew. We’ve put together three packs for three different goals, available free with a trial to Faithlife Connect (and…

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Excerpt from January’s Free Book: Awe by Paul Tripp – Christian Article

This excerpt is adapted from January’s free book, Awe, by Paul Tripp. *** You don’t have to look very far to see awe problems everywhere around you. Adultery is an awe problem. To the degree that you forget God’s glory as the Creator of your body and his place as owner of every aspect of your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual personhood, to that degree it is easier to use the members of your body to get whatever pleasure your…

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