Category: Reading


Ebook Alert

Free or cheap Kindle ebooks at the moment, for the Easter weekend, most on the death and resurrection of Christ.
Free ebooks (as of 26 Mar 2016)
Cheap ebooks (as of 26 Mar, most 80-90% off)
Have a blessed Easter weekend!

Books versus ebooks

There has been quite a bit of discussion and research studies into the difference between reading physical books and ebooks, the debate between paper or plasma/pixels, our paper brain versus our Kindle brain. There are different people supporting either side of the fence, how about yourself? I vacillate between the two – on one hand, I still value and enjoy the feel and experience of reading books (having been influenced and exposed at a young age through my teacher mother); on the other hand, being an early adopter (in some regards), I also see the benefits of ebook reading, especially the space-saving, search/note functions, portability/mobility and cross-compatibility across various web platforms. Will e-reading and e-learning eventually replace real classroom, textbook learning? I doubt it will fully, but increasingly, children and youth are exposed and expected to interact with virtual and tech-savvy platforms as part of their curriculum. Will online news platforms take over physical newspapers? It seems on some level even media companies are including web versions to accommodate younger Millennials and Gen Zs’ learning and reading habits. Church ministries reaching out to younger generations have been forced to adapt and include new forms of media and technology, in the hopes of staying relevant, and connecting to young people. Like it or not, technology, communication and transmission of information will continue to evolve, from caveman drawings, to stone tablets, to papyrus, printing press, to tablets, smartphones and e-readers. What new technology or new media will emerge, evolve in the next 5-10 years? Only the future will tell.

Related articles:
http://www.challies.com/articles/5-reasons-books-are-better-than-e-books
https://tinadavidson.wordpress.com/2015/09/30/books-and-your-bain-continued-paper-or-plasma/
http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-09-18/your-paper-brain-and-your-kindle-brain-arent-same-thing
http://www.churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/273509-4-reasons-ive-stopped-using-my-ipad-for-my-personal-bible-study-time.html

Ebook Alert

Cheap ebooks (as of 16 Feb 2016)
Help My Unbelief: Why Doubt is Not the Enemy of Faith – Barnabas Piper
AHA: The God moment that changes everything – Kyle Idleman
Contending with Christianity’s Critics – William Craig
Mingling of Souls, The – Matt Chandler
Disciple-Making Church, The – Bill Hull
Love Worth Giving, A – Max Lucado
Overrated – Eugene Cho
Truth Endures – John MacArthur
Complete Works of E. M. Bounds, The – E. M. Bounds

Free ebooks (as of 16 Feb 2016)
Power through prayer – E. M. Bounds
Unknown: The Extraordinary Influence of Ordinary Christians – Matthew Everhard
Foxe’s Book of Martyrs – John Foxe
Heretics (Xist Classics) – G. K. Chesterton
Awakening: How God’s Great Move Inspires & Influences Our Lives Today – Matt Brown
Pursuit of God, The – A. W. Tozer
Standing Strong: How to Resist the Enemy of Your Soul – John MacArthur Jr.
Un-Precious: An Invitation to the Joy of Christian Missions – Matthew Everhard
Making Radical Disciples – Daniel Lancaster
Out of the Dust: Story of an Unlikely Missionary – Avis Goodhart, Marti Pieper
Orthodoxy – G. K. Chesterton
In Search of Persons of Peace – Carolyn Knight
Sermon Crunch – Caleb Breakey
Prayer of Intercession, The – F. B. Meyer
Spiritual Parenting: An Awakening for Today’s Families – Michelle Anthony

Ebook Alert

Cheap ebooks (as of 1 Feb 2016)
TransforMissional Coaching – Steve Ogne, Tim Roehl
Fathered by God: Learning What Your Dad Could Never Teach You – John Eldredge
Prayers That Changed History – Tricia Goyer
Has Christianity Failed You? – Ravi Zacharias
Called to Reach: Equipping Cross-Cultural Disciplers – William Yount, Mike Barnett
Love God with All Your Mind: Thinking as a Christian in the Postmodern World – Gene Edward Veith Jr.
Revelation (New American Commentary) – Paige Patterson
Did You Know?: More Than 6,000 Bible Questions and Answers
– Thomas Nelson
Mapping Out Curriculum in Your Church – James & Karen Estep, M. Roger White
Live to Make A Difference – Max Lucado
Revelation (MacArthur Bible Studies) – John F. MacArthur
In the manger: 25 Inspirational Selections for Advent – Max Lucado
No Wonder They Call Him the Saviour – Max Lucado
The Language of Love and Respect: Cracking the Communication Code with Your Mate – Emerson Eggerichs
Safe in the Shepherd’s Arms: Hope and Encouragement from Psalm 23 – Max Lucado
The Spirit-Filled Life: Discover the Joy of Surrendering to the Holy Spirit – Charles F. Stanley
It’s Not About Me: Rescue From the Life We Thought Would Make Us Happy – Max Lucado
Stuff Christians Like – Jonathan Acuff
Devotions for a Sacred Marriage: A Year of Weekly Devotions for Couples – Gary L. Thomas
The Land Between: Finding God in Difficult Transitions – Jeff Manion
Finishing Our Course with Joy – J. I. Packer
Finishing Well to the Glory of God – MD Dunlop John
Rediscovering Holiness: Know the Fullness of Life with God – J. I. Packer
More Than a Carpenter – Josh, Sean McDowell
The Associate Pastor – Kelli Sallman, Martin Hawkins
The Formation of Christian Doctrine – Malcolm Yamell III
Follow: A Simple and Profound Call to Live Like Jesus – Floyd McClung

Free ebooks
The 30-Day Love Language Minute Devotional Volume 1 – Gary Chapman
The Pursuit of God (Updated Edition) – A. W. Tozer
Daily Wisdom for Women 2016 Devotional Collection – Barbour Staff
Making Radical Disciples – Daniel B. Lancaster
The Parables of Jesus made simple – Matthew Robert Payne
Confessions of a Prayer Slacker (Second Edition) – Diane Moody
Pilgrim’s Progress (Illustrated, Updated, Modern English) – John Bunyan
The History of the Byzantine Empire from 765 to 1057 A.D. – George Finlay
Spurgeon Gems – Charles Spurgeon
Jesus Killed My Church – Randy Bohlender
Getting Unstuck: Moving Beyond What’s Holding You Back – Lilliet Garrision
done: What most religions don’t tell you about the Bible – Cary Schmidt

Ebook Alert

Cheap ebooks (as of 18 Jan 2016)
Created for Influence: Transforming Culture from Where You Are – William Ford
Deeper Places: Experiencing God in the Psalms – Matthew Jacoby
Sound Words: Listening to the Scriptures – Jeremy Carr
Exploring Christian Theology (Volume 1): Revelation, Scripture and the Triune God – Michael Svigel
NIV Case for Christ Study Bible – Lee Strobel
NIV Proclamation Bible – Zondervan
Comedian’s Guide to Theology, A – Thor Ramsey
Christian Bioethics – C. Mitchell, D. Riley
Convictional Civility: Engaging the Culture in the 21st Century – C. Mitchell, Carla Sanderson, Gregory Thornbury (editors)
Developing a Biblical Worldview – C. Fred Smith
Perspectives on the Extent of the Atonement: 3 Views – John Hammett, Grant Osborne, Carl Trueman
Charts for a Theology of Evangelism – Thomas Johnston
New American Commentary: Isaiah 40-66 – Gary Smith
New American Commentary: 2 Corinthians – David Garland
Passion-Driven Sermon, The – James Shaddix
Text-Driven Preaching – David Allen
Faithful Preaching – Tony Merida
Engaging Exposition – Bill Curtis, Daniel Atkin, Stephen Rummage
CrossTalk: Where Life & Scripture Meet – Michael Emlet
Through the Eyes of N. T. Wright – Derek Vreeland

Free ebooks (as of 18 Jan 2016)
The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus – Gary R. Habermas
Questioning Evangelism – Randy Newman
Getting to No: How to break a Stubborn Habit – Erwin W. Lutzer
Return to Authentic Christianity – Chuck Pierce

Ebook Alert

Cheap ebooks (as of 27 Nov 2015)
Teaching that Transforms | Richard & Shera Melick
Free ebooks (as of 27 Nov 2015)
The Leader Code | Dan Blakeslee

 

Kathleen Mulhern guest-posts on the Exchange about new spiritual disciplines that we need to inculcate in this tech-savvy, social media-driven culture and society that we now live and breathe in.

Summary:

  1. Reading a book, a whole book. Slowly.
  2. Walking, slowly, around the block or local park.
  3. Conversing, slowly.

Read the full article here.

CP posted an interview with Tom Krattenmaker, author of ‘Evangelicals you don’t know’.

Read the full article here.

Fearless | Max Lucado

Lucado, Max. Fearless. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2009.

As the title suggests, this book explores various key fears one faces in life, as related to our relationship with God, people, ourselves and the world around us. The author takes us through 15 chapters, beginning with the fundamental issues and on a personal level, such as significance, approval, and sufficiency. He then takes us through broader areas of family, challenges, situations, violence, money, death, before ending with a few chapters on existential issues such as the future, reality of God, global disaster, and the magnitude of God. There’s a good discussion guide for each chapter that’s concise but also substantial enough for personal reflection or small group discussion, each with the same format of examining, exposing and battling fear.
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Quotes from "Full Service"

Servanthood and Rest

Freedom from the need to have other people’s approval and praise, and hence the need to be the great hero or heroine (the “Messiah” complex), in true servanthood will produce much rest and peace in the Spirit.

Maintaining healthy boundaries involves having your priorities in place, resulting in the freedom to say yes but not the fear to say no.

Servant Evangelism and Warfare

Kindness … practical acts of mercy done by followers of Jesus who are inspired by the Holy Spirit to see others through the eyes of God.

Servant evangelism consists of deeds of love plus words of love plus adequate time.

Servant warfare … using the power of kindness to penetrate the spiritually darkened hearts of people with the love of God.

We become servants to everyone, as servants of Jesus, in flexible, sensitive, loving outreach, to bring as many people to Christ as possible.

… build relationships with everyone, especially the last, the lost, the least.

We must communicate (the gospel) in a clear, caring, compelling, and compassionate manner.

Intercessory prayer on behalf of the felt needs of the lost is the best way to open their eyes to the light of the gospel.

HP (a High Potency Christian character) + CP (Close Proximity to our friends) + CC (Clear Communication of the gospel message) = MI (Maximum Impact)

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