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A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World – Free Book

A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World by Paul Miller

Free Kindle book for a limited time.

Haven’t read the book but Tim Challies gave it 4 stars.  His concern was not for the book but for a catholic who is quoted in the book.


Leave aside that concern, I still do not hesitate to recommend A Praying Life. Perhaps the greatest strength of this book is Miller’s unrelenting emphasis that prayer cannot be an add-on to the Christian life; it cannot be supplemental but must always be instrumental. This book will equip you to understand prayer properly and, on that firm foundation, to commit yourself to it, with confidence that God is willing and able to hear and answer your prayers.


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The Case for Christmas: A Journalist Investigates the Identity of the Child in the Manger by Lee Strobel

The Case for Christmas: A Journalist Investigates the Identity of the Child in the Manger [Kindle Edition] still free so far.

by Lee Strobel

This book was better than I expected.  Although I wouldn’t have used the term Christmas throughout.  Essentially the book is about who the baby in the manger was.  Below are some quotes from the book that I highlighted.

Spring is most likely, because shepherds were watching their flocks at night and this is when ewes bore their young. In fact, around AD 200, theologians concluded Jesus was born on May 20.

In AD 385, Pope Julius I declared December 25 as the day for celebrating Christ’s birth. “He chose that date,” Christian researcher Gretchen Passantino told me, “partly to challenge the pagan celebration of the Roman god Saturnalia, which was characterized by social disorder and immorality.”

Note: the date given above and the date for Pope Julius I do not match up, although other sources still say Pope Julius I with a date of around AD 350. This is just a quote from the book.

“It flows out of the point I just made. Christians believe that as wonderful as Jesus’ life and teachings and miracles were, they were meaningless if it were not historically factual that Christ died and was raised from the dead and that this provided atonement, or forgiveness, of the sins of humanity.

“So Mark in particular, as the writer of probably the earliest gospel, devotes roughly half his narrative to the events leading up to and including one week’s period of time and culminating in Christ’s death and resurrection.

“My parents got divorced when I was seventeen,” he said—and surprisingly, even after all these years I could still detect hurt in his voice. “That really put a stake in any religious heart I may have had. I wondered, Where does God come in? Why didn’t they go to a rabbi for counseling? What good is religion if it can’t help people in a practical way? It sure couldn’t keep my parents together. When they split up, part of me split as well.

That’s because Christians believe that Jesus wasn’t born into this world merely to identify with us, console us, or even lead us. His assignment from the outset, they claim, was to die for us—to actually lay down his life as a spiritual payment for the wrongdoing we’ve done, so that we can be released from the penalty we owe. It’s his-life-for-ours, with the result being, as the old Christmas carol “Hark! The Herald Angels” says, “God and sinners, reconciled.”

Notice the extra tidbit about divorce in that next to last quote? The pain does not go away even when a grown adult.

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Handel’s Messiah Comfort for God’s People


Handel’s Messiah Comfort for God’s People – Free Audio Book

Handel’s oratorio Messiah is a phenomenon with no parallel in music history. No other work of music has been so popular for so long. Yet familiarity can sometimes breed contempt — and also misunderstanding.

This book by music expert Calvin Stapert will greatly increase understanding and appreciation of Handel’s majestic Messiah, whether readers are old friends of this remarkable work or have only just discovered its magnificence.

Stapert provides fascinating historical background, tracing not only Messiah’s unlikely inception but also its amazing reception throughout history. The bulk of the book offers scene-by-scene musical and theological commentary on the whole work, focusing on the way Handel’s music beautifully interprets and illuminates the biblical text.


Tim Challies’ Review of Handel’s Messiah Comfort for God’s People



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The Case for Christmas – Free Kindle Book

The Case for Christmas: A Journalist Investigates the Identity of the Child in the Manger [Kindle Edition]

By Lee Strobel

Note: Strobel has written some very interesting books and I have read several of his “The Case for ….. ” series.  However, Lee Strobel has been a member at Willow Creek and also at Saddleback so use discernment in reading his books, as you should with all authors.

{The free kindle books are available a short time, they are done sorta like a sale and end quickly so you can’t wait a couple of days to “purchase” the free book. If you don’t actually have a kindle you can get the Kindle for PC which will allow you to read kindle books for free.  There are also kindle versions for a blackberry and for an iPhone.}


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Jesus the Evangelist – Free Kindle Book

I must admit I know nothing about the author of the book nor do I know anything about the book itself.  However, the first reviewer on the list was Tim Challies and he gave it a five star rating.

Jesus the Evangelist by Richard D. Phillips

Jesus the Evangelist is exactly what a paranoid and paralyzed church needs to hear in order to do the essential work of witnessing for Jesus Christ! In a day when so-called practical books are synonymous with fluffy books, here s a solid, readable work for the average Christian. Phillips study of John 1, 3, and 4 takes us beyond clever techniques to biblical faithfulness, and beyond entertaining communication to sound theology in evangelism. He does a masterful job of helping us learn from God s Word principles for evangelism, the theology of the gospel, and Jesus own practice in evangelism. Consequently, the reader is moved beyond apathy to action, to proclaiming the good news that Jesus the Son of God has come into the world to take away the sins of all those who repent and believe on Him.

{The free kindle books are available a short time, they are done sorta like a sale and end quickly so you can’t wait a couple of days to “purchase” the free book. If you don’t actually have a kindle you can get the Kindle for PC which will allow you to read kindle books for free.  There are also kindle versions for a blackberry and for an iPhone.}



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The Pursuit Of God by A. W. Tozer – Free Audio

ChristianAudio.com is offering the classic

The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer

for a free download for the month of July.

 

Note: ChristianAudio offers many types of audio so beware of whom you listen to.  I don’t recommend just listening to a new author unless you have checked them out.  However, they do offer some very good audios such as this one at times.  Just beware.  Use Biblical discernment.



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More on the False Teaching of “The Shack”

The Shack” as referred to in the post Why is God Referred to as Male?, is reviewed at Steve Camp’s site in THE SHACK REVIEW…a call to discernment. My husband said just last night that “The Shack” was still on the first page of the CBD catalog, it has been for months.

For more information on “The Shack” see:

“The Shack” – A Warning

“The Shack” for Sunday School?

The Shack – still a best seller with “Christians”

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