Useful Books and other things...
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Abolition of Man
by C. S. Lewis. The small size belies the importance of this book.
Almost more relevant today than when it was published. The book has
three essays and the one most reacted to is "Men Without Chests"
which looks at education and how it perverts knowledge into feeling.
It is a refutation of postmodernism and in doing so demonstrates the
timelessness of great moral principles. While not light reading, it
will reward the effort with a clearer view of what is happening in
the world around us.
CD Audiobook (Includes The Great Divorce)
The Great Divorce
by C. S. Lewis. This Lewis classic tells the parable of a journey
several people take from the outskirts of hell to the outskirts of
heaven where they are confronted with their life's decisions and the
hold that sin has over them. I, like many readers, see some of
myself in the characters, which can be disconcerting, but helpful. I
will guarantee you one thing, you will not be ambilivalent about
CD Audiobook (includes The Abolition of Man)
Fundamentalism and the Word of God
by J. I. Packer.
Packer takes this denigrated word and
redeems its rightful meaning and argues for the right approach to
the Bible and the intellectual tasks of the faith. He does this by
asking and answering the important questions of "What is
fundamentalism, and how does it view authority, scripture, faith,
reason, and liberalism?" Though older, it delivers on the primary
issues, while arguing that fallen reason will always be prone to
error, no matter how redeemed we might think it has become.
by J. I. Packer. Originally released in 1973, this Christian
classic has been one of the most popular Christian books of the last
40 years. Why? The book's premise that there's a difference between
knowing God and knowing about God addresses a major problem
in Christian development. When you truly know God, you will have the
wherewithal to serve and share him, and the contentment in him
necessary to see you through any tribulation or trial.
Book with Study Guide (hardcover
Study Guide alone
Amazon MP3 or CD
Through the Year
by J. I. Packer. A daily one-year guide through J. I. Packer's
Knowing God. Every day you will meditate on a Scripture and a short
passage that touches on various aspects of your relationship with
God. The purpose is to assist you in responding to God through
prayer and reflection. If you have studied Knowing God, this will
make the lessons learned there an integral part of your life.
by R.C. Sproul, Robert Wolgemuth (softcover). Originally released in 1973, .R.C.
Sproul wrote Knowing Scripture to address the tendency among
Christians to believe that scripture is difficult to understand and
that we should rely on others to interpret it for us. Sproul desired
to see Christians dedicate themselves to a personal systematic study
of the Bible. This is one of his earliest works but important and
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A Long Obedience in the Same Direction
by Eugene Peterson. Eugene is best known for his paraphrase of the
Bible, The Message. In this short book Eugene addresses the
failure of Christian discipleship which in part he lays at the feet
of our instant society, where instant gratification and results are
expected. Using the Jewish
Psalms of Ascent as source material, he takes us on a voyage of
discovery that emphasizes both obedience and long, since
Christian discipleship is a lifelong journey.
The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language by Eugene Peterson
paraphrase of the Bible in modern vernacular and idiom is at times eye opening
and at other times disappointingly confusing. Despite that I would
recommend that every Christian have a copy to use for reading
(though not for studying) the scriptures. It is a very good resource
for reading through the Bible. However, if you have questions, go to
a real translation, or better yet, the original languages.
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by G. K. Chesterton. A true classic that one reviewer called C. S. Lewis
with more wit and humor. He takes us along on his journey from
atheism to orthodox believer while more than adequately dealing with
the "enlightened" critics of his time (early 20th century). That
said, this book is essentially timeless in its insights and deserves
to be read by every thinking Christian. A quote from the book
follows: "It is constantly assumed, especially in our Tolstoian
tendencies, that when the lion lies down with the lamb the lion
becomes lamb-like . . . That is simply the lamb absorbing the lion
instead of the lion eating the lamb. The real problem isócan the
lion lie down with the lamb and still retain his royal ferocity?
That is the problem the Church attempted; that is the miracle she
This quote reminds me of The Lion, the
Witch, and the Wardrobe where Lucy asks Mrs. Beaver if Aslan
was safe, to which Mr. Beaver replied: ""Safe? Don't you hear what
Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about being safe? 'Course
he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you."
by C. S. Lewis. Lewis said this spiritual classic was the hardest
book he ever wrote, constantly challenging his faith and trust in
God. An author must think like his characters, and it is obvious
that this kind of effort puts the person writing such an 'expose' in
dangerous territory. Thankfully it all turned out well and Lewis'
struggle is to our great gain. This often humorous book gives the
reader significant insights on temptation, pride, and the ultimate
victory of one's Christian faith over Satanic forces.
Hardcover (Gift Edition)
Radio Theatre: The Screwtape Letters (audio-drama on CD with DVD Documentary)
Audiobook on CD
Scripture Twisting by James W. Sire. This is
the ideal companion book to Knowing Scripture above. It examines the
common errors and intentional distortions used by those who twist
scripture to fit their own agenda. It is a useful corrective for
dealing with the arguments of cults and others who distort scripture as
well as a guide to prevent yourself from falling into those same
Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God: What Every Christian Husband Needs to Know
by C. J. Mahaney. This little book (128 pages) belies its size. It should be
read by every Christian husband. While being a celebration of
romance, it challenged me in a way I had never considered: what do I
really know about my wife and why don't I know more, much more. No
man who takes this book's advice to heart will fail to see his
marriage improve in every significant aspect.
The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog, Fifth Edition
by James W. Sire. To
understand what other people are saying, even if they use the same
words you do, you need to understand their worldview, the
fundamental way they see the universe around them. Sire's book gives
you the tools to connect the dots between what people say and what
they mean. This newly revised fifth edition is a must read for
anyone doing evangelism, engaging in apologetics, or just trying to
understand where the person you are talking to is coming from.
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Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul, Revised and Expanded
by John Eldredge.
This sometimes controversial book does something very important for
the postmodern Christian man, it reminds him that God designed men
to be dangerous, not warmed-over physically larger versions of
women. Remember, woman was created from man, not the other way
around. It is rooted in our manly hearts to be heroes, to be
warriors, to take risks and seek adventure. My wife has always
thought of me as her white knight, who will always be there to
rescue her. Maybe that is one reason why I connect with Eldredge's
fundamental premise. One thing for sure, you will not be ambivalent
about this book.
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