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07/24/15

    
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These are books and things that I have found useful during my Christian journey. If you click on the item and buy something through my link I get a percentage. It doesn't cost you any more but it helps defray the cost of this site. Some links are to Amazon and some to Christianbook.com. You can also use the search box to the right to look for items on Christianbook.com or Musicforce.com. Thank you for the support and God bless your day.

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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.

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CD Audiobook (Includes The Great Divorce
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  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 Lewis' story.

Other formats

CD Audiobook (includes The Abolition of Man)


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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.

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Knowing God 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.

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Knowing God 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.

 

  Knowing Scripture 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 highly recommended.
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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.


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   The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language by Eugene Peterson (hardcover). This 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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Orthodoxy 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 achieved."

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."


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Screwtape Letters 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.

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Hardcover (Gift Edition)
Radio Theatre: The Screwtape Letters (audio-drama on CD with DVD Documentary)
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  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 traps.
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.


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  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.

Note: There are eBook and CD versions available on the product page.


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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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