Steadfast Love: The Response of God to the Cries of our Hearts, Lauren Chandler: $2.99 Lauren is the wife of Matt Chandler, the pastor of the Village Church who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2009 and given just 2-3 years to live. She writes here about God’s sustaining grace, even in the midst of overwhelming trials, and how she has discovered God to be a God of unwavering love. Highly recommended!
Courageous: A Novel, by Randy Alcorn: $1.99 – While I’m not normally very interested in movie novelizations, Randy Alcorn is one of my absolute favorite Christian authors. He is excellent in fiction and nonfiction, and is very reliable biblically. This is an almost 400 page novel and has excellent reviews on Amazon (almost 500 of them!)
The Priest’s Graveyard, by Ted Dekker, $.99 – I haven’t read this Dekker book, but I love his Circle Trilogy, and consider him to be an excellent Christian writer- though a bit edgy. Here is an almost 400 page novel with good reviews for under a dollar. Wow!
I have, on the other hand, read this book: The Oath, by Frank Peretti $1.99 This novel, almost 600 pages, is actually quite controversial among Christians. Some consider it too dark -too edgy, too suspenseful and too harrowing. They have a point…this is not your normal Christian book. It is, however, a strong metaphor for sin, and it paints sin in an accurate way: alluring and inviting at first, but deadly and consuming in the end. I recommend this book, but its not for everybody.
The Veritas Project: Hangman’s Curse, Frank Peretti: $1.99 – This book is a great Peretti book, but one that is quite a bit lighter. Written as a YA (young adult) style novel, The Hangman’s Curse follow two teenage siblings as they investigate various supernatural happenings. I’m getting it for my daughter. If you get this one, then you might as well get the sequel too – same price, and a little over 300 pages. Nightmare Academy, Book 2 of the Veritas Project, $1.99
My kids and wife are huge Tim Hawkins fans. And I will admit, he is quite funny. Here’s his autobiography of sorts. Diary of a Jackwagon by Tim Hawkins, $1.99 One of the best lines: “Eating a Krispy Kreme doughnut is like eating a baby angel.” Yes…it is. Krispy Kreme is far superior to every other doughnut maker out there. If you don’t see this, then you should get your taste buds checked at a doctor! 😉
God’s Not Dead: Evidence for God in an Age of Uncertainty by Rice Brooks: $2.99 – I’ll be honest – though my family loved the movie, I wasn’t a huge fan of God’s Not Dead. I thought it portrayed non-believers in a sort of stereotypical way that would appeal to Christians, but offend non-believers with something other than the Gospel. That said – I actually thought that some of the approaches to apologetics used in the movie were quite good, and this is what this book is focused on – the reasons to believe part of the movie. I haven’t read it, but I’m buying it today.
Speaking of Apologetics, here’s a book I’ve owned since it came out: Cold Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels by J. Warner Wallace. $3.82 Wallace used to be a nationally known homicide detective, and in this highly recommended book, he takes his detective skills and puts them to the task of investigating the evidence for the truth of the biblical Gospels. This is a great book, and very reminiscent of Lee Strobel’s The Case For Christ. (Both books are highly recommended – a necessity for those looking for evidence for Christianity)
Keeping in the vein of Apologetics, here’s a great little resurrection book: Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead, by William Lane Craig $1.99 – While this book is only 73 pages, it is still an excellent overview of reasons to believe that Jesus rose from the dead. Craig is one of the top scholars in Christianity – an excellent thinker and writer (and podcaster)
Also recommended: The Case for the Resurrection, edited by Lee Strobel. $1.99 – Only 96 pages, but filled with good writers making good cases for the resurrection. A good introductory book on Christian beliefs about Jesus rising from the dead.
The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? By F.F. Bruce, $1.99 F.F. Bruce was one of the top Christian scholars ever on the subject of the reliability of the New Testament. He wrote the go-to book on the formation of the Bible (from 66 books) and is an excellent scholar/writer. If you’ve ever wondered why the Bible is considered trustworthy by so many people, this short and sweet book will explain it in depth.
Biblical Inerrancy: The Historical Evidence, by Norman Geisler: $1.99 Is the Bible actually a trustworthy document? Geisler, writing here in another short book, explains his reasons to believe that the Bible is without error.
Jesus>Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough, by Jefferson Bethke: $2.99 Bethke is the guy who did the huge viral video in 2012 that communicated the difference between following Jesus and following religion. This book is an expansion of that central thesis, focusing on the triumph of the good news and grace over man’s effort and the rules and traditions of men.
WHAT an Age we live in! Here’s the COMPLETE works of Jonathan Edwards – 59 books in all (with an active table of contents!) in Kindle book form for only $1.99 That’s an unbelievable deal, and it is just kind of mind boggling to think that we have the technology today to carry around an entire library – literally – in our backpacks, or on our smartphones.
Here’s a CLASSIC! Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties and Root, by J.C. Ryle $.99 A big, meaty, 382 page book by a deep and thoughtful man of God. Ryle advocates here for a gradual, incremental growth in holiness and grace, rather than an explosive, one time maturation.
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