Amazon just released their monthly ebook sale for December 2018…
(Most ebooks in this sale are $3.99 or less!)

 

BROWSE THE FULL SALE
(Beginning with the Most Popular Titles)

*** Don’t miss the Audiobook deals below!

 

Here are 20 of the Very Best Deals
for Christian Readers from this sale… 

 

For All God’s Worth: True Worship and the Calling of the Church

N.T. Wright

*** $1.99 ***

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A Place on Earth (Port William)

Wendell Berry

*** $1.99 ***

*** PLUS, Buy the Ebook, and get
the Audiobook for only $7.49!!!

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Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World

Bob Goff

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All That’s Good: Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment

Hannah Anderson

*** $1.99 ***

*** PLUS, Buy the Ebook, and get
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Thinking in Tongues: Pentecostal Contributions to Christian Philosophy

James K.A. Smith

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The Story of Carols

A Meditation for the Advent and Christmas seasons
 
By Tim Dowley,

Author of 

Christian Music:
A Global History

Tim Dowley

Paperback: SPCK, 2018
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]

 

Christmas Music for Those
Who Don’t like Christmas Music

 

*** All The Holiday Music
You Will Ever Need!

Carols fall into that category of things that people either love or loathe. Many warm to their traditional imagery and annual memories of Christmases past; others do their utmost to avoid them, associating carols with sentimental words and mawkish music.

Carols are normally narrative, contemplative or celebratory in content, often with a simple, straightforward sentiment and in strophic form. Most of the surviving medieval carols were written for the professional cathedral singers of Europe. Among the oldest is ‘Puer natus in Bethlehem’ (‘A Boy is Born in Bethlehem’), dating from the thirteenth century. Though the majority of carols were for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, others were for Holy Innocents’ Day, Epiphany and Twelfth Night  – for instance, the ‘numeral’ carol ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’, which appears in England from the eighteenth century onwards. The carol ‘The Seven Joys of Mary’, which appears with many variants in the UK and the USA, grew out of pre-Reformation devotion to the Virgin and has survived for centuries in vernacular devotional verses in the folk tradition. The carol ‘I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In’, for which the earliest known printed text dates from 1666, possibly derives from European folk memory of the supposed journeyings of relics of the Magi, the ‘Three Kings of Cologne’.

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Need stocking stuffers for all the readers on your Christmas list? Get these excellent print books for under $2 each!!!

Christian Book Distributors does not offer free shipping, but their standard shipping is only $3.99 for orders under $20, so you could get a bunch of sale books for that one S/H fee.
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As always, prices and availability are subject to change without notice…
 

Looking for more books to round out your order?
Browse Theology Bargains Under $5!

 
840455: The Monastic Way
The Monastic Way
By Edited by Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild
*** 39c ***
 
 
 

724078: Wild in the Hollow
Wild in the Hollow
By Amber C. Haines
*** 99c ***
 
 
 

864611: Rowan"s Rule: The Biography of the Archbishop of Canterbury
Rowan’s Rule: The Biography of the Archbishop of Canterbury
By Rupert Shortt
*** 59c ***
 
 
 

835492: The Kingdom and the Cross
The Kingdom and the Cross
By James Bryan Smith
*** 99c ***
 
 
 

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For almost three decades now, The Innocence Mission has been one of my favorite bands.
 
I was delighted to learn that they were recently featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, playing three songs from their new album:
 

Sun on the Square

Badman Recording Co, 2018
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]

 

TEN Women Musicians You Should Know
Listen to their NPR Tiny Desk Concerts!

 

Give a listen to The Innocence Mission’s 
Tiny Desk Concert:

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

   

On Thomas Merton 

Mary Gordon

 

*** READ a review of this book

NEXT BOOK >>>>>

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It’s that time of year again!

I just dug our Advent calendar out of the attic,
and have loaded it up with our picks for the best books of the 2018
to be revealed one per day through Advent!
 


Stop by daily through the Advent season,
as we will feature one of the best books of 2018 each day!

The windows in color below (with WHITE numbers) have books behind them… CLICK a window to see our book for that day of Advent!

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Misappropriating Bonhoeffer
 
A Feature Review of
 

The Battle for Bonhoeffer:
Debating Discipleship in the Age of Trump

Stephen Haynes

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2018.
Buy Now: [ Amazon ]  [ Audible ]

 
Reviewed by James Dekker

 
 
The ten chapters and postscript “Open Letter to Christians Who Love Bonhoeffer but (Still) Support Trump” of Stephen Haynes’s Battle for Bonhoeffer are some of the densest I’ve ever read outside of graduate theses, but it is far more engaging than any thesis. Dense is by no means bad. Battle is carefully organized, clearly written and always compelling. And well it should be, since this closely-argued discursus explores possibly the most incandescent questions in American Christians’ conversation since the Vietnam War: “Why and how has Dietrich Bonhoeffer become a hero to evangelicals in the first twenty years of the 21st century, when for decades after his death his theology was widely suspect outside mainline Protestantism? Why do so many evangelicals support Donald Trump?” Such rocky geography covers the American evangelical battleground that Stephen Haynes attempts to delimit.

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Madeleine L’Engle, Bryan Stevenson, C.S. Lewis, Chigozie Obioma, MORE )

Each week, we carefully curate a handful of books for church leaders that orient us toward the health and the flourishing of our congregations.

 

The VERY BEST
Ebook / Audiobook Deals

from Amazon’s monthly sale!!! 
(November 2018)

 

  

#1:
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption 

Bryan Stevenson

*** $2.99 ***

Our 2014 Book of the Year!!!
A must-read… 
 
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In Our Advent 2018 magazine issue,
( shipping soon, are you a subscriber? )

we feature a review of this superb new biography:
 

Then They Came for Me:
Martin Niemöller, the Pastor Who Defied the Nazis
Matthew Hockenos

Hardback: Basic Books, 2018
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

 
 
Since our reviewer for this book, Laura M. Fabrycky, lives in Berlin,
We asked her to take some photos of crucial landmarks from Martin Niemöller’s life…

 

First, a snippet of Laura’s review:

Encountering this man with “an imperfect moral compass” allows us to re-examine our own moral imaginations: how we fashion heroes for ourselves, and how easily we lose their human story—and arguably, aspects of our own—in our quest to make them heroes. The book’s subtitle trumpets Niemöller as “the pastor who defied the Nazis”—and he did, at least enough so to merit their persecution. But his defiance was not, nor could be, salvific. His triumphs were as humanly finite and morally tangled as he was—as we are. Our persistent hunger for glittering images prevents us from seeing how we, ordinary mortals with blind spots, with capacities for grave complicity and banal evil, must make our way in a complicated world. Like Niemöller, we also have no alibi.

 

St. Anne’s Church,
Berlin-Dahlem
(Photo 1 of 10 )

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Occupying and Holding Space Together
as Church Communities

A Review of 

Seeing Jesus in East Harlem:
What Happens When Church Show Up and Stay Put

José Humphreys

Paperback: IVP Books, 2018.
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

 
Reviewed by Bob Cornwall

 

*** This review originally appeared 
on the reviewer’s website.
It is reprinted here with permission.
Browse his website for other excellent reviews!

 
I am the pastor of a predominantly white suburban church that once lived in Detroit. This church moved to the suburbs, as did other congregations in the city, because most of the members had moved to the suburbs. The congregation tried to stay put, but in the end, it made better sense for the now diminished congregation to let another congregation make use of the historic building. The choice was probably correct, but I am attuned to stories of being present in the community. To be honest, suburban communities need congregations to be show up and stay put as well, so as to demonstrate God’s love and grace, as well as challenging the status quo. Forty years after the move, this congregation is trying to stay put in the community we were replanted.
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