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Here are 5 Free Ebooks for Kindle that are worth checking out:

These were taken from Amazon’s Kindle Bestsellers List.

For most of these, I have no idea when (or if) the book will cease to be free…

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If I Had Lunch with C. S. Lewis: Exploring the Ideas of C. S. Lewis on the Meaning of Life

By Alister McGrath

What if you could ask C. S. Lewis his thoughts on some of the most difficult questions of life? If you could, the result would be Dr. Alister McGrath’s provocative and perceptive book, If I Had Lunch with C. S. Lewis. Best-selling author, prominent academic, and sought-after speaker, Dr. McGrath sees C. S. Lewis as the perfect conversation companion for the persistent meaning-of-life questions everyone asks.

What makes Lewis a good dialogue partner is that his mind traveled through a wide and varied terrain: from atheism of his early life to his conversion later in life; from his rational skepticism to his appreciation of value of human desires and imagination; from his role as a Christian apologist during World War II to his growth as a celebrated author of classic children’s literature. The questions Lewis pondered persist today: Does life have meaning? Does God exist? Can reason and imagination be reconciled? Why does God allow suffering?

*** FREE Through Saturday Nov. 8

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I read this beautiful poem at our church service at Englewood yesterday.

(Indianapolis folks: We will be hosting an event with Tania Runyan on this Thursday evening, May 22.  You won’t want to miss it!)


Blessed Are The Merciful
Tania Runyan

Amish schoolhouse shooting, Nickel Mines, PA



I didn’t trust their forgiveness.

Before the blood cooled on the schoolhouse floor
they held the killer’s widow in their arms,

raised money for his children,
lined his grave site with a row of patient horses.

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Amazon just released another one of the their Big Deal Kindle Ebook Sales…

There seemed to be fewer interesting books than usual, but I did find these three gems:



Reading For Preaching
Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.
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In Reading for Preaching Cornelius Plantinga makes a singular claim: preachers who read fine writing will likely become deeper and defter preachers.

In his own winsome writing style Plantinga shows how a general reading program benefits preachers. First, he says, good reading generates delight, and the preacher who enters the world of delight goes with God. Good reading can also help tune the preacher’s ear for language — his or her primary tool. General reading can enlarge the preacher’s sympathies for people and situations that she or he had previously known nothing about. And, above all, the preacher who reads widely has the chance to become wise.

Though aimed especially at preachers, this beautifully written book will benefit anyone interested in the wisdom to be derived from reading.
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Here is our list of the worst Christian book covers of 2013…

(Numbers 13-15 on this list are ebooks, the rest are print books. If we hadn’t limited our ebook choices to three, we could have chosen literally hundreds of bad ebook covers.)

Enjoy, and share these with your friends!

Count down with us to the #1 worst Christian book cover of the year…

*** And just in case you haven’t seen it, here is last year’s list of worst covers

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#15 – Ruth’s Story (Romance In Amish Country)

I did not know that “meh” was part of the Amish vocabulary, but it was great to see it facially depicted here. One gets so tired of seeing the cute young things with sweet faces on all these Amish romances.
(Submitted by Rick Presley)

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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…)

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A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America
By Vishaan Chakrabarti

Watch a lecture that overviews the material in this book


Here is our list of the worst Christian book covers of 2012…

(Numbers 11-12 on this list are ebooks, the rest are print books.  If we hadn’t limited our ebook choices to two, we could have chosen literally hundreds of bad ebook covers.)

Enjoy, and share these with a friend!

AND Be sure to check out our BEST Book Covers of 2012!

Count down with us to the #1 worst Christian book cover of the year…

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Nancy Sleeth - Almost AmishThe Helpful and The Hopeful

A Feature Review of

Almost Amish: One Woman’s Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life

Nancy Sleeth

Paperback: Tyndale House, 2012.
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Reviewed by Paul Chaplin

Wealth of literature on a given topic, as anyone involved in “Emergence” churches will report, is not necessarily a true measure of actual realised change. However, it can indicate that a growing number of people are taking certain ideas seriously (at least they’re buying the books!), and so it is encouraging to see, in Almost Amish, a new addition to the broad category of Christian contemporary writing on issues like simplicity, local economies, stability, and consumerism.

The story of author Nancy Sleeth (who also wrote Go Green, Save Green), husband Matthew (author of Serve God, Save the Planet and The Gospel According to the Earth), daughter Emma (author, at age 16, of It’s Easy Being Green) and son Clark, is one which begins with a self-described family-wide “spiritual and environmental conversion experience.” I list all these book titles since they tell a story all by themselves. The Sleeths are a family of Christian environmental activists, and it was the increasing comparisons people made between Nancy Sleeth’s lifestyle and that of the Amish (drying clothes on a line, simplifying wardrobes) that led to this book. Sleeth points to the Amish as a people group more than any other in 21st century America which are counter-cultural, committed to air drying clothes, enjoying intact families and healthy communities, who enjoy gardens, home cooked meals, uncluttered homes, almost nonexistent debt and strong local economies, and who restrain their use of technology. Therefore, perhaps we should take a look at Amish life and see what we can’t learn.

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A Brief Review of
Harmless as Doves:
An Amish-Country Mystery.

By P. L. Gaus
Hardback: Ohio University Press, 2011.
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Reviewed by Bart A. Fletcher

While this is the author’s seventh mystery in the Amish-Country series, it is the first time I have had the pleasure of entering his literary territory.  I have a particular fondness for authors’ book series, but I am reluctant to read out of order because I miss the nuances of character, plot and location that build over the course of time.  There is also a certain sense of satisfaction to discover the ways in which an author’s craft is enlarged and honed throughout several similarly themed books.  So, as I picked up Harmless as Doves, reading Gaus for the first time, I wondered how my out-of-sequence reading experience might affect my reading pleasure.

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459343: Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women

A Brief Review of

Plain Wisdom:
An Invitation into an Amish Home
and the Hearts of Two Women

By Cindy Woodsmall and Miriam Flaud.
Paperback: WaterBrook Press, 2011.

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Reviewed by Brittany Buczynski.

This delightful little volume of homespun anecdotes, recipes, and spiritual insights is full of more simplicity and charm than most books twice its size could manage. Two friends—one Amish housewife, one English (i.e., non-Amish) novelist—together narrate each chapter’s theme with their own experiences, and the reader gets the pleasure of learning a bit about the not-so-different lives of both lovely women.

Cindy and Miriam share more than a friendship. Their close bond ultimately grows out of their love for Jesus and their love for their families. As mothers and wives, they have gleaned much wisdom, and they are now eager to share it with their readers. Taking part in this fellowship, one feels rather privileged to have happened upon such a heartfelt pair of writers and friends.

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“A Thousand Acts of Resistance

A review of
The Amish Way:
Patient Faith in a Perilous World

By Donald Kraybill, Steven Nolt,
and David L. Weaver-Zercher.

Reviewed by John Pattison.

The Amish Way:
Patient Faith in a Perilous World

Donald Kraybill, Steven Nolt, and David L. Weaver-Zercher
Hardback: Jossey-Bass, 2010.
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The AMISH WAY - Kraybill / Nolt / Weaver-ZercherThe Amish are a peculiar people who – considering that they comprise less than one-tenth of one percent of the American population – occupy a peculiarly large place in the national imagination. They are by turns ridiculed and revered in popular culture, and more than ten million tourists visit Lancaster County, Pennsylvania each year to goggle at the country’s oldest Old Order Amish community. (“Shop until you drop,” encourages the county travel bureau without a hint of irony.)

The responses of mainstream Christians to the Amish can be nearly as dichotomous as the culture at large. Amish-themed novels dominate the Christian fiction bestsellers list, with devoted readers snapping up copies of “bonnet books” by the millions. Other Christians handle the Amish the way they might handle the idiosyncratic relative who lives on the edge of town but never shows up for Thanksgiving: when we think about them at all it is to gently mock them or decide if we have to claim them as family. I confess I used to fall into this camp. Weird Al’s “Amish Paradise” came out 15 years ago and I can still recite the lyrics from memory.

If a lot of American Christians don’t know quite what to make of our spiritual kin, there is a nagging sense that something must be made of them. The Amish are “Christians with a difference,” write Donald Kraybill, Steven Nolt, and David Weaver-Zercher in The Amish Way. But what if that difference makes all the difference? The way an Amish man or woman’s faith charges every aspect of life, from their plain dress, steadfast living, and tight-knit communities, to their relationship with the land and their famously rigid stance against technology – these are a witness to us. And The Amish Way is probably the best place to start unpacking what that witness might mean.

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