Books, books, books…

     A book lover’s dream… I’m swimming in books! I just felt the need to share, because today I ordered 7 books for less than $25, including shipping. “Used” you ask? Nope! Brand new. Christian Book Distributors. That’s all I can say. So, what did I get?! Let’s take a look.

Common Grace: Life and Faith in Classic Literature
By: Mary Batchelor

ChristianBook Product Description: What makes a book good? According to Mary Batchelor, good fiction ‘rings true’. It encourages us to exercise our moral judgment, leads to greater understanding of ourselves and others, broadens our compassion, and expands our knowledge of life and of human strength and frailty. This book takes readers on a rich and stimulating journey through some of the world’s finest literature, where the struggles and joys of life and faith are illustrated in timeless words and images. From Dante, Jane Austen, and Charles Dickens to Graham Greene, C.S. Lewis, and Maya Angelou, this comprehensive anthology brings together some of the best literary writing from the Bible onwards. Ranging from imaginative excerpts both powerful and profound to delightful selections of humor and satire, it offers a literary feast for browsing, discovery, and growth. The collection is divided into five topical sections reflecting the desires, sufferings, and searchings of human existence: the world we live in, being human, knowing God, good and evil, and the cycle of life.

 The Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle-earth

By: Ralph C. Wood
ChristianBook Product Description: (Publisher’s Description) Readers have repeatedly called The Lord of the Rings the most important book of our age–absorbing all 1,500 of its pages with an almost fanatical interest and seeing the Peter Jackson movies in unprecedented numbers. Readers from ages 8 to 80 keep turning to Tolkien because here, in this magical kingdom, they are immersed in depth after depth of significance and meaning–perceiving the Hope that can be found amidst despair, the Charity that overcomes vengeance, and the Faith that springs from the strange power of weakness. The Gospel According to Tolkien examines biblical and Christian themes that are found in the works of J. R. R. Tolkien. Follow Ralph Wood as he takes us through the theological depths of Tolkien’s literary legacy.
 The Church Invisible
By: Nick Page
ChristianBook Product Description: Catapulted 40 years into the future, a Christian layman finds himself in a Britain totally devoid of church! Grounded in current research, Page’s engaging parable weaves a troubling tale about a time in which virtual reality is a lifestyle, technology trumps personhood, churches are obsolete, and faith is an anachronism.
 Finding God in the Land of Narnia
By: Kurt Bruner, Jim Ware
ChristianBook Product Description: These best-selling authors explore the deep spiritual themes of redemption and grace found in the popular “The Chronicles of Narnia” series by C.S. Lewis. The result? A depth of insight that will surprise even the most ardent Lewis fan. Not only will you gain a greater understanding of the series, but a more profound perception of God himself.

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At once a memoir and an examination of conscience, Ellis’ autobiographical starting points spark reflections on Jewish-Christian relations, liberation theology, religion and politics, and issues of justice in Israel and Palestine. His experiences also occasion meditations on solitude and solidarity, gratitude and alienation, memory and responsibility. They exemplify how religiously committed persons, though exiled forever from yesterday’s certitudes, can yet practice covenantal fidelity.
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What is the one aspect of this broken world that, when you see it, touch it, get near it, you just can’t stand? Very likely, that firestorm of frustration reflects your holy discontent, a reality so troubling that you are thrust off the couch and into the game. It’s during these defining times when your eyes open to the needs surrounding you and your heart hungers to respond that you hear God say, “I feel the same way about this problem. Now, let’s go solve it together!” Bill Hybels invites you to consider the dramatic impact your life will have when you allow your holy discontent to fuel instead of frustrate you. Using examples from the Bible, his own life, and the experiences of others, Hybels shows how you can find and feed your personal area of holy discontent, fight for it when things get risky, and follow it when it takes a mid-course turn. As you live from the energy of your holy discontent, you’ll fulfill your role in setting what is wrong in this world right!
 G.P. Taylor: Sin, Salvation & Shadowmancer
By: G.P. Taylor, Bob Smietana
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Laced with humor and filled with incredible twists and turns, Taylor’s life story is not unlike the plots of his best-selling novels. From rebellious student and punk rock roadie to police officer and Anglican priest, he shares how he became “hotter than Potter” on both sides of the Atlantic.
And then of course I have books coming to me from book review programs (3 of those) and I have 3 books that I earned through Tyndale’s Summer Reading Program! I am going to be a busy reader! What books are you planning to read?

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