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May 31, 2012

The Friends of the Blog program is well underway. Already many of you have chosen to join and to take advantage of the deals. Friends of the Blog is a subscription program that allows readers to help offset the costs associated with this site while gaining some great benefits. Among the items available through the course of the year are:

  • A $15 gift certificate for Westminster Books
  • A $15 gift certificate for The Good Book Company
  • A $15 gift certificate for ChristianAudio
  • Discount and free shipping codes for Christian Book Distributors
  • A couple of free books and/or ebooks
  • Free music
  • A free video teaching series from R.C. Sproul
  • Deals, specials, coupons, etc
  • Other things to be announced over the course of the year

In recent days I have added a new, downloadable teaching series from R.C. Sproul. Chosen by God is one of his classic series (that later became one of his most widely-read books). Here is a brief description:

Many people reject Reformed theology or Calvinism because they believe it teaches that God drags people kicking and screaming into the church against their will. This, however, is a gross distortion of the biblical doctrine of election, which is grounded in God’s love for His people. In this classic teaching series, Dr. Sproul carefully explains the meaning of God’s sovereignty in the work of redemption and shows how it relates to the will of man.

If you are a Friend of the Blog and would like to download it, simply visit http://friends.challies.com/ and log in using your user name and password. If you are not yet a Friend of the Blog, you can join now and take advantage of all the benefits!

October 28, 2011

A few days ago I wrote up a blog post welcoming Westminster Books to Canada. A lot of people left comments, which means that Westminster Books has now issued a coupon code for 15% off any order to Canada. The code is valid until November 1, so you will want to get shopping ASAP if you’d like to take advantage. Here’s a brief note from Westminster.


Thank you for your overwhelming support for our Canada Shipping launch!

Here is a coupon for an additional 15% off our already discounted prices on one order (good through Tuesday, November 1st). The coupon code is CANADA and is only good for shipments to Canada*. We invite you to give us a try.

About Wtsbooks.com:

We are a small, non-profit ministry of Westminster Theological Seminary. We believe you’ll find us competitively priced, but our #1 priority is content. We exist to serve the Kingdom by distributing high quality, biblically faithful, Christian books and resources.

We aim to influence Christian publishing by creating avenues for the best resources to flourish. We feel that shipping to our brothers and sisters in Canada is a vital part of fulfilling our mission to the church. Thank you so much for your warm welcome and for partnering with us for his kingdom!

*Enter “CANADA” into the shopping cart screen. Though it is not clearly itemized, your discount will be applied to everything you add to your cart.

October 26, 2011

At long last, WTSBooks is beta testing shipping to Canada! They wanted to launch the service sooner rather than later, and I’ve been told that by early 2012 improvements like a shipping calculator and one-screen checkout will be in place.

To give a picture of how WTSBooks stacks up to the competition, I went back and took a look at the US pricing survey I did back in May (click here to see that survey). I used the same books, updated the pricing, and expanded the comparison to include Amazon.ca and Chapters.indigo.ca. You can see the full details of my comparison here.

Here are some quick observations:

  • If you live in almost any Canadian province and are shipping five or more books (orders over $50) WTSBooks is your least expensive option.
  • If you live in NT, NU, or YT and are shipping five or more books (orders over $50), Amazon.ca, Chapters.indigo.ca, or CBD are your least expensive options.
  • If you’re shipping one or two books (orders under $25), CBD is your least expensive option.

As an example,

  • If I bought the 10 comparison titles from WTSBooks and had them shipped to me in Ontario, I would save $17.34 over the next closest competitor.
  • If I bought 50 copies of The Next Story from WTSBooks and had them shipped to me in Ontario, I would save $104.55 over the next closest competitor.

As an invitation to try them out, WTSBooks is offering an opportunity for Canadian customers to save up to 20% on their first order. To participate, please leave a comment on this post.

For the next 48 hours, every 50 comments will result in an additional 5% off your total purchase (maximum 200 comments, or 20% off). For instance, for 50-99 comments, WTSBooks will issue a coupon code for 5% off your next order to Canada. For 100-149 comments, we will get a coupon for 10% off. If we reach 200 or more comments we will earn the maximum 20% off.

The coupon code (good for one order per customer) will be issued on Friday, October 28th and will expire on Tuesday, November 1st.

With only 48 hours to accumulate comments, be sure to spread the word to your friends, relatives, and churches! (one comment per person, Canadians only please)

October 21, 2011

T4AToday several hundred people are gathering in Phoenix for the 2011 Together for Adoption conference. This year the focus is on missional living, the gospel, and orphan care. There is a whole team of people liveblogging the event (you can see a complete list here). Speakers at the event include Dan Cruver, Darrin Patrick, Tullian Tchividjian and Tim Chester.

Among the livebloggers is my pal Aaron Armstrong who is also there to represent Cruciform Press which is one of the key sponsors of the event. If you are at the conference, be sure to drop by the Cruciform table to say hello to Aaron. And if you are not able to attend the conference, why don’t you check in with his blog to hear what is being said, done and taught at the event. He will be blogging all through today and tomorrow.

May 10, 2011

Christian Readers SurveyIn May of last year I created a Christian Readers survey. This was an attempt to answer some questions I had been asking myself about where we buy our books and why we buy them there. I started with the question, “Why do people shop at one e-commerce store and not another” and went from there. The results, based on over 2200 responses, were very interesting, not just to me, but to you (judging by the comments I received) and to Christian booksellers and publishers. (You can see last year’s results right here).

Now that a year has elapsed, I thought the time was right to do another survey. This one is the same, but different. I improved upon last year’s questions while swapping a few others in and out. And now I’d be grateful if you’d take just a few moments to fill it out. There are just 20 questions and I can’t imagine that it would take you more than 5 minutes to complete. Thanks in advance for your participation!

I promise to share the results with you when all is said and done…

Click Here to Complete the Survey

March 04, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays sponsor is Missional Wear. Missional Wear provides quality apparel that is inspired by reformed theology and missional living.

Missional WearWe are trying something new for the prize packages by adding a social element. Missional Wear is offering 5 packages that each include a t-shirt of the winner’s choice along with a decal. This time we are adding a social spin that gives a chance to double the winners! Missional Wear has agreed to offer the prize to 10 winners if they reach 1500 likes to their Facebook Page by the closing of the giveaway. You can increase your chances of winning by letting your friends know about this week’s giveaway and encouraging them to like the Missional Wear Facebook page.

If you want to “like” them, just go ahead and click the button below…or click here and do it that way.

Missional Wear will also have a table at this year’s Ligionier National Conference. If you are at the conference, be sure to drop by the table and meet them in person.

Giveaway Rules: You may only enter the draw once. Simply fill out your name and email address to enter the draw. As soon as the winners have been chosen, all names and addresses will be immediately and permanently erased. Winners will be notified by email. The giveaway closes Saturday at noon.

Note: If you are reading via RSS or email, you may need to click through to see the form.

November 26, 2010

Today is a great day to find bargains, not just in stores but also online. I’ve got a post that contains a long list of great deals that will be of interest to Christians—lots of Christian books, music, DVDs and so on for really good prices. I’ve also got information about the amazing Kindle deal Amazon will be offering today at noon EST.

Click here to find the bargains.

October 01, 2010

Some time ago I told you that I was involved in beginning a new publishing company called Cruciform Press. Well, I’m glad to say that at long last we are official—our new web site has gone live and our first books are available for purchase.

If you are at the Desiring God conference this weekend, be sure to check out the books in the bookstore. And keep an eye out for my co-founders Bob Bevington and Kevin Meath, both of whom are there.

For the rest of you, be sure to visit cruciformpress.com and check it out. Let me share just a few details about our company.

Distinctives

What makes Cruciform different?

Probably the best one-word description is reliability: a new book, same price, every month. We just think it makes sense to offer you something reliable. We want to be:

  • reliable in our Christian theology
  • reliable when it comes to how often new books are released
  • reliable in the quality of our writing and editing
  • reliable in the distinctiveness of our book covers
  • reliable in the quality of our book layout
  • reliable in our pricing

Life is busy and complex. As Christians, we can be tempted to neglect our spiritual lives, especially when it comes to reading books that will equip and encourage us in our faith. At Cruciform, we want to help make that vital process of ongoing spiritual growth easier.

We want our books to be simple, clear, and reliable, as well as inspiring and helpful. Our hope in all this is to serve you well in your efforts to honor and live for Jesus Christ in the local community to which God has called you.

Subscriptions

There is something else that makes us distinctive. We will release one book per month, always right around the first of the month. To make things easier for you, we are offering these books as a subscription—you can subscribe now and have a new book sent to you every month. Or, of course, you can buy only the books that interest you.

Also, we are offering all of our books in a variety of formats: printed, audio, PDF, and ePub.

Sexual Detox

Sexual Detox a Guide for Guys Who Are Sick of PornThe first book out the door is my own: Sexual Detox: A Guide for Guys Who Are Sick of Porn. You remember that I wrote Detox first as a series of blog posts and then as a free e-book. It deals with pornography and sexuality and, as indicated by the subtitle, is geared toward men. This new version of the book has been edited, expanded and just generally improved; even if you’ve read Detox before, you may want to do so again as it truly is much better now. I’ll have more to say about the book next week.

But for now, do know that it’s available right now in all of those formats. Learn More.

Wrestling with an Angel

Wrestling with an AngelThe second book, also available right now, is Greg Lucas’ Wrestling with an Angel: A Story of Love, Disability and the Lessons of Grace. It comes endorsed by Joni Eareckson Tada, Justin Taylor, Noel Piper and others. This is an exceptional book and one I know you’ll enjoy reading. Yes, I’m biased, I admit. But you can trust me! Here is a description of it:

“It sounded at first like something out of an old horror movie. I thought maybe someone was just playing around, but then I heard it again and again, a loud piercing cry, and less like Hollywood every time. The windows were down in my police cruiser on that warm fall day, but I still couldn’t tell where the sounds came from. I began looking around for the unlikely sight of someone being disemboweled in a mall parking lot on a Saturday afternoon. Seeing nothing, and still hearing the screams, I called in a ‘disturbance.’ Around the next corner I found the source of the commotion.” So begins Greg Lucas’ captivating account of life as a husband, a police officer, and Jake’s dad. Jake Lucas, the first of four children, lives with severe physical and mental challenges. Caring for him each day is an ordeal few of us can imagine, and this story of Jake’s first 17 years is not one you will soon forget. But the remarkable thing is how the whole narrative is saturated with wonder at the grace and goodness of God, who brings hope and promise through his Son into the darkest of circumstances. In this book, we see that Jake’s problems are our problems, only bigger, and the challenges of caring for him carry profound lessons about God’s care for us. Wrestling with an Angel is about tragedy and laughter and pain and joy. It is about faith and grace and endurance and God’s unfailing, loving wisdom daily being worked out in each of our lives, whatever the nature or extent of our difficulties. Here is a book that may explain faith to you in ways you never quite grasped, through a life few of us can relate to. When it is all done, we come away better able to live as Christ calls us to live.

It’s also available now in all of those formats. Learn More.

Visit our site and you can also learn about the books that will be releasing in December and January.

September 19, 2010

A few weeks ago I introduced you to Professor Horner’s Bible-Reading System in a post I titled Ten Chapters Per Day. As you remember Professor Horner’s system is simple but unique—“every day you read ten chapters of the Bible. That seems like a lot, so stick with me as I explain it. Each of the ten chapters will be from different books, which is to say that at any given time you’ll be reading ten books of the Bible concurrently, one chapter per day. So on day one of the system you will reading the first chapter of Matthew, Genesis, Romans, 1 Thessalonians, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Joshua, Isaiah and Acts. You will read each of these books, one chapter per day, and then go on to other books before repeating it all again. This means that every year you’ll read through all the Gospels four times, the Pentateuch twice, Paul’s letters 4-5 times each, the Old Testament wisdom literature six times, all the Psalms at least twice, all the Proverbs as well as Acts a dozen times, and all the way through the Old Testament History and Prophetic books about 1 12 times.”

As I mentioned in the original post, I dislike the idea of reading the Bible through a system, and yet I cannot deny that it has been very good for me; it has worked very well. Several months after beginning, I’m still sticking with it, reading ten chapters on weekdays and 5 chapters on Saturday and Sunday.

There were a lot of comments on the blog post and many more across Twitter and Facebook. I know that many people decided to give the system a try after finding out about it. I ran into a couple of them just the other day at a local pastors’ fellowship. And now I find myself curious—how many of you have stuck with it? And how have you been enjoying it? Have you found that it allows you to read the Bible in a new way? Or have you found the systemic nature of it too restricting? Are you enjoying reading at ten chapters per day, or do you find this too much?

Let me know how you’ve been faring.

September 13, 2010

Take Words With YouA few months ago my friend Tim Kerr, pastor of Sovereign Grace Church in Toronto gave me permission to share Take Words With You, a prayer manual he has written. It is a small book that contains over 1600 scripture promises and prayers meant to help God’s people pray more effectively. The promises are arranged around the cross—its purposes and rewards.

Tim recently updated the book to a new edition. It includes a useful defense of why God loves it when we pray his promises back to him and it also includes a guide on how to best use the manual in prayer.

Take Words With You is ideal for printing and using during times of private or corporate prayer. In fact, you’ll see that you can easily print it in 8.5” x 6.5” format and spiral bind it if you so desire. Here is how Tim introduces this little book:

Many years ago I discovered a precious truth regarding prayer: God loves to hear his own words prayed back to him! When a small child crawls up on the lap of their father and says, “Daddy when are you going to take us to the zoo like you promised?” the father smiles and assures his child he has not forgotten and is very much looking forward to doing what he promised (when the time is right). In the same way, our heavenly Father delights to hear us remind him of his promises to us. The Bible is in fact a great big prayer manual that should fill and guide our prayers each and every day.
It is hoped that the many promises of God written here will be prayed back to God in prayer as we seek to enter into God’s purposes accomplished for us through Christ’s cross. Sometimes we remember the gist of a promise but cannot remember what was said or where it is found in Scripture. This manual has been written to make that process easier by organizing the promises of God by categories and themes.

Click below if you’d like to download it for your own use. Feel free to pass it around or print it as you see fit.

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