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December 30, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by CBD Reformed, a regular sponsor of these giveaways. Today they are offering 5 prizes, each of which will contain the following 3 books:

  • The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller - Retail Price $25.95 (My favorite book of 2011—a review is coming on Monday)
  • The Action Bible - Retail Price $24.99 (Andy Naselli has reviewed this one)
  • 50 People Every Christian Should Know by Warren Wiersbe - Retail Price $17.99

In addition, CBD Reformed is offering a 4-day sale (December 30 – January 2) on the following three products:

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.

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December 23, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Shepherd Press. Before we get to the prizes, you should know that until the end of December all of Shepherd Press’ books are on sale in ebook formats. You can get details right here. It’s a great time to fill out your catalog a little bit!

Today Shepherd Press is giving away 5 prize packages, each of which contains 3 books on parenting older children. These are printed books, not ebooks, in case you are wondering. Here is what each of the winners will receive:

  • Time for the TalkTime for the Talk by Steve Zollos. “Time for The Talk will help fathers walk their sons through one of the most important conversations of their lives. ‘The Talk’ is much broader than just a talk about sexuality; it’s a conversation about manhood, about right decisions, about Christ.”
  • Get Outta My Face by Rick Horne. “Horne lays out a very practical game plan for the parent, pastor, youth worker, school teacher or counselor. It would be well worth the investment to get and read this book.”
  • Everyday Talk by John Younts. “God first gave specific instructions for being a parent in Deuteronomy 6. He instructs parents to talk to their children everyday about God and His ways. Everyday Talk offers practical, creative ways to do that. Learn how to use ordinary conversations to show your kids the goodness and wisdom of God. With clear biblical teaching, John Younts illustrates how to lead your children into a greater awareness of the presence and glory of God.”

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.

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December 16, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by CBD Reformed. As always, they are offering up some great prizes, including the brand new book by Tim Keller. This week 5 winners will take home the following prize package:

  • The Meaning of MarriageThe Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller - Retail price $25.95
  • Unseen Realities: Heaven, Hell, Angels and Demons by R. C. Sproul - Retail Price $14.99
  • The Christ of Christmas by James Montgomery Boice - Retail Price $11.99

In addition, CBD Reformed is offering a 4-day sale (December 16 – December 19) on the following products:

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.

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December 12, 2011

I love beautiful design. Though I’m no longer a web designer, I still find myself crawling around the Web at times, looking for examples of beautiful and inspiring design. I came across just such a thing a little while ago in the NeuYear calendar. It begin its life as a Kickstarter project and, once fully funded, came to life. I ordered one as soon as I could and can testify that it’s everything it’s cracked up to be. I’m all about clean and minimal design and this calendar is just that.

NeuYear

After I ordered a calendar, Jesse Phillips, the entrepreneur behind the project, got in touch to say that he has been known to hang around my blog and that he’d love to give away some calendars to the readers of the site. In fact, he has offered up 20 of them! 

NeuYear

What’s special about the NeuYear calendar? First, it’s big, which means you can see the whole year at a glance. Second, it’s gapless, which means that it’s more of a year-by-week than a year-by-month kind of calendar (which appeals to me since weeks are more meaningful to my workflow than months). Third, it’s beautiful; it’s just a great design. And fourth, it’s 2 calendars in 1 since the one side has the calendar in horizontal format and the other has it in the vertical format.

There are 20 to win, so go ahead and sign up. The giveaway closes Wednesday at 6 PM EST. You will be notified by email if you are one of the winners.

December 09, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Cruciform Press, the publishing company I co-founded. Cruciform is offering 5 giveaway packages of 5 books each, and the winners will get to pick from any of the 14 titles we have published to date. If you win, you will be notified by email; you can then write back and let me know which 5 titles you would like to receive. You can even choose multiple copies of the same title, if you prefer.

Here are some other current offers from Cruciform Press.

  • Our Christmas Sale on print books and ebooks.
  • An opportunity to get The Book of Mary: Diary of an Addict for 99 cents when it comes out as an ebook in a week or so. (This is primarily an evangelistic tool, but probably of interest to many Christians as well.)
  • Several Cruciform ebooks are on sale, both at the Cruciform site and at Amazon, for $2.99, and my book, Sexual Detox, for just 99 cents. Sale ends December 20. Get the details here.

As always, there are 5 prizes to win, so go ahead and sign up now! 

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.

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December 02, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Evangelical Press. They are giving away 5 prize packages, each of which contains the following 3 books:

  • Defiant Grace by Dane Ortlund.
  • How Sermons Work by David Murray. (If you haven’t yet, be sure to watch the clever trailer for it)
  • Zeal for Godliness is a series of devotional mediations from Calvins Institutes that includes contributions from Sinclair Ferguson, Ligon Duncan, Carl Trueman, Justin Taylor, Phil Ryken, Guy Waters, Richard Philips, Derek Thomas, Carlton Wynne, Paul Helm, Stephen Nichols, Sean Lucas, Iain Campbell.

Defiant GraceDefiant Grace looks like a very interesting title (and one I’ve got on my pile of books to read). Here is what a couple of people have said about it: 

The world wants justice and, truth to tell, the church often wants that too. In this book, Dane Ortlund makes the case from the Gospels that what the church and the world to whom she witnesses needs is grace. Grace is counterintuitive, beyond price and yet totally free. Left to ourselves, we hate it. We seeing it as demeaning. We regard it as witnessing to our moral corruption and weakness. Yet grace is God’s way of salvation as revealed in the acts and sayings of Jesus in the four Gospels. This book is that strangest of things: the heartfelt rebuke which brings so much encouragement, freedom and joy. Well worth reading.’ (Carl R. Trueman - Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia)

‘Dane Ortlund can flat-out write. He’s is a craftsman of prose, and more: he writes with theological discernment and an eye for heart application. To read this book is to have a surprising encounter with the Savior. Dane walks us through the four gospels, highlighting Christ’s astonishing words and actions-actions never more astonishing than at Calvary. More than anything, as I read these pages I was reminded of the Savior’s stunning love for me and of his defiant grace-grace that is shockingly unmeasured, vast, and free.’ (C. J. Mahaney, President, Sovereign Grace Ministries)

As always, there are 5 prizes to win, so go ahead and sign up now! 

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.

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November 25, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by CBD Reformed (a company that is also offering up some great Black Friday deals today). This week’s giveaway is a big one (with a retail value of $368 per winner)! As always, there will be 5 winners. Each one will take home the following:

  • MacArthur Study BibleESV MacArthur Study Bible - Retail price $44.99
  • Spurgeon’s Sermons, 5 Volume Set - Retail Price $200.00
  • Hodge’s Systematic Theology, 3 Volumes - Retail Price $100.00
  • At The Throne of Grace by John MacArthur - Retail Price $22.99

In addition, CBD Reformed is offering a 4-day sale (November 25 – November 28). Anyone is free to take advantage of these offers:

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.

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November 18, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Crossway, a ministry and publisher that is well-known to you, I’m sure. Crossway is offering up a package of some of their new and exciting products. Actually, they are offering up 5 prize packages, each of which will contain the following 3 products:

My copy of Lit showed up just a couple of days ago. I actually read it several months ago and wrote this little endorsement for it: “Tony Reinke does not just read, but he reads well, and these are two very different things. If you are not much of a reader, consider Lit a part of your education. Tony will teach you to read, to read widely and to read well. If you are already an avid reader, consider Lit an investment that will instruct you in how to read better. In either case, this book will be a blessing to you.”

I’m also looking forward to reading Work Matters. Here’s what the publisher says about it: “Work. For some this word represents drudgery and the mundane. For others work is an idol to be served. If you find yourself anywhere on the spectrum from workaholic to weekend warrior, it’s time to bridge the gap between Sunday worship and Monday work. Striking a balance between theological depth and practical counsel, Tom Nelson outlines God’s purposes for work in a way that helps us to make the most of our vocation and to join God in his work in the world. Discover a new perspective on work that will transform your workday and make the majority of your waking hours matter, not only now, but for eternity.”

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 Thursday at noon.

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November 11, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Rare Document Traders. They offered me a sermon manuscript page from a Charles Spurgeon sermon preached at the Metropolitan Tabernacle on Sunday, September 22, 1889. The page is heavily amended by the Prince of preachers himself before the sermon went to the printers.

It comes with the sermon manuscript page, as well as a printed page giving the sermon text itself and title, a picture suitable for framing and a certificate of validation and authenticity from Spurgeon’s College in London (see an example). I recently purchased one of these myself as a gift, so can attest that it’s genuine.

Let me explain just a little bit. When Spurgeon preached, someone would immediately transcribe the sermon. That transcription was passed to Spurgeon who would often make a few changes to it before sending it off to be printed and distributed. Here is how it happened:

At the Tabernacle a shorthand writer was always in attendance to take down the sermon as delivered…

The sermon, written out in longhand by the reporter, was taken to C. H. Spurgeon’s house, and early on Monday morning he commenced to revise it, first of all glancing at the number of folios to see whether the discourse were longer or shorter than usual, whether he would have to cut it down or write some additional matter to bring it to the required length. On one occasion, at least, the preacher was found by the servants at work upon the manuscript as early as four o’clock in the morning, and sometimes, when he had preaching engagements in the country on Monday (necessitating an early departure), he has been compelled, on Sunday night, after returning weary from the day’s labors at the Tabernacle, to begin revising the shorthand writer’s manuscript then. The work could not be left till Tuesday, and C. H. Spurgeon used playfully to remark that the earth itself would cease to revolve if the sermon did not come out every Thursday morning.

After the preacher had made the alterations and corrections which he considered necessary upon the manuscript, he used to hand it over to his private secretary for the verification of quotations, the proper punctuation of the matter, etc., and when about a third was ready, a messenger would take that installment post-haste to the printers, returning later for the remainder. By this time it was usually late in the afternoon, for the work was done thoroughly, and after tea the preacher had to hurry off to the Tabernacle for the weekly prayer meeting, which was sometimes followed by another engagement.

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November 04, 2011

Free Stuff Fridays
This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by CBD Reformed. And not surprisingly, they have put together a pretty good package. As always, there are 5 prizes to win and each prize will contain 3 books. They are:

The Meaning of MarriageHere is the description for Keller’s latest book:

Based on the acclaimed sermon series by New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller, this book shows everyone-Christians, skeptics, singles, long-time married couples, and those about to be engaged-the vision of what marriage should be according to the Bible.

Modern culture would make you believe that everyone has a soul-mate; that romance is the most important part of a successful marriage; that your spouse is there to help you realize your potential; that marriage does not mean forever, but merely for now; that starting over after a divorce is the best solution to seemingly intractable marriage issues. All those modern-day assumptions are, in a word, wrong.

Using the Bible as his guide, coupled with insightful commentary from his wife of thirty-six years, Kathy, Timothy Keller shows that God created marriage to bring us closer to him and to bring us more joy in our lives. It is a glorious relationship that is also the most misunderstood and mysterious. With a clear-eyed understanding of the Bible, and meaningful instruction on how to have a successful marriage, The Meaning of Marriage is essential reading for anyone who wants to know God and love more deeply in this life.

Also, CBD Reformed is running a special promotion on these 2 books:

Regularly priced at $33.98 for the 2 books, you can now buy them together for just $21.49. Whether or not you win the giveaway, you are more than welcome to take advantage of that offer.

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.

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