Welcome to the online home of Tim Challies, blogger, author, and book reviewer.

Tim Challies

Challies on FacebookChallies on Twitter

Giveaways

April 16, 2010

Free Stuff Fridays

What a week. Going to conferences is great, but I always return home half dead (at best). Late nights at restaurants and early-morning meetings always sound great three weeks out. But they demand a cost. Nevertheless, Together for the Gospel was great, even if I haven’t yet recovered.

Let’s talk about this week’s Free Stuff Fridays. Our sponsor this week is Indelible Grace music. We’ll be giving out five prize packages, each of which contains:

  • By Thy Mercy: Indelible Grace Acoustic
  • Matthew Smith’s The Road Sessions Collection
  • Wake Thy Slumbering Children: Indelible Grace V

So that’s three albums for each of the five winners. And I love each of these albums. Each one of them contains a selection of reimagined hymns—old hymns set to new music. This is what Matthew and Indelible Grace have been doing for years now and they do it so well. At Grace Fellowship Church we sing lots of their hymns and continue to add new ones with every album release.

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.

April 09, 2010

Free Stuff Fridays

It is a Jonathan Edwards kind of a Friday today and Moody publishers would like to give to you a set of five new books about Edwards. They are offering five sets of these books with each set being a $30 value. Not half bad, is it?

The Essential Edwards Collection is edited by Douglas Sweeney and Owen Strachan. Here’s what Moody says about the series:

Jonathan Edwards was a colonial, philosophical preacher and theologian. To many he stands as the preeminent theologian and thinker of the American tradition. This series of five books covers Edwards’ life and major writings opening an accessible window into the heart and mind of the man credited for starting the First Great Awakening.

By way of introduction, presentation and reflection the authors unearth the choicest treasures of Edwards’ writings for lay people to discover. Eminently readable and understandable, The Essential Edwards Collection proves you do not need to be a scholar to enjoy and benefit from the writings and life of Jonathan Edwards.

This set includes all 5 books of The Essential Edwards Collection: Jonathan Edwards Lover of God, Jonathan Edwards On Beauty, Jonathan Edwards On Heaven and Hell, Jonathan Edwards On the Good Life, and Jonathan Edwards on True Christianity.

Easily accessible and readable, you do not need to be a scholar to enjoy these insights about Jonathan Edwards and his writings.

Each winner will receive the full set of five books. And I really don’t know what to say about it beyond that. So sign up and win!

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.

April 02, 2010

Free Stuff Fridays

It is Good Friday today, a holiday up here in Canada. That means I am sitting back and spending the day with familiy. But I did still manage to get together this week’s edition of Free Stuff Fridays (I know, I know—Friday just wouldn’t be the same without it). Today’s sponsor is The Good Book Company. They are offering to 10 lucky winners a pair of these 2 great family resources, Beginning with God and Gospel-Centered Family.

Beginning with God, Bible discovery for pre-schoolers

Bible reading with toddlers can be tricky so we’ve produced these Bible study notes to use with pre-school children which will help them understand and remember God’s word. Packed with games and activities to do while at home and out and about, Beginning with God is a great resource for your toddlers!

Gospel-Centered Family, Becoming the Parents God wants you to be

Tim Chester and Ed Moll take parents straight to the heart of what being a gospel-rooted family should look like - asking, not how the gospel fits in to family life, but how family life should fit in to the gospel. It is extremely practical and each chapter is only a few pages long so that even the most exhausted parents can work through a section at the end of a long day!

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.

March 26, 2010

Free Stuff Fridays

Another Friday is upon us and by now you know what that means—another edition of Free Stuff Fridays. This week’s sponsor is Shepherd Press, a name well-known among us, I’m sure. They are giving away 10 copies of Jim Andrews’ great book Polishing God’s Monuments. This was my favorite book of 2007 and one that both moved and blessed me. It tells the story of a young woman and her devoted husband who have faced a lifetime of mysterious, devastating illness. Written by the young woman’s father, the book intersperses narrative with teaching, experience with theology.

As I wrapped up my review of the book I wrote:

As I closed the cover on this book, 294 pages (yet only one day) after beginning, it struck me that this is undoubtedly one of the best books I’ve read so far this year. I skimmed back through my files to see how many other books I’ve read in 2007 and can see that it is at least sixty or seventy. So it’s no small thing to realize that this is one of the best. I simply can’t recommend Polishing God’s Monuments too highly. I wholeheartedly agree with Bruce Ware who writes, “To enter into this theological reflection on suffering is to accept the challenge to grow deeply in Christ, and to cherish the sure and certain promise of the gospel.” This book gripped my heart and helped me cherish the promises of the gospel like few books I’ve read recently. I commend it to you, trusting you will benefit from it as I have. Perhaps the greatest tribute I can render Polishing God’s Monuments is this: I read almost 300 pages about suffering and pain, yet closed the book with tears of joy in my eyes, rejoicing at the greatness of our sovereign and gracious God.

It truly is an excellent book and one that will be a blessing to you.

Each of five winners will receive two copies of the book—one to read and one to give away or donate to the church library.

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.

March 19, 2010

Free Stuff Fridays

Today is Friday and that means it is time for another Free Stuff Fridays. This week’s sponsor is Seeds Family Worship. “Seeds Family Worship was planted when worship leader, Jason Houser, was asked to write some songs to help kids remember the verses from his church’s summer Bible school.” A few months ago I gave away some sets of their albums. Today I will do that again but with an important addition—they’ve recently created a DVD.

“Seeds Family Worship has partnered with Igniter Media to create high energy and visually appealing worship tracks for children’s and family worship gatherings. Seeds Worship Tracks are visual media vignettes based on Seeds Family Worship’s CD “The Power of Encouragement.” Each song is taken directly from the Bible using the NIV translation and is excellent in helping aid Scripture memory for all ages.”

Included on DVD:

  • Full version of track
  • Instrumental version of track
  • Click track (split) version of track
  • easySLIDES

March 12, 2010

Here we are at another Friday. This is a significant one around these parts because it’s the last day of school for our kids before they get a week off for March Break. This means that hundreds of thousands of Canadians are heading for the airports and, from there, to southern climes. And who can blame them, really. It has been a long winter.

But I digress. Now, to the business at hand. This week’s Free Stuff Fridays sponsor is Granted Ministries. About their ministry they say, “Our site consists primarily of sermons that are available for purchase or free download.  We refuse to profit in any way from this ministry and will give you the resources if you are in any way unable to pay for them. The messages you will find on this site are not necessarily unique to us.  Several of these messages can be found on other, more well-known websites.  It is not our aim to be anything special or unique.  We are simply endeavoring to serve the people of God with the teaching of His glorious Word.”

They are offering five prize packages, each of which will contain two books they’ve published: Justification & Regeneration by Charles Leiter (which I’ve reviewed here) and The One True God by Paul Washer (which I’ve also reviewed, as it happens).

March 05, 2010



With a new Friday comes a new edition of Free Stuff Fridays. This week’s sponsor is ChristianAudio, a company you must know by now for their monthly free downloads. If you visit their site just once per month and you’ll be well on your way to building a solid library of audio books. This week they have put together a great prize package for you. Five winners will each receive the following three audio books:

February 26, 2010



It’s time for yet another edition of Free Stuff Fridays. This week’s sponsor is the same as last week’s—Ligonier Ministries. This week they are offering five great prize packages, each of which consists of three books by Richard Phillips and a pass to a conference.

  • The Masculine Mandate
  • Jesus the Evangelist
  • What’s So Great About the Doctrines of Grace?
  • A pass to any 2010 Ligonier Conference

February 19, 2010

It’s time for yet another edition of Free Stuff Fridays. This week’s sponsor is Ligonier Ministries, a ministry that I suspect requires little formal introduction. You know it, of course, as the teaching ministry of Dr. R.C. Sproul. It has a long history of faithful ministry to the church.

This week they are offering five great prize packages, each of which consists of:

February 12, 2010

First off, I apologize for the lengthy site outage. I had the site host do some work on the server yesterday and I guess they didn’t do it quite right. Somehow they managed to redirect www.challies.com to a blank page. Since I no longer check emails in the evening, I was happily oblivious to this development. I take this as a test of my resolve not to check emails in the evening. I will stand strong!

Now, with a new Friday comes a new edition of Free Stuff Fridays. This week’s sponsor is Timberdoodle, who have sponsored a giveaway once before. This week they are offering up five copies of my favourite Christian book of 2009, Russell Moore’s Adopted for Life. You can read my review of it here.

But first, a word (and offer) from our sponsor…

Pages