The Great October Giveaway

Forty-one books to the winner… Last month’s Great September Giveaway was a great success with three readers taking home some excellent prizes. Of course I extend my sympathies to the multitudes who didn’t win; I can identify with your disappointment since I don’t think I’ve ever won anything in my life! But I am confident that my time is coming. This month you’ve got another chance to win a great prize. Or forty-one of them to be exact. The Sponsor …

The Gospel: Conventional vs. Emerging

Brian McLaren shares two gospels, one new and one old. Those of us who have been keeping a wary eye on the Emerging Church know that to understand the movement we need to understand Brian McLaren. Though it is not quite fair to label him the movement’s leader, he certainly functions as its elder statesman and his writing seems to serve as a barometer for the movement. But anyone who has read his books will know just how difficult it …

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I Love a Good Inventory Reduction Sale!

At some point I need to write an article about how to build a library on the cheap. When I do it will mention inventory reduction sales. Speaking of which… Westminster Books is holding just such a sale right now. Since, like several good, Reformed online retailers they don’t really stock any bad books, everything listed there is good. But I noticed at least one that really stands out. Not too long ago I reviewed The Reformation: How a Monk …

How to Organize a Personal Library

Suggestions on organizing and cataloging a personal library. I am developing what I suspect will soon be an extensive personal library. Though it is currently not all that large, as these things go, it is growing at an alarming rate. When we moved into our current house just over one year ago, I had, to the best of my recollection, four bookcases in my office which left me lots of wall space to hang prints of some of my heroes …

Book Review Updates

Lucado and R.C. and Moore, Oh My! Here is your update on the latest reviews at Discerning Reader. We have uploaded six new reviews for you this week–reviews that come from the pens of four different reviewers and which examine books by some of the Christian world’s most popular authors. It’s a banner week! Leslie Wiggins, who writes reviews of books that are of particular interest to women, has a courageous review of Get Out of that Pit by Beth …

The Reformed Expository Commentary Series

An interview with the editors of the Reformed Expository Commentary series. There have been a few times in the past few months that I’ve mentioned the Reformed Expository Commentary Series. This is a growing series of commentaries written from a distinctly Reformed perspective and targeted at both pastors and laypersons. Having used these commentaries for both research and personal devotions, I am very enthusiastic about them and am anxious to spread the word. To that end I recently took the …

Books Don’t Change People–Sentences Do

Teaming with Bob Kauflin to encourage you to dedicate yourself to reading. Yesterday Bob Kauflin wrote about reading (What – Me Read?) in response to a question sent to him by a reader. This young man asked: One facet of your site that is always of interest is your list of books you are currently reading. In addition to your devotional Scripture reading, how much time in a week do you set aside for reading? Do you schedule reading time …

Reading the Classics Together

If you’re like me there are probably quite a few books that you wish you had read and yet, for some reason, you still haven’t. There are classics kicking around your desk that you’ve been meaning to pick up, but to this point you’ve never actually taken the time to read them. Or perhaps you’ve read bits and pieces but have never read the whole thing. Maybe it’s Holiness by J.C. Ryle or The Freedom of the Will by Jonathan …

R.C.’s Bookstore Challenge

I’ve been reading R.C. Sproul’s latest book, The Truth of the Cross. It’s just a small book but you know that if Sproul is writing about the atonement that it will be well worth reading. Just seven pages in he discusses visiting a bookstore in a local mall. He found shelves and counters full of books with the categories prominently marked: fiction, nonfiction, business, sports, children’s stories, and on and on. In the very back was a religion section which …

Book Review Updates

As you know by now, Tuesdays are review days over at Discerning Reader. And this week we’ve added five new ones (written by four different reviewers) and two great author interviews. There is a book here for everyone! I have already posted my review of When Sinners Say “I Do” at the blog, but have a very interesting interview with Dave Harvey that you’ll want to read. I also review Jesus the Evangelist by Richard Phillips, declaring it “biblical exposition …