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We are just days away from the upcoming 2014 Band of Bloggers gathering. The last update I received is that we have just a few spaces left before the event is sold out. You can still register here. One of the things that I try to do with each Band of Bloggers gathering is connect publishers with this audience of bloggers, authors, and Christian leaders from around the world and give away some of their most recent or forthcoming titles. It’s a challenging task to get all of it together, and as recent as a few weeks ago, only a few books had been secured for the event. But then things just started to fall in place as many publishers and organizations responded generously to support our gathering.

This year, I am excited to share that we are giving away 29 books for every person who attends, for a total of 7,250 books. That’s the largest number we have ever given away. There are 20 physical titles and 8 e-books in all, for a total of $425 (retail price). If you do the math, we are giving away $106,250 worth of books at our event this year that costs only $15 to register. I hope that those who receive these titles below will enjoy them greatly and let the publishers know that by reading, plugging, and/or reviewing them so that others too can be directed to these great resources.

Here are the titles for this year’s book giveaways:

Physical Titles:

  1. Gospel-Centered Teaching: Showing Christ in All of Scripture by Trevin Wax (LifeWay)
  2. Growing Up: How to Be a Disciple Who Makes Disciples by Robby Gallaty (Cross Books)
  3. Truth Matters: Confident Faith in a Confused World by Andreas Kostenberger, Darrell Bock, and Josh Chatraw (B&H)
  4. Transformational Groups: Creating a New Scorecard for Groups by Eric Geiger and Ed Stetzer (B&H)
  5. Recovering Redemption: A Gospel-Saturated Perspective on How to Change by Matt Chandler and Michael Snetzer (B&H)
  6. Facing Leviathan: Leadership, Influence, and Creating in a Cultural Storm by Mark Sayers (Moody)
  7. Neighborhood Mapping: How to Make Your Church Invaluable to Your Community by John Fuder (Moody)
  8. United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity by Trillia Newbell (Moody)
  9. Torn to Heal: God’s Good Purpose in Suffering by Mike Leake (Cruciform)
  10. Contend: Defending Your Faith in a Fallen World by Aaron Armstrong (Cruciform)
  11. Eternity Changes Everything: How to Live Now in Light of Your Future by Stephen Witmer Good Book Company
  12. What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done by Matt Perman (Zondervan)
  13. Visit the Sick: Ministering God’s Grace in Times of Illness by Brian Croft (Zondervan)
  14. Know The Heretics by Justin Holcomb (Zondervan)
  15. Proof: Finding Freedom Through the Intoxicating Joy of Irresistible Grace by Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones (Zondervan)
  16. Magnificent Obsession: Why Jesus Is Great by David Robertson (Christian Focus)
  17. The Gospel According to Daniel: A Christ-Centered Approach by Bryan Chapell (Baker)
  18. The New Calvinism Considered: A Personal and Pastoral Assessment by Jeremy Walker (Evangelical Press)
  19. Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry by Paul Tripp (Crossway)
  20. Five Views of Inerrancy (Zondervan)

E-Book Titles:

  1. Reformed Means Missional: Following Jesus into the World by Samuel T. Logan (New Growth Press)
  2. Calvin on the Christian Life: Glorifying and Enjoying God Forever by Michael Horton (Crossway)
  3. Joy for the World: How Christianity Lost its Cultural Influence and Can Begin Rebuilding It by Greg Foster (Crossway)
  4. A Loving Life: In a World of Broken Relationships by Paul Miller (Crossway)
  5. everPresent: How the Gospel Relocates Us in the Present by Jeremy Writebol (GCD)
  6. Captive to Glory: Celebrating the Vision and Influence of Jonathan Edwards by John Piper (Desiring God)
  7. Doctrine Matters: Ten Theological Trademarks from a Lifetime of Preaching by John Piper (Desiring God)
  8. Five Points: Towards a Deeper Experience of God’s Grace by John Piper (Christian Focus)
  9. Losing Your People Without Losing Your Mind by Dustin Neeley
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There are two major audiences in the Christian publishing world, or so I’ve been told. There’s the ministry market, and then there’s the mom market. Christians reading and buying books are either pastors/ministry leaders or women in the church. Over the past decade, we have seen a gospel renaissance of publishing when it comes to the ministry market, but gospel-centered resources for the mom market are not as plenteous. In fact, the majority of books for Christian women/moms are more like “chicken soup for the soul” rather than “gospel riches for everyday life.”

Insert Gloria Furman and her new book Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home. [Currently on Amazon, it has 27 reviews, 25 of them five stars.]

In the Introduction to her book, Furman explains:

“The biggest question I want to explore in this book are: What does the gospel have to do with your lives in the home? Hoe does this grace change the way we live?”

She has written this book because we need to discover God-glorifying answers to the following questions:

  • What does the gospel have to do with everyday life in the home?
  • Hoe does the gospel impact our dish washing, floor mopping, bill paying, friend making, guest hosting, and dinner cooking?
  • How does the fact that Jesus himself bore our sins in his body on the tree so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness (1 Pet. 2:24) make a difference in my mundane life today?

Every Christian is a theologian whether we admit it or not, and to be frank, many of the resources out there for Christian moms are not providing them solid, biblical, gospel-centered theology. Some resort to moralistic therapeutic deism or other forms of man-centered self-helpism. Others resort to prosperity-style escapism from the ordinary life of the mundane. Others still seem to recommend coping mechanisms to manage life, divorcing spiritual life from the very areas mothers need it most.

What Gloria Furman does in her book is put the gospel right in the center of everyday life–the place where mothers fight the good fight of faith in the home. She challenges women not to make excuses or shift blame but rather recognize the resources available in Jesus who died and rose again on their behalf to discover fresh repentance and faith through the renewing work of the Spirit. At the end of the (mundane) day, Furman wants others to treasure the gospel in the home, propelling them to exult in the hope of God’s glory. Due to her explorations of how the “gospel is the predominant, defining reality” in her life, we too can rediscover the preciousness of Christ and power of His gospel in the midst of whatever circumstances externally or emotional turmoil internally that may want to derail us from living by faith in all that Jesus has promised to be for us.

This is not a book just for women or mom’s in the church. This is a book for husbands who want to better understand the pressures and challenges of their spouse and know how to apply the gospel. It is a faithful guide and discipleship tool grounded not in becoming a better you but becoming more like Jesus. I recommend it as one who anticipates ways of using this book to be serve my wife and grow in grace myself.

For those of you who purchase a copy of Glimpses of Grace from your favorite local or online retailer from June 3-7, you have the opportunity to receive a free copy of the ebook as well as the ESV Study Bible Online (ESVBible.org Web App & Ebook)! To redeem your free extras, simply scan and email your receipt to glimpses@crossway.org before 11:59am on Friday, June 7.

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I Am a Church MemberWe live in a day where unfortunately it is hard to find committed churchmen (and women). I am talking about disciples of Jesus who build the rhythms of their lives around the local church and her mission in the world, who see the local body as the hub of their relationships and weave their identity intricately into their covenant community, who take the term “faith family” sincerely and live out its implications in everyday life. They are church members who don’t treat life in the body as optional, participation in the mission tangential, or recognized by others as nominal. They are faithful men and women committed to loving the church for which Jesus gave His life.

Last week at TGC13, I was given a copy of a new book by Thom Rainer entitled I Am a Church Member: Discovering the Attitude That Makes a Difference.” Normally when I receive free books, publishers are clearing out inventory of titles not many people are buying (unless of course you come to one of my Band of Bloggers :)). But in this case, I became particularly interested in this little 75 page book because of its title (a slow reader like myself can finish this book in two hours).

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Favorite Puritan Paperbacks

Tim Brister —  December 5, 2012 — 15 Comments

Several of you may recall the 2008 Puritan Reading Challenge where I challenged folks to read with me one Puritan Paperback a month. Within a short period of time, it took a life of its own, with over 25,000 people across the world getting on board. In my regular reading schedule, I hardly ever go without a Puritan paperback in my hand. Most recently, I have been reading The Heart of Christ by Thomas Goodwin.

Recently, Westminster Bookstore asked Mark Dever, Sinclair Ferguson, and Carl Trueman about their five favorite Puritan paperbacks. I was intrigued by their lists, and thought I’d pass them on to you with a list of my own.

Mark Dever

1.  The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbes
2.  The Mystery of Providence by John Flavel
3. The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs
4. All Loves Excelling by John Bunyan
5. The Love of Christ by Richard Sibbes

Sinclair Ferguson

1.  The Mystery of Providence by John Flavel
2.  The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbes
3. Letters of Samuel Rutherford
4. The Christian’s Great Interest by William Guthrie
5. Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices by Thomas Brooks

Carl Trueman

1.  The Mystery of Providence by John Flavel
2. The Art of Prophesying by William Perkins
3. A Puritan Golden Treasury by I.D.E. Thomas
4. The Doctrine of Repentance by Thomas Watson
5. The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter

My List

1.  The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbes
2.  The Mystery of Providence by John Flavel
3.  The Glory of Christ by John Owen
4. The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs
5. The Godly Man’s Picture by Thomas Watson

Do you have any favorite Puritan paperbacks?
Do share (and why if you don’t mind either).

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At the upcoming PLNTD Conference in Nashville, we are focusing on Gospel-Driven Leadership. We want to press into how the gospel shapes the leader, and out of that flowing a gospel-centered philosophy of leadership. When I first discovered the new book by Paul Tripp, Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry, I thought to myself, “I need to get this book into the hands of as many church leaders as possible.”

Thankfully, Crossway has been generous enough to give a FREE copy to everyone who attends the Gospel-Driven Leadership Conference. This book, I believe, will be one of the most significant contributions to pastoral leadership in years. Watch the video below and check out some of the blurbs from evangelical leaders across the country.

»» To sign up for the conference and get a free copy of Dangerous Calling, click here.

Dangerous Calling from Crossway on Vimeo.

“This book is ‘good’ in the same way that heart surgery is good. It’s painful and scary and as you read it you’ll be tempted to run away from the truth it contains. But it just might save your life. Pastors need this book. I know I really needed it. It challenged me and rebuked me even as it gave me hope and fresh faith in God for pastoral ministry.”
-Joshua Harris, Senior Pastor, Covenant Life Church, Gaithersburg, Maryland; author, Dug Down Deep

Gospel-centered and grace saturated to the core, Dangerous Calling is a must read for any pastor or pastor in training who needs to be encouraged by the reminder that Jesus came to do for us what we could never do for ourselves or others.”
-Tullian Tchividjian, Pastor, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church; author, Jesus + Nothing = Everything

Dangerous Calling is a dangerous book to read. It is also a book every person in ministry should read. It will cut you to the heart and bring massive conviction if you read it with a humility and ask God to expose sins deeply hidden in your soul. It cuts, but it also provides biblical remedies for healing. I would love to put this book in the hand of every seminarian who walks on my campus.”
-Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Pastoral ministry is a dangerous calling, and this is a dangerous book. It will not leave you unchanged. Pastors need pastors, and by God’s grace, every page of this book will minister to your heart, your marriage, your family, and the people you serve—in ways you never thought you needed it. This book digs down into the inner recesses of our hearts to reveal our greatest idols and point to our greatest needs. ”
-Burk Parsons, Associate Pastor, Saint Andrew’s Chapel, Sanford, Florida; editor, Tabletalk magazine

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