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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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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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Creed by Winfield Bevins

Tim Brister —  September 1, 2011 — Leave a comment

I’m excited to see my friend Winfield Bevin’s new book Creed: Connect to the Basic Essentials of Historic Christian Faith (NavPress) releases today.  Winfield is a gifted writer and theologian who rebels against what C.S. Lewis called “chronological snobbery” with a true historical consciousness.

One of the growing trends I’m seeing today among the younger generational of evangelicals is a recognition of the importance of being confessional.  That is not to say that a document or confession is given a place of authority or primary source in Christian faith; rather, confessions are theological consensus statements by which we can agree with saints across generations the faith once for all delivered to the saints.

Winfield’s book Creed addresses three core components of Christian orthodoxy, namely the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Apostle’s Creed.  This resource will be a great discipleship tool to anchor believers new and old in the doctrinal, ethical, and spiritual foundations in the Christian faith.

Read what others are saying, preview the book, and pick up a copy » Paperback | Kindle Version

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Vacation Reading

Tim Brister —  July 21, 2011 — 2 Comments

My stack of “to read” books is getting bigger and bigger.  Sadly, this year has proved to be a very difficult year for reading and self-feeding, but I’m working on that, beginning with my upcoming time off.  I wrestled with what books to take with me this year.  A lengthy theological treatise? Moving biography? Leisure reading?

I decided to go with four thin books that that I anticipate to be both personally nourishing and ministerially challenging.  I chose thin books, too, because they are easy to pack and carry to the beach. 🙂

Here they are:

1.  A Meal with Jesus: Discovering Grace, Community, and Mission Around the Table by Tim Chester (144 pages)

2. Church Planting Is for Wimps: How God Uses Messed Up People to Plant Ordinary Churches That Do Extraordinary Things by Mike McKinley (128 pages)

3. Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God by David Platt (196 pages)

4. Marks of the Messenger: Knowing, Living and Speaking the Gospel by J. Mack Stiles (128 pages)

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The purpose of Band of Bloggers gatherings is to forward the discussion on gospel-centered blogging and leveraging our online influence for the glory of God.  On the side, we have been able to enjoy a great relationship with publishers and various ministries who are happy to give away copies of their newest releases to our bloggers and attendees who in turn promote, excerpt, and review them in the future.

When we began Band of Bloggers in 2006, we were thrilled to donate one book per person.  Since then that number has continued to increase until last year where we were privileged to give away 12 books per person. As we started planning this year’s gathering, I was very skeptical about the possibility of increasing that number. Fortunately, we received great assistance from John Starke of TGC Reviews, and together we were able to secure a total of (wait for it) . . . 17 books ($237 value) for all everyone attending this year’s gathering!

Here’s a complete listing of the books for this year’s giveaway:

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Lots of good books coming out this spring. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but here are 15 books that I have spotted that I find deserving your attention.  Check them out.

1.  The Gospel Commission: Recovering God’s Strategy for Making Disciples by Michael Horton (March)
2.  Counterfeit Gospels: Rediscovering the Gospel in a World of False Hope by Trevin Wax (April)
3.  Note to Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself by Joe Thorn (May)
4.  Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God by David Platt (May)
5.  Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ by Russell Moore (April)
6.  Practicing Affirmation: God-Centered Praise of Those Who Are Not God by Sam Crabtree (March)
7.  Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse Fitzpatrick (June)
8.  The Intolerance of Tolerance by D.A. Carson (March)
9.  A Meal with Jesus: Discovering Grace, Community, and Mission Around the Table by Tim Chester (May)
10. Our Triune God: Living in the Love of the Three-In-One by Philip Graham Ryken and Michael Lefebvre
11. Preaching for God’s Glory by Alistair Begg (May)
12. The Greener Grass Conspiracy: Finding Contentment on Your Side of the Fence by Stephen Altrogge (May)
13. The Next Story: Life and Faith After the Digital Explosion by Tim Challies (April)
14. The Pastor as Scholar and the Scholar as Pastor: Reflections on Life and Ministry by D.A. Carson and John Piper (May)
15. Eternal God: A Study of God without Time by Paul Helm (March)

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Yesterday, I took advantage of the great deal by Westminster Bookstore that had all eight of the new Gospel Coalition booklets for the sale price of only $17.00 (45% off).  I encourage you to do the same.  This sale is good only for a limited time (ends March 16).

Personally, I can see how these booklets can be used for (a) personal discipleship, (b) supplementary reading for our apprenticeship program, and (c) provisional literature of the church for members in the bookstore or information center.

You can download for free Sam Storms’ booklet, The Restoration of All Things.  Check them out!

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6 New Books This Month

Tim Brister —  October 11, 2010 — 1 Comment

There are dozens of books coming out this month that I have been checking out, and I thought I’d pass along six of them that I hope to get my hands on in the near future.  Check them out:

1.  Operation World (New 7th Edition!)
2.  Entrusted with the Gospel: Pastoral Expositions of 2 Timothy
3.  Living in God’s Two Kingdoms: A Biblical Vision for Christianity and Culture by David VanDrunden
4.  The Passionate Intellect: Christian Faith and the Discipleship of the Mind by Alistair McGrath
5.  40 Questions About Christians and Biblical Law by Tom Schreiner
6.  Expository Listening: a Practical Guide for Hearing and Doing God’s Word by Ken Ramey

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For those of you who have been following me on Twitter, you probably saw the giveaways that I rolled out over the past couple of days.  This year is the biggest giveaway yet with 12 books being donated from numerous publishers with a total value of over $225.  It is a desire that Band of Bloggers will connect gospel-centered bloggers with evangelical book publishers to network together in providing and promoting solid literature for a wider audience.

To view the entire list of giveaways, go here.  There is still a few spots left for the event, but registration is closing this weekend.  So register now if you’d like to attendUnfortunately, we are sold out and registration for the 2010 gathering is now closed.

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Long-time readers of this blog will know that I used to do “book alerts” which were basically previews of new book releases.  I don’t really have the time to do those kinds of posts these days, but I thought I’d make a list of books, perhaps on a quarterly basis, that I think you should check out.  Here are 15 books scheduled to be published between August-November 2009 worth looking into (in some kind of order):

15 New Books This Fall to Check Out

1.  Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope That Matters by Tim Keller
2.  The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton
3. The End of the Law: Mosaic Covenant in Pauline Theology by Jason Meyer
4.  Filling Up he Afflictions of Christ: The Cost of Bringing the Gospel to the Nations in the Lives of William Tyndale Adoniram Judson, and John Paton by John Piper
5. Gospel-Powered Parenting: How the Gospel Shapes and Transforms Parenting by William Farley
6. The Walk: Steps for New and Renewed Followers of Jesus by Stephen Smallman
7. The Intolerance of Tolerance by D.A. Carson
8. J.I. Packer and the Evangelical Future: The Impact of His Life and Thought by Timothy George
9. Christ-Centered Worship: Letting the Gospel Shape Our Practice by Bryan Chapell
10. Evangelicalism: What Is It and Is It Worth Keeping? by D.A. Carson
11. The Power of Words and the Wonder of God by John Piper
12. God the Peacemaker: How Atonement Brings Shalom – Graham Cole
13. Four Views of Moving Beyond the Bible to Theology by Stanley Gundry
14. Dual Citizens: Worship and Life Between the Already and Not Yet by Jason Stellman
15. Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional by Jim Belcher

Any of these books pique your interest? If so, which ones and why?

Edit: Somehow I forgot two books that should be on this list, although I don’t know where to put them.  They are:

* A Habitual Sight of Him: The Christ-Centered Piety of Thomas Goodwin by Joel Beeke and Mark Jones
* The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown: An Introduction to the New Testament by Andreas Kostenberger, Scott Kellum, and Charles Quarles (eds.)

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