In Rules for Reformers, Douglas Wilson poaches the political craft of radical progressives and applies it to Christian efforts in the current culture war. The result is a spicy blend of combat manual and cultural manifesto. Rules for Reformers is a little bit proclamation of grace, a little bit Art of War, and a little bit analysis of past embarrassments and current cowardice, all mixed together with a bunch of advanced knife-fighting techniques. As motivating as it is provocative, Rules for Reformers is just plain good to read.
Thanks to Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals — a book well-beloved by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and many others — for much of the shrewd advice, and for none of the worldview.
In this grab bag we have 6 e-books from HarperCollins Christian Publishing which are on sale for upcoming political midterm election. The prices and sale dates that the publisher has provided are under each ebook cover.
Winner of the 2014 Christian Book of the Year Award
“I’M TOO BUSY!” We’ve all heard it. We’ve all said it. All too often, busyness gets the best of us.
Just one look at our jam-packed schedules tells us how hard it can be to strike a well-reasoned balance between doing nothing and doing it all.
That’s why award-winning author and pastor Kevin DeYoung addresses the busyness problem head on in his newest book, Crazy Busy — and not with the typical arsenal of time management tips, but rather with the biblical tools we need to get to the source of the issue and pull the problem out by the roots.
Highly practical and super short, Crazy Busy will help you put an end to “busyness as usual.”
In this grab bag we have 7 fiction e-books from HarperCollins Christian Publishing. The prices and sale dates that the publisher has provided are under each ebook cover.
Thomas Goodwin (1600–1680) was a faithful pastor, Westminster divine, advisor to Oliver Cromwell, and president of Magdalen College, Oxford. In this book, Joel R. Beeke and Mark Jones acquaint the reader with Goodwin through an informative biographical introduction. The remainder of the book, 35 selections from across the works of Goodwin, displays Goodwin’s constant attention to Christ in his various theological engagements. You will learn much about the life and works of this influential Puritan, and perhaps, be strengthened with a habitual sight of Christ.
“Christology lay at the very heart of the best of Reformed Orthodox theology and practice. In this short book the reader is not only introduced to a brilliant Puritan theologian but also to the very center of his vital Christian piety. I hope this book introduces the writings of Goodwin to a new generation.” – Carl Trueman
“In the long line of distinguished Puritans known as the ‘Spiritual Brotherhood,’ Thomas Goodwin had a formative impact on a host of contemporaries, including John Owen. On many a day while writing my doctoral dissertation on Goodwin, I found myself overwhelmed with emotion as well as penetrating insight as this servant of God set Christ forth in His saving office. Thomas Goodwin’s work defies any tidy division between doctrine and doxology.” – Mike Horton
Now with a new postscript and reading group guide, perfect for book clubs.
After nearly dying of breast cancer in her twenties, Sarah Thebarge fled her successful career, her Ivy League education, and a failed relationship, and moved nearly 3,000 miles from the East Coast to Portland, Oregon, hoping to quietly pick up the pieces of her broken life. Instead, a chance encounter on the train with a family of Somali refugees swept her into an adventure that changed all of their lives.
Half a world away from Somalia, Hadhi was fighting battles of her own. Abandoned by her husband, she was struggling to raise five young daughters in a culture she didn’t understand. When their worlds collide with Sarah’s, Hadhi and the girls were on the brink of starvation in their own home, “invisible” in a neighborhood of strangers. As Sarah helped Hadhi and the girls navigate American life, her unexpected outreach to the family became both a source of courage and a lifeline for herself. (more…)
This work by the Puritan Richard Sibbes expounds on 1st Corinthians 2:9, “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” He shows how we should look to heaven and consider the joys that await us there as a way to remain faithful while on earth.
Here are some choice quotes:
-What duty [is] more necessary than to love God? What motive [is] more effectual than the gospel?
-Many of us are like the angel of Ephesus, ‘We have lost our first love,’ Rev. ii. 4
-To be wise to salvation is the best wisdom.
-Learn on earth that that will abide in heaven, saith St Austin.
-I wonder at the stupidity and hellish pride and malice of men’s hearts, that think any man can be too exact in the main duties of Christianity, in the expression of their love to God, in the obedience of their lives; in abstinence from the filthiness of the world, and the like.
-True beauty is to be like God. And to be born anew to that glorious condition is the birth and inheritance.
-Who would endure anything for Christ, if it were not for a better estate afterwards?
-A man cannot enjoy the comfort of heaven upon earth without self-denial and mortification.
-When Satan comes with any bait, let us think he comes to rob us of better than he can give.
-The more we grow in Christianity and in knowledge, the more we should be inquisitive after those great things that our Father hath provided in another world.
-We must search for our election, not above ourselves, but within ourselves.
-But except thou have a holy, gracious heart, and desirest heaven that thou mayest be free from sin, and to have communion with Christ and his saints, to have the image of God, the divine nature perfect in thee, thou art an hypocrite, thou carriest a presumptuous conceit of these things; thy hope will delude thee; it is a false hope.
-Unless we find ourselves changed, unless we be new born, we shall never enter into heaven.
-Love is the very best affection of truth.
-If we do anything to God, and do it not in love, he regards it not.
-Profession must have expression.
-If a man love God, he may look back to election, and forward to glorification.
-By loving God and heavenly things we become good. Our affections show what we are in religion.
-What we esteem highly of we speak largely of. A man is always eloquent in that he esteems.
-What! do we talk of loving God, and despise Christians and religion? They are never severed.
-God hates pride and idolatry, &c. Therefore a man that loves God will hate idols and all false doctrine and worship that tends this way.
-Undoubtedly if we love God, we shall love his children, and anything that hath God’s stamp upon it.
-A little peace and joy in the Holy Ghost will make a man swallow all the discontents in the world.
-This should shame us, when they in dark times so loved the truth of God, and we see all clear and open, and yet are cold.
-Conversing with sinful, cold people casts a damp upon us.
-We must not think to bring love to God, but we must fetch love from God. We must light our candle at his fire. Think of his love to us, and beg the Spirit of love from him; love is a fruit of the Spirit.