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Can we trust a God who gives us different answers than we pray for? Who only fully reveals himself when we look back? Who lets us walk in darkness for months (and sometimes years) at a time? In Finding Faith in the Dark, Laurie Short says yes, and through her story and the stories of others, she reveals a God who is able to transform the dark chapters of our lives into opportunities of grace.
Maybe you’ve been there:
The husband or wife you stayed faithful to had an affair
The death of a spouse or child has torn your heart
A diagnosis has taken away your health, your plans and your future
When these things happen, we are left wondering “Where is that God who promises to answer our prayers if we trust in Him? Why isn’t my life turning out the way I hoped, let alone how I had planned?”
If you are, or have ever been, in that place, this book is for you. And more than helping you find your way out, this book will help you find your way through that place.
Christians throughout history have believed that God reveals himself both through Scripture and nature. The metaphor of God’s Two Books is often used to represent these two divine revelations.
The Book of God’s Words is the Bible. Scripture reveals inerrant spiritual truths. These include, the God of Christianity is the Creator of the heavens and the earth, the creation is very good, and only humans are created in the Image of God (Gen. 1:1, 27, 31).
The Book of God’s Works is the physical world. Nature declares God’s glory, eternal power, and divine nature (Ps. 19:1; Rom. 1:20). Through the gift of science, our Creator has blessed us with the ability to explore and understand the structure, operation, and origin of his creation.
Together God’s Two Books offer us a complementary divine revelation of who created the world and how he created it.
A majority of Americans view science and religion as being in conflict, according to the Pew Research Center. Christians and non-Christians alike share this view, yet if this perceived conflict misrepresents the relationship between modern science and Christian faith, then it is both unhelpful and unnecessary today.
In Evolution: Scripture and Nature Say Yes, theologian and scientist Denis O. Lamoureux reviews several options for embracing biblical Christianity and findings of science, including biological evolution. Holding to a high view of Scripture alongside an expert appreciation for scientific discovery, Lamoureux further outlines a way to understand passages referring to the natural world in the Bible and also demonstrates how modern science can point toward God.
Lamoureux shares his own story along the way, recounting struggles many readers will relate to on his journey toward PhDs in both theology and biology and a fruitful relationship between the two.
Topics in this book include:
A biblical model of intelligent design in nature based on Psalm 19 and Romans 1.
Examination of the ancient science in Scripture, such as a flat earth and 3-tier universe.
Comparison of different Christian views on origins—young earth creation, progressive creation (old earth creation), and evolutionary creation.
Criticisms of the atheistic interpretation of evolution held by Richard Dawkins and his belief that intelligent design is merely an illusion.
Galileo’s peaceful relationship between Scripture and nature, including his view that “the intention of the Holy Spirit [in the Bible] is to teach us how one goes to heaven, and not how heaven goes.”
Darwin’s religious beliefs and evidence of the impact that intelligent design had on him throughout his life, along with his claim, “It seems to me absurd to doubt that a man may be an ardent Theist [personal God] and an evolutionist.”
Believers wanting to honor God’s Two Books—Scripture and Nature—faithfully and without conflict will find an excellent introduction in Evolution: Scripture and Nature Say Yes.
In this grab bag, we have 10 e-books from the Digital Short Series which were published by Zondervan.
With over 1,000 Scriptures outlining each day of the forty days of purpose, this book is a wonderful reference. Winner of the Retailers Choice Award.
In this grab bag, we have 3 e-books from the Silk House Series which were written by Linda Lee Chaikin and published by Zondervan.
Recently we’ve been blessed with a lot of great e-books at amazing prices! There have been so many deals that we’ve had to list some of them in bulk posts. So far this month we’ve posted huge deals from Shepherd Press, Harvest House, Zondervan & Thomas Nelson. When there’s so many e-books to choose from, do you ever wonder which titles people are buying off the lists? We were curious, so we thought we’d let you know the answers too.
The following is a list of the 5 biggest sellers based off first day sales from each big sale.
1. Dave Harvey – When Sinners Say “I Do”
2. Paul Tripp – Broken-Down House
3. Paul Tripp – Lost in the Middle
4a. TIE: The Gospel for Children, And Everyone Else
4b. TIE: Tedd Tripp – Instructing a Child’s Heart
5. Tedd Tripp – Shepherding a Child’s Heart
1. John MacArthur – At the Throne of Grace
2. Kay Arthur – Powerful Moments with God
3. Stormie Omartian – The Power of a Praying® Wife Devotional
4. Lori Copeland – When Love Comes My Way
5a. TIE: Elizabeth George – A Woman After God’s Own Heart® Devotional
5b. TIE: Lori Wick – Wings of the Morning
1. Andy Stanley – Deep & Wide
2. Scot McKnight – The King Jesus Gospel
3. John Ortberg – Who Is This Man?
4. Kyle Idleman – Not a Fan
5a. TIE: Craig Groeschel – Soul Detox
5b. TIE: Ann Voskamp – One Thousand Gifts ($3.99)
Stay tuned for part 2 this weekend, which can only mean…more big sales