As followup to the blog interview I conducted with Carol Cornish about her new book, The Undistracted Widow, I want to offer a free copy of it to my readers. All you have to do is leave a comment about how this book will better help you serve widows as an individual Christian, how it will help you serve widows in your ministry, or if you are a widow, how you will use it in your own life to be “undistracted” and take what you learn to minister to other widows. And then from those entries I will randomly pick a winner! Easy enough. This is probably the best book I have read for widows out there. You’ll want to get yourself a copy today!
I am giving away a copy of Fred Zaspel’s new book, The Theology of B. B. Warfield available now from Crossway Books. It is a fantastic volume which will be greatly appreciated by all those who believe the study of theology is a serious business! In connection to my recent interview with the author, I want to give away a copy of the book to a hardcore Warfield fan. This is not for just anyone, this is for those who love the great Lion of Princeton.
So, to win, I want you to write in the comments why Warfield has been influential in your Christian life and ministry. How has he shaped your thought and how you live the Christian life? What book or other written item has influenced you and why? I’ll randomly pick from the answers given to win a copy of the brand new book.
So get cracking! Why do you love Warfield?
I’ve given away a number of Crossway books so far here on the blog. I want to post some brief thoughts on the books given away during the first six months.
January – Adrian Warnock, Raised with Christ: How the Resurrection Changes Everything
I reviewed this book more in depth here but I just wanted to share some key thoughts. The resurrection does change everything. We tend to focus a lot more on the crucifixion and all that happened there and tend not to think through all the implications for the Christian life in the resurrection. Adrian Warnock helpfully plumbs the Scriptures and its teaching on the resurrection and all that it means for the life of the Christian. For the Christian, it should mean great joy. Go ahead, meditate on the resurrection for awhile. You’ll be glad you did! It is the basis upon which you have new life in Christ!
February – D. A. Carson, Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus
This helpful little book from a master scholar-theologian with a pastor’s heart is just what the church needs today. So many of our issues that we focus upon are secondary if not tertiary in nature. All too often we forget to focus on the primary things. And nothing is more primary than the death and resurrection of Jesus. Our whole faith resides in it. And the real scandalous nature of it all is so profound that what it means for the life of the believer is just as profound. God became man to die for you and rose again to give you new life. Is there any better news than that?
March – Mark Driscoll and Gary Breshears, Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe
You’ve got to give the big guy from Seattle some credit. He gets people to read books on important subjects that would never have read them on their own. The unlikely combination of Driscoll and Breshears though helpfully guides people into reading and understanding theology. Theology was never meant to be solely the realm of scholars but of the people in the pew as well. Driscoll’s popular style buttressed by Breshears’ acumen are a helpful combination. Driscoll sometimes paints things a little too “vividly” should we say, but overall, it is a helpful volume.
April – Paul David Tripp, What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage
The one reality is, marriage isn’t easy. Anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. Paul Tripp though does an excellent job of presenting the potential issues and redemptive solutions for marriage. Anything by Tripp and his fellow CCEF fellows should be ready by all, especially those in the ministry. The key help in this volume is that Tripp acknowledges from the outset that marriages that do not completely rest on Christ are doomed to fail. Two sinners joined together are bound to create problems! The solutions for a transformed marriage as resting in the redemptive work of Christ is refreshing.
May – Tullian Tchividjian, Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels
Taking the book of Jonah as the basis for this work (the substance of preaching through Jonah), Tchividian does a masterful job of showing the great grace that is available through Jesus Christ for the rebellious. All of us, like Jonah, rebel and run from the master. Grace is available to us and to others from Him who is always gracious. Be challenged and encouraged through this good word!
June – Grant Horner, Meaning at the Movies: Becoming a Discerning Reviewer
Come on admit it. You watch movies like the rest of us. The problem is, most of us watch them without a thought in our heads. Or we expect someone else to spoon feed us what we should see or what we shouldn’t see. The biggest problem with our churches today is people don’t know how to discern and frankly, pastors are helping the problem by not teaching them! Instead of a list of dos and don’ts, lets actually learn how to discern right from wrong. Horner does that with movies. Not satisfied in glib “yes or no’s” he teaches us the principles of discernment so we will have the tools to know what to put before our eyes, and what not to!
Sorry everyone! As you can see I am behind with the 2010 Crossway Book Giveawy here at the blog. Lots of things going on in life and ministry but it’s no excuse to not getting you the best in books from Crossway!
So, without further adieu, here are the winners for July, August, and September.
July’s winner is Austin Hoffman. He wins a copy of D. A. Carson’s Collected Writings on Scripture.
August’s winner is Jason at PastoralMusings.com. He wins a copy of Fred Sanders’ The Deep Things of God.
September’s winner is Jenna Kim. She win’s a copy of John Piper’s Think.
Austin, Jason, and Jenna, e-mail me your mailing addresses so I can have Crossway send you copies. Please e-mail me at allen [dot] mickle [dot] jr [at] gmail [dot] com.
Look forward to our October giveaway! For the next month you can look forward to receiving a copy of Entrusted with the Gospel edited by D. A. Carson.
Still not entered in the contest? There’s still time! Enter at the link below!
Readers of this blog will know how much I love books. I love collecting, I love reading, and I love learning, especially about the Word of God and the Christian life. I have been given the privilege of being a part of Crossway Books’ May Blog tour of Tullian Tchividjian’s Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels.
Tullian Tchividjian is pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and the author of Unfashionable: Making a Difference in the World by Being Different and Do I Know God? Finding Certainty in Life’s Most Important Relationship. He also blogs at On Earth as it is in Heaven.
Here’s the press release from Crossway,
Most Christians assume that the gospel is something non-Christians must believe in order to be saved, but after we believe it, we advance to deeper theological waters. In Surprised by Grace, Tullian Tchividjian shows how when God rescues sinners, his plan isn’t to move them beyond the gospel, but to move them more deeply into it. The only antidote to sin is the gospel—and since Christians remain sinners even after they’re converted, the daily preaching of the gospel is essential for all Christians.
For Tchividjian, it was through the story of Jonah that he came face-to-face with the fact that the gospel is not only for non-Christians.
Surprised by Grace is a storied presentation of the gospel from the book of Jonah. It’s a story of sin and grace, of desperation and deliverance. It reveals that while we are great sinners, God is a great Savior. While our sin reaches far, his grace reaches farther. This story shows that God is in the business of relentlessly pursuing rebels—a label that ultimately applies to us all. He comes after us not to angrily strip away our freedom, but to affectionately strip away our slavery so we might become truly free.
This book is for anyone who is tempted, struggles, or continues to battle against sin. “I wrote Surprised by Grace (Crossway, May 2010) because we all need to be,” explains Tchividjian.
Over the next little while I will be reading and reviewing the book and including excerpts from the book for our enjoyment and edification. But here’s the exciting part.
YOU CAN WIN A COPY!
Here’s how you can win. Leave a comment below about how the sovereignty of God helped you make it through a calamitous situation in life. When the world seemed ready to end and everything was blowing up all around you, how was it that knowing that God was sovereign helped you make it through? I’ll randomly pick one of the answers to award a free copy of this book. And stick around as we interact with the book in the near future!
The winner of the 2010 Crossway Book Giveaway for May is Matt and Ruth Stiles of the blog http://thestilesfamily.net! You’ve won a copy of Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels by Tullian Tchividjian. From the Crossway website:
“As today’s Christians struggle to grasp the gospel’s true power, Surprised by Grace unfolds a liberating story that helps us come to grips with the shocking extent of God’s compassion..”
June’s winner will receive a copy of Meaning at the Movies: Becoming a Discerning Reviewer by Grant Horner
Not yet entered in the contest? You can find out how to enter by clicking on the contest logo below.
The winner of the 2010 Crossway Book Giveaway for April is Mark author of the blog Here I Blog! You’ve won a copy of Paul Trip’s new book, What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage. From the Crossway website:
“Internationally known speaker, pastor, teacher, and author calls engaged and married couples to a grace-based lifestyle of daily reconciliation, marked by six practical commitments.”
April’s winner will receive a copy of Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels by Tullian Tchividjian
Not yet entered in the contest? You can find out how to enter by clicking on the contest logo below.