The Freebie Round-Up # 47

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Got caught up with that Facebook “post a book cover” challenge. It’s a great way to show (off ☺) the books you read and encourage others to pick up a book. Some of my friends arw doing it. However the some of my friends I tagged didn’t do it or post for 7 days, still for me its a fun way to promote literacy and get to know what youre friends are reading.

Anyways, here’s a list of great freebies that are waiting to be downloaded. And if your new here to this post or you missed out other freebie round-ups, check the links to those post at the end of this article.

FREE e-book “History of the Reformation”- Get ready to study the rich history of the Reformers with the free e-book by J. H. Merle D’Aubigne on various digital formats.

FREE e-books download– Reformed Baptist Publication has a couple of sample of their products that are downloadable for free. Authors include Richard Barcellos, Philip Schaaf and Walter J. Chantry.

FREE “Digital Puritan” digest– Want some selected and modernized Puritan works on Kindle format. Check out this free annual digest that breaks free from PDF and has some great features.

FREE “The Blessed Way” devotional– Subscribe to Christianity Today’s newletter and get this free 30 day devotional written by leading Christian women today (including some Reformed authors which is why I included it in this list).

FREE study materials for Westminster Confession  – Pilgrim Covenant Church offers some resources that will aid you in studying the Westminster Confessions for free.

FREE digital publications – Women of the ELCA has 3 free publications you can sign up including their new newsletter Interchange. 

FREE e-book “12 Ways You Phone Is Changing You ” by Tony Reinke– I’m fresh off from Reinke’s latest book and I think you’ll love this one now its free (for a limited time!). Take a short survey and you’ll get this e-book.

Do you want more freebies? Check out these past blog post:

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Book Review: Competing Spectacles by Tony Reinke

upm5loqLast year Tony Reinke announced that he has a new book coming this 2019. What so sweet about it is that he needs folks for his book launch team. Knowing him from his articles on Desiring God and his books, I had to sign up. Come March I received an e-mail about the new book and then the following e-mail has an attached pre-released copy of his book. Competing Spectacles is the title and I immediately dive in to the book.

Competing Spectacles is “the lust of the eyes 2.0” book that really captures how we Christians live in this media age. Bombarded with distractions and gap fillers it seems that we have a never ending supply of digital candy that will not only compete with our attention but also erode our focus on God. Tony Reinke pour out his wisdom and insight on this new media age and offers biblical answer for the believers.

Reinke’s book tells how Christians spent their eyes on digitally and how it deteriorates our eternal perspective. Whether it our habit of binging over Netflix, mobile gaming or selfies, these earth bound spectacles takes over our unsatisfied cravings that the ultimate Spectacle (Jesus Christ) can only fulfill. Questions about how we Christians and the church should do with this spectacles are discussed superbly over the chapters in this short book.

The part that really got me is the chapter about how the church becomes a spectacle of the world. As Reinke traces the definition and history of this fleeting spectacles, he also did it on the church as she displays the everlasting Spectacle. This part of the book really captures the essence of being a Christian in this media age that sometimes we forget. I wish Reinke could put one more chapter about this because this is the game changer of the book.

The chapters are short that you’ll quickly read the next one and then the next. It’s a accessible and fast paced read that you’ll finish the book in no time completely blown away.  However, I suggest that you have to read it again because you might missed something in this book. Some chapters are solid and some are not that quite striking.  Nevertheless, this is a must read because of the brevity and spot on commentary on the digital media.

Competing Spectacles is a relevant book that will stand out this 2019. If you got tangled with this media jungle let this book guide you back to the ultimate Spectacle.

My verdict:

4.5 out of 5

 

The Quotable Round-Up #114

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Upon receiving my pre-release copy of the book Competing Spectacles by Tony Reinke, I immediately dive in to the book. The book is really good and fast paced to read and I want to share to you some of the great quotes from the book. Competing Spectacles will be released on April 30 but you can pre-order it on Amazon by clicking this link. While waiting for the release of the book, here are some great quotes from that book.

“Only the grand Spectacle of Jesus Christ can reach to the bottom of our loves and longings with power to shape us into something whole and beautiful.”

“The Christian’s great problem is not Hollywood or Bollywood; it’s the unchecked earthly desires that operate within our fallen selves.”

“…the greatest problem with video gaming is not that gaming is innately evil, but that it’s addictively good. Gaming taps our social competitiveness, our love of narrative, and our interest in problem solving. As gaming franchises grow, digital dreamscapes are becoming holistically immersive.”

“Our appetite for worldly spectacles gives us a sense of the expanse inside our hearts for divine spectacles. What we do with this gaze-lust of our eyes is another thing but to be fundamentally indifferent to all the visual glory of this world is not to be subhuman but to be unhuman.”

“The spectacle of the cross is an earthquake that reverberates through our lives and breaks the chains of our earthly spectacle addictions.”

The worst of our compulsive social media habits are filling our days and corroding our prayer lives.”

“The rarity of gold and silver once gave substance to the worth of cash. Today, the scarcity of human attention brings value to accrued likes and plays and shares. The ticks of human attention are the new social currency that determine the value of our media.”

The Freebie Round-Up #21

8jhreirWe are still having a hangover with the Rivers and Robots last Saturday. My wife and Joan are now hardcore fans of the band (my wife’s music to fall asleep is Jonathan Ogden’s EP and Joan listens to the band while doing the laundry.) I’ll posting our experience next time here on my blog. For the meantime, its freebie time and I hope you’ll enjoy these free stuff!

FREE e-book “Angels in the Architecture” by Douglas Wilson – I think this is the last hurrah of Douglas Wilson. Download this freebie and make your Kindle happy.

FREE MP3 messages of R. C. Sproul – Ok Thanksgiving is over but hey it Sproul. Who doesn’t want it? Grab these 2 free messages courtesy of Ligioner Ministries.

FREE Music Resources from Grace Baptist Church – Hymns and songs composed and arranged by Grace Baptist Church where Tom Ascol is senior pastor. Get the lead sheet, chord sheet and MP3 of the music absolutely free.

FREE e-book “Raising Resilient MKs” by Joyce M Bowers –  a collection of essays on handling the needs of missionary kids. It’s interesting that this stuff exist. This e-book is available on PDF.

FREE printable “Isaiah Christmas” Bible reading plan by Tony Reinke –  Join Tony Reinke on a conversation as he dives in the Book of Isaiah this Advent season. Download this freebie and tuck it in your Bibles.

FREE to watch “I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye” by Joshua Harris– It’s been a year since Harris set to make this documentary about his best selling book I Kissed Dating Goodbye. Now it’s out and you can buy it or watch it for free.

FREE e-book “Did Jesus Really Have to Die?”  by Aaron Armstrong – What a great question and Aaron Armstrong provides the answers in this free short booklet.

The Freebie Round-Up #19

mnjtgskHello people! I can still feel the impact of the Sunday message and the Tim Challies conference that I just want to put in my heart that I need to focus on Christ goodness in my life. Will you include me in your prayers that I may give my best for God? All of us need a prayer and encouragement to go through this crazy world. Anyways, its freebie time and I hope you’ll enjoy these free stuff!

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Click here to read DG’s conference notes of Live It Well

FREE Douglas Wilson e-books – Wilson is at it again with his free stuff all November. His books Same-Sex Mirage and Joy at the End of the Tether is free on Kindle in a limited time.

FREE e-book “The Story of Redemption” by Greg Gilbert – From Genesis to Revelation, God reveals a narrative story that centers to His Son, Jesus Christ and His obedience to the cross to save the elect. Join Bible commentator, Greg Gilbert explore this theme in this free e-book simply by signing up Crossway’s newsletter.

*New must read post: The Quotable Round-Up #100, A Trip to Boosale (Revisited and Updated), 5 Questions A “Bible Only” Proponent Should Ask, 5 Questions A Biblicist Should Ponder,

FREE e-book “39 Awesome youth group games, ice breakers and activities” – Fervr is a site for the Christian youth and part of being a youth is hanging out with fellow Christians. Here’s a 16 page free e-book that will jazz up your youth group.

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FREE e-book “Doing Life Together” from Joni and Friends – This freebie is about reaching out people of disability who are isolating themselves and building a meaningful relationship.

*In case you missed these: Collecting the Past: Delighting Grace Interviews Caleb of Log College Press,  Accessible Apologetics: Delighting Grace Interviews Jason L. PetersenSquad Goals: Delighting Grace Interviews Theron St. JohnTested by Time: Delighting Grace Interviews Dr. Isabelo Magalit.

FREE online course on Apologetics from 1517 Academy –  Dr. John Francisco of 1517 offers this free course by e-mail on defending the Christian faith.

FREE e-book “Come Unto Me” by Tony Reinke – In this free book, Reinke focuses on how God draws the world to by the gospel.

*In case you missed these : 5 Christian Podcast You Should Be Listening Right Now7 Awesome Ways to Learn Church History Online for Free, 7 Short But Excellent Christian Books I Have Read, 5 Important Things to Do Before Starting to Read A Book3 Essential Reasons to Re-Read Your Favorite Book.  

FREE “Gospel of John” from The Preacher’s Bible – Get to sample this great Bible by download and print the Gospel of John (NASB) from the Preacher’s Bible for free.

Want more freebies? Check these previous round-ups:

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The Quotable Round-Up #76

tpn6bjcHowdy  to all! I hope you’re having a great day as you dive in this brand new collection of quotes! This time we are featuring a mix bag of quotes from Mark Jones “A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Good Works and Rewards”, Tony Reinke’s “12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You”, and Al Mohler’s “The Prayer that Turns the World Upside Down” . And if you got stoked with these quotes, please get the books at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon.

“The fruit of the Spirit is love. To possess him entails possessing love. We therefore obey as loving creatures with hearts changed by the Spirit of Christ. In light of this, one fundamental point needs to be clearly made: God accepts and rewards our works not because of any intrinsic merit in ourselves, but because our good works are performed by the power of the Holy Spirit. As a result, for God to reject our good Spirit-wrought deeds, he would not only be rejecting us, but also himself.” — Mark Jones “A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Good Works and Rewards”

“We find no stingy God in the Scriptures who keeps the heavens shut and refuses to bless his people. No, if he will ‘tear open’ the heavens and send his Son to die for our sins, ‘how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?’ (Rom. 8:32).” — Mark Jones “A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Good Works and Rewards”

“If we understand that our Father knows our needs before we ask him, we won’t feel compelled to try to impress God with our prayers and elicit a certain response through some sort of feigned earnestness. Instead, by faith we will see a sovereign God who is ready and able to answer our prayers, and who directs all things for our good and his glory.” –Al Mohler “The Prayer that Turns the World Upside Down” 

“Prayer is not persuasion. Prayer is about God’s will being done—not our own. We must come to God and learn to pray “your will be done” just as Jesus did. If God’s will is truly perfect, then why would we want to persuade him to do something that is less than perfect? It is true that Scripture encourages us to bring our deepest concerns, anxieties, and needs before God—the Bible, in fact, is full of illustrations portraying as much—but we must not bring our needs to God thinking that we do so to break down a wall of hostility or complacency. We must bring our needs before God humbly, willing to submit to his perfect plan.”–Al Mohler “The Prayer that Turns the World Upside Down” 

“Prayer is never an isolated event. When we pray, we convey our entire theological system. Our theology is never so clearly displayed before our own eyes and before the world as in our prayers. Praying forces us to articulate our doctrines, convictions, and theological assumptions.” –Al Mohler “The Prayer that Turns the World Upside Down” 

Technology even in the most evil hands of man is not outside God’s ruling hands.” –Tony Reinke “12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You”

“The presence of the Holy Spirit in us, as he enables us to do good works, plays an important role in whether God accepts and rewards the good works of believers. The Spirit enables us to do good works in accordance with the commandments of God. We do not simply obey “externally” but also “internally” due to a changed heart. Thus, the root of love must be present in all of our good works. otherwise, they fail to be good.” — Mark Jones “A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Good Works and Rewards”

 

 

The Digital Round-Up #16

zkorsnzHello there! Here’s “The Digital Round-Up” to give you some of my favorite freebies, articles and everything in between. What do you think of it? Eclectic? Weird? Interesting? I just want to know. So please, please, please do me a favor and post your comments about this post at the comment section. Thank you and God bless!

Free “God’s Promise” by Charles Spurgeon – haven’t checked it out but if it’s from the Prince of Preachers it must be good.

Free “That’s Just Your Interpretation” by Paul Copan. Th_ book is available free till March 17, tackles questions skeptics often thrown to Christians.

12 Things I Learned about Reading Books from Tony Reinke – Kevin Halloran counts down 12 lessons found in “Lit” by Tony Reinke.

How to Encourage Intellectual Christians in the Evangelical Church – not only does this article encourage Christians but also teaches how church members sharpen their thinking and reasoning for the glory of God.

10 Things You Should Know About the Bible – some in the list are familiar but simply this article is a worthy read.

5 Promises for Your Bible Reading and Prayer – Are you discouraged in your quite time? Here are five promises from God that you’ll get in Bible reading and prayer.

Why No Altar Call – Aaron Currin of The Publican’s blog gives 4 reasons why not use altar call (and gives a history lesson and personal experience about it).

The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Survival Guide for Parents– Ivy Guerrero writes how her family enjoyed this year’s biggest book sale and prepare you to the next book sale event.

The Story of Tetris – a very interesting documentary about a computer game from the 80’s in the midst of the US-Soviet Cold War.

Tony Reinke on the Difference between Scripture and Man-made Literature

Author and blogger Tony Reinke made an insightful distinction between the Bible and man-made literature in his book “Lit! A Christian Guide in Reading Books”. Reinke writes:

Scripture is the ultimate grid by which we read every book. Scripture is perfect, sufficient, and eternal. All other books, to some degree, are imperfect, deficient, and temporary. That means that when we pick books from the bookstore shelves, we read those imperfect books in light of the perfect Book, the deficient books in light of the sufficient Book, and the temporary books in light of the eternal Book.

Man-made literature may be inspiring, but it is not divinely inspired—not in the way Scripture is inspired. Man-made literature may be empowered by the Holy Spirit to embody biblical truth,

but it’s not breathed out by God. Man-made literature may contain truth, goodness, and beauty, but it is also fallible, imperfect, and of temporary value.

 

(Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books Copyright 2011 by Tony S. Reinke Published by Crossway pg. 26)