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First Chapter Christian Book Excerpts

Understanding English Bible Translation

It remains a reality that the proponents of dynamic equivalence and essentially literal translations are bound to clash. Here, Ryken lays the groundwork for why he believes Christian translators should stick with an essentially literal approach.

The Great Christmas Bowl

Marianne Wallace is focused on two things this Christmas: planning the greatest holiday ever and her youngest son's football game. But when she's asked to sub for the school mascot in a fish costume, organize the annual church tea, and cope with children who can't come home, will it take a miracle to restore her cheer?

  • Susan May Warren |
  • December 10, 2009 |
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Why the Nativity?

In Why the Nativity? 25 Compelling Reasons We Celebrate the Birth of Jesus, author David Jeremiah addresses the top 25 questions frequently asked about the birth of Jesus. Here, he answers "Why the Prophecies?" and "Why Did God Become Man?"

Escaping the Vampire: The Allure of Darkness

After working with teen girls for more than ten years, Kimberly Powers understands that in every young woman's heart is a longing to be truly, madly, and deeply loved. She's filled Escaping the Vampire with true-life stories, advice, and the truth of Christ's unconditional love.

  • Kimberly Powers |
  • November 06, 2009 |
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Start Learning Your Personality GPS

So many a man and woman woke up this morning to face yet another day in the knowledge that they're not living the life that they're meant to be living.

  • Keith Henry & Berni Dymet |
  • November 02, 2009 |
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Money, Purpose, Joy

Matt Bell offers values-based personal finance advice and demonstrates how getting our priorities in order and implementing smart-money strategies can make true financial freedom attainable--regardless of income level. Read an excerpt from Money, Purpose, Joy.

The Power of One Thing: How to Intentionally Change Your Life

You want to get things done, but sometimes it seems overwhelming. Here's help! Taking you from where you are to where you want to be, Carlson provides a proven plan that breaks down the journey into doable chunks.

How to Stay Christian in College

Recent studies warn that almost half of all college students in the U.S. will abandon their Christian faith during their undergraduate years. Is this preventable?

  • J. Budziszewski |
  • September 29, 2009 |
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Glory Road

The ten men who have contributed to this book are often asked, "How did you come to embrace Reformed theology?" With the recent surge in popularity of Reformed theology in the broader evangelical world, it shouldn’t seem curious that more and more African-American churchmen are embracing it.

  • Anthony J. Carter |
  • September 24, 2009 |
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The End of Secularism

One of the most comprehensive attacks on secularism yet attempted argues that advocates of secularism misunderstand the borders between science, religion, and politics and cannot solve the problem of religious difference.

Always Singing One Note

in 1536, William Tyndale was burned at the stake for translating God's Word into English. The driving passion of his life was to see the Bible translated from the Greek and Hebrew into ordinary English available for every person in England to read.

Green

Green is a story of love, betrayal, and sweeping reversals set within the apocalypse. It is the beginning: the truth behind a saga that has captured the imagination of more than a million readers with the Books of History Chronicles. Read an excerpt from Ted Dekker's latest.

Adopted For Life

Adopted for Life is a manifesto calling Christians to adopt children and to equip Christian families going through the process. Offers biblical foundations for adoption and identifies adoption as a Great Commission priority.

A Perfect Mess

In this look at how God adores and transforms us, author Lisa Harper weaves poignant stories of her own personal foibles with a fresh take on selected Psalms to reveal a loving Father who remains our greatest champion even when we don’t feel anywhere close to holy.

Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled

One of the twentieth century's greatest preachers, Martin Lloyd-Jones offers eight sermons on John 14:1-12 as encouragement to Christians and direction for unbelievers facing anxiety in uncertain times. Read an excerpt from Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled.

  • Martin Lloyd-Jones |
  • August 25, 2009 |
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Is It Biblical to Be Funny?

In Religion Saves, Pastor Mark Driscoll set out to determine the most controversial questions among visitors to the Mars Hill Church website, and received hundreds of requests. Here he tackles one of the top nine questions: what should Christians find funny?

Counsel from the Cross

Modern psychotherapy and pharmacology aren't always successful for hurting people. To help churches minister to wounded souls, the authors of Counsel from the Cross present a method based on God's Word and powered by the Wonderful Counselor.

  • Elyse M. Fitzpatrick, Dennis E. Johnson |
  • August 18, 2009 |
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Interrupted

What happens when Jesus interrupts the average life? Interrupted encourages believers to ask if their lives bring integrity to the gospel. Follow the faith journey of author and fellow disciplemaker Jen Hatmaker and rediscover Jesus among the least of us.

The King’s Legacy: A Story of the Wisdom of the Ages

In a land and time far from our own, there was an enchanted kingdom ruled by a benevolent and much-loved king. He had led his people through times of uncertainty and turmoil into a golden age of prosperity and peace. Read an excerpt from Jim Stovall’s latest, The King’s Legacy.

I Am Christianish

These days, many Christians embrace a lukewarm spirituality—something a little more Christianish. In his latest book, author Mark Steele examines his own journey of how he’s ditching the “ish” and learning what it means to live like Christ. Read an excerpt from the prologue.

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