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First Chapter Christian Book Excerpts

Psalm 51: Darkness and Light

“He’d lived in the darkness for so long he didn’t know that it was dark. Dark was normal, and since he’d never experienced light, dark didn’t seem dark to him.” This meditation on Psalm 51 by Paul Tripp marvels at what happens when the light finally breaks through – and we see what we never knew we were missing.

  • Paul David Tripp |
  • September 11, 2008 |
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The Purity Code

Can you believe that the decisions you make today can affect you for the rest of your life? That's why thousands of preteens and teens are committing to the Purity Code. It's a promise to God, your family, and your future spouse to live a life of sexual integrity and purity.

Wind River

Desperate to forget what happened to him in Iraq, Tyler Perkins flees to the emptiness of Wyoming. He's accompanying his 86-year-old friend on a fly-fishing trip for old time's sake. But their trek to an idyllic trout lake soon becomes something more deeply harrowing.

Psalm 51: Something Bigger

What happens when you acknowledge that your physical sin is caused by a heart that’s run amuck? The result is that you turn, really turn. True confession always results in living for something bigger. Read more from Whiter Than Snow.

The Jewel of Gresham Green

Jewel Libby has fled to safety in the peaceful dairy village of Gresham, but the village has its own problems. Jewel finds that she must offer support and strength for several. But an unlikely romance is about to change everything. Read more from The Jewel of Gresham Green.

Practical Christian Theology for Women

If a woman is not grounded in her knowledge of God, some battles may threaten to shatter her faith. Author Wendy Alsup helps women get to know practical theology as an encouragement and tool for their everyday lives.

  • Wendy Horger Alsup |
  • August 23, 2008 |
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Wild Goose Chase

Celtic Christians called the Holy Spirit An Geadh-Glas, or “the Wild Goose," a name that hints at the mysterious nature of the Holy Spirit. I think the Celtic Christians were on to something that institutionalized Christianity has missed out on.

Experiencing the Truth

What does it mean to join the Reformed tradition? And what does that have to do with choosing a church? In Experiencing the Truth, Anthony J. Carter presents the need for Reformed Christianity among African-American churches and all believers.

  • Anthony J. Carter |
  • August 16, 2008 |
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Teaching Your Children Healthy Sexuality

Thanks to the Internet, graphic images in the media and their friends, kids today are growing up faster. As a parent, your responsibility is to clear up the mixed messages and lead them to a healthy, value-centered view of sexuality. Read more from Jim Burns' Teaching Your Children Healthy Sexuality.

A New Earth, An Old Deception

Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth has swept across the American culture as the new "Truth" that completes any religion. In A New Earth, An Old Deception, award-winning journalist Richard Abanes responds point-by-point to the old deception of "new" spirituality.

Living the Lord's Prayer

Our hearts resonate with those who have walked close to God, but we lack the experience or wisdom to accurately assess their advice. Nevertheless, a fixed reference point does exist—in Scripture. More than a prayer, The Lord's Prayer outlines the most fundamental features of the deeper Christian life.

Atheism Remix

You know about traditional atheism – now, its contemporary strain is more popular and widely respected than ever. In Atheism Remix, Dr. Albert Mohler explores the “New Atheism” and its major thinkers.

Content to Be Good, Called to Be Godly

"That morning I honestly questioned if I was busy with the Lord’s agenda for my life or if I was simply caught up in the devil’s suggestions. I had a ministry… but was it mine, or God’s?" Author Janet Denison reflects on what to do when your life is full... but your soul is empty.

The Cure

The Church is busy sending out missionaries and dealing with the culture at home, but is the heart of the gospel lost in the busyness? Medical missionary Harry Kraus says it’s time for the church to reemphasize the "main thing" - and that "main thing" is love.

Riven

When a condemned man with nothing to lose meets one with nothing to gain, everyone washed by that encounter will forever recall the day a little bit of heaven invaded a whole lot of hell. Read more from Jerry Jenkins’ Riven.

Francis Schaeffer

Francis Schaeffer was a small man whose giant passion for truth, for reality, for God, and for the needs of people made him a key shaper of modern Christianity, larger than any label put on him. This new, comprehensive biograph illuminates the complex person and vivid teaching that made the man.

Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands

Just what is "vision"? And what makes ordinary leaders into extraordinary ones? Nancy Ortberg puts a twist on the qualities, attributes, and practices of great leaders as they work to cultivate creativity, trust, passion, and good communication.

What is a Healthy Church Member?

Bottom line, for Christians, playing an active part in the local church is not optional. God intends for every believer to contribute to the mission of the local church and experience profound spiritual growth as a result.

Not the Religious Type

As an atheist, Dave Schmelzer never thought of himself as the religious type. And he still doesn't, even though he now believes in God and leads a large Boston church in the shadow of some of the nation's most impressive universities. Read more of his thoughts in Not the Religious Type.

Reasonable Faith

What rational warrant can be given for Christianity? Read this excerpt from Reasonable Faith.

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