“The Big Sale” at the Kindle Store

Amazon’s Kindle Store has a “Big Deal” sale running through July 27.  I browsed through the “religion and spirituality” section and found a few things which might be of interest.  Looks to me like the best books are all HarperCollins / Zondervan.

NIV Archaeological Study Bible ($2.99).  This is an excellent resource, many well written sidebars and good notes on historical and archaeological items in the text.  I would say that it is targeted at the interested layman rather than expert.  Well worth the three bucks.

Quest Study Bible ($3.99).  I used to call this the “Things to Do During a Boring Sermon” Bible, since every page is festooned with short notes with interesting trivia or facts which illuminate the text.  It is really the Pop-Up Video of Study Bibles.  Sometimes the “questions” are not what I was thinking about, but they are almost always informative.

N. T. Wright, Matthew for Everyone (Part 1) ($2.99),  This whole series is an easy to read introductory commentary, although it is extremely light on details.  I think these are best used in a small group Bible study.

Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth ($2.99).  This is a classic intro to Bible Study Methods.  Nothing revolutionary, just some solid tools for how to take your Bible reading to a deeper level.  This book is often used as a textbook for a basic Bible Study methods class.

Bart Erhman, Peter, Paul, and Mary Magdalene: The Followers of Jesus in History and Legend ($1.99).  I always like reading Bart Erhman, after I get past the shock title and cover art (which I assume comes from HarperCollins), I usually find a well written and generally accurate book on a historical level, with about a dozen edgy ideas intended to stir up controversy. It is sorting out the edgy stuff from the valuable which is the challenge.

Craig Groeschel, The Christian Atheist: When You Believe in God But Live as if He Doesn’t Exist ($2.99).  This book is controversial, and I get questions all the time from people who want to know my “take” on Christian Atheism.  If you are working with college-age people, this might be worth a read.

There are several titles which are usually described as representing the “emergent church.”  Shane Claiborne, Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals ($2.99) and The Irresistible Revolution ($2.99).  I enjoyed The Irresistible Revolution, although there is a great deal of irony attached to reading it on a Kindle or iPad.  Claiborne is something like a Richard Foster for the Millennials, arguing for simplicity and discipline in an overly commercialized word.  He is a good balance to Joel Osteen, although I am not ready to give up my iPod yet.  Might be a little to hippie for most people.

Rob Bell is something of a poster child for the emergent church, although in my view he is not at all “emergent” in his church (but that is for another posting…)  Velvet Elvis ($2.99) was something of an initial shot of Emergence for many of my students, and is an unusually polarizing book.  Two other books from Bell are on sale:  Sex God ($1.99) and Jesus Want to Save Christians ($2.99).

Those are the Kindle “books” which caught my attention.  My guess is that most of these are available as cheap used copies, but this is a great chance to add to your Kindle Library without spending much money.

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