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.