Free Coupon for Great Book: The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus

The Stranger on the Road to Emma'sDo you want to understand the Bible better? It is the best selling book year after year. Explain the Bible clearly to your kids. Understand its meaning for yourself. Or consider learning more, if only, to understand the history of westernized civilization.

The book, The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus by John R. Cross is an excellent resource for fitting all the pieces together in order to see the Bible’s big picture. The author starts at Genesis and explains God’s story as it unfolds throughout history. He shows how Jesus stands at the climax of this story. I highly recommend it for personal growth or family reading.

Here is what Amazon says:

[The Bible has] been called ‘the most misunderstood book in history.’ Wars have been fought in its name, scandals have been precipitated by it, politics shaped and reshaped at its word. Theologians have both defended and reviled it. Skeptics have done the same. If you are a typical member of the human race, you have often been perplexed by all the “fuss” surrounding the Bible. The question remains, “What does it really say?” Here is a book that explains the greatest of Bible themes clearly and logically. Rather than focusing on one part—and missing the whole—the author chronologically binds together the entire text into one great universal drama, looking at events from the perspective of those who experienced history in the making. The results are sometimes comical, sometimes frightening—but always true to the intent of the text. When you are done reading it, you may find yourself believing “the Book” like you never have before. Or you may decide not to. The author’s objective approach leaves that decision up to you. “Even though I had attended church for over 30 years, the Bible never made sense to me. It was just a bunch of disjointed stories. Now the Bible all fits together in a clear, logical manner. It really is incredible.”

This book is worth the cost. If you buy it, all proceeds go to a great cause. However the publisher also offers The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus for free.  Get your coupon code to download a FREE PDF COPY of the book here.

The Bible and Same Sex Relationships: A Review Article

book_reviewSame sex relationships are nothing new. What is new is an attempt to show that the Bible actually supports them. Recently two books have become fairly popular — Matthew Vines’ God and the Gay Christian:The Biblical Case in Support of Same Sex Relationships and Ken Wilson’s A Letter to My Congregation.

Tim Keller wrote an excellent review of these two books. He outlines the arguments currently being put forth by pro-gay writers/theologians and presents historical and biblical counter-points. Kellers review is well reasoned and his tone is gracious.

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Journal of Biblical Counseling Must Reads

The Journal of Biblical Counseling has collected their best articles from nearly 30 years and assembled them by topic. I highly recommend the five book set: On Relationships, On Anger, On Suffering, On Parenting, and On Redeeming Psychology.  You can purchase the complete set online at 40% off (Sale price $30) through the Westminster Book Store.

jbc-must-reads-setmPublisher’s Description: David Powlison writes, “These ‘must reads’ represent some of the best of what CCEF has to offer. The Journal of Biblical Counseling is a treasure trove of articles on life and ministry. These books give you a way in. We’ve picked topics relevant to those in ministry, and have selected key articles on each topic. We trust that each volume will be of real help for pastors, counselors, small group leaders, and anyone involved in the lives of others.”


“CCEF is all about giving hope and help with a ‘heart.’ If you want to learn how to effectively use God’s Word in counseling, this is your resource!” — Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder, Joni and Friends International Disability Center

Walking with God through Pain and Suffering

The New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller has written an excellent book yet again. Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering is a must read 51ZvxGrNoYL._SX319_BO1,204,203,200_for all seekers of hope.

Here’s the description from Amazon:

“The question of why God would allow pain and suffering in the world has vexed believers and nonbelievers for millennia. Timothy Keller, whose books have sold millions of copies to both religious and secular readers, takes on this enduring issue and shows that there is meaning and reason behind our pain and suffering, making a forceful and ground-breaking case that this essential part of the human experience can be overcome only by understanding our relationship with God.

As the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, Timothy Keller is known for his unique insights into religion and culture. Keller’s series of books has guided countless readers in their spiritual journeys. Walking with God through Pain and Suffering uses biblical wisdom and personal stories of overcoming adversity to bring a much-needed, fresh viewpoint to this important issue.”

Hope at Halftime

Peter Greer, President and CEO of Hope International, has written a new book called 40/40 vision: Clarifying your Mission in Midlife.  It is hot off the press. The parts I’ve read are excellent. Here is a summary of the book from Amazon:

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Midlife is a disruptive season where we collide with limitations on all sides. We recognize there is more of life in the rearview mirror than on the road ahead of us. We wonder if our lives so far have been worthwhile. We are uncertain about what lies ahead.

But midlife is also an opportunity to recalibrate our vision. It’s a time to look back, take stock of our lives so far, and refocus on new dimensions of identity and calling.

Peter Greer and Greg Lafferty offer insight for navigating midlife with fresh clarity and purpose. Drawing on the wisdom of the book of Ecclesiastes, they show how we can come to grips with the realities of who we are and what we should become in the years ahead. In a world that can seem meaningless at times, God offers perspective that anchors us, renews us and propels us back into the world in meaningful mission and service.

Rediscover who God has called you to be. And see the rest of your life with the clarity of 40/40 vision.”

Hope Builder #3: Learn to Read the Best Book on Hope

The Bible is a book of hope. In it we see how God gives hope to desperate people living in difficult situations. Learn to read it for yourself and you’ll have a daily source of hope.

But many people don’t know how to read the Bible for themselves. Some feel insecure, and think only the experts can interpret the Bible for them. Others can’t get past the strange words, confusing customs and unfamiliar historical context. But the Bible is for you and it is relevant for today. You simply need the right tools to unearth its many treasures.

KW-cover-copy1My friend, Peter Krol, wrote an excellent book that can help. Knowable Word is a short book that provides the essential tools you need to navigate the Bible. Peter gives simple, clear steps for figuring out the meaning of any passage and discovering how it applies today. He even provides exercises at the end of each chapter so that you can practice.

Learn more about the book in this short video.

For those wanting to go deeper, check out Peter’s blog at