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Black Friday – Cyber Monday Sale: 40% Off Crossway.org and Other Larger Discounts

From today through Monday we’re offering our readers a 40% off storewide sale on Crossway.org.

We’ve also marked down 20 other books and Bibles at even bigger discounts, including recent releases like Dangerous Calling, The Hole in Our Holiness, and Date Your Wife. See below for the full list.

$30 Bible Specials

ESV Study Bible, Larger Print, Genuine Leather, Black
($109.99  $30)
ESV Literary Study Bible, TruTone, Brown/Parchment
($64.99  $30)

$20 Bible Specials

ESV Journaling Bible, TruTone, Raspberry/Chocolate
($44.99  $20)
ESV Literary Study Bible, Hardcover
($74.99  $20)

$10 New Releases and Top Titles

Dangerous Calling
by Paul David Tripp ($22.99  $10)  Recognizing the widespread struggles facing pastors today, Tripp exposes and exhorts the cultures that train and support our church leaders so that they can lead well.
The Hole in Our Holiness
by Kevin DeYoung ($17.99  $10)  Given the lack of holiness in our culture today, DeYoung presents a popular-level treatment of sanctification and union with Christ, helping readers to see what matters most—being like Jesus.
The Explicit Gospel
by Matt Chandler, with Jared Wilson ($17.99  $10)  Popular pastor and worldwide speaker Matt Chandler writes his first book to remind the church of what is of first and utmost importance—the gospel.
The Kingdom of God
Edited by Christopher W. Morgan & Robert A. Peterson ($18.99  $10)  First-rate evangelical scholars collaborate to articulate a robust theology of the kingdom of God across multiple disciplines.
The Deity of Christ
Edited by Christopher W. Morgan & Robert A. Peterson ($24.99  $10)  This multidisciplinary treatment of the doctrine of Christ’s deity combines evangelical scholarship and rich application with substantial and accessible theological content.
The Glory of God
Edited by Christopher W. Morgan & Robert A. Peterson ($23.99  $10)  Köstengerger, Longman, Gaffin, and other collaborating scholars from multiple disciplines guide believers through a biblical and theological treatment of the glory of God.
Suffering and the Goodness of God
Edited by Christopher W. Morgan & Robert A. Peterson ($23.99  $10)  Offers biblical truths concerning suffering, and challenges believers to emulate God’s grace as they minister to those who are suffering.

$5 Books

Date Your Wife
By Justin Buzzard ($10.99  $5)  An intensely practical guide for husbands looking to strengthen, save, or spice up their marriage and pursue their wives from a place of security in the gospel.
Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God (Hardcover)
by John Piper ($19.99  $5)  John Piper demonstrates from Scripture that we don’t need to choose between glorifying God with our heart or with our mind. It’s not heart or mind, but heart and mind.
Am I Called?: The Summons to Pastoral Ministry
By Dave Harvey, Foreword by Matt Chandler ($12.99  $5) Harvey explores biblical principles and revealing questions to help prospective pastors discern their calling.
The Innkeeper (Hardcover)
By John Piper, Illustrated by John Lawrence ($12.99  $5)  John Piper’s classic poem is accompanied by beautiful illustrations and tells the story about the innkeeper who provided the stable for Jesus’s birth.
Feminine Appeal (Original Cover)
By Carolyn Mahaney, Foreword by Nancy Leigh DeMoss ($14.99  $5)  A pastor’s wife mines the treasures of Titus 2 to explore seven feminine virtues that have transformed the lives of countless wives and mothers.
The Three Wise Women: A Christmas Reflection
By Christin Ditchfield ($11.99  $5)  A story about three women that played an important role in the Christmas story.
The Crossway Illustrated Bible Handbook
Edited by Tim Dowley  ($19.99  $5)  This handbook is designed to help you answer the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the Bible.
You Are Mine and If Only I Had a Green Nose (2 Books in 1)
By Max Lucado, Illustrated by Sergio Martinez  ($19.99  $5)  Punchinello’s hard-learned lessons show us how important it is to be who we were created to be, and why that matters.

Note:  There are only a few products that do not qualify for the 40% discount (including products ordered in case lots).

Be sure to keep an eye out for a storewide Crossway.org ebook sale in the beginning of January.

November 23, 2012 | Posted in: Books,Christmas,ESV | Author: Ted Cockle @ 6:00 am | 0 Comments »

Thanksgiving Thoughts: Freed to Feast on God’s Goodness

This week kicks off the holiday season. Many homes will be bustling with family and friends, pumpkin pie, turkey, cranberries, and Christmas tree shopping (or assembling). There are many gifts to be thankful for and to enjoy. As we partake in them, Jared Wilson encourages us to recognize the “it-ness” of these gifts:

“We cannot really enjoy the good gifts God gives us until he, as their Giver, is our greatest joy. We will be left trying to enjoy his gifts for things they are not, rather than the things they are.

“In Surprised by Joy, C. S. Lewis credited a close friend with cultivating in him ‘a serious, yet gleeful, determination to rub one’s nose in the very quiddity of each thing, to rejoice in its being (so magnificently) what it was.’ John Piper echoes this enjoyment of quiddity, commenting on this kind of awareness: ‘To wake up in the morning and be aware of the firmness of the mattress, the warmth of the sun’s rays, the sound of the clock ticking, the sheer being of things. . . .’

“If I don’t believe the gospel, I will miss out on the joy of the it-ness of things. I will be looking to these things as drugs, as appetite-fillers, as fulfillers, as powers, as gods, as worshipers of the god of myself.

“If steak or wine or coffee or chocolate or anything else other than God is the highlight of my day or the ultimate joy of my heart, my joy is temporary, hollow, thin. But if I believe in the gospel, I can finally enjoy the chocolate-ness of chocolate and the coffee-ness of coffee. Only the gospel frees me to enjoy things as they truly are and as they someday will be.

“The gospel is itself a feast, the culmination of all the legal feasts and the saving sustenance behind the symbolic meal of the Lord’s body at the Communion table. We have to eat his flesh and drink his blood to live, the same way we have to eat food and drink water to live. Without him we will die. But with him we are not set at the table of the divine fellowship to sip on the thin gruel of religion. We are adorned with the best robe, welcomed with a hearty slap on the back, commanded and urged and freed to feast on God’s goodness.

“The heart of God is vast, his grace is free, his gospel is exhilarating.”

From Gospel Deeps by Jared Wilson. Learn more about the book or download a free excerpt.

November 19, 2012 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Christmas,Holidays,Joy,Life & Doctrine,Sanctification,The Christian Life,The Gospel,The Grace of God | Author: Angie Cheatham @ 1:00 pm | 0 Comments »

Why God Came Into the World

by Francis Schaeffer published in Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

Why did God come into this world? Only the scriptural answer will suffice: the second person of the Trinity has been born because he loves the world. But why did he come this way, as a little baby? Why did he choose to lie in a manger and be cared for by a human mother, with the sweetness but the utter weakness of a newborn babe? He came this way because he came to meet the central need of men.

  • He did not come to overthrow the Romans, though a lot of the Jews would have loved that. If he had, he would have come riding on a great conquering steed.
  • The central reason he came was not to raise the living standards of the world. Surely if modern man were going to vote on the way he would like a messiah to appear, he would want him loaded down with moneybags from heaven.
  • He did not come primarily to teach and relieve ignorance—perhaps then he would have come laden with books.

An angel had revealed to Joseph the primary task for which he came: “Thou shalt call his name Jesus; for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). He is here to cut the nerve of man’s real dilemma, to solve the problem from which all other problems flow. Man is a sinner who needs an overwhelming love. Jesus has come to save his people from their sins.

Selected excerpt from Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus.

Calvin & Claus

Guest Post by Christin Ditchfield

One of my favorite comic strips is Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watterson, following the adventures of a bright but mischievous six year-old boy named Calvin and his stuffed tiger, a.k.a. imaginary friend Hobbes. (Both named for – of all things – famous theologians!)

Every Christmas, poor Calvin is a tortured soul, torn between his desire to be “good” so that Santa will bring him lots of presents – and the (at least for a little boy) overwhelming temptation to smack the little girl next door with a perfectly formed snowball. Often the strip shows Calvin weighing the pros and cons – the “pleasure of sin for a short time” against the possibility of future but unknown rewards. He debates with his friend Hobbes about how good is “good enough” for Santa – if there are any technicalities or loopholes available to him – just how far it may be possible to stick his toe over the line and still get everything he wants for Christmas.

It’s a hilarious debate for a little boy in a comic strip, but kind of sad when you run across it in real life. I’m thinking of Christians I know who have God confused with Santa Claus. They’re always trying to figure out how much they can get away with, what technically constitutes a sin, how far they can push it and still stay on God’s good side. But you know what, we don’t obey God because if we don’t, He’ll take away our presents!

Of course, in His mercy and grace, He’s made it so that obedience is in our best interest. All of His laws are meant to protect us or provide for us. And He does promise to bless us above and beyond for faithfully keeping His commandments.

But ultimately, we obey Him because we want to, because we love Him, because we want to please Him, because we want to bring Him glory. Because we’re so grateful for all He’s done for us… our loving obedience is the least we can offer Him in return. (John 14:15)

Christin Ditchfield is the host of the syndicated radio program “Take It to Heart!” heard daily on stations across the United States, Canada, Central and South America. She is a popular conference speaker and author of more than 40 books, including A Way With Words, A Family Guide to the Bible, and A Family Guide to Narnia. Her articles have appeared in numerous national and international magazines, including Focus on the Family, Today’s Christian Woman, Sports Spectrum, and Power for Living.

December 19, 2011 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Christmas,Holidays,Life & Doctrine,The Christian Life | Author: Angie Cheatham @ 9:05 am | 0 Comments »

Where Did “Lefse” Come From? A Scandinavian Christmas Story from Larry Woiwode

Author Larry Woiwode recalls childhood memories of his Norwegian grandmother making lefse on the stove in Minnesota when they went there to celebrate Christmas. He asked his family and others where lefse actually originated, but nobody seemed to have an answer . . .

Woiwode brings us his first Christmas story, The Invention of Lefse.

December 12, 2011 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Book News,Christmas,Holidays,Video | Author: Angie Cheatham @ 8:24 am | 0 Comments »