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God’s Very Good Idea by Trillia Newbell

God’s Very Good Idea by Trillia Newbell:

“[A] stunningly illustrated journey from the garden of Eden to God’s heavenly throne room [that] shows how despite our sinfulness, everyone can be a part of God’s very good idea through the saving work of Christ. This book celebrates diversity and will help children see how people from all ethnic and social backgrounds are valuable to God and how Jesus came to rescue all kinds of people. It will also excite them about being part of church – God’s delightfully different family.”

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Love Warrior

“I’m sad that women who are lost are leading many with them. I’m sad that orthodoxy has become offensive to Christians. I’m sad that there are many in the church who aren’t getting good teaching on Imago Dei. I’m sad that women are looking outside of the church to be discipled because they are starving for theological answers. I’m sad that we are being marketed to with such bad theology.”

Love Warrior (a book review of Glennon Doyle Melton’s memoir, Love Warrior)
Aimee Byrd at MOS – Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals

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Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity

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Tim Challies starts with a solid foundation (“Productivity is effectively stewarding your gifts, talents, time, energy, and enthusiasm for the good of others and the glory of God”) and then dives right into the whats and how-tos of this effective stewardship. He never loses sight of the big picture, yet discusses task management, scheduling, and information-handling so clearly and specifically that this is the most practical book on productivity I have ever read. His language is streamlined, without an ounce of fat or filler, and he recommends specific tools, which is very helpful. (The software and apps he recommends are free, with upgraded, paid versions available.)

Absolutely worth the read.

–Suzie B. 🙂

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The Jesus Storybook Bible and The Story of God’s Love for You

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Click this picture to read the words.

Do you know about Sally Lloyd-Jones’s wonderful Jesus Storybook Bible?

Tim Keller said of it, “I would urge not just families with young children to get this book, but every Christian–from pew warmers, to ministry leaders, seminarians and even theologians! Sally Lloyd-Jones has captured the heart of what it means to find Christ in all the scriptures, and has made clear even to little children that all God’s revelation has been about Jesus from the beginning–a truth not all that commonly recognized even among the very learned.”

Tim’s wife, Kathy, wrote, “Most children’s books of Bible stories are little more than a Christianized version of Aesop’s fables, or at best, a Christian adventure cartoon,'” but noted that Sally “captured the plot line of redemption in a children’s story Bible that sings the praise of Jesus and his saving grace on every page, in every story.”

You can watch an interview with Sally about her writing process here. Jago Silver drew the beautiful illustrations, and you can watch an interview with him about that process here.

Adult fans asked Sally and her publishers if they would consider creating an edition of the book specifically for grownups, and they have: The Story of God’s Love for You comes out this Tuesday, October 6. The Story of God’s Love for You contains the same text as the Jesus Storybook Bible, but has been redesigned to appeal to an older crowd.

Click this picture to read the words.

The publishers note that it is “accessible to someone who might not pick up a book with the word ‘Bible’ in it, or be drawn to an illustrated children’s book.”

Although some adults do feel drawn to an illustrated children’s version, because it is lovely. 🙂

(Note: Sally is not related to Martyn Lloyd-Jones, a Welsh minister influential in the British evangelical movement, even though everyone always thinks she is.)

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Free “Adoption” E-Book


When we adopt—and when we encourage a culture of adoption in our churches and communities—we’re picturing something that’s true about our God. We, like Jesus, see what our Father is doing and do likewise (John 5:19). And what our Father is doing, it turns out, is fighting for orphans, making them sons and daughters.

Through Tuesday, August 18, Crossway is giving away the digital edition of Russell Moore’s book Adoption: What Jesus of Nazareth Can Teach Us About This Countercultural Choice.

Adoption is a valuable read for anyone who has been adopted by God. Dr. Moore’s observations about Joseph of Nazareth as Jesus’s adoptive father are fascinating, and his argument that adoption is “not charity, but spiritual warfare” is compelling. (There is graphic imagery in Moore’s explanation that demonic powers hate babies; don’t leave this book around for kids to read.)

To receive this free e-book, go here and scroll to the bottom of the page, where you will see links for PDF, MOBI (Kindle) and EPUB (iBooks, Nook) files.