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The Dawning of Indestructible Joy by John Piper

The Dawning of Indestructible Joy: Daily Readings for Advent by John Piper. Crossway, 2014. 94 pages. Reading Level: Young Adults, ages 12-15 Maturity Level: 6 (ages 15-18) and up One-line summary: This short devotional guide for teens and adults shares John Piper’s unique perspective on the coming of Christ in preparation for the Christmas season. […]

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Gifts for Grads, 3rd Edition

If you have a high school or college graduate, you’re thinking about how fast time flies and how bittersweet the occasion of this very special young adult stretching his or her wings and flying out into the world. We think of all the things we should have told them and all the time that might […]

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Thinking Christianly–about Everything

Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition series, by various authors. Crossway, 2012-2016, 110-140 pages each. Age/interest level: 16-up. This fall, bright, committed Christian students will pack their Bibles and drive blissfully away to secular college campuses. They know their Bible, but if they don’t know how to relate the Bible and Christian thought to the subjects […]

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Family Devotional Time

Even though I have some reservations about personal devotional books, expressed here, family devotions are another story, and while some formats are “less optimal” than others, time set aside as a family to talk about God’s word and its application to everyday life is time well spent. The quantity doesn’t matter as much as the […]

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Back to the Bibles

Last year we ran an extensive series of posts on the lucrative market of “specialty” Bibles, particularly for teens and children. That market just keeps on pumping, so it seems like a good idea to make this an annual feature. Today we’ll talk about new or new-ish Bibles for various age groups and demographics; tomorrow, […]

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Easter Week

We’re still celebrating Shakespeare but will take some time out during the week to celebrate an event and a Person far greater.  Later on this week I’ll be posting about new youth Bibles and Devotionals, but for now, if you’re looking for some good books to celebrate the Easter season, we have ideas!  Here are […]

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Should Not the Judge Do Right? Thoughts about “Noah”

For the last six months at least, I’ve been seeing reports about the movie version of Noah: Is it faithful? Is it trendy? Is it a cynical attempt to capitalize on a supposed interest in biblical themes (even while society drifts farther from biblical truth)?  Is it really a story about God destroying the world […]

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This Year, I’m Going to Get into the Word . . .

That’s a good New Year’s resolution for anybody, and the Christian publishing industry is always serving up new devotionals and study Bibles to help.  I have my reservations about children’s devotionals, which I shared here.  But some children, and some families, can benefit from them.  Following Betsy’s post from yesterday (have you responded for the […]

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A New Year: Goals + Giveaway

(Giveaway is now closed) Reading-Oriented New Year’s Goals I’m one of those folks who enjoy making New Year’s Resolutions. I prefer the term “goal” to “resolution” because goals are usually more specific (and therefore more likely to get achieved). An avid reader (surprise, surprise), I am making a few New Year’s Goals specifically targeted towards […]

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Pilgrim’s Progress Revisited: Two Versions and a Giveaway!

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS OVER.  WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED SHORTLY.*** As our hearts turns toward the reason for the season, we moms and dads, grandpas and grandmas long to give our children something of lasting spiritual value amongst all the trinkets and gizmos. It might be a good time to revisit John Bunyan’s classic, especially since […]

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Gifts for Grads: Our Picks

For a parent, there’s nothing scarier than sending a high school graduate out into the world—and in fact, the world looks pretty scary these days.  Not to mention confusing, even in matters that used to be taken for granted.  Up until about ten years ago, for instance, it was a given that high-school grads eyeing […]

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