Free Book Friday #33

Free Book Friday #33

It’s a cold, rainy day here. How about a free thriller from Ted Dekker?

Free Book

Identity (Eyes Wide Open, Book 1)
by Tedd Dekker

Download Identity FREE from Amazon.

Book Deals

Here are a few great book deals I found this week. I highly recommend these books, especially at this price. Enjoy!

How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels by N.T. Wright – $2.99.

Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright – $3.99.

The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible by Scott McKnight – $3.79.

Theirs Is the Kingdom: Celebrating the Gospel in Urban America by Robert Lupton – $1.99.

My Favorite find of the week was The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard for $3.99. Unfortunately this sale has already ended.

Monday Quote: A Question of Conscience

Monday Quote: A Question of Conscience

Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency ask the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience ask the question, is it right? And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Free Book Friday #32

Free Book Friday #32

It’s less than one week before Christmas. Here are some fabulous almost-Christmas book deals.

A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens


The movie versions of A Christmas Carol have become a beloved Christmas tradition. This is a wonderful story of second chances and life transformation that reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas. How long since you last read the book? This is the official 2014 Embrace the God Life Free Christmas Book recommendation.

Download A Christmas Carol FREE from Amazon.


Learning to Walk in the Dark – $1.99.

An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith – $1.99.


Stewarding Life: One Lifetime, Limited Resources, Eternal Priorities – FREE!

The Sacred Search Couple’s Conversation Guide – FREE!

Let. It. Go.: How to Stop Running the Show and Start Walking in Faith – $1.99.

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back – $2.75.

The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family: Over 100 Practical and Tested Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Kids – $2.99.

A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master” – $2.99.

Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask Questions – 2.99.

Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy? – $2.99.

Living “So That”: Making Faith-Filled Choices in the Midst of a Messy Life (InScribed Collection) – $2.99.

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are – $2.99.

Toxic Charity: How the Church Hurts Those They Help and How to Reverse It – $3.99.

Sermon Audio: The Journey of Advent

Sermon Audio: The Journey of Advent

TJ_FullscreenLogo_2Sermon: The Journey of Advent
Text:  Isaiah 9:2, Jeremiah 33:14-16
Date: November 30, 2014
Speaker: Dr. Pat Hannon
Location: McAdenville Wesleyan Church

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.”  – Isaiah 9:2

The journey of advent doesn’t begin with the coming of the light, but with the people walking in darkness. To fully appreciate the light of the coming Christ we must first acknowledge the reality of the darkness of our world.

Sermon Audio: ThanksGIVING

GiveThanksBeABlessingSermon: ThanksGIVING
Text: Acts 20:32-35
Date: November 23, 2014
Speaker: Dr. Pat Hannon
Location: McAdenville Wesleyan Church

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

It is God’s will for His people to be thankful. Yet, how do we know if we truly have a thankful heart? Look for the fruit of gratitude in your life. Giving grows from gratitude. Envy grows from ingratitude. Which crop is growing in your life?

It is more blessed to give than to receive. -Acts 20:35

Free Book Friday #31

Free Book Friday #31

After an unintentional 6 week break, I’m back with a new installment of Free Book Friday. Today we focus on some fabulous Advent books to prepare us for the coming of Christ. At the end you’ll find an offer for a free Advent book.

Byron Borger is my favorite bookseller. He runs a shop called Hearts & Minds Books in Central, PA. I’ve never been to the shop, but Byron provides the book table for many great Christian gatherings. At one of these I was able to meet Byron. Byron not only sells books, but he loves books. Beyond this, he loves Jesus, the church, followers of Christ, and thinking. When Byron recommends a book, he recommends it as one who thinks as deeply about the content of the book as the author does.

Byron has put out a great list of new Advent/Christmastide/Epiphany books that could assist you and your family in growing with Christ in this season. See his list here: 12 Great New Advent Books for Your Seasonal Spiritual Formation. I just sent in my order for five books on this list. Thanks, Byron!

Here are the five I’ve ordered.

  • The Season of the Nativity: Confessions and Practices of an Advent, Christmas & Epiphany Extremist by Sybil MacBeth
  • All I Really Want: Readings for a Modern Christmas by Quinn G. Caldwell
  • The Christmas Countdown: Creating 25 Days of New Advent Traditions for Families by Margie J. Harding
  • Feasting on the Word Advent Companion: A Thematic Resource for Preaching and Worship edited by David L. Bartlett, Barbara Brown Taylor, and Kimberly Bracken Long
  • Light Upon Light: A Literary Guide to Prayer for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany compiled by Sarah Arthur

New books from @byronborger at Hearts & Minds books. Who else hand wraps the books for shipping? I feel loved.

A photo posted by Pat Hannon (@pathannon) on

I intended to write a description of these books, but I can’t possibly do a better job than Byron. Go ye to his post and read his descriptions. If you buy any of these books, may I encourage you to buy from Byron and Hearts & Minds Books? You may pay a bit more than amazon, but it’s because of Byron that we discovered these books and it’s great to support this local bookseller.

Books bought from Byron always come shipped with love as well. Receiving one always makes me smile.


Anyone who orders one of the new Advent books from Byron through Sunday, November 23, 2014 will receive a free Advent book of Byron’s choosing. You also receive 20% off of each of the books he recommends. Quite a deal!

Purchase: Hearts & Minds Books

Free Book Friday #30

Free Book Friday #30

This week of Free Book Friday we have three FREE books worth checking out.

Relationships: A Mess Worth Making
by Timothy S. Lane

Free on Amazon.

Mother Teresa: A Life Inspired

FREE on Amazon.

Fred 2.0: New Ideas on How to Keep Delivering Extraordinary Results
by Mark Sanborn

FREE on Amazon.

Friday Book Deals

A Meal with Jesus: Discovering Grace, Community, and Mission around the Table by Tim Chester – $.99.

Taking God At His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me by Kevin DeYoung – $.99.

All In: You Are One Decision Away From a Totally Different Life by Mark Batterson – $3.99.