Maybe God is doing some inexplicable things in your life. Each of us gets to decide every time whether to lean in or step back—to say yes, ignore it, or tell God why He has the wrong person.
-Bob Goff, Love Does
Happy Valentine’s Day! This week’s edition of Free Book Friday features books that help build strong relationships.
3 Free Books
Fun Loving You: Enjoying Your Marriage in the Midst of the Grind
by Ted Cunningham
3 Great Deals on Books I Highly Recommend
Bonus Free Music Download
1 Corinthians 13
by Krissy Nordhoff (songwriter of “Your Great Name”)
This week we share a free audio book.
With more than 225,000 copies sold, When Helping Hurts is a paradigm-forming contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation and ministry to those in need. Emphasizing the poverty of both heart and society, this book exposes the need that every person has and how it can be filled. The reader is brought to understand that poverty is much more than simply a lack of financial or material resources and that it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve the problem of poverty.
While this book exposes past and current development efforts that churches have engaged in which unintentionally undermine the people they’re trying to help, its central point is to provide proven strategies that challenge Christians to help the poor empower themselves. Focusing on both North American and Majority World contexts, When Helping Hurts catalyzes the idea that sustainable change for people living in poverty comes not from the outside-in, but from the inside-out.
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Veteran urban activist Robert Lupton reveals the shockingly toxic effects that modern charity has upon the very people meant to benefit from it. Toxic Charity provides proven new models for charitable groups who want to help—not sabotage—those whom they desire to serve. Toxic Charity shows how to start serving needy and impoverished members of communities in a way that will lead to lasting, real-world change.
Today for Free Book Friday I share two free books on my reading list and 45 books for $.02 each I will never read.
Two Free Books I Will Soon Read
The Five Habits of Highly Missional People
by Michael Frost
Download from Story Cartel.
45 Books for $.02 Each I Will Never Read
Amish Romance 45 Book Boxed Set
by Becca Fisher
Purchase from Amazon for $.99.
It is a good rule, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between. If that is too much for you, you should at least read one old one to every three new ones.
Remembering Lewis’ call to read old books, here are 7 free or $.99 Christian Classics everyone should read.
Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross
The Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Avila
Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich
A quote each Monday to ponder throughout the week.
“More and more I feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail
This week in Free Book Friday we have two offers that will help you get some margin in your life.
First, the fabulous book 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life by Matthew Sleeth is offered as a free ebook. I paid full price for this book and it was well worth it. Get it now for free while you still can!
From the back cover of 24/6:
“Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.” It’s the only commandment that begins with the word remember—almost as if God knew we would forget. Well, guess what? We did. And is it any wonder? Look around. Thanks to ever-improving technology, we now feel the pressure to be “on” twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Sure, things like smart phones, the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, and Skype help us stay connected with coworkers, family, and friends—but what about God? How can we possibly have “ears to hear” when we are plugged in 24/7? If we never take time to “be still and know” God, how can we grow into mature spiritual beings? The solution is simple. And it is endorsed by the Great Physician himself. In fact, he invented it. It’s called rest. And like all good things, rest is a gift from God. Rest doesn’t just happen. It takes intentionality, commitment, and restraint. Yet the rewards are indescribably amazing. In 24/6, Dr. Matthew Sleeth provides a life-giving prescription for a healthier, more God-centered life amidst a digitally crazed, always-on world and helps us better understand how our lives can be radically transformed—physically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually—by adopting a 24/6 lifestyle.
Second, I have a print copy of Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives by Richard Swenson to give away. In this book, Dr. Swenson helps us find some much-needed margin in our overloaded lives.
From the back cover:
Overload is not having time to finish the book you’re reading on stress. Margin is having time to read it twice. Overload is fatigue. Margin is energy. Overload is red ink. Margin is black ink. Overload is hurry. Margin is calm. Overload is anxiety. Margin is security. Overload is the disease of the 90’s. Margin is the cure. Margin is the space that once existed between ourselves and our limits. It’s something held in reserve for contingencies or unanticipated situations. Dr. Swenson provides a prescription against the danger of overloaded lives. Focusing on margin in four key areas-emotional energy, physical energy, time, and finances-he offers an overall picture of health that employs contentment, simplicity, balance, and rest.
Enter to win a copy of Margin. Leave a comment below telling why you need margin in your life. Then enter the giveaway via the form in this post. One winner will be announced in next week’s Free Book Friday post.