Friday, October 1, 2010

Friday's Random Thoughts (Oct 1, 2010)

Here are some things that I have heard about or read about the past week.

1. There is a new publishing company called Cruciform Press that has just released their first two books. I would encourage you to take a look at them. Their model is somewhat different from traditional publishers as they try to get ahead of the publishing trends. They will feature shorter books published as needed (print-on-demand) as well as making a name in the digital book & audio book markets. For those from GBC, you should know that our very own Jason Younger will be doing some of the audio books for them. They will be available on ChristianAudio. He read their second book, Wrestling with an Angel, that should be released very soon. He said he loved the book. If you are an audio book person, check it out soon!

2. The 2010 Desiring God National Conference starts today. I have never been to this conference, but this year I was really close to making the trip up to Minneapolis. Unfortunately, things did not work out. The title of the conference is THINK: The Life of the Mind & the Love of God. Well, it is too late to make it to the conference if you are not already there. But it is not too late to get John Piper's latest book that was just released by the same name. Here is a short summary of the book:

John Piper’s newest book will help Christians think about thinking. Focusing on the life of the mind helps us to know God better, love him more, and care for the world. Along with an emphasis on emotions and the experience of God, we also need to practice careful thinking about God. Piper contends that “thinking is indispensable on the path to passion for God.” So how are we to maintain a healthy balance of mind and heart, thinking and feeling? Piper urges us to think for the glory of God. He demonstrates from Scripture that glorifying God with our minds and hearts is not either-or, but both-and. Thinking carefully about God fuels passion and affections for God. Likewise, Christ-exalting emotion leads to disciplined thinking. Readers will be reminded that “the mind serves to know the truth that fuels the fires of the heart.”
3. Not sure if many of you have heard of CCEF (Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation). They are one of the most trusted resources for biblical counseling that I have found. They have written many books that I have used and have been impacted by in my walk with the Lord. I have posted a very short video by Ed Welch on the issue of fear. Do you live in constant anxiety or fear? Watch the video and check out their resources for help if you do.

4. Finally, I am very happy to give away Surprised by Grace by Tullian Tchividjian. Thank you for all the comments. I wish I had the resources to give a copy away to each one of you, but unfortunately that is not the case. But the winner this week is Chris Thomson. In order to claim your prize, please send me your contact information HERE! Thank you and I will get it out in the mail soon! Keep coming back as I am trying to give away some sort of resource every week.

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