Book Giveaway

This week I’m offering James, First, Second, and Third John by Kelly Anderson and Daniel Keating, from the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture series. Here are the catalog description and table of contents:

In this addition to the successful Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture, two respected scholars and Bible teachers interpret James and First, Second, and Third John from within the living tradition of the Church. The commentary provides crisp explanations of the text with helpful sidebars and ideas for application to enrich preaching, group Bible study, and personal reflection. This volume presents excellent biblical scholarship in a format accessible to laypeople with no special training in biblical studies.

About the Series
The Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture (CCSS) responds to the desire of Catholics to study the Bible in depth and in a way that integrates Scripture with Catholic doctrine, worship, and daily life. The series will include seventeen volumes, offering readable, informative commentary on each book of the New Testament. The CCSS implements the theological principles taught by Vatican II for interpreting Scripture “in accord with the same Spirit by which it was written”–that is, interpreting Scripture in its canonical context and in the light of Catholic tradition and the analogy of faith (Dei Verbum 12).

The CCSS is packed with features designed to help readers use the Bible more effectively in teaching, preaching, evangelization, and other forms of ministry. Each volume provides exegesis as well as reflection and application sections. Cross-references link each passage to the Catechism, the Lectionary, and related biblical texts. Sidebars present information on the background of the text and on how the text has been interpreted by the Church. Abundant quotations from saints and Church Fathers enable readers to glimpse the continuity of Catholic tradition. Each volume includes a glossary, a list of suggested resources, an index of pastoral topics, and an Index of sidebars.

Consulting editors: Scott Hahn (Franciscan University of Steubenville); Daniel J. Harrington, SJ (1940-2014); William S. Kurz, SJ (Marquette University); Francis Martin (Dominican House of Studies); Frank J. Matera (Catholic University of America); George T. Montague, SM (St. Mary’s University); and Terrence Prendergast (Archbishop of Ottawa)

General editors: Peter S. Williamson (Sacred Heart Major Seminary) and Mary Healy (Sacred Heart Major Seminary); associate editor: Kevin Perrotta (award-winning Catholic journalist and editor of the Six Weeks with the Bible series)

More information on the CCSS series is available at www.CatholicScriptureCommentary.com

Leave your name in the comments section no later than Friday, September 15th. I’ll draw the winner’s name that day. If I don’t hear back from the winner within seven days the book will go to another entry. Entries are limited to U.S. residents.

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And The Winner Is…

Congratulations to Sam Van Eerden on winning a copy of Retrieving History by Stefana Dan Laing. (Apologies for my tardiness in drawing the name.)

Thanks to all who participated!

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Book Giveaway

This week I’m offering Retrieving History: Memory and Identity Formation in the Early Church by Stefana Dan Laing. Here are the catalog description and table of contents:

Retrieving History introduces the early Christian ideas of history and history writing and shows their value for developing Christian communities of the patristic era. It examines the ways early Christians related and transmitted their history: apologetics, martyrdom accounts, sacred biography, and the genre of church history proper. Stefana Dan Laing shows that exploring the lives and writings of both men and women of the ancient church helps readers understand how Christian identity is rooted in the faithful work of preceding generations. Her book also offers a corrective to the individualistic and ahistorical tendencies within contemporary Christianity. It will appeal to professors and students in church history and patristics courses as well as pastors, worship leaders, and educated laypeople.

About the Series
The Evangelical Ressourcement series is grounded in the belief that there is a wealth of theological, exegetical, and spiritual resources from the patristic era that is relevant for the Christian church today and into the future. Amid the current resurgence of interest in the early church, this series aims to help church thinkers and leaders reappropriate these ancient understandings of Christian belief and practice and apply them to ministry in the twenty-first century.

Contents
Map
Time Line
1. Invitation to the Past
2. Ancient Historical Writing and the Rise of Historical Literary Forms
3. History as Apologetic: Harnessing a Usable Past
4. Martyrology: Remembering the Martyrs’ Noble Example
5. Hagiography: Martyrdom as Discipleship in Early Christian Biographies
6. Ecclesiastical History: The Story of the Church
7. Conclusions and Trajectories
Index

Leave your name in the comments section no later than Friday, September 8th. I’ll draw the winner’s name that day. If I don’t hear back from the winner within seven days the book will go to another entry. Entries are limited to U.S. residents.

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And The Winner Is

Congratulations to Paul Schultz on winning our last book giveaway. Paul won a copy of The Essential Handbook of Denominations & Ministries by Kurian and Day.

Thanks to all who participated!

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Book Giveaway

This week’s giveaway is a neat reference tool. It’s The Essential Handbook of Denominations and Ministries, edited by George Thomas Kurian and Sarah Claudine Day. Here’s the catalog description:

Your guide to more than 200 denominations and 300 ministries in the United States

Within the body of Christ there is unity of purpose, yet great diversity. We serve one Savior but in a myriad of different ministry contexts. So what are the origins of contemporary denominations and ministries? What makes them unique? And whom do they serve?

The Essential Handbook of Denominations and Ministries is your easy-to-use guide to more than two hundred of the largest denominations and three hundred ministries in the United States. The entry for each organization includes a brief history, a contemporary profile, and discussion on doctrinal emphases, creeds, membership, and interdenominational and ecumenical alliances.

Pastors, ministry leaders, community leaders, and students will find this resource a helpful guide as they seek to understand and interact with Christian denominations and ministries across the country.

George Thomas Kurian (1931-2015) was president of the Encyclopedia Society and the editor of sixty books, including twenty-seven encyclopedias. He was coeditor of Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United StatesWorld Christian EncyclopediaThe Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, and Dictionary of Christianity.

Sarah Claudine Day is the managing editor of the Encyclopedia Society and has worked on a number of multivolume works, including, most recently, The Encyclopedia of Christian LiteratureThe Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, and The Encyclopedia of Political Science.

Leave your name in the comments section no later than Friday, September 1st. I’ll draw the winner’s name that day. If I don’t hear back from the winner within seven days the book will go to another entry. Entries are limited to U.S. residents.

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And The Winner Is…

Congratulations to Laura Sharp on winning our last book giveaway. Laura won a copy of Spirit-Empowered Theology by Charles Carrin.

Laura, feel free to send me an email with your mailing address, and we’ll get the book right out to you.

Thanks to all who participated!

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Book Giveaway

This week’s giveaway is a book geared for the Spirit-filled Christian. It’s Spirit-Empowered Theology by Charles Carrin. Here’s the catalog description:

About

You’ve encountered the Holy Spirit. The answer to nearly every question you have about your faith may be found in the pages of Scripture–and in the amazing resource you hold in your hands.

In this comprehensive volume, respected pastor Dr. Charles Carrin gives you the basics of Spirit-empowered theology in an easy-to-follow question-and-answer format. This insightful book will help you understand the most pressing questions of life and the power behind your faith. With valuable input provided by distinguished revival leaders John and Carol Arnott, Stephen Chitty, Dr. Randy Clark, Leif Hetland, Bill Johnson, Dr. R. T. Kendall, Michael Peterson and Dr. Jack Taylor, Spirit-Empowered Theology will enable you to articulate what you believe and why you believe it.

“An amazing book. I especially recommend it to those who are beginning their journey into the theological realm of ‘Word and Spirit’ truth. This book belongs in your library.”–DR. RANDY CLARK, founder and overseer, Apostolic Network of Global Awakening

“This book is a treasure trove. I encourage you to read it and receive new levels of power, love and wisdom for a supernatural lifestyle!”–LEIF HETLAND, founder and president, Global Mission Awareness

“Charles Carrin is a prince of preachers, a sound theologian and an absolute lover and practitioner of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. This book is a golden resource.”–JOHN AND CAROL ARNOTT, founding pastors, Catch the Fire Ministries; overseers, Partners in Harvest, Toronto, Canada

Charles Carrin, D.D., has been in ministry more than 65 years. His beliefs and practices denied the supernatural until a crisis in his own life caused him to see what he had missed. He received his education at the University of Georgia and Columbia Theological Seminary. Today his ministry is characterized by displays of the power of God in salvation as well as deliverance and healing. He lives in Boynton Beach, Florida.

Leave your name in the comments section no later than Friday, August 25th. I’ll draw the winner’s name that day. If I don’t hear back from the winner within seven days the book will go to another entry. Entries are limited to U.S. residents.

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