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The Smell of Old Books

Do you love the smell of an old book? Just finished a delightful rereading Out of the Silent Planet, Space Trilogy Series, the first C. S. Lewis fiction I read when I was a new teenage Christian in 1970 (The Problem of Pain was my first Lewis nonfiction). It’s the first of his space trilogy, and I’m about to read again Perelandra (alternative Brit title: Voyage to Venus).

Announcing the Winners of the Summer Reading Giveaway

summer readingCongratulations to this month’s book giveaway winners. Each of the three winners will be able to choose between signed copies of Lord Foulgrin’s Letters or The Ishbane Conspiracy.

The randomly drawn winners are:

1) Julie
2) Hannah
3) Susan in Texas (posted as Anonymous)

All winners, please e-mail me as soon as possible at stephanie@epm.org with your choice of book, your mailing address and who you would like the book signed to.

And for those who didn't win a copy of the book but are still looking for a good summer read, Lord Foulgrin's ...

The Problem of Biblical Illiteracy

BibleBiblical illiteracy among Christians is arguably at an all time high, with chilling implications that can hardly be overstated. I know that various things in the church will inevitably change, such as songs and hymns taking on new forms, and that's fine. What isn't fine is for God's people to neglect His Word.


Mice, Dogs and Books (On the Lighter Side)

miceOur friend Pat Maxwell forwarded to us this picture. Don’t you just love it?

Romance, cooperation, friendship, assisting your buddy in taking the initiative... it’s all there.

Some Thoughts about Fathering (and Grand-fathering)

Randy,  Karina and AngelaFatherhood's an incredible privilege, one we should thank God for every day, but which too easily we grow accustomed to and take for granted and, if we're not careful, occasionally resent. (For instance, after weeks without having a good sleep.)

Reading Books v. Reading Online

I recently read an interesting article by David Brooks, at The New York Times website. (Click here for the whole article.) What follows is an excerpt:

book openThe Internet-versus-books debate is conducted on the supposition that the medium is the message. But sometimes the medium is just the medium. What matters is the way people think about themselves while engaged in the two activities. A person who becomes a citizen of the literary world enters a hierarchical universe. There are classic works of literature at the top and beach reading at the bottom.

Movie Trailer for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Chronicles of NarniaCheck out this trailer for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which will be released on December 10. What do you think of the trailer?

Recommended books for a pastor in his 20's

Why We're Not EmergentRecently I was asked to recommend some books for a pastor in his twenties to read. Most of these books can be purchased from a Christian bookstore or ordered from www.christianbook.com.

A Longing for Books

John  NewtonOne of my lifelong loves has been reading great books. I lament the decrease in the number of Christians who are avid readers. We seem to be more interested in television, movies, popular culture, and all kinds of trivia than in great books. And we are leading our children and grandchildren into functional illiteracy, shallowness, and superficiality.

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