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Publishing Advice and Randy‚Äôs Recommended Books on Writing

Books about writing fiction:

Stein on Writing by Sol Stein  

Self Editing for Fiction Writers by Browne & King  

Scene & Structure (How to Construct Fiction with Scene by Scene Flow, Logic and Readability) by Bickman  

The Complete Guide to Writing and Selling the Christian Novel by Penelope Stokes  

How to Grow a Novel by Sol Stein  

Show, Don’t Tell by William Noble 

Books about writing:

Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace by Joseph Williams and Gregory Colomb

Make Your Own Words Work by Gary Provost  

The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes by Jack M. Bickham  

On Writing Well by ...

If God is Good: Partial Annotated Bibliography

If God Is Good ...If God Is Good ...
Partial Annotated Bibliography


I research extensively and love doing it. While what follows isn’t comprehensive, it does contain many of the books I read while working on If God is Good. With a few exceptions, including Bart Ehrman’s book God’s Problem, I didn’t include writings by atheists or other books I wouldn’t recommend. I did cite several books containing much I don’t believe, including those promoting Open Theism. But most of the books  I’ve cited here are ones which I found to be at least somewhat good, helpful, and interesting. A number of them are excellent. —Randy Alcorn

 

If God is Good…

Partial Annotated Bibliography


I research extensively and love doing it. While what follows isn’t comprehensive, it does contain many of the books I read while working on If God is Good. With a few exceptions, including Bart Ehrman’s book God’s Problem, I didn’t include writings by atheists or other books I wouldn’t recommend. I did cite several books containing much I don’t believe, including those promoting Open Theism. But most of the books  I’ve cited here are ones which I found to be at least somewhat good, helpful, and interesting. A number of them are excellent. —Randy Alcorn

How do I respond to my pastor who thinks the Bible is not “necessarily” God’s Word?

BibleQuestion from a reader:

My pastor doesn't think the Bible is “necessarily” God's Word. He says the Bible is a record of God's interaction and communication with humanity over centuries and that human culture is intertwined with divine words. He thinks because of such things as patriarchal oppression of women, slavery, etc. the Bible doesn't clearly and purely reflect the mind of God for all eternity. How do I respond to him?

Answer from Randy Alcorn:

I think you should do what you can to get accurate apologetic information to your pastor that shows the Bible ...

How can a Christian keep an eternal perspective in the area of conservation and natural resources?

What do you think about the field of conservation and natural resources and how a Christian should keep an eternal perspective while working in this area?

I believe we as Christians need to be good stewards of the resources God has given us. Use it, reuse it, recycle it, and dont abuse what God has given us. We should choose to respect the environment that God created and make sure we are doing what we can to keep it healthy and in a good condition. But also we should not feel guilty for using the resources He has given ...

If God Is Good:Chapter Summary Excerpts

If God Is GoodChapter Summary Excerpts from  

If God Is Good…

 

SECTION ONE  

Understanding the Problem of Evil and Suffering

 

Chapter One: Why is the Problem of Evil and Suffering So Important?  

 More people point to the problem of evil and suffering as their reason for not believing in God than any other—it is not merely a problem, it is the problem. You will not get far in a conversation with someone who rejects the Christian faith before the problem of evil is raised. Pulled out like the ultimate trump card, it’s supposed to silence believers and prove that the all-good ...

Recommended Resources on Stewardship, Giving, Money and Possessions

Books:

Alcorn, Randy, The Law of Rewards: Giving What You Can’t Keep to Gain What You Can’t Lose. Generous Giving Series. (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2003.)

Alcorn, Randy, Managing God's Money, (Colorado Springs, CO: WaterBrook/Multnomah, 2010.)

Alcorn, Randy, Money, Possessions, and Eternity,(Rev. ed. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2003.)

Alcorn, Randy, The Treasure Principle: Discovering the Secret of Joyful Giving. Generous Giving Special Edition. (Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2001.)

Can you give me some resources for understanding homosexuality and how the Church should respond?

I’d recommend a book called Informed Answers to Gay Rights Questions, by Roger Magnuson. I’ve read it and its helpful. Also, a book by R. F. Lovelace, called Homosexuality and the Church.

Books on the Subject of Spiritual Warfare

Lord  Foulgrin's LettersTo those wishing to explore a biblical perspective on demonic nature and activity, as well as spiritual warfare, Randy recommends these books:

3 Crucial Questions about Spiritual Warfare, by Clinton Arnold (Baker Books, 1997).

Lord Foulgrin’s Letters, by Randy Alcorn

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