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Recommended religious/spiritual books

Past book selections from
2021-JANUARY until APRIL:

Previous months' recommendations

The current month's recommended book

Tentatively scheduled selections for future months

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Our selection for 2021-JANUARY:

"The Power of Christian Contentment: Finding Deeper, Richer, Christ-Centered Joy,"
by Andrew M. Davis.

Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
U.S. $1.99 in Kindle format!, or
$22.86 in paperback
plus postage.

Amazon book review:

It may surprise modern Christians that our current problems with discontentedness are anything but new. In 1643, Puritan pastor Jeremiah Burroughs wrote a work titled "The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment" that has as much resonance in our day as it did in his. Now pastor and author Andrew M. Davis helps contemporary Christians rediscover the remarkable truths found in this largely forgotten work.

With powerful new illustrations and a keen sense of all that makes modern Christians restless, Davis challenges readers to confront the sources of discontent in their lives and embrace Paul's teaching on contentment in all circumstances. He gives special attention to maintaining contentment through poverty and prosperity, as well as in our marriages, and offers tips on teaching children how to be content in an age of smartphones and social media.

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Selection for 2021-FEBRUARY:

"Godless Citizens in a Godly Republic: Atheists in American Public Life"

by Isaac Kramnick and R, Laurence Moore.

Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
U.S. $9.99 in Kindle format!, or
$26.95 in hardcover
plus postage.

Amazon book review:

God occupies our nation’s consciousness, even defining to many what it means to be American. Nonbelievers have often had second-class legal status and have had to fight for their rights as citizens.

As R. Laurence Moore and Isaac Kramnick demonstrate in their sharp and convincing work, avowed atheists were derided since the founding of the nation. Even Thomas Paine fell into disfavor and his role as a patriot forgotten. Popular Republican Robert Ingersoll could not be elected in the nineteenth century due to his atheism, and the suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton was shunned when she questioned biblical precepts about women’s roles.

Moore and Kramnick lay out this fascinating history and the legal cases that have questioned religious supremacy. It took until 1961 for the Supreme Court to ban religious tests for state officials, despite Article 6 of the Constitution. Still, every one of the fifty states continues to have God in its constitution. The authors discuss these cases and more current ones, such as Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., which address whether personal religious beliefs supersede secular ones.

In Godless Citizens in a Godly Republic, the authors also explore the dramatic rise of an "atheist awakening" and the role of organizations intent on holding the country to the secular principles it was founded upon.

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Selection for 2021-MARCH:

"How to Argue With a Racist: What Our Genes Do (and Don't) Say About Human Difference,"
by Adam Rutherford

Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
U.S. $13.17 in Kindle format!, or
$24.86 in hardcover
plus postage.

Amazon book review:

Racist pseudoscience has become so commonplace that it can be hard to spot. But its toxic effects on society are plain to see — feeding nationalism, fueling hatred, endangering lives, and corroding our discourse on everything from sports to intelligence. Even well-intentioned people repeat stereotypes based on “science,” because cutting-edge genetics are hard to grasp — and all too easy to distort. Paradoxically, these misconceptions are multiplying even as scientists make unprecedented discoveries in human genetics — findings that, when accurately understood, are powerful evidence against racism. We’ve never had clearer answers about who we are and where we come from, but this knowledge is sorely needed in our casual conversations about race.

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Selection for 2021-APRIL:

"Christianity for People Who Aren't Christian," by James Emery White

Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
U.S. $7.58 in Kindle format!, or
U.S. $14.46 in Paperback
plus postage.

Amazon book review:

By Lee Strobel, former award-winning legal editor of the Chicago Tribune and bestselling author of more than twenty books:

"I wish this book had been around when I was an atheist and started to seek God. It's a no-nonsense, practical, and insightful guide that will help all those on a quest for spiritual truth. If you're investigating whether there's any substance to the Christian faith, you must read this important book."

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Our selection for 2021-MAY:

"The Power of Christian Contentment: Finding Deeper, Richer, Christ-Centered Joy,"
by Andrew M. Davis.

Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store

The last time we checked, this book sold for:
U.S. $1.99 in Kindle format!, or
$22.86 in paperback
plus postage.

Amazon book review:

It may surprise modern Christians that our current problems with discontentedness are anything but new. In 1643, Puritan pastor Jeremiah Burroughs wrote a work titled "The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment" that has as much resonance in our day as it did in his. Now, pastor and author Andrew M. Davis helps contemporary Christians rediscover the remarkable truths found in this largely forgotten work.

With powerful new illustrations and a keen sense of all that makes modern Christians restless, Davis challenges readers to confront the sources of discontent in their lives and embrace Paul's teaching on contentment in all circumstances. He gives special attention to maintaining contentment through poverty and prosperity, as well as in our marriages, and offers tips on teaching children how to be content in an age of smartphones and social media.

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Amazon.com has many millions of movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, and audiobooks available for download into their Kindle eBook reader or Kindle app. In addition, Kindle allows anyone to download the first portion of Kindle-format books for FREE. As of 2015-MAY, stand-alone readers cost from $79 and up. FREE versons of the Kindle reader app are available for Ipads, PC's, Mac computers, etc.

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You might consider getting a Kindle ebook reader app for your PC, Mac computer, Ipad, etc.:

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Amazon.com has many millions of movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, and audiobooks available for download into their Kindle eBook reader or Kindle app. In addition, Kindle allows anyone to download the first portion of Kindle-format books for FREE. As of 2015-MAY, stand-alone readers cost from $79 and up. FREE versons of the Kindle app are available to be downloaded on Ipads, PC's, Mac computers, etc.

Benefits to the Kindle:

  • Amazon provides FREE reader apps that you can dowload to your PC, tablet, and many other devices.

  • Various models of Kindles can store from 1,000 to 3,500 books and are much more more portable than lugging thousands of books with you.

  • Ebooks can save a lot of money, because eBook versions generally cost significantly less than print versions.

  • Amazon makes a suprisingly large number of books available at no or low cost. Over a million cost $4.99 or less.

  • Delivery of the books over the Internet is free and almost instantaneous.

  • You don't need to build or expand bookshelves!

  • You don't need to dust off Kindle book copies!

  • Think of all the trees that would be saved if more people abandoned printed copies!

  • They have a built-in dictionary.

  • They are very light and thinner than a pencil.

  • Many books can be loaned to other Kindle or Kindle app users.

  • Battery life if you use a kindle for 30 minutes a day is 4 weeks.

  • Ebooks have a search function. You can select passages from books and store them in a text file for use by an editor program on a PC or Mac. They have a built-in dictionary to find the meanings of words.

However, beware that some publishers take advantage of buyers, and charge more for the digital versions than for the print versions. We have a policy of not buying such copies.

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Copyright 2020 & 2021 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2020-JAN-01
Latest update: 2021-MAY-05
Author: B.A. Robinson

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