More Free Kindle Books; Christian, Devotional, Spiritual…

 

books and candleMost of these will continue to be free indefinitely, but some of them are merely free for a day or two to promote a wider readership. Please be careful to check the prices first.

Gravity True For You But Not For Me: the author recently edited the book to correct some errors and clarify some points. Here is one of the Amazon reviews:

This little book has the power within its pages to provoke a reader to ask some very big and very important questions–and, it provides answers. If you are interested in a book to help you share your beliefs about the Divine Creator from a logical and scientific (but not so scientific that the average reader can’t understand it)stance, this book offers some sound insight. It points to Jesus and the Truth that all of mankind so desperately needs. It’s perfect for the person who wants proof and not simply emotion in order to take the leap of faith toward believing in the Unseen. If you’re looking for something to put in your hands to be the catalyst for sharing your faith in the Truth, this book can be a great start.

Does Man’s Sense of Morality Prove That God Exists? (Moments That Matter)

“Moments That Matter” is an essay series which provides short Bible-based answers to the important spiritual questions in people’s lives.

Morality is a characteristic that is unique to humanity among all of the life on the Earth. We are the only ones who struggle with issues of when actions are right or wrong. The existence of morality that exists universally among humanity causes great problems for those who deny the existence of God. How is it that we are unique in our moral sense among all the creatures of the Earth? If we all arose as a result of organic evolution, should we not all have the same moral potential?

“Does Man’s Sense of Morality Prove That God Exists?” looks at the difficulties unbelievers have in trying to construct a model of morality without God. It also examines the consequences that acknowledging God’s presence has on our understanding of right and wrong. This brief introductory study of the moral argument to the existence of God is a must read for a student beginning his search for God.

The Daniel Fast Daily Devotional for Lent Devotions for those fasting for Lent or any other reason.

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (with Cross-References)
I love the way this one is indexed- makes it much easier to jump around quickly in your Bible reading. Be sure to read the directions so you can take advantage of this feature.

Orthodoxy Chesterton is always a good read.

The Pursuit of God
This isn’t the first time I’ve linked to a Tozer read, and it won’t be the last. There’s a very good reason for that. He’s meaty, challenging, but practical and definitely takes his Christian walk (and yours) very, very seriously.

Death of the Modern Superhero:How Grace Breaks our Rules
Haven’t read this one. Here’s the Amazon blurb:

Have you ever felt like you were just not good enough for God? We are told we must be a good Christian, a loving spouse, a caring and involved parent, active in your community, and so much more.

Can we ever make it?
When are we good enough?
Do we feel like we cannot succeed in this life unless we are a superhero with superpowers?

Grace takes these expectations of culture and society and turns them upside down. God gives us gifts at salvation that tell us we do measure up to God’s standard. We are pleasing to Him. No longer do we need to strive and work to prove ourselves, only to collapse in frustration and failure. Now we can live in the reality of grace which bring peace and life.

Death of the Modern Superhero explores these dilemmas and gives practical solutions to change our thinking to line up with the reality of God’s Truth.

If you enjoy authors such as Philip Yancey, Jerry Bridges, and Brennan Manning; you will enjoy this book.

Daily Readings for Difficult Days
Daily devotional readings for those going through difficult times.

This looks like an entertaining read:
Foundlings (The Peleg Chronicles, book one)
Here’s part of an Amazon review:

Matthew Christian Harding is a man who’s boldly treading into new territory in the young adult fiction marketplace. His debut novel is nearly impossible to pigeon-hold into conventionally established genres. As a result he’s been looking for a descriptive term for his work. Leviathan literature, behemoth books, young earth dragon fiction, creation literature, and speculative historical fiction are some of the labels you’ll find tentatively attached to Foundlings, the first installment in The Peleg Chronicles.

Set at an unspecified date during the biblical days of Peleg — sometime after Noah’s flood, the tower of Babel and the dispersion –Foundlings has little in common with the small selection of historical fiction written that focuses on this time period from a young earth, Bible-believing perspective. Harding blends a thriving feudal society complete with knights, counts, and princesses with the dragons (think dinosaurs), giants, and a cave-dwelling group of men called dwarves with the ongoing attempts of darkness to smother the light. Perhaps the fastest way I can describe it is to say that Foundlings is something akin go Lord of the Rings meets biblical fiction, with no magic, evolution, or humanism thrown into the mix.

If that idea excites you – you’re not alone. As a devoted Christian father, his four young children no doubt inspire Harding; wanting them to have access to noble, God-honoring literature that supports a biblical worldview, he put his own pen to the task. As I share his goals I was almost jumping up and down with excitement when I learned of this new series. Unfortunately, it was some time until I could read it – my husband made off with my copy and wouldn’t relinquish it until he was finished. Then it was passed on to me to read with my little ones at bedtimes.

Lord McDougall is certainly the centerpiece of the series. He’s such a curious character, rather eccentric really, and his shenanigans have left my six-year-old laughing on many occasions. Honorable, God-loving, and noble of character, McDougall is always eager to share his faith with seekers, and lives out a walk with God that will be familiar to many New Testament believers despite its Old Testament setting.

Accompanied by his faithful shield-bearer Fergus Leatherhead, McDougall — a cursed Lord — is swept into one adventure after another. Unable to resist the call to aid those who are in distress, he plunges willy-nilly into the fray, collecting a rag-tag band of followers who have thrown their stakes in with his. Together they rescue maidens, defeat giants, and more – all with McDougall’s seemingly contrary blend of savvy and naiveté.

A Short History of Monks and Monasteries
A reviewer from Amazon writes:

always wondered about why certain individuals as Jerome, Francis, Benedict, Marcella etc., are considered holy. This book provides details on the role of these characters as the emergence of the first monasteries by St. Anthony, vows austerity of St. Jerome, the monastic activies of Santa Marcella, the emergence of the Franciscan’s mendicant friars, the monastic administrative management rules brought by St. Benedict, the “Henry Fayol” of monasteries, among others. Very interesting reading!

The Chronicle of Jocelin of Brakelond: A Picture of Monastic Life in the Days of Abbot Samson

You can read an introduction here, from which this is an extract:

INTRODUCTION

by Abbot Francis Aidan Gasquet
Abbot-President of the English Benedictines.

“A VERITABLE MONK OF BURY ST. EDMUND’S IS WORTH ATTENDING TO, IF BY CHANCE MADE VISIBLE AND AUDIBLE. HERE HE IS; AND IN HIS HAND A MAGICAL SPECULUM, MUCH GONE TO RUST, INDEED, YET IN FRAGMENTS STILL CLEAR; WHEREIN THE MARVELLOUS IMAGE OF HIS EXISTENCE DOES STILL SHADOW ITSELF, THOUGH FITFULLY, AND AS WITH AN INTERMITTENT LIGHT ”
Carlyle: Past and Present. Book II., Chapter I.

FEW medieval documents have exercised a greater fascination over men’s minds in these latter days than ” The Chronicle of Jocelin of Brakelond.” More than sixty years ago the publication of the Latin text of this history, by the Camden Society, attracted the attention of the great Thomas Carlyle, and furnished him with material for sketching his picture of ” The Ancient Monk,” which occupied the entire second book of his Past and Present. Although the modern sage in his own rugged way affected no little contempt for what he called this ” extremely foreign book,” and for ” the monk-Latin ” in which it was written, it is evident that Jocelin’s simple story of the wise, firm, yet withal gentle rule of a medieval abbot over a great English monastery cast a spell over him the influence of which can be detected in every page of his delightful and almost surprisingly sympathetic account of Abbot Samson and of Edmundsbury.

Excerpt from the actual text:

THAT which I have heard and seen have I taken in hand to write, which in our days has come to pass in the Church of St. Edmund, from the year when the Flemings were taken captive without the town, at which time I took upon me the religious habit, being the same year wherein prior Hugh was deposed, and Robert made prior in his stead: and I have mingled in my narration some evil deeds by way of warning, and some good by way of profit.

Now, at that time, Hugh the abbot was old, and his eyes were somewhat dim. A pious and kind man was he, a good and religious monk, yet not wise or far-sighted in worldly affairs; one who relied too much on his officers, and put faith in them, rather taking counsel of others than abiding by his own judgment.

To be sure, the Rule and the religious life, and all {2} pertaining thereto were healthy enough in the cloister, but outdoor affairs were badly managed; inasmuch as every one serving under a simple and already aged lord did what he would, not what he should.

The townships of the abbot and all the hundreds were set to farm, the forests were destroyed, the manor houses threatened to fall, everything daily got worse and worse. One resource only the abbot had, and that was to take up moneys on interest, so that thereby he might be able in some measure to keep up the dignity of his house. There befel not a term of Easter or St. Michael, for eight years before his decease, but that one or two hundred pounds at least increased in principal debt; the securities were always renewed, and the interest which accrued was converted into principal.

This laxity descended from the head to the members, from the superior to the subjects. Hence it came to pass that every official of the house had a seal of his own, and bound himself in debt at his own pleasure, to Jews as well as to Christians. Oftentimes silken copes and golden cruetts, and other ornaments of the church, were pledged without the knowledge of the convent. I myself saw a security passed to William Fitz Isabel {3} for one thousand and forty pounds, but I never could learn the consideration or the cause. I also saw another security passed to Isaac, the son of Rabbi Joce, for four hundred pounds, but I know not wherefore. I also saw a third security passed to Benedict, the Jew of Norwich, for eight hundred and eighty pounds; and this was the origin of that debt.

Our parlour was destroyed, and it was given in charge to William the sacrist, will he, nill he, that he should restore it. He privily borrowed from Benedict the Jew forty marks at interest, and gave him a security sealed with a certain seal, which used to hang at the shrine of St. Edmund, wherewith the gilds and letters of fraternity were wont to be sealed: a seal which later on, but alas! too late, was broken by order of the convent. Now, when this debt had increased to one hundred pounds, the Jew came bearing a letter from our lord the King, touching the debt of the sacrist; and then it was that all that had been secret from the abbot and convent was laid bare.

The abbot waxed exceedingly wroth, and wished to depose the sacrist, alleging that he possessed a privilege of our lord the pope, giving him power of deposing William, his sacrist, whensoever it pleased him. Howbeit, some one went to the abbot, and {4} excusing the sacrist, so wheedled the abbot that he permitted a security to be passed to Benedict the Jew for four hundred pounds, payable at the end of four years, namely, for one hundred pounds, which had then already accrued for interest, and also for another hundred pounds, which the same Jew had advanced to the sacrist for the use of the abbot. And the sacrist in full chapter undertook for the whole of that debt to be paid, and a deed was drawn up and sealed with the conventual seal: the abbot dissimulating, and not affixing his own seal, as if that debt was no concern of his.

But at the end of the four years, there were no means of discharging the debt; and then a fresh deed was executed for eight hundred and eighty pounds, payable at set terms, at the rate of eighty pounds a year. Moreover, the same Jew had many other securities of smaller account, and one which was for fourteen years; so this debt alone came to one thousand and two hundred pounds, besides the interest that had accrued.

I have a list of other free devotional reading titles for the Kindle here. I try to keep up with the free Christian titles for the Kindle- I keep the Christian romance light, but do occasionally list some free titles when I think they may be especially worthwhile or of interest to our readers.

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