Staff Picks – Psychology & Christianity


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Each week the blog will feature a favorite book of a staff member that’s available on WORDsearch.

As a somewhat introspective person I often encounter mental barriers when I come to the intersection of my personal faith and science. More specifically the human sciences. By the title alone I was pretty sure I’d find something in Psychology & Christianity that I might find useful, or interesting nonetheless. I was right on both counts!

Author David G. Meyers summed up my internal struggle and the questions I ask myself perfectly in the first chapter, “So, those of us in psychological science are sometimes asked, how do you reconcile your commitment to psychological science with your commitment to the Christian Faith? (1) How do they fit together? (2) Are they mutually supportive? (3) Are there points of tension?”

With that, I dove in. The quest for better understanding had begun!

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Staff Picks – Divine Foreknowledge: Four Views

DivineFore4ViewsEach week the blog will feature a favorite book of a staff member that’s available on WORDsearch.

What does God know, and how does He know it? In what way is God sovereign? Are the wills of God and Man compatible? If so, how are they compatible? Christians have long pondered over these questions for good reason… they are central to the very understanding of the Gospel.

What I most enjoy about working at WORDsearch is that I am constantly exposed to the best Christian works and am privileged to help make them available in digital format to preachers, teachers, scholars and laymen alike. Recently, one such work has attracted my attention, Divine Foreknowledge: Four Views (Edited By: James K. Beilby, Paul R. Eddy).

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Staff Picks – Hard Sayings of the Bible

Each week the blog will feature a favorite book of a staff member that’s available on WORDsearch.

HSOBMy job at WORDsearch is, mostly, to turn books into electronic books and to turn electronic books into WORDsearch books. Sometimes this is difficult because I have messy files to work with, but more often it’s difficult because I just want to read the books I come across. Hard Sayings of the Bible has been a constant challenge in this respect. There have been times when I have deleted it from my library just so I could get some work done. But I always put it back.

I discovered this book shortly after I started working here. I was reading Genesis 6 and wondering “What’s the deal with the Nephilim?”, so I searched my WORDsearch library. Several books popped up in my search. Few of them really tackled the issue, and even fewer did so with any confidence. One exception was a book called Hard Sayings of the Bible. It set forth several major theories about the nature of these mysterious beings and outlined the strengths and weaknesses of each theory. In short, it was actually helpful.

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Staff Picks – Tozer Bundle

AWTozerBndlEach week the blog will feature a favorite book of a staff member that’s available on WORDsearch.

My name is Jim Johnsen. I work with the WORDsearch/QuickVerse sales and customer service team. I have been working in the Bible software industry for 12 years. In my hometown of Omaha, I attend Glad Tidings Church (Assemblies of God). At the church, I have been involved in multiple different areas, such as Intercessory prayer, alter worker, usher, music and some evangelistic outreach in our city. I have been married for 29 years, and I have one daughter and two grandchildren. Some of my favorite things to do in life are to study God’s Word, spend time with my grandkids and play the drums/guitar.

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Staff Picks – 7

Each week the blog will feature a favorite book of a staff member that’s available on WORDsearch.

GA trip 2011 156Have you heard about the book 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker?

The premise of the book is that Hatmaker fasted from certain parts of her life she found in excess each month for seven months.

For example, for the first month, she only ate seven different foods. Yes, you read that right. Instead of focusing on all the food options surrounding her, she gave up all food except the seven she choose. Another month, she gave away seven things a day. (And she still had plenty of stuff– that is how much stuff she had in her house!)

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