Staff Pick – All the Men of the Bible

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In fifth grade my parents purchased a multi-volume encyclopedia, as many parents did in the pre-Internet era, to help out with my homework.  My homework would suffer because as I flipped through the pages searching for the topic of a report my teacher had assigned, I would inevitably be sidetracked by more interesting articles I encountered on the way. This is a habit I have never been able to kick.

Working here at WORDsearch, I am surrounded by books that elicit the same reaction. While checking for errors in the OCR process, I will inevitably be tempted to stop and read an interesting passage, and I have to tear myself away to focus on the task at hand. One of the books that tested my self-control happened to be one of my favorites, Herbert Lockyer’s All the Men of the Bible.

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Staff Pick – Daily Prayers

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Words have always been important to me, so all too often I get exasperated by the cliches and the jargon that dominate much of our thoughts and conversation. Of course, both cliches and jargon are necessary and have their place, but when used thoughtlessly, the words used to form them often lose substance. After a while, I find myself forgetting the power and significance behind certain catch phrases and words… which is kind of problematic when those phrases involve words like faithgrace and God.

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Staff Pick – Men of Character: Joseph

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The best book I have read recently is Joseph from the Men of Character series by Gene Getz. It’s a great Bible study manual, and it’s written in that creative leader building style that Gene has been known for over the past five decades.

I love biographies, I love to read how people overcome adversity and I love to learn stuff. I also relate to Joseph’s trials. I was the last of five brothers, who all shared one bedroom. I was seven years younger than the closest brother next to me, and I was also a victim of older sibling torture.

This book has renewed my spirit again and again and has reminded me how using biblical principals instead of fights can produce better relationships and champion over any attacks and trials in my life.

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Staff Picks – With Christ in the School of Prayer

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Some time ago, I was organizing a stack of books here at the office when I stumbled upon a little antiquated volume titled With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray. We had multiple hard copies of the work, and I was instructed by my boss to take one home and to read it at my leisure. I happily consented! The book turned out to be a quick favorite and has been instrumental in shaping my prayer life.

The title of the book is taken from Luke 11:1, where it is recorded that the disciples went to Jesus and requested, “Lord, teach us to pray.” As the one who “ever lives to intercede” for those who go to God through Him (Hebrews 7:25), there is “none who can pray like Him, and none who can teach like Him.”

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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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