May 13, 2014

A Trip to the Bookstore

I recently took a bunch of my books to our local Christian bookstore and traded them in for credit. Then it was time to use that credit and get some great books! I'm excited to get to all of these!


My first pick was a new Bible. I haven't had a new one since I was 17 and I really needed a new one! I've had mine for almost 30 years and I can hardly read the small print anymore. So excited to break in this new one and start underlining!

I also got a couple of novels.

                                                          A Promise to Love by Serena B. Miller


This one is of a marriage of convenience that turns to love. I always love these kinds of stories. I think it's because they show marriage as not just some fluffy feel good thing, but as a real lifetime commitment.

                                                        Ring of Secrets by Roseanna M. White


I've heard so many great things about this series! This is book one. It's set in 1779 and deals with spies and espionage. Sounds exciting!

The last three books are non-fiction.

                                                 Through the Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot


I finally found this book and I'm excited to start it soon. It's the story of Jim and Elisabeth Elliot in the jungles of Ecuador.

                                                            Hard to Believe by John MacArthur


After reading Amy Carmichael, Brother Yun and many other Christians stories, I've come to realize being a Christian is more than just saying we believe. There is a high cost in laying down your life and living in obedience to God.

This book sounds like it deals with this subject and I'm looking forward to reading it soon.

The back states: "There is no user-friendly, seeker-sensitive Gospel. There is only the Truth....The hard truth about Christianity is that the cost is high, but the rewards are priceless: abundant and eternal life that comes only from faithfully following Christ."

And finally,

                                            How Should We Then Live? by Francis A. Schaeffer


I've been wanting to read something from this author, but never seemed to get around to finding one of his books. When I saw this one I was really excited.

It's full of two things I love: History and the Gospel.

The book is broken up into chapters throughout history. Ancient Rome, The Middle Ages, The Renaissance and so forth. It examines how mankind got to this place in history in our thoughts, philosophies and ideas.

I love learning from history and this book sounds like a great read.

Lane T. Dennis says in the forward:

"What then is the answer that Schaeffer offers in response? (to his question; How should we then live?) 

It is commitment to God's Word as truth. It is a compassion for a culture that is lost and dying without the gospel. It is a commitment to the costly practice of truth in the midst of the intellectual, moral, and philosophical battles of our day. It is living in the power and reality of the God who is there, bearing the witness of His truth across the full spectrum of life and culture."

33 comments:

  1. It's always a blast to come away from the book store with a new haul. This is something of what my family's haul would look like. ;)

    Fun post.

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    1. Thanks Rissi! It's always fun to get new books, especially when they are free! : )

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  2. I also love a trip to the bookstore!! Looks like some great reading material!!

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    1. I'm looking forward to starting some of them soon. : )

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Great books!!

    Thanks for linking up with Woman to Woman's Word Filled Wednesday! God bless!

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    1. Thanks for the opportunity to link up each week and for taking the time to visit here. : )

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  4. Hi I've just found your blog and the title hooked me straight away! I love reading and everything about books! I really look forward to reading through your posts here. I've read Brother Yun too, and it was absolutely amazing ... what an incredible man of God he is. Your blog is just lovely!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words Elisha! Come by and visit anytime. : )

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  5. I have written down these titles, they look great :)

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    1. I just started the last two I mentioned and they are both engaging so far. Hope you enjoy them. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. I love new books! How do you trade them in at your Christian bookstore? I've never heard of a program like that, but I would LOVE one!

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    1. Hi Heidi, our local Christian bookstore sells used books and once a month they will buy used books from the public. I bring my used books in and they give me either cash or credit in the store. It's a great way to clear my bookshelves and then add a few new ones! : )

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  7. I put "How should we then live?" on my reading list! I too am a lover of books. My only problem is so many books, so little time. I make reading my Bible my first priority, and many days I don't have time for much else.

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    1. I know what you mean, so many great books, so little time! I finally got a new Bible that I can actually see and have been reading it a little differently. Instead of a few verses here or there, I'm reading it like a book. I just started Acts and what a book!

      Thanks for stopping by Lisa! : )

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  8. Looks like a lot of good books. I like the idea of trading in books at your Christian book shop and getting credit to buy more. Thanks for visiting Amanda's Books and More! God bless!

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    1. I'm so thankful I can trade my old books. I've been trying to cut down on purchasing because my shelves were overflowing! : )

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  9. What a great Christian bookstore to have!!! I love that you are able to bring your old books in & establish credit towards new reads! I was your neighbor at Recommendation Sat. this morning :) Have a great weekend!

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    1. I love it too! Glad you stopped by again! : )

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  10. How wonderful that you could trade in for some new books. I've become such a lover for books. My stacks are growing. I need more time to read. :) Blessings to you.

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    1. Hi Beth, glad you are enjoying reading. Thanks for coming by! : )

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  11. Glad I came by for I LOVE BOOKS and always like recommendations from Christian women. Francis Schaefer and Elisabeth Elliott are two authors I do like and have not ready either of these books.
    Visiting from The Weekend Brew.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

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    1. I've read a few books by Elisabeth Elliot and I'm really looking forward to this one. This is the first Francis Schaeffer book though. Glad you enjoy these authors! Thanks for stopping by! : )

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  12. Looks like some great reads!

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  13. I'm an avid reader, and yet all the titles you've selected are new-to-me. Enjoy your new books and especially your new bible. Don't you just love the way bible pages sound when you turn them? :) Visiting from The Weekend Brew. Happy Sunday!

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    1. Thanks Larri and yes I love that sound and the feel of the pages! Thanks for stopping by. : )

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  14. I can't imagine all the notes your bible must have had after having it for so many years. How wonderful!

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    1. I think one of the signs that you need a new Bible is when you've underlined everything! It's kind of strange reading a Bible now with no markings in it. I'll have to remedy that. : )

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  15. Looks like you are going to be busy! And having lots of fun! I loved Through Gates of Splendor. Very inspiring! Thanks so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com!
    Tina

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    1. Looking forward to Through Gates of Splendor!

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  16. Oh Cathy, Sounds like you have the perfect weekend planned. What a wonderful selection of books. Thanks for sharing this at CMB. So which book will you read first?

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    1. Hi Deb, I've started the last two, though haven't gotten far. I'm finishing up a few other books right now, then I will get right into them. : )

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  17. I love trading books! Looks like you found some real gems :)

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