It’s still “1st Birthday Week” here at Domestic Kingdom!
We’re celebrating by giving away great books to our readers.
Three winners from today’s Good Reading giveaway will receive these two books:
Winners of today’s giveaway will receive BOTH of these books!
The way we’re doing book giveaways this week is the simple “leave a comment” route. So, please leave us a comment with your name and say hi. The drawing ends at midnight Dubai time on Friday night.
We’ll announce all the winners from this entire week of giveaways on Tuesday of next week (September 4).
First, a few commendations for these books…
Here are a few reasons that I (Gloria) love reading Bavinck:
Bye-Bye Bible Verse Abracadabra
Bavinck helped shape how I approach memorizing God’s word. He says, “Scripture is not designed so that we should parrot it but that as free children of God we should think his thoughts after him.”
This was a helpful corrective to my “Open Sesame!” approach to memorizing Bible verses; Bavinck says helpful things like this all the time. I thought that having God’s word memorized verbatim in my head was like having the right key to lock or unlock the doors of trouble in my life. Besides the error in this abracadabra approach to God’s living word, I needed to hear how meditating on God’s word and letting it “go through me” was what I needed to “think his thoughts after him.”
Reminders to Keep Theology In Its Place
The way Bavinck writes is a continual reminder to me of the point of studying theology, which is the worship of God. “The essence of the Christian religion consists in the reality that the creation of the Father, ruined by sin, is restored in the death of the Son of God, and re-created by the grace of the Holy Spirit into a kingdom of God. Theology is about God and should reflect a doxological tone that glorifies him.”
Reading Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics helps give cohesion to the scattered thoughts I have. He had a way of highlighting simplicity.
This quote about God’s love and Jesus’ death on the cross is a good example: “And these two things, the love of God and Christ’s satisfaction, had to and could go hand in hand because we were simultaneously the object of his love as his creatures and the object of his wrath as sinners.”
And one BIG reason why you ought to buy Alexander’s book even if you don’t win the free copy…
Metanarrative is marvelous even without cartoons.
Alexander writes in plain language to help you tie together themes that run throughout Scripture and get a grasp for what God is doing. One can hardly overstate how important it is to see the big picture when we read God’s word.
If you’ve read Sally Lloyd-Jones’ Jesus Storybook Bible and felt like the eyes of your heart were fixing on a clearer picture of God’s great rescue plan, then this book will rock your socks off with more metanarrative but minus the cool drawings.
Don’t forget to leave a comment with your name to enter the giveaway!
- Reformed Dogmatics by Herman Bavinck on The Book Depository (free delivery worldwide – hardback) or on Amazon (hardback)
- From Eden to the New Jerusalem by T. Desmond Alexander on The Book Depository (free delivery worldwide – paperback) or on Amazon (paperback)
- Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones on The Book Depository (free delivery worldwide – hardback or audio CD) or on Amazon (hardback or Kindle)