Here are some of the more interesting articles or links I happened upon this week:
“I Did Not Die. I Did Not Go to Heaven.“- In 2010, the book The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven was published, eventually selling over 1 million copies. It told the story of Alex Malarkey, a young boy who supposedly visited heaven after he nearly died in a car wreck. This is a heartbreaking story about the aftermath of that book and how it all affected their family.
B & H Academic Book Sale– B & H has a nice book sale going on through the end of the month. There are a number of good books that are only $5, and others are deeply discounted. It’s definitely worth a look.
It’s Not About the Dragons– Here’s a thoughtful, personal reflection on the tendency we have of turning the blessings of God into idols or opportunities for self-glory.
Amazon Sold $240K of ‘Liturgy of the Ordinary’ Fakes, Publisher Says– I honestly didn’t realize book counterfeiting happened on modern, well-known books. Tish Harrison Warren, the author of Liturgy of the Ordinary, is well aware that it takes place. Recently, InterVarsity Press, the book’s publisher, discovered nearly 15,000 counterfeit copies had been sold through Amazon.
4 Challenges to Evangelism on the African Continent– Looking for ways to pray for the gospel’s expansion in Africa? Check out this article on challenges to evangelism on the continent.
At Home Discipleship– This is a great article from Lara d’Entremont on the importance of discipleship in the context of a home. She writes, ” Discipleship doesn’t only take place in quiet rooms with books, Bibles, and coffee—it also takes place in the bustling homes of our fellow brothers and sisters as well.” She provides helpful advice for both the older and younger crowd.
A shameless plug: David Brainerd: A Weak Vessel Used in a Mighty Way– Today marks the date of David Brainerd’s conversion. Over at the Reaching and Teaching blog, I reflected on what we can learn from this young man’s life.