Kindle Deals on the Blood Atonement and Making Disciples/the 12 Disciples

Blood Work by  Anthony J. Carter
Free on Kindle for a limited time!  

Amazon description:  Evangelical Christians often sing and preach about the blessed blood of Christ and the wonderful things it accomplishes for believers. To the uninformed ear, such language can convey the idea that Jesus’ blood had semi-magical qualities. Actually, Jesus’ blood was normal human blood, but the Bible refers to it in metaphorical terms to portray the many benefits that come to Christians because of Jesus’ death. In Blood Work: How the Blood of Christ Accomplishes Our Salvation, Anthony J. Carter traces this theme through the New Testament, showing how the biblical writers used the powerful metaphor of the blood of Jesus to help Christians grasp the treasures Jesus secured for them in His death on the cross. In doing so, he provides a fresh perspective on the atonement Jesus made.

Note: by the description, I'm not sure I would agree with the author but it is worth diving into.  I don't think metaphor is an apt description of Christ's blood atonement.  It is not metaphor to say that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from sin and that "without the shedding of blood there is no remission" of sins.

Sifted: God's Scandalous Response to Satan's Outrageous Demand

Author: Rick Lawrence  Free on the Kindle

Reviewers overwhelmingly recommend this book

Amazon description:  Discouraged by life’s difficulties—both life-shifting catastrophes and the drip-drip-drip of daily trouble? Dissatisfied with the same old pat answers about God’s role in our hard times? Rick Lawrence offers fresh biblical perspective based on a single Scripture snapshot in Luke 22:31-32. Jesus tells Peter he’s about to be “sifted like wheat”—shaken hard, beaten, and agitated until he practically falls apart. Satan’s going to do it. And Jesus is going to allow it, in the interest of showing Peter who he really is. Lawrence uses the simple agrarian metaphor of sifting as a jumping-off point for a rigorously honest, deeply challenging, yet powerfully comforting exploration of the trials that beat us down, the good God who allows our troubles, and the incredible beauty the process of sifting can reveal in us.

Escape from the World Trade Center
Free on the Kindle for a limited time
74 pages (short book)
Note:  though 50 out of 73 give it high marks, the remaining 23 reviewers are all over the place on this one.

The Training of the Twelve
by A.B. Bruce
552 pages for $1.99
This book is great! You can study both the disciples (and Jesus methods) and the discipleship process at the same time.

Twelve Ordinary Men
by John MacArthur for $2.99  
Great book on the 12 disciples

Amazon description: Contrary to popular belief, we do not have to be perfect to do God's work. Look no further than the twelve disciples whose many weaknesses are forever preserved throughout the pages of the New Testament. Jesus chose ordinary men - fisherman, tax collectors, political zealots - and turned their weakness into strength, producing greatness from utter uselessness. MacArthur draws principles from Christ's careful, hands-on training of the original twelve disciples for today's modern disciple - you.

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