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More Classic Material From The Koorong Catalogue

Some days you just have to wonder if Koorong believe anyone reads their catalogue blurbs (or the Old Testament):

The Minor Prophets: 3 Volumes In 1
Edited by Thomas Edward McComiskey
Except for a few well-known passages, the twelve Minor Prophets are often neglected by Bible exegetes due to their focus on doom and judgment. This handy 3-in-1 volume seeks to remedy the situation, featuring detailed notes from today’s top evangelical scholars covering the original text of the books, plus practical life applications drawn from them.

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Weird Books. Really, Really Weird Books

I’ve bought a book or two (thousand). Nothing really substitutes for the tactile experience of looking at shelves and shelves of books, handling them and browsing, and the aroma of books, whether ‘just printed’ or ‘aged and slightly musty’. But I’m a long way away from lots of bookshops.
So have been a very useful method of purchasing new and used books for the lowest prices.
They send out emails publicising various aspects of the books that are available by the sellers who register with them.
Today this arrived.
Weird Books.
It doesn’t fail to deliver.

Here’s a few examples (I hope the formatting holds up on all browsers):

Exercises for Gentlemen by Alfred B. Olsen
Exercises for Gentlemen
Alfred B. Olsen

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Koorong Catalogues #30-31-32, 2009

Dept. of judging a book (and assorted Christian lifestyle paraphenalia) by its cover (and blurb).

So, I know that they come in multiple mailings but there have now been 32 catalogues so far and I received these before the end of October. Someone clearly purchases a truckload of material based on these catalogues because they keep cranking them out.
Early Bird Christmas Sale; Early Bird Christmas Gifts for Kids and (the early bird having flown it seems) Christmas Gifts.
Super Saviour (Colin Buchanan, page 1) looks like a steal at $14.95. Just the thing to play in the car on those long holiday drives.
Religion Saves Plus Nine Other Misconceptions (Mark Driscoll, page 1) I watched a few of the sermons this book is based on. It’ll be earthy, probably a little crass in places, but generally you’ll be impressed by the directness, depth and the biblical truth of Driscoll’s messages.
Awaken The Dawn (Keith and Kristyn Getty, page 4) would sound pretty.
Max Lucado’s books for children (page 15, five titles) are good value at $14.95 ea and a 3 for the price of 2 special. They affirm God’s love, but probably don’t spell out clearly that children come to experience that love through grace, repentence and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. If children have been taught that, then these books would reinforce God’s love.
The Complete Chronicles of Narnia on CD (page 16, $49.95) Going on a really long drive? 22 hours of Narnia on 19 CDs.
You: An Introduction (Michael Jensen, page 18, $16.95) This one won’t need any supplementary teaching. A thoughtful gift for your reading young adult.
??Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the Bible (Jay Adams, page 40, $12.95) is a useful little book, but who’s going to give it to someone for Christmas??
Basically this is a minefield, of sorts.
If it’s published by Christian Focus I’d be inclined to a favourable response. If it’s published by a major US publisher, less so.
My 1st Book Series (page 5); God’s Little Guidebooks (page 7) which looks very interesting indeed; Light Keepers for Girls (page 11) and Light Keepers for Boys (page 12); Outback Adventures (Jim Cromarty, page 12); Jungle Doctor Adventures (mutiple titles, page 14); Trailblazers (page 15) and Christian Heroes Then & Now (page 15) look interesting.
My eyes! My eyes!
For some reason I can’t bring myself to read or say the phrase ‘Puppy Ephesians 5:19’ (look for it on page 6&7) without laughing.

That’s your lot.

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Koorong Catalogues #27-28-29, 2009

Back when I was a Brisbanite and a Melburnian (not a Brisbanian or a Melbournite, by the way) I could just jump in the car on my days off and go and visit book shops.
Here in provincial South Australia that’s not really an option. We have local franchises of Bookworld and Book City along with a small Christian bookshop (which has less Christian books than I do). But it’s not the same as Borders, Koorong or Word.
So new book catalogues are quite a treat. It takes a lot less time to browse them and write this post than it takes to actually visit a store. But I do miss the mark down shelves and the coffee.
Koorong have sent us three catalogues this time. Continuing their alliterative theme we have October Offers (OO) as well a new Food For Thought (FFT), and, anticipating the Sunday School awards season, Just For Kids! (JFK!)
So, what looks interesting?
Maybe ‘Why Men Hate Going To Church’ by David Murrow. (pg 22, $19.95) I know that receiving the Gospel in faith happens because of Gods’ work, but if men hate going to a place where they’ll hear that Gospel for reasons that we are able to identify and change then it’s worth considering.
There are three volumes of the Baker History of the Church offered for $8.00 each. (pg 26) Hard to go wrong. Church history is important. It helps us understand how we are now and enables us to learn from past mistakes.
Curiously, to me anyway, there are two different DVDs of debates between John Lennox (Christian professor of mathematics at Oxford University) and Christopher Hitchens (atheist /journalist-author) (pgs 12,13)
There are a few CDs that look ok, (Johnny Cash, pg7; Keith and Kristyn Getty, pg12, but that’s about it.
Where do we start? This catalogue has more interesting new stuff than I’ve seen for a while.
New commentaries: 1 & 2 Thessalonians by Gordon Fee in the NICONT series (pg2, $59.95; Joshua by Robert Hubbard in the NIVACOT series (pg2, $39.95) and Habbakkuk by John Currid in the Welwyn series (pg2, $19.95) I like Currid, so Habbakkuk I’ll consider strongly.
The Whole Counsel of God, Volume 1, by Richard Gamble (pg3 $49.95) focuses on the Old Testament in this first volume. Looks good.
Christless Christianity by Michael Horton (pg3, $24.95). Horton’s next book, The Gospel Driven Life is due out anytime now, and it follows this one thematically, so I want to read this one soon.
I don’t know much about the book itself or Ray Comfort but the title ‘You Can Lead An Atheist To Evidence But You Can’t Make Him Think’ (pg5, $29.95) made me glad I was not drinking tea when I read it, thus saving myself the danger of snorting it all over my computer.
Alistair McGrath’s Christianity’s Dangerous Idea is available in paperback for $27.95. (pg7) We need to reconcile our Protestant understanding of freedom of the conscience with the Biblical mandate of being united as the people of God. This won’t have the answers but stimulates our understanding of the issue.
The Trustworthiness of God is on clearance (pg12, $7.95), as is James Sire’s ‘Why Good Arguments Often Fail (pg13, $5.95)
I’ve already got Carson, Moo and Morris’ Introduction To The New Testament, but at $12.95 it is worth noting. (pg13)
All of the Christian arts type books on the back page look interesting, but I don’t know. Piquant Editions seem to be a new publisher specialising in the arts and missions. Apparently one of their earlier books is The Heavenly Man.
I once told The Tale Of The Three Trees (pg1, $8.95) one year for our school religious education Christmas breakup/pageants. One woman told me that she had heard a recording of Laurence Olivier narrating the story years before. I don’t think she was implying that I held a candle to Larry, only that she had not heard it for a long time.
Jungle Doctor Adventures (pg5, $7.95) keep powering on. You might think that with the Discovery Channel that the exotic nature of these stories may paled. Gladly, apparently not.
Above the Jungle Doctor is the Lightkeepers books by Irene Howatt. (pg5, $7.95) Mini biographies featuring many familiar names tell the stories of ten boys and ten girls who used their talents in two (gender separated) volumes.

The Just For Fun pages win this month’s loopy stuff award. The captions for some of these novelty items include: ‘Join those trees of the fields as they clap their hands’ for the Handclapping toys; ‘Life has its up and downs, but the love of God is always the same’ for YoYos (what else?); ‘Though the world is a whirl, God’s Word never changes’ for the spinning tops and, best of all, ‘Be a bluesman for Jesus with these harmonica style whistles!’ (See for yourself on pages 6&7)
Maybe they just thought people would stop reading by this point.

So that’s your lot. Looking forward to seeing where our alliterative advertising will take us next month.

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Koorong Catalogue #26, 2009

I don’t know what happened to catalogue #25.
Spring Sale reminds us that the year is nearly 3/4 over. With 26 catalogues and counting Koorong continues a cracking pace.
Interesting stuff.
Matt Redman’s new CD, We Shall Not Be Shaken. (page 1) It is supposed to focus ‘on the steadfast faithfulness of God’. That sounds good, and Redman’s stuff continues to mature.
Lee Strobel’s DVD, The Case For A Creator: The Film. Strobel puts good stuff in prose, so I’d anticipate a well put together DVD.
Over My Shoulder, (page 12) by Naomi Reed offers us the stories of 49 missionaries. Reed has not disappointed with her two previous auto-biographical works.
Anthony Flew was a prominent atheist who now professes a creator God. While we may not expect to see him turn up in an evangelical Christian church next Sunday, There Is A God (page 13) is an important window into his change of thought.
Anybody who reads this blog knows I’ve got a Christian-crush on Stuart Townend. Creation Sings (page 26) is his latest release and has both a CD and DVD.
My daughter Christine (I’m typing this while watching Romeo+Juliet) asked if I’ve seen the DVD Fireproof. (page 31) I haven’t, but she sounded sort of approving, so that’s a recommendation of sorts.
Happy to say nothing looks really loopy this time. Most of the stuff I own that I’d recommend I’ve already mentioned before, so that’s your lot for this time.
Back to the movie, I don’t think it’s going to have a happy ending…

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Koorong Catalogue #24, 2009

A thirty two page catalogue with a sixteen page liftout catalogue that doesn’t lift out bound inside.
Stuff that looks interesting that I don’t own:
George Beverly Shea: Tell Me The Story (page 1) An insight into the life of a man who has spent a lifetime intimately involved in the great evangelistic work of the 20th century.
The Man From Little River. (page 4) Reviewed in this month’s Presbyterian Pulse, this biography of Little River Band bass player George McArdle received a positive recommendation.
Big Truths For Young Hearts. (page 5) A guide for parents to teach the essentials of Christian theology to children aged 6-14. A great idea.
Life of Jesus (page 11) DVD and study guide by John Dickson. Dickson’s name is good enough for me. This would be appropriate for any group.
Christmas Cards (pages 26-27) Not a recommendation as such, I just can’t believe Christmas is approaching.
Stuff I do own:
My Seventh Monsoon. (page 15) Naomi Reed’s sequel to this book, No Ordinary View, won the 2009 Australian Christian Book of the Year. I think My Seventh Monsoon is better.
Stuff that seems odd to me:
AD Chronicles #9 Ninth Witness (page 23) Apparently there are ten books in this series which seems a fictionalised account of Jesus’ life.
In addition to the God’s Little Princess Devotional Bible, there’s God’s Mighty Warrior Devotional Bible. These are aimed at ages 4-7. Maybe Bruce Ware’s (no relation) book above is a wiser investment.
There wasn’t really anything compelling in the music and DVD liftout. The new stuff didn’t look that interesting and the older stuff wasn’t cheap enough (yet).

Sometime soon there’ll be a 20% off sale. I’ve probably got enough stuff in the shopping cart. Probably.

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Koorong Catalogue #22 & #23, 2009

August Arrivals alliterates nicely, doesn’t it? Super Savers also alliterates.
Stuff of interest, unowned by me:
August Arrivals
This Momentary Marriage by John Piper, page 2. Piper. Marriage. Bible wisdom and 40 years of personal experience.
Men: Firing Through All Of Life by Al Stewart, page 23. I reckon this would be good. Al Stewart is good value. Biblical advice for Aussie men can never go astray.
Super Savers
Against All Odds by Chuch Norris, page 4. Chuck’s a Christian. The book’s cheap. How can I go wrong?
I already own Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung, (page 3) and hopefully it should sell lots. My review is here.
This catalogue’s irony award goes to the copy editor who has decided to place Just Do Something alongside From Eternity To Here by Frank Viola.
It has to compete with the copy writer from page 1’s Consumed CD. Apparently the CD contains the ‘songs and sound that are fueling this revival’. Here I thought that the Holy Spirit fueled revival and that new music was the fruit of it.
There are a few pages of Father’s Day gifts. Kitsch items emblazoned with fine examples of Homerneutics.
That’s all for this time.