When Sinners Say “I Do”: 99-Cent Books on Marriage, Parenting, and More!

When Sinners Say I Do

For a limited time, get When Sinners Say “I Do” and 31 other Shepherd Press titles for only 99 cents a piece! Get all 32 books for just $31.68.

When Sinners Say “I Do”

No matter how you cut it, all marriages are composed of damaged, selfish, and incredibly optimistic people. In his When Sinners Say “I Do”: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for MarriageDave Harvey shares gospel strategies for encouraging sinners to learn to be lovers.

As he says in the preface:

“If you are married, or soon to be married, you are discovering that your marriage is not a romance novel. Marriage is the union of two people who arrive toting the luggage of life. And that luggage always contains sin. Often it gets opened right there on the honeymoon, sometimes it waits for the week after. But the suitcases are always there, sometimes tripping their owners, sometimes popping open unexpectedly and disgorging forgotten contents. We must not ignore our sin, because it is the very context where the gospel shines brightest.

The focus of marriage is God’s glory

Harvey begins to lay out the purpose of marriage with this powerful bombshell:

“When we begin to orient our marriages around biblical truth, we see something amazing. Marriage was not just invented by God, it belongs to God. He has a unique claim over its design, purpose, and goals. It actually exists for him more than it exists for you and me and our spouses.”

In the rest of When Sinners Say “I Do,”  Harvey lays out the best practices for reorienting ourselves to this powerful truth.

The power of this book lies in the focus. It doesn’t offer us a to-do list of things that every successful spouse needs to do to make their marriage work. Instead, it encourages us to do the more profound and difficult work of changing our perspective and seeing our marriages—no, scratch that—our lives in a different light.

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For a limited time, When Sinners Say “I Do” and other Shepherd Press books are only 99 cents each!

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Finding Time for Jesus in Your 24/7 Life

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You’re busy. Between your job and family, home hardly feels like a place of rest. If you want to make time for yourself, you have to check it against what’s going on in your kids’ lives—school, sports, music lessons, homework, and friends. You make time for your family, or for your job, but are you making time for yourself?

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the busyness of life. When you stretch yourself so thin, stress and anxiety can get the better of you. When your schedule is packed to the brim, any little hiccup in your day can push you over the edge.

What’s stress saying to you?

Sometimes, the stress and anxiety we experience are signals that it’s time to cut back. Or maybe you need to recognize the things you can’t control. Jesus offers us a gentle invitation when we experience stress. He says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28–30).

When life keeps piling on, ask yourself, “What’s holding it all together?” Your determination? Your dreams? Your children’s happiness? If your answer is anything but Jesus, that might just be why the stress and anxiety feel like too much to bear. God isn’t necessarily telling you that you have to do less. But living life to the fullest doesn’t mean filling all 24 hours of your day either (John 10:10).

Where are the cracks in your life?

It’s easy to feel like you don’t have time for God. Spending time with God is just one more thing that you would do more if you didn’t have so much going on. People depend on you. They need things from you. You feel selfish for even thinking about taking time for yourself. But time with God is different, and you do have time for it.

If your life is already packed, start by filling in the cracks with Jesus. While you’re standing in line at the grocery store. When you’re waiting in the car for your kids. At lunch. These are the perfect times to open up a daily devotional and see what God has to say to you right there, in that moment. And here’s the thing: when you give time to God, the rest of your time is worth more.

The God who exists outside of time strips stress of its power. When you let God restore you daily, you can put anxiety in its place (Psalm 23:1–4). God wants you to live life to the fullest, and when you let him into the cracks, he shapes you into a better parent, employee, spouse, friend, and leader.

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Return to the Vine: How to Confront Spiritual Drought

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John 15:1–17 contains one of the Bible’s most powerful metaphors. Jesus says, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.” Your relationship to the vine affects whether this passage offers you encouragement, a challenge, a warning, or some combination of the three. No matter where you are physically, spiritually, or emotionally, Jesus calls us to remain in him—and by remaining in him, we can bear fruit. So ask yourself: are you remaining?

After years of following Jesus out of duty, nineteenth-century preacher and missionary Andrew Murray discovered the passionate, fruitful life to which Jesus calls his followers. Murray prayed, “May not a single moment of my life be spent outside the light, love, and joy of God’s presence.” Murray pursued a life filled by the joy of Jesus, and put missions work at the forefront of his ministry. Thousands of miles from the place where he discovered his faith and far from his home, Murray remained in Jesus.

Running on empty

Murray understood the feeling of being withered. He knew what it was like to feel spiritually empty, emotionally drained, and weary from the troubles of life. In the devotional Abiding in Christ, he responded to the euphoric joy of experiencing God’s provision, “And yet you have had some disappointment. As time went on, your expectations were not always realized. The blessings you once enjoyed were lost; the love and joy of your first meeting with your savior, instead of deepening, have become faint and weak. And you have often wondered why, with such a mighty and loving savior, your experience of salvation was not a fuller one.”

Maybe you used to read the Word more. Maybe you used to pray more. Maybe you’ve stopped going to church, or meeting with a friend to talk about what Jesus has been teaching you. Murray writes that when we experience this spiritual dryness, “The answer is very simple. You wandered from him. The blessings he bestows are all connected with his ‘Come to me,’ and are only to be enjoyed in close fellowship with him. You either did not fully understand, or did not rightly remember, that the call meant ‘Come to me and remain with me.’”

Refuel your spirit

Murray sought to live every moment for Christ, and to continually find the joy that comes with abiding in him. In the midst of this, Murray wrote over 240 books and treatises. He poured out his passionate pursuit of Jesus in his prolific writing, encouraging you to answer Jesus’ call to “come” and “abide.”

If you’re experiencing spiritual drought, Jesus is still there for you—he wants you to remain in him as he remains in you. There are so many resources out there that help us remain in the vine. Scripture and prayer are crucial, but when you’re in a season of drought, sometimes those spiritual elements can feel dry, too. Sometimes it takes a little inspiration from another imperfect human to point you back to the perfection of Jesus and to remember that apart from the vine, us branches shrivel, and our fruit dries up.

To learn more about abiding in Christ, and to find the encouragement to remain in him, I highly recommend Andrew Murray’s daily devotional, Abiding in Christ, as well as Teach Me to Pray. Explore all of Murray’s powerful titles on Vyrso today.

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Get 17 R.C. Sproul Books for Free!

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Logos Bible Software is now offering 17 R.C. Sproul books—free! The icing on the cake? These books will always be free. And they’ll always be more powerful when used with Logos 5’s smart tools and datasets. Share this post with friends and family so they can take advantage of this awesome deal!

All 17 books are part of Sproul’s Crucial Questions Series. This series aims to address the toughest questions Christians face, including: How can I be sure I’m saved? How can I know God’s will and incorporate it into my life? How does God control everything, and how can spiritual prayer affect the corporeal world? How can I deal with my guilt and find joy in life? Sproul answers these questions and more, while offering practical tips to shape everyday Christians into active disciples of Christ.

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Almost every Christian, at some point or another, gets confronted about their faith and how it seems incompatible with reason. In this apologetics primer, Sproul sets forth the core claims of the faith to reveal just how rational Christianity is.

As Sproul surveys history’s streams of thought, he uncovers the common ideologies that work against faith and affirms four principles of knowledge that are necessary for all legitimate discussion. He then demonstrates how reason and scientific inquiry serve as allies in defending two of the most strategic priorities of Christian apologetics: God’s existence and the Bible’s authority.

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The greatest thinkers of all time still impact us today. From public-policy decisions and current laws to the arts and education, history’s most influential philosophies have wrought massive consequences on nearly everything we see, think, and do.

In The Consequences of Ideas, Sproul traces the contours of Western philosophy from the ancients to the molders of modern thought—including Plato, Aquinas, Descartes, Kant, and Freud—and proves that ideas are not just passing fads; they endure for generations. And the greater our understanding of these ideas, the greater our ability to influence our culture for Christ.

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Want more from Sproul? Register for his ministry’s upcoming West Coast conference: “Overcoming the World: Being a Christian in a Post-Christian Culture.” Held from June 6 to June 7 in Seattle, Washington, this powerful Ligonier Ministries conference features respected speakers, like Drs. Steven Lawson, Stephen Meyer, Albert Mohler, and R.C. Sproul Jr. Register by April 11 and get 25% off with early-bird pricing.

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Enter to Win a MacBook Air, Logos 5 Gold, and R. C. Sproul Books!

Ligonier blog header--largeLigonier Ministries was founded by one of today’s most well-respected theologians: R. C. Sproul. To help kick-start Ligonier Ministries’ West Coast conference, we’re giving away a MacBook Air, Logos 5 Gold, eight R. C. Sproul books, and two tickets to the Seattle conference!

Save 25% on early-bird registration!

This year’s conference, called “Overcoming the World: Being a Christian in a Post-Christian Culture,” will be held from June 6 to 7 in Seattle, Washington. Register before April 11, and save 25% with early-bird discounts! Prices jump from $59 to $79, so register now and save.

This year’s conference is all about being an effective witness in the post-Christian world. Here are the details:

What: Overcoming the World: Being a Christian in a Post-Christian Culture

When: June 6–7

Where: Seattle, WA

Who: Learn from some of today’s top pastors, including Drs. R. C. Sproul, Steven Lawson, Stephen Meyer, and Albert Mohler

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To help launch this annual event, we’re giving away a MacBook Air, Logos 5 Gold, two tickets to the Seattle Ligonier conference, and eight R. C. Sproul books, including:

1. The Consequences of Ideas: Understanding the Concepts that Shaped Our World

2. Defending Your Faith: An Introduction to Apologetics

3. Proclaiming a Cross-Centered Theology

4. Preaching the Cross

5. Saved from What?

6. The Spirit of Revival: Discovering the Wisdom of Jonathan Edwards

7. The Dark Side of Islam

8. The Doctrines of Grace: Rediscovering the Evangelical Gospel

Hurry—this giveaway ends June 1! Enter to win, and register for the conference today.

Entry closes June 1. We’ll select and notify the winner June 2. If you win and you already own Logos 5 and/or any of the above-mentioned books, you’ll receive Logos.com credit in place of the prizes. The grand prize does not include travel or accommodations. The winner will need to fill out a W-9 in order to claim their prize. By entering the giveaway, you’re opting in to receive emails from Vyrso and Logos. 

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Get 70% Off: All Money Makeover Bundles Extended!

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That’s right. All Money Makeover bundles have been extended through the end of the month!

In case you missed any of our 24-hour deals, we’re offering powerful bundles for up to 70% off through March 31. Everyone should be able to afford financial advice, and we want to be sure you have every opportunity to access the financial wisdom of best-selling authors, like Mary Hunt, John Piper, Ronald J. Sider, and Dani Johnson. These bundles are specially designed to provide you with counsel, advice, and insight that’s relevant to your financial situation. Whether you’re a parent or a college student, at your financial peak or at rock bottom, there’s a bundle for you.

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3 Books to Help You Be a Better Saver

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Nobody knows your finances like you do. Maybe you don’t know as much about money as an accountant or financial advisor, but they don’t know the intricacies of your life and the experiences that influence your financial priorities. An expert can tell you the best way to use your money to accomplish a particular goal, but only you know exactly where that goal fits in your financial picture—and how the sacrifices you make will affect your other goals.

When we face tough financial choices, friends and family often share how different decisions they’ve made have affected their lives. For one person, college may have been the key that unlocked a lucrative career and changed their life—but for another, college may have been the key that shackled them to crippling debt. Some people pay off their credit cards every month and benefit from the extra payment options, while others owe more on their credit cards than they do on their house. All of this information goes through the filter of our lives, our mentors, and prayer before we ultimately decide what’s best for us. But that decision-making power doesn’t mean you should ignore good advice.

The more stories we absorb, the more informed our decisions are. That’s one of the many values of good books. Personal experience is a great teacher, but so are the experiences of others. Your own financial journey can be subtly or drastically altered by your knowledge of what has and hasn’t worked for others. The decisions standing before you now could be potential pitfalls or pivotal moments in your financial world. The more you know, the more help you have in deciding which choice is right for you.

These three books are available in the Smart Saver’s Bundle, and offer valuable financial wisdom (and today only, get it for 70% off!):

1. Saving Savvy by Kelly Hancock

Through her popular blog, Kelly Hancock has harvested the collective wisdom of thousands of people just like you. No matter your circumstance, and no matter how much—or little—time you have, you can learn how to take control of your spending and start saving today.

2. Confessions of a Scholarship Winner by Kristina Ellis

If you have kids of your own or you work with students, you know how hard it can be to talk about paying for college. If you, your children, or others you know have decided that college is the right path, then you’ll want to hear what Kristina Ellis has to say about finding financial freedom while pursuing higher education. Check out Confessions of a Scholarship Winner: The Secrets That Helped Me Win $500,000 in Free Money for College—How You Can Too!

3. Living the Proverbs: Insight for the Daily Grind by Charles R. Swindoll

The book of Proverbs offers revolutionary wisdom for troublesome times from one of the wisest men who ever lived. This remarkably down-to-earth study of Proverbs comes from one of America’s most renowned pastors, exploring pressing themes such as how to handle difficult people, what to do when temptation comes, knowing who to trust, how to handle finances, and even wisdom on marriage and parenting.

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4 Keys to Being a Generous Steward

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The American dollar bill says “In God We Trust.” But when it comes to our money, do we really?

Stewardship is one of the most easily misunderstood biblical practices—especially when it comes to finances. To some people, the title of steward is merely an obligation to guard God’s money against everything and everyone that might reduce its value, or prevent it from being used for something greater. So our grip tightens. And so does its grip on us.

Here are four ways to be better stewards:

1. Invest in people

Say you lost your job, or you totaled your car, or your house was broken into, or a family member was hospitalized, and then a friend or a local church rallied behind you and gave you some money. Is that poor stewardship on their part, because they didn’t multiply the money God gave them? Not at all. And do you attribute their generosity to the innate goodness of humanity, to their personal character, or to the living God who dwells within them—the same God who gave you everything else you have? Regardless of where the money comes from, the root of all generosity is a God who provides abundantly and asks us to share that same generosity with others, which means that being generous is an integral part of good stewardship. God owns every “talent” everywhere. He just lets us hold on to some for a while.

2. Trust God with the things he gives you

Recently, I was at a class where, ironically, an accountant told us about the dangers of allowing a realtor or a bank tell you the best way to finance a new home. Each financial advisor has an angle—they want you to choose the strategy that benefits them, too. The weight of deciding how to use our money is ultimately on us, and it’s easy to feel like there’s no one we can trust—even a pastor or a church could have a vested interest in the way we use the money God has given us. But God knows every person, every billboard, every pamphlet or textbook or article or blog post you’ll ever be exposed to. And he has still entrusted you with the things you have. So listen. Pray. Read his Word. And trust his Spirit to give you discernment.

3. Having money isn’t about making money

Too often, how we use our money revolves around creating wealth, making more money, or, dare I say it, glorifying money. But having money isn’t about making more money. If we take our call to stewardship seriously, the purpose of accumulating more wealth would be to glorify God more with it, right? But does more money equal more God-glorifying potential? Luke 21:1–4 has something to say about that. What God can do with your life isn’t limited by how much money you have.

4. Remember you were made for more

Living generously isn’t easy. It takes hard work to create generous habits, and it wages a constant war against our human nature to see the money in our hands, wallets, and bank accounts not as gods that provide for us, but as God’s provision for us. Scripture challenges us to live radically different lives from the ones culture designs for us. We were made for more than this world. But sometimes it takes a little help to understand what that really means.

Here are four books that challenge our culture-based understanding of money and help you envision what generosity can look like in your life:

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Get a 3-Book Bundle for Just $4.50 (Including a John Piper Title!)

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As part of Vyrso’s Money Makeover, we’re offering a three-book bundle today for just $4.50! With the Biblical Promises Bundle, you’ll get a powerful collection of God’s promises throughout all of Scripture, a biblical look at what the modern church member should look like, and John Piper’s popular book Rethinking Retirement. Get 70% off the Biblical Promises Bundle today!

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1. Rethinking Retirement: Finishing Life for the Glory of Christ by John Piper

John Piper is one of the most well-respected theologians of our time. In this book, he challenges fellow baby boomers to forego the American dream of retirement and live out their golden years with a greater purpose. According to Piper, this book is for readers who long to finish better than they started, persevere for the right reasons (and without fear), experience true security, value what lies beyond their cravings, and live dangerously for the one who gave his life in his prime.

2. What Is a Healthy Church Member by Thabiti M. Anyabwile

In this 9Marks book, Thabiti Anyabwile answers the question: “What does a healthy church member look like in the light of Scripture?” Praised by D. A. Carson, Albert Mohler, R. C. Sproul, and others, this book captures what the local church experience should be like. According to Anyabwile, the church should be a home more profoundly wonderful and meaningful than any other place on earth. It’s a place of spiritual growth, where each member contributes to the church’s overall growth and health. Learn more about the modern church member with this powerful book!

3. The Bible’s Promises for Life by Crossway

This book is entirely comprised of God’s promises; it pulls sections from the ESV and organizes them by topic. With a click, jump to powerful and applicable passages about anxiety, discipleship, worship, and more. This book is easy to navigate and offers wisdom on some of life’s most troublesome and prevalent issues.

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Before You Say “I Do”: Establish Healthy Finances in Your Marriage (69% Off!)

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Today’s Money Makeover bundle offers powerful advice for any couple. Featuring books from bestselling authors Stormie Omartian and H. Norman Wright, the Healthy Finances In Your Marriage Bundle will help you build a strong spiritual and financial foundation in your relationship. With this bundle, you’ll learn to clarify roles and expectations in your marriage, establish a budget that works, and draw closer to God and each other. Get four books for only $13.99!

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Wright—a licensed marriage, family, and child therapist—has been counseling families and couples for decades, and has written more than 70 books. Here’s a sneak peek at his bestselling Before You Say “I Do” Devotional:

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“What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” —Mark 8:36

Most of us have never thought about, let alone developed, a “money lifestyle” in marriage. We all have four choices regarding that lifestyle. Some choices have better consequences than others.

Living above your means—that’s easy. Anyone can do it. We look rich to other people. We accumulate as much as we want in goods . . . and pay more than we should in high interest rates. We indulge our insecurities with material goods. The problem is, it’s never enough. It takes more . . . and more . . . and more. Question: how does this lifestyle glorify God?

Living at your means is a better choice, but still not a good one. It comes in one hand and goes out the other at the same rate. At least there’s not much debt. But there are no savings, either. The focus is still on gathering rather than on planning for the future. Things occupy our thoughts. The problem is there’s not much room left for God. Question: how does this lifestyle glorify God?

Living within your means follows the scriptural teaching of being a good steward of what God has entrusted to you. The couple who lives within their means thinks about today and the future. But more than that, they look at how their money can be used for the kingdom of God. Tithing is a part of this couple’s life, even when they can’t afford it. Question: how does this lifestyle glorify God?

Living below your means is not a typical choice. It requires unusual self-discipline and a deliberate choice not to move up. The gift of giving rather than acquiring is this couple’s joy. They simply use only what’s necessary.

Which of these four styles describes your life? And is it by choice?

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Read more of the Before You Say “I Do” Devotional with the Healthy Finances in Your Marriage Bundle. Today only, get four powerful books by H. Norman Wright and Stormie Omartian for just $13.99!

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