Welcome to the Things Not Seen Bookstore!
This part of TNS is still under construction. In the future, I plan to offer a variety of books, movies, musics, and gifts selections which encourage purposeful living and thoughtful reflection.
Below, are my first recommendation: The Ragamuffin GospelBy Brennan Manning, Rich Mullins: An Arrow Pointing to Heaven, A Devotional BiographyBy James Bryan Smith, The Supremacy of God in Preaching, rev. ed. and Let the Nations Be Glad! 2d ed.: The Supremacy of God in Missions By John Piper.
I highly commend each books. Please check back at a later time to see new products and reviews.
Thank you, and the Lord’s peace be with you.
|The Ragamuffin GospelBy Brennan Manning / Multnomah Publishers Inc.For more than 15 years, Manning’s bestseller The Ragamuffin Gospel has reminded us that Jesus did not come for the pretty, pious and powerful. Instead, he came for the “bedraggled, beat-up and burnt-out” ragamuffins who desperately need his grace. Dispelling the myth that you must work to receive God’s gift of grace and joy, Manning, a fellow ragamuffin, reveals the true nature of a freely-given and unrelenting grace that’s available to all. Drop the burden of never measuring up and revel in the comfort of a God who loves you for who you are – not for who you think you should be.This 2005 release includes a new epilogue, “The Scandal of Grace: Fifteen Years Later,” and a new section “19 Mercies: A Spiritual Journey” of reading, prayer, and contemplation.|
|Rich Mullins: An Arrow Pointing to Heaven, A Devotional BiographyBy James Bryan Smith / Broadman / HolmanRich Mullins rose to fame and fortune in the music industry and then gave it all away to live in obscurity among Native Americans on a reservation in New Mexico, teaching children the joy of music and the hope of the gospel. Then his life, so full of promise, came toa tragic end in an auto accident. During his life, Mullins challenged the sensibilities of what it means to follow Jesus in today’s world, and now in his death, he challenges all to build upon his legacy of joy, compassion, brokenness, unblinking honesty, and wonder in an Awesome God.|
|The Supremacy of God in Preaching, rev. ed.
By John Piper / BakerCountless books teach the craft of preaching, but not many discuss its fundamental requirement: the piety of the preacher. In this newly revised classic, Piper focuses on Jonathan Edwards and Charles Spurgeon as prime examples, noting how their spirituality enabled them to speak the truth with joy and to appeal earnestly for a response. 120 pages, softcover from Baker.
|Let the Nations Be Glad! 2d ed.: The Supremacy of God in Missions
By John Piper / BakerWhy do we do missions? We are told, by Jesus, to preach the gospel and make disciples of all nations. So missions is duty, right? Wrong. If you do missions purely from a sense of duty you will not honor those you are reaching out to, nor will you truly honor God. Duty is the wrong place to look, so where do we find the answer to why we do missions? We turn, according to John Piper, to worship.In our worship of God we encounter God’s glory. The overflow from our worship is a desire to share God’s glory with others (the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever), and we naturally become missional. When Jesus was asked what the kingdom of God was like, he compared it to a pearl so valuable that one would sell all they owned simply to possess it. Does that seem like duty to you? Instead, Jesus calls us to a new mindset, which flows from the mindset that worship creates in us. Thus, according to Piper, does worship become the goal of missions and the fuel which makes missions possible.Worship as the fuel for missions makes sense to a lot of people, but worship as the goal of missions? Piper reminds us that the true reason we share God with others is to make them worshippers (and sharers) as well. He feels that the true goal of missions is “the gladness of the peoples in the greatness of God.” If it is true, (as Piper states) that “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him,” then increasing the number of people who are satisfied in God will bring God more glory. And missions is the way we can do that.Missions must be seen as more than simply saving people from sin, though that is a very important aspect. And missions is not just about getting people into heaven, although that is important as well. Instead, through missions we should always seek to make as many people as possible into true worshippers, into those fully satisfied with the greatness of God.With that mindset, missions becomes a joyous experience, as we joyfully share the life-changing presence of God in our lives with those who don’t know God. When we have made worship both the fuel and goal of all our missionary endeavors, we realize that “missions is not a recruitment project for God’s labor force. It is a liberation project from the heavy burdens and hard yokes of other gods.” Missions is never a burden, because it comes out of our overwhelming joy in God’s grace and mercy, and we just want to share that joy. So make God the center of your missions work, and joyfully share what He has graciously given to you.