Bargain Book Binge: Cheap Book Exchange Finds

About once a quarter I like to head over to Missoula’s very own Book Exchange and peruse the “Religion” section looking to score some cheap books (and I mean cheap good Christian books, which takes some discernment looking at those shelves). I visited it today and found it to be ripe for the picking. So ripe that I thought it would be best to share the love. So, if you are in Missoula and looking for a good Christian book to read, check out some of the selections I though worthwhile and get while the gettin’ is good.

  • This We Believe: Various Authors, $5.50
    •  This is a book from a variety of authors inside the orthodox Christian community seeking to answer the question “What is the gospel?” The book features some great authors and is “signed” by hundreds of pastors, writers and theologians across the country. A great read for someone looking at unity and clarity inside of the diverse American Church.
  • 10 Who Changed the World: Daniel Akin, $7.50
    • Akin writes this book as an entry level theological/historical survey of key men and women who have made significant contributions to theology, mission and Christianity in general. It features people like Jim Elliot, William Carey, Eric Liddell. Could be a great book to read with your family. One chapter per individual.
  • Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments: Randy Alcorn, $7.50
    • I’ve only started reading Alcorn recently, and I love him. This book is a larger reference work, but seems to be very comprehensive, accessible and pastoral. The book was recently recommended my professor teaching Christian Ethics. Great read to answer some of Missoula’s more pervasive voices.
  • Confessions of St. Augustine: Augustine, $3.48
    • They have a couple copies of this. Augustine of Hippo (354-430) was an early church father and Bishop who was influential in the development and protection of Orthodox Christianity. This book is a theological memoir of sorts, a little heavy, but enjoyable for people up for a little challenge.
  • Pursuit of Holiness: Jerry Bridges, $6.50
    • Sovereign Hope is currently offering a class through one of Bridge’s other books right now. Sarah and I read this when we first got married, and it is a great primer on what it means to pursue Jesus as a Christian. It’s relatively short and very readable.
  • Orthodoxy: G.K. Chesterton, $6.00
    • Chesterton (1874-1936) is one of the few Catholics who is cherished by most evangelical Christians. This book is a thought provoking read on the basic beliefs of Christianity. He is witty, sarcastic, and fun to read.
  • Christian Beliefs: Wayne Grudem, $6.50
    • Subtitled “20 Basics Every Christian Should Know” this book is a very accessible resource for people looking to dip their toe in the realm of theology. It is a pared down, entry-level version of his larger “Systematic Theology” text. Great book to go through with a friend or as a study.
  • The Call, Os Guinness, $9.00
    •  I have heard people quote this book and read it referenced even more. Guinness seeks to help Christians discern the connection between what it means to be a Christian and what it means to live as a human. How does the gospel shape our jobs, desires and passions?
  • Slave: The Hidden Truth About Your Identity in Christ, John MacArthur, $7.00
    • In this book MacArthur helps us understand what it means to be a “slave” in a Biblical sense. What does it mean to be a “slave to sin” or a “slave of Christ”? How are we to understand this, what does it have to do with the gospel, and what impact does it make on me?
  • George Muller Biography: Basil Miller, $1.00
    • Muller (1805-1898) was an Englishman and evangelist whose work with orphanages and the poor was hugely important and greatly inspiring. It’s a dollar. Buy it and read it with your kids.
  • 50 Reasons Jesus Came to Die: John Piper, $5.00
    • Piper has been crazy influential in my life. This book is really helpful in understanding the cross and what it means to us as Christians. Buy it. Read it.
  • Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health, Don Whitney, $6.50
    • Whitney teaches “Spiritual Formations” at a seminary in Kentucky. Really like his stuff. Never read this book, but I imagine it would be convicting in a gentle and needed way.
  • Spirit of the Disciplines, Dallas Willard, $7.98
    • Often times books on spiritual disciplines can sound really mystical and magical. Willard is ruthlessly biblical. This book was a great read and I recommend it to any Christian.
  • Hearing God, Dallas Willard, $7.50
    •  As Christians how can we hear God without making stuff up or feeling like God isn’t talking? This book answers this question with biblical weight and pastoral emphasis.
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