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Life With My Kindle

When the Kindle first came out, I was one of those who mocked it.  I said that it would not be a success.  I said that I would rather hold a book in my hand than to read from a computer tablet.  I said that printed books would not be taken away from us and that the Kindle would fail because of that.

How wrong I was.

My first Kindle was given to me for Father’s Day by my wife back in 2008.  I didn’t know that it would change my reading.  Before Kindle, I had to either purchase my books online at Amazon or CBD, go to the library, visit a local used bookstore, or order from Lifeway.  Now I go online and in seconds can have a book downloaded to my Kindle.  It has changed my reading.

In 2013 I purchased only about 3 or 4 printed books.  That is amazingly low.  For the first time I spent more time reading from my Kindle for my own Bible reading.  I have begun to use my Kindle to read Bible commentaries.  My reading now consists of 90% in my Kindle.

What is amazing to me about the Kindle is that I currently have about 15 books that I am reading.  I am reading one book intensely while browsing the others.  I have four Bibles that I am reading from.  Two MacArthur Study Bible (ESV and NKJV), ESV Study Bible, and the Spirit-Filled Study Bible (NKJV).  I purchased the NIV One Year Bible earlier this year but I am enjoying reading from my ESV Study Bible that I will probably just stay with that in 2014.  I also am reading a commentary on the Gospel of Luke. With the Kindle, I can jump from reading the book of Psalms in the ESV Study Bible to reading 1 Samuel in the Spirit-Filled Study Bible to reading Matthew in the MacArthur Study Bible (ESV).

What helps is that there are websites dedicated to offering free to reduced priced Kindle books.  I visit this site everyday.

Let me end with my fears about the Kindle.  I fear that printed books will fade and this will spell the end of bookstores as we have known them.  Barnes & Noble is suffering.  Borders books has already folded.  Walden Books is gone.  I fear that Christian bookstores such as Lifeway will suffer.

One brother commented, “What would happen if Amazon went away?  If all we had was the Kindle, what would become of those books?  What is the Internet vanishes?  What is someone deleted all those books?  Without printed books, what would we do?”  I don’t fear that much.  After all, mankind has only had the printing press for the past 500 years or so and we have done just fine before that.  People still had books though not on a widespread level.

The other negative side to the Kindle is that I have noticed more “printed porn” being the top sellers at Amazon.  These “romance novels” are nothing more than porn in print.  They are hurting women and more and more women are addicted to this filth that will do nothing but destroy (Romans 6:23).  I pray that the Church would preach Philippians 4:8 to our people even about reading.

The blessing of the Kindle is that it allows people to read books.  I use to enjoy carrying my book bag full of books from my Bible to a commentary to a book I was reading.  Now I enjoy the Kindle because I just carry it only and it has all that I need.

These are just some random thoughts on my Kindle.  Happy reading!

Written by The Seeking Disciple

12/30/2013 at 1:24 PM

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Books I Am Reading Now (May 2013)

Seems one cannot get enough books to read.  Just when I think I am satisfied with a book, I find another book that I desire to read and purchase that one.  My budget has holes all in it from my love for books.  Here is a short list of books that I reading right now.  Most of these are on my Kindle Fire.

1.  Black & Tan by Douglas Wilson.

2.  Faithful Lightning by Allen Guelzo.

3.  Azusa Street: How Pentecost Came to Los Angeles by Frank Bartleman.

4.  Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder.

5.  Kings of Cocaine by Guy Gugliotta and Jeff Leen.

6.  Killing Calvinism by Greg Dutcher.

7.  Classic Christianity by Thomas Oden.

8.  Romans by Jack Cottrell.

9.  Revival Praying by Leonard Ravenhill.

10.  ESV Study Bible
“Classic’ – a book which people praise and don’t read.” – Mark Twain

Written by The Seeking Disciple

05/16/2013 at 2:51 PM

Short Thoughts on Reading Fiction

I use to think that reading fiction was a waste of time.  Why read books that are not real?  Why get into a story that has been made up in the minds of fallen flesh?  This was my mindset.  I would read only my Bible and mainly theology books with a few historical books sprinkled in there just for fun reading.

However, I now enjoy a few fiction books here and there.

It’s not that I have embraced fully fictional books.  I still would rather read something that is true such as the Bible (which is the inerrant and infallible Word of God) or theological works above a fictional book but I have found fictional book to be fun reading.  Fictional books can bring a little spice to your reading.  I will admit that sometimes my theological reading is more discipline than fun.  There are only a handful of books written by theologians that I have actually loved reading and, like a fiction work, could not put them down.  Robert Picirilli’s Grace, Faith, Free Will was such a book.  Roger Olson’s Arminian Theology: Myths and Realities was another.  John MacArthur’s The Gospel According to Jesus and his book, Charismatic Chaoswere such books.  Jack Cottrell’s What the Bible Says About God the Ruler was the best book I have ever read from an Arminian viewpoint on the subject of the sovereignty of God.  Dr. Vic Reasoner’s commentaries on Romans and Revelation are both books that I devoured.  R.C. Sproul’s The Holiness of God and J.I. Packer’s Knowing God were likewise excellent books.  Iain Murray’s books on revival are also books that I have enjoyed from a historical-theological point of view.

Fiction books are to be read like all other books besides the Bible and that by allowing Scripture to be our guide.  We are to test everything in comparison to what God has said in His Word (1 John 4:1).  Since the Bible alone is the God-breathed Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16) and only the Bible is written by men of God under the direction of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21), we are to test all books (and everything else) through the lenses of Scripture.  Scripture faithfully reveals the mind of God.  When Scripture speaks, God speaks (see Galatians 3:8 where in Genesis 12:3 it is Yahweh who is speaking).

Why is fictional reading so fun?  Why does our flesh enjoy it so?  I think the reasons would vary of course but in my own life, fiction is a good break from the norm.  Fiction takes us into world’s that we create in our own minds.  Fiction creates people in our own minds who are not real and we can make them appear as we would like them to appear.  Fictional works (especially mysteries) take twists and turns that we would not be aware of.  That is how fictional authors keep your focus.

My general rule is that I read about 80% of my time from either God’s Word or theological books.  I spend another 10% reading history books.  I spend the final 10% reading a fictional work.  Typically I enjoy a good mystery or thriller.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

03/15/2013 at 9:09 PM

Reading

I once visited Leonard Ravenhill’s home in Lindale, Texas.  His house was full of books.  In his study were shelves full of books.  Ravenhill was a reader.  He often would read a chapter or more from books when some brethren would gather in his house for prayer.  He loved to read from the great saints of God such as Spurgeon, Bounds, Tozer (whom he was personal friends with before his death in 1963), Murray, Wesley, and many more.

Charles Spurgeon himself was an avid reader.  He read as many as five books a week!  He too had a personal library full of books.  Spurgeon loved to read commentaries and would spend hours reading over commentaries.  He had a photographic memory and would often walk into the pulpit to preach with little more than an outline and would recite from memory quotes from books that he had read or hymns.

Dr. Al Mohler is an avid reader.  He reads as many as ten books a week!

Dr. John MacArthur is an avid reader as well.  He has made it his custom to always reading a commentary, a book on theology, and sometimes a “hot” topic book on history, culture, etc.  His sermons show his love for commentaries and his love for theology.

I wish I could read like that.  On a good week I can read up to two books a week.  Typically I average one book.  I wish I could read more.  Time does not permit that for me.  I work a full-time job (mostly overnight) and am a full-time parent and husband not to mention my passion for the Lord Jesus.  I love to read though and would rather read than any other thing besides prayer.

With the modern technology we have now with Kindles and other e-readers, there is no excuse for not reading books.  I own a Kindle Fire and love my Kindle.  Each week there are literally hundreds of free books one can download.  I subscribe to a website that sends me updates about free books out there.  You can find many godly books for free and you can also read books from saints long gone such as E.M. Bounds, Albert Barnes, John Bunyan, etc.  I download as many free books as I can even if I don’t agree fully with the books or the authors.

Reading stretches your mind like nothing else.  Television makes you passive even if you are watching programs designed for learning.  Reading allows you to not just stretch your thinking but it also causes you to focus unlike television.  Reading fictional works allows you to create worlds and images that are only in your mind.  To read a book and then see the movie is often disappointing to me as the movie is never as good as the book and is nothing like I pictured in my mind (The Hobbit comes to mind).

Finally, it is interesting to me that God has chosen to faithfully reveal Himself and His Son and our salvation through a written book.  The Bible is a collection of 66 different books that faithfully reveals the truth of God and His Messiah.  God could have chosen to reveal His salvation to us through visions or dreams or through a picture in the sky but He chose to reveal Himself through His Word (John 20:31).  His Word is to be studied, memorized, applied, and taught to others (2 Timothy 3:15-4:3).  The Word sanctifies us (John 17:17) and His Word cuts us (Hebrews 4:12).  His Word is how we defeat the lies of Satan (Ephesians 6:17).  His Word is how we know we are disciples of Jesus (John 8:31-32).  His Word is how we grow in the Lord (Psalm 1:1-3; 2 Peter 3:18).  We are to long for His Word (1 Peter 2:2).  We are not to add to His Word nor take away from it (Revelation 22:18-19).  The Word is vital to knowing Christ and preaching His truth.  How important it is then to spend time reading the Bible above all other books.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

01/14/2013 at 3:27 PM

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Books To Spark Your Prayer Life

Here are a few titles that I highly recommend on prayer to spark a passion in your life to pray.  All true disciples of Jesus know that we should pray (Matthew 6:5) and that prayer makes a difference (Luke 11:1-13; James 5:16) but so few of us take the words of our Lord to heart (Luke 18:1).  These books can help you see your desperate need for God and how wonderful it is to seek His face.  The wicked are those who do not seek His face (Psalm 10:4).  May that not be true of us!

Most of these titles are linked for the Kindle.  They are all inexpensive but the Kindle formats are very cheap and worth purchasing.  Again, I would urge you to get a Kindle.  You’ll be amazed at the large amount of books that you will able to purchase for less than a dollar.

1.  Why Revival Tarries? by Leonard Ravenhill.

2.  Revival Praying by Leonard Ravenhill.

3.  The Path of Prayer by Samuel Chadwick.

4.  The Complete Works of E.M. Bounds on Prayer.

5.  How To Pray by R.A. Torrey.

6.  The Valley of Vision edited by Arthur Bennett.

7.  Prayer by John Bunyan.

8.  Soul of Prayer by P.T. Forsyth.

9.  The Pastor in Prayer by Charles Spurgeon.

10.  The Spirit Helps Us Pray: A Biblical Theology of Prayer by Robert Brandt and Zenas Bicket.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

12/19/2012 at 11:13 AM

Review of the Kindle Fire

I received my Kindle Fire and will here present a review of the product.  Let me first cover the positives and then a few negatives.

The Positives

1.  The Size.  At only 7″ inches, the Fire is compact but not much different from the old Kindle.  The unit is a little heavier than the old Kindle but not much difference there either.

2.  The Screen.  The touch screen is easy to navigate even if you have not used a smart phone or an iPod touch.  The screen could use a little improvement and I will note that below.

3.  The Light.  The screen is well-lit.  In a dark room, I needed to turn the light down as it is bright.  For watching videos or playing games though, it is perfect.

4.  The Apps.  Much like the iPod, the apps are easy to find and easy to control.  While Amazon doesn’t have a lot of apps yet, I am sure more are on the way.  The apps appear along with your books on the front page in a scrolling menu.

5.  Books.  Amazon, of course, allows you to store your books in the Amazon cloud that allows you to essentially read as much as you want to and store off of your Kindle.  The genus of this is that you can download as many books as you want to and it doesn’t affect your memory on the Fire.  I have plenty of room on my Fire for both apps and books.

6.  Navigation.  The Fire is easy to navigate.  Again, if you have used a smart phone or an iPod touch then you would have no problems with the Fire.

7.  The Color.  The colors on the Fire are excellent and compare to the iPad.

8.  Internet.  The internet works well on the Fire though not fast.  It is efficient.

9.  The Price.  The bottom line is that the price of the Fire is worth it.  I paid $200 for mine and after using it now for a good day, I would say that is a fair price for this unit.

The Negatives

1.  The Screen.  Some other reviewers have noted the glare on the screen.  I noticed this as soon as I opened my Fire and turned it on.  It is a weakness.  The other negative of the screen is that the touch is very sensitive.  If you so much brush the screen with your clothing or hand, you’ll turn the page while reading or go out of an app.  This is annoying.

2.  Sharing What You’ve Read via Twitter or Facebook.  I use to share what I was reading from my old Kindle on Facebook and Twitter regularly.  The Fire is not as easy to share with and takes some work to do so.  I have yet to share with the Fire.  It’s that tough.

3.  Internet.  I noted above that this was a positive but the only drawback of the Internet on the Fire is the speed.  The iPad is much faster than the Fire in terms of the Internet.  However, I don’t plan on doing much on the Internet with the Fire so I will not let this worry me.

4.  Highlighting.  On the old Kindle it was easy to highlight what you were reading.  The Fire is not as easy.  The touch screen is too sensitive and this makes highlighting tough though not impossible.  Notes are difficult as well.

5.  Typing.  The small screen makes it tough to type with.  Unlike the iPad, the Fire was not built to be typed on but the drawback of this is that games that require typing (such as Words With Friends) is not easy.  I keep misspelling the simplest words because of the difficulty in typing.

6.  Sound.  Much of the pictures I saw of the Fire before it was released showed people listening to the Fire via headphones.  Now I see why.  The sound is so low.  I tried to watch a video on the Fire and even with the volume turned wide open, it was difficult to hear.  You’ll need headphones if you plan on watching videos with the Fire.

7.  Battery Life.  The old Kindle had a battery life that would last days with high usage.  The Fire does not.  The battery life has gone down greatly with limited usage.  However, the old Kindle obviously didn’t have the amount of things that it was doing as the Fire does so I will let this one slide.

Conclusion

Would I recommend buying the Fire?  Yes I would.  It is comfortable, easy to use, and while it is not a perfect unit, it is very reliable and useful.  I love to read and have found the Kindle and now the Fire to be almost required for good reading in our wireless generation.  The price is good and with Amazon cloud, you can read as many books as you can possibly purchase (both for money and for free at Amazon) and know that it will not take up room on your Fire.  I am pleased with my Fire.

 

Written by The Seeking Disciple

11/16/2011 at 6:56 PM

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