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“I still believe that sitting down and reading a book is the best way to really learn something. And I worry that we’re losing that.”

—Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google


You might think it a little self-serving for a book publisher to be promoting the cause of book reading. And you’d be right. But as Christians—seeking the renewal of our minds (Rom 12:2)—it's vital that we continue to do the deeper thinking and reflection that books are so good at fostering.

So our ambition is to turn this July into Read-a-Christian-book month. To help you read a book and encourage others to read a book in July...

(1) we've asked a bunch of Christian leaders which Matthias Media book they would recommend for any average Christian to read;
(2) we've made those books extremely cheap for the next two weeks (see below) so that you have an extra incentive to buy and read a book, and give a book to others;
(3) we've created a few downloadable posters you can put on your church noticeboard and/or Powerpoint slides you can show on a screen (see below).

So here are the books and the recommendations. You'll see that the prices on each book are good. But the prices are brilliant if you buy a bunch of them. So why not buy a bundle of books and give them out to your small group, or other church friends, and challenge each other to get through the books you each choose in July?

SORRY - sale prices as shown below ended on 6 July.

Click the cover (or price) for more information about each title, or click on 'Add to cart' to simply add the item to your shopping cart and stay on this page. You can adjust the quantities or remove an item in the shopping cart.


Living with the Underworld
RRP $16.95
Now $11.95
One-to-One Bible Reading: a simple guide for every Christian
RRP $9.95
Now $6.95
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Living with the Underworld
"I love this book. The writing sparkles. The conclusions are sometimes startling. It is neither embarrassed by nor obsessed with the existing of a spiritual underworld. It is simply presented as a part of our world that is there, and is powerfully addressed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. The scholarship that undergirds it is like a V8 snuck under the bonnet of a Honda Civic."
—Rory Shiner, Senior Pastor, Providence Church, Perth

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One-to-One Bible Reading
"Reading the bible with another person is not only a great way of introducing someone to Jesus but also one of the best ways of getting to know someone and helping each other grow in the faith. This book, while brief, outlines what's involved, gives some simple models and gives you the tools that you need for a lifetime of one to one ministry."
—Gary Koo, Senior Pastor, Crossway Church, Sydney

God is Enough: refocusing your life
RRP $16.95
Now $9.95
Beyond Greed
RRP $16.95
Now $9.95
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God is Enough
"This book is spiritual tonic for the heart and soul via the Psalms! Solid 'God of the gospel' stuff all the way through. Just don't forget to actually read the Psalms themselves that Ray unfolds, as well as his book."
—Sandy Grant, Senior Pastor, St Michael's Church, Wollongong

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Beyond Greed
"Greed is unfortunately our blind spot in our community and we tend to not realise how deeply it impacts us. 'Beyond Greed' helpfully engages with important Bible passages on money. It should be one of the most common books Christians read."
—Tracey Gowing, AFES Director for women, and student ministry worker, Sydney

Right Side Up: life as God meant it to be
RRP $16.95
Now $11.95
The Trellis and the Vine
RRP $16.95
Now $9.95
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Right Side Up
"I recommend 'Right Side Up' because it so clearly and engagingly describes the essence of the Christian life, in a way that is the perfect headstart for new Christians, and the perfect re-orientation for longer-serving disciples."
—Tony Payne, Author and Matthias Media Publishing Director

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The Trellis and the Vine
"This book will transform the way you think about ministry. All over the Spanish speaking world people are reading it and thinking differently about church, ministry and the way they can personally serve in their own context. You should too."
—Peter Sholl, Director of MOCLAM, Monterrey, Mexico

Guidance and the Voice of God
RRP $14.95
Now $9.95
Keep the Faith: shift your thinking on doubt
RRP $14.95
Now $7.95
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Guidance and the Voice of God
"At our church we just spent three weeks preaching on guidance. I was reminded both how many young (and older) Christians are needlessly confused and anxious on this issue, and how good a book 'Guidance and the Voice of God' is. Short. Punchy. Clear. It's a book to give, and, more importantly, it's a book that gets read."
—Rory Shiner, Senior Pastor, Providence Church, Perth

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Keep the Faith
"'Doubt' is something that every Christian experiences at one time or another, and the best time to read an accessible, super-helpful treatment of the subject is now (i.e. preferably before the time of doubt arrives)."
—Tony Payne, Author and Matthias Media Publishing Director

Hope Beyond Cure
RRP $12.95
Now $9.95
Faith: It's always been a matter of trust
RRP $9.95
Now $7.95
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Hope Beyond Cure
"Everybody will be touched personally at some point by a sickness beyond cure. It could be your friend, family, spouse, child or yourself. David writes as a sufferer, friend, pastor and theologian, but above all, as a fellow human who knows hope beyond any cure. His gospel saturated book is not only a must read but a must give away to multiple friends."
—Richard Chin, National Director, Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (AFES)

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Faith
"Faith is at the heart of the Christian life and yet there's lots of confusion around. So many friends of mine have been helped by Bryson's material on the topic that it's now my default giveaway. It's good for people at every stage and is a simple call to believe in the promises God has made. It's short, it's faithful and puts good theology within the reach of people who wouldn't perhaps read other books."
—Nick Duke, Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Church, Christchurch, New Zealand

Know and Tell the Gospel (Revised)
RRP $16.95
Now $8.95
Fatherhood: what it is and what it's for
RRP $16.95
Now $10.00
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Know and Tell the Gospel
"Christians are called to love God and love their neighbour. So followers of Jesus (the great lover of God and neighbour) should be the most loving members of our communities. That love will be shown in all kinds of different ways but the most loving thing a Christian can do for others is to explain the saving gospel of Christ clearly. We all struggle with this task so its great to have a book written by one of our gospel fathers that not only encourages us to keep going in this hard but important task, but also helps us think about what to say and how to say it so that Christ may be honoured."
—Carl Matthei, Campus Director, Campus Bible Study, UNSW

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Fatherhood
"Tony Payne's 'Fatherhood' is one of the few books I've read more than once (and I even bought a copy for every man in my congregation). I love it because it is simple, biblical, and practical. Tony gives us a great model of how to do biblical theology, focusing on the role and authority of the father in the Bible. Any man reading this book will go away with several doable ideas as to how he might be a better, more godly husband and father. In our world of gender-confusion, deadbeat dads, irresponsible fathers addicted to video games, and Homer Simpson-types, I don't think I could recommend this book highly enough."
—Timothy Raymond, Pastor, Trinity Baptist, Muncie, IN, USA



Download these free A3 posters and Powerpoint slides

If you'd like to help us promote Christian reading in July, here are three posters/slides you can use plus a poster with the books and their recommendations. (If you don't have an A3 printer, you can print them on A4; just select the 'reduce to fit page' option).

Book a date poster Feed your faith poster Switch on poster
A3 poster (PDF) | Powerpoint Slide A3 poster (PDF) | Powerpoint Slide A3 poster (PDF) | Powerpoint Slide
Recommendations poster
A3 poster (PDF)
 

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