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Feb 28, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

"Fat Tuesday" Savings


Enjoy Fat Tuesday Savings with Three Big Commentary Sales!

Today is a feast day! It’s Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of traditional fasting for Lent. In many European and British Commonwealth nations, Shrove Tuesday is called Pancake Tuesday, the day when “fattening” ingredients—eggs, butter, and milk—are mixed with flour to create a scrumptious feast. In other parts of the world, today is celebrated as Mardi Gras, French for “Fat Tuesday.”

Speaking of feasting and fasting, we have tremendous sales starting today on Feasting on the Word, the New Interpreter's Bible, and the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture. We also offer two specific new Lenten resources and a new IVP Biblical Studies bundle, as well as more devotional titles. Enrich your life now and for weeks and years to come. Enjoy!

Special sale prices on the products featured below cannot be combined with other discounts and will end on March 6, 2017 (11:59 pm EST).

Your Best Time to Buy Feasting on the Word

The well-loved Feasting on the Word series supplies commentary and essays on the assigned readings of the Revised Common Lectionary. While the first 12 volumes follow the pattern of the RCL, each volume contains an index of biblical passages so that non-lectionary preachers may access its contents. An additional 7 volumes follow the same pattern through the Gospels, and 3 more offer related devotional readings for each day.



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Guided by scholars, pastors, and laity representing diverse traditions, academic experience, and involvement in the Church, the NIB is specifically prepared to meet the needs of preachers, teachers, and all students of the Bible. With more than 60 contributors, this commentary series from Abingdon Press covers the entire Bible, including most of the Apocrypha (Deuterocanonical) books. An additional 30 contributors provide further insight through scholarly articles.

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The Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture is packed with features designed to help you use the Bible more effectively in ministry. Each volume provides exegesis as well as reflection and application sections. A set of cross-references links each passage to the Catechism, the Lectionary, and related Scripture texts. Sidebars present information on the background of the text and on how the text has been interpreted by the Church.

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Two New Titles of Daily Readings for Lent

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New! Lent for Everyone
by N. T. Wright (3 Volumes)

Embark on a thoughtful, prayerful Lenten journey through the Gospel of Matthew (Year A), the Gospel of Mark (Year B), and the Gospel of Luke (Year C). Guiding you from Ash Wednesday to the week after Easter, Wright offers his own translation of Scripture verses, a brief reflection, and a daily prayer. His inspiring insights will help you keep a holy Lent and live a richer life in Jesus Christ.

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New! Falling into Goodness:
Lenten Reflections

“Lent is from the Old English Lencten, meaning springtime, that season in which we experience rebirth, growth, and goodness. Yet how often we view Lent only as season to give up our favorite things. Instead, Lent is an invitation back to ourselves…back to the ground of our being as image-bearers. God, in Jesus, pursues us, becoming human not to overcome humanness, but to redeem and ennoble it. He wants us to fall into goodness again during this sacred season.”

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Longman How to Read IVP Biblical Studies Bundle
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If you like N.T. Wright you will appreciate this new bundle. It includes The Lost World of Genesis One by John Walton and Tremper Longman III’s four volumes, How to Read Genesis, Exodus, Job and Proverbs. It also includes Letters and Homilies (3 Volumes) by Ben Witherington III and the complete set of For Everyone Bible Study Guides (19 Volumes) by N. T. Wright.

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More Devotional and Liturgical Works

Ancient Devotional

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These three volumes include excerpts from the writings of the Church Fathers following the lectionary cycles, with a simple opening and closing prayer drawn from the prayers and hymns of the Ancient Church.

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The Book of Common Prayer is the foundational prayer book of the Church of England.

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Disciplines of a Godly Man by R. Kent Hughes

“An outstanding volume for men and women alike! … Over 250 pages devoted to the practical outworking of discipline” (Charles Swindoll, noted pastor and best-selling author).

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Feb 27, 2017 Richard Mansfield

New Lenten Titles

Lenten Cross Confession: having spent most of my life worshiping with what I would describe as “low-church Baptists,” I am still very much a novice when it comes to the Christian practice of Lent. Nevertheless, I want to learn; I want to experience this ancient tradition that goes back all the way to the second century AD. I understand that Lent is a 40-day (46 days if counting Sundays) “preparation” for the remembrance and celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus, known as Easter in the West and Pascha in the East. But what does such a preparation look like? What is the purpose of Lent?

Archie Smith has described the purpose of Lent like this:

When it is true to its purpose, Lent will move us closer to being the suffering and resurrected body of Christ in the world. We will find hope in being faithful and strength in being honest. We will be made wiser by our discernment and confession, poised to struggle for wider justice, and enabled to dig deeper wells for the expression of compassion. “Then,” the prophet says, “your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly.”

I’ve clumsily attempted to observe Lent in the past, but I’ve not been overly successful. Fortunately, there are two new collections of Lenten readings for the Accordance Bible Software Library to help me this year. Hopefully these titles will be of benefit to you, too, regardless of whether you have been observing Lent for many years or if you are still learning like me!

We are pleased to announce the release of Chuck DeGroat’s Falling into Goodness: Lenten Reflections and N. T. Wright’s Lent for Everyone. Both of these titles are similar in their approach as they both contain a Scripture reading, devotional thought, and a prayer and/or reflection point. More importantly, both titles are compatible with Accordance’s Daily Reading feature, whether you are reading them in Accordance 12 for Windows and Macintosh or Accordance Mobile on your iOS device.

Falling into Goodness

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DeGroat’s Falling into Goodness takes its title from John 12:24, which speaks of a grain of wheat falling to the earth to die, only to return bearing much fruit--something that God can use for much good. This is a metaphor for how God wants to use us, and Lent can be that preparation time for God’s good purpose in our lives.

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Wright’s Lent for Everyone is actually a three-volume work that uses the readings of the three-year lectionary cycle (we are currently in Year A). Anyone already familiar with any of Wright’s other For Everyone titles will know what to expect in these volumes.

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Neither of these titles should be mistaken for “light” devotional thoughts. Rather, both DeGroat and Wright will challenge us and sometimes bluntly confront our assumptions of what it truly means to be a disciple. Whether Lent has been with you for many seasons, or whether you are still a novice like me, consider using either or both of these Lenten tools to challenge and deepen your faith journey.

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Feb 26, 2017 David Sanford

Seeing the Psalms Across the New Testament

How much do the Jewish Psalms permeate the Christian Scriptures? And, why does it matter?

To answer that first question, I turned to my Accordance library’s GNT OT Cross References. After searching for “Psalms,” I clicked on View Analytics, and then on Hits Graph.

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The results? The New Testament contains more than 100 quotations from the Psalms. With two small exceptions, every New Testament writer draws from the beloved hymnbook of God’s chosen people.

In the opening line of the New Testament, Matthew declares that Jesus is “the son of David” and then uses 15 quotations from the Psalms to prove His Messiahship.

Mark follows suit with 10 more quotations.

In Luke’s Gospel, you find the Psalms absolutely everywhere.

When Mary—“a virgin pledged to be married to...a descendant of David”—breaks out in song (1:46-55), she effortlessly quotes repeatedly from the Psalms. The same is true of Zacharias, father of John the Baptist (1:68-79).

Even Satan gets in on the act, misquoting Psalm 91:11-12 when tempting the Lord Jesus (Luke 4:10-11).

Jesus Himself draws from the Psalms frequently and with authority to teach the people (Luke 13:19, 13:27), lament over Jerusalem (Luke 13:35), confound His enemies (Luke 20:17), and give evidences of His Messiahship (Luke 20:42-43). He quotes from the Psalms while dying on the cross (Luke 23:46) and again after His resurrection while explaining Old Testament Messianic prophecies to two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:27).

Furthermore, Luke records how the multitudes quoted from the Psalms during the triumphal entry (Luke 19:38), how the soldiers unwittingly fulfilled Psalm 22:18 (Luke 23:34) and Psalm 69:21 (Luke 23:36), and how the religious leaders unintentionally fulfilled Psalm 22:7-8 (Luke 23:35).

John follows the lead of the synoptic writers, drawing from the Psalms 15 times in his Gospel and book of Revelation.

The good news of Jesus Christ is almost unintelligible apart from the Psalms. So is the history of the Early Church. Jesus, His mother, His disciples—they all demonstrate a profound love and knowledge of the Psalter.

You find the Psalms on the lips of Peter when he recommends appointing another apostle to replace Judas (quoting verses from two psalms in Acts 1:20), when he preaches to the multitudes on the day of Pentecost (quoting three other psalms in Acts 2:25-28, 2:30, 2:31, 2:34-35), and when he speaks in his defense before the Sanhedrin (quoting still another psalm in Acts 4:11). Not surprisingly, years later he quotes repeatedly from the Psalms in both of his epistles.

In addition, you find the Psalms on the lips of the apostle Paul when he preaches his first evangelistic sermon (quoting two psalms in Acts 13:33 and 13:35) and 26 more times in his epistles.

The writer of Hebrews quotes the Psalms another 19 times, with special emphasis on the superiority of Jesus Christ, proving beyond doubt that He is both Lord and Savior.

The early Christians looked first and foremost to the Psalms to understand more fully the significance of Jesus Christ’s person and work. To them, however, the Psalms were more than prophetic theological texts. They were Holy Spirit-inspired songs of joy and praise.

During the Last Supper, Jesus evidently sang the traditional Passover psalms of praise (perhaps Psalms 113-118) with the apostles (see Matthew 26:30 and Mark 14:26).

The traditional Jewish appreciation for the rich Messianic nature of many of the Davidic psalms only grew as the early Christians continued to study and meditate upon them.

After Pentecost, the apostles actively promoted the recitation and singing of psalms whenever the church gathered for worship (1 Corinthians 14:26, Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16). They also quoted from Psalms in their prayers (Acts 4:25-26).

As well, the apostles Paul and John record a number of new, distinctly Christian psalms exalting the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 2:6-11 and Revelation 4-5, 7, 11, 12, 15, 16, and 19).

Throughout the centuries, the psalms of David remained especially dear to the hearts of the Church.

Chrysostom noted, “If we keep vigil in the church, David comes first, last, and midst. If early in the morning, we seek for the melody of the hymns, first, last, and midst is David again.”

Until the proliferation of Christian hymnbooks in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, many branches of the Church used the Psalter almost exclusively for public worship.

Based on the authority and example of the New Testament, Christian have both the freedom to use new songs to exalt Jesus Christ and every reason to continue to declare the Lord’s praises as recorded in the Psalms.

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Feb 22, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

Gary Springer (Scholarly Video Endorsement)

Before there was a native Windows version of Accordance, we offered the Mac version of Accordance through a Mac emulator. Gary Springer, an instructor and administrator of the Torah Resource Institute in Tacoma, Washington, has been using Accordance since those days! Hear Gary in his own words as describes how important Accordance is to him personally and professionally: “Accordance is the anchor for where I go to dig into the text, understand what the words are actually telling me—the language—and seek to apply that not only in my life but the life of my family and the students that I teach.”


Feb 21, 2017 Richard Mansfield

NEW! IVP Pocket Reference (15 volumes)

IVP Pocket Reference Series (15 volumes)

Pocket Greek iPhone Have you ever been guilty of not paying attention in class? You’re sitting in New Testament Greek, and the professor says something about emphatic negation subjunctives. Wait…what? Two minutes spent thinking about lunch and suddenly you’re behind in the class discussion!

Whether you’re a student, pastor, or even a professor (we won’t tell!), the kinds of situations like the one described above require quick access to reference tools provided like the IVP Pocket Reference Series. It doesn’t matter who you are—at some point, you need a quick definition for a biblical, theological or original language term.

Or sometimes, you need an overview of a particular topic. Need to brush up on the classic arguments for God? There’s a handbook for that. What about a theological movement or era of church history? Absolutely! In fact, if you need a refresher on 2,000 years of church history, you could brush up over the weekend.

Accordance users have had access to some of the IVP Pocket Reference Series for a while, but only now have we offered the entire 15-volume set. Every title is available individually or in a bundle of all 15 titles. 11 of these titles are pocket dictionaries containing succinct definitions over the following topics: Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion, Biblical Studies, Church History, North American Denominations, Ethics, Biblical Hebrew Terms, Biblical Greek Terms, Liturgy & Worship, New Religious Movements, Reformed Tradition, and Theological Terms. All together, these 11 volumes provide concise definitions for over 6,600 terms, right at your fingertips.

The other four volumes serve as concise overviews or handbooks for History of Theology, Christian Apologetics, Church History, and World Religions.

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These types of resources should not be mistaken as tools for in-depth study of any subject, but they are indispensable for quick reference or as a first stop for basic understanding before pursuing a subject more in-depth. I’ve used the pocket dictionaries many times over for finding a concise definition for use in teaching settings, especially if I’m using presentation software to supplement my lesson. Pastors and teachers in the church or the classroom will be able to use these resources to take often-difficult concepts and simplify them as understandable starting points of discussion.

Moreover, these titles are the perfect resources to have at the ready on your iPhone or iPad. Find the exact information in you need quickly and efficiently, no matter where you are!

Pocket Dictionaries Group Tip (1): Create a Research Group with the 11 Pocket Dictionaries. Search all these resources at once when you need to find a definition for a term of concept.

Tip (2): In Accordance Mobile, edit the order of your resources to place the IVP Pocket Reference Series near the top of its category. This way you can access these titles swiftly when you need quick information on a subject.


New IVP Bundles -- Biblical Information at Your Fingertips

This week, we’re delighted to present two terrific new IVP Bible and Theology bundles that are great resources to find specific biblical information quickly! The Pocket Reference series is decribed above, and the Foundations series is detailed below.

Sale prices listed below are good through February 27, 2017 (11:59 pm EST) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

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IVP Foundations Bundle (9 volumes)

In addition to our previously-available IVP Pocket Reference titles, Accordance users have also long benefitted from our IVP Essential Reference Library. We are now rearranging our IVP bundles and replacing the Essential Reference Library with the new IVP Foundation Bundle, which consists of 9 volumes. If you already had the IVP Essential Reference Library or any individual titles in it, our Custom Upgrade ensures that you won’t pay for the same title twice when upgrading to the IVP Foundations Bundle.

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Feb 19, 2017 David Sanford

Was Proverbs 31:10-31 Written for Women?

Only heaven knows how many articles, lectures, sermons, books, seminars, women’s Bible studies, and retreats have extolled the virtues of the Wonder Woman described in the last page of the book of Proverbs.

So, was Proverbs 31 originally written for women to read and study? The answer seems obvious. Yes. Of course. Who else would it have been written for?

A review of various volumes in my Accordance 12 Library offers two unexpected answers.

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The first surprise? This particular passage of Scripture doesn’t always appear at the end of Proverbs. Sometimes it appears six or eight chapters earlier.

The second surprise? Like the rest of Proverbs, it was originally written as a challenge to young men of standing within an ancient patriarchal kingdom.

Granted, it may be tempting for some younger men today to read Proverbs 31:10-31 rather flippantly — “Wow, if only I had a wife like this” — without stopping to notice what this passage says about the other main character, the Good Husband.

First, the Good Husband recognizes the true value of his wife as a person (31:10). He sees her as priceless. “She is far more precious than jewels.”

Second, the Good Husband believes in the great potential of his wife (31:11). He encourages her to be productive and fulfilled both in and out of the home. “The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain” (see also 31:12-25).

Third, the Good Husband realizes the importance of listening to and learning from the wisdom of his wife (31:26). “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue,” and her faithfulness is obvious to all within her large and prosperous household (31:27-28a).

Finally, the Good Husband praises the virtues and accomplishments of his wife (31:28b-29). He doesn’t flatter her, but praises his wife for her fear of God (31:30) and her successful endeavors (31:31). “Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.”

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Feb 17, 2017 Timothy Jenney

Research & Research Analytics (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #152)

Research is Accordance's fastest, most comprehensive search of mutiple resources. It replaced the older Search All in Accordance 11. Now, in Accordance 12, it features its own set of Research Analytics. Research + Research Assistant is a powerful combination that allows us to dig deeper into our search results than ever before. It identifies relevant passages and resources quickly and easily. It’s like having our very own research assistant, available to do our bidding whenever and wherever we are.  [Accordance 12: Intermediate]

For related videos see the following:

See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!


Feb 15, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

H. Wayne House (Scholarly Video Endorsement)

Dr. Hershel Wayne House, a widely-published scholar and research professor at Faith Evangelical Seminary, is a long-time Accordance user. He says: “Accordance is the premier software for doing biblical research, in my opinion. There are a lot of great programs out there. Software is so important today. I can now do in a matter of seconds what could have taken me months to do at other points in my life… When you’re really going to study the Bible…the text itself, Accordance is at the top of the ladder… I tell every one of my students: you must have Accordance!”


Feb 13, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

The Bible in Feminist Perspective

Two new Accordance titles, published a century apart, offer perspectives on the Bible from a woman’s point of view that will be of interest to all.

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This is a modern classic of biblical scholarship, written by some of the top feminist scholars in the field today. This 20th anniversary edition features brand-new or thoroughly revised essays to reflect newer thinking in feminist interpretation and hermeneutics.

The concluding page of commentary on Proverbs does a great job of showcasing the strengths of this volume.

Most women regard the “woman of substance” as a mixed blessing. Aspects of her depiction reinforce the values and customs of a patriarchal culture. The poet objectifies her, describing her as something to be found and purchased. She has a “price” higher than that of other expensive items, perhaps a reference to the value of her dowry or a bride-price paid by the groom to the bride’s family (31:10). And she is desirable for the “loot”—the imported delicacies, real estate, money, and status—she brings her husband (31:11–12). Moreover, she embodies not one woman but the desired aspects of many. The idealized portrait assumes, among other things, that the woman is heterosexual, married, and a mother. It is no wonder, then, that while some women say they know a “woman of substance,” far more consider her a “superwoman” — another unrealistic and dehumanizing depiction of women created to entice and promote the values of men.

Yet coupled with Proverbs 1–9 and its praise of personified wisdom, this celebration of a woman and her everyday enterprises — her so-called “women’s work” — envelops a book intended for men about living wisely in the everyday. Her attributes, commitments, and skills are its frame. What is more, because the woman is identified with wisdom and “fear of YHWH,” “women’s work” is set apart and named as the beginning, indeed the standard, of faithfulness. Whether bartering in the [p. 242] marketplaces, weaving, trading, feeding and clothing others, planting vineyards, mixing wine, or burning the midnight oil, the labor of women is here elevated, theologically legitimated, and claimed as the preferable means of moral and theological instruction of the whole community. It is nothing less than “God talk.”

Proverbs thus leaves us with another captivating and complex portrait of wisdom as a woman — one that would be reclaimed, repainted, and renamed by sages for generations to come.

Christine Roy Yoder, Proverbs, Women’s Bible Commentary; ed. Carol A. Newsom, Sharon H. Ringe, and Jacqueline E. Lapsley; 3rd ed. (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2012), 241-242.

Two closing essays look beyond the New Testament itself and provide much-needed correctives to traditional and very limited understandings of women and women’s roles within the Church during the first few centuries of the Common Era. Indeed,

Interpreting all the available evidence from Christian tradition throughout the Mediterranean world in which women are prophets, apostles, leaders, ascetics, martyrs, and scholars uncovers rich and varied pictures of women and men…

Deirdre Good, Beyond the Canon, Women’s Bible Commentary; ed. Carol A. Newsom, Sharon H. Ringe, and Jacqueline E. Lapsley; 3rd ed. (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2012), 639.

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Womans Bible_120 The Woman's Bible of 1895 and 1898

Written by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and a committee of 26 other suffragists, this book rejected many old cultural and religious teachings about women, starting with traditional understandings of Genesis 1 and 2. While never accepted by Bible scholars, the two-part commentary became an instant best-seller, much to the dismay of other leading suffragists. Its influence, however, continues to this day.

The closing paragraphs on the book of Proverbs do a good job of showcasing the style of this volume by authors other than Stanton.

Solomon’s idea of a wise woman, a good mother, a prudent wife, a saving housekeeper and a successful merchant, will be found in the foregoing texts, which every woman who reads should have printed, framed and hung up at her family altar. As Solomon had a thousand women in his household, he had great opportunity for the study of the characteristics of the sex, though one would naturally suppose that wise women, even in his day, preferred a larger sphere of action than within his palace walls. Solomon’s opinion of the sex in general is plainly expressed in the foregoing texts.

Solomon is supposed to have written his Song when he was young, Proverbs in middle life, and Ecclesiastes when he was old. He gave admirable rules for wisdom and virtue to all classes, to men, to women and to children, but failed to practice the lessons which he taught.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Part II. Joshua to Revelation, The Woman’s Bible; Accordance electronic ed. (Altamonte Springs: OakTree Software, 1898), paragraph 1891.

In an appendix, Stanton, who wrote the opening chapters of this controversial volume, and many other sections, concludes by reiterating her chief complaints about Christianity.

The real difficulty in woman’s case is that the whole foundation of the Christian religion rests on her temptation and man’s fall, hence the necessity of a Redeemer and a plan of salvation. As the chief cause of this dire calamity, woman’s degradation and subordination were made a necessity. If, however, we accept the Darwinian theory, that the race has been a gradual growth from the lower to a higher form of life, and that the story of the fall is a myth, we can exonerate the snake, emancipate the woman, and reconstruct a more rational religion for the nineteenth century, and thus escape all the perplexities of the Jewish mythology as of no more importance than those of the Greek, Persian and Egyptian.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Part II. Joshua to Revelation, The Woman’s Bible; Accordance electronic ed. (Altamonte Springs: OakTree Software, 1898), paragraph 2756.

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Feb 13, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

Modern Issues with Marilyn McEntyre

McEntyre_Marilyn Marilyn McEntyre, Professor of Medical Humanities at UC Berkeley, has been described as caring “about connecting spirituality, politics, food, healthcare, care for the earth and its creatures, care for language and public discourse.”

McEntyre’s down-to-earth writing continues to win accolades. Her book What’s in a Phrase? won the 2015 Christianity Today Book Award in Spirituality. In her newest book, Word by Word, McEntyre invites men and women alike to remember the biblical and literary contexts of specific words, and make each a focus for prayer and meditation.

McEntyre offers comfort, solace, encouragement, strength, joy and peace to those who are losing a loved one in A Long Letting Go. She also offers comfort to individuals who face death in A Faithful Farewell, which is written in the first person with depth, brevity and grace.

Accordance’s fifth new book by Marilyn McEntyre, Caring for Words in a World of Lies, began as a lectureship at Princeton Theological Seminary in a presidential election year, was expanded into its present form, and then was published during the next presidential election year. After its sober opening essay, the remaining chapters revel in grace and reveal a deep love of right words rightly spoken, written, read, shared, and repeated yet again.

If you like one title by Marilyn McEntyre, odds are you will want all of them.


Bundle of Five (5) McEntyre Books

  • What's in a Phrase?
  • Word by Word
  • Caring for Words in a World of Lies
  • A Long Letting Go
  • A Faithful Farewell

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What's in a Phrase?

An invitation to seek the sacred space of Scripture's words and phrases.


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Word by Word: A Daily Spiritual Practice

Beautifully written meditations on fifteen well-chosen words.


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Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies

An engaging address to all thoughtful users of language concerned with preserving the vitality and precision of the spoken and written word.


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A Long Letting Go: Meditations on Losing Someone You Love

Wise, nurturing reflections for caregivers letting go of loved ones.


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A Faithful Farewell: Living Your Last Chapter with Love

Beautiful meditations to nurture and encourage those who are dying.


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