Vyrso’s Top 5 Deals, Interviews, and Posts

Vyrso LogoThe Vyrso blog is having its best month ever! We’ve offered a bunch of free books, listed our top picks from 2013, interviewed some of the most promising up-and-coming Christian authors, and more.

If you’re missing out on some of Vyrso’s best content, here are five posts you need to check out:

1. Resolve to Grow: Get 20 Devotionals under $5

Make 2014 the year you commit to spending more daily time with God. To help, we’re offering 20 devotionals for less than $5 each! Through January 27, you can save on bestselling authors like Sarah Young, Jarrid Wilson, and others.

2. Top 15 Authors to Watch in 2014

We reached out to some of the most popular Christian publishers to ask which authors to watch in 2014. The result is this list of incredibly talented writers. From names you’ve probably never heard of to already-burgeoning stars, this is your go-to list for staying in the know on new Christian talent.

3. Growing toward Christlikeness: An Interview with Dr. Andrew DavisAn Infinite Journey

Dr. Andrew Davis’ first book has already received glowing reviews from the likes of D. A. Carson and Tim Challies. In his exclusive interview with Vyrso, Dr. Davis, one of our authors to watch, talks about the roadblocks to Christian maturity, his passion to explain how justification and sanctification relate, and his “infinite journey” to glorify God.

4. Win an iPad mini, Logos 5 Gold, and Real Marriage by Mark Driscoll

Mark and Grace Driscoll’s annual Real Marriage conference is right around the corner, and to kick-start this exciting event, we’re giving away some awesome free stuff! Until February 20, you can enter to win an iPad mini, Logos 5 Gold, Real Marriage, and the Real Marriage Participant’s Guide. Plus, you can use coupon code LOGOSRM to get 10% off the Real Marriage simulcast. Register for the simulcast and enter to win today!

5. Vyrso’s Top 20 Reader Favorites of 2013vyrso-badges_reader-fav-300

Our roundup of last year’s most downloaded books is awesome for two reasons: 1., it tells you which books you need to add to your 2014 reading list, and 2., most of the featured books are either free or heavily discounted. Check out our top 20 reader favorites today!

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10 Pre-Pubs You’re About to Miss

Pre-Publication is your last chance to pre-order new resources at awesome discounts. Some products don’t spend much time in the pre-order stage, so keeping an eye on the Pre-Pub page is always a good idea. Not only will you get new books for less—you’ll have them as soon as they’re released.

Here are 10 Pre-Pubs shipping in the next few weeks—don’t miss out!

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1. Evangelical Theology

Regularly $39.95—pre-order it for $29.95

Evangelical Theology is a systematic theology written from the perspective of a biblical scholar. Michael F. Bird contends that the center, unity, and boundary of the evangelical faith is the evangel, or gospel, as opposed to things like justification by faith or inerrancy.

2. Historical Theology In-Depth

Regularly $69.95—pre-order it for $49.95

In Historical Theology In-Depth, David Beale explores the doctrines, movements, and heresies that have defined Christianity’s history and continue to shape theology today. Volume 1 examines the Greek apologists, the theological traditions of Alexandria and Carthage, the battlefields of the ecumenical councils, and the writings of IrenaeusTertullianAugustine, and others from the first century through the early Reformation.

james-r-white-collection3. James R. White Collection

Regularly $168.24—pre-order it for $119.95

This 12-volume collection gives you engaging, relevant works by seasoned apologist and acclaimed author James R. White. These books cover a variety of topics: the Qur’an, the beliefs of Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses, the differences between Catholicism and evangelical Christianity, the doctrines of the Trinity and justification, and more.

4. How We Got the New Testament: Text, Transmission, Translation

Regularly $21.99—pre-order it for $19.95

Stanley Porter, one of the world’s foremost experts in New Testament language and literature, offers a historical overview of the writing, transmission, and translation of the New Testament. Porter rigorously defends the traditional goal of textual criticism: to establish the original text. He reveals fascinating details about the earliest New Testament manuscripts, and shows that the textual evidence supports an early date for the New Testament’s formation.

6 more Pre-Pubs shipping soon

5. T&T Clark Jewish Studies Collection
6. Systematic Theology
7. The Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary
8. Ex Auditu: An International Journal of Theological Interpretation of Scripture
9. Baker Academic Theological Studies Update
10. Wipf & Stock Jesus Studies Collection

You won’t be able to pre-order these resources much longer. Make sure you get the best price: pre-order them today!

Place Your Bid Before It’s Too Late!

Community Pricing is the best way to get new collections at the lowest prices, but with 300-plus products on Community Pricing right now, it can be tough to keep track of all the best deals. Here are six products that are close to leaving Community Pricing—don’t miss out!

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Pliny’s Natural History

Regularly $149.95—current bid is $30

One of the largest and most comprehensive surviving works from the Roman Empire, Pliny the Elder’s Natural History offers a rare glimpse into the scholarship of the ancient world. Across 37 books, Pliny covers botany, zoology, astronomy, geology, geography, mineralogy, and how each of these interacts with Roman life.

The Works of Thomas Adams

Regularly $59.95—current bid is $24

Called “The Shakespeare of the Puritans” by Robert Southey, Thomas Adams wrote elegant, edifying sermons and treatises. Though his pragmatic politics left him caught between two extremes—loyalists and radical Puritans—he was a popular preacher and lecturer. His works give you a look into English faith shortly before the English Civil War.

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Apollodorus’ The Library

Regularly $29.95—current bid is $12

The Library, one of the greatest accomplishments in ancient Greek literature, provides a plain, thorough summary of Greek mythology and legends. The text draws from the most authoritative literary materials available; aside from a few minor corrections, Apollodorus refuses to embellish upon his sources, leaving us with an accurate, trustworthy, concise overview of these Greek tales. Some of these works appear nowhere else.

Select Works of August Hermann Francke

Regularly $44.95—current bid is $14

August Hermann Francke was a Lutheran Pietist theologian, pedagogue, pastor, and social reformer. His work spanned everything from missionary coordination to preaching, from building low-income schools to teaching college-level theology, Hebrew, and exegesis. His zeal and intellect shine through in these writings, demonstrating his political and ecumenical leadership, his vision for foreign missions, and his heart for the poor.

life-and-works-of-justinian-the-greatLife and Works of Justinian the Great

Regularly $74.95—current bid is $60

Justinian the Great was the Byzantine emperor from 527 to 565. In late antiquity, he fought to restore the Roman Empire through judicial reform and reclamation of the lost Western boundaries. Known as “the last Roman,” he remains an important transitional figure spanning the ancient and medieval eras.

The Gentile and the Jew in the Courts of the Temple of Christ

Regularly $39.95—current bid is $21

Spanning the first century BC through approximately AD 160, this collection explores the historical context surrounding the dawn of Christianity. J. J. I. Döllinger examines both the early antagonism toward Christianity and the faith’s cultural and intellectual foundations.

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These aren’t all the products up for bid—check out the rest of our Community Pricing resources today!

Logos 5: Display English Bibles in the Library

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

A Logos user recently asked me this question:

Arranging my library by type (A) displays all my Bibles, including Greek and Aramaic fragments. How can I display just my English Bibles? 

A rule with filter fields will easily do the trick.

Enter this text in the library’s find box: type:Bible AND lang:English (B)

This rule instructs Logos to look in the type field for just the word Bible (C) and, at the same time, to look in the languages field for the word English (D). Both terms have to match, so you see only English-language Bibles! (E)

Of course, to show only Hebrew or Greek Bibles, change the word English to Hebrew or Greek.

 

Studying the Old Testament: 3 Terms to Keep in Mind

logos-mobile-education-john-walton-background-of-the-old-testament-bundleThe Old Testament makes up two-thirds of the Bible and lays the foundation on which the rest of Scripture stands. Yet most churches devote less than half their teaching to the OT.

Where do you start studying the Old Testament, and where do you start teaching it? With Dr. John Walton’s Mobile Ed Bundle, you’ll walk through the background and typology of the Old Testament, laying the framework for your future studies.

In his introduction, Walton explains three things to keep in mind while studying the Old Testament:

 

With Logos Mobile Ed, you learn in an innovative mobile learning environment designed to leverage the power of Logos Bible Software. It’s a biblical and theological education that only Logos could design and deliver.

This introduction is just the beginning. Further your Old Testament studies—pre-order the John Walton Bundle today and get it for 40% off!

Resolve to Grow: Get 8 Devotionals under $20

Resolve to Grow in 2014

Make 2014 the year you resolve to grow—closer to God, closer to the Word, and closer to the person Christ wants you to be. To help you establish a strong foundation for the new year, here are three ways you can rejuvenate your Bible study and saturate your life with the Word:

1. Get inspired with discounted devotionals

Learn from the best, and immerse yourself in Scripture. Through January 27, use coupon code GROW2014 to save up to 50% on eight inspirational devotionals:The Pursuit of Holiness

2. Start using Logos 5 for less than $30 a monthStarter

Improve your Bible study and keep a tight budget with Logos 5′s Starter base package. Starter offers a simple, affordable way into the world’s most advanced Bible software. For less than $30 a month, create custom reading-plan templates, get instant information on biblical events, people, and places, search your library by topic or passage, and learn from nearly 200 resources—a library that would cost more than $3,500 in print.

This is an amazing way to kick-start your Bible study at an incredibly affordable price. Get Starter today!

3. Stay on track with personalized Bible study templates

Logos 5 brings out the best in your devotionals—it’s the simplest, most effective way to stay on track with your daily readings. It pulls together all the books you need into one unified template, so you can read your favorite devotionals side by side with your preferred Bible translation, reading plan, and dictionary. Here’s how:

 

Master all of Logos 5’s tools and features: check out all our helpful tutorials, and make 2014 the year you become a Bible study expert.

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Take advantage of big savings on inspirational devotionals and start using Logos 5 for less than $30 a month.

You have everything you need to make 2014 a success, so what are you waiting for? It’s time to resolve to grow.

3 Collections You Should Complete Today

We’re always improving Logos products. We want to make it easier to find the books you’re looking for, and easier to keep up with all the available works from your favorite authors, commentaries, and series.

Here are three popular products we’ve recently reorganized. In each case, we removed redundant overlapping products: now, just by checking the product page, you can see all the available works without doing the inventory legwork on your own. If you’re missing anything, you’ll get a dynamically discounted price on the collection as a whole. And if the “Add to cart” button is grayed out, you can ignore the price—you already own everything in the set. (And kudos to you!)

christian-origins-and-the-question-of-god-series1. N. T. Wright’s Christian Origins series

This week, we updated Christian Origins, the series everyone’s raving about, with Paul and the Faithfulness of God. If you don’t yet have the series, now’s a good time to jump in—you’ll only pay for the books you don’t yet own. Check out the product page to see your special discount!

2. Exegetical Summaries Series

We’ve updated the Exegetical Summaries collection, too. Exegetical Summaries provides summaries and surveys of major commentaries’ and theologians’ arguments, helping you overcome the challenges of translation, exegesis, and interpretation. You can quickly identify exegetical challenges, discover a text’s interpretive history, and survey the scope of everything written about each verse and phrase.

preaching-the-word-series3. Preaching the Word Series

The Preaching the Word series takes an expository and pastoral approach to exegesis, helping you teach the main messages and themes of 36 books of the Bible. Combining practical application and an expositional focus, this 30-volume collection (condensed into 28 Logos resources) will save hours of research time for any pastor, teacher, or researcher.

Completing these commentary sets might be a far better deal than you think—after all, you’ll only pay for the volumes you’re missing out on.

Take a look at your favorites today!

Finding the Right Sermon Illustrations

300-illustrations-for-preachersLast fall, we introduced a new book to help preachers illustrate their sermons: 300 Illustrations for Preachers. This collection of powerful illustrations, selected and edited by Jim L. Wilson, is categorized by theme and Scripture reference. It integrates seamlessly into your Logos library and is easily searchable using the Sermon Starter Guide in Logos 5.

For example, let’s say I’m preaching about the image of God, and I want to emphasize the importance of every individual. Searching through 300 Illustrations for Preachers by topic, I find this:

Undervaluing an Original

Theme: Image of God

Matthew 10:29–31; Luke 12:6–7

“Oliver Chanler of Geneseo, NY explained why no one had ever cleaned a portrait of George Washington that hung in his parents’ home. ‘Suspect that’s because no one thought it was of great value.’ The family had always supposed the portrait was a common copy. Appraisers declared it an original Gilbert Stuart portrait worth around $300,000. It eventually sold at auction for $925,000.

We treat those things of great value with more care than things we consider common. Can we remember that each person is an original with great worth in the Lord’s eyes?”

—Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell

I can find this illustration by searching thematically (image of God) or by Scripture (Matthew 10:29–31 or Luke 12:6–7). I even have a link to the original article in case I want to dig deeper. So however I chose to prepare my sermon, I have an easily accessible and effective way to help my audience remember that all people, no matter their appearance, are special because they are made in God’s image.

300 Illustrations for Preachers is an incredible value, and it’s very close to leaving Community Pricing at just $7. The more people bid on it, the lower the price goes—pre-order your copy today!

Then check out all the Lexham Press resources on Community Pricing.

5 Types of Dictionaries You Need

Bible dictionaries are enormously helpful (especially in Logos!), and having access to multiple types is useful for comparing definitions, studying context, and making sure you have the most accurate information. If you start adding up how much it would cost to pick up several print editions, though, you might decide that multiple types of dictionaries aren’t worth it. Luckily, with Logos—especially with Pre-Pub and Community Pricing—you can get Bible dictionaries for a fraction of the price, in a far more valuable format.

Here are five types of dictionaries on Community Pricing, some of them for up to 91% off:

a-dictionary-of-the-bible1. Biblical: A Dictionary of the Bible

Regularly $99.95—current bid is $15

The Dictionary of the Bible (5 vols.), edited by biblical scholar James Hastings, is a thorough index of all the key terms in Scripture. With over a hundred contributors, this five-volume, 4,500-page set gives you over 1,500 definitions. The articles focus on people, places, archaeology, geology, theology, and obscure biblical terms.

Here are two other Bible dictionaries on Community Pricing:

2. Greek, Hebrew, and Latin: Lewis and Short’s Latin Dictionary

Regularly $129.95—current bid is $24

Best known as “Lewis and Short,” Lewis and Short’s Latin Dictionary is an expansive, detailed dictionary of Latin words from the classical period up through the late medieval era. Based on Freund’s German edition, Lewis and Short’s Latin Dictionary is comprehensive, with over 2,000 pages of detailed lexical data.

Here are a few other classical dictionaries on Community Pricing:

dictionary-of-christian-antiquities3. Church history and religion: Dictionary of Christian Antiquities

Regularly $121.50—current bid is $12

The Dictionary of Christian Antiquities gives a complete account of the leading people, institutions, art, social life, writings, and controversies of the Christian church, covering the time of the apostles up through the age of Charlemagne.

Here are two other church-history and religion dictionaries on Community Pricing:

4.  Ancient Greece and Rome: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities

Regularly $9.56—current bid is $8

The Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities is a 1,300-page compendium of information about the ancient world. Covering architecture, law, festivals, furniture, religion, warfare, customs, daily life, and more, it gives you access to a broader understanding of ancient life.

Here are a few other ancient-Greece and ancient-Rome dictionaries on Community Pricing:

brewers-dictionary-of-phrase-and-fable5. English and the humanities: Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

Regularly $34.95—current bid is $20

Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable is a unique and useful reference work offering definitions of famous phrases, idioms, proverbs, allusions, and figures—literary, historical, and mythological alike. Many of these succinct explanations, marked by Brewer’s famous wit, don’t appear in traditional dictionaries or encyclopedias.

Here are two other English and humanities dictionaries on Community Pricing:

This is your chance to get these valuable dictionaries at the best price you’ll see—get yours before time runs out.

The more people who bid, the better the price, so be sure to spread the word!

Save Now on 3 New Logos Mobile Ed Courses!

Mobile EdLogos Mobile Education brings together renowned professors, an incredible theological library, amazing software tools and features, and an online academic community that brings it all right to you.

This revolutionary education program leverages the power of Logos Bible Software to create an innovative learning environment that’s completely mobile. It’s the kind of biblical and theological education that only Logos could design and deliver.

Check out these new Mobile Ed courses:

Logos Mobile Education: NT331 Book Study:
Paul’s Letter to the Romans

Douglas Moo, the highly respected Kenneth T. Wessner Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College, covers this important epistle’s themes. Dr. Moo follows Paul’s arguments while addressing important historical and theological considerations, as well as current ideas in Pauline studies.

With Mobile Ed, you’re getting an education built on the best technology:

  • The high-definition videos are filmed in short segments that you can return to as often as you’d like. Dr. Moo’s teaching is filmed in a one-to-one format that helps give the class a personalized feel.
  • Videos are enriched with links to the Logos library. From the lectures, you can jump into Logos 5 and take your study even deeper. Follow along as the video connects you to the right book, page, and paragraph. Plus, like your library, video lectures are fully searchable.
  • Screencast Logos 5 videos translate what you’re learning into cutting-edge study techniques. Not only are you receiving a valuable biblical education; you’re learning skills you’ll draw from in your ministry for years to come.
  • The centerpiece of the Mobile Ed courseware is the Logos digital library, the premier biblical research tool for the twenty-first century. No other resource puts as much standard academic material for theology and biblical studies at your fingertips and at the pace of your life. No other educational program lets you take the library with you.

Pick up this course while it’s on Pre-Pub and save over 40%—pre-order yours now.

Logos Mobile Education: John Walton Background of the Old Testament Bundle (2 courses)

The Old Testament constitutes two-thirds of our Bible, but most churches devote less than half their teaching to it. Where does one begin making use of the Old Testament? In these two courses, Dr. John Walton lectures on the background and typology of the Old Testament and the origins of Genesis 1–3, opening the doors for pastors, students, and laypeople to begin studying and learning from the OT. Successful students will come away with a new interpretive framework through which to analyze the Old Testament, exegeting and wrestling with the text on its own terms.

Pre-order yours while it’s on Pre-Pub for 40% off!

Logos Mobile Education: Elyse Fitzpatrick Bundle (3 courses)

These three courses—in counseling and personal and professional development—build the fundamental character principles every growing and learning Christian must have. Elyse Fitzpatrick brings over 24 years of Bible-focused counseling to your education, helping you understand the importance of a rock-solid identity in Christ and teaching tried-and-true methods for imparting this identity to everyone you meet.

Pre-order now to save 40% on these three courses.

And don’t forget: the entire nine-course Logos Mobile Education: Bible and Doctrine Foundations Bundle is available on Pre-Pub, too, for an even greater discount!

Learn more about Logos Mobile Education

Want to learn more about educational opportunities with Logos Mobile Ed? Visit Logos.com/Mobile-Ed, or check out the following posts:

Then join the discussion in the Logos Mobile Education forums!