Meet the Christmas 2010 Starter Collection

Today’s guest post is by Deni Avant, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.

Some fantastic Christmas sales are happening right now and the Christmas 2010 Starter Collection is just one of many great specials we’re offering!

Of the five Christmas Collections, the Christmas 2010 Starter Collection is the smallest. Don’t worry though, you still get big savings! The Starter Collection includes 125 titles worth over $4,000. But at $2.40 per title, you’ll save 93%!

There are a variety of resources in the Starter Collection—commentaries, theological works, and Biblical studies—from authors like A. W. Pink, Oswald Chambers, H. A. Ironside, and A. W. Tozer just to name a few.

Check out a few great titles you’ll get in the Starter Collection:

  • Theology of the Old Testamentby Gustav Friedrich Oehler focuses on the supernatural character and gradual progress of revelation in the Old Testament.
  • When I Don’t Desire Godby John Piper discusses how to fight for joy as it is necessary to show God’s worthiness.
  • Philemon: The MacArthur New Testament Commentaryby John MacArthur focuses on the main doctrines of the text and how they relate to other Scriptures and what they mean to the reader.
  • The History of Christian Doctrinesby Louis Berkhof investigates the development and history of doctrines in an attempt to recover an appreciation for the doctrines in their present form.
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls in English by Geza Vermes is a completely expanded and revised edition of the English translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Religious Studies Review said The Dead Sea Scrolls in English is “by far still the best edition of the scrolls in English.”

These are just 5 of 125 titles in the Starter Collection so be sure to check out the list of everything you’ll get in this set.

Then make sure you check out the other collections too, the deals only get better as the collections get larger. With the entry level collection you get 125 great books at $2.40 a volume, as the collections get larger the price per volume drops considerably. With the Christmas 2010 Master Collection you get 2,010 new resources for $1.00 a book!

The Gift of Value This Christmas

We have a lot going on this Christmas, hopefully you haven’t missed out on the excitement surrounding this year’s Christmas collections, particularly the Christmas 2010 Master Collection: 2,010 titles worth more than $61,000.00 in print, at the ridiculously low price of $2,010! If you do the math, that’s almost 97% off.

Stop and reflect on that.

We’re taking 97% off the price, and you’re paying only 3%. Seems backwards, doesn’t it? We thought long and hard about discounting a collection this deeply, but we wanted to do something extra special this Christmas.

When talking about savings like this, it’s easy to get lost in the huge numbers. So allow me to help you put it in perspective.

$100 vs. $3

Imagine going into an electronics store to buy an item that costs $100. You missed the big sign out front, so you put a crisp $100 bill on the counter, expecting to be on your way. But the cashier stops you and begins to hand you $97 in change—$20, $40, $60, $80, $90, $95, $97.

Where would you keep 2,010 books?

Imagine trying to find space in your home for 2,010 new books. If each book was an inch thick (a very low estimation), you are going to have over sixteen stacks of books that are over ten feet tall! Hopefully you would be able to secure twenty new bookshelves quickly.

Compared to print in terms of dollars

Let me try to help you visualize how much someone would save when buying digital titles from Logos rather than the same titles in print.

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Obviously our Christmas sale represents a huge savings and an amazing opportunity! If you’re hesitant to take advantage of it, though, we have four other collections and a build-your-own option, too. Check them out and find the Christmas collection that will pay for itself over and over again in the years to come.

Build Your Own Collection for Christmas

We are so excited about the Logos Christmas Sale! We are offering some insane deals. The values begin with a collection of 125 books at $2.40 a title and culminate in the Christmas 2010 Master Collection, featuring 2,010 titles, worth more than $61,000.00 in print, at $1 a title! It is the largest collection we have ever offered, and at nearly 97% off of retail. These collections need to be seen to be appreciated.

But the values don’t end there!

We have made every title in the Christmas Master Collection available individually* at 50% off! This means that you can get a great deal on a couple of new resources or create your own special collection, tailor made—just for you. Choose as many as you want; there is no limit.

Don’t forget, any purchase over $29.90 qualifies for the Logos Payment Plan. So put together that dream collection and take advantage of the interest free Payment Plan to spread those payments out.

Pick up great deals like:

If you are on a modest budget or just want to be more selective, make sure to check out the individual* titles we have on sale. There are no coupon codes required—simply add them to your cart and check out.

*Not every single title is available on its own. For the titles in the Christmas 2010 Master Collection that are not available individually, we have discounted the the collections they normally appear in by 50%!

2010 Christmas Sale Starts Now!

12 Days of Logos, back by popular demand, has been underway for several days now. But that’s not all we have planned for Christmas this year.

More Christmas Sales!

Most of you are likely to find at least one great deal in 12 Days of Logos, but some of you may already own all the products being featured—or perhaps you’re just not interested in what we’ve chosen. So we came up with some more amazing Christmas sales just for you.

2,010 Titles for $2,010!

We’ve assembled a massive collection of 2,010 titles worth more than $61,000.00 in print, and we’re offering it at the insanely low price of only $2,010! At nearly 97% off retail and $1 per volume, this is the best deal we’ve ever offered—and it’s the biggest collection we’ve ever assembled. See the list of everything you’ll get. Warning: it may take you a while to get through it!

$2,010 vs. $172.50 for 12 Months

While $2,010 isn’t pocket change, as soon as this collection starts shipping (which could be as early as this Friday), you’ll be able to put it on a payment plan and spread the cost out over 12 months. If you want to use a payment plan, wait to place your order until it starts shipping. Don’t worry. The price will stay the same when it comes off Pre-Pub. This collection is probably one of the best ways you could spend your 2011 book budget.

Collections for Everyone

We realize that not everyone will be able to spend $2,010 on a collection—even with a payment plan. So we’re also offering four smaller collections:

These four collections don’t overlap with each other, so you could buy multiple collections without getting any duplicates. Even though the master collection is the best deal, all of these collections offer an amazing amount of content for the price.

50% Off Your Favorites

Have a more modest budget, or just want to be more selective? Don’t worry. We haven’t forgotten about you. All 2,010 titles included in the big collections are on sale—most individually and some in smaller collections. We’ve discounted them all by at least 50%, and there’s no limit on how many you can buy. Buy 1, 10, 100, or even 1,000, and take 50% off your entire order! No coupon codes necessary. Just add them to your cart and check out.

2,010 “New” Titles

Where did these 2,010 titles come from? Are they all new?

Technically, most of them aren’t brand new. But many if not most of them will be new to you.

Uncovering Buried Treasures

One of the new features on Logos.com is faceted browsing (the sidebar with all the categories that lets you stack various topics and facets on top of each other). It gives you incredible precision to find exactly what you’re looking for. Browse and filter by topic, resource type, author, publisher, Bible book, status, platform, and many more. As a result of this amazing new feature, many of you are discovering hundreds of titles that had previously been virtually invisible. In fact, most of them you probably didn’t even know we sold. Now that we have faceted browsing, we think you’ll be surprised at how many “new” titles you discover. The great news is that more than 2,000 of these gems are on sale for 50% off. See what buried treasures you can discover.

Breaking Up Collections

Most titles that go through our Pre-Pub program are in collections. That’s great for many people, but others are quite a bit more selective in what they buy. If that’s you, we’ve got good news. We’ve been splitting up most of our collections so you can purchase just the volumes you want. And we’ve included more than a thousand of these in this year’s Christmas special. Go find the ones you’ve been waiting for, and save 50% on your entire order.

20% Off Base Packages and Up to 20% Off Upgrades

And last but not least, we’re extending our special base packages and upgrades sale a little longer. If you don’t have a base package or are looking to upgrade to Platinum or Portfolio, now’s the last chance you’ll have for a while to get this good of a deal.

Good through the End of the Year

All of these specials are on right now and run through midnight on January 2. We intentionally chose to extend the specials into 2011 for those of you who need to tap into your 2011 budget.

Visit our Christmas Sale page for more information, and be sure to click the Like and Tweet buttons to let all your friends and colleagues know about the special Christmas sales.

FAQs

Several questions have come up, so I thought I’d address them here. Feel free to ask any other questions you have in the comments.

  1. Is there a way I can see what I already own?
    Yes. All 2,010 titles in the master collection are also available for sale in our new Christmas Specials list. You can either filter out the titles you already own to see what’s left, or filter out the titles you don’t own to see what you have. This should help you evaluate how much of the content (if any) you already own and find the collection(s) that are best for you.
  2. I already own some of the content in these collections. Can I get an additional discount?
    We’ve priced the collections knowing that many of you will own some of the content included in these collections. Even if you own half of the 2,010-volume collection, it’s still an amazing deal. If you’re not convinced, you’re welcome to build your own collection and take 50% off your entire order!
  3. My 2010 book budget is spent? Can I put this on my 2011 budget?
    Yes. We intentionally extended the sale through midnight January 2 to allow you to take advantage of your 2011 book funds.
  4. Can I buy one or more of the collections using a payment plan?
    Absolutely. You can take up to 12 months to pay for your purchase. If you’re going to use a payment plan, you’ll need to wait until they come off Pre-Pub.
  5. The collections are currently on Pre-Pub. Why? And when will they ship?
    We’re putting the finishing touches on them, and we didn’t want to make you wait any longer to see what we’ve been working on for you. The collections are almost ready to go and could ship as soon as this Friday.
  6. When the collections ship, will the price go up?
    No. The price will not change after they ship and will stay the same through January 2, 2011.
  7. How long will all the sales last?
    The prices are good through midnight on January 2, 2011.
  8. How do I save 50% off the individual titles and build my own collection?
    We’ve gone ahead and changed all the sale prices for all the titles, so you can simply add them to your cart and check out. You don’t need to use a coupon code.
  9. Do you have a comparison chart of what’s in each collection?
    We’re looking into making an excel spreadsheet available that you can download and peruse. Check back later.

The Colin E. Gunton Theology Collection

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Today’s guest post is by Kyle Anderson, from the Logos Bible Software electronic text development team.

I had a dream last night. I was seated at a large round table. In front of me was a banquet of fine foods. The greatest Christian thinkers were seated around me. I listened with equal parts admiration and curiosity as they spoke about who God is. They debated the trinity, what it means for Jesus to save, the Church, politics, and so much more. I suspected that some of what was shared was not quite right, but I also suspected that they were on to something more wonderful than I could ever concoct—even in my wildest dreams. As I reflected on these saint’s ruminations, I experienced the most curious of expressions: worship. Not hero worship for the of giants of theology, but worship of God. While I listened to them talk, I grew in my awareness of God’s unfathomable value.

Reading the work of some writers is just like this dream. It’s sitting at a great table, listening and learning. The best theologians can make you want to both throw the book (or monitor, or hand held device) across the room and fall on your knees in prayer and worship.

One of these theologians who might not be as well known is the late Colin Gunton. Before his death in 2003, Gunton was the Professor of Christian Doctrine at King’s College in London and co-founded the International Journal of Systematic Theology. A noted commentator on Karl Barth and Charles Harthshorne, and good-natured critic of Augustinianism, Gunton’s occasional writings are vast in scope, touching on nearly all aspects of traditional systematic theology or dogmatics: the doctrines of revelation, theological methodology, the Trinity, the Church, anthropology, and of course Christology.

Perhaps the best place to dig into the work of this great thinker is the Colin E. Gunton Theology Collection (6 vols.). These 6 volumes provide a fine contour of his life and work, touching on Trinitarian theology, the place of theology in preaching, and the life of faith. Also noteworthy in this collection are two edited works. In the first, Theology Through the Theologians, Gunton critically interacts with a wide swath of fellow members of the great theological table including Anselm, John Zizioulas, Reinhold Niebuhr, and John Henry Newman. In the second, The Theology of Reconciliation, he collects a number of essays on the broad topic of reconciliation between humans and God, between woman and man, and within the Church.

I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention his The Actuality of Atonement. Perhaps his best known work, it begins by looking at the history of rationalism through the lens of Kant, Hegel, and Shleiermacher. Gunton then moves through biblical metaphor and theological language before ending with atonement, the Triune God, and the community of reconciliation.

Helping Others with the Christian Counseling Bundle

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Today’s guest post is by Deborah Mickens, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.

Whether you’re a pastor, counselor, or lay person, the 19-volume Christian Counseling Bundle gives you helpful insights into helping others in need. And you’ll personally benefit from the collection too!

The Christian Counseling Bundle includes books written by some of the most well respected authors in the Christian counseling field, such as Dennis Rainey and Gary Chapman.

Titles in the Christian Counseling Bundle include:

  • Foundations for the Family Series:

    This four-book series combines the knowledge of more than 30 contributors with expert perspectives on Christian families. The books describe biblical foundations for manhood and womanhood, answering many of the questions that face our congregations. Why is our nation experiencing a crisis in family identity? What does the Bible say about true masculinity and true femininity and how does that affect our world? The editors hope these books “show how faithfulness to Scripture regarding manhood and womanhood results in a ministry that does not run from but faces and resolves the tough problems that confront people in their lives as men and women today.”

  • The Five Love Languages Collection (7 vols.):

    The Five Love Languages Collection brings together the mega-selling Five Love Languages titles. In these seven volumes, relationship counselor Gary Chapman equips you with the tools you need to determine the love languages you—and those close to you—speak. You’ll learn to demonstrate your love to your spouse, children, and teenagers using the love languages they understand. Moreover, you’ll be able to show how they can most effectively communicate love to you—by teaching them to speak in the languages you respond to best.

  • Christian Focus Counseling Collection (8 vols.):

    Jesus said, in describing his ministry, that He had come to “preach good tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and to open prison to those who are bound.” This is an important part of ministry today; not just to focus on the individual salvation of people, but to bring comfort to the most troubling areas. The Christian Focus Counseling Collection comprises eight volumes of material to help aid you in leading people towards wholeness without pat answers, and without platitudes.

If you were to purchase each of these books separately, you would spend over $200, but now you can purchase the Christian Counseling Bundle for only $149.95. Don’t miss out; order your copy today!

Stay on Budget with Logos Payment Plans

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Today’s guest post is by Ryan Rotz, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.

We understand that churches are on a tight budget. Pastors often have a fixed amount they can spend on books every month, which makes any large purchase seem daunting.

And let’s not forget the students. School is expensive and big-ticket items, however essential, are often out of reach.

When it comes to large purchases from Logos, Payment Plans can help to solve this problem. Instead of paying the full price up front, you can pay a fraction of the cost every month for up to a year. The plan applies to all purchases over $29.90 (tax and shipping included).

This is a great opportunity to purchase one of those collections you have had your eye on, or even invest in a new Logos 4 Base Package!

In the long run, purchasing a larger package—like the best-selling Platinum—is a huge savings when compared to buying books individually or even buying a smaller package with a plan to upgrade later.

Am I charged interest?

The Payment Plan is interest-free, with only a $5 monthly administrative fee (collected to cover the costs of processing reoccurring payments). We don’t expect to make any profit on it and offer it purely as a service to our customers.

Don’t just take our word for it. Consider these words from Alen, a Logos Payment Plan user:

I have used the Payment Plan to purchase my initial Scholar Library package, and once again with the upgrade to the Gold edition. I think $5 a month is not even worth worrying about considering when you get something like the Scholar Gold package at $1400 and you paid that over 12 months with $60 worth of administration fees it works out to being less than 5% of the total cost of the product. . . .Thanks guys for this option. It has helped me greatly and perhaps more so in the future.

To take advantage of the payment plan, simply select the payment plan option during the final step of checkout, enter your phone number, and select the number of payments you’d like to make. It is that simple.

To make it even easier on your wallet, we are still offering 20% off of all base packages for a limited time so order today!

Now on Pre-Pub: N. T. Wright Collection (34 vols.)

Today’s guest post is by Bethany Olsen, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.

Recently, the marketing department—fueled by copious amounts of coffee—has been working hard on redesigning the new Logos.com website. The end result has been well worth the effort. I love the easier navigation as well as the enhanced searching capabilities (not to mention the new and improved Pre-Pub page)!

Now that the new site is live, you should be seeing more Pre-Pubs heading your way. One recent addition of particular note is our new N. T. Wright Collection (34 vols.). Wright’s large body of work has provided an impressive contribution to the Church, and we are pleased to be able to offer more of his works to Logos users.

This set of thirty-four comprehensive volumes provides great academic content. The collection not only features Wright’s well-loved book Simply Christian, but also fifteen New Testament commentaries, resources on eschatology, volumes on Christ’s life and the Lord’s Prayer, discussions on the authority of the Bible, and more! This collection has much to offer. Wright was named by Christianity Today as one of the world’s top five theologians and his words are accessible to a wide spectrum of readers: theologians, biblical scholars, church ministers, and laity alike. No matter where you fit into that spectrum, knowing what this noted theologian has to say will greatly enhance your Bible study.

By the way, we had a chance to sit down with him recently, and he had some great stuff to say! He even shared his thoughts regarding the future of biblical scholarship in a digital era. Stay tuned for a forthcoming video of our interview with him.

Here are some of our other collections containing N. T. Wright resources:

Everyone Loves a Good Story

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Today’s guest post is by Sarah Wilson, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.

I love a good story. I was that kid hiding under the covers with a flashlight, catching up on Nancy Drew or the Chronicles of Narnia, long after lights out. With my love of reading and the written word, becoming an English major was an easy choice. In college, I studied plot devices, story arches, character development, point-of-view, literary theories, narrative structures, as well as things like grammar, punctuation, and citation systems. Studying the more technical aspects of novels, essays, and non-fiction pieces made my old beloved stories mean so much more—there are universal characteristics that make a compelling and appealing story.

The Bible is full of stories—the best stories because they are true. The stories of David, Moses, Simon Peter—heroes of the faith—inspire us, convict us, and provide context for our lives. Knowing the structure and literary background of the Bible is essential for general readers, professors, students, and anyone wanting to understand more about about the framework of the written Word of God.

As a book worm who geeks out over narrative ideas and theories, I’m really excited about David Jobling’s The Sense of Biblical Narrative (2 vols.), a Pre-Pub shipping tomorrow. In essay format, he goes into amazing detail on the narrative and theological structure of the Old Testament, covering literary theories such as myth, political and geographical ideologies, as well as providing invaluable exegetical and critical analysis of various Old Testament characters and passages, such as Jonathan, Ahab, and Numbers 11—12.

For those of you who want to get more out of your Bible study or sermon preparation, or if you love narrative ideas and background as much as I do, this incredibly helpful collection is a must-have. It’s in production right now—it will be going live the day before Thanksgiving. The Sense of Biblical Narrative (2 vols.) retails at $109.95, so pre-order today and get it for only $22.95!

Editing in High Definition

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Today’s guest post is from John D. Barry, the Editor-in-Chief of Bible Study Magazine, the author of The Resurrected Servant in Isaiah, and the Book Publisher on titles like the High Definition Commentary: Philippians and the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary.

Editing a commentary is usually a chore. There are footnotes, end notes, and in-between notes—all information you want, but usually don’t want to edit. Editing Steve Runge’s High Definition Commentary: Philippians was different: it was life changing. Here’s why.

There Aren’t Notes—and That’s Good
Comprehensive commentaries, like volumes of the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary, need notes. You want as much information as possible to ensure that you’ll find what you’re looking for. But Runge’s Philippians commentary has a different purpose: it’s practical and teachable.

This quote from the commentary, which is about Philippians 1:28, will show you what I mean.

Opposition can cause us to second-guess our decisions. Should we have done this? Was it all a mistake? If I had done it differently would things have gone more smoothly? To address these issues, Paul reframes the idea of “striving for something” in the face of opposition. How do you deal with the doubts and second-guessing? By going back to what you know to be true. If God has really called … [the Philippians] to this ministry, and opposition is to be expected as a natural consequence of its message, then why doubt? They doubt because they’re relying on their own perspective. Paul addresses this once again by recasting things from God’s perspective.

Like a Story, You Will Want to Read This Commentary Cover to Cover
I read this commentary cover to cover. Yes, that’s my job. But once you download it, you will want to do the same. Until now, I’ve never read a commentary with a narrative arc. This commentary has a beginning, middle and end. Like the book of Philippians, this commentary has plot twists, shocking moments, and a climax.

After I read this commentary, I wanted to change parts of my life. I wanted to follow Jesus more closely, pray more intently, and love more fully. Steve has an incredible way of blending a linguist’s understanding of the Bible with passion and application. As I told Steve, “The church needs this commentary series.”

Graphics Make This Commentary High Def
Prose can only get you so far. Some words are just better as images. This is the first commentary I’ve ever seen with graphics. Shiloh Hubbard, the Visual Designer on this project, did an amazing job creating the accompanying slides that illustrate Steve’s commentary. If you buy the commentary, you’ll get 2 -3 slides for each section of Scripture. We’re making the Bible memorable while also making your job easy: you can use these slides for teaching.

This particular slide from the commentary stuck in my mind. It called me back to rejoicing in my prayers—a reminder that we all need. It also prompted me to request the same from the church plant I’m part of.

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Here’s Steve’s description of the slide—his descriptions come with the commentary too.

Rejoicing as a Safeguard: Paul begins the chapter by “again” commanding the Philippians to rejoice. It is one of the most critical things they can do to guard their hearts against discouragement. It’s not just a good idea, it is a safeguard specifically designed by God for this purpose. How does it work? If I am choosing to rejoice in the Lord over my circumstances or situation, it will be nearly impossible to grumble and complain about the same thing. It is an either/or proposition. A natural consequence of truly rejoicing in the Lord about something is the inability to complain about it. You cannot grumble and rejoice about the same thing at the same time. If you’re grumbling, you’re not rejoicing.

Pre-order Steve Runge’s High Definition Commentary: Philippians now. And then pre-order the Romans volume.