Why You Should Integrate Audiobooks into Your Daily Routine

the-cost-of-discipleshipDon’t let day-to-day activities compete with your Bible study—instead, make them work together with audiobooks.

Audiobooks are perfect for when it feels like life is getting in the way of your study. They increase your productivity, help you integrate the Word into your life, and keep you grounded and focused on the things important to you. The struggle to choose between important day-to-day tasks and productive study doesn’t have to be difficult—with an audiobook, you can accomplish both.

Working out, hiking, driving, cooking, and other regular activities are all part of a healthy lifestyle. But when you’re doing them, you can’t read a book or study in front of a computer screen. It’s during these times that audiobooks shine: just choose your reading pace, then listen, learn, and find inspiration—regardless of what else you’re doing.

Audiobooks help you find time to think about important questions and find answers in places you may have overlooked. Watch this short video to see how you can integrate audiobooks into your daily routine:

 

Choose from 100+ audiobooks

Visit Logos.com/Audiobooks to see a selection of well-regarded works from respected authors and theologians.

Many of these audiobooks are currently on Pre-Pub, which means you’ll get the best deal when you pre-order them. When they ship, you’ll be able to listen to them on both your desktop and your mobile devices. And your play data will sync across platforms—you’ll be able to pick up right where you left off last time, regardless of the device you’re using.

Start by checking out these audiobooks:

See all 100+ audiobooks at Logos.com/Audiobooks and choose your favorites!

The Gospels and Red Volkswagens

mobile-ed-studies-in-the-gospels-bundleWhat if the order of the New Testament was on purpose? What if we read the Gospels not as four varying accounts, but as one inspired four-fold Gospel? How would our understanding of the rest of the New Testament change if we read it through the lens of this four-fold Gospel? These questions, posed to me by Dr. Jonathan Pennington, made me stop and think. To illustrate, he drew a helpful illustration for me, about a red Volkswagen.

If you were to go out and buy a red Volkswagen, something remarkable would happen to your perception and observation of other cars around you. You would begin to see, more than ever, many other red Volkswagens. For me, it was a blue ’75 VW Vanagon, but that’s beside the point. I could immediately see what he was getting at: when you saturate yourself in the Gospels and see them as the defining documents of the movement of Jesus followers, you begin to see them echoed and alluded to (not always in direct reference, of course) throughout the rest of the New Testament. The four-fold Gospel is, after all, the biography of Jesus the Messiah, upon whom the rest of the writers put their faith and whose followers they wrote to instruct.

This conversation with Dr. Pennington led me to reevaluate the fervor and depth of my own study of the Gospels, and I realized that I had only begun to skim the surface. That’s why I am excited about the Mobile Ed: Studies in the Gospel Bundle (9 courses).

This collection of Mobile Ed courses provides training from some of academia’s forefront scholars on the Gospels and this Jesus whose story they tell. This is an unprecedented opportunity for you to study from Jonathan Pennington, Daniel M. Doriani, Craig A. Evans, Mark L. Strauss, David E. Garland, and Joel Willitts. Combined, these authors and professors have spent decades studying Jesus and the Gospels, and they have produced many esteemed commentaries and monographs on the subjects.

This Mobile Ed bundle includes nine courses to ground you in a firm foundation of Gospel studies:

How do I use these courses?

Mobile Ed courses are carefully designed to fit your life and your learning style. For the full Mobile Ed experience, you can take the course in a structured environment within your software, taking full advantage of self-tests and quizzes, associated readings, and the course’s Faithlife group for discussion. The video lectures are available in short, logical thought-packets to help you learn more in less time. They are accompanied by transcripts to help you search, make notes, and follow along.

If you want to simply watch the videos, you can do that too—on your computer or your mobile device! This is perfect to learn alongside your spouse, or to enjoy learning during a long commute.

These courses can also be utilized like an enhanced commentary. Search them, quote them in papers and articles, and comb through their information as Logos 5 presents the data in its tools and features.

No matter how you learn, Logos Mobile Education will be a great fit for you. So dive into an in-depth study of Jesus and the Gospels with the best guides you could ask for!

Pre-order today and take 40% off the regular price.

Why Read Satire?

why-read-satire-noet-1English philosopher Francis Bacon wrote, “The monuments of wit survive the monuments of power.” In other words, while the trappings of power may decay, works of wit endure.

Among these works of wit is satire. Much more than just a joke at another’s expense, satire is the use of humor to expose faults and inspire change.

I love reading classic satirical literature. While appreciating the author’s razor-sharp pen and comical incisions, we get to study the social mores of another culture and era. And, amazingly, works of satire that were written hundreds of years ago still feel incredibly relevant to today, revealing the foibles of humanity that transcend any particular setting.

Among my favorite “monuments of wit” (by three monumentally witty authors!) are Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, and Charles Dickens’ Bleak House.

And best of all, they’re all available right now on Community Pricing!

Jonathan Swift vexes the world

When writing to his friend and fellow satirist Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift stated that his chief goal in writing Gulliver’s Travels was “to vex the world rather than divert it.”

why-read-satire-noet-jonathan-swiftGulliver’s Travels is presented as the travelogue of middle-class Englishman Lemuel Gulliver. Upon opening the book, the reader encounters an illustration of Gulliver and a history of his life prior to voyaging to fantastical lands. In true Enlightenment-era fashion, Gulliver presents his story in a rational manner—calm, clinical, and quantitative. By all appearances, it is no different from an ordinary travelogue (which were all the rage in eighteenth-century England).

In the unfolding narrative of his travels, Gulliver reminds the reader that his goal is “to relate plain matter(s) of fact in the simplest manner and style.” He takes his encounters with Lilliputians, giants, floating islands, intelligent horses, and the brutish Yahoos in stride—rarely expressing shock.

By presenting the fantastic as ordinary (or mildly unusual at most), Swift creates his first layer of irony. Professor Ernest Tuveson puts it best, stating, “In Gulliver’s Travels there is a constant shuttling back and forth between real and unreal, normal and absurd . . . until our standards of credulity are so relaxed that we are ready to buy a pig in a poke.” No aspect of eighteenth-century England (or human nature in general) is off limits to Swift. He takes what is familiar and makes it foreign. The normal becomes the absurd. He presents a characteristic as sensible, then proceeds to render it senseless.

When discussing Gulliver’s Travels, I’ve often found that no one can agree upon its ultimate message. Is it to lampoon eighteenth-century politics and corruption? To mock the Enlightenment’s devotion to reason and science? Or to show that we’re simply all Yahoos?

On the surface, Gulliver’s Travels is a simple adventure story. But, as one peels back the layers of irony, they’ll find a captivating and complex satire. Having never gone out of print, Gulliver’s Travels has continued to vex readers for over 280 years.

See what all the fuss is about: pick up Gulliver’s Travels and more with Noet’s Select Works of Jonathan Swift. They’re still on Community Pricing—bid now!

Jane Austen examines the relationship between society and literature

Jane Austen is best known for her ironic humor and satire of the British upper class. In Pride and Prejudice, her most popular novel, Austen’s sharp wit is directed toward nineteenth-century English society’s preoccupation with marriage—especially making a “socially advantageous” match.

why-read-satire-noet-jane-austenCheck out the book’s first sentence:

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

In the midst of writing and revising Pride and Prejudice, Austen completed Northanger Abbey, an ironic parody of the sensational Gothic novels that were so popular during her time. Parody—imitating the style of another composition for comical effect—when used to critique, can be an effective vehicle for satire.

In Austen’s parody, the main character, Catherine, loves Gothic novels—the haunted castles, brooding villains, and pale-faced heroines. During her stay at Northanger Abbey, Catherine confuses real life with fiction, expecting the happenings at the abbey to parallel a Gothic novel. She’s in the correct setting—shouldn’t the characters and plot follow? This is especially well illustrated when Catherine believes to have found a secret document:

Her greedy eye glanced rapidly over a page. She started at its import. Could it be possible, or did not her senses play her false? An inventory of linen, in coarse and modern characters seemed all that was before her! . . . Nothing could now be clearer than the absurdity of her recent fancies. To suppose that a manuscript of many generations back could have remained undiscovered in a room such as that, so modern, so habitable! or that she should be the first to possess the skill of unlocking a cabinet. . . .

As Catherine attempts to find the extraordinary in the ordinary, she misidentifies the true threats to her well-being—a false friend, a man obsessed with wealth, and her own naiveté.

Throughout the work, Austen masterfully builds tension and suspense—hallmarks of the Gothic novel—yet, when we peer into the shadows, instead of discovering ghostly apparitions, we find real life. Just like Catherine, we’ve been misdirected by our expectations.

More than just a comic parody, Northanger Abbey is a novel about the relationship between fiction and reality. Austen illustrates that literature’s impact on our worldview is not to be underestimated.

Good news—we’re building a Noet edition of Jane Austen’s novels! Pick up Northanger Abbey and Austen’s other works at the best price.

Charles Dickens crusades against injustice

why-read-satire-noet-charles-dickensFamous for his memorable characters and concern for the marginalized, Charles Dickens skillfully used satire to call for reform. Dickens himself was no stranger to injustice. When his family fell upon hard times, culminating in his father being sent to debtors’ prison, 12-year-old Charles was forced to leave school and work in a boot-blacking factory. Later, when reflecting on his life, Dickens marveled at the depth of society’s apathy, wondering “how I could have been so easily cast away at such an age.”

Among the most famous of Dickens’ works is Bleak House. In this novel, he satirizes a society that is hopelessly indifferent to the human need for empathy, vividly setting the scene with the novel’s first paragraph:

London. Michaelmas Term lately over, and the Lord Chancellor sitting in Lincoln’s Inn Hall. Implacable November weather. As much mud in the streets, as if the waters had but newly retired from the face of the earth, and it would not be wonderful to meet a Megalosaurus, forty feet long or so, waddling like an elephantine lizard up Holborn-hill. Smoke lowering down from chimney-pots, making a soft black drizzle, with flakes of soot in it as big as full-grown snow-flakes—gone into mourning, one might imagine, for the death of the sun. . . .

why-read-satire-noet-2By introducing the image of a Megalosaurus on London’s streets, Dickens recalls an archaic and brutish era. From his point of view, society is woefully out of touch with humanity, steadily sinking into the slime of prehistory.

According to American writer and literary critic Edmund Wilson, “Of all the Victorian novelists, [Dickens] was probably the most antagonistic to the Victorian age itself.”  Dickens’ novels consistently address the struggles of the poor in nineteenth-century England. Through his masterful portrayals of apathy, greed, and (on a brighter note) the true potential for human goodness, Dickens helped raise awareness and inspire change.

Today, Dickens continues to captivate readers, providing unique insight into the lives of those living on the fringes of Victorian society.

Dickens’ most influential works—including Bleak House—are currently on Community Pricing. Place your bid now!

Study satire with the best research tools for the best price

Jonathan Swift, Jane Austen, and Charles Dickens all employed satire as a clever way to inform and challenge the popular beliefs of their times. Due to their skillful storytelling and timeless themes, their monuments of wit have remained popular and relevant to today’s readers.

With Noet’s smart texts, you can examine satire with unparalleled depth. Compare and contrast Dickens’ influential works, scrolling side by side. Find every mention of “marriage” in Jane Austen’s novels with a single search. Make notes, highlight key phrases, and sync them across devices as you examine Gulliver’s Travels.

Select Works of Jonathan Swift, the Collected Works of Jane Austen, and Select Works of Charles Dickens are all on Community Pricing—bid now!

Then, continue building your library at Noet.com.

 

Romans, Now Available in High Definition

high-definition-commentary-romansRomans is Paul’s longest and most important epistle. The letter is filled with significant passages, as Paul unpacks the transformative nature of the gospel. But digging into the text can be pretty daunting if you’re not a Greek-language expert. All sorts of important details and interpretive cues could be lying beneath the surface.

Like a high-definition television brings out all of the visual details in your favorite movie, the High Definition Commentary: Romans brings out all of the linguistic details in this letter. The newest volume in this highly acclaimed series just shipped last week. You can get both the Philippians and the Romans volumes for 15% off using coupon code HIGHDEFCOM at checkout.

Study Romans and share it, too

The High Definition Commentaries are excellent study tools to help you cut through the technical jargon and understand the original Greek text. They also equip you to share your newfound understanding, as the rhetorical devices Paul uses are explained using modern English. We’ve also included over 120 custom-designed graphics that help you visually engage the text.

Here’s what author Steve Runge has to say:

See what others are saying

We also sent advance review copies of the High Definition Commentary: Romans to a few prominent scholars. Here’s what they have to say about it:

Steve Runge is not only one of the pioneers of discourse analysis of the Greek New Testament, but he is also a pioneer of a new type of New Testament commentary: one that is built on the rigorous observations of discourse analysis, and yet is packaged in a very accessible manner to be used by anyone wanting a helpful guide through the text. Alongside informed and insightful handling of the Epistle to the Romans, this commentary includes helpful images, illustrations, and applications, all of which will benefit preacher and general Bible reader alike.

—Constantine R. Campbell, PhD, associate professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Romans can be daunting for students. What is Paul saying and how do we understand it? We can be thankful to Runge for providing us with a discourse analysis of the letter which is accessible to the ordinary person. The many slides in the book also assist us in grasping what Paul is up to in the letter. Runge’s work on Romans will be helpful to scholars, preachers and teachers, and students of the scriptures.

—Tom Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, associate dean, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Steve Runge presents a learned and helpful study of Paul’s letter to the Romans. It is a visually stimulating work where Paul’s thoughts are literally mapped out in front of you. Runge successfully shows the reader how Paul’s argument in the letter is put together on one block after another. It is a great tool for anyone who is serious about teaching Romans!

—Michael F. Bird, PhD, University of Queensland, lecture in theology at Ridley College

The High Definition Commentaries are a one-of-a-kind Bible resource. Get both the Philippians and Romans volumes for 15% off with coupon code HIGHDEFCOM at checkout.

This coupon code expires soon, so order today!

Josh McDowell on What Proclaim Can Do for You

Josh McDowell is an apologist, evangelist, and writer recognized by Christians worldwide. Since 1960, McDowell has written or coauthored 138 books. He has also spoken to more than 25 million people, giving over 26,000 talks in 125 countries.

McDowell cares deeply about communicating the power of God’s love to all people. We had the chance to sit down with him and talk about Proclaim Church Presentation Software:

Try Proclaim for 30 days

Proclaim lives in the cloud, so you can collaborate with your team from wherever they work best. No more emailing large files or fumbling with flash drives. Best of all, it connects with many of the tools you already use, like Planning Center Online, CCLI SongSelect, Logos Bible Software, and Graceway Media.

Proclaim also comes loaded with more than $1,000.00 worth of first-class art, so you can start building engaging church presentations today.

Try it for free at ProclaimOnline.com/Download.

Pastor Appreciation Month: Get Huge Discounts

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“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.” —Hebrews 13:7

As Pastor Appreciation Month continues, so do the savings. The month is halfway through, which means many of the deals are live!

Go to our Pastor Appreciation Month page to see today’s deals.

Deal of the day: sneak peek

Here’s a look at upcoming daily deals:

Day 15 (tomorrow!): J.A. Broadus Preaching Collection (3 vols.) 
Broadus was a master of both clarity in communication and sympathy with his audience. In this collection, you’ll discover not only his instructions for effective preaching, but also the text of 21 sermons and addresses he delivered. His History of Preaching is a fascinating guided tour of preaching practices, trends, highlights, and low points, from Old Testament figures through his own contemporaries.

Day 16: NavPress Spiritual Formation Collection (15 vols.)
This collection biblically and practically presents numerous spiritual disciplines that can transform your heart, mind, body, soul, and social life. It’s a comprehensive how-to for changing your complacent behavior, analyzing your heart’s intent, and transforming your life to an intentional pursuit of an authentic relationship with Christ.

Day 17: Welwyn Commentary Series (53 vols.)
Dedicated to the practical exposition and exhortation of Scripture, the 53-volume Welwyn Commentary Series contains over 13,000 pages of commentaries designed for pastoral ministry and preaching. Combining exegesis, hermeneutics, history, and pastoral insight, these scholarly resources are carefully crafted to meet the day-to-day needs of pastors as they grapple with the Word of God.

Day 18: Works of R.A. Torrey Collection (26 vols.)
Find nourishment for your mind and food for your soul as you explore the Bible’s details with the 26-volume Works of R.A. Torrey Collection. Torrey is one the great evangelists of our time, with an eye for exegesis and the practical wisdom of a seasoned servant.

Get your free book

Download The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter, vol. 14 for free the entire month!

Thank your leaders

It’s not too late to honor those who labor in the gospel for us. Take time to do something special for them this month—big or small, it makes a difference! Rake their leaves, walk their dogs, make a delicious casserole for their family to enjoy—the possibilities are endless. Pray for and bless those who give their time and energy to you and spreading the gospel.

Don’t miss a single deal—sign up to hear about every Pastor Appreciation deal. Plus, get 30 days of Proclaim Church Presentation Software for free!




What do you most appreciate about your pastor? Tell us in the comments!

Logos 5 Update: Smart Selection

Logos 5Late on Sunday, October 26, we will be pushing out a massive update to many of our major resources.

This update, due to its large size, will take quite a bit of time to download, depending on the size of your library.

Due to the change in these resources, your software will also have to index when finished with the update. It might be a good idea to start your software first thing Monday morning and let Logos begin to update and organize your library.

This update will allow a significant number of your resources to work with the new smart-selection feature. Smart selection is a new Logos 5 feature that will autoselect clauses, sentences, and sometimes even paragraphs as you start to select them from a resource. Once you move beyond a single word or a couple of sentences, Logos finishes selecting the logical phrase or paragraph that would match your selection.

The purpose of smart selection is to simply make it faster and easier to select the text you want. It changes the behavior of the normal click + drag selection from only selecting the characters you drag over to detecting the words, clauses, sentences, and paragraphs that you show the intention of selecting.

For example, in the sentence “I am testing Logos 5′s new feature.” selecting the “e” and “w” in “new” will select the entire word “new” (reaching the end of a word will select the beginning of the word as well). Selecting the “e,” “w,” and “f” in “new feature” will select both full words, and dragging into any other words will instantly select those whole words as well. Whenever you pass a word, phrase, sentence, or paragraph boundary, it begins selecting at that level.

Holding the Alt key (or Option for Mac) will allow normal selection, and Alt + right click (or Option + click for Mac) will select the word’s logical cluster. This feature will be enabled on all Logos 5 software, but if you want to check and be sure, just go to your program settings under the tools menu and check and see if the smart selection feature is set to “yes.”

Because this feature is so great, it takes a lot of data on the back end to make it work. Therefore, we will be implementing these updates late on October 26 to cause as little inconvenience as possible. Thank you for your patience!

Learn Darrell Bock’s Bible Study Methods

No matter what you’re studying, the medium determines your methods and tools. If you’re studying a piece of art, you might use a magnifying glass as you study the artist’s brushstrokes. If you’re studying mechanics, your toolbox is a necessity. So when it comes to studying the Bible, what’s in your toolbox?

The Bible is certainly a book (or collection of books), but it is more than that; it is the very Word of God. It is an extraordinary book, and our methods and tools should recognize that.

Dr. Darrell Bock, research professor of New Testament studies and professor of spiritual development and culture at Dallas Theological Seminary, has dedicated his life to understanding these methods and utilizing tools like Logos Bible Software to mine the depths of Scripture to enrich the church.

He’s distilled his careful method into a new resource from Logos Mobile Education: BI100 Learn to Study the Bible.


In this unprecedented resource, Dr. Bock teaches you through high-quality video lessons and tutorials. When paired with enriched transcripts in Logos, this course is a powerful learning tool. You can find exactly what you’re looking for with a quick search and have your instructor right in your software, guiding you in your studies.

In addition to learning Dr. Bock’s Bible study methods, you’ll also learn to use Logos Bible Software for deep, meaningful study. This course includes four hours of video, divided up between Dr. Bock’s lessons and Logos screencast tutorials which do more than telling you—they show you.

This Mobile Ed course is available for pre-order at 40% off—but only until October 24. Pre-order now before the price goes up!

See more sample videos and a course outline, or learn more about Logos Mobile Education and how it can help you grow in both your ministry and your understanding of God.

Explore the Classics in Their Original Languages

introduction-to-platos-dialoguesPlato, Homer, Virgil, and Herodotus—experience their essential works in the original languages. The Noet Introduction Series gives you a unique way to explore these foundational works of Western Civilization with five collections:

A classical explorer’s tool belt

Each collection features the Loeb Classical Library editions, with both the original Greek or Latin texts and English translations. In addition, you’ll get a Greek or Latin textbook and a basic lexicon selected to fit the text at hand. With these tools, you’ll have everything you need to start studying the classics in their original languages.

The smart research platform for the classics

Noet allows you to study classic texts from across the centuries with unparalleled depth and efficiency. See Greek and Latin gloss and morphology with a click. Gather further clarification by instantly jumping to lexicons and dictionaries. Compare primary texts and translations, scrolling side by side in sync. Give compelling presentations with elegant slides and other pre-prepared media. Noet’s academic advantage applies the most advanced tools to the best texts, so you get the most out of your study.

Engage the classics like never before—get the Noet Introduction Series.

Happy Thanksgiving, Canada!

Canada_Thanks_BlogHeader_230x230Happy Thanksgiving to all of our Canadian friends! In honor of Canadian Thanksgiving, we’re discounting some of our best biblical-studies resources for a limited time. From classic commentaries to studies of New Testament Greek, we’re sure you’ll find great books at a great price. Don’t wait—these deals end October 14!

Here are some of the top products on sale:

Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Gospel according to John

Regularly $41.95now $29.95!

In this solid evangelical commentary on John’s Gospel, D.A. Carson makes clear the flow of the text, engages a small but representative part of the massive secondary literature on John, shows how the fourth Gospel contributes to biblical and systematic theology, and offers a consistent exposition of John as a evangelistic Gospel. The comprehensive introduction treats such matters as the authenticity, authorship, purpose, and structure of the Gospel. Plus, this award-winning commentary works even better in Logos.

Essentials for New Testament Greek Studies (3 vols.)

Regularly $64.95now $49.95!

This collection offers three important resources for studying the Greek New Testament and its early manuscripts. For many years, Ray Summers’ Essentials of New Testament Greek has been a classic standard in the classroom, and its revised edition (offered here) is even more helpful to students and ministers alike. Kendell Easley demonstrates the necessity of not only learning New Testament Greek, but also how to apply that knowledge as you study, preach, and teach from the New Testament. Philip Comfort brings paleography and textual criticism together as a means to proficiently encounter the New Testament’s early manuscripts.

Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: 1 Peter

Regularly $39.99now $29.95!

Karen Jobes’ commentary on 1 Peter offers explanation and application based on the underlying Greek text. Perfect for pastors and scholars, this volume emphasizes the Christian’s relationship to culture and the place of suffering in the Christian life. Jobes also presents a new suggestion about the letter’s original recipients, highlights the insights provided by the use of the Septuagint in the letter, and challenges prevailing assumptions about the nature of the Greek in the epistle.

Quality works at affordable prices

These are a few of the many biblical-studies works on sale right now for Canadian Thanksgiving. To claim these discounts, just use coupon code GIVETHANKS2014 at checkout. But once October 14 comes around, these deals disappear, so check out everything on sale right now!