Behind the Scenes: What Happens When Your Book Gets Updated?

One of the best parts of owning a book in Logos is that it’s constantly updated for free.

If you pay careful attention, you might notice new links and other obvious updates. But most of the updates happen under the hood—like updates to milestones, data types, and other pieces of functionality that make Logos books shine.
Here’s an example of the work we did on one of our resources, the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary.

Updating the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary

The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary is just under 7,300,000 words long. After looking at user-submitted typo reports and going over the entire dictionary ourselves, we identified around 800 typos, and fixed all of them. Or, to put it differently, we went from 99.989% accuracy to as close to 100% as possible. (I’m hesitant to say we hit 100%, because with a work this big, it’s inevitable that we—and all our users—missed one.)

This is even more impressive when you consider that 20% of the words in the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary are in languages other than English: Aramaic, Danish, German, Greek, Spanish, French, Hebrew, Icelandic, Italian, Latin, Dutch, Norwegian, and a few other languages. There are also 61,141 words transliterated into English. That means finding typos is a little more complicated than running a spellchecker.

How We Fix Typos

Fixing typos isn’t as clear cut as it sounds. For some words, there isn’t a clear consensus on the correct spelling, like gray and grey. And a surprisingly large number of typos aren’t actually typos—they’re submitted by U.S. users encountering U.K. spelling, and vice versa. Many U.K. users report words like center as a typo, but U.S. users report centre. (As a general rule, we follow the print edition.) Other words are reported because they’re unfamiliar: we’ve received multiple reports of pine nut as a typo, with pine cone as the suggested correction. But a pine nut is a real thing, and it’s possibly referenced in Song of Songs 6:11.

For some of our resources, it’s not unusual to check a typo report against the print edition, only to find the typo exists in print as well. Fortunately this isn’t a problem with the print edition of the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary, but with 22,000 books in Logos, there are bound to be typos even in well-proofed print source material. But unlike print, the Logos edition can be updated.

More Than Typo Updates

In addition to the typo fixes in the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary, we also added 4,810 bibliographic milestones. We added links for 39,080 bibliographic citations—both to resources already in your library and to resources that don’t yet exist, but will someday. We also linked thousands of references to 61 new data types.

The Anchor Bible Dictionary is just one of around 22,000 resources available in Logos. At any given time, we’re making thorough updates to hundreds of books, adding links, functionality, and other tweaks to make your books shine in current and future versions of Logos. All the updates work on all your devices—Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, and Biblia.com. You always have access to the latest and greatest.

The best part? You get the updates automatically—absolutely free.

There’s nothing extra you need to do to get the latest, polished version. Nothing to buy. Nothing to click. It all happens in the background, all for free.

That means if you own the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary, you already have all the updates described above. If you don’t own it, now is the perfect time to get it.

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary Just Got Better!

Many pastor’s studies, seminary libraries, and Christian homes contain at least one volume of The Expositor’s Bible Commentary. This commentary series has become a benchmark tool for pastors and Bible students alike. Winning the coveted Gold Medallion Book Award for exceptional Christian content and selling two million copies, the Expositor’s Bible Commentaries have provided exceptional Bible study content to this generation.

Your Favorite Commentary Series—Completely Updated!

Zondervan is continuing this award-winning legacy with a completely revised and updated Expositor’s Bible Commentary for a new millennium. This new series contains 60% more content and provides the most recent evangelical scholarship from world-class scholars including new contributors like: George Guthrie, John WaltonEugene H. Merrill, and Andreas Köstenberger.

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Revised Edition will add depth to your preaching, teaching, and study with brand-new commentaries covering over 30 books of the Bible written by today’s most respected teachers, pastors, and scholars. The whole revision is being overseen by general editors Tremper Longman and David Garland.

New commentaries in the revised series include the following (other volumes have been revised and updated throughout):

Pick up the commentary series that Craig Keener calls “an abundance of excellent scholarship from many of the most prominent and careful evangelical biblical scholars today.”

Get it on Pre-Pub today for only $319.99!

What If I Already Own the Expositor’s Bible Commentary?

You may own the original Expositor’s Bible Commentary series. That’s okay. Simply call us at 800-875-6467 to find out if you qualify for the special $274.99 upgrade price! Special pricing expires May 15, 2012, so call now!

10 Books to Enrich Your Prayer Life on the National Day of Prayer

Today is the National Day of Prayer, an annual day set aside in America to turn to God in prayer and meditation.

Nothing can replace the access believers have to God through prayer—it is an invaluable part of a Christian’s life. Yet in a 2010 Lifeway Christian Resources poll of 1,200 18–29-year-olds, only 35% of those who identified themselves as Christians ever prayed with others, and 38% seldom (if ever) prayed alone.

We are talking about God’s call to his people to respond to him through repentance, intercession, and supplication. Prayer is too important to neglect!

If you need to revitalize your prayer life or just understand prayer better, both Logos and Vyrso have you covered!

Prayer Resources from Logos

  • Prayer: Basic Training by Warren Wiersbe: join Warren Wiersbe as he probes Jesus’ high priestly prayer in this commentary on John 17.
  • How to Get Results through Prayer by Jerry Bridges: are some prayer methods more effective than others? Jerry Bridges says, “Yes!”
  • An Exposition on Prayer in the Bible (5 vols.) by Dr. James Rosscup: learn about more than 1,000 references to prayer in 61 of the Bible’s 66 books. This five-volume collection on prayer compiles 50 years worth of Dr. Rosscup’s teachings on prayer.
  • Transforming Prayers by Kenneth Boa: “I have delighted in and reveled in the beauty of nature for as long as I can remember,” states Boa in the preface of Transforming Prayers. Pairing each prayer with an inspirational photo of nature, he combines written words with a visual illustration of God’s glory for greater effect.
  • Nelson’s Personal Handbook on Prayer by James C. Wilhoit: designed to be thorough and cover a wide-range of topics for personal growth, this practical guide will walk the reader through all aspects of prayer.
  • More Logos resources on prayer

Ebooks from Vyrso on Prayer

The National Day of Prayer is more than an opportunity to set aside some time to pray for our country. We can use this day to remember the value of consistent prayer.

Free Book of the Month: A. W. Pink’s The Godhood of God

A. W. Pink’s The Godhood of God is May’s Free Book of the Month!

“God not only created everything, but everything which He created is subject to His immediate control. God rules over the works of His hands. God governs the creatures He has made. God reigns with universal dominion.”—A. W. Pink

Arthur Walkington Pink, pastor and biblical scholar, discusses the omnipotence and sovereignty of God in The Goodhood of God. This book extols the virtues of a God who is more than a distant figurehead or quiet spectator, but the supreme potentate of the universe.

Biographer Iain H. Murrary says, “The widespread circulation of [Pink's] writings after his death made him one of the most influential evangelical authors in the second half of the twentieth century.”

You can get Pink’s book free throughout May, and when you visit the Free Book of the Month page, you can enter to win the 40-volume A. W. Pink Collection.

Visit the Free Book of the Month page to download your free book and enter the giveaway!

NDOP’s John Bornschein Targets Prayer Coma at ‘The Front Line’

If you’ve let prayer fall off your radar screen or acknowledge that America is slipping out from under its hedge of protection from prayer apathy, then National Day of Prayer Task Force Vice Chair John Bornschein is recruiting you to The Front Line: A Prayer Warrior’s Guide to Spiritual Battle. Deployed through Logos‘ new digital publishing arm, Kirkdale Press, Bornschein’s new ebook is available from Vyrso at a discount in observance of the National Day of Prayer, May .

Prayer: A Powerful Weapon

Bornschein, a frequent host on the “Family Talk” broadcast and Salem’s “Life Today” radio program, dispels the (oftentimes misleading) peaceful and serene imagery of prayer and portrays it for what it really is—a powerful weapon. Presented as a field manual for spiritual warfare, this new ebook encourages Americans to come out of the trenches and onto The Front Line of battle to wage war against the destructive forces threatening our nation.

“Given the troubling times facing our country, I remain convinced that heartfelt and persistent prayer have never been more crucial,” Bornschein asserts. “It is only through the humble intercession of God’s people and His gracious response that we will see healing and revival. As culture continues to crumble by casting out Truth for moral relativism (godlessness and lawlessness), we must realize that the church is a stronghold in this world. We are lifting the standard on the battlefield, and we must stand firm.”

“The challenge is that many in the church don’t know how to pray,” insists Bornschein, who co-hosts the Engage in Truth weekly podcast. “Christians, especially men, often lump prayer into the category of the intangibles and wield it as a last resort when confronted with difficult situations. Far too often, it has to be a really difficult situation to merit a little humility to push us to our knees.”

And Bornschein is confident that his war guide provides the crucial munitions and strategic war plan to get the entire squadron back on track.

Equipping Yourself with The Front Line

“With inspirational stories, tools, and resources, The Front Line enables new recruits and seasoned prayer warriors alike to gain a greater understanding of the number one weapon in spiritual warfare—prayer,” said Bornschein. “It is my hope that once they have read through The Front Line, they will never see prayer the same way again.”

The Front Line’s digital format is just the vessel that Bornschein believes will turn the tide.

“Kirkdale Press is on the cutting edge of information dissemination. I am thrilled to have The Front Line in ebook format, [as] the information in this book is now accessible to the entire world and is only a few clicks away,” Bornschein said. “They impressed me right away with their attention to each resource to ensure that content is relevant and focused on the issues in our culture, mobilizing the body of Christ at such a critical time in our society.”

As senior pastor at Calvary Fellowship Fountain Valley in Colorado Springs and father of five, Bornschein knows how critical prayer is on every front.

“The need for prayer must be continually impressed in our communities and throughout our nation if we are to preserve the biblical heritage that has enabled America to become great,” Bornschein implored in a reminder to put on the prayer armor and weaponry by joining him on The Front Line. “It will lead to a revitalization and renewal of our commitment to Christ that will change the way we live and interact within our spheres of influence. It is a journey I encourage all to experience.”

Pick up, The Front Line: A Prayer Warrior’s Guide to Spiritual Battle while it’s on sale from Vyrso, and prepare for the National Day of Prayer on May 3.

Identify Biblical Themes with Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Today’s post is written by Gary H. Everett, author of Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. Gary received his MDiv from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is currently pursuing his doctorate. He has served as a missionary in Kampala, Uganda, pastored, and taught in Bible colleges.

A Unique Approach to Bible Study

Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures is designed to guide readers into the biblical text using proposed thematic schemes that follow the redemptive structure of the Holy Bible. This way, readers know what a passage of Scripture is saying in respect to the overall theme, or message, of that particular book. These thematic schemes serve as a key unlocking the meaning of the Scriptures in a magnificent way. An accumulation of 30 years of Bible study, Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures is a 7,981-page* resource especially designed to aid the preacher and teacher by helping them navigate through a sermon/teaching series so that there is a cohesive unity throughout a series of messages on a book of the Bible, guiding the listeners along a spiritual journey with a clearly defined destination, transforming each person to become more like our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Identify the Central Theme of the Text

Every week a preacher wrestles with the central idea of the text. Sometimes he identifies it, and sometimes he is sidetracked by a secondary theme of interest. There is never-ending effort to identify the theme and preach the text correctly, and commentaries and other reference books offer little assistance in this area. I believe that the themes of each book of the Holy Bible can be established by following a procedure called composition criticism. Composition criticism is a relatively new and undeveloped field of biblical criticism. Historical-grammatical studies, textual criticism, and various forms of higher criticism have been used by scholars and pastors for centuries, but none of these has successfully “extracted” recognizable themes from each book of the Bible. Composition criticism has been of tremendous value in my efforts to identify biblical themes.

Amazingly, as one identifies and compares the themes of each biblical book, it becomes clear that the Bible is intricately woven into harmonious unity. We conclude that the themes and arrangements of these books were orchestrated by God Himself guiding approximately forty authors over 1,600 years of its writing and composition.

Don’t get bogged down in minutia before you grasp the big picture; let Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures help you follow the arc of the biblical story by helping you identify its themes. Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures is currently on Pre-Pub. Pre-order now and add nearly 6,000 pages worth of valuable study material to your Logos resources.

*The page count on the product page says 5,755. We are working with Gary to update this number.

Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament: A Must Have!

Logos has the first seven volumes of the Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament on Pre-Pub now for only $119.95!

I cannot say enough about this essential set of New Testament commentaries. The Paideia series features the latest in New Testament scholarship, while paying attention to the narrative and rhetorical strategies of the biblical authors. And unlike most critical commentaries, the Paideia New Testament series doesn’t focus on long, technical discussions about the origin of the New Testament; rather, it comments on the final canonical text as it is. This frees the commentator to do what a commentator does: comment on the text.

You’ll especially enjoy how these commentaries highlight important cultural practices, and compare the New Testament with other contemporary Greco-Roman documents.

Not convinced? Here’s what these scholars have to say:

“Most commentaries rewrite earlier commentaries. The better ones, to the contrary, often go their own way. Talbert’s work happily is of the latter type. It regularly offers fresh readings and new comparative materials, especially from Greco-Roman sources. This is not a tired rehashing but a welcome contribution.”—Dale C. Allison Jr., Errett M. Grable professor of New Testament exegesis and early Christianity, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

“Beavis brings to this commentary ample familiarity with the text of Mark and with ancient literature more broadly. Balanced in judgment and offering numerous astute observations, this work should prove highly useful, especially to serious readers seeking a reliable introduction and companion for their study of Mark’s account of Jesus’ ministry.”—Larry W. Hurtado, Professor of New Testament language, literature, and theology, New College, University of Edinburgh

“This marvelous commentary is packed with substantive information and fresh insights. Brant draws on current literary approaches and an array of useful sources from antiquity to illumine John’s Gospel. She likewise makes the complexities of the Greek text intelligible for English readers. . . . As with other volumes in the Paideia series, this one is masterfully designed to provide optimum access for readers.”—Craig S. Keener, professor of New Testament, Palmer Seminary

“With a firm grasp on the theological, ecclesial, historical, social, and literary issues, James W. Thompson has produced a commentary on Hebrews that is clear, compelling, and helpful. In Thompson’s hands, this often difficult biblical book breaks open with new power and meaning.”—Thomas G. Long, Bandy professor of preaching, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

If you’re looking for a commentary series that’s stimulating, informative, and easy to read, the Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament is the set you need to have! Pre-order it now!

Get a Taste of the NICOT/NICNT with This 4-Volume Upgrade

The New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament Upgrade adds valuable content to the already popular New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament.

If you have been interested in the 40-volume NICOT/NICNT but have been wary of the investment, the NICOT/NICNT upgrade provides a cost-efficient way to get a taste of the entire series.

This upgrade includes:

1. The Book of Hosea by J. Andrew Dearman

“Hosea’s complexities begin with translation and extend to its rich use of imagery. Andrew Dearman brings his considerable skills as a Hebraist and historian as well as his expert literary and theological sensitivities to bear on the interpretation of this important book. Serious engagement with the book of Hosea now starts with Dearman’s commentary.”—Tremper Longman III, Robert H. Gundry professor of biblical studies, Westmont College

2. The Gospel of John by J. Ramsey Michaels

“This new commentary—part of Eerdmans’s acclaimed NICNT series—gives primary attention to John’s gospel in its present form rather than the sources or traditions behind it. J. Ramsey Michaels assumes that the John who authored the book is someone very close to Jesus and, therefore, that the gospel is a testimony to events that actually happened in the life of Jesus. Yet Michaels does not ignore the literary character of the gospel of John or its theological contribution to the larger Christian community from its own time to the present day. Through a detailed verse-by-verse commentary, Michaels reveals how the gospel of ‘the disciple whom Jesus loved’ is a unified composition, intertwined with the synoptics, yet drawing on material none of them cover.”—D. A. Carson, research professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

3. The Epistle to the Hebrews by Gareth Lee Cockerill

“It is no easy task to write a replacement for the work of such a scholar as F. F. Bruce on so demanding a book as Hebrews, but Cockerill amply justifies the trust placed in him by the editor of this series. In particular the attention that Cockerill pays to the author’s use of the Old Testament and to the book’s structure takes readers beyond Bruce’s work. The exposition of the letter is profound and practical and yet so clearly presented that preachers will be particularly grateful for this volume.”—I. Howard Marshall, professor emeritus of New Testament exegesis and honorary research professor at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland

4. The Letter of James by Scot McKnight

“McKnight has produced a readable and carefully organized commentary packed full of concrete insights. He brilliantly blends the best thoughts of earlier scholarship with innovative thinking, and remains sensitive throughout to both ancient context and his modern audience.”—Craig S. Keener, professor of New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary

The NICOT/NICNT upgrade offers an overview to the whole series with a commentary on a minor prophet, a gospel, and two epistles. Acquaint yourself with the scholarship this commentary series is known for, but be warned: it will only whet your appetite for more!

The 4-volume The New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament Upgrade is currently on Pre-Pub for only $119.95, but this popular series won’t be on Pre-Pub long. Add this to your NICOT collection now, or purchase the upgrade by itself and find out why the New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament is one our most popular collection of commentaries.

10 Inspirational A. W. Tozer Quotes

Aiden Wilson (A. W.) Tozer was born in a small farming community in Western Pennsylvania on April 21, 115 years ago. His spiritual path opened up when, as a 15-year-old, Tozer responded to a street evangelist. Five years later, with no theological training, he began pastoring his first church.

Tozer spent the rest of his life as a pastor, rising to national prominence during his tenure at Southside Alliance Church, Chicago, IL (1928–1959). Tozer wrote the spiritual classic The Pursuit of God during his time in Chicago, and over his lifetime authored more than 40 books. His steadfast call to repentance and faith earned him the nickname “the 20th-century prophet.”

On May 12, 1963, he went to be with his Lord after suffering a heart attack. The epitaph on his tombstone simply reads: “A. W. Tozer—A Man of God.”

To celebrate this remarkable man of faith, I put together 10 of my favorite Tozer quotes:

  1. “I want the presence of God Himself, or I don’t want anything at all to do with religion. You would never get me interested in the old maids’ social club with a little bit of Christianity thrown in to give it respectability. I want all that God has, or I don’t want any.”—from The Counselor
  2. “I wonder also how many Christians in our day have truly and completely abandoned themselves to Jesus Christ as their Lord. We are very busy telling people to “accept Christ”—and that seems to be the only word we are using. We arrange a painless acceptance.”—from Who Put Jesus on the Cross?
  3. “The world lives in such a time of crisis. Christians alone are in a position to rescue the perishing. We dare not settle down to try to live as if things were normal.”—from Born After Midnight
  4. “But a lot of people have gone too far and have written books and poetry that gets everybody believing that God is so kind and loving and gentle. God is so kind that infinity won’t measure it. And God is so loving that He is immeasurably loving. But God is also holy and just.”—from The Attributes of God, Volume One
  5. “I can only say, let us be tolerant wherever we can be, and let us be charitable toward all those we cannot tolerate. But let us not imagine for a minute that we are called upon to take a top-of-the-fence stand, never knowing exactly what we believe.”—from Faith Beyond Reason
  6. “It is a high Christian privilege to pray for one another within each local church body and then for other believers throughout the world. As a Christian minister, I have no right to preach to people I have not prayed for. That is my strong conviction.”—from Tragedy in the Church: The Missing Gifts
  7. “In some circles, God has been abridged, reduced, modified, edited, changed and amended until He is no longer the God whom Isaiah saw, high and lifted up.”—from Whatever Happened to Worship?
  8. “No matter what the circumstances, we Christians should keep our heads. God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, of love and of a sound mind. It is a dismal thing to see a son of heaven cringe in terror before the sons of earth.”—from The Warfare of the Spirit
  9. “Rightly understood, faith is not a substitute for moral conduct but a means toward it. The tree does not serve in lieu of fruit but as an agent by which fruit is secured. Fruit, not trees, is the end God has in mind in yonder orchard; so Christ-like conduct is the end of Christian faith.”—from Size of the Soul
  10. “The only fear I have is to fear to get out of the will of God. Outside of the will of God, there’s nothing I want, and in the will of God there’s nothing I fear, for God has sworn to keep me in His will.”—from Success and the Christian: The Cost of Spiritual Maturity

Leave us a comment with your favorite Tozer quote!

Introduce Yourself to Bible Study with Logos

Can you relate to any of the following statements?

  • I want to learn to study the Bible.
  • I want to learn to use Logos Bible Software.
  • I want to understand Bible study resources like commentaries, concordances, and cross reference books.
  • I want a simple model for teaching basic Bible study methods to others.

If one (or all) of these statements apply to you, you need Introduction to Bible Study with Logos Bible Software.

Morris Proctor, authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software, has dreamed of a product that would not only introduce people to Logos, but also to the basics of Bible study. This vision has led to the creation of Introduction to Bible Study with Logos Bible Software, an exciting video training resource introducing you to Bible study and Logos.

Master-teacher, Morris Proctor, explains the origin of the Scriptures and walks you through the Bible’s story. He continues with descriptions of numerous Bible study resources such as study Bibles, commentaries, Bible dictionaries, and more.

Using numerous custom graphics, Morris explains the basics of five methods of Bible study:

  • Book Study
  • Passage Study
  • Word Study
  • Topic Study
  • Devotional Study

After each method, Morris shows you how to incorporate Logos features into your Bible study including:

  • Home Page
  • Passage Guide
  • Exegetical Guide
  • Bible Word Study
  • Passage List
  • Notes
  • Highlighting
  • And more!

With this training you’ll learn the foundations of both Bible study methodology and Logos!

Watch Introduction to Bible Study with Logos Bible Software’s nearly four hours of material right on your computer. And like the Camp Logos DVDs, you will work at your own pace using the hyperlinked menu.

You would expect to pay handsomely for a resource like this, but Introduction to Bible Study with Logos Bible Software is on Pre-Pub for only $39.95! Pre-order your copy now.