Christian Audio Book
Christian audio books can be a great asset for people who are traveling and want to enlighten their minds, parents who want to introduce their children to Christian classics, or for someone who wants to relax before going to sleep. Many companies cater to customers who are looking for these products, and many Christian specialty shops carry these in many forms. These products can also be easier ordered over the Internet. Ordering online is a good way to find those hard-to-locate products. The good thing about a Christian audio book is that it can come in different languages. They are available in fiction, nonfiction, and biography. They make excellent gifts for friends because a person can select the genre or topic that interests that person. Many people buy these products for someone who is struggling with a certain issue or who may need encouragement in the midst of trials.
These products date back to the days of eight-track and cassette tape players. Some Christian audio books are dramatic reproductions or exciting stories, such a C.S. Lewis's Narnia tales or the Left Behind series. If a person has a long commute to work, an audio book can make the travel enjoyable and beneficial. When traveling with children, audio books can take the place of the mind-numbing prevalence of videos and game boys. Stores offer topical books, such as those on depression, anger management, ministry helps, and church growth. These products can help center a person's mind on important truths and get him thinking about how he can work through the issues. If someone has a friend who is struggling with marriage problems, purchasing a Christian audio book can help. This gift would be good for a mother who has little time outside of taking care of the home and several children because she could listen while she worked. A concerned friend can express love to her by offering to help through the use of a Christian audio book.
If a buddy is struggling with pornography, what better way to help him out than by recommending a tape or CD that deals with the topic? Reading stories written by people or about people who have similar struggles and worked through them with God's guidance can be helpful. Ask God to show you how to help a friend in need and to direct him to the right resources. God might direct you to a tape of CD that's just fits the purpose. The psalmist writes, "The Lord is my rock and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation and my tower" (Psalm 18:2). Also ask God to direct you to Christian audio books that will give strength through temptations and trials.
Christian kids books and Christian youth books are a favored alternative to a lot of the garbage that is circulating these days. If one is a believer and wants their children to learn good morals and character, this is worth looking into. Much of the literature today supports and endorses behavior and ideas contrary to what most Christians believe and want their children to learn. Books do not have ratings as the movies do and need a bit more discernment before choosing to expose a child to it's contents.
Choosing literature for younger children is usually a bit easier, although it is always wise to know what the content is. Christian kids books usually involve a lot of life situations and lessons to be learned as the older child can identify with the characters in the stories. As kids get older they will be able to better tell what types of reading they prefer. There is a wide variety available for every interest and personality type. This can all be researched online or in a local bookstore, to find what best suits the child and his or her interests. As with anyone choosing any kind of reading material, make sure the reading level is appropriate. It should be challenging, but not impossible for the child to read or understand.
Finding used or discounted tomes is an option when budgets need to be taken into consideration. Christian youth books are sometimes not the cheapest books out there, but they are definitely the most worthwhile. Check with the local library or book exchange group for deals on Christian kids books as they can also be found at discount prices. Look at sale bins, warehouse bookstores, or even the local supermarket. Discount books end up in some of the strangest places.
When helping a child decide which book to choose to read, pray to God to deliver an answer for the child. He will not learn what he likes to read or how to research for books if the choice is always made for him. Help him and encourage him, but let him make his own choices when it comes to Christian youth books. This will encourage his independence and self-esteem. And when a child begins to make their own decisions, they seem to learn more. "And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in word and in deed." (Acts 7:22)
Discount Christian BooksDiscount Christian books are not hard to find thanks to the convenience the Internet offers. Used Christian books and titles that are out-of-print can now be quickly tracked down from the convenience of ones home computer. Purchasing used items can save the consumer 50% or more off the original cover price, and often buyers find that the items purchased are in near new condition.
The trick to finding the exact book one needs is the right research. Many discount Christian books can be found in the same place one would look for non-Christian titles. Large book power sellers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble carry Christian and non-Christian selections. A quick online search of their offerings will yield a large variety of titles for purchase at a price that is generally quite lower than the manufacturers suggested price. There are also specialty sites that deal exclusive with new and used Christianity based titles. A quick online search will reveal a great number of specialty vendors with vast collections.
No matter where a consumer does his or her shopping, there are guidelines that will yield the best deal. When searching online for discount Christian books beware of shipping costs. Generally, purchasing a title is only worth it if the shipping cost doesn't double the total. Most sites offer free or reduced shipping on larger orders, so it is also a good idea to pal up with other people looking for titles so shipping costs are lower. Another thing to keep in mind when shopping for books is condition. Look for words such as lightly-used, dog-eared, or retired edition. These would indicate they cannot be sold for any more than the site is charging and therefore may not be what the consumer is really looking for.
For those shopping for previously-owned titles, looking at the items condition is key to estimating its value. People looking for used Christian books must expect 'gently used' and 'dog-eared' descriptions, but be on the lookout for editions that are retired. If someone is purchasing a title because it was recommended to be the best written edition, he obviously doesn't want to settle for second best. There are many sites and physical stores out there that sell current brand new titles at a reduced price.
Bargains and treasures can also be found by visiting ones local used or discount bookstores. Specialty Christian chains offer a great selection of new discount Christian books. Buyers should go beyond scanning the discount racks. Instead, they should inquire about future sales or ask if a salesperson knows whether a certain title will be going on sale or out of stock soon. Many stores offer discount programs for frequent buyers. This may only save a shopper 10%, but its better than nothing!
Another excellent source for previously owned titles are local schools in the area. Used Christian books can be found through local universities or even high schools that are getting new books. Individuals can also post online in forums specifically for trading or selling used Christian titles. All sites of this nature require sellers to rate a books condition and whether it has any damage, but some buyers feel safer purchasing used items in person only. One person may think a book is 'gently used' while the buyer might think it went through the washing machine.
For those who love to read for entertainment and spiritual growth, obtaining items at a reduced price is a tremendous value. For shoppers who know where to look, there are many bargains to be had. A book can be a tremendous asset for those seeking to advance in their faith and God commends this pursuit of knowledge "The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge" (Proverbs 14:18).
Christian magazines are the alternative to secular ones and offer a different perspective. They are more widespread than one may think and cover just about any subject. Whether a student or a business professional or something in between, there is a Christian magazine published for whatever interests there may be. The trick is to find out what the choices are. This can be done simply by searching on the Internet or browsing through a bookstore. Christian magazines don't just cover prayer and religious stories, but are published on a wide array of topics and styles.
Some not so common topics are, Effective Magazine Writing, Homeschooling Today, and the Leadership Journal. Not all of them will have "Christian" in the title, but if searching on Christian bookstore websites, there are many to be found. Choosing the right magazine really depends on knowing what is wanted. They come in specialties that cover entertaining or serious and informative. There are also a lot of children's Christian magazines. These include magazines that have word puzzles teaching the children to read or beginning bible study magazines teaching children how to pray. Starting kids out with a Christian magazine will not only develop their literacy, but also their love for God and it will protect them from earthly dangers such as lust and pornography.
Subscribing can offer many new ideas for ways to minister to the community. Because magazine articles are generally short and packed full of information, they may be used as a good item to read in the car on the way to the grocery store or wholesome family time at night. Whatever the reason to read about Christian topics, only good can come. Glorifying God by conversing about Him and honoring Him with increased learning can also be an outcome of a subscription or purchase of this non-secular type of reading. One does not have to just read the Bible or word of God to increase their knowledge of Him.
Go to the local bookstore and check out what Christian magazines they carry. I don't think any bookstore carries EVERY Christian magazine that has ever been published. So if looking for a particular subject or title, searching online may assist with multiple choices and different options on how to receive them. Pray for God's guidance in the search for greater knowledge. "A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels." (Proverbs 1:5)