It’s Black Friday all December Long!!!

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Thanksgiving has passed and Christmas shopping is front and center on your to-do list. Yes, yes I know, you swore you’d be done early this year but it just didn’t work out that way and now you’re looking around for great ideas.  Well Master Books wants to help!  We’ve put our heads together and come up with some incredible holiday bundles for you and your family.  There’s something for everyone!

Ken-HamKen Ham fan anyone? By far the biggest savings of them all, this is a bundle that will provide hours of Christian reading for the entire family!  We’ve included everything from the Answers Book for Kids series and the New Answers Book series for adults to original classics like Already Gone, and Raising Godly Children in an Ungodly World. To complete your family apologetics collection, we’ve thrown in a FREE Henry Morris Study Bible.  Have constant access to the thoughts and interpretations of Henry Madison Morris, the man so many of us recognize as the father of the modern creation science movement. Continue Reading →

Announcing the Master Books 2015 Scholarship Essay Contest!

scholarship_blog_image_2015Well ladies and gentlemen, the halfway mark for the school year is fast-approaching and as always, juniors and seniors all across the country are getting prepared to send off their college applications.  As we all know, the costs affiliated with higher education continue to rise and students need every opportunity to lift some of that burden.

Here at Master Books, we are fully dedicated to the success of the students in our homeschool community. To demonstrate that commitment, we are once again committing to come alongside one lucky homeschool student through our annual $3000 Master Books Scholarship Essay Contest.

As in previous years, Master Books will award $3000 to the writer of the winning essay to apply to the costs of tuition and university-provided room and board.  New this year, Master Books has also decided to make their entire digital library available to  the first five runners-up. Entries will be accepted from January 1, 2015 through April 15, 2015.  That’s not that far off so if you have a high school junior  or senior getting ready to head off to college, have them  log on to www.nlpg.com/scholarship for full details!

Six Ways to Get an Unspeakable Joy

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The celebration of Thanksgiving was originally set aside as a day to thank God for His provision, but for many it’s become like the ever popular “moment of silence.” Years ago when there was a national tragedy, people didn’t become momentarily silent as a sign of respect. They prayed. That was the normal thing to do. It was also once normal to have God at the center of Thanksgiving. As Christians we should celebrate Thanksgiving every day, but for some a thankful heart can wane.

depressed_comfortRecently I received the following question from an Associate Pastor. He said, “The last couple of months something has happened to me on the inside. I don’t know what it is but I have lost all desire for ministry. I still pray daily and read the Word, but things of ministry have no interest to me. I just cannot seem to stir myself back up. Any advice you think may help?” Continue Reading →

Giving Thanks…

“We do not care of what we have, but we cry when it is lost.” – Russian proverb

thanks_CraigWell, it’s the month of Thanksgiving here in America… a time to reflect on the gifts God has given to us this year. There is a new trend on social media where people post something they are grateful for each day and it’s awesome. But it’s had me thinking lately about some of those things I never give thanks for…
Things I just take for granted.

That list includes things like air or waterthough they’re never on my wish list, they are great to have each day! Oh and what about a bed to sleep on? A car to get to work in? And a job… yes… a job I actually like! My “unthank” list could go on and on and on… Continue Reading →

Living Words in Action

words4As a reader and a book editor, I simply love words – their meanings, how they are said, even their connections to one another. How they change throughout history is also very interesting! It can be fun to trace the history, or etymology, of a word and its usage. Words are “living,” altering over time or cultural references and even with slang usage.

A few years ago we wrapped up a project called the Christian Reading Companion for 50 Classics. One of my favorite features of the book is its focus on vocabulary development. throughout the book, a word will be highlighted in a classical literary excerpt giving you the opportunity to try to determine the possible meaning, and then later find out what it means in context. Continue Reading →