Dec 5, 2011

15 Gift Ideas Under $30

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With less than three weeks left before Christmas, we've come up with a list of gift ideas under $30 to help your friends and family continue to grow in their knowledge of God and His holiness.

1. Tabletalk Magazine Gift Subscription
Annual New USA Subscription $23

Tabletalk is the perfect gift to enjoy daily Bible study and articles on a variety of issues related to theology and Christian living. Readers find Tabletalk approachable, with many saying it’s like having coffee each morning with their favorite teachers. Its compact size means it fits right in your Bible.

2. The Reformation Study Bible
Hardcover (Retail $39.99) $27

This foundational resource was created by more than fifty scholars and features thousands of in-depth study notes, 96 theological articles, 19 in-text maps, and 12 charts to help you understand the Bible better. This is the study Bible for the next generation of reformers.

3. Parenting by God's Promises: How to Raise Children in the Covenant of Grace by Joel Beeke
Hardcover (Retail $19) $15.20

Parents are unable to give their children what they need most—new hearts that trust in Christ for forgiveness of sins. Joel Beeke offers gems of practical wisdom for parents on topics such as instituting and leading family worship, modeling faithful Christian living, and exercising discipline.

4. Gospel Worship by Jeremiah Burroughs
Hardcover (Retail $22) $17.60

Worship is for God, not for us. Sadly, that simple statement is foreign to our day. In this treasured work, Puritan pastor Jeremiah Burroughs masterfully gives guidelines to facilitate the reader to move closer to God in worship. "[This] is one of the most important books I have ever read." —R.C. Sproul

5. Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul
Paperback (Retail $13) $10.40 | 6-Message DVD (Retail $30) $24 | CD (Retail $24) $19.20

Many people cite Chosen By God not only as their introduction to Dr. Sproul’s teaching, but also as the resource that profoundly shifted their attention to an understanding of the predestining grace of God. One of Ligonier’s most significant and popular books.

6. The Doctrines of Grace in John by Steven Lawson
12-Message CD (Retail $31) $24.80

How does God love the world? Looking at the debates surrounding John 3:16, Steven Lawson demonstrates that the gospel of John offers a clear presentation of the doctrines of grace.

7. Romans by R.C. Sproul
Hardcover (Retail $35) $28 | eBook (Retail $10) $8

Convinced that “Paul’s fullest, grandest, most comprehensive statement of the gospel” is just as vital today, R.C. Sproul delivered sixty sermons on Romans at Saint Andrew’s which are now available in hardcover. Sproul’s passage-by-passage expositions will enrich any preaching or teaching ministry.

8. The Next Story: Life and Faith After the Digital Explosion by Tim Challies
Hardcover (Retail $20) $14

How does our constant connection to digital devices affect our families and our church communities? Providing the reader with a framework they can apply to any technology, Tim Challies explains how and why our society has become reliant on digital technology, what it means for our lives, and how it impacts the Christian faith.

9. The Lightlings by R.C. Sproul
Hardcover (Retail $18) $14.40 | eBook (Retail $9) $7.20

R.C. Sproul weaves an allegorical tale that captures the essence of the biblical story of redemption in a manner that will fascinate and delight children. With discussion questions included in the back, The Lightlings is an excellent introduction to the key themes of Scripture.

10. The Masculine Mandate by Richard Phillips
Hardcover (Retail $15) $12 | eBook (Retail $9) $7.20

There is a crying need in the church today for men to be men. But competing visions for what a man is to be are exacerbating the problem. Richard Phillips provides essential exegesis and issues a call to reformation in the evangelical church’s attitude toward the role of men in the family, the church, and society.

11. Basic Training by R.C. Sproul
Six-Message DVD (Retail $30) $24 | CD (Retail $24) $19.20

R.C. Sproul gives a concise explanation of the fundamental doctrines of Christianity in the Apostles’ Creed. Those who are teaching church membership, confirmation or communicant classes will find this series to be helpful in teaching the fundamentals found in the Apostles Creed to their students.

12. The Sovereignty of God by A.W. Pink
Paperback (Retail $15) $12

This book shocked the Christian world in 1919 when he first published it. In it, A.W. Pink fiercely defends the sovereignty of God, and all the cognate doctrines such as the Doctrines of Grace. This book may be overwhelming, but it is certain that its many printings have been used by God to convince people of His sovereignty.

13. Welcome to the Story: Reading, Loving, and Living God’s Word by Stephen Nichols
Paperback (Retail $16) $12.80

We may be diligent readers of the Bible and sincere in our desire to relate to its stories, but somewhere between our resolve and reality, we find a disconnect. Could it be that we inadvertently try to make the narrative, the story, about us? Stephen Nichols helps us to experience the story and get more out of God’s Word.

14. Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges
Hardcover (Retail $20) $16

Have Christians become so preoccupied with the major sins of our society that we have lost sight of our need to deal with our own more subtle sins? Writing from the trenches of his own battles with sin, Jerry Bridges offers a message of hope in the profound mercy of the gospel and the transforming grace of God as the means to overcoming our subtle sins.

15. The Intimate Marriage by R.C. Sproul
Hardcover (Retail $15) $12 | Paperback (Retail $10) $8 | DVD (Retail $30) $24 | CD (Retail $24) $19.20

R.C. Sproul takes a practical, pastoral look at the most intimate of human relationships. He examines not only the theology of marriage but also its sociology and psychology, covering such topics as communication, gender roles, and sex.