Purchasing books quickly becomes expensive, which is why we’ve started Free Book Friday. Every Friday, we will feature a few free Christian books. These may be available on a Bible software platform, an eReader or in the public domain, and they will cover a range of Christian subjects. You might not be interested in every book, but hopefully you will find some worth reading. Here are this Friday’s free books.
The ESV Bible (free for Amazon Kindle)
Summary: A contemporary, literal translation that is great for reading through the Bible.
The ESV Bible (English Standard Version) is a contemporary, literal translation. Based on the 1971 edition of the Revised Standard Version, the ESV Bible is used in seminaries and churches throughout the U.S. (In Great Britain, the Anglicized ESV is more common).
This free Bible for Kindle is great for reading through the Bible, but its search function is not easy to use. Readers can easily navigate to a specific book of the Bible, and finding a chapter within a book only takes a moment. When searching for a phrase in the Bible, though, users will have to wade through numerous results. The search results include each occurrence of each word in the phrase entered.
Note: Although some ESV Bibles contain the Deuterocanonical, or Apocryphal, books, this Kindle Bible does not.
The Saint and His Saviour (free from Logos Bible Software)
Summary: A classic book on how the Holy Spirit works in a Christian’s life.
The Saint and His Saviour was written by Charles Spurgeon, a famous Baptist preacher from the latter half of the 19th century, as an allegory for how the Holy Spirit works in a believer’s life. Although it was written over a century ago, this classic Christian work continues to be read today.
Through the end of June, Logos Bible Software is offering Charles Spurgeon’s The Saint and His Saviour free. The book can be downloaded here, but users will have to have Logos Bible Software installed to read it. (Those who do not have Logos can purchase a hardcopy of this work from Amazon).
Theology at the Movies (free from John Frame)
Summary: A book from one of today’s leading Reformed thinkers on Christians and cinema.
In Theology at the Movies, John Frame looks at how film, culture and Christians interact. The opening chapter is titled “Should Christians Go to the Movies?” The latter half of the book contains reviews on over a dozen movies, so it is easy to guess how he answers that question. Anyone interested in how Christians should interact with the culture around them should consider looking at this work.
We included John Frame’s and Vern Poythress’ website, where visitors can find many books for free, in our list of 45+ Free Online Resources for Seminary Students. Theology at the Movies is worth a specific mention, though, because films have such a profound influence on modern culture.
Do you know of a free Christian book that you’d like us to include in an upcoming Free Book Friday post? Let us know by leaving a comment!