The CCEL Times 2.12 (December 3, 2007)
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In This Issue:
From the Director
Last month I asked for you to suggest books that "brought you into the presence of God." There were many nice posts on the discussion forum–and hundreds of books were suggested by e-mail. Readers wrote of books that "touched them spiritually," "really made an impact on their day-to-day life," "ignite and inflame their desire for unity with God," "brought them into intimacy with God," have "greatly stirred their soul," "had the most profound impact on their life," and on and on. A great variety of books was suggested, and some of them were mentioned again and again. These books really do make a difference in people’s lives, through the action of the Holy Spirit. What we are doing here really does serve Christ’s church. In some sense this is ‘holy ground,’ and I feel as though I should take my shoes off.
Some of the books that received multiple recommendations include works by CS Lewis, John of the Cross, and Thomas Merton. Also with multiple recommendations were The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee, Introduction to the Devout Life by Francis de Sales, Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis, and John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs. But the surprise winner (to me, anyway) was Brother Lawrence’s The Practice of the Presence of God.
Support the CCEL
If books on the CCEL have been useful for you, or if you would like to support the CCEL in its mission of making these books available around the world and promoting their use, there are a number of ways you can help. You can make an end-of-year tax-deductible donation, become a CCEL subscriber, purchase a CCEL CD (as a Christmas gift?), or purchase a Logos CD through the CCEL (we have the best prices!). You can also sponsor a student for an internship here at the CCEL. If you would like to hear more about the opportunity of supporting a named internship for a student to work for the CCEL this summer, please contact Nyna Sykes.
Studying Early Christianity
I am a fourth-year University of Waterloo student in Ontario, Canada. It has always been a struggle to find primary documents for my research papers, especially when the topic is on early church. This year I dove into early Irish history and ended up with St. Patrick on the mind, and finding your site and being able to access his "Confession" was wonderful. Thank you very much for opening the wealth of knowledge up for myself and students alike. I will be sure to tell my friends about the site.
How have you used the CCEL to deepen your research, discover new voices, and enliven your faith? Submit a usage testimonial.
The toolbar underwent some changes recently, the most notable of which is the addition of the "dictionary" button. When you are reading and come across an unknown word, just highlight the word and click the "AZ" button on the toolbar, and you will be taken to its definition on wiktionary.com. In most browsers you can select a word just by double-clicking on it.
Also new on the toolbar are two buttons for navigating to the previous or next page. They serve the same function as the "Prev." and "Next" links found at the top and bottom of each page, but are in a consistent location for quick access.
Story of a Soul (l’Histoire d’une Ame): The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux
Read this classic at the CCEL
Free Christmas Gift Wrap
The CCEL CDs make wonderful Christmas gifts—demonstrating caring and warmth. They are the perfect gift for your pastor, Bible study leader, favorite student or friend. In the CCEL store, you can find Christian searchable text CDs, Bible study software and Christian audio books ranging from $5 to $500.
Through December 14, 2007, the CCEL is offering free Christmas gift wrapping of all CDs purchased. Simply add the free gift wrap product to your CCEL shopping cart and your CD(s) will arrive on your doorstep individually wrapped for Christmas.
Classic Reflections on the Incarnation
Read this classic at the CCEL.
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