I recently became aware that two great books on for a very low price for the Kindle device and app – $2.99 per book. Both are by N.T. Wright.
1) The Kingdom New Testament. I’ve been utilizing this text as I’ve been reading through the gospels over recent months. It’s somewhat comparable to Eugene Peterson’s The Message paraphrase. But Wright will be a little more theologically-driven, though the text still carries a pastoral flavor. Below is the Amazon blurb:
The New Testament for the Twenty-First Century.
Most readers of the New Testament have grown overly familiar with the biblical text, losing sight of the wonder and breadth of its innovative ideas and world-changing teachings about the life and role of Jesus of Nazareth. N. T. Wright invigorates these sacred texts with an all-new English translation that allows contemporary readers to encounter these historic works afresh.
With the insight and expertise of “the world’s leading New Testament scholar” (Newsweek), this approachable, engaging translation features accessible, modern prose that stays true to the character of the ancient Greek text by maintaining the vibrancy and vigor of the original works while also conveying the most accurate rendering possible.
The Kingdom New Testament will help the next generation of Christians acquire a firsthand understanding of what the New Testament had to say in its own world, and what it urgently has to say in ours.
2) Simply Christian. This might be described as Wright’s version of Mere Christianity. I just purchased it last night and will hopefully get to dive into it in the near future. Here is the Amazon description:
Not since C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity has such a wise and informed leader taken the time to explain what Christianity is and how it is practiced. In Simply Christian, renowned biblical scholar and Anglican bishop N.T. Wright makes a case for Christianity from the ground up. Walking the reader through the Christian faith step-by-step and question by question, Wright’s Simply Christian offers explanations for even the toughest doubt-filled skeptics, leaving believers with a reason for renewed faith.
The only problem is that these deals are solely through the U.S. Amazon website. The deal will only last a few more days. So take advantage of these two texts while you can.