Welcome to Win Books Weekly

Love reading new books? Like winning free products? This is the place for you. Every Friday, Handlebar / C. Grant & Company give away five free copies of a recently released book from one of our publishing partners. This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents 18 years and older.

September 29 - October 3, 2014

Tidings: A NovelThis week we are giving away 5 copies of Tidings: A Novel by Ernst Wiechert, released by Plough Publishing.

Book Description: One of Germany’s literary giants, Ernst Emil Wiechert (1887-1950) was thrown into Buchenwald concentration camp for publicly backing anti-Nazi pastor Martin Niemöller. His final novel, published posthumously, deals with the aftermath of the Holocaust – how the survivors, both victims and perpetrators, seek healing and redemption as they pick up the shattered pieces of their lives.

Evoking comparisons to the Russian greats Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy, Wiechert displays an uncommon depth of insight into the human condition at its most degenerate and ennobling best – an understanding born of his own suffering and quest for rebirth. His novel is peopled with rich and complex characters and charged with passion and spiritual hunger.

First published in 1950 as Missa Sine Nomine (“Mass Without a Name”), Tidings deserves its place among the masterpieces of European literature.

 

Time Magazine
One of the last of a vanished breed of German writers – romantic in feeling, mystical in outlook, spendthrift in prose…Wiechert presses home his message with intense sincerity.

 

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September 22 - 26, 2014

Wisdom of the SadhuThis week we are giving away 5 copies of Wisdom of the Sadhu: Teachings of Sundar Singh by Sadhu Sundar Singh, released by Plough Publishing.

Book Description: Known in his lifetime as India’s most famous convert to Christianity, Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889–1929) would not approve of that characterization. He loved Jesus and devoted his life to knowing him and following him, but he never accepted Christianity’s cultural conventions, even as he embraced its stark original teachings.

A modern Saint Francis,Sundar Singh left the wealth of his home at sixteen to live as a sadhu, or wandering holy man. His beggar-like existence, his intense devotion, his mystical encounters with Jesus, and his simple yet profound parables became the stuff of legends. No one who met him – including the thousands who flocked to hear him during his visits to Europe, the Orient, and the United States – remained unaffected.

Wisdom of the Sadhu, a collection of anecdotes, sayings, parables, and meditations, brings together the best of Sundar Singh’s teachings. Couched as they are in a distinctly Indian idiom, they probe the essence of the Gospels with unusual freshness and offer insights of great depth and value to every serious seeker.

What others are saying:

Richard J. Foster, author, Celebration of Discipline
Sadhu Sundar Singh’s dramatic encounter with the living Christ, his refusal to clothe his faith with western trappings, and his absolute devotion to the way of Jesus make for compelling reading. I highly ­recommend this book.

Robert Ellsberg, author, All Saints
Sadhu Sundar Singh is one of the most fascinating and enigmatic spiritual guides of the twentieth century. Rooted as it is in a distinctively Indian style, his Christian wisdom challenges Western readers to step beyond theological ideas and taste the Gospel itself. Plough has done a great service by publishing the work of this wise and holy teacher.

Friedrich Heiler
In Sadhu Sundar Singh, Christianity and Hinduism meet, and the former stands like a flower that blossoms on an Indian stem.

Jetti A. Oliver, National Council of Churches, India
Penetrating, relevant, and easy to read. This is an inspiring collection.

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