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Unless you’re not in the Philippines right now, it’s obvious to everyone that summer is already in full swing. Students are in vacation mode, office people are filing leaves to go out of town and families are planning reunions and beach get-aways.

It’s easy to be caught up in the excitement of planning all these activities. It’s also normal to get annoyed with the weather and the traffic and even the lack of holidays and vacation time for the working people. It’s equally common to get distracted and lose focus when your mind is daydreaming about surfing or climbing a mountain or lounging by a swimming pool.

And so we’d like to remind you, whether you’re at work or school or on vacation, to take some time to Pause, Read and Reflect. Here are a few suggestions on how you can still incorporate reading in the midst of everything.

 

 

Make a hopeful but realistic reading list

It’s easy to get caught up listing all the books that you want to read while on vacation, but just prioritize those that you’ve always wanted to read or the newest book from your favorite writer. That way, you can temper your reading expectations.

Go on a “book pilgrimage”

For those who are on vacation from school, or even those who took a few weeks off from work, you can go on a “pilgrimage” to places you normally can’t go to during your busy schedule: libraries, specialty bookshops, out of the way bargain bookstores. Oh and you might want to drop by any of our 10 OMF Lit Bookshops nationwide. We’d love to have you there!

Go outside and read a book

If you’re not on vacation and will be stuck in the metro during the entire summer vacation, don’t deprive yourself of a reading holiday. Go to a park during the weekend (Ayala Triangle, Parks and Wildlife, La Mesa Ecopark, etc) and bring a picnic basket and your favorite book.

 

Storytelling Hour

Are your kids getting a bit restless, waiting for the days until your family outing? Organize a once a week storytelling hour. Invite your neighbour’s kids. Make pre and post interactive storytelling activities. Serve small, yummy refreshments. Choose books that are fun but will also teach them life-long values. Your storytelling hour might just become the “it” activity in your neighbourhood.

Take a book break

Are you stressed out at work because you can’t take a vacation? Ease your stress by taking a book break during your breaks. Instead of an hour-long lunch, take 30 minutes to sneak in a few chapters of your current read. And during your coffee/merienda break, take a book with you to keep you company.

Maybe it’s time for book spring cleaning

Another thing that people usually do during summer is spring clean. Take a look at your personal library and if there are books that you want to “liberate”, you can hold a book sale or even just give them to friends who you know will enjoy them.

Share the love

If your books are getting a little lonely there on your shelves, why don’t you let other people temporarily enjoy them by opening up your library to trusted friends. Just make sure you keep track of who borrowed which book. Or you could also leave a book to “donate” to a random stranger in a coffee shop, a bench, on the bus or anywhere you feel that a fellow book lover would be.

Start a book blog

One of your projects this summer could also be starting or reviving your book blog! It would be great to share with the world your book reviews, how books changed your way of thinking or even your life. And if you want us to take a look at your book blog, just email us back a link and we’ll include you in our ever-growing list of book bloggers!

 

If you have any other suggestions, feel free to post in the comments section!

The age of the smartphone and tablet is upon us! As smartphones and tablets get more affordable, more and more people are switching to either an Android device or an iPhone (Blackberry too, but there aren’t so many apps available there). If you’re a bookworm, it can also mean expanding your universe. Here are some suggested apps you can download on your phones/tablets

 

Amazon Kindle App (available on iOs, Android, Blackberry, Desktop)

This is a must have for every book lover that has a mobile (and even desktop) device. Once you open an Amazon account (click here for a step-by-step guide), all the books that you buy there will be synced on all devices that have the Kindle app, including the page where you stopped reading, highlights, settings preferences, etc. Oh, and you know what else is great? A lot of OMF Lit titles are digitally available on Amazon! Click here to see the list.

 

 

Amazon (available on iOs, Android)

Since you already have an Amazon account if you download the Kindle app, might as well download the Amazon app. You can browse all the books in the Amazon store without going through your browser. You can also activate the 1 Click ordering so no need to fill out a lot of forms when you want to buy either a physical or ditigal book. The Wish List feature is also very handy when you want to line-up your next book purchases.

 

 

Goodreads (available on iOs, Android, web version also)

Goodreads is a combination of virtual library and online book club. Basically, it’s a social network for booklovers. You get to virtually show off your book collection, and also read and write reviews that you can share with your friends and everyone else that’s on Goodreads (5 million as of 2011). You get to see what your friends are reading and maybe try out their reading list too. You can also scan the bar codes on your books to add to your virtual library.

 

 

Book Crawler (available on iOs only)

Another app to virtually manage both your print and digital books. It helps you keep track of what you’ve read, what you’re reading and what you’re planning to read. And every title you catalog includes the title, author, the date it was read, genre, whether or not it’s part of a series, as well as copyright and publishing information. You can also list down here who borrowed your book so you can keep track. There’s also a location-based feature where you can discuss books with people near you.

 

Flipboard (available on iOS and Android)

Billed as the “world’s first personal social magazine”, this app turns your Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as other interests you input when you sign up, into a cool virtual magazine of images, articles and interactive media. So basically, it’s a digital magazine customized especially for you

 

Wattpad (available on iOS, Blackberry, Windows 7 and Android)

It calls itself the “YouTube of ebooks” because it distributes content written by both professional and amateur writers of all genres, and all for free (legally!). You can upload your own content as well so you can share with people around the world your own brand of writing. A great platform for aspiring writers.

 

 

Classics 23,649 books to go (available on iOS only)

As the app title suggests, it’s an app to download 23,649 classic books, all for free, and all legally. These books are already public domain, meaning their intellectual property rights have already expired. Works by Shakespeare, Lewis Carrol, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, etc can be downloaded in this

 

Aside from our amazing local and licensed titles, our OMF Lit Bookshops are also treasure troves of some of the best imported books available in the market. Here are some titles you can find when you drop by any of our 10 bookshops nationwide. (Stock availability is not guaranteed though, since there are only limited copies per shop)

 

Not A Fan by Kyle Idleman (P700) 

Are you a follower of Jesus? You would think that’s a very easy question to answer right? The author calls this book a “define the relationship” kind of conversation that Jesus wants to have with you. He talks about the demands and rewards of being a true disciple.

 

 

 

 

Sifted by Rick Lawrence (P850)

The subtitle of the book, “God’s Response to Satan’s Outrageous Demand” is interesting enough to make you want to pick it up.

Have you ever been so shaken, beaten, and agitated by life that you feel like you’re falling apart? Why does God allow us to be sifted like wheat? Drawing on Luke 22:31–32, Lawrence explores the agonizing trials that devastate us, the good God who allows them, and the beauty they ultimately reveal in us.

 

 

 

Jim and Casper Go to Church by Jim Henderson and Matt Casper (P550)

A Christian and an atheist walked into a church….sounds like the beginning of a joke right? But that’s actually the brilliant premise of this book that sees Jim recruit atheist Matt to go around the country and visit 12 leading churches and have meaningful dialogue about a non-believer’s “first impression” of these churches and Christianity.

 

 

 

 

Real Marriage by Mark and Grace Driscoll (P675)

This book (and the video series that can be found here) has caused a bit of controversy due to some of the topics discussed, in the usual frank manner of Mark Driscoll. But it’s an honest and vulnerable book on marriage that’s like “a personal counseling session with a couple you cannot surprise, you cannot shock into silence, who will respond to every question with wisdom, humility, and realism.” It’s a story of how they have struggled and how they have found healing through the power of the only reliable source: the Bible.

 

 

A Shot of Faith (to the head) by Mitch Stokes

Atheists and skeptics have always called out Christians as being naive, delusional, even dangerous. Mitch Stokes, Senior Fellow of Philosophy at New Saint Andrews College turns the table on them, so to speak. He analyzes and dismantles their claims while creating a simple yet solid case for Christian belief. This is the book for Christians who are secretly afraid of debating with the skeptics and atheists because you think our faith cannot hold up to their arguments.

 

 

 

An Act of God by Erwin Lutzer (P400)

How can we begin to understand or explain the tough questions about world disasters? Should we question if God is in control of major disasters, or even ask if he caused them? How do we answer the probing questions of non-Christians? How can God be considered good and just in light of the tsunamis, hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, and floods that are visited on his creation and his children? These are just some of the questions the author tries to answer  in this thought-provoking examination of God’s sovereignty.

 

 

 

God’s Story, Your Story: Youth Edition by Max Lucado (P600)

Using New Testament stories and modern-day examples plus anecdotes from the original adult version of the book, Lucado weaves a story where young people can see the bigger and God-planned story of their lives.

 

 

 

 

 

Father Hunger by Douglas Wilson (P650)

Fatherlessness or absentee fathers is one of the most common problems faced by a society and culture that is fraying on the edges. Using leading-edge research and incisive analysis plus real examples, the author explains “why God calls men to love and lead their families”. He encourages and challenges men to embrace the higher calling of fatherhood and  become the men their families desperately need them to be.

 

 

 

 

The Slow Fade by Reggie Joiner, Chuck Bomar and Abbie Smith (P525)

Why do a lot of college-aged Christians suddenly become disconnected from the faith and from the church? Facing critical decisions that affect the rest of their lives, they people need a faith community more than ever. Coauthors Reggie Joiner, Chuck Bomar, and Abbie Smith-a senior pastor, a college pastor, and a twentysomething-rethink one-on-one mentorship as the way to end the slow fade. They offer insights and suggestions that will help anyone get started fighting the fade.

 

 

 

Choosing Your Faith by Mark Mittelberg (P550)

In a world of spiritual options, people constantly tell us what to believe. Yet, while we hear these pleas, we’re already functioning with existing beliefs—even if they are beliefs by default. So how do we choose what to believe—especially in the area of faith? Do we need to choose? Mittelberg invites readers to examine why we believe what we believe

 

In this updated edition of Knowing Scripture, R.C Sproul help us dig out the meaning of Scripture for ourselves.

The author says, “The theme of this book is not how to read the Bible but how to study the Bible.”

He presents in simple, basic terms a commonsense approach to studying Scripture and gives eleven practical guidelines for biblical interpretation and applying what we learn.

 

Here are six things you’ll learn from this book (of course there are more than ten things, but we’d like to keep this post short and let you find out for yourself when you read the book)

 

1. Why do we need to study the Bible?

Of course, we all know that we absolutely need to do this. But do you know how to answer when a new Christian asks you why we need to? The book talks about some myths that Christians have about studying the Bible and what are the biblical basis we hold on to when it comes to this.

 

2. The importance of private Bible study

One of the myths R.C Sproul discusses in the first chapter is that only scholars and theologians need to study the Bible. He then talks about the importance of private interpretation in our spiritual growth, particularly in the area of grace.

 

3. Hermeneutics and the “science” of interpretation

Ordinary people (meaning non-seminary, non-pastoral people) sometimes balk at the word hermeneutics but the author breaks it down into terms we can understand, including the three primary principles of interpretation.

 

4. 11 practical rules for Biblical interpretation

They are indeed practical and very useful! Some of the rules included are:

  • Read the Bible like any other book
  • Determine carefully the meaning of words
  • Note the difference between proverb and law
  • Observe the difference between the spirit and the letter of the law

 

5. Culture and the Bible

Was the Bible created only for 1st Century Christians? Which parts of the Bible were conditioned by the culture in the era when it was written? How do we “adapt” the Bible to our current culture today?

 

6. Practical Tools for Bible Study

The book contains a comprehensive list of tools you can use for your personal growth or for your group Bible study. A must-have list!

 

Some other things you can learn from the book

  • Discovering the meaning of biblical words
  • Understanding Hebrew poetry, proverbs and parables
  • Approaching historical and didactic passages
  • Being careful with predictive prophecy
  • Discerning how culture conditions the Bible
  • Choosing and using Bible translations, commentaries, Bible software and other helps

 

Knowing Scripture by R.C Sproul is available at all OMF Lit Bookshops nationwide for only P175

 

While reading is fun and writing is a form of self-expression, these two things are not just for enjoyment. These are actually tools that can be used towards developing better God-fearing citizens. Here are some of our simple suggestions on how we can harness these for nation-building

Volunteer to teach kids to read and write

Education is a basic right of children. But unfortunately, due to economic circumstances, not everyone is afforded that right. Set aside time in your busy schedule and look for organizations in your area that teaches these basic skills to young ones. Or if your community doesn’t have one, gather up the troops and start a simple, free reading and writing tutorial center.

 

Organize a weekly storytelling session 

For kids who already know how to read, but don’t have any interest to do so outside of their schools: gather them once a week at the barangay hall or even your house and use creative activities to get them interested in reading. Use books that have strong Filipino Christian values and build activities around the books’ themes.

 

Start a community mini-library

Get your family, friends and colleagues to donate used children’s books and old school books. You can use a room in a church, barangay hall or town hall to store the books and get a few chairs, tables and pillows and you have yourself a community library. You can even ask donations from local publishers and bookshops.

 

Mentor potential writers

If you have the skill and training for journalistic and/or creative writing, volunteer to do a writing workshop in your old elementary or high school and choose 3-5 kids that you can personally mentor to further develop their talent.   These kids might be the future hard-hitting journalists or eye-opening authors that our country needs.

 

Write now

If you feel like you’re not ready yet to write a book, but you have great, well-informed opinions about current events, politics, Filipino culture and society, don’t let your writing talent go to waste. Start a blog or contribute to newspapers and magazines. Be active on social networks to get your ideas out there. Your views and ideas might inspire others to make great changes in their lives and their communities.

 

“Infect” others

It’s not just kids who are influenced by what you say or do. Your offline interactions with churchmates, officemates, friends and acquaintances are opportunities for you to share your love for reading and/or writing, your love for country and most of all, your love for God. Lending or giving books, organizing coffee book dates, writing them actual, personal letters: these are just a few ideas on how you can “infect” those around you through books and words.

What other suggestions do you have for using reading and writing as tools for nation building?

 

 

 

Here are some reading tips for the kids and some Hiyas books that can suggest to help the little ones go on a reading adventure

Start early, really early. Research shows that mothers who read to their womb are more likely to give birth to kids who will be voracious readers. And even if toddlers can’t read full sentences yet, reading to them will help develop their love for the written word. Why don’t you read to them God’s Favorite Series by Grace D. Chong?

Familiarize young tots with basic shapes, colors, and forms as you ask which is God’s favorite creation. Bright illustrations will pique curiosity and spark imagination.

Make reading time a fun time. Liven up the seemingly “boring” reading time with pre and post reading activities like picture crossword puzzles, art projects and audio-visual support. Kids these days need all the stimulation they can get. One book that we can suggest for interactive fun is The Big Book of Questions and Answers.

Questions, questions, and more questions! Children don’t seem to run out of them. That’s why The Big Book of Questions and Answers is here to help you answer them! Containing a wealth of activities, prayers, and Bible references, this interactive resource material can be used as daily devotionals for the family or as Sunday school lessons.

 

Participation is the key. In addition to creating games before and after, let the kids be part of the actual reading, by having them turn the pages of the book, having them repeat certain phrases and words you read, talking about the pictures and asking questions within the story. A fun book to read aloud together is Bullysaurus Rex by Robert Magnuson.

Rex is the biggest dino on the block—and he makes sure everyone knows it! He gets a kick out of scaring others, and no one can stand up to him. But what will happen when the other dinosaurs decide they’ve had enough? Watch the underdogs teach Bullysaurus Rex a lesson he’ll never forget!

Again and again and again. Even if you’re already tired of that one book that they keep asking for, read it to them again, with varying voices, phrasing, even adding your own bit to it. And when they’ve almost memorized it, ask them to read it to you. Your kids will surely want to read over and over Meet My Superdad by Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan.

What does it take to be a superhero? For Donny, it’s not superhuman strength or x-ray vision. It’s not the costume or the cape, either! Let Donny introduce you to his superdad—and show you what makes him absolutely super!

Enjoy this adventure-filled read that will open your eyes to what makes your own dad every bit as super as Donny’s.

As kids get older, find new genres. Picture books will not work well with older kids, while wordy books might be beyond their reach for now. Discover new styles that can pique their interest. Fun genres like mangga (Tomo Series by Jim Kreuger) and the illustranovella (Doppleganger Chronicles by G.P Taylor) will give them more incentive to read.

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Lead by example. How can kids give importance to books when they see that you yourself rarely pick up one? So go out and read a book so they can see that you think reading is fun! A heartwarming book both for adults and kids is the Palanca award-winning Sandosenang Sapatos by Dr. Luis Gatmaitan.

                                       

A family’s love for a child born with a disability inspires acceptance and openess from a judgemental community. A classic bestseller, this tale has been translated into other languages and was adapted into a musical by the Valenzuela City Center for Performing Arts in 2009. It received the 2001 Don Carlos Palanca Award for Literature, First Prize in the Maikling Kuwentong Pambata.

Make bookshops their “home”. Make frequent trips to your local community library or bookstore so that they will feel at home around books. Look for a place that encourages customers to browse and read so the kids would be comfortable enough to hang out there. Kids (and adults too!) are very much welcome at any of the 11 OMF Lit Bookshops nationwide.

Another tip to get them interested in reading? Introduce them to HIYAS, OMF Literature’s imprint for children’s books. The word “hiyas” means “gem” in Filipino, an appropriate name for a line of books that contain treasures for children. In HIYAS books, readers will discover a wealth of enjoyable stories, memorable characters, imaginative art, and indispensable biblical values.

In case you are still new to this Christian Fiction genre that we’ve been talking about, we want to let you know that just like with mainstream fiction, there are also different types within this particular kind of fiction. Here are just some of the general ones, and also the most popular authors or books in the respective genres

 

Speculative Fiction

Think science fiction/fantasy but told from a Christian world-view (good always triumphs over evil) and uses Christian themes (sacrifice, grace, servant-hood). This used to be just the realm of CS Lewis (Chronicles of Narnia) and JRR Tolkien (Lord of the Rings) but the popularity of the fantasy genre in mainstream literature has brought about the emergence of Frank Peretti (This Present Darkness, Piercing the Darkness), G.P Taylor (Doppleganger Chronicles) and even Jim Kreuger (Tomo series)

Romance/Love Story

It’s a surprise to some people that there is such a genre as Christian romance, but for the past years, this has been the best-selling category in Christian fiction in the US. Of course, the main difference from the regular love stories is that these stories hold true to the Biblical principles of relationships. Some of the most well-known authors are  Francine RiversCamy Tang, Beverly LewisDenise Hunter, and Judy Baer.

 

Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Who says Christian fiction is boring and formulaic? A lot of the emerging writers from this genre can compete with some of the best mainstream thriller best-selling authors. Of course the most common theme is that epic battle between good and evil, but this time, instead of on the ethereal realm of speculative fiction, it is in within the common everyday world. Ted Dekker, Tim La Haye, Jerry B. Jenkins and Steven James are just some of the popular writers in this genre.

 

Historical

While some consider this a sub-type of the romance genre, there are also historical fiction that is not just about love. The obvious description for this is that the setting is not in the present; it can be as old as during the Roman period or as recent as the 60s or 70s. More often than not, there is a bit of adventure involved as well. Francine Rivers, Michael Philips, Janette Oke, Laura Frantz are some names that come to mind.

 

Political

This genre is fairly new, but already gaining a bit of ground in terms of sales and author name recall. Most of the stories are set or involves the Middle East in one way or another, and has a certain End Days feel to it. Joel Rosenberg is the most popular obviously, but on his heels are budding authors like Neesa Hart and Jerome Teel.

Contemporary

These are realistic novels set in current time, and does not involve any sort of “magic” or mystery (but may involve a bit of romance). Characters face the trials, tribulations and triumphs that real people go through, and of course, as with our real lives, only the Saving Grace sees them through everything. Popular contemporary Christian authors: Lisa Samson, Kristin Billerbeck, Karen Kingsbury, Jamie Langston Turner and Angela Hunt.

 

Students and employees (and even some employers t00!) would have to agree that getting back from a long vacation is twice as hard as actually needing a vacation. And even though you’re refreshed and recharged from a 5 day weekend,  there are a lot of long and deep sighs in the school and in the office.

Here are some tips to help you get back to study and work mode

GET ALL THE STORIES OUT OF THE WAY

You must be brimming with all kinds of stories from your vacation and staycation, from the hilarious to the reflective, so don’t keep them to yourself. Share with your friends and colleagues so you can laugh together or have deep discussions about what God revealed to you during the holy week.

MAKE A LIST

You’re on your way to work and already, you’re panicking just thinking about all the things that need to be done. Take a deep breath, sit down and just list everything that you need to do between today and until Friday. Then you’ll be able to prioritize which ones to do first.

EASE INTO IT

Unless your schedule and deadlines really call for you to dive right in, try to ease yourself slowly into study and work mode. Do the easier things first, like emails, light meetings or checklists (see above) before moving on to the more difficult ones like reports, presentations, more serious meetings etc. You need to condition yourself that vacation really is over and that the “real world” has begun again.

STOP THINKING ABOUT YOUR NEXT VACATION

This is another very common occurrence: that people who come from vacations start planning their next vacation even though it’s still months ahead. This can be a very distracting thing and might also lead you to resent being in school and at work. So while it is nice to think about it every once in a while, don’t do it the first few days you’re back at school/work.

WRITE MOTIVATIONAL STUFF ON POST-ITS AND PLACE IT NEAR YOUR WORK AREA

It’s always helpful to remind yourself of some of the things that has helped you get through this before, whether it’s a Bible verse, a quote from your favorite writer, even an original quote you thought of before.

PRAY THAT GOD WILL CONTINUE TO REVEAL HIS PURPOSE IN SMALL AND BIG WAYS

Because you so enjoyed your vacation, you may lose sight of why you’re where you are in the first few days back, since you’re longing for that relaxing time. Ask God to remind you of your purpose through small things (a comment from a colleague, a congratulatory note from a client or boss) and even big ways (a promotion would be nice wouldn’t it?) . And if you feel like you’re really questioning whether you’re in the right place now, continue to seek His will while still obeying your superiors and giving it your best.

Any other tips you’d like to share with us?

The next few weeks are very “exciting” times for students (and yes, even parents) as the final deluge of exams are upon them. It’s very easy to be overwhelmed with all these exams, not to mention the other projects and requirements.

Here are some simple but effective tips from Ronald Molmisa’s Pass or Fail to help students get through the finals

BEFORE THE EXAM

Make sure that you attend all your classses

Wala kang masasagot sa exam kung hindi ka regular na pumapasok. Paano ka magrereview kung wala kang lecture notes? Kahit di ka masyadong matalino, matututo ka rin kapag lago kang nakikinig sa itinuturo ng teacher mo

(You won’t be able to answer anything in your exam if you don’t go to classes regularly. How can you review if  you don’t have lecture notes. And even if you’re not that smart, you’ll learn something if you always listen to what your teacher is teaching)

Do your review at regular intervals

Set a time to review regularly two weeks before. Spend at least an hour each day/night studying for an exam. Our minds can only store limited information at a time. Pagpahingahin ang utak. Ituloy ang review kapag relaxed na ulit ang utak mo.

(Rest your brain every once in a while. Continue reviewing once your brain is relaxed already)

Gumawa ng study outlines (make study outlines)

(For essays and oral exams) Summarize all the important chapters and reading materials. The fewer pages you use, the better.

Reduce review time and maintain good health

Refrain from doing any intensive review a day before the exam. Maintain a healthy diet and have adequate rest.

DURING THE EXAM

Relax while taking the exam

Kapag walang tensyon, mas malinaw kang mag-isip at mas makakasagot ka ng maayos. Have a good attitude. Be optimistic. Most importantly, never forget to pray before taking the exam.

Get into the mood

Go into your room early para makapag-relax pa ang iyong katawan. Huwag na huwag male-late! Siguraduhing kumportable ang pagkaka-upo mo at hindi makaka-istorbo sa pagsagot sa exam

(Go to your room early so your body can relax. Never be late! Make sure you are seated comfortably)

Concentrate

Give the test your full concentration. Kalimutan muna ang ibang problema. Tanggalin ang distractions.

(Forget your other problems and remove all distractions)

DETER Strategy

D-irections – Read directions and instructions carefully. Ask the teacher/proctor if there’s something you don’t understand

E – xamine – Study the exam paper first: how long it is, how many points per section, etc

T – ime – After examining the exam paper, make sure you time manage each section

E – asiest – Answer the easier questions first. If you don’t know the answer, jump to the next question first. If all questions are difficult, answer the questions with the highest points first

R – eview – If you have time, go over your answers and review if you may have missed something

AFTER THE EXAM

Give yourself a break. Treat yourself, whether you feel that you did good or not. But give yourself an extra treat if you felt that you did really well.

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Lagi ka bang may kaba tuwing mag-eexam, magpapasa ng requirements o kapag may graded recitation? Ano ba ang kelangan gawin para hindi naman laging 50/50 ang buhay mo sa school?

Ronald Molmisa is back , fresh from the best-selling success of Lovestruck, and this time around, he’s giving the young ones advice on how to not just study hard, but study smart too.

The book includes chapters on Reading, Memorizing and Note-Taking, To Cheat or Not to Cheat, Time Out! Stressed Ako, Terror Ba Teacher Mo, and lots of other useful tidbits, written in a language that young people can relate to. 

Pass or Fail is available at all OMF Lit Bookshops, National Bookstore, PCBS nationwide

For aspiring writers and avid readers, it is always imperative that we get back to reading the classics every once in a while to get inspiration, instruction and insight.

Here are some of our favorite classic Christian writers. We hope you get to read most, if not all, of them!

JOHN BUNYAN

They say that every Christian should read Pilgrim’s Progress at least once in their life. And we heartily agree with this. John Bunyan was an English preacher and writers who lived in the 17th century and who wrote this Christian classic allegory. The story centers on Christian and his journey from his hometown, City of Destruction to the Celestial City. Pilgrim’s Progress is considered one of the most significant works of religions English literature.

 

 

 

 

JONATHAN EDWARDS

A preacher, theologian and missionary to Native Americans in the 18th century, he is “widely acknowledged to be America’s most important and original philosophical theologian”. He has written some of the greatest treatises on such topics as true Christianity, beauty, the good life. We highly recommend you read his thoughts on Heaven and Hell, in The Essential Edwards Collection. This will cause you to rethink your ideas on the afterlife.

 

 

 

 

FRANCIS SHAEFFER

Ask any pastor or theologian who their favorite classic author is and more often than not, his name will come up. He is most known for a more historic approach in the faith and presuppositional approach to Christian apologetics. Some of his most famous works are He is There and He is Not Silent and A Christian Manifesto. We recommend you read True Spirituality, where he answers such tough questions like “Did Christianity really make a difference in my life?”

 

 

 

R.C Sproul

Author of more than seventy books and scores of articles for national evangelical publications, he is considered to be one of the per-eminent authors and resource persons for the Bible in the 21st century. Some of his most well-known titles are Essential Truths About the Christian Faith, Now That’s A Good Question, The Holiness of God and Defending Your Faith. We recommend the booklet Justified By Faith Alone, that explores the relationship between faith and works.

 

 

 

C.S LEWIS

His name is probably the first thing that comes to most people’s minds when talking about Christian authors. The Narnia Chronicles is one of the best-selling children’s books of all time. But is for his non-fiction writing that Christians all over the world hail him as probably one of the greatest lay theologians and Christian apologetics of all time. Must-reads are Miracles, The Screwtape Letters, A Grief Observed, The Problem of Pain, The Four Loves, Mere Christianity and a whole lot more. We recommend another of his lesser known fictional works, The Great Divorce, an allegory about good and evil and heaven and hell.

 

 

A.W Tozer

While a young man coming home from work one day, he overheard a street preacher say “If you don’t know how to be saved… just call on God.” He went home, did just that and the rest, as they say, is history. His books and sermons, particularly on prayer and worship are still being used by churches everywhere. Four of his titles are republished by OMF Literature: Attributes of God Vol 1, Attributes of God Vol 2, The Pursuit of God and The Radical Cross.

 

 

 

John Stott

He was one of the leading Christian writers and evangelists of our times. He has left a wealth of words and ideas to draw us close to God and His life is a living testimony of God’s faithfulness. Time Magazine even named him one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2005. Calling Christian Leaders and Your Mind Matters are just two of his most enduring books that speak about Christian leadership and intelligent discourse.

 

 

 

 

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