Posts Tagged ‘free’

Free Audiobook: Crazy Love

Christian Audio, as they do each month, is offering a free audiobook (use JUL2009 as a promo code).  This month’s selection is Francis Chan’s Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless Love.

I have heard a little about this book and it has sold a lot of copies over the past year.  Anybody read this book?  I’m going to try to give it a listen during my commute (all of 8-10 minutes!) over the next few weeks.  Let me know what you think.

More Hymn Goodness

Here’s another entry into the older hymns, new tunes camp – (a camp I absolutely love and found incredibly valuable to the church). You can download this album for free for a limited time (another thing I absolutely love).  A brief first listen is very positive – the songs have a little bit of an (electric) edge to them – this would be in contrast to Indelible Grace/Red Mountain Church style.

From the website:

Page CXVI is a project started with the idea of making hymns accessible and known again.They are some of the richest, most meaningful, and moving pieces of music ever written.

Here are the hymns included on this album:

Come Thou Fount
In Christ Alone (actually a new hymn and one of my favorites; new hymns are also needed in the church)
My Jesus I Love Thee
When I Survey The Wondrous Cross
Nothing But the Blood
Solid Rock
Joy

(HT: Between Two Worlds)

Free in March

Here are a couple of freebies to take advantage of during the month of March:

Christian Audio is offering their usual free audiobook of the month.  This month it is Donald Whitney’s Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. I have used this book in teaching through spiritual disciplines and found it to be helpful in many ways.

Also, during the month of March, you can access the online version of the ESV Study Bible here.  I have really enjoyed the ESV Study Bible and everything that is in it the published version is available online.  I have often looked a passage or an article up online if I didn’t have the physical version at hand.  This would be a great way to explore this Bible if you don’t have a copy and/or have been thinking about getting one (highly recommended).  Here is some information from an email I got from the publisher:

Crossway is pleased to make the ESV Online Study Bible available free–for anyone and everyone–for a limited time beginning today, March 2 through March 31, 2009.

As many of you have already experienced, the the ESV Online Study Bible provides numerous interactive features in addition to those found in the print edition, enabling readers to:
Record personal notes, reflections, and links
Click hyperlinked cross references
Search by verse, topic, or keyword
Digitally highlight Bible passages or key words with various colors
Listen to audio of passages

For full access and free trial use of these features for one month, users can create a login and password at http://www.esvstudybible.org/online. Email information will not be shared, nor will there be any obligation to purchase.

Free + Good + Music = more goodness

Phil Wickham has a live album called Singalong for free here (as long as you are okay with signing up for his newsletter).  I am not tremendously familiar with Wickham, though I had heard his song “Divine Romance” somewhere and I like it (see the Youtube video below).  I have not given an extended listen to Singalong yet, but there is something captured from this show that I really like.  Sonically, it many not have the best quality, but I love that the crowd that is present is belting out every song with Wickham.  I particularly like this on the hymns that Wickham includes in this set and it reminds of what it is like to sing in the midst of a full church (and maybe even a glimpse of what heaven might sound like).  Anyway, I love the opportunity to get a hold of a new artist at a great price (can’t beat free).

Free Audiobook: The World is Flat

Sign up here to download the The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman (bestseller on globalization).  Available until August 4th (I think).

(HT:  Steve Mckoy/Reformissionary)

Also, for one more day (that is, the rest of today) you can download The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence from ChristianAudio.  And/or check out the free audio book they will be offering in August.

Let Free(Music)dom Ring

In keeping with the theme of Independence Day, also known as the 4th of July, I share with you a new discovery:  NoiseTrade

Here’s how it works:  you download (for free) music from artists by telling three friends about the artist/band.  You can also receive the music by paying what you want (starting at $1).  So far, I have downloaded a 3-song EP by Joy Whitlock and a 7-song collection of songs by Alli Rogers (from several different albums).  And just in a couple of days they have already added more albums (including Waterdeep) – 17 in all.  Here are some of the other artists I was familiar with already and already have some of their music:  Derek Webb, Matthew Perryman Jones (he has done some stuff with Indelible Grace), Sandra McCracken (also of IG), and Katie Herzig.

Thoughts:

  • I think this is a great way to get exposure for independent artists by using the connections that their existing or new fans have. Good music should be shared.
  • You can listen and see what you would be downloading before you choose to do so.  I am always looking for new music to try and will buy other albums once I become a fan.
  • I think this is a very good way of bridging the gap between what music lovers have become accustomed too (free, cheap, easy access to music, digital options, etc…) and support for the artist themselves (either by larger exposure or direct support through payment).
  • Of the artists/bands that I am already familiar with, I know them to have Christian convictions/faith (as much as one can know these things from listening to their music), but they are not a part of a Christian sub-culture (e.g. CCM).  They are Christians who make good music or even great music. I do not know if this true of all of the artists on NoiseTrade and all of them should be judged on their art first.

This is from the website:

Artists want to know, connect with, and be supported by music fans. Music fans want high-quality, free (or variably priced) music and to be rewarded, not punished, for sharing the music they love with their friends. We believe that if artists and fans work together, everyone can get what they want.

“A great record is its own best marketing tool,” says Derek Webb, singer/songwriter and Co-Founder of NoiseTrade. “All the marketing dollars in the world can’t accomplish what one great record can, especially if it’s set free to roam around and connect with the right people.” In 2006 Webb gave away his ‘Mockingbird’ record for free online, asking in return for a little information (name, email address, and postal code), and as part of the process, for fans to invite their friends to download as well.

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Good Music: Arthur Alligood

One thing I haven’t blogged about much is music – this is an oversight as I love music of all kinds.  I probably most often listen to what would be categorized as folk or singer/songwriter and today stumbled across Arthur Alligood.  Stylistically, he fits very much in the singer/songwriter category.  What I am liking the most is his voice:  it has a little texture to it, but most importantly he sounds honest (I believe what he is singing and feel the emotions behind the songs).  Also, there is a clear reflection of his faith and God’s grace in his music.   He has made an EP available on his website for free download and not only is the music free, it’s also good.  Free + music + good = awesome (in my book).  Alligood also has a couple of other albums that you can download, including at least one on itunes.   Give him a try!