Most authors have one key message interwoven
into all they write.
I’m no different in these Books by Jim Fredericks,
I write to restore an accurate Christian worldview so we see God, ourselves and the world more like our relational Trinity does. That’s why I write, and why I gather these here under Freder’s Favorites. Our focus as followers of Jesus is the presence and provision of the relational Triune God in and with His redeemed and restored image-bearers. Then we multiply disciples, face-to-face like Jesus.
A relational Trinitarian, incarnational understanding of God with a high view of God’s restored and fulfilled new creation as one new man in Christ weaves itself into our everyday lives and all my writings. I write to influence all who God has stirred toward becoming radical followers of Jesus. Nothing releases more life and resonates more deeply in the heart of every human being, than such an intimate relationship with our Family-of-Three who delights in us.
Jesus Christ teaches that God has spoken reliably and authoritatively (John 10:35; 17:17). No matter what society says, everything is not relative. There are absolutes. God’s Word as interpreted by the life of Jesus is our final standard for life and ministry. We can know some things for sure because God has spoken and Jesus has modeled, even if there is a measure of relativity in our perception and understanding of what the Bible says. Let the Spirit of God Himself teach you (John 14:25). God generously pours His gifts and provision into our lives.
Then we are able to know God more easily, love him more readily and partner with Him more fruitfully. What I have written are tools to help you engage Scripture on the heart level. Our only desire and our steadfast choice is to yearn for what leads to God’s deepening life within us.
I have published many of these for a low cost on Amazon.com (Author’s Page). I have a number also available below in PDF for free. These are in different levels of completion, from a rough draft to an almost finished product. ENJOY!
Devotional Books, 1, 2 or 4 Pages per Chapter
Foundation Stones (topical) (Amazon.com)
These “blog” length meditations are my reflections on my early Christian life. These are some key building blocks God built into my life that fueled 45+ years of growth as a lifelong life-learner.
Jesus Is Enough! (John 15) (Amazon.com)
A meditative guide through Jesus’ “last words” in John 15, the life-releasing picture of the Vine and the branches. What a glimpse into how to thrive spiritually, for both new and for mature Christians. This life-releasing picture of the Vine and the branches is one of the spiritual “artesian wells” that I return to when I struggle spiritually. These short, daily meditations help us soak in this life-releasing picture of Jesus’ relationship with us for a month.
Times of Refreshing (a 21-day devotional on key topics) (Amazon.com)
A 21-day devotional focusing on our spiritual foundation. God’s Family deserves healthy nourishment to stimulate growth aimed at our spiritual developmental levels on this lifelong adventure of faith. This short book focuses on two basic concepts, abundance & forgiveness from connecting with the Father and Son.
Cultivating Enjoyment of God’s Presence (Amazon.com)
For our busy 21st century lives as Christians, these musings look over the shoulders of great Christians of the past, both in Scripture and from those who felt the inward longing and did something about it. They acquired the lifelong habit of spiritual responsiveness. Nothing is more crucial today.
Books as Companions in your Study of the Bible
90-Day Engagement with the New Testament (Amazon.com)
This companion walks us through the NT in 3-months. Each book is arranged in the chronological order. This brings out fresh insights into how the early church grew and what some of the progressive needs were.
“DiscipleMaking Companion” (link redirects to a separate page for these eight “DiscipleMaking Companion,” 5-6 weeks each)
When Jesus rescued us through faith, He drew near to us in order to draw us near to Himself. Each highly interactive 5-6 week “Companion” is more than a Bible study since the emphasis is on doing the Word together out of an interactive learning community. These act as an “architect” to form a learning culture. These eight combing a personal discovery in a key book in the Bible with a foundational theme. The books are: Philippians, Ephesians, Genesis 1-4, Mark, 1 Thessalonians, 1 Peter and Psalms. The themes include the Word & Spirit, Identity, Authority and five others.
“Big God! Bold Design,” a Trilogy (Amazon.com) (see like to three books below)
This Trilogy fuses together what God is bringing to light in the last decades for our solid, life-giving historical roots. This primer is a basic, life-oriented theology, recapturing the mystery of God and the dignity of humanity as image-bearers. Ideally, read them in order since they build upon each other.
One in the Trilogy: God’s Initiating First-Love
Two in the Trilogy: Free Indeed!
Three in the Trilogy: Sailing the High Seas
Created Community (Ephesians) (Amazon.com)
Ephesians is Paul’s model for living a flourishing Christian life. Ephesians reflects the distilled essence of what Paul spoke as he planted and strengthened thriving churches.
Radical Mutuality (1 John) (Amazon.com)
In 1 John, the aged Apostle John felt compelled to write what was essential from his perch 25 years after the last NT book had been written. This ancient/new 1st century mental map turned the world upside down then. His approach koinonia (community) flowing out of the relational Trinity can do the same for us today. For a post on Radical Mutuality.
Discover Yourself in the Psalms (Amazon.com)
The Psalms are God’s garden for praise and prayer. Psalms has given me language to express what I feel inside when I don’t have adequate language to express. Psalms captures the full range of our authentic relationship with God, ranging from the rawness of dark depression to the rapturous rejoicing of the heart set free. From doubt about God’s care to an abiding trust based on His care, even in trials. This booklet provides a short summary of all 150 Psalms, acting as your companion as you read through the Psalms. Enjoy the journey.
13 OT Biographies plus Proverbs (Amazon.com: 13 weeks, OT Historical Section plus 5 weeks Proverbs)
OT Bios: All my school life, history had been one of my least favorite subjects with all its dates to memorize. Then a prof taught me history from a BIOGRAPHICAL perspective, focusing on one key figure in each time period. History came alive for me! If you were to vote on a Spiritual Hall of Fame for OT Saints, who would be your first three inductees? Here are thirteen of mine. I want the OT history of God’s people to come alive for you, too, like perhaps it never has before. So, my approach focuses on thirteen key figures in the OT, and only on OT Scripture that moves the story of God’s adventure with His people forward in time.
Proverbs has been included as a bonus study. How appropriate to couple these thirteen biographies of OT saints with proverbial wisdom that helped form their lives. Every language has pithy sayings or maxims that express a truth crisply and forcefully. The Book of Proverbs is the best representative of the so-called Wisdom Literature of ancient Israel. I imagine that all those after Solomon soaked in Proverbs, like we do, often reading one chapter per month. Many of these proverbs impacted lives even before Solomon, since Solomon compiled some proverbial expressions in common use for centuries before the Spirit of God guided Solomon to write Proverbs as a divinely inspired book.
Books by Jim Fredericks
Available as FREE PDF’s Below
I don’t write for the casual Christian who is content to sit and soak. I have written all of Freder’s Favorites to multiply disciples like Jesus, yet with three large concerns that:
(1) I might convince your mind before God ravishes your heart with His relational love;
(2) you will read these books alone and be helped greatly…and settle for the helpful, but partial, change gained from learning as individuals, missing out on God’s greater call to live as “persons-in-community;”
(3) you might in some way view what I write as a finished program that will bring growth like a vending machine! No such thing exists because we are following and connecting with the Living God.
I write all of Freder’s Favorites to call men and women in Christ to sweet surrender toward radical allegiance to the Father, Son and Spirit so we change from the inside out. This begins by seeing how God sees: how He sees Himself, ourselves and the world of people. Beware! These could be incendiary!
Twilight Reflections, Flourishing into the Last Third of Life (topical, in-process)
This perspective from my last third of life sheds light on our Christian spiritual journey, regardless of where you are. The three cycles of spiritual development in 1 John 2:12-14 are progressive, continuous, simultaneous and recursive, with each experience cycling back and providing insight, richness and hope.
Together on Mission (topical, First section)
Jesus has called us so He can make us fishers of men. This piece explores Scriptural passages and concepts, and avenues and ways we can engage people. I wrote this in three sections, the first specifically for people like me who have not experienced this as a strength. Join me in this first section if you struggle here…or want to give me ideas!
Section I: Inviters & Includers (PDF): Begin by learning to be aware of what the Father is doing around you since the Father is always at work. Ideally, red two chapters each week (short, 4-page chapters. In addition, read three chapters in the Gospel of John to see John’s view on how Jesus brought His life into natural contact with those He met. Here is a place to gather your thoughts as you read the Gospel of John rapidly, Meet Jesus: A Biography by Jesus’ Best Friend.
Section II: Infiltrators (not available yet; in-process): Intentionally reaching out to engage those without Christ in our circle of influence.
Section III: Informal Missionaries (not available; rough concepts):
Three Developmental Cycles for Lifelong LifeChange (topical)
This book uses 1 John 2:12-14 to sketch out three aspects of our spiritual developmental growth stages. I have blogged short portions of this beginning December 10, 2017 and welcome any comments before I publish. On August 25, 2019 I updated by blogging four more on this website.
Cultivating DiscipleMaking Communities (1 Thessalonians)
This read-along through Paul’s earliest letter flows out of 1 Thessalonians. 1 Thessalonians is Paul’s earliest ideas on how to mature Christians. With a thoroughly relational Trinitarian view of life, Paul’s vision launches and grows disciples into reproducing faith-communities as His Word works in us.
Mining God’s Word (topical) (an older version Mining God’s Word)
This hands-on approach draws us to love God’s Word, His love-letter to us. The aim is to develop solid Bible study and teaching habits as lifelong life-learners. This time-proven approach is very user friendly. This booklet can also be used as a read-along with the 1st “sprint,” “A Healthy Disciple,” to broaden some basics of how to study God’s Word.
Renewing Wineskins, Ongoing Renewal on our Spiritual Journey (topical)
When we came to Christ, in that instance God did a vast array of spiritual changes accompanied with our new life in Christ. What a great package deal! There’s one thing God never did! God never pushed “reset” on our past memories when we came to Christ. God’s plan was for us to progressively renew our minds on our journey to deepen relationship with Him (Romans 12:1-2). This PDF lays out broad strokes and some specifics along with why ongoing spiritual renewal is so crucial.
Training our Twelve as Disciples (Gospels) (in-process; not yet available)
Jesus is not only our perfect “moral” model, but also our ministry model. The Gospels are our blueprint to recapture some of the vibrancy of 1st century disciples for the church today.
Sailing the High Seas (Leadership Letters)
The relational Community-God Himself is our model for all leadership. This more community-based leadership dialog honors positional leadership while releasing God’s people to reach for all He intends in the 21st century.
Bounce Well (in-process; still rough) (topical)
We will all cycle down, even when we give Jesus our wholehearted allegiance. I’m looking forward to more insight to finish this up, one of my favorite, Freder’s Favorites! Maturity does not mean we don’t spiral down. Maturity is marked by “bouncing well.” How quickly do we recover? Do we know our solid spiritual DNA, or are their gaps in our understanding? What is it that causes you to spiral down, and are their answers?
Sent by the Father (Gospel of John)
John writes 60 years after Jesus arose from the dead with Genesis 1 and 2 as the backdrop, restoring God’s original Eden-intent and revealing God’s renewed mental map for His new creation in the 21st century. This read-along guides you through John’s Gospel.
Re-created Community (Romans 5-8)
This is another of my “deep artesian wells.” I plunge into this more detailed meditation on Romans 5-8 whenever my spiritual life becomes a bit dry or musty. Paul’s fabulous truth on how satisfied we are as His people stirs me to my depths. This is mine because of His abounding provision through faith in Christ. Thoroughly Trinitarian, this invites us into the presence of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Eternally Relational (Rough Draft) (topical)
I was in my mid-50’s when I began to explore the Trinity, not as a theological belief, but as a power-point for my life. I had believed in the Trinity since Jesus captured my heart at 25. Now I saw this relational God, Father, Son and Spirit, as my life-focus. And it changed my practical Christian responses and how I approached others. I am writing this book to sketch out some of this impact.
I call these Freder’s Favorites because I have gathered insights from scores of my favorite “passive mentors,” the books I have read. This Living God we follow is relational at His core. The NT calls us to be “led by the Spirit.” What I have written is all I see now. What I have missed is an invitation for you to come alongside so we can learn together. If any of these building blocks are already strong in your T-E-A-M (Together Each Accomplishes More), skip on. Be flexible.