Available on Amazon.Com: Book Format or Kindle
Most of the books that are available on Amazon.Com are set at a low price. I publish there for convenience of ministry, not profit.
Why Prayers Are Unanswered by John Allan Lavender
Despite the title pointing to the problems, this small, older book is chock full of very positive helps as a primer on prayer. Unfortunately, the book is out-of-print book. Click on the title above for a free PDF copy.
Devotional Books by Jim Fredericks , 1, 2 or 4 Pages per Chapter
Foundation Stones (topical)
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)
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)
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 (focuses on God’s presence & prayer)
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.
Jesus Sows a Culture of Freedom (13 weeks, NT freedom, deletions from Mark plus Matthew 5-7 & Galatians)
The Spirit gives us a flash of bold courage and asks us to risk-take (which means we will mistake-make). And some people won’t like it. They won’t understand such freedom and will label it negatively. But because of the Good News, none of this moves us a centimeter. Oh, to be so free! Such a man is free…from what people think, from religion, from false obligations, from rules-keeping, from self-indulgence. Oh, it doesn’t mean that such a free person will never again stumble. We are still very much in-process. Yet it does mean we are no longer in bondage. So, now we are free to love and serve God with our whole hearts, to serve others regardless of return, to even serve our enemies. We no longer have anything to protect so we don’t need to project.
Because Jesus came to sow a culture of freedom, this book is a unique blend of three of the earliest NT teachings about freedom.
Begin Strong, Finish Stronger (for those in mid-life or mature younger adults)
With the subtitle Twilight Reflections, you may get the mistaken impression that this book focuses on finishing well for retired folks. Not so! I’m writing reflections from my twilight years as insight to impact our entire Christian journey. Start strong; finish stronger.I wrote “Begin Strong, Finish Stronger” for anyone in whom the Spirit has stirred a longing for “more.”
DiscipleMaking Companions, an 8-Part Series – Available On Amazon.Com
BIBLE: Philippians THEME: God’s Word interpreted & applied by the Spirit
2. Ephesians: Renewed Identity in Christ (6 weeks)
3. Genesis 1-4: God’s Unchanging Eden Intent (5 weeks)
BIBLE: Genesis 1-4+ THEME: God restores His unchanging Eden intent
4. Mark: Carriers of Jesus’ Authority (6 weeks)
BIBLE: Genesis 1-4+ THEME: We now carry Jesus’ authority
5. 1 Thessalonians: Disciples Making Disciples (5 weeks)
BIBLE: 1 Thessalonians THEME: Maturing & Making Disciple
6. Ephesians 4-6: Generously Share Life (5 weeks)
BIBLE: Genesis 1-4+ THEME: Generously share Jesus’ life
7. 1 Peter: Relational Evangelism (5 weeks)
BIBLE: 1 Thessalonians THEME: Maturing & Making Disciple
8. Psalms: God’s Presence & Prayer (5 weeks)
BIBLE: Five Selected Psalms THEME: Cultivating God’s presence & prayer
For a deeper dive regarding a, go to the “Mining God’s Word” page, CLICK HERE. See WHY this series can be so powerful towards LifeChange.
Other Books as Companions in your Study of the Bible
“Big God! Bold Design,” a Trilogy (Amazon.com) (see below to hyperlinks to all three in this Trilogy)
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.
First Book in the Trilogy: God’s Initiating First-Love
Second Book in the Trilogy: Free Indeed!
Third Book in the Trilogy: Sailing the High Seas
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.
13 OT Biographies plus Proverbs (13 weeks, plus extended reading option for entire 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.
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.
Created Community (Ephesians)
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)
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.