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How (and why) I read 150 books a year

Many people are looking for ways to read more books. I decided to share my approach in case it may be helpful for you or others you know. I made the goal to read 150 books a year back in 2017. Since then, I have reached or exceeded that goal each year. So, here is how and why I read 150 books a year.

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Book Review – Idol Lies, by Dee Brestin

This is a guest post by my wife, Rosi Fowler!
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Idol Lies, by Dee Brestin

“My name is Dee and I am an idolater.” That’s how the author begins this eye-opening book. Quite a confession, and that is exactly what I found myself confessing too before getting to the end of the book.

Once I began reading this book, it was hard to stop. I couldn’t wait to get to the next chapter. There were so many moving testimonies of women who eventually came to the realization that they too were idolaters. Idol Lies helps us to see our idols for what they really are: lies. And those lies feed right into our souls taking up residence in our hearts. These “soul idols” are invisible; they hide well giving us false hope. But Dee Brestin helps us to recognize that these inward idols carry red flags if we know how to look for them.

The author is very personable and likeable. She has a passion for helping women live free of idols. She is a woman who experienced deep sorrow with the loss of her husband to cancer. She has struggled with her own “soul idol” and shares how we too can experience release. Dee really hits a nerve in Idol Lies.

This is a book study too. The study questions and leader’s guide are at the end of the book. She helps you dig deep into the Scriptures and includes heart probing and challenging questions. She also provides web links for free videos before each lesson.

So, if you have a deep desire to have an intimate walk with the Lord and it is just not happening, at least not lately, I recommend reading Idol Lies. You want to make sure your heart is free of idols, because they can take up residence even in mature believers.

Reading Classics Together – The Hidden Life of Prayer

The Hidden Life of Prayer, by David M. MacIntyre

Starting this Thursday over at Tim Challies’ blog, we will be reading David MacIntyre’s The Hidden Life of Prayer as part of Tim’s Reading Classics Together program. This is one of my favorite books on prayer, and I encourage you to grab a copy and read along. The chapters are short but focused and full of great teaching and reflections on prayer.

I like this book so much that back in fall of 2010 I created Kindle and ePub editions with fully-linked footnotes and table of contents. If you need a good ebook edition, you can order it through Amazon or Barnes & Noble through one of the links below:

    ● The Hidden Life of Prayer – Kindle edition at
    ● The Hidden Life of Prayer – Paperback edition at
    ● The Hidden life of Prayer – Epub edition at Barnes & Noble

And don’t forget to visit Tim’s blog on Thursday for the first round of discussion on chapter one.

Note: You don’t need a Kindle to read Kindle books. Click here for a free e-reader.

The Hidden Life of Prayer Now Available for the Kindle

The Hidden Life of Prayer, by David M. MacIntyre

The Hidden Life of Prayer, by David M. MacIntyre, is now available for the Amazon Kindle. This is fast becoming my new favorite book on prayer. The book is a treasure trove of spiritual insights and practical instructions. MacIntyre draws from Scripture, Christian literature and Christian experience to encourage and instruct the believer in the rich subject of prayer. There are also many fine quotations about prayer from across the centuries sprinkled throughout the book’s pages.

But don’t just take my word for it. Here are John Piper’s and Wayne Grudem’s recommendations:

“God brings books at their appointed times. The Hidden Life of Prayer arrived late but well-timed. This little jewel-strewn tapestry has done for me at 64 what Bounds’ Power Through Prayer did at 34. I could be ashamed that I need inspiration for the highest privilege. But I choose to be thankful.”
John Piper, Senior Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota

“I have read The Hidden Life of Prayer again and again since Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia first gave it to me when I visited there as a prospective student forty years ago. Every time I read this book, the Lord uses it to deepen my prayer life and encourage my faith. I strongly recommend it!”
Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

You can purchase the book from Amazon or you can get it right here at my website in ePub or Kindle/Mobipocket format. It is also available at Barnes & Noble for the Nook. And remember, you don’t need a Kindle to read Kindle books. Click here for a free e-reader.

Book Burning in the Digital Age

So when ebooks take over the world, will protesters just get together and delete files?

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The Bible Memory Version Poll

Please help by participating in the poll below. (If your preferred translation is not in the list, please leave a note in the comments and I will add it to the poll.)

This summer I released the first book in The Bible Memory Version series, using the King James Version of the Bible. I hope to release The Bible Memory Version in all the major translations so that anyone can use this tool to memorize Scripture in their preferred translation. I have started contacting publishers to obtain permissions for other translations, so I thought it would be helpful to run a poll and find out which translation(s) people would most like next.

Which translation of The Bible Memory Version would you like to see released next?
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Note: If you are reading this by email or RSS, click here to participate in the poll.

The Bible Memory Version is available for purchase here at my website (in ePub or Kindle format) and also through Amazon or Barnes & Noble. If you don’t have an e-reader, you can download a free e-reader here.

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How to Sell Lots of Books

Here’s how Mark Twain did it with the dedication to his first book, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Cavalerous County, published in 1867.

“To John Smith: Whom I have known in divers and sundry places about the world, and whose many and manifold virtues did always command my esteem, I dedicate this book. It is said that the man to whom a volume is dedicated, always buys a copy. If this prove true in the present instance, a princely affluence is about to burst upon THE AUTHOR.”

Not a bad idea. If you’re writing a book, you may want to give it a try!

Note: If you have a book you would like to publish on the Ipad, Kindle or Nook, I can help: Ebook Formatting for the Ipad, Kindle and Nook

Ebook Formatting for the Ipad, Kindle and Nook

If you or someone you know is working on an ebook or interested in self-publishing, I encourage you to check out Fowler Digital Services. I produce quality ePub and mobi/Kindle conversions which are readable on all standard e-readers including Apple iPad/iPhone, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes & Noble Nook. I am careful to preserve the original format of the print book, as well as provide extra features such as an active table of contents, fully-linked footnotes, and even a page number grid (with links to pages from the print edition of the book).

  • ePub and Mobi formats suitable for iPad/iPhone, Kindle and Nook Amazon Kindle
  • quality hand-builds guaranteed to work on all standard ereaders
  • active table of contents with NCX navigation
  • all files validated XHTML and ePubCheck compliant
  • convert from a variety of formats (Word, PDF, Text, RTF, etc.)
  • additional services available upon request:
    • fully-linked footnotes, indexing, etc.
    • special images, tables, charts
    • book page-number grid (This unique feature provides links to pages from the print edition of the book.)
    • proofreading, editing, transcriptions, etc.
  • will work with you to handle the unique demands of your project
    ePub and Kindle/Mobipocket copies included with each order.

If I can be of service to you, please do not hesitate to contact me. Click here to learn more about Fowler Digital Services.

Around the Web – 8/6/2010


  • E-Book Surge in China. “A survey by the Chinese Institute of Publishing Science found that almost one in four people in mainland China aged between 18 and 70 now primarily used digital formats for their reading material. Among those aged under 29, though, that figure was 50 per cent. And an astonishing 91 per cent of the 20,000 people polled in the survey said they would now not bother to buy printed books if they could find a digital version.”
  • 129,864,880. Using a series of complex algorithms, Google counts up how many books exist in the world. Their answer is 129,864,880. At least until Sunday.
  • Plagiarism in the Digital Age. “Digital technology makes copying and pasting easy, of course. But that is the least of it. The Internet may also be redefining how students — who came of age with music file-sharing, Wikipedia and Web-linking — understand the concept of authorship and the singularity of any text or image.”

The Bible Memory Version

Fowler Digital Books | The KJV Bible Memory Version: A Tool for Treasuring God's Word in Your Heart (King James Version), by Ray Fowler

I am excited to announce the release of what I hope is the first book in a series: The Bible Memory Version: A Tool for Treasuring God’s Word in Your Heart.  Bible memory has long been a passion in my life, and I hope The Bible Memory Version will help others catch a vision for Bible memory in their lives too.

The Bible Memory Version is an interactive book that helps you memorize and review whole sections of the Bible. Click on any verse or passage of Scripture, and it instantly switches to first-letter view. (Click here for an example of how this works.) The first-letter method is based on memory research which shows that recalling information is a far more effective way to memorize than merely repeating information.

The Bible Memory Version includes:

  • the entire text of the Bible in both full-verse and first-letter view
  • an introductory chapter with helps and hints for Bible memory
  • a quick-start guide with list of recommended passages
  • a topical section with 100 key verses arranged according to 20 topics
  • five popular gospel presentations with accompanying Bible verses
  • a helpful Bible Memory Resource guide

    Available in ePub, Kindle, and Mobipocket formats
    Works with all standard e-readers including iPad, iPhone, Amazon Kindle, and Nook

I am excited about this project and hope to work with publishers to produce Bible Memory Versions in various translations. If you would like The Bible Memory Version released in a specific translation, please email me at If you don’t have an e-reader, you can download a free e-reader here for your computer or portable device.

So what do you think of this project? Let me know in the comments section below!

Click here to purchase The Bible Memory Version now.
Click here to see all the titles available at Fowler Digital Books.

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Free Amazon Prime for College and Seminary Students

Amazon is offering free Amazon Prime memberships to college and seminary students with a email address. Amazon Prime gives you unlimited free two-day shipping on most orders or overnight shipping for just $3.99. The cost of an annual membership is usually $79 so this is a great deal for students. If you are looking for textbooks, you can visit their textbook page here.

2010 Spring Academic Book Sale at Christianbook has some great prices on some great books in their Spring Academic Book Sale. Here is a sampling: