I am in a perpetual state of crisis about what belongs on my reading list.

In a world where the most precious resource we have is our attention and the competitors for it are endless, curating a careful list of books is an invaluable skill.  And it’s one I’m slowly gaining.

To help you make that decision, my publisher has kindly made two chapters of Earthen Vessels available for free.  Download them, read them, and then pass them along to a friend.

And after telling a friend, don’t forget to add a comment to the giveaway of 25 signed copies of the book.   Given the rate at which those are coming in, your odds of winning a copy are very, very good.


Posted by Matthew Lee Anderson

Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.

  • Bought it. Started reading it. Really enjoying it so far.

  • Thanks, Chris! I’d love to hear your thoughts once you get through it. And an Amazon reviews is always appreciated. : )

    • @Matt- if you can get your publisher to put Earthen Vessels on iBooks, I’ll buy it.

      • Stuntmonk, I’ll check into it. I have no idea what it takes to do that.

  • Amy Shaw

    I enjoyed reading this excerpt and would like to read the whole book. In particular, the section about evangelical attitudes toward the resurrection of the body resurrected. Growing up, in Sunday School, I learned the whole vague, disembodied, “clouds and wings and harps”, and as a result, it was hard to be excited about heaven. It felt bland and lacking – incomplete. When I started reading John Piper and learning about the New Heavens and New Earth and our glorified and physical bodies, it made a huge difference in my heart and in my ability to long for Christ’s return.

    • Thanks, Amy, for the kind words. And I completely understand how the broader vision of ‘heaven’ would impel you to a deeper faith. It was Dallas Willard that drove me to it, not Piper, but the effect was very much the same.

  • Sara Rankin

    Found this through Matt Perman’s blog, whatsbestnext dot com. Just finished reading the excerpt. I’m intrigued to read it so it’s going on my amazon wish list. And congrats on your first book!

    • Thanks, Sara, for the encouragement and for reading those chapters. If it makes the jump from “wish list” to “shopping cart,” let me know. I’d love to get feedback on it!