Free books on amazon today

Amazon has a bunch of free Kindle books today.

Christmas Dog
Healthy Children’s Lunches
Money, Possessions, and Eternity
Living Successfully with Screwed-Up People

Finally, here’s a book for $1.79 that I’ve been wanting to read: Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp.  I’ve heard lots of good things about this book from people I respect. I haven’t read any of the other books yet, so I’m not vouching for their content. But they looked interesting to me, and the price is right!  And remember, you don’t need an actual Kindle to take advantage of these free books. Just download Kindle for PC and you can read them all right on your computer!


  1. Money, Possessions and Eternity is a great book. I would recommend it for any Christian. Very thought provoking.

  2. My husband I read Shepherding A Child’s Heart before our first child was born. It was a wonderful book and has helped us so much. We often go back a reread all or parts of it for a good reminder.

    Only God can change a save a child, but I am so thankful for the Biblical reminders of how to raise our children. We have been using the information in this book with all 5 of our children, and recommend this book highly and look forward to what your thoughts are on it.

  3. Thank you so much! I just got a kindle for my birthday, but was having trouble finding anything on the free or inexpensive list I cared to read. Is there a secret for finding the ‘good stuff’? Thanks again!! Becca

    • Becca,
      If you’ll go to the kindle discussion board, a lady named “Happy Reader Joyce” (or “Princess Jingle Bells” right now) posts free books, with a direct link, and usually a description of the book. She does this daily, and sometimes even several times daily. There will probably be a glut of free books after Christmas, and usually more around the first of the month. There is also a time when the Christian book publishers usually put some on for free, I think around the middle of the month if memory serves. Her post will read something like ” FREE books – Monday, December 12″. Here is a link to the kindle discussion board: Joyce is a real treasure, and if you check daily, you’ll fill up your kindle in no time! Good luck!

  4. Thank you Mary! I picked them all up!

  5. grangramma says:

    If you sign up for email letters from, you will get two emails a day with a list of free books with a description and the genre of each. I have over 400 books on my Kindle and most of them are free.
    You can also get books from your library for your Kindle too…very easy.

  6. I’m not sure what your discipline style is. If you believe in hitting kids then yes Tripp’s book will tell you how to hit them just as well as any other book that advocates hitting them. If you don’t believe in hitting kids it won’t be the book for you. But even with the hitting kids issue aside, I’m wary of anything that is formulaic as in, if you follow this formula you’re kids will turn out great. Umm, no. And even with my four, I’ve learned that each of those four children is an individual and what works with one won’t work with another so Tripp’s formulas really aren’t my style. But then again, I don’t hit my kids. So I should probably just throw his book out.

  7. I wish I had some some specific links to point you too, but please be wary of Tripp’s books. He certainly raises some valid points, but there is much to be concerned about as a Christian parent. Friends of ours really studied his writings and then became very frustrated when they tried to apply them with little success. They found themselves tempted to discipline inapporpriately and often despairing. My husband and I quickly scanned the books and realized they went against our own beliefs and church teachings so didn’t go further. With any writings, readers should use their own judgment, theology, and common sense.

  8. Agree with the previous posters who said to use caution when buying a book by any author these days. While there may be good items to take away from it, the resounding premise of many of these books is discipline.
    Think very carefully before using any kind of corporal punishment in this day and age of instant pictures and hidden cameras. While there are people who would say ‘sparing the rod’ is ‘spoiling the child’ there are just as many and maybe more powerful people who would find ‘using the rod’ as ‘child abuse’ and willing to take legal action to prove it.
    Communities have children taking pictures of parents administering ‘the rod’ to siblings and showing to teachers and counselors. Be very careful.

  9. grangramma says:

    They had a story on TV and interviewed this author. Many people who read his book went too far on hitting their kids and some of them even went to jail for it. I do believe that there are a few instances when a child needs a pat on the rear, but never to hurt them.

  10. Of course any book needs to be read with discernment. ‘Shepherding a Child’s Heart’ does indeed espouse spanking as one possible response to wrong-doing, but I did not see spanking as the core message. The most valuable message in the book to me was the emphasis on addressing kids’ hearts first and foremost, to find out what thought patterns are leading them towards wrong-doing. The author said that we need to go beyond behavior control in our parenting. We need to enter into kids’ world, to talk with them about the real battle that is being waged in their hearts. We need to clearly teach them to ‘guard your heart, because it is the wellspring of life’. If we do not take time, time, time to address our kids’ thought-life — any discipline, whether it be grounding, spanking, time-out, chores, or whatever, is not going to bring about the long-term character growth that we as parents so much desire to see in our kids.

  11. Loved “Shepherding a Child’s Heart.” It’s true that he includes spanking as part of overall child-rearing, but his big emphasis is the motivation for behaviour. I loved how he pointed out how a “perfectly-behaved” child can still be arrogant and self-righteous. His brother wrote one about parenting teens that is also excellent (disclaimer: i haven’t read the whole thing) called “Age of Opportunity.”