Verbum Now Member Benefits for September 2017

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Thomas Gette | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Sep 1 2017 12:55 PM

Happy September!

The Verbum Now Member benefits are here for the month of September:

https://blog.verbum.com/2017/09/verbum-now-benefits-for-september

Let me know if you need anything else.

Hopefully you will all have a relaxing Labor Day weekend.

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Kevin S. Coy | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Sep 2 2017 11:22 AM

Thank you Thomas!

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Eduardo Espiritu | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Sep 2 2017 2:26 PM

Don't forget the NOW free book of the month, NOWFREEBOOKSEP. I added to my collection of 100-year-old books.

 "Anarchy is that condition of mind or methods in which you cannot stop yourself. It is the loss of that self-control which can return to the normal. It is not anarchy because men are permitted to begin uproar, extravagance, experiment, peril. It is anarchy when people cannot end these things. It is not anarchy in the home if the whole family sits up all night on New Year’s Eve. It is anarchy in the home if members of the family sit up later and later for months afterwards."

G. K. Chesterton, Eugenics and Other Evils, (London; New York; Toronto; Melbourne: Cassell and Company, Limited, 1922), 23–24.

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Average Joe | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 5 2017 8:40 AM

Does anyone have any tips on the best way to sort through the book offerings for the free Now book? I like that there are lots to choose from, but am having some difficulty in prioritizing the Catholic resources in the search so that I can see what is available.

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Ken McGuire | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 5 2017 9:52 AM

I use the Logos side of things, but something like https://www.logos.com/products/search?Product+Type=Free+titles+for+Now+members&unlocked=no&sort=bestselling&pageSize=60&Christian+Group=Catholic may be helpful.

The Gospel is not ... a "new law," on the contrary, ... a "new life." - William Julius Mann

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Deacon Steve | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 5 2017 6:51 PM

That is a big help, Ken.  Thank you.  Smile

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Average Joe | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 6 2017 7:22 AM

Ken McGuire:

Thanks! That's what I was trying to replicate, but couldn't figure out how to get there. Embarrassed

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Chris K | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Sep 9 2017 6:04 PM

Sadly for Verbum Now members (Catholic audience) there are very few Catholic resources in the free book selection :(

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Ken McGuire | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Sep 9 2017 7:13 PM

Chris K:

Sadly for Verbum Now members (Catholic audience) there are very few Catholic resources in the free book selection :(

It seems to be that way with many denominational Logos libraries. For example, I have Lutheran Gold, and only 10 books are available... 6 of them are on the Heidelberg Catechism, which is actually Reformed and not Lutheran. One is the Letters of Ambrose....

On the other hand, for me, 128 of the 222 "Catholic" resources are available in the link I gave above - and actually this month I grabbed one of 'em, and will almost certainly grab part two of it next month.

But if "Catholic" is taken as "according to the whole," I would think that there are some other resources that may be of interest - at least of enough interest to grab for free at least.

The Gospel is not ... a "new law," on the contrary, ... a "new life." - William Julius Mann

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Eduardo Espiritu | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Sep 10 2017 4:12 PM

Jurisdiction in the Early Church: Episcopal and Papal

By Gregory Dix / 2 publishers / 1975

Post 1963 and probably interesting in light of the Francis's latest motu proprio.  There are gems among free book offers, eh.  Anglican author, but topic of interest to Catholics.

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Chris K | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 15 2017 7:48 PM

Ken McGuire:

It seems to be that way with many denominational Logos libraries. For example, I have Lutheran Gold, and only 10 books are available... 6 of them are on the Heidelberg Catechism, which is actually Reformed and not Lutheran. One is the Letters of Ambrose....

On the other hand, for me, 128 of the 222 "Catholic" resources are available in the link I gave above - and actually this month I grabbed one of 'em, and will almost certainly grab part two of it next month.

But if "Catholic" is taken as "according to the whole," I would think that there are some other resources that may be of interest - at least of enough interest to grab for free at least.

Ken, I see what you are saying regarding the Lutheran Collection, though Faithlife has an entire platform (Verbum) and a separate subscription (Verbum Now) that is "distinct" from Logos and specifically targeted to the Catholic Audience...yet a lot of the specials/etc. are duplicates of the general Logos/Logos Now counterparts and don't really offer much "targeting" to the distinct audience that Faithlife and set up the separate platform for.  I just wish that they would call "Verbum Now" "Logos Now" if it was going to all be the same.

I do realize, and do have a great many, that resources from other denominations are helpful and necessary in study...but when the company offers not just a different collection, but a different product to cater to a specific denomination, then things like its separate paid subscription plan should also show more of that reflection, in my humble opinion :)

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Ken McGuire | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Sep 17 2017 11:26 AM

For better or worse I see the split between "Logos" and "Verbum" as more of a marketing thing than anything else, and so tend to group Verbum in with the various denominational collections on the Logos side of things. Separate platform? Yes in the sense of separate home website and having parallel programs like "Now." But when I can turn my Logos installation into a Verbum interface by the "Set Verbum" command, I question how separate it is. When I see the "Orthodox" packages under Logos instead of Verbum - when almost certainly there is more overlap between the Eastern and Western churches than either with most forms of us Protestants, again, I question how separate the platforms really are.

But, of course, my perspective is that of an outsider who does not work for Faithlife - and is not Roman Catholic either.

From what I see of the "Now" free book program, it looks like it is for editions based upon works in the Public Domain. Having created (and shared) a few Personal Books, I do appreciate the effort involved to make a good edition - the proof reading - the tagging - the linking. Often I question the stated "value" for them, but I don't mind Faithlife being paid for their work either. It is a nice little perk to let us claim an additional work each month.

My experience in watching the various base packages for about fifteen years now is that Faithlife usually tries to put the most interesting of these works in the relevant base packages. So it is no surprise that most of the works are already there. So, yes, for me there are few "Lutheran" offerings. For you there are few "Catholic" ones. Yes, more resources are added into the catalog almost daily. I hope that more are added into the "Now" free book program as well.

I certainly understand looking at the "new to me" on the "Now" list and seeing a lot that looks like a waste of computer storage space. But I have found a few books of interest. Things that I have done:

1) Look for reference works. While they certainly cannot include recent discussion and very important manuscript finds, they can be useful summaries of how certain topics were looked at by particular people in a particular era. At worst, it lets you understand how some of our fellow Christians understood things. At best, you may find a good point that can be hidden under what is new.

2) Look for primary sources. There are certain historical figures and writings that have had a significant influence on the church. They may or may not be "Saints." Origen, for example, has had great influence even if few agree with him on important issues.

3) Sort by "bestselling." This lets you see what other people have in their library. And yes, quite often I say "yuck" at more than a few of the things ranked high on this list. But sometimes I also see things that may be interesting - at least interesting enough to try for free.

4) There is a thread here in the forums where many people say what they got each month - sometimes saying a bit why.

I hope some of this will help you in future purchases.

The Gospel is not ... a "new law," on the contrary, ... a "new life." - William Julius Mann

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Kevin S. Coy | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Sep 17 2017 12:19 PM

Thank you very much for the insight.  I think I will be following your advice.

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