Archive for year 2007

Two Great New Products

Christmas is barely past, and we at Olive Tree hope you had a very good time with family and friends, celebrating the birth of Jesus. Where we are, snowfall made it a beautiful, quiet Christmas evening, the perfect capstone to a very enjoyable day.

I wanted to take a brief moment to promote two new releases, Webster’s 1828 Dictionary and The Evidence Bible Notes. These two resources are powerful additions to your Olive Tree library, and I highly recommend both of them.

Webster’s 1828 DictionaryNoah Webster, considered by many the “Father of American Scholarship and Education” and “America’s Schoolmaster,” was a devout Christian who influenced generations of Americans with his Blue-backed speller books. He is best known for his 1828 An American Dictionary of the English Language, now available from Olive Tree. This dictionary has perhaps the most verse references in any major reference work. It is unlike any dictionary we have offered before because it defines all the words in the English language in 1828. Surprisingly, most of the definitions are the same now as in 1828, and this dictionary provides a window into what the English language was like in the early nineteenth century.

The Evidence Bible Notes – Well known evangelist and Christian apologist Ray Comfort has compiled an impressive array of evidence for the authority and authenticity of the Bible. Using quotes from some of the most eminent scientists and thinkers in history like Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking and Sir Isaac Newton, Comfort reveals how the Bible holds up to scrutiny while other attempts to explain the world fail. These notes, filled with helpful illustrations, also show you how to share your faith with your family, friends and co-workers. The Evidence Bible Notes is a wonderful resource for the defense of the Bible and the spread of the Gospel.

IN HIS OWN WORDS – Classic eBooks on Prayer by E. M. Bounds

In this article, we want to let author E. M. Bounds tell you in his own words about the importance of prayer to God, to the Church, to the world, and to you. Thus, we will quote a little from five new classic eBooks by this author available from Olive Tree. First, however, let’s talk a little about the author and his work.

Few have written about prayer with the experience, authority, conviction, and eloquence of this simple man of God from nineteentn-century America. Toughened by the loss of his father at a young age, by lonely years spent in the mining camps of California’s gold rush, by incarceration in Union prison camps during the American Civil War, and by his gritty experiences as a Confederate chaplain on the front lines of that war – praying on his knees within sight of the troops under his charge, E. M. Bounds embodied a blend of firmness and gentleness rarely seen in a man, inwrought by the Christ he loved as he was passing “through it all.” One might say that Bounds’ famous books on prayer read like Emerson’s essays, in the sense that almost every sentence could be framed and hung on the wall, so clear and incisive and perfectly fitting are the words. Unlike Emerson, however, this man would never choose to write an essay on self-reliance; rather, he had learned the secret of whole-heartedly casting EVERYTHING on the Savior through persevering prayer and constant communion with the One for whom nothing is impossible. And he had experienced first-hand the power of prayer and supplication to change the world.

Currently, Olive Tree offers five classic eBooks on prayer by E. M. Bounds, with three more to come. Hyperlinked Scripture references, verse indexes, book marks, and other features of the electronic versions, make reading these eBooks with Olive Tree’s BibleReader software a great experience. Let’s take a brief look at each book.

In The Essentials of Prayer, the author explores prayer as it relates to the whole person, to humility, to devotion, to praise, to thanksgiving, and to other essential elements of prayer. Says Bounds, “Prayer has to do with the entire man. It takes the whole man to pray, and prayer affects the entire man in its gracious results. The largest results in praying come to him who gives himself, all of himself, all that belongs to himself, to God.”

In The Necessity of Prayer, Bounds elaborates on the relationships between prayer and faith, trust, desire, fervency, importunity, character, conduct, obedience, vigilance, and the word of God. Writing about prayer and faith, the author says, “Prayer projects faith on God and God on the world. Only God can move mountains, but prayer and faith move God.” As with all of the author’s books, this one leaves readers greatly impressed with the necessity of prayer in giving God a way to accomplishes His gracious will.

As the title suggests, The Possibilities of Prayer considers prayer in relation to the promises of God and to the phenomenal answers God grants to believing prayer. “How vast are the possibilities of prayer! What great things are accomplished by this divinely appointed means of grace! It lays its hand on Almighty God and moves Him to do what He would not otherwise do if prayer was not offered. It brings things to pass which would never otherwise occur. The story of prayer is the story of great achievements.”

Power through Prayer exposes the folly of God’s people if they try to use any means other than prayer to achieve the fruit God requires. While the church and its leaders look for better methods to bring about the increase of Christ on the earth, God is intending to do a work in the vessels themselves, fitting them for something greater than they can imagine. Bounds asserts, “Men are God’s method. The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men. The glory and efficiency of the gospel is staked on the men who proclaim it.”

Finally, in The Weapon of Prayer, E. M. Bounds sounds again the call to all Christians to exercise their God-given birthright for the sake of God and His kingdom, the success of which He has placed under the law of prayer. “He rules the world just as He rules the Church by prayer. This lesson needs to be emphasized, iterated and reiterated in the ears of men of modern times and brought to bear with cumulative force on the consciences of this generation whose eyes have no vision for the eternal things, whose ears are deaf toward God. Nothing is more important to God than prayer in dealing with mankind. But it is likewise all-important to man to pray. Failure to pray is failure along the whole line of life. Man must pray to God if love for God is to exist.”

As you can see, E. M. Bounds speaks very well for himself and hardly needs anyone to advocate for his books. Readers can open to any page and taste the same indomitable spirit. May God find many who will let the Lord speak to them through the writings of this forthright and devoted man of God!

Updates to 6 eBooks

Olive Tree has a commitment to excellence, and we strive to be responsive to our customers’ needs and requests, as well as anticipate those needs. Recently, we updated six eBooks to have Table of Contents Choosers, making navigation much easier on the Symbian and Smartphone platforms. Although I had not received any requests to implement this newer feature on these eBooks, I knew that they would make navigation easier for all our users. If you want to see how the TOC Chooser works, check out our manual.

One of the great features about purchasing from Olive Tree is that you always get free updates for your files. If you have already purchased any of the eBooks below, just log in to your personal account to access the updated files. If you have not purchased any of these, check them out. They come with my highest recommendation. We even have a collection of Bible Biographies by F.B. Meyer available at a significant discount. Check it out here. Also, see all the titles by F.B. Meyer and Amy Carmichael. Oh, and just an advance heads up. If you like F.B. Meyer Bible Biographies, be sure to check our New Releases later this week. I have 6 NEW F.B. Meyer titles slated for release! One final plug – Olive Tree has a wide selection of eBooks. Want to see them all in a big list? Then click here!

-Tim-

Build Your Own Bundle – Software Discounts from Olive Tree

Olive Tree offers a number of different software bundle options that provide users an excellent way to purchase software at a discounted price. Among the pre-selected collections and CD packages, there is also a Build Your Own Collection option, which offers the most flexibility. You can choose the resources you want to add to include in the collection, and you will receive a bundle discount based on the number of items in your cart and your order total. The corresponding discount will be applied automatically as you add items to your cart. Below is a table with the different discounts available if you build your own bundle:

Number of items Total price Discount
2 $40 15% off
3 $60 20% off
5 $100 25% off
10 $200 30% off
15 $300 35% off

Ready to start building your own collection? Start browsing our product list now!

~ Kristi

Olive Tree Releases New Collections

We have recently released 9 new collections, including a couple new study Bibles, and we have more collections and study Bibles on the way. We’ve taken a slightly different approach with this season’s collections, trying to bring together resources that cover common themes or topics, and offering some of the most popular texts in that category. Here are a few examples…

We just posted the Bible Biographies Collection, which bundles together all our eBooks that are biographies on different figures in the Bible. So with one download, and at a very discounted price, you can have all 7 of these resources easily accessible on your PDA.

Another of our new collections is the Basic Study Tools Collection. In this package we brought together some of the essential resources for studying the Bible, with the goal of providing a basic, affordable package to get any student of the Bible started with PDA Bible Study.

Here’s one that everyone’s sure to enjoy: the eBook Classics Collection, which includes writings from some of Christianity’s most well-respected authors: Madame Guyon, Martin Luther, Andrew Murray, St. Augustine, John Calvin, and several others – 26 eBooks in all! And as an added bonus, this collection is available absolutely free :) We have another eBook Classics Collection coming out in a few weeks that includes some of our other Classics that are licensed through a publisher, and will thus be available for sale.

One final thing to make mention of here – we have a new section on our website for Study Bibles, and we have just recently posted a few more: the Catholic Study Bible and New Scofield Study Bible, both with notes from Oxford University Press, and the Ryrie Study Bible.

Well, that’s all for now! Enjoy browsing our new selections!

~ Kristi

Olive Tree at ETS/SBL 2007

We are back from the national conferences for ETS (Evangelical Theological Society) and SBL (Society of Biblical Literature). We had a great time at both of these conferences.

The highlight of the conference for me was meeting and talking with Olive Tree users. We had a great response to the early release of the Unicode Hebrew with BDB. The Unicode Hebrew will be available on our web site within a few weeks. I upgraded numorous people to the new Unicode Hebrew. It was fun seeing their excitement when they saw how amazing the new Hebrew looks! We got many oohs and ahhs over the new Unicode Hebrew. For more information on the Unicode Hebrew you can read these blog articles http://www.olivetreeblog.com/2007/08/02/hebrew-and-aramaic-developments/ and http://www.olivetreeblog.com/2007/08/29/unicode-on-palm/.
Unicode Hebrew

While at the conferences we talked with many publishers about electronic publication of their content in the Olive Tree format. We made some good contacts and started the ball rolling on a number of projects.

The most common question we got was, “Do/Will you support the iPhone?”. In February Apple will be releasing a development kit for developing native iPhone applications. Once this development kit is available we will be able to better investigate what will be involved in porting the BibleReader to the iPhone. After we have better information about porting the BibleReader to the iPhone we will make a decision about supporting the iPhone.

Here is a picture of myself, Drayton, and Drew in the Olive Tree booth at SBL. I am on the left, Drayton is in the middle, and Drew is on the right.

SBL Booth

For those of you state side, have a great Thanksgiving Holiday!

-Stephen

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