NIV Application Commentaries, $4.99 Each

NIVAC sale


Zondervan’s NIV Application Commentary series is on sale again (today is the last day), with each of the ebooks selling at $4.99.

I really liked Psalms vol. 1 in this series. There are a lot of really good volumes in NIVAC, including some e-bundles available now.

All the Table of Contents now are hyperlinked, so navigating via Kindle or iBooks should be relatively manageable. You won’t get the same sort of search power you’d get in Accordance or Logos, but the price is tough to beat.

See everything here on Amazon or here at Zondervan’s page.

NIV Application Commentaries (Including Bundles), Less than $5 a Book

NIVAC sale


There is another big sale on Zondervan’s NIV Application Commentary series, with each of the ebooks selling at $4.99–on, among other places, Amazon. For the first time Zondervan is offering various discounted bundles, too. Check them out here.

As I’ve said before, I really liked Psalms vol. 1 in this series. There are a lot of really good volumes in NIVAC, like Genesis, Peter Enns’s Exodus, and the sleeper hit of the series: James (David P. Nystrom). (Seriously–I think it might be the best of the bunch.)

All the Table of Contents now are hyperlinked, so navigating via Kindle or iBooks should be relatively manageable. You won’t get the same sort of search power you’d get in Accordance or Logos, but the price is tough to beat.

Alto’s Adventure On Sale for $0.99 in the App Store

My new favorite iOS game is Alto’s Adventure. My 7- and 4-year olds love it, too.

Here are a couple of developer screenshots:


Snowboard down hills: by night or by day



Jump and flip your way over gaps and obstacles
Jump and flip your way over gaps and obstacles


The app has cool music, great sound effects, and a really relaxing vibe. It’s a good challenge, too.

The app is on sale right now at the App Store for $0.99 (down from $2.99). You can find it here.

Big-Time Deals on NIV Application Commentaries (NIVAC) in Accordance, Logos, and Olive Tree

NIVAC Accordance sale


Zondervan’s NIV Application Commentary series is on mega-sale, with each of the ebooks selling at $7.99 in Accordance, Logos, and Olive Tree.

I really liked Psalms vol. 1 in this series. The Genesis, Luke, and Galatians volumes were stand-by commentaries when I preached through those books, too.

Here is where you can find more details on the sale, which Zondervan rarely offers in any other e-format than Kindle:

Accordance // Logos // Olive Tree

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works for <$100 in Olive Tree

Bonhoeffer in Olive Tree


Right now you can find the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, English Edition (DBWE, 16 volumes) for just $99.99 in Olive Tree Bible software. A few more Bonhoeffer items are also listed at their sale here.

Olive Tree’s iOS and desktop apps are free, so if you like Bonhoeffer and have the cash, this is probably the best price for his complete works in English that one will ever find. (It does not yet include the just-released-in-print Volume 17.)

Bonhoeffer died 70 years ago today.

“Ultra-Premium Mac Bundle” (8 Apps at 91% Off)

Ultra-Premium Mac Bundle

StackSocial is offering a bundle of 8 Mac Apps for $44.99. You can even use code ULTRA5 at checkout for an extra $5 off.

Things2, a sleek task management app, is part of the bundle. It alone retails for $50. Also included is the otherwise $99 ScreenFlow 5, a robust piece of software for screencasting and video editing on Mac.

Find the deal, with more details on each of the included apps, here.

iOS and Mac App Store “Get Productive” Sale

Get Productive App Store


Don’t spend too much time checking out new productivity apps (hint: that’s an easy time drain to rationalize away), but if you’re looking for a calendar app, a to-do app, or even a couple good desktop clients for blogging, there are some good options for iOS and OSX on sale right now.

The iOS sale includes Calendars 5, Fantastical 2 (my new go-to calendar app), Workflow, Duet Display (lets you use your iPad as another screen for your computer), and a handful more. You can find them all here.

The Mac App Store sale includes Blogo and Desk, two sleek apps that let you post to your blog from a desktop client. Both are half off, and you can see the rest by going to the “Featured” section of your App Store computer app.

Launch Center Pro: Usually $5, Get it Free

It’s got to be the best tagline I’ve ever seen in the App Store:

Launch actions, not just apps.

If you are interested a free code for the paid app that does this, read on….


The “just” in that tagline is precisely placed, too, because Launch Center Pro can launch both apps and actions. But its ability to launch actions is what sets it apart. With minimal effort required for setup, I open up Launch Center Pro (hereafter, LCP) on ye ole phone to see these options:



Yes, that’s right. I can message (or call) my wife, text my whole family, post a selfie (I don’t really do that), enter a new Calendars 5 event, and much more with a single tap.

“It’s like speed dial for everyday tasks,” the app description rightly claims.

Already included in the app (though customizable) is a slew of app search options:



You can create your own actions via the Action Composer, which requires zero knowledge of Apple’s x-callback-url functionality, even though it utilizes it.



My phone allows me just four apps in the dock. LCP is so handy, I moved the Phone app to my home screen, and put LCP in its place in the dock. If that doesn’t speak to an app’s utility—that I use it more than I place calls on my phone—I don’t know what does.

I can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s not just a five-star App (though it is that, too), but LCP is a really smart innovation that will simplify repeated actions on your phone. See it in action in this short video.

It’s been priced as high as $4.99 recently. Right now it’s $2.99 for iPhone in the App Store. There is a separate iPad version, too, which can sync with the iPhone LCP.

But you want a chance to get the app free, you say? You came to the right place. Thanks to good folks at Contrast, who make the app, I’ve got a promo code for the iPhone version to give away.

Just comment here (and make sure you type in your email address, which goes undisplayed) for a chance at winning the code… share this post (and comment where you did) for a second entry. I’ll announce the winner some time this weekend. Leave your comment where it says, “What do you think?” below.

Launch Center Pro supports a ton of apps, too.

All of Joy of Cooking’s Recipes, On Your Phone you know that you can get the entirety of Joy of Cooking in your iPhone or iPad?

The iconic and ever-useful cookbook would be hard to improve upon in its print edition (though some duct would help ours), but the iOS app does just that.

It’s currently on sale through New Year’s Day, $4.99 at the App Store. EDIT: They’ve changed the price twice since I posted. As of 12/22, it’s $6.99.

If I procure the app unto myself, I shall report back, but for now here’s a bit of what it claims to be able to do:

• Universal app supports both iPhone and iPad.

• Thousands of recipes and reference materials cover everything from enchiladas to lemon meringue pie.

• All materials are included in the app. No internet access is required.

• Pre-set digital timers enable you to get each recipe just right.

• Let the app speak each step aloud so you can concentrate on cooking, rather than reading.

• Navigate each recipe with simple voice commands. No need to touch the screen with sticky fingers!

• Thousands of photos and illustrations leave nothing to interpretation.

• Built-in menu-maker allows you to create a menu and use it to
navigate among recipes while you cook; you can even print it out or
email it to your guests.

• Joy of Cooking classic red bookmarks help you keep track of several recipes at once.

• The Favorites list lets you store recipes that you want to cook again and again.

• Shopping lists can be created easily from one or more recipes.

• The Sleep-Block feature prevents your iPad from sleeping when you just want to cook.

• A switch to enable metric units can adapt recipes to your preference.

• A built-in conversion calculator makes it easy to substitute just
about anything. Want to know how many teaspoons are in a half-cup? That
answer, and many others, is just a few taps away.

…and more.

Here are a couple screenshots from the App Store:





Read more about this impresive-looking app here.

My New External Brain: Evernote

Evernote Icon


I’ve finally seen what all the Evernote fuss is about: It’s more impressive than almost any other productivity app I’ve used, and a basic account is free.

The company claims a lot for its app:

Evernote makes modern life more manageable by letting you easily collect and find everything that matters. From work notes and to-do lists to recipe collections and travel plans, add everything to Evernote to help you get organized without the effort.

But it’s so easy to access from any other app on any device, and so well-organized that it really can help you remember (or, rather, access) everything.

For example, do you want to file away the information in an email in a safe place, but not lose it among hundreds of email folders? Email it to your custom-created Evernote address, and it automatically files in your default notebook.

Do you want to make a simple shopping list with check marks and tap them as you go? Evernote can do that.

Do you have a bill you need to pay, and want to remind yourself of that unfortunate reality, but also have the relevant info at hand? Just take a picture of your bill with Evernote, add in a few comments, and it all saves in one place. You can even set a time-basd reminder to a note.

EvernoteAre you trying to make sense out of that stack of recipe notecards, and want to have it all in one easily accessible location for next time you cook? You can take photos of everything and file it in a “Recipes” notebook in Evernote. You can even tag your recipes with primary ingredients or nutritional details, so that pulling up your “Protein” tags gives you some good ideas for dinner.

There are at least a dozen more ways I’m using Evernote now every day to organize myself. I highly recommend it.

If you want to try it, you can register for free here. Going to that link also gives you and me both a free month of Premium, which adds some nice features like (get ready): keyword searching the three pages of text you just photographed from your favorite textbook. Yes, Evernote can do that.

But you don’t really need Premium to get a lot of utility out of it. It’s free, no strings attached.

It’s not perfect, of course. But I have yet to run into a limitation for the many ways I’ve already put it to use. Check it out and see what you think.