While surfing online or reading e-mail messages from a listserv, you hear about a great new book on church leadership by Tom Bandy or William Easum. Within a few clicks of the mouse, you notice the discounted price and are immediately downloading the eBook version of UnFreezing Moves or Road Runner, to your desktop. You might read it a chapter at a time on the screen, or transfer an eBook immediately over to your personal digital assistant, such as the Compaq iPAQ or HP Jornada Pocket PC2002. While reading you may be prompted in the eBook to visit the author's listserv over at AbingdonPress.com.
You are called upon suddenly to lead a memorial service for someone at your church. In years gone by you carried a small black book containing the ritual. Instead, you have downloaded to your Pocket PC or Palm Pilot The Pastor's Pocket Edition of the Book of Worship. The ritual travels with you.
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