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New Books—August 2017

                                                                       Complete New Book List

                                                                             August, 2017 

Theologies of the American Revivalists: From Whitefield to Finney, by Robert W. Caldwell III. Traces the fascinating story of American revival theologies from the First Great Awakening through the Second Great Awakening, roughly 1740 to 1840, including George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, John Wesley, Samuel Hopkins, Joseph Bellamy, and Charles Finney.

HISTORICAL NON-FICTION: All of these titles were recommended by Al Mohler in his summer reading list: Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom, by Thomas E. Ricks. Two unlikely allies, as Churchill battled enemies of freedom on the right (Fascism), George Orwell (author of Animal Farm) battled enemies of freedom on the left (Communism). Four Princes: Henry VIII, Francis I, Charles V, and Suleiman the Magnificent and the Obsessions That Forged Modern Europe by John Julius Norwich. Never before had the world seen such giants coexisting, sometimes friends, more often enemies, always rivals, these four men from the early 16th century shaped the culture, religion and politics of their domains. Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West, by Tom Clavin. Sometimes the truth can be more entertaining than fiction, and this is the case for the history of Dodge City. The Russian Revolution: A New History, by Sean McMeekin. The origins and events of the 1917 Russian Revolution, which ended the Romanov rule and ushered the Bolsheviks into power, forever changing the course of world history. Between 1900 and 1920, Russian underwent a complete and irreversible transformation.

The Gospel and Religious Liberty, edited by Russell Moore and Andrew T. Walker (The Gospel for Life Series). What if religious liberty gives way and churches are faced with the difficult decision between allegiance to their country and allegiance to their conscience?

Conversion: How God Creates a People, by Michael Lawrence (9 Marks). Concise book on the necessity of regeneration. God is in the process of creating a people, and the emphasis is on regeneration, recreation, and renewal/transformation.

Glory in the Ordinary: Why Your Work in the Home Matters to God, by Courtney Reissig. A reminder of the beauty and blessing of work within the home.

How to Read and Understand the Biblical Prophets, by Peter J. Gentry. Th

e prophetic books are full of symbolic speeches, dramatic metaphors, and lengthy allegories which can make them hard to understand. Gentry identifies seven common characteristics of prophetic literature that can help us understand each book’s message including the end of the covenant, judgment and restoration, the function of the oracles against the foreign nations, typology and the new Exodus, and the already-and-the-not yet.

Faith and Reason, by Henri Blocher.The author is a highly regarded French evangelical theologian. This book discusses how to navigate the relationship and tensions between faith and reason, including how to combine science and faith, and can we make the Bible say whatever we want.

To the Cross: Proclaiming the Gospel from the Upper Room to Calvary, by Christopher J.H. Wright. Through the lens of the OT, Wright navigates the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ passion, beginning with the meal in the upper room.

Old-Earth or Evolutionary Creation? Discussing Origins with Reasons to Believe and BioLogos, edited by Kenneth Keathley, J.B. Stump, and Joe Aguirre. This book is the result of dialogue by representatives of two prominent positions—old earth creation (Reasons to Believe) and evolutionary creation (BioLogos), moderated by Southern Baptist seminary professors. Issues will include biblical authority, human genetics and common descent, and the historicity of Adam and Eve. Both groups believe in an old earth, but from that point on they diverge widely.

PURITAN CLASSICS: A Blow at the Root of Antinomianism, by John Flavel (1630-1691). An antinomian is someone who believes that under the gospel era of grace, the moral law is of no use or obligation because faith alone is necessary for salvation. This issue has been hotly debated since the 16th century in the Reformed tradition.

COMMENTARIES: Mark, by Eckhard Schnabel (Tyndale NT Commentaries); Sermon on the Mount, by Scot McKnight (Story of God Bible Commentary).

ADULT/FAMILY DVDs: Luther: The Life and the Legacy

ADULT FICTION: Brides of Texas: 3-in-1 Historical Romance Collection, by Cathy Maries Hake (50 States of Love); Brides of Virginia: 3-in-1 Historical Romance Collection, by Cathy Marie Hake (50 States of Love); Titanis, by Ronie Kendig (The Quiet Professionals); Beneath Copper Falls, by Colleen Coble (Rock Harbor #7);