Posts by CBC Library

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New Books—March 2020

                                                              Complete New Book List                                                                            March 2020  The Story Retold: A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the New Testament, by G.K. Beale and Benjamin L. Gladd. The New Testament was not written within a vacuum. Rather, it stands in continuity with the Old Testament. Israel’s story is the church’s story. In The Story Retold, Beale and Gladd explore each New Testament book in light of the broad history of redemption, emphasizing the biblical-theological themes of each. Their distinctive approach encourages readers…

New Books—February 2020

                                                            Complete New Book List                                                                     February 2020  Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans, edited by Robert Elmer. A collection of carefully selected prayers by leading Puritans. For the Puritans, prayer was neither casual nor dull, but rather their prayers were passionate affairs, from earnestly pleading for mercy to joyful praise. Includes some selections by other devotional writers who were not technically Puritans but were Puritan-like in their writings and prayers. The Gospel According to Satan: Eight Lies About God…

New Books—January 2020

                                                       Complete New Book List                                                                  January 2020 ‘He Descended to the Dead’: An Evangelical Theology of Holy Saturday, by Matthew Y. Emerson. Where was Jesus in between his death on Friday and his resurrection on Sunday? The descent of Jesus to the dead has been a fundamental tenet of the Christian faith, as seen by its inclusion in the Apostles’ and Athanasian Creeds. But it has also been a subject of suspicion and scrutiny, especially from evangelicals. Led by…

New Books–December 2019

                                                           Complete New Book List                                                                    December 2019 Redemptive Reversals and the Ironic Overturning of Human Wisdom, by G.K. Beale (Short Studies in Biblical Theology). The Bible is full of ironic situations in which God overturns the world’s wisdom by doing the opposite of what is expected. In this book biblical scholar G.K. Beale explores God’s pattern of divine irony in both judgment and salvation, finding its greatest expression in Jesus’s triumph over death through death on the cross. Unpacking…

New Books—November 2019

                                                              Complete New Book List                                                                      November 2019 Theological Retrieval for Evangelicals, by Gavin Ortlund. Evangelicalism is not commonly known for mining the rich theological heritage handed down from previous generations. Instead, it tends to follow what can sometimes look like a “me and my Bible” approach to theology. But lately there has been a restlessness among evangelicals—an aching for theological rootedness that has led some to abandon Protestantism altogether. This book aims to set forth a vision for how…

New Books–October 2019

                                                        Complete New Book List                                                                 October, 2019 Safe and Sound: Standing Firm in Spiritual Battles, by David Powlison. David Powlison was a well-known counselor, author, teacher and executive director of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation. Before he passed away in June 2019 from a terminal illness, he finished writing this–his final book. Nancy Guthrie calls it a “short Scripture-saturated book” which provides clear teaching on what spiritual warfare really is and strategies for helping people in the midst…

New Books–September 2019

                                                           Complete New Book List                                                                  September, 2019  Unlikely Converts: Improbable Stories of Faith and What They Teach Us About Evangelism, by Randy Newman. We’ve all met people who don’t seem approachable with the idea of the saving grace of the cross. But what if they are exactly the ones who teach us the most about evangelism. This book shares surprising stories of faith that testify to the unstoppable power of the gospel. David Mathis of Desiring God says…

New Books—August 2019

                                                              Complete New Book List                                                                        August, 2019  One Faithful Life: A Harmony of the Life and Writings of the Apostle Paul, by John MacArthur. Weaves together the apostle Paul’s epistles to the early church against the background of the Gospels and the dramatic story of Paul’s life as told in the book of Acts. Includes not only the biblical text, but verse-by-verse explanations and section introductions and commentary. The result is a complete harmony and chronological study of Paul’s…

New Books–July 2019

                                                   Complete New Book List                                                                July, 2019  Pray Big: Learn to Pray Like an Apostle, by Alistair Begg. The author wants us to stop settling for praying “be with so and so” prayers (since Jesus has already promised he would “be with” us) to the end of the age—so for that to be the sum of our prayers is a waste. Rather he wants us to look at the prayers of Paul and Nehemiah and others in the Bible,…

New Books–June 2019

                                                            Complete New Book List                                                                          June, 2019              Christ Has Set Us Free: Preaching and Teaching Galatians, edited by D.A. Carson and Jeff Robinson, Sr. How can a sinful human stand before a holy God—a question that stands at the heart of the gospel. In this book, nine seasoned Bible teachers walk through the entirety of Galatians, chapter by chapter. Contributors include Tom Schreiner, John Piper, D.A. Carson, Sinclair Ferguson, Timothy Keller, and others.             Seek First: How the…

New Books—May 2019

                                                       Complete New Book List                                                                      May, 2019 The Apostles’ Creed: Discovering Authentic Christianity in an Age of Counterfeits, by R. Albert Mohler, Jr., with Foreword by John MacArthur. Summarizes the theology carried along by each phrase or clause of the creed. Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion, by Rebecca McLaughlin. Probes some of the trickiest cultural challenges to Christianity of our day and clearly demonstrates the breadth and richness of a Christian response. Maturity: Growing…

New Books–April 2019

                                                    Complete New Book List                                                                 April, 2019  None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God, by Matthew Barrett, Foreword by Fred Sanders. Tim Challies calls this a book which doesn’t attempt to solve God or neatly package him, but “grapples with his immensity, his transcendence, and his incomprehensibility”. Jared Wilson says “perhaps not since R.C. Sproul has there been a treatment with such careful devotion and accessibility”. This marks the renewal of an interest in classical theism, and Steven Wellum…

New Books–March 2019

                                                 Complete New Book List                                                           March, 2019  Broken Pieces and the God Who Mends Them: Schizophrenia Through a Mother’s Eyes, by Simonetta Carr, with Foreword by Michael Horton. When a son, sister, or grandchild begins to behave in unexpected and disturbing ways, family members hope it is simply a phase. But for some, it is a lifetime illness—schizophrenia. Simonetta Carr, author of the acclaimed and lavishly illustrated Christian biography series for youth, chronicles her experience of caring for a…

New Books–February 2019

                                                     Complete New Book List                                                             February, 2019  Everyday Glory: The Revelation of God in All of Reality, by Gerald R. McDermott. Challenges us to reject the disenchantment of modernity, and see how God actively reveals himself in the created world. There are “types” of the kingdom that teem around us in nature, science, history, sex, and sports. Peter Leithart says we will “learn to see the world through new eyes”. This book is inspired by the beauty-saturated theology of…

New Books–January 2019

                                                        Complete New Book List                                                                 January, 2019  From Good News to Gospels: What Did the Early Christians Say About Jesus? by David Wenham. Uncover evidence of a strong and substantial oral tradition in the early church between the death of Jesus and the writing of the first gospels. Can We Trust the Gospels? by Peter Williams. A brief but effective and strong case for the historicity of the gospels. Appeared on several best of 2018 lists. Saved by Grace…

New Books–December 2018

                                                        Complete New Book List                                                             December, 2018  The Ten Commandments: What They Mean, Why They Matter, and Why We Should Obey Them, by Kevin DeYoung. Michael Horton says this “fleshes out the wisdom of our Creator and Redeemer in a way that helps us see the wisdom of our Creator and Redeemer in directing us on our pilgrim way”. Face to Face with Jesus: Seeing Him as He Really Is, by Randy Alcorn. Brief meditations, Scripture readings, and inspirational…

New Books—November 2018

                                                  Complete New Book List                                                         November, 2018  Suffering: Gospel Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense, by Paul David Tripp. The author says, “for all who have walked suffering’s rocky and twisting pathway, this book is for you”. Recommended by Joni Eareckson Tada and Ray Ortlund. The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah and the Mystery of God’s Mercy, by Timothy Keller. An angry prophet; a feared and loathsome enemy; a devastating storm. And the surprising message of a merciful God to his…

New Books–October 2018

                                              Complete New Book List                                                       October, 2018  On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life Through Great Books, by Karen Swallow Prior. Encountering virtue in a guided tour through the works of great literature. Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon, Wife of Charles H. Spurgeon, by Ray Rhodes, Jr, Foreword by R. Albert Mohler, Jr. New and definitive biography, which is meticulously researched and yet told with the craft of a storyteller. In the Year of Our Lord:…

New Books—September 2018

                                     Complete New Book List                                           September, 2018  Remember Death: The Surprising Path to Living Hope, by Matthew McCullough. Overcoming our detachment from death and deepening our attachment to the Lord Jesus Christ. Tom Schreiner says this meditation on death is “haunting, profound, and stirring”. Foreword by Russell Moore. Transformed by God: New Covenant Life and Ministry, by David G. Peterson. Foundational to the NT understanding of Jesus is Jeremiah’s promise of a “new covenant” in which God will transform…

New Books—August 2018

                                          Complete New Book List                                                   August, 2018  Honoring the Son: Jesus in Earliest Christian Devotional Practice, by Larry W. Hurtado (Snapshots series). Before the NT or the creeds of the church were written, the devotional practices of the earliest Christians show that they worshipped Jesus alongside the Father, demonstrating their view of the deity of the Son. This refutes critical theories that viewing Jesus as divine was a later development. Condenses material from Hurtado’s earlier and more detailed scholarly…