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New Books—January 2018

                                                                   Complete New Book List                                                                          January, 2018  No Quick Fix: Where Higher Life Theology Came From, What It Is, and Why It Is Harmful, by Andrew David Naselli with Foreword by John MacArthur. Every Christian struggles with sin and wants to be victorious in the fight. Higher life theology (HLT)–also known as Keswick theology–offers a quick fix for this struggle, arguing that if Christians simply “let go and let God” they can be free of sin and brought to…

New Books–December 2017

                                                          Complete New Book List                                                               December, 2017 Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique, edited by J. P. Moreland, Stephen C. Meyer, Christopher Shaw, Ann K. Gauger, and Wayne Grudem. A comprehensive critique with nearly 1,000 pages and 31 articles. Argues that theistic evolution fails as a theory—scientifically, philosophically, and biblically. Counseling Under the Cross: How Martin Luther Applied the Gospel to Daily Life, by Bob Kellemen. Luther not only reformed theology, he also reformed pastoral counseling.…

New Books–November 2017

                                                                   Complete New Book List                                                                        November, 2017 How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds, by Alan Jacobs. A contrarian treatise on why we’re not as good at thinking as we assume. Most of us don’t want to think, says Jacobs, because thinking is trouble, thinking is slow, and it can force us out of familiar, comforting habits. Plus, we are assaulted with information overload, partisan bickering, alternative facts, and the spin cycle of social media.…

New Books–October 2017

                                                          Complete New Book List                                                                    October, 2017  Imitating God in Christ: Recapturing a Biblical Pattern, by Jason B. Hood. Provides us a biblical theology of the imitation of Christ, resulting in the recovery of a biblical pattern, and a challenge and corrective to embracing moralism on one side and fearing it on the other. As Sinclair Ferguson said: “The goal of the Spirit’s ministry in sanctification is the reproduction of likeness to Christ, and in this sense to produce…

New Books–September 2017

                                                    Complete New Book List                                                         September, 2017  Living Life Backward: How Ecclesiastes Teaches Us to Live in Light of the End, by David Gibson. What if it is death that teaches us how to truly live? Living life backward means taking the one thing in our future that is certain—death—and letting that inform our journey before we get there. And here we look to Ecclesiastes for wisdom. D.A. Carson says there have been a number of popular expositions of…

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…

New Books–July 2017

                                                            Complete New Book List                                                                       July, 2017  Institutes of the Christian Religion 1541 Edition (White Translation), by John Calvin. This newly published edition of Calvin’s Institutes is known as the White Translation, or “Calvin’s Own Essentials Edition”. It was an abridgement made by Calvin himself, eliminating the polemic material and much of the more technical details, to leave what Calvin considered the essentials of his theology—its “heart and soul”. It was translated from the French by Robert White in…

New Books—June 2017

                                                             Complete New Book List                                                                      June, 2017  Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father, by Thomas S. Kidd. Mark Noll calls this a “convincing portrait of Franklin’s religious life as ambiguous, elusive, enigmatic and whimsical…(and) as a forerunner of many later Americans who believe in God, trust in providence, but cannot embrace any particular Christian creed”. The Imperfect Disciple: Grace for People Who Can’t Get Their Act Together, by Jared Wilson, author of The Prodigal Church. Too…

New Books–May 2017

                                                               Complete New Book List                                                                         May, 2017  Turning Points in the History of American Evangelicalism, edited by Heath W. Carter and Laura Rominger Porter. This book contains contributions from an impressive cast of historians to commemorate the magnificent career of Mark Noll. Contributors include Nathan Hatch, George Marsden, Harry Stout, Grant Wacker, and a number of others, each of whom deals with a particular turning point. The Gospel According to Paul: Embracing the Good News at the Heart of…

April 2017—New Books

                                                       Complete New Book List                                                                April, 2017  This Is Our Time: Everyday Myths in Light of the Gospel, by Trevin Wax, Foreword by Marvin Olasky. A path to faithful presence in our culture, with neither naivete nor panic. Real Music: A Guide to the Timeless Hymns of the Church, by Anthony Esolen, with accompanying CD. A comprehensive guide, in print and song, to the great hymns of the church. The author says good music combines timeless poetry, with doctrinally…

New Books–March 2017

                                                         Complete New Book List                                                                March, 2017  Knowing God and Ourselves: Reading Calvin’s Institutes Devotionally, by David B. Calhoun. Calvin intended his Institutes to be a guide in reading Scripture, and a companion to his commentaries. He wanted his readers to respond with love for God and obedient lives. This new book is a short and lucid guide to the Institutes, which is in turn a guide to the Bible. Katharina and Martin Luther: The Radical Marriage of a…

New Books–February 2017

                                                   Complete New Book List                                                       February, 2017  Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality, by Wesley Hill. As a celibate gay Christian, who is also a theology professor, Hill gives us a glimpse of what it looks like to wrestle firsthand with God’s “no” to same-sex sexual intimacy. He advocates neither unqualified “healing” for those who struggle, nor accommodation to temptation, but rather faithfulness in the midst of brokenness. A Passion for the Impossible: The Life of…

New Books–January 2017

                                                       Complete New Book List                                                            January, 2017  Hitler’s Religion: The Twisted Beliefs That Drove the Third Reich, by Richard Weikart. Shows that Hitler was neither a Christian, an atheist, nor an occultist. Rather, he marshals convincing evidence that Hitler was a pantheist who embraced brutal, Darwinian religion of nature. Give Me This Mountain, by Dr. Helen Roseveare. Autobiography of the well known missionary doctor and author who worked in the Belgian Congo, and who spent 5 months as a…

New Books–December 2016

                                                    Complete New Book List                                                          December, 2016  An Anomalous Jew: Paul among Jews, Greeks and Romans, by Michael F. Bird. Bird argues that Paul did not cease to be a Jew when he became a Christian, but his previous Jewish convictions were shaken to the core and transformed. He remained a Jew, but became an anomaly to his Jewish contemporaries. Paul is seen as a maverick apostle, an inimitable thinker, and an anomalous Jew. Saving My Assassin: A Memoir,…

New Books–November 2016

                                                            Complete New Book List                                                                 November, 2016                        Gospel Women: Studies of the Named Women in the Gospels, by Richard Bauckham. Bauckham is an outstanding NT scholar who applies his encyclopedic knowledge of Judaism and its offshoot, early Jewish Christianity, to the subject of the named women in the Gospels. The Unfinished Reformation: What Unites and Divides Catholics and Protestants After 500 Years, by Gregg Allison and Chris Castaldo. Is the Protestant Reformation finished? There are still a number…

New Books—October 2016

                                                          Complete New Book List                                                               October, 2016            Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical, by Timothy Keller. Newsweek magazine refers to Keller as “a C.S. Lewis for the 21st century”. He has had an incredibly effective ministry in the heart of NYC. This is his newest. No God But One: Allah or Jesus? by Nabeel Qureshi. A former Muslim investigates the evidence for Islam and Christianity. Both Islam and Christianity teach that there is only one God,…

New Books–September 2016

                                                 Complete New Book List                                                      September, 2016  “Free Grace Theology”: 5 Ways It Diminishes the Gospel, by Wayne Grudem. Must the gospel message include a call for people to repent of their sins? Is evidence of a changed life an important indication of whether a person is truly born again? To both questions, Free Grace Theology says no. But in this book, Grudem shows why the Bible says yes to both. This book is endorsed by John MacArthur, J.I.…

New Books–August 2016

Complete New Book List August, 2016  Theological Fitness: Why We Need a Fighting Faith, Aimee Byrd. A book for Christians who want to hold fast to their faith without wavering, even in the trials of ordinary life. Aimee unpacks our call to perseverance in the book of Hebrews and explores the great metaphor that physical fitness lends to theology. Aimee is an ordinary mom of three, who blogs about theology at The Mortification of Spin website. What Christians Ought to…

New Books–July 2016

Complete New Book List July, 2016  J.C. Ryle: Prepared to Stand Alone, by Iain H. Murray. The life of Ryle has only to be heard about once to be remembered, His 84 years (1816-1900) included remarkable contrasts—-the promise of a fortune, then the poverty of a bankrupt; a Suffolk County country pastor, then bishop of the leading seaport of the British Empire; from the successful youth at Eton and Oxford who did not pray or read his Bible until age…

New Books–June 2016

                                                         Complete New Book List                                                                    June, 2016  A Camaraderie of Confidence: The Fruit of Unfailing Faith in the Lives of Charles Spurgeon, George Muller, and Hudson Taylor, by John Piper (series: The Swans Are Not Silent). Most people don’t realize that Spurgeon, Muller and Taylor were contemporaries who knew and loved each other. For all their differences, they were profoundly evangelical in their emphases on Scripture, the atoning work of Christ, the new birth and the importance of mission.…