New Books – April 2006

New Books – April 2006

Saddam’s Secrets, by Georges Sada. The author was one of Saddam’s top military advisors, and a devout Christian in a Muslim country. He was also a man who would stand up for what was right, even at the risk of his own life. He reveals the disturbing truth about Saddam’s plots to destroy Israel, hide weapons of mass destruction, and overtake the Arab world.

It Came from Within, by Andy Stanley. The truth about what lies in the human heart. A wakeup call to those who would rather blame others than look in the mirror.

Total Abandon, by Gary Witherall. The powerful true story of a life lived in radical devotion to God. In total surrender to God’s calling, Bonnie and Gary Witherall traded the comfort and safety of life in the U.S. for danger and uncertainty in the war-torn city of Sidon, Lebanon. They served the Palestinian people, and shared with them the gospel of Christ. But Bonnie paid a high price for this high calling—her own life, taken by a terrorist gunman at the door of the clinic where she worked.

The Lost Virtue of Happiness: Discovering the Disciplines of the Good Life, by J.P. Moreland and Klaus Issler. Our twenty-first century views of happiness are not what the writers of the Bible had in mind. The authors of this book illustrate how we are happy only when we pursue a transcendent purpose—something larger than ourselves. This pursuit involves a deeply meaningful relationship with God through a selfless preoccupation with the spiritual disciplines.

Captured by Grace, by David Jeremiah. The author parallels the lost-to-found journeys of John Newton (the former slave trader who wrote the hymn “Amazing Grace”) and the apostle Paul to give you new eyes to see God’s relentless, pursuing grace. He overlays the lyrics of Newton’s hymn with true stories to illustrate how one experience of God-filled grace can transform anyone’s scandalous, broken past into a life of purpose and peace.

God of Promise: Introducing Covenant Theology, by Michael Horton. A rigorous and articulate defense of a traditional view of covenant theology. J.I. Packer says it is a “masterful survey of the covenantal frame of God’s self-disclosure in Scripture”.

He Speaks to Me: Preparing to Hear from God, by Priscilla Shirer. The author is a graduate of DTS and the daughter of Dr. Tony Evans. Here she looks at God’s call to Samuel and finds six characteristics essential for hearing from God.

Whitefield Gold, compiled by Ray Comfort. George Whitefield (1714-1769) was an itinerant evangelist who was known as the “Trumpet of the Great Awakening”, traveling between England and America. A staunch Calvinist, he was nevertheless a good friend of the Wesleys. This book is a collection of quotations, as well as containing a brief biography.

The Philosophy of Tolkien: The Worldview Behind The Lord of the Rings, by Peter J. Kreeft. The author takes the reader on a voyage of discovery into the philosophical bones of Middle Earth. Like a good concordance, the book organizes the philosophical themes in The Lord of the Rings into 50 categories, accompanied by over 1,000 references to the text.

Stolen Identity: The Conspiracy to Reinvent Jesus, by Peter Jones. Gnostics claim the Christian church stole the true identity of Jesus, conspiring to make the mere man into a god, while Christians claim that Gnostics have long been trying to reinvent Jesus as a human prophet. The author investigates both the Gnostic and the biblical claims.

We Remember C.S. Lewis: Essays and Memories, edited by David Graham. Contributors include J.I. Packer, Philip Yancey, Charles Colson, James Houston, and many others.

Darwin’s Nemesis: Phillip Johnson and the Intelligent Design Movement, edited by William A. Dembski. With the publication of Darwin on Trial in 1991, UC Berkeley legal scholar Phillip Johnson became the leading figure in the intelligent design movement as he led the charge against Darwinism’s largely unquestioned assumptions. This book reviews and celebrates Johnson’s influence, life and thought.

Second Calling, by Dale Hanson Burke. Using the biblical story of Naomi, as well as a wealth of personal experiences, Burke offers essential principles that will help older women to blaze new trails in their best years and mentor younger women.

What Happens When Women Walk in Faith, by Lysa Terkeurst. The author says that trusting God takes you to amazing places.

Pursuing Holiness in the Lord, by Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758). Holiness is something to be pursued, though never in our own strength. Here Jonathan Edwards explores the believer’s essential role in God’s work of sanctification, as he guides us past the rival pitfalls of lawlessness and works-righteousness.

Boundaries with Teens: When to Say Yes, How to Say No, by Dr. John Townsend. You can survive the rocky teenage years provided that you set healthy boundaries that work to their benefit and yours.

The PAPA Prayer: Discover the Sound of Your Father’s Voice, by Larry Crabb. A conversational approach to talking with and enjoying God. For everyone who struggles to pray in a way that matters, who is bored with prayer and doesn’t know where else to turn, this book offers hope for change. J.I. Packer says “here is a realistic exploration of what it means for the person that is really you to meet with the real God in real, God-centered prayer and communion”.

The Journey: How to Live by Faith in an Uncertain World, by Billy Graham.

Wherever you are in your journey—just beginning, in the middle or near the end—you’ve already learned that life offers a variety of paths. And each fork or crossroad requires a decision—some minor and others that can literally change your life. How do you choose the right path, and avoid the speed bumps and potholes that lie before you?

The Ten Greatest Struggles of Your Life, by Colin Smith. Every day is full of struggles—struggles with time, with truth, with authority. We struggle for peace and for purity and contentment. And that’s just the beginning. God speaks to us in the Ten Commandments about these struggles that put us to the test each and every day.

Radically Obedient, Radically Blessed, by Lysa TerKeurst. You never know how God will use you until you let Him.

The Word and the Spirit: Ten Sermons on the Theme of the Word of God and the Work of the Holy Spirt, by Charles Spurgeon. Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) was one of the greatest preachers England has ever known. Through his writings he continues to minister to believers throughout the world today.

The Deliberate Church: Building Your Ministry on the Gospel, by Mark Dever and Paul Alexander. C.J. Mahaney says: “Rare indeed are books on the church that begin with the Gospel. Rarer still are books that derive methodology for building the church from the Gospel. This excellent book does both.”

Full Service: Moving from Self-Serve Christianity to Total Servanthood, by Siang-Yang Ta. Leadership has its place in Christian ministry, but God calls us, first and foremost, to servanthood. The author calls the church back to its primary role of being servants of Christ and other people.

COMMENTARIES: 2 Corinthians: Power in Weakness, by R. Kent Hughes (Preaching the Word).

TEEN FICTION: New Horizons, by Lois Gladys Leppard (Mandie, Her College Days; Bk 1).

ADULT FICTION: A New Dawn Over Devon, by Michael Phillips (The Secrets of Heathersleigh Hall #4); Plaguemaker, by Tim Downs (on bio-terrorism); Showdown, by Ted Dekker (a thriller); The Quilter’s Daughter, by Wanda E. Brunstetter (Daughters of Lancaster County #2); Proof, by Bill Bright and Jack Cavanaugh (The Great Awakenings, 1857-1858).

BOOKS ON CD: The Pleasures of God, by John Piper (read by Grover Gardner). This book was named one of the 20th century’s top 100 books by World Magazine; The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis (Focus on the Family Radio Theatre; all 7 audio dramas on 19 CDs).

Sherlock Holmes and the Golden Ruler


Veggie Tales


The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

, by C.S. Lewis; an animated version, now in DVD;

Stanley the Stinkbug Goes to Camp

, by Max Lucado (

Hermie and Friends


Thank You God for Friends and Helpers

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Thank You God for Colors and Shapes




Big Mouth Bass


The Pond

; on loving thy neighbor)


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