New Books–April 2013

New Books–April 2013

Complete New Book List

April, 2013

On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis, by Louis Markos. Markos takes us back to the day when real life truth and goodness were communicated powerfully through the fantastical fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.

Come, Let Us Reason Together: Connecting with God Through the Word, by Mary Baird. CBCer Mary Baird says that God lovingly reaches out to His people and invites them to sit down with Him and have a good reasoning session. In this book, she covers many portions of Scripture on a variety of different subjects.

C.S. Lewis—a Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet, by Alister McGrath. Eric Metaxas says, “McGrath sheds new light on the life of the incomparable C.S. Lewis”. N.T. Wright says, “It makes use of archives and other materials that clarify, deepen and further explain the many sides of one of Christianity’s most remarkable apologists”. Timothy Keller calls it not only scholarly but also “extremely readable”.

The Life of Martyn Lloyd-Jones: 1899-1981, by Iain H. Murray. A revised one-volume biography which is an abridgement and revision of Murray’s masterful 2-volume biography of MLJ, who J.I. Packer said was “the greatest man I have ever known.” John Piper says, “I am deeply thankful that God led me Lloyd-Jones in 1968”.

HISTORICAL NON-FICTION: Coolidge, by Amity Schlaes. Brilliant new biography of Calvin Coolidge who assumed the presidency in the 1920s and brought a conservative, minimalist philosophy and small town humility to government, and ended with decreased spending, budget surpluses, income tax cuts, and a business boom. He wasn’t “cool” in today’s terms; he didn’t talk much and wrote short sentences. But he was a true economic hero; Silent Cal’s Almanack: The Homespun Wit and Wisdom of Vermont’s Calvin Coolidge, by David Pietrusza. A collection of quotations.

Taking God Seriously: Vital Things We Need to Know, by J.I. Packer. A plea for sober, modest, thoughtful and orthodox theology.

Walking in the Spirit, by Kenneth Berding. A wise and practical guide to living life in the Spirit as outlined in Romans 8. Berding is the author of the highly regarded What Are Spiritual Gifts? Rethinking the Conventional View. He presently teaches at Biola, but was previously a church planter in the Middle East.

The Gospel Centered Woman: Understanding Biblical Womanhood Through the Lens of the Gospel, by Wendy Alsup. The most important parts of the Bible’s instructions to women center not around their roles as women, but around the gospel, the good news of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. The good news of Christ illuminates all other Scripture, including instructions to women.

Altar Ego: Becoming Who God Says You Are, by Craig Groeschel. You are not who you think you are, because you are not yet who you are supposed to be.

Gods at War: Defeating the Idols That Battle for your Heart, by Kyle Idleman.

Follow Me: A Call to Die, a Call to Live, by David Platt. What did Jesus mean when He said, “Follow Me”? Has Western culture drained the lifeblood out of Christianity and replaced it with a watered-down version of the gospel that is so palatable that it isn’t even real anymore?

Revelation: Let the One Who Is Thirsty Come, by Sarah Ivill. The book of Revelation paints a breathtaking, majestic picture of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ’s coming again to complete God’s plan of judgment and salvation. This annotated, expository Bible study provides OT backgrounds, commentary, and personal exhortations—distinguishing it from other Bible study guides. Written from a Reformed perspective, it is addressed particularly toward women’s Bible studies.

The Church Planting Wife: Help and Hope for Her Heart, by Christine Hoover. Practical encouragement for church planting wives, who have their own set of frustrations and challenges.

From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics, by Louis Markos. Shows how the characters, themes, and symbols of classical mythology both foreshadow and find their fulfillment in the story of Jesus Christ—the “myth made fact”.

Resurrection iWitness, by Doug Powell. Another incredible apologetics tool from Powell, whose previous book was Jesus iWitness. This is a visual, highly interactive tour of the evidence for Jesus’ resurrection, using paintings, charts, and vintage photos giving the biblical account, the bare facts, and alternate theories including Islamic versions. NOTE: This would be a wonderful tool to give to a Muslim or member of another religion to whom you are witnessing.

Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD, by Peter Brown. A social history of the vexing problem of wealth in Christianity in the waning days of the Roman empire. Examines the rise of the church through the lens of money, and the challenges it posed to an institution that espoused the virtue of poverty and the priority of treasure in heaven and called avarice the root of all evil. Drawing on the writings of major Christian thinkers such as Augustine and Jerome, he looks at the controversies and changing attitudes toward money caused by the influx of new wealth into church coffers. He also challenges the widely held notion that Christianity’s growing wealth sapped Rome of its ability to resist the barbarian invasions. Al Mohler lists it as one of 2012’s Top Ten Must-Reads for Preachers.

Devotions on the Greek New Testament, by J. Scott Duvall and Verlyn D. Verbrugge, editors. 52 reflections to inspire and instruct, for those familiar with NT Greek.

Preaching Christ from Daniel: Foundations for Expository Sermons, by Sidney Greidanus. Exposits the book of Daniel, and carefully guides us to the proper preaching of its important message, showing us how it leads us to Jesus Christ.

COMMENTARIES: Romans, by C. Marvin Pate (Teach the Text Commentary); 1&2 Samuel, by Robert B. Chisholm, Jr. (Teach the Text Commentary); The Song of Solomon: An Invitation to Intimacy, by Douglas Sean O’Donnell (Preaching the Word).

CHRISTIAN’S POCKET GUIDES: A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Growing in Holiness, by J.V. Fesko; A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Being Right with God, by Guy Waters.

FAMILY DVDs: The Hobbitt: An Unexpected Journey, major Hollywood motion picture, based on the masterpiece by J.R.R. Tolkien (rated PG-13).

ADULT FICTION: Submerged, by Dani Pettrey (Alaskan Courage #1); The Chance, by Karen Kingsbury; Damascus Countdown, by Joel C. Rosenberg (what if Israel launched a preemptive military strike against Iran?); Truth Stained Lies, by Terri Blackstock (Moonlighters #1); The Icecutter’s Daughter, by Tracie Peterson (Land of Shining Water #1).


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