New Books–April 2015

New Books–April 2015

The Allure of Gentleness: Defending the Faith in the Manner of Jesus, by Dallas Willard. John Ortberg says: “Dallas Willard’s understanding of apologetics is revolutionary. It is at once more intellectually rigorous (and) more humble and more tied to character than anything I have seen on the subject. What he describes is what Jesus actually did. “

Amy Carmichael: Beauty for Ashes, by Iain H. Murray. A brand-new biography of Amy Carmichael (1867-1951) who was a missionary and author and spent over 50 years of her life serving mainly low-caste girls and boys in South India. Murray has written numerous books, including the classic biography of Martyn Lloyd-Jones.

Rejoicing with Lament: Wrestling with Incurable Cancer and Life in Christ, by J. Todd Billings. Billings is a young Reformed theologian and author; his book, Union with Christ, is in our library, and won a Christianity Today book award. Two years ago, at the age of 39, he was diagnosed with incurable blood cancer. This book shares his journey and reflections on providence, lament, and life in Christ in light of his illness. He talks about how he learned to pray along with the Psalmist in lament and trust.


Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, by Erik Larson. The story of the British luxury liner Lusitania which set out on a voyage from NY to Liverpool in 1915 and was sunk by a German submarine in one of the great maritime disasters. The incident helped to sway American opinion leading to America’s entrance into WWI in 1917.

The Soul: How We Know It’s Real and Why It Matters, by J.P. Moreland. Countering the arguments of both naturalists and scholars who embrace a material-only view of humanity, Moreland argues that Scripture, sound philosophical reasoning, and everyday experience all point to the reality of an immaterial soul.

Bound for the Promised Land: The Land Promise in God’s Redemptive Plan, by Oren R. Martin (New Studies in Biblical Theology). Shows how within the redemptive-historical framework of God’s unfolding plan, the land promise advances the place of the kingdom that was lost in Eden, and serves as a type throughout Israel’s history, anticipating the even greater land, prepared for all of God’s people, that will result from the person and work of Christ, and will be enjoyed in the new creation for eternity.

The Upper Room: Jesus’ Parting Promises for Troubled Hearts, by John MacArthur. The events and teaching recorded in John 13-16, commonly known as the Upper Room Discourse.

The Case for Grace: A Journalist Explores the Evidence of Transformed Lives, by Lee Strobel. Revealing never-before-told details of his own journey from atheism to Christianity, Strobel draws upon inspiring stories of everyday—and extraordinary—people to explore the depth of God’s redeeming love. Strobel is the author of The Case for Christ and The Case for a Creator.

Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for Those Who Suffer from Depression, by Zack Eswine. Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) was known as the “Prince of Preachers” and led an incredibly world-wide ministry through the publishing of his sermons from his famed Metropolitan Tabernacle in London. However, he struggled with depression and talked openly about it. What Spurgeon found in his darkness can serve as light in our own darkness.

Socrates Meets Freud: The Father of Philosophy Meets the Father of Psychology, by Peter Kreeft. Perhaps no single thinker since Jesus has influenced the thoughts and lives of more people living in the Western world today than Sigmund Freud. Many agree that the single most radical change in the last thousand years in Western civilization has been the decline of religion, and the four most influential critics of religion have been Nietzsche, Marx, Darwin and Freud. Freud in particular has been most responsible for the sexual revolution. Among his endeavors in psychoanalysis, psychology and sociology, Freud was also an amateur philosopher. This book contains an imaginary conversation between Freud and Socrates on the subject of philosophy.

Look and Live: Behold the Soul-Thrilling, Sin-Destroying, Glory of Christ, by Matt Papa. Only one addiction can set you free. This is not a call to work or strive, but to lift your eyes, and see the vision of the glory of the Lamb.

Jesus, Justice, and Gender Roles, by Kathy Keller. Kathy is the wife of popular pastor/author Tim Keller. At one point in her life, she sought pastoral ordination. Yet she came to adopt the view that men and women have different roles in marriage and ministry. In this short (48 page booklet) she presents a caring case for gender differences and the complementarian view of women in ministry. At the same time she encourages women to teach and lead in the church in ways that may startle some complementarians.

The Concise History of the Crusades (3rd Student Edition), by Thomas F. Madden. Kevin DeYoung recently criticized our President’s comment that the crusades were the modern equivalent of Muslim jihad, and then DeYoung recommended this book as presenting a different view than the secular world likes to believe.

Rules for Reformers, by Doug Wilson. Joe Rigney says: “Profoundly insightful and biblically faithful. Wilson has given us a manifesto for grace-driven cultural reformation”. The late Christopher Hitchens, an atheist who frequently appeared in public debates with Wilson, said: “I much prefer Wilson’s sincerity to the vague and Python-esque witterings of the interfaith and ecumenical groups who barely respect their own traditions. (Wilson) is willing to maintain staunchly that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ and that his sacrifice redeems our state of sin”.

Princeton Seminary (1812-1929): The Leaders’ Lives and Works, by Gary Steward. Many of the key ideas of the modern era, and Christian responses to them, were formulated at the time of “Old Princeton”. Steward introduces us to the great men of Princeton from its founding to the early 20th century. There were theological giants in those days, like Charles Hodge, J.W. Alexander, A.A. Hodge, and B.B. Warfield.

Perspectives on the Atonement: 3 Views, edited by Andrew Naselli and Mark Snoeberger. The views presented are by Carl Trueman (limited or particular atonement only for the elect); Grant Osborne (universal atonement, but effectual only for those who believe); and John Hammett (multiple intentions).


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