New Books – August 2007

New Books – August 2007

John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace, by Jonathan Aitken. In this major new biography, Jonathan Aitken, a former member of Parliament who became a Christian while serving a prison term, readably tells the story of Newton, the slave ship captain who became a Christian, mentored William Wilberforce, and penned one of the most sung hymns of all time.

365 Days with Newton, edited by Marilyn Rouse. A unique collection of daily readings from the unpublished sermons and writings of John Newton.

Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, by Mark D. Roberts. The author has a doctorate in NT from Harvard, and teaches at Fuller. Today there is a crisis of confidence in the Gospels, fueled by sensational claims about supposedly new Gnostic gospels and a revised view of Jesus. Roberts communicates what scholars know about the Gospels and why that should enable us to trust them and thus to trust Jesus Christ.

Preaching the Cross, by Mark Dever, J. Ligon Duncan III, R. Albert Mohler, and C.J. Mahaney. A call to expository, gospel-centered preaching as the center of pastoral ministry, with contributions from John MacArthur, John Piper, and R.C. Sproul.

7 Things You Better Have Nailed Down Before All Hell Breaks Loose, by Robert Wolgemuth. The author boils the Christian faith down to seven basics or “foundational beliefs”, and urges readers not to wait until some personal crisis hits to start building your foundation—the time to prepare is now.

Communion with God: The Divine and the Human in the Theology of John Owen, by Kelly M. Kapic. Owen was one of the giants of Puritanism. Focusing on the relation of humans to God and the communion with God established by Christ, Kapic opens up all aspects of the great Puritan’s theology.

Secret Believers: What Happens When Muslims Believe in Christ, by Brother Andrew and Al Janssen. The true story of the church in Islamic countries struggling to come to grips with hostile governments, terrorist acts, and an influx of Muslims coming to Christ.

Baghdad Believer, by Jay Nealson. Based on a true story of how a Sunni Muslim experiences Jesus in the midst of destruction and violence.

Him We Proclaim: Preaching Christ from All the Scriptures, by Dennis E. Johnson. Urges a return to apostolic preaching that is Christ-centered, redemptive-historical, missiologically communicated, and grounded in grace. The author further provides examples of how this applies to all OT and NT genres, from history and law to psalm and prophecy to doctrine and exhortation.

Cities of God: The Real Story of How Christianity Became an Urban Movement and Conquered Rome, by Rodney Stark. Stark challenges the conventional wisdom about early Christianity and demonstrates how it grew from its humble beginnings into the faith of more than one-third of the earth’s population.

God’s Continent: Christianity, Islam, and Europe’s Religious Crisis, by Philip Jenkins, author of the award-winning The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity. Jenkin’s points out that Muslims are not the only new immigrants in Europe, as Christians from Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe are also pouring into Western countries bringing with them a vibrant faith. In addition, there are indications that Christian devotion has survived, even as institutions crumble. For these and other reasons, he sees encouraging signs for Europe’s religious future.

Signs of the Spirit: An Interpretation of Jonathan Edwards’ Religious Affections, by Sam Storms. Religious Affections remains one of the most discerning works of spiritual psychology published in the last several generations, and Storms’ interpretation of this profound work shows why it has continuing relevance after nearly 300 years.

How Jesus Transforms the Ten Commandments, by Edmund P. Clowney. A guide between the opposite errors of lawless license and graceless legalism, which further shows how all Scripture witnesses to Christ.

The Path of Celtic Prayer: An Ancient Way to Everyday Joy, by Calvin Miller. The author says that “long ago, when the Celts built their own rustic kingdom of God in what would later be called the British Isles, their fervor in prayer washed their world in a vital revival” and “in uncertain and dangerous days of high infant-mortality rates, leprosy and plagues, the Celts breathed candid prayer out of the reality of their lives”. And he believes there is much we can learn from the Celts in our own prayer lives.

Praying the Lord’s Prayer, by J.I. Packer. Presents a powerful truth: that prayer is a natural activity between the Heavenly Father and his children.

The Majesty of God in the Old Testament: A Guide for Preaching and Teaching, by Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. Model expositions of ten OT passages that highlight aspects of the greatness of God.

The Temple and the Church’s Mission: A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God, by G.K. Beale (New Studies in Biblical Theology). Argues that the OT tabernacle and temples were symbolically designed to point to the end-time reality that God’s presence, formerly limited to the holy of holies, was to be extended throughout the whole cosmos, and that Revelation 21 is best understood as picturing the new heavens and earth as the eschatological temple.

When You’ve Been Wronged: Overcoming Barriers to Reconciliation, by Erwin W. Lutzer. Moving from bitterness to forgiveness.

When Sinners Say “I Do”, by Dave Harvey. Marriage is the union of two people who arrive at the altar toting some large luggage, some of which gets opened right there on the honeymoon, and some of which waits for weeks after. The Bible calls it sin, and understanding its influence can make all the difference for a man and a woman who are building a life together. The cure is the ongoing power of the gospel.

Central Themes in Biblical Theology: Mapping Unity and Diversity, edited by Scott J. Hafemann and Paul R. House. Traces the Bible’s unified teaching on key themes across the biblical canon, including such themes as the servant of the Lord, history of redemption, the atonement, etc.

Cross-Cultural Servanthood: Serving the World in Christlike Humility, by Duane Elmer. Principles and guidance for avoiding misunderstandings and causing needless offense to the host cultures in which we minister.

The Goldsworthy Trilogy: Gospel and Kingdom, Gospel and Wisdom, and The Gospel in Revelation. Three titles by Graeme Goldsworthy are bound together in one volume, demonstrating his fundamental belief that the entire Bible can only be understood through the eyes of the Gospel. With that as the base of his interpretation, in these three titles he looks at a Christian interpretation of the OT, Israel’s wisdom literature and its role in the Christian life, and the contemporary relevance of the book of Revelation.

According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible, by Graeme Goldsworthy. Understanding how the Bible fits together as the unfolding story of God’s plan for salvation.

Prayer and the Knowledge of God: What the Whole Bible Teaches, by Graeme Goldsworthy. As our grounds for prayer, the author explores the reality of God, the ministry of Jesus Christ, and our experience of being his redeemed people. He goes on to map out the “progress” of prayer from Genesis to Revelation.

A High View of Scripture? The Authority of the Bible and the Formation of the New Testament Canon, by Craig D. Allert.

Longing for More: A Woman’s Path to Transformation in Christ, by Ruth Haley Barton, author of Invitation to Solitude and Silence.

COMMENTARIES AND BIBLE STUDIES: Zechariah, by Richard D. Phillips (Reformed Expository Commentary); The Theology of the Book of Revelation, by Richard D. Bauckham; Glory in our Midst: A Biblical-Theological Reading of Zechariah’s Night Visions, by Meredith G. Kline; An Introduction to the Old Testament Pentateuch, by Herbert Wolf; Compelling Christianity, by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (Studies in the Book of Acts, Vol 6).

JOHN ANKERBERG DVDs: What About the Missing Gospels and Lost Christianities (featuring Dr. Darrell Bock) and Refuting the New Controversial Theories About Jesus (featuring Dr. Craig Evans and Dr. Gary Habermas). A critique of the new best-selling books by Dan Brown, Bart Ehrman and others that present new views of Jesus, and challenge the canonical Gospels.

BIBLE VERSIONS: The Revised English Bible; The New Jerusalem Bible; The New Revised Standard Version.

ADULT FICTION: Where Yesterday Lives, by Karen Kingsbury; True Light, by Terri Blackstock (Restoration #3); Cassidy, by Lori Wick (Big Sky Dreams #1); A Lady of High Regard, by Tracie Peterson (Ladies of Liberty #1); A Promise for Ellie and Sophie’s Dilemma, by Lauraine Snelling (Daughters of Promise #1-2).

YOUTH FICTION: Five new titles in the Sisters in Time series (ages 8-12): Lydia the Patriot (Boston Massacre), Rebekah in Danger (Plymouth Colony), Lizzie and the Redcoat (Revolution in the Colonies), Maggie’s Dare (The Great Awakening), and Grace and the Bully (the Frontier); Mandie and the Missing Schoolmarm, by Lois Gladys Leppard (Mandie Book #39).


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