New Books August 2009

New Books August 2009

Complete New Book List

August, 2009

Filling Up the Afflictions of Christ: The Cost of Bringing the Gospel to the Nations in the Lives of William Tyndale, Adoniram Judson, and John Paton, by John Piper. Vol 5 in The Swans Are Not Silent series.

Religion Saves: and Nine Other Misconceptions, by Mark Driscoll. The author saves religion never saved anyone, and religious answers to complex questions are simply misconceptions. Here he deals with ten popular misconceptions.

Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion, by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck, authors of Why We’re Not Emergent. It is fashionable today to criticize the church, but the NT is clear: to love Christ is to love the church. Sam Storms calls this a “penetrating study of church-less Christianity…and a serious defense of the centrality of the church in God’s redemptive program”. J.I. Packer said it made him “want to stand up and cheer”.

Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled, by Martyn Lloyd-Jones. In 1951, with the Second World War not long over and the menace of the Cold War raising anxiety in the West, Lloyd-Jones preached these 8 sermons on John 14:1-12.

Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl, by N.C. Wilson. Publishers Review said: “Hold your breath and throw your hands in the air! This theological ride thrills with a colorful whirl of profound and profoundly amusing meditations on creation, existence and God”. Justin Taylor called it “wide-eyed, look-ma-no-hands exuberant enjoyment on this spinning tilt-a-whirl we call Earth as it passes through its four seasons”.

Contending with Christianity’s Critics: Answering New Atheists and Other Objectors, edited by Paul Copan and William Lane Craig. Responses to Richard Dawkins, Bart Ehrman, and others. Among the 18 contributors are Ben Witherington III, Craig Evans, Daniel Wallace, and Michael Wilkins.

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor—and Yourself, by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert. Have you ever wondered if what we’re doing is really helping? A guide toward a true understanding of poverty and a plan to make a difference.

Hearing Jesus Speak Into Your Sorrow, by Nancy Guthrie. In times of deep sorrow, everything we believe can be called into question. The author says it is as we hear Jesus speak into our confusion that we come to clarity about the promises of the gospel we may have misapplied and the purposes of God we may have misunderstood.

James Petigru Boyce: A Southern Baptist Statesman, by Thomas J. Nettles. Boyce (1827-1888) was a great Christian leader, preacher, statesman, patriot, and educator. As a visionary founder of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, he and others endeavored to establish a solid theological school modeled after Old Princeton, and gave his life to training theological students in orthodox, Reformed, experiential theology. Joel Beeke says Nettles “does with Boyce what Murray did with Lloyd-Jones”.

Southern Baptist Identity: An Evangelical Denomination Faces the Future, edited by David S. Dockery. What was once a small, southern, predominantly white denomination has become America’s largest evangelical denomination. These essays by Al Mohler, Timothy George, Danny Akin and others discuss theological controversies, postmodernism, and other issues as the denomination confronts the 21st century.

Out of My Bone: The Letters of Joy Davidman, edited by Don W. King. The story of the brilliant and gifted woman and author who records the disintegration of her first marriage, her struggles as a single mother with two young boys, her journey as a Jew from communism/atheism to Christianity, her struggle with cancer, and the great happiness she found in her marriage to C.S. Lewis.

Broken-Down House, by Paul David Tripp. Sin has ravaged the house God created. The bad news is that you are living in the midst of the restoration process. The good news is that the divine Builder will not relent until his house is made new again. Someday you will live forever in a fully restored house, but right now you are called to live with peace, joy and productivity in a place damaged by sin. However, you have the knowledge that Emmanuel lives here with us.

Normal People Do the Craziest Things, by Dr. David Hawkins. Sometimes life comes at you with so much that you become unsure of yourself and even begin to wonder if you are losing your mind. But Dr. Hawkins says you are probably a lot more normal than you think.

Twelve Stones: Notes on a Miraculous Journey, by Barbara Carole. The true story of a secular Jew who worships art and romance and tries to unravel the meaning of existence as she moves among Parisian garrets and Moroccan villages. But it was only with a life-changing confrontation with God that her real journey began.

GodStories: Explorations in the Gospel of God, by Andrew Wilson. Wayne Grudem says the author has a solid understanding of Christian theology, and uses “fascinating examples from contemporary science, business, history, and just plain ordinary life” to bring the entire scope of the Bible’s teaching to light in refreshing new ways.

Risking the Truth: Handling Error in the Church, by Martin Downes. A collection of interviews on handling truth and error in the church today, by some key church leaders from around the world. Contributors include Michael Horton, Greg Beale, Mark Dever, Carl Trueman, Tom Schreiner, and others.

Speechless: Silencing the Christians, by Rev. Donald E. Wildmon. Details the attempt to silence Christians all across America: in the political debate, in the public square, the schools, the workplace, and even in their own churches.

A Perfect Mess: Why You Don’t Have to Worry About Being Good Enough for God, by Lisa Harper. In your less than lovely moments, God sees a daughter in need of His love. The author applies the truths in the Psalms to our frazzled, contemporary lives.

Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design, by Stephen C. Myer. Shows that the digital code embedded in DNA points to designing intelligence and helps unravel a mystery that Charles Darwin did not address: how did life begin?

Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament: Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible, by John H. Walton. An important aid in properly interpreting the OT by entering into some of the major worldviews and thought forms of ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Israel. Discusses the ideas Israel and its contemporaries held in common, while demonstrating how Israel’s faith was distinct.

The Betrayal: A Novel on John Calvin, by Douglas Bond. Told from the perspective of a sworn lifelong enemy of John Calvin, this is a fast-paced biographical novel which is a tale of envy that escalates to violent intrigue and betrayal.

West Oversea: A Norse Saga of Mystery, Adventure and Faith, by Lars Walker. The author specializes in historical fantasy about the Vikings, writing about the ancient Norse seafarers and warriors at a time when they were first getting converted to Christianity (around 1,000 AD). His characters are involved in spiritual warfare, as the old heathen magic, lore, and demons array themselves against the followers of Christ. Highly recommended by Gene Veith. (The library also added his two earlier Viking novels: Erling’s Word and Year of the Warrior).

Commentaries on Romans and 1-2 Corinthians, by Ambrosiaster, translated and edited by Gerald L. Bray (Ancient Christian Texts). Ambrosiaster (“Star of Ambrose”) is the name given to the anonymous author of the earliest complete Latin commentary on Paul’s epistles, written during the period of 366-386. Considered among the key writings of the early church.

ADULT/FAMILY DVDs: The Great Planet Church: The Rise of Dispensationalism, Vol 1, by the Nicene Council (a strong critique of Dispensationalism from a Reformed perspective); A Christian and Muslim Debate: Is the New Testament That We Possess Today Inspired?, by James White and Shabir Ally; TULIP: The Pursuit of God’s Glory in Salvation, featuring John Piper; Chrissa: An American Girl Stands Strong

OTHER ADULT FICTION: Take Two, by Karen Kingsbury (Above the Line #2); Twice Loved and Three Times Blessed, by Lori Copeland (Belles of Timber Creek #1-2); Angel Train, by Gilbert Morris; Sonnet to a Dead Contessa, by Gilbert Morris (Lady Trent Mystery #3).


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