New Books, August, 2013

New Books, August, 2013

Complete New Book List

August, 2013

Conscience and Its Enemies: Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism, by Robert P. George, who has been called by New York Times Magazine, “this country’s most influential conservative thinker”. George Will says that in this book, the author demonstrates that “traditional morality still has an authoritative role to play in modern life, and shows how a person of faith can enter the public square fearlessly, unashamedly, intelligently, and, above all, reasonably”.

Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design, by Stephen C. Meyer (author of Signature in the Cell). Darwinian explanations for the Cambrian explosion of animal life have failed; instead of solving Darwin’s dilemma, they have made it worse. Meyer describes the dimensions of the problem with clarity and precision.

In Defense of the Bible: A Comprehensive Apologetic for the Authority of Scripture, edited by Steven B. Cowan and Terry L. Wilder. Contributors include Darrell Bock, Walter Kaiser, Daniel B. Wallace, Craig Blaising and others.

A Sweet Flame: Piety in the Letters of Jonathan Edwards, edited and introduced by Michael A.G. Haykin (Profiles in Reformed Spirituality).

Typological Writings, by Jonathan Edwards (Works of Jonathan Edwards vol 11). Contains three works: Images of Divine Things, Types, and Types of the Messiah. Newly published from manuscripts as part of the Yale series.

The Blank Bible, Parts 1 and 2, by Jonathan Edwards (Works of Jonathan Edwards, vol 24). Newly published from manuscripts as part of the Yale series. Contains Edwards’ notes on Scripture, arranged verse by verse so as to amount to a commentary on almost the entire Bible.

In Love with Christ: The Narrative of Sarah Edwards, edited by Jennifer Adams. Sarah was the wife of Jonathan Edwards, America’s greatest theologian. This narrative took place in 1742, in which she chronicled the grace of God in opening the eyes of her heart to receive an uncommonly clear sight of His love made manifest in Christ crucified.

Sacred Scripture, Sacred War: The Bible and the American Revolution, by James P. Byrd. It is well known that the Bible is the key text in America’s cultural and political history, and played an important role in raising support for the American Revolution. But how central a role has been less clear, until this major breakthrough in which Byrd examined 543 key documents (mainly sermons) and analyzed the over 17,000 biblical citations they contained to find which texts were cited and how they were used in support of the Revolution. So what should we as Christians think of the conclusions that were drawn by the colonists at that time?

God’s Forever Family: The Jesus People Movement in America, by Larry Eskridge. Argues that the Jesus People movement of the 1960s and 1970s, which was a unique combination of the hippie counter-culture and evangelical Christianity, made a lasting mark on American evangelicalism, such as the introduction of praise music, the Vineyard movement, etc.

Four Views on the Role of Works at the Final Judgment, edited by Alan P. Stanley (Counterpoints). Contributors are Robert Wilkin, Thomas Schreiner, James D.G. Dunn, and Michael P. Barber.

A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home, by Jason Helopoulos.

It Was Good Making Music to the Glory of God, edited by Ned Bustard. Essays offering theoretical and practical insights into music making from a Christian perspective.

The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments, by Thomas R. Schreiner. From the garden of Eden to the garden of Paradise, this book takes us through the entire narrative of the history of redemption, giving attention to every part of the Scriptures.

A Basket of Summer Fruit, by Susannah Spurgeon. Written after the death of her beloved husband Charles Spurgeon, this is a collection of vignettes bearing the fruit of Susannah’s love for Christ.

Saving Eutychus: How to Preach God’s Word and Keep People Awake, by Garry Millar and Phil Campbell.

The Puritans in America: A Narrative Anthology, edited by Alan Heimert and Andrew Delbanco. A blend of documents and narrative of the sweep of Puritan thought in America; includes examples from 38 writers, such as Cotton, Bradford, Bradstreet, and the Mathers.

Jesus Is Lord, Caesar Is Not: Evaluating Empire in New Testament Studies, edited by Scot McKnight and Joseph B. Modica. Challenges an increasingly popular approach among NT academics to examine the NT through the lens of empire, arguing that anti-imperial rhetoric is a major emphasis of the NT. However, the scholars assembled in this new book argue against that emphasis, stating that it was not a key purpose of the NT authors to oppose Rome in what they wrote. Rather, the imperial cult is seen as just one form of the gods and lords subject to the one God’s judgment, and the real antithesis to the kingdom of God in the NT is not the Roman empire but the reign of Satan.

John Knox for Armchair Theologians, by Suzanne McDonald (Armchair Series).

MISSIONARY WIVES: Following Her Beloved: The Memoirs of Henrietta Shuck, Missionary Wife and Mother, compiled by Jeremiah Bell Jeter and edited by Jennifer Adams (America’s first female missionary to China); Delighting in Her Heavenly Bridegroom: The Memoirs of Harriet Newell, Teenage Missionary Wife, edited by Jennifer Adams (part of the team of America’s first missionaries led by Adoniram and Ann Judson); Ann Judson: Missionary Wife, by Arabella Stuart and revised and edited by Jennifer Adams (with her husband Adoniram, they were the first American foreign missionaries, going to India and eventually Burma); With Cords of Love: The Memoirs of Elizabeth Dwight, Missionary Wife and Mother, compiled by Harrison Dwight, edited and expanded by Jennifer Adams (Elizabeth and her husband Harrison were among America’s first missionaries to Turkey).

BITESIZE BIOGRAPHIES (short, individual volumes): Matthew Henry; John Chrysostom; Charles Hodge; Thomas Cranmer; Augustus Toplady; Renee of France; Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones; Francis Schaeffer; Zachary Macaulay.

COMMENTARIES: 1-3 John: Fellowship in God’s Family, by David L. Allen (Preaching the Word); Job, by Daniel J. Estes (Teach the Text).

AMERICAN GIRL BOOKS: Saige and Saige Paints the Sky, by Jessie Haas (Saige #1-2).

AMERICAN GIRL DVDs: McKenna Shoots for the Stars; Saige Paints the Sky.

THEOLOGY FOR CHILDREN: God Is All-Knowing, God Is All-Loving, and The Greatness of God, by William Lane Craig (Dr. Craig’s “What Is God Like”? The Attributes of God For Children #5,8,10). Craig is a professor at Talbot School of Theology and prolific author in the field of Christian apologetics. The 10-book series is now complete.


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