New Books–August 2014

New Books–August 2014

Complete New Book List

August, 2014

Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both our Hearts and our Minds, by Jen Wilkin. Offers a clear and concise plan to help women go deeper in their study of Scripture.

Why Church History Matters: An Invitation to Love and Learn from our Past, by Robert F. Rea. Even many who admit that church history is important often are too intimidated or too busy to delve into it deeply. Rea tackles these barriers to understanding the significance of the faith and practice of our spiritual forebears, and explains why church history matters and why it should matter to you.

Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I Thought to Look, by Emily T. Wierenga. Brought up in a strictly controlled bubble environment, she left home at age 18 with no intention of ever returning. She was intent on finding God somewhere, anywhere. What she hadn’t expected was that her faith was waiting for her the whole time—in the place she least expected it.

The Pastor’s Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity, by Barnabas Piper, with Foreword by John Piper. The son of well-known pastor/author John Piper describes his struggles growing up as a pastor’s kid, and the period of rebellion he went through, and necessity for pastor’s kids to live in true freedom and wholeness.

The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas: Paul’s Mars Hill Experience for our Pluralistic World, by Paul Copan and Kenneth D. Litwak.

The Atheist’s Fatal Flaw: Exposing Conflicting Beliefs, by Norman L. Geisler and Daniel J. McCoy. Many apologetics books set out to refute atheists. But these two authors say there is a far simpler way: just let them refute themselves.

Christianity on Trial: A Lawyer Examines the Christian Faith, by W. Mark Lanier. Brings a legal eye to focus on the reasonableness of the Christian faith, following the rules that courts would follow in examining the evidence.

Navigating Genesis: A Scientist’s Journey Through Genesis 1-11, by Hugh Ross. From an old-earth creationist perspective.

The Crucified King: Atonement and Kingdom in Biblical and Systematic Theology, by Jeremy R. Treat. The kingdom of God and the atonement are two of the most important themes in Scripture. Tragically, theologians have often set the two themes at odds against one another, or focused on one to the exclusion of the other. However, Treat shows how the kingdom and the cross are held together by the Christ, who brings God’s reign on earth through his atoning death on the cross. The cross is the throne from which he rules and establishes his kingdom. Treat particularly examines royal victory through atoning suffering as developed in Isaiah and Zechariah.

Now That I’m a Christian: What It Means to Follow Jesus, by C. Michael Patton.

Grace Works! (And Ways We Think It Doesn’t), by Douglas Bond. Diagnoses the tendency of even the most biblical churches to drift into legalism.

Answering Your Kids’ Toughest Questions: Helping Them Understand Loss, Sin, Tragedies, and Other Hard Topics, by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson.

Devotions for a Sacred Marriage, by Gary Thomas. Weekly devotions for couples, from the author of the acclaimed book, Sacred Marriage.

Exploring Grace Together: 40 Devotionals for the Family, by Jessica Thompson.

Adoniram Judson: Devoted for Life, by Vance Christie (History Makers). A new biography of America’s first foreign missionary, Adoniram Judson (1788-1850, who served for over 38 years in Burma, persevering through staggering difficulties.

Miraculous Movements: How Hundreds of Thousands of Muslims Are Falling in Love with Jesus, by Jerry Trousdale.

In Love with Bangladesh: The Heart of a Missionary, by Jill Hanson Flatt.

Gospel Assurance and Warnings, by Paul Washer (Recovering the Gospel). Cautions against the dangers of an empty profession on one side, and a poor understanding of the gospel leading to lack of assurance on the other.

Protecting Your Church Against Sexual Predators, by Boyle A. Glover, Esq. Legal aspects for church leaders and staff.

THEOLOGY FOR CHILDREN: The Child’s Preacher: A Series of Addresses on Systematic Theology for the Young, by J.C Ryle and Alexander Fletcher, with introduction by Charles Spurgeon; Truth Made Simple: Sermons on the Attributes of God for Children, by John Todd (1800-1873); How a Spider Saved a Man’s Life, by Tony Hutter and Charles Spurgeon (Book 1 of 52 Spurgeon Stories for Children). Also, Books 2 and 3; all are based on stories by Charles Spurgeon).

LUTHER STUDIES: Luther and the Stories of God, by Robert Kolb (biblical narratives as a foundation for Christian living); Reading the Bible with Martin Luther, by Timothy J. Wengert.

MORE ON IRENA SENDLER (the young Polish Catholic girl who rescued hundreds of Jewish children out of the Warsaw ghetto during WW2: we already have her movie, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler, but have added these additional items): Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto, by Susan Goldman Rubin (illustrated children’s book); Irena’s Jars of Secrets, by Marcia Vaughan (illustrated children’s book); Irena Sendler: In the Name of their Mothers (PBS documentary).

CHRISTIAN GUIDES TO THE CLASSICS: Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, by Leland Ryken. A brief guide in Cliff Notes type format.

COMMENTARIES/BIBLE STUDIES : Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah: An Exegetical Commentary, by Richard D. Patterson; 1&2 Samuel: Rise of the Lord’s Anointed, by Kay Gabrysch (a study guide for groups or individuals); Joshua: People of God’s Purpose, by David Jackman (Preaching the Word); Christ-Centered Exposition: Exodus, by Tony Merida; Christ-Centered Exposition: Mark, by Daniel L. Akin; Christ-Centered Exposition: Ezra and Nehemiah, by James M. Hamilton, Jr.; Twelve Prophets, Vols 1 and 2, by Peter C.Craigie (Daily Study Bible Series); Ezekiel, by Peter C. Craigie (Daily Study Bible Series); Titus for You, by Tim Chester (God’s Word for You).

MOVIES ON DVD: Restless Heart: The Confessions of Augustine (new epic film on the life of St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, early church father and one of the greatest figures of church history; Son of God, by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, producers of acclaimed The Bible: Epic Miniseries; The Diary of Anne Frank, produced by George Stevens (50thanniversary addition about the 13 year old Jewish girl and her family who went into hiding in Amsterdam after the Nazi invasion; nominated for eight 1959 Oscars and won three); The Boy in Striped Pajamas (unusual friendship between the young German son of the commandant of a concentration camp during WW2, and a young Jewish prisoner of the camp).


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