New Books – December 2005

New Books – December 2005

Twelve Extraordinary Women: How God Shaped Women of the Bible and What He Wants to Do With You, by John MacArthur. It wasn’t their natural qualities that made these women extraordinary, but the power of the one true God they worshipped and served.

Who’s Afraid of the Holy Spirit: An Investigation into the Ministry of the Spirit of God Today, edited by Daniel B. Wallace and M. James Sawyer. The backgrounds of the editors are in the evangelical cessationist tradition (Wallace has taught NT at DTS for over 20 years). However, they have embraced what they have tentatively call pneumatic Christianity. While not endorsing what they consider to be the excesses of Pentacostalism, the charismatic movement, and the Third Wave, they contend that the way much of evangelical cessationism has developed is reactionary and a denial of legitimate experience.

Peril in Paradise: Theology, Science, and the Age of the Earth, by Mark S. Whorton.The author, a Christian apologist and NASA rocket scientist, seeks to give biblically based answers to the Young Earth vs Old Earth on-going debate, and challenges the thinking that to be an evangelical Christian one must believe in a young earth.

Reform and Conflict: From the Medieval World to the Wars of Religion, AD 1350-1648, by Rudolph W. Heinze (Baker History of the Church #4). This fourth volume of a projected five-volume series on church history covers an era of major change that had a lasting impact on art, science, economics, political thought, and education. Focuses on the medieval church reformers, explores the efforts of chief reformer Martin Luther and emphasizes how the reformations brought moral and doctrinal changes to Christiantity, thereby altering the religious landscape—then and now.

Our Hymn-Writers and Their Hymns, by Faith Cook. Traces the development of the Christian hymn from the early period of the Church to the present day, with biographical sketches of a number of our best-known writers from the past, as well as some lesser known poets.

Handbook on the Wisdom Books and Psalms, by Daniel J. Estes. An overview of the contents and theological message of the poetic books of the Bible (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs), with insights reflecting the best findings of contemporary scholarship.

Walking With God on the Road You Never Wanted to Travel, by Mark Atteberry. In a fallen world, pain doesn’t ask permission. Crisis invades your life, forcing you into a survival mode. By gathering clues from the Israelites’ 40-year trek in the wilderness, Atteberry describes effective strategies to utilize on the wilderness journey you may be facing.

The 100 Most Important Bible Verses, from W Publishing Group. Each brief chapter focuses on a bite-size portion of the Bible, with comments about the cultural, historical and scriptural context of the verse, as well as insights about its theme and life-changing truth.

Christian Beliefs: Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know, by Wayne A. Grudem, edited by Elliot Grudem. A condensation of Wayne Grudem’s award-winning book on systematic theology, boiled down to the essentials of Christian theology for the average layperson. Includes such basic beliefs as election, adoption, perseverance, creation, et al.

The Changing Face of World Missions: Engaging Contemporary Issues and Trends, by Michael Pocock, Cailyn Van Reenen, and Douglas McConnell. The authors believe that in a rapidly changing world, we can no longer carry out missions as usual.

The Benefits of Providence: A New Look at Divine Sovereignty, by James S. Spiegel. Reaffirms the classic view that God completely knows, controls, and directs everything that will happen in the future, a doctrine which has come under fire recently from open theists. Where we stand on the issue of God’s divine providence affects every area of our lives.

The Miracles of Jesus, by Michael Symmons Roberts. Based on a major Discovery Channel documentary, this lavishly illustrated book provides an assessment of the miracles of Jesus by taking us back in history to see the tremendous impact the miracles had on first-century believers. Only when we can see Jesus’ miracles through first-century eyes can we really understand the significance they have for us today.

Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible, by Kevin J. Vanhoozer, General Editor. A pioneering attempt to provide a comprehensive resource for the renewed development of a Christian theological interpretation of Scripture, with a topical and methodological guide to ways of reading the Bible that connect with the faith of the historic church, and which reminds us that biblical texts in their rich diversity are concerned primarily with the reality of God.

A Summary of Christian History, Third Edition, by Robert A. Baker and John M. Landers. A classic text for over four decades, now Revised and Expanded.

Studies in Matthew: Interpretation Past and Present, by Dale C. Allison, Jr. Essays by one of the foremost Matthean scholars of our day show how illuminating it can be to consult the history of interpretation and, in particular, the patristic commentators when it comes to the exegesis of the Gospel of Matthew.

Revolution of Character: Discovering Christ’s Pattern for Spiritual Formation, by Dallas Willard with Don Simpson.

Encountering the Manuscripts, by Philip Comfort. An introduction to NT paleography (the study of ancient writings and inscriptions) and textual criticism, giving readers a window into the transmission of the Bible in the earliest centuries of the church.

The New Manners and Customs of Bible Times, by Ralph Gower. New full-color revised and updated 2005 edition of the best seller, which opens your eyes to the lifestyles and customs of the Bible’s writers and characters.

The Gospel of Matthew, by John Nolland (NIGTC).
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The Movie Storybook, adapted by Peggy Egan; Beyond the Wardrobe: The Official Guide to Narnia, by E.J. Kirk; Step Into Narnia: A Journey Through The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, by E.J. Kirk; Welcome to Narnia and Tea with Mr. Tumnus (I Can Read series), adapted by Jennifer Frantz; The Quest for Aslan, adapted by Jasmine Jones; Edmund and the White Witch and The Creatures of Narnia, adapted by Scott Driggs; The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe, retold by Hiawyn Oram.

C.S.LEWIS AND NARNIA: Into the Wardrobe: C.S. Lewis and the Narnia Chronicles, by David C. Downing; Walking Through the Wardrobe: A Devotional Quest into The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by Sarah Arthur; The Lion, The Witch, and the Bible: Good and Evil in the Classic Tales of C.S. Lewis, by Robert Velarde; The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis, by Alan Jacobs.

The Last Sacrifice, by Hank Hanegraaff and Sigmund Brouwer; The Regime: Evil Advances: Before They Were Left Behind, by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins; Light From Heaven, by Jan Karon.

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Most of All, Jesus Loves You, by Noel Piper; Now I Know the 10 Commandments , by Jan Allen (ages 4-10; watch for the hidden number within each picture); See With Me Bible: The Bible Told in Pictures, by Dennis Jones (a Bible especially for pre-readers, ages 6 and under); The Squire and the Scroll, by Jennie Bishop (ages 6-12).

The Battle Against Von Boredom (Horned Avenger #1).

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