New Books – December 2006

New Books – December 2006

The Road to Unafraid: How the Army’s Top Ranger Faced Fear and Found Courage Through “Blackhawk Down” and Beyond, by Captain Jeff Struecker with Dean Merrill. Struecker was one of those involved in the 1993 battle in the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia when a U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopter was shot down in the middle of the city, leading to an 18-hour suicide mission through the streets of Mogadishu to rescue the band of downed soldiers. The story of that rescue was immortalized in the movie, Blackhawk Down.

The Torah Story: An Apprenticeship on the Pentateuch, by Gary Edward Schnittjer. A working knowledge of the Torah is essential for every serious student of the scriptures, and the author has provided a superb handbook on the Pentateuch, with color photographs, sidebars, outlines and summaries.

Recalling the Hope of Glory: Biblical Worship from the Garden to the New Creation, by Allen P. Ross. A historical-theological study of worship from creation to new creation as it develops the theme of glory.

The Real Mary: Why Evangelical Christians Can Embrace the Mother of Jesus, by Scot McKnight. The author embarks on a quest for the historical Mary. Like us, Mary didn’t have Jesus all figured out, but she trusted God and remained faithful to His call on her life.

Old Testament Theology, Vol.2: Israel’s Faith, by John Goldingay. The second in a projected 3-volume series.

Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels, by Craig A. Evans. Modern historical study of the Gospels seems to give us a new portrait of Jesus every spring—just in time for Easter.

Why the Jesus Seminar Can’t Find Jesus and Grandma Marshall Could: A Populist Defense of the Gospels, by David Marshall. Shows why skeptics are wrong and the gospels right.

A Martyr’s Grace: Stories of Those Who Gave Their All for Christ and His Cause, by Marvin J. Newell. The stories of 21 men and women from Moody Bible Institute who gave their lives for Christ.

Jesus’ Blood and Righteousness: Paul’s Theology of Imputation, by Brian Vickers. A significant contribution to the ongoing discussion of the imputation of Christ’s righteousness.

Letters to Doubting Thomas: A Case for the Existence of God, by C. Stephen Layman. Explores the evidence for the existence of God through a series of fictionalized letters between a philosopher and an old college friend.

Desperate Women of the Bible: Lessons on Passion from the Gospels, by Jo Kadleck. In the Gospels, you will find the stories of eight nameless women who were driven by a passion to find out who Jesus really was.

Mary for Evangelicals: Toward an Understanding of the Mother of our Lord, by Tim Perry. The author believes evangelicals need to take a fresh look at Mary in light of the biblical witness, and that such reflection needs to be christologically grounded.

Evangelism for the Rest of Us: Sharing Christ Within Your Personality Style, by Mike Bechtle. Witnessing to strangers is fine for extroverts, but what about those of us who are introverts?

The Complete Evangelism Guidebook: Expert Advice on Reaching Others for Christ, edited by Scott Dawson. Practical advice from nearly 60 evangelism experts.

From Pentecost to Patmos: An Introduction to Acts Through Revelation, by Craig L. Blomberg. Sequel to the author’s award-winning Jesus and the Gospels, covering the biblical witness from Christ’s ascension to John’s prophetic vision.

Hearts and Minds: Raising Your Child with a Christian View of the World, by Kenneth Boa and John Alan Turner. Shaping your children’s behavior isn’t the most important thing you can do as a parent—shaping their hearts and minds is!

Single Parenting That Works: Six Keys to Raising Happy, Healthy Children in a Single-Parent Home, by Dr. Kevin Leman.

Tradition, Scripture, and Interpretation: A Sourcebook of the Ancient Church, by D.H. Williams. A selection of key writings from the first through the sixth centuries that illustrate the ways in which the church’s confessions, teaching, and worship were expressed during that time. Includes some of the lesser known yet just as significant theological texts.

Telling the Story, by Luis Palau and Timothy Robnett. Evangelism for the next generation.

A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics, by Jame W. Sire. Understanding the nature, value, and limits of apologetics, and tailoring our comments to respect our audience.

The Quest: Revealing the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, by Leen Ritmeyer. The author is an archaeological architect who has participated in all the major excavations of Jerusalem. This book presents a vivid view of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem through the ages, with superb reconstructions of Temple Mount architecture, profusely illustrated by hundreds of maps, plans, drawings and photographs, most in full color.

Knowing the Holy Spirit Through the Old Testament, by Christopher J.H. Wright. Our first introduction to the Holy Spirit in the Bible is not the drama of Pentecost in the second chapter of Acts. We first meet the Spirit in the second verse of the Bible, hovering there, speaking the world into existence. Wright begins here and traces the Holy Spirit through the pages of the Old Testament.

Sermons on the Beatitudes, by John Calvin. A short series of sermons on the Beatitudes which were preached by the Reformer in the latter years of his life, which ended in 1564. They represent his very last effort to elucidate a New Testament text in the context of regular public worship.

Redeeming Science: A God-Centered Approach, by Vern S. Poythress. With doctorates in both NT and mathematics and a solid commitment to orthodox Reformed theology, the author is uniquely qualified to write on the relationship of science and faith.

The Earliest Christian Artifacts: Manuscripts and Christian Origins, by Larry Hurtado. Examines the distinctive features of early Christian manuscripts, including the puzzling Christian preference for book-like texts over scrolls.

Having a Mary Spirit: Allowing God to Change Us From the Inside Out, by Joanna Weaver, best-selling author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World. Addressing women, the author says that at our very core, every one of us is a “twisted sister” with whom the flesh and the spirit battle constantly for control. She tells us to “direct our gaze past our own shortcomings to the God who stands ready, willing and able to make a new woman out of us”.

The Reformation: A Handbook, by T. M. Lindsay. First published in 1882, this book is still considered by many to be one of the best summaries of the 16th century Reformation available, as it tells of the triumph of the Gospel in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Scotland, and England in short compass.

Effective Parenting in a Defective World, by Chip Ingram. Raising kids who stand out from the crowd.

COMMENTARIES: Matthew, by Ben Witherington III (Smyth and Helwys Bible Commentary); Hebrews, by Richard D. Phillips (Reformed Expository Commentary).

ADULT FICTION: A Woman’s Place, by Lynn Austin; Mountain Top, by Robert Whitlow.

CHILDREN’S BOOKS: So, Who Is God? Answers to Real Questions About God, by Robert Willoughby (biblical answers to 30 questions about God); Time for a Story, by Joe Wheeler; God Gave Us Christmas, by Lisa Tawn Bergen; The Case for Faith for Kids and The Case for a Creator for Kids, by Lee Strobel with Rob Suggs (apologetics for kids 8-12; based on Strobel’s award winning books for adults on the same topics); VeggieTales Bible Atlapedia, by Cindy Kenney (Bible atlas and encyclopedia all in one for ages 4-10); Behind the Scenes Christmas, by Su Box (ages 9-12); A Star for Christmas and My Christmas Stocking, by Crystal Bowman (board books).


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