New Books – February 2008

New Books – February 2008

The Promise and the Blessing: A Historical Survey of the Old and New Testaments

, by Michael A. Harbin (ThD and ThM from DTS). In a single volume, this lavishly illustrated book reveals the big picture of salvation history. Arranged chronologically rather than canonically, it traces the flow of Israel’s history and shows how the New Testament proceeds out of the Old. Gives the grand narrative of the Bible, with beautiful full-color photos, as well as sidebars and brief “breakouts” of supplementary information.

Polishing God’s Monuments: Pillars of Hope for Punishing Times, by Jim Andrews. God’s people are buffeted in two ways: sometimes we suffer for the faith, and sometimes we suffer with faith. This book is the true story of a young woman and her devoted husband who face it all (and then some) as a baffling, mind-boggling disease hijacks their youth and shatters their dreams. It blends straightforward theology with the account of this young couple’s afflictions.

The God Conversation: Using Stories and Illustrations to Explain Your Faith, by J.P. Moreland and Tim Muehlhoff. Today’s culture is increasingly a story-based culture, and this book teaches us how to reach our unbelieving friends and relatives with illustrations that will linger after the conversation ends.

The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment

, by Tim Challies, who Al Mohler has called “one of the finest young Christian thinkers of our day”. The author reminds us that the Bible commands us to cultivate discernment, but he doesn’t stop there. He tells us how, biblically.

A World of Difference: Putting Christian Truth-Claims to the Worldview Test, by Kenneth Richard Samples. At a time when Christian belief is constantly challenged, understanding different worldviews can help Christians think and live faithfully. The author addresses the historic Christian worldview and evaluates four modern-day competitors—Islam, naturalism, postmodernism, and pantheistic monism.

Election and Free Will: God’s Gracious Choice and Our Responsibility, by Robert A. Peterson (Explorations in Biblical Theology). The first in a new series of volumes important Christian doctrines which is designed to teach Reformed theology in a manner which opens the door for God’s people, who sometimes disagree about important truths, to talk, yet without compromising the truth.

Culture Shift: Engaging Current Issues with Timeless Truth, by R. Albert Mohler, Jr. Addresses how we are to remain faithful followers of Christ as we live in this ever-shifting culture.

The Essential Jesus: 100 Readings Through the Bible’s Greatest Story, by Whitney T. Kuniholm. Readings from both the OT and the NT to show why God sent Jesus, what He taught, why He performed miracles, the meaning of His death and the significance of His resurrection.

Christians at the Cross: Finding Hope in the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus, by N.T. Wright. Brief sermons on Scripture texts for meditation during Holy Week. “Blends the story of Jesus, the Old Testament background, the sufferings of real people, and conditions in today’s world into a four-part harmony and brings forth a song of hope for dispirited people.”

Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice

, by Francis J. Beckwith. Confronts every argument that comes out against the pro-life position–popular, legal, and philosophical—and fends them off one by one using philosophy, jurisprudence, and science. Has been called “the most comprehensive defense of the pro-life position ever published”. Beckwith currently teaches at Baylor.

The Living Word of God: Rethinking the Theology of the Bible

, by Ben Witherington III. Prolific NT scholar Ben Witherington addresses the main issues connected with a theology of the Bible: inerrancy, what Scripture testifies about itself and the nature of its reliability, the formation of the canon, the history of Bible translations, and basic hermeneutical principles.

The Inner Sanctum of Puritan Piety: John Flavel’s Doctrine of Mystical Union
with Christ

, by J. Stephen Yuille. Demonstrates how the doctrine of the believer’s union with Christ lies at the heart of the Puritan pursuit of godliness, and analyzes the whole corpus of the writings of John Flavel (1630-1691), showing how this mystical union is set upon the backdrop of God’s covenant of redemption and established upon the basis of the person and work of Jesus Christ.

Sex, Sushi & Salvation: Thoughts on Intimacy, Community and Eternity, by Christian George. J.I. Packer says “this exotic potpourri of life-slices vividly projects the truth that our Redeemer God alone can fulfill our desires for intimacy, community, and eternity that He has implanted within us”, while Charles Colson says it is a “marvelous, very well written book that provides powerful insights into the Christian life”.

The Bible in 90 Days: Cover to Cover in 12 Pages a Day, edited by Ted Cooper, Jr. A special edition of the NIV thinline, large print Bible, with the text marked off to read the entire Bible in daily readings of 12 pages each.

365 Days with Spurgeon, Volume 1, selected and arranged by Terence Peter Crosby. A unique collection of daily readings from sermons preached by Charles Haddon Spurgeon from his New Park Street Pulpit.

The Weaving: A Journey to Corrie ten Book Live, by Evelyn Hinds. The story behind the remarkable performance by actress Hinds in recreating Corrie’s incredible life (audio CD of the performance is also available).

Loving Wisdom: Christian Philosophy of Religion, by Paul Copan. Shows what it means to be Christian philosopher—a lover of wisdom who uses God’s gift of wisdom to understand God, the world, and humankind better. The author presents readable and well-researched arguments against Christianity, and successful responses to those arguments.

Old Testament Survey, Second Edition, by Paul R. House and Eric Mitchell. Revision of the original content with expanded attention to historical and geographical topics, which are combined with the first edition’s focus on literature and narrative.

Exegetical Fallacies, Second Edition, by D.A. Carson. Correcting common errors in exegesis of the Scriptures from the original languages. Avoiding fallacies, whether obvious or subtle, are essential in “handling accurately the word of truth”.

Soul Passion, Soul Mission, and Soul Vision, by Ramesh Richard (The Intentional Life Trilogy #1-3). A spiritual life renovation adventure for finding passion and purpose in God’s vision for our lives.

Running Scared: Fear, Worry and the God of Rest, by Edward T. Welch. Help to those struggling with fear and anxiety. But beyond just dealing with fear, it is invitation to a transformed view of God.

A Quest for More: Living for Something Bigger Than You, Paul David Tripp. The kingdom of self, or the kingdom of God: which will we pursue on a daily basis? A book about the kingdom and your part in it.

ADULT FICTION: Chambers of Justice #1-5, by Craig Parshall; The Gresham Chronicles #1-3 by Lawana Blackwel; A Sister’s Test, by Wanda E. Brunstetter (Sisters of Holmes County #2); A Daughter’s Inheritance, by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller (Broadmoor Legacy #1); Seventh Day, by Bodie and Brock Thoene (A.D. Chronicles #7); Crown of Fire and Captives and Kings, by Craig and Janet Parshall (Thistle and the Cross #1-2).

ADULT/FAMILY DVDs: The Last Sin Eater, starring Henry Thomas and Louise Fletcher (movie from the novel by Francine Rivers); The Ultimate Gift, starring Drew Fuller, Abigail Breslin, James Garner, et al (a movie from the novel by Jim Stovall);

Though None Go With Me, starring Cheryl Ladd (a movie from the novel by Jerry B. Jenkins); I Am David, starring Ben Tibber and Jim Caviezel (story of an 11-year old boy’s escape from a Bulgarian labor camp during the Stalin era and his journey across Europe).

CHILDREN/YOUTH DVDs: Milo, the Mantis Who Wouldn’t Pray and To Share or Nut to Share (Max Lucado’s Hermie & Friends); Swamp Robber, The Great Canoe Fish, Teacher Trouble, Secret Hideout, and Revival Villains (The Sugar Creek Gang Movies #1-5); The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: Sing-Along Songs and More (Veggie Tales).


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