Complete New Book List, February 2014
Preaching in Hitler’s Shadow: Sermons of Resistance in the Third Reich, edited by Dean G. Stroud. A collection of sermons preached by the Resistance during Hitler’s Germany, providing stirring examples of the courage of prophetic witness and the sheer power of the Word preached in persistent obedience and at enormous risk Like the OT prophets of old, their voice could not be stifled. Sermons included are by Bonhoeffer, Barth, Niemoller, and others.
HISTORICAL NON-FICTION: The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal 1870-1914, by David McCullough (Pulitzer Prize winner and author of John Adams and 1776). The building of the Panama Canal was one of the most grandiose, dramatic, and sweeping adventures of all time, spanning nearly half of a century, from its beginning by France (which failed amidst financial disaster) to its completion by America on the eve of WWI. Out of it came a revolution, the birth of a new nation, the conquest of yellow fever, and the expansion of American power. It also included colorful and unforgettable characters such as Ferdinand de Lesseps (builder of the Suez Canal) and his son Charles, Jules Verne, the painter Paul Gauguin, Gustave Eiffel (builder of the Eiffel Tower), Philippe Bunau-Varilla (the man who invented Panama), and above all, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt. The account is as thrilling as a novel. Vanished: The 60-Year Search for the Missing Men of WWII, by Wil S. Hylton. A B-24 bomber is shot down over Palau in the South Pacific in 1944, its crew never recovered. Then rumors surfaced: had one of the airmen survived, but never contacted his family? Or did he perish and lie buried in the seas? After 60 years, one hardly expects a happy ending, but forensic sleuthing and the dedication of the men and women who took up the search eventually resolved the mystery and finally allowed closure. The book is part mystery, part thriller, and an ode to the timelessness of loved ones’ memories. Sailors to the End: The Deadly Fire on the USS Forrestal and the Heroes Who Fought It, by Gregory A. Freeman. The story of one of worst accidents in US naval history which occurred on an aircraft carrier during the Viet Nam war in 1967. One of the jets accidentally fired a rocket across the flight deck into an aircraft occupied by pilot John McCain (later a POW in Viet Nam and US presidential candidate). McCain barely escaped before a 1,000 pound bomb on his plane exploded, causing a chain reaction with bombs and fuel on surrounding planes, and creating a deadly inferno that raged for days. This is the story of the heroes who battled the blaze, which eventually claimed 134 lives.
God in the Whirlwind: How the Holy-Love of God Reorients Our World, by David Wells. Develops a biblical theology of the holy-love of God, in which the love of God is never apart from his holiness, and his holiness is never apart from his love. And God’s holy-love culminates at the cross, where his love provided what his holiness required.
The Question That Never Goes Away, by Philip Yancey. 30 years after writing his first book, Yancey revisits our cry of “Why, God?” in three places stunned into silence by the calamities that have devastated them, leading us to faith when it is most severely put to the test.
What’s Your World View? An Interactive Approach to Life’s Biggest Questions, by James N. Anderson. John Frame calls it “the most creative apologetics book in many years”, while D.A. Carson says it “challenges readers to identify and evaluate their own worldviews”.
Why Study History? Reflecting on the Importance of the Past, by John Fea. What is the purpose of studying history? The author explores the relationship between the Christian faith and the study of history. In the discussion, he criticizes the careless discourse that passes for historical inquiry among many Christian groups. Douglas Sweeney calls him “one of the most important voices in the up-and-coming generation of Christian historians”.
The High King of Heaven: Discovering the Master Keys to the Great End Time Debate, by Dean Davis. An amillennial interpretation of Biblical prophecy and eschatology, which Sam Storms calls “the most sweeping and comprehensive book on eschatology that I’ve ever encountered; the scope of the book is simply breathtaking”. For those who do not wish to read the entire book, the author suggests which chapters could be read to get its overall gist.
The Dance Between God and Humanity: Reading the Bible Today as the People of God, by Bruce K. Waltke. As Tremper Longman says: “Now in his 80s, Bruce Waltke remains one of the sharpest minds in biblical studies today”. Includes essays on various subjects including: does the book of Proverbs promise too much, the seven days in Genesis 1, the literary genre of Genesis 1, kingdom promises as spiritual, the NT doctrine of “land”, and many others.
An All-Consuming Passion for Jesus: Appeals to the Rising Generation, by John Piper.
Heaven on Earth: Experiencing the Kingdom of God in the Here and Now, by R. Alan Streett. What did Jesus mean when He said: “the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand”? Did He expect His followers to wait 2000 years to enjoy its blessings?
The Eerdmans Companion to the Bible, edited by Gordon D. Fee and Robert L. Hubbard, Jr. Contains background info and commentary on every book of the Bible, with maps, photos, and charts.
MACARTHUR NT COMMENTARY: Luke 1-17; Acts 13-28; John 12-21; Romans 9-16.
OTHER COMMENTARIES: A Commentary on Judges and Ruth, by Robert B. Chisholm, Jr. (Kregel Exegetical Commentary);Philippians, by Lynn H. Cohick (Story of God Bible Commentary); Colossians/Philemon, by Michael F. Bird (New Covenant Commentary Series); Matthew: All Authority on Heaven and on Earth, by Douglas Sean O’Connell (Preaching the Word).
ADULT DVDs: Bonhoeffer: A DVD Study: a 4-Session Study on the Life and Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, by Eric Metaxas. Based on Metaxas’ best-selling biography and designed for small group study.
ADULT FICTION: Dark Justice, by Brandilyn Collins; To Write a Wrong, by Robin Caroll (Justice Seekers #2); Returnto Me, by Lynn Austin (Restoration Chronicles #1); No One to Trust, by Lynette Eason (Hidden Identity #1); Fifteen Minutes, by Karen Kingsbury.