New Books–February 2019

New Books–February 2019

                                                     Complete New Book List

                                                            February, 2019 

Everyday Glory: The Revelation of God in All of Reality, by Gerald R. McDermott. Challenges us to reject the disenchantment of modernity, and see how God actively reveals himself in the created world. There are “types” of the kingdom that teem around us in nature, science, history, sex, and sports. Peter Leithart says we will “learn to see the world through new eyes”. This book is inspired by the beauty-saturated theology of Jonathan Edwards.

Exalted Above the Heavens: The Risen and Ascended Christ, by Peter C. Orr (New Studies on Biblical Theology #47). Christians usually focus on what Christ has done (life, death, resurrection), and what he will do (in his second coming and eternal reign). While there has been something of a revival of interest in his ascension, studies of Jesus in his exalted state, seated at God’s right hand, are rather rare. So Peter Orr in this new book attends to that neglected topic, looking at the NT witness to Jesus as he is now—his identity, his location, and his activity.

HISTORICAL NON-FICTION: Lexington and Concord: The Battle Heard Around the World, by George C. Daughan. An award-winning historian says the American War of Independence was based on economic concerns as well as political ones. When Massachusetts militiamen turned out in overwhelming numbers to fight the British, they believed they were fighting for their farms and livelihoods, as well as for liberty. A key factor in the outcome of this historical battle was the scorn British officers had for the colonial fighters, as they failed to anticipate the skill, organization, and sheer numbers of their colonial opponents. The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington, by Brad Meltzger and Josh Mensch. This story of skullduggery, espionage, bribery and treason sheds new light on a fascinating, largely unknown chapter of our hazardous beginning.

Beyond Suffering Bible, from Joni and Friends and Tyndale House Publishers. This is a unique study Bible, based on the New Living Translation (NLT), created by Joni Eareckson Tada’s organization (Christian Institute on Disability), specifically for those who are experiencing suffering or disability and those who care about them. Includes easy-to-read features, compassionate notes to the biblical text, thought-provoking sidebars, and relevant articles by Joni.

Geerhardus Vos: Reformed Biblical Theologian, Confessional Presbyterian, by Danny E. Olinger. This is a new biography of Vos (1862-1949), who was called by Benjamin Warfield “the best exegete Princeton ever had,” and by John Murray “the most incisive exegete in the English-speaking world in the 20th century.” He taught at Princeton from 1893 to 1932, and had a significant influence on Westminster Theological Seminary, despite not having joined it. Richard Gaffin has proclaimed him “the father of Reformed biblical theology”.

Essential Writings of Meredith G. Kline, by Meredeith G. Kline. Kline (1922-2007) was an outstanding and highly influential scholar committed to a Reformed view of biblical theology, the coherence of the OT and NT, and a desire for all to know the redemptive work of Christ. During his 55 year career, he taught at four seminaries: Westminster Theological Seminary (both Philadelphia and California), Gordon-Conwell, and Reformed Theological Seminary. He was particularly known for his work on creation and covenant. Michael Horton says in this collection of 16 articles, we finally have “the essential Kline” in one volume. If you browse the table of contents, you will see that the subjects are quite intriguing.

The Teaching of Jesus Concerning the Kingdom of God and the Church, by Geerhardus Vos. Originally published in 1903, this work by Reformed theologian Vos (1862-1949) surveys Jesus’ teaching on the kingdom, covering the kingdom in the OT, the present and future aspects of the kingdom, and the relationship of the kingdom and the church. In it he expressed concerns about dispensationalism even that early (1903) date, and exposits an inaugurated kingdom with a future consummation long before George Eldon Ladd popularized it.

Scientism and Secularism: Learning to Respond to a Dangerous Ideology, by J.P. Moreland. True science is no enemy of Christianity. However, scientism is a different animal, as it involves a worldview which undermines real science and marginalizes morality and religion. Recommended by Hugh Ross and Nancy Pearcey.

NIV Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible, by Zondervan, Lexham Press, and John D. Barry, General Editor. From the makers of Logos Bible Software comes this new study Bible with biblical insights you can see. Full color infographics, timelines, informative tables, family trees, people diagrams showing the interconnectedness of key characters in the Bible, and with verse-by-verse study notes with the unique focus of revealing nuances from the original languages. Includes informative articles by Mike Bird, N.T. Wright, Craig Keener, Mike Goldsworthy, and others.

Does Science Explain Everything? by John Lennox. Lennox is an Oxford math professor. He has debated new atheists Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, and is the author of a number of books on the relationship between science, philosophy, and ethics.

COMMENTARIES IN THE “GOD’S WORD FOR YOU” SERIES: James for You, by Sam Allberry; Micah for You, by Stephen Um; Exodus for You, by Tim Chester; 2 Samuel for You, by Tim Chester; Acts 1-12 for You, by R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

OTHER COMMENTARIES: Proverbs, by Lindsay Wilson (Tyndale OT Testament Commentaries).

ADULT FICTION: Leaving Lavender Tides, by Colleen Coble (Lavender Tides #2.5-Novella); Secrets at Cedar Cabin, by Colleen Coble (Lavender Tides #3); Code of Honor, by Lynette Eason (Blue Justice #3); Blind Spot and Dead Drift, by Dani Pettrey (Chesapeake Valor #3 and #4).