New Books – January 2005

New Books – January 2005

Gadzooks, by Paul J. Batura. The highly practical life and leadership principles of Dr. James Dobson. Batura takes you inside the walls of Focus on the Family and in candid, often humorous, detail, shares principles he’s learned while working for America’s foremost family counselor.

The Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story, by Craig G. Bartholomew and Michael W. Goheen. Emphasizing its grand narrative quality, the authors show how the Bible is an organic whole and how the themes of covenant and the kingdom of God provide a coherence for Scripture that helps the reader to make sense of its varied parts.


Luther (DVD), starring Joseph Fiennes, Alfred Molina, and Sir Peter Ustinov. The story of “one man’s faith in God which launched the greatest revolution of all time”. This Hollywood film, which was released nationally in movie theaters, was faithful to its subject.


Amazing Grace: The History and Theology of Calvinism (DVD), from The Apologetics Group. Man’s quest for meaning and redemption is in the end the story of the Lord “seeking and saving that which was lost”, and unless we are able to keep first things first, we run the risk of missing just how “amazing” the grace that has saved us truly is. This three-part presentation examines this great mystery as well as the historical struggle to make sure that it was understood and embraced by the inheritor of God’s mysteries, the Church. Featuring Rev. Walter Chantry, and Drs. George Grant, R.C. Sproul, Thomas Nettles, Kenneth Talbot, et al (running time 4 hrs 17 min).

Old Testament Today: A Journey from Original Meaning to Contemporary Significance, by John H. Walton and Andrew E. Hill. This survey, which is image-rich with full-color design, goes beyond most surveys in building a bridge between the original audience and modern readers.

The Devoted Life: An Invitation to the Puritan Classics, edited by Kelly M. Kapie and Randall C. Gleason. In these pages notable scholars such as J.I. Packer, Mark Noll, Sinclair Ferguson, and Leland Ryken invite readers to sit at the feet of Puritan writers such as Richard Sibbes, John Bunyan, Richard Baxter, Thomas Goodwin and others.

An Iron Pillar: The Life and Times of William Romaine, by Tim Shenton. Through his profoundly influential ministry, Romaine (1714-1795) reached thousands for the cause of Christ in England during the 18th century Evangelical Revival, calling them to walk in deeper paths of holiness. He also had relationships with other 18th century luminaries such as the Wesleys, Whitefield, Lady Huntingdon, and Henry Venn.

Introducing Early Christianity: A Topical Survey of Its Life, Beliefs, and Practices, by Laurie Guy. An introduction to the first four centuries of Christianity that is “readable but not lightweight, interesting but not superficial, and informative but not technical.” Arranged by topics, rather than chronology.

God’s Greater Glory: The Exalted God of Scripture and the Christian Faith, by Bruce A. Ware. The providence of God is a doctrine Christians struggle to understand. Yet Scripture affirms that God is sovereign, that He governs all the affairs of creation. How does human freedom fit into this? That is the question Bruce Ware explores.

The Story of Israel: A Biblical Theology, by C. Marvin Pate, et al. The Biblical story of Israel—in its sin, exile, and restoration—is a sort of microcosmic drama of the plight and hope of the universal story of humanity and creation. And the story of Jesus, born from the womb of Israel as its true Messiah and true seed of Abraham, provides the redemptive solution not only to Israel’s but to the world’s sin and exile. This book explores the unitive theme of this story of Israel from Genesis to Revelation.

He Speaks to Me Everywhere: Meditations on Christianity and Culture, by Philip Graham Ryken. Meditations on living out the Christian life in a culture that tries to forget God.

Justification and the New Perspectives on Paul: A Review and Response, by Guy Prentiss Waters. An antidote to the theological confusion caused by the New Perspective movement, which demonstrates significant variances between that perspective and traditional Reformed theological thinking.

Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism, edited by James Stamoolis. Are the differences between these two branches of Christianity so sharp as to compromise the gospel itself? Or is there room for agreement? Michael Horton and four other authorities present their different views.

The Life of Matthew Henry and The Concise Commentary on the Gospels. The biography portion of this book is updated and revised from the edition published by J.B. Williams in 1828, while the commentary portion is an enduring classic written by a master 300 years ago.

Preachers Who Made a Difference, by Peter Jefferey. Brief biographical sketches of Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Hugh Latimer, J.C. Ryle, Robert Murray M’Cheyne and others.

Perspectives on Spirit Baptism: Five Views, edited by Chad Owen Brand. Presents in counterpoint form the common beliefs on the baptism of the Holy Spirit that have developed over the course of church history. Walter Kaiser presents the Reformed view, and the Wesleyan, Sacramental, Charismatic, and Pentecostal views are presented by their proponents.

See No Evil: The Existence of Sin in an Age of Relativism, by Harry Lee Poe. According to Charles Colson, Poe is “one of the preeminent worldview thinkers in America today”.

C.S. Lewis: A Shiver of Wonder, by Derick Bingham. A new biography of C.S. Lewis.

Doing Right: Practicing Ethical Principles, by David W. Gill. A “clear, engaging primer on the Christian moral life…the fruit of decades of brooding” on the Ten Commandments.

Be Still My Soul, by Elisabeth Elliot. An inspiring collection of reflections on living the Christian life.

Reaching the Ear of God: Praying More…and More Like Jesus, by Wayne A. Mack. A contemporary treatment of prayer through the lens of the Lord’s Prayer.

Evangelical Feminism and Biblical Truth, by Wayne Grudem. Grudem presents a reasoned, comprehensive response to over 100 controversial claims from evangelical feminists, and examines the egalitarian perspective on every major doctrinal issue.

COMMENTARIES / BIBLE STUDIES
Leviticus, Numbers, by Roy Gane (NIV Application Commentary); John, by Andreas J. Kostenberger (BECNT).

ADULT FICTION

River’s Edge, by Terri Blackstock
(
Camp Refuge #3)

Gideon’s Gift
, Maggie’s Miracle

Sarah’s Song, by Karen Kingsbury
(
Red Gloves Series #1,2,3).

CHILDREN/YOUTH'S
FICTION
BOOKS
Silent Night, Holy Night: The Story Behind Our Favorite Christmas Carol, by Myrna Strasser; A Tree for Christmas, by Dandi Daley Mackall ;Baby in a Manger, by Julie Stiegemeyer; Heat Wave, by Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye (Left Behind-The Kids #37); Exploring Ancient Cities of the Bible, by Michael and Caroline Carroll (ages 9+); The True Story of Noah’s Ark, by Tom Dooley; Most of All, Jesus Loves You, by Noel Piper (Desiring God Ministries); Little One, God Loves You, by Amy Warren Hilliker (inspired by The Purpose-Driven Life); The Big Picture Story Bible, by David Helm (beautifully illustrated by Gail Schoonmaker).

DVDs:
Punchinello and the Most Marvelous Gift, by Max Lucado; A Road Less Traveled and Where the Rubber Meets the Road (AutoBGood series); God Good, Idols Bad (HoopDogz); A Friend Planting Seeds is a Friend Indeed and Cocka Doodle Doo the Right Thing by Vince Gill and Amy Grant (On the Farm with Farmer Bob).

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