New Books – January 2008

New Books – January 2008

Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, edited by G.K. Beale and D.A. Carson. An exploration of OT quotations, allusions and echoes occurring in each book of the NT from Matthew through Revelation, providing a profound witness to the unity of the Testaments in the mystery of Christ. Covers the entirety of the NT in a single volume, arranged in verse order, beginning with Matthew 1. In addition to the editors, other contributors include Craig Blomberg, Andreas Kostenberger, I. Howard Marshall, Moises Silva, et al.

The Five Dilemmas of Calvinism, by Craig R. Brown. The doctrines that comprise Calvinism have always sparked questions. However, Brown appeals to Scripture and carefully analyzes the true tenets of Calvinism to show that these so-called problems are actually simple misunderstandings, and concludes that the Reformed system is actually more scriptural and consistent than Arminianism.

Water from a Deep Well: Christian Spirituality from Early Martyrs to Modern Missionaries, by Gerald L. Sittser. A rich history of spirituality, showing the many ways that Christians have expressed their faith throughout the history of the church.

Jesus the Evangelist: Learning to Share the Gospel from the Book of John, by Richard D. Phillips. To be called as a Christian is also to be called as an evangelist, but many believers are plagued by questions such as how to begin and what to say. This book provides answers to these and more questions straight from the pages of the Gospel of John.

Faith, Film, and Philosophy: Big Ideas on the Big Screen, by R. Douglas Geivett and James S. Spiegel. Reflections on classic and contemporary films following several philosophical themes, all within the context of the Christian faith. The themes are the human condition, the human mind and the nature of knowing, the moral life, and faith and religion, and the films examined include: The Matrix, The Silence of the Lambs, Legends of the Fall, Pretty Woman, The Truman Show, and others.

In Christ Alone: Living the Gospel Centered Life, by Sinclair B. Ferguson. The secret of being a Christian is having a clear understanding of who Jesus is, what He is like, and what ministry He exercises, and then becoming more like Him on a daily basis. This is a collection of articles focused on the person and work of Jesus Christ, which serve the end of knowing and serving Him better

The Truth of the Cross, by R.C. Sproul. Using Scripture to unfold the meaning of the cross, its significance, and its purpose..

Renewing Minds: Serving Church and Society Through Christian Higher Education, by David S. Dockery. A robust and thoughtful defense of the necessity and ideals of Christian higher education, which J.I. Packer calls “in every way a landmark book”.

C.S. Lewis: A Guide to his Theology, by David G. Clark. A guide to Lewis’s theology and use of the scriptural tradition, exploring such themes as redemption, resurrection, humanity, and spiritual growth. The author is a professor of NT and Greek, and has taught courses and led workshops on Lewis for more than 30 years.

Out of the Depths: A Survivor’s Story of the Sinking of the USS Indianapolis, as told by Edgar Harrell, USMC, written by David Harrell. A firsthand account of the sinking of a US heavy cruiser during WWII and the Navy cover-up that led to the bizarre court-martial and eventual exoneration of its captain. Marine survivor Edgar Harrell vividly describes the horrors of being plagued by sharks, hypothermia, dehydration, and salt-water hallucinations. A story of survival, political intrigue, and faith in the providence of God.

Piercing the Night: A Life on Edge in Post-Amin Uganda, by H. Eberhard Roell. Uganda in the days after dictator Idi Amin was still a brutal place for most. But Eb Roell and his wife, Debbie, tried to shine a little bit of light into the darkness. This is an account of culture, politics, the white elephants of misguided western aid, and the drama of staying alive while trying to make a difference.

The Design of Life: Discovering Signs of Intelligence in Biological Systems, by William A. Dembski and Jonathan Wells. A compelling scientific case for the intelligent design of biological systems, written for the general reader. It is lavishly illustrated, and written in the form of a biology textbook.

John Owen: Reformed Catholic, Renaissance Man, by Carl R. Trueman. Owen, 1616-1683, the great Puritan theologian, is considered one of the sharpest theological minds of the 17th century. This book sets forth the key elements in his writings and his theology, as well as the reasons for his continuing significance today.

The Testimony of the Beloved Disciple: Narrative, History, and Theology in the Gospel of John, by Richard Bauckham. One of today’s top NT scholars takes issue with the dominant approach among contemporary scholars which emphasizes the “Johannine community” as formative in the origin and character of the Gospel of John, and he aims to set it straight by paying close attention to the Gospel’s own data and claims, and by canvassing and assessing the considerable body of evidence bearing on this Gospel among patristic sources.

Letters and Homilies for Jewish Christians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Hebrews, James, and Jude, by Ben Witherington III. The second of three volumes extending Witherington’s innovative socio-rhetorical analysis of NT books to the latter-Pauline and non-Pauline corpus. A third volume will extend the focus on letters and homilies for Hellenized Christians begun in the first volume. By dividing the volumes according to the socioreligious contexts in which they were written, Witherington sheds fresh light on the documents, their provenance, character and importance.

ADULT/FAMILY DVDs: Love’s Unending Legacy, from Michael Landon, Jr. (5thfilm in the Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oke).

ADULT FICTION: My Soul to Keep, by Davis Bunn; The Mermaid in the Basement, by Gilbert Morris (A Lady Trent Mystery #1); The Narrow Door at Colditz and The Bitter Road to Dachau, by Robert L. Wise (#1 and #2 of a trilogy); Midnight Clear, by Jerry B. Jenkins and Dallas Jenkins (now a motion picture); Sabrina, by Lori Wick (Big Sky Dreams #2); The Pawn, by Steven James (Bowers Files #1); A Line in the Sand, by Al and Joanna Lacy (Kane Legacy #1); Covenant Child, by Terri Blackstock; The Great Divide and Winner Takes All, by T. Davis Bunn (Marcus Glenwood Series #1 & # 3).


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