New Books – January 2009

New Books – January 2009

John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine and Doxology, edited by Burk Parsons. A team of leading Reformed scholars and pastors paint a magnificent portrait of John Calvin, faithfully depicting the life and teaching of the Genevan Reformer who gave direction to the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century. Contributors include Michael Horton, John MacArthur, Sinclair Ferguson, Jay Adams, Thabiti Anyabwile, Joel Beeke, Jerry Bridges, et al.

Facing Your Final Job Review: The Judgment Seat of Christ, Salvation, and Eternal Rewards, by Woodrow Kroll. In this book on the judgment seat of Christ and the reality of rewards for the believer, Randy Alcorn says Kroll “brings biblical clarity to this immensely important subject”.

The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards, by Steven J. Lawson (A Long Line of Godly Men Profile series). To present an example of intentional, faithful, and passionate Christian living, Lawson paints a portrait of 18th century pastor and theologian Jonathan Edwards, who structured his relationship with God by composing and following seventy heart-searching resolutions.

The Decline of African American Theology: From Biblical Faith to Cultural Captivity, by Thabiti M. Anyabwile. Argues that the modern fruit of African American theology has fallen far from the tree of its early predecessors, and closely examines the theological commitments of prominent African American theologians throughout American history.

Story as Torah: Reading Old Testament Narrative Ethically, by Gordon J. Wenham. What do the grand stories of Israel and her heroes, as well as the seemingly mundane incidents found in these narrative stories, contribute to guiding contemporary readers in their daily behavior? Using the books of Genesis and Judges as test cases, he shows how the repetition of key words or themes, the overall rhetorical purpose of the book, intertextual correspondence, and key contextual indicators of mood provide clues to the ethical message of the author.

Illegitimate: How a Loving God Rescued a Son of Polygamy, by Brian

Mackert and Susan Martins Miller. The shocking news of polygamous cults has sparked

a national dialogue on religious sects. Splintered from and repudiated by the Mormon Church, these secretive families exist in an insular world far removed from reality. Brian Mackert was a son in a family of one father, four mothers, and 31 children. He shares his journey from a broken life and a deceptive religion, to truth found in Christ.

A New Vision for Missions: William Cameron Townsend, Wycliffe Bible

Translators, and the Culture of Early Evangelical Faith Missions, 1896-1945, by

William Lawrence Svelmoe. Well researched biography of “Cam” Townsend, founder of

the Summer Institute of Linguistics and Wycliffe Bible Translators. This joint effort is

now the largest Protestant missions organization in the world. Townsend revolutionized

Protestant missions by emphasizing that missionaries needed to learn the language of the

people to whom they were sent, and to live among them in order to understand their


The Apologetics of Jesus, by Norman L. Geisler and Patrick Zukeran. Jesus was

the ultimate defender of the faith. Learn from his example how to give a valid defense of

your beliefs. The authors analyze Jesus’s dialogues, parables, and discourses for their

apologetic value.

Songs of the Nativity: Selected Sermons on Luke 1&2, by John Calvin. All

four Gospels bear witness to the supernatural person and work of Jesus Christ, but only

the first and third testify to His supernatural conception and birth. Luke’s Gospel is

notable for its distinctive songs such as Mary’s song, Zechariah’s song, the Angels’ song,

and Simeon’s song—all of which are reminiscent of the Psalms. In these sermons

preached by Calvin in St Peter’s Cathedral in Geneva between October 1559 and

November 1560, we hear the great expositor preaching the text with passion and vigor.

In Constant Prayer, by Robert Benson (The Ancient Practices Series). How can we be “praying without ceasing”? Benson presents a structure for our lives where we can live in continued awareness of God’s presence and reality.

Don’t Stop Believing: Why Living Like Jesus Is Not Enough, by Michael E. Wittmer. Fundamentalists say it doesn’t matter how we live as long as we believe in Jesus, while Emergent Christians respond that it doesn’t matter what we believe as long as we live like Him. Wittmer calls both sides out of bounds, and crafts a third way that retains the insights of each, and issues an urgent reminder that best practices can only arise from true beliefs.

Homeschool: An American History, by Milton Gaither. Home education is not primarily about the quality of children’s academic instruction. It illuminates far larger issues in American society such as the contradiction between home and work for contemporary mothers, disagreements about the proper place of religion in civic and political life, and the puzzles of cultural difference and ethical accommodation. Gaither understands this and locates home education within the context of American cultural history. Beginning in the colonial period and working to the present, he describes how the home has been used for the base of education of all kinds, and shows the forces and individuals that have shaped the modern homeschool movement.

What Did the Israelites Eat? Diet in Biblical Times, by Nathan MacDonald.

The author carefully sifts through all of the relevant evidence–biblical, archaeological,

anthropological, environmental—to uncover what the people of biblical times really ate,

and how healthy (or unhealthy) it was. The book also analyzes a number of contemporary

books that advocate a return to “biblical “ eating.

Who Stole My Church? What to Do When the Church You Loves Tries to

Enter the 21st Century, by Gordon MacDonald. A fictional story reflecting the

all-too-real situation of many church communities where loyal and long-standing

members feel pushed aside as their churches change long-standing programs and

traditions in order to become more contemporary and meet the demands of a younger


Perspectives on the Ending of Mark: 4 Views, edited by David Alan Black. Because it is conspicuously absent from more than one early Greek manuscript, the final section of Mark (16:9-20) remains a constant source of debate among NT scholars. In this book, Maurice Robinson and David Alan Black argue for the section’s authenticity, while J. Keith Elliott and Daniel B. Wallace (DTS) contend that they are not original to Mark’s Gospel. Then Darrell Bock (of DTS) responds to each view and summarizes the current state of research on the issue.

God and Race in American Politics: A Short History, by Mark A. Noll. The interplay of race and religion in America from slavery to today in an account which is balanced, neither an indictment nor an apologia.

Christ and the Future: The Bible’s Teaching About the Last Things, by Cornelius P. Venema. This book is an abridgement of the author’s acclaimed, major study, The Bible and the Future, and examines the Bible’s teaching on eschatology from an amillennial and Reformed perspective.

Faerie Gold: Treasures from the Lands of Enchantment, edited by Kathryn Lindskoog and Ranelda Mack Hunsicker (Classics for Young Readers). C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien affirmed the power of fairy stories to educate the imagination and moral sensibility. While this collection is first and foremost a book for children, adults never tire of the really great fairy tales. This anthology of 21 fairy tales and fantasy stories are selected to stimulate the imagination and direct it toward God. Also includes an essay defending fantasy and fairy stories.

Jesus: A Short Life, by John Dickson. A clear response to the controversial conspiracy theories of this post-modern age, clearing away the mists of speculation and fantasy.

365 Days with Calvin, by Joel Beeke. A unique collection of 365 readings from the writings of John Calvin.

American Evangelicals: A Contemporary History of a Mainstream Religious Movement, by Barry Hankins. The author puts the Evangelical movement in historical perspective, reaching back to its roots in the 18th century Great Awakening and leading up to the formative moments of contemporary conservative Protestantism.

Exploring the Origins of the Bible: Canon Formation in Historical, Literary, and Theological Perspective, edited by Craig A. Evans and Emanuel Tov. Collection of essays on various facets of the biblical writings, how they became canon, and why canon matters.

The History of the Church in Art, by Rosa Giorgi. Illustrated guide to the features and symbols of religious works of art as they relate to church history.

ADULT/FAMILY DVDs: The Faith: What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It, and Why It Matters, by Charles Colson and Gabe Lyons. A concise and compelling summary of the apostolic faith which was “once for all delivered to the saints”.

ADULT FICTION: Every Now and Then, by Karen Kingsbury (#3 in the September 11 series)


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