New Books–January 2015

New Books–January 2015

Eternal Perspectives: A Collection of Quotations on Heaven, the New Earth, and Life after Death, compiled by Randy Alcorn. A large (656 pages) collection of quotations from Augustine, Aquinas, Calvin, Wesley, Spurgeon, C.S. Lewis, and many more, compiled by the author of the best-selling book, Heaven.

Hand in Hand: The Beauty of God’s Sovereignty and Meaningful Human Choices, by Randy Alcorn. If God is sovereign, how can I be free to choose? But if God is not sovereign, how can He be God? Alcorn explores what the whole Bible says about divine sovereignty and human choice.

From Every Tribe and Nation: A Historian’s Discovery of the Global Christian Story, by Mark A. Noll. The memoirs and biography of leading church historian Mark Noll, and the story of how he discovered one of the most remarkable developments within his lifetime: the burgeoning of Christianity around the globe. John Piper, who attended Wheaton with Noll, wrote a glowing review of this book.

HISTORICAL NON-FICTION: The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames, by Kai Bird. True story of one of the most important operatives in CIA history. A man who, had he lived, might have helped heal the rift between the Arabs and the West. When a bomb exploded outside the American embassy in Beirut in 1983, 63 people were killed, including 8 CIA operatives, one of whom was Ames. It was the largest loss of life in CIA history. Ames was notable for building secret friendships with Yasir Arafat and heir apparent Ali Hassan Salameh (The Red Prince), in an effort to mitigate tensions. When the Red Prince was assassinated, followed by Ames’ death, America’s relations with the Arabs began heading on a downward path, culminating in 9/11.

Who on Earth is the Holy Spirit?: and Other Questions About Who He Is and What He Does, by Tim Chester and Christopher de la Hoyde. A short (77 page) overview.

The Good Shepherd: A Thousand-Year Journey from Psalm 23 to the New Testament, by Kenneth E. Bailey, who is an author/lecturer in Middle Eastern NT studies and who spent 30 years teaching and living in the Middle East. Here he looks at the biblical image of the good shepherd from Psalm 23, Jere 23, Ezek 34, Zech 10, and into the NT with Jesus as the Good Shepherd in the Gospels and 1 Peter 5. He thereby deepens and enriches what it means to be members of God’s flock.

41: A Portrait of My Father, by George W. Bush. Covers the entire scope of the elder President Bush’s life and career, including service in the Pacific during WW2, the Texas oil business, and his political life as a Congressman, CIA Director, Vice President and 41st President of the U.S.

Salvation Applied by the Spirit: Union with Christ, by Robert A. Peterson. The doctrine of believers’ union with Christ has undergone a renaissance in recent years, and evangelicals are rightly fascinated with this previously neglected doctrine. Peterson has written one of the most comprehensive theological treatments of this vital subject, highlighting the Spirit’s crucial role in uniting God to His people.

Ordinary: Sustaining Faith in a Radical, Restless World, by Michael Scott Horton. Too many Christians today fear being ordinary, they sense they are missing out on something. We need a renewed appreciation of the commonplace ways God works—often in moments that are unplanned and unprogrammed—which will give us contentment and a sustainable faith in the midst of a restless world.

A Change of Heart: A Personal and Theological Memoir, by Thomas C. Oden. How did a celebrated liberal theologian of the mid-20th century have such a dramatic change of heart? In his early years, he found Marx, Nietzsche and Freud storming into his imagination. He became a pacifist, admired Ho Chi Minh, and embraced every liberal cause. He earned his PhD at Yale, and embraced the interface of theology and psychotherapy. It seemed every turn in his life was a left turn. But it was a challenge from a Jewish scholar that precipitated his most dramatic turn—back to orthodox biblical Christianity and the great minds of the ancient church. He eventually became the editor of the highly influential Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture.

The Lord and His Prayer, by N.T. Wright. Wright is one of the most highly respected NT scholars today. Here he explores how the Lord’s Prayer sums up what Jesus was all about in his first-century setting, locating it clause by clause within the historical life and work of Jesus.

Adam, the Fall, and Original Sin: Theological, Biblical, and Scientific Perspectives, edited by Hans Madueme and Michael Reeves. Contributors include C. John Collins, Robert Yarbrough, Carl Trueman, James Hamilton, Thomas Schreiner, and others.

The Theology of the Book of Isaiah, by John Goldingay.

The Sovereignty and Supremacy of King Jesus: Bowing to our Gracious Despot, by Mike Abendroth.

Faith Speaking Understanding: Performing the Drama of Doctrine, by Kevin J. Vanhoozer.

Redeeming Philosophy: A God-Centered Approach to the Big Questions, by Vern S. Poythress. The author, who teaches at Westminster Theological Seminary, holds six academic degrees including doctorates in theology and mathematics. Here he explores the foundations and limitations of Western philosophy and sketches a distinctly Christian approach to big questions and timeless philosophical issues that have perplexed men and women for millennia.

Johannine Theology: The Gospel, the Epistles and the Apocalypse, by Paul Rainbow.

From the Mouth of God: Trusting, Reading, and Applying the Bible, by Sinclair B. Ferguson.

Christ Crucified: Understanding the Atonement, by Donald Macleod.

COMMENTARIES: Luke 18-24, by John MacArthur (MacArthur New Testament Commentary); The Second Letter to the Corinthians, by Mark A. Seifrid (Pillar NT Commentary): The Book of Psalms, by Nancy deClaisse-Walford, Rolf A. Jacobson, and Beth LaNeel Tanner (NICOT); The Message of Malachi, by Peter Adam (Bible Speaks Today); Acts: An Exegetical Commentary, Vols 1-3, by Craig S. Keener.

CHILDRENS BOOKS: The Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testaments, by Marty Machowski. Beautifully illustrated volume of 156 stories to present God’s plan of salvation in Christ from Genesis to Revelation.


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