New Books–July 2010

New Books–July 2010

Complete New Book List

July, 2010

Theodore Roosevelt’s History of the United States: His Own Words, Selected and Arranged by Daniel Ruddy, by Theodore Roosevelt. Through skillful editing from Roosevelt’s voluminous writings, Ruddy provides readers with Roosevelt’s unique view of American history from the Revolution to the beginnings of the 20th century. An astute historical observer, Roosevelt was a “hanging judge” who did not hesitate to render harsh verdicts about leaders and events from America’s past. Highly recommended by Al Mohler.

George Washington’s Sacred Fire, by Peter A. Lillback. Historian Walter McDougal says that Lillback provides a “mountain of evidence suggesting that Washington’s religion was not Deism, but was the sort of low-church Anglicanism one would expect in an 18th century Virginia gentleman”, and Rodney Stark says this book provides a “long overdue correction of the falsehood that Washington lacked faith”. Lillback is the president of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

Holy, Holy, Holy: Proclaiming the Perfections of God, by Thabiti Anyabwile, et al. The holiness of God has been obscured in our time, and this book offers a corrective. Here the holiness of God is defined, explored, and praised by a line-up of leading evangelical pastors and scholars, including D.A.Carson, R.C. Sproul, Sinclair Ferguson, Alistair Begg, and others.

The Art of Dying: Living Fully Into the Life to Come, by Rob Moll. Taking the fear out of dying, and recovering the deeply Christian practice of dying well. J.I. Packer says this “brave, realistic, and well-researched book restores the ‘good death’ as the climax of faithful discipleship”.

Domesticated Jesus, by Harry L. Kraus, Jr. Looks at the ways that we, without realizing it, tend to domesticate Jesus. We let Him into our lives, but only so far, until our control is threatened. We tame Him, advise Him, put Him into a box, and expect Him to function like a divine vending machine.

The Best Kept Secret of Christian Mission: Promoting the Gospel with More Than Our Lips, by John Dickson. Explains the whole picture of evangelism with so many real-life stories that “one cannot fail to be drawn in to the excitement of this many-sided gospel work”, according to N.T. Wright.

What is God Really Like? edited by Craig Groeschel. Reflections from the best and the brightest, including Francis Chan, Mark Batterson and 15 others.

The Faithful Parent: A Biblical Guide to Raising a Family, by Martha Peace and Stuart W. Scott.

Hello, I Love You: Adventures in Adoptive Fatherhood, by Ted Kluck. Two ingredients are necessary for international adoption—domestic logistics (which are mundane) and foreign logistics (which are insane). In this memoir, the author describes the experiences of he and his wife in adopting two boys from the Ukraine.

40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible, by Robert L. Plummer. Tackles the major questions about biblical interpretation and understanding. Darrell Bock urges us to “read this excellent primer and read the Bible better as a result”.

Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back, by Josh Hamilton. The Texas Ranger baseball player chronicles his comeback from drug and alcohol addiction to playing baseball in the major leagues.

A God of Many Understandings?: The Gospel and a Theology of Religions, by Todd L. Miles. Theologically speaking, how should Christians live among people of other faiths in a way that is Christ-honoring, biblically faithful, intellectually satisfying and compassionate?

Listening to Children on the Spiritual Journey: Guidance for Those Who Teach and Nurture, by Catherine Stonehouse and Scottie May. The authors have listened carefully to children, using interviews and interpreting the children’s art, and they have listened to parents. From these, they have reached conclusions about the spiritual formation of children which provide an outstanding resource for those who lead ministries with children and families.

Rescuing Ambition, by Dave Harvey. A compelling case for developing God-ward ambition in our lives, and rousing the good gifts specifically placed within us by God for His own glory.

Preaching Christ from Ecclesiastes: Foundations for Expository Sermons, by Sidney Greidanus. Not only helpful for preachers, but also for those wishing to study Ecclesiastes.

Intelligent Design Uncensored: An Easy-to Understand Guide to the Controversy, by William A Dembski and Jonathan Witt. What is ID and why is it controversial? The authors lay out just what ID is and what it is not.

The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought, by Marilynne Robinson. A collection of essays from this author who has won the Pulitzer prize for fiction, and is a staunch defender of Calvinism from modern stereotypes.

Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self, by Marilynne Robinson. The author applies her intellect to some of the more vexing topics in the history of human thought—science, religion and consciousness—and challenges postmodern atheists who crusade against religion under the banner of science.

Come Ye Children: Practical Help Telling Children About Jesus, by C. H. Spurgeon.

Liberating Black Theology: The Bible and the Black Experience in America, by Anthony B. Bradley. Reviewers have called this by far the best analysis and critique of black liberation theologies, which unapologetically maintains a biblical, orthodox perspective, while being sympathetic to their issues and concerns. The author got his doctorate at Westminster and teaches at King’s College in New York.

Jesus Manifesto: Restoring the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ, by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola. The authors say that every revival and restoration in the church has been a rediscovery of some aspect of Christ in the process of answering the ultimate question that Jesus put to His disciples: “Who do you say that I am?”

AND: The Gathered and Scattered Church, by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay. Transcending forms and models by moving beyond the attractional-missional divide, the authors reveal the beautiful balance of a biblical church, one that scatters its people through incarnational communities, while providing gathered structures that hold it together.

What is Reformed Theology? Understanding the Basics, by R.C. Sproul.

COMMENTARIES: Joshua, by J. Gordon McConville and Stephen N. Williams (Two Horizons OT Commentary).

ADULT DVDs: Why? Understanding Homosexuality and Gender Development in Males, by Ricky Chelette, Executive Director of LivingHopeMinistries.

CHILDRENS BOOKS: Let’s Go On a Mommy Date, and Let’s Have a Daddy Day, by Karen Kingsbury.


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