New Books—July 2018

New Books—July 2018

                                           Complete New Book List

                                                         July, 2018           

            6 Ways the Old Testament Speaks Today: An Interactive Guide, by Alec Motyer. Leads us to discover the everyday significance of six key themes that resonate throughout the OT. Sinclair Ferguson says this book is “devout and witty, scholarly and accessible, theological and commonsensical…Motyer seems to sprinkle gold dust on every page he wrote”.

Devoted: Great Men and Their Godly Moms, by Tim Challies. Shaping men who shaped the world, featuring the mothers of John Newton, Hudson Taylor, Charles Spurgeon, Augustine, and more.

Spiritual Gifts: What They Are and Why They Matter, by Thomas R. Schreiner. A “nuanced” cessationist view of spiritual gifts, but dedicated to his continuationist friends: Sam Storms, John Piper, and Wayne Grudem.

The Life of Moses: God’s First Deliverer of Israel, by James Montgomery Boice. Never before published lessons on the life of Moses–lawgiver, prophet, deliverer of his people and friend of God. The book will also deal with the writings of the Pentateuch during the context of Moses’ life.

For the Love of Discipline: When the Gospel Meets Tantrums and Time-Outs, by Sara Wallace. Seeing discipline not as something we do to our children, but something we do for them. Things to say and do to make disciplining your children intentional and consistent.

HISTORICAL NON-FICTION: Above and Beyond: John F. Kennedy and America’s Dangerous Cold War Spy Mission, by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias. Tells the thrilling and frightening story of the Cuban Missile Crisis–13 of the most frightening days in human history, from the viewpoints both of the U-2 pilots who flew the dangerous missions to photograph the developing crisis, and of young President Kennedy and his staff who were faced with the momentous decisions that might determine the fate of world. This is an absolutely terrific book.

Faith Among the Faithless: Learning from Esther How to Live in a World Gone Made, by Mike Cosper. Far from the gentle cartoon we often hear in Sunday School, the story of Esther is a story of sex, ego, and revenge. A brutal saga of people assimilated into a pluralistic, pagan society, adopting its standards. Yet when threatened with annihilation, they find the courage to turn to God in humility.

Gospel Evidences of Saving Faith, by John Owen, revised and edited by Brian Hedges (Puritan Treasures for Today). Owen investigates the proper operations of faith that demonstrate its genuineness, encouraging us to cling fast to Christ, pursue holiness, commune with God thru worship, and bring our souls into a special state of repentance. This is a careful and sensitive revision by Brian Hedges, author of Watchfulness and With Jesus.

Samuel Davies: Apostle to Virginia, by Dewey Roberts. D. Martyn Lloyd Jones said: “The greatest preacher you ever produced in this country (America) was Samuel

Davies, the author of the hymn, Great God of wonders, all thy ways/Are matchless, godlike and divine’, and the man who followed Jonathan Edwards as president of Princeton”. An unabashed Calvinist, Davies (1723-1761) planted congregations throughout Virginia and North Carolina, and was an earnest minster to African slaves and to the Cherokees.

Reformation Worship: Liturgies from the Past for the Present, edited by Jonathan Gibson and Mark Earngey, with Foreword by Sinclair Ferguson who calls this “a worship resource of almost unparalleled richness” A rich collection of liturgies from Luther, Zwingli, Coverdale, Bucer, Calvin, Cranmer, Knox, English Puritans, and others.

Enduring Divine Absence: The Challenge of Modern Atheism, by Joseph Minich, a CBC alumnus. As both unbelievers and believers feel the seeming absence of God, believers respond by seeking more and more rational proofs of God’s existence. Minich says the real problem is not a lack of reason to believe, bur resides in our imaginations. He charts a way back to a renewal of our hearts and imaginations. Highly recommended by Mike Horton and Derek Rishmawy.

The Apostles’ Creed: A Guide to the Ancient Catechism, by Ben Myers. Myers joins the refreshing movement that is retrieving the church’s long and established theological consensus with a concise, readable commentary on the Apostles’ Creed.

John G. Paton: Missionary to the Cannibals of the South Seas, by Paul Schlehlein. A new (2017) missionary biography of the life and labors of the famed missionary to the flesh-eating cannibals of the South Sea Islands. John MacArthur says if you want to see what “true devotion to Christ and the gospel really looks like, you will see it in John G. Paton”. Paton lived from 1824-1907.

Growing in Gratitude, by Mary K. Mohler. As women, we are often encouraged to “count our blessings.” But truly biblical gratitude is much more than this.
Mary K. Mohler unpacks Scripture to help us grow in gracious gratitude (thanking God for who he is) as well as natural gratitude (thanking him for his blessings) and to identify and deal with some of the things that hinder us from the joy of a thankful heart. This builds on Mary’s 25 years experience in mentoring seminary wives at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where her husband Al is president.

Quest for the Historical Apostles: Tracing Their Lives and Legacies, by W. Brian Shelton. Brings together centuries of historiography in a quest for the historical core within the legends of the lives of the apostles, the men who walked with Jesus. This recovery of the apostles’ full humanity in history enhances their testimony to the Savior who sent them forth.

Christianity Considered: A Guide for Skeptics and Seekers, by John M. Frame. Renowned theologian John Frame introduces the reader to Christianity and its unique intellectual framework.

Authorized: The Use and Misuse of the King James Bible, by Mark Ward. A friendly criticism of the KJV. Ward argues that the KJV should not be one’s primary Bible, yet there is no need to dispense with the KJV altogether. He is also convinced that the original KJV translators would agree with his assessment, since they were excellent scholars who desired a translation into the vernacular of the day. Tom Schreiner calls this “a delightful book to read”.

ADULT FICTION: Rescue Me; A Matter of Trust; and Troubled Waters, by Susan May Warren (Montana Rescue #2, #3 and #4).