New Books–July 2019

New Books–July 2019

                                                   Complete New Book List

                                                               July, 2019 

Pray Big: Learn to Pray Like an Apostle, by Alistair Begg. The author wants us to stop settling for praying “be with so and so” prayers (since Jesus has already promised he would “be with” us) to the end of the age—so for that to be the sum of our prayers is a waste. Rather he wants us to look at the prayers of Paul and Nehemiah and others in the Bible, and see how ours compare. He wants us to “pray big” by following Paul’s God-exalting, God-trusting prayers to the Ephesian church. And he shows us how we can. John MacArthur says he provides us with both motivation and instruction.

Defying Jihad: The Dramatic True Story of a Woman Who Volunteered to Kill Infidels-and Then Faced Death for Becoming One, by Esther Ahmad and Craig Borlase. At 18 she volunteered to die-and kill-for Jihad. But just before she was supposed to leave, she had a dream, and became a follower of Jesus, even though leaving Islam meant her death sentence.

J-Curve: Dying and Rising with Jesus in Everyday Life, by Paul E. Miller. The apostle Paul tells us that believers have died and been raised with Jesus. Paul Miller helps us discover what this looks like in everyday life, and how the beloved doctrines of justification and union with Christ shape the thoughts, words, and actions of believers. Filled with practical charts and diagrams to illustrate his message. Another outstanding book by Paul Miller (author of A Praying Life, and A Loving Life).

HISTORICAL NON-FICTION: Every Man a Hero: A Memoir of D-Day, the First Wave at Omaha Beach, and a World at War, by Ray Lambert and Jim DeFelice. 75 years ago Staff Sergeant Ray Lambert hit Omaha Beach with the first wave. Now 98 years old, he delivers a remarkable memoir and remembrance evoking his role as a decorated medic who risked his life to save the heroes of D-Day.

Joseph: A Story of Love, Hate, Slavery, Power, and Forgiveness, by John Lennox. A detailed look at the biblical Joseph’s life in its broader context with an emphasis on the major themes present in Joseph’s story. Looks back to the ancestors of Joseph to show how history was repeating in his family. Lennox is a professor of mathematics at Oxford, and is the author of a number of books on the relations of science, philosophy, and biblical understanding.

Lost and Found: How Jesus Helped Us Discover our True Selves, edited by Collin Hansen. There are many paths to lose your way and only one way to find it. Unless we lose our selves for his sake, we will never discover our true selves. Contributors from around the world tell their stories, including Joni Eareckson Tada, Sam Alberry, Chris Castaldo, and others.

All Things New: Revelation as Canonical Capstone, by Brian J. Tabb (New Studies in Biblical Theology). For many readers of the Bible, the book of Revelation is a riddle that fascinates and frustrates. Scholars and teachers have proposed different keys to its interpretation, including the futurist and historical-critical approaches. However, none of these adequately demonstrates the continuing, vital relevance of the Apocalypse to the contemporary church. Brian Tabb stresses the importance of the canonical context of the book as the climax of biblical prophecy and shows how various OT prophecies and patterns find their consummation in the present and future reign of Jesus Christ who defeats his foes and restores all things. In so doing, he considers key biblical-theological themes.

Defining Deception: Freeing the Church from the Mystical-Miracle Movement, by Costi W. Hinn and Anthony G. Wood, with Foreword by John MacArthur. Well known faith healer Benny Hinn’s nephew Costi Hinn co-authors this book, which exposes the spiritual heresies of the so-called “mystical-miracle” movement. Costi Hinn has repented of his former involvement in the movement, and in this book exposes its dangerous spiritual heresies and deceptions. In his Foreword, John MacArthur says “this is a rich and provocative insiders’ look, focusing on Bethel Church in Redding, CA, currently the Mecca for wannabe prophets and phony miracle workers.”

Trinity Without Hierarchy: Reclaiming Nicene Orthodoxy in Evangelical Theology, edited by Michael F. Bird and Scott Harrower. In recent years, the waters of evangelical and orthodox Trinitarian theology have been roiled and muddied by unfortunate debates about the eternal subordination of the Son (ESS). Dr. Thomas McCall of Trinity says “the very fine essays in this volume make genuine progress in helping to bring an end to this debate”

Countdown to the Kingdom: A Different Way to Study the End Times, by CBC’s own resident author, Gordon Graham. A dispensational perspective, showing how past events offer valuable insight into the final days of history. This material was formerly in the library in a notebook binder, but has now been published in an attractive paperback edition.

Practicing the Present: The Neglected Art of Living in the Now, by John Koessler. Our lives take place in the present, but often our minds are racing toward the future or overwhelmed by the past. We want to change the past and control the future, but usually what we really need to do is spend ourselves in the here and now. We meet God right where we are—in the present.

Authentic Christianity, by Ray C. Stedman. Trading religion and rules for true faith. A classic book; originally published in 1996.

CHILDRENS BOOKS: Don’t Blame the Mud: Only Jesus Makes Us Clean, by Marty Machowski, illustrated by Craig MacIntosh. Addresses the nature of temptation and sin, pointing to Jesus—the only one to wash us clear. God’s Very Good Idea, by Trillia Newbell, illustrated by Catalina Escheverri. A true story about God’s delightfully different family. Everyone you see is different from you, and the same as you. Russell Moore calls this a “beautiful book, both in its pictures and its teaching”.