The Hospital by the River: A Story of Hope, by Dr. Catherine Hamlin. The author and her late husband established one of the most outstanding medical programs in the world, having operated successfully on over 25,000 women victims of obstructed labor in Ethiopia. Before the Hamlins came to Ethiopia, victims were neglected and forgotten, facing a lifetime of incapacity and degradation. Dr. Hamlin was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.
5 Minute Apologist: Maximum Truth in Minimum Time, by Dr. Rick Cornish. In short, five-minute readings, this handbook will help you confidently defend your faith against skeptics and speak persuasively to seekers. Each short reading deals with a separate issue, such as the authority of the Bible, religion and science, worldviews, other religions, etc.
Overcoming the World: Grace to Win the Daily Battle, by Joel R. Beeke. We see all around us that the world is on a quest for pleasure, power, profit, and position. Many Christians struggle to live faithfully in such a world and stay true to Christ’s command to be in the world, but not of it. Taking direction from the Puritans, John Calvin, and others, Beeke guides readers to the biblical alternatives to worldliness, which are genuine piety and holiness.
Appointed to Be God’s Servants: How God Blesses Those Who Serve Together, by Henry Blackaby and Tom Blackaby. In these lessons from the life of Paul and his companions, the authors show how God has designed people to be interdependent—and that every one of us plays a crucial role in partnership with each other in furthering God’s kingdom. Spiritual leaders must have companions who support them through hard work and prayer, and by offering counsel, accountability, or financial support.
1776, by David McCollough, who has twice won the Pulitzer Prize. His newest title is written as a companion work to his prize-winning biography of John Adams, and tells the story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success. The darkest hours of that tumultuous year were as dark as any Americans have known, and this book is powerful testimony to how much is owed to that rare few in that brave founding epoch, and what a miracle it was that things turned out as they did.
Unspeakable: Facing Up to Evil in an Age of Genocide and Terror, by Os Guinness. We now know that 9/11 revealed that our nation was intellectually and morally unprepared to deal with such a barbaric act. The author explores the challenge of contemporary evil, calls us to confront our culture of fear, and helps us find the words to come to terms with the unspeakable.
The Good Life, by Charles Colson with Harold Fickett. J.I. Packer says Colson deploys a “strategic sprawl of stories” to show by object lesson how, despite everything,
it is a faithful relationship with the Savior-God of the gospel that constitutes the good life.
The Blessing Book: When They Walk Through the Valley of Weeping, It Will Become a Place of Refreshing Springs. Psalms 84:6, by Linda Dillow. What happens when our plans take a frightening twist? Dillow shows us how the “Valley of Weeping” can be instrumental in bringing us to need and include God in our lives. When we find ourselves in the valley, we must remember to turn our eyes off our suffering and onto the Healer, who can then make it a place of blessing.
Calm My Anxious Heart: A Woman’s Guide to Contentment, by Linda Dillow. God’s mercies are new every morning, and His faithfulness is great. Yet how easy as we walk through our days to forget.
Uncommon Dissent: Intellectuals Who Find Darwinism Unconvincing, edited by William A. Dembski. A collection of articles by intellectuals who bring to light the flaws and fallacy of Darwinism and expose it as a secular ideology dogmatically rooted in naturalistic philosophy. Dembski, the editor, is one of the chief proponents of the Intelligent Design movement today.
The Criminalization of Christianity, by Janet L. Folger. Documents the hidden anti-Christian agendas that are driving public policy, key court decisions, public school regulations, political correctness in the media, and modern-day censorship. And shows how defending traditional values has become synonymous with “intolerance”.
Never Blink in a Hailstorm and Other Lessons on Leadership, by David L. McKenna. Leadership can be an exhilarating experience, but it also has its challenges. In this book, McKenna shows constructive ways to deal with common leadership problems quickly and courageously.
Sabbath Keeping: Finding Freedom in the Rhythms of Rest, by Lynne M. Baab. With collected insights from Christian history and sabbath keepers of all ages and backgrounds, the author offers a practical and hopeful guidebook for all of us to slow down and enjoy our relationship with the God of the universe.
I Told the Mountain to Move, by Patricia Raybon. Author Philip Yancey says: “Other books on prayer give how-to advice, but Raybon takes a different and much more daring approach. She embeds prayer in real life: surgery, family conflict, anger, prodigal children, race, memory. The result is raw—and for that reason, comfortingly real”.
PATHWAY TO PURPOSE SERIES, by Katie Brazelton: 1) Pathway to Purpose for Women: Connecting Your To-Do List, Your Passions, and God’s Purposes For Your Life, and 2) Praying for Purpose for Women: A Prayer Experience That Will Change Your Life Forever. The author is the Director of Women’s Bible Studies at Saddleback Church, where she has discipled women for many years.
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COMMENTARIES / BIBLE STUDIES
Exploring the Gospel of Luke: An Expository Commentary, Exploring the Epistles of Peter: An Expository Commentary, and Exploring 1 and 2 Thessalonians: An Expository Commentary, by John Phillips (The John Phillips Commentary Series); Song of Songs, by Richard Hess (Baker Commentary on the OT Wisdom and Psalms); 1 Peter, by Karen H. Jobes (BECNT).
The Mission and The Scripture, by Joey Allen (Big Thoughts for Little Thinkers series, which presents the foundational teachings of the Christian faith at a level preschool and elementary children can understand; ages 4-7); The Nineteenth of Maquerk: Based on Proverbs 13:4, Tale of the Poisonous Yuck Bug: Based on Proverbs 12:18, and Breaking Out of the Bungle Bird: Based on Proverbs 13:10, by Aaron Reynolds (Based on Proverbs series, ages 8 and under);
Heads Up: The Story of One Quarter, by Molly Schaar Idle (the story of a father who lost his job, ages 9-12); Am I Making God Smile? by Jeannie St. John Taylor (based on Zephaniah 3:17b, age 4-8); Duncan Carries a King: A Donkey’s Tale, by Dan and Damon J. Taylor (God Can Use Me series, ages 5+).