New Books – June 2007

New Books – June 2007

Words to Live By: A Guide for the Merely Christian, by C.S. Lewis. Lewis had the ability to precisely define and explain key issues in the life of faith. This collection contains selections from his fiction, nonfiction, and letters arranged by subject matter, so that the reader can discover the wisdom of C.S. Lewis on confession, desire, friendship, joy, marriage, silence, truth, and more.

The Evangelical Doctor: John Wycliffe and the Lollards, by Douglas C. Wood. Ignorance, superstition, priestcraft, and immorality were the hallmarks of the church in England in the fourteenth century, under the dominance of a degenerate papacy. Against such a background rose John Wycliffe, the “Morning Star of the Reformation”. Wycliffe and his followers, the Lollards, believed and preached that man’s life must be ruled by God’s Word and not inherited tradition. It was with this in mind that Wycliffe completed the first ever translation of the Bible into English, and so paved the way for the coming Reformation.

Troubled Waters: Rethinking the Theology of Baptism, by Ben Witherington III. Churches practicing infant baptism and churches practicing believer’s baptism both take their stand on an argument from Scripture. Instead of an “answer” which would only repeat the problem of choosing one part of the Christian witness over another, Witherington offers pastoral guidance and correctives for both baptismal practices so that the fuller goals for Christian baptism will be achieved in the lives of all disciples.

Finding God in the Midst of Life: Old Stories for Contemporary Readers, by Richard Bauckham and Trevor Hart. The Old Testament tells many stories which form part of a bigger story, narrating God’s dealings with the people of Israel through Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Joseph and many others. What they all have in common, though, is that in one way or another, God is the central player in the action which unfolds–sometimes openly and obviously, and sometimes more hidden and in need of interpretation. In this book, a theologian and a biblical scholar team up to provide some intelligent devotional reflections on God’s presence in the ordinary lives of 11 OT characters.

40 Days: Encountering Jesus Between the Resurrection and the Ascension, by Alton Gansky. The author says that while many have written about the Resurrection itself, few have delved deeply into the 40 days that Jesus spent on earth after his death defying exit from the grave. Here he examines every recorded event that happened from the moment Christ left the tomb until his glorious ascension into heaven.

Assured by God: Living in the Fullness of God’s Grace, edited by Burk Parsons. Is assurance of salvation reserved for the super-spiritual? Or is it a sign of presumption? Viewing assurance in relation to its larger family of biblical doctrines, the contributors to this volume demonstrate its significance for grateful, productive Christian living. Contributors include John MacArthur, R.C. Sproul, Jerry Bridges, Sinclair Ferguson, Al Mohler, and others.

The Gospel of Free Acceptance in Christ: An Assessment of the Reformation and New Perspectives on Paul, by Cornelis P. Venema. This book has been written out of a conviction that Protestants need to reacquaint themselves with their rich doctrinal heritage and in particular with their understanding of the gospel—the good news of free acceptance with God on the basis of Christ’s redeeming work. Before abandoning the “older perspective” on Paul in favor of the so-called “new perspectives”, evangelical Christians need to understand exactly what it is they are being asked to abandon.

Letters of John Newton, with biographical sketches and notes by Josiah Bull. Newton was a sailor, former slave trader, preacher and hymn-writer who was one of the most colorful figures of the great Evangelical Revival of the 18th century. It was through his correspondence that Newton fulfilled his distinctive work as “the letter writer par excellence of the Evangelical Revival”.

Letters of Thomas Chalmers, edited by William Hanna and with introduction by Iain H. Murray. Chalmers (1780-1847) was a remarkable man—parish minister, popular preacher, social reformer, lecturer in moral philosophy, economics and theology, the first Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland. His great natural gifts, combined with his fervent determination to serve the Lord who had so signally saved him by divine grace, thrust him to the forefront of the evangelical movement that was to bring such transformation to Scotland.

Pulpit Crimes: The Criminal Mishandling of God’s Word, by James R. White (author of The Potter’s Freedom).

7 Things He’ll Never Tell You-But You Need to Know, by Dr. Kevin Leman. Want to know why your guy acts the way he does? The author says that if you know where to look, the clues are all there. And in this book, his aim is to teach you “manspeak”, with the goal of transforming your relationship.

Pleasing People: How Not to be an Approval Junkie, by Lou Priolo. From his years of counseling experience, the author developed a work that exposes many of the prideful manifestations of people-pleasing, while also walking the reader through the biblical process of repentance from the heart. Includes charts with wrong compared to right ways of thinking.

A Fight to the Death: Taking Aim at Sin Within, by Wayne A. Mack with Joshua Mack. As one reviewer said: “with the exegetical precision of John Owen and the practical animation of John Bunyan, the authors make one of the most neglected and misunderstood doctrines today—the mortification of sin—understandable and livable”.

The Great Gain of Godliness, by Thomas Watson (Puritan Paperbacks). C.H Spurgeon had a well-stocked library of 12,000 volumes, but he lamented over the fact that one rare book was not to be found amongst that valuable collection: Thomas Watson on Malachi 3:16-18. He stated that he feared he would never see this volume by Watson, whom he considered one of the “clearest and liveliest of Puritan authors”, for he had “tried to obtain it and tried in vain”. In this reset and lightly edited edition, you can now read the book that was on Spurgeon’s wish-list.

Temptation Resisted and Repulsed, by John Owen (Puritan Paperbacks), abridged and made easy to read by Richard Rushing. In this work originally published in 1658, the famous Puritan theologian opens up Matthew 26:41, explaining what temptation is and what is involved in entering into it. He then shows how Christ teaches two means of guarding against this danger, namely watching and praying.

The Life of John Murray, by Iain H. Murray. Professor John Murray (1898-1975) was recognized in his own lifetime as one of the leading Reformed theologians in the English-speaking world. In 1930, he left Princeton Theological Seminary to join the faculty of the newly-formed Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, where he shared with such scholars as J. Gresham Machen and Cornelius Van Til in the great struggle to maintain the old Princeton tradition of theology represented by the Hodges and B.B. Warfield, until he retired in 1966.

Preaching and Preachers, by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. A classic work on “the highest and the most glorious calling to which anyone can ever be called”.

THE RELATION OF TWO TESTAMENTS: The Messiah in the Old and New Testaments, edited by Stanley E. Porter (McMaster NT Studies); Hearing the Old Testament in the New, edited by Stanley E. Porter (McMaster NT Studies); The Uses of the Old Testament in the New, by Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.; Old Testament Quotations in the New Testament, by Gleason L. Archer and Gregory Chirichigno; and Jesus and the Old Testament: His Application of Old Testament Passages to Himself and His Mission, by R.T. France.

COMMENTARIES: Leviticus, by Nobuyoshi Kiuchi (Apollos OT Commentary); The First Book of Samuel, by David Toshio Tsumura (NICOT; a conservative, semi-technical commentary).

ADULT FICTION: Sunrise, by Karen Kingsbury (Baxter Family Drama-Sunrise Series #1); A Greater Glory, A Higher Justice, and A Certain Truth, by James Scott Bell (The Trials of Kit Shannon #1-3); A Veiled Reflection, Hidden in a Whisper, and A Shelter of Hope, by Tracie Peterson (Westward Chronicles #1-3); The Song Weaver, by B.J. Hoff (The Mountain Song Legacy #3); Deception, by Randy Alcorn; A Sister’s Secret, by Wanda E. Brunstetter (Sisters of Holmes County #1); Falconer’s Quest, by T. Davis Bunn and Isabella Bunn (Heirs of Acadia #5); and No Legal Grounds, by James Scott Bell.

CHILDRENS BOOKS: Fish’s Big Catch and Little Lamb’s Big Scare (The Beginner’s Bible); The New Testament and The Book of Genesis (The Illustrated Bible, with the complete Bible text of the Illustrated Children’s Bible translation, including chapter and verse numbers).


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