New Books – June 2009

New Books – June 2009

Complete New Book List

June, 2009

Justification: God’s Plan and Paul’s Vision, by N.T. Wright. The author offers a comprehensive account and defense of his view on Justification by Faith. He also responds to his critics, such as John Piper, who have challenged what has come to be known as the New Perspective.

Heroes, by Iain H. Murray. Seven biographical sketches on people in church history whom Murray particularly admires, including the well known (Spurgeon, John Newton, Jonathan Edwards, and Whitefield) and the lesser known (Charles and Mary Colcock Jones, Thomas Charles, and Robert Kalley and William Hewitson).

Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches, by Russell D. Moore. The gospel of Jesus Christ means our families and churches ought to be at the forefront of the adoption of orphans close to home and around the world. Moore weaves in the story of the two Russian children he and his wife have adopted.

Fixing Abraham: How Taming Our Bible Heroes Blinds Us to the

Wild Ways

of God, by Chris Tiegreen. If actual biblical characters walked into our lives, we might not know how to handle them. Have we created a safe, tidy Christian culture?

Katherine Parr: A Guided Tour of the Life and Thought of a Reformation Queen, by Brandon G. Withrow. An examination of an important, but often forgotten, Protestant Reformer, who as Queen dared to push Henry VIII toward the Reformation, almost losing her head as a result. Also contains selections from her writings.

The Disappearance of God: Dangerous Beliefs in the New Spiritual Openness, by R. Albert Mohler, Jr. More faulty information about God swirls about us today than ever before, and Mohler says ”the entire structure of Christian truth is now under attack”. With wit and wisdom, he tackles the most important aspects of these modern issues.

Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries, by EverettFerguson. A comprehensive survey of the doctrine and practice of baptism in the first five centuries of Christian history, arranged geographically within chronological periods. Literary descriptions and material remains argue that full immersion was the normal practice, and the evidence from art is consistent with that interpretation.

Origins: A Reformed Look at Creation, Design, and Evolution, by Deborah B. Haarsma and Loren D. Haarsma. The authors are professors in the Physics and Astronomy Dept of Calvin College. They explain the science, separating what is well established and what is speculative, and take a Reformed view.

The Purpose of Man: Designed to Worship, by A.W. Tozer . Never before published.

Water of the Word: Intercession for Her, by Andres Case. A guidebook or springboard for husbands in praying for their wives

Money, Greed and God: Why Capitalism is the Solution and Not the Problem, by Jay W. Richards. Marvin Olasky says Richards “annihilates the economic myths taught as facts in schools” and the media.

Christian Guide to the Qur’an: Building Bridges in Muslim Evangelism, by Raouf Ghattas and Carol B. Ghattas. What every Christian should know about Islam’s sacred text.

Finding an Unseen God: Reflections of a Former Atheist, by Alicia Britt Cole. The author says that as a young atheist, she simply considered herself a realist who preferred unanswered questions over fairy tales. Then one day, without warning, her atheistic worldview was shattered.

The Unexpected Adventure: Taking Everyday Risks to Talk With People About Jesus, by Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg. A guide to everyday steps you can take to influence others for Christ. Includes 42 real-life stories to inspire your own spiritual adventure.

A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World, by Paul E. Miller. The difference that constant communication with Jesus makes in the everyday experiences of life. Even before it was published, NavPress had to go back for a second printing of this new book due to demand. Paul David Tripp says it is “as fine a book on prayer as you will ever read, but it is even more…it is the story of our struggle to live as if we really believed that our Heavenly Father really does love us”

Reclaiming Christianity: A Call to Authentic Faith, by A.W. Tozer. Never before published.

Dostoyevsky: Language, Faith and Fiction, by Rowan Williams. A study of the characters in the fiction of the great Russian novelist (1821-1881), who wrote Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov. He shows that understanding Dostoyevsky’s style and goals as a writer of fiction is inseparable from understanding his religious commitments.

Real Church: Does It Exist? Can I Find It? by Larry Crabb. The author says a gathering becomes a church when people meet for one supreme purpose, not to enjoy life, not to help others enjoy life, not to persuade others to find life in Jesus, but to become like Jesus in their motives, thoughts, and appetites—all for the pleasure of the Father.

Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God, by Bruce A. Ware. A theologically rich resource to aid parents in training their children on the classic doctrines of the church.

The Gospel As Taught by Calvin, by R.C. Reed. The author (1851-1925) wrote this book to help Christians come to a clearer understanding of and appreciation for the “gospel of the grace of God”, drawing on the legacy of John Calvin.

John Calvin: Pilgrim and Pastor, by W. Robert Godfrey. A tapestry drawn from Calvin’s life-story and his profound biblical theology. Michael Horton says the author places the Reformer in his context, and “does not hide his blemishes”.

The Undercover Revolution: How Fiction Changed Britain, by Iain H. Murray. Explores the big change in reading habits in late Victorian England when fiction reading soared as new authors such as Robert Lewis Stevenson, Thomas Hardy, H.G. Wells, and George Bernard Shaw came to the fore with an agenda for a “brave new world”, and became the opinion-makers for coming new generations, but with a detrimental impact on biblical Christianity.

You Are Gifted: Your Spiritual Gifts and the Kingdom of God, by Ken Hemphill. Using our gifts for the glory of God in the context of the church.

Tough-Minded Christianity: Honoring the Legacy of John Warwick Montgomery, edited by William Dembski and Thomas Schirrmacher. A collection of essays about the work of Montgomery (b. 1931), a living legend in the field of Christian apologetics, who earned eleven degrees in philosophy, theology, law and librarianship. Contributors include J.I. Packer, Erwin Lutzer, Paige Patterson, Michael Horton, Norman Geisler, et al.

The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith, by Mark A. Noll. In looking back to how America in the 19th century appropriated and transformed inherited European Christian traditions, Noll concludes that contemporary currents in the Global South resemble American Christianity at the turn of the century.

What Does the Lord Require? A Guide for Preaching and Teaching Biblical Ethics, by Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. Points us back to our biblical roots for moral guidance. Works primarily with one or two focal texts in relation to each ethical issue addressed.

The Greatest Words Ever Spoken: Everything Jesus Said About You, Your Life, and Everything Else, by Steven K. Scott. Over 1,900 statements of Jesus organized under more than 200 topics.

Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches From Growing: How Leaders Can Overcome Costly Mistakes, by Geoff Surratt. Common mistakes that keep churches from reaping the harvest God had prepared.

The Rabbit and the Elephant: Why Small Is the New Big for Today’s Church, by Tony and Felicity Dale and George Barna. Offers keys to 21st century evangelism, by leveraging the power of the small.

Creation, Fall, Restoration: A Biblical Theology of Creation, by Andrew S. Kulikovsky. The author brings a robust reading of the relevant texts to the debate among creationists, arguing that scripture itself points to a recent creation of the earth, but that its propositions are too quickly ignored by accepting too quickly and naively the authority of current mainstream scientific theories.

Who Saves, God or Me?, by Erroll Hulse. Unpacks the practical implications of the “doctrines of grace”, and shows how they impact our lives, our worship, our view of God, and our perspective on missions.

A Handful of Pebbles: Theological Liberalism and the Church, by Peter Barnes. Traces the origin and development of theological liberalism and shows its danger to the Christian church.

Why Johnny Can’t Preach: The Media Have Shaped the Messengers, by T. David Gordon. The author says that the dominant media have profoundly misshaped the sensibilities of the average American, and this has led to a profound decline in preaching. He gives a partial explanation for this, and a few suggestions for its remedy.

Heralds of the King: Christ-Centered Sermons in the Tradition of Edmund P. Clowney, edited by Dennis E. Johnson. Models of sound and compelling Christ-centered sermons from both Testaments.

Holy Available: What If Holiness is About More Than What We Don’t Do? by Gary Thomas. Argues that the contemporary church is in danger of accepting Christianity as a historical reality, but not as a present power. He further says that the grace that is strong enough to pardon is also strong enough to transform.

Does God Feel Your Pain? Finding Answers When Life Hurts, by H. Wayne House and William Grover.

Believing God: Twelve Biblical Promises Christians Struggle to Accept, by R. C. Sproul, Jr. Calls on believers to see the grandeur of the things God has promised to His beloved people, and helps us to see that in Christ Jesus all of God’s promise are “yes” and are meant to be believed and relied upon.

The Late Great United States: What Bible Prophecy Reveals About America’s Last Days, by Mark Hitchcock. The author says America may not be a key player during the end times.

PURITAN CLASSICS: Spiritual-Mindedness, by John Owen (Puritan Paperbacks), abridged and made easy to read by J.K. Law. This book began as a collection of meditations on Romans 8:6, which were written for the author’s own benefit during a time of illness. Alarmed by the subtle power the world exercises over the mind, Owens shows us how to really live by raising our thoughts above all earthly objects and setting them on “things above, where Christ is”.

COMMENTARIES: The Acts of the Apostles, by David G. Peterson (Pillar NT Commentary); Judges, by Trent Butler (Word Biblical Commentary); Joshua, by Trent C. Butler (World Biblical Commentary); Leviticus: Holy God, Holy People, by Kenneth A. Mathews (Preaching the Word); Joshua, by Robert L. Hubbard, Jr. (NIV Application Commentary).

BOOKS ON CD: Jane Austen CD Collection (three books in one: Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma); The Copper Scroll, by Joel C. Rosenberg; Dead Heat, by Joel C. Rosenberg.

ADULT FICTION: Higher Hope, by Robert Whitlow (Tides of Truth #2); BoneMan’s Daughters, by Ted Dekker; From a Distance and Beyond This Moment, by Tamera Alexander (Timber Ridge Reflections #1-2); Into the Deep and Cry in the Night, by Colleen Coble (Rock Harbor Mystery #3-4); When Love Blooms, by Robin Lee Hatcher.

YOUTH/CHILDRENS BOOKS: The King of Prussia and a Peanut Butter Sandwich, by Alice Fleming; After Darkness, Light: John Calvin, by Catherine Mackenzie (Trail Blazers).


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