Complete New Book List
Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wrong, by Mary A. Kassian. Insights from Proverbs on the differences between a saucy, seductive Wild Thing and a smart, biblically savvy Wise Thing. Susan Hunt says this book is a “much needed message regarding the ethics of biblical womanhood”.
66 Love Letters: A Conversation with God that Invites You Into His Story, by Dr. Larry Crabb. A fresh, relational look at Scripture, book by book. Presented as a dialogue between one man and God, this book explores each book of the Bible as a letter from the Creator to you, with the scarlet thread of Christ Himself woven through the pages.
Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels, by Tullian Tchividjian. A re-telling of the familiar story of Jonah, which Jerry Bridges says “helps us see that there is something of Jonah in all of us, and that we stand in need of the same grace of God every day”.
Run to Win the Prize: Perseverance in the New Testament, by Thomas R. Schreiner. NT teaching about how God will not fail to save those He has elected and brought to saving faith, balanced by the necessity of persevering faith, love and good deeds.
The Search for God and Guinness: A Biography of the Beer That Changed the World, by Stephen Mansfield. In
The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith, by Peter Hitchens. The brother of prominent atheist Christopher Hitchens, chronicles his personal journey through disbelief into a committed Christian faith.
Where Sin Abounds: The Spread of Sin and the Curse in Genesis with Special Focus on the Patriarchal Narratives, by Robert B. Gonzales, Jr. Eugene Merrill says that many OT scholars “limit the discussion of sin and the Fall to the first three chapters of Genesis, with perhaps a nod to the Flood narrative”. However, Gonzales makes a strong case for “the ongoing permeation of sin and its after-effects into the human experience” which are documented in the patriarchal narratives that tell the rest of the Genesis story. Bruce Waltke says he eagerly anticipates “turning again and again” to this fresh and detailed comprehensive work which “the contemporary evangelical church, corrupted by the Marcionite heresy, needs desperately to hear”.
The Masculine Mandate: God’s Calling to Men, by Richard D. Phillips. What it means to be God’s man.
It Is Well: Expositions on Substitutionary Atonement, by Mark Dever and Michael Lawrence. Chapters include The Passover (Ex 12); Crushed for Our Iniquities (Isa 52-53); Ransom for Many (Mark 10:45); Becoming a Curse for Us (Gal 3:10-13); and 10 others.
An Alphabet of Promises: A Little Book of Big Promises. A winsome compilation of photos and biblical promises, designed and compiled by ex-CBCer Sally Rackets.
Kingdom Without Borders: The Untold Story of Global Christianity, by Miriam Adeney. The 21st century has opened up a rapidly changing map of global Christianity. In a richly illustrated journey around the globe, Adeney presents stories of the Gospel’s progress in different countries around the world, and beckons us to expand our vision.
Marks of the Messenger: Knowing, Living, and Speaking the Gospel, by J. Mack Stiles. The author says evangelism is not rooted in a method, but in something much deeper. It is found in what makes us whole and healthy messengers of God’s truth about Jesus. D.A. Carson says “I do not think I have ever read a book about evangelism that makes me more eager to pass it on than this one”.
Church Planting is for Wimps: How God Uses Messed-Up People to Plant Ordinary Churches That Do Extraordinary Things, by Mike McKinley. Thabiti Anyabwile says “Mike knows a lot about the ups and downs of church planting, and he writes about it with all the honesty and humor necessary for laboring in God’s grace”.
Ecclesiastes: Why Everything Matters, by Philip Graham Ryken (Preaching the Word). In this exposition, Ryken says the book of Ecclesiastes is about the meaninglessness of life without God. But because the writer never gives up his belief in God, his ultimate purpose is to show us how meaningful life can be when we see things from God’s perspective.
Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, by David Platt. A challenge to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. Then the author tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a “successful” suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus.
Global Awakening: How 20th Century Revivals Triggered a Christian Revolution, by Mark Shaw. The last century has seen the revolutionary remaking of Christianity into a global faith no longer dominated by the West. Mark Shaw’s provocative thesis is that far-flung revivals are at the heart of new and vital forms of devotion around the world. Mark Noll says this is “the most impressive study of worldwide Christian revival to have appeared in a very long time”.
Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church: A Guide for Ministry, by Michael Lawrence. Relates biblical theology to systematic theology, and then applies both to the ministry of the church. Michael Horton says that “for everyone who believes that theology needs the church and the church needs theology, this will be a welcome resource”.
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In the Days of the Kings, by Michael Wilcock. A narrative of the 450 years in which God’s people were not just a nation but also a monarchy. Places each king of
Preaching Christ from Genesis: Foundations for Expository Sermons, by Sidney Greidanus. Analyzes 23 Genesis narratives and discloses the message for
War, Peace, and Christianity: Questions and Answers from a Just-War Perspective, by J. Daryl Charles and Timothy J. Demy. Explains Just-War Theory, without giving license to violence, but attempts to morally and responsibly address the issue of the proper use of force.
Roman Numerals: The Second Art West Adventure, by Ben Witherington III and Ann Witherington. Ben Witherington, a prominent NT scholar at Asbury who also holds a degree in English literature, and his wife Ann, who is also a professor at Asbury, continue their turn to fiction in their second Art West novel. Here, archaeologist West seeks out the meaning of the mysterious symbolic number 666 while exploring sites in
OTHER ADULT FICTION: Indivisible, by Kristen Heitzmann; Here Burns My Candle, by Liz Curtis Higgs; Predator, by Terri Blackstock.
ADULT/FAMILY DVDs: Billy: The Early Years of Billy Graham, starring Academy Award winner Martin Landau, Lindsay Wagner, and country singer Josh Turner (a movie about Billy Graham’s early career).