New Books–June 2012

New Books–June 2012

Complete New Book List

June, 2012

Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books, by Michael J. Kruger.

F.F. Bruce: A Life, by Tim Grass. This is the first-ever full-length biography of Frederick Fyvie Bruce (1910–1990), one of the most influential British biblical scholars of the twentieth century. Over his lifetime F. F. Bruce authored some fifty books and nearly two thousand articles and reviews, and was known for his life-long involvement in the Brethren movement.

Hitler, God and the Bible, by Ray Comfort. Exposes Hitler’s theology and abuse of religion as a means to seize power and ultimately instigate WWII and genocide.

Sacred Unions, Sacred Passions: Exploring the Mystery of Friendship Between Men and Women, by Dan Brennan. Encourages Christians to reach beyond the fear of sexuality and engage cross-gender friendships in their lives that can ignite their spiritual growth.

The Gospel According to Isaiah 53: Encountering the Suffering Servant in Jewish and Christian Theology, edited by Darrell L. Bock and Mitch Glazer. Explores the rich texture and consequential history of Isaiah 53, answering such questions as: What is the Christian interpretation of Isa 53? What is the Jewish interpretation of Isa 53? How did the NT writers understand Isa 53? How should forgiveness and salvation be understood in Isaiah 53?

The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon, by Steven J. Lawson (Long Line of Godly Men). Spurgeon is remembered as the prince of preachers, but his ministry was not mere style. He firmly held the sovereign grace of God in one hand and the free offer of the gospel in the other.

Prayers for People Under Pressure, by Jonathan Aitken. J.I. Packer praises this book as a collection of prayers and reflections “for those in the thick of things”, and says it is an anthology that he will “treasure and use”.

A Shot of Faith to the Head: Be a Confident Believer in an Age of Cranky Atheists, by Mitch Stokes, PhD. Atheists insist that faith is naïve. But what if the atheists are the irrational ones? Can their beliefs withstand the rigorous examination that they demand from others? Stokes dismantles the claims of skeptics and atheists, while constructing a simple yet solid case for Christian belief. Builds on the approach of Alvin Plantinga of Notre Dame, who Time Magazine has called “America’s leading orthodox philosopher of God”

Inerrancy and Worldview: Answering Modern Challenges to the Bible, by Vern Sheridan Poythress. The author offers the first worldview-based defense of inerrancy, showing how worldview differences create or aggravate most perceived difficulties with the Bible.

The Jesus Scandals: Why He Shocked His Contemporaries (and Still Shocks Today), by David Instone-Brewer.The author is a Senior Research Fellow at Tyndale House, Cambridge, a Baptist minister, and a Biblical scholar, whose lively style and the parallels he draws with our own society will bring new color to the Gospels.

The Roots of the Reformation: Tradition, Emergence, and Rupture, by G.R. Evans. Timothy George calls this a “superb book placing the story of the Reformation in the wider context of Christian history”.

The Real Kosher Jesus, by Michael L. Brown, PhD. Revealing the mysteries of the hidden Messiah. Darrell Bock said this book explains with clarity how Jesus as a Jew made sense-biblically, historically, and theologically.

Did God Really Say? Affirming the Truthfulness and Trustworthiness of Scripture, edited by David B. Garner. Seven scholars from Reformed seminaries confront and refute assaults on Scripture from within and without.

Subversive Kingdom: Living as Agents of Gospel Transformation, by Ed Stetzer.

Understanding Scripture: An Overview of the Bible’s Origin, Reliability and Meaning, edited by Wayne Grudem, C. John Collins, and Thomas Schreiner.

Understanding the Big Picture of the Bible: A Guide to Reading the Bible Well, edited by Wayne Grudem, C. John Collins, and Thomas R. Schreiner.

Biblical Hermeneutics: Five Views, edted by Stanley E. Porter and Beth Stovall. The views presented are the Historical-Critical /Grammatical (Craig Blomberg); Redemptive-Historical (Richard Gaffin, Jr); Literary Postmodern; Canonical; and Philosophical/Theological.

Royal Company: A Devotional on the Song of Solomon, by Malcolm Maclean. The Song of Solomon provides beautiful cameos of the intimate relationship between the King and his lover, and reminding us of God’s love toward his chosen people. The songs point to Christ (Bridegroom), and his love for His own ransomed and redeemed people (Bride).

Loving Well: (even if you haven’t been), by William P. Smith. The author wants us to know that we can love because we have been loved and are being loved, not by our friends and family, but by our ever-present and ever-loving Redeemer. God’s transforming love can enable us to break the bad habits that hinder our loving others.

The Fire of the Word: Meeting God on Holy Ground, by Charles Webb. What would happen if we approached the Bible with the perspective that “God inhabits this book”?

Did Jesus Exist” The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth, by Bart D. Ehrman. Large numbers of atheists, humanists, and conspiracy theorists are raising the question as to whether Jesus existed at all. Ehrman is a Bible scholar, but not a Christian. However, he believes the case of the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth is overwhelming and here sets forth the case. READ WITH DISCERNMENT.

The Ring of Truth: A Translator’s Testimony, by J.B. Phillips. Classic defense of the veracity of the New Testament scriptures first published in 1967. Phillips published his own well-regarded translation of the NT, and stated that “it is my serious conclusion that we have here in the New Testament, words that bear the hallmark of reality and the ring of truth”.

Peter Fleming: A Man of Faith, by Ken Fleming. Peter Fleming was one of the five missionaries including Jim Elliot, who were killed by the Auca Indians in Ecuador in 1956. This is a collection of his diaries and personal letters, assembled by his bother Ken who teaches at Emmaus.

COMMENTARIES: The Epistle to the Hebrews, by Gareth Lee Cockerill (NICNT); Deuteronomy: Loving Obedience to a Loving God, by Ajith Fernando (Preaching the Word).

ADULT/FAMILY DVDs: C.H. Spurgeon: The People’s Preacher, from Vision Video (powerful docu-drama brings to life one of the greatest preachers in the history of the church).

ADULT FICTION: Dangerous Mercy, by Kathy Herman (Secrets of RouxRiver Bayou #2).

CHILDREN’S BOOKS: Far Flutterby, by Karen Kingsbury; Jonah’s Whale, by Eileen Spinelli.


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