New Books – March 2007

New Books – March 2007

Battling Unbelief: Defeating Sin with Superior Pleasure, by John Piper. Only the power of God’s superior promises in the gospel can emancipate our hearts from servitude to the shallow promises and fleeting pleasures of sin.

Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce, by John Piper. Against great obstacles Wilberforce (1759-1833), an evangelical Christian and a member of Britain’s parliament, fought for the abolition of the African slave trade and against slavery itself until they were both illegal in the British empire. Piper tells the story of how this man was transformed from an unbelieving, young politician into a radically God-centered Christian and how his deep spirituality helped to change the moral outlook of a nation.

Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, by Eric Metaxas. A new biography issued as a companion to the new feature length film which debuted on February 23.

Real Christianity, by William Wilberforce, revised and updated by Bob Beltz. Wilberforce believed that slavery was wrong, and in 1797 he published his classic book to describe for people an authentic expression of the Christian faith, contrasting that with the cultural Christianity that was rampant in his day as in ours.

Barth for Armchair Theologians, by John R. Franke. An introduction to the life and thought of Karl Barth (1886-1968), one of the most important theologians since the Reformation era. A decisive point was reached by Swiss theologian Barth when he came to the conviction that the Bible was not primarily about history, religion, morality and the like, but rather about God. God is the content of the Bible. Breaking with liberalism, his discovery of the strange new world—the world of God—in the Bible, led him on a passionate quest to rethink and reconstruct his Christian theology, beginning in 1916 when he turned his attention to an intensive study of the Epistle to the Romans. And the results shook the theological world.

Interlinear for the Rest of Us: The Reverse Interlinear for New Testament Word Studies, by William D. Mounce. Most interlinear Bibles are superb resources for Greek students. But what about the rest of us who don’t know Greek? Here is the answer. While other interlinear Bibles assume that you know Greek, The Reverse Interlinear assumes that you don’t, or that you have forgotten much of what you once knew, by flip-flopping the usual order of appearance. It uses the English text as the main text rather than the Greek, so there is no confusion about what you are reading. Discover the Greek words behind the English translation, and conduct your own word studies—without knowing Greek.

Who Was Jesus? A Jewish-Christian Dialogue, edited by Paul Copan and Craig A. Evans. Part One of the book features a dialogue between Christian theologian William Lane Craig and Jewish NT scholar Peter Zaas. Part Two offers reflections on that dialogue by various Christian and Jewish scholars.

How Do You Know You’re Not Wrong? Responding to Objections That Leave Christians Speechless, by Paul Copan. A collection of objections regarding reality, worldviews, and Christianity which are each addressed from a biblical viewpoint.

The Sermon on the Mount: The Character of a Disciple, by Daniel M. Doriani. Among Jesus’ teachings, the Sermon on the Mount is perhaps the most beloved, the best known, the least understood, and the hardest to obey. Doriani’s exposition invites us to see the world as Jesus does—with all the beauty of the earth, the majesty of the law, and the need of grace that the Savior shows his people.

Flawed Families of the Bible: How God’s Grace Works Through Imperfect Relationships, by David E. Garland and Diana R. Garland. A look at some of the more interesting biblical families, with an eye to exposing their flawed humanity, which makes God’s grace shine all the more.

Science and Evidence for Design in the Universe, by Michael J. Behe, William A. Dembski, and Stephen C. Meyer. Behe (author of Darwin’s Black Box), Dembski (author of numerous books on intelligent design), and Meyer are at the forefront of the intelligent design movement.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design, by Jonathan Wells, PhD. The author is a microbiologist and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute, and holds two PhD degrees, one in Biology from Berkeley and another in theology from Yale.

Evangelical Feminism: A New Path to Liberalism, by Wayne Grudem. The author believes the fundamental issue of biblical authority is at stake in the debate between complementarianism and egalitarianism.

Understanding Four Views on Baptism, by Thomas J. Nettles, Richard L. Pratt, Jr., Robert Kolb and John D. Castelein. The four views presented are those of baptism of the professing regenerate by immersion (Baptist), Believer’s baptism on the occasion of regeneration by immersion (Christian Churches/Churches of Christ), infant baptism by sprinkling as a regenerative act (Lutheran), and infant baptism of children of the covenant (Reformed).

Believer’s Baptism: Sign of the New Covenant in Christ, edited by Thomas R. Schreiner and Shawn D. Wright (NAC Studies in Bible & Theology). Bruce Ware says “this is now unquestionably the best volume on a theology of baptism and the best defense of believer’s baptism available”.

Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging Churches, edited by Robert Webber. In the face of today’s cultural sea change, the phenomenon of the emerging church has appeared, but controversy has swirled around it. Five of the movement’s prominent leaders discuss their beliefs in their own words—focusing on what they believe about Scripture, the atonement, the exclusiveness of Christ, and other central doctrines of Christianity.

They Like Jesus But Not the Church: Insights from Emerging Generations, by Dan Kimball. The author is a pastor in the emerging church movement, who writes about those in the current generation who are “spiritual, but not religious”, or who find Jesus compelling but who are turned off by organized religion.

Countering the Claims of Evangelical Feminism: Biblical Responses to the Key Questions, by Wayne Grudem. This is a condensation of Grudem’s 856-page comprehensive study, Evangelical Feminism and Biblical Truth, which was published in 2004. Here Grudem offers more than 40 biblical responses to the most crucial questions on this topic.

Zondervan Handbook to the History of Christianity, by Jonathan Hill. Comprehensive coverage of the history of Christianity by expert contributors, with 200 full-color photos and illustrations, 42 feature articles on relevant and fascinating topics, and numerous maps, charts, and timelines.

The AIDS Crisis: What We Can Do, by Deborah Dortzbach and W. Meredith Long. The authors’ insights flow from decades of compassionate engagement with real people affected by or infected with HIV/AIDS. Dortzbach is World Relief’s international director for HIV/AIDS programs, while Long has worked with churches to combat HIV/AIDS in Africa since the early 1990s.

Why Do I Always Feel Guilty? by Mary Whelchel. Breaking free from the condemnation of guilt.

The Fallacy Detective, by Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn. A fallacy is an error in logic—a place where someone has made a mistake in his thinking. This book, written for ages 13 thru adult, has 36 lessons on how to recognize bad reasoning.

Raising a Modern-Day Knight: A Father’s Role in Guiding His Son to Authentic Manhood, by Robert Lewis (updated and expanded). What does it take to be a man, and how do you as a father instill that reality in your son? Lewis says the medieval custom of knighthood offers a unique approach to shaping a boy into a strong, godly man.

A Commentary on Micah, by Bruce K. Waltke. J.I. Packer says this volume offers “full and thorough exegesis, leading to meticulous canonical exposition of God’s ongoing ways in judgment and mercy as he calls his people to radical repentance and robust hope”.

Did God Write the Bible?, by Dan Hayden. Can we take the Bible’s claim to divine authority seriously? Why would God write a book anyway? The author addresses these and other questions often posed by critics. Hayden is the director of biblical research and education at Sola Scriptura, a teaching ministry associated with The Scriptorium, Center for Biblical Antiquities.

Chosen for Life: The Case for Divine Election (Revised and Expanded), by Sam Storms. Does God elect people because they believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, or does God elect people in order that they will believe in Christ?

JOHN PIPER CDs AND DVDs: Brothers…Feel. Think. Preach. God (DVD); God Is the Gospel (3 CDs; 2006 Regional Conference); The Greatest Thing in the World: A Summary of Romans 1-7 (1 CD); Contending for Our All: The Life and Ministry of Athanasius (2 CDs).

ADULT AND FAMILY DVD’S: Facing the Giants ( a family friendly movie about faith and sports); Love’s Abiding Joy, Janette Oke ( a film directed by Michael Landon, Jr.; the fourth installment of Janette Oke’s beloved Love Comes Softly series); The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God, by Lee Strobel.

ADULT FICTION: Land of My Heart and nine other titles by Tracie Peterson (Heirs of Montana,#1-4, Bells of Lowell #2-3, and Shenandoah Sisters #1-4 ); Forever, by Karen Kingsbury (Firstborn #5).


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