New Books–March-April 2022

New Books–March-April 2022

CBC Library

Complete New Book List

March-April 2022


Recovering the Lost Art of Reading: A Quest for the True, the Good, and the Beautiful, by Leland Ryken and Glenda Fay Mathes. With smartphones offering us endless information with the tap of a finger, reading has become a lost art and is in desperate need of recovery. This book explores the importance of reading in general as well as studying the Bible as literature.  

Rembrandt Is in the Wind: Learning to Love Art Through the Eyes of Faith, by Russ Ramsey. Walks us through a museum of artists and artworks, showing how each of them illuminates something about God, humanity, and the meaning of life. The book is part art history, part biblical study, part philosophy, and part analysis of the human experience.

William Wilberforce: His Unpublished Spiritual Journals, edited by Michael D. McMullen. Wilberforce was a leader of the campaign to end slavery in Britain in the 18th century. He was a strong evangelical Christian, and he drew the resources for his long battle for social righteousness and justice from a spiritual matrix. These previously unpublished journals open a window on his inner spiritual life.

The Christ Key: Unlocking the Centrality of Christ in the Old Testament, by Chad Bird. Every chapter in the OT, in a variety of ways, tells the story that culminates in Jesus the Messiah.

A Gentle Answer: Our Secret Weapon in an Age of Us Against Them, by Scott Sauls. In a defensive and divided era, how can followers of Jesus reveal a better way of living, and be the kind of people who, as Proverbs put it, “turn away wrath”? The author provides a transformative path for countercultural gentleness in our perpetually angry, outraged time.

Worthy: Celebrating the Value of Women, by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Eric Schumacher. Argues that the Bible asserts and celebrates the value of women from Genesis to Revelation.

The Old Testament in Revelation, by Michael S. Heiser. The right context for interpreting Revelation isn’t the newspaper, as Revelation frequently makes use of the Old Testament, often through allusions rather than direct quotations. In addition John sometimes combines their meaning. The goal of this book is to provide readers with a solid Scripture based grasp of this enigmatic NT book.

Surprised by Jesus: Subversive Grace in the Four Gospels, by Dane Ortlund. The open welcome of divine grace that Jesus offers, open to anyone who would simply leave their moral resume at home, is not predictable or safe—it is subversive. Ortlund reflects on the subversive grace as it emerges in each of the four Gospel accounts.

Suffering Wisely and Well: The Grief of Job and the Grace of God, by Eric Ortlund. Focusing mainly on the mysterious suffering of Job, Ortlund identifies different categories of pain that God allows for specific spiritual purposes and explains how God wants believers to respond.

When Strivings Cease: Replacing the Gospel of Self-Improvement with the Gospel of Life-Transforming Grace, by Ruth Chou Simons. Discover the true meaning of grace as you stop striving to be “enough” and start resting in the welcome Jesus has secured for you.

The Loveliest Place: The Beauty and Glory of the Church, by Dustin Benge. The world will never have the right perspective until the church itself sees its beauty.

Knowing Sin: Seeing a Neglected Doctrine Through the Eyes of the Puritans, by Mark Jones. The first rule of combat is to know your enemy. When it comes to sin, it is vital to know what you are up against. Mark Jones collects the insights of the Puritans about sin into one relevant volume.

21 Days to Childlike Prayer, by Jed Coppenger. Changing your world one specific prayer at a time.

Simply Trinity: The Unmanipulated Father, Son, and Spirit, by Matthew Barrett. Thomas Kidd says Barrett “demonstrates how much is at stake in the trinitarian debates that have recently roiled the evangelical community”. This book mines the Scriptures as well as the creeds and confessions to help us rediscover the beauty, simplicity and majesty of our triune God.

Man of Sorrows, King of Glory: What the Humiliation and Exaltation of Jesus Mean for Us, by Jonty Rhodes. Gavin Ortlund says this book is theologically rich while being both accessible and devotional.

Recovering Our Sanity: How the Fear of God Conquers the Fears That Divide Us, by Michael Horton. Mines the riches of Scripture and theology to argue that a proper fear of God is what will enable us to resist the pull of our fear-driven culture.

COMMENTARIES: Joshua, by David G. Firth (Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary).