New Books – May 2007

New Books – May 2007

The New Faces of Christianity: Believing the Bible in the Global South, by Philip Jenkins. As Christianity’s center of gravity moves southward, Africa may soon be home to the world’s largest Christian populations. Jenkins takes a close look at Christianity in the global South, and notes that it is first and foremost a biblical faith.

Four Portraits, One Jesus: An Introduction to Jesus and the Gospels, by Mark Strauss. A thorough yet accessible introduction to the Gospels and their subject, the life and person of Jesus. Like different artists rendering the same subject using different styles and points of view, the Gospels paint four highly distinctive portraits of the same remarkable Jesus. Strauss addresses their nature, origin, methods for study, and historical, religious, and cultural backgrounds.

The Jesus Way: A Conversation on the Ways That Jesus Is the Way, by Eugene H. Peterson. The sequel to Peterson’s best-selling Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places and Eat This Book. Scot McKnight says that “Peterson here explores the theme of ‘the way’, and we travel with him through Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and through Jesus we explore the journeys of central Old Testament figures who prepared us for the Jesus way.

Ancient Christian Devotional: A Year of Weekly Readings, edited by Cindy Crosby. Helping us to read holy writings with ancient eyes, the church fathers help us to drink deeply from the only water that can give us true life. This devotional includes excerpts from the writings of the church fathers as found in the acclaimed Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture series.

Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends, edited by Kevin Vanhoozer, et al. Our culture can have a profound influence on the way we understand our world and practice our faith. This innovative volume will help readers think theologically about our cultural environment and popular culture, and to respond faithfully as Christian disciples.

The Faith of Condoleezza Rice, by Leslie Montgomery. The biography of the 5’7’’African-American woman who currently serves as our Secretary of State, and who has been called the most influential woman in the world. The author says her impenetrable strength and unshakable temperament are a result of her three defining characteristics—a faith that runs deep in her heritage, a personal passion for God, and moral convictions that stem from both.

Church History: A Crash Course for the Curious, by Christopher Catherwood. The author, son-in-law of Martyn Lloyd-Jones, views the Christian story through the lenses of Protestant, Reformed, evangelical, baptistic, free-church spectacles.

Every Day Deserves a Chance: Wake Up to the Gift of 24 Hours, by Max Lucado. Giving each day a chance by choosing not to drink, worry, or work it away, but rather deciding to trust more, stress less, amplify gratitude and mute complaints. In such a fashion, good lives are built.

Taking Back the Good Book: How America Forgot the Bible and Why It Matters to You, by Woodrow Kroll. This book raises the alarm about the lack of biblical literacy in our homes and churches, and presents a battle plan for all who want to make the Bible central in their lives, their churches, and our nation.

Pages from Church History: A Guided Tour of Christian Classics, by Stephen J. Nichols. Traversing the line of great Christian writers from Augustine and Anselm through Bonhoeffer, the author introduces readers to major Christian classics and the people who wrote them.

Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics: Foundations and Principles of Evangelical Biblical Interpretation, by Graeme Goldsworthy. A study in how to read and interpret the Bible, and a sustained reflection on the priority and centrality of the good news concerning Jesus Christ as the distinct way that Scripture interprets Scripture.

Creation and the Courts: Eighty Years of Conflict in the Classroom and the Courtroom, by Norman Geisler. A compilation and commentary on the issue of evolution, public education, and the courts, and shows how much of the debate over this issue is a jurisprudential mess resulting from philosophically confused though well-meaning scientists and jurists.

Internet Protect Your Kids: Keep Your Children Safe from the Dark Side of Technology, by Stephen Arterburn and Roger Marsh. A plan for parents in the internet age, as the authors demystify the online world and help you become more web-savvy, while illuminating such phenomena as online bullying, gaming, predators, and MySpace.

Reasons for Faith: Philosophy in the Service of Theology, by K. Scott Oliphint. Interacting with many of the major questions raised in the areas of metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics, the author shows how theology in the Reformed tradition provides the only credible basis for resolving the problems.

Ruby Slippers: How the Soul of a Woman Brings Her Home, by Jonalyn Grace Fincher. There are hundreds of authoritative voices in the world telling women how to be “feminine”. But when Jonalyn started asking herself what it really meant to be feminine, she realized most of her ideas were stereotypical, flimsy, and flawed. Wasn’t femininity more than glass slippers, romances, modesty, and babies? In a search for the woman’s soul, she reviews the Scriptures and relives her own struggle to understand and value what makes women different.

Energy Zappers: Dealing with People Who Drain You Dry, by Shaun Blakeney and Wallace Henley. Practical advice on turning depleting relationships into positive ones.

When God Comes to Church: Experiencing the Fullness of His Presence, by Steve Gaines. The author asks if our worship services are designed to attract people, or to attract the manifest presence of God? He then explores what attracts God to our churches, since when God is present, He in turn will attract the people.

Portraits of Jesus in the Gospel of John, by Robert P. Lightner. In his Gospel, John presented Jesus as the Son of God by painting portraits, pictures, of him. In this volume, Lightner displays 29 of those portraits for us to look at and even study.

Grace to Stand Firm, Grace to Grow: Light from 1-2 Peter, by Carol J. Ruvolo. Martha Peace says this is “a welcome relief from the shallowness of many Christian books”, while Joni Eareckson Tada says these studies on 1-2 Peter “may read easy, but they run deep.”

Same Kind of Different as Me, by Ron Hall & Denver Moore. The true-life tale of a modern-day slave, an international art dealer, and the unlikely woman who bound them together in work at the Fort Worth Union Gospel Mission.

Flirting with Monasticism: Finding God on Ancient Paths, by Karen E. Sloan. The author left behind the sun and surf of Southern California to minister on a college campus in Connecticut, and has found in monastic spirituality an intersection of evangelical and Catholic ways of being the body of Christ on earth.

The Monastic Way: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living: A Book of Daily Readings, edited by Hannah Ward and Jennifer Wild. Since its beginnings in the deserts of Egypt and surrounding countries in the third century, monastic life has drawn men and women away from society to seek God in simplicity and purity. This collection has been culled from the writings of monks and nuns from a wide variety of Christian spiritual traditions, both Eastern and Western.

The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, by John MacArthur. In one volume, MacArthur unpacks every passage of the NT, phrase by phrase, with a focus on difficult passages and key texts.

The Voice of Matthew, by Lauren F. Winner. Lauren is the author of Girl Meets God, and has degrees from Columbia and Cambridge universities as well a doctorate in the history of American religion. With the help of scholars David Capes and Peter H. Davids, she brings new life to the Gospel written for Jews through her Orthodox Jewish upbringing and the vitality of her Christian faith.

All the Messianic Prophecies of the Bible, by Herbert Lockyer. An examination of all the prophecies in Scripture concerning the promised Messiah, his ministry, and his message. Divided in two sections, this book helps you understand not only “specific” Messianic prophecies, but “symbolic” ones as well.

COMMENTARIES: Romans, by Roger Mohrlang and Galatians, by Gerald L. Borchert (Cornerstone Biblical Commentary); The Book of First Corinthians: Christianity in a Hostile Culture, by Dan Mitchell; The Books of Philippians and Colossians: Joy and Completeness in Christ, by Robert Gromacki, and The Gospel of Mark: Christ the Servant, by James McGowan (Twenty-first Century Biblical Commentary Series).

ADULT FICTION: A Rush of Wings and its sequel The Still of Night, by Kristen Heitzmann; Waiting for Summer’s Return, by Kim Vogel Sawyer; Skin, by Ted Dekker; Sixth Covenant, by Bodie & Brock Thoene (A.D. Chronicles #6) ; Kingdom Come, by Tim LaHaye & Jerry Jenkins (finale to Left Behind Series); Angels of Flight and Angel of Mercy, by Tracie Peterson (Shannon Saga #2&3); Evidence of Mercy, Justifiable Means, Ulterior Motives, and Presumption of Guilt, by Terri Blackstock (Sun Coast Chronicles #1-4); True Devotion, True Valor, True Honor, and True Courage by Dee Henderson (Uncommon Heroes #1-4); Mission Compromised, The Jericho Sanction, and The Assassins, by Oliver North; Jimmy by Robert Whitlow.

ADULT AND FAMILY DVDs: Battling Unbelief: Defeating Sin with Superior Pleasure, by John Piper (Piper’s new book is also on DVD).

CHILDRENS DVDs: Hide ‘Em In Your Heart, (Vol. 1-2), by Steve Green.


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