New Books – November 2005

New Books – November 2005

Above All Earthly Pow’rs: Christ in a Postmodern World, by David F. Wells.

This is the fourth and final volume of cultural analysis that began in 1993 with No Place for Truth; or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology? In this volume, Mark Noll says that Wells “envisions a duel between the plague of postmodernism (by which he means hyper-consumerism, functional nihilism and meandering egotism) and the power of the Christian gospel understood in the classic formulations of the Reformation.

Day By Day with Jonathan Edwards, compiled and edited by Randall J. Pederson. Ranked among the greatest thinkers in American history, Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) was first and foremost a compelling preacher and a concerned pastor. More than an excellent introduction to the thought of the renowned Puritan theologian and evangelist, this collection “provides a rare glimpse into a heart consumed by passion for God’s glory”.

Family Man: The Biography of Dr. James Dobson, by Dale Buss. Supporters laud his moral guidance, the New York Times identifies him as the nation’s most influential evangelical leader, and critics decry his social and political activism, but Dr. James Dobson is a “power-hitter in every area of modern culture”. Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Dale Buss examines the many facets of the man whose books and radio broadcasts have touched millions of marriages and families, and whose stances have influenced political elections.

Beyond Gates of Splendor, by Steve Saint (DVD and VHS). 50 years ago this January, five missionaries were speared to death in the jungles of Ecuador. In 1956, Jim Elliot, Pete Fleming, Ed McCully, Roger Youderian, and Nate Saint reached out to the Auca people, perhaps the most violent culture ever documented. This documentary, which is narrated by Nate Saint’s son Steve, tells their story and the remarkable aftermath of their deaths (rated PG-13 for violence and native-type nudity).

Jack’s Life: The Life Story of C.S. Lewis, by Douglas Gresham. This new biography was authored by the son of Joy Davidman, who became Lewis’ stepson when Lewis and Davidman married.

Humility: True Greatness, by C.J. Mahaney. A striking picture of the daily battle between pride and humility quietly raging within every Christian.

The Dominance of Evangelicalism: The Age of Spurgeon and Moody, by David W. Bebbington (A History of Evangelicalism Vol. 3). This book is the third volume of a projected 5-volume series charting the course of English-speaking evangelicalism over the past 300 years, and focuses on the landmark individuals, events, and organizations during a high-water mark of this vibrant Christian movement.

Bonhoeffer Speaks Today: Following Jesus At All Costs, by Mark Devine. Imprisoned and eventually executed for his opposition to Hitler’s regime, Bonhoeffer epitomizes authenticity, commitment, and sacrifice. Here are Bonhoeffer’s renewed insights about knowing and doing the will of God, freedom, suffering, hope, witness, and the community of Believers.

Ships of Mercy: The Remarkable Fleet Bringing Hope to the World’s Forgotten Poor, by Don Stephens with Lynda Rutledge Stephenson. Stephens is the founder and president of Mercy Ships, which is based on a simple idea. A floating hospital, staffed with a multinational team of high-level experts, docks in ports around the world and serves the neediest people with free state-of-the-art medical care. But turning the idea into reality was anything but simple.

Divine Confinement: Facing Seasons of Limitation, by Brenda A. Smith. Are you stuck? Confined by your circumstances? Is this a season of limitation for you? Author and former CBC member Brenda Smith says there is good news—a loving God has designed this season just for you. This is your Divine Confinement.

The Lamb and the Fuhrer: Jesus Talks with Hitler, by Ravi Zacharias (Great Conversations Series). An imaginary conversation between Jesus and Hitler that will take you inside the mind of one of the most brutal tyrants of all time, and the very God who made him. Later in the conversation, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German pastor Hitler ordered to be hanged, joins in and the heat intensifies.

Wicca’s Charm: Understanding the Spiritual Hunger Behind the Rise of Modern Witchcraft and Pagan Spirituality, by Catherine Edwards Sanders. The author interviewed numerous Pagans and witches to find common themes in one of the fastest growing spiritualities today, and to contrast them with her own Christian faith.

Do We Know Jesus? Daily Insights for the Mind and Soul, by Adolf Schlatter (translated by Adreas Kostenberger and Robert Yarbrough). Schlatter (1852-1938) was one of Europe’s most profound and productive biblical scholars. Though surprisingly unknown to Americans, his thought has been placed in the same category as that of Augustine, Calvin, and Luther. This is the first English translation of a classic examination of true daily discipleship from a master exegete and evangelical theologian.

Let’s Start With Jesus: A New Way of Doing Theology, by Dennis F. Kinlaw. Rather than beginning with philosophical arguments about God’s existence and logical constructions to determine God’s nature, what if we took Jesus as our starting point for doing theology? The author explores this question and views familiar theological categories through the primary lens of the person and work of Jesus.

Old Testament Turning Points: The Narratives That Shaped a Nation, by Victor H. Matthews. Focuses on the eight “turning points” in the overall plot of the Old Testament, such as Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the garden, God’s covenant with Abraham, etc. Helps us to keep the big picture in mind.

Who Was Adam? A Creation Model Approach to the Origin of Man, by Fazale Rana (biochemist) and Hugh Ross (astronomer). A new, scientifically testable model for human origins from an old-earth creationist point of view that is based on a belief in the historicity and reliability of the Genesis record.

The New Normal, by Jill Briscoe. Escaping from fear and living in faith in the midst of the world’s catastrophic events.

Talking with Catholic Friends and Family, by James G. McCarthy. Provides a glimpse into the way Catholics think about God, the Church, and the practice of their religion.

Love and Respect: The Love She Desires, The Respect He Desperately Needs, by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs (A Focus on the Family Book). A marriage book with a message which is both revolutionary and simple, based on over three decades of counseling.

Broken Minds: Hope For Healing When You Feel Like You’re “Losing It”, by Steve and Robyn Bloem. The authors believe mental illness is more subtle and much more prevalent than we imagine. This book takes Steve’s personal story of major depression and weaves it with Robyn’s insights and Steve’s professional knowledge

Experiencing the Cross, by Henry Blackaby. The author says that the further you go in actually experiencing the cross, the more you will deal radically with sin and embrace true and lasting union with Christ.

And the Place Was Shaken, by John Franklin. How to lead a powerful prayer meeting.

Book Lover’s Guide to Great Reading: A Guided Tour of Classic and Contemporary Literature, by Terry W. Glaspey.

2nd Peter and Jude, by John MacArthur (MacArthur NT Commentary).

Qi, by David Aikman (political intrigue in South China); What She Left For Me, by Tracie Peterson; Forgiven, by Karen Kingsbury (Firstborn #2); The Preacher’s Daughter, by Beverly Lewis (Annie’s People #1); The Unlikely Allies, by Gilbert Morris (House of Winslow #36); Last Night, by Terri Blackstock (Restoration Novel #1).


The Movie Storybook, adapted by Peggy Egan; Welcome to Narnia and Tea with Mr. Tumnus (I Can Read series), adapted by Jennifer Frantz; The Quest for Aslan, adapted by Jasmine Jones.


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The Super Short, Amazing Story of David and Goliath, by Scott and Chrysti Burroughs (ages 5+); Count Yourself to Sleep: A Song of God’s Love, by Lynn Hodges and Sue Buchanan (ages 6 and under); When God Tucks in the Day, by Allia Nolan (ages 3-6).

Lord of the Beans (Veggie Tales).

Along for the Ride, from Focus on the Family (Adventures in Odyssey #43).


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