New Books–November 2010

New Books–November 2010

Complete New Book List

November 2010

For the Fame of God’s Name: Essays in Honor of John Piper, edited by Sam Storms and Justin Taylor. This book was assembled and presented as a surprise gift to John Piper. As Mark Noll says, it contains essays “seriously engaging the Scriptures to which Piper is committed, earnestly expounding the classic Calvinistic doctrines into which Piper has breathed such life, and zealously promoting the glory of God to which Piper has devoted his ministry”.

What Good Is God? In Search of a Faith That Matters, by Philip Yancey. New book by best-selling author Yancey.

Dancing With Max: A Mother and Son Who Broke Free, by Emily Colson, with Prologue and Epilogue by Charles Colson. Emily is the daughter of Charles Colson, and she tells of her personal battles when, as a suddenly single mother, her son was diagnosed with autism.

Letters to a Young Calvinist: An Invitation to the Reformed Tradition, by James K.A. Smith.

Living in God’s Two Kingdoms: A Biblical Vision of Christianity and Culture, by David VanDrunen. Based on the Reformation’s two-kingdom’s theology.

Between a Rock and a

Grace Place

: Divine Surprises in the Tight Spots of Life, by Carol Kent.

40 Questions About Christians and Biblical Law, by Thomas R. Schreiner. Concise explanations of the most difficult passages and issues.

A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories That Stretch and Stir, by Collin Hansen and John Woodbridge. A timely reminder of the great moments in the history of our faith.

Spiritual Warfare and Missions: the Battle for God’s Glory among the Nations, by Jerry Rankin and Ed Stetzer. David Platt says “for too long we have settled into a peacetime mentality in the church, virtually ignoring the spiritual battle in the heavenlies that is raging for the souls of billions of people around the world”, while Mark Driscoll says, “anyone who wants to see the gospel advance in the culture through the church needs to know how Satan opposes that effort” and this book makes a great contribution to that understanding.

City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era, by Michael Gerson and Peter Wehner, with a foreword by Timothy Keller. Mark Noll says this book “pulls back from the heat of conflict to seek light from Scripture, Christian tradition, and a measured analysis of American political history”.

Majestie: The King Behind the King James Bible, by David Teems. King James of England in the 1600s spearheaded the most important literary undertaking in Western history—the translation of the Bible into beautiful, lyrical, and accessible English. This is a new look at the world’s most cherished and influential translation of Sacred Writ and the king behind it.

A Year with Aslan: Daily Reflections from The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis, edited by Julia L. Roller. Daily readings from Lewis’ classic work.

Republocrat: Confessions of a Liberal Conservative, by Carl R. Trueman. Sometimes our political choices are between lesser evils. This book is by an esteemed Reformed theologian, who laments the limited choices before us, and who warns us against absolutizing any political/economic worldview.

The One Year Book of Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament, by Nancy Guthrie. In daily readings, the author takes the reader from Genesis to Malachi, shining the light on how the OT points to Christ.

The Messianic Hope: Is the Hebrew Bible Really Messianic? by Michael Rydelnik (NAC Studies in Bible and Theology). Against those trendy scholars who would deny that Jesus fulfills OT prophecies, the author offers clear and compelling evidence of the Messianic prophecies in the OT.

The Message of the Prophets: A Survey of the Prophetic and Apocalyptic Books of the Old Testament, by J. Daniel Hays and Tremper Longman III, general editor. Presents the message of each prophet in its historical and biblical context, and then tracks that message though the NT. Includes numerous sidebars and hundreds of color photos.

Wrestling with an Angel: A Story of Love, Disability and the Lessons of Grace, by Greg Lucas. A father tells of grace in his life with his special-needs son. Justin Taylor said ”this is just the book many of us need to taste afresh the goodness of God and the grace of the Gospel even as we long for the day when this broken world will be made right”. Extras include comments by Matthew Henry on John 9:1-3 and two letters from John Newton on endurance in suffering.

Worship and the Reality of God: An Evangelical Theology of Real Presence, by John Jefferson Davis. The author says that missing from most contemporary worship is a theologically rich understanding of the presence of God in our midst during congregational worship, and of how we should respond to this incomparable Reality.

Almost Christian: What the Faith of our Teenagers is Telling the American Church, by Kenda Creasy Dean. Argues that the faith of the average American Christian teen is only a “pale, watered-down version of the robust faith it could be”. Drawing on extensive research and analysis, the author seeks to help turn the corner from the moralistic, therapeutic deism that afflicts our churches, to a hope-filled, consequential faith.

The Theology of B.B. Warfield: A Systematic Summary, by Fred G. Zaspel. Warfield, who lived from 1815-1921, known as the “lion of Princeton”, was one of America’s greatest theologians. To the disappointment of his admirers, he never produced a systematic theology. But Zaspel done the job for him, pulling together writings from Warfield’s prodigious output and arranging them systematically.

Jesus in His Own Words, by Robert H. Mounce. A conversational interpretation of the Gospels, which combines all four Gospels into a single narrative and allows Jesus himself to tell us the story.

Bum Phillips: Coach, Cowboy, Christian. Autobiography of the legendary coach of the Houston Oilers. Tells how a trip to prison catapulted this good ol’ boy into a faithful Christian.

The Death of Evolution: Restoring Faith and Wonder in a World of Doubt, by Jim Nelson Black, PhD. The author says that evolution as a theory is losing steam as a more rational and viable alternative gains ground. He says its death, while perhaps not imminent, is nevertheless inevitable.

Interpreting Gospel Narratives: Scenes, People, and Theology, by Timothy Wiarda. Improving our understanding and interpretation by paying greater attention to the narrative features in the Gospel texts. Pointers include character building, structure, reading for theology and core themes, and finding OT allusions.

Paul and Scripture: Studying the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, by Steve Moyise. Illuminates Paul’s handling of creation stories, Abraham, Moses, the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings, and then assesses competing contemporary approaches to Paul’s interpretations of Scripture.

Generation Ex-Christian: Why Young Adults Are Leaving the Faith…and How To Bring Them Back, by Drew Dyck. Drawing on personal interviews and the latest research, the author identifies six categories of “leavers” from the Christian faith.

Lukan Authorship of Hebrews, by David L. Allen (NAC Studies in Bible and Theology). A linguistic and theological analysis of the similarities between Luke-Acts and Hebrews, in support of the author’s contention that Luke was the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews.

The Grace of God, by Andy Stanley. A study of grace, the foundational pillar of our faith.

Surprised by Worship: Discovering the Presence of God Where You Least Expect It, by Travis Cottrell.

One New Man: The Cross and Racial Reconciliation in Pauline Theology, by Jarvis J. Williams, with foreword by Thomas R. Schreiner. A biblical worldview of race and race relations based on the biblical writings of Paul.

The Ten Commandments: Ethics for the Twenty First Century, by Mark F. Rooker (NAC Studies in Bible and Theology). Discusses each commandment and its meaning in the ancient context, how it reverberates throughout the OT, and how it surfaces again in the NT.

COMMENTARIES: The Gospel of John, by J. Ramsey Michaels (NICOT); Ephesians, by Frank Thielman (BECNT); Matthew, by Grant R. Osborne (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the NT); Revelation, by Gordon D. Fee (New Covenant Commentary Series).

ADULT/FAMILY DVDs: Don’t Waste Your Life Sentence: Voices from the Louisiana State Penitentiary, featuring John Piper (filmed in one the State Pen in Angola, one of the largest and historically most bloody maximum security prisons in the USA); A Man Called Peter (classic drama of the man who became the chaplain of the senate, and who was immortalized in his wife, Catherine’s, book by the same title); State of the Nation 2, with Ken Ham; The Reason for God: Conversations on Faith and Life, by Timothy Keller (based on the best-selling book); Mormonism: Christian or Cult? by Dr. Ron Carlson; Evolution vs Creation/Dinosaurs, Fossils, and the Age of the Earth, by Dr. Ron Carlson.

ADULT FICTION: Breach of Trust, Sworn to Protect, and Pursuit of Justice, by DiAnn Mills (Call of Duty #1-3); Too Close to Home, by Lynette Eason (Women of Justice #1); Doctor in Petticoats, by Mary Connealy (Sophie’s Daughters #1); Healer, by Linda Windsor (Bridges of Alba #1); The Lightkeeper’s Daughter, by Colleen Coble (A Mercy Falls #1); That Certain Spark, by Cathy Marie Hake; Montana Rose, The Husband Tree, and Wildflower Bride, by Mary Connealy (Montana Marriages #1-3); Unlocked, by Karen Kingsbury;

CHILDRENS DVDs: The Jesus Movie, from Thomas Nelson (the whole story of Jesus life, death and resurrection).

CHILDRENS BOOKS: Bible Birds and Beasties, by

Leena Lane

and T.S. Spookytooth; Dinosaurs for Kids, by Ken Ham; The Goat of Many Colors, by Cuyler Black.


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