New Books–November, 2014

New Books–November, 2014

The People, the Land, and the Future of Israel: Israel and the Jewish People in the Plan of God, edited by Darrell L. Bock and Mitch Glaser. A dispensational perspective on God’s plan for His chosen people

Good News for Weary Women: Escaping the Bondage of To-Do Lists, Steps, and Bad Advice, by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick.

A Lifelong Love, by Gary Thomas, author of the acclaimed Sacred Marriage. What if marriage is about more than just staying together?

David Wilkerson: The Cross, the Switchblade, and the Man Who Believed, by Gary Wilkerson with R.S.B. Sawyer. Wilkerson, a skinny preacher from rural Pennsylvania, took on the slum world of New York City in the 1950s and 1960s, leading many from the depths of addiction to the heights of salvation, and then for the next 50 years turned his sights to the rest of the nation. The story of his work among gang members was memorialized in the book, The Cross and the Switchblade. Wilkerson died in a car crash in Texas in 2011. Here is his story as told by his son Gary.

HISTORICAL NON-FICTION: In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeanette, by Hampton Sides. Wealthy newspaper publisher James Gordon Bennett was famous for sending reporter Stanley to Africa to find Dr. David Livingstone. In the 1870s, he decided to re-create that sensation by funding a U.S. voyage to the North Pole by a steamer, under the leadership of George Washington De Long. At the time, many thought that there was an open polar sea at the North Pole, fed by warm water currents, and it was hoped that this expedition would solve the mystery. Amidst a national fervor of “Arctic fever”, De Long left his young wife Emma and their young daughter, and departed with a 32-man crew in 1879. Only months into their voyage, the crew found themselves trapped in pack ice, unable to move for over a year and a half. Then the hull was breached and the ship sank, leaving the crew marooned on the ice cap nearly 1,000 miles north of Siberia with only 3 small open boats and bare supplies. Thus began their long fateful march across the frozen sea as they desperately sought to reach the Siberian coast, and this book recounts one of the greatest struggles for survival in history. Included are letters that Emma wrote De Long during the three year struggle, not knowing where he was or if he would ever read them. This is a wonderfully written, riveting account which you won’t be able to put down.

The Stories We Tell: How TV and Movies Long for and Echo the Truth, by Mike Cosper. In his Foreword, Tim Keller says that human beings may hold down the knowledge of God’s reality, but in order to suppress and hold it down, they have to possess it at some level. Therefore biblical truth can often be found right alongside the trivial or the false in the cultural products of the world. He says that Cosper’s book will help readers or viewers learn to put the gospel on like a pair of glasses in order to see more clearly the good, the bad, and the ugly in our culture today.

How Will the World End? And Other Questions About the Last Things and the Second Coming of Christ, by Jeramie Rinne. This is a short book (93 pgs) which can enable you to see the Second Coming from a different perspective; the author is amillennial.

Rose Guide to End-Times Prophecy, by Timothy Paul Jones. Lavishly illustrated, full color complete guide to prophecy, OT and NT, complete with side-bars, charts, etc. Includes discussions of different views of the end times, Second Coming, and the book of Revelation.

Four Views of the End Times, by Timothy Paul Jones. Fold-out pamphlet comparing different millennial views; available in the library.

God’s Design for Man and Woman: A Biblical-Theological Survey, by Andreas J. Kostenberger and Margaret E. Kostenberger. Traces Scripture’s overarching pattern throughout the OT and NT.

God Has Spoken: A History of Christian Theology, by Gerald Bray. The story behind the doctrines from the early church to the modern era.

Heaven, edited by Christopher W. Morgan and Robert A. Peterson (Theology in Community series). Articles examining such topics as heaven in the synoptic gospels, in the OT, in the Pauline letters, in the general epistles, and in John and Revelation

With the Clouds of Heaven: The Book of Daniel in Biblical Theology, by James M. Hamilton Jr. How Daniel contributes to the Bible’s redemptive-historical storyline, in particular how Revelation uses Daniel’s language, how the Spirit-inspired NT writers had an understanding of Daniel learned from Jesus, The author holds to a historical premillennial perspective, and a post-Tribulation rapture.

Jesus, the Temple and the Coming Son of Man: A Commentary on Mark 13, by Robert H. Stein. A study of the chapter known as the Markan apocalypse or Mark’s Olivet Discourse, in which Jesus talked about the destruction of the temple and the last days.

Westminster Systematics: Comments and Notes on the Westminster Confession, by Douglas Wilson. Wilson takes the theologically interested layman through the historic Confession of the English Reformation, analyzing topics such as the Trinity, the fall, God’s covenant with man, free will, justification and more.

Go a Little Further: W. Ian Thomas and the Torchbearers Story, by Joan Thomas. Part biography, part history, and full of stories about individuals and countries impacted by Ian Thomas and the Torchbearers ministry; Thomas died in 2007 and this book is written by his wife of 66 years who now resides in Estes Park, Colorado.

BOOKS ON ADOPTION BY THE LIVING GOD: Adopted Into God’s Family: Exploring a Pauline Metaphor, by Trevor J. Burke (New Studies in Biblical Theology), which the more scholarly of the two; and Adopted by God: From Wayward Sinners to Cherished Children, by Robert A. Peterson, which is the more pastoral of the two. Both books emphasize what a stunning doctrine this is.

COMMENTARIES: Mark, by Mark L. Strauss (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the NT); Revelation, by J. Scott Duvall (Teach the Text Commentary Series); lavishly illustrated with full color photos, charts and sidebars (the author is historic premill.

DVDs: Four Views of the End Times, by Timothy Paul Jones. A complete DVD-based curriculum comparing historical premill, amill, dispensational and postmill views. Six sessions of 15-20 minutes each with leaders guide; ideal for ministry group use to promote an understanding of the different approaches; The Great Debate: Predestination vs Free Will (4 theologians square off, including Thomas Schreiner and Bruce Ware on the predestination side).


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