New Books—November 2018

New Books—November 2018

                                                  Complete New Book List

                                                        November, 2018 

Suffering: Gospel Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense, by Paul David Tripp. The author says, “for all who have walked suffering’s rocky and twisting pathway, this book is for you”. Recommended by Joni Eareckson Tada and Ray Ortlund.

The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah and the Mystery of God’s Mercy, by Timothy Keller. An angry prophet; a feared and loathsome enemy; a devastating storm. And the surprising message of a merciful God to his people. Shows the clear and unmistakable connections between Jonah, the prodigal son, and Jesus.

Grounded in Heaven: Recentering Christian Hope and Life on God, by Michael Allen. Eschatology and ethics are joined at the hip. Allen counters the earthly-mindedness of much contemporary theology by reaching back to classical ethics as well as its reformation by Calvin and other Reformed theologians. Todd Billings says Allen goes against the recent evangelical trend of thinning down heaven to all-to-human proportions.

Ten Indictments Against the Modern Church, by Paul Washer. Examines 10 areas where the contemporary church has neglected clear biblical direction and needs to prayerfully seek reformation. Recommended by Steven Lawson.

All That’s Good: Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment, by Hannah Anderson. Invites you to embrace discernment as part of God’s work of redemption.

Romans, Second Edition, by Thomas R. Schreiner (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the NT). Tom Schreiner’s 1998 Romans commentary in this series has long been considered in the top two commentaries on the book of Romans. In this revised and expanded Second Edition, Schreiner has changed his views in several areas, which are helpfully listed in the Preface to the Second Edition. He has moved in a different direction in defining the Righteousness of God, on whether the Gentiles in 2:14-15 are Christians, and his interpretation of 5:12. His reading of 7:13-25 has also changed in some respects. The cover has also changed, as will all future editions of the BECNT series.

Seven Types of Atheism, by John Gray. Suppose a skeptic tried to deconvert you by discussing the problems with prosperity theology. You would respond that you don’t believe in that type of Christianity either. Atheists may face the same problem. In this new book, British intellectual and atheist John Gray discusses seven types of atheism and how they work. In his review of the book, Andrew Wilson says that Gray has done a great service both for atheists who want to be understood, and for Christians who want to understand.

The God Conversation: Using Stories and Illustrations to Explain Your Faith (Revised and Expanded), by J.P. Moreland and Tim Muehlhoff, with Foreword by Lee Strobel. For those of us longing to communicate our faith more effectively.

Love Came Down at Christmas: Daily Readings for Advent, by Sinclair B. Ferguson. It is not too early to start devotional reading in preparation for Christmas, and this brand-new one from Sinclair Ferguson would be a good one to consider.

Blame It On the Brain: Distinguishing Chemical Imbalances, Brain Disorders, and Disobedience, by Edward T. Welch. Research suggests that more and more behaviors are caused by brain function or dysfunction. But is it ever legitimate to blame misbehavior on the brain? Dr. Welch views brain problems through the lens of Scripture, and distinguishes genuine brain disorders from problems rooted in the heart. While focusing on a few common disorders, he lays out a series of practical steps adaptable to a wide range of conditions, habits, or addictions. Dr. Welch is a member of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation, along with David Powlinson and Paul David Tripp.

Long Story Short: The Bible in 12 Phrases, by Glen Scrivner. Structured around 12 phrases that come from the Bible. The writer uses them to explain the whole story, from Genesis to Revelation. Ideal for non-believers and new believers.

COMMENTARIES: 1-2 Samuel, by Paul S. Evans (Story of God Bible Commentary); Romans, by Frank Thielman (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament); The Letters to Timothy and Titus, by Robert W. Yarbrough (Pillar New Testament Commentary).

CHILDREN’S BOOKS: That Little Voice in Your Head: Learning About Conscience, by Andrew David Naselli, illustrated by Julie Carter. (Read-to-me, ages 4-5; or Read-to-myself, ages 6-10).

ADULT FICTION: Hidden Peril, by Irene Hannon (Code of Honor #2).