New Books – October 2006

New Books – October 2006

Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?, by Philip Yancey, author of What’s So Amazing About Grace? Does prayer work? More personally, does it work the way we think it should? What can we really expect from prayer? Philip Yancey probes the very heartbeat—the most fundamental, challenging, perplexing, and deeply rewarding aspect—of our relationship with God.

A Conversation with Jonathan Edwards, by W. Gary Crampton. A clear and concise introduction to the thought of Jonathan Edwards in an enjoyable conversational format. By posing questions and crafting answers from selected quotations, Crampton provides an excellent resource for those looking for a brief and accessible guide on Edwards.

The Fruitful Life: The Overflow of God’s Love Through You, by Jerry Bridges. Explores the nine aspects of the “fruit of the Spirit” described in Galatians 5: 22-23: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Yet how can we put on the gentle garments of grace when we’re so busy battling our old behavior patterns?

Praying: Finding Our Way Through Duty to Delight, by J. I. Packer and Carolyn Nystrom. Praying is an action that is of the essence of Christian existence, which involves our beliefs, emotions, values, hopes and fears, certainties and uncertainties, knowledge and ignorance. The authors lead us through different moods of prayer, including brooding, praising, asking, complaining, and hanging on, and their aim is to guide us to let Him move our praying from mere duty to delight.

C.S. Lewis Remembered: Collected Reflections of Students, Friends, and Colleagues, edited by Harry Lee Poe and Rebecca Whitten Poe. Seventeen students, friends, and colleagues offer their personal memories of the great scholar, writer, and Christian apologist. This book celebrates the legacy that grew from his teaching as well as his writings, and demonstrates the profound and lasting influence Lewis had on the contributors’ lives and careers.

Rock-Solid Teacher, by Gregory C. Carlson. Jesus is the Master Teacher, and this book sets forth the teaching principles and methods that Jesus used in His earthly ministry, so that whether you teach adults or children in a classroom or home setting, you will find practical steps to help you communicate more effectively.

Epicenter: Why the Current Rumblings in the Middle East Will Change Your Future, by Joel C. Rosenberg. The eyes of the world are on the epicenter, as Iran’s president vows to wipe Israel off the map and says the end of the world is just two or three years away, and Russia signs a billion-dollar arms deal with Iran and helps Iran build nuclear facilities, and the president of the United States refuses to rule out preemptive nuclear strikes to stop Iran. The author says the politics of the Middle East can be murky and confusing, but one thing is certain: the eyes of the nations are riveted upon Israel and her neighbors, the epicenter of the momentous events shaping our world and future.

The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus’s Essential Teachings on Discipleship, by Dallas Willard. The last command Jesus gave the church before He ascended to heaven was the Great Commission, the call for Christians to “make disciples of all the nations”. But Christians have responded by making “Christians”, but not “disciples”. This, according to Willard, has been the church’s Great Omission. The author then boldly challenges the thought that we can be Christians without being disciples, or call ourselves Christians without applying this understanding of life in the Kingdom of God to every aspect of life on earth.

The Jesus of Suburbia, by Mike Erre. Have we tamed the Son of God to fit our lifestyle? The author challenges us to abandon our concocted Jesus and follow the authentic Christ, with all the danger and excitement that accompanies the real deal.

Telling God’s Story: The Biblical Narrative from Beginning to End, by Preben Vang and Terry Carter. Looks closely at the Bible from Genesis to Revelation and approaches scripture as one purposefully flowing narrative, emphasizing the interconnectedness of the text.

Christianity According to the Bible, by Ron Rhodes. Separating cultural religion from Biblical truth.

Art for God’s Sake: A Call to Recover the Arts, by Philip Graham Ryken. If all of life is to be viewed as “under the lordship of Christ”, can we rediscover what God’s plan is for the arts? Ryken brings into sharp focus a biblical view of the arts and the artists who make art for God’s sake.

Reclaiming Science from Darwinism, by Kenneth Pope. A clear understanding of creation, evolution, and intelligent design.

The Truth Behind Ghosts, Mediums, and Psychic Phenomena, by Ron Rhodes. Understanding what is really going on in today’s world of psychic phenomena and the supernatural.

Christian Beginnings and the Dead Sea Scrolls, edited by John J. Collins and Craig A. Evans. The Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered in 1948 in the caves at Qumran on the coast of the Dead Sea, have proven to be the most important modern discovery relating to biblical literature. This book contains a collection of essays which will brings many readers up to date on several key issues where the Dead Sea Scrolls are important for a better understanding of the New Testament.

COMMENTARIES: Exegetical Commentary on Matthew, by Spiros Zodhiates (transliterates the Greek words into English spellings and includes the Strong’s Concordance numbering for additional research).

ADULT FICTION: Found, by Karen Kingsbury (Firstborn #3); A Distant Music and The Wind Harp, by B.J. Hoff (The Mountain Song Legacy #1-2); Life Everlasting, by Robert Whitlow (Santee Series #2); The Widows Choice, by Gilbert Morris (House of Winslow 1941); A Merry Heart, by Wanda E. Brunstetter (Brides of Lancaster County #1); Eve’s Daughter and All She Ever Wanted, by Lynn Austin; The Scam, by James Byron Huggins; Sorcerer, by James Byron Huggins; The Sacrifice, by Robert Whitlow; The Witness, by Dee Henderson; Prelude, Cadence, and Jubilee, by B.J. Hoff (The American Anthem Series #1-3).

CHILDRENS DVD’S: Larry Boy and the Bad Apple (Veggie Tales); Thank You for Bananas, Bubbles and Busy Bodies (Boz-The Green Bear Next Door); Ruth, David and Goliath, Daniel, The King is Born, and The Good Samaritan (seven new titles in the Bible Animated Classics series from Nest Family Entertainment).

CHILDRENS BOOKS: Sidney & Norman: A Tale of Two Pigs, by Phil Vische.


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