New Books – October 2007

New Books – October 2007

For Us and For Our Salvation: The Doctrine of Christ in the Early Church, by Stephen J. Nichols. The intriguing development of the doctrine of Christ over the early centuries of the church. John MacArthur says that “in a world where the biblical depiction of Christ is often distorted or denied, this book serves as a tremendous defense of orthodox Christian belief”.

Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate, by Jerry Bridges. Have Christians become so preoccupied with the major sins of our society that we have lost sight of our need to deal with our own more subtle sins?

The Great Exchange: My Sin for His Righteousness, by Jerry Bridges and Bob Bevington (patterned after the classic work by George Smeaton, The Apostle’s Doctrine of the Atonement). This “great exchange” is not only the heart of biblical theology, but also the pivotal event of human history.

Praying the Psalms of Jesus, by James W. Sire. Seeing Christ in the Psalms, and seeing the Psalms in the life of Christ, as we look at the Psalms that Jesus referred to and fulfilled, and the Psalms that He would have meditated on during his time on earth.

The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ, by Lee Strobel. Today the traditional picture of Jesus is under intellectual onslaught from critical scholars, popular historians, TV documentaries, Hollywood movies, bestselling authors, Internet bloggers, and atheist think tanks. They are capturing the public’s imagination with a radical new portrait of Jesus that bears scant resemblance to the picture historically embraced by the church. In this book, Strobel investigates the issues and provides the evidence for you to evaluate yourself.

The 7 Hardest Things God Asks a Woman to Do, by Kathie Reimer and Lisa Whittle. The authors are a mother-daughter team.

Christianity’s Dangerous Idea: The Protestant Revolution—A History from the Sixteenth Century to the Twenty-First, by Alister McGrath. The radical idea that individuals could interpret the Bible for themselves sparked a revolution that is still being played out. McGrath presents a history of Protestantism and its variant forms from the Reformation through today.

Putting Jesus in His Place: The Case for the Deity of Christ, by Robert M. Bowman, Jr. and J. Ed Komoszewski. Today many who embrace the authority of Scripture are quick to argue that the deity of Jesus is found nowhere in its pages. This book demonstrates that the NT from beginning to end reveals Jesus’ divine identity, and that belief in Jesus as God was the conviction of His original Jewish followers and reflected in what Jesus himself said and did.

Soul Depths and Soul Heights: An Exposition of Psalm 130, by Octavius Winslow. Psalm 130 is perhaps the best known of all the Penitential Psalms, and Winslow (1808-1878) was a descendant of one of the Puritan fathers. Of these sermons on Psalm 130, Spurgeon said these “very sweet sermons upon the various verses of the psalm…will be read to edification by many believers”.

The Sermon on the Mount Through the Centuries, edited by Jeffrey P. Greenman, Timothy Larsen, and Stephen R. Spencer. How various interpreters have handled the Sermon on the Mount, from John Chrysostom and Augustine in the early church, to Charles Spurgeon, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and John Stott in more modern times. .

David: Man of Prayer, Man of War, by Walter J. Chantry. Perfectionists will not be comfortable with David. But those who stumble often, but who always turn to God with melted hearts for pardon and help, will find in him a brother for all situations. David shows us how to pray from every point of life’s compass.

Slandering Jesus: Six Lies People Tell About the Man Who Said He Was God, by Dr. Erwin Lutzer.

The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States, by Benjamin F. Morris. First published in 1864, this book has been out of print for over 100 years. Newly typeset with a readable font and added subheadings, it contains over 1,000 pages based on original source material to make the author’s case that America was founded as a Christian nation.

Caring for Mother: A Daughter’s Long Goodbye, by Virginia Stem Owens. A clear and realistic account of the many challenges of caring for an elderly loved one. Owens, a well-known author, describes the spiritual crises she encountered during the seven years spent with her mother’s dementia, including fear of her own suffering and death.

Understand My Muslim People, by Dr. Abraham Sarker. The author was born and raised a devout Muslim. While he was being trained as a Muslim leader, God miraculously opened his heart with the gospel of Jesus Christ. In this book, he shares his story, and provides a clear description of the history, beliefs, and practices of Islam. Dr. Sarker currently serves as an adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist University.

The Preacher and the Presidents: Billy Graham in the White House, by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy. For half a century, American presidents have turned to Billy Graham at key moments in their lives, from Eisenhower to George W. Bush. Reviewers have noted that Graham’s characteristic integrity and humility “shine through, even in the midst of his mistakes” while also pointing out the dangers when representatives of the kingdom “not of this world” become too close to representatives of an earthly kingdom.

3:16: The Numbers of Hope, by Max Lucado. If 9/11 are the numbers of terror and despair, then 3:16 are the numbers of hope. Lucado leads readers through a word by word study of John 3:16, the passage which has been called the “hope diamond” of scripture.

A Western Jesus: The Wayward Americanization of Christ and the Church, by Mike Minter. Is the Jesus of modern western civilization the same Jesus found in the Bible? Is what we understand him to be in the United States and Europe the same as what’s perceived in Africa or the underground church of China? This new book speaks to the western world’s tendency to read God’s Word through the rose-colored glasses of a society that knows little persecution, risk or sacrifice.

The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Tradition, by Paul Rhodes Eddy and Gregory A. Boyd. A clearly written, carefully researched, and powerfully argued defense of the historical reliability of the Synoptic Gospels and the portraits of Jesus they contain. Craig A. Evans says it is “the best book in its class”.

Jesus in Trinitarian Perspective, by Fred Sanders and Klaus Issler. The doctrine of the Trinity, as expressed in the classic creeds of the early church, was the necessary expresson of two nonnegotiable biblical affirmations—the OT declaration that “God is One” and the NT confession that “Jesus is Lord”.

Let Christ Be Magnified: Calvin’s Teaching for Today, by J.H. Merle d’Aubigne. According to the author, Calvin’s teaching centered on Christ—His Word, Person, Grace, and Life. Calvin once said that time exists to show Christ’s glory. Quoting the Reformer’s own words, d’Aubigne insists: “Let us give honor to persons who excel in the fear of God, but on condition that God remains above all—and that Christ triumphs”.

The Apocalypse of Ahmadinejad, by Mark Hitchcock. He stands only five foot four and smiles incessantly, but the Iranian president is considered by this author to be the world’s most dangerous man, as he plans to hasten the return of the Islamic messiah by ushering in his vision of the apocalypse.

When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box, by John Ortberg. When the game of life comes to end, what happens to all the pieces we have collected, such as houses, successful careers, 401K’s, or secure retirements? They all go back in the box. But this book is all about winning in the only game that really counts.

A Life Well Lived, by Charles R. Swindoll. A message from Micah showing the rewards of an obedient heart.

Sense and Nonsense About Heaven and Hell, and Sense and Nonsense About Angles and Demons, by Kenneth D. Boa and Robert M. Bowman, Jr. Cutting through the clutter to see what the Bible really says about these important topics.

Do I Know God? Finding Certainty in Life’s Most Important Relationship, by Tullian Tchividjian. Is it possible to actually have a relationship with the Creator of the universe, and to be certain of it? This book aims to make it clear that we can have such certainty and how that certainty is possible. Recommended by Ravi Zacharias, J.I. Packer, Os Guinness, Billy Graham, and others.

Always Reforming: Explorations in Systematic Theology, edited by A.T.B. McGowan. Between the extremes of abandoning received orthodoxy and progressing toward a rigid confessionalism is the ongoing need of the church to be continually subjecting its beliefs and practices to the renewed scrutiny of Holy Scripture. This book is a collection of essays with contributions by Henri Blocher, Cornelius Venema, Gerald Bray, and others.

Why 27?, by Brian H. Edwards. How can we be sure that we have the right books in the New Testament? Following the release of The DaVinci Code book and film, the age-old debate surrounding the authenticity of the books of the New Testament is raging yet again. So why are there just 27 books, and how were they chosen? Brian Edwards’ book sets forth a realistic affirmation of our present New Testament canon at a scholarly yet popular level that can serve as an evangelistic tool to give unbelievers.

The Truth Behind the New Atheism, by David Marshall. Responding to the emerging challenges to God and Christianity.

He Who Gives Life: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit, by Graham A. Cole (Foundations of Evangelical Theology). Issues of doctrine, understanding, and experience are drawn together as the author guides his readers in appropriate worship of the Triune God: Father, Son, and Spirit.

Raising Children God’s Way, by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. The contents of this book were originally published in 1973 in Life in the Spirit, volume 6 of the Ephesians series, but were determined to be valuable enough to be published separately.

COMMENTARIES: Acts, by Darrell L. Bock (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament).

ADULT FICTION: Gold Rush Prodigal, by Brock and Bodie Thoene (#3 of Saga of the Sierras); Just Beyond the Clouds, by Karen Kingsbury (sequal to A Thousand Tomorrows); Twilight and #1-3 in the Diamond of the Rockies series by Kristen Heitzmann.

CHILDREN’S BOOKS: Classic Bible Stories, by Rhona Davies and Tommaso d’Incalci; What Happens When I Talk to God? The Power of Prayer for Boys and Girls, by Stormie Omartian.


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