New Books, October 2013

New Books, October 2013

Complete New Book List

October, 2013

Jesus on Every Page: 10 Simple Ways to Seek and Find Jesus in the Old Testament, by David Murray. Shows how Christ is present throughout the OT and points out the important landmarks we need to notice.

Living by Revealed Truth: The Life and Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, by Tom Nettles. David Dockery says that “evidencing decades of serious engagement with this great Baptist preacher of the 19thcentury, Nettles has given us an immense and monumental portrait of almost every aspect of the life of ‘the prince of preachers.’”, the man whom Al Mohler refers to as “a mountain—a massive figure on the evangelical landscape”.

Creation and Fall; Temptation: Two Biblical Studies, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. An examination of the creation and fall accounts in Genesis 1-4, and of how temptation appeared in the midst of Eden’s innocence.

Acting the Miracles: God’s Work and Ours in the Mystery of Sanctification, edited by John Piper and David Mathis.

Gray Matters: Navigating the Space Between Legalism and Liberty, by Brett McCracken.

Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book About a (Really) Big Problem, by Kevin DeYoung. I’m too busy! You’ve all heard it. All too often, busyness gets the best of us.

Housewife Theologian: How the Gospel Interrupts the Ordinary, by Aimee Byrd. The author is determined to reclaim the term housewife away from cultural expectations, by taking back another term—theologian—and knowing God intimately.

Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness, by Barbara R. Duguid. Why do Christians, even mature Christian, still so often? Why doesn’t god set us free? The author turns to the writings of John Newton to teach us God’s purposes for our failure and guilt, and focus our attention away from our own performance to the God who is bigger than our failures.

One with Christ: An Evangelical Theology of Salvation, by Marcus Peter Johnson. From a Reformed perspective, Johnson reveals the true riches of our salvation by reintroducing us to the foundation of our redemption—our mysterious union with the living Christ.

To Live Is Christ: To Die Is Gain, by Matt Chandler with Jared C. Wilson. Dallas resident Chandler pastors the Village Church. Here the authors invite you to walk with them through the short book of Philippians.

The Beauty and Glory of the Father, edited by Joel R. Beeke. A thoroughly biblical portrait of the nature and works of our heavenly Father.

Art Briles: Looking Up: My Journey from Tragedy to Triumph, by Nick Eastman, with a foreword by Robert Griffin III. At the age of 20, Art Briles lost both parents and a foster grandmother in an auto accident as they drove to watch him play football in the Cotton Bowl. Today his coaching success at Baylor University has the whole sports world’s attention. This book is the story of his journey.

The Case for the Psalms: Why They are Essential, by N.T. Wright. Wright turns his attention to the central collection of prayers that Jesus and Paul knew best: the book of Psalms. He points out that the Psalms have served as the central prayer and hymnbook for the church since the beginning—until now, and he calls for a return to the Psalms as a vital component of healthy Christian living.

The Global Public Square: Religious Freedom and the Making of a World Safe for Diversity, by Os Guinness. In a world torn by religious conflict, Guinness argues for a global public square established by the championing of religious freedom for all.

Against the Gods: the Polemic Theology of the Old Testament, by John Currid. Did the OT writers borrow ideas from their pagan neighbors, and, if they did, was it done uncritically? Currid, a respected OT scholar and archaeologist, engages with this controversial question by comparing the biblical text to other ancient Near Eastern documents.

The Humiliation of the Word, by Jacques Ellul. Classic work (orig 1981) of how reality (which is visual) has superseded truth (which is verbal) in modern times. He examines the biblical emphasis on the word (both the divine Word and human words which witness to the divine truth), and examines the biblical critique of idolatry (which is visual).

The Grace of Godliness: An Introduction to Doctrine and Piety in the Canons of Dort, by Matthew Barrett. When the pastors and theologians who comprised the Synod of Dort met in 1618 and 1619 to respond to the rise of Arminian theology in Dutch churches, they drew up the Canons of Dort that rebutted Arminianism from Scripture, point by point, resulting in the five points that became known as “the five points of Calvinism”, or “the doctrines of grace”.

Christian Interpretations of Genesis 1, by Vern S. Poythress. A scholar of both science and theology, Poythress in this brief 32-page booklet examines which of the contemporary interpretations of Genesis are most consistent with scientific evidence and careful biblical interpretation. He presents the case for young-earth creationism, mature creation, the day-age theory, the analogical-day theory, and the framework hypothesis to see which of them stand up to scrutiny (Christian Answers to Hard Questions series).

MORE BOOKLETS IN THE CHRISTIAN ANSWERS TO HARD QUESTIONS SERIES: Creation, Evolution and Intelligent Design, by Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay W. Richards; The Morality of God in the Old Testament, by G.K. Beale; Should You Believe in God? by K. Scott Oliphint; Was Jesus Really Born of a Virgin, by Brandon D. Crowe; Christianity and the Role of Philosophy, by K. Scott Oliphint.

Wesley on the Christian Life: The Heart Renewed in Love, by Fred Sanders (Theologians on the Christian Life). A book on John Wesley that both Arminians and Calvinists would invite you to read. Wesley was a key figure in America’s Great Awakening, and was known for his reliance on the Spirit, passion for holiness, and zeal for the gospel.

The God Who Became Human: A Biblical Theology of Incarnation, by Graham A. Cole (New Studies in Biblical Theology). D.A. Carson says that “while considerable effort in biblical theology has been devoted to such messianic themes as the Davidic monarch, the priesthood, and the temple, relatively little has been devoted to incarnation” and he says that this volume should help to fill that need.

The God-Shaped Brain: How Changing Your View of God Transforms Your Life, by Timothy R. Jennings, M.D. The author is a psychiatrist who says that what you believe about God actually changes your brain. Brain research has found that our beliefs affect our physical, mental and spiritual health. Jennings combines the latest understanding of brain physiology with practical and compelling real-life stories, and shows the profound implications about the design of the human brain, how it can be damaged, and how it can be healed.

One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World, by Tullian Tchividjian. Tony Romo says “in the pressure cooker world of professional sports that I live in, where it is tempting to locate my value in how I perform, Tullian’s book comes as a relieving breath of fresh air”.

Is God Anti-Gay? And Other Questions About Homosexuality, the Bible and Same-Sex Attraction, by Sam Allberry.

MOVIES ON DVD: A Woman Called Golda, starring Ingrid Bergman, Leonard Nimov and Ned Beatty. A portrayal of one of the most formidable women in history: Golda Meir, Israel’s first prime minister. This 1982 movie won 3 Emmy awards, and a Golden Globe for Ingrid Bergman; Masada: The Complete Epic Mini-Series, starring Peter O’Toole and Peter Strauss. In first century AD Palestine, Flavius Silva led his forces against the remaining Jewish Zealots who had taken refuge in the seemingly impregnable fortress of Masada. This 1981 mini-series received 13 Emmy nominations.

ADULT FICTION: For Every Season, by Cindy Woodsmall(Amish Vines & Orchards #3).


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