New Books–October 2015

New Books–October 2015

Complete New Book List

October, 2015

Seven Women: And the Secret of Their Greatness, by Eric Metaxas, NY Times best-selling author of Bonhoeffer and Seven Men. A refreshing look at womanhood which focuses on the lives of Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, Saint Maria of Paris, Corrie ten Boom, Rosa Parks, and Mother Teresa.

Far Above Rubies: The Life of Bethan Lloyd-Jones, by Lynette G. Clark. New biography of the wife of Martyn Lloyd-Jones, whose life has often been hidden in a part of the gallery of influential women known only to her family and certain close friends.

Fighting Satan: Knowing His Weaknesses, Strategies, and Defeat, by Joel R. Beeke. Beeke is president of Puritan Reformed Seminary, and a noted authority on the theology of the Puritans. This book anchors in the bedrock of a notable exposition of the Christian life as a pilgrim traveler embattled in a war with Satan at his heels, in the same line as the classic works by Bunyan, Gurnall, and Thomas Brooks.

Faith Alone: The Doctrine of Justification: What the Reformers Taught and Why It Still Matters, by Thomas Schreiner, foreword by John Piper (The Five Solas Series). At the heart of the Protestant Reformation were the five declarations (“solas”) that distinguished the movement from other expressions of the Christian faith. This book is the first of a series dealing with each of the solas, and deals with the history of the doctrine, looking at the early church and the writings of the Reformers, and key biblical texts. Particular attention is paid to the new perspective on Paul.

The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World, by Melissa B, Kruger. A gaze into the mirror reflecting the covetous heart.

Follow the Lamb: A Pastoral Approach to The Revelation, by Douglas D. Webster. We come to the book of Revelation expecting to learn the ABCs of the end times, but John gives us the fullness and fury of his Spirit inspired praying imagination. Meaning is found not in cleverly devised interpretations, but in God’s redemptive story. The apostle’s purpose was to strengthen the people of God against cultural assimilation and spiritual idolatry, not to encourage end times speculation.

The Presence of God: Its Place in the Storyline of Scripture and the Story of Our Lives, by J. Ryan Lister. Exploring both OT and NT, the author seeks to recover the centrality of the presence of God in the whole storyline of Scripture, a theme too often neglected and therefore misunderstood.

A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918, by Joseph Loconte. The untold story of how the First World War shaped the lives, faith and writing of Tolkien and Lewis.

Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom, by Ryan T. Anderson. Five unelected justices have now redefined marriage in America, tarring as bigotry the understanding of marriage that has prevailed throughout human history.

The Son of God and the New Creation, by Graeme Goldsworthy (Short Studies in Biblical Theology). This series is designed to see the whole Bible as a unified story culminating in Jesus Christ. This volume traces the theme of divine sonship from Adam, through the nation Israel and King David, and ultimately to Jesus Christ—the “Son of God” par excellence.

Inheritance of Tears: Trusting the Lord of Life When Death Visits the Womb, by Jessalyn Hutto. The author speaks from first-hand experience to wipe the tears from the eyes of the mother who has suffered miscarriage, so she can see the insurmountable love and unbreakable sovereignty of her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Confessing the Faith: A Reader’s Guide to the Westminster Confession of Faith, by Chad Van Dixhoorn. Historical and practical in its purpose, this new work offers a guide to particular texts, considers its original proof-texts, and seeks to deepen our understanding of each paragraph of the Confession. Recommended by Michael Horton, Carl Truman, and Ligon Duncan.

Tough Topics 2: Biblical Answers to 25 Challenging Questions, by Sam Storms. The sequel to Top Topics 1. Answers to such questions as is suicide the unpardonable sin? Is the man in Romans 7 a Christian or non-Christian? What is the meaning of 666? And 22 others.

Writers to Read: Nine Names That Belong on Your Bookshelf, by Douglas Wilson. Doug Wilson, a very good writer himself, recommends Chesterton, T.S. Eliot, P.G. Wodehouse, and six others.

Bavinck on the Christian Life: Following Jesus in Faithful Service, by John Bolt (Theologians on the Christian Life). Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck (1834-1921) looms as one of the 19th century’s greatest thinkers, contributing much to modern Reformed theology. This book helps us see the connection between robust theology, practical holiness, and personal joy.

NIV Zondervan Study Bible, Personal Size, by D.A. Carson, General Editor. Brand new study Bible, just released in September, 2015, featuring full color photographs, charts, and study notes and articles by an international team of Bible scholars with a focus on biblical theology that sees the Bible as having a unified storyline.

Identity and Idolatry: The Image of God and Its Inversion, by Richard Lints (New Studies in Biblical Theology). Begins with the “image of God” in Gen 1:27 and works it out across the canon, from creation to fall (golden calf/idol in Ex 32) to redemption (Christ as perfect image, Col 1:15-20). Lints shows that the idol language in the Bible is a conceptual inversion of the image language of Genesis 1. This is a thread throughout the canon that highlights the movements of redemptive history.

I Still Believe: Leading Bible Scholars Share Their Stories of Faith and Scholarship, edited by John Byron and Joel N. Lohr. Contributors include Bruce Waltke, Gordon Fee, Richard Bauckham, and others.

Gospel of Glory: Major Themes in Johannine Theology, by Richard Bauckham. Probing essays on the Gospel of John and its theology.

God’s Kingdom Through God’s Covenants: A Concise Biblical Theology, by Peter J. Gentry and Stephen J. Wellum. A concise version of their larger 2012 work, in which they offer a third way between covenant theology and dispensationalism, arguing that neither is sufficiently informed by biblical theology.

Dispensationalism and the History of Redemption: A Developing and Diverse Tradition, edited by D. Jeffrey Bingham and Glenn R. Kreider. A fresh defense of dispensationalism, with contributions from Darrell Bock, Craig Blessing, Eugene Merrill and others.

Before You Meet Prince Charming, by Sarah Mally. A guide to radiant purity. For every young girl desiring to be married some day.

The End: A Complete Overview of Bible Prophecy and the End of Days, by Mark Hitchcock. A dispensational perspective on eschatology.

ADULT FICTION: A House Divided, by Robert Whitlow; The Wonder of You, by Susan May Warren (Christiansen Family); Hope Harbor, by Irene Hannon; A Sparrow in Terezin, by Kristy Cambron (Hidden Masterpiece #2); Come Rain or Come Shine, by Jan Karon (A Mitford Novel).

BOOKS FOR PARENTS AND CHILDREN: God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies, by Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb. Helps 2-8 year olds understand why their bodies matter and distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate touch.