New Books—October 2016

New Books—October 2016

                                                          Complete New Book List 

                                                             October, 2016           

Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical, by Timothy Keller. Newsweek magazine refers to Keller as “a C.S. Lewis for the 21st century”. He has had an incredibly effective ministry in the heart of NYC. This is his newest.

No God But One: Allah or Jesus? by Nabeel Qureshi. A former Muslim investigates the evidence for Islam and Christianity. Both Islam and Christianity teach that there is only one God, but who deserves to be worshipped, Allah or Jesus? The follow-up to his best selling Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus.

Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife: My Story of Finding Hope After Domestic Abuse, by Ruth Tucker. Seminary professor and noted Christian author Ruth Tucker describes how abuse of complementarian views on the roles of men and women can lead to domestic violence. After experiencing years of abuse by her preacher husband, she changed her views to egalitarianism. Read with discretion.

Andrew Fuller: Holy Faith, Worthy Gospel, World Mission, by John Piper. In this brief (57 pages) biographical sketch, Piper describes the enduring impact on world missions of Andrew Fuller (1754-1815). He was a Calvinistic Baptist, who argued against the errors of hyper-Calvinism, zealously promoted world missions, and influenced countless missionaries such as William Carey.

The Temple and the Tabernacle: A Study of God’s Dwelling Places from Genesis to Revelation, by J. Daniel Hays. Grasp the majesty, beauty and significance of God’s dwelling places. These structures were more than just places of worship and sacrifice. They were pictures of God’s relationship with his chosen people and of the atoning work that would be done by the Messiah. Theologically rich and visually stunning with full color photographs and illustrations.

Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family, by Paul David Tripp. Francis Chan calls this “the most meaningful book” he has read all year. Both theological and practical.

Good and Angry: Redeeming Anger, Irritation, Complaining and Bitterness, by David Powlison. Can you be both good and angry? Theologian John Frame calls it “the best book on anger there is, except for Scripture”.

NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, by John Walton and Craig Keener. Complete NIV text with study notes giving insight into culture, customs, and literature of Bible times. Includes full color photos, charts, diagrams, and sidebars. Brings to life the ancient world of Scripture.

Engaging with Jewish People, by Randy Newman. Understanding their world, and sharing the Good News.

Staying Is the New Going: Choosing to Love Where God Places You, by Alan Briggs. Have you ever fantasized about traveling to the other side of the world to tell people the Good News? Wake up! The world is right here, all around you.

Destroyer of the Gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World, by Larry W. Hurtado. Shows how Christianity thrived despite its new and distinctive features and the opposition to them. Unlike nearly all religious groups, Christianity utterly rejected the traditional gods of the Roman world. It was a “bookish” religion, with the production, copying, distribution, and reading of texts as central to its faith. And Christianity insisted that its adherents behave differently. In an irony of history, the very features of early Christianity that rendered it distinctive and objectionable in Roman eyes, have become so commonplace in Western culture as to go unnoticed. Christianity helped destroy one world and create another.

Reformed Catholicity: The Promise of Retrieval of Theology and Biblical Interpretation, edited by Michael Allen and Scott R. Swain. A manifesto for a catholic (universal) and Reformed approach to dogmatics seeking theological renewal through the retrieval of the rich resources of the historic Christian tradition. Articles on Sola Scriptura, biblical traditioning, and the role of the Church’s confession in biblical interpretation

The Message of the Twelve: Hearing the Voice of the Minor Prophets, by Richard Alan Fuhr, Jr and Gary E. Yates. Focuses on the message of these prophets to Judah and Israel in their ancient setting, and then how the church today must heed their call. Examines not only the historical background, but also the message and themes of each prophet.

Improbable Planet: How Earth Became Humanity’s Home, by Hugh Ross. Astronomer Ross presents powerful evidence for a purpose-filled universe, the distinctiveness of the planet on which we live, and its preparation for life on earth. He is founder and president of Reasons to Believe, and is one of the chief proponents of old-earth creation. The evidence he presents should commend Christian faith to scientifically minded inquirers.

A Clear and Present Word: The Clarity of Scripture, by Mark D. Thompson (New Studies in Biblical Theology #21). Focus on the doctrine of the perspicuity or clarity of Scripture, examines objections, expounds the living God as the guarantor of the accessible, written Word, and engages with interpretive challenges.

Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul, by Richard B. Hays. Paul’s letters, the earliest writings in the NT, are filled with allusions, images, and quotations from the OT.

ADULT FICTION: Desperate Measures, by Sandra Orchard (Port Aster Secrets #3); Brush of Wings, by Karen Kingsbury (Angels Walking #3, large print edition