Arrived on New Academic the Week of April 27, 2015

Cover ArtWhy Christian Faith Still Makes Sense: A Response to Contemporary Challenges by C. Stephen Evans (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801096600. $19.99)

“Written by a seasoned Christian philosopher, this book is a marvelous overview of the reasonableness of biblical faith in a skeptical age. Evans’s work is fresh and engaging, and the case for Christianity is further illuminated by his inclusion of Kierkegaard’s reflections on reason, paradox, and belief. A delight to read!”–Paul Copan

 

Cover ArtChristianity and Religious Diversity: Clarifying Christian Commitments in a Globalizing Age by Harold A. Netland (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801038570. $24.99)

“The scope of Harold Netland’s book is breathtaking. Seldom do you find such expansive coverage of issues and competing perspectives in a book that also reflects deep acquaintance with diverse disciplines. Netland’s exposition of theories and traditions is even handed, and his assessment of complex arguments is incisive. Christianity & Religious Diversity is a model of exacting research, clear and cogent writing, and unusual generosity of spirit. It is an extraordinary achievement.”–R. Douglas Geivett

 

YouMustReadCover You Must Read: Books That Have Shaped Our Lives (Banner of Truth. Hardback. 9781848715653. $26.00)

Have you ever wondered what influences have shaped the preachers, teachers and authors you respect? You Must Read brings together more than thirty well-known Christian leaders and gives them the opportunity to talk about a book that has made a lasting impact on their lives. Contributors include: Alistair Begg, Jerry Bridges, Mark Dever, J. Ligon Duncan, R. Albert Mohler, Jr., John MacArthur, R. C. Sproul , Derek W. H. Thomas, Geoffrey Thomas, and many others.

 

Song of SongsSong of Songs: A Biblical-Theological, Allegorical, Christological Interpretation by James M. Hamilton (Focus on the Bible Commentary Series. Christian Focus. Paperback. 9781781915608. $14.99)

“…a fresh, biblically-theologically informed approach to the Song of Solomon. This is a commentary pastors should regularly turn to when preaching through this important but difficult book of Scripture. And make no mistake-reading this commentary will make you want to preach this book.”–R. Albert Mohler

 

A Christian's Pocket Guide to Loving The Old TestamentA Christian’s Pocket Guide to Loving the Old Testament: One Book, One God, One Story by Alec Motyer (Christian Focus. Paperback. 9781781915806. $7.99)

A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Loving the Old Testament, and Alec Motyer’s recent volume Preaching? prove that faithful believers ‘will still bear fruit in old age-they will stay fresh and green.’ (Ps. 92:14) Why? Because they will continue proclaiming, ‘The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.’ (Ps. 92:15)”–Tim Keller

 

Engaging with Muslims: Understanding Their World; Sharing Good News by John Klaassen (The Good Book Company. Paperback. 9781909919112. $11.99)

This short book is designed to help both Christians and whole churches understand more about the variety of Muslims there are living in the West, and to reach out to them with the good news of the gospel. Written at a level that everyone can understand, this book emphasizes the the importance of forming loving relationships—something that all Christians are able to do.

New Academic Recent Arrivals

9780758649171 Frederick the Wise by Sam Wellman (Concordia. 9780758649171. Paperback. $25.99)

Frederick the Wise unlocks German research to make available in English, for the first time, a full-length story of Frederick III of Saxony. The fascinating biographical journey reveals why this noteworthy elector risked his realm of Saxony to protect the fiery monk Martin Luther and the developing reforms of the Church.  As one of the most powerful territorial princes of the Holy Roman Empire of his time, Frederick’s “humanity and integrity were rare for someone of his elite status”, notes Dr. Paul M. Bacon.  “Elector Frederick the Wise of Saxony was much more than simply Martin Luther’s noble protector.”

 

 

  • God’s Love Compels Us: Taking the Gospel to the World edited by D. A. Carson (Crossway. 9781433543791. Paperback. $14.99)
  • His Mission: Jesus in the Gospel of Luke edited by D. A. Carson (Crossway. 9781433543753. Paperback. $16.99)
  • Caring for Widows: Ministering God’s Grace by Brian Croft and Austin Walker (Crossway. 9781433546914. Paperback. $12.99)
  • The Compelling Community: Where God’s Power Makes a Church Attractive by Mark Dever and Jamie Dunlop (Crossway. 9781433543548. Paperback. $15.99)
  • What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? by Kevin DeYoung (Crossway. 9781433549373. Paperback. $12.99)
  • The Pastor’s Wife: Strengthened by Grace for a Life of Love by Gloria Furman (Crossway. 9781433543838. Paperback. $11.99)
  • Blind Spots: Becoming a Courageous, Compassionate, and Commissioned Church by Collin Hansen (Crossway. 9781433546235. Paperback. $12.99)
  • Bonhoeffer’s Seminary Vision: A Case for Costly Discipleship and Life Together by Paul R. House (Crossway. 9781433545443. Paperback. $17.99)
  • The Pastor and Counseling: The Basics of Shepherding Members in Need by Jeremy Pierre and Deepak Reju (Crossway. 9781433545122. Paperback. $14.99)
  • The Accidental Feminist: Restoring Our Delight in God’s Good Design by Courtney Reissig (Crossway. 9781433545481. Paperback. $14.99)
  • Saturate: Being Disciples of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life by Jeff Vanderstelt (Crossway. 9781433545993. Hardback. $19.99)
  • Side by Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love by Ed Welch (Crossway. 9781433547119. Paperback. $14.99)
  • The Prodigal Church: A Gentle Manifesto Against the Status Quo by Jared C. Wilson (Crossway. 9781433544613. Paperback. $15.99)

 

9780802413062 He Will Be the Preacher: The Story of God’s Providence in My Life by Erwin W. Lutzer (Moody Publishers. 9780802413062. Paperback. $14.99)

Join Erwin Lutzer on this tour of his life-from a Saskatchewan farm to a Dallas seminary to the historic Moody Church in Chicago. Hear his personal reflections and tales of pastoral hardship. Meet the people who have shaped him: his parents, professors, family, and even the great evangelist Billy Graham. And see how his many roles-author, speaker, evangelist, historian, and cultural critic-have carried his prophetic voice beyond Moody’s pulpit, even abroad.

 

9780802412683 How God Used R.A. Torrey: A Short Biography as Told Through His Sermons by Fred Sanders (Moody Publishers. 9780802412683. Paperback. $13.99)

Drawn from various periods of Torrey’s ministry and prefaced with bibliographic commentary, these sermons paint a portrait of a man gripped by God. But even more, they grip the reader. They take us into the great halls where God’s Word bellowed forth from Torrey and left his audiences hushed. It’s no wonder that Torrey caught the attention of the great evangelist D. L. Moody.

 

9781601783776 The Quest for the Historical Adam: Genesis, Hermeneutics, and Human Origins by William Vandoodewaard (Reformation Heritage. 9781601783776. Paperback. $30.00)

“I read it with great appreciation: it fills a gap in resources, it is very masterfully done, and within the frame of the current debate it points so clearly in what to my mind is the right direction. I shall certainly recommend it as widely as I can.” –J.I. Packer

Recently arrived on New Academic

9780801026737 2 Corinthians by George H. Guthrie (Baker Exegetical Commentary. Baker Academic. 9780801026737. Hardback. $49.99)

“George Guthrie brings his significant skills to the task of interpreting this complex Pauline letter and proves to be a competent and helpful guide. Guthrie strikes the right balance in choosing how much information to impart without overloading the reader. His judgments on the interpretive issues are always fair and insightful, and I especially appreciate the clarity of his writing. Pastors and teachers will find this a very useful volume in preparing messages on 2 Corinthians.”—Clinton E. Arnold

 

9780801016929 Mormonism 101: Examining the Religion of the Latter-Day Saints (Revised) by Bill McKeever (Baker Books. 9780801016929. Paperback. $19.99)

“An immensely helpful book. Bill and Eric have done an enormous amount of research, and they make key beliefs accessible and understandable.”—Sean McDowell

Click here to read an excerpt from this book.

 

9781433528422 One God in Three Persons: Unity of Essence, Distinction of Persons, Implications for Life edited by Bruce A. Ware and John Starke (Crossway. 9781433528422. Paperback. $21.99)

“It is interesting to see how theology gets mixed up with ethics and politics. Recently, a number of writers have appealed to the Trinity to argue that just as Father, Son, and Spirit are equally worthy of worship, so man and woman should play interchangeable roles in marriage, the church, and society. Others argue that although the persons of the Trinity are equal, they are not interchangeable. It is not accidental, for example, that the Son, not the Father, came to the earth to die for our sins. And so it is inappropriate to appeal to the Trinity as a model for political and social egalitarianism. One God in Three Persons contains excellent scholarly essays defending this latter view. I find it thoroughly persuasive and I hope it plays a major role in both theological and social discussions.”—John M. Frame

Click here to read an excerpt from this book.

 

9780802837356 The Gospel According to Luke by James R. Edwards (Pillar New Testament Commentary. Eerdmans. 9780802837356. Hardback. $65.00)

“Edwards deftly leads readers through the historical context, narrative dynamics, and main themes of Luke’s story of Jesus with clear and insightful commentary. This is a useful book for preachers, teachers, and students hoping to delve deeper into the Gospel of Luke.”—Michael F. Bird

 

9780830824625 A Week in the Life of a Roman Centurion by Gary M. Burge (IVP Academic. 9780830824625. Paperback. $16.00)

“Biblical scholars are not typically known for writing historical novels, much less gripping page-turners. Gary Burge, however, has accomplished both of these feats. Fully true to the historical-cultural setting of the early first-century Roman Empire, this story not only makes the New Testament world come alive but it creates one very plausible scenario of the career and family of the Capernaum centurion of Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:1-10. The characters become so real that I was even tearing up at the end of Burge’s story!”—Craig L. Blomberg

 

9781469621012 Guaranteed Pure: The Moody Bible Institute, Business, and the Making of Modern Evangelicalism by Timothy Gloege (University of North Carolina Press. 9781469621012. Hardback. $34.95)

“A smart, innovative, and engaging book that will transform what we think we know about American Christian fundamentalism. Not only will this book be important to historians of religion–whether they are interested in evangelicalism, liberal Protestantism, or alternative faiths–but it will also be necessary reading for those working on the evolution of modern business and the growth of consumer capitalism. Beautifully written, thoroughly researched, and carefully argued, Guaranteed Pure offers a powerful new interpretation of the origins of American fundamentalism as well as a compelling explanation for the long-term significance of evangelicals’ close ties to the free market.”—Matthew Avery Sutton

Arrived on New Academic the Week of March 30, 2015

9780830834174 Bedeviled: Lewis, Tolkien and the Shadow of Evil by Colin Duriez (IVP Books. 9780830834174. Paperback. $17.00)

“Nobody knows more about the respective canons of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien or their collaborative friendship than Colin Duriez, and he puts his erudition to work in this new volume that explores and elucidates the shadow of evil in their respective literary works. Those looking for contemporary insights into the source and problem of evil need look no further than Bedeviled.”—Bruce L. Edwards

 

9781909919396 Honest Evangelism by Rico Tice (The Good Book Company. 9781909919396. Paperback. $12.99)

“This book, more than others in this genre, … prepares believers to be faithful followers of Jesus, in the long train of prophets who faced ridicule long before we did (Matthew 5 v 10-12). This book thus stands as one of the encouraging markers of our day, a book that doesn’t minimise the challenges, but directs us to Christ and his gospel to teach us to be overcomers.”—D.A. Carson

 

9780310342311 The Faith: What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It, and Why It Matters by Charles Colson (Zondervan. 9780310342311. Paperback. $15.99)

“This book helps equip us to believe more strongly, to love more deeply, to serve more obediently, and to rejoice more exuberantly. Read it for yourself, and then buy two more copies: one for a believer you’re discipling and one for a skeptic you’re evangelizing.”—Russell D. Moore

Arrived on New Academic the Week of March 16, 2015

9780801048722 Leisure and Spirituality: Biblical, Historical, and Contemporary Perspectives by Paul Heintzman (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801048722. $24.99)

“For the past quarter of a century, Paul Heintzman has been a leader in the field of Christian leisure theory. Leisure and Spirituality is the fruit of Heintzman’s long career. And the most notable feature of the book is its thoroughness: all of the important topics are covered and the survey of scholarship is breathtaking. The book is a triumph of scholarship and a helpful guide to thinking Christianly about leisure.”—Leland Ryken

 

9780802872043 Knowledge and Christian Belief by Alvin Plantinga (Eerdmans. Paperback. 9780802872043. $16.00)

In his widely praised Warranted Christian Belief (Oxford, 2000) Alvin Plantinga discussed in great depth the question of the rationality, or sensibility, of Christian belief. In this book Plantinga presents the same ideas in a briefer, much more accessible fashion.

Recognized worldwide as a leading Christian philosopher, Plantinga probes what exactly is meant by the claim that religious — and specifically Christian — belief is irrational and cannot sensibly be held. He argues that the criticisms of such well-known atheists as Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens are completely wrong. Finally, Plantinga addresses several potential “defeaters” to Christian belief — pluralism, science, evil and suffering — and shows how they fail to successfully defeat rational Christian belief.

 

9780802872494 The God We Worship: An Exploration of Liturgical Theology by Nicholas Wolterstorff (Eerdmans. Paperback. 9780802872494. $20.00)

“In his usual graceful way Wolterstorff leads the reader to see what is implicit in Christian liturgy, and to find there a God who listens and hears, who is vulnerable to being wronged and resisted. . . . A major contribution to liturgical theology.”—William Dyrness

 

9780830836864 Pray for the World: A New Prayer Resource from Operation World by Jason Mandryk (IVP Books. Paperback. 9780830836864. $15.00)

For decades, Operation World has been the world’s leading resource for people who want to impact the nations for Christ through prayer. Its twofold purpose has been to inform for prayer and to mobilize for mission. Now the research team of Operation World offers this abridged version of the 7th edition called Pray for the World as an accessible resource to facilitate prayer for the nations.

 

9781469622743 Christian Reconstruction: R. J. Rushdoony and American Religious Conservatism by Michael Joseph McVicar (University of North Carolina Press. Paperback. 9781469622743. $34.95)

“McVicar . . . has produced a landmark work describing the rise and eventual fall of Reconstructionist thought. This fine work is highly recommended.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review