Arrived on New Academic the Week of December 8, 2014

9781433674464 Developing a Biblical Worldview: Seeing Things God’s Way by C. Fred Smith (B&H Academic. 9781433674464. Paperback. $19.99)

“One of the pressing needs of Christians today is a full-orbed, robust biblical worldview that accomplishes two things: 1) biblical grounding for one’s own life, and 2) help to engage the culture with the gospel. Fred Smith has provided a marvelous tool to assist every believer in this endeavor. Eminently biblical, yet readable and practical, this book will equip you for front-line cultural engagement. Highly recommended.”—David Allen


9781781915387 Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression by Zack Eswine (Christian Focus. 9781781915387. Paperback. $9.99)

“The river of life often flows through sloughs of despond. Charles Spurgeon knew that well… Ditto Zack Eswine in this unusual, refreshing, sensible book… Read it, and take it to heart.”—David Powlison


9781433544736 The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts by Joe Rigney (Crossway. 9781433544736. Paperback. $16.99)

“Reading this will be a sweet moment of profound liberation for many. With wisdom and verve, Rigney shows how we can worship our creator through the enjoyment of his creation. This is going to make a lot of Christians happier in Christ—and more attractively Christlike.”—Michael Reeves


9781596381186 God with Us: Exploring God’s Personal Interactions with His People throughout the Bible by Glenn R. Kreider (P&R Publishing. 9781596381186. Paperback. $14.99)

Glenn Kreider explores the whole Bible to show us the full scope of God’s active involvement in his creation from the very beginning. This better understanding of God’s humility will affect our own humility and our attitude toward serving those around us.


9780529112200 Contagious Disciple Making: Leading Others On A Journey Of Discovery by David Watson and Paul Watson (Thomas Nelson. 9780529112200. Paperback. $12.99)

David Watson and Paul Watson map out a simple method that has sparked an explosion of homegrown churches in the United States and around the world. This distinctive process focuses on equipping spiritual leaders in communities where churches are planted. Unlike many evangelism and church-growth products that focus on quick results, contagious disciple-making takes time to cultivate spiritual leadership, resulting in lasting disciple-making movements.

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9780830840632 The Good Shepherd: A Thousand-Year Journey from Psalm 23 to the New Testament by Kenneth E. Bailey (IVP Academic. 9780830840632. Paperback. $24.00)

“Again and again I thought, ‘Why have I never seen that before?’—as Ken draws on his rich lifetime’s experience of Middle Eastern culture to explore biblical texts, and particularly when he shows eye-opening connections between Old and New Testament texts around the shepherd theme. This is a book that simultaneously brings the Bible to life, and exalts the Lord Jesus Christ by deeply enriching our understanding of his mission and claims as the Good Shepherd.”—Christopher J. H. Wright


Covenant and Commandment: Works, Obedience and Faithfulness in the 9780830826346 Christian Life by Bradley G. Green (New Studies in Biblical Theology Series. IVP Academic. Paperback. $22.00)

‘…to know Jesus, to confess him as Lord, entails obeying him. But how does this reality relate to a plethora of complementary themes? Dr Green addresses this question by soundings in an impressive diversity of topics… ’—D.A. Carson


9781596388703 The Problem of Good: When the World Seems Fine without God edited by D. Marion Clark (P&R Publishing. 9781596388703. Paperback. $14.99)

If Christianity is true, why do many people seem to live moral, fulfilling lives outside the gospel? Do such moral non-Christians really need the gospel, or will their good deeds save them? Is the traditional view of hell really justified? And if it is, how do we evangelize people who seem more upright than we are? Can we legitimately benefit from their contributions to culture and society?

Many of the answers to these questions lie in the doctrine of common grace. Here authors from a variety of backgrounds tackle these questions and others by exploring God’s common grace and its daily implications.


Finding God in Solitude: The Personal Piety of Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) and Its Influence on His Pastoral Ministry by Donald S. Whitney (Peter Lang.Whitney_cpi_cb_AUS dd.qxd 9781433124440. Hardback. $81.95)

“Whitney’s driving question is, What was the relation of Edwards’ piety to his pastorate, how were they related, and how can we detect that relation? He finds, above all, an Edwards steeped in ‘Christian solitude’, seeking personal experience with God, but out of this came a ministry defined by a God who was beautiful and communicative. Whitney’s use of primary and secondary sources is broad yet discriminating. He has a sound knowledge of scholarship on Edwards, and effectively utilizes Edwards’ personal writings, correspondence, sermons, and pastoral writings. What Whitney has done, therefore, is to provide the first full-length exploration of Edwards’ personal pious practices.”—Kenneth P. Minkema


9780310515371 Jesus, A Visual History: The Dramatic Story Of The Messiah In The Holy Land by Donald L. Brake and Todd Bolen (Zondervan. 9780310515371. Paperback. $29.99)

Jesus, A Visual History, offers a unique vantage point into Jesus’ story, introducing readers to the historical context of Gospel accounts. Its easy reading style, thorough research, and visual presentation will leave you with a greater and lasting appreciation for Jesus the Messiah. Maps and charts summarize and visualize the events of Jesus’ life, along with full-color photos and 19th-century black-and-white images of the modern sites where biblical events took place. In addition, original artwork researched for accuracy illuminates Jesus’ life and work.

Arrived on New Academic the Week of November 10, 2014


1-2 Thessalonians by Jeffrey A. Weima (Baker Academic. Hardback. 9780801026850. $49.99). Newest volume in the Baker Exegetical Commentary Series.

Ancient Israel’s History: An Introduction to Issues and Sources by Bill T. Arnold (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801039300. $44.99). Contributors: Richard S. Hess; Bill T. Arnold; James K. Hoffmeier; Samuel Greengus; Lawson G. Stone; Robert D. Miller II; Daniel Bodi; Steven M. Ortiz; James K. Mead; Kyle Greenwood; Sandra Richter; Brad E. Kelle; Peter van der Veen; André Lemaire; David A. deSilva

Early Christianity in Contexts: An Exploration Across Cultures and Continents by William Tabbernee (Baker Academic. Hardback. 9780801031267. $42.99)

Effective Intercultural Communication: A Christian Perspective by A. Scott Moreau (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801026638. $27.99)

Engaging the Christian Scriptures: An Introduction to the Bible by Andrew E. Arterbury (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801039447. $26.99)

A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology by J. Richard Middleton (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801048685. $26.99)

Rediscovering an Evangelical Heritage: A Tradition and Trajectory of Integrating Piety and Justice by Donald W. Dayton (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801049613. $20.00)

Did God Really Command Genocide?: Coming to Terms with the Justice of God by Paul Copan (Baker Academic. Paperback. 9780801016226. $16.99). “The most thorough and comprehensive treatment of the problem of violence in the Old Testament that I have encountered.”–Christopher J. H. Wright

Look and Live: Behold the Soul-Thrilling, Sin-Destroying Glory of Christ by Matt Papa (Bethany House Publishers. Paperback. 9780764212512. $15.99). Click here to read an interview with the author.

Imagination Redeemed: Glorifying God with a Neglected Part of Your Mind by Gene Edward Veith, Jr. (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433541834. $16.99). Click here to read an excerpt from this book.

The Presence of God: Its Place in the Storyline of Scripture and the Story of Our Lives by J. Ryan Lister (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433539152. $25.00). “Ryan Lister knows more about the biblical teaching concerning God’s presence in the world than anyone else I know.”—John M. Frame. Click here to read an excerpt from this book.

Roman Catholic Theology and Practice: An Evangelical Assessment by Gregg R. Allison (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433501166. $28.00). Click here to read an excerpt from this book.

Salvation Applied by the Spirit: Union with Christ by Robert A. Peterson (Crossway. Hardback. 9781433532573. $35.00). Click here to read an excerpt from this book.

The First Epistle to the Corinthians, Revised Edition (Revised) by Gordon D. Fee (Eerdmans. Hardback. 9780802871367. $65.00). Takes into account the considerable scholarship on 1 Corinthians over the past twenty-five years. Eliminated “chapter and verse” language — totally foreign to Paul’s first-century letter — relegating the necessary numbers for “finding things” to parentheses.

Reading Philo: A Handbook to Philo of Alexandria by Torrey Seland (Eerdmans. Paperback. 9780802870698. $45.00). Click here to read an interview with the author.

Samuel Rutherford: Bitesize Biography by Richard Hannula (Evangelical Press. Paperback. 9781783970186. $10.99)

The Making of Modern English Theology: God and the Academy at Oxford, 1833-1945 by Daniel Inman (Fortress Press. Paperback. 9781451469264. $34.00). Click here to read an excerpt from this book.

A Change of Heart: A Personal and Theological Memoir by Thomas C. Oden (IVP Academic. Hardback. 9780830840359. $40.00). Click here to learn more about this book.

Confessing Christ for Church and World: Studies in Modern Theology by Kimlyn J. Bender (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830840595. $40.00)

Sanctification: Explorations in Theology and Practice by Kelly M. Kapic (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830840625. $28.00). Contributors: Henri Blocher, Julie Canlis, Ivor Davidson, James Eglinton, Brannon Ellis, Michael Horton, Kelly M. Kapic, Richard Lints, Bruce McCormack, Peter Moore, Oliver O’Donovan, Derek Tidball. Click here to learn more about this book.

Theology’s Epistemological Dilemma: How Karl Barth and Alvin Plantinga Provide a Unified Response by Kevin Diller (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830839063. $30.00). Click here to learn more about this book.

God Dwells Among Us: Expanding Eden to the Ends of the Earth by G. K. Beale (IVP Books. Paperback. 9780830844142. $17.00). Click here to learn more about this book.

American Evangelicalism: George Marsden and the State of American Religious History by Darren Dochuk (University of Notre Dame Press. Hardback. 9780268038427. $66.00). A festschrift for George Marsden. Contributors: Margaret Bendroth, Jay R. Case, Darren Dochuk, Timothy E.G. Gloege, Michael S. Hamilton, Barry Hankins, Thomas S. Kidd, Kristin Kobes Du Mez, Kathryn T. Long, Mark Noll, Steven M. Nolt, Rick Ostrander, Kurt W. Peterson, Garth M. Rosell, John Schmalzbauer, William L. Svelmoe, David R. Swartz, Douglas A. Sweeney, John G. Turner, Peter J. Wallace, John Wigger.

Arrived on New Academic the Week of November 3, 2014

9780802869449 From Here to Maturity: Overcoming the Juvenilization of American Christianity by Thomas E. Bergler (Eerdmans. 9780802869449. Paperback. $20.00)


9780825425516 A Commentary on Exodus by Duane Garrett (Kregel Academic. 9780825425516. Hardback. $39.99)

Exegetically deep enough to satisfy the scholar and logically organized to meet the needs of the pastor, Garrett’s commentary promises to become standard reference material in Exodus studies.

  • Every verse is given a fresh translation with copious explanatory notes, and particular attention is given to the poetry of Exodus, which the author demonstrates to be more abundant than previously believed.
  • The commentary also helps to dispel much confusion about Exodus by introducing the reader to Egyptian history and by carefully analyzing questions about the date of the exodus and the location of Mount Sinai.


Hide or Seek: When Men Get Real with God about Sex by John Freeman (New9781939946638 Growth Press. 9781939946638. Paperback. $17.99)

“Of all the people we have met and all the organizations we have encountered in ministry to those who want sexual sanctification, John Freeman and Harvest USA are the ones we trust. The fruit of John’s experience in this book should be a help to many.”—Tim Keller


Saving Grace: Daily Devotions by C. John Miller (New Growth Press. 97819399462709781939946270. Hardback. $19.99)

“We are simple people. We can truly learn, believe, and do only one thing at a time. That’s why this book proves to be so wise and helpful. It invites you to take in one good thing today. This one good thing, taken to heart, changes you. You become brighter, calmer, steadier. You become more grateful, more purposeful, more generous. It’s simply true.”—David Powlison


Mindscape: What to Think about Instead of Worrying by Timothy J. Witmer (New9781939946713 Growth Press. 9781939946713. Paperback. $17.99)

“A must-have, must-read, must-share book. Dr. Tim Witmer, a seasoned soul-physician, calmly enters his consulting room. It is full of anxious people. Many have been dosing themselves on narcotic or toxic prescriptions or self-cures but continue to experience personal and relational meltdown. His diagnosis is superbly clear; his prescription is powerful. His prognosis is honest. Even his instructions are a pleasure to read. Plus, his medicine works. Try Mindscape—a great book!”—Sinclair B. Ferguson


9780525954149 w-Veterans Day Coupon Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Timothy Keller (Penguin. 9780525954149. Hardback. $26.95 – only $14.99 today and tomorrow with attached coupon – $19.99 thereafter through 12/24/14)


9780692289853 Obstacles in the Established Church: How Leaders Overcome Them by Sam S. Rainer III (Rainer Publishing. 9780692289853. Paperback. $12.97)

“This book is full of wisdom, insight, and common sense that too many ministers often miss or forget to their personal harm. Young pastors, in particular, will benefit from this work by Sam Rainer. It may even save your ministry.”—Daniel L. Akin

Arrived on New Academic the Week of October 27, 2014

Baker Academic New Releases (11-3-14)

  • Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology: Foundations in Scripture, Theology, History, and Praxis by Daniel L. Brunner, Jennifer L. Butler and A. J. Swoboda (Baker Academic. 9780801049651. Paperback. $26.99)
  • Reading Koine Greek: An Introduction and Integrated Workbook by Rodney J. Decker (Baker Academic. 9780801039287. Hardback. $49.99)
  • God’s Wider Presence: Reconsidering General Revelation by Robert K. Johnston (Baker Academic. 9780801049453. Paperback. $25.99)
  • Engaging the Doctrine of Revelation: The Mediation of the Gospel Through Church and Scripture by Matthew Levering (Baker Academic. 9780801049248. Hardback. $44.99)
  • Adam, the Fall, and Original Sin: Theological, Biblical, and Scientific Perspectives edited by Hans Madueme and Michael Reeves (Baker Academic. 9780801039928. Paperback. $26.99)
  • Handbook of Religion: A Christian Engagement with Traditions, Teachings, and Practices edited by Terry C. Muck, Harold A. Netland and Gerald R. McDermott (Baker Academic. 9780801037764. Hardback. $44.99)


9780764211300 Exploring Christian Theology: Revelation, Scripture, and the Triune God by Michael J. Svigel (Bethany House. 9780764211300. Paperback. $16.99)

Exploring Christian Theology is a wonderful doctrinal primer that teaches theology in a way that will engage you and cause you to reflect. . . . A great way to get acquainted with key biblical theological themes.”—Darrell Bock

Click here to read a sample from this book.


9781781911440v7 In Christ: In Him Together for the World by Christopher De La Hoyde (Christian Focus. 9781781914298. Paperback. $8.99)

“…the infectious enthusiasm, pastoral sensitivity, and enviable clarity with which he has written In Christ will help you to ‘get it’. If you do not daily think of yourself as someone who is ‘in Christ’ you simply MUST read this book.”Sinclair B. Ferguson


9781781913192Unashamed Workmen: How Expositors Prepare and Preach edited by Rhett Dodson (Christian Focus. 9781781913192. Paperback. $17.99)

“This is a great book. It brings together diverse and complementary voices from experienced expository preachers who are thoroughly committed to the Gospel. It is not a textbook. Its strength and freshness depend on the sweep of voices.”D. A. Carson

Contributors: Peter Adam, Rhett Dodson, Iain Duguid, Ajith Fernando, David Jackman, Simon Manchester, David Meredith, Josh Moody, Douglas Sean O’Donnell and Richard D Phillips.


9781781914267Pleased to Dwell: A Biblical Introduction to the Incarnation by Peter Mead (Christian Focus. 9781781914267. Paperback. $11.99)

“In this book we see the profound truths of the incarnation presented in a way that makes the Bible and its truth come alive. And, best of all, it is presented in an engaging style that makes it accessible to ordinary laypersons.”—Ajith Fernando


The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot by Jonathan Witt and Jay Richards (Ignatius Press. 9781586178239. Hardback. $21.95)


On Guard: Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse at Church by Deepak Reju9781939946515 (New Growth Press. 9781939946515. Paperback. $19.99)

On Guard: Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse at Church needs to be in the hands of every pastor and ministry leader in every church. This candid, compassionate, and comprehensive manual provides exactly what the church desperately needs to protect children and to protect the reputation of Christ and the Bride of Christ. Replete with wise biblical principles and practical real-life policies and procedures, On Guard equips the church to take the lead in proactively protecting the most precious and vulnerable among us.”—Bob Kellemen

Click here to read a sample from this book.


9781401675868 Nelson’s Annual Preacher’s Sourcebook, Volume 4 edited by O. S. Hawkins (Thomas Nelson. 9781401675868. Paperback. $24.99)

Preach great sermons and plan innovative worship services with the newest edition of Nelson’s Annual Preacher’s Sourcebook. This is the same sermon planner you have come to depend on for more than ten years, now with a disc included for your convenience! In this volume, look for sermons, articles, and sermon starters by Dr. Greg Thornbury, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, Dr. Thomas White, Dr. Jason Allen, Dr. Robert Jeffress, Pastor Greg Laurie, Dr. Mac Brunson, Pastor Jim Cymbala, Dr. Robert Sloan, Dr. Albert Mohler, Dr. Russell Moore, Dr. Jason Duesing, Dr. Jamie Rasmussen, and Dr. O.S. Hawkins, general editor.


9781400206254 Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More – Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist (Thomas Nelson. 9781400206254. Hardback. $24.99)

The history-changing reforms of Hannah More affected every level of 18th-Century British society through her keen intellect, literary achievements, collaborative spirit, strong Christian principles, and colorful personality. A woman without connections or status, More took the world of British letters by storm when she arrived in London from Bristol, becoming a best-selling author and acclaimed playwright and quickly befriending the author Samuel Johnson, the politician Horace Walpole, and the actor David Garrick. Yet she was also a leader in the Evangelical movement, using her cultural position and her pen to support the growth of education for the poor, the reform of morals and manners, and the abolition of Britain’s slave trade.

Fierce Convictions weaves together world and personal history into a stirring story of life that intersected with Wesley and Whitefield’s Great Awakening, the rise and influence of Evangelicalism, and convulsive effects of the French Revolution. A woman of exceptional intellectual gifts and literary talent, Hannah More was above all a person whose faith compelled her both to engage her culture and to transform it.


9780878084722 Sorrow and Blood: Christian Mission in Contexts of Suffering, Persecution, and Martyrdom edited by William David Taylor, Antonia van der Meer and Reg Reimer (William Carey Library Publishers. 9780878084722. Paperback. $29.99)

With a wonderful balance of insight and passion this volume addresses the most neglected mark of the true church: suffering. Readers will not only be enlightened, but also deeply moved and challenged listening to voices from around the globe reflect theologically, report accurately, and testify personally on this topic. Sorrow and Blood is a profound and vital contribution to our understanding of the church and mission.—Craig Ott


9780310517092 Advancing Trinitarian Theology: Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics edited by Oliver D. Crisp and Fred Sanders (Zondervan. 9780310517092. Paperback. $22.99)

Bringing together the 2014 Los Angeles Theology Conference proceedings, Advancing Trinitarian Theology explores the paradigm change in recent work on the doctrine of the Trinity.

Contributors: Lewis Ayres, Stephen R. Holmes, Karen Kilby, Thomas H. McCall and Fred Sanders.