Archives for January 2014

Recently arrived on New Academic

9781433690853 Talking Is a Gift: Communication Skills for Women by Monica Rose Brennan and Rhonda Harrington Kelley (B&H Academic. 9781433690853. Hardback. $29.99)

“The need for Spirit-empowered communication that is clear, accurate and inspirational is paramount in a media culture of ambiguous signals and shallow theology. No one is more qualified to speak into the fog than Rhonda Kelley and Monica Brennan.” – Jim Shaddix, Professor of Preaching, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; Pastor of Teaching & Training, The Church at Brook Hills, Birmingham, AL


9781433683305 Transformational Groups: Creating a New Scorecard for Groups by Eric Geiger and Ed Stetzer (B&H Books. 9781433683305. Paperback. $14.99)

In Transformational Groups, Ed Stetzer and Eric Geiger have created a new scorecard that will provide a map to transformational success for your church’s groups ministry. Using data from the largest survey of pastors and laypersons ever done on the condition of groups in the church, they define a simple process to lead your groups from where they are to where God wants them to be.


9780802869241 The Early Luther: Stages in a Reformation Reorientation by Berndt Hamm (Eerdmans. 9780802869241. Paperback. $36.00)

“In this volume Hamm harvests the fruits of forty years of studying the late medieval `theology of piety’ and places Luther in its context, illuminating many aspects of what Hamm rightly sees as the gradual development of Luther’s evangelical understanding of Scripture. This perspective enriches our understanding of why and how his theology took form and how it functioned within the milieu in which Luther grew up and began his career.” –Robert Kolb, Concordia Seminary


9780802869630 The Inspiration and Interpretation of Scripture: What the Early Church Can Teach Us by Michael Graves (Eerdmans. 9780802869630. Paperback. $24.00)

“A much-needed entry point to the sometimes bewildering world of ancient Christian interpreters, this book will prove to be of great value for addressing any number of interpretive issues that beset the church today.”— Peter Enns, Eastern University


9781908762917 Romans 1 – 7 For You by Tim Keller (The Good Book Company. 9781908762917. Hardback. $22.99. SALE – $13.99LifeWay Campus Stores only. Arrives on 2/4/14)

This flexible resource is for you to:

READ: As a guide to this wonderful letter, helping you appreciate the great gift of righteousness with God.
FEED: As a daily devotional to help you grow in Christ as you read and meditate on this portion of God’s word.
LEAD: As notes to aid you in explaining, illustrating and applying Romans 1–7 as you preach or lead a Bible study.


9780465030101 The Twilight of the American Enlightenment: The 1950s and the Crisis of Liberal Belief by George Marsden (Basic Books. 9780465030101. Hardback. $26.99)

A groundbreaking reappraisal of the country’s spiritual reawakening,The Twilight of the American Enlightenment shows how America found new purpose at the dawn of the Cold War.


9781596382169 The Imitation of Christ in the Gospel of Luke: Growing in Christlike Love for God and Neighbor by C.D. “Jimmy” Agan (P&R Publishing. 9781596382169. Paperback. $17.99)

“Jimmy Agan makes a convincing case for deep reflection on Jesus’ example, leading to sustained effort to be like him. Agan flags the dangers of the imitation-of-Christ project. But he maps us past the risks, with Scripture as GPS and conformity to Christ as destination. Engrossing and stirring, this is the finest succinct statement on the subject in recent times.”—Robert W. Yarbrough, Professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary


Spiritual_Warfare_front__52078.1388506494.1280.1280 Spiritual Warfare: A Biblical and Balanced Perspective by Brian Borgman and Rob Ventura (Reformation Heritage Books. 9781601782847. Paperback. $13.00)

“Often people talk about spiritual warfare but don’t understand what the Bible actually teaches on the matter. Borgman and Ventura unpack from the scriptures the true nature of spiritual warfare. As result readers will not only understand spiritual warfare but will also be equipped to fight the good fight of faith. Borgman and Ventura are to be thanked for an eminently clear, wonderfully biblical, theologically rich, and practically applicable study.”-Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


New from Zondervan (1-30-14)

Five new titles from Zondervan:

  1. I Wish Jesus Hadn’t Said That: Finding Joy in the Inconvenience of Discipleship by Steve Timmis. Foreword by Daniel L. Akin (9780310516521. Paperback. $14.99)
  2. Obadiah: The Kingship Belongs to YHWH by Daniel I. Block (9780310942405. Hardback. $19.99)
  3. Jonah: God’s Scandalous Mercy by Kevin J. Youngblood (9780310282990. Hardback. $29.99)
  4. Ego Trip: Rediscovering Grace in a Culture of Self-Esteem by Glynn Harrison (9780310516545. Paperback. $16.99)
  5. The Gospel at Work: How Working for King Jesus Gives Purpose and Meaning to Our Jobs by Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert (9780310513971. Paperback. $16.99)

Arrived on New Academic the Week of January 6, 2014

9780802868527[1] Playing Before the Lord: The Life and Work of Joseph Haydn by Calvin R. Stapert (Eerdmans. 9780802868527. Paperback. $24.00)

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) has been called the father of the symphony and the string quartet. A friend of Mozart and a teacher of Beethoven, "Papa" Haydn composed an amazing variety of music — symphonies, string quartets, concerti, masses, operas, oratorios, keyboard works — and his prolific output celebrates both the heights and depths of life.

In this fascinating book Calvin Stapert combines his skills as a biographer and a musicologist to recount Haydn’s steady rise from humble origins to true musical greatness. Unlike other biographers, Stapert argues that Haydn’s work was a product of his devout Catholic faith, even though he worked mainly as a court musician and the bulk of his output was in popular genres. In addition to telling Haydn’s life story, Stapert includes accessible listening guides to The Creation and portions of other well-known works to help Haydn listeners more fully appreciate the brilliance behind his music.


Old Testament EssentialsOld Testament Essentials: Creation, Conquest, Exile and Return by Tremper Longman III (The Essentials Series. IVP Connect. 9780830810512. Paperback. $18.00)

"Tremper Longman is for me–and countless others–a treasured ‘go-to’ resource to uncover the treasures of Old Testament wisdom. This survey will be of huge value to anyone who wants the big picture of the Great Story." —John Ortberg

Arrived on New Academic the week of December 30, 2013

The Insanity of Obedience: Walking with Jesus in Tough Places by Nik Ripken (B&H Publishing Group. 9781433673092. Paperback. $15.99)

The Insanity of Obedience is a bold challenge to global discipleship. Nik Ripken exposes the danger of safe Christianity and calls readers to something greater. The Insanity of Obedience challenges Christians in the same, provocative way that Jesus did. This book dares you—and prepares you—to cross the street and the oceans with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Nik Ripken is the world’s leading expert on the persecuted church in Muslim contexts. He is a missions veteran of 25 years, having served primarily in North Africa and the Middle East.


Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life by Nancy Koester (Library of Religious Biography Series. Eerdmans. 9780802833044. Paperback. $24.00)

"The daughter, sister, and wife of prominent clergymen and theologians, Harriet Beecher Stowe outshone them all in her impact on American religion and reform. Her life and work were framed by a spiritual quest that led from her ancestral Calvinism to high-church Episcopalianism and even spiritualism. Nancy Koester’s lucid narrative and penetrating analysis carry the reader along unfailingly on this fascinating quest." — James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize winner for Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era