Archives for July 2014

New book on the Gospels

9780802867766This new book from Michael Bird, The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus, just arrived on New Academic. Here are some endorsements, an interview with the author and some sample pages.

“Well-researched and well-written, this book is a delightful read from beginning to end. It contains both a state-of-the-art discussion of many complex Gospel issues and several creative suggestions for new ways forward. A great resource for studying the Gospels.” —Jonathan T. Pennington

“Studying the Gospels is daunting for the beginner and difficult even for the seasoned scholar. Mike Bird here slices a path through the tangled mess of older hypotheses and offers clear guidelines for the way forward. . . . Everyone will profit enormously from wrestling with the issues presented here in a fresh and compelling manner.”—N.T. Wright

Arrived on New Academic the Week of July 21, 2014

9780801026980 For the Glory of God: Recovering a Biblical Theology of Worship by Daniel I. Block (Baker Academic.9780801026980. Hardback. $34.99)

“The life of a believer who follows Jesus is to be a life of worship; this is a book that will help you walk that path. For the Glory of God is certain to have wide use in the academy, the church, and the lives of individuals–all for the glory of God and the good of the church.”—Daniel L. Akin

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9780801039195 Atonement, Law, and Justice : The Cross in Historical and Cultural Contexts by Adonis Vidu (Baker Academic. 9780801039195. Paperback. $24.99)

"Adonis Vidu has written a learned, thoughtful, and intriguing study of the history of atonement as it relates to concepts of law and justice. Of particular interest in the current context of wider discussions of the doctrine of God is Vidu’s articulate exposition and defense of atonement in relation to divine simplicity. This is a fascinating and significant book that repays careful reading."—Carl R. Trueman

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9780764212147 Making Sense of the Bible: How to Connect With God Through His Word by David Whitehead (Bethany House. 9780764212147. Paperback. $12.99)

“This book is absolutely terrific! For anyone wanting a bright and clear primer on the Bible, this is what you’ve been waiting for. I unreservedly recommend it to anyone with questions about the most important book in history. I’m deeply grateful to my friend David Whitehead for this excellent work.”—Eric Metaxas

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9780802870797Secular Government, Religious People by Ira C. Lupu and Robert W. Tuttle (Emory  University Studies in Law and Religion Series. Eerdmans. 9780802870797. Paperback. $25.00)

In this book Ira Lupu and Robert Tuttle break through the unproductive American debate over competing religious rights. They present an original theory that makes the secular character of the American government, rather than a set of individual rights, the centerpiece of religious liberty in the United States.

Recent (and forthcoming) editions of C.S. Lewis titles

Last November marked the 50th anniversary of C.S. Lewis’ death. Around that time there were a number of Lewis-related titles published. Even after this anniversary, there continue to be new editions of his works, biographical pieces on him and stories behind his writings. Below are some recent Lewis-related titles we’ve had on New Academic (or will have in the coming weeks).

Coming in September,9780802872081 Eerdmans will be releasing The Pilgrim’s Regress: The Wade Center Annotated Edition. Here’s a brief description of the book from the publisher’s website, along with a peek at the interior which they provided.

Modeled after John Bunyan’s famous Pilgrim’s Progress, C. S. Lewis’s Pilgrim’s Regress (1933) represents a number of firsts for Lewis — the first book he wrote after his conversion to Christianity, his first book of fiction, and the first book he published under his own name. This brand-new annotated edition helps readers recover the richness of Lewis’s original allegory. Often considered obscure and difficult to read, The Pilgrim’s Regress nonetheless remains a rollicking satire on modern cultural fads, a vivid account of contemporary spiritual dangers, and an illuminating tale for generations of pilgrims old and new. Editor David C. Downing relies both on his own expertise and on previously unpublished sources from Lewis himself to identify allusions to other authors, translate quotations, and explain inside jokes hidden within Lewis’s text.

Pilgrim's Regress Annotated Edition (sample galley page)

9781433544989 Also in September, Crossway will release The Romantic Rationalist: God, Life, and Imagination in the Work of C. S. Lewis – the papers from last year’s Desiring God National Conference. “With contributions from Randy Alcorn, John Piper, Philip Ryken, Kevin Vanhoozer, David Mathis, and Douglas Wilson, this volume explores the man, his work, and his legacy—reveling in the truth at the heart of Lewis’s spiritual genius: God alone is the answer to our deepest longings and the source of our unending joy.”

Lastly, here are two recent titles from Tyndale for all Lewis9781414383781 enthusiasts. If I Had Lunch with C. S. Lewis: Exploring the Ideas of C. S. Lewis on the Meaning of Life by Alister McGrath and C. S. Lewis & Mere 9781624053221 Christianity: The Crisis That Created a Classic by Paul McCusker. If you haven’t already looked at either of these, below are some samples (better yet, stop by your local LifeWay Campus Store and take a look at the books).

Sample of McGrath’s book. Sample of McCusker’s book.

Arrived on New Academic the week of July 14, 2014

9780781411356 Billy Graham: Candid Conversations with a Public Man by David Frost (David C. Cook. 9780781411356. Hardback. $17.99

For thirty years, Billy Graham and David Frost fascinated television audiences with their conversations about God, the Bible, and Graham’s decades-long ministry. This book is a mosaic of those dialogues—a glimpse into a life of fame and family, prayer and politics, temptations, faith, and spiritual growth. Graham also tells engaging stories of his earliest crusades, his involvement in the civil rights movement, and his role as spiritual mentor to American presidents.


9780802869807 Pandora’s Box Opened: An Examination and Defense of Historical-Critical Method and Its Master Practitioners by Roy A. Harrisville (Eerdmans. 9780802869807. Paperback. $42.00)

For many, the historical-critical method has released a host of threats to Christian faith and confession. In Pandora’s Box Opened, however, Roy Harrisville argues that despite the evils brought upon biblical interpretation by the historical-critical method, there is still hope for it as a discipline.


9780830840472 Introducing Christian Mission Today: Scripture, History and Issues by Michael W. Goheen (IVP Academic. 9780830840472. Hardback. $30.00)

This full-scale text incorporates the keen missional insights of Lesslie Newbigin, David Bosch and other formative thinkers. It will be a valued resource not only for those in crosscultural contexts but also for those engaged in reevangelizing the West.


9780830840557 Apologetics Beyond Reason: Why Seeing Really Is Believing by James W. Sire (IVP Books. 9780830840557. Paperback. $18.00)

In his final book which he calls his “last will and testament,” Jim Sire provides for readers a culmination of his career in apologetics. Fresh material that outlines his maturation as a scholar since the publication of The Universe Next Door, Apologetics Beyond Reason is no mere repackaging of previous work. Basing the book around the argument, “There is everything. Therefore there is a God. Either you see this or you don’t,” Sire walks the reader through his apologetic development.


9780830844210 Reforming Mercy Ministry: A Practical Guide to Loving Your Neighbor by Ted Rivera (IVP Books. 9780830844210. $15.00)

In Reforming Mercy Ministry, Ted Rivera identifies thirty-three ways we can engage the world with Christian compassion. And he offers fresh insight into our impulse to help, so that we do more good than harm. All the while he keeps the second great commandment close to the first: we love our neighbors, Rivera reminds us, because God first loved us—and because God loves our neighbors more than we do.


9780830836710 Renaissance: The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times by Os Guinness (IVP Books. 9780830836713. Paperback. $16.00)

“For decades Os Guinness has been one of the most nuanced, realistic, yet hopeful voices calling Christians to engagement with culture. This latest volume from him should not be missed by anyone. Os summarizes some of the most helpful recent discussions, updates many of his own lifelong challenges to the church and provides many fresh insights. Highly recommended.”—Tim Keller


9780198709695 The Early Text of the New Testament edited by Charles E. Hill and Michael J. Kruger (Oxford University Press. 9780198709695. Paperback. $50.00)

The Early Text of the New Testament aims to examine and assess from our earliest extant sources the most primitive state of the New Testament text now known. What sort of changes did scribes make to the text? What is the quality of the text now at our disposal? What can we learn about the nature of textual transmission in the earliest centuries? In addition to exploring the textual and scribal culture of early Christianity, this volume explores the textual evidence for all the sections of the New Testament. It also examines the evidence from the earliest translations of New Testament writings and the citations or allusions to New Testament texts in other early Christian writers.


9781596389847 Time Travel to the Old Testament: An Essential Companion for the Christian Explorer by Chris Sinkinson (P&R Publishing. 9781596389847. Paperback. $12.99)

“Those who come to faith in their teens or later (as so many do) have a major task on their hands. For such, Dr Sinkinson’s book will shine as a bright beacon. When I say that he skips his merry way through a remarkably full summary of Old Testament life, thought, history and context, I do not imply superficiality but call attention to an enviable lightness of touch and style.”—Alec Motyer


9781596388987 On The Brink: Grace for the Burned Out Pastor by Clay Werner (P&R Publishing. 9781596388987. Paperback. $12.99)

“This book provides a powerful reality check for those just entering the ministry as well as a valuable source of encouragement to those who are struggling in the trenches after many years of service.”—Iain Duguid

Biographies Arriving on New Academic this Fall

Recently, while ordering books for the New Academic section in our LifeWay Campus Stores, I noticed a lot of potentially great biographies coming out. I decided to feature them in a post and give you some information on each. Be sure to stop by the New Academic section of your local LifeWay Campus Store to take a look at the ones that interest you. Hopefully, we’ll have them on the shelf earlier than the publication dates listed!

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Augustus: First Emperor of Rome by Adrian Goldsworthy. Yale University Press. Publication date: 8/26/14.

In this highly anticipated biography Goldsworthy puts his deep knowledge of ancient sources to full use, recounting the events of Augustus’ long life in greater detail than ever before. Goldsworthy pins down the man behind the myths: a consummate manipulator, propagandist, and showman, both generous and ruthless. Under Augustus’ rule the empire prospered, yet his success was never assured and the events of his life unfolded with exciting unpredictability. Goldsworthy captures the passion and savagery, the public image and private struggles of the real man whose epic life continues to influence western history.

The World of Saint Patrick by Philip Freeman. Oxford University Press. Publication date: 9/1/14.

Classical scholar Philip Freeman offers the definitive account of Saint Patrick’s life through new and vibrant translations of the greatest works of early Christian Ireland … Both general readers with an interest in Ireland’s saints and scholars studying religion or medieval history will be unable to put down this captivating tale of Ireland’s greatest saint and the remarkable times in which he lived.

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The Daring Heart of David Livingstone: Exile, African Slavery, and the Publicity Stunt That Saved Millions by Jay Milbrandt. HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Publication date: 9/23/14.

By the time he died in the heart of Africa, Livingstone had lost his family, his career, and his fortune. Popular myth says he sacrificed all this simply to find the source of the Nile-but that falls far short of the truth. Livingstone’s Christian legacy was his quest to end slavery … His contribution to abolition, and particularly the Christian faith that fueled his efforts, have been overlooked in the public record for too long. This is David Livingstone’s untold story.

Bonhoeffer Abridged: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas. HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Publication date: 10/21/14.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Amazing Grace, an abridged version of the groundbreaking biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the greatest heroes of the twentieth century, the man who stood up to Hitler.

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George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father by Thomas S. Kidd. Yale University Press. Publication date: 10/28/14.

“This superb chronicle of George Whitefield’s life is now our fullest biography for the much-studied and much-debated eighteenth-century evangelist. It combines unusual empathy with unusual comprehension.”  —Mark Noll

America’s Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation by Grant Wacker. Harvard University Press. Publication date: originally November 2014, but has been moved up to 9/29/14.

Instead of a conventional biographical approach, this work focuses on the intersection between Graham’s life and the age that created him and that he helped create. How does his story illuminate America’s story in the long second half of the twentieth century? “In the end, assessing Graham’s legacy for his own evangelical subculture is less important than assessing his legacy for modem America. Neither debunking nor romanticizing him will take us very far. What is needed, rather, is a careful effort to see how an array of historically specific charismatic ingredients combined with an array of historically specific structural ingredients to create a man and a legacy of exceptional proportions.” —From the Author

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Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More?Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist by Karen Swallow Prior. HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Publication date: 11/11/14.

The enthralling biography of the woman writer who helped end the slave trade, changed Britain’s upper classes, and taught a nation how to read … [the book] weaves together world and personal history into a stirring story of a life that intersected with Wesley and Whitefield’s Great Awakening, the rise 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.

The Many Faces of Herod the Great by Adam Kolman Marshak. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. Publication date: 11/30/14.

An old, bloodthirsty tyrant hears from a group of Magi about the birth of the Messiah, king of the Jews. He vengefully sends his soldiers to Bethlehem with orders to kill all of the baby boys in the town in order to preserve his own throne. For most of the Western world, this is Herod the Great — an icon of cruelty and evil, the epitome of a tyrant … [the author] portrays Herod the Great quite differently, however, carefully drawing on historical, archaeological, and literary sources. Marshak shows how Herod successfully ruled over his turbulent kingdom by skillfully interacting with his various audiences — Roman, Hellenistic, and Judaean — in myriad ways. Herod was indeed a master in political self-presentation.