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.

Arrived on New Academic the Week of July 7, 2014

9780801018343 Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage by Sean McDowell and John Stonestreet (Thoughtful Response Series. Baker Books. 9780801018343. Paperback. $9.99)

“Spectacular! This is the book on same-sex marriage that we’ve all been waiting for. A clear, winsome and engaging treatment of one of the most important topics of our time.”—Eric Metaxas


9780764211287 The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible: Understanding the Big Picture Book-by-Book by William H. Marty and Boyd Seevers (Bethany House. 9780764211287. Paperback. $12.99)

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9781451474695 From Despair to Faith: The Spirituality of Søren Kierkegaard by Christopher B. Barnett (Fortress Press. 9781451474695. Paperback. $39.00)

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9780800699895 Jürgen Moltmann: Collected Readings edited by Margaret Kohl (Fortress Press. 9780800699895. Paperback. $34.00)

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9781909559134 Can I Really Trust the Bible? and Other Questions about Scripture, Truth and How God Speaks by Barry Cooper (The Good Book Company. 9781909559134. Paperback. $7.99)

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9781499500561 Firefall 2.0: How God Has Shaped History Through Revivals by Alvin L. Reid (Createspace. 9781499500561. Paperback. $15.99)

The God of Scripture and history actively works among His people today. This history of revival demonstrates the movement of God from the Old Testament to recent times. Students of revival, people hungry to grow spiritually, pastors and church planters, missionaries and laity will be stirred to pray for a fresh movement of God as they read the stories of God’s divine work in the past.


9781842278253 Covenant and Creation, Revised Edition by William J. Dumbrell (Paternoster. 9781842278253. Paperback. $19.99)

This study analyses the different divine covenants of the Old Testament and argues that they are closely related. The successive covenants, from Noah to David, are seen to express the divine purpose for humanity from the creation onwards. William Dumbrell interacts extensively with attempts to explain the significance of concepts such as the gift of the land, victory, rest and the divine presence. This extraordinary book also throws light upon the Christian use of the Old Testament categories. This second, revised edition brings the subject right up to date.


CASCADE_Template Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed: Black Holes, Love, and a Journey In and Out of Calvinism by Austin Fischer (Wipf & Stock Publishers. 9781625641519. Paperback. $16.00)

Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed fills a gap in contemporary literature about Calvinism. Here is a young, dynamic, evangelical pastor, well-educated theologically, who discovered the fatal flaws in Calvinism and reluctantly shook it off. This is his story, including his well-articulated reasons for that transformation. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, especially to people interested in the ‘new Calvinism’ and why a biblically committed young Christian might bid it adieu.”—Roger E. Olson

Arrived on New Academic the Week of June 30, 2014

9781451469370The Historical Character of Jesus: Canonical Insights from Outside the Gospels by David M. Allen (Fortress Press. 9781451469370. Paperback. $29.00

“Historical Jesus studies are in tension today, and their dizzying array of methods on a spectrum—from ‘believe your reconstructions’ to ‘there is no consensus’ to ‘caution, caution, caution’—have led a number of scholars to enter the fray from a different location. David Allen has turned the ‘remembered Jesus’ inside out to suggest that the historical character of Christ takes on a kaleidoscope of options and theologies. In this book, historical Jesus studies learn to become Christology.”—Scot McKnight

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9780989167130 Bible Revival: Recommitting Ourselves to One Book by Kenneth Berding (Weaver Book Company. 9780989167130. Paperback. $12.99)

Bible Revival is at once an accessible and soul-searching read. Kenneth Berding is prophetic and characteristically pastoral in his approach to difficult and sometimes personal questions. Early on, he identifies what he calls a “famine of hearing the words of the Lord.” He goes on to present clear, scripturally grounded strategies for finding nourishment in the famine. You cannot help but be challenged by this book, and if you receive Dr. Berding’s admonitions and advice, you will find yourself reevaluating the place of Scripture in your life.”—Barry H. Corey

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