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

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9781433541872 The Incarnation of God: The Mystery of the Gospel as the Foundation of Evangelical Theology by John Clark (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433541872. $21.99)

“This tightly argued and comprehensive theology centered in the incarnation makes a fitting textbook for introductory theology courses. Clark and Johnson’s incisive claims reflect the decisive importance of Jesus’s incarnation for the Christian faith and life. The student not only will come away with a better grasp of the incarnation’s significance, but also will be grasped more profoundly in holistic worship by the incarnate Lord through this compelling read.”—Paul Metzger

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9781433548659 The Scripture Cannot Be Broken: Twentieth Century Writings on the Doctrine of Inerrancy edited by John MacArthur (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433548659. $25.00)

Under the editorial oversight of pastor John MacArthur, this anthology of essays in defense of inerrancy features contributions from a host of respected twentieth century evangelical leaders. The Scripture Cannot Be Broken stands as a clarion call to all who love the Bible and want to see Christ’s church thrive in our increasingly secular world. It is a call to stand alongside our spiritual forefathers with wisdom, clarity, and courage—resolute in our confidence that Scripture is the very Word of God.

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9780830840656 Saying Is Believing: The Necessity of Testimony in Adolescent Spiritual Development by Amanda Hontz Drury (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830840656. $22.00)

“Drury quickly nuances and moves beyond the commonly cited research on teenagers’ religious inarticulacy; a natural storyteller, she makes theologically rich analysis easy to digest, and serves it alongside generous portions of practical wisdom for helping young people learn to speak their convictions. Saying Is Believing is less about problems than solutions, which makes it a must-have resource for anyone who takes young people’s faith seriously."—Kenda Creasy Dean

9780830842872 James (Revised) by Douglas J. Moo (Tyndale OT Commentary Series. IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830842872. $18.00)

"The Bible is being translated, commented on, read, studied, preached and analyzed as never before. But it is questionable whether it is being obeyed to a comparable degree," says Moo in the preface. "All this suggests that the message of James is one that we all need to hear—and obey."


9780830824618 The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate by John H. Walton (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830824618. $17.00)

"Can an interpretation of Genesis 2–3 be true to the biblical text and be supported by the most legitimate claims of science? Can one exegete the accounts of the creation and fall of Adam and Eve in light of all of the partial parallels in other ancient Near Eastern creation literature and still believe in the inerrancy of Scripture? John Walton shows that the answer to both questions is a resounding ‘yes.’ Whether or not one agrees with every detail of Walton’s interpretation, one has to admire the brilliance, clarity and sensibility of his approach. This is a must-read for anyone who thinks one has to choose between faith and science."—Craig L. Blomberg

Preaching Magazine’s "The Year’s Best Books for Preachers" by R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

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For the Glory of God: Recovering a Biblical Theology of Worship by Daniel I. Block (Baker Academic. 9780801026980. $34.99). Click here to read an excerpt from this book.

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. $44.99). Click here to read an excerpt from this book.

God Has Spoken: A History of Christian Theology by Gerald Bray (Crossway Books. 9781433526947. $55.00). Click here to read an excerpt from this book.

Taking God at His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me by Kevin DeYoung (Crossway Books. 9781433542404. $17.99). Click here to read an excerpt from this book.

A Change of Heart: A Personal and Theological Memoir by Thomas C. Oden (IVP Academic. 9780830840359. $40.00). Click here to read an excerpt from this book.

Preaching Magazine's Top 10 2015 Pt 1

God Dwells Among Us: Expanding Eden to the Ends of the Earth by G. K. Beale (IVP Books. 9780830844142. $17.00). Click here to see an interview with the author.

Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Timothy Keller (Penguin. 9780525954149. $26.95). Click here to see an interview with the author.

The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster. 9781476708690. $35.00). Click here to see an interview with the author.

George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father by Thomas S. Kidd (Yale University Press. 9780300181623. $38.00). Click here to read an excerpt from this book.

The Crucified King: Atonement and Kingdom in Biblical and Systematic Theology by Jeremy R. Treat (Zondervan. 9780310516743. $26.99). Click here to read an excerpt from this book. 

Preaching Magazine's Top 10 2015 Pt 2

Arrived on New Academic this week

9781587433672 Traces of the Trinity in Everyday Life by Peter Leithart (Brazos Press. Paperback. 9781587433672. $17.99)

“This is the most delightful book I have read in a long time. One of its delights is its clear, gracefully written prose, which easily engages the reader. The book presents a cogent case for a highly significant point: the whole created world images the divine Trinity. Leithart argues this thesis comprehensively, demonstrating that the divine perichoresis–the mutual indwelling of the three persons of the Trinity–is reflected in every area of human life, including perception, thought, language, sex, time, space, music, and imagination. Leithart’s argument has the potential, therefore, to bring major change to our study of all these areas of reality, and thus to all the ways we live in the world.”—John M. Frame


9780062334343 Simply Good News by N.T. Wright (HarperOne. Hardback. 9780062334343. $24.99)

The Gospel means good news. But if the message has been around for 2,000 years, what makes it significant today? What’s so “good” about stories involving damnation, violence, and a God who sacrifices his only son?

Noted Bible scholar N.T. Wright shows us how Christians today have lost sight of what the “good news” of the gospel really is. In Simply Good News, he takes us back in time to reveal how the people of the first-century—the gospel’s original audience—would have received Jesus’ message. He offer a clear and thoughtful analysis of what the “good news” really is, and applies it to our lives today, revealing its power to transform us.


9780830842865 Song of Songs by Iain Duguid (Tyndale Old Testament Commentary Series. IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830842865. $18.00)

Iain Duguid’s commentary explains how the Song is designed to show us an idealized picture of married love, in the context of a fallen and broken world. It also convicts us of how far short of this perfection we fall, both as humans and as lovers, and drives us repeatedly into the arms of our true heavenly husband, Jesus Christ.


9780830826353 Bound for the Promised Land by Oren Martin (New Studies in Biblical Theology Series. IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830826353. $25.00)

In this stimulating study from the New Studies in Biblical Theology series, Oren Martin demonstrates how, within the redemptive-historical framework of God’s unfolding plan, the land promise advances the place of the kingdom that was lost in Eden. This promise also serves as a type throughout Israel’s history that anticipates the even greater land, prepared for all of God’s people, that will result from the person and work of Christ and that will be enjoyed in the new creation for eternity.


9780830840229 Rejoicing in Christ by Michael Reeves (IVP Books. Paperback. 9780830840229. $16.00)

“Michael Reeves has written a simple and yet elegant introduction to the work of Jesus Christ. He provides a wonderful overview of Jesus in eternity, Jesus triumphing over evil and Jesus reigning forever. Reeves shows that for believers, our life is from Christ, and Christ is our life! His account of Christian doctrine about Jesus is complemented with a treasure trove of historical artwork depicting Jesus, stimulating the mind as well as the heart.”—Michael F. Bird

Arrived on New Academic the Week of February 16, 2015

9780805445268 Perspectives on Israel and the Church: 4 Views edited by Chad Brand (B&H Academic. Paperback. 9780805445268. $29.99)

The relationship between Israel and the church is one of the most debated issues in the history of theology. Some hold the view that there is almost seamless continuity between Israel and the church, while others believe there is very little continuity. Additional perspectives lie between these two.

  • Traditional covenantal view by Robert L. Reymond
  • Traditional dispensational view by Robert L. Thomas
  • Progressive dispensational view by Robert L. Saucy
  • Progressive covenantal view by Chad Brand and Tom Pratt Jr.



Cross: Unrivaled Christ, Unstoppable Gospel, Unreached Peoples, Unending Joy edited by John Piper and David Mathis (B&H Academic. Hardback. 9781433686016. $22.99)

Inspired by the inaugural Cross student missions conference, this book includes contributions from John Piper, David, Platt, Matt Chandler, Thabiti Anyabwile, Kevin DeYoung, D. A. Carson, and more.


9781781915523 Tough Topics 2: Biblical Answers to 25 Challenging Questions by Sam Storms (Christian Focus. Paperback. 9781781915523. $15.99)

“Tough Topics 1 was a real gift to the Body of Christ from one of our Lord’s gifted Bible teachers and theologians. Tough Topics 2 provides more of the same!”—Daniel L. Akin


9781433525025 Luther on the Christian Life: Cross and Freedom by Carl R. Trueman (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433525025. $17.99)

“This book illustrates again why Martin Luther remains a nearly inexhaustible resource. Trueman explains why Luther can be such a perceptive, encouraging, human, and even humorous guide to the Christian life. Especially important is Trueman’s clear communication of why the cross of Christ grounded Luther’s approach to almost everything and why a ‘theology of the cross’ might powerfully motivate believers today as well.”—Mark A. Noll


9781433542824 The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses by Chris Bruno (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433542824. $10.99)

“This compact and insightful book is ideal for one-on-one discipleship, as well as more formal teaching contexts. All Christians, whether mature or young in the faith, will find much to meditate on and rejoice in as Bruno faithfully sketches in the story of redemption.”—Thomas R. Schreiner


9781433541681 Experiencing the Trinity: The Grace of God for the People of God by Joe Thorn (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433541681. $10.99)

“All Christians believe in the Trinity, but most Christians, if we’re honest, don’t like to think about the Trinity that much. The doctrine seems abstract, dry, and distant from everyday life. This book will change that for you. Joe Thorn points us to the joy of a God who is Father, Son, and Spirit, showing us how this truth should prompt us to worship, pray, and trust. He applies this great doctrine without putting us out of its mystery. This book can better equip you to praise the God from whom all blessings flow.”—Russell D. Moore


9781433542022 Kept for Jesus: What the New Testament Really Teaches about Assurance of Salvation and Eternal Security by Sam Storms (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433542022. $15.99)

“I have wrestled with the issue of assurance of salvation not just as a pastor counseling timid souls but as a sinner trusting in God. What a great help is Kept for Jesus, then! Handling the relevant biblical texts with clarity and precision, Sam Storms has crafted real ministry with this book, working by the Spirit to plant the security of union with Christ in the believer’s heart.”—Jared C. Wilson


9781433542862 Why We Pray by William J. Philip (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433542862. $11.99)

“Prayer is a particular kind of relationship to God, not a technique. By examining the fundamentals of that relationship—who he is and who we are—with straightforward Bible exposition, William Philip helps you understand and enter into it.”—Timothy J. Keller


9780781412766 Found: God’s Peace: Experience True Freedom from Anxiety in Every Circumstance by John MacArthur Jr (David C. Cook. Paperback. 9780781412766. $4.99)

Based on MacArthur’s bestselling Anxious for Nothing, this small and concise book moves beyond pop psychology’s temporary cures and returns readers to the true source of comfort and victory: Scripture. As John MacArthur writes, the key to worry-free living is to develop habits of prayer, right thinking, and action. Here he draws on rich biblical truths to show readers how.


9780781413084 Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes by Nancy Pearcey (David C. Cook. Hardback. 9780781413084. $22.99)

In Finding Truth, Nancy Pearcey explains five powerful principles that penetrate to the core of any worldview-secular or religious-to uncover its deepest motivations and weigh its claims. A former agnostic, Pearcey demonstrates that a robust Christian worldview matches reality-that it is not only true but attractive, granting higher dignity to the human person than any alternative.


9780830840670 Mapping Apologetics: Comparing Contemporary Approaches by Brian K. Morley (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830840670. $25.00)

Mapping Apologetics provides the most complete and best analysis to date of my overall apologetic approach.” —John Warwick Montgomery

“Brian Morley shows mastery of the details of my approach, including the qualifications and nuances.”—John Frame


9780830839056 Faith, Freedom and the Spirit: The Economic Trinity in Barth, Torrance and Contemporary Theology by Paul D. Molnar (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830839056. $40.00)

“Powerfully argued and meticulously documented, this book is a magisterial interpretation of Barth and Torrance on the Trinity in relation to election and the incarnation.”—George Hunsinger


9780830841189 Eldership and the Mission of God: Equipping Teams for Faithful Church Leadership by J. R. Briggs (IVP Praxis. Paperback. 9780830841189. $17.00)

“J.R. and Bob give us something that few—if any—books on church eldership have offered before: an accessible mission-directed primer on faithful leadership in localized, contextualized Jesus communities. . . . My hope is that this book will compel us to forego the prevalent version of decaffeinated Christianity and instead cultivate a missionary ethos that ignites faith communities to participate in the unrestrained and uncorked adventure of life with Jesus.”—Alan Hirsch


9780802412638 The Life of Billy Kim: From Houseboy to World Evangelist by Billy Kim (Moody Publishers. Paperback. 9780802412638. $15.99)

“Billy Kim’s unmistakable call to evangelism, his dynamic partnership with Billy Graham, and his gospel influence on world leaders – all these make his life a memorable and inspirational story of God’s abundant grace.”—Philip Ryken


9780802412409 After Acts: Exploring the Lives and Legends of the Apostles by Bryan Litfin (Moody Publishers. Paperback. 9780802412409. $14.99)

We’ve all heard it said: “According to early church tradition Peter was crucified upside down,” or “Paul went to Spain.” Did Thomas found the Indian church? Or did Mary live in Ephesus? Were the twelve disciples all eventually martyred?

Where do these ancient traditions come from, and how historically reliable are they? What is meant by the term “early church tradition?” After Acts opens up the world of the Bible-right after it was written. Follow along with New Testament scholar, Dr. Bryan Litfin as he explores the facts, myths, legends, archaeology, and questions of what happened in those most early days of Christianity.


9780718022013 The Happy Christian: Ten Ways to Be a Joyful Believer in a Gloomy World by David Murray (Thomas Nelson. Paperback. 9780718022013. $16.99)

In The Happy Christian, professor and pastor David Murray blends the best of modern science and psychology with the timeless truths of Scripture to create a solid, credible guide to positivity. The author of the acclaimed Christians Get Depressed Too, Murray exposes modern negativity’s insidious roots and presents ten perspective-changing ways to remain optimistic in a world that keeps trying to drag us down.


9780718031190 Passing the Leadership Baton: A Winning Transition Plan for Your Ministry by Tom Mullins (Thomas Nelson. Paperback. 9780718031190. $24.99)

In Passing the Leadership Baton, Tom Mullins provides compassionate insight and a wealth of practical advice for leading through transition, including tips on:

  • determining the best timing for transition
  • preparing yourself, as a leader, for passing the baton
  • creating an atmosphere receptive to change
  • selecting and preparing your successor for success
  • handing off the baton well and moving forward into the next season
  • handling crisis-driven transitions resulting from an unexpected death or moral failure


9780310259176 The Case for Grace: A Journalist Explores the Evidence of Transformed Lives by Lee Strobel (Zondervan. Hardback. 9780310259176. $22.99. Sale – $16.09 through 4/4/15)

Writing with unusual candor, Lee draws upon his own journey from atheism to Christianity to explore the depth and breadth of God’s redeeming love for spiritually wayward people. He travels thousands of miles to capture the inspiring stories of everyday people whose values have been radically changed and who have discovered the “how” and “why” behind God’s amazing grace. You’ll encounter racists, addicts, and even murderers who have found new hope and purpose. You’ll meet once-bitter people who have received God’s power to forgive those who have harmed them—and, equally amazing, people mired in guilt who have discovered that they can even forgive themselves.