Arrived on New Academic the Week of June 22, 2015

9781433547843 Praying the Bible by Donald S. Whitney (Crossway. 9781433547843. Hardback. $13.99)

“Don Whitney’s suggestion to pray the Bible has made a huge contribution to my devotional life. This little book is explosive and powerful. Read it ready to experience a great step forward in your walk with Christ and in your commitment to prayer.”—R. Albert Mohler Jr.

 

9780718021764 A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, And A Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien And C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, And Heroism In The Cataclysm Of 1914-1918 by Joseph Loconte (Thomas Nelson. Hardback. 9780718021764. $24.99)

The First World War laid waste to a continent and permanently altered the political and religious landscape of the West. For a generation of men and women, it brought the end of innocence—and the end of faith. Yet for J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, the Great War deepened their spiritual quest. Both men served as soldiers on the Western Front, survived the trenches, and used the experience of that conflict to ignite their Christian imagination. Had there been no Great War, there would have been no Hobbit, no Lord of the Rings, no Narnia, and perhaps no conversion to Christianity by C. S. Lewis.

Unlike a generation of young writers who lost faith in the God of the Bible, Tolkien and Lewis produced epic stories infused with the themes of guilt and grace, sorrow and consolation. Giving an unabashedly Christian vision of hope in a world tortured by doubt and disillusionment, the two writers created works that changed the course of literature and shaped the faith of millions. This is the first book to explore their work in light of the spiritual crisis sparked by the conflict.

 

9780310516828 The Pastor as Theologian: Resurrection an Ancient Vision by Gerald Hiestand and Todd Wilson (Zondervan. 9780310516828. Paperback. $18.99)

“The case that Wilson and Hiestand present is winsome and utterly convincing, as they trace the history of the rise and demise of the pastor-theologian, and the resulting theological and ethical anemia of the church. But more, they provide us with a nuanced profile of the ecclesial theologian, and a reasoned way forward. The Pastor-Theologian is an exhilarating and heartening book– and a must read for the church and the academy where it will produce lively, ministry- changing discussion!”—R. Kent Hughes

 

9780310520757 The Emotionally Healthy Church, Updated And Expanded Edition: A Strategy For Discipleship That Actually Changes Lives by Peter Scazzero with Warren Bird (Zondervan. 9780310520757. Hardback. $22.99. SALE – $11.49)

This new edition shares powerful insights on how contemplative spirituality can help you and your church slow down—an integral key to spiritual and emotional health. The Emotionally Healthy Church, Expanded Edition includes story after story of people at New Life Fellowship Church whose lives have been changed by the concepts in this book. Open these pages and find out how your church can turn a new corner on the road to spiritual maturity.

 

9780310494577 The Emotionally Healthy Leader: How Transforming Your Inner Life Will Deeply Transform Your Church, Team, And The World by Peter Scazzero (Zondervan. 9780310494577. Hardback. $22.99)

In The Emotionally Healthy Leader, bestselling author Peter Scazzero shows leaders how to develop a deep, inner life with Christ, examining its profound implications for surviving stress, planning and decision making, building teams, creating healthy culture, influencing others, and much more.

Arrived on New Academic the Week of June 15, 2015

9781433676864 Philippians by Joseph H. Hellerman (Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament Series. B&H Academic. Paperback. 9781433676864. $29.99)

Each volume in the Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament series (EGGNT) begins with a brief introduction to the particular New Testament book, a basic outline, and a list of recommended commentaries. The body is devoted to paragraph-by-paragraph exegesis of the Greek text and includes homiletical helps and suggestions for further study. A comprehensive exegetical outline of the New Testament book completes each EGGNT volume.

 

9781433687297 I Will: Nine Traits of the Outwardly Focused Christian by Thom S. Rainer (B&H Books. Hardback. 9781433687297. $12.99. Sale $7.99 through 8/8/15.)

Every day we are faced with the needs of those around us. Emotional. Physical. Spiritual. What are we to do about it? Are these problems for our pastors to address or is there a way for the church member to make an impact that will last?

In I Will, bestselling author Thom S. Rainer answers these questions by offering nine simple traits that all church members can incorporate into your life no matter your background, stage of life, or sense of capability.

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9781433545351 The Son of God and the New Creation by Graeme Goldsworthy (Short Studies in Biblical Theology Series. Crossway. Paperback. 9781433545351. $16.99)

“The resurgence of interest in biblical theology owes much, perhaps most, to Graeme Goldsworthy. Who better, then, to inaugurate Crossway’s Short Studies in Biblical Theology? And there is no better way for such a series to start than with the Son of God, in whom all the promises are yes and amen.”—James M. Hamilton Jr.

 

128873 Help My Unbelief: Why Doubt Is Not the Enemy of Faith by Barnabas Piper (David C. Cook. Paperback. 9781434706928. $14.99)

In the tradition of Blue Like Jazz and The Myth of Certainty, this book is for Christians disenchanted with a rote, mundane faith that has grown too rigid or too hollow. In his personal, observational style, Piper invites the active questioner and searcher to pursue a path toward real belief by getting faith, doubt, certainty, and unbelief.

 

9780190214340 C. S. Lewis and His Circle: Essays and Memoirs from the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society edited by Roger White (Oxford University Press. Hardback. 9780190214340. $29.95)

“This book is a treat. Just when you might have thought there wasn’t much more to say about Lewis, Tolkien, and their friends, we have a rich and diverse collection of reflections, reminiscences, expositions, and engagements from angles both expected and unexpected. By retaining the spoken style of the original contributions to the Oxford C. S. Lewis Society (not quite a new Inklings, not quite a new Socratic Club, but sharing the heritage of both), the editors give us the sense that we are there in Oxford, thinking through issues old and new, always being challenged to fresh visions of literature, faith, and a hundred other topics. There is here much to ponder, much to praise.”—Rt. Revd. Prof. N. T. Wright

 

9781629950518 The Message of the General Epistles in the History of Redemption: Wisdom from James, Peter, John, and Jude by Brandon D. Crowe (P&R Publishing. Paperback. 9781629950518. $16.99)

“We ignore these letters to our peril, for they have an urgent message for the church today. . . . [Everyone] interested in the message of the Scriptures will benefit from this theologically faithful and pastorally applicable work.”—Thomas R. Schreiner

 

9781596389380 Apologetics: A Justification of Christian Belief by John M. Frame (P&R Publishing. Paperback. 9781596389380. $19.99)

Renowned theologian John Frame sheds much-needed light on the message and method of genuinely Christian apologetics in this landmark title. He insightfully examines apologetics in terms of proof, defense, and offense and clarifies the relationships of reason, proofs, and evidences to faith, biblical authority, and the lordship of Christ.

Two subjects of particular note are Frame’s fresh look at probability arguments and a stimulating investigation into the problem of evil.

Some of the most valuable elements of this book are Frame’s extensive use of Scripture and his presentation of specific lines of argument. There is also a model dialogue in the concluding chapter that shows how these lines of argument work in conversation.

This is an extensively redeveloped and expanded version of Frame’s previous work, Apologetics to the Glory of God.

 

9781596389557 Ministries of Mercy, Third Edition: The Call of the Jericho Road by Timothy J. Keller (P&R Publishing. Paperback. 9781596389557. $14.99)

“There was a point in my pastoral ministry when I looked for a steady hand on mine as I tried to navigate the swirling waters of mercy ministries in an urban setting while remaining deeply committed to heralding God’s Word through the exposition of Scripture. Not surprisingly, I found it in Tim Keller’s Ministries of Mercy.”—John Piper

 

9781629951331 The Flow of the Psalms: Discovering Their Structure and Theology by O. Palmer Robertson (P&R Publishing. Paperback. 9781629951331. $21.99)

O. Palmer Robertson equips us to see a clear redemptive-historical progression that develops across the five books of Psalms. With the aid of charts in full color, he demonstrates how an intentional structure is indicated by elements such as the placement of acrostic psalms, strategic couplings of Messianic psalms with Torah psalms, and the grouping of psalms by topics.

To download a free PDF of Dr. Robertson’s groundbreaking full-color charts of the structure of the Psalms, click here. The PDF may be printed, photocopied, distributed, and used for noncommercial purposes, with appropriate credit.

 

9781941337110 enGendered: God’s Gift of Gender Difference in Relationship by Sam A. Andreades (Weaver Book Company. Paperback. 9781941337110. $17.99)

WORLD’s Book of the Year in the Accessible Theology category

EnGendered is a winsome and eloquent theology of gender. Writing in a calm, confident, and positive tone, and concluding that gender difference is a gift from God that should be celebrated, enGendered goes a long way in speaking the truth in love and avoiding the shrill tone of polemics and emotionalism that too often characterizes discussions on this topic. To summarize, this volume speaks to Christians who want to know what the Bible says about gender difference and why. It also is of value for people who struggle with same-sex attraction but want to follow Christ.

Arrived on New Academic the Week of June 8, 2015

9781433686207 Going Public: Why Baptism Is Required for Church Membership by Bobby Jamieson (B&H Academic. 9781433686207. Paperback. $24.99)

“Ever wondered how baptism ‘works’? … Both a humble charity toward those holding other positions and yet a crystal clarity mark this book. The book is full of cogent exegesis, simple summaries, and excellent illustrations. Clear, concise, more constructive than argumentative, Bobby Jamieson’s prose is smooth, his reasoning is simple, his reading of the contemporary scene is careful. Invest in reading this book so that you (and others you help) can better follow Christ.”—Mark Dever

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9780805496482 Exalting Jesus in Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi by Micah Fries, Stephen Rummage and Robby Gallaty (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary Series. B&H Publishing Group. 9780805496482. Paperback. $14.99)

“Of the many commentaries published each year, few are as well targeted to the needs of pastors as the Christ-Centered Exposition series. This particular volume brings to life the text of four of the Minor Prophets with a major message. The commentary not only provides solid and helpful exegetical insights; it also provides the kind of helpful illustrative and applicational material that is rarely included in other commentaries. This commentary will have great value to any preacher or teacher dealing with with these important portions of Scripture.”—Michael Duduit

 

9781433549915 Adoption: What Joseph of Nazareth Can Teach Us about This Countercultural Choice by Russell D. Moore (Crossway. 9781433549915. Paperback. $7.99)

Adapted from Russell Moore’s influential book Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches, this short volume calls Christians to seriously consider adoption for their own families and thus take a stand for children—born and unborn.

 

9780802872111 The First American Evangelical: A Short Life of Cotton Mather by Rick Kennedy (Library of Religious Biography Series. Eerdmans. 9780802872111. Paperback. $17.00)

“Mather’s life is one of the most fascinating in all of American history. Rick Kennedy has done a fine job in providing a sympathetic, engaging, and yet brief account of such a many-sided and influential personality.”—George Marsden

 

9781451472165 In Defense of Doctrine: Evangelicalism, Theology, and Scripture by Rhyne R. Putman (Emerging Scholars Series. Fortress Press. 9781451472165. Paperback. $44.00)

“This is a much-needed examination of the process by which doctrine develops from the Bible and the criteria with which those who prioritize the proclamation of the gospel evaluate those developments. For those, like Evangelicals, who view Scripture rather than tradition (or Rome) as their magisterial authority, the challenge to understand the process of doctrinal development is especially pressing. Whose interpretation of the Bible counts, and why? The great merit of Putman’s work is that it approaches the question of doctrinal development primarily as a hermeneutical issue, and that he offers both descriptions of the process of coming to understand the biblical text and normative criteria for discerning right interpretations and doctrinal developments.”—Kevin Vanhoozer

 

IVP Academic New Releases (6-15-15) Part 1

Return to Me: A Biblical Theology of Repentance by Mark J. Boda (New Studies in Biblical Theology Series. IVP Academic. 9780830826377. Paperback. $22.00)

2 Corinthians (Revised) by Colin Kruse (Tyndale New Testament Commentary Series. IVP Academic. 9780830842889. Paperback. $18.00)

Paul’s Theology of Preaching: The Apostle’s Challenge to the Art of Persuasion in Ancient Corinth by Duane Litfin (IVP Academic. 9780830824717. Paperback. $40.00)

IVP Academic New Releases (6-15-15) Part 2

The Message of Lamentations by Christopher J. H. Wright (The Bible Speaks Today Commentary Series. IVP Academic. 9780830824410. Paperback. $16.00)

Fool’s Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion by Os Guinness (IVP Books. 9780830836994. Hardback. $22.00)

Inside Job: Doing the Work Within the Work by Stephen W. Smith (IVP Books. 9780830844289. Paperback. $16.00)

 

9780825442773 40 Questions about Baptism and the Lord’s Supper by John S. Hammett (Kregel Academic. 9780825442773. Paperback. $21.99)

“My friend and colleague John Hammett has the wonderful gift to say more in fewer words than most any theologian I know. In this book he does it again. The information is encyclopedic and the detailed research is what we have come to expect of this scholar. John, as always, is fair and evenhanded with those with whom he disagrees. I love the 40 Questions series and this is a wonderful addition to the family.”—Daniel Akin

 

9780525953036 Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller (Penguin. 9780525953036. Hardback. $19.95. Sale – $14.96 expires 6-20-15)

Most Christians—including pastors—struggle to talk about their faith in a way that applies the power of the Christian gospel to change people’s lives. Timothy Keller is known for his insightful, down-to-earth sermons and talks that help people understand themselves, encounter Jesus, and apply the Bible to their lives. In this accessible guide for pastors and laypeople alike, Keller helps readers learn to present the Christian message of grace in a more engaging, passionate, and compassionate way.

 

0718022211 The Printer and the Preacher: Ben Franklin, George Whitefield, and the Surprising Friendship That Invented America by Randy Petersen (Thomas Nelson. 9780718022211. Hardback. $26.99)

Benjamin Franklin was the American prototype: hard-working, inventive, practical, funny, with humble manners and lofty dreams. George Whitefield was the most popular preacher in an era of great piety, whose outdoor preaching across the colonies was heard by thousands, all of whom were told, “You must be born again.” People became excited about God. They began reading the Bible and supporting charities. When Whitefield died in 1770, on a preaching tour in New Hampshire, he had built a spiritual foundation for a new nation—just as his surviving friend, Ben Franklin, had built its social foundation. Together these two men helped establish a new nation founded on liberty. This is the story of their amazing friendship.

 

PICKWICK_Template Christ Died for Our Sins by Jarvis J. Williams (Wipf & Stock Publishers. 9781608994366. Paperback. $28.00)

“This book represents the culmination of a decade of research on the part of Dr. Williams into Jewish martyrology as a potentially illuminating background for Paul’s understanding of the death of Jesus. Wisely avoiding either/or thinking, Dr. Williams advances the case for the contribution that Jewish reflection on its own heroic martyrs, alongside other Jewish scriptural resources, made to Paul’s theology and thus to the emergence of the distinctive Christian confession.”—David A. deSilva

Arrived on New Academic the Week of June 1, 2015

9780190230975 Inventing a Christian America: The Myth of the Religious Founding by Steven K. Green (Oxford University Press. Hardback. 9780190230975. $29.95)

"Inventing a Christian America is the most thorough critique of Christian nationalism available today. Steven Green approaches this controversial subject with scholarly insight, a generally irenic spirit, and a comprehensive analysis of the literature produced by those who defend the idea that the United States was founded as a Christian nation. Anyone interested in this subject must read this book."—John Fea

 

9781601783875 Passing Through: Pilgrim Life in the Wilderness by Jeremy Walker (Reformation Heritage Books. Paperback. 9781601783875. $20.00)

“In this thoughtful book, pastor-theologian Jeremy walker invites us to own our identity in Christ as spiritual pilgrims and servants of the true King, who should ever be conforming our lives to the Scriptures under the leadership of the same Holy Spirit who inspired those Scriptures. I recommend Passing Through for personal devotional reading, small-group study, or as a helpful resource for use in discipleship or mentoring relationships.”—Nathan A. Finn

A Star in the East Jacket Layout.indd A Star in the East: The Rise of Christianity in China by Rodney Stark and Xiuhua Wang (Templeton Foundation Press. Hardback. 9781599474878. $24.95)

“Books on contemporary China have proliferated in recent years, and plenty of them address the remarkable growth of Christianity. What makes A Star in the East wholly distinctive though— and so very valuable—is its reliance on credible and strictly current quantitative evidence. The book thus provides an essential foundation for any future discussion of the religious scene in contemporary China.”—Philip Jenkins

Arrived on New Academic the week of May 25, 2015

Print Introducing World Missions, 2nd Edition: A Biblical, Historical, and Practical Survey by A. Scott Moreau, Gary R. Corwin, Gary B. McGee (Baker Academic. 9780801049200. Hardback. $39.99)

In this volume, leading missionary scholars offer an engaging introduction to the work of missions in the contemporary world. The authors provide a broad overview of the biblical, theological, and historical foundations for missions. They also consider personal and practical issues involved in becoming a missionary, the process of getting to the mission field, and contemporary challenges a mission worker must face. Sidebars, charts, maps, and numerous case studies are included. This new edition has been updated and revised throughout and features a full-color interior.

 

9780374154097 The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. 9780374154097. Hardback. $35.00)

“Like expert commentators at a fencing match, Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski give a sparkling account of how J.R.R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, those friendly duelists, and their eager teammates, Owen Barfield and Charles Williams, sharpened one another’s wits and dazzled the world with words. The Inklings were that rare thing, an elite with an inclusive spirit, and the Zaleskis share the same ethos, brilliantly mastering the details of their brief but never forgetting to be readable. Thorough, lucid, balanced, and well judged, this is literary biography of the very best kind.”—Michael Ward

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9781596389953 Theological Fitness: Why We Need a Fighting Faith by Aimee Byrd (P&R Publishing. 9781596389953. Paperback. $12.99)

“What a gem this book is—so full of encouragement and so honest and genuine. We see from Aimee what perseverance looks like on the ground, and at the same time her wonderfully practical and readable book is grounded in good theology.”—Thomas R. Schreiner

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