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Exalting Jesus in Isaiah by Andrew M. Davis (B & H Books. 9780805497380. Paperback. $14.99)

“Without a doubt Isaiah is one of the most important books in the Old Testament, and the New Testament use of Isaiah gives it a particular significance. Andy Davis’s commentary is a helpful addition to studies on Isaiah at several levels. He takes seriously the historical message of Isaiah so that he doesn’t simply leap to the New Testament and avoid the Old Testament context. At the same time, the fulfillment of Isaiah in the New Testament receives careful and wise attention. Finally, Davis applies the message of Isaiah to today’s world. I recommend this work enthusiastically.”–Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


No Silver Bullets by Daniel Im (B & H Books. 9781433651540. Paperback. $16.99)

“While discipling others who will then disciple others is Jesus’ master plan, defining maturity is sometimes tricky. I’m grateful that Daniel outlines a research-based, yet practical way, to understand and move people toward Christlikeness. Don’t miss this.” –Robert E. Coleman, distinguished senior professor of Evangelism and Discipleship, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary


Encountering the History of Missions: From Early Church to Today by John Mark Terry and Robert L. Gallagher (Baker Academic. 9780801026966. Paperback. $29.99)

“Missions history is much more than the story of crossing boundaries and developing strategies; it’s the story of people. This book is thus about encountering people–men and women who devoted their lives to the spread of the good news to the nations. The authors have done what might seem to be impossible: telling the story of centuries of missions history while holding the reader’s attention through biographical portraits, relevant sidebars, and challenging case studies. I finished this book asking God to allow me to play a role, even a minor one, in the continuing story of missions history. Somehow, I think the authors would be pleased.”–Chuck Lawless, professor of evangelism and missions, dean of graduate studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary


The Fear of the Lord is Wisdom: An Introduction to Wisdom in Israel by Tremper Longman III (Baker Academic. 9780801027116 Hardcover. $32.99)

Wisdom plays an important role in the Old Testament, particularly in Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes. This major work from renowned scholar Tremper Longman III examines wisdom in the Old Testament and explores its theological influence on the intertestamental books, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and especially the New Testament.

Longman notes that wisdom is a practical category (the skill of living), an ethical category (a wise person is a virtuous person), and most foundationally a theological category (the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom). The author discusses Israelite wisdom in the context of the broader ancient Near East, treats the connection between wisdom in the New Testament and in the Old Testament, and deals with a number of contested issues, such as the relationship of wisdom to prophecy, history, and law.


Martin Luther’s Theology of Beauty: A Reappraisal by Mark C. Mattes (Baker Academic. 9780801098376. Hardcover. $35.00)

“Beauty has historically been a neglected topic in much of traditional Protestant theology, a lacuna of increasing significance in an age that is more and more preoccupied with aesthetics. In this book Mark Mattes retrieves Martin Luther as a source for aesthetic reflection and, in so doing, brings both Luther’s thought and the Protestantism that stems from him into important dialogue with both earlier theologians and contemporary thinkers such as Charles Taylor and John Milbank. Martin Luther’s Theology of Beauty is rich in historical theological insight and modern philosophical potential.” –Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary, Pennsylvania


Dictionary of Luther and the Lutheran Traditions by Timothy J. Wengert (Baker Academic. 9780801049699. Hardcover. $59.99)

“This comprehensive dictionary of Lutheranism will be a welcome addition to the library of anyone with interest in the Lutheran Reformation or the progress of Lutheranism to the present day. It is a gold mine of useful information on the topic, all contained conveniently between two boards.” –Tony Lane, professor of historical theology, London School of Theology”


Practices of Love: Spiritual Disciplines for the Life of the World by Kyle David Bennett (Brazos Press. 9781587434037. Paperback. $17.99)

Spiritual disciplines are often viewed primarily as a means to draw us closer to God. While these practices do deepen and enrich our “vertical” relationship with God, Kyle David Bennett argues that they were originally designed to positively impact our “horizontal” relationships–with neighbors, strangers, enemies, friends, family, animals, and even the earth. Bennett explains that this “horizontal” dimension has often been overlooked or forgotten in contemporary discussions of the spiritual disciplines.

This book offers an alternative way of understanding the classic spiritual disciplines that makes them relevant, doable, and meaningful for everyday Christians. Bennett shows how the disciplines are remedial practices that correct the malformed ways we do everyday things, such as think, eat, talk, own, work, and rest. Through personal anecdotes, engagement with Scripture, and vivid cultural references, he invites us to practice the spiritual disciplines wholesale and shows how changing the way we do basic human activities can bring healing, renewal, and transformation to our day-to-day lives and the world around us.

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A Burning and Shining Light: The Testimony and Witness of George Whitfield by Dan Nelson (LifeSong Publishers. 9780979911675. Paperback. $19.99)

“Dan Nelson’s biography of George Whitefield is a wonderfully engaging chronicle of a truly great life. I love the rich insights into Whitefield’s personality and opinions. Whitefield had an amazing gift for proclaiming the Word of God with tremendous passion and power—even in the most hostile environments. As a result, he was enormously influential in his generation, and he left a long-lasting mark on the culture of both the United Kingdom and America. Evangelicals in the current generation desperately need to rediscover Whitefield and imbibe a fresh dose of his faith and his love for the Word of God.”—John MacArthur, Pastor, Author, President, The Master’s Seminary


Is Hell for Real? And Other Questions About Judgment, Eternity and the God of Love by Erik Raymond (The Good Book Company. 9781784980689. Paperback. $7.99)

The word Hell conjures up all kinds of nightmares in people’s minds. But also presents a difficulty for many Christians. How can a God who the Bible says literally “is love” condemn anyone to an eternity of torment? Will punishment be eternal? Is Hell for real?

In this short, accessible book, pastor and author Erik Raymond reviews this important subject for everyone with pastoral warmth and biblical clarity.


John 1-12 For You by Josh Moody (The Good Book Company. 9781784982164. Hardback. $22.99)

Josh Moody helps those new to John to dip their toes in its waters, while also showing new depths to those more familiar with this Gospel. Jesus came to bring life to the full—and in showing us his seven signs, John pictures the fulfillment that comes from living life as a follower of the Word become flesh.

This Expository Guide takes you verse by verse through the text in an accessible and applied way. It is less academic than a traditional commentary and can be read cover-to-cover, used in personal devotions, used to lead small group studies, or used for sermon preparation.


God and the Transgender Debate by Andrew T. Walker (The Good Book Company. 9781784981785. Paperback. $14.99).

What is transgender and gender fluidity? What does God’s Word actually say about these issues? How can the gospel be good news for someone experiencing gender dysphoria? How should churches respond?

This warm, faithful and careful book helps Christians understand what the Bible says about gender identity. It will help us to engage lovingly, thoughtfully and faithfully with one of the most explosive cultural discussions of our day.

If you want to learn more and love better, and are open to considering what God has to say about sex and gender, this hope-filled book is for you.
Includes a section looking at practical questions including:

– Can someone be transgender and Christian?
– Should I mind if people who are biologically the other sex are in my restroom?
– What should church leaders do if a congregation member asks for their child to be identified as the opposite gender?
– Is it true that Christian teaching is harmful and can lead to depression and higher suicide rates?
– What about people who are born intersex?


God and Soul Care: The Therapeutic Resources of the Christian Faith by Eric L. Johnson (IVP Press. 9780830851591. Hardcover. $45.00).

“Augustine’s Soliloquies includes a dialogue between himself and his Reason, who asks him what he wants to know: ‘”I want to know God and the soul.” “Nothing more?” “Nothing at all.”‘ Eric Johnson wants to know how God heals the soul. This book is his answer. It’s a work of radical Christian scholarship that lets theology into the driver’s seat of psychology from the start. The result is a salutary theology that features the psychological health-giving implications of various Christian doctrines, united by a common trinitarian framework. This is the main course for which Johnson’s Foundations for Soul Care was the appetizer. Christianity as theo-therapy: Augustine would no doubt be pleased.”—Kevin J. Vanhoozer, research professor of systematic theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

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Commentary on Romans by David G. Peterson (Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation Series. B&H. 9780805496222. Hardback. $39.99)

The Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation commentary series explores the theology of the Bible in considerable depth, spanning both Testaments. General Editors include T. Desmond Alexander, Andreas J. Kostenberger and Thomas R. Schreiner with contributing authors from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, though all affirm the inerrancy and inspiration of Scripture. United in their belief in the underlying unity of Scripture, each author explores the contribution of a given book or group of books to the theology of Scripture as a whole. All volumes provide a discussion of introductory matters, including the book’s historical setting and the literary structure. Also included is an exegetical treatment of all the relevant passages in succinct commentary-style format. The major contribution of each volume, however, is a thorough discussion of the most important themes of the biblical book in relation to the canon as a whole. This format, in itself, would already be a valuable contribution to biblical theology. But there are other series that try to accomplish a survey of the Bible’s theology as well. What distinguishes the present series is its orientation toward Christian proclamation. As a result, the ultimate purpose of this set of volumes is not exclusively, or even primarily, academic. Rather, we seek to relate biblical theology to our own lives and to the life of the church. Our desire is to equip those in Christian ministry who are called by God to preach and teach the precious truths of Scripture to their congregations.

“The verse-by-verse commentary is brimming with insightful exegesis, and the elucidation of the biblical-theological themes of Romans contains a careful and powerful articulation of the gospel. I think Paul would like this commentary!”—Simon Gathercole, University of Cambridge


Matthew by Charles L. Quarles (Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament Series. B&H. 9781433676161. Trade Paperback. $29.99)

The Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament (EGGNT) closes the gap between the Greek text and the available lexical and grammatical tools, providing all the necessary information for greater understanding of the text. The series makes interpreting any given New Testament book easier, especially for those who are hard pressed for time but want to preach or teach with accuracy and authority. Each volume 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.


Exalting Jesus in Daniel by Daniel L. Akin (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary Series. B&H. 9780805496871. Trade Paperback. $14.99)

This series affirms that the Bible is a Christ-centered book, containing a unified story of redemptive history of which Jesus is the hero. It’s presented as sermons, divided into chapters that conclude with a “Reflect & Discuss” section, making this series ideal for small group study, personal devotion, and even sermon preparation. It’s not academic but rather presents an easy-reading, practical and friendly commentary.


Greek for Life: Strategies for Learning, Retaining, and Reviving New Testament Greek by Benjamin L. Merkle and Robert L. Plummer (Baker Academic. 9780801093203. Paperback. $19.99)

Learning Greek is one thing. Retaining it and using it in preaching, teaching, and ministry is another. In this volume, two master teachers with nearly forty years of combined teaching experience inspire readers to learn, retain, and use Greek for ministry, setting them on a lifelong journey of reading and loving the Greek New Testament.

Designed to accompany a beginning or intermediate Greek grammar, this book offers practical guidance, inspiration, and motivation; presents methods not usually covered in other textbooks; and surveys helpful resources for recovering Greek after a long period of disuse. It also includes devotional thoughts from the Greek New Testament. The book will benefit anyone who is taking (or has taken) a year of New Testament Greek.

“Merkle and Plummer have written a charming and immensely practical book on how to retain and even regain knowledge of Greek. I am thrilled to recommend this book, which so effectively instructs and motivates us to continue studying the Greek New Testament.”—Thomas R. Schreiner, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


Hidden Prophets of the Bible: Finding the Gospel in Hoesea through Malachi by Michael Williams (David C. Cook. 9781434711304. Paperback. $16.99)

Michael Williams takes readers on a journey from Hosea to Malachi, uncovering significant messages about Jesus and the gospel. Making these often overlooked books accessible, in Hidden Prophets of the Bible, Williams gives insight into each of the minor prophets, exploring: little-known facts about the prophet; the gospel according to the prophet; why the prophet should matter to readers.

Though the Minor Prophets of the Old Testament may seem obscure, readers will discover the significance that lies within these short books and how the relevance of these books will help grow their faith. Questions prompt readers to reflect on what each prophet’s message means for their own faith.


Never Settle for Normal: The Proven Path to Significance and Happiness by Jonathan Parnell (Penguin Random House. 9781601429063. Paperback. $14.99)

Never Settle for Normal may be the key to help you doubt your doubting of God, because the god you are doubting might not be the real God. And if you lose reality while turning from the imaginary, you lose everything. You long for happiness and significance. Jonathan Parnell makes a compelling case that the whole history of the world exists to show you where this is found. This book is a journey from eternity to eternity. You may find what you are longing for not in a collection of ideas organized around themes but in a kind of earthy itinerary from creation to the end of the world. I hope so.”—John Piper, founder and teacher at and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary, Minneapolis

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Steal Away Home by Matt Carter and Aaron Ivery (B&H Books. 9781433690655. Hardback. $19.99).

Thomas Johnson and Charles Spurgeon lived worlds apart.

Johnson, an American slave, born into captivity and longing for freedom–Spurgeon, an Englishman born into relative ease and comfort, but, longing too for a freedom of his own. Their respective journeys lead to an unlikely meeting and an even more unlikely friendship, forged by fate and mutual love for the mission of Christ.

Steal Away Home is a new kind of book based on historical research, tells a previously untold story set in the 1800’s of the relationship between an African-American missionary and one of the greatest preachers to ever live.


Living Life Backward by David Gibson (Crossway. 9781433556272. Paperback. $17.99).

“The past two decades have witnessed quite a number of popular expositions of Ecclesiastes—and this one by David Gibson is the best of them. It follows the line of the book in a believable and compelling way. Its applications and reflections are cogent and telling, and the writing is characterized by grace and verve. Moreover, the questions found at the end of each chapter make this volume suitable for small-group Bible studies. Highly recommended.”—D. A. Carson, research professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; co-founder, The Gospel Coalition


Covenant and God’s Purpose for the World by Thomas R. Schreiner (Short Studies in Biblical Theology Series. Crossway. 9781433549991. Paperback $14.99).

Throughout the Bible, God has related to his people through covenants. It is through these covenant relationships, which collectively serve as the foundation for God’s promise to bring redemption to his people, that we can understand the advancement of his kingdom. This book walks through six covenants from Genesis to Revelation, helping us grasp the overarching narrative of Scripture and see the salvation God has planned for us since the beginning of time—bolstering our faith in God and giving us hope for the future.


The Theater of God’s Glory by W. David O. Taylor (Eerdmans. 9780802874481. Paperback. $30.00).

Both detractors and supporters of John Calvin have deemed him an enemy of the physical body, a pessimist toward creation, and a negative influence on the liturgical arts. But, says W. David O. Taylor, that only tells half of the story.

Taylor examines Calvin’s trinitarian theology as it intersects his doctrine of the physical creation in order to argue for a positive theological account of the liturgical arts. He does so believing that Calvin’s theology can serve, perhaps surprisingly, as a rich resource for understanding the theological purposes of the arts in corporate worship.

Drawing on Calvin’s Institutes, biblical commentaries, sermons, catechisms, treatises, and worship orders, this book represents one of the most thorough investigations available of John Calvin’s theology of the physical creation—and the promising possibilities it opens up for the formative role of the arts in worship.


Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination by John Corvino, Ryan T. Anderson, and Sherif Girgis (Oxford University Press. 9780190603076. Paperback. $21.95).

“One of the most important debates in our time is that it of religious liberty as it relates to controversies over sexuality and marriage. Sadly, usually most Americans don’t have these debates at all, content to stay in our silos and never engage with those who disagree with us. This book is different. Ryan Anderson, Sherif Girgis, and John Corvino model how to hold strong (very strong) opinions while debating others with respect. This book will equip you, wherever you stand, on how the “other side” from you thinks. If American society follows the lead of this book, our culture wars won’t end, but they just might be kinder and smarter. That’s a good start.”—Russell Moore, President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention

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Same Sex Relationships by John Stott (The Good Book Company. 9781784982652. Paperback. $9.99)

“John Stott remains a compelling and urgent voice in today’s discussions about human sexuality, and so it is wonderful to have his work refreshed and available to the church in this format, alongside stories that underline how God’s timeless word continues to bring goodness and flourishing.”—Sam Allberry,Speaker, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries


The Church Fathers as Spiritual Mentors
by Michael A.G. Haykin (Joshua Press. 9781894400817. Paperback. $21.99)

Historian Michael Haykin examines the lives of such church fathers as Irenaeus of Lyons, Cyprian of Carthage, Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nyssa, Macarius and Augustine, as he uncovers the theological debates, councils, creeds and preaching of the ancient church (A.D. 100—600). After the foundational ministry of the apostles, these early church leaders were pivotal to the formation of theological creeds, the defence of the faith against error and heresy and the development of early church ecclesiastical structure.

Defending the authority of the Scriptures, the doctrine of the Trinity, the godhead of the Holy Spirit and the deity of Christ, these church leaders provide a great example of the apologetic work of the ministry and the need for pastors to be astute to the theological challenges of the day. Dr. Haykin also considers the influence of the emperor Constantine and the development of the papacy and addresses such “modern” issues as abortion and the millennium. We owe the church fathers a great debt for their example of a committed, living faith.


Christian Theologies of the Sacraments: A Comparative Introduction by Justin S. Holcomb and David A. Johnson (NYU Press. 9780814770108. Paperback. $30.00).

What are the sacraments? For centuries, this question has elicited a lively discussion and among theologians, and a variety of answers that do anything but outline a unified belief concerning these fundamental ritual structures.

In this extremely cohesive and well-crafted volume, a group of renowned scholars map the theologies of sacraments offered by key Christian figures from the Early Church through the twenty-first century. Together, they provide a guide to the variety of views about sacraments found throughout Christianity, showcasing the variety of approaches to understanding the sacraments across the Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox faith traditions.

Chapters explore the theologies of thinkers from Basil to Aquinas, Martin Luther to Gustavo Gutiérrez. Rather than attempting to distill their voices into a single view, the book addresses many of the questions that theologians have tackled over the two thousand year history of Christianity. In doing so, it paves the way for developing theologies of sacraments for present and future contexts. The text places each theology of the sacraments into its proper sociohistorical context, illuminating how the church has used the sacraments to define itself and its congregations over time.