Arrived on New Academic the Week of July 13, 2015

9780805499308 The Holman Illustrated Bible Commentary edited by E. Ray Clendenen and Jeremy Royal Howard (B&H. Hardback. 9780805499308. $44.99)

The commentary illuminates each verse in the Bible by focusing on a few verses at a time. The outline for each book serves as the headings throughout the commentary. This feature enables the reader to move from the big picture to the details in section-by-section fashion. The commentary is illustrated with photos and other graphics that bring the world of each Bible book to life for the reader. Also, each book of the Bible includes a substantial bibliography that enables the reader to explore more deeply.


9781462745920 Firmly Planted: How to Cultivate a Faith Rooted in Christ by Robby Gallaty (B&H Books. Paperback. 9781462745920. $13.99)

The book addresses topics such as how you can be sure of your salvation, why your identity in Christ affects everything you do, how to overcome the three enemies that cripple a Christian’s growth, a battle plan for gaining victory over temptation, and the indispensable spiritual discipline every believer must foster.


9781433545238 Word-Filled Women’s Ministry: Loving and Serving the Church edited by Gloria Furman and Kathleen B. Nielson (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433545238. $15.99)

“Out of both biblical conviction and years of experience, these women think seriously about discipleship, evangelism, intergenerational mentoring, and compassion. Their strength is evident, their commitment to Scripture robust, their joy in the gospel intoxicating, their anticipation of the consummation providing a lodestar to their lives and service. Although this is a book by women to foster “Word-filled women’s ministry,” much of it will be read with equal profit by men. I hope that some of those men will be pastors who in consequence reflect on what they can do encourage such ministry in their own churches.”—D. A. Carson


9781433549250 Designed for Joy: How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice edited by Owen Strachan and Jonathan Parnell (Crossway. Paperback. 9781433549250. $14.99)

Table of Contents

Introduction: How Does the Gospel Shape Manhood and Womanhood? Owen Strachan

  1. Being a Man and Acting Like One Jonathan Parnell
  2. Masculinity Handed Down Joe Rigney
  3. The Happy Call to Holistic Provision David Mathis
  4. The Feminine Focus Trillia Newbell
  5. The Nature of a Woman’s Nurture Gloria Furman
  6. What Is Submission? Christina Fox
  7. Every Day Godward Tony Reinke
  8. Discipline for Our Good Andy Naselli
  9. Training Our Kids in a Transgender World Denny Burk
  10. Good News for the Not-Yet-Married Marshall Segal
  11. Purity We Can Count On Grant and GraceAnna Castleberry
  12. My Recovery from Feminism Courtney Reissig
  13. Immature Manhood and the Hope of Something Better Brandon Smith

Afterword: The Glad Conviction Jonathan Parnell

9781433542480 Augustine’s Confessions by Leland Ryken (Christian Guides to the Classics Series. Paperback. 9781433542480. Paperback. $5.99)

“Students, teachers, homeschoolers, general readers, and even seasoned literature professors like me will find these Christian guides to classic works of literature invaluable. They demonstrate just what is so great about these ‘great books’ and illuminate their meanings in light of Christian truth. Reading these books along with the masterpieces they accompany is a literary education in itself, and there can be few better tutors and reading companions than Leland Ryken, a master Christian scholar and teacher.”—Gene Edward Veith Jr. on the Christian Guides to the Classics Series


9780802872937 Peter — False Disciple and Apostate according to Saint Matthew by Robert H. Gundry (Eerdmans. Paperback. 9780802872937. $20.00)

“In this highly controversial work on Peter, Robert Gundry’s intellectual gifts and remarkable powers of analysis are displayed to an even higher degree than in his previous publications. . . . One need not agree with Gundry’s conclusions to acknowledge that the penetrating exegesis presented here and the nature of the argumentation as a whole demand serious reflection and engagement. Those who pay close attention to this brief but unusually weighty book will not be able to read Matthew in quite the same way that they did before.”—Moisés Silva


9781451490084 True Faith in the True God: An Introduction to Luther’s Life and Thought, Revised and Expanded Edition by Hans Schwarz (Fortress Press. Paperback. 9781451490084. $44.00)

For this revised edition, Schwarz has thoroughly reviewed the text and added important new sections on Luther and music, Luther and the economy, Luther and the Jews, and more.

“At once both accessible and substantial, True Faith in the True God is an engaging presentation of key aspects of Luther’s theology with an eye toward how it is that the Reformer’s evangelical teaching continues to instruct and challenge in the Twenty-first century. Schwarz is conversant with contemporary Luther scholarship and he has distilled it in a format that will be helpful to students, pastors, and laity interested in deepening their understanding of Martin Luther.”—John T. Pless


9780830824731 Mapping Your Academic Career: Charting the Course of a Professor’s Life by Gary M. Burge (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830824731. $16.00)

“This book is wonderfully humane: humane because it does not say what a generic faculty member should look like, but instead carefully considers the developmental stages that take place in a professor’s life; wonderful because Burge’s book is brimming with deep insights, helpful anecdotes and wise counsel. His vision for faculty mentoring could especially yield great fruit for all who will follow it. Highly recommended to administrators and faculty alike.”—Kelly M. Kapic


9780830824724 Rediscovering Jesus: An Introduction to Biblical, Religious and Cultural Perspectives on Christ by David B. Capes, Rodney Reeves and E. Randolph Richards (IVP Academic. Paperback. 9780830824724. $30.00)

Rediscovering Jesus isn’t like other books on Jesus. As first-rate scholars and seasoned guides to interpreting the New Testament, Capes, Reeves and Richards provide wise and responsible answers. But perhaps more importantly, and what sets this book apart from others, they ask questions almost no one else is asking, questions that we all wonder about. They are keen listeners not only to what the Scriptures say about Jesus but also to what our world wants to know about him. Here we have a classic example of what John Stott called ‘double listening': paying attention to both the authoritative text and the needs of an intrigued and seeking world. Rediscovering Jesus is evangelical in theology, canonical in scope, historically informed, scholarly responsible and pedagogically savvy. I enthusiastically recommend it as an engaging resource for enriching our lives and leading us to follow the good but untamable Jesus of the Bible more faithfully.”—J. Scott Duvall


9781628622164 How We Got The Bible by Timothy Paul Jones (Rose Publishing. Paperback. 9781628622164. $14.99)

“Dr. Timothy Paul Jones has created a helpful and easy-to-follow book and DVD series showing that the Bible can be trusted. How We Got the Bible is helpful for skeptics who are unsure about the reliability of the Bible, but also for believers who want to go deeper in their faith.”—Sean McDowell

Arrived on New Academic the Week of July 6, 2015

9781433686177 Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel by Russell Moore (B&H Books. 9781433686177. Hardback. $24.99. Sale – $19.99 through 9/26/15)

As the culture changes all around us, it is no longer possible to pretend that we are a Moral Majority. That may be bad news for America, but it can be good news for the church. What’s needed now, in shifting times, is neither a doubling-down on the status quo nor a pullback into isolation. Instead, we need a church that speaks to social and political issues with a bigger vision in mind: that of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As Christianity seems increasingly strange, and even subversive, to our culture, we have the opportunity to reclaim the freakishness of the gospel, which is what gives it it’s power in the first place.

We seek the kingdom of God, before everything else. We connect that kingdom agenda to the culture around us, both by speaking it to the world and by showing it in our churches. As we do so, we remember our mission to oppose demons, not to demonize opponents. As we advocate for human dignity, for religious liberty, for family stability, let’s do so as those with a prophetic word that turns everything upside down.

Also, be sure to check out the inside of each book jacket for a unique poster with a quote from book.

9781433686177 (screen shot from Politico)


9781433539527 Packer on the Christian Life: Knowing God in Christ, Walking by the Spirit by Sam  Storms (Crossway. 9781433539527. Paperback. $18.99)

“The most noteworthy feature of this book is the author’s ability to assimilate vast quantities of data, condense it, and put it into a systematic format. This begins with a wonderful biographical chapter and then proceeds to Packer’s theology. A brief version of the systematic theology that Packer has long promised the world, this book is a triumph of scholarship.”—Leland Ryken


9780802871909 The Work of Theology by Stanley Hauerwas (Eerdmans. 9780802871909. Paperback. $28.00)

Hauerwas discusses a wide array of topics in such chapters as these:

“How I Think I Learned to Think Theologically”
“How to Do or Not to Do Protestant Ethics”
“The `How’ of Theology and the Ministry”
“How to Write a Theological Sentence”
“How to Be Theologically Funny”
“How (Not) to Retire Theologically”

In a postscript he responds thoughtfully to Nicholas M. Healy’s 2014 book Hauerwas: A (Very) Critical Introduction.


9781601783813 How Should We Develop Biblical Friendship? by Michael A.G. Haykin and Joel Beeke (Cultivating Biblical Godliness Series. Reformation Heritage Books. 9781601783813. Paperback. $3.00)

“A treasure! From two of my friends, a booklet about friendship that makes me thankful for them and what they have written. Friendship is what Jesus gifts in His final hours—‘you are my friends’—and discovering friendship with others is one of God’s great gifts. Winsomely thoughtful and practical, this is a rare treasure that is bound to be read widely.”—Derek W. H. Thomas


9781401678531 Evangelicals Around The World: A Global Handbook For The 21st Century edited by Brian Stiller (Thomas Nelson. 9781401678531. Hardback. $34.99)

Bringing together a team of multi-disciplined scholars, writers, activists, and leaders from around the world, this handbook provides a compelling look at the diverse group we call Evangelicals. In this guide, written by those who know the movement the best, the issues that divide and the beliefs that unite this global Christian movement are presented in a journalistic fashion.

Features include:

  • Essays written by senior leaders of the movement and newer voices with fresh perspectives
  • Articles written by journalists convey diverse and creative perspectives on ministry
  • Essays provide the demographic details of Evangelicals in regions around the world
  • Maps, graphs, photographs, quotes, and mini-profiles of evangelical heroes throughout time


9780310699873 Discussing Mere Christianity Study Guide With DVD: Exploring The History, Meaning, And Relevance Of C.S. Lewis’s Greatest Book by Devin Brown and Eric Metaxas (Zondervan. 9780310699873. Paperback and DVD. $49.99)

Host Eric Metaxas and a variety of Christian leaders (e.g. N.T. Wright, Tim Keller, Lauren Winner, Devin Brown, Paul McCusker, Douglas Gresham) help us understand the timeless message of C.S. Lewis in fresh ways for a new generation.

Click here to see session one from the DVD.

Arrived on New Academic the Week of June 29, 2015

9781433680120 Urban Legends of the New Testament: 40 Common Misconceptions by David A. Croteau (B&H Academic. 9781433680120. Paperback. $14.99)

“Evangelicals rightly insist that ‘Scripture only’ is our source of truth. Yet our interpretations of Scripture sometimes owe more to tradition than to the Bible itself. David Croteau unmasks some common interpretations that have only dubious biblical support. But he does more than debunk these ‘myths’ of interpretation; he also helps us understand what these passages really are saying and why they matter. Perhaps just as importantly, he encourages all of us to be more careful and attentive readers of Scripture.”—Douglas Moo


9781884527999 Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield (Crown & Covenant Publications. 9781884527999. Paperback. $13.00)

“King Jesus knows just what the church and the world need, and just when we need it. When we needed a Pascal; behold, there was Pascal. When we needed Spurgeon, there he was. In his wisdom, Jesus knew that we would need the gift, right now, of Rosaria Butterfield. This book deals with some of the most difficult and incendiary questions with wit, joy, maturity, and, above all, radiating love.

If you’re struggling with sexual sin, this book will help you. If you are gripped with guilt from your past, this book will strengthen you. If you don’t know how to love or bear witness to your neighbors, this book will equip you. Like Jael of old, Rosaria Butterfield wields the tent peg of the gospel against deception and accusation. And, with this book, she nails it.”—Russell Moore


9781451494150 Resilient Reformer: The Life and Thought of Martin Luther by Timothy F. Lull and Derek R. Nelson (Fortress Press. 9781451494150. Paperback. $44.00)

This biography, begun by Timothy F. Lull prior to his death and capably finished by Derek R. Nelson, is marked for its fresh, winsome, and invigorating style–one undoubtedly shaped by the years that each author spent in undergraduate and seminary classrooms. Luther is portrayed here more as a loud tenor in a Reformation chorale than as a solo voice of dissent against church and empire, as he and his work are closely linked with his many collaborators. At times humorous, always realistic, and appropriately critical when necessary, Lull and Nelson tell the story of an amazing, unforgettable life, one that impacted our world in countless ways.


9781451499629 Understanding and Using the Bible edited by Christopher J. H. Wright and Jonathan Lamb (International Study Guide Series. Fortress Press. 9781451499629. Paperback. $34.00)

Part I: Understanding the Bible
1. Understanding the Bible as the Word of God—Christopher J. H. Wright
2. Understanding the Bible as the Words of Human Authors—Christopher J. H. Wright
3. Understanding the Bible as a Whole—Christopher J. H. Wright

Part II: Using the Bible
4. Using the Bible Devotionally for Life—Jonathan Lamb
5. Using the Bible in Evangelism—Ajith Fernando
6. Using the Bible in Groups—Catharine Padilla
7. Using the Bible in the Context of Islam—Ida Glaser
8. Using the Bible in Oral Cultures—Steve Evans
9. Using the Bible with Women—Emily Onyango
10. Using the Bible in the Family as a Guide for Life—Anthony and King Lang Loke
11. Using the Bible in Preaching—Jonathan Lamb


9780310518334 Paul and Money: A Biblical Theological Analysis of the Apostle’s Teachings and Practices by Verlyn Verbrugge and Keith R. Krell (Zondervan Academic. 9780310518334. Paperback. $27.99)

During the past twenty years a significant amount of research has been done on class-consciousness in the Greco-Roman world and on the significance of Paul’s fund-raising venture “for the poor among the Lord’s people in Jerusalem”—“the collection”—for his ministry. Relying on the surprising results of current Pauline scholarship and a careful exegesis of a variety of New Testament texts, this book offers a thorough investigation of the apostle Paul’s sayings and dealings with money.

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.

Click here to read a sample from this book.


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.