A Disruptive Gospel: Stories and Strategies for Transforming Your City by Mac Pier (Baker Books. 9780801019203. Paperback. $14.99)
“Global cities present simultaneously some of the greatest challenges and opportunities for the gospel. I encourage all leaders who care about the advance of the gospel to read this.”—Michael Oh, executive director/CEO, Lausanne Movement
Essential Worship: A Handbook for Leaders by Greg Scheer (Baker Books. 9780801008283. Paperback. $19.99
“I usually find introductions to worship and worship leading disappointing because they are either theologically, historically, liturgically, or practically weak. There is always some gap. For the first time, I’ve found something that briefly yet thoroughly covers it all!”—Zac Hicks, Canon for Worship and Liturgy, Cathedral Church of the Advent
Intended for Evil: A Survivor’s Story of Love, Faith, and Courage in the Cambodian Killing Fields by Les Sillars (Baker Books. 9780801009099. Paperback. $17.99)
“Single death: tragedy. Million deaths: statistic. Sometimes attributed to Joseph Stalin, sometimes to others, that formula certainly holds true for writing about the Khmer Rouge’s murder of 1.7 million Cambodians. So Les Sillars was wise to tell the story of one man, Radha Manickam, and his journey through Communist hell during the 1970s. It’s also a tale of coming to Christ and surviving through God’s grace. If you want to understand that era, Intended for Evil is a great book to read.”—Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief of World
Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification by Sinclair Ferguson (Banner of Truth. 9781848716902. Paperback. $18.00)
Devoted to God stresses the foundational importance of fundamental issues such as union with Christ, the rhythms of spiritual growth, the reality of spiritual conflict, and the role of God’s law. Here is a fresh approach to an always relevant subject, and a working manual to which the Christian can turn again and again for biblical instruction and spiritual direction.
Bishop J. C. Ryle’s Autobiography: The Early Years edited by Andrew Atherstone (Banner of Truth. 9781848716865. Hardback. $30.00)
Edited by Andrew Atherstone, this critical edition of Ryle’s manuscript autobiography, dictated in 1873, is a rich and unparalleled account of the early decades of his life and ministry. Written for his children and never intended for publication, Bishop J.C. Ryle’s autobiography is essential reading for a proper appreciation of the man behind the headlines in the years before he reached national and international fame.
Bishop J. C. Ryle’s Autobiography also includes many photographs from the Ryle family albums, never before published. Seven substantial appendices examine the Ryle Family Bible, Ryle’s schoolboy speeches, his conversion, his earliest evangelical tracts, and his final will and testament.
Adventures in Evangelical Civility: A Lifelong Quest for Common Ground by Richard J. Mouw (Brazos Press. 9781587433917. Hardback. $24.99)
“Richard Mouw and I were walking together to a dinner meeting in Washington, DC, one evening when we realized we were lost. It took us an hour to get where we were going, and I consider that God’s providence. I learned more in that hour’s walk than I had in a long time, and I’m still quoting what I learned from Dr. Mouw that night. This book is much like that walk. You, the reader, will find here deep insight into important topics, told with a gleam in the eye, all at a brisk, entertaining pace. You will ponder what you read here often. Even on those few points when I as a reader would argue with Mouw (on Mormonism, for instance), he kept my attention and sharpened me in ways I hadn’t anticipated. Richard Mouw’s life, brilliance, experience, and prose are extraordinary. Read this book. You will be the better for having walked alongside such a humble genius.”—Russell Moore, president, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention
An Anomalous Jew: Paul among Jews, Greeks, and Romans by Michael F. Bird (Eerdmans. 9780802867698. Paperback. $28.00)
An Anomalous Jew presents the figure of Paul in all his complexity with his blend of common and controversial Jewish beliefs and a faith in Christ that brought him into conflict with the socio-religious scene around him. Bird elucidates how the apostle Paul was variously perceived — as a religious deviant by Jews, as a divisive figure by Jewish Christians, as a purveyor of dubious philosophy by Greeks, and as a dangerous troublemaker by the Romans.