This past week I got all these great books in the mail. Be looking for book reviews and podcast interviews concerning these books real soon! Until then, check them out for yourselves:
66 Books One Story: A Guide to Every Book of the Bible – If you’ve read the Bible, you probably know some of the important battles, a good chunk of the life of Jesus, maybe a Psalm or two – but what do you know about the minor prophets and the epistles… do you have some loose ends that need tying up? This is where a book like this helps. The Bible has one author – God – so we need to see the Bible as a whole, as God’s Word. Every book of the bible is the breath of God and the plan of Salvation spans all of Scripture. In this Bible overview each book of the Bible is summarised; background given; themes and theology explained. There are timelines throughout so that you can fix the context and chronology of the Bible in your mind. There is also a Salvation Thread feature that shows how God’s plan of redemption is not just part of the New Testament – but runs throughout the whole of the Bible.
The Holy Spirit – The fraud and manipulation, which abounds in the church under the pretence that it is the work of the Holy Spirit, make this book required reading. Things excellent in themselves and acknowledged by all Christians are often counterfeited; the more worthy any thing is, the more destructive is the abuse of it. All believers must “try the spirits” because false prophets and false teachers deprive us of liberty. Some people claim to know the Spirit’s inward enlightenment, but the darkness of Satan fills their imaginations. This false light is of no use to the souls of men; it is in opposition to Christ and his work. The only way to tackle this is by giving a plain and scriptural account of the nature and work of the Holy Spirit. His work did not end at Pentecost, otherwise all faith in Christ would have ceased and Christianity also. The Spirit continues to work in the hearts of men, convicting of sin; producing godly sorrow and humility; regenerating and sanctifying; supplying grace and helping in prayer. John Newton spoke of Owen’s work as, “An epitome, if not the masterpiece of his writings.” No one who cares about the church in the 21st century can afford to ignore this exhaustive guide. This is the orginal text with a new layout and is fully subtitled which makes it more accessible to a new generation of readers.
Created to Praise – Praise is not just confined to worshipping in song in church. In fact as humans we are created to praise! This book covers praise in prayer, trials, everyday life, death and heaven in a chapter dedicated to each subject. Derek Prime writes in a straightforward, heart-warming way, including anecdotes and also quotes from other authors. Each chapter ends with a prayer, giving praise.
Engaging with Keller: Thinking Through the Theology of an Influential Evangelical – Tim Keller’s name is known across the evangelical world. His work as a pastor-teacher has found expression both in the urban ministries of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York, and in his many writings. Keller’s books, in turn, have spawned Bible study courses and generated a great measure of discussion about key biblical concepts, as he has sought to make the gospel relevant for a modern generation. In this collection of essays, written from within the same evangelical constituency, several writers engage with different aspects of Keller’s thought. While indebted to Keller in many ways, they also wish to examine his position in the light of Scripture and to work constructively as well as critically with his published works. That such an influential figure should be the subject of discussion is not surprising; what will be surprising to many is that not all evangelicals are prepared to accept without question all of Keller’s conclusions or formulations. This is a book to stimulate discussion and to remind us that God’s Word must always be our final judge in matters of theology, evangelism and apologetics.
The Gospel Call and True Conversion (Recovering the Gospel) – The apostle Paul gave the gospel the first place in his preaching, endeavored with all his might to proclaim it clearly, and even went so far as to pronounce a curse upon all those who would pervert its truth. Yet how sad it is that many, even among those considering themselves evangelicals, have reduced the gospel message to a few trite statements to be repeated, and view conversion as a mere human decision. In The Gospel Call and True Conversion, Paul Washer challenges such easy believism as he examines the real meaning of things like faith, repentance, and receiving Christ. He also deals extensively with the effects of saving grace that God promises in the new covenant; namely, the creation of new hearts and new people.