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New on my Nook: New releases, Dec 2013, Christian nonfiction


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“New on my Nook” is my way of alerting you to many of the titles that have peaked my interest. I have either received these titles via NetGalley or Edelweiss or I discovered them elsewhere and am *wishing* for a DRC (*hint, hint*).  I want to let you know what’s out there when it’s newly available even if I haven’t read (or finished reading) it yet. This is intended to be something of an early warning system, but in a good way.  If I select some of these titles for later review, I will link to those reviews from within this post. Enough background? Good. On to the books!

Bible study and reference materials with Dec 2013 release dates:

New on my Nook Dec 2013 Christian nonfic

1. Jesus: First Century Rabbi by David Zaslow and Joseph A. Lieberman // 9781612612966 // (religion, faith traditions: Jewish, Christian) // Paraclete Press // Release date: Dec 1, 2013 // *wish list*

  • “Rabbi Zaslow has done a tremendous service to Christians and Jews alike—this book is wonderful! An important contribution to the continuing dialogue and relationship building between these two faith communities. We need to hear more of what brings us together, what we share, not just what sets us apart. Thank you both Rabbi Zaslow and Paraclete for bringing this work to fruition and for creating greater light in our world!” — Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein,President, International Fellowship of Christians and Jews

2. Outside the Bible: Three Volume Set by Louis Feldman // 9780827609334 // (religion, general) // Jewish Publication Society // Release date: Dec 1, 2013 // DRC received

  • “The Hebrew Bible is only part of ancient Israel’s writings. Another collection of Jewish works has survived from late- and post-biblical times, a great library that bears witness to the rich spiritual life of Jews in that period. This library consists of the most varied sorts of texts: apocalyptic visions and prophecies, folktales and legends, collections of wise sayings, laws and rules of conduct, commentaries on Scripture, ancient prayers, and much, much more.
  • While specialists have studied individual texts or subsections of this vast library, Outside the Bible seeks for the first time to bring together all the major components into a single collection, gathering portions of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Septuagint, the biblical Apocrypha, and Pseudepigrapha, and the writings of Philo of Alexandria and Josephus. (Amazon book description)

3. Preaching at the Crossroads: How the World – and Our Preaching – Is Changing by David J. Lose // 9780800699734 // (religion, Christian ministry, preaching) // Fortress Press // Release date: Dec 1, 2013 // DRC received

  • “Postmodernism. Secularism. Pluralism. These are the words often used to describe the tumultuous changes that have affected our culture and our churches. But what do they really mean? More importantly, what challenges and opportunities do they provide today’s preachers? David Lose takes preachers on a tour of the major cultural influences of the last century, explaining how they have contributed to the diminishment of the church and exploring how they also offer opportunities to cultivate a more vibrant and relevant faith in the twenty-first century. Filled with lucid analysis and practical suggestions, Preaching at the Crossroads invites preachers to reclaim the art of preaching the timeless Gospel in a timely and compelling manner.” (Amazon book description)

4. Professional Sexual Ethics: A Holistic Ministry Approach by Patricia Beattie Jung (edited by), Darryl W. Stephens (edited by) // 9780800699437 // (religion, Christian theology, ethics) // Fortress Press // Release date: Dec 1, 2013 // DRC received

  • “This comprehensive volume of tough questions and instructive insights is a ‘must-have’ for all serious teachers, students, and practitioners of Christian sexual ethics in the church. The authors not only attend to practical dilemmas that arise within everyday situations of ministerial leadership but also offer a holistic approach to sexuality as one aspect of the complex humanity of church leaders.” –Traci C. West Drew Theological School

5. What is Regeneration: Basics of the Faith by Matthew M. Barrett // 9781596386594 // (religion, Christian theology) // P & R Publishing // Release date: Dec 2, 2013 // DRC received

  • “The doctrine of effectual calling is at the heart of what it means to confess that Jesus Christ is the sole and sufficient Savior of spiritually dead sinners. Matthew Barrett does a great job of condensing this doctrine into a readable form that all can understand.”  Timothy George is Dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University and an Executive Editor of Christianity Today.

6. What is Evangelism: Basics of the Faith by George W. Robertson // 9781596387669 // (religion, Christian theology) // P & R Publishing // Release date: Dec 2, 2013 // DRC received

  • “Robertson combines Scripture, history, present experience, pastoral insight, and—most of all—a compassionate heart to give us a compelling vision of what the good news of Jesus Christ is and how it can be shared with love, wisdom, and integrity.” — Bryan Chapell, Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, Illinois

7. A Theology of Matthew: Jesus Revealed as Deliverer, King and Incarnate Creator by Charles L. Quarles // 9781596381674 // (religion, Christian theology) // P & R Publishing // Release date: Dec 2, 2013 // DRC received

  • “This is biblical theology at its finest. Dr. Quarles is closely tethered to the text, attentive to allusions from the Old Testament, and unrelenting in his emphasis on the one-of-a-kind glory of Jesus as God. I commend this book very highly. It will stoke a fire in your heart and create a burning desire to herald the glories of Jesus from the treasures, new and old, in the gospel of Matthew.”  Jason Meyer, Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church

8. Anointed Leadership: An Expository Study of 1 & 2 Samuel by Joe Dickinson // 9781490804033 // (religion, Christian theology) // WestBowPress // Release date: Dec 12, 2013 // *wish list*

  • “It is not uncommon for a Christian to want to accomplish great things for God. And so, in our zeal and passion for him, we set out to do just that. While there is certainly nothing wrong with such a mission, many Christians are faulty in the way to go about it. Too many set out with a zeal to accomplish something great for God without first submitting themselves to be the type of vessel through which God can do something great. There is a great difference in wanting to be used and wanting to be usable. One relies on self: talent, title, personal strengths. The other relies on Almighty God. And as talented as a person may be, his or her gifts pale in comparison to the power of God and what he could do through them, if they would only submit to him and his ways. The world needs more people through whom God can pour himself. Churches need men and women who are willing to trust in God and be greatly used of him. Homes need fathers and mothers who rely more heavily on the power of God to sustain them than they do their own muster. Our generation needs people who will wait on God to make them usable before setting out to accomplish greatness in their own strength.” — (Amazon book description)

9. The Peter Perspective: Looking at Life through the Eyes of a Stumbling Saint by Kevin Derby // 9781462733156 // (religion, Christian theology) // CrossBooks Publishing // Release date: Dec 12, 2013 // *wish list*

  • “The Apostle Peter was a charge-ahead, get-things-done, leap-before-you-look sort of guy. His life story reflects a myriad of stumbles and failings, and yet, in his final letters to believers, he emerges as a man radically changed by grace. In The Peter Perspective, author Kevin Derby examines this complicated and fascinating saint up close and within the context of everyday life.” (Amazon book description)

10. Simply Jesus by Byron McWilliams // 9781462732364 // (religion, Christian living) // CrossBooks Publishing // Release date: Dec 12, 2013 // *wish list*

  • “In a world filled with the noise of technology, increasing population, and a rising debate over biblical relevancy, it seems that religion and a love of and relationship with Jesus have taken a back seat. In Simply Jesus, author Byron McWilliams provides a clear and compelling picture of the gospel of Jesus Christ and why it’s important to follow him wherever he leads. Writing from a twenty-first-century perspective, McWilliams takes the unchanging truths of God’s Word and lays them over modern culture. Each chapter clearly sounds a call to adventure with God-carrying out God’s mandate of seeing the gospel spread throughout the world. Simply Jesus closely examines the reality of eternity and discusses the importance of the sovereignty of God and the responsibility of man. It challenges followers to overcome complacency, apathy, and boredom by reengaging in a vibrant walk with Christ. By examining the life of Jesus and the lives of those who have followed him throughout history, McWilliams demonstrates how Christians can break out of their comfort zones and follow Jesus to excitement and lives of purpose.” (Amazon book description)

11. Honey from the Rock: A Study of the Gospel of Grace by Mac Goddard // 9781491718766 // iUniverse // (religion, Christian theology) // Release date: Dec 16, 2013 // *wish list*

  • “Focusing on God’s love for his people, Honey from the Rock is author Pastor Mac Goddard’s method to present the message of the good news of Jesus in a straightforward, understandable way.
  • “Goddard maintains that, left to himself, man will never believe the Gospel message; it is simply too farfetched. From the story of creation, the manifestation of Adam and Eve, the birth of Jesus Christ to a virgin, Jesus’ work on Earth, and his death and resurrection, Goddard shares his perspective of the Gospel. With study questions at the end of each chapter, Honey from the Rock provides a unique insight and understanding of many facets of the Gospel—from God’s treatment of our sins to the covenants of law and grace.
  • “Goddard teaches that if we walk in Jesus’ ways, trusting in him and in him alone, he will not only feed us with the finest of wheat but on the other side of that extremely difficult place created by the old covenant of law, he will nourish us with the sweetest of honey—honey from the rock.” (Amazon book description)

I hope you will find something in my to-read list to add to your own to-read list.  Warmly, Kimberly


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