Recommended Reading

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    Dr. Clint Arnold

     
     
     
     
    How We Got the Bible: A Visual Journey – How did the Bible come to be? How has it been passed down to us through the ages? Is it still trustworthy and relevant after all these years? The Bible is the bestselling book of all time and the basis of faith for billions of people around the world. Encompassing the fields of archaeology, biblical studies, and history, the story of how the Bible has come to us today is a fascinating one.


    3 Crucial Questions about Spiritual Warfare – Knowledgeable, accessible answers to these provocative questions: What is spiritual warfare? Can a Christian be demon-possessed? Are we called to engage territorial spirits?


    The Apologetics Study Bible – The Apologetics Study Bible will help today’s Christian better understand, defend and proclaim their beliefs in this age of increasing moral and spiritual relativism. More than one-hundred key questions and articles placed throughout the volume about faith and science prompt a rewarding study experience at every reading.


    ESV Study Bible – The ESV Study Bible, Personal Size compresses nearly all the features of the award-winning ESV Study Bible into a smaller size for easier carrying. This Personal Size edition retains all of the original’s 20,000 study notes, 240 full-color maps and illustrations, charts, timelines, and introductions—more than 2 million words of Bible text, insightful explanation, teaching, and reference material.


    Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary Set: Old Testament – This series invites you to enter the Old Testament with a company of guides and experts that will give new insights into these cherished writings.


    Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary Set: New Testament – Brimming with lavish, full-color photos and graphics, the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary walks you verse by verse through all the books of the New Testament. It’s like slipping on a set of glasses that lets you read the Bible through the eyes of a first-century reader!

     
     
     

    Leroy Barber

     
     
     
    Everyday Missions: How Ordinary People Can Change the World – It’s not every day that you get a visit from God. When it comes to something as important as what we do with our lives, we think, maybe God owes us a big event. But, as Leroy Barber has learned through his work in inner cities and with young people, that’s not usually how it works. More often God calls out to us from everyday misfortunes and all-too-common injustices, and he invites our response. Through the surprisingly normal stories of the heroes of faith in the Bible, and through Barber’s experiences with Mission Year and other ministries, in this book you’ll learn what it means to change the world from your own little space in it.

     
     
     

    Dr. Darrell Bock

     
     
     
    Understanding the Big Picture of the Bible – How do I get more out of my Bible reading? What was going on during the gap between the Old and New Testaments? How do all the books of the Bible fit together as a whole? This book answers these questions and puts clear, readable Bible study aids at your fingertips. It contains thirteen essays from some of today’s best evangelical scholars including Darrell Bock.


    Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith? This timely work offers a firm defense of Scripture’s legitimacy and the theological implications of modern and postmodern approaches that teach otherwise. In this timely and timeless collection of essays, scholars from diverse areas of expertise lend strong arguments in support of the doctrine of inerrancy.


    3 Views on the Millennium and Beyond – Are these the last days? Could Jesus return at any time to establish his thousand-year reign on earth? What is the nature of Christ’s millennial kingdom referred to in the book of Revelation? What must happen before Jesus returns? Three predominant views held by evangelicals seek to answer these and related questions: premillennial, postmillennial, and amillennial.


    Studying the Historical Jesus – Studying the Historical Jesus is an introductory guide to how one might go about answering that question by doing historical inquiry into the material found in the Gospels. Darrell Bock introduces the sources of our knowledge about Jesus, both biblical and extra-biblical. He then surveys the history and culture of the world of Jesus.


    A Biblical Theology of the Old Testament – A Biblical Theology of the Old Testament gives fresh insight and understanding to this theological discipline. Scholars from Dallas Theological Seminary combine to create this important volume edited by Roy B. Zuck. Each contributor looks at divine revelation as it appears chronologically in the canon, allowing you to witness God’s truth unfold through the centuries.


    A Biblical Theology of the New Testament – This book gives fresh insight and understanding to theological discipline. Scholars from Dallas Theological Seminary combine to create this important volume edited by Roy B. Zuck. Each contributor looks at divine revelation as it appears chronologically in the New Testament canon, allowing you to witness God’s truth as it has unfolded through the decades.


    Jesus According to Scripture – In recent years, historians and biblical scholars have been in active pursuit of the Jesus of history. These efforts have relied heavily on extrabiblical documents, since many historians consider the Bible to be propagandistic and biased. Darrell Bock, however, argues that when read together, the Gospels provide a clear picture of Jesus and his unique claims to authority.


    Dethroning Jesus – There is a quest going on. It’s the quest to reduce Jesus to a mythic legend or to nothing more than a mere man. Scholars such as Elaine Pagels and James Tabor are using such recent discoveries as the Gospel of Judas and the Gospel of Thomas to argue that the Christ of Christianity is a contrived figure and that a different Christ-one human and not divine-is the “true” Christ. In his trademark easy-to-understand style Darrell Bock takes on these attempts to redefine Jesus in a convincing, winsome way.


    Interpreting the New Testament Text – Computers can translate foreign languages and our English texts can take us very close to the original meanings, so why exegete? This book teaches the principles, methods, and fundamentals of exegeting the New Testament. It also has examples of textual exegesis that clearly and helpfully show the value of exegeting a text well. Any serious student of Scripture would benefit from utilizing this book in the study of the Bible.


    Progressive Dispensationalism – This book is a handy summary of where the Progressive Dispensationalism movement fits on the dispensational map and how it got there. Thoughtful and accessible, it’s an up-to-date, comprehensive overview of the most important issues in dispensationalism, underpinned with accurate scholarship and summarized with clarity.


    Recovering the Real Lost Gospel – While some seek so-called lost gospels, Darrell L. Bock suggests the real lost gospel is the one already found in the Bible and reminds everyone of what it means: good news.


    Can I Trust the Bible? – There are some questions you can’t avoid, no matter what you believe. The Bible is held up by many as the Word of God, but to make such an assertion is to invite a greater scrutiny than we assign to other literature. Are the documents that make it up reliable sources of history? This Critical Questions Discussion Guide provides a forum for exploring this question.


    Dispensationalism, Israel and the Church – The relationship between Israel and the church is a crucial reference point in theology, especially in distinguishing between dispensational and nondispensational ways of thinking. The thesis of this book is that Israel and the church are distinct theological institutions that have arisen in the historical progress of divine revelation.


    Breaking the Da Vinci Code – Many who have read the New York Times bestseller The Da Vinci Code have questions that arise from seven codes-expressed or implied-in Dan Brown’s book. In Breaking the Da Vinci Code: Answers to the Questions Everyone’s Asking, Darrell Bock, Ph.D., responds to the novelist’s claims using central ancient texts and answers the following questions: Who was Mary Magdalene? Was Jesus married? Do the so-called “secret Gnostic Gospels” help us understand Jesus? And more.


    The Missing Gospels – On the heels of his New York Times besteller, Breaking the Da Vinci Code, New Testament expert Darrell Bock, in an easy-to-understand writing style, helps readers examine the claims about missing “secret” gospels and other early forms of Christianity. Bock presents samples of extra-biblical materials and compares them to biblical texts, enabling readers to make their own judgments.


    Jesus in Context – Knowing the historical and cultural background of the Bible is crucial to properly understanding and interpreting it. But the passing of 2,000 years often prevents today’s reader from fully understanding the significance of various actions and teachings of Jesus in the Gospels. This unique reference work gathers into one handy volume the key extrabiblical texts that provide the necessary background for passages in the Gospels, along with introductory comments by the editors.


    To the Jew First – Organized around the biblical mandate in Romans 1:16, To the Jew First is a comprehensive look at the biblical, theological, historical, and practical basis for Jewish evangelism. Featuring the scholarship of leading North American theologians—representing a range of theological views—it stands to become a widely used textbook and definitive resource for pastors, missionaries, and evangelists.


    Who Is Jesus? – Most people agree that a man named Jesus lived in the first century in the historical regions surrounding Jerusalem. But what about the Jesus many believe to be the Son of God, the Savior of the World? How can anyone know anything about Him? Who Is Jesus? is an evidence-based way to bridge the gap among science, history, and faith.


    Purpose-directed Theology – Written by a concerned, informed and visionary leader, this is a book for all those concerned about evangelical theology, scholarship and the church with its missional mandate. Bock addresses the concern for theological boundaries but also emhasizes the need to take into account the differing purposes for evangelical denominational and interdenominational institutions, especially scholarly organizations such as the Evangelical Theological Society.


    Quo Vadis, Evangelicalism?Quo vadis? (Where are you going?) is an appropriate question to ask of the current evangelical movement. To get a bearing on evangelical thought and assess future directions, the editor of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Andreas J. Köstenberger, has gathered selected addresses from past presidents of the ETS.


    The Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: Acts – Respected New Testament scholar Darrell L. Bock provides a substantive yet highly accessible commentary on Acts in this latest addition to the acclaimed BECNT series. With extensive research and thoughtful chapter-by-chapter exegesis, Bock leads readers through all aspects of the book of Acts – sociological, historical, and theological.


    IVP New Testament Commentary: Luke – In Luke’s vivid narrative, Jesus comes into Galilee proclaiming “good news to the poor…freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind.” Darrell Bock shows why Luke’s Gospel is “tailor-made” for the world we live in – a world often divided along ethnic, religious, economic and political lines.

     
     
     

    Dr. Gerry Breshears

     
     
     
    Doctrine – Doctrine is the word Christians use to define the truth-claims of Holy Scripture. Of course there are many churches, organizations, and denominations, each with a unique doctrinal statement. But while Christians may differ on numerous issues, there are basic tenets of the faith that should be denied by no one claiming to be a follower of Jesus. This comprehensive yet accessible overview of basic doctrine will help Christians clarify and articulate their beliefs in accordance with the Bible.


    Death By Love – While many books debate the finer points of the doctrine of the atonement, what is often lost are the real-life implications of Jesus’ death on the cross for those who have sinned and have been sinned against. Driscoll, one of America’s most influential pastors, and Breshears, a respected theologian, help readers understand, appreciate, and trust in Jesus’ work on the cross in a way that will transform their lives.


    Vintage Jesus – So what exactly is the truth about Jesus Christ? That’s the question the authors of Vintage Jesus seek to answer. Nonbelievers and new Christians looking to sit down and delve into the topic of Jesus, asking the toughest, most confounding questions they can think of, will find solid, biblical answers presented in a relevant, accessible way.


    Vintage Church – This book in the popular Re:Lit series picks up where Vintage Jesus leaves off, beginning with a focus on the person and work of Jesus and then exploring the confessional, experiential, and missional aspects of his church.

     
     
     

    Don Golden

     
     
     
    Jesus Wants to Save Christians – There is a church not too far from us that recently added a $25 million addition to their building. Our local newspaper ran a front-page story not too long ago about a study revealing that one in five people in our city lives in poverty. This is a book about those two numbers, about faith and fear, wealth and war, poverty, power, safety, terror, Bibles, bombs, and homeland insecurity.

     
     
     

    Dr. Mimi Haddad

     
     
     
    Global Voices on Biblical EqualityGlobal Voices on Biblical Equality is a fresh look at the contextualizing of gender equality throughout the world. Biblical equality is a burgeoning, global reform movement led by scholars and leaders not only in North America but also on every continental landmass in the world.

     
     
     

    Dr. H. Wayne House

     
     
     
    Reasons for Our Hope – In the light of the threats posed to Christianity by intolerant secularism and widespread misinformation (The Da Vinci Code, the Jesus Seminar, etc.), the necessity of informed and articulate defense of the Christian faith today can hardly be contested. Reasons for Our Hope offers a sophisticated yet accessible guide to “destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and . . . taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).


    Answers to Common Questions About Angels and Demons – The Bible is a ready resource for guidance on topics and questions that often provoke and perplex believers. And yet few know where to look for the answers they need. Until now. Written in question-and-answer format for easy reading, this quick reference guide provides brief summaries of important biblical doctrines so Christians can confidently and honestly discuss their beliefs with family, friends, and neighbors.


    Answers to Common Questions About Jesus – The Bible is a ready resource for guidance on topics and questions that often provoke and perplex believers. And yet few know where to look for the answers they need. Until now. Written in question-and-answer format for easy reading, these quick reference guides provide brief summaries of important biblical doctrines so Christians can confidently and honestly discuss their beliefs with family, friends, and neighbors.


    Does God Feel Your Pain? – The furnace of affliction has a way of bringing to surface some of the hardest questions of life—many of them questions about God. And the only trustworthy source for answers is the Bible, which God Himself wrote. In Does God Feel Your Pain? authors Wayne House and William Grover skillfully interweave compassion, honesty, and scriptural counsel.


    The Jesus Who Never Lived: Exposing False Christs and Finding the Real Jesus – Biblical scholar Wayne House uncovers the various depictions of Jesus in the unorthodox communities within early Christianity, in other religions, and within Western civilization today. He shows readers that the Jesus who presented Himself in history can be correctly known only through the documents written by eyewitnesses of the Christ and by those who were disciples of those eyewitnesses, documents that were attested by the early church and became a part of the New Testament canon.


    Intelligent Design 101: Leading Experts Explain the Key Issues – Intelligent Design 101 brings together leading scholars and researchers from the fields of science and intelligent design studies, such as Michael Behe and Phillip Johnson. Their detailed and insightful essays form an introduction to intelligent design, from the basics of the theory, to its history and growing place in science and education.


    God’s Message, Your Sermon – Using the Bible to teach something other than what a given text was intended to communicate-however true it may be-is an all too common form of false teaching. This book will equip anyone who would speak for God with a proven, step-by-step procedure for discovering, developing, and delivering the actual message of the text.


    The Nelson Study Bible – Hundreds of thousands of readers and students of God’s Word have discovered The Nelson Study Bible to be the most comprehensive study Bible available. The warm conversational tone, coupled with serious scholarship and application, has made this best-seller a favorite among pastors, teachers, and readers.


    Nelson’s Compact Series: Compact Bible Commentary – Attractive abridgement of Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Commentary. Makes the Bible’s “Then and There” become the “Here and Now” of God’s Word today.


    Doctrine Twisting: How Core Biblical Truths Are Distorted – In down-to-earth language, Doctrine Twisting addresses and answers these questions. With the firm conviction that God has sufficiently and finally revealed himself in Christ and through the Bible, H. Wayne House and Gordon Carle explore in detail the doctrines of the Trinity, revelation, sin, Christ’s divinity, the atonement, faith and works, the second coming and the afterlife. In each chapter they outline the biblical basis for the historic orthodox position and then analyze and refute deviations from these truths.


    The Battle for God: Responding to the Challenge of Neotheism – An authoritative response to neotheism or openness theology—the widely debated recent theological phenomenon that questions the orthodox view of God’s omniscience and omnipotence.


    Chronological and Background Charts of the New Testament – Students of the New Testament are confronted with a vast amount of information, both biblical and extrabiblical. Chronological and Background Charts of the New Testament helps the student organize and synthesize this material by providing a helpful visual overview of the data, chronology, historical background, and criticism of the New Testament. This format allows facts, relationships, parallels, and contrasts to be grasped quickly and easily.


    Charts of Bible Prophecy – Prophecy and Archaeology ? Development of Antichrist Typology ? Messianic Prophecies Fulfilled in Christ ? Three Stages of Dispensationalism ? A Survey of the Second Coming ? The Temple of Israel in Islam You’ll find all of these topics among the 120 charts in Charts of Bible Prophecy. Dealing with prophecies of the Bible and the doctrines and issues that surround them, this book lays out important information clearly and concisely, furnishing both general Bible readers and specialists in Bible prophecy with the learning advantages of a visual format.
    Charts on Open Theism and Orthodoxy – A thorough yet concise reference guide to the major issues, sources, and critiques of the openness of God theory (neotheism).


    Charts of Apologetics and Christian Evidences – Apologetics (the intellectual defense of the Christian faith) is an important topic at a time when postmodernism, relativism, and religious pluralism are prevalent. Charts of Apologetics and Christian Evidences deals with every aspect of apologetics, from the reasons for apologetics, to various apologetic methods and their presuppositions, to different apologetic approaches, to specific topics such as the resurrection. The limitations of rational argument and reasoned proof, often overlooked, are also addressed.


    Charts on Systematic Theology – In an easy-to-follow, parallel-column format, this volume summarizes the major introductory issues in systematic theology. Its approach will be especially useful to visually oriented learners.


    Charts of World Religions – Charts of World Religions provides an invaluable resource for students and anyone interested in understanding today’s complex religious mosaic. It allows quick comparison and contrast of numerous religions. In clear, easy-to-understand charts, this book provides vital information on such topics as the origins of different religions, the nature of deity or ultimate spiritual reality, the source of spiritual truth, the nature of the human predicament, and the nature of salvation/enlightenment/liberation.

     
     
     

    Dr. Ken Hutcherson

     
     
     
    Hope Is Contagious – In a time of tremendous economic and social unrest, people everywhere are looking for hope. Dr. Ken ‘Hutch’ Hutcherson offers it to them, weaving his story of living well with terminal illness, while opening a window into the lives of other ordinary people.


    Here Comes the Bride – Pastor Ken Hutcherson reveals how God’s original intention for His church has been distorted under stifling layers of tradition, denominationalism, racism, and fear. Many of today’s believers jump from one congregation to another, searching in vain for the “real thing.” Hutcherson calls us back to the book of Acts to find a church that’s bold, energetic, empowered, and unstoppable. He underlines God’s unchanging heart for the church — and His unchanging will for us to be a people of truth, power, reconciliation, and love.


    Enough Faith – You have all you need. When it comes to trusting God and having the kind of faith it takes to move mountains, you don’t need to go searching high and low for more. You simply need to stand strong in the faith you already have. Don’t think you have enough? It only takes a mustard seed. Based on the Bible as a whole and Jesus Christ’s specific example, Enough Faith reveals often-overlooked truths about the kind of faith God desires in you.

     
     
     

    Rick McKinley

     
     
     
    A Kingdom Called Desire – Including practical theology of why living out of a place of authentic desire is central to living in the Kingdom of God, Rick McKinley will help you understand how your innermost desires shape your experience of following Jesus. While A Kingdom Called Desire will inspire you to see the practical display of Kingdom theology, it will also be deeply formational, allowing you to engage in your own personal journey and find healing and redemption in your unmet desires.


    This Beautiful Mess – When Jesus announced, “the kingdom of God is at hand,” what did He mean? Uncover the reality of the kingdom of God and what it might look like if followers of Christ practiced its in-breaking presence. This Beautiful Mess launches a paradigm-shifting journey inviting us to experience the kingdom of God in the ordinary miracle of our everyday lives.


    Jesus in the Margins – Jesus is our ultimate model for finding identity, acceptance, and legitimacy from the Father. As we pull back the curtain on His life, we discover that Jesus knows what it’s like to be marginalized. He can identify with life in the margins because when God came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ, He landed in the margins. On purpose. And He chose to land there because it’s in the margins that broken lives get mended, prisoners are set free, and the poor hear the Good News.


    Advent Conspiracy – Are you tired of how consumerism has stolen the soul of Christmas? This year, take a stand! Join the groundswell of Christ-followers who are choosing to make Christmas what it should be – a joyous celebration of Jesus’ birth that enriches our hearts and the world around us, not a retail circus that depletes our pocketbooks and defeats our spirits.

     
     
     

    Dr. Celestin Musekura

     
     
     
    Forgiving as We’ve Been Forgiven – Christians are supposed to forgive others as we’ve been forgiven. But hearing the call to forgive is different from knowing how to practice forgiveness at home and in the world. Forgiveness is about more than the isolated acts and words of individuals. To forgive and be forgiven, we need communal practices and disciplines for a way of life that makes for peace. Greg Jones and Célestin Musekura describe how churches and communities can cultivate the habits that make forgiveness possible.


    An Assessment of Contemporary Models of Forgiveness – This book examines recent psychological and theological models of forgiveness and introduces the concept of communal forgiveness nurtured and mediated through the community of faith. The psychological models are generally individualistic in nature and are concerned with the psychological wellbeing of the victims. The theological models of forgiveness emphasize the importance of interpersonal forgiveness as a Christian witness in the imitation of Gods forgiveness.

     
     
     
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    Dr. John Perkins

     
     
     
    Making Neighborhoods Whole: A Handbook for Christian Community DevelopmentMaking Neighborhoods Whole: A Handbook for Christian Community Development – Already with decades of experience speaking prophetically into the charged racial climate of the American south, John Perkins began to see a need for organized thinking and collaborative imagination about how the church engages urban ministry. And so the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) was born, with Wayne Gordon an immediate and enthusiastic participant. Nearly thirty years later CCDA’s eight key components of community development still set the bar for how churches, parachurches and nonprofits engage cities with the whole gospel.


    Let Justice Roll DownLet Justice Roll Down – His brother died in his arms, shot by a deputy marshall. He was beaten and tortured by the sheriff and state police. But through it all he returned good for evil, love for hate, progress for prejudice and brought hope to black and white alike. The story of John Perkins is no ordinary story. Rather, it is a gripping portrayal of what happens when faith thrusts a person into the midst of a struggle against racism, oppression and injustice. It is about the costs of discipleship—the jailings, the floggings, the despair, the sacrifice. And it is about the transforming work of faith that allowed John to respond to such overwhelming indignities with miraculous compassion, vision and hope.


    With Justice for All: A Strategy for Community Development With Justice for All: A Strategy for Community Development – “I am persuaded that the Church, as the steward of this gospel, holds the key to justice in our society. Either justice will come through us or it will not come at all.” John Perkins’s optimistic view of justice becoming a reality starts and ends with the Church. With Justice for All is Perkins’s invitation to live out the gospel in a way that brings good news to the poor and liberty to the oppressed (from Luke 4:18). This invitation is extended to every racial and ethnic group to be reconciled to one another, to work together to make our land all God wants it to be.


    Restoring At-Risk Communities: Doing It Together and Doing It Right Restoring At-Risk Communities: Doing It Together and Doing It Right – This comprehensive handbook to urban ministry introduces and shows how to implement a Christian community development program.

     
     
     

    Dr. Soong-Chan Rah

     
     
     
    The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity – In this book professor and pastor Soong-Chan Rah calls the North American church to escape its captivity to Western cultural trappings and to embrace a new evangelicalism that is diverse and multiethnic. Rah brings keen analysis to the limitations of American Christianity and shows how captivity to Western individualism and materialism has played itself out in megachurches and emergent churches alike.


    Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church – The United States is currently undergoing the most rapid demographic shift in its history. By 2050, white Americans will no longer comprise a majority of the population. Instead, they’ll be the largest minority group in a country made up entirely of minorities, followed by Hispanic Americans, African Americans, and Asian Americans. Soong-Chan Rah’s book is intended to equip evangelicals for ministry and outreach in our changing nation. Borrowing from the business concept of “cultural intelligence,” he explores how God’s people can become more multiculturally adept.


    Honoring the Generations: Learning with Asian North American Congregations – In this intentionally grounded and richly theological volume, the editors bring together diverse leaders from pulpit and academy alike to explore the opportunities for ministry in an Asian North American Christian community that is increasingly challenged by a generation gap, not so much between age groups but between first-generation immigrants and the second- and third-generations.

     
     
     

    Dr. Scott B. Rae

     
     
     
    Moral Choices – Moral Choices helps college students form a sound basis for making ethical decisions in today’s complex postmodern culture. This book grounds students in both the theory of ethics and its application to today’s pressing social issues. Avoiding undue dogmatism, Professor Scott B. Rae outlines the distinctive elements of Christian ethics. He also introduces students to various ethical systems and their key historical proponents, including Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, and Kant.


    Outside the Womb – The use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) is on the rise in our culture as an alternative for couples facing infertility issues and single women desiring to have children. Is it right – morally, ethically, biblically – to engage this new technology? Outside the Wombaddresses the whole issue of “making life”, providing valuable information for Christian couples to reflect upon as they consider the various fertility treatments.


    Bioethics – The authors assess various secular approaches to bioethics that are particularly influential today and develop a framework for a Christian approach to assist people in addressing the many pressing issues in the field. Throughout, the authors touch on the numerous debated issues in bioethics though they are primarily concerned to give an account of the central theological notions crucial to an informed Christian perspective on bioethics.


    The Ethics of Commercial Surrogate Motherhood – This study addresses the two most controversial issues in surrogate motherhood: the commercial aspect of the practice and the issue of parental rights. After setting the legal and moral backdrop of procreative liberty in general, Rae argues that commercial surrogacy is the moral equivalent of baby-selling and should be prohibited. Add to this the potential for exploitation of the surrogate in practices that are already in motion and it is not hard to see the potential for harm to the parties involved.


    Business for the Common Good – Is business just a way to make money? Or can the marketplace a venue for service to others? Scott B. Rae and Kenman L. Wong seek to explore this and other critical business issues from a uniquely Christian perspective, offering up a vision for work and service that is theologically grounded and practically oriented. In this book you’ll discover how business can also be a means toward serving the common good.


    The Virtues of Capitalism – In the aftermath of the recent economic downturn, some observers leveled harsh criticism against free-market economies. In this timely and balanced book, Austin Hill and Scott Rae agree with capitalism’s critics that the economy is essentially a moral issue, but they argue that free markets are by-and-large the solution to financial disasters rather than the cause.


    Beyond Integrity – Integrity is essential to Judeo-Christian business ethics. But today’s business environment is complex. Those in business, and those preparing to enter the business world, need to grapple with the question of how integrity and biblical ethics can be applied in the workplace. Readings from a wide range of sources present competing perspectives on each issue, and real-life case studies further help the reader wrestle with ethical dilemmas.

     
     
     

    Jerry Root

     
     
     
    The Soul of C. S. Lewis – Drawing inspiration from Lewis’s fiction and nonfiction, The Soul of C. S. Lewis is a devotional-style book that encourages reflection and thought. It includes 240 meditations designed for the reader’s personal growth. C. S. Lewis opened up more than just wardrobe doors—he opened the doors to human experience, new worlds of ideas, and imaginative discoveries. His honest observations about life highlight the interconnectedness of Scripture to real life and encourage a worldview that is integrated and harmonized.


    C. S. Lewis and a Problem of Evil – C. S. Lewis was concerned about an aspect of the problem of evil he called subjectivism: the tendency of one’s perspective to move towards self-referentialism and utilitarianism. In C. S. Lewis and a Problem of Evil, Jerry Root provides a holistic reading of Lewis by walking the reader through all of Lewis’s published work as he argues Lewis’s case against subjectivism. Lewis’s warnings are prophetic; this book is not merely an exposition of Lewis, it is also a timely investigation into the problem of evil.


    The Quotable Lewis – This book presents more than 1,500 quotes from Lewis’s writings, providing ready access to his thoughts on a variety of topics. An exhaustive index references key words and concepts, allowing readers to easily find quotes on any subject of interest. Also included are many photographs of Lewis and his close circle of friends.


    Space to Speke – This book explores the impact of confessional discourse on fourteenth-century European literature. The approach is interdisciplinary. The author studies examples of the “confessional” texts of Augustine and Abelard as well as the vernacular didactic literature on confession after 1215.

     
     
     

    Matthew Soerens and Jenny Yang

     
     
     
    Welcoming the Stranger – In this book World Relief staffers Matthew Soerens and Jenny Yang move beyond the rhetoric to offer a Christian response to immigration. They put a human face on the issue and tell stories of immigrants’ experiences in and out of the system. With careful historical understanding and thoughtful policy analysis, they debunk myths and misconceptions about immigration and show the limitations of the current immigration system.

     
     
     

    Dr. John Sowers

     
     
     
    Fatherless Generation – Dr. John Sowers asks: How can the faith community begin rewriting this tragic story? Written for those who are fatherless themselves and those concerned with social justice, Fatherless Generation uses culture, statistics, and testimonies to remind us that it is possible for a generation to find healing. Drawing on years of research and personal experience, Dr. Sowers shows us that intentional, intergenerational mentoring is the key to a new story of hope.

     
     
     

    Bo Stern

     
     
     
    Beautiful Battlefields – In 2011, Bo Stern’s family was rocked by the news that her husband Steve had been diagnosed with ALS. Beautiful Battlefields tells their story and describes the joy, pain, and fear they’ve experienced fighting the debilitating disease. It will make you laugh, cry and believe that you can become your best self in the middle of the hardest fight.

     
     
     

    Dr. Eleonore Stump

     
     
     
    Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering – This book first presents the moral psychology and value theory within which one typical traditional theodicy, namely, that of Thomas Aquinas, is embedded. It explicates Aquinas’s account of the good for human beings, including the nature of love and union among persons. Eleonore Stump also makes use of developments in neurobiology and developmental psychology to illuminate the nature of such union.


    Aquinas (Arguments of the Philosophers) – Few philosophers or theologians exerted as much influence on the shape of medieval thought as Thomas Aquinas. He ranks amongst the most famous of the Western philosophers and was responsible for almost single-handedly bringing the philosophy of Aristotle into harmony with Christianity. He was also one of the first philosophers to argue that philosophy and theology could support each other. The shape of metaphysics, theology, and Aristotelian thought today still bears the imprint of Aquinas’ work.


    The Oxford Handbook of Aquinas – Any attempt to present the views of a philosopher in an earlier historical period that is meant to foster reflection on that thinker’s views needs to be both historically faithful and also philosophically engaged. The present book combines both exposition and evaluation insofar as its contributors have space to engage in both. This Handbook is therefore meant to be useful to someone wanting to learn about Aquinas’s philosophy and theology while also looking for help in philosophical interaction with it.

     
     
     

    Dr. Richard Twiss

     
     
     
    One Church, Many Tribes – Since Columbus landed in the West Indies in 1492, Native American tribes have endured more than five centuries of abuse hypocrisy, indifference and bloodshed at the hands of the “Christian” white man. Despite this painful history, a number of Native Americans have found “The Jesus Way” and are proving to be a powerful voice for the Lord around the world. A full- blooded Lakota/Sioux whose bitterness toward whites was washed away by the blood of Christ, Richard Twiss shows that Native American Christians have much to offer the Church and can become a major force for reaching the lost.

     
     
     

    Ed Underwood

     
     
     
    When God Breaks Your Heart – There is perhaps no greater challenge to our faith than personal suffering. For pastor Ed Underwood this challenge came in the form of chronic leukemia. Though he prayed for and believed in God’s healing, as the days slipped by and his pain became unbearable, Ed’s heart was broken by a simple realization: The God who could do anything was not helping him. Yet a revelation from God’s Word changed his heart and life forever.


    Reborn to Be Wild – A long-time pastor ponders why the Jesus Movement stopped moving and challenges all generations of believers to the radical commitment that fuels revival. Underwood draws on his personal revival experience and his study of the New Testament to expose six seductive lies that can easily sidetrack a movement and affirms five life-changing truths that can keep it going.

     
     
     

    Daniel Wallace

     
     
     
    Reinventing Jesus – This book cuts through the rhetoric of extreme doubt to reveal the profound credibility of historic Christianity. Meticulously researched yet eminently readable, it invites a wide audience to take a firsthand look at the primary evidence for Christianity’s origins.


    Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament – How much did the theological arguments of the church affect the copying of the New Testament text? Focusing on issues of textual criticism, this inaugural volume of the Text and Canon of the New Testament series offers some answers to that question and responds to some of Bart Ehrman’s views about the transmission of the New Testament text. Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament will be a valuable resource for those working in textual criticism, patristics, and New Testament apocryphal literature.


    Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics – While the trend of some grammarians has been to take a purely grammatical approach to the language, Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics integrates the technical requirements for proper Greek interpretation with the actual interests and needs of Bible students. It is the first textbook to systematically link syntax and exegesis of the New Testament for second-year Greek students.


    The Basics of New Testament Syntax – The Basics of New Testament Syntax provides concise, up-to-date guidance for intermediate Greek students to do accurate exegesis of biblical texts. Abridged from Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament, the popular exegetical Greek grammar for studies in Greek by Daniel B. Wallace, The Basics of New Testament Syntax offers a practical grammar for second-year students.


    Dethroning Jesus – There is a quest going on. It’s the quest to reduce Jesus to a mythic legend or to nothing more than a mere man. Scholars such as Elaine Pagels and James Tabor are using such recent discoveries as the Gospel of Judas and the Gospel of Thomas to argue that the Christ of Christianity is a contrived figure and that a different Christ-one human and not divine-is the “true” Christ. In his trademark easy-to-understand style Darrell Bock takes on these attempts to redefine Jesus in a convincing, winsome way.

     
     
     

    Nicholas Wolterstorff

     
     
     
    Lament for a Son – This book was written more than twelve years ago to honor the authors son Eric, who died in a mountain-climbing accident in Austria in his twenty-fifth year, and to voice Wolterstorffs grief. Though it is intensely personal, he decided to publish it in the hope that some of those who sit on the mourning bench for children would find his words giving voice to their own honoring and grieving.


    Justice in Love – The concepts of love and justice have long been prominent in the moral culture of the West, yet they are often considered to be hopelessly at odds with one another. In this book acclaimed Christian philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff shows that justice and love are indeed perfectly compatible, and he argues that the commonly perceived tension between them reveals something faulty in our understanding of each.


    Justice: Rights and Wrongs – Wide-ranging and ambitious, Justice combines moral philosophy and Christian ethics to develop an important theory of rights and of justice as grounded in rights. Nicholas Wolterstorff discusses what it is to have a right, and he locates rights in the respect due the worth of the rights-holder. After contending that socially-conferred rights require the existence of natural rights, he argues that no secular account of natural human rights is successful; he offers instead a theistic account.


    Faith and Rationality – In laying the groundwork for a reformed epistemology, this book defines the idea of “rational belief” and shows how this definition is superior to the one assumed by contemporary logical positivists (i.e., many atheists and agnostics coming from the scientific perspective). In measuring whether belief in God qualifies as rational, this book shows compellingly that belief in God is properly basic; i.e., it needs no general justification.


    Divine Discourse – The canonical texts and traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam claim that God speaks, but philosophers usually mistakenly treat such speech as revelation. Wolterstorff argues that contemporary speech-action theory offers a fascinating approach to the claim. He develops an innovative theory of interpretation along the way opposing the current near-consensus of Ricoeur and Derrida that there is something wrong-headed about interpreting a text to find out what its author said.


    Art in Action – This book offers a fine general introduction to the theory of art, and it also presents one of the most interesting statements of recent years regarding th special perspectives that may be cast upon the issues of aesthetics from the standpoint of the Christian theology. It is a cogently argued and splendidly written book which deserves to be widely read.


    Educating for Life – Few people have influenced the development of Christian schools in the Reformed tradition in North America and around the world as much as Nicholas Wolterstorff. This book draws together the world-renowned Christian philosopher’s thoughts and reflections on Christian education over the last three decades. Educating for Life portrays Wolterstorff’s evolving thinking on education while paying tribute to him as one of the premier Christian philosophers of our day.


    Reason within the Bounds of Religion – Widely acclaimed as a seminal work on the relationship between reason and religion, this book probes the role of faith in responsible scholarship. Philosophical in nature yet highly accessible, this volume will inform all readers interested in integrating faith and learning.


    Hearing the Call – Nicholas Wolterstorff has long been intensely engaged with issues of liturgy, justice, and how to live faithfully as a Christian in the world. Hearing the Call brings together more than thirty of Wolterstorff’s most enduring and influential popular and semi-popular articles from the last fifty years in a wide-ranging volume that highlights his ongoing role as one of the church’s most incisive and compelling voices.


    Thomas Reid and the Story of Epistemology – Nicholas Wolterstorff’s comparative analysis of Thomas Reid’s epistemology relates Reid’s philosophy to present-day epistemological discussions. This timely and relevant volume will be of great interest to historians of philosophy as well as philosophers concerned with epistemology and the philosophy of mind.


    Until Justice and Peace Embrace – This book analyzes the structure of the modern social order and examines the Christian’s proper goals of working for peace and justice.


    Works and Worlds of Art – In this book Wolterstorff treats art as an action performed by the artist as agent, rather than examining it from the point of view of its audience as contemplators.


    Religion in the Public Square – This vigorous debate between two distinguished philosophers presents two views on a topic of worldwide importance: the role of religion in politics. Audi argues that citizens in a free democracy should distinguish religious and secular considerations and give them separate though related roles. Wolterstorff argues that religious elements are both appropriate in politics and indispensable to the vitality of a pluralistic democracy. Written with engaging clarity, Religion in the Public Square will spur discussion among scholars, students, and citizens.


    Educating for Shalom – This volume gathers the best of Wolterstorff’s essays from the past twenty-five years dealing collectively with the purpose of Christian higher education and the nature of academic learning. Wolterstorff develops his ideas in relation to an astonishing variety of thinkers ranging from Calvin, Kuyper, and Jellema to Augustine, Aquinas, and Kant to Weber, Habermas, and MacIntyre.


    A Passion for God’s Reign – In this challenging dialogue of the book, three of today’s most respected Christian thinkers explore the role of theology, the task of Christian learning, and the meaning of the self in our contemporary Western society. Jürgen Moltmann builds a case for the “public” nature of Christian theology and explores how expressions of faith from both the church and the academy relate to significant aspects of modernity. Responses by Nicholas Wolterstorff, Ellen T. Charry provide a provacative engagement with Moltmann’s views.


    Educating for Responsible Action – This short volume’s purpose is to discover and suggest strategies for cultivating responsible action. Responsibility to God is taken as the root of this approach to religious education.


    Inquiring about GodInquiring about God is the first of two volumes of Nicholas Wolterstorff’s collected papers. Of interest to both philosophers and theologians, it should give the reader a lively sense of the creative and powerful work done in contemporary philosophical theology by one of its foremost practitioners.


    Practices of BeliefPractices of Belief, the second volume of Nicholas Wolterstorff’s collected papers, brings together his essays on epistemology from 1983 to 2008. Of interest to epistemologists, philosophers of religion, and theologians, it should engage a wide audience of those interested in the topic of whether religious belief can be responsibly formed and maintained in the contemporary world.


    John Locke and the Ethics of Belief – This book discusses the ethics of belief that Locke developed in the last book of his Essay: how we ought to govern our opinions, especially on matters of religion and morality. Wolterstorff shows that this concern was instigated by the collapse of a once-unified moral and religious tradition in Europe into warring factions.

     
     
     

    Ken Wytsma

     
     
     
    Pursuing Justice – If God designed us to experience true happiness and abundant life, why do so many Christians feel dissatisfied and purposeless? We try to make our lives better by chasing our own dreams, but that only makes the problem worse. Instead, the path to a just life that’s satisfying and permeated with meaning leads us alongside the orphan, the widow, and the powerless. Using clear evangelical theology and compelling narratives drawn from two decades of global ministry and travel, Ken Wytsma, the founder of The Justice Conference, shows God’s unchanging love for all His children.