New and Notable Christian Books for November 2020

As we come into the final stretch of 2020, Christian publishers continue to release some very good books. In this article I’ve compiled a selection of the ones that stood out to me as being especially noteworthy.  Talking Back to Purity Culture: Rediscovering Faithful Christian Sexuality by Rachel Joy Welcher. I expect the coming years will see a number of analyses of so-called “purity culture.” This, to my knowledge, is the first. “It’s time to talk back. The generation born …

New and Notable Christians Books from October 2020

Though we are late enough in the year that we may be past prime book-release season, there are still some good titles coming our way. I sorted through the stacks that arrived at my door in October and settled on some that, for one reason or another, I consider especially noteworthy. To that end, here are October’s new and notable books for Christians. (Note: In most cases I have not thoroughly read these books and the information provided is the …

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A Call to Worship

I have mentioned before that one important element of worship at Grace Fellowship Church is the Call to Worship. These sometimes involve reading a passage of scripture, but other times combine several texts into a responsive question and answer format. Here’s an example that might bless you this morning as you prepare to worship. It is simple, but it has an important purpose: To draw the hearts of God’s people toward him, to call them to speak out truth so …

9 New and Notable Books for September 2020

The good books continue to roll in! As September turns to October I thought it would be good to provide a roundup of some of the best books to cross my desk over the past month (acknowledging that, in reality, I’m posting this a day late). As usual, I need to add the disclaimer that I haven’t yet thoroughly read them. With that in mind, here are my picks for September’s new and notable books for Christians. Devoted to God’s …

New: Check out SquareQuotes

Several years ago Jules Koblun and I began to create graphics together. I would find an inspirational quote and she would use her graphic design skills to set it atop an image. Over the years we’ve created nearly 1500 of these quote graphics, covering a wide range of topics. I expect you’ve seen them embedded in the daily A La Carte posts and shared through social media. Over the years I’ve had many requests for the definitive collection, so have …

A Dozen New and Notable Christian Books for August 2020

As summer turns to fall, and as we seem to creep incrementally back towards normalcy, the new books continue to pour in. I’ve sorted through the many (many!) books that have shown up at my doorstep over the past four weeks and have narrowed them down to this list of a dozen. For each one I’ve included the editorial description. I hope there’s something here that jumps out at you! Deeper Still: Finding Clear Minds and Full Hearts through Biblical …

10 New and Notable Christian Books for July 2020

Even in the heat of summer Christian publishers continue to bring us great new books! It has actually been quite a July for Christian readers with lots of notable books coming our way. Here are a few of the ones that stood out to me. Why Is My Teenager Feeling Like This?: A Guide for Helping Teens through Anxiety and Depression by David Murray. “Have you ever looked at your anxious or depressed teenage son or daughter and wondered, Why …

12 New and Notable Books for June 2020

Summer is often a time when new book releases slow their pace as publishers await the busy fall season with all its conferences and other opportunities to make a splash. But this year we’ve been treated to quite a lot of noteworthy June releases. Here are a few of the books that have showed up in my mailbox in the past month. In each case I’ve included the publisher’s description. And in each case I haven’t read these books thoroughly, …

New and Notable Christian Books for May 2020

I am in the happy position of receiving endless numbers of Christian books. Every month or so I try to sort through them to identify the new books that seem most noteworthy and, therefore, may be of most interest to readers like you. Here is the selection for May 2020, including the publishers’ descriptions. (Note: I’ve skimmed these books, but have not thoroughly read most of them, so you should not see these as reviews.) Exploring the Bible Together: A …

A Prayer Guide for Pastors

Christian leaders are not called to their positions because of rare skill, raw talent, or overwhelming desire. They are not qualified by charismatic personality, the ability to draw a crowd, or skilled rhetoric. Rather, Christian leaders are called and qualified by godly character. In passages like 1 Timothy 3:2-7, Titus 1:6-9, and 1 Peter 5:1-3 we read what a man must be if he is to serve as pastor (or elder, if you prefer). Since these traits are so crucial, …