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, …

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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, …

An Epic Timeline

We are less than a week away from the March 31 launch of my new book and documentary Epic: An Around-the-World Journey through Christian History. Between the book and the 10 episodes, you’ll be able to track with me as I scour the world for historical objects which together tell the story of the Christian faith. We put together this timeline to display some of the highlights and how through them we can trace the history of our faith. (Currently …

All the Free and Discounted Stuff for these Difficult Times

Difficult times often provoke special generosity. That has proven the case with many Christian ministries and businesses in these difficult and uncertain days. Here is some of the free or discounted material that has been made available. (Feel free to leave a Facebook comment if you know of material I’ve missed and I’ll update accordingly.) The Pilgrim’s Progress The new animated version of The Pilgrim’s Progress is free for the viewing. Is Genesis History? The film Is Genesis History? is …

One Way To Make the Most of Being Housebound with Your Family

There are millions of people across the world who unexpectedly find themselves and their families housebound. There are millions of parents who are wondering how they are going to fill the days ahead and how they are going to make the most of them. My family, too, has been affected by travel bans and the closure of schools, and we are asking how we can use this time well. I want to share one idea with you. Over the past …

How We Worshipped on One Sunday in March

Like so many of you, I find myself unexpectedly at home this Sunday instead of joining in corporate worship. At Grace Fellowship Church we deem this a reasonable response to the government’s request that we avoid meeting in large groups. And while I’m at home with my family, I’m thinking wistfully of the wonderful service we enjoyed last week. Let me tell you about it… The service’s cast of characters included Paul as the preacher and service leader, Josh as …

New and Notable Christian Books for February 2020

I’m 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 February 2020, including the publishers’ descriptions. (Note: I’ve skimmed these books, but have not thoroughly read most of them.) With All Your Heart: Orienting Your Mind, Desires, and Will toward Christ by A. …

Are You Looking for Something Good To Read?

One thing I love to do is resource other people with good books. That means I read a lot and then try to mention some of the best of the bunch in case that will spur other people on in their own reading. To that end, here are a few of the books I’ve read recently, accompanied by miniature reviews. (And, in case nothing here strikes your fancy, I’ve got two other round-ups from 2020: number one and number two.) …