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New & Notable Books

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I am in the unique and enjoyable position of receiving copies of most of the latest and greatest Christian books and I like to provide regular roundups of some of the best and brightest of the bunch. Here are some of the notable books that I’ve received in the past week or two.

The Mission of God Study Bible edited by Ed Stetzer and Philip Nation – “In The Mission of God Study Bible, readers will hear through more than 150 additional writings from today’s top thinkers, theologians, and leading voices in the church about what it means to live in the mission of God. Essay contributors include Matt Chandler, Tullian Tchividjian, Ed Stetzer, Linda Bergquist, Dave Ferguson, Christopher J.H. Wright, Matthew Barnett, and many others. Readers will also discover “Letters to the Church” from elder statesmen that speak to the grand narrative of God’s mission in Scripture. These words from Billy Graham, Jack Hayford, Erwin Lutzer, Calvin Miller, and R.C. Sproul will inspire you to live God’s mission daily.” (Learn more and shop at Amazon)

Gospel-Centered Discipleship by Jonathan Dodson – “This book helps us understand and experience the fullness of discipleship as God intended. It combines the mess and the weight, the imperfection and transformation, the honesty and wonder of being a disciple who revolves around Jesus. Here is a practical guide to discipleship that is Spirit-filled, Christ-centered, field-tested, and easily implemented.” (Learn more and shop at Amazon or Westminster Books)

God in Our Midst by Daniel Hyde – “Christians often wonder whether it is worth their time to read and study the seemingly odd narratives about God’s instructions for the tabernacle in the second half of the book of Exodus. The answer, according to Daniel R. Hyde, is an emphatic yes. In God in Our Midst: The Tabernacle and Our Relationship with God, Hyde shows that the tabernacle narratives have much to teach us about God Himself, about sin, about redemption in Christ, and about how we are to live for God today. Above all, by interpreting these narratives according to solid hermeneutical principles and New Testament revelation, Hyde shows that these passages reveal Christ.” (Learn more and shop at Amazon)

The Law of Christ by Charles Leiter – “Too often Christians have looked to something other than Christ for their supreme rule of duty. They have centered their lives around a list of rules; rather than His new commandment to love. Not realizing that the goal of all Christian instruction is love, they have too often valued Bible knowledge, preaching ability, ministry, and gifts above the one thing that matters most in the Christian life. Yet, according to the New Testament, love is the fulfillment of the whole law, and no amount of sacrifice, knowledge, or even faith means anything apart from it. The goal of this book is to point believers to their perfect Savior and standard, the Lord Jesus Christ, who is Himself love incarnate, and who alone can enable them in some measure to love as He loved.” (Learn more and shop at Amazon)

Living God’s Story of Grace by Elizabeth Turnage – “In this meaningful, inviting, and encouraging study, Elizabeth Turnage lays out God’s grand story and helps you see where your own story fits. Engaging questions allow you to apply not only the study, but the entire story itself, to your own life. Unique sections help you engage Scripture and live out the gospel in your own story.” (Learn more and shop at Amazon)

We Became Men by Shawn Brower – “This book is the invitation you have been waiting for: a guide that affirms and validates young men and empowers them to pursue manhood from a biblical perspective. It will give you clear vision and direction for your life in vital, life-changing areas such as performance, temptations, relationships, idols, boredom with life, and much more.” (Learn more and shop at Amazon)

Whomever He Wills edited by Matthew Barrett and Thomas Nettles – “This book deals with the timeless issues of the ineffable glory of the grace of God and the dependence of sinners on unalloyed mercy. It also addresses a highly contemporary conflict in Southern Baptist life over the character of this very mercy.” (Learn more and shop at Amazon or Westminster Books)


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