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Delighting in the Trinity: Introduction to the Christian Faith Michael Reeves (135 pages)
In this very readable book, we learn how the Christian life is rooted in the triune God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Here we better understand the person and work of Christ through the Trinity, and also the practical reality of loving God and others while sharing His Good News.
Evangelical Convictions: A Theological Exposition of the Statement of Faith of the EFCA EFCA Spiritual Heritage Committee (260 pages)
Evangelicalism is a Christian movement which is committed to the Bible, to sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ, and to making disciples in Christ. This movement brings together a diverse spectrum of followers of Jesus, whose backgrounds are diverse in non-essential doctrine and practice of the faith, but who are all committed to the core, orthodox beliefs of the Christian faith. This book provides a readable introduction to the major tenets of Christian theology.
The Gospel of the Kingdom: Scriptural Studies in the Kingdom of God George Eldon Ladd (143 pages)
Ladd, whose work has included much technical study of the doctrine of the kingdom, here presents a practical and devotional scriptural study of the many aspects of the kingdom, based on the parables, the Sermon on the Mount, and other key passages.
How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart (304 pages)
Understanding the Bible isn’t for the few, the gifted, the scholarly. The Bible is accessible. It’s meant to be read and comprehended by everyone from armchair readers to seminary students. A few essential insights into the Bible can clear up a lot of misconceptions and help you grasp the meaning of Scripture and its application to your twenty-first-century life. Covering everything from translational concerns to different genres of biblical writing, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth is used all around the world. In clear, simple language, it helps you accurately understand the different parts of the Bible―their meaning for ancient audiences and their implications for you today―so you can uncover the inexhaustible worth that is in God’s Word.
Knowing God J.I. Packer (286 pages)
For over 40 years, J. I. Packer's classic has been an important tool to help Christians around the world discover the wonder, the glory and the joy of knowing God. Stemming from Packer's profound theological knowledge, Knowing God brings together two important facets of the Christian faith― knowing about God and also knowing God through the context of a close relationship with the person of Jesus Christ. Written in an engaging and practical tone, this thought-provoking work seeks to transform and enrich the Christian understanding of God. Explaining both who God is and how we can relate to him, Packer divides his book into three sections: The first directs our attention to how and why we know God, the second to the attributes of God and the third to the benefits enjoyed by a those who know him intimately. This guide leads readers into a greater understanding of God while providing advice to gaining a closer relationship with him as a result.
Living by the Book: The Art and Science of Reading the Bible Howard G. Hendricks and William D. Hendricks (400 pages)
This introduction to the practice of studying the Bible takes us into the process of reading, observing, interpreting, and applying the Scripture. In a simple, step-by-step fashion, the authors explain how to glean truth from Scripture. It is practical, readable, and applicable. By following its easy-to-apply principles, you'll soon find yourself drawing great nourishment from the Word—and enjoying the process. Make sure you have a pencil and paper on hand!
The Lost World of Scripture: Ancient Literary Culture and Biblical Authority John Walton and D Brent Sandy (320 pages)
Stemming from questions about scriptural inerrancy, inspiration and oral transmission of ideas, The Lost World of Scripture examines the process by which the Bible has come to be what it is today. From the reasons why specific words were used to convey certain ideas to how oral tradition impacted the transmission of biblical texts, the authors seek to uncover how these issues might affect our current doctrine on the authority of Scripture.
Ten Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe: Are Urban Legends and Sunday School Myths Ruining Your Faith? Larry Osborne (224 pages)
People don’t set out to build their faith on myths. But somehow falsehoods keep showing up in the way many Christians think about life and God. Osborne confronts 10 urban legends operating in the American Church, such as: forgiving means forgetting, a godly home guarantees godly kids, God has a blueprint for my life, Christians shouldn’t judge, everything happens for a reason, etc.
Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters Timothy Keller (256 pages)
Success, true love, and the life you've always wanted. Many of us placed our faith in these things, believing they held the key to happiness, but with a sneaking suspicion they might not deliver. No wonder we feel lost, alone, disenchanted, and resentful. There is only one God who can wholly satisfy our cravings—and now is the perfect time to meet Him again, or for the first time. In this book, Timothy Keller shows how a proper understanding of the Bible reveals the unvarnished truth about societal ideals and our own hearts. This powerful message cements Keller's reputation as a critical thinker and pastor, and comes at a crucial time—for both the faithful and the skeptical.
The Gagging of God D.A. Carson (640 pages)
Is Jesus the only way to God? This clear, critically-acclaimed, scholarly response to that question affirms the deep need for the Gospel’s exclusive message in today’s increasingly pluralistic global community. The Gagging of God offers an in-depth look at the big picture, shows how the many ramifications of pluralism are all parts of a whole, and then provides a systematic Christian response.
How the Nations Rage: Rethinking Faith and Politics in a Divided Age Jonathan Leeman (237 pages)
“A Christian’s political posture must never be withdraw. But nor should it be dominate. It must always be represent, and we must do this when the world loves us and when it despises us.” Wherever you fall on the political spectrum, this book will provoke and improve your thinking.
Mere Sexuality: Rediscovering the Christian Vision of Sexuality Todd Wilson (192 pages)
What do Christians believe about human sexuality? In Mere Sexuality, author and pastor Todd Wilson presents the historic Christian consensus about human sexuality, the Great Tradition of the church for centuries as taught in each of its major expressions - Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant. Wilson highlights the stunning shift of opinion on issues of sexuality in the evangelical church and why this break with the historic church is problematic for the future of Christianity. Along the way he provides ordinary believers with an introduction to the historic Christian vision of sexuality, yet does so in conversation with some of the twenty-first century's leading challenges to this vision. In a culture that is deeply confused about human sexuality, Wilson believes it is time for evangelicals to retrieve the historic Christian tradition and biblical teaching on the question of sexuality. Mere Sexuality seeks to guide readers back to the beauty and coherence of this vision of sexuality in the face of an aggressive and all-consuming pagan and secular worldview.
This Is Our Time: Everyday Myths in Light of the Gospel Trevin Wax (240 pages)
Many Christians feel bombarded by the messages they hear and the trends they see in our rapidly changing world. This book analyses some of our culture’s common beliefs and practices to help us view our American culture thru the lens of the Gospel: smartphone habits, entertainment choices, sex, marriage, politics, happiness, etc.
Bible Study Methods Rick Warren (272 pages)
You were created to become like Christ. This is one of the five God-ordained purposes for your life described in The Purpose Driven® Life by Rick Warren, and it’s why studying the Bible is so important. The Bible’s truths will transform you, aligning you with the character and ways of Jesus as you encounter him in the Scriptures. This easy-to-understand book shows you how to study the Bible Rick Warren’s way. It gives you not just one, but twelve methods for exploring the riches of God’s Word. At least one of them is exactly what you’re looking for―an approach that’s right for you, right where you’re at.
God's Wisdom for Navigating Life: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Book of Proverbs Timothy Keller and Kathy Keller (400 pages)
Proverbs is God’s book of wisdom, teaching us the essence and goal of a Christian life. In this 365-day devotional, Timothy Keller offers readers a fresh, inspiring lesson for every day of the year based on different passages within the Book of Proverbs. With his trademark knowledge, Keller unlocks the wisdom within the poetry of Proverbs and guides us toward a new understanding of what it means to live a moral life. God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life is a book that readers will be able to turn to every day, year after year, to cultivate a deeper, more fulfilling relationship with God.
A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World Paul E. Miller (304 pages)
If you find the concept of prayer to be a chore or a bore, then this book is for you. If you’re tired of rote prayers or baby formulas for praying, this book is for you. If you find your life marked by fear, worry, joylessness, or lethargy toward God and others, then this book is for you. If you still draw a breath, this book is for you.
The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms Timothy and Kathy Keller (384 pages)
The Book of Psalms is known as the Bible’s songbook—Jesus knew all 150 psalms intimately, and relied on them to face every situation, including his death. Two decades ago, Tim Keller began reading the entire Book of Psalms every month. The Songs of Jesus is based on his accumulated years of study, insight, and inspiration recorded in his prayer journals. Kathy Keller came to reading the psalms as a support during an extended illness. Together they have distilled the meaning of each verse, inviting readers into the vast wisdom of the psalms. If you have no devotional life yet, this book is a wonderful way to start. If you already spend time in study and prayer, understanding every verse of the psalms will bring you a new level of intimacy with God, unlocking your purpose within God’s kingdom.
The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God Timothy Keller (352 pages)
Modern culture would have you believe that everyone has a soul mate; that romance is the most important part of a successful marriage; that your spouse is there to help you realize your potential; that marriage does not mean forever, but merely for now; and that starting over after a divorce is the best solution to seemingly intractable marriage issues. But these modern-day assumptions are wrong. Timothy Keller, with insights from Kathy, his wife of thirty-seven years, shows marriage to be a glorious relationship that is also misunderstood and mysterious. The Meaning of Marriage offers instruction on how to have a successful marriage, and is essential reading for anyone who wants to know God and love more deeply in this life.
The Emotionally Destructive Marriage: How to Find Your Voice and Reclaim Your Hope Leslie Vernick (240 pages)
"It's easy to find a plethora of good books about how to be a godly wife or what steps to take to build a successful and happy marriage. There aren't many books written on how to wisely deal with a destructive and abusive marriage." Based on decades of counseling experience, Vernick provides clarity and guidance to get healthy and to bring health to your marriage.
Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church Kara Powell, Jake Mulder, and Brad M. Griffin (336 pages)
Across the United States, churches are losing both members and vitality as increasing numbers of young people disengage. Based on groundbreaking research with over 250 of the nation's leading congregations, Growing Young provides a strategy any church can use to involve and retain teenagers and young adults. It profiles innovative churches that are engaging 15- to 29-year- olds and as a result are growing--spiritually, emotionally, missionally, and numerically. Packed with both research and practical ideas, Growing Young shows pastors and ministry leaders how to position their churches to engage younger generations in a way that breathes vitality, life, and energy into the whole church.
Parenting with Love and Logic Foster Cline and Jim Fay (272 pages)
This parenting book teaches how to raise self-confident, motivated children who are ready for the real world. Learn how to parent effectively while teaching your children responsibility and growing their character.
Parenting Teens With Love And Logic: Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Adulthood Foster Cline and Jim Fay (320 pages)
This book empowers parents with the skills necessary to set limits, teach important skills, and encourage decision-making in their teenagers. Covering a wide range of real-life issues teens face―including divorce, ADD, addiction, and sex―this book gives you the tools to help your teens find their identity and grow in maturity.
Small Is Big, Slow Is Fast: Living and Leading Your Family and Community on God's Mission Caesar Kalinowski (224 pages)
You don’t need to have the talents of a rock star or the wisdom of Yoda to effectively and naturally live a life on mission with God. And you do not have to add a big list of new activities to your life! Instead, it is the everyday ordinary things done with greater gospel-intentionality…slowly over time…that make all the difference. Biblical and super practical, Small Is Big, Slow Is Fast helps readers respond to Jesus’ call to each of us to be a missionary right where we live—in our own families and neighborhoods. It shows you step by step the essential elements that create environments for organic kingdom growth and multiplication. Whether you’re looking to lead your own family or are taking first steps toward starting a church that has discipleship and mission at its core, you will discover the secret to starting out small and going (seemingly) slower—and not feeling guilty about it. And you’ll be encouraged to trust that when you lay the right foundations, multi-plication will occur and will always be “faster” and more successful in the long run.
Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help, And How to Reverse It Robert Lupton (208 pages)
Veteran urban activist Robert Lupton reveals the shockingly toxic effects that modern charity has upon the very people meant to benefit from it and provides proven new models for charitable groups who want to help—not sabotage—those they desire to serve.
When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor. . .and Yourself Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert (232 pages)
Whether you’re involved in short-term missions or long-term empowerment of the poor, this book helps teach your three key areas:
- Foundational concepts (who are the poor?)
- Principles (should we do relief, rehabilitation, or development?)
- Strategies (how can we help effectively here and abroad?)
Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work Tim Keller (336 pages)
A truly Biblical view of work can provide the foundation of a thriving professional and balanced life of faith. Keller shows how our workplace is calling and can even be considered as worship when we understand God’s value for it.