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Book Log: October 2013

  1. One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World – Tullian Tchividjian. This is the first Tchividjian book I’ve read. I thought that he said some great and amazing and true things about grace, but that he leaves some important things unsaid that give an incomplete/slightly errant picture of sanctification in the Christian life. See my full review here.
  2. To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain – Matt Chandler. Using Paul’s epistle to the Philippians, Chandler invites believers to pursue authentic Christian maturity.
  3. Found in Him: The Joy of the Incarnation and our Union with Christ – Elyse Fitzpatrick. This is a great devotional introduction to the two doctrines mentioned in the title. Fitzpatrick introduces important theological terms and concepts without seeming esoteric and heady; she writes intensely practically and devotionally, whilst feeding us the “meat.” I highly recommend this book, especially if you haven’t read on these two doctrines before. See my full review here.
  4. What is the Meaning of Sex? – Denny Burk. This is a great primer on a biblical sexual ethic. Though this book treats a range of topics related to the Bible and sexual ethics (core issues of gender, sexuality, singleness, and marriage; contemporary issues such as birth control methods and intersex disorders),  from beginning to end the constant refrain is that sex (and consequently gender, marriage, singleness, manhood, womanhood) exists for the glory of God, and we must therefore evaluate all issues concerning sexual morality by its ability to achieve that primary, ultimate end. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an introduction to biblical sexual ethics. I recommend it even if you’re not looking for it, because you will be confronted with these issues, if you haven’t already. See my full review here.
  5. The Morality of God in the Old Testament – G.K. Beale. This booklet is part of a series of booklets from Westminster Seminary Press and P&R publishing entitled “Christian Answers to Hard Questions.” I only wish this booklet were a full-scale book, but for its small size and short length, it serves as a great introduction to this topic that seems to be one of the biggest stumbling blocks to Christianity – how can God be good when He did and commanded things in the Old Testament that were apparently evil? See my full review here.

And lastly, there is a book I started in October but haven’t finished yet: “Michael Bird’s Evangelical Theology: A Biblical and Systematic Introduction.” Truly, this is a unique systematic that I think belongs in the library of every Evangelical. The primary thing that makes it unique is that this volume “has its center and boundaries and interpretive glue determined by the gospel.” Instead of being localized to soteriology, in this volume we find the gospel from beginning to end. I highly recommend it, especially if you’re looking for a contemporary one-volume introduction to systematic theology. Click here for some of my initial thoughts, author interviews, sneak peaks into the book, and a forty-six page sample from Zondervan Academic.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the above books for free from the publishers for review. I was not obligated to to write positive reviews, and the opinions I have expressed are honest.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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