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Book Log: December 2013

  1. Counterfeit Gospels: Rediscovering the Good News in a World of False Hope – Trevin Wax. This is a great general/popular-level book on the gospel that can both help clarify a believer’s understanding of the true gospel, as well as point out areas where we might be believing or proclaiming a counterfeit gospel (or in danger of doing so). Wax does a really good job of presenting balanced views – for each counterfeit, he not only critiques what is wrong but also points out the nuances about it that are right. Full review here.
  2.  The New Calvinism Considered: A Personal and Pastoral Assessment – Jeremy Walker. This book attempts to assess the recent resurgence of Reformed theology among young people. While Walker does offer some helpful critiques that those in the movement would do well to heed, I think there are also significant inaccuracies and am honestly not sure how helpful this book is in general. Full review here.
  3. The Psalms: Language for All Seasons of the Soul – Andrew J. Schmutzer and David M. Howard Jr., ed. This book is, save for the last four chapters (which are transcripts of sermons preached), a collection of all papers presented in the first three years of the “Psalms and Hebrew Poetry Consultation” (now ‘Section’) of the ETS. An academic work, it is a valuable addition to the Psalms study section of any library. Full review here.
  4.  The New Answers Book 4 – Ken Ham ed. From Answers in Genesis, this book addresses over thirty questions related to creation and evolution. Highly recommended for Young Earth Creationists. Full review here.
  5. What Is Biblical Theology?: A Guide to the Bible’s Story, Symbolism, and Patterns – Jim Hamilton. This is a great introduction to biblical theology as “the interpretive perspective reflected in the way the biblical authors have presented their understanding of earlier Scripture, redemptive history, and the events they are describing, recounting, celebrating, or addressing in narratives, poems, proverbs, letters, and apocalypses” (16). It is also a very accessible book for any Christian who wants to learn to read the Bible better, to understand its “big story.” For those already initiated into the world of biblical theology, Hamilton’s God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment would be a more fitting read. Full review at The Brave Reviews.
  6. Evangelical Theology: A Biblical and Systematic Introduction – Michael Bird. I would have never thought we needed a new systematic theology. Until I read Bird’s latest book. This is a very unique ST because 1) its beginnings, boundaries, and interpretive glue are singularily determined by the evangel; 2) it has a masterful blend of exegesis and engagement with church history; and 3) it is written by a biblical scholar. This is my favorite book of the year. Full review here.

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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  1. Wow lots of good books read!


    • =) Evangelical Theology was my favorite. NCC was difficult to read and review. I you ever read it, please review it. I’d love to know what a fellow “new Calvinist” thinks (assuming you’d fall under that amorphous designation)


      • NCC does seem interesting, it seems like everyone has to rag on the New Calvinists or the YRR crowd. Someone has told me once I’m a new Calvinists and I was rather surprised…I felt I was a Calvinists before it somehow got cool. I’ll let you know what I think if I get around to it!


        • I would say to not bother reading the book; it doesn’t really say anything that hasn’t already been said on the blogosphere.



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