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Book Log: February 2014

  1. Romans 1-7 for You – Tim Keller. The latest release from the “God’s Word for You” series from The Good Book Company, this book follows its predecessors in being an excellent guide to the biblical text it handles. It’s full of rich exegesis that helps you see deeper into the biblical texts as well as application oriented questions that expose your heart. I only wish the volume on the rest of Romans could be released next, but it’s scheduled for release next spring. Full review here.
  2. Magnificent Obsession: Why Jesus Is Great – David Robertson. This book began as a response to Christopher Hitchens’s book God is Not Great and is structured in the format of 10 letters to a hypothetical seeker. Those who prefer conversation to proposition would enjoy this book more than a typical apologetics book. But others might not enjoy this format so much. As an evangelistic tool, this book opens the way for conversation since addresses many of the most common objections to Christianity. But it’s a small book, and a seeker reading it would probably not be sufficiently convinced on any topic. So in my opinion the best way to use this book would be to meet regularly with the seeker for conversation as he is reading it so that you can answer the questions and objections that came to his mind as he reads the book. Full review here.
  3. Justification and the Gospel: Understanding the Contexts and Controversies – R. Michael Allen. This book looks at the recent justification debates from a fresh perspective. Allen he situates justification within the context of Christian theology as a whole, analyzes the issues through the lens of dogmatic theology, and theological interpretation of Scripture. While affirming the importance of justification sola fide, Allen shows that the doctrine doesn’t answer all pertinent questions and can’t, without qualification, be referred to as the articulus stantis et cadentis ecclesiae. Full review here.
  4. The Theology of the Heidelberg Catechism – Lyle Berma. This book is probably not what you’re expecting from the title. It looks at the major doctrines of the HC from the perspective of its historical context and sources, showing how it is an interweaving of both Lutheran and Reformed traditions – that it is, contrary to what many think, an ecumenical catechism. Full review here.
  5. Encounters with Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life’s Biggest Questions – Tim Keller. The first five chapters look at encounters individuals had with Jesus in the Gospel of John and answer foundational worldview issues. The latter five chapters look at other Scriptures to show what Christ has accomplished in the main events of His life and how we can encounter Him. This book was previously released as 10 ebooks bearing the names of the chapter titles of this book. Full review at Grace for Sinners.
  6. Truth Matters: Confident Faith in a Confusing World – Andreas Kostenberger, Darrell Bock, and Josh Chatraw. This is a book written for young people (youth, early college students) that addresses some of the ideas popularized by Bart Ehrman. Whether or not you have heard of him, you most likely have or will encounter his attacks against foundational truth claims of Christianity. His ideas are especially present in the college context, because many secular universities use his books in their classes related to New Testament and Christian origins/early Christianity. This book specifically address the college context and the challenges a Christian college student will face in a secular university, making it very relevant for that audience. 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. Seven books in 28 days…that’s pretty fast!


    • hahaha, just six. and they were all small books. I used to in general read less books but more big books…going to go back to that soon. and dead guys!! I’ve been neglecting the venerable, beloved dead guys. another reason why I’m going to cut back on review books soon.



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