2020 Christian Book Award ®: Faith & Culture Finalists
Between Life and Death: A Gospel-Centered Guide to End-of-Life Medical CareKathryn ButlerCrossway / 2019 / Trade Paperback$12.49 Retail:
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Modern medical advances save countless lives. But for all their merits, sophisticated technologies have created a daunting new challenge, namely a blurring of the expanse between life and death. The dying process is often hidden behind a complex web of medical terminology, statistics, and ethical decisions, making it difficult for patients and loved ones to know how to approach the end of life in a dignity-affirming, God-honoring, faith-filled way.
Between Life and Death offers a distinctly Christian guide to end-of-life care. It equips readers by explaining common medical jargon, exploring biblical principles that connect to common medical situations, and offering guidance for making critical decisions. In these pages, readers will find the medical knowledge and scriptural wisdom they need to navigate this painful and confusing process with clarity, peace, and discernment.
Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World's Largest ReligionRebecca McLaughlinCrossway / 2019 / Hardcover$14.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
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Christianity is the most widespread global belief system, and promises to remain so well into the future. But for many educated westerners, biblical Christianity is a dangerous idea—challenging some of their deepest beliefs.
Channeling state-of-the-art research, personal stories, and careful biblical study, Confronting Christianity explores 12 questions that keep many of us from considering faith in Christ. Look more closely, McLaughlin argues, and the reality of suffering, the complexity of sexuality, the desire for diversity, the success of science, and other seeming roadblocks to faith become signposts. Jesus becomes not a relic from the ancient world, but our modern world’s best hope.
Free to Believe: The Battle Over Religious Liberty in AmericaLuke GoodrichWaterBrook / 2019 / Hardcover$15.49 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 10 Reviews
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Will Christian beliefs soon be marginalized as a form of bigotry? Applying biblical understanding to today's most divisive issues, Goodrich offers a reasoned, balanced, and gospel-centered approach to religious freedom; explains why it matters; shows how it's threatened; and gives believers practical steps for responding to conflicts in an informed, responsible, and graceful way. 276 pages, hardcover from Multnomah.
In Search of the Common Good: Christian Fidelity in a Fractured WorldJake MeadorIVP Books / 2019 / Hardcover$16.49 Retail:
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Today's world leaves us increasingly anxious and lonely. Jake Meador believes this despair points to the failure of the story we've told ourselves about modern liberalism—and to our need for a narrative rooted in the deep tradition of the Christian faith. In Search of the Common Good explores the breakdown, problems, practices, and promise of life together. Foreword by Timothy Keller.
Shrewd Samaritan: Loving Our Global Neighbor Wisely in the 21st CenturyBruce WydickThomas Nelson / 2019 / Hardcover$19.99 Retail:
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If there were a popularity contest among all the parables of Jesus, the Good Samaritan would probably win. Nobody is against the Good Samaritan because being against the Good Samaritan is like being against Mother Theresa or Oskar Schindler or the firefighters who ran into the World Trade Center. In that same popularity contest, the Shrewd Manager would probably finish last. The Shrewd Manager is lazy, deceitful, and double-crossing. Yet in this alluringly freakish parable, Jesus actually holds up the Shrewd Manager as an example, as he does with the Good Samaritan.
This book is about learning to live the message of the Good Samaritan in the context of the globalized world of the twenty-first century. This means learning to love our global neighbor wisely by harnessing the resources at our disposal—our time, talents, opportunities, and money—on behalf of those who are victims of injustice, disease, violence, and poverty.
The early disciples were pretty clueless about worldly resources such as time, talent, and money—and unfortunately today we still don’t really get it. There are too many kind, well-intentioned twenty-first-century people with indisputably good intentions but whose impact on the needy is hampered by their inability to diagnose problems properly, harness the resources available to them to solve the right problems, and understand cause-and-effect relationships.
Shrewd Samaritan will help develop a framework to better love and care for our neighbors in an age of globalization, when the people in our neighborhoods, or at least those in our potential sphere of influence, has expanded dramatically. Increasingly it will become our global neighbor who takes us out of our comfort zone and challenges us with the needs of a broken world.