2020 Christian Book Award ®: New Author Finalists
Can We Trust the Gospels? is an introduction to the historical and theological reliability of the Gospels for skeptics, scholars—and everybody in between. Peter J. Williams answers questions about how the accounts were handed down throughout history and addresses objections that they're historical fiction, were imposed on the early church by a council, or were simply created to fit existing messianic prophecies.
In August of 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech, calling on all Americans to view others not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. Yet King included another powerful word, one that is often overlooked. Warning against the "tranquilizing drug of gradualism," King emphasized the fierce urgency of now, the need to resist the status quo and take immediate action.
King's call to action, first issued over fifty years ago, is relevant for the church in America today. Churches remain racially segregated and are largely ineffective in addressing complex racial challenges. In The Color of Compromise, Jemar Tisby takes us back to the root of this injustice in the American church, highlighting the cultural and institutional tables we have to flip in order to bring about progress between black and white people.
Tisby provides a unique survey of American Christianity's racial past, revealing the concrete and chilling ways people of faith have worked against racial justice. Understanding our racial history sets the stage for solutions, but until we understand the depth of the malady we won't fully embrace the aggressive treatment it requires. Given the centuries of Christian compromise with bigotry, believers today must be prepared to tear down old structures and build up new ones. This book provides an in-depth diagnosis for a racially divided American church and suggests ways to foster a more equitable and inclusive environment among God's people.
The Common Rule: Habits of Purpose for an Age of DistractionJustin Whitmel EarleyIVP Books / 2019 / Trade Paperback$10.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 5 Reviews
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All of our habits are the result of previous decisions, whether conscious or unconscious, that are now second nature---hence difficult to dislodge. Many psychologists insist that one of the best ways to break an old habit is to replace it with a new one. So Earley strongly recommends we now follow four daily patterns and four weekly routines. 204 pages, softcover.
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.
Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of LamentMark VroegopCrossway / 2019 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
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Lament is how we bring our sorrow to God—but it is a neglected dimension of the Christian life for many Christians today. We need to recover the practice of honest spiritual struggle that gives us permission to vocalize our pain and wrestle with our sorrow. Lament avoids trite answers and quick solutions, progressively moving us toward deeper worship and trust.
Exploring how the Bible—through the psalms of lament and the book of Lamentations—gives voice to our pain, this book invites us to grieve, struggle, and tap into the rich reservoir of grace and mercy God offers in the darkest moments of our lives.