AMG's Handi-Reference: World Religions and Cults, compiled by John Hunt, 2008, 723 pages, $9.99, softcover. Hunt catalogues 13 major religions (including the atheistic/humanistic/ agnostic worldview) and 14 large cults and describes in detail their history, beliefs, writings, practices, and leading figures. A valuable reference tool for evangelism.
Unleashing Courageous Faith: The Hidden Power of a Man's Soul, Paul Coughlin, 2009, 202 pages, $19.99, hardcover. In this follow-up to his No More Christian Nice Guy, Coughlin calls men to embrace a Christianity imbued with physical, moral, and spiritual courage and exhorts them to be actively engaged in the mission of Christ.
B & H Publishing
Essential Church?: Reclaiming a Generation of Dropouts, Thom S. Rainer and Sam S. Rainer, III, 2008, 254 pages, $19.99, hardcover. The Rainer men (a father/son team) flesh out research they conducted with 1,000 so-called "Church dropouts" to determine how the Church ceased to be central to their lives. They prescribe a 4 part solution for churches: Simplify the structure of church, deepen the scriptural and spiritual content of worship & teaching, have an expectant and hopeful attitude for believers, and multiply the Church through evangelism.
The Leadership Jump, Jimmy Long, 2009, 204 pages, $16.00, softcover. Long explores how leadership roles have changed as a result of major societal shifts. He encourages existing and emerging leaders to learn from one another and collaborate to advance the cause of Christ.
Christianity Beyond Belief: Following Jesus for the Sake of Others, Todd Hunter, 2009, 250 pages, $22.00, cloth cover. Hunter calls believers to reframe their discipleship to focus on life, not just the consequences of death. He encourages pastors and leaders to disciple new Christians to follow Christ in this life; to go beyond making sure they don't go to hell when they die.
Foundations of Spiritual Formation: A Community Approach to Becoming Like Christ, Paul Pettit, editor, 2008, 275 pages, $22.99, softcover. Through a collection of essays, the book makes the case that individual believers become Christlike in the context of authentic Christian community and encourages spiritual disciplines that build the body and the individual in complementary ways.
Reformation Trust (Ligonier)
Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching, Don Kistler, editor, 2008, 156 pages, $15.00, hardcover. Originally published in 2002, this updated collection of essays from 11 respected pastors and scholars urging pastors to preach the Word and hold their churches to biblical standards still rings true.
John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, & Doxology, Burk Parsons, editor, 2008, 245 pages, $18.00, hardcover. In anticipation of Calvin's 500th birthday, 18 Reformed pastors and scholars attempt to demystify his life and legacy for a new generation.
What Are You Living For?: Investing Your Life in What Matters Most, Pat Williams, 2009, 224 pages, $19.99, hardcover. Williams, a former professional sports executive, urges readers to forsake earthly pursuits of fortune, fame, power, and pleasure and instead pursue godly influence, faith, and good character.
Called, Challenged, & Changed, Lena Wood, 2009, 173 pages each, $9.99 each, hardcover. Wood presents a collection of 3 devotional journals for those involved in short-term missions. Called is designed to help prepare for the journey, Challenged is for use during the trip, and Changed is structured around debriefing and reflecting after the trip.
Hebrew for the Rest of Us: Using Hebrew Tools without Mastering Biblical Hebrew, Lee M. Fields, 2008, 281 pages, $29.99, softcover. Fields attempts to acquaint "armchair theologians" and those who simply desire a deeper understanding of Scripture with the essentials of the Hebrew language so that they can better study the Word.