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This week's newsletter features reviews on titles such as, Patch On The Peak Of Ararat by Gary Bower as well as, Counterpoints - Two Views On Homosexuality, The Bible, And The Church by William Loader.

These reviews, together with write-ups on other interesting titles such as,  Pursuing God by Joshua Ryan Butler talks about "Many of us feel that way. It's as if God's gone missing, out in the universe somewhere - and we must pick up the hunt, following any trail of breadcrumbs to go find him. We speak of "searching for God," "exploring spirituality," and "finding faith." Get a copy to read more.. :)

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THIS WEEK NEW TITLES

 

Title : 

Leadership Network - Bigger Faster Leadership

Author : Samuel Chand

Category : Leadership

Format : Hardcover

Price: $36.50*

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Renowned leadership consultant, Samuel R. Chand details the account of the construction of the Panama Canal, and draws parallels between it and successful leadership methodology.

"More passion isn't the answer, and bigger dreams aren't always the solution. Every leader is asking two questions: How can we grow? How can we grow faster? The only way organizations can grow bigger and move faster is by accelerating the excellence of their systems and structures."

—from Bigger Faster Leadership: Lessons from the Builders of the Panama Canal

An epiphany during a visit to the Panama Canal led Sam Chand—one of the country's most respected voices on ministry and marketplace leadership—to bold new insights on the life cycles of business or church organizations.

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Title :

101 Tips For Evangelism

 

Author : Larry Moyer

Category : Evangelism

Format : Softcover

Price: $22.00*

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Many believers have a difficult time evangelizing because they make it far more complicated than Jesus intended it to be. This book presents practical, easily understood ideas that can enhance one s witness and make evangelism easier. Author Larry Moyer, founder of the well-known evangelization organization EvanTell, shares knowledge he has learned over his forty-plus years of sharing the gospel, and presents all of it in this handy book. Those who have been sharing the gospel for years will wish they had read this sooner, and those who are new to evangelism will be glad they re reading it now.

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Title : Saving The Bible From Ourselves -  Learning To Read & Live The Bible Well

Author : Glenn Paauw

Category : Word Study

Format : Softcover

Price: $26.50*

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Does the Bible need to be saved?

Over the course of the centuries, Bible scholars and publishers have increasingly added "helps" - chapter divisions, verses, subheads, notes - to the Bible in an effort to make it easier to study and understand. In the process, however, these have led to sampling Scripture rather than reading deeply.

According to author Glenn R. Paauw, the text has become divorced from the Bible's literary and historical context, leading to misinterpretation and a "narrow, individualistic and escapist view of salvation." Rather than being a culture-shaping force, the Bible has become a database of quick and easy answers to life's troubling questions. But these deficiencies can be corrected by engaging in what the author calls "big readings."

In these pages Paauw introduces us to seven new (to us) understandings of the Bible as steps on the path to recovering one deeply engaged Bible. With each "new" Bible presented, deficiencies in how we currently interact with the Bible are explored, followed by recommendations for a new practice. The Bible's transformative power is recovered when we remove the chains Christians have applied to it over the centuries. The Bible does not need to be saved because of any defect in itself, but because we have distorted and misread it. Saving the Bible from Ourselves provides students of the Bible a new paradigm for reading and living the Bible well.

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Title : Gender Roles & The People Of God

 

Author : Alice Mathews

Category : Christian Living

Format : Softcover

Price: $29.50*

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  • Most women in the church don't aspire to "lord it" over men, nor do they want to scramble for position. Instead, they want to be accepted as full participants in God's work, sharing in kingdom tasks in ways that use their gifts appropriately.

    In Gender Roles and the People of God, author, radio host, and professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Alice Mathews surveys the roles women have played in the Bible and throughout church history, demonstrating both the inspiring contributions of women and the many hurdles that have been placed in their path. Along the way, she investigates the difficult passages often used to preclude women from certain areas of service, pointing to better and more faithful understandings of those verses.

    Encouraging and hopeful, Mathews aims for an "egalitarian complementarity" in which men and women use all of their gifts in the church together, in partnership, for the glory of God.

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Title : Counterpoints - Two Views On Homesexuality, The Bible, And The Church

Author : William Loader

Category : Sexuality

Format : Softcover

Price: $25.00*

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No issue is more divisive or more pressing for the church today than homosexuality. Two Views on Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Church brings a fresh perspective to a well-worn debate. While Christian debates about homosexuality are most often dominated by biblical exegesis, this book seeks to give much-needed attention to the rich history of received Christian tradition, bringing the Bible into conversation with historical and systematic theology. To that end, both theologians and biblical scholars—well accomplished in their fields and conversant in issues of sexuality and gender—articulate and defend each of the two views:

Affirming view

  • William Loader
  • Megan K. DeFranza

 Traditional view

  • Wesley Hill
  • Stephen R. Holmes

Unique among most debates on homosexuality, this book presents a constructive dialogue between people who disagree on significant ethical and theological matters, and yet maintain a respectful and humanizing posture toward one another. Even as these scholars articulate pointed arguments for their position with academic rigor and depth, they do so cordially, clearly, and compassionately, without demeaning the other.

The main essays are followed by exceptionally insightful responses and rejoinders that interact with their fellow essayists with convicted civility. Holding to a high view of Scripture, a commitment to the gospel and the church, and a love for people—especially those most affected by this topic—the contributors wrestle deeply with the Bible and theology, especially the prohibition texts, the role of procreation, gender complementarity, and pastoral accommodation.

The book concludes with general editor Preston Sprinkle’s reflections on the future of discussions on faith and sexuality.

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Title : Pursuing God

 

Author : Joshua Ryan Butler

Category : Christian Living

Format : Softcover

Price: $25.00*

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Is God lost? Many of us feel that way. It's as if God's gone missing, out in the universe somewhere-and we must pick up the hunt, following any trail of breadcrumbs he may have left to go out and find him. We speak of "searching for God," "exploring spirituality," and "finding faith." But what if we have it backward? What if God is the one pursuing us? What if our job is not to go out and find God, but simply to stop running and hiding? Not to earn God's love, but to receive it? Not to turn on the light, but to step out of the shadows? Jesus reveals a God on the prowl, pursuing us, hunting down his world for reconciliation. And the question we're left with is not whether we've pursued hard enough, searched long enough, or jumped high enough ...The question is, "Do we want to be found?"

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Title :

Patch On The Peak Of Ararat

Author : Gary Bower

Category : Children 4 - 7

Format : Hardware

Price: $22.00*

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The Faith that God Built series by Gary Bower uses the same whimsical style of storytelling as The House that Jack Built, using rhyme to introduce preschoolers through second graders to favorite Bible stories. Gary has a well-developed talent for creating engaging narratives that also teach biblical truth through rhyme.

In Patch on the Peak of Ararat, Noah follows God’s plan, resulting in his rescue from destruction.

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