I have the opportunity to review books from Crossway. I love Crossway. In fact I love Crossway too much. I never can decide which book I should review. This month I have 6 options, four of which intrigue me. So I’ll let you decide. You have until Friday, tell me which one you want me to review:
Redemption by Mike Wilkerson
“Our sin problems are ultimate worship problems,” Mike Wilkerson writes in Redemption. “Redemption is more than mere deliverance from trouble,” Wilkerson explains. “It restores us to the very purpose for which we were created, the worship of God.” Redemption began as Mars Hill’s gospel-based curriculum for support-recovery groups.
Working through the redemption story line of Exodus, readers will see that we are all prone to set up idols in our hearts. Despite our reckless chasing of idols, God is even more reckless in his pursuit of us: slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Restored to his presence, beholding his glory, we are changed to live new lives with new desires. In the end, the reward of freedom from slavery is not merely the stopping of some habitual sin or the comforting of some lingering wound; it is more: satisfaction and rest in God himself.
Rid of My Disgrace by Justin and Lindsey Holcomb
Every two minutes someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. The numbers are staggering. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will be sexually assaulted during their lifetime. That’s over 40% of the population!
The traumatizing effects resulting from sexual assault can range from the obvious physical effects to sleep depravation, anxiety, fear, depression, social withdrawal, flashbacks, self-mutilation, guilt, and the list goes on. In Rid of My Disgrace, Justin and Lindsey Holcomb proclaim a message of healing and hope to victims who know the depths of destruction and overwhelming sense of disgrace associated with sexual assault. The message of the gospel can do what self-help books and methods can never do. It applies grace to disgrace and redeems what has been destroyed.
Don’t Call it a Comeback by Kevin DeYoung
DeYoung and other key twenty and thirty-something evangelical Christian leaders present Don’t Call It a Comeback: The Same Evangelical Faith for a New Day to assert the stability, relevance, and necessity of Christian orthodoxy today. This book introduces young, new, and under-discipled Christians to the most essential and basic issues of faith in general and of evangelicalism in particular.
Kevin DeYoung and contributors including Russell Moore, Tullian Tchividjian, Darrin Patrick, Justin Taylor, Thabiti Anyabwile, and Tim Challies examine what evangelical Christianity is and does within the broad categories of history, theology, and practice. They demonstrate that evangelicalism is still biblically and historically rooted, and remains the same framework for faith that we need today.
No Other Gospel: 31 Reasons from Galatians Why Justification by Faith Alone Is the Only Gospel by Josh Moody
In No Other Gospel, Moody explains how “we tend toward human gospels.” We subtly move from the cross to bigger and better gospels that are essentially human in taste. While all true proclamations of the gospel center on Christ, not just start there.
No Other Gospel takes us back to a time when the gospel was similarly confused, and in danger of being watered down by an addition to it (which was really a subtraction from it). Believers must constantly battle to maintain the purity and simplicity of the gospel. Paul was acutely aware of this as he wrote his letter to the Galatians. He was writing to an established church—experienced believers who had started to slip in their gospel witness. Moody finds in Galatians relevance and parallels to many churches today that have become used to a gospel that is no gospel.
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