This is a summary of recent books read by Martin Davie, compiling his evaluations and the commendations of others. In this edition:
Is God a Vindictive Bully?:Reconciling Portrayals of God in the Old and New Testaments by Paul Copan
This book will be extremely useful to Christian apologists, to Christian ministers and to ordinary Christians alike. All three need to know how to answer the critics of the God of the Old Testament who exist both inside and outside the Christian Church.
The Royal Priest: Psalm 110 In Biblical Theology by Matthew Emadi
This is a very important book which highlights how the promise of a priest-king after the order of Melchizedek given in Psalm 110 sits at the heart of the message of the Bible and is gloriously fulfilled in the ministry of Christ.
The Environment by Dave Gobbett
The volumes in this series are meant to provide short, accessible, biblically based, introductions to current issues facing Christians and Gobbett’s book fulfils this brief in an exemplary fashion. This book would make a great basis for a teaching series on environmental issues and the discussion guide means it will also be equally useful as the basis for discussion in home groups.
Surprised by Oxford: A Memoir by Carolyn Weber
This book will be helpful to Christians as a powerful reminder to them of the truth that God really is alive and well and intervening in power even in the lives of those caught up in the futility of modern secular society. It will be appreciated by anyone who enjoys a good story well told, and as such can be shared with those who would never agree to read a book of Christian apologetics.
Sex and the City of God: A Memoir of Love and Longing by Carolyn Weber
Today, the traditional Christian sexual ethic is widely viewed as restrictive and inimical to human happiness. What this book shows through the medium of a well told story is that the opposite is true, that the traditional Christian ethic actually frees people to live in the way God intends for them and living this way brings happiness across the generations in this world and results in eternal happiness in the world to come.
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