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Summer affords many of us a few spare moments to sit down someplace warm and relaxing and read a good book. In case you're looking for something deeper than a celebrity magazine or cliffhanger novel, consider picking up these new releases that make theology accessible and practical while staying true to Scripture.

The senior pastor of Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland, has a gift for weaving personal narrative with biblical truth. Dug Down Deep will bolster your faith in God and inspire you to dig deeper into Scripture. A winsome summary of core Christian beliefs, the book is an especially good gift for high school graduates heading off to college.

The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture
by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Paraclete, May 2010
164 pp., $14.99


It's the right time to write about stability, with the U.S. mobility rate falling to an all-time low in 2008 and rebounding only slightly in 2009. Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, a new monastic leader in Durham, North Carolina, lives what he writes. The Wisdom of Stability might make you appreciate home in case you're anxious about an upcoming reunion this summer. The book would benefit, though, from more reflection on the biblical narrative of mobility and less reliance on quotes from the monastics.

Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church: A Guide for Ministry
by Michael Lawrence
Crossway, April 2010
240 pp., $16.99


Probably no one does practical theology for the local church better than the crew from 9Marks and Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. Associate pastor Michael Lawrence, leaving the capital this summer for a church in Portland, Oregon, relates biblical to systematic theology, traces prominent themes through Scripture, ...

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