Pilgrim Theology: Core Doctrines for Christian Disciples
Michael Horton (Zondervan)

Since it first released in 2011, I've been meaning to read Michael Horton's massive work of systematic theology, The Christian Faith. Well, here we are two years later, and it still hasn't been cracked open. (Funny how that happens with 1,000-page books!) Thankfully, Horton now delivers us a condensed version of that earlier work in Pilgrim Theology. Aimed at a wider audience of nontheology buffs, the book ably sketches out the basic contours of the Christian message from the author's Reformed perspective. Each of the 19 chapters comes equipped with helpful study questions, lists of essential terminology, and sidebars on key theological distinctions. And Horton, knowing his audience will consist largely of readers too intimidated to pick up weightier systematic volumes, wisely includes an excellent introduction about the value of studying theology—and the inescapability of thinking, and living, according to some theology or another. "What happens when you die?" he asks. "What's the future of this world? These are not abstract questions, but questions that haunt our hearts and minds from childhood to old age. We can suppress these questions, but we cannot make them go away. Reality forces us to bump into them."

Sent: How One Ordinary Family Traded the American Dream for God's Greater Purpose
Hilary Alan (WaterBrook Press)

Not everyone can, or should, emulate the Alan family of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Which is to say: forsake the manifold blessings of a comfortable, upper middle-class American life and, convinced of God's call, resettle in tsunami-ravaged Southeast Asia. Or wherever ...

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