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Insourcing: Bringing Discipleship Back to the Local Church
Randy Pope with Kitti Murray (Zondervan)

"The lack of discipleship in North American churches is widely lamented, but few churches know what to do. Pope, pastor of Perimeter Church in Atlanta, outlines a disciple-making process that actually works." —Howard Snyder, former professor of Wesley studies, Tyndale Seminary

Fiction

The Sky Beneath My Feet
Lisa Samson (Thomas Nelson)

"Readers will find 'aha!' moments in the deft, competent unfolding of Samson's story about modern-day mystics, the church, and the imperfect people who find community with each other." —Cindy Crosby, author of By Willoway Brook

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Every Waking Moment
Chris Fabry (Tyndale)

"This novel has authentic characters, a compelling narrative, and a complex exploration of the brokenness and hope of human life." —Susannah Clements, department chair of literature, Regent University

History/Biography

God's Forever Family: The Jesus People Movement in America
Larry Eskridge (Oxford University Press)

"This rich and surprisingly entertaining book is the definitive work on the Jesus People movement, a significant shaper of contemporary evangelicalism. Eskridge masters an incredible range of stories and sources. For anyone with a background in the Jesus People movement, Calvary Chapels, Vineyard churches, the Willow Creek Association, or the charismatic renewal that began in the 1970s, this is like reading an autobiography." —Thomas Kidd, professor of history, Baylor University

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Sacred Scripture, Sacred War: The Bible and the American Revolution
James P. Byrd (Oxford University Press)

"Most Christians today would prefer to ignore violent passages in the Bible. Byrd makes clear that Revolutionary-era Americans used those passages to sanctify their own acts of violence, against both European and Native American enemies. While the book serves primarily to flesh out a more complete understanding of the Revolutionary mind, it also serves as a cautionary tale." —John G. Turner, professor of religious studies, George Mason University

Missions/Global Affairs

Understanding Christian Mission: Participation in Suffering and Glory
Scott W. Sunquist (Baker Academic)

"Because missiology is a multidisciplinary field drawing from history, theology, and practice, it is exceedingly difficult to cover everything that's required. Sunquist has done an excellent job at this daunting task." —Timothy C. Tennent, president, Asbury Theological Seminary

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Western Christians in Global Mission: What's the Role of the North American Church?
Paul Borthwick (InterVarsity Press)

"Borthwick introduces Western readers (especially Americans!) to what they need to know to engage the diversity of global Christian faith. Offering both critique and encouragement, he reminds us of how Americans perceive themselves and how they are perceived by sisters and brothers around the world. It's a solid dose of humility to offset our pride at being so-called world leaders." —Scott Moreau, professor of intercultural studies, Wheaton College

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