Kevin DeYoung (Crossway)
In the coming years, many churches will face an acute dilemma: how to hold steady to the biblical model of marriage and sexuality without suggesting that the Bible obsessively condemns deviations from that model. DeYoung, pastor and Gospel Coalition blogger, seeks out this balance in another of his brief, punchy books (like Crazy Busy and The Hole in Our Holiness). The Bible, DeYoung writes, may not be “the story of God giving a lecture on same-sex marriage or trying a case before the Supreme Court.” But it does contain clear, consistent teaching on homosexual behavior. DeYoung’s book outlines that teaching while answering a range of possible objections.
Lou Ureneck (Ecco)
At first glance, Asa K. Jennings might have seemed ill-suited to spearhead a bold humanitarian rescue operation. The Methodist pastor from Upstate New York was “a small man in wire-rimmed glasses, barely over five feet tall. He stood not quite straight: his back was hunched, an artifact of tuberculosis, which had struck him in his 20s.” Yet Jennings is credited with saving the lives of hundreds of thousands at the end of the Armenian genocide. On assignment with the ymca in Smyrna, Turkey, Jennings—with help from an intrepid American naval officer—hatched a daring evacuation plan as Turkish forces set the refugee outpost ablaze. In The Great Fire, Ureneck, a Boston journalist, tells the story of Jennings and his brave companions.
Don Little ...