The theological scholar—to say nothing of the minister and layman—finds the task of keeping up with the tide of new religious books nearly impossible. These book forecasts, published twice a year and based on information supplied by publishers, are intended to alert readers to forthcoming books that may interest them. Although publishers’ brief prepublication announcements and listings are not an adequate basis for judging the quality and importance of new works, they do put us on the lookout for books by certain known authors and point to the subjects destined to be discussed in theological circles during the coming season.
Some of the better-known evangelical writers offering new books are Elton Trueblood (A Place to Stand), Bruce Larson (Living on the Growing Edge), Charles Ryrie (The Bible and Tomorrow’s News), Eugenia Price (Learning to Live from the Gospels), Elisabeth Elliot (Furnace of the Lord), E. F. Harrison (A Short Life of Christ), and Richard C. Halverson (Relevance). Fall titles that appear to have particular interest for conservative scholars and pastors include Yahweh and the Gods of Canaan by W. F. Albright, Introduction to the Old Testament by R. K. Harrison, More New Testament Studies by C. H. Dodd, The History and Spread of Christianity: A Bibliographical Survey by Kenneth Scott Latourette, and The New Testament in Greek and English published by the American Bible Society.
This season will have a fair share of religious books with popular or controversial themes that should stimulate sales. In this category we may expect The Other Side: An Account of My Experiences with Psychic Phenomena by James A. Pike with Diane Kennedy, Parables of Peanuts by Robert Short, To Walk the Earth Like Men by William Sloane ...1
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