Calvinism: A History
D. G. Hart (Yale University Press)
D. G. Hart, a former director of Wheaton College's Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals, traces the history of Reformed Protestantism from its origins in 16th-century Europe through its expansion across the globe in subsequent centuries. He shows how Calvinistic beliefs have shaped public life in diverse political and social contexts.
Resurrection Year: Turning Broken Dreams into New Beginnings
Sheridan Voysey (Thomas Nelson)
Unable, after 10 years of frustration, to conceive a child, Sheridan Voysey and his wife, Merryn, decided to embark on a journey across Europe. Resurrection Year recounts the couple's adventures abroad and the struggle to reconcile with God amid the disappointment of prolonged infertility.
The Christian Century and the Rise of the Protestant Mainline
Elesha J. Coffman (Oxford University Press)
During the first half of the 20th century, when mainline Protestantism occupied a privileged place in American society, The Christian Century was among its leading journalistic voices. Former Christian History editor Elesha Coffman's history of the Chicago magazine takes readers behind the scenes, introducing colorful editorial characters and exposing fractious internal disputes, while also evaluating its legacy in shaping American religion and culture.
Virtuous Minds: Intellectual Character Development
Philip E. Dow (IVP Academic)
Education isn't just about the content of what we know, argues Philip Dow, but also about the cultivation of certain intellectual virtues. The experienced teacher and administrator shows how intellectual attributes like courage, tenacity, honesty, and humility enrich not only our studies but also our contributions in every realm of life.
The Surprising Grace of Disappointment: Finding Hope When God Seems to Fail Us
John Koessler (Moody Publishers)
John Koessler, professor of pastoral studies at Moody Bible Institute, writes about the frustrations that result when Jesus, inevitably, fails to meet our expectations. But the problem, he assures us, is not with Jesus, who does deliver everything we need—even though we're slow to realize it.
I Am a Church Member: Discovering the Attitude That Makes the Difference
Thom S. Rainer (B&H Publishing Group)
Thom Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, has taken his viral blog post on church membership and expanded it into a small book, outlining six commitments that all members of the body of Christ should resolve to make.
Radical Forgiveness: God's Call to Unconditional Love
Brian Zahnd (Passio)
Building on his work in Unconditional? The Call of Jesus to Radical Forgiveness, Brian Zahnd, who pastors a large nondenominational church in Missouri, tackles uncomfortable questions about how Christians should respond to the trespasses of others, up to and including the most horrific evils.
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