The Good News of Revelation

Larry Helyer and Ed Cyzewski (Cascade Books)

The Book of Revelation is a part of the Bible many would prefer to skip over, whether out of confusion or horror at its apocalyptic imagery. But Helyer (emeritus professor of biblical studies at Taylor University) and Cyzewski (one of Helyer's former students) have the audacity to call it "an encouraging book of good news, especially for people who are suffering," despite its "accounts of water turning to blood, evil beasts rising from the sea, and plagues wiping out most of humanity." They compare its themes and images with the Old Testament's prophetic literature to show how the final book of the Bible yields a hopeful message about justice, perseverance though suffering, and the triumph of good over evil.

If I Had Lunch with C. S. Lewis: Exploring the Ideas of C. S. Lewis on the Meaning of Life

Alister McGrath (Tyndale House Publishers)

We've all been asked, at one time or another, which historical figure we'd most like to meet over a meal. McGrath's latest book imagines a series of lunchtime discussions with Lewis themed around faith, friendship, and other enduring matters of life. "He is clearly someone whom many regard as helpful, informative, and reflective," writes McGrath. "So why not see him as a mentor, coach, or critical friend?" McGrath, the author of a major 2013 Lewis biography, scoured the Oxford don's writings for evidence of how he might "help us as we wrestle with questions and try to become better people."

Connecting with Muslims: A Guide to Communicating Effectively

Fouad Masri (InterVarsity Press)

Masri, founder of the Crescent Project, has devoted ...

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