God's Ambassadors: a History of the Christian Clergy in America, E. Brooks Holifield, 2007, 349 pages, $30, hardcover. Holifield has compiled a thorough historical account of the forces that have shaped the influence of churches and ministers and the denominational makeup of modern American Christianity. Traces the development of the church and its public perception from earliest colonial times to the present day. Excellent for pastors looking to deepen their understanding of their calling and role and for anyone interested in church history.
Searching for the Original Bible, Randall Price, 2007, 261 pages, $12.99, softcover. An in-depth scholarly look at the history of transcribing the original texts of Scripture and the process of canonization. Price describes the intricacy of the work of translation and illustrates that, despite secular speculation, evidence shows that today's Bible is still the authoritative Word of God.
Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter, Janet Thompson, 2008, 352 pages, $14.99, softcover. Thompson presents an effective aid to parents dealing with the consequences of a culture that bombards young women with the message that selfishness and rebellion are the norm. Provides real-life stories of rebellion and redemption as it encourages parents to rely on the Lord as they deal with their children. An excellent resource for parents of prodigals or for pastors & youth pastors who may counsel them through such situations.
Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels, Kenneth E. Bailey, 2008 400 pages, $23.00, softcover. The author contends that modern Christians have some misconceptions about Jesus and His teachings because of the vast cultural differences between today's world and that of the ancient Middle East. Through this book, Bailey attempts to bring his extensive background in history to the table to deepen his readers' understanding of the Gospels through understanding culture.
C. S. Lewis: My Godfather, Laurence Harwood, 2007, 120 pages, $16.00, softcover. A collection of insights and letters from C. S. Lewis compiled by his godson Harwood. Provides a deeper look into the beloved author's personal life and Christian faith and paints a portrait of what it looks like to live out Christ's teachings with grace and practicality.
Deep-Rooted in Christ: the Way of Transformation, Joshua Choonmin Kang, 2007, 192 pages, $15.00, softcover. A collection of weekly readings designed to stir the reader to meditating on Christ and growing in grace. This is the first book published in English by Kang (a pastor and author of 16 books in his native Korean).
Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry, Andrew Root, 2007, 228 pages, $17.00, softcover. Root posits a new model for youth ministry that focuses intrinsically on relationship building. He bases his ideas on the way that God chose to impact the world, by sending His own Son to us in the form of a man in order that we might finally grasp His love.
Tempted to Leave the Cross: Renewing the Call to Discipleship, Ernest R. Flores, 2007, 130 pages, $14.00, softcover. Flores urges Christians to refocus on the cross of Christ and take up an attitude of Kingdom service out of gratitude for God's greatest gift. Ideal for small group study.
One Month to Live: Thirty Days to a No-Regrets Life, Kerry & Chris Shook, 2008, 240 pages, $19.99, hardcover. The Shooks present a one-month devotional study designed to help believers overcome the habits that trap them in mediocrity and live each day as if it represented their last opportunity to serve the Lord on earth.