Faith Set Free: Pray for Yourself with Reckless Abandon, Will Davis, Jr., 2009, 185 pages, $12.99, softcover. Davis, author of Pray Big for Your Marriage and Pray Big for Your Child, challenges readers to trust God to lead them in His will for their lives. Though it seems selfish at first glance, the author suggests that praying for oneself is actually an act of humility, acknowledging our inability to live life on our own and our desperate need for God's provision and guidance in all things.
Listening to His Heartbeat, Harold Shank, 2009, 317 pages, $28.99, hardcover. Part of the "What Does the Bible Say about . . ." series. Shank leads readers through an in-depth study of Scripture to help them discover the heart of God-His character, His desires, His Passions, His glory. He proposes that all believers need an awareness of and connection with the person of God, not just a concept of Him.
Christmas: Celebrating the Christian History of American Symbols, Songs, and Stories, Angie Mosteller, 2008, 467 pages, $24.99, softcover. Mosteller has compiled a very thorough volume describing the inescapable Christian background of even some of Western civilization's most apparently secular Christian traditions. She includes everything from holly to bells to "Good King Wenceslas" and grounds her discussion in the true meaning of Christmas, very clearly showing readers who Christ is and why He came.
The Blood of Lambs: A Former Terrorist's Memoir of Death and Redemption, Kamal Saleem (with Lynn Vincent), 2009, 335 pages, $23.99, hardcover. Saleem (writing under a pseudonym to protect himself and his family from retribution) recounts his story of growing up in a Muslim family in Lebanon being taught the way of martyrdom, being indoctrinated and trained by terrorist groups, smuggling weapons into Israel, training international terrorists, promoting the work of the Palestinian Liberation Organization around the world, working to sway poor Muslims into radicalism, and, finally, the personal crisis and work of the Lord that brought him to faith in Christ and the renunciation of his old life.
If God Were Real: A Journey into a Faith that Matters, John Avant, 2009, 224 pages, $14.99, softcover. Avant, a Baptist minister, challenges "cultural Christians" to consider what their lives and churches would look like if they lived as though God were real-i.e. if they actually lived out what they say they believe in everyday practice-instead of the "practical atheism" that grips so many believers today.
Together in Prayer: Coming to God in Community, Andrew R. Wheeler, 2009, 184 pages, $15.00, softcover. Wheeler challenges churches and small groups to move prayer from a side-item in their meetings to a focal point and reason for gathering together. He attempts to lay the groundwork for establishing a responsible, meaningful prayer ministry, providing guidelines to help groups avoid pitfalls of communal prayer and suggestions to spur a growing desire to come before God together.
Apocalypse Later: Why the Gospel of Peace Must Trump the Politics of Prophecy in the Middle East, Abdu H. Murray, 2009, 208 pages, $13.99, softcover. Murray, formerly a committed Muslim who is now a Christian evangelist, challenges Western Christians (who primarily view the ongoing conflict in the Middle East as fulfillment of prophecy and a point of debate over eschatological issues) to recapture Christ's call to spread the good news to all nations, reminding them that only He can change the hearts of the Jews and Muslims living in the midst of this strife.
A Survey of the Old Testament, 3rd Ed., Andrew E. Hill and John H. Walton, 2009, 774 pages, $49.99, hardcover. In this textbook survey of the entire Old Testament designed for college and seminary courses, the authors remind the reader that studying the Old Testament is key to understanding God's character, the Bible's redemptive storyline, and the New Testament. A thorough and informative reference book.