BOOK HIGHLIGHT — God the Real Superpower by J. Nelson Jennings

God the Real Super­power: Rethink­ing Our Role in Mis­sions by J. Nel­son Jennings

288 pages | $21.99 | Paper­back | Pub­lished: 2007

To read the table of con­tents, click HERE

To read a sam­ple chap­ter, click HERE

Sum­mary: Chris­tians in the United States face com­plex domes­tic and inter­na­tional chal­lenges. We face our own afflu­ence, religious-nationalism, and indi­vid­u­al­ism. God the Real Super­power ana­lyzes our mul­ti­fac­eted assump­tions about mis­sions, sug­gest­ing con­struc­tive per­spec­tives about God, oth­ers, and ourselves.

About the Author:

J. Nel­son Jen­nings is asso­ciate direc­tor of the Over­seas Min­istries Study Cen­ter in New Haven, Con­necti­cut, as well as asso­ciate edi­tor of the Inter­na­tional Bul­letin of Mis­sion­ary Research. He received his MDiv from Covenant Sem­i­nary and his PhD from the Cen­tre for the Study of Chris­tian­ity in the Non-Western World at the Uni­ver­sity of Edinburgh.

What Others Say About This Book:

For North Amer­i­cans to par­tic­i­pate in God’s mis­sion for the twenty-first cen­tury, we must learn not only to see the world as Christ does but to see our­selves as Christ and the world see us. Shar­ing Christ’s sight requires that we share his heart—a heart formed out of humil­ity, com­pas­sion, and suf­fer­ing. Nel­son Jen­nings explores these themes with pas­sion, with hope and, most of all, with a pro­found love for the Gospel of the Lord Jesus. The themes are stretch­ing, trans­form­ing, and ulti­mately empow­er­ing for the new work of God’s mis­sion.” - Bryan Chapell, pres­i­dent, Covenant The­o­log­i­cal Seminary

Some­one once said, ‘I know two things: there is a God, and I am not him.’ Dr. Jen­nings has done a won­der­ful job of remind­ing us that mis­sions belongs to God. He is the Redeemer and he is allow­ing us to be part of it. But it is his work and not ours. We as Amer­i­cans are a ‘can-do’ peo­ple, and we have accom­plished many things because of it. But one does not have to be involved in mis­sions very long to real­ize that when it comes to redeem­ing the world, we ‘can’t do,’ and that is okay. We can relax in the thought that he is in charge and that because of that, mis­sions will not fail.” — John Rollo, inter­na­tional direc­tor for Sub-Saharan Africa, Mis­sion to the World

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Author Interview with Kathleen Nielson

Learn more about Kath­leen Niel­son, author of 11 P&R titles, on this week’s author interview.

  • Ques­tion #1 — Tell us a lit­tle bit about your­self. . .

I’m a wife, mother, grand­mother, daugh­ter, sis­ter, aunt, cousin, friend, teacher, writer. . . I love think­ing about the blend of call­ings God gives us, grow­ing and enrich­ing all of them through all the rest as they mul­ti­ply through the years.

I’m the wife of a man who knows mul­ti­ple call­ings well, hav­ing worked as a col­lege pro­fes­sor, a trader in the finan­cial mar­kets, a pas­tor, a col­lege pres­i­dent, and now a direc­tor of mul­ti­ple projects in global Chris­t­ian edu­ca­tion. My hus­band Niel is obvi­ously impor­tant in my story: the adven­ture of life with him has played a huge part in shap­ing me—and he is my great­est earthly encour­ager in the work I’m priv­i­leged to do. He has shown me and pointed me to the love of Christ. We’ve been joy­fully mar­ried since 1977 and have three grown sons, two beau­ti­ful daughters-in-law, and four absolutely remark­able granddaughters.

For a num­ber of years (most of the years we were rais­ing our sons), I taught col­lege Eng­lish part-time (lit­er­a­ture and writ­ing), but Bible study teach­ing and writ­ing grad­u­ally took over my life! Those two kinds of teach­ing are not at all unre­lated, of course, as they both involve read­ing and ask­ing ques­tions of texts. Those are skills we’re not gen­er­ally so good at in our fast-moving world, and I am grate­ful for the train­ing in Eng­lish which laid an impor­tant foun­da­tion for my work in reading/studying/teaching the bib­li­cal text—and, by God’s grace, in encour­ag­ing oth­ers to do so.

I love teach­ing the Bible to women—both in the local church and in var­i­ous con­fer­ences and other set­tings. I presently serve as direc­tor of women’s ini­tia­tives for The Gospel Coali­tion, which involves con­nect­ing with women in many min­istry con­texts, over­see­ing TGC’s women’s con­fer­ences, and work­ing on var­i­ous pub­lish­ing projects. One of my favorite involve­ments is serv­ing on the board of direc­tors of The Charles Simeon Trust, a min­istry com­mit­ted to train­ing in bib­li­cal expo­si­tion through both work­shops and online courses.

Spare time? If I’m not writ­ing some­thing or speak­ing some­where, I’m prob­a­bly either trav­el­ing in Indone­sia with Niel, play­ing with grand­daugh­ters, doing Bible study or hav­ing cof­fee with a group of women, read­ing a book, or going for a walk—or some com­bi­na­tion of the above!

 

  • Ques­tion #2 — What inspired you to write your books?

I’ll give two dif­fer­ent answers, the first for the Bible stud­ies which I’ve been priv­i­leged to pub­lish with P&R. Those stud­ies were begun years ago as a project just for the women of my church, where I helped lead the women’s Bible study. We were look­ing for cur­ricu­lum that would lead us into the meat of the Word and teach us how to take it in, whole Bible books at a time—the way they are given to us in Scrip­ture. Finally, one of our lead­ers said, “Kathleen—how about if you just write it!” And so began one of the most joy­ful projects of my life.

The sec­ond answer relates to my book Bible Study: Fol­low­ing the Ways of the Word. My hus­band and I were for years blessed to be part of a church where the lead­ers were com­mit­ted to train­ing mem­bers in read­ing and study­ing the Scrip­tures. As I began trav­el­ing and speak­ing here and there, it became clear that many churches were not so involved with bib­li­cal train­ing. I devel­oped a series of talks on just what the Bible is, and what that means for how we should study it—and one of the places I gave these talks was Dubai, in the United Arab Emi­rates, at a women’s con­fer­ence for an inter­na­tional church. The wife of that church’s senior pas­tor (who has since become a good friend) urged me to put that mate­r­ial in a book. I’m thank­ful for her urging—and loved work­ing on that book about study­ing the Word.

 

  • Ques­tion #3 — Tell us about a few of your favorite books

C. S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces is a favorite and much-read novel, one that delves deep into a story of learn­ing to see what is real and true. It seems to jolt me toward real­ity every time I read it. I’ll also often pull out some poetry—perhaps Ger­ard Man­ley Hop­kins if I’m wide awake, or Amy Carmichael if I’m need­ing encour­age­ment, or George Her­bert at any time. John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress comes off the shelf reg­u­larly. These writ­ers have helped shape my think­ing about God and what it means to fol­low him: they take the stuff of real life and, as they put that stuff into words, find every­where echoes of the story of redemp­tion in Christ.

Some greatly-appreciated bib­li­cal helps would include books by Graeme Goldswor­thy, Edmund Clowney, Derek Kidner, J. Alec Motyer, Dale Ralph Davis, D. A. Car­son, John Frame, Leland Ryken, and Kent Hughes (our pas­tor for many years).

 

Books by Kathleen Nielson:
1. Bible Study: Fol­low­ing the Ways of the Word
To read a sam­ple chap­ter of this book, click HERE
Liv­ing Word Bible Study series:
2. 1 & 2 Thes­sa­lo­ni­ans: Liv­ing the Gospel to the End
To read a sam­ple chap­ter of this book, click HERE
3. Colos­sians and Phile­mon: Con­tinue to Live in Him
To read a sam­ple chap­ter of this book, click HERE
4. Eccle­si­astes and Song of Songs: Wisdom’s Search­ing and Finding
To read a sam­ple chap­ter of this book, click HERE
5. Isa­iah: The Lord Saves
To read a sam­ple chap­ter of this book, click HERE
6. John: That You May Believe
To read a sam­ple chap­ter of this book, click HERE
7. Joshua: All God’s Good Promises
To read a sam­ple chap­ter of this book, click HERE
8. Nehemiah: Rebuilt and Rebuilding
To read a sam­ple chap­ter of this book, click HERE
9. Proverbs: The Ways of Wisdom
To read a sam­ple chap­ter of this book, click HERE
10. Psalms Vol­ume 1: Songs Along the Way
To read a sam­ple chap­ter of this book, click HERE
11. Psalms Vol­ume 2: Find­ing the Way to Prayer and Praise
To read a sam­ple chap­ter of this book, click HERE

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BOOK HIGHLIGHT — Beyond the Summerland by L. B. Graham

Beyond the Sum­mer­land: Bind­ing of the Blade, Book 1 by L. B. Graham

600 pages | $16.99 | Paper­back | Pub­lished: 2004 | Series: Bind­ing of the Blade

To read a sam­ple chap­ter of the book, click HERE

To read the table of con­tents, click HERE

Sum­mary: The Bind­ing of the Blade is an orig­i­nal fan­tasy series based in part on the proph­esy from the book of Isa­iah. In book 1, Beyond the Sum­mer­land, the adven­ture begins for a band of young Novaana, eager to serve and rule the four regions of the world of Kirthanin.

Kirthanin is enjoy­ing a time of peace, though Malek, Mas­ter of the Forge and betrayer of old, con­trols Agia Mul­donai, the Holy Moun­tain. Malek’s ser­vants are grow­ing bolder and ven­tur­ing far­ther from their moun­tain strong­hold, and the fragility of Kirthanin’s peace is grow­ing ever more appar­ent. Join this adven­ture of friend­ship, love, and betrayal. Ride through majes­tic forests, and sail the for­got­ten waters. Rest a while in a sum­mer par­adise and walk the streets of an ancient and for­bid­den city. The great­est chal­lenge of the Novaana’s lives is only the beginning.

About the Author:

L. B. Gra­ham (BA Lit­er­a­ture, Wheaton Col­lege; MDiv, Covenant Sem­i­nary) is chair­man of the Bible depart­ment and teacher of Eng­lish and World­views at West­min­ster Chris­t­ian Acad­emy in St. Louis. He has writ­ten sev­eral arti­cles in IVP’s Dic­tio­nary of Bib­li­cal Imagery. He and his wife, Joanne, have two children.

What Others Say About This Book:
A stag­ger­ing accom­plish­ment. The vibrancy and scope of L.B. Graham’s world­build­ing deserves high­est praise. Add in well-rounded and mem­o­rable char­ac­ters, the­matic rich­ness, and high adven­ture, and you have an unbeat­able for­mula for suc­cess. Ranks right up there with Tolkien and Law­head as among the best Chris­t­ian nov­els of the fan­tas­tic ever written.”
- Jan P. Den­nis, dis­cover of Ted Dekker, Frank Peretti, and Stephen R. Lawhead.

 

L. B. Gra­ham is a mar­velous sto­ry­teller: His words are vivid and pow­er­ful, his imag­i­na­tion unbound. Best of all, he uses a breath­tak­ing array of thought candy—high adven­ture, tragedy, romance, hero­ism, sus­pense, dan­ger. A lot of fan­tasy nov­els claim to be ‘in the tra­di­tion of Lord of the Rings’—Beyond the Sum­mer­land truly lives up to this praise.”
- Robert Liparulo, con­tribut­ing edi­tor of New Man Mag­a­zine and author of the novel Comes a Horseman

 

L. B. Graham’s first book in the Bind­ing of the Blade series takes hold of the reader, build­ing one com­pelling event upon another, and races toward an utterly sur­pris­ing con­clu­sion.”
- Dr. Kent Gramm, Pulitzer prize nom­i­nated author of Novem­ber: Lincoln’s Elegy at Gettysburg

 

Other Books in This Series:

The Bind­ing of the Blade series:

Book 2 — Bringer of Storms
494 pages | Pub­lished: 2005 | Sam­ple Chapter

 

Book 3 — Shadow in the Deep
512 pages | Pub­lished: 2006 | Sam­ple Chapter

 

Book 4 — Father of Dragons
496 pages | Pub­lished: 2007 | Sam­ple Chapter

 

Book 5 — All My Holy Mountain
480 pages | Pub­lished: 2008 | Sam­ple Chapter

 

   

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Our mis­sion is to serve Christ and his church by pro­duc­ing clear, engag­ing, fresh, and insight­ful appli­ca­tions of Reformed theology.

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NEW RELEASE — God’s Battle by Sally Michael

God’s Bat­tle by Sally Michael

128 pages | $16.99 | Paper­back | Fully Illus­trated | Series: Mak­ing Him Known

Sum­mary: Par­ents work hard to pro­tect their chil­dren from dan­ger. But are we help­ing to guard them in the spir­i­tual bat­tle that already rages around them?

Whether he con­sciously takes sides or not, every per­son is in the mid­dle of spir­i­tual war­fare. None of us can choose to sit on the sidelines—and even our chil­dren are not exempt! So rather than try­ing to shield them from the very real war around them, why not equip them, as early as pos­si­ble, to take an active role and fight back?

Sally Michael pro­vides the frame­work for par­ents to train their chil­dren in the fight of faith. In this full-color, illus­trated “bat­tle plan,” she uses the gospel mes­sage to intro­duce chil­dren to the state of their hearts, then awak­ens them to the many bat­tle­grounds that sur­round us—both from our own sin­ful hearts and from the enemy’s attacks. She then encour­ages chil­dren to be fight­ers, giv­ing them a bib­li­cal bat­tle strat­egy to depend on God, resist the enemy, and stand strong!

About the Author:

Sally Michael is the co-founder and pub­lish­ing con­sul­tant of Chil­dren Desir­ing God, and she devel­oped their widely used Sun­day school cur­ricu­lum for young peo­ple. She is also an author and a speaker, and she served as Min­is­ter for Chil­dren at Beth­le­hem Bap­tist Church in Min­neapo­lis, Min­nesota, for six­teen years.

 

Other Books in This Series:

  

God’s Names
120 Pages
SAMPLE CHAPTER
Sum­mary: This is a full-color guide for par­ents to teach their early ele­men­tary chil­dren about God’s char­ac­ter, revealed in 24 names. Each chap­ter ends with a per­sonal appli­ca­tion and activities.

 

God’s Promise
128 Pages
SAMPLE CHAPTER
Sum­mary: You have prob­a­bly seen your children’s eyes light up at receiv­ing a present. How excited would they be to get a present directly from God? God already has a present to offer your chil­dren. And you can be the one who helps them dis­cover it!

 

God’s Prov­i­dence
128 Pages
Sum­mary: In this full-color guide to how God’s prov­i­dence works in the world, par­ents can stim­u­late a lively dis­cus­sion with early ele­men­tary chil­dren about rest­ing in God’s sov­er­eign care. Each chap­ter includes per­sonal appli­ca­tion and activities.

 

God’s Wis­dom
128 Pages
SAMPLE CHAPTER
Sum­mary: Sally Michael helps par­ents and chil­dren dis­cover the joys of wis­dom and dis­cern the destruc­tion of fool­ish­ness in this full-color, illus­trated book that includes appli­ca­tion ques­tions and activ­ity suggestions.

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BOOK HIGHLIGHT — Dogmatic Theology by William G. T. Shedd

Dog­matic The­ol­ogy, 3rd Edi­tion by William G. T. Shedd

1,024 pages | $59.99 | Hard­cover | Pub­lished: 2003

Sum­mary: A clas­sic from a lead­ing Reformed the­olo­gian of the 1800s. The edi­tor, Alan W. Gomes, trans­lated all foreign-language words and quo­ta­tions and wrote an intro­duc­tion and glossary.

The first edi­tion was pub­lished by Charles Scribner’s Sons in two vol­umes in 1888; the sec­ond edi­tion, in 1889. A third vol­ume was added in 1894. All three vol­umes were reprinted by Zon­der­van in 1953 and by Thomas Nel­son in 1980.

About the Author:

William G. T. Shedd (1820–1894) was a pro­fes­sor at Union The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary in New York for twenty-eight years. An emi­nent the­olo­gian of his era, he wrote both doc­tri­nal and pas­toral works.

What Others Say About This Book:

Read­ing Shedd is like dis­cov­er­ing a fam­ily heir­loom in the attic. By mak­ing him avail­able again to a wide audi­ence, the edi­tor, Alan Gomes, has ren­dered a great ser­vice. Gomes has actu­ally improved Shedd’s clas­sic by tak­ing mate­r­ial from the third some­what ‘mis­cel­la­neous’ vol­ume and insert­ing it into the body of the work. Many other helps (viz., glos­saries, clear nota­tions, illu­mi­nat­ing edi­to­r­ial com­ments) make this the best edi­tion of this work. If the ques­tions of the author­ity of Scrip­ture, God’s omni­science and omnipo­tence, human help­less­ness, the sub­sti­tu­tion­ary atone­ment, jus­ti­fi­ca­tion, the scope of sal­va­tion, and the doc­trine of end­less pun­ish­ment are as fiercely con­tested in our day as in Shedd’s, we will find Dog­matic The­ol­ogy as rel­e­vant as ever.” - Michael S. Hor­ton, West­min­ster The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary in California

The reis­su­ing of Shedd’s Dog­matic The­ol­ogy occa­sions pure joy for all who are devoted to bib­li­cally sound and his­tor­i­cally alert the­ol­ogy. Here they will encounter an ener­getic and well-stocked mind labor­ing dili­gently to per­ceive the truths of Scrip­ture, chart their inter­re­la­tions, and fol­low their impli­ca­tions through high and rea­soned spec­u­la­tion. Alan Gomes ‘s intro­duc­tion — itself and invit­ing invi­ta­tion to the delights of his­tor­i­cal and sys­tem­atic the­ol­ogy — iden­ti­fies not only the pecu­liar strengths of Shedd’s work, but also ways it can cor­rect many errors of more recent the­ol­ogy. The Eng­lish trans­la­tions of Shedd’s many untrans­lated quo­ta­tions enhance the work’s acces­si­bil­ity, as do the glos­saries, which by them­selves may instruct read­ers in the­o­log­i­cal ter­mi­nol­ogy and biog­ra­phy alike. An emi­nently use­ful pub­li­ca­tion and a sig­nif­i­cant ser­vice to the church.” - E. Calvin Beis­ner, Knox The­o­log­i­cal Seminary

Since its pub­li­ca­tion more than one hun­dred years ago, Shedd’s Dog­matic The­ol­ogy has held a place of honor among the mag­is­te­r­ial the­o­log­i­cal works of the Chris­t­ian faith. God has always pro­vided his church with good bib­li­cal the­ol­ogy for its nour­ish­ment and pro­tec­tion. This blessed pro­vi­sion con­tin­ues in this new edi­tion of Shedd’s clas­sic work. The well-conceived enhance­ments pro­vided by Alan Gomes greatly enrich the use­ful­ness of this work over the pre­vi­ous edi­tion, open­ing it up to all thought­ful read­ers.” - Robert L. Saucy, Tal­bot School of Theology

 

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Our mis­sion is to serve Christ and his church by pro­duc­ing clear, engag­ing, fresh, and insight­ful appli­ca­tions of Reformed theology.

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