It’s April! I love keeping Christian women informed about anything and everything that helps you be bold and fearless for the Gospel, and helps you love God with all your mind. Here are some new and noteworthy books releasing this month I couldn’t resist sharing with you.

Loving God with all our minds means being life-long learners

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). The word world (aion) in this context refers to the thinking of the age. When we become Christians we still have the capacity to think like the world, unless our minds are renewed and transformed, and we take on the mind of Christ.

One way we can do that is by reading more books. Regularly reading boosts intelligence, increases memory, makes us more empathetic, helps us relax and can help us sleep better.

Let’s challenge ourselves by reading books we may not mornally choose. These new books to read may help you do just that!o

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Make room on your bookshelf: 8 interesting new books worth checking out

I can’t possibly read and review every book that finds its way to me. However, I liking them over and letting you know about any new ones I think would be most interesting or helpful to you. So here are 8 noteworthy new books I have come across. I’ve included the publisher’s description for each to give you an idea of what each book is about.

Frozen, But Not Forgotten: An Adoptive Dad’s Step-by-Step Guide to Embryo Adoption by Nate Birt

Publisher: Carpenter’s Son Publishing | Available: 01 April 2019 | Paperback

In his new book “Frozen, But Not Forgotten,” adoptive dad, veteran journalist, and parenting blogger Nate Birt helps parents on both sides of the adoption question navigate the embryo adoption process.

Told through a Christian lens with humor and compassion, Birt—an embryo adoption skeptic turned advocate—tackles adoption myths head on, shares how parents can talk openly about their child’s adoption story and addresses the sobering reality many embryos don’t survive the thawing process.

Confronting Old Testament Controversies: Pressing Questions about Evolution, Sexuality, History, and Violence by Tremper Longman III

Publisher: Baker Books | Available: 02 Apr 2019 | Amazon: Paperback Kindle Christianbook: Paperback Ebook

For many people, skeptics and believers alike, the Old Testament is rife with controversial passages and events that make both belief and sharing our beliefs with others difficult. Often our solutions have tended toward the extremes–ignore problem passages and pretend they don’t matter or obsess over them and treat them as though they are the only thing that matters.

Longman confronts pressing questions of concern to modern audiences, particularly young people in the church: the creation/evolution debate, God-ordained violence, the historicity of people, places, and events, human sexuality

When Church Conflict Happens: A Proven Process for Resolving Unhealthy Disagreements and Embracing Healthy Ones by Michael Hare

Publisher: Moody Publishers | Available: 02 Apr 2019 | Amazon: Paperback Kindle | Christianbook: Paperback Ebook

Every church will experience conflict at some point. But it doesn’t have to destroy you. In fact, conflict can be an incredible opportunity, if you know how to seize it. Unfortunately, very few churches use the opportunity well, but your church can.Michael Hare, PhD, has been helping churches recover (and even grow) from conflict for over 20 years, and now he can help you too. Learn:

  • how to recognize healthy and unhealthy conflicts
  • what the five levels of conflict are and why they matter
  • how to design an action plan that will succeed how to prevent unhealthy conflict before it begins

Loving My Actual Neighbor: 7 Practices to Treasure the People Right in Front of You by Alexandra Kuykendall

Publisher: Baker Books| Available: 02 Apr 2019 | Amazon: Paperback Kindle Audible | Christianbook: Paperback Ebook

As Christians, we know we are called to love our neighbor. We may even grasp that “neighbor” encompasses more than just the people living next door or down the street. But what we too often don’t know is how to begin. How do we love our neighbor? Where do we start? What does this look like in our increasingly isolated world?

Following practices outlined in the first chapter of 2 Peter, Alexandra Kuykendall lays out the framework for where to begin. From practicing humility to listening with understanding to being generous in our relationships, Loving My Actual Neighbor offers practical, start-now steps readers can take to love their neighbors. With her approachable, friendly tone and down-to-earth advice, Kuykendall has carved out for herself a place in the hearts of readers, who will be thrilled to extend her commonsense approach into this sphere of their lives.

The Shot Caller: A Latino Gangbanger’s Miraculous Escape from a Life of Violence to a New Life in Christ by Casey Diaz

Publisher: Thomas Nelson | Available: 02 Apr 2019 | Amazon: Paperback Kindle Audible

The son of El Salvadorian immigrants, Casey Diaz was brought to Los Angeles at the age of two. An abusive, impoverished family life propelled Casey at only eleven years of age into the Rockwood Street Locos gang. Casey was willing to do anything to be number one, but years of chasing rival gang members led to a dramatic ambush and arrest by the LAPD.

At just sixteen, Casey was sentenced to more than twelve years in solitary confinement in California’s toughest prison as one of the state’s most violent offenders. He thought his life was over.

Yet, when a determined elderly woman paid Casey a visit, a whole new world of possibilities began to unfold. Casey scoffed as she quietly insisted God was going to use him. As the days in solitary wore on, Casey realized Someone else was calling the shots. What happened next can only be described as a miracle.

Philosophy: A Christian Introduction by James K. Dew Jr. and Paul M. Gould

Publisher: Baker Academic | Available: 02 Apr 2019 | Amazon: Hardcover Paperback Kindle | Christianbook: Paperback Ebook

Two experienced educators offer an up-to-date introduction to philosophy from a Christian perspective that covers the four major areas of philosophical thought: epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of religion, and ethics.

Written from an analytic perspective, the book introduces key concepts and issues within the main areas of philosophical inquiry in a comprehensive yet accessible way, inviting readers on a quest for goodness, truth, and beauty that ultimately points to Jesus as the source of all.

The Essential Karl Barth: A Reader and Commentary by Keith L. Johnson

Publisher: Baker Academic | Available: 02 Apr 2019 | Amazon: Hardcover Kindle | Christianbook: Hardcover Ebook

Karl Barth is one of the most influential theologians of the 20th century. His work is considered essential reading for nearly every student of theology. Reading Barth’s theology poses a challenge, however, because of the sheer size of his corpus, the complexity of his claims, and the distance between his context and the context of his readers.

In this accessible introduction, a respected scholar in Barthian studies offers a one-stop resource on Barth’s thought, providing a selection of his most important writings, critical commentary, and detailed introductory and concluding chapters.

Scripture and the English Poetic Imagination by David Lyle Jeffrey

Publisher: Baker Academic | Available: 16 Apr 2019 | Amazon: Hardcover Kindle | Christianbook: Hardcover Ebook

The God of the Bible often speaks in poetry. Beginning with an illuminating exploration of eloquence in the divine voice, a highly acclaimed professor of literature opens up the treasury of biblical tradition among English poets both past and present, showing them to be well attuned not only to Scripture’s meaning but also to its music.

In exploring the work of various poets, David Lyle Jeffrey demonstrates how the poetry of the Bible affords a register of understanding in which the beauty of Holy Scripture deepens meditation on its truth and is indeed a vital part of that truth.

Conclusion

The Greatest Command is that we love God – with our whole heart, strength, and mind. How shall we love Him with our mind if we do not strengthen and renew our minds to think well about our faith? We need to know not only what we believe, but why we believ it.

I’d love to hear what you think

What new & noyeworthy books releasing this month interest you the most? Let’s talk about it in the comments. I know which books I’ll be reading!

God gave us a brain, He expects us to use it. He never said to check our brains at the church door.

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