I love keeping Christian women informed about everything that helps us be bold and fearless for the Gospel. Here are some new and noteworthy Christian books to read releasing this month I couldn’t resist sharing with you.

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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. We need to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.

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: 7 interesting new books worth checking out

I can’t possibly read and review every book that finds its way to me. However, I like looking them over to let you know of any I think would be interesting or helpful. So here are 7 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.

Seasoned Speech: Rhetoric in the Life of the Church by James E. Beitler III

Publisher: IVP Academic | Available: 07 May 2019 | Formats: Ebook & Paperback

book cover image Seasoned Speech: Rhetoric in the Life of the Church by James E. Beitler III

Publisher’s Description

The Christian faith depends to a great degree on persuasion. In one of his letters to early Christians, the apostle Paul wrote, “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone” (Col. 4:6). Yet rhetoric—the art of persuasion—has been largely ignored by most Christians.

In this book, James Beitler seeks to renew interest in and hunger for an effective Christian rhetoric by closely considering the work of five beloved Christian communicators: C. S. Lewis, Dorothy L. Sayers, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Desmond Tutu, and Marilynne Robinson. Moreover, he situates these reflections within the Christian liturgical seasons for the essential truths they convey.

These writers collectively demonstrate that being a master of rhetoric is not antithetical to authentic Christian witness. Indeed, being a faithful disciple of Christ means practicing a rhetoric that beneficially and persuasively imparts the surprising truth of the gospel. It means having seasoned speech.

Why I think it is of interest:

Despite the inclusion of some speakers who we may question as being classified Christian, we can always learn how to communicate the truth claims of Christianity more persuasively. This book should provide interesting fodder for conversation and hopefully nuggets of wisdom to improve our communication in our everyday faith conversations.

Available at:

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Priscilla: The Life of an Early Christian by Ben Witherington III

Publisher: IVP Academic | Available: 14 May 2019 | Available Formats: Paperback Ebook

Publisger’s Description:

Who was Priscilla? Readers of the Bible may know her as the wife of Aquila, Paul’s coworker, or someone who explained baptism to Apollos. Biblical references to Priscilla spark questions: Why is she mentioned before her husband? Does the mention of her instruction of Apollos mean that women taught in the church? What is her story? Ben Witherington addresses these questions and more.

In this work of historical fiction, Priscilla looks back on her long life and remembers the ways she has participated in the early church. Her journey has taken her to Ephesus, Corinth, and Rome, and she’s partnered with Paul and others along the way. Priscilla’s story makes the first-century world come alive and helps readers connect the events and correspondence in different New Testament books. Witherington combines biblical scholarship and winsome storytelling to give readers a vivid picture of an important New Testament woman.

Why I think it is of interest:

I don’t know about you, but I love a good Christian historical fiction novel! Reading fiction helps us to imagine worlds outside our own, making us more empathetic for other people, places, and times. I especially love reading Biblically-based historical fiction because it makes imagining the people of the Bible even more fun, breathing life into them. Priscilla is no exception. An engimatic, strong female charachter who has generated much interest in academic circles. If reading historical fiction about Priscilla interests you, I highly recommend A Conspiracy of Breath by Latayne C. Scott.

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Surprised by Paradox: The Promise of “And” in an Either-Or World by Jen Pollock Michel

Publisher: IVP Books | Available: 14 May 2019 | Available Formats: Paperback Ebook

book cover image Surprised by Paradox: The Promise of "And" in an Either-Or World by Jen Pollock Michel

Publisher’s Description:

What if certainty isn’t the goal? In a world filled with ambiguity, many of us long for a belief system that provides straightforward answers to complex questions and clarity in the face of confusion. We want faith to act like an orderly set of truth-claims designed to solve the problems and pain that life throws at us.

With signature candor and depth, Jen Pollock Michel helps readers imagine a Christian faith open to mystery. While there are certainties in Christian faith, at the heart of the Christian story is also paradox. Jesus invites us to abandon the polarities of either and or in order to embrace the difficult, wondrous dissonance of and. The incarnation—the paradox of God made human—teaches us to look for God in the and of body and spirit, heaven and earth. In the kingdom, God often hides in plain sight and announces his triumph on the back of a donkey. In the paradox of grace, we receive life eternal by actively participating in death. And lament, with its clear-eyed appraisal of suffering alongside its commitment to finding audience with God, is a paradoxical practice of faith.

Each of these themes give us certainty about God while also leading us into greater curiosity about his nature and activity in the world. As Michel writes, “As soon as we think we have God figured out, we will have ceased to worship him as he is.” With personal stories and reflection on Scripture, literature, and culture, Michel takes us deeper into mystery and into worship of the One who is Mystery and Love.

Available at:

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The Kingdom of the Cults: The Definitive Work on the Subject by Walter Martin

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers | Available: 21 May 2019 | Available Formats: Hardcover Paperback Ebook

book cover image The Kingdom of the Cults: The Definitive Work on the Subject by Walter Martin

Publisher’s Description:

In an era of rapid growth of false religions worldwide, Christians need information they can trust. This comprehensive new edition of the leading book on cults will equip you–no matter your background–to understand and use biblical truth to counter false religions, including many that masquerade as mainstream Christianity.

Reflecting the developments in cults and world religions in recent years, this edition, updated by expert Jill Martin Rische (daughter of Walter Martin), gives you the authoritative information you need to know. As our culture becomes less and less outwardly Christian, awareness of the belief systems of those around us has never been more vital.

Readable and reliable for everyone, whether you’re a teacher, a pastor, or a regular church attender, The Kingdom of the Cults remains the go-to reference book on this crucial topic.

Why I think it is of interest:

The Kingdom of the Cults by Walter Martin has long been a gold standard reference book for counter-cult ministry and apologetics. I am ridiculously excited for this completely updated version.

Read an excerpt

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Romans Disarmed: Resisting Empire, Demanding Justice by Sylvia C. Keesmaat; Brian J. Walsh

Publisher: Brazos Press | Available: 21 May 2019 | Available Formats: Hardcover Paperback Ebook

book cover image Romans Disarmed: Resisting Empire, Demanding Justice by Sylvia C. Keesmaat; Brian J. Walsh

Publisher’s Description:

Globalization. Homelessness. Ecological and economic crisis. Conflicts over sexuality. Violence. These crisis-level issues may seem unique to our times, but Paul’s Letter to the Romans has something to say to all of them.

Following their successful Colossians Remixed,Sylvia Keesmaat and Brian Walsh unpack the meaning of Romans for its original context and for today. The authors demonstrate how Romans disarms the political, economic, and cultural power of the Roman Empire and how this ancient letter offers hope in today’s crisis-laden world.

Romans Disarmed helps readers enter the world of ancient Rome and see how Paul’s most radical letter transforms the lives of the marginalized then and now. Intentionally avoiding abstract debates about Paul’s theology, Keesmaat and Walsh move back and forth between the present and the past as they explore themes of home, economic justice, creation care, the violence of the state, sexuality, and Indigenous reconciliation. They show how Romans engages with the lived reality of those who suffer from injustice, both in the first century and in the midst of our own imperial realities.

Why I think it is of interest:

This book should prove to be an interesting read – reading Romans through the lens of economic and political culture rather than the lens of theology.

Available at:

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Always On: Practicing Faith in a New Media Landscape by Angela Williams Gorrell

Publisher: Baker Academic | Available: 21 May 2019 | Available Formats: Hardcover Paperback Ebook

book cover image Always On: Practicing Faith in a New Media Landscape by Angela Williams Gorrell

Publisher’s Description:

Many of us are “always on”–scrolling through social media, checking email, or searching the web. New media spaces can be sites and instruments of God’s unconditional love, but they can also nurture harmful conditions and become sources of anxiety, jealousy, and despondency. How can we discern, articulate, and embody ways new media (including social media) can nurture healing Christian community?

Always On provides useful tools for helping students and congregants understand the world of social media and engage it faithfully. It traces the impact of social media on the Christian life and enables Christian communities to address its use in constructive, pastoral ways. The book examines how new media use shapes a person’s theology and how it can communicate and embody visions of the good life. Discussion questions and sample exercises for each chapter are included.

Theology for the Life of the World series

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The Church on Mission: A Biblical Vision for Transformation among All People by Craig Ott

Publisher: Baker Academic | Available: 21 May 2019 | Available Formats: Hardcover Paperback Ebook

book cover image The Church on Mission: A Biblical Vision for Transformation among All People by Craig Ott

Publisher’s Description:

In this scripturally rich exploration, senior missiologist Craig Ott unpacks the mission statement of the church: to glorify God by multiplying transformational churches among all people.

This concise yet robust biblical-theological treatment focuses on God’s glory, a strong ecclesiology, the importance of Scripture, and practical implications for congregational and mission practice. Ideal for launching discussion and reflection, the book helps readers refocus their vision and reignite their commitment to fulfilling God’s purposes for their church or mission.

Available at:

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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 believe it. Then we will feel confident in our ability to have effective faith conversations.

I’d love to hear what you think

What new & noteworthy books releasing this month interest you the most? Let’s talk about it in the comments. I know which books I’ll be reading! Connect with me on GoodReads. I’d love to check out what you’re reading.

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