Shelf Life

Shelf Life

Alan Noble
Andy Crouch. Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power . IVP Books, 2013. 288pp. $19.99/£15.99 Underneath the spiritual artifice and social media antics and tribal rhetoric, nearly every major conflict that preoccupies Christianity in America today concerns the relationship between power and...
Richard Snoddy
Aaron Clay Denlinger (ed.), Reformed Orthodoxy in Scotland: Essays on Scottish Theology 1560-1775 . Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2015. $130.00/£70.00 The last three decades have witnessed a radical reappraisal of post-Reformation Reformed theology. The work of Richard A. Muller and those who have...
Timothy Gombis
John Coffey, Exodus and Liberation: Deliverance Politics from John Calvin to Martin Luther King Jr . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. $34.99/£24.99 On Saturday March 10, 2015, President Barack Obama spoke on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Selma civil rights march over the Edmund...
Joliphint
Tony Reinke, Newton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2015. $14.79 I imagine many will think this book tells an important yet familiar tale of a repentant man who writes an enduring, widely appealing hymn. Though I was acquainted with Tony Reinke's writing (see the...
Jerry Walls, Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory: Rethinking the Things that Matter Most . Michigan: Brazos, 2015. 240 pp. $19.99 Although two and a half centuries of Enlightenment naturalism have eaten away at the western world's faith in the afterlife, the question of our eternal destiny has certainly...
James K.A. Smith
Michael J.S. Bruno. Political Augustinianism: Modern Interpretations of Augustine's Political Thought . Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2014. 224pp. $28.99/£24.99 We should not lose sight of how remarkable it is that a fifth-century north African bishop continues to be read in political theory courses...
Jon Coutts
Christena Cleveland, Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart . Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2013. $13.99/£9.99 Christena Cleveland's Disunity in Christ is an important read for those who--in an increasingly pluralistic yet no less segregated society--call church their home...
Marc Cortez
Hans Schwarz, The Human Being: A Theological Anthropology . Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013. $24.99 After years of relative neglect, theological anthropology has been on the rise lately. In the last few years alone, we've seen books like Michael Welker's The Depth of the Human Person (Eerdmans, 2014...
G.K. Beale and Benjamin Gladd. Hidden But Now Revealed: A Biblical Theology of Mystery . Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 2014. 392 pp. $27.00. The current interest in Christ-centered preaching owes many of its finer products to the redemptive historical method and this method's constitutive...
Blair Smith
Stephen M. Hildebrand, Basil of Caesarea . Foundations of Theological Exegesis and Christian Spirituality. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014. 224 pp. $24.99 J.I. Packer once likened the English Puritans to the giant redwood trees of California, that not only astound by their soaring height and...