Shelf Life

Shelf Life

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...
Daniel Train
Jonathan Rogers, The Terrible Speed of Mercy : A Spiritual Biography of Flannery O'Connor. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2012. xviii+186, $15.99. Given Flannery O'Connor's hallowed standing in American Literature and the undeniable influence she continues to have on artists and theologians of all...
Luke Stamps
Curtis W. Freeman. Contesting Catholicity: Theology for Other Baptists . Waco: Baylor University Press, 2014, 466 pp. $49.95. Curtis Freeman claims to be an "Other Baptist." In his new book, Contesting Catholicity , Freeman seeks to fill out the theological content of this identity marker (which he...
Mike Lynch
Synopsis Purioris Theologiae , Latin Text and English Translation, Volume 1/Disputations 1-23 edited by Dolf te Velde, et al. Leiden: Brill, 2014. Pp. xv + 659. $154.00/£95.00 The Synopsis Purioris Theologicae , popularly called the Leiden Synopsis, was originally published in 1625 not long after...
Matthew Tuininga
David L. Chappell. A Stone of Hope: Prophetic Religion and the Death of Jim Crow . Chapel Hill: University of Chapel Hill Press, 2004. 344 pages. $27.95. David L. Chappell's A Stone of Hope: Prophetic Religion and the Death of Jim Crow challenges standard accounts of the civil rights movement and...