The Weekly Hit List: April 18, 2014

Margaret Feinberg concluded her series of interviews with Craig Blomberg, author of Can We Still Believe the Bible?.

“Is This the Most Divisive Bible Passage of Our Age?”
“The ban on women speaking just seems so out of place in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35, like it was inserted later. It just doesn’t seem to go with the rest of the book. Did Paul really tell women to keep quiet in churches? How do you interpret 1 Corinthians 14:34-35?”

“3 Bible Questions You’ve Asked Yourself Before”
On the role of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers; what it means to be “fill with the Spirit”; and how the epistles were delivered.

 

Upcoming interview: Craig will appear on The Bob Dutko Show on Tuesday, April 22, at 1:00 p.m. ET.

 

Quick Hits:

Speaking of Dying by Fred Craddock, Dale Goldsmith, and Joy V. Goldsmith was quoted by The Substance of Faith.

Nicole Baker Fulgham and her book, Educating All God’s Children, were included in “Real Family Values: Child Care and Early Childhood Education” in Center for American Progress.

Cross-Shattered Christ by Stanley Hauerwas was recommended by Byron Borger of Hearts & Minds Books.

 

Ebook Specials:

The Redemption of Love: Rescuing Marriage and Sexuality from the Economics of a Fallen World by Carrie A. Miles is only $3.99 (86% off) through April 22.

The Brazos Press Best of 2013

Many of our titles received awards and were included in “best of” lists in 2013.

Following are some of the honors Brazos Press books received this year.

          

The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns won Gold in the Religion category of ForeWord Reviews‘ Book of the Year Awards.

Speaking of Dying by Fred Craddock, Dale Goldsmith, and Joy V. Goldsmith was one of the Academy of Parish Clergy’s Top 10 Books of the Year.

          

Esther & Daniel (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible) by Samuel Wells and George Sumner was included in Preaching.com’s 2013 Survey of Year’s Best Bibles and Bible Reference.

Living into Focus by Arthur Boers won in the Christian Living category of The Word Awards.

On God’s Side by Jim Wallis was one of Revangelical Blog’s Best Books of 2013.

 

A happy 2014 to all our readers!

The Weekly Hit List: September 20, 2013

Two Brazos Press authors will be speaking at the 2014 January Series at Calvin College.

Kevin Schut, author of Of Games and God, will be speaking on January 13, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

Nicole Baker Fulgham, author of Educating God’s Children, will be speaking on January 14, 2014.

 

Live streams of their presentations will be available live via the Calvin College web site.

 

 

Quick Hits:

Jim Wallis, author of On God’s Side, appeared on The Bill Press Show.

Educating All God’s Children by Nicole Baker Fulgham was reviewed on PlayEatGrow.

Of Games and God by Kevin Schut was cited by JohnnyBGamer and Theology Gaming.

 

Ebook Specials:

Speaking of Dying: Recovering the Church’s Voice in the Face of Death by Fred Craddock, Dale Goldsmith, and Joy V. Goldsmith is only $3.99 (80% off) through September 26.

Ebook Special for Speaking of Dying by Fred Craddock, Dale Goldsmith, and Joy V. Goldsmith

Now through September 26, the ebook for Speaking of Dying: Recovering the Church’s Voice in the Face of Death by Fred Craddock, Dale Goldsmith, and Joy V. Goldsmith is only $3.99—80% off! 

More information and a list of participating retailers is available here.

 

Named One of the Top 10 Books of the Year for 2012, Academy of Parish Clergy

“Arguing that the church has ceded end-of-life care to the medical profession and neglected or forgotten available gospel resources, the authors, themselves theologians and preachers, offer a theological rationale and practical guidance for caring for the dying within congregational settings. . . . Individual or small-group reflection questions follow each chapter in this accessible resource for pastors and congregations.”
—Publishers Weekly

The church does not cope very well with dying. Instead of using its own resources to mount a positive end-of-life ministry for the terminally ill, it outsources care to secular models, providers, and services. A terminal diagnosis typically triggers denial of impending death and placing faith in the techniques and resources of modern medicine. If a cure is not forthcoming, the patient and his or her loved ones experience a sense of failure and bitter disappointment.

This book offers a critical analysis of the church’s failure to communicate constructively about dying, reminding the church of its considerable liturgical, scriptural, and pastoral resources when it ministers to the terminally ill. The authors, who have all been personally and professionally involved in end-of-life issues, suggest practical, theological bases for speaking about dying, communicating with those facing death, and preaching about dying. They explore how dying–in baptism–begins and informs the Christian’s life story. They also emphasize that the narrative of faith embraces dying, and they remind readers of scriptural and christological resources that can lead toward a “good dying.” In addition, they present current best practices from health professionals for communication among caregivers and those facing death.

Fred Craddock (PhD, Vanderbilt University) is a widely acclaimed preacher and author, selected by Newsweek as one of the twelve most effective preachers in the English-speaking world. He has written numerous books on preaching, several commentaries, and The Cherry Log Sermons. He lives in Cherry Log, Georgia.

Dale Goldsmith (PhD, University of Chicago) taught for several years at McPherson College and at the Baptist Seminary of Mexico. He is the author of New Testament Ethics and lives in Amarillo, Texas.

Joy V. Goldsmith (PhD, University of Oklahoma) is assistant professor of communication at the University of Memphis. Her books include Communication as Comfort and Dying with Comfort. She lives in Atoka, Tennessee.

The Weekly Hit List: April 19, 2013

Of Games and GodOf Games and God by Kevin Schut received a 4.5 star review from Ted Turnau for Christianity Today

“Evangelical Christian books on video games have typically been dreary, censorious affairs. Painting with oversized brushes, concerned authors with knitted brows have warned us for decades that our children and country are going to hell in a handbasket because of these games. They have not, let us say, been all that subtle or nuanced in their assessments.

“As a ‘gamer’ myself, I have toyed with writing a book on video games, since there seemed to be a need for a balanced voice in the conversation.”

“I’m glad I never got started on that project. Kevin Schut has already written it.”

Read the rest of the review here.

 

On God’s Side media:

- “Tell Me More” on NPR

KUOW-FM NPR, Seattle, “Weekday”

- Newsweek, “God and Country”

- Powell’s Books

- The Huffington Post, “We Are in a Battle for the Common Good”

Washington Square News, “National and community prosperity require rapport-building”

Don’t miss Jim Wallis tomorrow (Saturday, April 20) on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show (MSNBC), at 10:00 a.m. ET. The show will focus on the Boston Marathon bombings.

 

Quick Hits:

Living into Focus by Arthur Boers is a finalist in the Christian living category of The 2013 Word Awards.

Nicole Baker Fulgham, author of Educating All God’s Children  will appear on The Dr. Kay Show with Dr. Kay McElvey on 1240 WCEM-AM on Monday, April 22, at 11:00 a.m. ET

Educating All God’s Children was mentioned by Joshua DuBois in The Daily Beast.

Speaking of Dying by Fred Craddock, Dale Goldsmith, and Joy V. Goldsmith was reviewed by The Christian Century.

The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns was reviewed by The Christian Century.

Claiming Abraham by Michael Lodahl was reviewed in Church Times (full review available to subscribers): “[Lodahl] reveals the most critical and significant differences between the two faiths, and also their common concerns.”

 

Ebook Specials and Other Offers:

April ebook specials are currently running for multiple Brazos Press and Baker Academic titles. All of these are at least 50% off.

Living into Focus by Arthur Boers
Living the Sabbath by Norman Wirzba
Psalms as Torah by Gordon J. Wenham
The Virtuous Reader by Richard S. Briggs

The Weekly Hit List: March 15, 2013

The Evolution of AdamThe Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns is a finalist in the Religion category of the 2012 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards.

Traditional Christian teaching presents Jesus as reversing the effects of the fall of Adam. However, an evolutionary view of beginnings doesn’t allow for a historical Adam, making evolution seem incompatible with what Genesis and the apostle Paul say about him. For Christians who accept evolution and want to take the Bible seriously, this presents a tension that endangers faith.

Peter Enns offers a way forward by explaining how this tension is caused not by the discoveries of science but by false expectations about the biblical texts. Focusing on key biblical passages in the discussion, Enns demonstrates that the author of Genesis and the apostle Paul wrote to ask and answer ancient questions for ancient people; the fact that they both speak of Adam does not determine whether Christians can accept evolution.

This thought-provoking book reconciles the teachings of the Bible with the widely held evolutionary view of beginnings and will appeal to anyone interested in the Christianity-evolution debate, including college and seminary students in science and religion courses.

To see the full list of finalists, click here.

 

Quick Hits:

On God’s Side by Jim Wallis was included in “Religion Titles for Spring 2013” in the March 4, 2013, issue of Publishers Weekly.

The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns was referenced by David B. Garner.

Of Games and God by Kevin Schut was reviewed by Shane Walker.

Living into Focus by Arthur Boers was referenced by Matthew LaPine.

Speaking of Dying by Fred Craddock, Dale Goldsmith, and Joy V. Goldsmith was referenced by Sara of From the park.

 

Ebook Specials and Other Offers:

March ebook specials are currently running for multiple Brazos Press and Baker Academic titles. All of these are at least 50% off.

Christians at the Border by M. Daniel Carroll R.
Performing the Faith by Stanley Hauerwas
Preface to Theology by John Howard Yoder
Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear by Scott Bader-Saye
Loving Homosexuals as Jesus Would by Chad W. Thompson

The Weekly Hit List: February 22, 2013

Speaking of DyingSpeaking of Dying by Fred Craddock, Dale Goldsmith, and Joy V. Goldsmith was reviewed by pastor Conrade Yap.

“I am deeply grateful for this book because it shines light into a dark place where few people dare to tread. It speaks into the needs of people who struggle with the questions of death and dying.

“Above all, as it helps the Church recover her voice for speaking hope to the dying, it also illuminates ways in which pastors, preachers, leaders, and concerned believers can participate in the ministry of caring for the dying.

“Well written and researched, intelligent and practical, this book is a strongly recommended reference book for all in Christian ministry and leadership. As much as we all want to live well, we need also to learn what it means to die well. This book provides much wisdom and guidance.”

Read the rest of the review here.

 

Quick Hits:

Christian Smith, author of The Bible Made Impossible, appeared on Dr. Bill Maier Live on Faith Radio.

Kevin Schut, author of Of Games and God, appeared on Relevant Magazine‘s web site with the article “Do Video Games Cause Violence?“.

Darkness Is My Only Companion by Kathryn Greene-McCreight was recommended as one of “My Top 5 Books on Mental Illness” by Amy Simpson on Christianity Today.

Matthew Dickerson, author of A Hobbit Journey, wrote an article for The High Calling: “The Slippery Slope of Idolatry.”

 

Cross-Shattered Christ Giveaway Winners:

Congratulations to Phillip Johnston, Laura Nickelson, Glenn Davis, Andrew Jacobs, and Cameron Merrill.

They have each won a copy of Cross-Shattered Christ: Meditations on the Seven Last Words by Stanley Hauerwas on The Brazos Blog.

Keep checking back for our next giveaway.

 

Ebook Specials and Other Offers:

February ebook specials are currently running for multiple Brazos Press and Baker Academic titles. All of these are at least 41% off.

Abraham (Ancient-Future Bible Study) by Stephen J. Binz
Paul (Ancient-Future Bible Study) by Stephen J. Binz
David (Ancient-Future Bible Study) by Stephen J. Binz
Peter (Ancient-Future Bible Study) by Stephen J. Binz
Women of the Gospels (Ancient-Future Bible Study) by Stephen J. Binz
Women of the Torah (Ancient-Future Bible Study) by Stephen J. Binz
A Handbook of New Testament Exegesis by Craig L. Blomberg
Magnifying God in Christ by Thomas R. Schreiner
Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament by G. K. Beale and D. A. Carson
Cross-Shattered Christ by Stanley Hauerwas
The Forgotten Ways Handbook by Alan Hirsch with Darryn Altclass

The Weekly Hit List: February 8, 2013

Of Games and GodOf Games and God by Kevin Schut was reviewed by blogger Joel Watts and by blogger Conrade Yap.

“Kevin Schut’s book is a must read for those struggling with the returning question of just what good are games and what are games good for.” 

To read more of Joel Watts’s review, click here.

 

“As a gamer-enthusiast himself, Schut covers a lot of ground with regards to the range and the depth of understanding of how games work, why gamers play, and what it means for Christians. . . . This rare book is worth reading for anyone desiring to understand a little more of what games is about, and how to connect better with gamers.”

To read more of Conrade Yap’s review, click here.

 

Of Games and God was also reviewed by Janelle Weibelzahl, who worked with Kevin Schut on this book.

“The reason I am so excited about the release of this book . . . is that it begins a conversation that needs to be had by Christians about video games. . . . recognizing that video games are an unavoidable and growing part of our culture, Schut invites us on a journey towards a critical understanding of the relationship between faith and games. He offers us the tools to think intelligently about games, to ask for ourselves the question, ‘How should we then live?’”

 

Quick Hits:

Luke (BTCB series) by David Lyle Jeffrey was reviewed by Justin Boulmay.

Speaking of Dying by Fred Craddock, Dale Goldsmith, and Joy V. Goldsmith was included in Princeton Alumni Weekly.

 

Ebook Specials and Other Offers:

February ebook specials are currently running for multiple Brazos Press and Baker Academic titles. All of these are at least 41% off.

Abraham (Ancient-Future Bible Study) by Stephen J. Binz
Paul (Ancient-Future Bible Study) by Stephen J. Binz
David (Ancient-Future Bible Study) by Stephen J. Binz
Peter (Ancient-Future Bible Study) by Stephen J. Binz
Women of the Gospels (Ancient-Future Bible Study) by Stephen J. Binz
Women of the Torah (Ancient-Future Bible Study) by Stephen J. Binz
A Handbook of New Testament Exegesis by Craig L. Blomberg
Magnifying God in Christ by Thomas R. Schreiner
Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament by G. K. Beale and D. A. Carson
Cross-Shattered Christ by Stanley Hauerwas
The Forgotten Ways Handbook by Alan Hirsch with Darryn Altclass

The Weekly Hit List: February 1, 2013

Speaking of DyingSpeaking of Dying by Fred Craddock, Dale Goldsmith, and Joy V. Goldsmith was chosen by the Academy of Parish Clergy as one of their Top 10 Books of the Year.

This book offers a critical analysis of the church’s failure to communicate constructively about dying, reminding the church of its considerable liturgical, scriptural, and pastoral resources when it ministers to the terminally ill. The authors, who have all been personally and professionally involved in end-of-life issues, suggest practical, theological bases for speaking about dying, communicating with those facing death, and preaching about dying.

They explore how dying–in baptism–begins and informs the Christian’s life story. They also emphasize that the narrative of faith embraces dying, and they remind readers of scriptural and christological resources that can lead toward a “good dying.” In addition, they present current best practices from health professionals for communication among caregivers and those facing death.

 

Quick Hits:

A Hobbit Journey by Matthew Dickerson was chosen as the “Most Timely Re-Issue” of 2012 by Hearts & Minds Books“What is so interesting about this is how seamlessly Dickerson weaves together contemporary social ethics — from justice issues to questions about the body — and the Tolkien narratives.”

Just Politics by Ronald J. Sider was chosen the “Most Needed Re-Issue” of 2012 by Hearts & Minds Books“I think everyone who votes should read this book! Just Politics is one of the year’s best.”

Soulful Spirituality by David Benner was recommended by Steve Saccone.

The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns was recommended by Matthew Barrett on Credo.com.

 

February Ebook Specials:

During the month of February, several ebooks from Brazos Press & Baker Academic are on sale.

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The Weekly Hit List: January 25, 2013

A Hobbit JourneyMatthew Dickerson, author of A Hobbit Journey, was interviewed by Pieter Collier on Tolkien Library.

Q: “There are many books written with a ‘Hobbit’ connection these days, but not many get such nice reviews, what makes your book different?”

A: “ I think I have written in an engaging way. I think I’ve asked good questions. And I think there is a nice narrative arc to my book. Each time I answer one question it leads to more questions, and eventually I think it ties together nicely. I think the book does lead to a deeper understanding of Tolkien, but also explores ideas that are important in life. . . .

“I guess if I had to boil it all down, I think maybe the key aspect of my book that makes it successful is that it does provide what you might call ‘scholarly insights’ into Tolkien’s writing that an average reading might not see or be aware of, but the book doesn’t feel too academic. It is readable.”

To read the rest of the interview, click here.

 

Quick Hits:

A Hobbit Journey by Matthew Dickerson was reviewed by Timothy Stege for Faith Village.

It was also recommended by [D]mergent.

A Public Faith by Miroslav Volf was reviewed by George McGuire on The Network.

Kevin Schut, author of Of Games and God, had an article appear on The High Calling.

Speaking of Dying by Fred Craddock, Dale Goldsmith, and Joy V. Goldsmith was cited in a post on Mere Orthodoxy.

In the Ruins of the Church by R. R. Reno was recommended by Christopher Benson.

 

Ebook Specials and Other Offers:

Don’t miss the last week of our January ebook specials, which are currently running for multiple Brazos Press and Baker Academic titles. All of these are at least 40% off.

Commentary on the New Testament by Robert H. Gundry
The Character of Christian Scripture by Christopher R. Seitz
Creator Spirit by Steven R. Guthrie
Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics edited by Joel B. Green
Genesis (BTCB) by R. R. Reno
Flawed Families of the Bible by David E. Garland and Diana R. Garland
Cross-Shattered Christ by Stanley Hauerwas
The Forgotten Ways Handbook by Alan Hirsch with Darryn Altclass

 

Of Games and God Giveaway Winners:

Congratulations to Glora DeGaetano, Timothy Dwight Davis, Jason Gardner, Chris Broussard, and Glenn E. Davis.

They have each won a copy of Of Games and God: A Christian Exploration of Video Games by Kevin Schut on The Brazos Blog.

Keep checking back for our next giveaway.