Back when I was a Brisbanite and a Melburnian (not a Brisbanian or a Melbournite, by the way) I could just jump in the car on my days off and go and visit book shops.
Here in provincial South Australia that’s not really an option. We have local franchises of Bookworld and Book City along with a small Christian bookshop (which has less Christian books than I do). But it’s not the same as Borders, Koorong or Word.
So new book catalogues are quite a treat. It takes a lot less time to browse them and write this post than it takes to actually visit a store. But I do miss the mark down shelves and the coffee.
Koorong have sent us three catalogues this time. Continuing their alliterative theme we have October Offers (OO) as well a new Food For Thought (FFT), and, anticipating the Sunday School awards season, Just For Kids! (JFK!)
So, what looks interesting?
Maybe ‘Why Men Hate Going To Church’ by David Murrow. (pg 22, $19.95) I know that receiving the Gospel in faith happens because of Gods’ work, but if men hate going to a place where they’ll hear that Gospel for reasons that we are able to identify and change then it’s worth considering.
There are three volumes of the Baker History of the Church offered for $8.00 each. (pg 26) Hard to go wrong. Church history is important. It helps us understand how we are now and enables us to learn from past mistakes.
Curiously, to me anyway, there are two different DVDs of debates between John Lennox (Christian professor of mathematics at Oxford University) and Christopher Hitchens (atheist /journalist-author) (pgs 12,13)
There are a few CDs that look ok, (Johnny Cash, pg7; Keith and Kristyn Getty, pg12, but that’s about it.
Where do we start? This catalogue has more interesting new stuff than I’ve seen for a while.
New commentaries: 1 & 2 Thessalonians by Gordon Fee in the NICONT series (pg2, $59.95; Joshua by Robert Hubbard in the NIVACOT series (pg2, $39.95) and Habbakkuk by John Currid in the Welwyn series (pg2, $19.95) I like Currid, so Habbakkuk I’ll consider strongly.
The Whole Counsel of God, Volume 1, by Richard Gamble (pg3 $49.95) focuses on the Old Testament in this first volume. Looks good.
Christless Christianity by Michael Horton (pg3, $24.95). Horton’s next book, The Gospel Driven Life is due out anytime now, and it follows this one thematically, so I want to read this one soon.
I don’t know much about the book itself or Ray Comfort but the title ‘You Can Lead An Atheist To Evidence But You Can’t Make Him Think’ (pg5, $29.95) made me glad I was not drinking tea when I read it, thus saving myself the danger of snorting it all over my computer.
Alistair McGrath’s Christianity’s Dangerous Idea is available in paperback for $27.95. (pg7) We need to reconcile our Protestant understanding of freedom of the conscience with the Biblical mandate of being united as the people of God. This won’t have the answers but stimulates our understanding of the issue.
The Trustworthiness of God is on clearance (pg12, $7.95), as is James Sire’s ‘Why Good Arguments Often Fail (pg13, $5.95)
I’ve already got Carson, Moo and Morris’ Introduction To The New Testament, but at $12.95 it is worth noting. (pg13)
All of the Christian arts type books on the back page look interesting, but I don’t know. Piquant Editions seem to be a new publisher specialising in the arts and missions. Apparently one of their earlier books is The Heavenly Man.
I once told The Tale Of The Three Trees (pg1, $8.95) one year for our school religious education Christmas breakup/pageants. One woman told me that she had heard a recording of Laurence Olivier narrating the story years before. I don’t think she was implying that I held a candle to Larry, only that she had not heard it for a long time.
Jungle Doctor Adventures (pg5, $7.95) keep powering on. You might think that with the Discovery Channel that the exotic nature of these stories may paled. Gladly, apparently not.
Above the Jungle Doctor is the Lightkeepers books by Irene Howatt. (pg5, $7.95) Mini biographies featuring many familiar names tell the stories of ten boys and ten girls who used their talents in two (gender separated) volumes.
The Just For Fun pages win this month’s loopy stuff award. The captions for some of these novelty items include: ‘Join those trees of the fields as they clap their hands’ for the Handclapping toys; ‘Life has its up and downs, but the love of God is always the same’ for YoYos (what else?); ‘Though the world is a whirl, God’s Word never changes’ for the spinning tops and, best of all, ‘Be a bluesman for Jesus with these harmonica style whistles!’ (See for yourself on pages 6&7)
Maybe they just thought people would stop reading by this point.
So that’s your lot. Looking forward to seeing where our alliterative advertising will take us next month.