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New Releases — The Unbelievable Gospel, Forgive Us, and Real Christian
This fall Zondervan Academic has several informative, engaging, and challenging titles releasing that will enhance and equip your ministry. Here's a quick overview of three titles releasing soon:
The Unbelievable Gospel — Releasing 9.23.14
Jonathan Dodson's aim in his new book "is to recover a believable evangelism, one that moves beyond the cultural and personal barriers we have erected in contemporary evangelism to rediscover the power of the biblical gospel. " (14) His recovery effort isn't merely a revolution in methods, however; it's a reevaluation of evangelism in its entirety: "Our whole understanding of evangelism needs to change—our motivations, our methods, and even our message." (29) If you are looking for a book to help you inspire, challenge, and inform your people on what it means to share Jesus' story, this is the book to both reshape your churches evangelism efforts and revitalize your peoples' faith. (You can read the first of two reviews, here.)
By Jonathan K. Dodson
Forgive Us — Releasing 9.23.14
In 2007, the book UnChristian confirmed with statistics what many of us have known anecdotally: the Church has something of a reputation problem. It's this reputation and the influences behind that Forgive Us confronts. It acknowledges the legitimacy of much of the anger toward the church by bringing together pastors and academically trained historians to address seven sins against creation, indigenous people, people of color, women, the LGBT community, immigrants, and Jews and Muslims. You have to read it yourself to understand why Scot McKnight says "it makes me want to see the church live up to its calling to be a church for all."
By Mae Elise Cannon, Lisa Sharon Harper, Troy Jackson, Soong-Chan Rah
Real Christian — Releasing 9.30.14
What does it mean to be a real Christian? Is it the things I believe? How I behave? What I say or don't say? Todd Wilson aims to answer these question by biblically define what it means to be a true Christian. His definition is accentuated by five key qualities: broken-hearted joy, a humble disposition, a readiness to acknowledge sin, an ability to live balanced and avoid legalism, and a deep spiritual hunger that drives growth. All of these qualities culminate in the single defining mark of a real Christian—love. Drawing upon the Gospels, Paul's letters, and the teachings of Jonathan Edwards, Wilson challenges those within your church who think they've "made it" to reevaluate their own lives and diagnose where they aren’t living authentically for God. Pre-order it today and consider using it in a teaching or small group series.
By Todd Wilson
Now that we whet your appetite, we suggest you dig in to one of these books today. Let us know what you think in a comment.
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