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Featured this month: A Handbook on Leadership: As Exemplified in the Life of Howard Norton The College Press NIV Commentary: Old Testament Introduction The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus I Still Believe


DavidDuncan, Editor. A Handbook on Leadership: As Exemplified in the Life of HowardNorton, Chickasha, Okla.: Yeomen Press, 2005. ISBN0-9663531-4-5; 161 pages; $12.50; (405) 224-2692 or Yoemen Press, 110 Meadowdale Drive, Chickasha, OK 73018.

HowardNorton’s leadership and ministry within the churches of Christ, both in thestates and in Latin America, has left a deepand lasting imprint. This collection of 14 essays in honor of his service werewritten by former full-time missionaries, current preachers, Bible professors,university presidents and his daughter, Laurie Diles. The essays are conciseand designed for a general audience. Readers will be introduced to the biblicalperspectives of leaders as servants, planners for congregational growth,proponents of justice and righteousness and as those who empty themselves forthe good of others. There are also articles on preaching, mentoring others intoleadership and leadership within Latin American contexts.

Duncan is theoutreach minister for the Edmond Church of Christ in Edmond, Okla.


Editors,Mark Mangano. The College Press NIV Commentary: Old Testament Introduction, Joplin, Mo.:College Press, 2005. ISBN 0-89900-896-8; 619 pages; $32.99; (800) 289-3300 orwww.collegepress.com.

Introductionto the Old Testament helps readers to explore some of the critical challengeswith identifying an Old Testament text’s author, date, intended audience andpurpose. In this book, each text’s introduction is organized around nineheadings: Bibliography, Historical-Cultural Background, History ofInterpretation, Text & Authorship, Structure, Genre, Theological Emphasis,Significance for the New Testament and Special Issues. Old Testament professorsRandal Bailey (Faulkner), Dale Manor (Harding), Gary Hall, Walter Zorn and MarkMangano (Lincoln) collaborated to produce this solid and useful introductionfor preachers, Bible school teachers and serious students of the Old Testament.

Manganois professor of Old Testament at Lincoln Christian Collegeand Seminary.


BrennanManning. The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus, San Francisco, Calif.:Harper San Francisco,2005. ISBN 0-06-075165-7; 182 pages; $21.95; (800) 242-7737; www.harpersf.com.

Thisshort, clearly-written introduction to the mind of Christ shows readers howobsession with such things as security, pleasure and power are obstacles in apursuit to live a life that honors God. According to Manning, Christians mustre-orientate themselves back to the importance of truth and honesty in allareas of life and affirm that which is good and glorifies God.

Manningis the best-selling author of The Ragamuffin Gospel and Ruthless Trust.


KurtBruner. I Still Believe, Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2005. ISBN0-310-24997-X; 224 pages; $14.99; (800) 926-6548 or www.zondervan.com.

Brunershares with readers the deep hesitation many have with Christian faith and thelessons believers can learn from non-believers. After listening to those whoare disillusioned, content to be curious, offended, apathetic, skeptical,jaded, uneasy and outright rebellious, Christians should come to realize thatthey can proclaim the truth in a way that is gracious and unintimidated. Thistext would be a good source for a study on Christian apologetics with teens.

Brunerwrote Finding God in the Lord of the Rings.
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