Holiday gift guide, 2011
N.T. Wright. Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters. New York City: HarperOne. 256 pages, $24.99.
When today’s leading New Testament theologian has something new to say about anything, readers pay attention. In his latest work, he again exhibits his gift for making in-depth scholarship vivid and accessible.
Emily P. Freeman. Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Revell Books. 272 pages, $13.99.
Many women slip into a “Superwoman” mentality, believing it’s their job to have everything under control at all times. Freeman reminds the woman who wears a “mask of perfection” to let it go and instead rely on Jesus. Includes a small-group study guide.
Alex and Brett Harris. Start Here: Doing Hard Things Right Where You Are. Colorado Springs, Colo.: Multnomah Books. 176 pages, $12.99.
In the follow-up to 2008 bestseller “Do Hard Things,” the twin brothers give a practical guide to fulfilling the apostle Paul’s admonition to young Timothy to be an exemplary Christian, despite the low expectations with which teens are often burdened.
Kristen Jane Anderson, as told to Tricia Goyer. Life, in Spite of Me: Extraordinary Hope After a Fatal Choice. Colorado Springs, Colo.: Multnomah Books. 224 pages, $13.99.
This memoir charts a teen’s journey from a suicide attempt that left her a paraplegic to nationally known Christian speaker on depression and suicide prevention. Its gruesome beginning progresses to a message of hope. This inspiring read is not just for depressed teens, but also for those with friends who struggle with suicidal thoughts.
ESV Grow! Bible. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books. 1,600 pages: $21.00.
This study Bible is designed for kids ages 8 to 12, with the entire Bible in a reliable translation, with information graphics like Cross Connections, which show kids how the entire Bible relates to Christ; age-appropriate applications for passages of Scripture, called 4U; and colorful maps and other helpful articles.
Polar Pals (Made By God/I Can Read). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan. $2.99 each, 32 pages.
Perfect for church bags, this slim paperback is one of a new series that tells about the coolest animals on earth in simple sentences, bright photographs and an important message about their Maker. Other titles include “Sea Creatures,” “Jungle Beasts” and “Big Bug, Little Bug.”
FOR CHURCH LEADERS
Greg L. Hawkins, Cally Parkinson. Move: What 1,000 churches reveal about spiritual growth. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan Books. 288 pages, $21.99.
Based on surveys administered to a quarter-million churchgoers, this book begins with the paradigm-shifting results of the authors’ research: Church attendance — and even participation — does not mean a closer relationship with Jesus. The authors, leaders of a Chicago megachurch, explore how churches can foster real spiritual growth.