New and Noteworthy, August 2010
Rod Gragg. Forged in Faith — How Faith Shaped the Birth of the Nation, 1607-1776. New York: Howard, 2010. 260 pages. $24.99.
Historian Gragg presents evidence on how the Bible and the Judeo-Christian worldview weighed in the founding of the American republic. Using a documentary narrative style, the volume explores the links between major events in early U.S. history and religion.
Documented and indexed, Gragg begins with the founding of Jamestown and ends with the Declaration of Independence. He includes discussion of the role of faith in the Continental Congress and in the lives of the founding fathers.
Joe Beam and Lee Wilson. The True Heaven — Not What You Thought, BetterThan You Expected. Abilene, Texas: Leafwood Press, 2010. 288 pages.$14.99.
Inspirational speaker Beam and actor Wilson take up the commonly askedquestions about heaven, including, “What happens when we die?” “Will wehave bodies in heaven?” and “Who will be in heaven?” They also identifysome of the myths that exist about heaven. Filled with biblicalreferences and written in an easy-to-read style, the book contains astudy guide.
Eugene H. Peterson. Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Upin Christ. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2010. 302 pages. $24.
Regent College professor emeritus Peterson concludes his five-volume“Conversations on Spiritual Theology” by using the book of Ephesians asa guide to Christian formation. Peterson ponders both individual andcongregational spiritual growth. Thirteen chapters explore aspects ofgrowing up in Christ and building Christian maturity.