New and Noteworthy, December 2011
Bruce N. Fisk. A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus: Reading the Gospels on the Ground. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic. 320 pages, $22.99.
Fisk, a New Testament professor, travels entirely new ground in the realm of fiction here. Set in the contemporary Middle East, this book follows college graduate Norm on his pilgrimage through the Holy Lands, combining journal entries, biblical history, theological reflections, maps and photos.
Phillip Graham Ryken. King Solomon: The Temptations of Money, Sex, and Power. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books. 256 pages, $16.99.
This book explores how Christians today must guard against the same temptations that ensnared the wisest man who ever lived. In 13 chapters, Ryken, president of Wheaton College, presents an in-depth study of 1 Kings 1-11, suitable for a sermon series or small-group study.
Edward Grinnan. The Promise of Hope: How True Stories of Hope and Inspiration Saved My Life and How They Can Transform Yours. Harlan, Iowa: GuidepostsBooks. 288 pages, $18.96.
The editor of Guideposts magazine weaves his own story of overcoming alcoholism with inspiring ones he gleans from the pages of the magazine. Each of the book’s nine chapters is tied to one of his “nine keys to personal powerful change.”
Debbie Taylor Williams. The Plan A Mom in a Plan B World: Raising Faithful Kids in a Flawed World. Abilene, Tex.: Leafwood. 224 pages, $14.99.
Williams, a popular speaker and author, uses her conversational style to encourage moms to be models of Christian behavior for their children, overcoming the isolation and frustration that often comes with the territory. With discussion starters at the end of each of the 18 chapters, this book is appropriate for small-group study.