New and Noteworthy, December 2012
Stephen Mansfield. The Mormonizing of America. Brentwood, Tenn.: Worthy Publications, 2012. 264 pages, $22.99.
Although less than 2 percent of the U.S. population is Mormon, they wield tremendous influence as a group, argues this New York Times-bestselling author.
Here, he does not focus so much on beliefs on the Latter-Day Saints but on how they could impact the country, especially since one nearly was elected president.
Michael John Cusick. Surfing for God: Discovering the Divine Desire Beneath Sexual Struggle. Nashville, Tenn.: Thomas Nelson, 2012. 224 pages, $15.99.
A licensed professional counselor and minister, Cusick seeks to heal men tangled in sexual addiction, including the compulsion to look at pornography online, prevalent today even among Christian men. A troubling but necessary topic.
John Harrison and Jim Dvorak, eds. The New Testament Church: The Challenge of Developing Ecclesiologies. Eugene, Ore.: Pickwick Publications, 2012. 302 pages, $36.
This collection of 13 essays, mostly from Restoration Movement scholars, explores the socio-historical backgrounds and theological themes distinctive to each New Testament book. Readers will better understand the diversity among first-century Christian communities.
Phillip Graham Ryken. Loving the Way Jesus Loves. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Publishers, 2012. 224 pages, $14.99.
A unique approach to 1 Corinthians 13, “the love chapter,” this book gives an illustration from Jesus’ life for each aspect of biblical love. In this way, he shows how Christ was the embodiment of the Word. The author is a Bible scholar who also co-wrote “The Literary Study Bible.”