New and Noteworthy, February 2013
Dr. Matthew Sleeth. 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life. Carol Steam, Ill.: Tyndale House, 2012. 203 pages, $12.99.
Because God took an entire day to rest, so must we, contends Sleeth, a former emergency room physician and chief of a hospital medical staff, now a preacher and an advocate of good stewardship. Using memorable anecdotes from emergency and operating rooms and Old and New Testament Scriptures, he shows the need for Christians to “unplug” and rest for one day each week. He enters the oft-feared territory of when to observe the Sabbath and how Jesus observed the Sabbath.
Timothy Keller. Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2012. 400 pages, $29.99.
Keller, known as a leading authority on Scripture-centered exegesis and pastor of a New York City megachurch, presents a guide for church leaders on making a congregation’s urban ministry serve the city in which it is located.
The book shows how to connect a church’s theological vision — which the author leaves up to the church — to the ministries the church offers.
Andrew Klavan. If We Survive. Nashville, Tenn.: Thomas Nelson, 2012. 352 pages, $14.99.
Klavan, a rising Christian suspense author, is hooking almost as many adults as teens.
Set in Central America, the book’s main character, high-schooler Will Peterson, and three friends journey to Central America to help rebuild a school. The mission trip turns dangerous when a rebel group tries to overthrow the government — and the teens try to get home alive.