New and Noteworthy: January 2009
F. LaGard Smith. The Daily Bible Devotional. Eugene, Ore.: Harvest House Publishers, 2008. 375 pages. $19.99
Starting with Genesis 1:27 and ending with Revelation 22:17, Smith, author of more than 25 books, offers one-page devotional thoughts on texts from Scripture for all 365 days of the year. This chronological pilgrimage explores the riches and relevance of biblical stories, promises and wisdom. Each entry quotes the text, offers comments and ends with a question.
Dinelle Frankland. His Story, Our Response: What the Bible Says About Worship. Joplin, Mo.: College Press, 2008. 192 pages. $22.99
Worship is examined as a response to what the creator God does through redemption, covenant, incarnation and forgiveness.
Professor of worship at Lincoln Christian Seminary, Frankland draws on both testaments to find the words for praise and uses Jesus and the early church to provide the plans for worship.
Ehud Netzer. The Architecture of Herod the Great Builder. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker, 2008. 464 pages. $69.99
Professor at Hebrew University and excavator of several of Herod’s building sites, Netzer outlines Herod’s history and gives detailed descriptions of 20 locations including a lengthy treatment of the second temple in Jerusalem, the palace at Jericho and Caesarea Maritima. Illustrated with drawings of floor plans and numerous photos, the book includes indexes and a bibliography.
Fernando Arzola Jr. Toward a Prophetic Youth Ministry: Theory and Praxis in Urban Context. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2008. 186 pages. $18.00
By probing the psychology, biology, sociology and anthropology of urban youth, Arzola, professor of youth ministry at Nyack College, offers a holistic approach to leading youth in urban settings. Written from an evangelical perspective, the book is based on the 2004 Urban Youth Ministry Seminar with a special emphasis on ethnic youth.