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New and Noteworthy, May 2011


SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES
Jimmy Edwards. The Father’s Call, God’s Invitation to Spiritual Intimacy. Bloomington, Ind.: AuthorHouse, 2010. Student book: 125 pages, $22.95. Leader’s Resource: 48 pages, $9.95
Veteran Church of Christ preacher Jimmy Edwards explores the nature of God’s call to an intimate friendship with him, explains how to respond to that call and walks through spiritual disciplines that lead to intimacy.    
The student volume cites numerous scriptures, significant quotations and outside sources including footnotes.  The leader’s volume includes additional scriptures, discussion questions and other resources.
CHRISTIAN FICTION
Dan McVey. God Spares Not The Branches. Seattle: CreateSpace, 2010. 408 pages. $14.50.
McVey, a church member who lived in Africa for 21 years, tells the story of Bryce Priest, an American who returns to West Africa, where he grew up, to volunteer in an HIV/AIDS program. There he learns about Africa’s complex and chaotic present and his own troubled past. Buy this self-published book at Amazon.com.
ADOPTION
Aurette Bowes. Someone’s Daughter — She’s adopted, but don’t tell. New York: Raider Publishing International, 2009. 115 pages. $9.99
Bowes, a member of the Ashlea Gardens Church of Christ in Pretoria, South Africa, tells of finding out that she was not her parents’ biological child but was adopted as a baby in a closed adoption. Bowes explores the way this news touched her adult life and her search for healing.
Through this personal ordeal the author deals with the ongoing, complex dynamics that surround adoption.
SOCIAL JUSTICE
Jerry Taylor, edited by David Fleer. Courageous Compassion — A Prophetic Homiletic in Service to the Church. Abilene, Texas: ACU Press, 2011.153 pages. $19.99.
Ten sermons on social justice by Taylor, longtime minister and Bible professor at Abilene Christian University in Texas, serve as the backbone of this volume. Fleer, along with Walter Brueggemann, Hubert Locke and others, offer chapter-long responses.
Included is an audio CD of one of Taylor’s lessons.

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