New and Noteworthy, November 2011
Brad House. Community: Taking Your Small Group Off of Life Support. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2011. 256 pages, $15.99.
A minister for one of the fastest-growing churches in the country gives a plan for how to nurture small groups. In three sections, he outlines the reasons churches should devote time to this ministry, how to create a small-group plan that works and practical tips on implementing it.
Bob Westfall. The Fulfillment Principle: Experiencing Pure Joy in Your Life. Abilene, Tex.: Leafwood Publishers, 2011. 128 pages, $12.99.
Rather than purveying the popular gospel of personal achievement under the mantle of faith, businessman Westfall uses the parable of the sower to show that true joy and fulfillment come from sacrifice and investment. Westfall serves charities and ministries in financial stewardship.
Lee Strobel. The Ambition. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2011. 288 pages, $24.99.
The bestselling author of nonfiction works, including “The Case for Christ,” makes his fiction debut with this political thriller, drawing on his background in legal journalism.
Set in Chicago, the story follows a journalist’s investigation of a megachurch whose pastor has developed the titular political ambition.
Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle. Erasing Hell: What God Said About Eternity, and the Things We Made Up. Colorado Springs, Colo.: David C. Cook Publishing, 2011. 208 pages, $14.99.
Rob Bell’s “Love Wins” proclaims that a loving God would not send any of his children to hell. Chan and New Testament professor Sprinkle refute Bell’s theology with Scripture, tempered with an understanding of human unwillingness to believe in eternal punishment.