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New and Noteworthy, October 2011

Paul Copan. Is God a Moral Monster? Making Sense of the Old Testament God. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books. 252 pages. $14.99.
An excellent companion to this month’s featured review, this book addresses specific New Atheist claims that God is misogynistic, bloodthirsty and capricious. Copan, a philosophy and ethics professor, argues that God is unchanging and has always acted out of love for his people.
Stephen Altrogge. The Greener Grass Conspiracy: Finding Contentment on Your Side of the Fence. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books. 144 pages. $12.99.
Worship leader Altrogge combines humor with difficult gospel truths to encourage simplicity in living and thankfulness for God’s blessings. With short chapters and thought-provoking questions at the end of each, this book is appropriate for small groups.
Kristy Shelton. Blinders. Collierville, Tenn.: Innovo Publishing. 236 pages. $12.95.
This debut novel, written by a member of the Northlake Church of Christ and physical education teacher in Atlanta, tells the story of a Kentucky boy who is adopted in 1912 by a former slave couple who raise thoroughbred horses. Integrating some of the author’s own family history, the story carries a strong theme of forgiveness.
Randy Harris. Soul Work: Confessions of a Part-Time Monk. Abilene, Tex.: Leafwood Publishing. 160 pages, $13.99.
Theology professor at Abilene Christian University and popular speaker Harris steps away from the podium and the pulpit to journey into the serene world of monasteries. He shares what he learned from monks about desperation for God and awareness of his holiness, traits he thinks many American Christians lack.

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