New and Noteworthy, September 2011
Brian Simmons. Wandering in the Wilderness: Changes and Challenges to Emerging Adults’ Christian Faith. Abilene, Texas: ACU Press, 2011. 176 pages. $14.99.
Surveying research on “Twenties” (people aged 18-30), Simmons gives a scholarly snapshot to show how that generation views faith, church, family and relationships. Discussion questions help readers apply the statistics and anecdotes to their churches’ ministries.
Joanna Weaver. Lazarus Awakening: Finding Your Place in the Heart of God. Colorado Springs, Colo.: WaterBrook Press, 2011. 240 pages. $19.99.
The author of “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World” returns to the siblings from Bethany. This time, she focuses on the sibling whose death caused Jesus to weep — and how Christians today should awaken to the love of Christ and live with joy. The book includes a study guide for small groups.
Dan Walsh. The Deepest Waters. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Revell Books, 2011. 304 pages. $14.99.
This novel, set in 1857, first appears to be a romance about a honeymooning couple on a steamship off the Atlantic coast. But when a hurricane strikes, the story changes to one of survival and suspense.
The author is a preacher-turned-author, and this is his third work of fiction.
John Piper, D.A. Carson. The Pastor as Scholar and the Scholar as Pastor: Reflections on Life and Ministry. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2011. 128 pages. $9.99.
A professor and a preacher come together to present the ways that each should participate in the other’s fields to keep their own primary ministries vital. Both men are prolific Christian evangelical authors who appeal to theological and lay audiences.