New and Noteworthy, September 2013
Peter Greer with Anna Haggard. The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good.
Birmingham, Minn.: Baker Publishing Group, 2013. 192 pages. $19.99.
Greer, who has years of experience working with and for the world’s poor and is now CEO of a large nonprofit, warns Christians against doing good in ways that hurt their understanding of grace, shortchange their family life or cause them to lose their identity. In all, 14 risks are addressed. Web addresses are given with each chapter for corresponding posts on the author’s website.
Thom Rainer. I Am a Church Member: Discovering the Attitude that Makes the Difference . Nashville, Tenn.: B&H Publishing Group, 2013. 96 pages., $12.99.
This slim book is meant for congregations to study together. Discounted pricing is available for orders greater than 20 books.
The author outlines six commitments every church member should make, based on biblical instruction on what it means to be part of a local church. Each chapter ends with a brief pledge for readers to sign and discussion questions.