New & Noteworthy, October 2016
Against All Odds: Helping Teens Develop an Unshakeable Faith.
Nashville, Tenn.: Gospel Advocate, 2016.
Morton, youth minister for the Karns Church of Christ in Knoxville, Tenn., gives a 13-chapter study, each focused on a character from the Bible — from Hagar to Peter — who stood strong in his or her faith. Morton, who has a bachelor’s and master’s from Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., relates their struggles to today’s temptations for teens. Each chapter has corresponding discussion questions.
Dyron B. Daughrity and Jesudas M Athyal.
Understanding World Christianity: India.
Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2016.
Hinduism is the faith most often associated with the nearly 1.3 billion souls who live in India.
But Christianity is growing on the subcontinent.
Daughrity, professor of religion at Pepperdine University, teams up with Athyal, a visiting researcher at the Boston University School of Theology, to present an introduction to Christianity in India, where estimates of those who claim Jesus as Savior range from 30 to 80 million.
faith and politics
Lisa Sharon Harper and D.C. Innes.
Left, Right and Christ: Evangelical Faith in Politics (Second Edition).
Boise, Idaho.: Elevate Faith, 2016.
Harper, an award-winning playwright and director of mobilizing for Sojourners, a social-justice organization, writes from the political Left as Innes, professor of politics at The King’s College in New York, takes the Right on issues from health care to abortion to same-sex marriage. Both explore how faith speaks directly to contemporary American politics, but with different understanding and applications.
Marcia Wilson Holliway.
Delight in the Lord: A Series of Prayer Coloring Pages.
Mustang, Okla.: Tate Publishing, 2016.
Holliway, who coordinates women’s ministry for the Nebraska City Church of Christ in Nebraska, wants to help those who struggle with what to say — and how to stay focused for more than a few minutes — during their prayer time. She presents hand-drawn prayers of praise in patterns that readers can fill with color. The book includes a section of tips on being creative, relaxing and praising God.