Ten Great New Books for the Fall

UnashamedUnashamed by Christine Caine

I first heard Christine Caine speak several years ago and was deeply impacted by her passion and purpose in life.  She is a founder of The A21 Campaign, and leads one of the largest non-profit organizations in the world dedicated to rescuing victims of human trafficking in twelve countries. In Unashamed, Christine reveals the often-hidden consequences of shame—in her own life and the lives of so many Christian women—and invites you to join her in moving from a shame-filled to a shame-free life. In her passionate and candid style, she leads you into God’s Word where you will see for yourself how to believe that God is bigger than your mistakes, your inadequacies, your past, and your limitations. He is not only more powerful than anything you’ve done but also stronger thPresent over Perfectan anything ever done to you.

Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

I first heard about this book at the Global Leadership Summit and knew I had to read it.  Being a driven person with a very busy schedule, I could relate to what Shauna had gone through.  Here is part of what she had to say. “A few years ago, I found myself exhausted and isolated, my soul and body sick. I was tired of being tired, burned out on busy. And, it seemed almost everyone I talked with was in the same boat: longing for connection, meaning, depth, but settling for busy.” In the last few years, her life has changed and she has learned a way to live, marked by grace, love, rest, and play.   In this book, Shauna offers an honest account of what led her to begin this journey, and a compelling vision for an entirely new way to live: soaked in grace, rest, silence, simplicity, prayer, and connection with the people that matter most to us.

uninvitedUninvited by Lysa TerKeurst

Nobody likes to be rejected, the last one to be chosen for a team or the person left off the invite list. In Uninvited, Lysa shares her own deeply personal experiences of rejection–from the perceived judgment of the perfectly toned woman one elliptical over to the incredibly painful childhood abandonment by her father. She leans in to honestly examine the roots of rejection, as well as rejection’s ability to poison relationships from the inside out, including our relationship with God. Uninvited reminds us we are destined for a love that can never be diminished, tarnished, shaken, or taken–a love that does not reject or uninvite.

Without Rival by Lisa BevereWithout Rival

Lisa and her husband, John, are bestselling authors and the founders of Messenger International.  In this new book she deals with the reality that there is a reason we look at others as rivals and limit ourselves to comparison and competition. We have an enemy assaulting our mind, will, and emotions in the hope that we’ll turn on ourselves and each other. It is one of his greatest tactics and it creates a cycle that isolates us from intimate connections, creates confusion about our identity, and limits our purpose.  In Without Rival, Lisa Bevere shares how a revelation of God’s love breaks these limits. As a pretty competitive person myself, I need this book.

The Broken WayThe Broken Way by Ann Voskamp

Ann Voskamp is the author of the groundbreaking book, One Thousand Gifts, that went on to become a New York Times Best Seller.  In this new book Voskamp sits at the edge of her life and all of her own unspoken brokenness and asks: What if you really want to live abundantly before it’s too late? She says “This book is for the lovers and the sufferers. For those whose hopes and dreams and love grew so large it broke their willing hearts. You could be one of the Beloved who is broken — and still lets yourself be loved.  You could be one of them, one who believes freedom can be found not only beyond the fear and pain, but actually within it. You could discover and trust this broken way — the way to not be afraid of broken things.”Making Sense of God

Making Sense of God by Tim Keller

Keller’s The Reason for God was one of the best books that I have read.  At his church he broke new ground by making space and time for skeptics.  In this companion book he recognizes that our society places such faith in empirical reason, historical progress, and heartfelt emotion that it’s easy to wonder: Why should anyone believe in Christianity? What role can faith and religion play in our modern lives? In response Keller invites skeptics to consider that Christianity is more relevant now than ever. As human beings, we cannot live without meaning, satisfaction, freedom, identity, justice, and hope. Christianity provides us with unsurpassed resources to meet these needs. Written for both the ardent believer and the skeptic, Making Sense of God shines a light on the profound value and importance of Christianity in our lives.

befriendBefriend by Scott Sauls

For a lot of people, especially men, real friendship often seems too risky.  Suspicious of others and insecure about ourselves, we can retreat into the safety of our small, self-made worlds. Now more than ever, it’s easy to avoid people with whom we disagree or whose life experiences don’t mirror our own. Safe among like-minded peers and digital “friends,” we really don’t have to engage with those who can challenge and enhance our limited perspectives. Tragically, even the church can become a place that minimizes diversity and reinforces isolation. Scott Sauls, senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee and author of Jesus Outside the Lines takes the reader through twenty-one meditations to inspire actively pursuing God’s love through expanding your circle of friends. Real friendship is costly. Love does make us vulnerable. But without risk, our lives will remain impoverished.The Day the Revolution Began

The Day the Revolution Began by N.T. Wright

The renowned scholar, Anglican bishop, and bestselling author widely considered to be the heir to C. S. Lewis contemplates the central event at the heart of the Christian faith—Jesus’ crucifixion—arguing that the Protestant Reformation did not go far enough in transforming our understanding of its meaning. In The Day the Revolution Began, N. T. Wright once again challenges commonly held Christian beliefs as he did in his acclaimed Surprised by Hope. Demonstrating the rigorous intellect and breathtaking knowledge that have long defined his work, Wright argues that Jesus’ death on the cross was not only to absolve us of our sins; it was actually the beginning of a revolution commissioning the Christian faithful to a new vocation—a royal priesthood responsible for restoring and reconciling all of God’s creation.

No One but GodNo One But God by Nebeel Qureshi

Having shared his journey of faith in the New York Times bestselling Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, Nabeel Qureshi now examines Islam and Christianity in detail, exploring areas of crucial conflict and unpacking the relevant evidence. In this highly anticipated follow-up book, Nabeel reveals what he discovered in the decade following his conversion, providing a thorough and careful comparison of the evidence for Islam and Christianity–evidence that wrenched his heart and transformed his life.  In Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, Nabeel Qureshi recounted his dramatic journey, describing his departure from Islam and his decision to follow Christ. In the years that followed, he realized that the world’s two largest religions are far more different than they initially appeared.

Good and Angry Good and Angry by David Powlison

Anger is one of those strange emotions.  We are supposed to “be angry at sin but not hate the sinner”.  Far too often I find myself getting pretty angry at the sinner too.   This new book from the Executive Director of CCEF (the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation), David Powlison, contends that anger is more than a problem to solve.  Powlison reminds us that God gets angry too. He sees things in this world that aren’t right and he wants justice too. But God’s anger doesn’t devolve into manipulation or trying to control others to get his own way. Instead his anger is good and redemptive. He is both our model for change and our power to change

 

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