Thursday, February 25, 2010

Coming Soon from Baker Books - The God Who is There

I saw the fall 2010 catalog for Baker Publishing Group on Tuesday so I'll be sharing some of the forthcoming titles with you over the next several days.  First mention will have to go to a book from D. A. Carson.  The God Who is There: Finding Your Place in God's Story will go to the top of my reading list as soon as it's out.  The catalog description follows:
"It can no longer be assumed that most people--or even most Christians--have a basic understanding of the Bible. Many don't know the difference between the Old and New Testament, and even the more well-known biblical figures are often misunderstood. It is getting harder to talk about Jesus accurately and compellingly because listeners have no proper context with which to understand God's story of redemption."
"In this basic introduction to faith, D. A. Carson takes seekers, new Christians, and small groups through the big story of Scripture. He helps readers to know what they believe and why they believe it. The companion leader's guide helps evangelistic study groups, small groups, and Sunday school classes make the best use of this book in group settings."
Carson is one of those scholars that can write an introduction like this and Christians of all ages can benefit from it.  He invariably combines scholarly accuracy with pastoral wisdom.  One of the things I enjoy most about reading him is that he anticipates so many of my questions.  I'll be reading along and he'll write something like "now don't misunderstand me" or "now some might take this to mean."  He doesn't get all my questions (no writer ever can) but I find it uncanny how often he hits on some question I'm thinking.

Look for it this July.  It will be a paperback with 224 pages and sell for $16.99.

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