New Book Releases – Week of 3 September 2012

September 5, 2012


Here are a few new book releases this week that are worth checking out:

(This list is a couple of days late due to the Labor Day Holiday…)

New Book ReleasesThis week’s most anticipated release is Tim Keller‘s new book, Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City. The publisher has described this volume: “Many pastors struggle to translate their theological beliefs into fruitful ministry in the places they are called to reach. It’s not enough to simply know what to believe (theology) or, on the other hand, how to do ministry (methodology)—they need something in between. They need help thinking about ministry in a culture that no longer believes Christianity is a force for good, let alone the source of ultimate revealed truth in the person of Christ. Center Church, a collection of twelve essays by Timothy Keller, outlines a theological vision for ministry that is organized around three core commitments: 1) Gospel-centered 2) City-centered and 3) Movement-centered”

Watch for our review later this month!

Hardback, Zondervan.
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We are also eagerly anticipating William Souder’s biography of Rachel Carson, On a Farther Shore. Publishers Weekly says: “In this expansive, nuanced biography, Souder portrays Carson as a woman passionate in friendship, poetic and innovative in her books about the sea, gentle but ambitious, assiduously keeping tabs on her publisher’s promotion of her work…. [and explores] cold war anxiety about nuclear annihilation, the chemistry of pesticides like DDT and their flagrant postwar use, and an emerging understanding of ecology. Carson, under severe stress and exhaustion from a cancer that took her life, synthesized these issues in Silent Spring, a meticulously researched, policy-changing picture of an earth poisoned by humanity. Fifty years later, her insights are suprisingly relevant: ‘We’re challenged as mankind has never been challenged before to prove our maturity and our mastery not of nature, but of ourselves.'”

Hardback: Crown.
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We are very intrigued by the late Christopher Hitchens‘ new book Mortality.  What would an adamant atheist say as he  faces death? The Washington Post says of the book: “Among the many things that made Hitchens unique was his precision of thought and expression. What made him rare were his courage and tenacity. He was fearless in the field and relentless in his defense of the defenseless with that mightiest of swords–his pen. Judging from his final essays, he was also fearless in the face of death.”

Hardback: Twelve.
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And one last book to watch for this week, Paul Tough‘s How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character.  In a starred review, Kirkus says: “Turning the conventional wisdom about child development on its head, New York Times Magazine editor Tough argues that non-cognitive skills (persistence, self-control, curiosity, conscientiousness, grit and self-confidence) are the most critical to success in school and life….Well-written and bursting with ideas, this will be essential reading for anyone who cares about childhood in America. ”

Hardback: HMH Books, 2012.
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*** Check out last week’s list of new releases

Stay tuned every Monday as we plan to make this new book releases column a weekly feature!