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Twelve Important Theology Books of 2019!!!

As the end of 2019 draws near, we highlight some of the most important theology books released this year…

Although some of these theology books will appear on our Advent calendar of 2019’s Best Books (and no, we won’t reveal here which ones will be on that list), we won’t say that these are the 12 BEST theology books, just that they are important ones that should be widely read and discussed… 

We present these books in alphabetical order by the author/editor’s last name….  

 *** What one book would you add to this list?

 

Important Theology Books 2019Fire by Night: Finding God in the Pages of the Old Testament

 

Melissa Florer-Bixler

(Herald Press)

 

What do we do with the Old Testament? How do we read words written in a world so different from ours, stories so ruthless and so filled with grace? In Fire by Night, pastor Melissa Florer-Bixler invites readers to marvel at the Old Testament. Page after page, in stories and poems and prophecies, the Hebrew Scripture introduces us to a God who is unwieldy and uncontrollable, common and extraordinary, and who brings both life and death. Using stories from Scripture and from her ministry, Florer-Bixler braids together the text with the sometimes ordinary, sometimes radical grace of God. The same passages that confuse and horrify and baffle us can, if we are paying attention, lure us closer toward God. This God has traveled with people through cloud and fire, by day and by night, since the beginning of time. The Old Testament is a perplexing book of profound grace, hope, and beauty. It s a book of fire. To read the Old Testament is to draw close to God s love, which continues to burn away our expectations and set us ablaze. This God has traveled with people through pillars of cloud and fire, by day and by night, since the days of the exodus.


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