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By Leslie Santamaria
Books & bibles
Reconsidering the complexity of C.S. Lewis Leading theologian-educator offers new biography upon the 50th anniversary of the apologist’s death
all of Lewis’ writings in their Due to the fame of the order of composition. After “Chronicles of Narengaging the primary texts nia” movies, C.S. Lewis for 15 months, he studied is known to many as a secondary literature about best-selling novelist, but Lewis, his friends and their he was much more than world, as well as unpubthat. In a new biography of the apologist, Oxford lished materials related don and literary critic, to the author, much of it Alister McGrath seeks housed at Oxford. primarily to understand With its 400 pages Lewis’ ideas and their exdivided into five parts— Prelude, Oxford, Narnia, pression in his writings. Cambridge and Afterlife— McGrath—a profesthe biography examines sor at King’s College LonLewis’ childhood, athedon and head of its Center for Theology, Religion istic teen years, Oxford and Culture—addresses TITLE: C.S. Lewis—A Life: and Cambridge tenures, this complex man in C.S. conversions to theism and Eccentric Genius. Reluctant Prophet. Lewis—A Life: EccenChristianity, marriage and the long-lasting effects of tric Genius. Reluctant AUTHOR: Alister McGrath his work. Prophet, which releases PUBLISHER: Tyndale House Publishers McGrath offers observathis month from Tyndale House Publishers and ISBN: 978-1-414-33935-1 tions on Lewis’ friendship marks the 50th anniver- PRICE: $24.99 with J.R.R. Tolkien as well. He describes Lewis as a “litsary of Lewis’ death. RELEASE DATE: March A distinguishing erary midwife” to Tolkien’s characteristic is the “The Lord of the Rings” sebook’s framework. Lewis’ letters are anries, quoting Tolkien, who said the trilogy would never have been completed had it not notated and cross-referenced by Walter been for Lewis’ encouragement. Hooper in Collected Letters (Zondervan), Similarly, writes McGrath, Tolkien was a and McGrath explains the letters, offering type of spiritual midwife for Lewis, removnew insights into Lewis. McGrath’s research began with reading lewis, page 18
Uncovering the Holy Spirit’s ‘Hebraic roots’ A rabbi in Jerusalem once told evangelist Perry Stone that high priests who entered the Holy of Holies in biblical times spoke to God in a heavenly language. This launched the best-selling author into a deep study of the Holy Spirit, including little-known details of how the Spirit worked in Old Testament times. Director of the international outreach Voice of Evangelism, Stone used his research to write The Code of the Holy Spirit: Uncovering the Hebraic Roots and Historic Presence of the Holy Spirit (978-1-621-36261-6, $16.99), which Charisma House releases March 5. The Code of the Holy Spirit closely examines the Scriptures, including the Greek and Hebrew meanings of the text, to help readers understand not only who the Spirit is, but also how He works in and through believers.
Stone begins by discussing God’s triune nature. He also shares nine lessons he believes the Holy Spirit has taught him, including, “You must pray continually in the Spirit.” In addition, he includes a chapter of FAQs with questions such as, “Is there a difference between being ‘filled’ with the Spirit and being ‘baptized’ with the Spirit?” He writes that speaking in tongues “accompanies the initial filling of the Spirit” and concludes with a chapter on how to receive the baptism of the Spirit based on his witnessing more than 74,000 believers receive this baptism. Stone encourages readers to study the Spirit in great detail and to listen open-mindedly to the testimonies of “believers who have received the Spirit.” For more information, visit www. charismahouseb2b.com. To order, call Charisma House at 800-283-8494.
bookbeat Pastor and Bible study coauthor Chad Norris tells of his encounters with the Holy Spirit in Signs, Wonders and a Baptist Preacher: How Jesus Flipped My World Upside Down. Using humor and candor, Norris recounts his bouts with depression and panic attacks before Jesus intervened. He encourages readers to be open to the supernatural and to doing the great things Jesus said believers would do. Releasing this month from Chosen/Baker Publishing Group, this softcover book retails for $12.99. The founder of the Two Futures Project, a movement of Christians for nuclear threat reduction, author Tyler Wigg-Stevenson has written The World Is Not Ours to Save: Finding the Freedom to do Good. Part One addresses the limits of activism, while Part Two explains the Christian’s true calling—to passionately pursue the kingdom of peace as described by the prophet Micah. This $16 softcover book releases this month from Likewise, an imprint of InterVarsity Press. Emmy Award-winner and former NBC journalist Jack Perkins pens his spiritual memoir in Finding Moosewood, Finding God: What Happened When a TV Newsman Abandoned His Career for Life on an Island. After more than 40 years in the media, Perkins and his wife retired to a rustic cabin where he experienced a spiritual awakening. In his book, he recounts highlights of his career, the cabin building and his unfolding faith. Zondervan releases this hardcover for $22.99 this month. Debbie Morris, pastor of women’s ministry at Gateway Church in Dallas/Fort Worth and wife of pastor-author Robert Morris, invites women to learn the true meaning of being blessed in The Blessed Woman: Learning About Grace From the Women of the Bible (softcover, $14.99). Drawing from her own stories and those of women in Scripture, Morris addresses issues such as femininity, finding purpose, worship and waiting. Releasing from WaterBrook Press this month, the book includes a study guide with a leader’s guide available online.
In Love No Matter What: When Your Kids Make Decisions You Don’t Agree With (softcover, $15.99), author and speaker Brenda Garrison, uses family stories—her own and others—to discuss how to respond to children who make choices their parents believe are wrong. Garrison provides practical tips for modeling God’s parenting style and understanding where the responsibilities lie. The book concludes with questions for reflection and discussion and releases this month from Thomas Nelson. Jeff Shinabarger explains how things can be improved for people in need in More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity (softcover, $17.99). Creative director of the Catalyst conference and founder of Plywood People, an innovative community helping others through sustainable solutions, Shinabarger shows how to resist a culture that exaggerates what is enough and how living on less makes way for giving more. David C Cook releases More or Less this month.
To Walk or Stay: Trusting God Through Shattered Hopes and Suffocating Fears is Lara Williams’ true story of marital crisis and path to victory. Williams tells how, following the devastating discovery of her husband’s sexual addictions, she learned to live by faith in spite of her circumstances. Christian Focus Publications releases To Walk or Stay ($12.99) this month. The book also includes study questions for use in small groups. Best-selling author Ted Kluck and DoveAward-nominated recording artist Ronnie Martin share their own doubts and mistakes in Finding God in the Dark (Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group) to encourage believers facing loss and disappointment. Drawing from Scripture, their own lives and the stories of others, they examine topics including unbelief, idolatry, self-sufficiency and God’s faithfulness. Retailing for $12.99, the softcover book releases this month.
Published on Feb 27, 2013