Shelf Me : March 2017

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The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts (Crossway) – Joe Rigney

How do we enjoy God’s gifts rightly? In other words, how do we enjoy our gifts in order to enjoy God more? And how do we avoid making gifts and experiences into idols? These are age-old questions, and questions that often get a muted or unsatisfying answer in the Reformed heritage. Joe Rigney has stepped in to help us reconcile what appear to be competing themes in Scripture: between enjoying created gifts and enjoying God alone, apart from any gifts. This is the best theology of God’s gifts I have read, a true gem that ushers the reader into greater God-centered delight.


When God Made You – Matthew Paul Turner

From early on, children are looking to discover their place in the world and longing to understand how their personalities, traits, and talents fit in. Knowing that they are deeply loved and a unique creation in our big universe is certain to help them spread their wings and fly.

Written in playful, charming rhyme and brought to life with vivid, fantastical illustrations, young readers will be encouraged and excited to learn about their own special gifts and how they fit into God’s divine plan as they grow, explore, and begin create for themselves.
‘Cause when God made YOU, somehow God knew
That the world needed someone exactly like you!

 Openness Unhindered – Rosaria Butterfield

Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ (Crown & Covenant). It is incredible to see how richly the Reformed tradition has prepared the church to deal with complex cultural issues, like homosexuality. I think you could subtitle this book: How one former lesbian found freedom and repentance in the rich Puritan tradition of mortification and union with Christ. Butterfield’s book is new, but her founding principles are not. Tied to the Puritans and to the best of Reformed theology, she calls for a way forward by following old paths. This is a fittingly excellent follow-up to her 2012 bestselling memoir, Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert. • Honorable mention: See Kevin DeYoung’s excellent book, What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality?.

Live Love Lead, The Best Is Yet To Come – Brian Houston

Live Love Lead, by author  and senior Pastor of Hillsong Brian Houston, will help readers navigate a faith path that is their own and discover unique gifts that are custom-made to fit perfectly with the journey. Learn how to use the hallmarks of Jesus and live fully, love completely, and lead boldly.

7 Women: And the Secret of Their Greatness – Eric Metaxas

Eric Metaxas presents the portraits of seven remarkable, faithful women who impacted the lives of the people around them in powerful and unique ways. Each of these women–Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, Maria Skobtsova, Corrie ten Boom, Mother Teresa, and Rosa Parks–is an extraordinary example of true womanhood and courage in the face of opposition. Discover how they changed the course of history by following God’s call upon their lives! Writing in his trademark conversational and engaging style, Eric Metaxas reveals how the other extraordinary women in this book achieved their greatness, inspiring readers to lives shaped by the truth of the gospel.


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