10 Must-Have Upcoming Books for the Christian: November Edition


There are many valuable theological resources and also some very intriguing and interesting Christian books to be released in the month of November. I have been saving for and anticipating this month since January. Erica and I are even making room for more bookcases to hold the books that will be coming our way this month. Here is a list of some significant books that you will definitely want to check out as they are released throughout the month of November. With these lists I have also included at least one recommendation from a theologian, pastor, author, or Christian leader.

1. From Heaven He Came and Sought Her: Definite Atonement in Historical, Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspective edited by David Gibson and Jonathan Gibson. Contributors: J.I. Packer, Henri A. Blocher, Sinclair Ferguson, Paul Helm, Robert Letham, John Piper, Tom Schreiner, Carl Trueman, Raymond Blacketer, Amar Djaballah, Lee Gatiss, Matthew Harmon, Michael A. G. Haykin, David Hogg, Donald Macleod, J. Alec Motyer, Daniel Strange, Stephen Wellum, Garry Williams, Paul Williamson

“I cannot imagine that this book could have been published twenty-five years ago: there were not at that time enough well-informed theologians working in the Reformed heritage to produce a volume of such clarity and competence. Whatever side you hold in this debate, henceforth you dare not venture into the discussion without thoughtfully reading this book, which, mercifully, makes argument by stereotype and reductionism a great deal more difficult. Above all, this book will elicit adoration as its readers ponder afresh what Jesus achieved on the cross.”
D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“This is the definitive study. It is careful, comprehensive, deep, pastoral, and thoroughly persuasive.”
David F. Wells, Distinguished Senior Research Professor, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

2. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Christian Belief by John Frame

“This new systematic theology comes from one of the great theological minds of our age. John Frame’s contributions to theology are already massive and many, but now he has given the church a systematic theology. This is a very important book, and it represents a lifetime of consecrated theological reflection. This new volume promises to be an enduring contribution to evangelical theology.”

R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

3. Five Points: Towards a Deeper Experience of God’s Grace by John Piper

“I love this new book by John Piper. I don’t know of any other brief book on this subject that so manifestly takes us down into the Scriptures and then so wonderfully lifts us up to see the glory of God. Many people will be encouraged, and not a few will have their faith jolted in the best way possible.”
–Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor, University Reformed Church. East Lansing, Michigan

“Nothing has changed my perspective and made more sense of God, life, and the world than the doctrines of grace. John Piper makes a complex theology understandable. Five Points will assist you to see how big and good our gracious God actually is.”

Darrin Patrick, Lead Pastor, The Journey. St. Louis, Missouri

4. Strange Fire: Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship by John MacArthur

“[In Strange Fire, MacArthur argues that the charismatic movement misrepresents and blasphemes the Holy Spirit, offering false worship instead of worship pleasing to God. He is concerned that so many today endorse or are passive about the charismatic movement, even though its influence is deleterious.”

Thomas SchreinerJames Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Associate Dean of Scripture and Interpretation at Southern Seminary in Louisville.

5. What is Biblical Theology?: A Guide to the Bible’s Story, Symbolism, and Patterns by Jim Hamilton

“Want to know your Bible better? Of course you do! Jim Hamilton can help. What Is Biblical Theology? is a manual for seeing how the many books of the Bible tell the one story about Jesus Christ: who he is and what he has done. Dr. Hamilton will help you love Jesus more by understanding your Bible better.”
C. J. Mahaney, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

“This short, accessible book shows how we can move away from making the Bible all about us, reducing it to just another self-help book. Anyone who reads What Is Biblical Theology? will begin to discover what the Bible is really about and will have more ‘Now I get it!’ experiences as it equips readers to trace the thematic threads and story-line resolutions of the Bible from beginning to end.”
Nancy Guthrie, Bible Teacher; author, Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible study series

6. Antinomianism by Mark Jones

“The problem of antinomianism is a hardy perennial for the church. There is a mischievous movement afoot at the moment whose soaring rhetoric about grace is matched by an equally casual presumption on the same. Mark Jones’s book is thus to be welcomed: it is biblically grounded, historically sensitive, and above all timely. In addition, through his careful attention to the role of Christ in scripture and in historical Reformed confessional treatments of sanctification, Jones provides a significant supplement to other recent books pleading for a biblical emphasis on personal piety.”
—Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary, PA; Pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (OPC) Ambler, PA

“Church history records that the doctrinal pendulum often swings from one dangerous extreme to the other. This present day is no exception. The legalistic abuses of recent decades are now being replaced with a hyper-grace license to sin. Sad to say, portions of the Reformed community have given shelter to this new Antinomianism, claiming that personal obedience to the Law of Christ is merely optional. Often trendy with ‘the young, restless, and Reformed,’ this toxic message is poisonous to the soul. In this excellent work, Mark Jones exercises considerable skill in exposing the fatal flaws of this anti-law, cheap-grace easy-believism. Throughout these pages you will find the theological clarity needed to reject the twisted errors of legalism and license and to embrace a true, grace-inspired, Spirit-empowered obedience to the Scripture.”
—Dr. Steven J. Lawson, Senior Pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church, Mobile, AL

“We are living in a deeply encouraging day when the sovereignty of God’s grace is being rediscovered far and wide. But, as has happened in the past, when such times of biblical ressourcement have occurred, the error of antinomianism has made its appearance. This new work by Mark Jones is thus a timely tract for the times. It is rich in scriptural argument, illustrations from church history, and vigorous application. May it have a wide reading and even wider heeding!”
—Michael A.G. Haykin, Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY

7. You Lift Me Up: Overcoming Ministry Challenges by Albert Martin

“The author brings to this volume a lifetime of Christian ministry, studious preparation and experience in teaching pastors. He brings warnings and solutions to such problems as when men neglect their devotional lives or family responsibilities, wander from a good conscience or from real fellowship with their people. Balanced help is offered against opposing dangers: being over-devoted to perceived pastoral needs or focusing only on sermon preparation. Ministers are not to work at hiding their real humanity from those among whom the Lord has placed them, nor, on the other hand, to allow over-eating and lack of exercise to demonstrate their undisciplined behaviour! Al Martin has two main audiences here, from whom few pastors are excluded: men who need to correct themselves and be restored – and those who may be helped to avoid such mistakes. May this book transform and help to sustain many of us.”
–Edward Donnelly, Principal of Reformed Theological College, Belfast, Northern Ireland

“At a formative stage in my ministry I came across his messages on “Ministerial Backsliding and Burnout”. So, I am delighted to know that these messages are being given a fresh lease of life through this book and being made available to a new generation of ministers. For sure, I owe an incalculable debt to the truths contained in these pages.”
–Conrad Mbewe, Pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church, Lusaka, Zambia

8. A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future? by Mark Driscoll

“Mark Driscoll and I minister in very different contexts. He is in the extremely secular Northwest, and I pastor a church in Dallas, Texas. Though we have different obstacles and challenges to face due to the contexts we minister to, we have in common the deep hope that the gospel of Jesus Christ boldly proclaimed from the Scriptures will transform lives and bring a church to life. This book is about hope. Despite all the naysayers about the future of the church in North America, I agree with Driscoll and this book that there is a real opportunity here to see the Church of Jesus Christ to grow and make an impact in a growing hostile and secularized society. If you are fearful of the growing antagonism of the world and the marginalization of the church, then let this book encourage you.”

Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Dallas, TX.

Overview: In Encounters With Jesus, New York Times bestselling author and renowned pastor Timothy Keller shows how people were changed when they met Jesus personally—and how we can be changed today through our own encounter with him.What is my purpose in life? What is a good life? Why is there so much wrong with our world? What can I do to help make it right? These are some of the big questions that everyone must answer. And any lasting change in our lives will start with a change to one or more of our answers to these questions.
10. What is the Meaning of Sex? by Denny Burk
Ok, so this book was released on October 31, 2013, but I want to include it here because of its dire need to be read. Cultural confusion when it comes to sex, marriage, and the family is at an all-time high and the 21st century church is not immune to this confusion. We need to combat this confusion with biblical clarity. Denny Burk provides us with this in What is the Meaning of Sex? Buy it. Read it.
“We live in a culture saturated in sexual immorality. The church can only properly address this culture when our ministry is drawn from the deep well of sound doctrine. Denny Burk draws water from this well and serves it up for Christians to drink. His book is richly biblical and profoundly relevant, and so serves as a reliable guide to the challenging questions of sexual ethics facing us today. If you want to understand these complexities and help others to do the same, then this book is for you.”
Heath Lambert , Executive Director, The National Association of Nouthetic Counselors; Associate Professor of Biblical Counseling, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College
“This is a readable, enjoyable, practical, encouraging, wholesome, balanced, wise, refreshing, and deeply biblical approach to the ethics of human sexuality. This book is deeply needed in today’s confused society. I highly recommend it!”
Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Bible and Theology, Phoenix Seminary
“Denny Burk is a Christian leader who is not afraid to take on the sexual revolution with the sword of the Spirit. His prophetic witness will help equip you to embrace what seems freakish in today’s pornotopia: the joy of sex, rightly ordered toward the glory of God.”
Russell D. Moore, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission; author, Tempted and Tried
This list should whet your appetite as these the release dates of these books approach.

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