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14 New and Upcoming Books You Might Be Interested In

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There are a number of new and upcoming books, in a variety of genres, that I would like to share with you that you may be interested in.

Something Needs to Change: A Call to Make Your Life Count in a World of Urgent Need by David Platt

This book, by the author of Radical, is one of the best, and certainly the most challenging book I’ve read this year. Here’s my review.

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell is one of my favorite authors, and although I learned a lot of interesting information in this book, I didn’t get as many practical takeaways from the book as I had hoped. Here’s my review.

Joy in the Sorrow: How a Thriving Church (and its Pastor) Learned to Suffer Well by Matt Chandler and Friends

This book revolves around the suffering of pastor Matt Chandler and others from The Village Church in Texas. Each chapter of the book represents someone’s story—and what God has shown that individual in and through their suffering—that has been a part of the church’s bigger story. This is a difficult book to read as it is about very real suffering, sorrow and loss. But it is also a book that shows us how they (and we) can have joy in the sorrow. Here’s my review.

Acts 13-28 For You: Mapping the Explosive Multiplying of the Church (God’s Word For You) by Albert Mohler

Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, recently released the second volume of Acts for You from the excellent God’s Word for You series from The Good Book Company.

Adorning the Dark: Thoughts on Community, Calling, and the Mystery of Making by Andrew Peterson

The latest book from the multi-talented Andrew Peterson is both a memoir of his journey and a handbook for artists, written in the hope that his story will provide encouragement to others stumbling along in pursuit of a calling to adorn the dark with the light of Christ. I enjoyed hearing him read one chapter from the book (on his Behold the Lamb of God tours), in his session at the recent Sing! Getty Worship Conference.

Curveball: How I Discovered True Fulfillment After Chasing Fortune and Fame by Barry Zito

Not long ago, Barry Zito was one of the best pitchers in major league baseball. In this book (from the Amazon description): “Zito shares his story with honesty and transparency. The ups and the downs. The wins and losses. By sharing his experiences as a man who had everything except happiness, Zito offers readers a path through adversity and toward a life defined by true success.”

Live in Grace, Walk in Love: A 365-Day Journey by Bob Goff

I’ve enjoyed Bob Goff’s first two books – Love Does and Everybody Always – and have added this book of short inspirational readings to my daily devotional readings.

Truths We Confess: A Systematic Exposition of the Westminster Confession of Faith by R.C. Sproul

R.C. Sproul’s commentary on the Westminster Confession of Faith, thoroughly revised and updated, is now available in a one-volume format for the first time.

Carpe Diem Redeemed: Seizing the Day, Discerning the Times by Os Guinness

I recently saw Guinness speak at the 2019 Sing! Getty Worship Conference. I’ve enjoyed his books for many years. In his latest book (from the Amazon description): “In these fast and superficial times, Os Guinness calls us to consequential living. In strong contrast to both Eastern and secularist views of time, he reorients our very notion of history, not as cyclical nor as meaningless, but as linear and purposeful.”

The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek.

I enjoyed Simon Sinek’s books Start With Why and Leaders Eat Last.  In his new book (from the Amazon description): “In this revelatory new book, Simon Sinek offers a framework for leading with an infinite mindset. On one hand, none of us can resist the fleeting thrills of a promotion earned or a tournament won, yet these rewards fade quickly. In pursuit of a Just Cause, we will commit to a vision of a future world so appealing that we will build it week after week, month after month, year after year. Although we do not know the exact form this world will take, working toward it gives our work and our life meaning.”

The Meaning of Marriage: A Couple’s Devotional: A Year of Daily Devotions by Tim and Kathy Keller

Tim and Kathy Keller’s third devotional book draws from, and expands upon, lessons they introduced in their book The Meaning of Marriage. I look forward to reading this book with my wife Tammy in 2020. To be published November 5.

Coming in 2020:

On Birth (How to Find God Book 1) by Tim Keller

From the Amazon description:  “In On Birth, Timothy Keller takes us on a journey into the true Christian meaning of birth and baptism. With wisdom, joy, and compassion, Keller teaches us to understand birth and baptism through the lessons embedded within the Bible.” To be published March 3.

On Marriage (How to Find God Book 2) by Tim and Kathy Keller

From the Amazon description:  “In On Marriage, Timothy Keller and his wife, Kathy, take us on a journey into the true Christian meaning of marriage. With wisdom, joy, and compassion, the Kellers teach us to understand marriage through the lessons embedded within the Bible.” To be published March 3.

On Death (How to Find God Book 3) by Tim Keller

From the Amazon description:  “In a culture that often refuses to acknowledge death, Keller brings to light the true Christian tradition of facing death and celebrating the afterlife. With wisdom and compassion, Keller teaches us to understand death through the lessons embedded within the Bible. A short, powerful book, On Death gives us the tools to understand the meaning of death within God’s vision of life.” To be published March 3.

These are 14 new and upcoming books that you might have an interest in. Which of these, or others, are you looking forward to reading?

Author: Bill Pence

I’m Bill Pence – married to my best friend Tammy, a graduate of Covenant Seminary, St. Louis Cardinals fan, formerly a manager at a Fortune 50 organization, and in leadership at my local church. I am a life-long learner and have a passion to help people develop, and to use their strengths to their fullest potential. I am an INTJ on Myers-Briggs, 3 on the Enneagram, my top five Strengthsfinder themes are: Belief, Responsibility, Learner, Harmony, and Achiever, and my two StandOut strength roles are Creator and Equalizer. My favorite book is the Bible, with Romans my favorite book of the Bible, and Colossians 3:23 and 2 Corinthians 5:21 being my favorite verses. Some of my other favorite books are The Holiness of God and Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul, and Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper. I enjoy music in a variety of genres, including modern hymns, Christian hip-hop and classic rock. My book Called to Lead: Living and Leading for Jesus in the Workplace and Tammy’s book Study, Savor and Share Scripture: Becoming What We Behold are available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.

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