New Titles in Emmaus Library, Issue 3, May 2013

Thompson, J.A. Handbook of life in Bible times [220.95 THO]
“What was it really like to be a farmer in ancient Israel? A Roman soldier stationed in Galilee? A housewife cooking for her family? How did Jerusalem get its water-supply? These and a host of other fascinating questions are answered in this book. The feel of everyday living is accurately re-created for us within the strict limits of what is known from the Bible and from archaeological research. This book will give you the pleasure of being carried into another age, another style of life. It will provide a backcloth for understanding the Bible, its symbolism and what lies behind the parables. You will have a firmer grasp of what the Bible means.”

MacArthur, John. A tale of two sons : the inside story of a father, his sons, and a shocking murder [226.8 MAC]
“Provides fascinating new insight into one of the Bible’s most important stories. Using accurate and captivating historical context, John MacArthur invites you to hear the parable of the prodigal son as it was originally intended. Beautiful in their simplicity, rich in God’s forgiveness, these twenty-two verses from Luke will reawaken you to a new understanding of God’s love and the joy our repentance brings to Him.”

DeYoung, Donald. Discovery of design : searching out the Creator’s secrets [231.765 DEY]
“Take a fantastic journey into the intersection of science and God’s blueprints for life – discovering answers to some of the most intricate challenges we face. Experience this powerful apologetics message in a multi-purpose resource as a personal enrichment tool or as an educational supplement.”

Sarfati, Jonathan. Refuting evolution 2 [231.765 SAR]
“Evolution dominates the cultural landscape today. From television to magazines and books, it seems that evolutionary philosophy holds sway. Well, it might dominate for the moment, but it so happens that many competent scientists believe evolution to be a theory full of holes. Sarfati deftly exposes the false premises behind many evolutionary theories in this latest study. Taking on an array of topics, he exposes some of the problems with evolution.”

Hammer, Margaret L. A spiritual guide through pregnancy [242.6431 HAM]
“The meditations in this book offer reflections for this miraculous period in a woman’s life. The meditations are grouped in ten thematic chapters to correspond to the nine months of pregnancy and the first month after birth. Each meditation begins with a verse or two from the Bible and concludes with a short prayer. The meditations, which include short questions for reflection, can be read as part of personal devotions or used to stimulate thoughts for journaling or discussion with friends and loved ones.”

Gumbel, Nicky. Alpha, questions of life [248.2 GUM]
Contents: Christianity: boring, untrue and irrelevant? – Who is Jesus? – 3. Why did Jesus die? – 4. How can I be sure of my faith? – 5. Why and how should I read the Bible? – 6. Why and how do I pray? – 7. How does God guide us? – 8. Who is the Holy Spirit? – 9. What does the Holy Spirit do? – 10. How can I be filled with the Spirit? – 11. How can I resist evil? – 12. Why and how should we tell others? – 13. Does God heal today? – 14. What about the Church? – 15. How can I make the most of the rest of my life?

Femrite, Tommi. Praying with purpose [248.32 FEM]
“God’s Word holds the keys for effective prayer for all people. Today, unlike ever before, Christians around the world are uniting in strategic prayer to penetrate Satan’s darkness with the light of Christ. Arranged in eight essential topics, the book provides scriptural prayers to help you focus your intercession on those not yet reached by the Gospel.”

Ortberg, John. The life you’ve always wanted : spiritual disciplines for ordinary people [248.4 ORT]
“What keeps you from living such a life? What can you do to pursue it? If you’re tired of the status quo – if you suspect that there’s more to Christianity than what you’ve experienced – John Ortberg points to a road of transformation and spiritual vigour that anyone can take. One that leads to The Life You’ve Always Wanted.”

Anderson, Neil T, Robert Saucy and Dave Park. Higher Ground : taking faith to the edge [248.83 AND]
“Explores what being a Christian is all about. Discover:
• the awesome role faith plays in keeping you strong
• why you are tempted and where you can find the power to resist
• how to make – and keep – decisions that honour God
• the truth about making every day count for Christ
• what to do when you need to take a stand for Christ.”

Smith, Jennie. The gift : a story of faith, hope and love [248.843 SMI]
The author “explores her special relationship with her grandmother over four decades, taking the reader on a journey from the simple days of her youth through the responsibilities and realities of adulthood. Although bodily death comes to all of us, it is not the end of the story. Smith’s hope as it is for all Christians, is sustained by the love shared on the earthly journey – and beyond. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest is love.”

Sherman, Doug. Your work matters to God [248.88 SHE]
“What is your view of everyday work? Are you pleased with your job, or do you suspect God would prefer you in some type of “full-time Christian service”? You need to come to some conclusion about this, because work is so central to life. …presents a liberating – and thoroughly scriptural – demonstration of just how important secular work really is to God. And once you realise how many different ways there are to influence your co-workers for Christ (without preaching a word), you’ll be challenged to develop a lifestyle so striking and true, you co-workers will be itching to know your secret.”

Fernando, Ramylal. Fan into flame : ministry lessons from 2 Timothy [253 FER]
“A life application exposition of 2 Timothy. If you are praying for a renewed passion to serve the Lord, if you are searching for what it takes to be a servant of God, if you are attempting to understand the message of 2 Timothy the way it originally sounded…if you are looking for a tool to study 2 Timothy…this book will provide answers and ignite the fire within you once again.”

Elliot, Elisabeth. Passion and purity [261.835 ELI]
The author “emphasizes the need to commit daily to Christ all matters of the heart and to wait upon Him. She teaches this often-painful, yet rewarding discipline by candidly tracing her love story with Jim Elliot to “serve as evidence that I’ve been there.” Through letters, diary entries, and recollections, she shares the temptations, difficulties, victories, and sacrifices of two young people whose commitment to Christ takes priority over their love for each other. These revealing personal glimpses, combined with relevant biblical teaching, may help to remind you that only by putting your human passion and desire through His fire can God purify your love…gives direction in such areas as: singleness or marriage; putting God’s desires ahead of personal desires; what men look for in a woman; virginity and chastity; the man’s and woman’s role in relationships, dating.”

Tozer, A.W. Whatever happened to worship? [264 TOZ]
“Exhorts and encourages the reader with an invitation to connect with the Person of the living God in a dynamic, life-changing way, to fix our eyes upon the One who is the awesome, holy ‘Lord of all beauty’, in reverential, experiential worship.”

Bach, Eugene & Brother Zhu. Crimson Cross : uncovering the mysteries of the Chinese House Church [275.1 BAC]
“The Chinese House Church is one of the most misunderstood and controversial subjects in Christian world missions today. Despite there being a plethora of books on the subject, much confusion abounds…Based on extensive interviews and firsthand accounts, this book is a unique attempt to end the confusion. Rather than focusing on the well-documented past, the focus is on what God is doing in China and through Chinese Christians today. The House Church’s unique characteristics – both good and bad – are addressed, as well as how those characteristics have been instrumental in the church’s astounding growth over the past few decades.”


Deverell, Richard. Bible handbook for young readers [220 DEV]
“This young reader’s guide will help the whole family to understand and enjoy the world’s best selling book. Find your way around – from Genesis to Revelation. Get to know the people of the Bible – from Adam to the Apostle, Paul. Read the best known Bible stories, and see how the Bible tells ONE story – the story of God’s love for the human race. Experience the power of the words to change lives. See how important the lessons of the Bible are for us, living in the world today.”

Beers, V. Gilbert. Growing God’s way : to see and share [248.82 BEE]
“…A Read-to-Me Picture Book for the preschool and early elementary child…A picture-reading feature on each page — to help your child learn how God has planned for him or her to grow. These features encourage your child to grow God’s way each day. What Do You See? – Helps your child develop “discovery power” by finding the little things in a picture which may ordinarily be passed by. A Time to Share – Questions with each picture-reading feature to help your child share his thoughts with parent or teacher.”


That you may be certain : the gospel according to Luke / with Michael Card [226.4 THA]
1 DVD (100 min.)
Author and teacher Michael Card travels to Rome, Galilee, and Jerusalem to explore the lands and the life of Christ. Paying special attention to Jesus’ interactions with the people surrounding Him, Luke portrays a very personal side of Jesus and His heart for the lost and broken. You’ll also gain insight into the life of Luke as an author, physician, and evangelist. Discover a greater appreciation for the gospel of Luke – as you take this journey: Part 1. The investigation – Part 2. The stories – Part 3. The mercy – Part 4. The sacrifice.”

Crossroads [248.4 CRO]
1 DVD (79 min.)
“Chen Dong joined the Paramount gang in search of money and power. Yet as he descends further and further into the criminal underworld, his dream grows ever more elusive. With mounting gambling debts, he’s driven to take a drastic step that will change his life forever. Faced with the biggest decision of his life, Chen Dong must choose to continue down the self destructive path he’s on or change direction and untangle himself from the gang’s dangerous web of deceit and violence.”

Quest for the Aucas [266 QUE]
1 DVD (30 min.)
“In Jan 1956, five young men ventured into the forbidden territory of the Waodani (Aucas), one of Ecuador’s most-feared jungle tribes. Five young men in the prime of their lives sought to bring the love and light of Jesus Christ to a stone-age people who had never heard the good news. But their mission ended tragically. Join the RBC Ministries team nearly 50 years later, as they take their cameras back into the jungles of Ecuador to bring you a story of forgiveness, the awesome power of God, and of a community of pagans turned to Christ.”