Books at a Glance Dec 6, 2014

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Hi, I’m Fred Zaspel, editor at Books at a Glance. If you are anything at all like me, books are a huge part of your life. King Solomon famously said that of the making of many books there is no end – but somehow we are okay with that. What a wonderful medium of communication and learning books are! But there is the frustration of keeping up. And there is the frustration of selection – knowing which books to buy next. Books at a Glance was created to help with just these frustrations. Our staff keeps up with all the newest and best in Christian publishing in order to keep our members informed and up to date. Much more than a book review service, we summarize the contents and thought of each book, so that you can digest a book in minutes. Each summary is an accurate and comprehensive yet brief and concise presentation of the entire book, chapter by chapter, delivered directly to your computer, iPad, or cell phone every week. And in just minutes you will become acquainted with the contents and arguments of each new book. Books at a Glance distinguishes itself as a book summary service that focuses on the newest and the best of Christian publications. Along with these summaries we also provide: book reviews, author interviews, author blogs, etc. In all, we trust this will be a site of real value for you. Check us out. We are excited about our work, and I think you will be too. Blessings, Fred Zaspel

Greetings from Books At a Glance!

As you go about the hustle and bustle of holiday happenings, we sincerely hope that you take time to continue your growth in the knowledge of God’s Word! To that end…here are each of the articles that we published this past week. Make sure that you caught them all!
Book Summary:
Book Summary: HOW (NOT) TO BE SECULAR: READING CHARLES TAYLOR, by James K. A. Smith How (Not) to be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor James K. A. Smith Eerdmans, 2014 139 pp, paperback About the Author James K. A. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin College, where he also holds the Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview. He is the award-winning author [… ] Continue Reading 

DISCOVERING JESUS? WHY FOUR GOSPELS TO PORTRAY ONE PERSON, by T. Desmond Alexander interview, Part 2 The so-called ‘messianic secret’ reflects something that was a troubling issue for the historical Jesus. As reflected in all the Gospels, Jesus’ contemporaries had mistaken beliefs regarding the promised Messiah. We see this reflected in Peter’s refusal to accept that Jesus would suffer and die. For [… ] Continue Reading

DISCOVERING JESUS? WHY FOUR GOSPELS TO PORTRAY ONE PERSON, by T. D. Alexander interview, Part 1 The origins of this book go back some way to a time when I taught a course on the Gospels to university students. There are numerous books on the Gospels, but I found that most did not provide a satisfactory overview of what was distinctive about each account of Jesus’ life. I was disappointed by how New Testament sch [… ] Continue Reading

Book Review:
DISCIPLE MAKING IS …, by Dave Earley and Rod Dempsey Whilst I am thankful for the efforts of the authors and appreciate their work, I find it necessary to highlight a few concerns which contribute to the overall weakness of the book. Part 2 of Disciple Making Is…. (chapters 5-11) deals with what the authors call the three stages of disciples: declaratio [… ] Continue Reading 

Blog Post:
AUTOPSY OF A DECEASED CHURCH: 12 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR CHURCH ALIVE, by Thom S. Rainer There are few, if any, who are better informed on all things church than Thom Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. The data he has accumulated over the years has often been put into print for the profit of many, and this time he turns his attention to deceased churches. He has written not so much to tel [… ] Continue Reading 

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