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7 fat years

"7 fat years" Continued...

Issue: "The 2007 Books Issue," June 30, 2007

Many professors make their subjects unintelligible by writing in academese rather than English and scorning popular culture rather than examining connections.

Joshua W. Greene and Shiva Kumar-Witness: Voices from the Holocaust (Free Press, 2000)

Interwoven firsthand accounts of 27 witnesses faced with slavery or death.

Wayne Grudem et al.-Translating Truth: The Case for Essentially Literal Bible Translation (Crossway, 2005)

It's hard to develop necessary trust in God if we can't trust the book that tells us about God.

Philip Hamburger-Separation of Church and State (Harvard University Press, 2002)

Secular fundamentalists have transformed the First Amendment into an excuse for intolerance and discrimination.

Victor Davis Hanson-Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise of Western Power (Doubleday, 2001)

Historical perspective that readers can relate to current challenges, including the war in Iraq.

Paul R. Harris-Why Is Feminism So Hard to Resist? (Repristination Press, 1998)

Churches should not succumb to feminist theology and practice.

Hugh Hewitt-In, But Not Of: A Guide to Christian Ambition and the Desire to Influence the World (Thomas Nelson, 2003)

How to make the most of God-given talents.

Deborah Howard-Sunsets: Reflections for Life's Final Journey (Crossway, 2005)

An excellent book for the non-Christian elderly or others who have suddenly learned that their lives will be shorter than they expected.

Kay Hymowitz-Marriage and Caste in America (Ivan R. Dee, 2006)

Marriage breakdown is turning us into a nation of separate and unequal families, with the poor falling further behind.

Philip Jenkins-Hidden Gospels: How the Search for Jesus Lost Its Way (Oxford U. Press, 2001)

The Jesus Seminar and others try to remake Christianity in their own Gnostic images.

Philip Jenkins-The New Face of Christianity (Oxford, 2006)

By 2050 only one Christian in five will be white and non-Latino; Asia, Africa, and Latin America will be the centers of Christianity.

Robert Bowie Johnson Jr.-The Parthenon Code (Solving Light, 2004)

Provocatively theorizes that key works of ancient Greek sculpture depict biblical accounts from a humanist perspective.

R.T. Kendall and David Rosen-The Christian and the Pharise (FaithWords, 2006)

This thoughtful exchange of letters between an evangelical pastor and a rabbi clearly shows both theological differences and personal respect.

Richard Land-The Divided States of America? (W Publishing Group, 2007)

Both liberals and conservatives miss much in the God-and-country shouting match.

Peter Lawler-Aliens in America: The Strange Truth about Our Souls (ISI Books, 2002)

The new biotechnology could obliterate the need for virtue and the desire for love.

Bernard Lewis-What Went Wrong? (Harper, 2003)

Multi-century decline in the Middle East came because Muslim collectivists did not allow individuals to go out on their own or think for themselves.

Erwin W. Lutzer-Ten Lies about God, and How You Might Already Be Deceived (Word, 2000)

Many people believe in a laid-back god of their own devising.

Myron Magnet, ed.-What Makes Charity Work? (Ivan R. Dee, 2000)

Governmental welfare programs treat the poor as victims and assume fatalistically that they'll stay that way.

Paul Marshall with Lela Gilbert-Heaven Is Not My Home (Word, 1998)

Work in this world is significant, and evangelism is not the only important work in which believers should be engaged.

Paul Marshall, Roberta Green, Lela Gilbert-Islam at the Crossroads (Baker, 2002)

An excellent introduction to an Islam that could head toward war or peace.

Gerald R. McDermott-Jonathan Edwards Confronts the Gods (Oxford, 2000)

The great philosopher believed that all humans at first gained knowledge of true religion either from Noah's sons or, later, from Abraham.

Bruce McDowell and Anees Zaka-Muslims and Christians at the Table (P&R Publishing, 1999)

Information on Muslim history and theology, along with practical reminders, such as never sit cross-legged with Muslims (showing the sole of your foot is offensive).

Alister McGrath-The Twilight of Atheism (Doubleday, 2004)

Atheism was weighed in the 20th century and found wanting.

John McWhorter-Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America (HarperCollins, 2001)

Government programs infect African-Americans with the defeatist cultural virus of victimology, separatism, and anti-intellectualism.

Brian Mitchell-Eight Ways to Run the Country (Praeger, 2007)

An eight-way circular division of the American polity that is much more sensible than a simple left-right spectrum.

Mykel Mitchell-Word: For Everybody Who Thought Christianity Was for Suckas (New American Library, 2005)

A hip-hop record industry veteran turned to Christ when he couldn't get satisfaction from "the expensive toys, the fly gear and the expensive girlfriends."

Timothy M. Monsma-Hope for the Southern World (CCW Books, 2006)

Christians can and should build civil society both in democracies and dictatorships.

Jennifer Roback Morse-Love & Economics (Spence, 2001)

The laissez-faire family, where each member pursues his own bliss rather than loving others, fails miserably.

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