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7 fat years

"7 fat years" Continued...

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

Chawkat Moucarry-The Prophet & the Messiah: An Arab Christian's Perspective on Islam & Christianity (IVP, 2002)

The earliest known Quranic fragments date from the second century after Muhammad and are not reliable.

Joshua Muravchik-Heaven on Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism (Encounter, 2002)

Socialists (including fascists and Nazis) needed to worship something.

Stephen J. Nichols-Heaven on Earth: Capturing Jonathan Edwards's Vision of Living in Between (Crossway, 2006)

Evangelism should introduce people to Christ; it cannot make the sale.

Peggy Noonan-A Heart, a Cross, and a Flag (Free Press, 2003)

Captures beautifully the traumatic year that began on Sept. 11, 2001.

Peggy Noonan-When Character was King (Viking, 2001)

A biography of Ronald Reagan that emphasizes the need for presidents to have character that people come to recognize as high, sturdy, and reliable.

Michael Oren-Power, Faith and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present (Norton, 2007)

The 230-year-long U.S. encounter with Muslims and Israel.

Glenn Parkinson-Like the Stars: Leading Many to Righteousness (iUniverse, 2004)

Responding to American social decline with resentment and hostility only alienates our neighbors from Christians and from the gospel.

Leon Podles-The Church Impotent (Spence, 1999)

Many Christians misunderstand grace and the tough spiritual and intellectual warfare to which all are called.

Thom S. Rainer and Eric Geiger-Simple Church (Broadman & Holman, 2006)

Vibrant churches free members to engage in more ministry by cutting down the number of meetings and functions throughout the week.

Diane Ravitch-The Language Police (Knopf, 2003)

Educators concerned with bias and "sensitivity" have substituted bland material for lively stories.

Gordon C. Rhea-Carrying the Flag (Basic, 2004)

The story of one 40-year-old South Carolina soldier during the horrific Virginia fighting of May 1864.

Steven Rhoads-Taking Sex Differences Seriously (Encounter, 2004)

On average, men and women differ in aggression, dominance, sexuality, and nurturing.

Mike Robbins-Ninety Feet from Fame: Close Calls with Baseball Immortality (Carroll & Graf, 2004)

Many baseball near-legends lost out through "circumstance, bad luck, and bad timing"-also known as providence.

Matthew Robinson-Mobocracy (Prima, 2002)

Journalists manipulate surveys so they can trumpet their own views while still claiming to be "objective."

Kathy Roth-Douquet and Frank Schaeffer-AWOL (HarperCollins, 2006)

The absence of upper-class kids from military service is hurting the United States.

Leland Ryken-The Word of God in English: Criteria for Excellence in Bible Translation (Crossway, 2002)

Indicts translations that cater to cultural trends.

Frank Schaeffer-Faith of Our Sons: A Father's Wartime Diary (Carroll & Graf, 2004)

What U.S. parents go through when their children are in danger in Afghanistan or Iraq.

Alvin J. Schmidt-How Christianity Changed the World (Zondervan, 2001, 2004)

Christianity changed charity, sexual conduct, medical care, education, science, literature, the arts, business and labor, and a host of other fields.

Hampton Sides-Ghost Soldiers (Doubleday, 2001)

Brutally mistreated and malnourished American prisoners of war in the Philippines during World War II desperately needed biblical teaching-and some chaplains came through.

Michael Simpson-Permission Evangelism (Cook Communications, 2003)

How to engage in conversation that can cut through the biases against evangelicals that some non-Christians have developed, at times because of unloving acts by people who claim to be Christians.

James Sire-Why Good Arguments Often Fail (IVP, 2006)

How to strengthen arguments for the Christian faith.

Oskar Skarsaune-In the Shadow of the Temple: Jewish Influences on Early Christianity (Intervarsity, 2002)

Christianity is Jewish.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn-The Solzhenitsyn Reader (ISI Books, 2006)

Highlights of the heroic dissenter's work.

Thomas Sowell-Basic Economics (Basic Books, 2000)

A free-market introduction to economic problems.

Robert Spencer-The Myth of Islamic Tolerance (Prometheus, 2005)

Those who say Muslims and Christians or Jews can all get along if we're just nice to each other are thinking like children.

Rodney Stark-The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success (Random House, 2005)

The Christian doctrine that sin is a personal responsibility led to the extension of liberty and economic opportunity in the early modern era.

Mathew Staver-Eternal Vigilance: Knowing and Protecting Your Religious Freedom (Broadman & Holman, 2005)

A thorough handbook on how to stave off aggressive secularists.

Mark Steyn-America Alone (Regnery, 2006)

European cowardice in not having children may turn that continent into Eurabia.

S. Joshua Swamidass-How Deep Is Your Dungeon? (Send Fellowship International, 2000)

The book of Job shows that God is near when He seems especially far away.

Timothy C. Tennent-Christianity at the Religious Roundtable (Baker Academic, 2002)

How Christians should talk with Buddhists, Hindus, and Muslims.

Chan Kei Thong-Faith of our Fathers (, 2007)

The early Chinese venerated a Supreme Being with characteristics similar to those of the God of the Bible, and the 4,000-year-old Chinese sacrificial system has startling and meaningful parallels to the biblical system.


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