Each issue of Facts & Trends, we profile some upcoming resources we think will be helpful to you. Here are the books and Bible studies from the Summer 2014 issue.
What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done
By Matt Perman (Zondervan)
In keeping with the spirit of this book, let’s get straight to the point: You should read this book. We live in an age characterized by overwhelming amounts of information, choices, pressures, and expectations. Life has never been easy, but it seems to be moving faster.
Many of us have learned that working hard and being busy does not necessarily produce a life of peace, joy, and fruitfulness. We need help. Perman’s aim is not only to make us more efficient, but to help us do the right things for the right reasons. Don’t miss it.
The Insanity of Obedience
By Nik Ripken (B&H Publishing)
As Christians carry the gospel across the ocean and across the street, persecution will become the norm. How believers respond in the face of persecution reveals their level of faith and obedience. Nik Ripken brings decades of ministry experience in some of the most persecuted areas of the world to bear on our understanding of faith in Jesus. The Insanity of Obedience is a call to partner with Jesus in the toughest places.
“We have the high privilege of answering Jesus’ call to go,” Ripken says. “But let us be clear about this: we go on His terms, not ours. If we go at all, we go as sheep among wolves.”
Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem
By Kevin DeYoung (Crossway)
Crazy Busy is for pastors, parents, and others who struggle with doing too much. DeYoung doesn’t approach the topic about busyness as one who has it all figured out. Rather he takes on the topic as one on a journey trying to find biblical ways to do life and ministry without feeling frazzled and overwhelmed.
DeYoung helps readers think through the heart issues behind their busyness and offers practical ways to find biblical rhythms and rest in Christ.
Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary Series
Edited by David Platt, Daniel L. Akin, and Tony Merida, this new commentary series, projected to be 48 volumes, takes a Christ-centered approach to expositing each book of the Bible. Rather than a verse-by-verse approach, the authors have crafted chapters that explain and apply key passages in their assigned Bible books.
Readers will learn to see Christ in all aspects of Scripture, and they will be encouraged by the devotional nature of each exposition. Commentaries include Exalting Jesus in Mark by Daniel L. Akin, Exalting Jesus in Ephesians by Tony Merida, Exalting Jesus in James by David Platt.
Children of the Day
By Beth Moore (LifeWay)
Walk the shores of Thessalonica with this verse-by-verse Bible study of 1 and 2 Thessalonians. New from Beth Moore, this nine-session, women’s Bible study will teach participants how to let go of past mistakes, and they will discover their circumstances are not coincidental.
Whether facing family crises, medical diagnoses, relationship troubles, doubts, or fears, readers will come away encouraged that even in difficult times, Christ is with you. This study includes personal study segments and activities for individuals, as well as video sessions and leader material