Some Notable 2010 Releases

Posted by Mark Tubbs
In Book Alerts
January 10, 2010 @ 8:36 PM

Oh, but it's been a long time since I wrote a blog. Then again, I had an eventful 2009. Losing a teaching position in late June and taking a Bible college registrar position in mid-August was one highlight, as was another bout of pneumonia from August onwards, culminating in a nine-day hospital stay in late December.

But enough about me; let's talk about books. Recently on his Hard Words blog, Aaron Armstrong listed a few books he is looking forward to in 2010. He listed six promising titles, all of which appear to have substantial merit. In due course I will update our Upcoming Releases section, but in the meantime, here are some notable releases, in my humble book-loving opinion.

Disclaimer: Since I'm intending to tackle some thick, important books in 2010, I don't expect to get around to all these titles, but I do intend to try. Additionally, a couple of my preferred publishers don't list upcoming releases, so the list is bound to be incomplete. Here goes:

Christian Nonfiction

Christ Formed in You by Brian Hedges with Kevin Meath (Shepherd Press). If you act quickly, you can still pre-order this book for only $7.50. Anything that Kevin Meath has had his editing hands on turns out well.

Giving Church Another Chance by Todd Hunter (IVP). Hunter, a Vineyardite house church planter turned Anglican Mission bishop, is re-issuing his book about rediscovering the beauty of the gathered church.

Holy Subversion by Trevin Wax (Crossway). My book reviewing colleague releases his first book this year, and if his blog is any indication, the book is going to be a good one.

The Church and the Surprising Offense of God's Love by Jonathan Leeman (Crossway). Despite all Paul's clear injunctions to practice church discipline, and the indications that a church that practices true church discipline will be a healthy church, it is still a rare practice.

What Did You Expect? by Paul David Tripp (Crossway). This is a book on marriage by one of my favourite authors. 'Nuff said.

Grounded in the Gospel by J.I. Packer and Gary Parrett (Baker). Its subtitle, Building Believers the Old-Fashioned Way, refers to the long-neglected discipleship mode of catechizing new believers.

Interpreting Gospel Narratives by Timothy Wiarda (B&H). The English teacher in me loves the subject matter, while the book lover in me loves the cover. Anything that helps us Christians read the Bible more accurately and more passionately is a very good thing.

The Epistles of John: From Behind the Veil by Peter Leithart (Athanasius Press). To be honest, this book released in late 2009. But since AP isn't a mainstream publisher, and since anything by Peter Leithart is worth reading, I'm unilaterally including it in this list.

After You Believe by N.T. Wright (HarperOne). I'm planning to read the much-embattled bishop for the first time this year, so I might as well add this one to the mix. Trevin Wax convinced me.

Opening Up Acts by John-Michael Wong (Day One). I find Day One's "Opening Up" guides to be clear, concise, charitable, insightful, and theologically orthodox - a difficult balance, especially in the space of only 100+ pages. I thoroughly enjoyed Opening Up 1 Corinthians, and I don't expect Opening Up Acts to be any different.

(Mostly) Christian Fiction

Between Two Kingdoms by Joe Boyd (Standard Publishing). Besides the entrancing cover art - yes, I do judge books this way - this allegory by a seasoned screenwriter seems to be the kind of mythological work that C.S. Lewis would have appreciated.

Rooms: A Novel by James Rubart (B&H). Tricia Goyer, another novelist, mentioned this book on Twitter and it has remained on my Amazon wish list ever since.

blueyedboy by Joanne Harris (Harper Perennial). It's a dark, bizarre tale. No darker or bizarre than life, really - or the Internet, for that matter, but consider yourself warned.

Back on Murder by J. Mark Bertrand (Bethany House). I'm no longer a mystery fan of any report, but J. Mark's first nonfiction book, Rethinking Worldview, was stellar, and I'll read this new book on the strength of his prosody alone.

The Sword: A Novel by Bryan Litfin (Crossway). Spins a story around the question, "What if humankind had never seen a Bible, and then one was found?"