New Books

Spotlight of Regent Alumi Books

I regularly hear of new books from Regent alums who have no doubt published literally thousands. Below is a small sampling. (If I have missed yours I will try to include it next time).

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May Day Morning in Yerevan
May Day Morning in Yerevan
George Hobson
Resource Publications

I will open with a poem from poet-theologian George Hobson, Regent scholar-in-residence back in 2003. He and his wife Victoria live in Provence, France. The poem is taken from George’s new collection,  May Day Morning in Yerevan. You can check more from this author here.

Beyond the Stars

 I reside between the rough bark
And the burning stars.
I embrace trees and say, “I love you.”
The remote stars I consider with awe,
But it’s hard to say to them, “I love you.”
Yet they’re lodged in me,
Their light fills my eyes.
I can’t touch them like the rough bark,
Yet they burn in my belly.
What they are in themselves,
Materially,
I consider thoughtfully and marvel,
Because I come from there;
But it’s their beauty burns inside me,
Not just their atoms:
It radiates glory,
It’s the invisible made visible,
Like the waving trees that make visible the wind.
That beauty is Home,
I belong there;
With my heart I know it,
As I know the rough bark with my hand.
To this that is beyond the stars,
To that of which this beauty is a sign,
A Word,
I can say—and I want to say—
“I love you.”

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 With Your Latte: A Little Wisdom to Lighten Your Way
With Your Latte: A Little Wisdom to Lighten Your Way
Charles Ringma
Resource Publications

Charles Ringma, Regent professor emeritus, has kept a brisk writing discipline and his latest is With Your Latte: A Little Wisdom to Lighten Your Way. Here are a couple of his reflections from the book:

"When St. Francis, the rich romantic and swashbuckling mercenary, kissed the leper, he showed that a strange event can be the place of personal transformation."

 "The icicles of doubt, fear and disappointment can really numb the membranes of the heart, but living with gratitude and wonder keeps the heart tender." 

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Prayer Spa: Ancient Treatments for the Modern Soul
Prayer Spa: Ancient Treatments for the Modern Soul
Jennifer Anna Rich
Paraclete Press
April 2019
While many Christians like the idea of prayer, the act of spending time alone with God keeps eluding them, as the pressing tasks of the day push ahead in line. Prayer Spa offers gentle instruction in honoring mind, body and soul for a few minutes each day. With a little bit of practice, it is possible to form new habits of expanding neural pathways, relaxing tight muscles, and nourishing the interior self through prayer. Enticing the five senses in one’s own curated space― seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing, and touching the gifts of this created world gathered into a prayer corner, and wrapping beauty and holiness into each enjoyable session―the soul begins to crave this time of quiet connection with the One who loves best.
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Resurrection Shock: Did the Disciples Get It Right?
Resurrection Shock: Did the Disciples Get It Right?
Lane Sanford Webster
WestBow Press
May 2020

Whether or not they follow him, most people who know of Jesus believe he was a highly ethical person and profound teacher who challenged the powers that be and died an unjust death. But was that all? Did his life end with his death like every other normal human being? Or as the first-century documents called the gospels assert, was Jesus raised physically from the dead? Did he come back to life to walk and talk and eat and show his scars? Did his disciples get it right? Is death not the end of the road? This book presents key lines of historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. At its heart, it is the story of the resurrection witnesses. Witness reports, their backstories, and accounts of the way they lived their lives going forward allow the reader to evaluate their character and credibility. Remarkable archaeological discoveries and secular historical figures enter the picture when they cross paths with the witnesses.

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The Glorious Pursuit: Embracing the Virtues of Christ
The Glorious Pursuit: Embracing the Virtues of Christ
Gary Thomas
NavPress
December 2020
Gary Thomas is the most published Regent author and his latest is The Glorious Pursuit: Embracing the Virtues of Christ . In this classic book of spiritual formation, we encounter true discipleship—the life we were made for—by observing Jesus in his daily life: his interactions with the people around him, his reactions and responses to spiritual warfare, his thoughtful engagement of complicated questions about faith and profound temptations. Jesus embodied the virtues that God has invited us all to cultivate. This book becomes instrumental to our spiritual growth.
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God the Leader: A Journey Through the Old Testament
God the Leader: A Journey Through the Old Testament
Kathleen M. Rochester
June 2020
What kind of a leader is God? Is he a benevolent Santa Claus? Or is he really a narcissist? Is his leadership centered on law enforcement? Or is his priority focused on relationships? Is his interest in nations and systems? Or is he personally alongside the mistreated and oppressed? Is he a leader of armies? Or is he a leader of peace? These and many other questions about God's character and leadership are in the back (if not the front) of many people's minds--questions especially about the God of the Old Testament, who is often painted very differently from the God of the New Testament. Our image of God as leader is highly likely to influence how we act when we are leaders--whether as parents, bosses, teachers, politicians, or leaders of any group, small or large. This book assists us in observing God's leadership through the varied contours of the Old Testament journey and offers human illustrations of leadership, both positive and negative, to help us in our reflections.
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Self-Denial: A New Testament View
Self-Denial: A New Testament View
Stuart T. Rochester
Cascade Books
October 2019
In Mark 8:34 and parallels Jesus challenges his disciples to "deny themselves." The concept of "denying the self" seems to be unique to Jesus, for this saying is never quoted or referred to in the New Testament outside the Gospels. What did Jesus mean? What is the "self" or the aspects of the self that must be denied? What would such a denial entail? Can we find similar concepts in Paul's letters? This book examines the self-denial passages in the Gospels and then investigates how this theme is expressed in many other books of the New Testament.
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Good Places for All
Good Places for All
Mark D. Bjelland
the Calvin Press
January 2020
At Calvin College, Mark D. Bjelland has served up Good Places for All (hospitality in cities and neighbourhoods). This short book invites readers into a deeper understanding of cities and suburbs and the challenges they face. Because places play such an important role in human well-being, loving our neighbors includes caring for and cultivating good places for all. Despite their great prosperity, North American communities are beset with challenges: fiscal crises, concentrated poverty, fragmentation and division, failing schools, unaffordable housing, and lack of community feeling. Good Places combines a biblical framework with an exploration of how cities, neighborhoods, housing markets, and transportation systems work. Readers will find themselves challenged to extend Christian hospitality beyond the walls of their private homes into zoning codes, local politics, neighborhood associations, faith-based housing providers, and real estate development.
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Paul's
Paul's "Works of the Law" in the Perspective of Second-Century Reception
Matthew J. Thomas
IVP Press
October 2020

I would be remiss to miss Matthew Thomas’s (he would be on my case). Matthew J. Thomas examines how Paul's second-century readers understood these points in conflict, how their readings relate to "old" and "new" perspectives, and what their collective witness suggests about the apostle's own meaning. Surprisingly, these early witnesses align closely with the "new" perspective, though their reasoning often differs from both modern viewpoints. They suggest that Paul opposes these works neither due to moralism, nor primarily for experiential or social reasons, but because the promised new law and covenant, which are transformative and universal in scope, have come in Christ.

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Everyday Psalms: Ancient Prayers in Everyday Language
Everyday Psalms: Ancient Prayers in Everyday Language
Santucci Peter
Apocryphile Press
February 2020

Refresh your prayer life with this fresh take on the Psalms. We all pray. And we all struggle at it. We need help. For thousands of years, God's people have turned to the Psalms for that help. This ancient collection of prayers, songs, and wisdom poems has been a faithful guide for those who pray. Even Jesus used them. There's no better place to shape a biblical spirituality that takes into account the realities of everyday life. Peter Santucci's love of the Psalms was ignited by his mentor Eugene Peterson. Peter has been a pastor, a journalist, a hospital/hospice chaplain, and a volleyball coach. He blogs at GodAndLifeAndStuff.com and lives with his family in Bend, Oregon.

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The Bond of Grace and Duty: In the Soteriology of John Owen
The Bond of Grace and Duty: In the Soteriology of John Owen
Philip A. Craig
Founders Press
2020
Philip Craig has published, with a forward by JI Packer, The Bond of Grace and Duty—In the Soteriology of John Owen. 
Here is what Dr. Packer has to say about the book: "Philip Craig’s analysis shows very clearly what was at issue here, and how completely and crushingly, without naming names, Owen outflanks and undercuts this widespread Puritan form of easy-believism. It is a thorough, painstaking and definitive piece of work that carries more of a message for the church of our time than doctoral theses usually do. What a privilege it is to introduce and commend such a worth-while book as this."
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Reconsidering Ex Nihilo In Genesis 1
Reconsidering Ex Nihilo In Genesis 1
Nathan Chambers
Journal of Theological Interpretation Supplements
Nathan Chambers has finished off the dissertation at Durham and has seen its publication ! There is a broad consensus among biblical scholars that creation ex nihilo (from nothing) is a late Hellenistic concept with little inherent connection to Genesis 1 and other biblical creation texts. In this book, Nathan J. Chambers forces us to reconsider the question, arguing in favor of reading this chapter of the Bible in terms of ex nihilo creation and demonstrating that there is a sound basis for the early Christian development of the doctrine. Drawing on the theology of Augustine of Hippo and Thomas Aquinas, Chambers considers what the ex nihilo doctrine means and does in classical Christian dogma.
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My Delight in My Beloved: A Single Woman’s Song of Songs
My Delight in My Beloved: A Single Woman’s Song of Songs
Naomi M. Wong
Resource Publications
October 2019
Come, you who thirst and you who are searching. Come, and dare to experience what you have believed to be true. There is a love that transforms, a peace that touches our innermost beings, a sweetness that heals. As you read this passionate blend of prayer and scriptural reflection, written in a similar call-and-response format to the Song of Songs, bring your doubts, fears, and wounds before the one who heals. As you listen to the voices of the Woman, the Beloved, and the Daughters of the Kingdom, contemplate your place in the Lord's heart and among his people. Through the Woman's journey from "A Troubled Night" to jubilant, victorious love, My Delight in My Beloved invites the reader to start or to continue a personal search for intimate delight in God's presence. Come, enter in.
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Tender Sieve
Tender Sieve
Jolene Nolte
Recent grad Jolene Nolte has published Tender Sieve: Poems by Jolene Nolte. Available from the Bookstore. This collection of poetry was completed as Jolene's Integrative Project in Arts and Theology (IPIAT) for her MATS in Arts and Theology at Regent College. Jolene’s poetry has been described as possessing a "sensuousness," "langorousness," and a “compelling ability to allow uncertainty and doubt into questions of faith."
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Taste and See: Reflections, Recipes, and Prayers
Taste and See: Reflections, Recipes, and Prayers
Whitney Buckner
2020
This special cookbook embodies the hope, love and care that is all a part of our mission! Whitney whimsically guides us through meditative reflections on Sabbath for every season while also sharing about her experience working alongside those who grow our food.
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God’s Praise and God’s Presence: A Biblical-Theological Study
God’s Praise and God’s Presence: A Biblical-Theological Study
Gabriele G. Braun
Wipf and Stock
June 2020
From across the waters and with a forward by her teacher, Bruce Waltke, Gabriele Braun has a book just off the press! The main aim of this book is to provide an answer to the question: is there a connection between God's people's praise and God's presence? The central argument is that Scripture in both Testaments testifies to a correlation between human praise and divine presence. This hypothesis has been investigated in the light of contemporary Christian worship culture and the ensuing need for further biblical studies, which represents the background for this investigation. The study achieves the above aim by applying biblical theology as a discipline and canonical and intertextual models as a method.
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Discover Your Calling: The ABC of Vocational Discernment
Discover Your Calling: The ABC of Vocational Discernment
Soo-Inn Tan
Graceworks
November, 2020
From across another ocean by Soo-Inn Tan we have Discover Your Calling: The ABC of Vocational Discernment. All of us have a yearning to understand where we belong in this world. As Christians, most of us understand from Scripture that God has a purpose for each of us and has gifted us differently. But discovering our unique giftedness and where God calls us to use those gifts eludes so many.
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Remembering Paul: Ancient and Modern Contests Over the Image of Paul
Remembering Paul: Ancient and Modern Contests Over the Image of Paul
Benjamin L. White
Oxford University Press
October 2014
Now teaching at The King’s College in NY, Regent grad Ben White’s seeks to answer, Who was Paul of Tarsus? Radical visionary of a new age? Gender-liberating progressive? Great defender of orthodoxy? In Remembering Paul, Benjamin L. White offers a theoretical and methodological examination of the legacy of the Apostle Paul in which he explores the way Paul was remembered in the century after his death, as well as the discursive practices that accompanied claims about the "real" Paul in a period in which apostolic memory was highly contested. Examining myriad sources both ancient and modern, White charts the rise and fall of various narratives about Paul―such as the "Pauline Captivity" narrative - and argues that Christians of the second century had no access to the "real" Paul. Rather, he shows, they possessed mediations of Paul as a persona - idealized images transmitted in the context of communal memories of "the Apostle." Through the selection, combination, and interpretation of pieces of a diverse earlier layer of the Pauline tradition, Christians defended images of the Apostle that were particularly constitutive of their collective cultures. In this book White traces how Pauline traditions (written and oral) developed and made their way into early Christian rhetoric about the "real" Paul.
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Somewhere
Somewhere
Rudi Krause, Dave Stevens (illust.)
Treewind Studio
2020
Just off the press! This book is about wonder and wondering, about exercising your imagination. We hope you will continue to wonder. What else is happening somewhere on our wonder-full planet? what else can you do? Can you create your own page like the ones in this book?
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Home Together: Student Ministry at the Menno Simons Centre
Home Together: Student Ministry at the Menno Simons Centre
Thomas Bergen
‎FriesenPress
August 2020
Thomas Bergen reflects on the student ministry work in Point Grey/UBC at the Menno Simons Centre.

Emerging adults today feel homeless and alone. How can the church share the good news of a God who offers home and togetherness?
Home Together gives a compelling account of a Christian student residence that has shared this good news by engaging emerging adults in a community of discipleship and belonging. For over thirty years, the Menno Simons Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia has supported university students and helped them to grow together in their faith.

Using the metaphor of home to describe this community, Thomas Bergen outlines a practical theology of ministry among emerging adults as a shared home construction project. He explores six aspects of the Menno Simons Centre as home-spiritual, supportive, sabbatical, safe, spurring, and sending-combining theological reflection, cultural analysis, personal testimonies, and practical wisdom.
Set against the backdrop of postmodern challenges, Home Together offers an inspiring model of ministry among university students that might well be adapted for other contexts....
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An ‘Open-Ended Distinctiveness’ The Contemporary Relevance of Wolfhart Pannenberg’s Participatory Ecclesiology and Ecumenism for World Christianity
An ‘Open-Ended Distinctiveness’ The Contemporary Relevance of Wolfhart Pannenberg’s Participatory Ecclesiology and Ecumenism for World Christianity
Clement Yung Wen
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
2020
Insofar as the twentieth century has often been referred to as ‘the ecumenical century’, the twenty-first seems poised to become known as ‘the century of World Christianity’. Into this situation, the present study seeks to show the ongoing relevance of Wolfhart Pannenberg’s ecclesiological and ecumenical proposals and, in doing so, finds that his eschatologically-oriented and historically-rooted emphasis upon an ‘open-ended distinctiveness’ is exactly the kind of corrective that the emerging theological paradigm of World Christianity needs if it wants not only to stay contextually ‘open-ended’, but remain ‘distinctively’ Christian in outlook and character as well. Towards that end, the book begins with the story of ecclesiology’s definitional expansion (from the time of the Reformation to now) before tracing the biographical and ideational roots of Pannenberg’s overall programme. The study then proceeds by outlining the main contours of Pannenberg’s ecclesiology and ecumenism, especially as such pertain to World Christianity. In this regard, several facets of Pannenberg’s thought are highlighted for consideration, including his understanding of ‘the church as sign of the kingdom’, his doctrine of ‘participation in Christ’, his reassertion of the church’s missionary task, his (underdeveloped) ‘personalist’ and ‘social’ thought-structures, his (ironically relevant) ‘Constantinianism’, his (directly relevant yet abstract) notion of ‘creative love’, and his views concerning contextualization and the ecumenical potential of the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed of 381. While much that is here developed serves as a healthy corrective for an emerging theological paradigm that is still maturing, some surprising critical insights arise that also flow the other way.
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The Communion of Saints
The Communion of Saints
Steven Gomez
July 2021
What if saints actually walked among us even now? What if these people could impart grace, work wonders, and bring eternity into time? When an odd loner goes suddenly missing from his apartment, two police detectives cling to their rationality and logic on a case that turns increasingly strange and irrational. A man who was himself searching for evidence of the divine mystery, he has left behind tales of the living saints who have been with us for centuries—and who will apparently be with us for centuries to come.
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Designed to Heal: What the Body Shows Us about Healing Wounds, Repairing Relationships, and Restoring Community
Designed to Heal: What the Body Shows Us about Healing Wounds, Repairing Relationships, and Restoring Community
Jennie A. McLaurin and Cymbeline Tancongco Culiat
Tyndale
August 2021
Our bodies are designed to heal. We fall off our bikes and skin our knees―and without effort on our part, the skin looks like new in a few days. But while our skinned knees easily heal, it can sometimes feel like our emotional and relational wounds are left gaping open, broken beyond repair. If our bodies instinctively know how to heal physical injuries, could they also help us understand how to restore painful emotional and relational ruptures?

In their groundbreaking debut book, physician Jennie McLaurin and scientist Cymbeline T. Culiat write Designed to Heal: a fascinating look at how the restorative processes of the body can model patterns we may adapt to heal the acute and chronic wounds of our social bodies. Through engaging patient stories, imaginative travels through the body’s microcellular landscapes, accessible references to current research, and reflections on the image of God, Designed to Heal offers a new perspective for healing our social divisions. By learning how the body is created with mechanisms that optimize a flourishing recovery from life’s inevitable wounds, we are given a model for hopeful, faithful, and enduring healing in all other aspects of our lives. Our wounds don’t have to have the last word.
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