Books on Tap: Morley, Wax, Carson, Cole, Beale, and The Essential Edwards Collection

I’ve received some books recently, and have a minute at present to quickly pass on word about them.  I’m no expert on any of the books or subjects covered below, but I do love books, and it’s fun to try to let others know of possibly edifying works.

First, Patrick Morley’s Pastoring Men came out not too long ago (Moody, 2008).  It looks like a helpful book for practically solving a quandary many church leaders face: how do I engage men and involve them in the life of the church?  It is endorsed by a number of leaders I respect, and it looks worth checking out.  Here’s what Bryan Chappell of Covenant Seminary said about the text:

Patrick Morley’s long-standing concern to see the light of Christ in the life of men has always been inspiring. Now this exceedingly practical book helping pastors implement discipleship programs specifically directed toward men will do much to shape the future of home, church, and the next generation. Morley writes in terms that reach men—and change them.

Second, Trevin Wax of First Baptist Church of Shelbyville, Kentucky just authored Holy Subversion: Allegiance to Christ in an Age of Rivals (Crossway, 2010, with a foreword by Ed Stetzer and endorsements by Mohler, Moore, and Olasky).  I’ve read through the book and found it a helpful meditation on an enlivening metaphor, that of subverting Satan through the gospel.  Trevin writes with clarity, passion, and a love for God’s church.  This would be a helpful book to go through with small groups, students, and many others.

Third, D. A. Carson of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and The Gospel Coalition just wrote Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus (Crossway, 2010).  The book is a collection of five lectures on the title topic.  Dr. Carson gave these talks some months ago at Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington, and they were explosive.  The Henry Center is grateful to have been a sponsor of those talks.  Pick up the book, and embrace anew the scandal of the cross.

Fourth, Graham Cole of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School recently published God the Peacemaker: How Atonement Brings Shalom (InterVarsity, 2009).  Some TEDS students worked through portions of this text in a memorable doctoral seminar on the atonement with Dr. Cole.  Based on that experience and brief study of the book, it looks like this would be a very rich book for scholars, pastors and thinking Christians who want to better understand the multidimensional glory of the atonement.

Fifth, G. K. Beale of Wheaton College Graduate School has penned The Erosion of Inerrancy in Evangelicalism (Crossway, 2009), a collection of essays on inerrancy.  This one looks to be particularly worth chewing on for Christian Old Testament scholars, as a number of Beale’s essays wrestle with OT textual issues.

Sixth, Doug Sweeney and I have just released the five-volume series entitled The Essential Edwards Collection (Moody, 2010).  (You will hear very little from me about this project.) This series distills the essential thought of America’s greatest pastor-theologian.  It is written to be of help to all kinds of people–those who know little about Edwards and haven’t had time to read him, those familiar with Edwards who could benefit from short resource guides offering important quotations and critical but deeply appreciative analysis, and those who love Edwards and want to work through the searching material he authored.  The books are short (160 pages), readable, and include application sections.

We wrote this series not simply, though, to be a collection about Edwards, but to enlarge the modern church’s understanding of God and the life of joy and excitement He offers us through His Son.  This isn’t, in the end, a series about the colonial pastor, but a series about the majestic Lord the pastor loved.

If you have a blog and would like to do a blog review of any books from Moody (including the EEC), I might be able to rustle you up a copy.  Write to hctu [at] with your address.


So there you go–some books to potentially buy.  Here’s hoping that they build the faith of God’s people and give Him glory.

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  • Tracy Irvin

    Thanks Owen. I appreciate guys recommending good reading. That is one of the many things I miss from seminary, not having the library and bookstore to see what is new; and not having guys around to give the buzz about what is new and good. I tend to rely upon recommendations like this because of the above and budget.
    Take care and God bless!

  • owenstrachan


    Thanks much for your words. They make sense. Really appreciate you sharing that you heard about the EEC. You and Donna have always been such an encouragement to me. It means a great deal.

  • I came to the blog this morning looking for info on the EEC, so thanks for posting about it here!

    I look forward to checking it out.

  • owenstrachan

    Thanks, Ched–great to hear from you, brother. Hope you enjoy the series.

  • Tim Webb

    The EEC looks intriguing… can you share a bit more about it? The first volume looks like biography; are the other volumes selections from his works? Moody doesn’t say much at their website about it. Thanks, Tim