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IN THIS ISSUE ▷ JIM SIRE’S NEW APOLOGETIC ▷ GOD’S HOPE FOR CREATION CARE
▷ REFRESH A PARCHED SOUL ▷ DO YOU KNOW THE REAL JESUS?
A Renewed Vision
for the Modern World

Os Guinness (DPhil, Oxford) is the author or editor of more than
thirty books, including Unspeakable, Time for Truth and The Case for
Civility. A frequent speaker and prominent social critic, he is the
founder of the Trinity Forum and has been a visiting fellow at the
Brookings Institution and a guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson
Center for International Studies. He lives near Washington, D.C.
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2 I V P B O O K C L U B . C O M
OS GIVES HOPE FOR THE FUTURE
We live in dark times. Christians won-
der: Are the best days of the Christian faith
behind us?
In this hopeful appeal for cultural
transformation, Guinness shares oppor-
tunities for every Christian, on both
local and global levels, to win back the
West and to contribute constructively
to the human future. Hearkening back
to similar pivotal points in history,
Guinness encourages Christians in the
quest for societal change.
The church can be revived to become
a renewing power in our society—if
we answer the call to a new Christian
renaissance that challenges darkness
with the hope of Christian faith.
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FEATURES
A stirring call for a new Christian •
renaissance throughout society
A profoundly hopeful vision for how •
Christians can change the world
through cultural renewal
Each chapter closes with discussion •
questions and a prayer that challenges
us to take action in our lives today
AN EXCERPT
“Call it renewal, call it reformation, call it
restoration, call it revival, call it the simple
but profound Jewish term return, or call it
renaissance. What matters is that it is a
movement that is led by the Spirit of God,
which involves the people of God return-
ing to the ways of God and so demonstrat-
ing in our time the kingdom of God, and
not in word only but in power and with
the plausibility of community expression.”
PRAISE FOR RENAISSANCE
“For decades Os Guinness has been one of the
most nuanced, realistic, yet hopeful voices calling
Christians to engagement with culture. This latest
volume from him should not be missed by anyone.
Os summarizes some of the most helpful recent
discussions, updates many of his own lifelong
challenges to the church, and provides many fresh
insights. Highly recommended.”
—Tim Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church,
New York City
“This is a profound, realistic and hopeful book
that reminds us that even in the darkest times the
power of the gospel can change the world. Guinness
issues a clarion call to the Christian West to take
up the battle against secularization by refusing to be
conformed to the spirit of the age. We do not isolate
ourselves from culture. Rather, Guinness calls for
renewal: in our confidence in God, in the power of
the gospel and in the great truths of Scripture, even
as we engage with the world around us.
—Rebecca Manley Pippert, speaker and
author of Hope Has Its Reasons
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MAPPING HOLY GROUND
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4 I V P B O O K C L U B . C O M
In this accessible and engaging work, vet-
eran apologist Jim Sire gives us eyes to see
the myriad “signals of transcendence” all
around us that point to the specific truth
of God in Christ.
Focusing on the power of good literature—
even from those who deny the existence of
God—enables us to perceive and testify to
God’s reality in ways that rational argu-
ment alone cannot. It testifies to the exis-
tence of a transcendent realm and often, in
fact, to the truth of the Christian faith.
“While reason can be very helpful in
pointing us to God and helping us in our
apologetics, what compels and convinces
people is more multidimensional,” says
Sire. “What is needed is a more holistic
apologetic that not only includes truth but
also goodness and beauty.”
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James W. Sire (PhD, University of Missouri), formerly a senior editor at
InterVarsity Press, is an active speaker and writer. He has taught English,
philosophy and theology at many universities and seminaries. He is an active
lecturer in the United States and Europe, and his books include The Universe
Next Door, Why Good Arguments Often Fail and A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics.
UNCOMMON ARGUMENTS FOR FAITH
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FROM THE PREFACE
My major thrust in this book is to come
alongside you, point and say, “Look. Look
carefully. Listen closely. Do you see? Do
you hear?” There are a million signposts
pointing toward the specific truth of God
in Christ. I’ve seen many of them. But
God is speaking to you too. Look and see.
Listen and hear.
So this book is an eclectic apologetics. It
mixes and matches various approaches to
its subject. It contains a strange blending
of autobiography and argument. It includes
eccentric allusions to and arguments from
the obscure (to most American read-
ers) Stanislaw Lem to the obtuse (to too
many readers) Gerard Manley Hopkins,
and from the bare minimalism of Matsuo
Bash¯ o to the absurd chicanery of Lewis
Carroll.
PRAISE FOR APOLOGETCS
BEYOND REASON
“For decades, James Sire has been an intellectual
and cultural leader in the evangelical community.
. . . Apologetics Beyond Reason may well
be his most unique offering. This is not anything
like a standard apologetics book. While it contains
reasons and arguments, it also brings together
a wide range of ‘pointers’ to God that are often
neglected. This well-researched book is sure to
expand our understanding of apologetics.”
—J. P. Moreland, Talbot School of Theology,
Biola University
“Too often apologetics is seen as a battle of wits,
with a hope that the best, most godly thoughts
will vanquish all comers. Sire provides us with a
genuinely personal apologetic, moving beyond the
old-fashioned testimony and arguing from expe-
rience that our shared humanity is an amazing
apologetic all its own: in our shared stories, in
our shared experiences with beauty, in our shared
nature with Christ and in our shared experiences
of relating to the God who created us.”
—Gene C. Fant Jr., provost, Palm Beach
Atlantic University
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THE MESSAGE OF JEREMIAH
The Bible Speaks Today Series
Christopher J. H. Wright
This commentary offers a new exposition on Jeremiah, a
book of the victory of God’s love and grace. The prophet’s
redemptive, reconstructive work comprises the book’s por-
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IN SEARCH OF MORAL KNOWLEDGE
R. Scott Smith
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LET CREATION REJOICE
Jonathan A. Moo and Robert S. White
The Bible is full of images of God caring for his creation
in all its complexity. Yet experts warn us that a so-called
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The authors assess the evidence for climate change and other
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THE THEOLOGY OF THE BOOK OF ISAIAH
John E. Goldingay
What should we make of the sprawling and puzzling book
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TAKE CARE OF YOUR SOUL
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JESUS IS THE
CHRIST
Michael F. Bird
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Jesus is not a late addi-
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CAESAR IS NOT
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Robert H. Stein
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his Father.
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