6 New and Notable Books I’m Excited About (November 2014)

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One perk of being a book reviewer is that publishers regularly send me a steady stream of advanced review copies.

I try to review as many as I can, but I can’t get to them all. So every couple months, I highlight a handful of new and upcoming books I’m particularly excited about.

(The descriptions below are either from the publisher or from Amazon.)

Your God is Too Boring

Your God is Too Boring (Dynamic Catholic, 2014)

When most people dismiss God as boring or irrelevant, they’re rejecting a straw man. In this exciting and helpful book, Jon Leonetti sets fire to those scarecrows and reveals, in their place, a God who is far more fascinating, mysterious, and invigorating than his distorted impostors.

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Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God (Baker Books, 2011)

Many people are troubled by the apparent violence in the Old Testament, wondering how a good and loving God could, for instance, command the slaughter of entire tribes. This book by Paul Copan, an Evangelical apologist, is the best I know on the topic, and for a limited time you can get it for just $2.99:

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Scripture: God’s Handbook for Evangelizing Catholics (Our Sunday Visitor, 2014)

According to the recent Synod on the New Evangelization, the Bible “should permeate homilies, catechesis, and every effort to pass on the faith.” It’s the ground of effective evangelization, as Stephen Binz well knows. For decades he’s helped Catholics to read and love the Bible. In his newest and most important book, though, he unlocks its evangelizing power. You’ll discover how reading Scripture equips you to share its message and how saints throughout history evangelized with the Bible. Read this book and you’ll become a potent evangelist yourself.