BookTalk’s Book of the Year

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"LadyLike: Perspectives for Christian Woman" by Rebekah CurtisLadyLike: Perspectives for Christian Woman

by Rebekah Curtis


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Are you interested in understanding the wider culture and your place within God s plan for His people? Women are often greatly encouraged to learn that their driving desire to be a wife and mother is part of God s plan and not a symptom of latent patriarchalism or a sell-out of their emancipated sisters. This book surveys historical, sociological and scientific defense of women s roles. It investigates cultural clichés. And, most important, it explores the biblical perspective of God s planned order and how women are to function within it.

"Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion" by Jody HedlundLuther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion

by Jody Hedlund


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In the 16th century, nun Katharina von Bora’s fate fell no further than the Abbey. Until she read the writings of Martin Luther.

His sweeping Catholic church reformation—condemning a cloistered life and promoting the goodness of marriage—awakened her desire for everything she’d been forbidden. Including Martin Luther himself.

Despite the fact that the attraction and tension between them is undeniable, Luther holds fast to his convictions and remains isolated, refusing to risk anyone’s life but his own. And Katharina longs for love, but is strong-willed. She clings proudly to her class distinction, pining for nobility over the heart of a reformer. They couldn’t be more different.

But as the world comes tumbling down around them, and with Luther’s threatened life a constant strain, these unlikely allies forge an unexpected bond of understanding, support and love.

Together, they will alter the religious landscape forever.

"Murderer's Row: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel" by Ray KeatingMurderer’s Row: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel

by Ray Keating


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How do rescuing a Christian family from the clutches of Islamic terrorists, minor league baseball in New York, a string of grisly murders, sordid politics, and a pastor, who once was a Navy SEAL and CIA operative, tie together? Find out in MURDERER’S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL by Ray Keating. Ray Keating has been called “a great novelist” by the host of “BookTalk” radio. A Washington Times reviewer, who happens to be a pastor who once worked for the CIA, noted, “Mr. Keating also allows you to discover how each of his characters tick in a style and tone reminiscent of some of the best-loved books of all time.” MURDERER’S ROW is the fifth Pastor Stephen Grant novel, and Keating serves up fascinating characters, gripping adventure, and a tangled murder mystery, along with faith, politics, humor, and, yes, baseball. Ray Keating said, “In this Pastor Stephen Grant thriller, I enjoyed bringing baseball into the exciting world of Pastor Stephen Grant, and his family, friends, and former CIA colleagues. I hope readers have as much fun reading MURDERER’S ROW as I had writing it.” Discover Pastor Stephen Grant and his world of intrigue, faith, action, love and murder.

"Being Dad: Father as a Picture of God's Grace" by Scott Leonard KeithBeing Dad: Father as a Picture of God’s Grace

by Scott Leonard Keith


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Being Dad deals with the way fathers, and the subject of fatherhood, are treated in modern culture. Dr. Keith brings his experience with family, students, great mentors and friends to bear on this subject which is crying out for attention. Equally, he brings his Christian faith, a scholarly eye for detail and an ear for story along on the journey and works with the reader to navigate a path to a better country where the Father blesses His children and is honored.

"Cremation, Embalmment, or Neither?: A Biblical/Christian Evaluation" by Alvin SchmidtCremation, Embalmment, or Neither?: A Biblical/Christian Evaluation

by Alvin Schmidt


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This book documents today’s rising rates of cremation in the West, and notes that these rates now include many deceased Christians, a stark contrast to Christians in the past who had consistently rejected cremation from their earliest years in pagan Rome to the mid-1960s. Christians opposed and spurned cremation for a number of reasons, discussed in this book. By mid-fourth century, Christianity’s rejection of cremation influenced pagan Rome to abandon cremation. Earth burial became the only acceptable way to dispose of deceased humans, resulting in a major cultural change in the West. Converts to Christianity had to promise they would never be cremated. Graveyards were named coemeteria, Latin for where dead people “sleep;” from which we get the word “cemetery,” a name now contradicted by cremation.

"Where Christ Is Present: A Theology for All Seasons on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation" by John Warwick Montgomery and Gene Edward Veith.Where Christ Is Present: A Theology for All Seasons on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

by John Warwick Montgomery and Gene Edward Veith 

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Five hundred years ago, the church of Jesus Christ underwent a Reformation.

A lot happened after Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the castle church door in Wittenberg. But the fallout was not simply the start of Protestantism. The Roman Catholic Church also recast itself in response to Luther’s call for reforms. And contrary to common belief, Martin Luther did not set out to start a new church. Rather, he was trying to reform the church that already existed by reemphasizing its essence–namely, the “good news” (the gospel) that Jesus forgives and saves sinners.

The unity of the church was broken when the pope rejected this call for reform and excommunicated Luther, starting a chain of events that did lead to the institutional fracturing of Christendom and to a plethora of alternative Christian theologies. But, as many – including conservative Catholics – now admit, the church did in fact need reforming. Today, the church – including its Protestant branches – also needs reforming. Some of the issues in contemporary Christianity are very similar to those in the late Middle Ages, though others are new. But if Luther’s theology can be blamed – however unfairly – for fragmenting Christianity, perhaps today it can help us recover the wholeness of Christianity.
The religious climate in the early 21st-century is simultaneously highly religious and highly secularized. It is a time of extraordinary spiritual and theological diversity. In the spirit of the anniversary we are observing, this book will propose the kind of Christianity that is best suited for our day. The remedies offered here are available by way of the same theology that was the catalyst for reforming the church five hundred years ago.

'The Choir Immortal" by Katie SchuermannThe Choir Immortal

by Katie Schuermann


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Two of their very own are getting married, and everyone is pleased as punch to be hosting Bradbury s wedding of the century. Their collective joy is short lived, however, as busted air-conditioners, melting cakes, and a trip to the emergency room intrude upon the celebration.

Yet the congregation rallies. Led by Pastor Fletcher and the stalwart Mrs. Scheinberg, they turn in faith to God s promises of life and salvation to see one another through trying days that demand patience, prayer, and perhaps another batch of cinnamon rolls.

Emily Duke, Pastor Fletcher, and the rest of Zion s quirky flock return in this compelling sequel to House of Living Stones, proving that life in a small town is anything but small.

"Walther's Works: Church Fellowship" by CFW WaltherWalther’s Works: Church Fellowship

by CFW Walther (Reviewed by Rev. Martin Noland)


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From 1857 to 1884, C.F.W. Walther wrote numerous articles and speeches dealing with Lutheran identity and unity in doctrine and practice on the basis of Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions. For the first time, these previously scattered, inaccessible, and forgotten writings are being brought together in one volume.

This volume helps clarify not only what Lutheran identity was in the nineteenth century, but also what it means to confess the Christian faith in the twenty-first century, in harmony with the Church of all ages.

"Ephesians (Concordia Commentaries)" by Thomas WingerEphesians (Concordia Commentaries)

by Thomas Winger


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Ephesians  (Concordia Commentary)

"Dona Gratis Donata: Essays in Honor of Norman Nagel on the Occasion of His Ninetieth Birthday" Edited by Jon Vieker, Bart Day, and Al ColverDona Gratis Donata: Essays in Honor of Norman Nagel on the Occasion of His Ninetieth Birthday

Edited by Jon Vieker, Bart Day, and Al Colver

Audio to air on December 11th, 2015.

Pastors and theologians — too many to count — have sat at the feet of the Rev. Dr. Norman E. Nagel, graduate professor emeritus of Systematic Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. From Nagel, they learned of Christ and the innumerable gifts He gives. Now, this book of scholarly essays allows others to learn from the professor as well, as his students pay respect to their teacher on the occasion of his ninetieth birthday by doing just as he did: pointing others to Christ, His gifts and His cross.