Happy New Year - Looking back on 2020 in Books

Happy New Year
1 January 2021

 

To all our readers, we wish you a Happy New Year!

2020 was a year filled with events that impacted us all in very different ways. As we look forward into this year, we do so together in His creation, putting our trust in the Lord God Almighty.

Although the last 12 months were a time of lockdown and disruption we give thanks that we were able to publish 44 books. We are very grateful to all of our authors and editors for persevering, to our readers for their partnership with us, and to our supporters who bless us in our ministry. Please look back with us on the many excellent resources that were released in 2020.

 

Authentic Forgiveness

Authentic Forgiveness

by John C. W. Tran

Authentic, biblically based forgiveness is a gift that God offers to humanity so that hurt can be healed, the cycle of retaliation broken, a painful past soothed, and estranged relationships reconciled and restored. Dr John Tran explains how forgiveness in both Western and Chinese cultures differs from the practice outlined in God’s word. Combining biblical and theological understanding with practical strategies for local church ministry, Tran offers an inspiring paradigm of action for Christians in urban Asian contexts and beyond.

 

 

 


Theology of Reconciliation in the Context of Church Relations

by Rula Khoury Mansour

Built on an in-depth analysis of three Palestinian church splits, this text examines the cultural and theological implications of intra-church conflict in Arab evangelical communities in Israel. Translating Miroslav Volf’s formative theology of reconciliation into her contemporary Palestinian context, Dr Mansour provides an evaluation of both Volf’s theory and Palestinian peacemaking models. Through her research and analysis, she develops a Middle Eastern theology of reconciliation and encourages congregations around the world to develop greater cultural and theological awareness.

 

 

Theology of Reconciliation in the Context of Church Relations

 


Christianity in Central Tanzania

Christianity in Central Tanzania

by Mwita Akiri

This book underscores the significance of oral tradition in African historiography and challenges the claim that foreign missionaries succeeded in destroying African cultures, when they are in fact alive and well. This much-needed research also provides a model for dialogue between the perspective of Christian missions and that of African religious and social heritage in order to continue forward with a Christianity that is authentic and also distinctly African.

 

 

 


Stumbling toward Zion

by David W. Smith

World Christianity has a crucial role to play in recovering an understanding of God’s love for a suffering creation capable of restoring the credibility of Christian witness in the midst of our brokenness. Containing practical application for church life and mission, David W. Smith reclaims the importance of lament throughout Scripture and offers an opportunity to reengage with biblical lament, rediscover neglected aspects of Christian faith, and reawaken to God’s heart for a suffering world.

 

 

Stumbling toward Zion

 


Reading the Gospel of John through Palestinian Eyes

Reading the Gospel of John through Palestinian Eyes

by Yohanna Katanacho

Christians from diverse cultural, religious, and political contexts have been studying the Gospel of John for almost two thousand years. In this insightful reflection, Rev Yohanna Katanacho invites us to encounter the text anew, this time from the perspective of a twenty-first century Palestinian Christian. Containing questions for reflection designed with preachers in mind, this accessible book will be a great help for Christians seeking to mine the beautiful riches of spiritual truth in this often-complicated gospel.

 

 

 


Creating Shared Resilience

by David M. Boan and Josh Ayers

Boan and Ayers utilize their extensive experience working within the humanitarian sector, and in cooperation with local churches, to examine the evidence for effective partnerships between development agencies and local faith communities. The authors provide practical guidance on how church leaders can forge stronger relationships with NGOs, donors, and government while reinforcing, rather than compromising, the unique calling of the church.

 

 

Creating Shared Resilience

 


A Theology of Suffering

A Theology of Suffering

by J. Bryson Arthur

Contemplating the suffering of Christ and other biblical figures, J. Bryson Arthur investigates a theology of suffering that testifies to its necessity within the plan of God. Bryson reminds us that the nature of suffering is to share fellowship with Christ – to take up one’s cross and follow him. Thus, suffering is not arbitrary but intrinsic to the path God has laid before our feet: a path leading to restoration, wholeness, and fullness of life.

 

 

 


God Speaks My Language

by Aloo Osotsi Mojola

Aloo Osotsi Mojola traces the history of Bible translation in East Africa from 1844 to the present. He incorporates four decades of personal conversations and interviews, along with extensive research, to provide the first comprehensive account of the translations undertaken in East Africa. This book is a key contribution to the important and ongoing narrative of how God has met us, and continues to meet us, in our own contexts and our own languages.

 

 

God Speaks My Language

 


Engaging Politics in Myanmar

Engaging Politics in Myanmar

by Aung Htoo

In this book, Dr Aung Htoo places Walter Wink’s political theology in conversation with both Aung San Suu Kyi and the work of Martin Luther King Jr. Locating this dialogue against the political backdrop of Myanmar’s history, Htoo explores the theological and political implications of nonviolence in the cultural context of the country’s people groups. He draws on the shared Buddhist and Christian foundation of commitment to loving kindness to suggest a new political reality for Myanmar.

 

 

 


Zokoué

Edited by Barka Kamnadj

Une dizaine de contributeurs rendent hommage à Isaac Zokoué (1944-2014), un responsable d’Église centrafricain qui a œuvré en Afrique pendant plus de 45 ans, en tant qu’éducateur, pasteur, formateur, théologien et organisateur. Isaac Zokoué n’était pas une forte personnalité qui influence, mais une grande personnalité qui inspire les jeunes et les moins jeunes. Par ses écrits et ses enseignements, il pourra produire d’autres « Zokoué » dans l’avenir.

 

 

Zokoué

 


Against Principalities and Powers

Against Principalities and Powers

by Daniel K. Darko

In this exploration of Ephesians, Daniel K. Darko establishes the context of early Christians in Asia Minor, specifically in relation to their belief in spiritual beings and the role these beings play in human affairs. Drawing parallels with contemporary contexts across the globe, especially in Africa, Professor Darko critiques the limited lens of Western interpretation, encouraging the church to embrace a broader array of worldviews in its pursuit of deep biblical understanding and sound application.

 

 

 


African Public Theology

Edited by Sunday Bobai Agang, Dion Forster, H. Jurgens Hendriks

Through faithful application of Scripture to contexts common in the continent today, contributors from across Africa join as one to present a vision for the Africa that God intended. No simplistic solutions are offered – instead African Public Theology challenges every reader to think through the application of biblical principles in their own community, place of work and sphere of influence.

 

 

African Public Theology

 


Comprendre Dieu

Comprendre Dieu

by Enoch Tompté-Tom

Cette publication fait des deux œuvres académiques d’Isaac Zokoué un ouvrage mis à la disposition du plus grand nombre. L’une est une thèse de doctorat traitant de la révélation et de l’herméneutique, l’autre un mémoire de maîtrise en théologie traitant de la polygamie en RCA en rapport avec la révélation. Voici la cohérence entre les deux œuvres : si l’herméneutique n’est pas appropriée, la révélation ne sera pas comprise et l’application de la révélation dans la vie ne pourra être correcte.

 

 

 


Engaging Religions and Worldviews in Africa

by Yusufu Turaki

In this in-depth study, Professor Yusufu Turaki undertakes a systematic analysis of the nature of African Traditional Religion, its complex history with Christianity, and the need for African Christian theology to address its cultural and historical roots effectively. He provides both a conceptual framework and practical guide for engaging African cultures and religions with compassion, understanding, and a firm foundation rooted in scriptural truth.

 

 

Engaging Religions and Worldviews in Africa

 


The Conversion of Igbo Christians to Islam

The Conversion of Igbo Christians to Islam

by Chinyere Felicia Priest

Often considered a Christian heartland in Nigeria, Igboland has recently seen a dramatic increase in Igbo Christians converting to Islam. Yet there has been minimal research into the growth of Islam in the area and the implications this has for Christianity in the region. Addressing this need, Dr Chinyere Felicia Priest provides a detailed exploration of Igbo converts’ reasons for conversion through skilful analysis of in-depth ethnographic interviews with thirty converts, considering their social, religious, and familial backgrounds.

 

 

 


The Beasts, the Graves, and the Ghosts

by Hann Tzuu Joey Tan

This book explores the significance of contextualized preaching within the Chinese context. Against the backdrop of three festivals – the Spring Festival, the Qing Ming Festival, and the Hungry Ghost Festival – Tan examines the practices of six experienced Chinese preachers in order to demonstrate the theological and practical importance of contextualized preaching. Tan suggests six main principles for contextual preaching – principles that are rooted within a Chinese context, yet applicable to anyone seeking to express the gospel’s relevance within a particular cultural setting.

 

 

The Beasts, the Graves, and the Ghosts

 


Romans

Romans

by Andrew B. Spurgeon

In a world torn by racial, social, economic, political, and gender tensions, the message of Romans is deeply relevant and needed. It is a message both powerful and simple: Christ loved us while we were enemies of God. Can we, then, not follow his example and love those who are different than us? Romans will prepare us to do so.

 

 

 


Sarah’s Laughter

by Vinoth Ramachandra

Ramachandra draws on his distinctive positioning as a Sri Lankan Christian theologian – having lived and ministered in contexts shaped by the destruction of natural disasters and the violence of human evil – to confront the intellectual, moral, and political challenges posed to faith in our increasingly broken world. Sharing his own ongoing journey with suffering and a questing faith, Ramachandra reminds us that lament and joy, faith and protest, clarity and ambiguity, belong together in faithful Christian discipleship.

 

 

Sarah’s Laughter

 


A Christian Theology of Suffering in the Context of Theravada Buddhism in Thailand

A Christian Theology of Suffering in the Context of Theravada Buddhism in Thailand

by Satanun Boonyakiat

Grounding his work in a trinitarian comparative theology of religions, Satanun Boonyakiat explores the ways in which Buddhist teachings on suffering can challenge, enrich, and deepen a Christian perspective. Dr Boonyakiat suggests a Christian theology of suffering relevant to the people of Thailand, both Christian and Buddhist alike, must move beyond a traditional, western emphasis on theodicy to address a practical response to suffering’s lived reality – a response rooted firmly in Scripture and grounded in a theology of the cross.

 

 

 


Echoes . . . The Lord’s Prayer in the Preacher’s Life

by Geoff New

Most Christians, whether preachers or not, are familiar with the Lord’s Prayer; maybe too familiar. In this excellent devotional, Geoff New urges us to encounter the Lord’s Prayer again – to encounter it as a text that is urgent and powerful, speaking directly to the needs and longings of the human heart. Written primarily with preachers in mind, this book addresses common ministry challenges and demonstrates how the Lord’s Prayer can meet us in every season of the Christian life.

 

 

Echoes . . . The Lord’s Prayer in the Preacher’s Life

 


Catalyzing Reader-Response to the Oral Gospel

Catalyzing Reader-Response to the Oral Gospel

by Mwaniki Karura

Dr. Mwaniki Karura provides fresh insight into the Gospel of Mark, its audience, and its purpose in this in-depth study of the Markan text and its oral context. Through careful analysis of the rhetorical layers in Mark, Karura establishes the use of Old Testament quotations, miracle stories, and the passion narratives as tools to galvanize its readers’ response to the oral gospel they had already received.

 

 

 


Family in Mission

by Johannes Reimer

In this timely and powerful book, Johannes Reimer urges us to rediscover the family as a primary agent for mission in the world. Offering both a theological and practical foundation for understanding the role and significance of families in the vocation of the church, this book also provides creative ideas for implementing a family-centered praxis that offers preparation and support to families living out their calling to make Christ known.

 

 

Family in Mission

 


The Kingdom of God in Africa

The Kingdom of God in Africa

by MarkShaw, Wanjiru M. Gitau

African Christianity is not an imported religion but rather one of the oldest forms of Christianity in the world. In this book, the only up-to-date, single-volume study of its kind, Mark Shaw and Wanjiru M. Gitau trace the development and spread of African Christianity through its two-thousand year history, demonstrating how the African church has faithfully testified to the power and diversity of God’s kingdom.

 

 

 


The Fellowship of the Throne in John’s Apocalypse

by Fabián Santiago

What relevance does the book of Revelation hold for our lived reality within secular societies? In this book, Dr Fabián Santiago explores concepts of authority, society, and political power against the backdrop of the Apocalypse and in conversation with Oliver O’Donovan’s political theology. An excellent resource for students of political theory and theology, Christology, and biblical narrative, this book offers a powerful theo-political critique of secular discourse on the nature of political authority.

 

 

The Fellowship of the Throne in John’s Apocalypse

 


Vulnerable Love

Vulnerable Love

by Bernhard Reitsma

Bernhard Reitsma invites the church to rediscover a Christ-like approach to Islam – an approach that roots itself in love, vulnerability, and fearless embrace. Far from ignoring the complex challenges faced by Christians living in Muslim-majority nations – or in Western countries where Islam is on the rise – Reitsma addresses practical concerns such as persecution, political power, the nation of Israel, and contextualization, all within a thoroughly biblical and Christ-centered framework.

 

 

 


Scattered and Gathered

Edited by Sadiri Joy Tira, Tetsunao Yamamori

Massive population movements of the last century have radically challenged our study and practice of mission. Where the church once rallied to go out into “the regions beyond,” Christian mission is currently required to respond and adapt to “missions around.” In this volume, experts in diaspora missiology from across the globe analyze the development of missions to migrants and add to our understanding of the contemporary church’s opportunities and responsibilities for mission amongst diaspora groups.

 

 

Scattered and Gathered

 


The Branch Exposition of the Bible, Volume 1

The Branch Exposition of the Bible, Volume 1

by Michael A. Eaton

A resource for preachers, scholars, and everyday Christians alike, to help open God’s word and shed its light into life, ministry and teaching. Inspired by the words of the great reformer Martin Luther about shaking every branch of Scripture, Michael A. Eaton helps us understand the meaning of the Bible and taste its fruit so that we can meet the resurrected Jesus Christ in the pages of Scripture.

 

 

 


By What Authority?

by Rebecca Ye-Atkinson

Hostile encounters between Jesus and Jewish leaders are found throughout the Gospel of Matthew. Yet these encounters are rarely explored holistically, nor is attention given to the reason for their prominence in the Matthean text. In By What Authority?, Dr Rebecca Ye-Atkinson examines seventeen distinct moments of conflict in the first gospel, exploring the function of each narrative in light of Matthew’s overarching literary and theological purposes.

 

 

By What Authority?

 


Faith-Integrated Being, Knowing, and Doing

Faith-Integrated Being, Knowing, and Doing

by Sarinah Lo

In this holistic study of the integration of faith and learning, Dr. Sarinah Lo challenges the Western tendency to privilege knowing over being and doing. In the context of Indonesian higher education, Dr. Lo addresses the cognitive, affective, spiritual, relational, and vocational aspects of human nature. She demonstrates that effective integration of faith and learning must reach beyond the academic disciplines to address the formation of a Christian perspective in all areas of life, thought, and practice.

 

 

 


Poverty, the Bible, and Africa

by Isaac Boaheng

Poverty reduction is a worldwide concern, yet if the church is to play an effective role in its alleviation, an approach that is both biblical and contextual is required. Combining in-depth cultural analysis with careful exegetical reflection, Isaac Boaheng formulates a theology of poverty that engages Scripture, African traditional wisdom, and contemporary African concerns to create a paradigm for understanding and alleviating poverty in Africa.

 

 

Poverty, the Bible, and Africa

 


Blessing the Curse?

Blessing the Curse?

by Ksenija Magda

When it comes to women, the church has chosen often to live according to the structures of sin and death, offering them not the good news of Christ, but the curse of Genesis, as their inheritance. Ksenija Magda traces the impact of the curse and the temptation to choose the world and its power over the servant-hearted humility of Christ. The question of how we view, treat, oppress or empower women is not peripheral to the gospel but foundational.

 

 

 


God With Us and Without Us, Volumes One and Two

by Imad N. Shehadeh

In this combined work Dr Imad Shehadeh demonstrates the inevitability of the Trinity by exposing the conflict that Absolute Oneness faced historically. Dr Shehadeh presents the beautiful logic of the Trinity and explains how the display of God’s attributes in creation derives from the self-sustaining relationships in his triune nature as Father, Spirit and Son. The book climaxes in revealing the transforming power of the Trinity when applied to life.

 

 

God With Us and Without Us, Volumes One and Two

 


Ephesians

Ephesians

by Brian Wintle with Ken Gnanakan

In his letter to the Ephesian church, the apostle Paul draws out the practical implications of God’s purpose for the body of Christ, showing how the unity of a new humanity is revealed within it as a foretaste of the ultimate unity of all things in the Son of God. This commentary shows the relevance of Ephesians for the church in Asia today seeking to understand God’s eternal purposes in Christ, especially in the face of pluralism, suffering and injustice.

 

 

 


Life through God’s Word

by Christopher J. H. Wright

If you have ever been tempted to disregard Psalm 119 under an assumption that it is some dry and dusty psalm about Old Testament law, you are certainly not alone. However, in this in-depth study of the longest chapter in Scripture, Chris Wright reminds us that it is first and foremost a prayer overflowing from a deeply intimate relationship with God.

 

 

Life through God’s Word

 


Relentless Love

Relentless Love

Edited by Graham Joseph Hill

How does the church’s calling to take the whole gospel to the whole world manifest in contexts of poverty, injustice, and conflict? In this collection of essays, drawn from the 7th Micah Global Triennial Consultation in the Philippines, Christians from across the globe reflect on the church’s role in alleviating suffering and developing transformed communities.

 

 

 


Interpersonal Reconciliation between Christians in a Shame-Oriented Culture

by Mano Emmanuel

In this Sri Lankan case study, Dr Mano Emmanuel examines the specifics of interpersonal conflict within a shame-oriented culture. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, she incorporates cultural anthropology, missiology, and communication studies into her analysis, identifying seven aspects of culture that must be addressed if reconciliation is to be fully experienced in the Sri Lankan church.

 

 

Interpersonal Reconciliation between Christians in a Shame-Oriented Culture

 


Strength in Weakness

Strength in Weakness

by Jonathan Lamb

2 Corinthians remains one of our most vital and significant reminders that it is not human strength but God’s power that paves the way for victory in the spiritual realm. In this accessible and relevant book, Jonathan Lamb explores key lessons for authentic Christian ministry, including the role of suffering in strengthening our dependence on God, the necessity of both discipline and forgiveness in our church communities, and the centrality of union with Christ for all true Christian witness.

 

 

 


The Mystery of the Church

by Fabrice Syayichanza Katembo

In this powerful application of Paul’s teaching, Fabrice S. Katembo explores the mystery of the church in an African context, arguing that the greatest challenge facing God’s people is not external threat, but internal discord. Katembo draws his reader’s attention back to the unifying work of Christ, who died to abolish all walls of separation and in whom we are one, no matter the tongue, tribe, or nation.

 

 

The Mystery of the Church

 


Journey through the Storm

Journey through the Storm

Edited by Salim J. Munayer

Journey through the Storm unpacks Musalaha’s thirty years of practical experience building bridges, healing division, and following Christ in the context of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Composed of essays, curriculum excerpts, interviews, and real-life testimonies, this collection offers insight into the theory, theology, and application of Musalaha’s six stages of reconciliation. It is a powerful, hopeful, and deeply realistic look at the demands and rewards of transforming the “other” into a neighbor and an enemy into a friend.

 

 

 


Biblical Shalom for Sustainable Holistic Transformational Development in Nigeria

by Stephen Z. Yashim

In this important contribution, Dr. Stephen Yashim reviews the participatory, problem-solving approaches commonly utilized by Christian relief and development organizations in Nigeria. In order for rural communities to progressively experience biblical shalom, they must be equipped to examine and articulate their own perspective on development while also engaging with biblical perspectives. This is an excellent resource for anyone engaged in community development and transformation, and who longs to experience biblical shalom poured out among individuals and communities.

 

 

Biblical Shalom for Sustainable Holistic Transformational Development in Nigeria

 


Forgiveness, Peacemaking, and Reconciliation

Forgiveness, Peacemaking, and Reconciliation

Edited by David K. Ngaruiya,  Rodney L. Reed

In this fifth volume from the Africa Society of Evangelical Theology, contributors explore forgiveness, peacemaking and reconciliation as necessary prerequisites for human flourishing. Ranging from biblical studies and church history to medical ethics and public theology, this collection offers a rich diversity of voices and perspectives as each author reflects on God’s heart for conflict alleviation within the contexts of their own communities, nations, histories, and academic disciplines.

 

 

 


The Religious Other

Edited by Martin Accad, Jonathan Andrews

Christian engagement with Muslims remains complex, complicated by fear, misunderstanding and a history fraught with political and cultural tensions. Weaving together the work of Christian scholars of Islam, the Bible, theology and missiology, along with the insights of ministry practitioners, this book combines scholarly exploration with pertinent ministry practice, offering a rich framework for the church to continue its conversation about its engagement with Muslim communities and its proclamation of Christ worldwide.

 

 

The Religious Other

 


Getting to Grips with Biblical Hebrew

Getting to Grips with Biblical Hebrew

by David L. Baker

Getting to Grips with Biblical Hebrew provides a simple introduction to biblical Hebrew for beginners. Consisting of thirty lessons, the book focuses on the basic grammar and vocabulary necessary for reading and understanding the biblical text. Exercises are taken directly from the Hebrew Bible, and students gain hands-on experience with the joys and challenges of translation.

 

 

 


Leadership Training in the Hands of the Church

by Joseph Nehemiah

The church is a contextualized reality, and if it is to flourish, its leaders must be raised up to serve their own communities. Yet our very techniques for teaching and learning are culturally defined. If the church is to be effective in developing the leaders it needs, our approach to training must be informed by its local context. Joseph Nehemiah combines sound pedagogical research with rich cultural insight to provide a framework for training leaders in an Arab context.

 

 

Leadership Training in the Hands of the Church