New Titles in Emmaus Library, Issue 1, Jan 2013

Burpo, Todd. Heaven is for real : a little boy’s astounding story of his trip to heaven and back [133.901 BUR] “Presents the story of the four-year old son of a Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven.”

National Council of Churches of Singapore. A Christian response to life sciences [179.1 NAT] “…provides a basic background to the life sciences, as well as Christian ethical foundations. Other chapters then build on these to deal with cloning, embryonic stem cell research, the human genome project and genetically modified food. The result of group work, these isseus are covered both from the scientific view – what it is, what is involved – and the Christian view, how Christian biblical and theological principles guide our understanding of and response to these issues.”

Bruce, F.F. Canon of Scripture [220.1 BRU] “After nearly nineteen centuries the canon of Scripture still remains an issue of debate for Christians and scholars. Protestant Bibles exclude the Apocrypha while Catholic Bibles include them. On the other hand, Martin Luther, a father of the Reformation, expressed his reservations about James being in the canon. And many Christians today, while confessing the authority of all Scripture, tend to rely on only a few books and particular themes, essentially ignoring the rest…”

Orr-Ewing, Amy. Why trust the Bible? : answers to 10 tough questions [220.1 ORR] “..addresses the arguments : How can the reliability of the New Testament be in doubt when there are no fewer than 24,000 manuscripts to support it? How can evidence for Jesus’ existence be questioned when the Gospel writers recorded historical events with such scrupulous accuracy? This fascinating study is full of human interest, not least when Amy’s father, banned as a child from going to church, cries out “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief”, and becomes a Christian. As Amy says, “God actually comes to earth and makes himself personally knowable to human beings.”

Tay, Mary W.J. How to read the Bible [220.6 TAY] “…help readers understand the Bible so that they may obey the instructions contained in it. It inspires us to come to God, hear His words and put them into practice.
Contents: 1. What is the Bible – 2. How did we get the Bible – 3. How to use translations of the Bible – 4. How to read the Bible in different ways – 5.How to read the Bible with understanding – 6. How to read narratives in the Bible – 7. How to read poetry in the Bible – 8. How to read instructional passages in the Bible – 9. How to read prophecy in the Bible – 9. How to apply the Word of God in our daily life.”

The creation answers book [231.765 CRE] “Answers to more than 60 questions in 20 categories: 1. Does God exist? – 2. Six days? Really? – 3. What about gap theories? – 4. What about carbon dating? – 5. How can we see distant stars in a young universe? – 6. How did bad things come about? – 7. What about arguments for evolution? – 8. Who was Cain’s wife? – 9. Were the ‘sons of God’ and/or the nephilim extra-terrestrials? – 10. Was the flood global? – 11. What about continental drift? – 12. Noah’s Flood – what about all that water? – 13. How did the animals fit on Noah’s Ark? – 14. How did fresh and saltwater fish survive the Flood? 15. Where are all the human fossils? – 16. What about the Ice Age? – 17. How did animals get to Australia? – 18. How did all the different ‘races’ arise? – 19. What about dinosaurs? – What can I do?”

Wong, David W.F. The Jade Bangle [241.46 WON] “A compelling story of love. A young girl’s curiosity about her grandmother’s bangle takes her centuries back to ancient China, relives for her the painful memories of World War II, and brings her face to face with a secret that changes her life forever. Yet, when the story is told, it marks only the beginning of another story – a larger story – of which all of us share a part.”

Ewing-Chow, Joyce. Keeping life simple [248.4 EWI] “God finds pleasure in communicating with us, but in our busyness and hurry, we are not even aware of His presence. This book chronicles the author’s journey in learning to hear the still, small voice of God amidst the clamour of daily living. Each chapter – written to enlighten the reader on the brevity of the earthly lifespan – is a seed that God has deposited in the author’s life as she wakes, eats, lives, loves, plays and rests. These seeds of truth refresh the weary soul who desires to know God intimately. Presented in bite-sized chapters, they are delightful morsels that cheer the heart and liven the spirit. Take time to savour them!”

Teo, Victor. God, Money and the Singaporean Me : a Christian’s guide to viewing and managing money [248.4 TEO] “…full of practical and useful tips for anyone who wants to be money-savvy. Learn how to set financial goals, calculate the actual cost of purchases and invest prudently…divided into five key segments that will help us navigate this money maze:viewing money; using and saving money; borrowing money; protecting your money; growing money.”

Smith, Wendell. From zero to eternity in 60 seconds flat : influencing others for Christ at a moment’s notice [248.5 SMI] “Through this book, believers will learn a new technique for taking advantage of those significant moments that come their way. People all around us are standing at the crossroads of life – they are truly the “multitudes in the valley of decision.” Many are searching for truth and looking for something solid on which they can build their lives. Are you taking advantage of the two great privileges of life? Would you like to be more effective in winning the lost to Christ? You hold in your hands a powerful, soul-winning tool that will help you accomplish the Will of the Father for your life on earth.”

Dobson, James. Bringing Up Boys [248.8 DOB] “Dr James Dobson draws on his experience as a child psychologist and family counselor, as well as the latest research, to offer practical advice and encouragement based on a firm foundation of biblical principles.”

Dobson, James. Bringing Up Girls [248.8 DOB] “…help you face the challenges of raising your daughters to become strong, healthy, and confident women who excel in life.”

Els, Mandi. Mandi’s story [248.842 ELS] “…a birthday party became littered with the debris of abuse and violence. The volcano of my parent’s drunkenness erupted once again, causing unspeakable pain and shame. My mother’s failed attempt to kill my father fanned the flames of his rage and he fought back viciously. A shattered wine glass became a lethal weapon against her fragile frame. Repulsed by the bloodstains splattered everywhere, I sank into a helpless pile of heaving sobs. Events like these occurred often and they spread like virus into my soul, and ripped me open from the inside. An avalanche of questions surrounded me – all of them painful, many of them unanswered. Everything always merged into the single thought: GOD…Is He real? Does He care?”

Graham, Billy. Nearing home : life, faith, and finishing well [248.85 GRA] “Growing old has been the greatest surprise of my life,” says Billy Graham, known by many as God’s Ambassador. “I would have never guessed what God had in store for me, and I know that as I am nearing home, He will not forsake me the last mile of the way. This book explores the challenges of aging while gleaning foundational truths from Scripture. Billy considers the golden years while anticipating the hope of being reunited with his wife, “

Johnson, Terry L. The family worship book [249 JOH] “When asked by men, “What can I do to bring vision to my family and win the hearts of my children?” my first response is to urge fathers to begin the daily practice of family worship. I try to explain that no other single act will do more to reinstate fathers as the patriarchal leaders of their families, to bring peace and hope to wives, to disciple children, or to foster family unity than the regular practice of worshipping Christ as a family. The next comment is, “I want to have family devotions, but I don’t
know what to do.” This book answers the five questions I hear from mothers and fathers desperate to begin the journey: What is family worship? Why should I do it? What practical tools do other families use in their family worship? How can I start? How do I make it a daily practice?”
Contents: Introduction — Making the commitment — Outline — Order — Sample — Family resources — Historical resources — Family psalter/hymnal — Family psalter/hymnal index and tables

Joshua Raj. A biblical approach to Indian traditions and beliefs [261.0954 RAJ] “This book fills a need for Indian Christians who are searchiing for guidance when confronted with beliefs, traditions, rituals and practices in the non-Christian Indian community. It reveals the truth about Christian living. This guide also discusses certain Indian spiritual and religious practices, and gives advice on the daily struggles of believers. Written from the agape (love) perspective, this resource is helpful for the new convert to Christianity, the generational Christian who may need to adjust his life, and leaders who seek some form of consistency in approaching the Indian diaspora.”

Yuen, Jeff. Presence-driven donkeys [269.2 YUE] “God is looking for donkeys. As one carried His Son into Jerusalem, so must we carry Him into the lives of those around us. Jeff Yuen has brought Christ into the streets for many years, with amazing and miraculous results. This book…is an honest account of someone who takes God at His Word. He brings Christian witnesses to places where most fear to tread – sleazy pubs, sordid back lanes, and red light districts – but where the need for the Lord’s presence is greatest. He now shares his testimonies, and challenges you to join the mighty work of God outside the walls of the church. He also shows you ways we can see the world and its everyday situations as pulpits to bring God’s transfomring power into the lives of others.”

DVDs
The Gospel of John [226.5 GOS] 2 DVDs
“The Gospel of John, the best-loved of the four Gospels, vividly comes to life in a faithful and powerful dramatization of the Biblical text. …meticulously re-creates the era of Jesus during a tumultuous period that changed the course of history.”

Creation evangelism [231.765 CAT] 1 DVD (60 mins)
“Do you have difficulty sharing your faith? Are your friends disinterested in Christian discussion? In this DVD, David demonstrates how and why it is important to start with discussions with Genesis – whatever the cultural differences. This motivational DVD will help you impact your non-Christian friends through the ‘power’ of creation evangelism.”.