more new books: USPS edition

joy once again filled my heart as I commenced upon my mailbox at the post office and the package I was wating for had arrived – the package from IVP that is!  what were it’s contents you ask?  two books! 

John Walton’s The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origens Debate (IVP Academic, 2009)!  

Genesis OneHere is the publisher blurb – (you can see some excerpts from the book at the IVP website):

In this astute mix of cultural critique and biblical studies, John H. Walton presents and defends twenty propositions supporting a literary and theological understanding of Genesis 1 within the context of the ancient Near Eastern world and unpacks its implications for our modern scientific understanding of origins.

Ideal for students, professors, pastors and lay readers with an interest in the intelligent design controversy and creation-evolution debates, Walton’s thoughtful analysis unpacks seldom appreciated aspects of the biblical text and sets Bible-believing scientists free to investigate the question of origins.

This will most likely be reviewed sooner rather than later! 

Ivan Satyavrata’s The Holy Spirit: Lord and Life Giver (IVP Academic, 2009)!   Dr. Satyavrata is presently the J. Philip Hogan professor of World Mission at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, which is a one year appointment (2009-2010) that involves teaching and overseeing the doctoral programs in missions.  Part of the appointment too is to write a monograph on some aspect of missions.  

Here is a publisher’s blurb (you can see excerpts from the book at the IVP Website):

The Holy SpiritThe past two centuries have seen a slow but definite turning away from enlightenment dismissal of the spiritual realm, and a new openness to spiritual realities, including the work of God the Holy Spirit, has emerged.

Theologian Ivan Satyavrata believes that while there is much to celebrate in this focus on the Spirit and his workings after several centuries of relative neglect, there is a pressing need to relate our present experience of the Spirit to the teaching of God’s Word.  In a context of growing cultural and religious plurality, how can we recognize where and how the Holy Spirit is present and at work today?  This is a task to which this book is devoted.

As a theologian and leader of the church in India, Ivan Satyavrata brings a unique perspective to our understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit throughout the world.  His voice makes a strong contribution to the Christian Doctrine in Global Perspective series, which is edited by David Smith with consulting editor John Stott and provides intercultural exposition of key tenets of Christian belief by leading international evangelical thinkers.

This too will probably be read and reviewed sooner rather than later!