March Madness is here! As is our customer here at the store, we’ve created a book bracket out of some of our best/favorite/best-selling books of 2018. Here are the First Round matchups in the Academic Region:


A Doubter’s Guide to Jesus by John Dickson vs. Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus by Lois Tverberg



A Doubter’s Guide to Jesus
Tim Keller calls it, “A unique resource…In a secular, ideology-driven age, it promises remarkably balanced, even-handed, fair-minded presentations of Christian beliefs about Jesus Christ–all deeply informed by the primary sources. I can’t recommend this book enough.”


Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus
Craig Keener says, “In her delightful style, Lois Tverberg engagingly leads us across cultures to begin to envision a different worldview, a worldview more consistent with the world of most of Scripture. In so doing, she brings alive biblical texts from the inside.”


The Gospel of Luke by Pablo T. Gadenz vs. Advent by Fleming Rutledge


The Gospel of Luke
Matthew Levering says, “Luke the historian, pastoral theologian, and literary craftsman has found a splendid match in Fr. Gadenz. This commentary effortlessly presents the fruits of historical-critical scholarship alongside theological and pastoral instruction from the earliest Church Fathers through Benedict XVI. Anyone who wishes to understand the historical and theological contents of the Gospel of Luke will find profound insight here, expressed in a superbly succinct and readable style.”


Advent
Wesley Hill says, “Many of us in the American church are addicted to preaching that makes us, the hearers, into the heroes….Reading this book liberates us to enjoy a new theological sobriety.”


Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear by Matthew Kaemingk vs. Inexpressible by Michael Card


Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear
The Gentle Reformation blog calls it “A fantastic exposition of modern public theology using the Netherlands as a case study, focusing on the life and times of Abraham Kuyper and the contemporary implications of his thinking and policies. From this case study the author then concludes with the implications for America regarding religious pluralism.”


Inexpressible
Russ Ramsey says, “This book, focused on the character of a merciful God, is not just a book about words in Scripture–it is a thoughtful, beautiful meditation on the Word Incarnate himself, Jesus Christ. A wonderful book.”


Exodus Preaching by Kenyatta R. Gilbert vs. All Things Hold Together in Christ, edited by James K. A. Smith and Michael L. Gulker


Exodus Preaching
Walter Brueggemann says, “[Gilbert’s] freshness is his free-ranging perspective, which keeps one eye on an interface with hip-hop. His urgency is that he lets the text have contact with the deep issues of injustice we now face. His specificity is evident in his engagement with the important witnesses concerning racism that now requires our full bodily investment for the sake of Exodus emancipation from the heavy contemporary hand of Pharaoh.”


All Things Hold Together in Christ
Deborah Haarsma says, “The Colossian Forum is renewing the conversation on science in the church today….This volume presents the writings of leading philosophers, theologians, and historians on the role of Christian practice in forming virtues, the role of virtues in forming intellectual discourse, and the role of Christology in forming our understanding of science and creation.”


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