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Beyond Identity
Finding your Way in the Image and Character of God

There can be few people at the end of the twentieth century who have not, at some time, asked the question "Who am I?" or set out to "find themselves".

With creative insight and common sense, Dick Keyes offers a novel, solution to the modern problem of identity that is found in the very creation of humanity itself.

As human beings, we find our worth, value and meaning not in possessions, approval in others' eyes or in the integration of our emotional life. We truly find ourselves only when we look "beyond identity" to a relationship with the God who made us.

True Heroism
In a World of Celebrity Counterfeits

Where have all the heroes gone? Nowhere, says Dick Keyes - there are heroes all around us. The problem is that we often don't recognize them. With increasing frequency, we bestow the title "hero" on individuals who are merely famous or talented. Unsure of exactly what heroism is or how to find it, we willingly accept celebrity in its place.

In True Heroism in a World of Celebrity Counterfeits, Keyes explores the roots of the current confusion of heroism and celebrity and offers practical ways to recognize true heroism and pass an appreciation of moral excellence on to our children. True Heroism is a revealation that will benefit parents, educators, and anyone seeking to recover a clear picture of heroism for our society today.

Chameleon Christianity
Moving Beyond Safety and Conformity

"Dick Keyes' vision is of clear-headed, uncompromised churches challenging Western post-Christianity rather than retreating from it or caving in to it. In calling for a renewal of evangelistic apologetics he is surely right, and he makes his case masterfully. This small book merits careful reading and deep pondering."

J.I. Packer
Regent College

 

No God But God
Breaking with the Idols of Our Age

There is one God. There is no god but God. And there is no rest for any people who rely on any god but God.

The evangelical movement is in deep disarray. Many doubt it can be defined; some question whether it has a future. But the authors of this book forcefully declare otherwise. Beginning with a trumpet call for revival and reformation, they confront the heart of evangelical captivity - the idols in our churches and our hearts. Modern tools and insights taken to excess - from politics, psychology, marketing, and management - have become points of false reliance and substitutes for God. No God But God is an urgent reminder for all evangelicals who sorrow over our condition. Temptation to idolatry is everyone's problem, and often the worst temptations come from the best gifts. In order to let God be God, Christians must worship and love God alone.

Finding God at Harvard
Spiritual Journeys of Thinking Christian

Ari Goldman's best-selling book, The Search for God at Harvard, chronicled his search for signs of genuine religious faith at Harvard Divinity School. The New York Times reporter concluded that God was not very evident at the prestigious Ivy League campus.

Kelly Monroe reveals another picture of Christian faith in a secular intellectual setting. In Finding God at Harvard, she presents the compelling testimonies of forty-two faculty members, former students, and distinguished orators at Harvard. Their candid reflections explode the myth that Christian faith cannot survive a rigorous intellectual atmosphere. Finding God at Harvard speaks to the emptiness that haunts college campuses across the country -- an emptiness that only Truth can fill.

As Monroe's contributors so vividly show that truth is available to everyone, Monroe reveals another picture of Christian faith in a secular intellectual setting. In Finding God at Harvard, she presents the compelling testimonies of forty-two faculty members, former students, and distinguished orators at Harvard. Their candid reflections explode the myth that Christian faith cannot survive a rigorous intellectual atmosphere. Finding God at Harvard speaks to the emptiness that haunts college campuses across the country - an emptiness that only Truth can fill.

Feminism & The Bible

Mardi Keys wrestles with difficult questions in the comtemporary debate surrounding feminism. With great care she surveys the biblical texts and outlines the theological similarities and differences secular feminism has with Christianity. This stimulating work will prove to be a wonderful introduction to the topic of feminism for all who wish to understand the issue and leave you with a desire for further study of this important topic.

Women and the Future of the Family

In the late twentieth century the status of women underwent a revolutionary change. With increasing economic opportunities and pressures, women and men today struggle to balance the often-competing demands of work and family life.

In this fourth Kuyper Lecture of the Center for Public Justice, Catholic scholar Elizabeth Fox-Genovese explores how the elevation of individual rights to the highest status in society has undermined the essential character of the family as a social unit. Her historical analysis assesses the economic, legal, and social forces contributing to the slow dissolution of marriage and family at an exorbitantly high cost to children. It includes an important argument about how legalized abortion has divested fathers of a strong stake in the family and disconnected children from any social institution.

Three respected evangelicals, Stanley J. Grenz, Mardi Keyes, and Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen offer varied perspectives on how a biblical understanding of family life informs the balance of individual rights and family responsibilities. A concluding essay by editors James Skillen and Michelle Voll lays out a positive Christian affirmation of the equality of women and men as well as policy steps for protecting the family.


The God Who is There

For over thirty years The God Who Is There has been the landmark book that changed the way the church sees the world. In Francis Schaeffer's remarkable analysis, we learn where the clashing ideas about God, science, history and art came from and where they are going.

Now this completely retypeset edition includes a new introduction by James W. Sire that places Schaeffer's seminal work in the context of the intellectual turbulence of the early twenty-first century. More than ever, The God Who Is There demonstrates how historic Christianity can fearlessly confront the competing philosophies of the world.

The God who has always been there continues to provide the anchor of truth and the power of love to meet the world's deepest problems.

L'Abri

In this expanded edition, Edith Schaeffer chronicles the history of the community from its founding to the present day. An unforgettable true story of God's faithfulness.
In 1955 an American family moved into a chalet on the side of a steep Swiss alp. They did not know exactly why God had brought them there, what He wanted them to do, or even where the money to live on would come from. But He began opening doors, and people with questions about life's meaning began finding the way to their home.

Edith Schaeffer, wife of Dr. Francis Schaeffer, tells the remarkable story of how God led them step by step, as that one small chalet grew into a whole community. It took the name L'Abri (French for shelter). Day by day, God faithfully provided for their family, and eventually for the entire community.

The Schaeffers believed that truth must be demonstrated as well as debated. They wanted to show the world through the transformed lifestyle of a believing community that the personal-infinite God is really here in our generation. In a society losing the ability to distinguish between Christian and non-Christian values, truth and untruth, good and evil, L'Abri equipped people to make that distinction.

For more than thirty years, people have come to L'Abri from all walks of life and from many countries, searching for truth and reality. There they find someone who cares for them personally, who listens carefully to their questions, and who gives them answers based on an uncompromising commitment to Biblical truth. L'Abri now has branches in several other countries and has affected the lives of literally thousands of people around the world.

Being Human
The Nature of Spiritual Experience

Who is right about what it means to be human?

The Greeks envisioned an ideal humanity. Their ethereal sculptures depict a transcendent, spiritual model. But today many scientists view human beings as mere machines. And some believe we will be able to make machines with human-like intelligence in the near future.

The biblical view of humanity is different from both of these. For the writers of Scripture, to be human is to be in the image of God. Guided by this view, Ranald Macaulay and Jerram Barrs discuss the nature of spiritual experience. As the pursuit of true spirituality takes us away from sinfulness, it moves us closer to what God intended us to be. When we are truly spiritual, we are fully human.

Macauley and Barrs begin by stressing the centrality of Christ. Then they distinguish between self and the sinfulness of self, argue for using our minds in spiritual matters, and illuminate the many ways God guides us. Their chapter on the family discusses the vexed issue of authority. And they conclude with a look at the evidence, judgment, hope, joy and reward of faith.

In short, this book, now back in print due to ongoing demand, presents an integrated model for what human beings really are.