With the help of gracious publishers my book reading can stay two or three months ahead of scheduled book launches. This gives me the margin I need to schedule author interviews early and ultimately to complete my books of the year list by around Halloween. For me it also means that by the time Christmas rolls around I’m usually a half-dozen books into the New Year of forthcoming titles.
So I find it helpful, at the turn of the new year, to inventory the forthcoming titles we can expect to see in the spring and to write out a preliminary list of all the books that catch my eye. I have never published this list before, but I will this year. To be clear: These are not books I’m endorsing or advocating for, simply titles that have caught my attention and will be given more time in the months ahead.
As I expected, the non-fiction Christian market in 2017 is going to be strong! So here we go. The
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- Alastair Roberts, Heirs Together: A Theology of the Sexes (November).
- Albert Mohler, Exalting Jesus in Hebrews, CCEC (March).
- Andreas Köstenberger, Commentary on 1-2 Timothy and Titus, BTCP (May).
- Andy Naselli, How to Understand and Apply the New Testament: Twelve Steps from Exegesis to Theology (March). See DeRouchie.
- Ashley Null and John W. Yates III, Reformation Anglicanism, Volume 1: A Vision for Today’s Global Communion (February).
- Augustine and Sarah Ruden, translator, Confessions (June).
- Ben Witherington, Isaiah Old and New: Exegesis, Intertextuality, and Hermeneutics (February).
- Ben Witherington, A Week in the Fall of Jerusalem (August).
- Brandon Crowe, The Last Adam: A Theology of the Obedient Life of Jesus in the Gospels (January).
- Brian Tabb, Suffering in Ancient Worldview: Luke, Seneca and 4 Maccabees in Dialogue (April).
- Carl Trueman, Grace Alone—Salvation as a Gift of God: What the Reformers Taught . . . and Why It Still Matters (April).
- Collin Hansen, editor, The New City Catechism Devotional: God’s Truth for Our Hearts and Minds (April).
- Courtney Reissig, Glory in the Ordinary: Why Your Work in the Home Matters to God (April).
- Crossway, ESV Systematic Theology Study Bible (July).
- Daniel Timmer, Nahum: A Discourse Analysis of the Hebrew Bible, ZECOT (May).
- David Garner, Sons in the Son: The Riches and Reach of Adoption in Christ (January).
- David Murray, Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture (March).
- David Peterson, Commentary on Romans, BTCP (August).
- David Powlison, How Does Sanctification Work? (May).
- Don Collett, Hosea, T&T Clark International Theological Commentary (February).
- Erik Raymond, Chasing Contentment: Trusting God in a Discontented Age (March).
- Erin Straza, Comfort Detox: Finding Freedom from Habits that Bind You (February).
- Frances FitzGerald, The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America (April).
- Fred Sanders and Scott R. Swain (eds.) Retrieving Eternal Generation (November).
- Gloria Furman, Alive in Him: How Being Embraced by the Love of Christ Changes Everything (March).
- Gregory Koukl, The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between (January).
- Hans Boersma, Scripture as Real Presence: Sacramental Exegesis in the Early Church (March).
- Jack Alexander, The God Guarantee: Finding Freedom from the Fear of Not Having Enough (August).
- Jaquelle Crowe, This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years (April).
- Jared Wilson, The Imperfect Disciple: Grace for People Who Can’t Get Their Act Together (May).
- Jarvis Williams and Kevin Jones, Removing the Stain of Racism from the Southern Baptist Convention: Diverse African American and White Perspectives (June).
- Jason DeRouchie, How to Understand and Apply the Old Testament: Twelve Steps from Exegesis to Theology (March). See Naselli.
- Jen Pollock Michel, Keeping Place: Reflections on the Meaning of Home (May).
- Jennie Allen, Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard (January).
- Jim Hamilton, Work and Our Labor in the Lord, SSBT (January).
- Joe Rigney, Lewis on the Christian Life (Jan. 2018).
- Joe Thorn, The Heart of the Church: The Gospel’s History, Message, and Meaning (March).
- Joe Thorn, The Character of the Church: The Marks of God’s Obedient People (March).
- Joe Thorn, The Life of the Church: The Table, Pulpit, and Square (March).
- Joel Barker, Joel: A Discourse Analysis of the Hebrew Bible, ZECOT (May).
- Joel Beeke, Family Worship Bible Guide (January).
- John Anthony McGuckin, The Path of Christianity: The First Thousand Years (May).
- John MacArthur and Richard Mayhue, Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Bible Truth (January).
- John MacArthur, The Gospel According to Paul: Embracing the Good News at the Heart of Paul’s Teachings (April).
- John Piper, Reading the Bible Supernaturally: Seeing and Savoring the Glory of God in Scripture (April).
- John Piper, The Collected Works of John Piper, 13-volume set (March).
- Jonathan Griffiths, Preaching in the New Testament, NSBT (March).
- Jonathan Pennington, The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing: A Theological Commentary (June).
- Josh Larsen, Movies Are Prayers: How Films Voice Our Deepest Longings (June).
- Karl Barth, The Epistle to the Ephesians (April).
- Kelly Kapic, Embodied Hope: A Theological Meditation on Pain and Suffering (June).
- Lydia Brownback, Finding God in My Loneliness (February).
- Lyndal Roper, Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet (March).
- Makoto Fujimura, Culture Care: Reconnecting with Beauty for Our Common Life (February).
- Mark Boda, The Heartbeat of Old Testament Theology: Three Creedal Expressions (April).
- Mark Jones, God Is: A Devotional Guide to the Attributes of God (June).
- Mark Jones, Faith. Hope. Love.: The Christ-Centered Way to Grow in Grace (October).
- Mark Mattes, Martin Luther’s Theology of Beauty: A Reappraisal (August).
- Marshall Segal, Not Yet Married: The Pursuit of Joy in Singleness and Dating (June).
- Matthew Barrett (editor), Reformation Theology: A Systematic Summary (March).
- Michelle DeRusha, Katharina and Martin Luther: The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and a Renegade Monk (January).
- Oliver O’Donovan, Entering into Rest: Ethics as Theology (April).
- Peter Gentry, How to Read and Understand the Biblical Prophets (June).
- Peter Leithart, Revelation 1-11, T&T Clark International Theological Commentary (April).
- Peter Leithart, Revelation 12-22, T&T Clark International Theological Commentary (April).
- Peter Marshall, Heretics and Believers: A History of the English Reformation (June).
- Peter Rasor and Theodore Cabal, Controversy of the Ages: Why Christians Should Not Divide Over the Age of the Earth (April)
- Ray Van Neste, editor, Reformation 500: How the Greatest Revival Since Pentecost Continues to Shape the World Today (March).
- Richard Muller, Divine Will and Human Choice: Freedom, Contingency, and Necessity in Early Modern Reformed Thought (May).
- Russ Ramsey, Struck: One Christian’s Reflections on Encountering Death (March).
- Sam Storms, Practicing the Power: Welcoming the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in Your Life (February).
- Sarah Ruden, The Face of Water: A Translator on Beauty and Meaning in the Bible (March).
- Sarah Walton and Kristen Wetherell, Hope When It Hurts: Biblical Reflections to Help You Grasp God’s Purpose in Your Suffering (April).
- Stephen Wellum, Christ Alone—The Uniqueness of Jesus as Savior: What the Reformers Taught . . . and Why It Still Matters (April).
- Tommy Kidd, Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father (May).
- Trevin Wax, This Is Our Time: Everyday Myths in Light of the Gospel (March).
- Trip Lee, Incredibly Normal: The Shocking Truth About Who You Really Are (November).
- Wendy Alsup, Is the Bible Good for Women?: Seeking Clarity and Confidence Through a Jesus-Centered Understanding of Scripture (March).
- William Edgar, Created and Creating: A Biblical Theology of Culture (January).
4 thoughts on “60 Books to Watch for in 2017”
You missed “12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You” by Tony Reinke, coming April 2017. Much buzz about this title already!
Hahahaha!!! Thank you Lydia. Alas.
Tony, what’s up with all these books on this thing called the “Reformation”? Did I miss something? :-)
I’m already looking forward to next year lol.