Books in Brief (October 2015)

Ivan Mesa | October 3, 2015


It’s impossible to read every book, let alone review each one. But in addition to our steady line of reviews, we want to highlight other books that have recently released.


Jason Helopoulos, The New Pastor's Handbook: Help and Encouragement for the First Years of Ministry (Baker). 

Most seminary graduates will begin their ministries with plenty of important head knowledge to share—but with a deficit of some of the most practical aspects of doing ministry, such as (1) which ministry role most suits them, (2) how to start out strong at a new church, (3) persevering during difficult seasons of ministry, (4) leading meetings and delegating tasks, (5) safeguarding their family, (6) fighting discouragement, (7) pastor envy, (8) and a lack of contentment, (9) navigating special ministry needs, such as hospitals, weddings, and funerals. Through his hard-won wisdom, Jason Helopoulos comes alongside new pastors as a trusted friend and mentor, ready to guide them through their first years of ministry with intelligence and compassion.

Aaron Menikoff, Politics and Piety: Baptist Social Reform in America, 1770–1860 (Wipf and Stock). 

Historians have painted a picture of nineteenth-century Baptists huddled in clapboard meetinghouses preaching sermons and singing hymns, seemingly unaware of the wider world. According to this view, Baptists were “so…


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