Books and dear friends

by bzephyr

It’s always nice to receive a gift, isn’t it? Especially when you’ve been in Papua New Guinea for a while and the opportunities for shopping are few and far between. I love to get a new book. But even more of a wonder to me is getting a new book from a friend, from someone who’s thinking of you, especially when we’re so far apart. Well, yesterday I was finally able to get to the post office when they were open and retrieve what I thought was going to be two packages for the two package slips that always look so nice when we crouch down to peek into our little P.O. box. But the lady behind the counter seemed to be taking a long time for those two packages, and I soon found out why. It was really five packages and a big stack of mail that couldn’t fit in our box.

So here are treasures that our friends gave.

Thanks to Toby, Rebecca, Chris, Kasie, Dave, Laura, Mark, Sandy, Cory, and Angie of the Covenant small group at Wheaton Bible for these three books…

Timothy Keller. 2008. The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith. New York: Dutton.

Duane Elmer. 2006. Cross-Cultural Servanthood: Serving the World in Christlike Humility. Downers Grove, IL: IVP.

Patrick Lencioni. 2002. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable. New York: Jossey-Bass.

A birthday present from my friend Chris that arrived recently in our shipment…
Eckhard J. Schnabel. 2008. Paul the Missionary: Realities, Strategies and Methods. Downers Grove, IL: IVP.

A surprise gift from my friend Brian…

Mark S. Kinzer. 2005. Post-Missionary Messianic Judaism: Redefining Christian Engagement with the Jewish People. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos.

This next one isn’t what you’d normally think was one to write home about, but the usefulness of the teaching method in this book cannot be praised enough. Not really a gift, but the copy I get to use on our team…

John Cruise and Kelly Kordes Anton. 2010. Adobe InDesign CS5 Classroom in a Book: The Official Training Workbook from Adobe Systems. San Jose, CA: Adobe.

And I bought these four books with the Christmas gift from Mom and Dad…

Andreas J. Köstenoberger and Michael J. Kruger. 2010. The Heresy of Orthodoxy: How Contemporary Culture’s Fascination with Diversity has Reshaped Our Understanding of Early Christianity. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Steven E Runge. 2010. Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament: A Practical Introduction for Teaching and Exegesis. Peabody, MS: Hendrickson.

Ben Witherington III. 2009. The Indelible Image: The Theological and Ethical Thought World of the New Testament, volume 1: The Individual Witnesses. Downers Grove, IL: IVP.

Ben Witherington III. 2010. The Indelible Image: The Theological and Ethical Thought World of the New Testament, volume 2: The Collective Witness. Downers Grove, IL: IVP.

And a little gift from me to me…

Michael W. Holmes, ed. 2010. The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature.

I’ve started reading a bit from each one just to whet my appetite, but which one do you think I’ll dig into first from cover to cover? Check it out at my ΑΓΑΠΗΣΕΙΣ blog.

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