A Look at Notable 2020 Publications

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Continuing the tradition of reflecting on some of the year’s noteworthy publications.

I trust that the forthcoming holiday period will provide moments for rest and renewal for many from what has been an exhausting 2020. Perhaps these days will even provide an opportunity for some of us to catch up on some of the important publications that have been released since last year’s holiday period, which now seems like a long time ago. While the list of quality books published in recent months is lengthy, here are a few noteworthy suggestions, beginning with books apropos for any year, but which seem to be especially timely this year as people struggle with fear, loss, suffering, and death.

Dane Ortlund has written a beautiful book on the heart of Jesus Christ for sinners and sufferers called Gentle and Lowly (Wheaton: Crossway), which will be a source of much encouragement for many. Wendy Alsup has offered another beneficial resource: Compassions in Suffering: Comfort for Times of Loss and Loneliness (Downers Grove: IVP). In light of the multifaceted challenges we have all experienced in recent months, we receive helpful guidance from Russell Moore in The Courage to Stand: Facing Your Fear without Losing Your Soul (Nashville: B&H). A powerful book growing out of his own experience with cancer has come from the heart of J. Todd Billings, The End of the Christian Life: How Embracing Our Mortality Frees Us to Truly Live (Grand Rapids: Brazos).

Christian Worldview

Several key publications in 2020 addressed the rapidly changing issues in our culture. The Rise and Fall of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution (Wheaton: Crossway), by Carl R. Trueman, is certainly one of the most important Christian books published in the past year, if not the past decade. …

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