First Book of 2011

I hold in my hands the first book published in 2011 to cross my desk. It may well be the most important book of the year, or indeed, for several years. My friend David Gadbois is intending to post some thoughts here on it as he reads through it, and so I won’t take the wind out of his sails. I’ll just post a few quotations to whet your appetite:

Some Christians assume that knowing doctrine and practical living are competing interests. The modern dichotomy between doctrine and life, theology and discipleship, knowing and doing, theory and practice has had disastrous consequences in the life of the church and its witness in the world (pg. 14).

To believe in the triune God of Scripture who speaks and acts in history requires an act of apostasy from the assumed creed of our age (p. 15).

This volume attempts to draw a circle (the street map) by closely attending to the broad and sweeping landscape of biblical theology (the topographical map)…So let us attend together to the greatest drama ever staged…no longer merely as spectators…but as a growing cast of pilgrims making their way together behind their royal Redeemer in a process to the City of God (p. 32).



  1. David Gadbois said,

    January 19, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    That’s funny, as of yesterday it still wasn’t available at the WTS bookstore (although it was available at the WSC bookstore). Looks like it is now available at both, although the WTS bookstore’s price is a little better.

  2. January 19, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    As of today the WSC bookstore still did not have it in. I was in the store and asked. They said Zondervan mixed up an order and so now they don’t expect it till Friday.

  3. January 19, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Best book of the year? It’s only January 19th! I AM looking forward to reading it, though.

  4. greenbaggins said,

    January 20, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I didn’t say it was, necessarily! I said it may be. :O

  5. Cris D. said,

    January 20, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Thanks for the heads up. I don’t have any 2011-published books yet; according to Library Thing I do have 9 titles published in 2010, including:
    Synopsis of the Pauline Letters in Greek and English by James P. Ware
    Herman Bavinck: Pastor, Churchman, Statesman, and Theologian by Ronald N. Gleason
    Ephesians (BENTC) by Frank Thielman
    Always Reformed: Essays in Honor of W. Robert Godfrey

    All of which are very good and profitable in their own ways.

    Have any of you contributors cataloged your holdings at


  6. January 21, 2011 at 1:43 am

    I’ve ordered my copy from the WTS bookstore. They’re saying that it might be late February (!) before they’ll have more copies, due to a very strong demand for Horton’s book. Looks like the publisher (Zondervan) got caught flat-footed, as far as its initial print run is concerned. Crank up those presses!

  7. January 31, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Hey, same here. I am currently digging into it.

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