Monday, November 17, 2008

Book Giveaway Winners!

Our first book giveaway has been a great success. Between those who submitted their names in the comments and those who sent an email to me, we had eighteen participants. This morning I wrote down each name on a separate slip of paper, put them all into a bowl and asked my son to reach in and select two slips of paper. Here are the names of the winners as they were drawn:
  1. David Wenkel
  2. Greg Long
Congratulations to both of you! I will get these books in the mail to you. Also, I would like to say, "THANK YOU," to everyone of you who submitted your name! I enjoyed communicating with each of you. Please stay tuned. I have another book to give away and am making plans to offer more from time to time.

For those of you who did not win this giveaway, I hope that you will seriously consider adding this to your reading list (or Christmas Wish List)! You won't be disappointed. I have already reaped benefits from the things I have learned from reading this book.

Here, again, are links to some excellent online places to purchase this book. The prices ranges from $17-$19 (plus freight in most cases).

G. K. Beale, We Become What We Worship: A Biblical Theology of Idolatry (October 2008). Paperback, 341 pages. List: $26.00

ISBNs: 083082877X / 9780830828777

Book Excerpts

PDF Preface »
PDF Introduction »

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. A Foundational Example of Becoming Like What We Worship: Isaiah 6
3. Becoming Like What We Worship: Evidence Elsewhere in the Old Testament
4. The Origin of Idolatry in the Old Testament
5. Becoming Like What We Worship: Judaism
6. Becoming Like What We Worship: The Gospels
7. Idolatry in Acts
8. Becoming Like What We Worship: Paul's Epistles
9. Becoming Like What We Worship: The Book of Revelation
10. The Reversal from Reflecting the Image of Idols to Reflecting God's Image
11. Conclusion: So What Difference Does It Make?
Author Index
Index of Ancient Sources
Scripture Index

Reviews & Endorsements

"This thoughtful examination of a surprisingly significant biblical theme will richly reward all who read it. . . . It offers that rare combination of careful, insightful exegesis and perceptive application from which not only biblical scholars but all Christians can benefit."

Frank Thielman, Presbyterian Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School

"We Become What We Worship is biblical theology at its best, weaving together Old and New Testament texts into a unified message. Beale's work is original yet traditional, profound yet simple, exegetical yet 'hyperexegetical,' sometimes provocative yet always profitable, for the scholar yet for every serious Christian. His message that we resemble what we revere, either for ruin or for restoration, is convincing and convicting."

Bruce Waltke, professor of Old Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary

"This is an original, brilliant and most satisfying treatment of a theme central to biblical understanding, but often misunderstood or ignored in the modern church. This book requires careful study but it repays far more than it requires."

David F. Wells, Andrew Mutch Distinguished Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

"This stimulating and in-depth study on idolatry is vintage Greg Beale. Beale argues that we become like the idols we worship, and he makes his case through a careful intertextual study of the Scriptures. Insights abound as Beale unfolds the biblical text. We are reminded afresh that idolatry is the root sin, and that it is so heinous because it robs God of the glory and praise and honor that he alone deserves."

Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Nothing else comes even close to this authoritative analysis of the destroying power of idolatry and its comparison to the renewing power of true worship of the one real God. Beale's relentlessly thorough coverage of the biblical material, using a purposely maximalist approach, gives the reader a close look at every possible reference to relevant passages, no matter how obscure or tangential, so that no stone is left unturned in demonstrating how idolatry--ancient or modern--ruins people's lives. Any biblical preacher or teacher would benefit from this book."

Douglas Stuart, professor of Old Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

"This profoundly insightful study of idolatry brings into the spotlight a topic of exceptional significance. Illuminating a wide range of biblical passages, Professor Beale skillfully elucidates the life-defining and transforming nature of worship, both true and false. Everyone who reads this book will be deeply challenged to reflect afresh upon the way in which what we revere shapes not only our present lives but also our future destinies."

T. Desmond Alexander, Union Theological College, Belfast