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December 24, 2021

New in the KioskJesus as Model Husband: Christian Marriage Advice and Why my Wife Ain’t Down (2021) by Daniel June

A Christian friend gave Daniel June some solid advice on how he should be building up his marriage, and that advice inspired him to write this informal critique of the Christian bestseller This Momentary Marriage by John Piper. With a bit of humor, June argues that Piper’s “Jesus-and-his-bride-the-Church” model of a modern marriage, where the wife is subservient to a husband who can do no wrong, is a completely absurd model on which to base any respectful modern marriage.

Recommended reading: Secret Scriptures Revealed: A New Introduction to the Christian Apocrypha (2013) by Tony Burke

Interest in the wide assortment of texts not included in the Bible is strong. Although much has been written and said about the Christian Apocrypha, misunderstandings still abound. Tony Burke’s Secret Scriptures Revealed: A New Introduction to the Christian Apocrypha dismantles the many myths and misconceptions about the Christian Apocrypha and straightforwardly answers common questions like: Where did the apocryphal texts come from, and who wrote them? Why were they not included in the Bible? Is reading these texts harmful to personal faith? The book describes and explains numerous fascinating apocryphal stories, including many that are not well known. Instead of dismissing or smearing the Christian Apocrypha, Burke shows how these texts can help us better understand early Christian communities and the canonical Bible.