BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

These recommended books and others are available in the St. Francis Book Store to help readers grow in their Christian faith.

Fall Reading

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The Grand Design: Male and Female He Made Them

By: Owen Strachan, Gavin Peacock

We live in a culture where the lines between manhood and womanhood are increasingly blurred. More and more, gender is viewed as a choice rather than a God-assigned designation. Homosexuality and transgenderism are embraced, and even encouraged, in modern society as an expression of free choice and individualism. Yet, the Bible announces something radical in its first chapter — man was created by God, and so was woman. Both were separate and distinct and created for their own unique purpose. This was no accident. In a brand new book, authors Owen Strachan and Gavin Peacock from the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood explore God’s Word in depth as it relates to this pressing topic. This book will teach you about God’s design for men and women and will help you and your children navigate unisex bathrooms, transgender classmates, and friends with homosexual parents.

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William Tyndale: A Biography

By: David Daniell

William Tyndale (1494-1536) was the first person to translate the Bible into English from its original Greek and Hebrew and the first to print the Bible in English, which he did in exile. Giving the laity access to the word of God outraged the clerical establishment in England: he was condemned, hunted, and eventually murdered. However, his masterly translation formed the basis of all English bibles–including the “King James Bible,” many of whose finest passages were taken unchanged, though unacknowledged, from Tyndale’s work.

David Daniell, editor of Tyndale’s New Testament and Tyndale’s Old Testament, eloquently describes the dramatic turns in Tyndale’s life. Born in England and educated at Oxford, Tyndale was ordained as a priest. When he decided to translate the Bible into English, he realized that it was impossible to do that work in England and moved to Germany, living in exile there and in the Low Countries while he translated and printed first the New Testament and then half of the Old Testament. These were widely circulated―and denounced―in England. Yet Tyndale continued to write from abroad, publishing polemics in defense of the principles of the English reformation. He was seized in Antwerp, imprisoned in Vilvoorde Castle near Brussels, and burnt at the stake for heresy in 1536.

Daniell discusses Tyndale’s achievement as biblical translator and expositor, analyzes his writing, examines his stylistic influence on writers from Shakespeare to those of the twentieth century, and explores the reasons why he has not been more highly regarded. His book brings to life one of the great geniuses of the age. William Tyndall was one of the greatest Anglican reformers., and this biographies an essential read as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.