In Remembrance of Him: Profiting from the Lord’s Supper by Guilelmus Saldenus and Wilhemus a Brakel, Reformation Heritage Books (2012). The two seventeenth-century essays translated and offered in this book were originally designed to help people of the Dutch Further Reformation derive the greatest benefit from celebrating the Lord’s Supper. Guilelmus Saldenus’s The Efficacy of the Lord’s Supper concentrates on the joy received in celebrating the sacrament and the sanctified living that it ought to generate. Wilhelmus à Brakel’s Edifying Discourses instructs believers in preparing their hearts for the celebration, participating in the Supper responsibly, and following up the meal in a spiritually beneficial manner.
The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop by Dan Charnas, New American Library (2010). The Big Payback takes readers from the first $15 made by a “rapping DJ” in 1970s New York to the multi-million-dollar sales of the Phat Farm and Roc-a-Wear clothing companies in 2004 and 2007. On this four-decade-long journey from the studios where the first rap records were made to the boardrooms where the big deals were inked,The Big Payback tallies the list of who lost and who won. Read the secret histories of the early long-shot successes of Sugar Hill Records and Grandmaster Flash, Run DMC’s crossover breakthrough on MTV, the marketing of gangsta rap, and the rise of artist/ entrepreneurs like Jay-Z and Sean “Diddy” Combs.
Fixing the Moral Deficit: A Balanced Way to Balance the Budget by Ronald J. Sider, IVP Books (2012). There is a way–a realistic way, a moral way–to fix the deficit. We can break political gridlock with solutions that stand on a foundation of solid values and fair play. If you are tired of politics as usual that fails to operate as if people mattered, take heart in Ron Sider’s balanced, practical approach. Consistent with deeply Christian principles, he offers a way forward that truly provides justice for all.
Globalizing Sport: How Organizations, Corporations, Media, and Politics are Changing Sports by George Sage, Paradigm Publishers (2012). It is easy to think of sport as fun and games, yet it has become a worldwide industry of major proportions and consequences. Interconnections among countries, sports organizations, teams, agents, schools and media have brought changes that could hardly be imagined two generations ago. George Sage invites readers into a deeper understanding of the global dynamics of sports not only competitions but of the big businesses of money, media coverage, athletic apparel, and more.