Forthcoming Titles

Don’t look for these in the catalog yet, but some will be there soon. These are titles that will be appearing over the next few weeks and months in the Topical Line Drives series.

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It’s in the nature of this series that we work them in between the larger volumes, so we don’t usually try to give precise dates until we’re absolutely sure. But the four covers you see above represent books for which we already have the manuscripts, and several are very close to completion.

In addition, we’ve recently contracted for I’m Right and You’re Wrong, a book about how our traditions and preconceptions impact the way we read scripture. Watch here for more information on these titles.

To Date or Not To Date: What the Bible Says About Premarital Relationships

9781631990038mby D. Kevin Brown

Dating is an accepted practice in our world today, even in our Christian churches. We believe we must “find” our compatible mate and so many churches have “Singles” small groups so the members may scope each other and get to know each other on dates. There is even a website, Christian Mingle, to provide a way to meet other singles and offers this quote: Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 37:4. Contrary to this out of context quote, dating is not mentioned in the Bible.

“It’s my desire in To Date or Not to Date (ISBN# 978-1-63199-003-8) to awaken within the hearts and minds of parents and young people alike the understanding that we can trust the Bible to guide us in all things, including premarital relationships. My prayer is that you will be inspired to go against the grain of the culture and follow the timeless truths of Scripture and seek the best God has for you in all things.” says Rev Kevin Brown.

Let us raise the bar on our standards and our trust in God to bring His good gifts to His children in His time. This book will challenge the mores of our culture and bring us to a place of serious commitment to vows and assurance of His grace to establish marriages that will last.

To Date or Not To Date is the newest addition to the Topical Line Drives series. It is available on EnergionDirect for $4.99 and on Kindle for only $0.99 and remember U.S. Shipping is free!



“I enjoyed the simplicity and clarity of his approach…”

9781938434761mThe Dubious Disciple, Lee Harmon, takes a review look at Dr Bruce Epperly’s new book,  Holistic Spirituality: Life Transforming Wisdom from the Book of James.

“We don’t know who James felt he was correcting with this epistle, but presumably there were some early followers of Jesus who were so “heavenly minded that they were no earthly good.” James sets them straight, reminding them of their responsibility in upholding the goodness of Christ. This is no epistle of straw, … ” (Read more)


Dr. Bruce Epperly Adds “Two” the Series

Bruce Epperly, pastor and professor, brings two new books to the Topical Line Drives series.

9781631990021mProcess Theology: Embracing Adventure With God (ISBN#1631990020) is a brief, lively, and engaging book. If you have ever wondered what process theology is or struggled to understand the concept, Dr. Epperly untangles the difficult concepts and shows how we can envision a God who is in relation to us throughout our lives here and in the next world. He believes that “God is present at the moment of our conception, guides us through the adventures of this lifetime, urging us to rejoice in embodiment and bring healing to our world, and upon our final earthly breath receives us with open arms with visions of future adventures in communion with God and our fellow creatures.”


9781938434761mThen in Holistic Spirituality: Life Transforming Wisdom from the Letter of James (ISBN#1938434765) Bruce Epperly disagrees with the bad rap this biblical letter has received amongst Christians, especially modern protestants. Often considered not as theologically serious as the writings of Paul, nor as gracious as the gospels, too works-oriented and just a bit obscure for others. Some have even questioned whether it is truly a Christian book. We are more likely to see a seminary course on Romans or Galatians than on James.

Bruce believes James has something important to say about the way we live as 21st century Christians, just as it did for 1st century Christians, but he also doesn’t think James is in opposition to Paul. He suspects the two apostles would have had no difficulty with each other’s theology.

Both books are available on EnergionDirect for $4.99 and on Kindle for only $0.99 and remember U.S. Shipping is free!

Just Released: What Protestants Need to Know about Roman Catholics

9781938434778mEnergion Publications announces the release of the second volume in the Topical Line Drives series, What Protestants Need to Know about Roman Catholics. This little volume, just 42 pages including all front and back matter, will introduce protestants to the belief and culture of the Roman Catholic church.

It is not designed to convert protestants to Roman Catholics or the reverse. It is designed to help us understand one another, to see both our strengths and our weaknesses, and then hopefully to work together where we agree.

As with all of the Topical Line Drives books, this title is priced aggressively at $4.99 retail with deep quantity discounts:

2 or more $4.24
5 or more $3.99
10 or more $3.74
20 or more $3.49
50 or more $3.24

It is available now via Energion Direct, and will shortly be available on and other online retailers, as well as in ebook formats.

Watch this site for news of the forthcoming release of a companion volume, What Roman Catholics Need to Know about Protestants.

cts-smot_200x150Bob LaRochelle is also author of Energion titles Crossing the Street and So Much Older Then ….

Active Participants Wanted

5:42 PM Since I have just published another book (The Authorship of Hebrews), I thought I would share with you few thoughts on the writing and reading of books:

1) The books I write are getting shorter and shorter. “Less is more” is becoming more of a reality and less of an old truism for me. You don’t need to know everything about a subject to understand it. In fact, innumerable facts are often a detriment to understanding. Above all, I try to avoid writing in such a way that might imply that thinking on the part of the reader is unnecessary.

2) I want my readers to become active participants in my book’s ideas. Some will read for information. “What does Dave think about this or that?” Others will read more for their own personal understanding of the subject, with the hope that something they read will shine some light on the facts they already know. Some of us are so guilty of abecedarian ignorance that we have to start with the simple ABCs. Our goal is simply information. Eventually, I hope we can read books preeminently for the sake of understanding.

3) Whenever I read a new book I always read it through from beginning to end in one sitting and without pondering the things I don’t understand. I find I have a much better chance of understanding a book on second reading after I’ve already gained a bird’s-eye-view of its contents.

4) As for speed of reading, my golden rule is a simple one. I read a book no more quickly than I can read it with satisfaction and comprehension. I can generally skim a book on my first reading. This gives me some idea of its form and structure. I am thus prepared to read it well the second time around. I can always tell whether a book is a “good” book. A good book is one that is always over my head in some sense. It forces me to think, to stretch, and to pull myself up to its level.

5) As for marking in books, I do so religiously. My pen is my best friend in reading a new book. Whether underlining major points or placing an asterisk in the margin or circling key words and phrases, I try to read consciously and interactively.

6) My new book, like most works of non-fiction, is chronotopical. It deals with things as they exist or occur in a particular time and place (hence the term “chronotopical,” from the Greek words for time and place). My book is the product of my own personal history. It traces how my thinking has evolved since I first began teaching in 1976. I have tried to write in a way that exhibits unity, clarity, and coherence. Whenever possible I have told the reader what the questions are and the answers that are the fruits of my own study. But the reader must not expect me to do the job all by myself. He or she must meet me halfway. My goal is a “meeting of the minds,” a reciprocal benefit that depends on the willingness of both reader and writer to work together.

7) Finally, the heart of my new book lies in the major affirmations and denials I am making, and the reasons I give for so doing. You may or may not agree with all of my propositions, but I hope you will not miss their meaning. I think I’m simply verbalizing what we all know to be true, though I might perhaps state things in an unconventional way. “2 + 2 = 4” and “4 – 2 = 2” are different notations for the same arithmetic relationship — the relationship of 4 as double of 2, or 2 as half of 4. The same conclusion is forced upon us regardless of the proposition being made.

In the end, the best readers are the most critical. They make up their own minds on the matters the author has discussed. I invite you to read my latest book and engage me in these issues.

(For the Kindle version of the book, go here.)

(From Dave Black Online. Used by permission. David Alan Black is the author of The Authorship of Hebrews: The Case for Paul.)