Baker Academic Fall 2021 Catalog


YOU’RE ONLY HUMAN How Your Limits Reflect God’s Design and Why That’s Good News Kelly M. Kapic Work. Family. Church. Exercise. Sleep. The list of demands on our time seems to be never ending. It can leave us feeling a little guilty—like we should always be doing one more thing. Rather than sharing better time-management tips to squeeze more hours out of the day, theologian Kelly Kapic takes a different approach in You’re Only Human . He offers a better way to make peace with the fact that God didn’t create us to do it all. Kapic explores the theology behind seeing our human limitations as a gift rather than a deficiency. He lays out a path to holistic living with healthy self-understanding, life-giving relationships, and meaningful contributions to the world. He frees us from confusing our limitations with sin and instead invites us to rest in the joy and relief of knowing that God can use our limitations to foster freedom, joy, growth, and community. Readers will emerge better equipped to cultivate a life that fosters gratitude, rest, and faithful service to God.

KELLY M. KAPIC (PhD, King’s College, University of London) is professor of theological studies at Covenant College, where he has taught for twenty years. He is an award-winning author or editor of more than fifteen books, including Embodied Hope: A Theological Meditation on Pain and Suffering , winner of a Christianity Today Book Award, and Mapping Modern Theology . He is also a contributor to various journals and a popular speaker.


JANUARY 2022 • 272 pp. • cloth • $24.99 • 9781587435102

“As this book helped me to see the manifold ways in which we live in denial about the goodness of limits, I made fresh commitments to seek new, healthier habits. I cannot value and recommend a book more highly than that.” —DANIEL J. TREIER, Wheaton College “A mature, winsome, theologically steady, and pastorally gentle invitation to receive with gratitude and rejoice once again in the triune God’s good gift of finite creatureliness.” —LEOPOLDO A. SÁNCHEZ M., Center for Hispanic Studies, Concordia Seminary

CONTENTS PART 1: PARTICULARITY AND LIMITS 1. Have I Done Enough? Facing Our Finitude

2. Does God Love . . . Me? Crucified . . . but I Still Live 3. Are the Limits of My Body Bad? Praise God for Mary 4. Why Does Physical Touch Matter? Images, Trauma, and Embodied Worship 5. Is Identity Purely Self-Generated? Understanding the Self in Context PART 2: HEALTHY DEPENDENCE 6. Have We Misunderstood Humility? Joyful Realism 7. Do I Have Enough Time? Clocks, Anxiety, and Presence 8. Why Doesn’t God Just Instantly Change Me? Process, Humanity, and the Spirit’s Work 9. Do I Need to Be Part of the Church? Loving the Whole Body 10. How Do We Faithfully Live within Our Finitude? Rhythm, Vulnerability, Gratitude, and Rest Indexes


MAPPING MODERN THEOLOGY 9780801035357 • $38.00p


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