Subscribe now

Expository Thoughts on Acts

By Jonathan Redden
April 2016 | Review by Tony Bickley
  • Publisher: Christian Focus Publications
  • ISBN: 978-1-872734-39-2
  • Pages: 204
  • Price: 7.99
Buy this book »

Book Review

Rather than a commentary, this is more of a daily devotional. It follows similar lines to J. C. Ryle’s ‘expository thoughts’ on the Gospels and is well worth a read.

It is not an in-depth study, but does open up some of the themes of Acts with ease and interest. It is well written and understandable; a good introduction to Acts that will enlighten and help the daily reader.

For that reason, I would say this title is not ideal for preachers preparing sermons. Rather, it is designed for everyday reading, so as to dig a little deeper beneath the surface of Acts.

Jonathan Redden is a surgeon, evidently drawn to the ‘beloved physician’ Luke’s writings in light of their similar occupations. I have to say that he does it very well. I, for one, will be using this in my daily devotions.

The book is full of helpful and interesting facts and textual exposition. The chapters on Pentecost, Sergius Paulus and Elymas were especially interesting. The focus on our personal gospel responsibility and on support for the church was also refreshingly blunt.

All parts of this book will be beneficial to any who read it. It is not a volume to be read in a few sittings, but rather one to be digested over time, as you follow the Acts of the Apostles.

Tony Bickley

Brighton

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Book Reviews

Read our latest book reviews

Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
David’s Son and David’s Lord: Christology for Christ’s people
Ryan McGraw

How much do Christians study Christ himself? Christology is a greatly neglected subject for the Lord’s people. Perhaps we’ve shied away from it, having heard discussions about the difference between Greek words like homoousios and homoiousios that made our eyes…

See all book reviews
Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
An Introduction to John Owen: A Christian vision for every stage of life
Crawford Gribben

It is difficult to do this book justice in a review – the only way to grasp how helpful it is will be to read it for yourself. John Owen has a reputation for writing in a style that is…

Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
Crucified and Risen: Sermons on the death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ
John Calvin

This is no five star rating out of deference to the Reformer. This book is worth it all the way, for three reasons. Firstly, Calvin’s sermons are models of biblical masterclass, perhaps only equalled by Klaas Schilder’s twentieth century trilogy…

Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
The Last Valley: A story of God’s grace in terminal illness

In touching detail, Graham Heaps reflects on the terminal illness and subsequent death of his late wife Sue in 2015. It is by no means an enjoyable read, but it bears splendid testimony to the goodness and grace of God…