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December 2019
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My Sunflower Girl

This is a heartfelt but reflective account of events leading to the death of Dyfan Williams’s 10-year-old daughter Megan, and the subsequent slow road to recovery. The reader is invited to walk with him and Caroline through their personal valley of death as he recounts Megan’s 10 days in hospital before she was taken…

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November 2019
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CH Spurgeon Forgotten Public Lectures: Forgotten early articles, sermons and public lectures

Where do you start when reviewing C. H. Spurgeon? And is it permissible to rate the ‘Prince of Preachers’ at anything but five stars? Perhaps the key factor in assessing this collection is to decide on the intended readership. Everything Spurgeon-related has a ready market, but this volume is not a typical compilation of…

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November 2019
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From the Psychiatrist’s Chair: Selected Works of Dr Monty Barker

This is a collection of essays by a Christian psychiatrist who originally delivered them as lectures, sermons and papers in different contexts. There are twenty chapters, each of about ten pages, divided into different sections, reflecting its disparate genesis: the family, health, the workplace, the pastoral ministry and cross-cultural mission. Thus a wide range…

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November 2019
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Grace Defined and Defended: What a 400-Year-Old Confession Teaches Us about Sin, Salvation, and the Sovereignty of God

This year sees the anniversary of the Synod of Dort which concluded its deliberations in May 1619. Much has been written about this, mainly from a Reformed perspective which rightly views its findings as worthy of being set alongside other Confessional statements. Kevin DeYoung has produced a very accessible summary of Dort, helped along…

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November 2019
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Hidden Evil — A biblical and pastoral response to domestic abuse

If only this book wasn’t needed; sadly, it is. Domestic abuse is far more common in our churches than many realise. Hidden Evil is an apt title. Dr Davies has compiled stories from sufferers that help us understand how abuse starts, the fear and shame of finding oneself in an abusive relationship, and why…

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November 2019
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Between Life and Death: A Gospel-Centered Guide to End-of-Life Medical Care

Dr Kathryn Butler is a Christ-centred trauma and critical care surgeon with years of experience caring for patients in the intensive care unit. She has observed relatives struggle to reconcile what is happening with their faith, asking questions such as ‘why is God allowing my loved one to suffer?’, and crucially, ‘when is it…

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October 2019
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The majesty of God in the midst of innocent suffering — the message of Job

Walter Kaiser Jr is a distinguished Old Testament scholar with a high view of Scripture. The Majesty of God is a systematic and fairly detailed study of the book of Job, but Dr Kaiser whets our appetite at the very start by pointing out that Martin Luther considered Job as being ‘magnificent and sublime…

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October 2019
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When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment

The aim of the book is to sombrely discuss the transgender phenomenon from a medical and psychological perspective and to delve into public policy issues. In those aims, it succeeds admirably. The greatest caveat for a UK readership would be the US focus of the book in its references to culture and law. That…

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