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All reviews in August 2020

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The Guardsman
Jamie Campbell (ed)

Despite being under age, George Venables volunteered for service in May 1915. His initial desire to join the Royal Army Medical Corps, on the grounds that he would not have to take life, could not be granted.  As a result…

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Encouragement: Adrenaline for the Soul
Mark Chanski

In this book, Mark Chanski helpfully guides us through the practical and down-to-earth ways in which Christians can encourage one another. Direct expressions of encouragement, as well as some more subtle ways to encourage one another, are clearly explained. Chanski…

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A Parable of a Garden
Geoff Haddow

This book is unusual. It is dedicated to a particular congregation — that of Tamworth Road Strict Baptist Chapel in Croydon — and addressed to the committee which oversees a small group of churches known as Gospel Standard (GS) Strict…

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Why Should I Trust the Bible?

We should trust the Bible, says Timothy Paul Jones, because it is ‘grounded in the words of a man who died and rose again’ (p.111). Jones’s basic presupposition is this: ‘If we live in a world where it is possible…

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The Pastor’s Life: Practical Wisdom from the Puritans
Matthew D Haste & Shane W Parker

This book highlights ‘some of the many lessons that today’s pastors can learn from the Puritans’ (p.151). As such it is aimed at pastors, but the lessons are really for anyone who is a Christian leader. The opening chapter provides…

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5 Minutes in Church History: An Introduction to the Stories of God’s Faithfulness in the History of the Church
Stephen J Nichols

What a breath of fresh air this book is! Stephen Nichols has given us 40 vignettes from church history that are brief enough to be digested over a bowl of cereal. The book doesn’t aim to be a beginner’s guide…