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All reviews in October 2020

Sexuality and Identity (trilogy)
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Sexuality and Identity (trilogy)
Owen Strachan and Gavin Peacock

These three punchy books address pressing issues: what the Bible teaches about lust (on desire), about homosexuality (on Biblical sexuality) and about transgenderism (on identity). The trilogy approach keeps each book short and focused while dovetailing effectively. Each book has…

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God on the Brain: What Cognitive Science Does (and Does Not) Tell Us about Faith, Human Nature, and the Divine
Alan Thomas

The title of this book, and its associated subtitle referring to cognitive science, are misleading. A title like ‘Philosophical Reflections on the Mind-Brain Relationship’ would have been more accurate. Parts of it do have some engagement with neuroscience, but these…

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Ecclesiastes: Life in a Fallen World
Benjamin Shaw

Ecclesiastes is regarded by many as one of the most difficult books of the Bible to read. Here Benjamin Shaw (a Hebrew and Old Testament professor) gives us significant assistance, with a very readable commentary on the whole book, in…

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Never Enough: Confronting Lies about Appearance and Achievement with Gospel Hope
Sarah Ivill

Never Enough is a well-written, thoughtfully structured series of ‘teachable moments’ based on the author’s own testimony of suffering from eating disorders and a battle between fitness and obsession. Ivill talks of how her need to be romantically loved made…

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Veiled in Flesh – The Incarnation: What It Means and Why It Matters
Melvin Tinker

Although this book deals with a profound mystery, it is written in an accessible style. It falls into two parts: an exposition of the Christological elements of the opening verses of Hebrews followed by an historical and systematic theological discussion…

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The Creaking on the Stairs: Finding Faith in God Through Childhood Abuse
Mez Mconnell

This is a theodicy with a difference! There are many books written on the question of why God allows suffering, but few are as personal and painful as this one. Beginning with the author’s conflicted emotions on learning that the…

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A Beginner’s Guide To Church History
Philip Parsons

This book is a must-read for every Christian, which covers a wide period from the apostolic age to the church under Communism. There are numerous excellent works on church history, like Philip Schaff’s eight volumes, or Andrew Miller’s three volumes,…