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February 2018
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Too young to die?

Andrew Stone is married to Susan and they have a daughter called Hannah. In 2012, Hannah was about to start university in Bangor. However, she experienced kidney failure and had to have a transplant. She was then diagnosed with cancer, which, despite treatment, was later pronounced as terminal. Remarkably, Hannah recovered, and this book…

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February 2018
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The deacon — biblical foundations for today’s ministry of mercy

This valuable book seeks to restore the diaconate to its biblical purpose: not the maintenance of church buildings, but the care of the needy. Van Dam presents a solid scriptural basis for his case. He reviews Old Testament law, the teaching of Christ, and other New Testament passages which relate to provision for the…

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February 2018
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Reformation Theology: A Systematic Summary

This to me is not a systematic theology as such, although it does present the various topics of the Reformers’ theology in a systematic way. It was written by ‘a group of theologians and historians who are committed to Reformation theology’ (p.63). This is its obvious strength, but could it also be a weakness?…

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February 2018
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Counsel to Gospel Ministers

John Brown of Haddington (1722-1787) was one of the great ministers of the Scottish church during a dark period in her history. As a pastor, divinity professor and writer he did much for the spiritual good of his native land. And not only for Scotland — through his writings, his influence extended far beyond…

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February 2018
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Particular Redemption: The End and Design of the Death of Christ

This is a reprint of an eighteenth-century work. John Hurrion, a Nonconformist pastor, was one of eight ministers who participated in a series of weekly lectures in London, from November 1730 until April 1731. This book contains the text of Hurrion’s four contributions to that series. The first two were preached in November and…

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February 2018
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History Today – Gunpowder, Treason & Plot

This is a new and enlarged edition of a book originally published in 2005 to mark the 400th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot. As Anderson points out, we British celebrate Guy Fawkes night, every 5 November, with little awareness of its background. The author addresses this ignorance by placing the plot in its historical,…

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February 2018
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A Place to Stand – Primer Issue 4

This is the fourth in a biannual series of theological digests intended for church leaders. It addresses the doctrine of justification by faith, tracing its historical background and development to the time of the Reformation. It includes an adapted and slightly modernised version of the ninth chapter of John Owen’s 1677 book, Justification by…

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February 2018
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Stump Kingdom: Isaiah 6-12

This book is an exposition of Isaiah 6-12. Arguably, these chapters are a microcosm of Isaiah as a whole, containing Isaiah’s commission, warnings of judgment against both Israel and Assyria, promises of the virgin birth and reign of Christ, and songs of praise for salvation. One benefit of isolating this section of text is…

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February 2018
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How To Live as a Christian

This short book is a collection of 36 articles, originally appearing at the end of the Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible. They are written by 28 authors and have been newly edited and enlarged by Joel Beeke, himself one of the contributors. The result is a useful manual of practical instruction on how to…

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February 2018
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Stand — putting on the full armour of God

Like most books by this author, we have here a readable and concise description of the armour available to the everyday believer in his daily combat with the enemy of our souls. From the start, we see Wiersbe’s characteristically alliterated headings make the meaning and significance of each piece of armour both memorable and…

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February 2018
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Learning to Love the Psalms

Given the variety of good commentaries available on the Psalter, any new addition must surely justify its existence, to avoid ‘too much of a good thing’. That was my initial reaction on receiving this title, as I mentally surveyed my already substantial collection of such commentaries. However, Godfrey’s work merits a prominent place among…

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February 2018
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Horsing Around: Book 5 (52 Spurgeon stories for children)

During the last few years, I have read the first three books in this series with my two older children (now aged 11 and 8). They were excited to hear of another book in the series and keen for us to start reading it: a clear endorsement before I even began my review! Each…

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February 2018
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All you need to know about the Bible – Book 5

This informative book is a joy to read and of great importance in restoring the confidence of the ordinary Christian in the Word of God. It is one of a set of six short books with the same title, All you need to know about the Bible. I imagine this is to capture a…

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February 2018
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The Trinity and the covenant of redemption

Dr Fesko is a professor at Westminster Seminary in California. This Mentor book is the first of a proposed series of three, aimed at retrieving the classic Reformed doctrine of covenants. This project should meet enthusiastic approval, following current debates concerning covenant theology. Traditional theology has come under flak from Barthian-influenced neo-orthodoxy and pseudo-evangelicalism.…

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February 2018
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A Voice to Be Heard: Christian Entrepreneurs Living Out Their Faith

There are Christian books on many themes, but how many of us have read about today’s Christian entrepreneurs? Richard Higginson is a theological educator at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, and Kina Robertshaw is a Zambian entrepreneur who came to Ridley Hall to study theology. She wanted to research Christian entrepreneurs and collaborated with Richard Higginson…

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