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All Reviews from June 2013

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June 2013

Saved by Grace

Saved by Grace Brian A Russell Grace Publications 240, £5.99 ISBN: 978-0-94646-286-5 Star Rating: 4 This book is subtitled ‘An explanation of the sovereignty of God and our experience of his saving grace’, which is a good description of its two main parts.      Part 1 deals with the ‘doctrines of grace’ or ‘five…

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June 2013

This Brief Journey

This brief journey — loving and living the Psalms of Ascents (Psalms 120-127)Rhett Dodson Day One Publications, 128 pages, £6.00, ISBN: 978-1-84625-354-6   To be a pilgrim — further reflections on the Psalms of Ascents (Psalm 128-134)128 pages, £6.00, ISBN: 978-1-84625-355-3 Star rating: 4 From the time that I preached my first sermon, almost…

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June 2013

The Hope in Hope Street

The Hope in Hope Street Gervase Charmley270 pages, £7.50, ISBN: 978-1-47926-112-3 Star Rating: 3 Having no connections with Stoke-on-Trent, I anticipated that this book, a record of the 200-year history of the church originally known as Hope Congregational Church, Hanley, would be of little interest to me.      However, I was agreeably surprised. It…

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June 2013

Three years at war

Three years at warJosh FortuneDay One Publications224, £8.00ISBN: 978-1-84625-372-0Star Rating: 3 Invalided out of the army, Josh Fortune, a pastor’s son, became depressed and found himself far from God. Trying to forget that the mates he knew in Iraq are now heading out for Afghanistan, he goes out and gets drunk. Although he attends church and…

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June 2013

Gospel Truth

Gospel truth Paul BarnettIVP, 224 pages, £9.99, ISBN: 978-1-84474-594-4Star rating : 4   From time to time, Christians hear strident claims from the so-called New Atheists that Jesus never existed and the Gospel records are unreliable. Paul Barnett, in this scholarly but accessible book, reveals their ignorance and answers their arguments.      Actually, the…

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June 2013

Unreached

UnreachedTim ChesterIVP176, £9.99ISBN: 978-1-84474-603-3Star Rating: 4   This book by Tim Chester of ‘The Crowded House’ in Sheffield, is a product of the working group ‘Reaching the Unreached’, which is composed of those seeking to evangelise and plant churches in deprived areas.      It is written from a firmly Calvinistic base. It aims to…

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June 2013

Joseph – His arms were made strong

Joseph: his arms were made strong David C. SearleBanner of Truth, 266 pages, £10.95ISBN: 978-1-84871-165-5Star rating : 4   Banner of Truth are to be commended for publishing this new work on the life and times of the patriarch Joseph.      Joseph: his arms were made strong comprises 18 chapters of insightful exposition and…

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June 2013

The conviction to lead

The Conviction to lead Albert MohlerBethany House228 pages, £22.99ISBN: 978-0-7642-1004-4Star Rating: 5 Books on Christian leadership are legion and few have anything new to say. This, however, is one of the few.      Some time ago now, Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, was responsible for rescuing that institution…

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