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All Reviews from October 2007

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October 2007
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John Wyclif

‘There is a popular fallacy that biographers fall in love with their subjects. Such a cosy presumption … Writing biography … can just as easily as not, be an act of contempt … Wyclif may not be lovable, but he deserves sympathy and a kind of respect. What kind, and for what, the reader…

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October 2007
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How to Run Children’s Clubs and Meetings: Practical suggestions for people in youth ministry

An eye-catching title – such an important area in church life today – but less than eye-catching content, I’m afraid. This book aims to encourage those who are new to this area or who are already involved but want to be more effective. It also offers tips and ideas to those who are fairly…

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October 2007
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Jesus Himself: The Story of the Resurrection

Always appreciating the writings of Marcus Loane, I anticipated this small volume with not a little relish. But, expecting vintage Loane, I was sorry to be disappointed. Perhaps I should have been more prepared, for the author himself says in his introduction to these short chapters, ‘They hardly break any new ground’. There are…

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October 2007
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Beyond Amazing Grace

This book arrived for review on my birthday – and it certainly makes an excellent present for a Christian! The front cover says it contains ‘timeless pastoral wisdom from the letters, hymns and sermons of John Newton’. This is true, but it overlooks the valuable introductions and comments of Todd Murray who has selected…

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October 2007
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Can We Be Good Without God? (booklet)

How can we bridge the gap and find common ground with unbelievers in order to share the gospel with them? In this clearly-argued 40 page booklet, John Blanchard finds common ground with unbelievers in our shared awareness of right and wrong. We all have to make choices between right and wrong and we are…

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The Church’s Ruling Elders: Their History, Warrant and Work

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October 2007
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The Church’s Ruling Elders: Their History, Warrant and Work

This book is written for the ordinary church member and gives a most helpful overview of the office and functions of the ruling elder. Its brief chapters, straightforward style and consistent reference to Scripture helps in this aim. As its title suggests, the author covers the relevant historical background (especially the Reformation) and the…

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October 2007
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Teenagers! What Every Parent Has to Know

I found this book immensely difficult to assess. On one hand it is a very easy and enjoyable read, and contains plenty of wise and helpful practical advice on the immensely demanding business of parenting teenagers. On the other hand, although it comes from a ‘Christian stable’, it is almost totally devoid of references…

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October 2007
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Overcoming Spiritual Depression

This book has been translated from the Dutch by the author’s son, Bartel. Taking Elijah’s post-Carmel experience as his framework, Elshout explores the roots, nature and treatment of discouragement, burnout and spiritual depression. Often he works directly from 1 Kings 19 (e.g. Elijah’s need for rest and food before God even addressed his wrong…

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October 2007
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Letters of John Newton

The art of letter writing is becoming lost even in Christian circles. This volume reminds us of the power of the written page and the extent of John Newton’s care and concern for people. It seems he never forgot or neglected contacts made through his preaching beyond Olney and London. Newton’s letters were first…

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