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The Christian Charities Handbook
Paul Martin

The Christian Charities Handbook is an invaluable guide to the legal and practical responsibilities associated with the governance and management of charities. Paul Martin, a senior and experienced charity solicitor, offers an overview of the principal issues and appropriate advice…

Church Reformed
Tim Bayly

I had not heard of Tim Bayly before, but judging from this book, I would like to meet him. He has a high view of the local church – as does God. And Bayly wants us all to be clear…

George Whitefield: The First Transatlantic Revivalist
Nigel Scotland

This book is better than its title might suggest. Although Charles Finney, the ‘father of modern revivalism’, considered George Whitefield to be ‘a progenitor of his own revival techniques’ (p.307), such comparison misleads far more than it informs. Whitefield adopted…

Columba: the Faith of an Island Soldier (Biography)
Bruce Ritchie

I enjoyed this book, which can be read at different levels. Scholars of pre-Roman Western Christianity will find it highly informative. For those of a less academic bent it will be like peering through a window and seeing a world…

A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Understanding Suicide and Euthaniasia – A Contemporary and Biblical Perspective
Eryl Davies

It is with sensitivity and a pastoral heart that Eryl Davies addresses these complex and controversial issues. Statistics alone demand that a biblical perspective is given to these topics. In 1969, an estimated 51% of the UK population was in…

Who Am I? Human Identity and the Gospel in a Confusing World
Thomas Fretwell

In today’s secular society, religion is often regarded as without rational or scientific basis, and therefore irrelevant to life in the modern world and all areas of public engagement. If that is our social context, then it is no wonder…

The Guardsman
Jamie Campbell

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Pastor’s Life: Practical Wisdom from the Puritans
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…

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…