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Faraday – Man of science and man of God
Andy McIntosh

A sad trend in Britain is the declining awareness of our Christian heritage. The ambition to change the world is good, and past generations did just that. We often think of the noble army of pastors, teachers and missionaries who…

Below me, the clouds
Ron Collard

Climbing through solid cloud and breaking into a new world of sunshine and dazzling blue sky has been my delightful experience on numerous occasions. My life has been like that: living through clouds of war, fear, illness, disappointment, heart-ache, anxiety,…

Who is the Real Jesus?
H. Dermot McDonald

This compelling book presents the Biblical teaching on Jesus Christ as both human and divine. That the Word of God became flesh is at the heart of Christianity and clearly taught in the New Testament. Other religions acknowledge Jesus as…

Atheism’s New Clothes
David H. Glass

n recent years, the publication of best-selling books by Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens has given rise to the New Atheism. For the New Atheists, belief in God is a delusion because it is based on…

Lady Jane Grey
Simonetta Carr

Although she ruled England for less than two weeks, Lady Jane Grey has been admired for generations for her courage and faithfulness to the gospel—even though she was executed for treason at the age of sixteen. In this addition to…

Christ-Centred Biblical Theology
Graeme Goldsworthy

Christ-centred Biblical Theology - Hermeneutical foundations and principles Graeme Goldsworthy Apollos 229 pages, £12.49 ISBN 978-1-84474-562-3 Star rating: *** (three)   ‘The immediate appeal of biblical theology to preachers, teachers and ordinary Christians is that it provides a “big picture”…

Eric Liddell: Pure Gold
David McCasland

Through the inspiring film, Chariots of Fire, the world knows something of the athlete who ran for gold at the Paris Olympics in 1924. Pure Gold tells the larger story of Eric Liddell: his upbringing in China as the son…

Focus on the Bible – Philippians
David Chapman

The Apostle Paul has a deep-seated joy in Christ. He is content whether he is in want or plenty and yes even in the face of great suffering and persecution. His life exemplifies what it means to live a Christ-like…

Royal Company – A Devotional on Song of Solomon
Malcolm Maclean

Poetry is the language of love. The Songs of Solomon are no different as we read these beautiful cameos of the intimate relationship between the King and his lover. These were the song of songs which were often sung to…

Bitesize Biography – Francis Schaeffer
Mostyn Roberts

As we review the life of this remarkable man, we may call him a prophet for his prescient analysis of trends in philosophy that explain where we are today; we may call him an apologist; less accurately, though popular articles…

To be a Pilgrim
To be a Pilgrim
Rhett Dodson

To be a Pilgrim Rhett Dodson Day One Publications 128, £6.00 ISBN: 978-1-84625-355-3 Star Rating: 0 THIS BOOK HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN THE REVIEW ON This Berief Journey

Archibald G. Brown
Iain H. Murray

Archibald G.Brown (1844-1922), instead of following his father to wealth in commerce and banking, built a church to hold 3,000 in the East End of London while still in his twenties. Five thousand eight hundred were to join in 30…

The Heart of Christ
Thomas Goodwin

The Heart of Christ in Heaven towards Sinners on Earth was first published in 1651, and it soon became Thomas Goodwin’s (1600-1680) most popular work. It is a fine example of his Christ- centredness and his mix of theological rigour…

His Life and Influence – Matthew Henry
Allan Harman

Matthew Henry (1662-1714) is highly-valued by contemporary preachers and Bible users. Here we get a closer look at the life of Matthew Henry by an author who has had a life-long interest in Matthew Henry and his writings. Matthew Henry…

Life’s Big Questions
Vaughan Roberts

How can sixty-six books of the Bible have a single message for us today? What unites the vastly different accounts of God's work in the world? How do various genres of the Bible work together? Vaughan Roberts believes that the…

A week in the life of Corinth
Ben Witherington

Ben Witherington III attempts to reenchant our reading of Paul in this creative reconstruction of ancient Corinth. Following a fictitious Corinthian man named Nicanor through an eventful week of business dealings and conflict, you will encounter life at various levels…

Pray, plan, prepare, preach – establishing and maintaining priorities in the preaching ministry
Iain D. Campbell

The New Testament places a great emphasis on preaching – that is, the public heralding of the message of God’s Word. In many churches, preaching has been sidelined by activities, or else has become squeezed out by other pressures. This…

Son of the Underground
Isaac Liu

In the months before Isaac's birth, his father was in prison once again. His mother was forced into having an abortion, though seven months pregnant, because she was carrying the child of an enemy of the state. After desperate prayer,…

The Envy of Eve
Melissa Kruger

The Envy of Eve guides readers to understand how desires grow into covetousness and what happens when this sin takes power in our hearts. Covetousness chokes out the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, allowing discontentment to bloom. The…

Hear Me Carefully – John Blanchard A Biography
Marlene Williams

In 1940, when Adolf Hitler’s troops invaded the peaceful Channel Island community of Guernsey, the eight-year-old John Blanchard was one of thousands of school children who were hastily evacuated from the island and remained cut off from all contact with…

Make the world your parish: increasing your global influence for Christ.
Reggie Weems

Christianity is going global, yet most pastors are not called to a worldwide itinerant ministry but to a local body of believers. Nevertheless, Reggie Weems argues, local-church ministry does not imply global disengagement. If you are a pastor, it is…

Courageous
Alex Kendrick

Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, they face danger every day. Yet when tragedy strikes close to home, these fathers are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, and their faith. From this struggle…

Setting our sights on Heaven
Paul D. Wolfe

In Setting Our Sights on Heaven, Paul Wolfe brings out the Bible’s teaching about heaven, addressing the various factors that tend to push heaven out of our minds, and provides gospel remedies that help us push it back to where…

Joseph the Dream Interpreter
Helen Clark

Why read a book about Joseph? Everyone knows his stories—from his amazing multi-coloured coat to Pharaoh’s dreams of lean and fat cows. But the story of Joseph is not a fairy-tale. He was a real person, and the amazing ups…

Major Points from the Minor Prophets
John Blanchard

A simple way to introduce these studies in the Minor Prophets will be to ask and answer these questions about them: Who were they? Why are they known as ‘Minor Prophets? When and where did they live? What was their…

Bitesize Biography – Thomas Cranmer
Colin Hamer

Thomas Cranmer, one of the Reformation's most famous martyrs, can accurately be described as the architect of the Church of England, and consequently, of the worldwide Anglican communion. Despite this, compared with other key figures of the Reformation, little has…

Focus on the Bible – Ecclesiastes
William Barrick

What is the purpose of life? The preacher in Ecclesiastes, just like many today, is in search of life's meaning. But as they look through their limited worldview all they find is "vanity, vanity". Pure emptiness! They are in search…

Different by Design
Carrie Sandom

Created in the image of God, man and woman are designed to reflect God's own nature and being. At the very heart of the Godhead-Father, Son and Spirit-we see the qualities that form the basis of our design as men…

Doxology!
Stan K. Evers

The Bible overflows with benedictions (prayers for God’s blessing) and doxologies (expressions of praise) yet preachers often use only a few in worship. Too often the benediction is seen as signal that the service has finished. A study of the…

Robert Chapman: apostle of love
Robert L. Peterson

Although he is not widely known today, Robert Chapman was one of the most respected Christians of his generation. His caring and humble attitude had a marked impact on the lives of such men as George Muller, J. Hudson Taylor,…

The gospel focus of Charles Spurgeon
Steve J. Lawson

The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon is a passionate call for all Christians to follow Spurgeon in maintaining the proper balance between divine sovereignty in salvation and fiery passion in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Altar to an Unknown Love
Michael John Beasley

For centuries, the world of professing Christendom has faced countless contests regarding the nature of God's justice and love, as well as the doctrines of Heaven and Hell. Rob Bell's book, Love Wins, is just another illustration of this reality.…

Toxic Ideas Polluting your Mind
Anthony Selvaggio

Toxic Ideas Polluting your Mind Anthony Selvaggio P&R Publishing 128 pages, £7.51 ISBN: 978-1-59638-196-4 Star Rating: 4   An earlier generation warned believers of the dangers of worldliness. Anthony Selvaggio does much the same thing here. But whereas Christian preachers and…

The Message of Kings
John W. Olley

At the beginning of 1 & 2 Kings, Solomon's reign brought peace, prosperity, dynamic international trade and a magnificent centre of worship. By contrast, at the end, the people faced complete reversal: they and their king were in exile; Jerusalem…

The Intolerance of Tolerance
D. A. Carson

We live in a culture obsessed with the idea of 'tolerance'. However, when tolerance, poorly defined, is made an absolute good, it drifts towards intolerance. It must then, argues D. A. Carson, be thoughtfully challenged, both for the good of…

Loving the way Jesus Loves
Philip Graham Ryken

Read what love is and isn't in 1 Corinthians 13. See if you can substitute your name each time you read the word love ... We are called to love as Jesus loves, and the more we come to know…

The Appearing of Jesus
Leslie Land

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Holy, holy, holy – proclaiming the perfections of God
W. Robert Godfrey

Holy, Holy, Holy – Proclaiming the Perfections of God Thabiti Anyabwile, Alistair Begg, D. A. Carson, Sinclair B. Ferguson, W. Robert Godfrey, Steven J. Lawson, R. C. Sproul, R. C. Sproul Jr., Derek W. H. Thomas Reformation Trust 149 Pages, £13.99…

Strong and Courageous – Joshua simply explained
John D. Currid

Clearly the central theme of the book of Joshua is the truth that God is a promise-keeper. Well over five hundred years before these recorded events God pledged to Abraham that ‘to your offspring I will give this land'. The…

Serving God’s Words
Paul A. Barker

The ministry of 'serving God's words' in the Christian church has numerous aspects, including exposition of the Bible, systematic and historical theology, church history, and the practice of pastoral ministry. This stimulating and helpful volume begins with perspectives on preaching…

Excellence in Preaching
Simon Vibert

What makes some preaching gripping - unforgettable even? What can we learn from the best preachers? How can we appreciate great preaching, often at the click of a mouse, without devaluing the role of the local church minister? 'Without creating…

The Love of Christ
Richard Sibbes

The Puritan John Dod wrote that this book is ‘so full of heavenly treasure, and such lively expressions of the invaluable riches of the love of Christ’ that it kindles ‘in the heart all heavenly affections unto Jesus Christ’. Indeed…

Hit by Friendly Fire
Michael A. Milton

Christians expect to be troubled by the unbelieving world - but not by their brothers and sisters in the church. Unfortunately, often the case is the reverse. In this book Michael Milton brings us back to Scripture, to the experiences…

Heroes of the Faith
Heroes of the Faith
Roy Mohon

Heroes of the faith — role models for the Christian warfare Roy Mohon Truthzone 404 pages, £11.75 (plus £2.00 p&p, from, Truthzone Ltd, 34 Yarm Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 3NG) Star rating: 3 stars   This looks in detail at each…

The Mystery of the Last Supper: Reconstructing the Final Days of Jesus
Colin J. Humphreys

For hundreds of years, we thought we knew what happened during Jesus' last days. Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday are not only observed by Christians around the world, but are also recognized in calendars and by non-practitioners as…

Joseph – Encountering the man who saved his people
Roger Ellsworth

Joseph - Encountering the man who saved his people Roger Ellsworth Day One Publications 112 pages, £5.00 ISBN: 978-1-84625-293-8 Star Rating: 3       Many preachers, such as Martin Lloyd-Jones, have rightly made 1 Corinthians 2:2 (‘I am determined…

The Marrow Controversy and Seceder Tradition
William VanDoodewaard

After the Reformation, the Marrow Controversy of the eighteenth century is noted as one of the most significant and defining events in the Scottish church. However, until now, there has not been a serious analysis of the theology of the…

How Sermons Work
David Murray

How do sermons work? How does a preacher get from the basic nuts and bolts of a few Bible verses to the delivery of a full sermon? That’s the question David Murray answers in this instructive and immensely practical book.…

Deuteronomy
Edward J. Woods

Deuteronomy has been aptly described as a book 'on the boundary': it addresses the possibilities of new life 'beyond the Jordan' as dependent upon Israel's keeping of the law and acknowledgment of Yahweh's supremacy. Moses leaves the people with his…

The Message of the Word of God
Tim Meadowcroft

Any coherent comment on what the Bible says about the Bible, the Christian Scriptures,' says Tim Meadowcroft, 'must address the wider notion that God speaks.' Accordingly, his fresh, wide-ranging exposition of 'the message of the word of God' is structured…

C H Spurgeon’s Forgotten Prayer Meeting Addresses
Terence Peter Crosby

Spurgeon's magazine, The Sword and the Trowel, provided the material for various collections of his addresses and writings compiled after his death in 1892. Among these was Only a Prayer Meeting, published in 1901 and containing forty prayer meeting addresses…

John Knox
John J. Murray

As well as modelling the Church in Scotland, Knox laid the foundation of an extraordinary forward-looking new state, way ahead of the time in such matters as education, social welfare and democracy. The Reformation had its effect in all spheres…

Dr D Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Eryl Davies

Unexpected? Yes. Unwelcome? Certainly, for Dr D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones was dismayed by what was happening. The date was the 14 December 1926 and the national newspapers were using startling headlines concerning him: ‘Harley Street Doctor to become a Minister' and…

Defiant Grace
Dane Ortlund

When God-in-the-flesh showed up twenty centuries ago in Palestine, the religious PhDs rejected him and the prostitutes and social outcasts flocked to him. Why? Because the open welcome of divine grace that Jesus offered, open to anyone who would simply…

Charles Simeon – An Ordinary Pastor of Extraordinary Influence
Derek Prime

  Charles Simeon: An Ordinary Pastor of Extraordinary Influence Derek Prime Day One 275 pages, £10 ISBN: 978-1-84625-313-3 Stars: 4   For over fifty years until his death in 1836, Charles Simeon was a renowned leader among Anglican evangelicals. This…

The Sovreignty and Supremacy of King Jesus
Mike Abendroth

What thoughts flood our minds when we think about God? Do we think of Him as King? If so, what kind of King? In this book Mike Abendroth seeks to address a twofold problem: most Christians do not consider God…

I am …
Iain D. Campbell

There is none like Christ. None at all! None other is God and man, two natures in one person. None other has the love, grace and heart of Jehovah Jesus. The sight of him is so breath-taking that we turn…

Bitesize Biography – John Chrysostom
Earl Blackburn

It is good that Christ reigns over all, particularly in his church. Otherwise, biblical Christianity would disappear from the earth. Chrysostom is proof positive that the mediatorial Lord of heaven and earth rules and overrules in the affairs of men…

The S.A.L.T. plan
Chuck Bentley

The Enemy will never “waste a good crisis,” so neither should we as God’s people. We can turn everyday adversity into advantage by loving others and leading them into God’s Kingdom during their time of need. The signs are around…

Robert Chapman: Apostle of Love
Robert L. Peterson

Although he is not widely known today, Robert Chapman was one of the most respected Christians of his generation. His caring and humble attitude had a marked impact on the lives of such men as George Muller, J. Hudson Taylor,…

Clouds of Witnesses: Christian Voices from Africa and Asia
Mark A. Knoll

As Africa and Asia take their place as the new Christian heartlands, a new and robust company of saints is coming into view. In seventeen inspiring narratives Mark Noll and Carolyn Nystrom introduce pivotal Christian leaders in Africa and Asia…

The Message of Kings
John W. Olley

At the beginning of 1 and 2 Kings, Solomon's reign brought peace, prosperity, dynamic international trade and a magnificent center of worship. At the end, by contrast, the people faced a complete reversal: they and their king were in exile;…

The Mystery of the Last Supper
Colin J. Humphreys

For hundreds of years, we thought we knew what happened during Jesus' last days. Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday are not only observed by Christians around the world, but are also recognized in calendars and by non-practitioners as…

Dealing with Depression
Sarah Collins

Depression is a common complaint in the doctor's surgery and 1 in 5 of the population that is 20% of people will have at least one major episode in their lifetime. We are reassured here that just like our physical…

1 and 2 Thessalonians – A practical commentary (Exploring the Bible)
Stanley Jebb

Do you enjoy reading other people’s correspondence, especially the letters of famous people? This book explores two of the great Apostle Paul’s earliest epistles, those to the Thessalonian church. In them he bares his heart to reveal his love for…

The Select Practical Writings of John Knox
John Knox

You are holding in your hands a rare and precious book. It contains the choicest practical writings of a man whom God used to transform his native country and bring it into the light and under the blessing of the…

Born of God – Sermons from John, Chap 1
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

In his first sermon in his series on the opening chapters of the Gospel of John, begun in October 1962, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones made the arresting remark: "Do you know what is the matter with us? I will tell you.…

Taste and See that the Lord is Good – Knowing, loving and Enjoying God
Joel James

How do you relate to God? Moses said to Israel, “You shall fear the Lord your God; you shall serve Him and cling to Him …” (Deut. 10:20). In other words, knowing God is a perfect paradox: He is both…

The Books of Moses Revisited
Paul Lawrence

Who wrote the first five books of the Bible? Does it really matter who did? The Books of Moses Revisited explores this question by comparing the covenants of Exodus/Leviticus and Deuteronomy with the inter-state treaties of the late second millennium…

With Calvin in the Theatre of God
John Piper

John Calvin saw this world as God’s theater where his glory is always on display. Just as “day and night pour forth speech,” the universe and history are not silent either; they tell the glory of God. Reflecting on over…

Origins: Examining the Evidence
Steve Taylor

The objective of this publication is to advocate a more critical approach to evolution theory by considering the scientific evidence challenging the widely accepted paradigm. Such exposure can and should result in an academic openness of mind producing better scientists…

Set in Stone
Truth in Science

New 58 minute DVD entitled "Set in Stone" which takes the viewer on a visual odyssey of discovery shot in high definition on location around Britain. It takes us to spectacular scenery, awe inspiring landscapes and beautiful coastlines. It presents…

On Giants’ Shoulders
Michael Reeves

Is 'newer' really 'better'? We often assume so, but if we do treat the past as inferior we will ignore the legacy of history, and thus will find ourselves stranded on the tiny desert island of our own moment in…

Voice of Nonconformity
Keith A. Ives

Sir William Robertson Nicoll (1851-1923) was a journalist, writer and minister of the Scottish Free Church, who founded the highly influential Nonconformist newspaper The British Weekly. An important figure in English Nonconformity, Robertson Nicoll (or, as he became known to…

Hearing the Spirit – Knowing the Father through the Son
Christopher Ash

How does the Spirit relate to the Bible? This book is for those who are 'thirsty for a deeper experience of the Spirit of God'. There is much confusion about how Jesus relates to the Holy Spirit, how Jesus the…

At a Given Moment – Faith Matters in Healthcare Encounters
Graham McAll

At a Given Moment - Faith Matters in Healthcare Encounters Graham McAll Christian Medical Fellowship 182, £8.00 ISBN: 978-0-906747-41-4 Star Rating: 0 This is a very readable book which is written by an experienced GP for Christians in all the health-care…

Opening up 1 Chronicles and Opening up 2 Chronicles
Andrew Thomson

The book of 1 Chronicles is often neglected, yet it has so much to teach us—even the genealogies! Along with 2 Chronicles, 1 Chronicles surveys Bible history, charting the gracious purposes of a faithful God over the centuries, with the…

Opening up 2 Chronicles
Opening up 2 Chronicles
Andrew Thomson

Opening up 2 ChroniclesAndrew ThomsonDay One Publishers128, £5.00ISBN: 978-1-84625-290-7Star Rating: 0This in included in my review of 1 Chronicles also by Andrew Thompson available here.

Taking Hold of God
Joel Beeke

In Taking Hold of God, you will enter the treasury of the church of Jesus Christ and discover some of its most valuable gems on the subject of Christian prayer. The writings of the Reformers and Puritans shine with the…

Operation World – The definitive prayer guide to every nation
Jason Mandryk

Operation World is the definitive global prayer handbook that will help focus your heart and life towards God?'s passion for His glory. With over 1 million copies of past versions being sold, this all new 7th edition has been completely…

We don’t do God
We don’t do God
George & Andrew Carey

We don't do God George & Andrew Carey Monarch - Lion Hudson 176, £7.99 ISBN: 978-0-85721-030-2 Star Rating: 1 The former Archbishop of Canterbury here joins forces with his journalist son to express their concerns about the spiritual direction that Britain is…

Moving in the Right Circles
Chick Yuill

Too many people find their experience as Christians incomplete and unsatisfactory... Jamal enjoys his voluntary work with down-and-outs but finds church irrelevant. Jack believes he's going to heaven but isn't sure what difference Jesus makes to him now. Aimee loves…

Bringing the gospel home
Randy Newman

Sharing the gospel with a family member can be an exciting experience—and often a long, painful, and confrontational one. Randy Newman recognizes it can be more difficult and frustrating to witness to a family member than to nearly anyone else.…

One Lord, One Plan, One People
Rodger Crooks

New to the Bible? One Lord, One Plan, One People will help you uncover what the Bible is all about as it takes you on a journey from Genesis to Revelation, pointing out the main features of each book. Want…

Gospel Basics
Andrew A. Bonar

In an age of 'information overload' it is so easy to lose sight of what is really important. Andrew Bonar was a man who lived to bring people back to the gospel and to focus their attention on what matters…

Not much of a soldier
David Christie

Betrayed by their political masters, deserted by their cavalry support, faced with an enemy fresh from their victory at Killiecrankie which outnumbered them five to one, only half equipped with firearms, and led by a man whose General assessed him…

Reformed Thought: Selected Writings of William Young
Ray B. Lanning

Reformed Thought presents some of the writings from the career of William Young. Young is a trained philosopher and theologian who rubbed shoulders with men like John Murray and Gordon Clark. He is also a churchman, dedicated to the edification…

Machine Gun Preacher
Jason Keller

Machine Gun Preacher Director: Marc Forster Writer: Jason Keller (screenplay) Stars: Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan and Michael Shannon   A Hollywood film is currently on general release by the name of Machine Gun Preacher. It stars Gerard Butler, has high…

Go Stand Speak

GO STAND SPEAK The forgotten power of the public proclamation of the gospel The Apologetics Group & Go Stand Speak Ministries $14.99 from http://www.gostandspeak.com   This production is of a good quality, with interviews and footage that lasts over 2…

What to look for in a pastor
Brian Biedebach

Finding the right pastor is critical in the life of a church. But most churches rely on the inexperienced and sometimes blinded pulpit committees, which often gamble with the selection of their candidates because they usually don’t have a clear…

Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals
Phil A. Newton

Our calling as ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ is to make Christ central in all we do. Yet, in many funeral occasions, the gospel of Jesus Christ is lamentably overlooked as the primary purpose of the funeral service…

John Knox and the Reformation
Iain H. Murray

It is the duty of all Christians to remember those faithful men from whom they heard the gospel of Christ. For those of Scottish descent no Christian leader deserves more to be remembered than John Knox. Born in Haddington around…

John MacArthur – Servant of the Word and Flock
Iain H. Murray

Through more than forty years, John MacArthur has opened and taught the Word of God in one local congregation, Grace Community Church, Los Angeles. Consequences have followed which no one anticipated, and which the preacher attributes to 'the sovereign hand…

John Stott – A portrait by his friends
Chris Wright

Thirty-five of John's friends open their hearts and share memories of a unique man, creating an art gallery of very personal portraits by friends and colleagues from around the globe. From 'Wumby Dumby', the special uncle and godfather, to the…

Everyday Church – mission by being good neighbours
Tim Chester

ET COMMENT: As reported in the March 2020 ET, Steve Timmis has been removed as the chief executive of the Acts 29 church-planting network and he has stepped down as an elder of The Crowded House church. This follows reports…

Mark Time – The Book (4 CD set)
Gerard Chrispin

Mark’s Gospel has always been a good starting point either for people who are searching for God, or for those who have become Christians and who want a good grounding in the gospel and teaching of Jesus. It is the…