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A Survey of Church History Part 5 (DVD)
W. Robert Godfrey

W. Robert Godfrey is president and professor of church history at Westminster Theological Seminary, California. He here provides an informative, insightful and interesting series of twelve lectures on 1800-1900. Although produced primarily for an American audience, there is much that…

One Man & One Woman
Paul Smalley

This little book makes a compelling biblical case for heterosexual marriage over against same-sex unions. It is a theologically robust response to the sexual obsession and gender confusion of contemporary Western society. The book comes from a US Reformed church…

Creation Points – Genesis 1-11
Andy McIntosh

Christians stand in debt to Andy McIntosh and his friends who labour so effectively in the battle for the truth of creationism. In this book, the battle lines are drawn between Christians who stand for biblical inerrancy and those Christians…

Wonderful! Blythswood People share stories of God’s faithfulness
E. Irene Howat

Here are 13 miracles of grace, which in time have led to so much good. It is a most apt title! This book commemorates 50 years of gospel and Christian witness, first started in Glasgow and then spreading to European,…

Light from Old Times
J. C. Ryle

Some years ago, a friend visited the parish church in Childwall, Liverpool, in order to see the grave of Bishop Ryle, Liverpool’s first bishop. Having some difficulty in finding it, he sought the vicar’s help. Not only did the vicar…

The Forgotten Fear
Albert N. Martin

This is a much-needed book on a largely neglected subject. It is divided into seven chapters, with questions to ponder at the end of each. In the first chapter, the author shows that fear of God is not an outdated,…

Living in a Godly Marriage
Joel Beeke

This book is the latest in the ‘Deepen your Christian life’ series, which aims to make Puritan wisdom on various subjects accessible to a contemporary audience. Modern readers may wonder how relevant Puritan ideas are to the success of marriage…

Why the Reformation still matters
Tim Chester

Michael Reeves and Tim Chester have done a great service to the church in writing this book. It is a timely reminder of what happened in Europe some 500 years ago, in what has been called the Great Reformation. In…

Shepherds after my own heart — essays in honour of Robert W. Oliver
Robert Strivens

This festschrift is a tribute to the long and fruitful ministry of Robert Oliver, retired pastor at Bradford-on-Avon. The editors explain how friends and fellow ministers have addressed topics which are dear to Dr Oliver. The result is a smorgasbord…

WCS – Psalms: from suffering to glory Vol2 73-150
Philip Eveson

There is something special about the Book of Psalms, and this also goes for good commentaries on it. Psalms contribute uniquely to Christian prayer, worship and praise. They also contribute uniquely to the New Testament’s explanation of the gospel of…

The Power of God for Salvation — papers read at the 2015 Westminster Conference

In December 2015, I attended the Westminster Conference in London where these papers were first given. The six papers cover five significant men from a period of over three centuries. They include Desiderius Erasmus (c.1466–1536), John Owen (1616–1683), Isaac Watts…

Prepared to Stand Alone – J C Ryle
Iain H. Murray

Readers of J. C. Ryle’s Expository thoughts on the Gospels and other classics may feel well acquainted already with the author. But while Ryle’s character is clear from his writings, personal anecdotes and experiences are almost entirely absent. Iain Murray has done…

Communicating for a change — seven keys to irresistible communication
Lane Jones

This was a frustrating read. There is much that is good and helpful, but it is couched in a rather arrogant tone and fails to say anything helpful that hasn’t already been said by others. It is a book of…

Black Flags: the rise of ISIS
Joby Warrick

Names such as Abu-Musad al-Zarqawi, ISIS (or IS), al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and al-Nusra have become very familiar to anyone keeping abreast of world affairs. They are all players within the seemingly ever more turbulent and violent…

Preparation for Ministry
Allan Harman

A great little book on a vital subject. It comes in two halves. The first contains the author’s own thoughts on the subject, comprising seven pithy but structured chapters covering the basics for an introduction to a life of ministry.…

Knowing Christ
Mark Jones

Shortly after becoming a Christian, Mark Jones read J. I. Packer’s Knowing God. This book made a profound impact on him, and Knowing Christ is something of a follow-up to Packer’s classic. Packer himself writes an enthusiastic foreword to the…

From the Pen of Pastor Paul – 1-2 Thessalonians
Daniel R. Hyde

I found this book personally helpful. Although accessible to all Christians, it reminded me of what lies at the heart of a pastor’s work. The author explains how its content is taken from sermons preached to his church from Paul’s two…

Opening up Deuteronomy
Andrew Thomson

For someone surveying the books that comprise our Bible, wondering which to read, or for a preacher deciding which to preach, Deuteronomy would not be an immediate choice. But it is in the Bible and, according to Paul, is ‘useful’…

Intentional – Evangelism that takes people to Jesus
Paul Williams

This is a short, punchy book about evangelism. The author is vicar of a conservative, evangelical Anglican church. You can quickly tell he isn’t someone holed up in a study who never talks to unbelievers. It is practical, realistic and…

Records of Grace in Sutherland
Donald Munro

Sutherland: I’m sure everyone reading this is familiar with the location. In case you are an exception, Sutherland is a county in the far north of Scotland with, uniquely, eastern, western and northern coastlines. The author of this book, Rev.…

Sweetly set on God – piety of David Brainerd
Dustin W. Benge

This handy little book is an introduction to David Brainerd (1718-1747), pioneer missionary to the native Americans. It is part of a book series sketching out the lives and ministries of divines in the Puritan tradition, stretching from the sixteenth…

Portraits of Faith
Joel Beeke

It can be difficult to fully comprehend biblical concepts such as ‘grace’, ‘faith’ and ‘hope’. In his student years Dr Beeke had been challenged to consider the meaning of ‘faith’. After 50 hours’ hard work, he still felt his efforts…

Jewels from John Newton
Miller Ferrie

I feel indebted to Miller Ferrie. You might do too by the end of this review. Why? Because she has carefully, thoughtfully and prayerfully compiled a series of daily readings, drawn from the works of that trophy of grace, John…

What the Bible teaches about The Trinity
Stuart Olyott

The Trinity is not a niche subject only for keen Christians; we all need to know what the Bible teaches about the Trinity, because we all need to know God. As Stuart Olyott explains in this helpful little book, ‘A…

What the Bible teaches about The Person of Christ
Stuart Olyott

This book has three main sections, each considering an aspect of the person of Christ and each linked to one title in the Saviour’s name, the ‘Lord Jesus Christ’. In the first, he is ‘Lord’. Here the doctrine of Christ’s…

God’s not dead 2
Harold Cronk

This new release from Pure Flix, directed by Harold Cronk, is a very watchable courtroom drama, with high production values and excellent acting. With great skill, a number of themes have been woven together, in order to provide what is…

Ichthus — Jesus Christ, God’s Son, the Saviour
Sinclair B. Ferguson

Jesus Christ should surely be at the forefront of our thinking and at the centre of our life. This is why this book is a delight to read. Jesus Christ is its all-consuming interest. Its title, Ichthus, is modelled on the acronym…

Ann Judson – A Missionary Life for Burma
Sharon James

Adoniram and Ann Judson were certainly pioneer missionaries. They set sail for Asia in 1812, expecting never to see America again. Ann was one of the first female American missionaries. Their original plan was to serve in India, but various providences led…

Theodore Beza – The Man and the Myth
Shawn D. Wright

This title opens with, ‘Theodore Beza? Who’s he? Why should I care about him?’ The author (associate professor of church history at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) answers these questions with warmth and clarity. Three reasons are given for writing.…

Different – Living the Holy Life
Simon Ponsonby

Many books have been written on holy living. This is not surprising, as the Lord constantly calls his blood-bought people to walk in his ways of righteousness, justice and truth. Here we have another book on the same subject, but…

The Christian and Money
Hansruedi Graf

The subject of the Christian’s relationship with money is an important one. The way we use the money God gives us reveals much about the condition of our heart. On the one hand, ‘money answers everything’ (Ecclesiastes 10:19); on the…

The murderous history of Bible translations: power, conflict and quest for meaning
Harry Freedman

This books comprises 13 chapters, subdivided into three parts: ‘Before the violence’, ‘The violence begins’ and ‘Enlightenment’. The book is broadly chronological, beginning with ‘The legacy of Alexandria’ and ‘The legend of the Septuagint’, while concluding with thoughts on ‘The…

A great blessing to me — John Newton encounters George Whitefield
Grant Gordon

This is a delightful study of a fruitful friendship between two evangelical leaders of the eighteenth century. George Whitefield was probably England’s greatest preacher. John Newton was a pastor, spiritual counsellor and hymn writer. Both men deserve to be better…

For the Glory – The life of Eric Liddell from Olympic Champion to Modern Martyr
Duncan Hamilton

This is a biography of the celebrated Olympic champion and missionary to China, Eric H. Liddell (1902-1945). The publishers’ dust-jacket claim that it ‘tells for the first time the full story of the life of Eric Liddell in extraordinary, vivid…

A Survey of Church History (Part 6) DVD
W. Robert Godfrey

This is a series of twelve, approximately 25-minute lectures on DVD, surveying the history of the church in the twentieth century. The first lecture is a general introduction to the century which saw both the best and the worst things…

Pentecostal outpourings: revival and the Reformed tradition
Robert Davis Smart

There are Christians today who have little place for revival. Some focus on the most useful methods for reaching unbelievers with the gospel. Others concentrate on taking Christianity into the public square by promoting social justice or confronting aggressive secularisation.…

1966 and all that: an evangelical journey
Basil Howlett

1966 was a memorable year, not least for this reviewer who enjoyed the thrill of being at Wembley to see England lift the World Cup! However, of far greater significance for British evangelicalism was a meeting of the National Assembly…

War and Faith
Don Stephens

This is a sequel to Don Stephens’ highly successful book War and grace (EP); it is essentially more of the same. War and faith looks at the life story, conversion and subsequent Christian life of eight men and women whose…

BST – The message of Joshua
David G. Firth

A college lecturer specialising in the Old Testament, David Firth has authored several commentaries on the Hebrew Scriptures prior to this volume. His expertise in the Hebrew language and Israelite customs inform this book throughout, making it an enjoyable read.…

Serving with Calvin
Terry L. Johnson

Serving with Calvin is a sequel to the author’s earlier work, Worshipping with Calvin, in which he argued for ‘the historic ministry and worship of Reformed Protestantism’. In this later book, he sets out to show us how to do…

Focus on the Bible – Joel & Obadiah
Iwan Rhys Jones

This is an edifying commentary, in the Focus on the Bible series, on Joel and Obadiah. It is readable, concise and well structured. It focuses on expounding the text of these two books, pulling together larger themes, as well as…

Starting out in Children’s Ministry
Alison Mitchell

In this short book, Alison Mitchell gives helpful and clear advice on setting up and running children’s ministry. Alison is the commissioning editor for the Good Book Company and has been training children’s and youth leaders for over 30 years.…

I was sick and you visited me
Mike Mellor

This is a short, helpful and practical book on ministering to those in need. It is full of wise advice, and thoroughly biblical in its approach. It addresses many practical questions, such as who should visit the sick and why…

A Christian and an Unbeliever discuss …
Rob Slane

Rob Slane tells us he was a committed and dogmatic atheist who became a committed and dogmatic Christian. This book is an imagined conversation between one who is still the former and himself as the latter. It is a composite…

Exploring the Bible – Ecclesiastes: Joy that perseveres
Michael LeFebvre

The message of Ecclesiastes is as timely in the 21st century as when first written some 3,000 years ago. In this readable devotional commentary, in the Exploring the Bible series, Dr Michael LeFebvre defines the message of Ecclesiastes as showing…

The Call
Trevor Archer

The aim of this book is to provide information and guidance for those who are considering full-time Christian ministry. It is divided into an introduction, two main parts and two appendices. Part one is about the ‘Call to ministry’ and…

The Lord Shepherding His Sheep
Joel Beeke

This is a revised and expanded version of Beeke’s earlier work, Jehovah shepherding his sheep. Rather than a commentary on Psalm 23, it is a series of 19 expository sermons, originally preached in 1980. The sermons are Puritan in style…

Grace – The remarkable life of Grace Grattan Guinness
Michele Guinness

This book is based on letters, diaries, journals and notebooks written by the grandmother of the author’s husband. She has filled gaps in the journals and diaries using information from others in the family, and woven the historical information into…

Awe – why it matters in all we think, say and do
Paul David Tripp

Tripp sets out to explain things: why we sin, complain and crave stuff; why we forget to live in the awareness of eternity, and why we are dissatisfied in church, frustrated in family and unfulfilled in work and ministry. Tripp…

Bitesize Biography – Griffith John
John Aaron

Who was Griffith John? In a readable manner, the author answers this question for this remarkably talented and dedicated Welsh missionary to China in another EP Bitesize Biography. Born into a godly home in Swansea in 1831, Griffith was converted…

Ecclesiastes – A Quest for Meaning
John D. Currid

It is commonly acknowledged that Ecclesiastes is one of the most difficult biblical books to understand. Many believers puzzle over its meaning, as they grapple with the author’s seemingly bleak view of life, where ‘all is vanity and grasping for…

And so I began to read
Faith Cook

This latest of Faith Cook’s books is autobiographical and reveals difficult periods in her life. These include when she was a mother of five small children, as well as a four-year period during which her husband was unwell and unable…

Are we together? A Protestant analyses Roman Catholicism
R. C. Sproul

‘Given the attraction that Roman Catholicism is exerting on some Protestants, it is essential that its errors be exposed’. So writes Sproul in the closing pages of this book, explaining his aim in writing this short volume. It is striking…

The Face of Jesus Christ
Archibald G. Brown

In the introduction, the publisher states, ‘It is hoped that young preachers will be here helped to see the kind of preaching that has led so many to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ’. We were made aware of a…

You can pray
Tim Chester

Do you struggle to pray? Does your mind go blank as soon as you begin to pray? Often our personal experiences can be so negative, but this book is very positive about prayer — as the title suggests, ‘You can…

Jonathan Edwards and the Psalms
David P. Barshinger

If you are interested in preaching or the theology of Jonathan Edwards, biblical exegesis or the Psalms, then this book will interest you. It is well researched and well written. The author arranges his material around seven key topics in…

The Whole of Life for Christ
Mark Greene

Comprised of seven Bible studies, this book explores real discipleship. Each aspect is presented as affecting the whole of the disciple’s life. There is a whole-life gospel, whole-life wisdom, whole-life purpose, and so on, through fruitfulness, mission, hope and worship.…

The Bible – an authentic book
Brian H. Edwards

This book is mainly an apologetic for the Bible itself. Edwards previously co-authored the large, glossy, coffee table book, Evidence for the Bible. This smaller book is good value for money. Its approach is pastoral and there is little overlap…

Martyn Lloyd-Jones – his life and relevance for 21st century
Christopher Catherwood

There are those whose eyes would roll in exasperation at the title of this volume. Shouldn’t we be confronting today’s challenges instead of looking back to a man who died 35 years ago? Such a response would be unwarranted. Indeed,…

Vine Journal (Issue 2)
Tony Payne

This journal replaces The Briefing, which has now ceased publication. Its aim is to stimulate thought on biblical and theological issues and encourage practical application of the same. Each issue comprises six essays by contemporary Christian leaders, each 2,000-5,000 words…

Fight the Good Fight
John Broom

John Broom was commissioned by the Bible Society to undertake research on the First World War and the importance of the Bible in war. He is currently researching for a PhD on ‘Connections between the Second World War and Christian…

Seven words from Calvary
Timothy Cross

The back cover endorses this book as a masterclass in opening up the Saviour’s words from the cross. It is also claimed to be a valuable study, which will better our understanding of our salvation. Seeing it is offered as…

A Sad Departure
David J. Randall

Written by a former Church of Scotland minister, this is an account of the secession of 40 ministers from that church due to the acceptance of homosexuality in its ordained ministry. It is graciously written and far from triumphalist. It…

The Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Steven J. Lawson

Here is the latest in ‘The Long Line of Godly Men Profiles’ by the series editor. The series seeks to explore how key historical figures have been used by God to influence their generation and further Christ’s work. The quotation…

The New Bible Hymn-Book
Henry Waters

This work is a labour of love, compiled by Dr Waters over many years. The underlying idea is brilliant. The book consists of a selection of hymns, each connected with a particular passage or verse of Scripture, arranged in biblical…

The Banner of Truth magazine August -September 2015 issue (with Iain Murray article on Scotland)
Various

It is difficult for modern readers to grasp the impact of the first issues of The Banner of Truth magazine, when it was published in a Britain almost bereft of Reformed truth. This anniversary issue assures us of the relevance…

Burial or Cremation for Christians?
Adrian V. W. Freer

Adrian Freer helpfully discusses the question of whether Christians should be buried or cremated. The subject is rarely raised, giving the impression that it is purely a matter of personal preference. While there are no explicit biblical commands or prohibitions,…

Insects of the Bible
Tom H. Ratcliffe

The author of this edifying little volume is a decades-long entomology enthusiast. Taking nine types of insects, he aims to set out ‘their spiritual significance, as they appear in the Word of God’. A readable style, coupled with colour illustrations…

Dementia: Pathways to Hope
Louise Morse

The aim of this book is ‘to help give understanding and point out pathways of hope. And also to tell the stories of people who have found hope — and even joy — in lives touched by dementia’ (p.19). A…

Whispers of Hope – finding perspective post adoption
Twila Miles

Six years ago, Jeff and Twila Miles adopted a 12-year-old boy from Ukraine, called Carl, and took him to America. Carl had lived for several years in an orphanage, having been abandoned by his birth parents, who were drug addicts.…

Inventing the Universe
Alister McGrath

Valkyrie: the plot to kill Hitler
Philipp von Boeselager

The plethora of books about the Second World War, and especially Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime in Germany, is indicative of an ongoing fascination with this subject, from both modern readers and authors. Far too many of these books,…

Opening Up Job
Ian McNaughton

This volume aims to provide a working introduction to the book of Job. Much thought has gone into this publication and its layout. The book of Job is of perennial importance, dealing as it does with difficult questions faced by…

The Star of Bethlehem
Stuart Burgess

This little book aims to help those who are seeking the Saviour, as well as encourage believers. Although there are 62 printed pages, there are only 35 of reading material, divided among preface, introduction and ten chapters. At a price…

Confessions of a Childless Mother
Sarah Fuller

Parents may have always assumed children would come along one day. It may never have occurred that there would be a problem. This book, written by one who walked the path of childlessness with her husband Nick, invites us to…

Who shall ascend the mountain of the Lord? (New Studies in Biblical Theology)
L. Michael Morales

This is an exceptional piece of biblical theology. It presents a fascinating study of Leviticus and sets this central book of the Pentateuch within the context of the whole biblical revelation. The author demonstrates how the goal of God’s final…

Revolutionary Sex
William Taylor

Subtitled ‘How the good news of Jesus changes everything’, this book is based on a series of talks given by the rector of St Helen’s Church in Bishopsgate, London. It is ‘revolutionary’ in that it counters the 1960s culture, that…

Right to Die?
John Wyatt

I have a serious reservation about this book. It is not the ambiguous title, nor the dismal cover. It is its structure. This Christian book consists of 10 chapters, but there is precious little that is distinctly Christian until chapter…

Virtually Human: flourishing in a digital world
Pete Nicholas

This title develops the principle that technology is not value-neutral, because God has not made the world value-neutral. Many features of the digital world, particularly social media, convey a worldview at odds with the Bible. For Christians grappling with Facebook…

Why read Church History?
J. Philip Arthur

This booklet is a masterly answer to this topical question. It is enhanced on its cover by four historical references — to Paul, Luther, George Whitefield and C. H. Spurgeon. Phil Arthur has an excellently trained mind and can write…

The courage to be Protestant
David F. Wells

I bought this some years ago and regret having never read it until now. What changed me? The fact that next year is the 500th anniversary of Luther’s historic nailing of 95 theses to the door of All Saints’ Church…

The Baptist story: from English sect to global movement
Nathan A. Finn

This is a catch-all introduction to its subject, with all the strengths and weaknesses of the genre. In this case, the strengths are more buttressed and the weaknesses less exaggerated, but all are present and correct. The three editors each…

God and Politics
Mark Dever

God and politics — Jesus’ vision for state, society, and government Mark Dever 10Publishing, 64 pages, £2.99 ISBN: 9781910587447 This 55 page booklet is an excellent exposition of Mark 12:13-17. The Pharisees and Herodians ask Jesus the entrapping question, ‘Is it right to pay the imperial tax to…

The quest for the historical Adam: Genesis, hermeneutics and human origins
William VanDoodewaard

The quest for the historical Adam: Genesis, hermeneutics and human origins.William VanDoodewaardReformation Heritage Books346 pages, £19.50ISBN: 978-1601783776 This book defends the literal approach to the first chapters of Genesis, including the six days and the creation of the first human beings, and provides…

Ecumenical quest for a world federation — the churches’ contribution to marshal public support for world order and peace, 1919-1945 
Martin Erdmann

This is an excellent work, which informs us of the past and gives us much to consider for the future. Erdmann writes of the era when World War I was approaching and a number of influential people gave thought to what…

Pray & protect — how to plan and safeguard churches and ministries in the context of terrorism
Patrick Sookhdeo

The title of this well produced, stapled booklet is exactly indicative of the content. The introduction identifies the aim as, ‘to build on the good practice of your church or organisation, but focus on one specific aspect of care and…

Charles Williams: The third inkling
Grevel Lindop

Why is this book so important? Because it is the definitive biography of a man who made a uniquely powerful impact on C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, whose own influence on the modern world and modern Christianity…

Crown of Thorns
Tim Chester

Upon first seeing this book, readers may wonder what issue is being addressed. But Tim Chester explains the problem and answers it well. The question concerns the gospel. Is the gospel about the coming of the kingdom of God and…

The Armstrong Girl – A child for sale
Cathy Le Feuvre

This book covers a court case that took place in Victorian England in 1885. Eliza Armstrong was a vulnerable girl, who was used as a publicity case to reveal how easy it was for girls from difficult backgrounds to end…

Vanishing Grace
Philip Yancey

Years ago, I read the author’s What’s so amazing about grace? and noted his lack of theological precision and tendency to lump all professing Christians together, irrespective of their doctrinal beliefs. Sadly, this title is no different and flawed in…

When God Breaks in: revival can happen again
Michael Green

This book is about revival. The author is convinced that it can happen again in Western Europe, despite the sad state of the church. He writes in order to urge readers to believe that God can work again. Dr Green…

Scottish Theology in relation to Church History
John Macleod

In 1939, the principal of the Free Church of Scotland college, Dr John Macleod, delivered a series of lectures at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He was an acknowledged master of his chosen subject, Scottish theology. His ten lectures were…

The Lord’s Day: why we go to church twice on Sundays
David Campbell

These companion booklets (see also What does the Bible really say about the importance of Sundays?) provide teaching on an important subject that needs to be re-emphasised in our present age: the significance of the Lord’s Day for believers, and…

What does the Bible really say about the importance of Sundays?
Iain D. Campbell

These companion booklets (see also The Lord’s Day: why we go to church twice on Sundays ) provide teaching on an important subject that needs to be re-emphasised in our present age: the significance of the Lord’s Day for believers, and…

Suffering and Singing
John Hindley

This brief and readable book is an exposition of Psalm 44. It focuses on the Christian’s hope in the midst of suffering. The writer shows pastoral compassion for people who suffer in many different ways. Throughout the book, he leads…

My Journey so far
Andrew White

This is an easy read about an extraordinary man, commonly known as the ‘Vicar of Baghdad’. Not many people in their 40s deem it an appropriate time to pen their autobiography, but the author has packed a lot into this…

The Great Christ Comet
Colin R. Nicholl

Most attempts to develop a coherent, astronomical story behind the Star of Bethlehem have been made by astronomers with limited respect for Scripture. The results have been disappointing. In contrast, Colin Nicholl treats Scripture with care and respect, paying attention…

A Christian Guide to Environmental Issues
Martin & Margot Hodson

Everyone says it! One of the biggest challenges the church in the rich Western world faces today is a consumerism that damages our spiritual lives, God’s creation and the lives of the poor in many parts of the world.             …

Money Counts
Graham Beynon

There can be no doubt that we live in a society driven by money. Even Christians are not immune to the demands and temptations of wealth, which is occasionally fuelled by erroneous teaching. Sadly, many have fallen into the debt…

Expository Thoughts on Acts
Jonathan Redden

Rather than a commentary, this is more of a daily devotional. It follows similar lines to J. C. Ryle’s ‘expository thoughts’ on the Gospels and is well worth a read. It is not an in-depth study, but does open up…

The book that made your world — how the Bible created the soul of western civilization
Vishal Mangalwadi

This learned Indian philosopher and Christian was unknown to me until recently. It was a surprise to discover this title with its glowing comments and reviews, so I ordered a copy. I was delighted to have read it and am…

Healing and Healers Today
Jim Thompson

It is a sad fact that discussions in recent decades about the place of miraculous gifts have generated much more heat than light. Writers on both sides have complained that critics neglect to understand their position. Each side has, at…

Candle in the Wind
Gary Brady

I enjoyed everything about this book. It is a great read on an issue seldom addressed in recent years. Perhaps the absence of books (as well as preaching) on this subject is the reason why some evangelicals have a superficial…

Held in honor: wisdom for your marriage from voices of the past
Robert L. Plummer

There are many books on marriage for Christians. You may wonder whether this or that one will really help your own marriage or someone else’s. However, this book is a gem and can be confidently given to any married or…

Christian’s pocket guide to sin
Iain D. Campbell

This is a much-needed book on the subject, sensitively handled by a trustworthy guide. It is for the serious seeker after truth and for those who want to find their feet in Bible teaching. We are given several reasons why…

Christian’s pocket guide to suffering
Brian H. Cosby

Brian Cosby’s short volume does what it says on the cover, providing a brief summary of the Bible’s teaching on suffering and pain. Much information is packed into a small number of pages, all of it from a sound, God-centred theological position.…

The Letters of John Berridge of Everton
Nigel Pibworth

Among the many preachers used by God during the thrilling days of the eighteenth century revival in Great Britain, John Berridge has been somewhat overlooked. The compiler of these letters attributes it to Berridge’s devotion to itinerant preaching, which left…

Andrew Murray – Christ’s anointed minister to South Africa
Vance Christie

Andrew Murray (1828-1917) was born in South Africa, but sent to Aberdeen, Scotland, for much of his education. Later, he went to Holland to study for the ministry. He was then commissioned to go to South Africa and initially sent…

A Lost God in a Lost World
Melvin Tinker

This book does not simply call the faithful back to church attendance; much more is at stake. The concern is that society and the church are in danger of losing touch with the true God of the Bible. In a…

Baptist foundations: church government in an anti-institutional age
Mark Dever

This volume is a spirited study and defence of a robust and well defined church polity (authority structures and government) from Baptist convictions. It is substantial, thorough and academic in timbre. Nonetheless, it is both enjoyable and profitable. An array…

Passing Through — pilgrim life in the wilderness
Jeremy Walker

It’s interesting trying to deduce a book’s content from its title. Would this publication address going through testing times, initiation rites or the sentiments behind the famous song, ‘This world is not my home, I’m just a passin’ through’? It…

Amazing Acts — Act one: Enjoying the real life drama of Acts 1:1 to 9:31
Gerard Chrispin

This is the first of three studies working through the book of Acts. Gerard Chrispin (Christian Prison Resources Ministries; United Beach Mission and Christian Answer; Day One author) brings his passion for the Word of God, along with his clear…

Bitesize Biography – J Gresham Machen
Sean Michael Lucas

If one is looking for a brief insight into one of the world’s leading theologians and apologists of the twentieth century, this is an excellent choice. Machen was born on 28 July 1881 to Arthur and Mary ‘Minnie’. They taught…

Cutting to the Heart
Chris Green

Though there are good things about this book, it’s uncertain who it is aimed at. Is it for preachers, congregation members, new believers or seasoned saints? It is hard to tell. Advice is addressed to both ministers and new Christians,…

Travel through Wales
John Aaron

As we pulled up beside the gates of a small chapel, one of my sons quipped, ‘So, which dead preacher’s grave are we visiting now?’ If only I had possessed this book, wrong turnings would have been avoided and my…

PT Resources – Introducing 1&2 Kings
Bob Fyall

When I preached a series of sermons on the books of Kings, I was sorely tempted to rely on the two excellent volumes by Dale Ralph Davis and let him do the hard work for me. The struggle with temptation…

Faith of our Father — expositions of Genesis 12-25
Dale Ralph Davis

The author is an experienced Presbyterian pastor, who was formerly Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. Both these career aspects are apparent in the way he tackles this exposition of the life of Abraham, our…

Building the Kingdom of God on Earth
Martin Erdmann

Subtitled The churches’ contribution to marshal public support for world order and peace, 1919-1945,this book seems to be a slightly weird combination of conspiracy theory, secular postmillennialism and the rather unsurprising conclusion that mainstream Protestant churches pursued liberal theology during…

Preaching made Practical
O. Palmer Robertson

There are many good books on preaching. This is one of them. It does not have anything particularly new to say; nor does it say it in a particularly new or striking manner. It is distinct from other books on…

Fighting Satan
Joel Beeke

Some people perceive so much demon activity that personal responsibility is undermined. Others so totally ignore Satan that they effectively deny his reality. Joel Beeke avoids both extremes, and offers a balanced attitude. He points out that demon possession was…

Staying pure online

Many Christian parents need to wake up to the scale and horror of online pornography. Church leaders who care about the purity of their congregations need both to be alert to the temptations of the 21st century and how to equip…

Martyrs of Malatya
James Wright

This book is both an easy and difficult read. It is easy because the storyline is gripping and well written. It is difficult because the story is about the gruesome murders of three fine Christian men. The story takes place…

Travel with the Pilgrim Fathers
Ian Cooper

We don’t think of books in practical terms, but Travel with the Pilgrim Fathers (part of the ‘Travel with’ series of Day One) is a sturdy wee guide, just asking to be put in your pocket. The title of the…

Gamechangers – key figures of the Christian church
Robert Letham

In this unusual book, Robert Letham explores the influence of twelve individuals who have had a lasting impact on the theology or organisation of the church. Inevitably, his choice of figures is a personal one. It is no surprise to…

NIV Proclamation Bible

The dust jacket of this NIV Bible asserts that this is ‘the clearest and most accurate modern English Bible translation’. It has the recently updated 2011 text. However, it was believed by the translators that there had been such a…

Ephesians for You
Richard Coekin

‘Read your Bible, pray every day and you’ll grow, grow, grow.’ What a delightful and true Sunday school reminder this is! Scripture is an essential part of Christian life; understanding its message is of utmost importance for this life and…

How should we develop biblical friendship (Kindle Edition)
Michael Haykin

The aim of the authors is to answer this question by examining relationships described in the Scriptures and in church history. This booklet is a useful publication; its style and expression make it very accessible, although more emphasis could have…

PT Resources – Teaching 1 Kings
Bob Fyall

This helpful guide to 1 Kings is part of a series published by Christian Focus in conjunction with the Proclamation Trust. It is mainly designed for expository preachers or small group leaders intending to teach the book consecutively. It would…