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From strength to strength: a life of Marcus Loane
Allan Blanch

On 23 April 1954, a student at Moore College, Sydney, was listening to a history lecture by Marcus Loane, being part of a series on Paul and Acts. It was a day not to be forgotten by W. J. Lawton,…

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Psalms Vol. 1: From Suffering to Glory (Welwyn Commentary Series)
Philip Eveson

This commentary from Philip Eveson, in the Welwyn Commentary Series, begins with a ten-page introduction, briefly touching on psalm headings (part of the Hebrew text); the division of the Psalter into five books; different types of psalm (praise, prayer, thanksgiving,…

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Learning about the Old Testament
Allan Harman

This is a readable introduction to the history and theology of the Old Testament (OT). The author was the principal of the Presbyterian Theological College in Melbourne and writes from a Reformed, evangelical point of view. Harman begins with advice…

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Moving On – Beyond Forgive and Forget
Ruth Ann Batstone

Forgiveness is an issue that Christians will deal with until their dying day. It is not just ‘forgetting’: withholding full forgiveness comes at a cost, whether physical (lowered immunity), emotional (anxiety, depression, difficult relationships, anger, bitterness, etc.) or spiritual (putting…

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When Evangelicals Care
Brian H. Edwards

Social care for the elderly is a much discussed issue and this publication is timely. It is the account of how a group of young Christians, concerned for the suffering of aged believers, became the wide-ranging Pilgrims’ Friend Society. It…

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Jesus: the hidden years
Paul E. Brown

The four Gospels tell us little about the Lord Jesus’ life prior to the beginning of his public ministry. These 30 years of near-silence have elicited much speculation about the ‘hidden years’ of Jesus. There is, for example, the apocryphal…

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For the Glory – The life of Eric Liddell
Duncan Hamilton

Biographies of Christians can be rich feasts that inspire believers. How excellent it is to have a new work that should rank as one of the best of this present generation. Duncan Hamilton is a sports writer and apparently not…

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The Axe and the Tree
Stephen Griffiths

The subtitle of this book is, ‘How bloody persecution sowed the seeds of new life in Zimbabwe’. At the time the story begins, Zimbabwe was known as Rhodesia. The mission involved was the Elim Missionary Society. Key figures in its…

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Reformation Women – 16th Century figures who shaped Christianity’s Rebirth
Rebecca VanDoodewaard

Stories of those who pursued faithfulness in life and doctrine are always inspiring. Here are twelve such stories of women serving the Lord in the turbulence of Reformation times. They were from France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, and one —…

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A Chance to Die – Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael
Elisabeth Elliot

A chance to die is Elisabeth Elliot’s title for her account of the life of Amy Carmichael of Dohnavur. If such a title suits anyone, it is surely Elisabeth Elliot herself, as she faced the fearful loss of her young…

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The spirit of discovery — inspiring the new generation of scientific pioneers
Truth in Science

This is a high-quality production, aimed at correcting a problem arguably threatening the integrity of much of scientific education today: that science curricula and teachers stultify rather than encourage true science when it comes to evolutionary theory, since the latter…

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Evolution: still a theory in crisis
Michael Denton

Michael Denton is a British-Australian biochemist. This book is an update of his 1985 title, Evolution: a theory in crisis.  It contains many technical terms and more than 800 endnotes, referencing academic works in support of his thesis. However, the…

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WCS – Hebrews: The Name High over All
Richard Brooks

The letter to the Hebrews is a part of Scripture particularly rich in devotional subject matter. It is fitting, then, that this recent commentary in the Welwyn Commentary Series is warmly devotional in its style. In equal measure, it is…

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Death in Adam, Life in Christ
John V. Fesko

In the 500th year since the onset of the Reformation, this book is timely. Its focus is on one particular aspect of the doctrine of justification by grace through faith, namely the concept of imputed righteousness. The title encapsulates this…

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Looking for Love
Joanne Gilcrist

Joanne Gilchrist has worked with Youth With A Mission in New Zealand and is now involved in youth work in England, particularly mentoring young women. Joanne clearly loves the Lord and has a high view of marriage. This book is…

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What the Bible really says about The Days of Creation
Simon Turpin

In this small booklet, Simon Turpin (general manager and speaker for Answers in Genesis UK) sets out in simple terms some answers to common questions about Genesis 1-9. He gently shows the connection from Genesis to our need of Jesus…

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Bible Studies – Work.Life – Finding purpose in your everyday
Tim Yearsley

This is a helpful series of eight studies aimed at small groups. It lays out biblical principles and encourages a God-honouring attitude towards work. It would probably be best used with university student groups or a church’s men’s group, though…

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How shall they hear?
John Mollitt

This is a moving account of the life and ministry of a faithful preacher living in a rural context. John Mollitt speaks of his early days when he first preached to his twin brother. He outlines his conversion and call…

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The Decalogue
David L. Baker

There are few sections of Holy Scripture that have received more attention than the Ten Commandments. What else could be written to add to the available resources? But, having read this volume, I humbly suggest it is a valuable addition…

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Confronting Porn
Paula Hall

There is nothing new about sexual temptation. There have always been adulterers at large, seeking to lure their prey into sin. But since the advent of printed media, photographic imaging and film, adultery or fornication has appeared increasingly in print…

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A Christian’s pocket guide to Mary: Mother of God?
Leonardo de Chirico

This short, readable book is profitable not only for presenting the problems surrounding the subject, but also because it is edifying. It begins with a biblical portrait of Mary. It then explores how the relatively brief biblical references can be…

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All Things Made New – Writings on the Reformation
Diarmaid MacCulloch

There has been a recent flurry of publications on the Reformation. Prior to this, Oxford professor Diarmaid McCulloch stood out in the renewal of Reformation studies. His titles include Thomas Cranmer: a life (1997) and Reformation: Europe’s house divided (2004).…

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Voices from the Past Vol 2
Richard Rushing

This book consists of selections from around 30 authors from the Puritan era, arranged as daily readings. The editor has condensed and abridged the extracts, seeking to remain faithful to the authors’ flows of thought. Each day’s section is headed…

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Grace Essentials
John Calvin

Christian Focus is to be commended for publishing a clear, concise and comprehensive compendium of John Calvin’s classic, The Institutes of the Christian religion. Systematic, biblical theology is presented in an accessible and appealing format. Using the ESV Bible text,…

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1,2,3 John – Redemption’s Certainty
John D. Hannah

The apostle John’s writings, especially his letters, are known to be a challenge to understand. The author of this commentary faces up to this fact. He acknowledges the profundity of John’s thoughts and the difficulty of his grammar. However, the…

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Created and Creating
William Edgar

This is a disappointing book. The author has the learning, as he discusses the subject of culture and the church, but, as he himself admits, ‘The alert reader will have noticed the dearth of applications in this book’ (p.233). The…

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Life in Bible Times
Timothy Cross

This short book is divided into 22 brief chapters, each based on a biblical ‘picture’. The reader is led on a brief tour of life in Bible times, such as fishing, shepherding and living in tents. At each stop along…

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Judah – From a sinful man to the saving Messiah
Paul E. Brown

This book is the second in a series dealing with different characters in the Bible. In the introduction, the author makes the point that, although there isn’t a great deal about Judah in the Bible, his name appears there frequently.…

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Gospel Culture
Joseph Boot

In western society we live in a time of unprecedented cultural change. It is a time when Christian morality is increasingly condemned as well as rejected. Christians often find it difficult to make voices heard in the public square. Any…

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God’s Divorce
Colin Hamer

This book is based on the author’s PhD thesis. His contention is that the early church was influenced in its understanding of the New Testament more by Neoplatonism than the Old Testament. So, marriage came to be seen as a…

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Unbelievable?
Justin Brierley

Justin Brierley is the host of Premier Christian Radio’s Unbelievable? radio show. He describes how, as an undergraduate at Oxford University, his contact with sceptics made him question his belief in God and Christianity. He explains that the experience helped…

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Fine Gold from Yorkshire
Faith Cook

Yorkshire is known for its food, athletes and cricketers. It should also be known for the number of notable Christians who have hailed from this county over the centuries. In Fine gold from Yorkshire, Faith Cook brings readers 21 biographies,…

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Spoken for — embracing who you are and whose you are
Robin Gunn

Spoken for is a brilliant read, which draws upon biblical promises as well as biographical anecdotes from Gunn and Bethke. They remind readers that, whether married or single, Christians have been chosen and pursued by God, and he should be…

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Pilgrims under Pressure
Alec Taylor

Ezekiel is an apt prophet with which to begin this collection of devotions that encourage saints under pressure to stay faithful to the gospel. Those who have become lukewarm in their devotion to the Lord will be challenged by Ezekiel’s…

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Big Bible Answers – The Bottomless Dinner Basket
Susan Kahler

The authors of The bottomless dinner basket seek to teach sound doctrine to children aged eight and above using Erroll Hulse’s Catechism for boys and girls. There are three units that are each split into subsections. At the beginning of…

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Bishop J C Ryle’s Autobiography
Andrew Atherstone

It may appear strange that the Banner of Truth Trust should so soon follow up their publication of Iain Murray’s biography of Ryle, Prepared to stand alone, with Ryle’s own Autobiography. The two works are, however, complementary. Whereas Iain Murray…

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Reader’s Bible (NKJV)

How do you approach the Bible? As a reference volume to look up answers to certain questions? As a divine book given to us by God in which we hear him speaking? Have you ever wondered if the layout of…

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The Lion’s Honey – lessons from the life of Samson
John Benton

In this short book, John Benton walks us through the life of Samson. While the wider context and general teaching of Judges 13-16 is outlined, the focus is specifically on lessons in leadership. Samson is an enigmatic character. His inclusion…

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And they crucified him
Alun Ebenezer

In this God-honouring, heart-stirring book, Alun Ebenezer considers chronologically the events leading up to, including and following the death of the Lord Jesus Christ. The book is written in conversational style, at times leading the reader down thoughtful side paths,…

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Wonders of Grace

Anything associated with C. H. Spurgeon merits serious attention. The publishers of this little gem deserve much praise. It is a collection of testimonies drawn from the archives of the Metropolitan Tabernacle. They display a fascinating variety of testimonies from…

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The Gospel of Jesus Christ
Paul Washer

Following earlier publications by Washer on the gospel, this booklet is worth reading. Here he directs his focus to unbelievers. He thoroughly explains the gospel, starting with God and describing succinctly his character. He then deals with humanity and something…

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Finding Forgiveness
Stanley D. Gale

This book comprises five chapters. The first two focus on the forgiveness of God, the second two on our forgiveness of others, and chapter five deals with the misnomer of forgiving ourselves. Although it is an expansion of Gale’s previous…

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I shall not die, but live
Douglas Taylor

In May 2011, Douglas Taylor was diagnosed with terminal cancer. From 7 June 2011 until 8 May 2014, he launched into a personal mission for the Saviour he loved. He began a blog to encourage those who knew that the…

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Knowing God and Ourselves
David B. Calhoun

The subtitle of this book is ‘Reading Calvin’s Institutes devotionally’. For most readers this may be somewhat misleading. It is not a devotional book in the standard sense, using excerpts of writings from well-known Christians for daily thought and devotion.…

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Luther and his Katie
Dolina MacCuish

‘If this monk should marry, the whole world and even the devil would roar with laughter’, said Martin Luther’s enemies. But marry Catherine von Bora he did! She had escaped from a convent where she had been living as a…

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The Cost – what it takes to follow Jesus
Steven J. Lawson

This is a great little book. And its subject is anything but little: Lawson opens up Luke 14:25-35 in detail. There are 12 short chapters, which are easy to read. Each tackles approximately one verse at a time. The closing…

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Read Mark Learn – Luke Vol 1
William Taylor

These are study notes on Luke chapters 1-9. They are intended for use by small groups, but could be used for personal study. They are taken from sermons preached by the author, who is the rector at St Helen’s Bishopsgate,…

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Luther and the 9.5 Theses
Kenneth Brownell

Unless you have been hiding in a monastery, you will know that this year is the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. A plethora of publications have appeared, drawing attention to this fact at various levels and from…

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Convinced by Scripture
Andy Johnston

This concise and lucid book on Luther is designed to use the opportunities afforded by the 500th anniversary of the famous nailing of the 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg. Andy Johnston describes how the Bible gradually illuminated…

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Crazy love — overwhelmed by a relentless God
Francis Chan

Crazy love is a book designed to challenge Christians to stop living a lukewarm life, and encourage them to live a life ‘worthy of the calling you have received’ (Ephesians 4:1). It consists of eleven chapters, each chapter divided by…

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Daddy tried: overcoming the failures of fatherhood
Tim Bayly

(5 Star) With good reason, theologian John Frame calls this ‘the best book on fathering currently in print’. Tim Bayly is an American pastor with over 30 years’ experience. He addresses fatherhood in the home, church and public square, with…

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Journal of the Seminary of the Free Church of Scotland (Cont) Volume 2
J. W. Keddie

In producing this journal, the FCS (Continuing) has demonstrated the necessity and benefits of sound study articles as a means of nurturing a godly ministry. Such ministry is greatly needed today. This volume has worthy articles on matters of interest…

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God’s Word and Your Life
Laura Martin

This comes from Christian Focus’ CF4.K range. The small print on the back cover gives an age range of ‘Read to me: 6-8’ or ‘Read by myself: 8-12’. I would say it is ideal for those aged 11-plus. The principles…

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Is the Lord’s Day for you
Joseph A. Pipa Jr

In this addition to the ‘Cultivating Biblical Godliness’ booklet series, Joseph Pipa (President of the Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in South Carolina) sets out the biblical basis for the abiding relevance of the fourth commandment. In short compass, Dr Pipa…

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How can I practice Christian Meditation
Joel Beeke

The 21st century is witness to an information revolution not seen since the invention of the printing press. The challenge for Christians today, faced with vast amounts of images, news feeds, social media and web surfing, is to keep all…

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Pulpit Aflame
Joel Beeke

This is an excellent book. It should be put into the hands of every man feeling called to preach. It is also helpful for those who, by God’s grace, have been preaching for many years. There are still things to…

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People in the Bible – The Life of Abraham
Malcolm Maclean

Malcolm Maclean was the managing editor for Christian Focus Publishing and now ministers in the Free Church of Scotland. As may be expected, he has written this short study on Abraham with clear biblical exposition and heartfelt, practical application. Do…

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The Unquenchable Flame
Michael Reeves

How easy it is to hear of certain great events in the story of the Christian church and yet be unsure of the exact place of that event in the grand drama of God’s unfolding purposes. This year sees the…

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Surprised by the commandments
Graham Beynon

Graham Beynon confesses that he once considered the Ten Commandments ‘predictable, negative and irrelevant’ (p.xi). After preaching through them, however, he was surprised to discover an unexpected ‘depth and richness’ (p.xii). He dedicates one short chapter to each commandment, writing in…

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Devoted to God: blueprints for sanctification
Sinclair B. Ferguson

In spring 1991, a gathering of pastors in Leicester were listening intently to a preacher expounding the doctrine of sanctification. Their hearts burned within them as in three sessions he gave a masterly overview of his subject and drove home…

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Radical Church
John Caldwell

In this book, John Caldwell gives a brief analysis of what has gone wrong with the church and the world. David Robertson writes in the foreword, ‘There is very little in this wee book that is new. You can find…

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The World on our Doorstep
Dewi A. Hughes

This book is described as a resource aimed at helping UK churches engage with those of other faiths who live ‘on our doorstep’ rather than in distant lands. Much is packed into 200 pages, with many examples of churches and…

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Why Noah’s Ark is gospel truth
Peter Simpson

The author of this little book is the minister of Penn Free Methodist Church in Buckinghamshire. It is designed for evangelistic use and was written after Peter Simpson and his wife visited the recently opened ‘Ark Encounter’ in Kentucky. The…

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Content yet contending
Daniel R. Hyde

This book stems from two series on Jude that the author preached in his home church. It seems aimed at ministers who might consider preaching through this book, although its appeal is wider than this. In the preface Hyde explains the…

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Born Slaves – The Bondage of the Will
Martin Luther

This is an excellent introduction to an essential doctrine, sadly, opposed by John Wesley and many professed evangelicals. Luther states clearly in the preface, ‘Man is born a slave to sin! He is not free’. He then goes on to…

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The crisis of evangelical Christianity: roots, consequences and resolutions
Keith Sewell

Keith Sewell (Professor of history at Dordt College, Iowa) brings his extensive knowledge of the history of Christianity to an assessment of evangelicalism today. He points out the early and ubiquitous influence of Platonism on the post-apostolic church. He remarks…

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A Time for Confidence
Stephen J. Nichols

This is an easy book to read. Its subject matter is not so easy to practice. The theme, as the title suggests, is ‘confidence’. We are reminded that the word itself comes from two Latin words: con, meaning ‘with’, and fides, meaning ‘faith’; hence,…

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Be still my soul: embracing God’s purpose and provision in suffering
Nancy Guthrie

Be still my soul is a collection of extracts from sermons, essays and books by contemporary and classic theologians, writing on the problem of pain. Writers include Joni Eareckson Tada, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Corrie ten Boom, John Calvin, J. I. Packer, John Piper, Charles…

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The Enduring Authority of the Christian Scriptures
D. A. Carson

This collection of 37 hefty essays by leading scholars, edited by Donald Carson, is a window on the state of the authority of Scripture in the Anglo-Saxon evangelical world today. Six contributions come from the UK, three from Australia, one…

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With Mercy and with Judgement
Matthew J. Hyde

Much attention is being paid to World War 1 and it is important to study its impact on Christians. The Strict Baptists were a relatively small denomination in 1914, but Dr Matthew Hyde’s study gives illuminating insight into the impact…

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Ephesians — a Mentor expository commentary
Richard D. Phillips

Commentaries come in many sizes and formats, from the highly technical and exegetical to those of a more devotional character. This one falls into the category of expository reflections on the text of Ephesians and is one of the latest…

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1, 2, 3 John – A Mentor Expository Commentary
Terry L. Johnson

There is, arguably, no more searching book in the Bible than the first letter of John. I may say that I am a Christian and believe that I am a Christian, but the key question is, am I? John, in…

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Is Genesis history?
Thomas Purifoy

This DVD explores the scientific evidence advocated by evolutionists and shows that it is more consistent with the Creation-Fall-Flood paradigm. The film proceeds by way of interviews with scholars from different scientific and linguistic disciplines, including, among others, Hebrew, geology, microbiology, astronomy…

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Why Jesus?
John Blanchard

In this short book, John Blanchard gives six reasons why Jesus is unique and the only one through whom we can have a saving relationship with God. ‘Back to the future’: this section covers the Old Testament prophecies that are…

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Destiny – learning to live by preparing to die
David Gibson

Ecclesiastes is perhaps the most startling and intriguing book of Scripture. In this series of consecutive studies, David Gibson draws lessons that follow the flow of thought in an uncompromising fashion, without trying to sanitise the hard-hitting original. Destiny is not a…

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Jonathan Edwards & Transatlantic Print Culture
Jonathan Yeager

This is a must-read for every Edwards aficionado. It is a treasure trove of eighteenth-century publishing and the activities of booksellers. Some might be tempted to dismiss the garnered facts as mere minutiae, but we soon capture the theme undergirding…

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The Great Unknown
Paul Blackham

This book brings us an exploration of biblical themes relating to heaven and hell. From its phraseology, it seems derived from spoken addresses, but there are pitfalls as well as advantages in turning preached sermons into book form. On the…

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C H Spurgeon’s Forgotten College Addresses

This book’s intriguing title conjures up images of a long forgotten manuscript recently discovered in a dusty attic. That’s not quite the case here, as all these addresses have seen the light of day in printed form in The Sword…

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Renewal
John James

For bright young things contemplating a call to pastoral ministry, church planting is where it’s at. Alternatively, service in an already large and thriving work is often pursued. Why bother trying to turn around a dying church when you can…

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A Scenic Route through the Old Testament
Alec Motyer

This is a new edition of a book originally published in 1994. I am pleased that it has been made available again. Many people, particularly new or young Christians, find the Old Testament daunting. They find it difficult to piece…

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Deuteronomy: At Journey’s End
Alec Motyer

Ever since I heard Alec Motyer’s classic Bible readings on Amos in the early 1970s, I have devoured anything he wrote on the Old Testament. He continued to speak and write until the Lord called him home late last year.…

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Does Atheism Make Sense
John Blanchard

Twentieth-century secular pronouncements about the imminent death of belief in God proved premature. But what about the arguments of the ‘new atheists’? In six short chapters, the reader is led to consider the bankruptcy of atheism from the viewpoints of…

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Every promise of your Word­ — the gospel according to Joshua
Rhett Dodson

The result of a lifetime’s study, this book is heart-warming, searching and readable. The author’s years of preaching through Joshua are clearly discernible in the structure of each chapter. As well as making warm application of the text, he shows…

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James MacGregor: Preacher, Theologian & Defender of the Faith
J. W. Keddie

This book will interest those who enjoy Christian biographies or follow church history. It focuses on theological issues as well as the life of its subject. Indeed, Macgregor was primarily a theologian, and the title aptly sums him up. He…

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Primer – How Far We Fell (Issue 2) – the doctrine of sin

Primer is a new journal published twice a year by the FIEC. Each issue focuses on one subject with different authors providing analysis from various angles. The journal is aimed primarily at church leaders, to help them engage with significant…

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Trail Blazers – Ulrich Zwingli – Shepherd Warrior
William Boekestein

‘They can kill the body, but they cannot kill the soul’. So exclaimed Ulrich Zwingli, as he was dying on the battlefield, fighting for the Protestant cause. Born a few weeks after Luther and 25 years before Calvin, he was…

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Does Christianity Really Work?
William Edgar

This is a book about apologetics (arguments defending the Christian faith). It is the second of a projected 10-volume series, entitled ‘The Big Ten: Critical Questions Answered’, which aims to address major questions raised by sceptics. Questions include, ‘Why is…

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Talking Points: Transgender
Vaughan Roberts

Vaughan Roberts’ latest book is a good introduction to a topic that has hit our culture like a juggernaut. At just 64-pages, it is a quick read. Chapter 1 defines terms. What does ‘transgender’ actually mean? Is it sexual? Chapter…

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2000 Years of Christ’s power. Volume 4: The age of religious conflict 16th to 18th century
Nick Needham

This instructive account of the sad divisions that occurred in the church provides warnings about schism and its consequences. It is a must for ministers and academics, capturing the story of the church after Luther and Calvin. The first chapter…

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Thirty Thousand Days – the journey home to God
Catherine Morgan

As I began to read the preface of this book, I was reminded of A.W. Tozer’s The pursuit of God. At first I felt overwhelmed by the rapid pace of the writing. Gradually, I began to appreciate its thrust and,…

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How can I remember and practice the Bible
Ryan McGraw

This booklet in the ‘Cultivating Biblical Godliness’ series is written by an associate professor of systematic theology at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in the US. The stated purpose of the series is to inform the mind, warm the affections and…

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The Beauty and Glory of God’s Word
Joel Beeke

‘Without the Word of God, we have no light. Christ is our light, and we cannot trust Christ apart from the Word of the Lord. Unless we are expositing a word from the Lord, no preacher has the authority to…

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8 Women of Faith
Michael Haykin

This is a superb book by Professor Michael Haykin on eight Christian women selected from across the history of the Reformation and post-Reformation church. Each mini-biography is well researched, thoroughly referenced, and presented in an edifying and devotional way. To…

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30 Day Devotional – 1 Thessalonians
Alec Motyer

Review combined with 2 Timothy: 30-day devotional by Alec Motyer IVP has added two new entries to the teeming field of daily devotional literature. These are part of a planned series based on messages from past Keswick Convention speakers. There…

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30 Day Devotional – 2 Timothy
Michael Baughen

Review combined with 1 Thessalonians: 30-day devotional by Alec Motyer IVP has added two new entries to the teeming field of daily devotional literature. These are part of a planned series based on messages from past Keswick Convention speakers. There…

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Biblical Church Revitalization
Brian Croft

There has been much emphasis on church planting in recent years, and rightly so. Where villages, towns or cities are without a gospel church, planting one is a vital means of discipling believers and reaching the local community for Christ.…

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The One True Story
Tim Chester

This book aims to show that the events of the first Christmas mark the climax of the historical and prophetic narratives of the Old Testament. These commenced at creation and in the Fall of Adam, continuing on at the appearing…

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NSBT – Unceasing kindness — A biblical theology of Ruth
Peter Lau

What more could possibly be squeezed out of the well loved, much-studied-and-expounded book of Ruth? Well, Bible students, teachers and preachers of God’s Word will be interested and surprised at the content of this work. It is not merely another…

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BST The Message of Spiritual Warfare
Keith Ferdinando

The concept of ‘spiritual warfare’ sometimes gets a bad press. Lurid descriptions of demons battling for air supremacy over cities and towns were very much du jour in the 1980s, catapulted into prominence by the runaway success of Frank Peretti’s…

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Coming home to dad: a journey from childhood trauma to wholeness
Amanda Pilz

This book has been published by a publishing house claiming they are ‘passionate about addressing diverse social issues from a kingdom perspective’. It is the autobiography of a woman who suffered domestic abuse and neglect at the hands of a…

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Seeking Allah, finding Jesus
Nabeel Qureshi

Does it delight you to know of Muslims coming to Christ? If so, you will enjoy this book. You will be invited into a loving, happy Muslim home in America, where Muslim education begins on the day of birth, as…

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50 World-changing events in Christian History
Earl Blackburn

Earl Blackburn has written a helpful and unusual book. It is well researched and written with the average Christian in mind. In just over 300 pages he covers church history from the end of the New Testament to the present day.…

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Trail Blazers – Martin Luther – Reformation Fire
Catherine Mackenzie

Catherine Mackenzie’s biography ­­­of Martin Luther is aimed at readers aged nine and above. It makes historical and gospel truths accessible and Mackenzie captures the sense of danger surrounding Luther’s work. The reader is left with an appreciation of the…

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Why should I believe Christianity?
James N. Anderson

The author, a Scotsman, is a faculty member of Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina. The book is part of an apologetics series called ‘The Big Ten: Critical Questions Answered’. Its purpose is clear from the title: to persuade unbelievers…

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A wind in the house of Islam
David Garrison

The stated purpose of this book is to review the re-emergence of Christianity in the Muslim world. Garrison was motivated to write it by the high number of Muslim conversions to Christ during the last 100 years, particularly in the…

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God’s Way for Romance: Getting Back to Biblical Courtship
Stuart Burgess

Sexual purity is one of the most important issues facing the church today. There is great peer pressure to have sexual relationships before marriage, and that peer pressure has entered the church. Having seen first-hand the harmful effects of the…

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The Great River – Primitive Methodism till 1868
David M. Young

This book describes the origins and development of Primitive Methodism in North Hampshire. As such, it is an encouragement to perseverance in evangelistic work today. The book is not a general history of the denomination. Instead, it offers a carefully…

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Preaching – An Awesome Task
Eryl Davies

This book was mainly written with preachers in mind. It began as a series of messages at the Bala ministers conference, back in 1981. It was put into book form in 1984, but has now been republished with an extra…

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National Curriculum – Science – Genetics & Evolution – Teachers’ Guide

Christian Education Europe has produced a guide to help teachers wishing to present a balanced view of the theory of evolution in their Key Stage 3 biology lessons. It examines the scientific evidence and shows why some scientists deem it…

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SASRA at the Somme
Shona Wilkie

The 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in World War I has been given much coverage. The human cost was devastating: 60,000 British soldiers lay dead after the first day. Over a million would perish between July and…

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In sweet obscurity: learning from some of the Bible’s lesser-known saints
Kurt Strassner

If it is true that reading Christian books is becoming a rarity in our churches, there is no lack of excellent books to help reverse the trend. This slim volume of 109 pages is fascinating. Seemingly obscure Bible characters like…

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The Essential Trinity: New Testament foundations and practical relevance
Carl R. Trueman

This collective work bears witness to the increasing dominance of the doctrine of the Trinity in recent theological discussion. This has been partly in response to the influence of Karl Barth and Jürgen Moltmann. The book is not for the…

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Elijah – Prophet of God
B. A. Ramsbottom

This delightful children’s book is a faithful, detailed re-telling of Elijah’s story. It begins with his miraculous feeding by the ravens and ends with his translation to heaven in a chariot. It is divided into nine chapters, each one covering…

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Becoming Christlike
Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis was commissioned by the Keswick movement to write this. It forms part of the Keswick Foundations series. It is partly based on a comment by John Stott at his last attendance at the Keswick Convention: ‘Christlikeness is the…

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Transformed – becoming like God’s Son
Derek Tidball

This book is a Bible study resource for individuals or small groups. The aim is that readers should become more like Jesus. The content is designed to further this demanding aspiration. The style throughout is engaging and the theological stance…

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Little Book of Big Words
Warren Wiersbe

Warren Wiersbe is well known to the evangelical public, partly through his popular series of ‘BE Commentaries’. He has gained a reputation for accurate, simple and practical expositions of every book of the Bible. Here, he turns his gift for…

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What’s up with the Fig Leaves?
Heather Thieneman

This is a good book. The aim is not so much to catalogue a list of what is modest, but rather to examine biblically what is entailed in the concept of modesty. The underlying conviction of the author is that…

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Style or substance — the nature of true Christian ministry
William Taylor

This is a readable book. It contrasts the boastful but shallow facade of Paul’s rivals at Corinth with the deeper substance of apostolic gospel ministry. This contrast is the main theme of this series of addresses. The former kind of…