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Selected Writings of Benjamin Morgan Palmer
Ed. C. N. Willborn & Caleb Cangelosi

This volume consists of 34 short articles written for The Southwestern Presbyterian in the years 1869–70. At that time, Palmer was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of New Orleans, USA. The Southwestern Presbyterian is described as a weekly newspaper,…

Christians in the Firing Line
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Christians in the Firing Line
Dr Richard Scott

Christians in the firing line Dr Richard ScottWilberforce Publications, 202 pages, £7.99ISBN: 978-0-95757-251-5Star rating : 3 Christians in the firing line consists of case studies of seven men, five women and one married couple, who, in the course of work,…

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How do I kill remaining sin?
Geoffrey Thomas

This short booklet (currently available as an ebook in the UK) is a serious and helpful introduction to the doctrine of mortification. Readable in under 30 minutes, it is yet full of good teaching and practical advice. Geoffrey Thomas begins…

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Christianity on Trial
Mark Lanier

The author, an American case lawyer, explains his reasons for believing the gospel. To undecided readers, his closing words underscore his evangelistic aim: ‘This is the verdict I have reached. I think it is most reasonable, and I pray you…

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With God all things are possible
Maureen Wise

Maureen Wise’s account of God’s work in present-day Romania and Moldavia concludes with these words: ‘In days of spiritual dearth in the UK, there is encouragement to be found in discovering something of His work in other lands’ (p.245). How…

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From the Mouth of God
Sinclair B. Ferguson

This book, revised and expanded from an earlier version published in 1982, is a primer for personal use of the Bible. It is subtitled ‘Trusting, reading and applying the Bible’, reflecting the threefold division of the book. The first part…

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Heart Attitudes
Graham Benyon

Being a Christian is more than knowing truth and doing good – it involves having the right attitudes and desires within. The heart matters.  Graham Beynon’s purpose in this book is to allow the gospel to perform ‘open-heart surgery’ i.e.…

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Hidden but now Revealed
G K Beale & B L Gladd

Greg Beale of Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia, has a reputation for fine exegetical studies and rigorous defence of biblical inerrancy. He co-authors this detailed piece of theology with Benjamin Gladd of Reformed Seminary, Jackson. The theme of ‘mystery’ in the New…

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Building a Godly Home
William Gouge

This is the third volume of a three volume series and focuses on the responsibilities of both parents and children. It is subtitled ‘a holy vision for raising children’. It is an edited and modernised edition of a book originally…

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Christian Biography for young readers – Jonathan Edwards
Simonetta Carr

I was excited to be asked to review this volume on Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758). It is from the series Christian Biographies for Young Readers. Edwards is someone I know little about, yet I realise he has left quite a legacy…

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They’re rugby boys, don’t you know?
Natalie Vellacott

A challenging read! The author professed conversion at an early age, but fell away ‘in a dramatic fashion’. She lived a ‘party lifestyle’. After a long struggle, she came under intense conviction of sin and cried to the Lord for…

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The Suburbs of Heaven – Diary of Murdoch Campbell
David Campbell

Murdoch Campbell was born in 1900. He gained a degree from Edinburgh University and then, after studying at the Free Church College for three years, was ordained into the Free Church of Scotland ministry. He ministered first at Fort Augustus…

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George Whitefield – America’s Spiritual Founding Father
Thomas S Kidd

This volume navigates a number of middle paths simultaneously. The author is an evangelical Christian, yet an academic historian. His is an honest assessment from a sympathetic perspective. It is an American biography of a British preacher, addressing Whitefield as…

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The Doctrine of Sanctification
A. W. Pink

With Pink one comes to expect a thoroughly biblical and well researched treatment of a topic. This book proves no exception. The doctrine of sanctification is like an onion. Unwrap one layer and you will discover another, never seeming to…