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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.             …

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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…

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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…

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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…