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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The Call
Trevor Archer & Paul Mallard

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…