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All reviews from August 2017

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…