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Paul’s letter to the Romans
Colin G. Kruse

Paul’s letter to the RomansColin G. KruseIVP Apollos, 656 pages, £34.99ISBN: 978-1-84474-582-1Star Rating : 3 In the Pillar New Testament Commentaries, this volume replaces the previous commentary on Romans by Leon Morris. Those who love the apostle Paul’s letter to…

Calvinism – A History
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Calvinism – A History
D G Hart

Calvinism - A History D G Hart Yale University Press 342, £25.00 ISBN: 978-0-300-14879-4 Star Rating: 4   For all readers whose love of church history is combined with a commitment to the doctrines of grace, this book will come…

Jonah – Navigating a God-centered Life
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Jonah – Navigating a God-centered Life
Colin S Smith

Jonah - Navigating a God-centered Life Colin S Smith Christian Focus Publications 160, £7.99 ISBN: 978-1-84550-639-1 Star Rating: 5   Having preached twice through the book of Jonah over past years, reading several commentaries on the book in the process,…

Churches, revolutions and empires: 1789 –1914
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Churches, revolutions and empires: 1789 –1914
Ian J Shaw

Churches, revolutions and empires: 1789 –1914 Ian J. ShawChristian Focus Publications, 561 pages, £19.99ISBN: 978-1-84550-774-9Star Rating  4 This work is an important contribution to our overall understanding of nineteenth century church history. In addition, it helps to explain some of…

Reformation: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
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Reformation: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
Carl R Trueman

Reformation: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow Carl R Trueman Christian Focus Publications 128, £6.99 ISBN: 978-1-84550-701-5 Star Rating: 4   In four brief, lively, readable chapters, Carl Trueman explains with feeling and humour some reasons why the Reformation of 500 years…

One Bible, Many Versions
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One Bible, Many Versions
David Brunn

One Bible, Many Versions David Brunn IVP Academic 206, £11.99 ISBN: 978-1-84474-626-2 Star Rating: 3  Bible translation is a contentious subject. Dave Brunn spent several years translating the Scriptures into the language of one of the peoples of Papua New Guinea.…

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The Scriptures Testify about Me
Ed. D A Carson

The Scriptures Testify about Me Ed. D A Carson IVP 192, £9.99 ISBN: 978-1-84474-628-6 Star Rating: 3 As a preacher, I value any book that helps me preach Christ more effectively. This one is particularly helpful, because it will help…

Undivided – Closing the faith-life gap
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Undivided – Closing the faith-life gap
Graham Hooper

Undivided — Closing the faith-life gapGraham HooperIVP224, £8.99ISBN: 978-1-84474-624-8Star Rating: 4 This book is about sanctification. Any such book almost has to fall into one of two categories: either it contains nothing new; or it does, and it’s wrong! This…

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Building a Godly Home
William Gouge

Vol 1

A Faith worth Teaching
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A Faith worth Teaching
Ed. John Payne & S Heck

A faith worth teaching: the Heidelberg Catechism’s enduring heritageJon D. Payne & Sebastian Heck (editors)Reformation Heritage Books, 272 pages, £17.12, ISBN: 978-1-60178-218-2Star Rating : 3 This volume of essays is a contribution to the 450th anniversary of the Heidelberg Catechism…

The Kingdom Manifesto
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The Kingdom Manifesto
Steve Wilmshurst

The kingdom manifesto — an exploration of the Sermon on the Mount Steve WilmshurstEP Books, 240 pages, £9.99ISBN: 13: 978-0-85234-826-0Star Rating : 4 The kingdom manifesto is a scholarly but intensely practical explanation of what Jesus’ hillside teaching means for…

Building a Godly Home
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Building a Godly Home
William Gouge

Vol 2

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Pierre Viret: the angel of the Reformation
R. A. Sheats

Pierre Viret: the angel of the Reformation R. A. SheatsZurich Publishing, 324 pages, $22ISBN: 978-0-9843785-1-7Star Rating : 4 Rebecca Sheats’ book presents the life and work of the Swiss reformer, who sadly has been overshadowed by Calvin, his Genevan colleague…