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God Redeeming His Bride
God Redeeming His Bride
Robert K. Cheong

God redeeming his bride Robert K. CheongChristian Focus Publications336 pages, £11.99ISBN: 978-1-84550-719-0Star rating : 4 This is a book about church discipline, elaborating how churches have a responsibility to remove the impenitent from their midst (e.g. Matthew 18:15-20). It grew…

Mission Matters
Mission Matters
Kieran Beville

Mission Matters Kieran Beville EP Books 310, £10.99 ISBN: 978-0-85234-940-3 Star Rating: 2 Mission matters is a two-part collection of essays and reports previously published in magazines and journals over a number of years. In Part 1, Beville covers a…

Seeing Beauty & Saying Beautifully
Seeing Beauty & Saying Beautifully
John Piper

Seeing beauty and saying beautifullyJohn PiperIVP158 pages, £7.99ISBN: 978-1783591107Star rating : 3 The subtitle of this book is ‘The power of poetic effort: George Herbert, George Whitefield and C. S. Lewis’. The book’s central argument is that ‘poetic effort’, or…

Simply God
Simply God
Peter Sanlon

Simply God Peter Sanlon IVP 240, £11.99 ISBN: 978-1-78359-104-6 Star Rating: 3 Peter Sanlon wrote this book concerned that the contemporary church has lost touch with its theological roots that are manifested in the profound thinking of earlier generations of…

Why Protestant Truth still matters
Why Protestant Truth still matters
Garry Williams

Why Protestant truth still mattersGarry Williams, Protestant Truth Society42 pages, £3.95Star rating : 4 The Protestant Truth Society (PTS) was founded by John Kensit in 1889 and this brochure bears the rider, ‘Celebrating 125 years’. We suppose the author was…

Songs of a Suffering King
Songs of a Suffering King
John V. Fesko

Songs of a Suffering King J V Fesko Reformation Heritage Books 126, £6.24 ISBN: 978-1-60178-310-3 Star Rating: 3 An associate professor of systematic theology, the author has produced a thought-provoking study of Psalms 1-8 in this little volume. He maintains…

Wholeheartedness (Haggai)
Wholeheartedness (Haggai)
Jonathan Griffiths

Wholeheartedness: a message from Haggai for todayJonathan GriffithsDay One Publications, 96 pages, £6.00, ISBN: 978-1-84625-434-5Star Rating: 4   Don’t let the brevity of this commentary deceive you. It’s a good, brief journey through Haggai, which, I have to say, is…

Back Chat
Back Chat
Chris Sinkinson

Back Chat: Answering Christianity's Critics  Chris Sinkinson Christian Focus Publications 128, £6.99 ISBN: 978-1-78191-406-9 Star Rating: 2 stars   Back chat is a collection of 27 stand-alone articles, which were originally published in Evangelicals Now. Each one is only two…

The Soul Journey
The Soul Journey
Kent & Katie Philpott

The Soul JourneyKent & Katie PhilpottEarthen Vessel Publishing220, £8.94ISBN: 978-0-9703296-1-5Star Rating: 4 There is, in contemporary society, a heightened interest in spiritualities of every stripe. This was brought home to me on a recent visit to Los Angeles, where spiritism…

A Trinitarian Theology of Religions
A Trinitarian Theology of Religions
Harold Netland

A Trinitarian Theology of Religions G McDermott & H Netland Oxford University Press 336, £18.60 ISBN: 978-0-19-975183-9 Star Rating: 4   From both an academic and evangelical perspective, this book interacts intelligently with the religious pluralism so prevalent in the…

A Vine-Ripened Life
A Vine-Ripened Life
Stanley D. Gale

A vine-ripened life Stanley D. GaleReformed Heritage Books70 pages, £7.99ISBN: 978-1-60178-343-1Star rating : 3 This book is a series of sermons based on the first part of John 15 (the vine and its fruit) and Galatians 5:22-23 (the fruit of…

Essential Guide for Helping Refugees
Patrick Sookhdeo

Essential Guide for Helping Refugees Ed. Patrick Sookhdeo Isaac Publishing 128, £12.99 ISBN: 978-0-99161-452-3 Star Rating: 4 We have come to associate the author Patrick Sookhdeo with thoroughness. Although the reviewer cannot speak for the accuracy of the technical content…

America’s Pastor
America’s Pastor
Grant Wacker

America's PastorGrant WackerHarvard University Press404, £20.00ISBN: 978-0-674-05218-5Star Rating: 1   This book is written by an American academic for American academics. 72 pages of footnotes follow 320 pages of main text. Although a short, simple overview of Billy Graham’s immense…

Autobiography of a Yorkshire Christian
Douglas Higgins

Autobiography of a Yorkshire Christian Douglas Higgins Banner of Truth Trust 96, £6.22 ISBN: 978-1-84871-488-5 Star Rating: 4   In just 87 pages this little book charts the life of a man who reached his 100th year in 2014. It…

In Christ: In Him together for the World
In Christ: In Him together for the World
Steve Timmis

In Christ: In Him together for the World S Timmis & C de la Hoyde Christian Focus Publications 96, £5.99 ISBN: 978-1-78191-429-8 Star Rating: 3   This tiny book is full of rich gospel truths, told in straightforward terms and with…