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Passing Through — pilgrim life in the wilderness
Jeremy Walker

It’s interesting trying to deduce a book’s content from its title. Would this publication address going through testing times, initiation rites or the sentiments behind the famous song, ‘This world is not my home, I’m just a passin’ through’? It…

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Amazing Acts — Act one: Enjoying the real life drama of Acts 1:1 to 9:31
Gerard Chrispin

This is the first of three studies working through the book of Acts. Gerard Chrispin (Christian Prison Resources Ministries; United Beach Mission and Christian Answer; Day One author) brings his passion for the Word of God, along with his clear…

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Bitesize Biography – J Gresham Machen
Sean Michael Lucas

If one is looking for a brief insight into one of the world’s leading theologians and apologists of the twentieth century, this is an excellent choice. Machen was born on 28 July 1881 to Arthur and Mary ‘Minnie’. They taught…

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Cutting to the Heart
Chris Green

Though there are good things about this book, it’s uncertain who it is aimed at. Is it for preachers, congregation members, new believers or seasoned saints? It is hard to tell. Advice is addressed to both ministers and new Christians,…

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Travel through Wales
John Aaron & Gwyn Davies

As we pulled up beside the gates of a small chapel, one of my sons quipped, ‘So, which dead preacher’s grave are we visiting now?’ If only I had possessed this book, wrong turnings would have been avoided and my…

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PT Resources – Introducing 1&2 Kings
Bob Fyall

When I preached a series of sermons on the books of Kings, I was sorely tempted to rely on the two excellent volumes by Dale Ralph Davis and let him do the hard work for me. The struggle with temptation…

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Faith of our Father — expositions of Genesis 12-25
Dale Ralph Davis

The author is an experienced Presbyterian pastor, who was formerly Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. Both these career aspects are apparent in the way he tackles this exposition of the life of Abraham, our…

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Building the Kingdom of God on Earth
Martin Erdmann

Subtitled The churches’ contribution to marshal public support for world order and peace, 1919-1945,this book seems to be a slightly weird combination of conspiracy theory, secular postmillennialism and the rather unsurprising conclusion that mainstream Protestant churches pursued liberal theology during…

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Preaching made Practical
O Palmer Robertson

There are many good books on preaching. This is one of them. It does not have anything particularly new to say; nor does it say it in a particularly new or striking manner. It is distinct from other books on…