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Learning about the Old Testament
Allan Harman

This is a readable introduction to the history and theology of the Old Testament (OT). The author was the principal of the Presbyterian Theological College in Melbourne and writes from a Reformed, evangelical point of view. Harman begins with advice…

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The Great River – Primitive Methodism till 1868
David M Young

This book describes the origins and development of Primitive Methodism in North Hampshire. As such, it is an encouragement to perseverance in evangelistic work today. The book is not a general history of the denomination. Instead, it offers a carefully…

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Preaching – An Awesome Task
Eryl Davies

This book was mainly written with preachers in mind. It began as a series of messages at the Bala ministers conference, back in 1981. It was put into book form in 1984, but has now been republished with an extra…

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National Curriculum – Science – Genetics & Evolution – Teachers’ Guide

Christian Education Europe has produced a guide to help teachers wishing to present a balanced view of the theory of evolution in their Key Stage 3 biology lessons. It examines the scientific evidence and shows why some scientists deem it…

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SASRA at the Somme
Shona Wilkie (Editor)

The 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in World War I has been given much coverage. The human cost was devastating: 60,000 British soldiers lay dead after the first day. Over a million would perish between July and…

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In sweet obscurity: learning from some of the Bible’s lesser-known saints
Kurt Strassner

If it is true that reading Christian books is becoming a rarity in our churches, there is no lack of excellent books to help reverse the trend. This slim volume of 109 pages is fascinating. Seemingly obscure Bible characters like…

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The Essential Trinity — New Testament foundations and practical relevance
B D Crowe & C R Trueman (Editors)

This collective work bears witness to the increasing dominance of the doctrine of the Trinity in recent theological discussion. This has been partly in response to the influence of Karl Barth and Jürgen Moltmann. The book is not for the…

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Elijah – Prophet of God
B A Ramsbottom

This delightful children’s book is a faithful, detailed re-telling of Elijah’s story. It begins with his miraculous feeding by the ravens and ends with his translation to heaven in a chariot. It is divided into nine chapters, each one covering…

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Becoming Christlike
Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis was commissioned by the Keswick movement to write this. It forms part of the Keswick Foundations series. It is partly based on a comment by John Stott at his last attendance at the Keswick Convention: ‘Christlikeness is the…

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Transformed – becoming like God’s Son
Derek Tidball

This book is a Bible study resource for individuals or small groups. The aim is that readers should become more like Jesus. The content is designed to further this demanding aspiration. The style throughout is engaging and the theological stance…

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Little Book of Big Words
Warren Wiersbe

Warren Wiersbe is well known to the evangelical public, partly through his popular series of ‘BE Commentaries’. He has gained a reputation for accurate, simple and practical expositions of every book of the Bible. Here, he turns his gift for…

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What’s up with the Fig Leaves?
Heather Thieneman

This is a good book. The aim is not so much to catalogue a list of what is modest, but rather to examine biblically what is entailed in the concept of modesty. The underlying conviction of the author is that…

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Style or substance — the nature of true Christian ministry
William Taylor & David Dargue

This is a readable book. It contrasts the boastful but shallow facade of Paul’s rivals at Corinth with the deeper substance of apostolic gospel ministry. This contrast is the main theme of this series of addresses. The former kind of…