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All reviews from January 2018

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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…

Steps Towards Heaven
J. C. Ryle

What a joy this is to read! It is an edited series of what were originally tracts. It is easy to understand, well written and sound in its doctrine of salvation. The book opens with a chapter on sin, explaining…

Seven Leaders – Preachers & Pastors20
Iain H. Murray

The author is convinced that important lessons may be learned from ministers of bygone ages. He presents role models for aspiring ministers to follow, men whose example serves to both challenge and encourage. Seasoned pastors will also benefit from reading…

Cornerstones of Salvation
Lee Gatiss

The title of this book quotes a phrase used in the text just three pages from the end. In a chapter examining John Wesley’s campaigns against Calvinism, Dr Gatiss warns that adulation for Wesley, merely on the grounds God used…

Is hell for real?
Erik Raymond

This extremely helpful little book is part of a series called ‘Questions Christians ask’. The author is primarily writing for Christians, but is also mindful that an enquirer may be reading. He issues this powerful challenge on p.71: ‘Friend, our…

1&2 Peter – Feed my Sheep (WCS)
William VanDoodewaard

Dr VanDoodewaard is a minister in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and serves as professor of church history at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. His book is a fine addition to the Welwyn Commentary Series. Written in a popular and readable…

There is still much to do!
Andy Banton

Just about any Christian will find something of interest here. The book is full of illustrations from the Bible, history, present times and the experiences of Open-Air Mission workers, including the author himself. The book challenges us to be more…

The coming of the Saviour-King
Rob Slane

Rob Slane brings us this title as a fruit of his own family devotionals, which were held with the specific aim of keeping Christ at the centre of their Christmas season. It consists of Scripture readings, along with comments, for…