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Opening Up Job
Ian S McNaughton

This volume aims to provide a working introduction to the book of Job. Much thought has gone into this publication and its layout. The book of Job is of perennial importance, dealing as it does with difficult questions faced by…

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The Star of Bethlehem
Stuart Burgess

This little book aims to help those who are seeking the Saviour, as well as encourage believers. Although there are 62 printed pages, there are only 35 of reading material, divided among preface, introduction and ten chapters. At a price…

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Confessions of a Childless Mother
Sarah Fuller

Parents may have always assumed children would come along one day. It may never have occurred that there would be a problem. This book, written by one who walked the path of childlessness with her husband Nick, invites us to…

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Who shall ascend the mountain of the Lord? (New Studies in Biblical Theology)
L. Michael Morales

This is an exceptional piece of biblical theology. It presents a fascinating study of Leviticus and sets this central book of the Pentateuch within the context of the whole biblical revelation. The author demonstrates how the goal of God’s final…

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Revolutionary Sex
William Taylor

Subtitled ‘How the good news of Jesus changes everything’, this book is based on a series of talks given by the rector of St Helen’s Church in Bishopsgate, London. It is ‘revolutionary’ in that it counters the 1960s culture, that…

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Right to Die?
John Wyatt

I have a serious reservation about this book. It is not the ambiguous title, nor the dismal cover. It is its structure. This Christian book consists of 10 chapters, but there is precious little that is distinctly Christian until chapter…

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Virtually Human: flourishing in a digital world
Ed Brooks & Pete Nicholas

This title develops the principle that technology is not value-neutral, because God has not made the world value-neutral. Many features of the digital world, particularly social media, convey a worldview at odds with the Bible. For Christians grappling with Facebook…

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Why read Church History?
J Philip Arthur

This booklet is a masterly answer to this topical question. It is enhanced on its cover by four historical references — to Paul, Luther, George Whitefield and C. H. Spurgeon. Phil Arthur has an excellently trained mind and can write…

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The courage to be Protestant
David F. Wells

I bought this some years ago and regret having never read it until now. What changed me? The fact that next year is the 500th anniversary of Luther’s historic nailing of 95 theses to the door of All Saints’ Church…

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The Baptist story: from English sect to global movement
Anthony L. Chute, Nathan A. Finn, Michael A. G. Haykin

This is a catch-all introduction to its subject, with all the strengths and weaknesses of the genre. In this case, the strengths are more buttressed and the weaknesses less exaggerated, but all are present and correct. The three editors each…

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God and Politics
Mark Dever

God and politics — Jesus’ vision for state, society, and government Mark Dever 10Publishing, 64 pages, £2.99 ISBN: 9781910587447 This 55 page booklet is an excellent exposition of Mark 12:13-17. The Pharisees and Herodians ask Jesus the entrapping question, ‘Is it right to pay the imperial tax to…

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The quest for the historical Adam: Genesis, hermeneutics and human origins
William VanDoodewaard

The quest for the historical Adam: Genesis, hermeneutics and human origins.William VanDoodewaardReformation Heritage Books346 pages, £19.50ISBN: 978-1601783776 This book defends the literal approach to the first chapters of Genesis, including the six days and the creation of the first human beings, and provides…

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Ecumenical quest for a world federation — the churches’ contribution to marshal public support for world order and peace, 1919-1945 
Martin Erdmann

This is an excellent work, which informs us of the past and gives us much to consider for the future. Erdmann writes of the era when World War I was approaching and a number of influential people gave thought to what…

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Pray & protect — how to plan and safeguard churches and ministries in the context of terrorism
Dr Patrick Sookhdeo

The title of this well produced, stapled booklet is exactly indicative of the content. The introduction identifies the aim as, ‘to build on the good practice of your church or organisation, but focus on one specific aspect of care and…

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Charles Williams: The third inkling
Grevel Lindop

Why is this book so important? Because it is the definitive biography of a man who made a uniquely powerful impact on C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, whose own influence on the modern world and modern Christianity…