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The plausibility problem – the church and same-sex attraction
Ed Shaw

This is a book which pastors and youth leaders should read. It is written by an Anglican pastor who experiences same-sex attraction and who is quite frank about his struggles. Contemporary culture now demands that we face the issue of…

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The Reformation Study Bible
R C Sproul (Editor)

This 2015 edition of the RSB is an updated version of the 2005 edition. The 2015 edition has a different layout and includes some new features. The first thing striking the reader is the list of contributors. R. C. Sproul,…

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Authentic Calvinism?

The annual Westminster Conference maintains a reputation for producing authoritative and penetrating papers that keep Reformed, biblical Christianity in touch with its past. Six papers delivered by six authors over the course of two days are published. This booklet represents…

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The Chocolate Club
Mary Weeks Millard

I’m torn about this novella aimed at 7-13 year olds. On the plus side, the author writes with a warm heart and clearly loves children. She is eager to help and encourage them, both to begin and persevere in the…

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A cobweb covered conspiracy
Jill Silverthorne

There is a lot to like about this story for young adults. Written in the first person, from the standpoint of a boy from a disadvantaged family, it shows great compassion in opening readers’ eyes to the problems he faces.…

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Facing a task unfinished
Roger Carswell

In this devotional book Roger Carswell encourages believers to engage in personal evangelism and adopt a mission mindset. Unlike many devotionals, this book has only one thought for each week of the year. The reason is that it is intended…

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To win our neighbors for Christ
Wes Bredenhof

Readers will never guess this book’s contents from its title! To the initiated, the subtitle (‘The missiology of the three forms of unity’) might give a clue; the overall title of the series — ‘Explorations in Reformed confessional theology’ —…

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Developments in Biblical Counseling
J Cameron Fraser

J. Cameron Fraser has provided an interesting introduction to the biblical, or ‘nouthetic’, counselling movement since its inception in the early 1970s. He gives much attention to Jay E. Adams’s influential publication, Competent to counsel, which argued that personal problems…

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You must read – Books that have shaped our lives
Various

What an unusual title! Think of it as a spur to more serious general reading. This excellent book is an enthusiastic commendation of specific publications and their authors. Over 30 contributors were asked to write about a book that had…

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Fearless Faith
Jonathan Stephen

This book is the third in a series from Union (see www.uniontheology.org for details). The aim of the series is to produce short, accessible theological books, and this offering is no exception. In the words of the author, this little book…

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Postcards from the Edge
Ian Coffey

At face value, this book is just a collection of short biographies of Bible characters. However, it is much more than that: it is a book to give someone who thinks life is easy for Christians, because somehow God will…

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Knox — the life and legacy of Scotland’s controversial reformer (DVD)
Murdo MacLeod

Knox is a documentary produced by Murdo MacLeod, marking the 500th anniversary of the birth of the influential Scots Reformer, John Knox.The documentary is presented in a manner that we have grown used to. Philip Todd, the film’s youthful presenter…