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Light from Old Times
J C Ryle

Some years ago, a friend visited the parish church in Childwall, Liverpool, in order to see the grave of Bishop Ryle, Liverpool’s first bishop. Having some difficulty in finding it, he sought the vicar’s help. Not only did the vicar…

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The Forgotten Fear
Albert N. Martin

This is a much-needed book on a largely neglected subject. It is divided into seven chapters, with questions to ponder at the end of each. In the first chapter, the author shows that fear of God is not an outdated,…

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Living in a Godly Marriage
Joel Beeke & James La Belle

This book is the latest in the ‘Deepen your Christian life’ series, which aims to make Puritan wisdom on various subjects accessible to a contemporary audience. Modern readers may wonder how relevant Puritan ideas are to the success of marriage…

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Why the Reformation still matters
Michael Reeves & Tim Chester

Michael Reeves and Tim Chester have done a great service to the church in writing this book. It is a timely reminder of what happened in Europe some 500 years ago, in what has been called the Great Reformation. In…

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Shepherds after my own heart — essays in honour of Robert W. Oliver
Ed. Robert Strivens & Blair Waddell

This festschrift is a tribute to the long and fruitful ministry of Robert Oliver, retired pastor at Bradford-on-Avon. The editors explain how friends and fellow ministers have addressed topics which are dear to Dr Oliver. The result is a smorgasbord…

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WCS – Psalms: from suffering to glory Vol2 73-150
Philip Eveson

There is something special about the Book of Psalms, and this also goes for good commentaries on it. Psalms contribute uniquely to Christian prayer, worship and praise. They also contribute uniquely to the New Testament’s explanation of the gospel of…

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The Power of God for Salvation — papers read at the 2015 Westminster Conference

In December 2015, I attended the Westminster Conference in London where these papers were first given. The six papers cover five significant men from a period of over three centuries. They include Desiderius Erasmus (c.1466–1536), John Owen (1616–1683), Isaac Watts…

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Prepared to Stand Alone – J C Ryle
Iain H Murray

Readers of J. C. Ryle’s Expository thoughts on the Gospels and other classics may feel well acquainted already with the author. But while Ryle’s character is clear from his writings, personal anecdotes and experiences are almost entirely absent. Iain Murray has done…

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Communicating for a change — seven keys to irresistible communication
Andy Stanley & Lane Jones

This was a frustrating read. There is much that is good and helpful, but it is couched in a rather arrogant tone and fails to say anything helpful that hasn’t already been said by others. It is a book of…

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Black Flags: the rise of ISIS
Joby Warrick

Names such as Abu-Musad al-Zarqawi, ISIS (or IS), al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and al-Nusra have become very familiar to anyone keeping abreast of world affairs. They are all players within the seemingly ever more turbulent and violent…