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Suffering & sovereignty — John Flavel and the Puritans on afflictive providence
Brian H Cosby

John Flavel wrote extensively on the subject of human suffering and how it relates to divine sovereignty. He himself experienced great suffering through the deaths of three wives and a son and continual persecution from state officials. Because many of…

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The Life of John Calvin
W. J. Grier

The Life of John CalvinW. J. GrierBanner of Truth, 166 pages, £6.00ISBN: 978-1-84871-181-5Star Rating : 5This is an excellent introduction to the life of John Calvin. It also leads us, to some extent, into the heartbeat of the movement of…

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The History of Providence
Alexander Carson

The history of providenceAlexander CarsonBanner of Truth, 248 pages, £7.50ISBN: 978-1-84871-175-4Star Rating : 3I write this at a time of family bereavement and following serious family illness and conflict in the Evangelical Reformed scene. Belief in a sovereign God and…

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The Big Ego Trip
Glynn Harrison

After decades of trying to feel good about ourselves, why do we still hunger for meaning and significance? In this provocative book, Glynn Harrison argues that self-esteem ideology has led us down a psychological cul-de-sac that causes more harm than…

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Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert
Rosaria Champagne-Butterfield

Rosaria, by the standards of many, was living a very good life. She had a tenured position at a large university in a field for which she cared deeply. She owned two homes with her partner, in which they provided…

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Encouragement for Today’s Pastors
Joel Beeke & Terry Slachter

The Scriptures advise us to learn from examples of faithful ministers (Heb. 13:7). The Puritans were a group of such ministers whose teaching and living can be particularly encouraging to troubled and discouraged pastors today. They were steadfast in adhering…

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The Cross in the Experience of our Lord
R A Finlayson

The cross in the experience of our LordR. A. FinlaysonChristian Focus Publications, 112 pages, £5.99ISBN: 978-1-78191-149-5Star Rating :5 This book consists of a series of six messages originally given by Professor Finlayson at a Welsh Bible convention in 1954. It…

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The Great Ejection
Gary Brady

The Great EjectionGary BradyEP Books, 176 pages, £8.99ISBN: 978-0-85234-802-4Star Rating : 5Who governs the church, Jesus Christ or the state? In practical terms, what determines the doctrine and practice of the church? Is it the Bible or is it public…

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Freeing Tangled Hearts
Dolores Kimball

Are you sometimes left confused by the conflicting array of feelings you experience as a woman? Do you let your heart rule your head? In this book Dolores Kimball takes an honest look at our lives as women and urges…