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All reviews from October 2014

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Belief and the Nation
Belief and the Nation
John Scriven

Belief and the nation John ScrivenWilberforce Publications, 521 pages, £8.98ISBN: 978-0-9575725-0-8Star rating: 3 All too often the impression is given that the Bible applies primarily, if not exclusively, to areas of personal piety, personal morality and church polity. Any attempt…

Bitesize Biography – Adolphe Monod
Bitesize Biography – Adolphe Monod
Constance Walker

Adolphe MonodConstance WalkerEP Books, 176 pages, £7.99ISBN: 978-0-85234-957-1Star rating: 4 Prior to reading this Bitesize Biography, Adolphe Monod had been merely a name to me, just a French-speaking theological figure. However, Constance Walker’s labour of love brings to life a…

Two Centuries of Baptists in Guernsey
Two Centuries of Baptists in Guernsey
Tim Grass

Two centuries of Baptists in Guernsey Tim GrassThornhill Media, 192 pages, £13.00ISBN: 978-0-9573190-2-8Star rating: 3 The challenges of conducting church life within a small, tight-knit community may not be what most of us have to grapple with in our fluid…

God in the Whirlwind
David F. Wells

God in the whirlwindDavid F. WellsIVP, 272 pages, £14.99ISBN: 978-1-78359-033-9Star rating: 5This book is highly recommended. It is a careful exposition of the basic gospel message, standing firmly in the Reformed tradition, but set against the challenging backdrop of contemporary…

Growing Up God’s Way for Boys
Growing Up God’s Way for Boys
Liz Jones

Growing up God’s way: for girls Chris Richards & Liz Jones EP Books, 80 pages, £18.75 ISBN: 978-0-85234-999-1 Star rating: 5 The authors are the paediatricians that started ‘Lovewise’, an organisation ‘to help schools and youth groups by providing presentations…

Growing up God’s way for Boys (and Girls!)
Liz Jones

Growing up God’s way: for boys (and girls) (Note - there are two different books with overlapping content) Chris Richards & Liz JonesEP Books, 80 pages, £18.75ISBN: 978-0-85234-999-1Star rating: 5 The authors are the paediatricians that started ‘Lovewise’, an organisation…

What do you expect?
Melvin Tinker

What do you expect? Melvin Tinker EP Books 200, £9.99 ISBN: 978-1-78397-006-3 Star Rating: 4 Although I have been preaching for almost 60 years, I confess I have never preached a series on Ecclesiastes. Perhaps others have also neglected this…

Deep magic, dragons & talking mice
Alister McGrath

Deep magic, dragons & talking mice Alister McGrath Hodder & Stoughton 208 pages, £14.99 ISBN: 978-1-444-75030-0 Star Rating: 4 This book engages with C. S. Lewis’ thinking. It has chapters on the meaning of life, friendship, Narnia and stories, Aslan and…

An able and faithful ministry
James M. Garretson

An able and faithful ministry: Samuel Miller and the pastoral office James M. GarretsonReformation Heritage Books, 428 pages, £13.62, ISBN: 978-1-60178-298-4Star rating: 5 This is a great book in several senses. It is large and beautifully produced; a pleasure to…

Memorial: The Mystery of Mary of Bethany
Dolores Kimball

Memorial: the mystery of Mary of BethanyDolores KimballEP Books, 120 pages, £6.99ISBN: 978-0-85234-963-2Star rating: 4Mary of Bethany, sister to Martha and Lazarus, was one of only four people personally commended by the Lord. In her case, it was for her…

Big God
Orlando Saer

Big GodOrlando SaerChristian Focus Publications144 pages, £7.99ISBN: 978-1-78191-294-2Star Rating: 3The subtitle of the book is, ‘How to approach suffering, spread the gospel, make decisions and pray in the light of a God who really is in the driving seat of…

Catechizing our Children
Terry L. Johnson

Catechizing our childrenTerry L. JohnsonBanner of Truth Trust, 90 pages, £5.50ISBN: 978-1-84871-300-0Star rating: 4This book’s 87 pages can be read in one hour. The ratio of knowledge acquired to time spent in reading is excellent. The author has a significant…

Pleading for a Reformation Vision
David B. Calhoun

Pleading for a Reformation vision: the life and selected writings of William Childs Robinson (1879-1982)David B. CalhounBanner of Truth Trust309 pages, £15.50ISBN: 978-1-84871-356-7Star rating: 4Amnesia is one of the great enemies of the gospel. Not only do we too easily…

Gain the whole world?
Gain the whole world?
C. B. Martin

Gain the whole world? C B Martin 96 pages, £3.19 ISBN: 978-1-909610175-7 Star Rating: 4  This short book considers the problem of idolatry in today’s society. The author looks helpfully at how idolatry affects and warps our views on…