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Belief and the Nation
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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
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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
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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…

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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
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Growing Up God’s Way for Boys
Chris Richards & Liz Jones

Growing up God’s way: for girls Chris Richards & Liz Jones EP Books, 80 pages, £18.75ISBN: 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 on…

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Growing up God’s way for Boys (and Girls!)
Chris Richards & 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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?
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Gain the whole world?
C B Martin

Gain the whole world? C B Martin 10ofthose.com 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…