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Thriving in Grace: 12 Ways the Puritans Fuel Spiritual Growth
Joel Beeke

There is a good number of Puritan samplers available at present, but this is certainly one of the best. The chapters cover in turn a Puritan perspective on the Bible, God, sin, Christ, grace, holiness, spiritual warfare, prayer, providence, pastoral…

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Corporate Worship: How the church gathers as God’s people
Matt Merker

This very useful book appears at an important moment in history as so many churches and believers have had to consider what to do under lockdown restrictions. Matt Merker offers timely insights into Scripture and advice as to the centrality…

Grace and Glory: Sermons preached at Princeton Seminary
Geerhardus Vos

Geerhardus Vos is often described as the father of Reformed biblical theology, a subject to which he devoted his considerable gifts and a lifetime of study and teaching, mostly at Princeton Seminary from 1893 to 1932. Biblical theology, as taught…

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Mission to Soho: Where two worlds meet
Michael Toogood

‘Brash, aggressive and often threatening’ are not always words one thinks of when it comes to church planting. But by page 15 of Michael Toogood’s story of how God called him and his late wife Pam to plant a church…

How to Live an ‘In Christ’ Life: 100 devotional readings on union with Christ
Kenneth Berding

This book is a spiritual tonic! If your spiritual life has become dry, and you have lost sight of the wonder of being ‘in Christ’, this is the book for you. The author begins by addressing the question of what…

‘Here are your gods!’ Faithful discipleship in idolatrous times
Christopher Wright

‘Here are your gods!’ was written in the aftermath of three events that left Chris Wright angry and depressed: the Brexit vote and the elections of Donald Trump and Boris Johnson. Part One explores perceptively the subject of idolatry. Wright elucidates…

Sanctification: Transformed Life
David Campbell

Is it possible to adequately cover the enormous doctrine of sanctification in just over 100 pages? Having read this slim volume I must reply unequivocally, ‘Yes.’ The book begins with a most helpful brief introduction explaining the book’s subtitle, Transformed…

Men and Women in the Church: A short, biblical, practical introduction
Kevin DeYoung

In his introduction, Kevin DeYoung says, ‘I have often wished for a book… that explained the Bible’s teaching about men and women in the church in a way that the interested layperson could understand, that is a size that he…

The Child is Father of the Man: C. H. Spurgeon
Tom Nettles

I wonder of how many preachers it can sadly be said, ‘He’s not the man that he was,’ and it’s not because he’s gone grey, put on weight, or lost ground physically or mentally. It’s because his convictions have changed…

A Holy Minister: The life and spiritual legacy of Robert Murray M’Cheyne
Jordan Stone

During his life and after his early death, Robert Murray M’Cheyne (1813-43) was a legend in Scotland and beyond. His life was like a comet, brilliant and captivating. Jordan Stone divides this new biography into three parts: ‘A Life of…

The Legendary Casey Jones and other American Folktales
Geoffrey Thomas

This is a colourful collection of ten American folktales, each one told in rich detail and followed by a short message about Jesus Christ. For example, the first story, ‘Beware of the Words, Smiles and Frowns of Men’, is about…

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year: Christian enlightenment and encouragement for a special season
Timothy Cross

This is an excellent book which does what it says: it encourages Christians for both Christmas and the New Year. There are 30 chapters, each four to five pages long: 15 on the theme of Christ’s birth and 15 for…

Basil of Caesarea: His life and impact

Basil of Caesarea never saw the two significant church councils of the 4th century, and yet his name is deservedly associated with both of them. He was born after the Council of Nicaea in 325, where it was established that…

Grace for Troubled Times: Devotional readings prompted by the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown
John Hooper

As the coronavirus pandemic hit in March 2020 and society closed down, many Christians sought to encourage one another by sharing Bible verses, hymns, and extracts from favourite authors. Fewer did so on a daily basis. But John Hooper continued…

The Pastor With a Thorn in His Side: Stories of ministering with depression and what the church can do to help

When I discovered that this book was due to be published, I awaited its arrival with some eagerness. Almost a decade ago, I had a lengthy episode of depression myself which was like having an intravenous injection of liquid terror.…

Above and Beyond: The illustrated story of Mission Aviation Fellowship
Mission Aviation Fellowship

As someone with a long-standing interest in both aircraft and world mission, this book had immediate appeal to me! But you don’t have to be an aviation nerd to enjoy it. Above and Beyond is a very well-produced coffee table…