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All reviews by David Cooke

David is the pastor at Banbury Evangelical Free 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…

The Creaking on the Stairs: Finding Faith in God Through Childhood Abuse
Mez Mconnell

This is a theodicy with a difference! There are many books written on the question of why God allows suffering, but few are as personal and painful as this one. Beginning with the author’s conflicted emotions on learning that the…

Prayers of the Bible: 366 Devotionals to Encourage Your Prayer Life
Gordon J. Keddie

Books of daily devotional readings are not for everyone. Many such books are already available and this one may seem intimidating at over 700 pages. Readers should not be put off, however. It distils more than 30 years of prayer…

WCS – Hebrews: The Name High over All
Richard Brooks

The letter to the Hebrews is a part of Scripture particularly rich in devotional subject matter. It is fitting, then, that this recent commentary in the Welwyn Commentary Series is warmly devotional in its style. In equal measure, it is…

Gospel Culture
Joseph Boot

In western society we live in a time of unprecedented cultural change. It is a time when Christian morality is increasingly condemned as well as rejected. Christians often find it difficult to make voices heard in the public square. Any…

The Christian and Money
Hansruedi Graf

The subject of the Christian’s relationship with money is an important one. The way we use the money God gives us reveals much about the condition of our heart. On the one hand, ‘money answers everything’ (Ecclesiastes 10:19); on the…

Serving with Calvin
Terry L. Johnson

Serving with Calvin is a sequel to the author’s earlier work, Worshipping with Calvin, in which he argued for ‘the historic ministry and worship of Reformed Protestantism’. In this later book, he sets out to show us how to do…

The secret life of a Pastor
Michael A. Milton

This book comprises 20 short letters written by the author to students at various US seminaries where he has taught over the years. Men preparing for ministry are clearly the target readership, though ministers of all ages would benefit from…

How Church can change your Life
Josh Moody

Christians are perhaps more influenced by the consumer driven mentality of the world around us than we are prepared to admit. There are an increasing number of professing Christians who do not see any need to commit themselves to a…

Staying fresh: serving with joy
Paul Mallard

Staying fresh: serving with joy Paul Mallard IVP 224, £10.99 ISBN: 978-1-78359-193-0 Star Rating: 4 There are few preaching experiences worse than delivering a lively sermon to a receptive congregation while feeling spiritually parched oneself. It’s encouraging to read this…

Salt, Light and Cities on Hills
Melvin Tinker

This book, subtitled ‘Evangelism, social action and the church: how do they relate to each other?’, is a useful discussion of the relationship between evangelism and social action. After a brief historical overview, the author moves on to the apparent…

Opening up Revelation
Opening up Revelation
Roger Ellsworth

Opening up Revelation Roger Ellsworth Day One Publications 160, £6.00 ISBN: 978-1-84625-409-3 Star Rating: 4 The book of Revelation is often the resource of choice for those with fanciful and complicated theories about the end times. In contrast, Roger Ellsworth’s…

Parenting against the tide
Ann Benton

Parenting against the tide Ann Benton EP Books 240, £8.99 ISBN: 978-1-78397-035-3 Star Rating: 5   This is an excellent handbook for parents. Ann Benton writes with a wealth of experience — as a parent, teacher and school governor. She…

Worshipping with Calvin
Terry L. Johnson

Worshipping with Calvin Terry L. JohnsonEP Books, 434 pages, £14.99ISBN: 978-0-85234-936-6Star Rating : 5 The question of how a church worships God in public services is one which has been debated vigorously in recent years. This book is an important…

God’s Good News in the Miracles of Jesus
Roger Ellsworth

God’s good news in the miracles of Jesus Roger EllsworthDay One Publications160 pages, £5.00ISBN: 978-1-84625-407-9Star Rating : 3   This is a helpful little book on the miracles of Jesus. It begins with an introduction in which miracles are carefully…

God’s Greatest Blessing
God’s Greatest Blessing
Frank Allred

God’s greatest blessing Frank AllredGrace Publications208 pages, £8.99ISBN: 978-0-94646-288-9Star rating : 2 The doctrine of the Christian’s adoption as a child of God has well been described as our highest blessing. Frank Allred suggests that adoption embraces all of the…

Jonah – Navigating a God-centered Life
Jonah – Navigating a God-centered Life
Colin S. Smith

Jonah - Navigating a God-centered Life Colin S Smith Christian Focus Publications 160, £7.99 ISBN: 978-1-84550-639-1 Star Rating: 5   Having preached twice through the book of Jonah over past years, reading several commentaries on the book in the process,…

Christ’s Glory, your good
Ryan McGraw

Christ's Glory, your good Ryan M McGraw Reformation Heritage 116, £1.00 ISBN: 978-1-60178-224-3 Star Rating: 4   This is a heart-warming and highly instructive book, providing a full-orbed exposition of the gospel.     The author proceeds from the premise that the…

The Hope in Hope Street
Gervase Charmley

This book tells the history of the 200 years of Christian witness in the chapel on the corner of Hope Street and Newhall Street in Hanley, Stoke On Trent. The first in-depth study of a Congregational Church in the Potteries,…

Pastor – Teachers of Old Princeton

For those who with C. H. Spurgeon ‘value every morsel about the Princeton worthies’, this book will be a source of inspiration as well as information. For the first time a number of important primary source documents relating to ‘old…

Hit by Friendly Fire
Michael A. Milton

Christians expect to be troubled by the unbelieving world - but not by their brothers and sisters in the church. Unfortunately, often the case is the reverse. In this book Michael Milton brings us back to Scripture, to the experiences…

Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals
Phil A. Newton

Our calling as ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ is to make Christ central in all we do. Yet, in many funeral occasions, the gospel of Jesus Christ is lamentably overlooked as the primary purpose of the funeral service…

Am I A Christian?
James Fraser

James Fraser endured a long conflict with doubts, but herein provides a helpful record of how he overcame his fears and arrived at a firm assurance of his salvation in Christ.

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