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All reviews by John Ling

John was born and initially schooled in Cambridge, but most of his secondary education was at Reading School. From 1966 to 1976, he studied at Leeds, Pennsylvania State and Nottingham Universities. From 1976 to 2001, he was a lecturer in biochemistry and bioethics at the Institute of Biological Sciences, the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

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The Pastor’s Life: Practical Wisdom from the Puritans
Matthew D Haste & Shane W Parker

This book highlights ‘some of the many lessons that today’s pastors can learn from the Puritans’ (p.151). As such it is aimed at pastors, but the lessons are really for anyone who is a Christian leader. The opening chapter provides…

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Dementia from the Inside: A Doctor’s Personal Journey of Hope
Louise Morse

Are you likely to suffer from dementia? Good question. The unwelcome answer is ‘possibly’. The number of people with dementia in England and Wales is expected to rise to one million by 2021 and to two million by 2050. In…

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Where we are — the state of Britain now
Roger Scruton

Sir Roger Scruton is a political philosopher, university lecturer, public commentator, opera composer, wine critic and all-round good egg who likes to write two books every year. Scrutonia is his ‘world of farmers and philosophers, of Wagner and wine, of animals…

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Right to Die?
John Wyatt

I have a serious reservation about this book. It is not the ambiguous title, nor the dismal cover. It is its structure. This Christian book consists of 10 chapters, but there is precious little that is distinctly Christian until chapter…

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Just Sex: Is It Ever Just Sex?
Guy Brandon

With conviction and pastoral sensitivity, Guy Brandon explains the strength and integrity of the Christian world-view of sex. In doing so, he also addresses the inconsistency and inadequacy of the prevailing idea that consent alone is enough to sanction a…

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