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John Palmer lives in Leigh.

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Church life — Its nature, privileges, demands and blessings
Paul E. Brown

‘Whose church is it? How should it then order itself?’ We live in days when ‘God’s / Christ’s’, and, ‘according to the Scriptures’ are sadly not always the answers given, at least in practice. The view of the church as…

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Invest Your Disappointments: Going For Growth
Paul Mallard

Paul Mallard wrote an excellent book called Invest your suffering. Here he brings us another dose of realism in a readable book with much scriptural wisdom. It is written by a man seeking to apply a firm belief in God’s…

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Warlike Christians in an Age of Violence: The Evangelical Case against War and for Gospel Peace
Nick Megoran

 ‘War is sin’ (p.2). This introductory statement accurately gives the thesis of this book, which it seeks to prove from Scripture. The writer repeatedly refers to the ‘gospel of peace’. This phrase is used to mean more than peace with…

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Progress: Lifelong growth for gospel workers
Adrian Reynolds

The author of this book is the FIEC training director. This title is part of a series reproducing seminar teaching given at the FIEC ‘Hub’ conference. It is aimed at those in gospel ministry or church leaders pastoring such men.…

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Tackling Mental Illness Together
Alan Thomas

Geoff Thomas, in his recommendation of this title, writes: ‘This is a unique book, coming from a qualified, experienced and deeply thoughtful man, dealing with a subject demanding much insight, compassion and also plain speaking’. Alan Thomas is a consultant…

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God’s Divorce
Colin Hamer

This book is based on the author’s PhD thesis. His contention is that the early church was influenced in its understanding of the New Testament more by Neoplatonism than the Old Testament. So, marriage came to be seen as a…

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Pulpit Aflame
Joel Beeke

This is an excellent book. It should be put into the hands of every man feeling called to preach. It is also helpful for those who, by God’s grace, have been preaching for many years. There are still things to…

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What’s up with the Fig Leaves?
Heather Thieneman

This is a good book. The aim is not so much to catalogue a list of what is modest, but rather to examine biblically what is entailed in the concept of modesty. The underlying conviction of the author is that…

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A Christian and an Unbeliever discuss …
Rob Slane

Rob Slane tells us he was a committed and dogmatic atheist who became a committed and dogmatic Christian. This book is an imagined conversation between one who is still the former and himself as the latter. It is a composite…

America’s Pastor
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America’s Pastor
Grant Wacker

America's PastorGrant WackerHarvard University Press404, £20.00ISBN: 978-0-674-05218-5Star Rating: 1   This book is written by an American academic for American academics. 72 pages of footnotes follow 320 pages of main text. Although a short, simple overview of Billy Graham’s immense…

Ready Steady Grow
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Ready Steady Grow
Ray Evans

Ready Steady GrowRay EvansIVP240, £10.99ISBN: 978-1-78359-113-8Star Rating: 4   Ready steady grow Ray Evans IVP 240 pages, £10.99 ISBN: 978-1-78359-113-8 Despite the title, this is not a ‘how-to’ manual on church growth. Rather, it is about overcoming obstacles which prevent…

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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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One in a Thousand
Erroll Hulse

One in a ThousandErroll HulseEP Books224, £9.99ISBN: 978-0-85234-913-7Star Rating: 4 Erroll Hulse has for many years exercised a worldwide ministry of encouraging pastors and supporting their theological training. Sadly, this has now been curtailed by illness. This book is a passionate…

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Is God anti-gay?
Sam Allberry

Is God anti-gay?Sam AllberryThe Good Book Company96 pages, £3.99ISBN: 978-1-90876-231-3Star Rating: 3 stars   The author discovered that he was attracted to people of the same sex at the same time as he first heard the gospel. So he is…

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Invest your Suffering
Paul Mallard

Invest your sufferingPaul MallardIVP192 pages, £8.99ISBN: 978-1-78359-006-3Star Rating: 5 stars Paul Mallard will be known to many. Some will be aware that his wife Edrie has been ill for many years. During her pregnancy with their fourth child she developed…

Undivided – Closing the faith-life gap
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Undivided – Closing the faith-life gap
Graham Hooper

Undivided — Closing the faith-life gapGraham HooperIVP224, £8.99ISBN: 978-1-84474-624-8Star Rating: 4 This book is about sanctification. Any such book almost has to fall into one of two categories: either it contains nothing new; or it does, and it’s wrong! This…

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Unreached
Tim Chester

'When I became a Christian, I didn't have many Christian men to look up to. There were few who could show me what a council-estate Christian looked like.' Duncan Forbes Think of the thriving evangelical churches in your area, and…

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The Real Lord’s Prayer
Ian McNaughton

The High-Priestly prayer of John 17 is one of the most wonderful and exciting portions in the whole of Scripture. As we read it, we 'intrude' on the monologue directed by God the Son to God the Father. Few of…

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The Love of Christ
Richard Sibbes

The Puritan John Dod wrote that this book is ‘so full of heavenly treasure, and such lively expressions of the invaluable riches of the love of Christ’ that it kindles ‘in the heart all heavenly affections unto Jesus Christ’. Indeed…

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Taste and See that the Lord is Good – Knowing, loving and Enjoying God
Joel James

How do you relate to God? Moses said to Israel, “You shall fear the Lord your God; you shall serve Him and cling to Him …” (Deut. 10:20). In other words, knowing God is a perfect paradox: He is both…

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A Voyage of Discovery
Derek Thomas

This book is designed to portray biblical spirituality as believers in the God of the Bible express it. It takes a collection of fifteen psalms, conveniently lumped together in the Hebrew canon. The collection of Psalms 120-134 all bear the…

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Test, Train, Affirm, & Send Into Ministry: Recovering the Local Church’s Responsibility in the External Call
Brian Croft

The once strong commitment by the local church throughout church history to affirm a person who possesses the gifts and godly character suitable for Christian ministry, known as the external call, has practically vanished in the twenty-first century. This book…

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Great Gospel Words
Colin Peckham

Colin Peckham examines the great gospel words 'repentance', 'justification', 'regeneration' and 'assurance', showing how each aspect is vital in 'salvation' as a whole.

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What the Bible Teaches About Being Born Again
Gary Brady

In many parts of the world today you will meet people who say they are born again Christians . Numerous individuals claim to be reborn or regenerate . Every so often, the media report that some celebrity or other has…

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