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All reviews by Paul Wells

Paul is the editor-in-chief of Unio cum Christo (www.uniocc.com) and lives in Liverpool.

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Chosen in Christ: Revisiting the Contours of Predestination (Reformed Exegetical Doctrinal Studies series)
Cornelis P. Venema

Cornel Venema revisits the important doctrine of predestination to re–familiarize the church with truths about God’s sovereignty in salvation. But he does not merely re–visit old ground but also engages a host of historic and contemporary challenges to the doctrine.…

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Thinking Through Creation: Genesis 1 and 2 as Tools of Cultural Critique

The author’s intention was to ‘write the book that I would have wanted to read as an undergraduate student’ (p.137). With both panache and conviction, he has done precisely that. The book is an antidote to the disposable, woolly thinking…

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Reformation Theology: A Systematic Summary

This to me is not a systematic theology as such, although it does present the various topics of the Reformers’ theology in a systematic way. It was written by ‘a group of theologians and historians who are committed to Reformation…

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The Trinity and the covenant of redemption
John V. Fesko

Dr Fesko is a professor at Westminster Seminary in California. This Mentor book is the first of a proposed series of three, aimed at retrieving the classic Reformed doctrine of covenants. This project should meet enthusiastic approval, following current debates…

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A Christian’s pocket guide to Mary: Mother of God?
Leonardo de Chirico

This short, readable book is profitable not only for presenting the problems surrounding the subject, but also because it is edifying. It begins with a biblical portrait of Mary. It then explores how the relatively brief biblical references can be…

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All Things Made New – Writings on the Reformation
Diarmaid MacCulloch

There has been a recent flurry of publications on the Reformation. Prior to this, Oxford professor Diarmaid McCulloch stood out in the renewal of Reformation studies. His titles include Thomas Cranmer: a life (1997) and Reformation: Europe’s house divided (2004).…

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The Enduring Authority of the Christian Scriptures
D. A. Carson

This collection of 37 hefty essays by leading scholars, edited by Donald Carson, is a window on the state of the authority of Scripture in the Anglo-Saxon evangelical world today. Six contributions come from the UK, three from Australia, one…

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The Essential Trinity: New Testament foundations and practical relevance
Carl R. Trueman

This collective work bears witness to the increasing dominance of the doctrine of the Trinity in recent theological discussion. This has been partly in response to the influence of Karl Barth and Jürgen Moltmann. The book is not for the…

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The quest for the historical Adam: Genesis, hermeneutics and human origins
William VanDoodewaard

The quest for the historical Adam: Genesis, hermeneutics and human origins.William VanDoodewaardReformation Heritage Books346 pages, £19.50ISBN: 978-1601783776 This book defends the literal approach to the first chapters of Genesis, including the six days and the creation of the first human beings, and provides…

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Candle in the Wind
Gary Brady

I enjoyed everything about this book. It is a great read on an issue seldom addressed in recent years. Perhaps the absence of books (as well as preaching) on this subject is the reason why some evangelicals have a superficial…

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Atonement
Chris Woodall

Chris Woodall, of North-West University in South Africa, has produced a book adding to the growing list of publications on the doctrine of atonement. It comes as third in a series, following Covenant and Kingdom. I have not read the…

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The Trinitarian Devotion of John Owen
Sinclair B. Ferguson

In just 140 pages, John Owen is presented in a dynamic and readable way by Sinclair Ferguson. What more could you want? This volume comes in an attractive, hard-backed, pocket format. Subject and Bible reference indexes, as well as a…

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Hidden but now Revealed
G. K. Beale

Greg Beale of Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia, has a reputation for fine exegetical studies and rigorous defence of biblical inerrancy. He co-authors this detailed piece of theology with Benjamin Gladd of Reformed Seminary, Jackson. The theme of ‘mystery’ in the New…

Why Protestant Truth still matters
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Why Protestant Truth still matters
Garry Williams

Why Protestant truth still mattersGarry Williams, Protestant Truth Society42 pages, £3.95Star rating : 4 The Protestant Truth Society (PTS) was founded by John Kensit in 1889 and this brochure bears the rider, ‘Celebrating 125 years’. We suppose the author was…

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A Transforming Vision -The Lord’s Prayer as a Lens for Life
William Edgar

We can be in danger of no longer really understanding the meaning of the Lord's Prayer simply because it is heard and spoken so often. Edgar illustrates the depth of the prayer as he shows it in the original context,…

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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…

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Systematic theology — an introduction to Christian belief
John M. Frame

Systematic theology — an introduction to Christian beliefJohn M. FrameP & R Publishing1,220 pages, £39.99, ISBN: 978-1596382176Star rating : 5 John Frame is a professor at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida, and is known for his four-volume Theology of…

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Pierre Viret: the angel of the Reformation
R. A. Sheats

Pierre Viret: the angel of the Reformation R. A. SheatsZurich Publishing, 324 pages, $22ISBN: 978-0-9843785-1-7Star Rating : 4 Rebecca Sheats’ book presents the life and work of the Swiss reformer, who sadly has been overshadowed by Calvin, his Genevan colleague…

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