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All reviews by Richard Atherton

The author is a retired solicitor.

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The Christian’s Creed: Embracing the Apostolic Faith
Stanley D Gale

This book aims to provide a simple expression of the core beliefs of the Christian faith. What better way to do this than to work systematically through the Apostles’ Creed? There has been a recent survey in order to answer…

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All you need to know about the Bible – Book 2
Brian H Edwards

You are in safe hands when you pick up a book by Brian Edwards. Yes, there are many books on the Bible, but this one makes the claim that it will impart ‘all we need to know’. This deals with…

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A Voice to Be Heard: Christian Entrepreneurs Living Out Their Faith
Richard Higginson

There are Christian books on many themes, but how many of us have read about today’s Christian entrepreneurs? Richard Higginson is a theological educator at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, and Kina Robertshaw is a Zambian entrepreneur who came to Ridley Hall…

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The World on our Doorstep
Dewi Hughes

This book is described as a resource aimed at helping UK churches engage with those of other faiths who live ‘on our doorstep’ rather than in distant lands. Much is packed into 200 pages, with many examples of churches and…

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In sweet obscurity: learning from some of the Bible’s lesser-known saints
Kurt Strassner

If it is true that reading Christian books is becoming a rarity in our churches, there is no lack of excellent books to help reverse the trend. This slim volume of 109 pages is fascinating. Seemingly obscure Bible characters like…

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God and Politics
Mark Dever

God and politics — Jesus’ vision for state, society, and government Mark Dever 10Publishing, 64 pages, £2.99 ISBN: 9781910587447 This 55 page booklet is an excellent exposition of Mark 12:13-17. The Pharisees and Herodians ask Jesus the entrapping question, ‘Is it right to pay the imperial tax to…

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Held in honor: wisdom for your marriage from voices of the past
R L Plummer & MD Haste

There are many books on marriage for Christians. You may wonder whether this or that one will really help your own marriage or someone else’s. However, this book is a gem and can be confidently given to any married or…

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Evangelistic Preaching
Roger Carswell

Don’t read this book if you want a comfortable, easy-going Christian life! It is aimed particularly at preachers, but its message applies to all of us acting on Jesus’ words: ‘You shall be my witnesses’ (Acts 1:8). The introduction, ‘The…

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Gospel assurance & warnings
Paul Washer

Gospel assurances and warnings Paul WasherReformation Heritage Books252 pages, £11.89ISBN: 978-1601782946Star Rating : 4 Some books have enticing titles and eye-catching covers, only for the content to be disappointing. This book is the opposite; the nondescript cover and title belie…

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Equipped to serve
Richard Bewes

Equipped to serveRichard BewesChristian Focus Publications224 pages, £8.99ISBN: 978-1-78191-286-7 This book is a pleasure to read from start to finish. The brief introduction brings a smile and also a challenge and sets the tone for the whole book, which is…

Confessing Jesus as Lord
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Confessing Jesus as Lord
Terry A. Chrisope

Confessing Jesus as Lord Terry ChrisopeChristian Focus Publications352 pages, £12.99ISBN: 978-1-84550-962-0Star Rating : 3 This book is a fascinating exploration of the significance of the first and simplest of all Christian statements of faith: ‘Jesus is Lord’. The argument of…

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Bible-centred church
John Temple

Bible-centred church John TempleDay One, 144 pages, £7.00ISBN: 978-1-84625-433-8 This is a book for elders or anyone with leadership responsibilities within a church. Many such may baulk at the prospect of reassessing their church’s governance, but all will benefit from…

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Suffering & sovereignty — John Flavel and the Puritans on afflictive providence
Brian H Cosby

John Flavel wrote extensively on the subject of human suffering and how it relates to divine sovereignty. He himself experienced great suffering through the deaths of three wives and a son and continual persecution from state officials. Because many of…

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Bitesize Biography – John Newton
John Crotts

John Newton John Crotts EP Books, 144 pages, £6.99 ISBN: 978-0-85234-908-3 Star rating : 4 This is another in EP’s Bitesize Biographies series, which served our church well last year, when ‘book month’ promoted the reading of Christian books. This…

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Same-sex marriage: is it really the same?
Mark Christopher

Same-sex marriage: is it really the same?  Mark ChristopherDay One, 123 pages, £6.00ISBN: 978-1846251634 Star Rating: 3   This book is a mine of information about this current, controversial topic, and an eye-opener for those who see only what the…

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Debating same-sex marriage
John Corvino and Maggie Gallagher

Debating same-sex marriage John Corvino and Maggie GallagherOxford University Press, 294 pages, £10.99, ISBN: 978-0199756315Star Rating : 3   This book, published in the US, has a simple format. John Corvino (gay professor of philosophy) argues the case for same-sex…

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Who is the Real Jesus?
H Dermot McDonald

This compelling book presents the Biblical teaching on Jesus Christ as both human and divine. That the Word of God became flesh is at the heart of Christianity and clearly taught in the New Testament. Other religions acknowledge Jesus as…

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The Message of Kings
John W Olley

At the beginning of 1 & 2 Kings, Solomon's reign brought peace, prosperity, dynamic international trade and a magnificent centre of worship. By contrast, at the end, the people faced complete reversal: they and their king were in exile; Jerusalem…

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The Message of Kings
John W Olley

At the beginning of 1 and 2 Kings, Solomon's reign brought peace, prosperity, dynamic international trade and a magnificent center of worship. At the end, by contrast, the people faced a complete reversal: they and their king were in exile;…

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John Stott – A portrait by his friends
Ed Chris Wright

Thirty-five of John's friends open their hearts and share memories of a unique man, creating an art gallery of very personal portraits by friends and colleagues from around the globe. From 'Wumby Dumby', the special uncle and godfather, to the…

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The Apostles’ Creed: Truth with Passion
Jonathon Bayes

This book expounds the Creed phrase by phrase, and seeks at every point to apply its teaching to the life of believers in the world of today. Taking the Creed as his starting point and framework, Jonathan Bayes presents a…

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