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All reviews by Ruth Burke

Ruth is married to Gareth who has been the pastor of Stranmillis Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Belfast, since 2000.

Frances Ridley Havergal, the English hymn-writer and poet
Carol Purves

To most readers of this review Frances Ridley Havergal is probably best known as the writer of such hymns as 'Take my life', and 'Lord, speak to me, that I may speak'. This book, the latest of the Day One…

John Newton (Christian Biographies for Young Readers)
Simonetta Carr

Christian Biographies for Young Readers seek to introduce seven-to twelve-year-olds to some important characters from church history. This addition to the series is well researched and documented. The author takes care to set John Newton in his historical setting, explaining…

History Today – Gunpowder, Treason & Plot
Clive Anderson

This is a new and enlarged edition of a book originally published in 2005 to mark the 400th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot. As Anderson points out, we British celebrate Guy Fawkes night, every 5 November, with little awareness of…

Looking for Love
Joanne Gilcrist

Joanne Gilchrist has worked with Youth With A Mission in New Zealand and is now involved in youth work in England, particularly mentoring young women. Joanne clearly loves the Lord and has a high view of marriage. This book is…

Living in a Godly Marriage
Joel Beeke

This book is the latest in the ‘Deepen your Christian life’ series, which aims to make Puritan wisdom on various subjects accessible to a contemporary audience. Modern readers may wonder how relevant Puritan ideas are to the success of marriage…

Ann Judson – A Missionary Life for Burma
Sharon James

Adoniram and Ann Judson were certainly pioneer missionaries. They set sail for Asia in 1812, expecting never to see America again. Ann was one of the first female American missionaries. Their original plan was to serve in India, but various providences led…

Wait Till You See The Butterfly
Doreen Tamminga

'These stories were written with the intent of pointing children to the Lord Jesus as the only Saviour from sin, and to encourage Christian living. I hope they will be a blessing to many young hearts.'

The Plan: How God Got the World Ready for Jesus
Sinclair B. Ferguson

Before the dawn of time a plan was made… a plan to save and a plan to love, a plan to rescue and a plan to send. One after the other people were sent to be where they were needed…

Audrey Featherstone, I Presume? The Amazing Story of a Congo Missionary
Tim Shenton

Audrey is a modern missionary whose heart is Congolese. Her story is a gripping narrative. Her dramatic conversion, her experiences during the Second World War at the time of the London bombings, her adventures on the way to Congo and…

Rahab: Encountering the woman snatched from destruction
Chris Hughes

Can the short account of a brief incident from the life of a woman of dubious character say anything to us today — a woman who lived over 3000 years ago and whose city was doomed to destruction?

Forsaking All for Christ: a Biography of Henry Martyn
Forsaking All for Christ: a Biography of Henry Martyn
B. V. Henry

Henry Martyn was born in Cornwall in 1781. Soon after his conversion at Cambridge University, he became interested in the evangelisation of the Muslim world and it was to that work that he dedicated his life. Following ordination, he spent five…

Her Husband’s Crown: A Wife’s Ministry and a Minister’s Wife
Sara Leone

Although much has been written to prepare men for the work of the Christian ministry, there is comparatively little in print that will help prepare a pastor's wife for her role within the church. The wife of a pastor is…

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