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November 2019
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CH Spurgeon Forgotten Public Lectures: Forgotten early articles, sermons and public lectures

Where do you start when reviewing C. H. Spurgeon? And is it permissible to rate the ‘Prince of Preachers’ at anything but five stars? Perhaps the key factor in assessing this collection is to decide on the intended readership. Everything Spurgeon-related has a ready market, but this volume is not a typical compilation of…

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November 2019
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Grace Defined and Defended: What a 400-Year-Old Confession Teaches Us about Sin, Salvation, and the Sovereignty of God

This year sees the anniversary of the Synod of Dort which concluded its deliberations in May 1619. Much has been written about this, mainly from a Reformed perspective which rightly views its findings as worthy of being set alongside other Confessional statements. Kevin DeYoung has produced a very accessible summary of Dort, helped along…

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September 2019
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More Love – Elizabeth Prentiss

More Love is a short biography of Elizabeth Prentiss, though Williams uses her imagination to embellish the story by inserting conversations into the narrative. It is one of the Trailblazers books for children (8-14 years of age) but adults can enjoy them too! I was excited to review this as I had recently read…

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February 2019
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John Newton (Christian Biographies for Young Readers)

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 events and customs likely to be unfamiliar to modern readers. Illustrations are used on…

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January 2019
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Emil Brunner: A Reappraisal

Alister McGrath has written a masterly biography of the distinguished and influential Swiss theologian and professor, Emil Brunner (1889-1966). If you studied theology in the 1970s or 80s, Brunner’s name would have soon come up. Who then, was Emil Brunner? He was the dominant writer for the revolutionary new currents of German theology that…

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January 2019
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The Ark of Safety: Is There Salvation Outside of the Church?

Tucked away in Chapter 25 of the Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF) is a reference to ‘the visible Church… out of which there is no ordinary possibility of salvation’. To lovers of Protestant theology, this statement may sound a little, well, Roman Catholic. However, The Ark of Safety demonstrates persuasively that, when understood correctly,…

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January 2019
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Scripture Reading to the end

Most of us will be familiar with the ministry of the Army Scripture Readers working under the auspices of SASRA (Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association). They have been faithfully witnessing for Christ for almost 200 years. Scripture Reading to the End is one of three books published in the 100th anniversary year of…

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