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The Revivals of the Bible (Evangelical Revivals Book 16)
The Revivals of the Bible (Evangelical Revivals Book 16)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, with many interesting observations., Jan. 10 2015
The Revivals of the Bible by Ernest Baker, 1906, 1988, with a foreword by Stanley Barnes is an enjoyable book. Baker takes us through the major revivals of the Bible, giving a good overview of each revival, its background history where applicable, and what lessons we can learn from each revival. The author, encouraged by the Welsh Revival of 1904-1905, also makes references to this move of God, with some of its features and states, why not us, today? In addition, other revivals from previous centuries are mentioned, alongside the author’s country of South Africa.

With the revivals in the New Testament comes a strong emphasis on the Great Commission and missionary endeavour, to proclaim Christ among the unreached. The book ends rather abruptly – you turn the page and it is blank. You expect more, perhaps a summing up or a conclusion, but there is none. Nonetheless, a good read, with many interesting observations.

A good read, with many interesting observations.

Reality and Religion: Meditations on God, Man and Nature
Reality and Religion: Meditations on God, Man and Nature
by Sadhu Sundar Singh
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Little snippets of wisdom and insights, Jan. 10 2015
Reality and Religion by Sadhu Sudhar Singh, 1924 are ‘meditations on God, man and nature’ and is a compendium of Singh’s observations and theological thoughts split into 27 short chapters in just 88 pages. A short book and an easy read. This book is not as good as Sadhu Sundar Singh With and Without Christ which was published 5 years later.

Little snippets of wisdom and insights

The Tartan Pimpernel by Caskie, Donald (2006) Paperback
The Tartan Pimpernel by Caskie, Donald (2006) Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good WWII historical book, Jan. 10 2015
The Tartan Pimpernel by Donald Caskie, 1957, 1999, is about a Scottish minister, from the Church of Scotland, who is in charge of a Kirk (church) in Paris, France who flees for his life when German forces begin shelling the outskirts of Paris. Caskie had been very vocal against Hitler and his regime since the mid-1930s. After days of treking, then cycling, with little food and sleep, being bombed and shot at from German and Italian aircraft, he made it to the coast, amidst the 10,000 refugees. A place had been reserved for him on the last ship, but he felt led by God to stay behind. Because he was obedient, he helped save the lives of around 2,000 allied soldiers out of a known 3,000 who escaped to Britain.

His work in the British and American Seaman's Mission in Marseilles under Vichy French rule is gripping to read with tales of heroism, hardships, answers to prayer, tragedy, betrayal, traitors, arrests, murders, imprisonment, interrogation and escape. The book opens an interesting window into the resistance, intelligence services and sympathisers who were against the Vichy (and some times a part of it) in their attempts, and often successful, though close calls, to defeat and elude from the Gestapo to help the Allies to final victory. The tales of traitors in the midst are sad but true.

The book contains many names and places, and gives `life' to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom of others.

A very good WWII historical book

Counselling & Holy Spirit
Counselling & Holy Spirit
by Peter Ledger
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Christ-centred counselling under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Jan. 10 2015
Counselling and the Holy Spirit by Peter Ledger, 1989 is a 144-page paperback that is divided into nine chapters across three sections. The first chapter focuses on the Kingdom of God and sets the scene for Jesus’ ministry and that of some of the other disciples. The emphasis being on Prayer and Worship, Evangelism and Community Involvement, Teaching and Discipleship and Healing and Pastoral Care. This section includes many Scriptures to set the scene.

The book makes an interesting and vital point for any Christian counsellor – where is your reliance? Is it on God the Holy Spirit or something or someone else? Is the counselling sacred or secular? Are you following precepts that are agnostic or humanist in their approach? The author then proceeds on to the Church community, the fellowship and worship of the church, and that if Christian’s truly enter into all the dimensions of full-bodied corporate worship which includes adorations, praise, confession, meditation, intercession for others etc. then there would be less people in the counselling queue. Christian community is also good, having fun outside of a church building / meetings amongst fellow Christians is also very therapeutic.

The author then proceeds onto the biblical concept of putting others first, forgiving those who have wrong us, thinking of others and being loving and caring. The book also includes the how, when and where of counselling and concludes with some very practical advice, of setting up the room etc. There is also a list of recommended reading.

THINKING BLACK - 22 Years Without a Break in the Long Grass of Central Africa
THINKING BLACK - 22 Years Without a Break in the Long Grass of Central Africa
by D. Crawford
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insights and experiences of a missionary in the Congo, Oct. 7 2013
Thinking Black - 22 Years Without a Break in the Long Grass of Central Africa by Daniel Crawford, 1912, a thick hardback with rough edge paper. The book is very well made with gilt on the board covers, and red ink at the beginning of each chapter. The book also included photos and stuck in `postcard style' paintings of African scenes on black board.

The content of the book is good, but there is a lot of information which is great about Africa and African thinking which clouds this book from being a autobiography of 22 years. I would recommended Dan Crawford - The Central African Missionary by John Hawthorn, (c.1930) as a good overview of Crawford's life to help you understand his life within Thinking Black. Nonetheless, Thinking Black is an incredible book into a world that no longer exists - well not at least in the open, of a cruel tyrannical tribal leader with 500 wives, who kills whom he wills at will! His `city' is scattered with human skulls on poles, in trees and naked warriors stand all about him, caked in oil and grease whilst heathen rituals take places and things of an unspeakable manner. Crawford's ministry began in 1889.

The Belgium's take over the country and many atrocities ensue, and many crimes are overlooked whilst many are not. Shocking section on cannibalism - semi-sanctioned by the Belgium's, the savage Arab slavery-raider who burns villages and takes the natives to sell, or just kills them if they refuse to cooperate. Crawford and others flee for their lives and resettle as new mission base - which get flooded and they have to spend 3 days on the roof of their thatched home / hut. They later resettle and the town of Luanza springs up. Somewhere along the line, Crawford gets married and has a child (which he gives no details about) and the last date in the book is 1909.

Fascinating insights and experiences of a missionary in the Congo

Livingstone, the pathfinder, by Basil Mathews ... with seventeen illustrations by Ernest Prater, twenty-four other pictures and photographs and three maps
Livingstone, the pathfinder, by Basil Mathews ... with seventeen illustrations by Ernest Prater, twenty-four other pictures and photographs and three maps
by Basil Joseph (1879-1951) Mathews
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars A good book about a great man of God, May 28 2013
Livingstone the Pathfinder by Basil Mathews, 1912, 1943 is a really good book on the life of Dr David Livingstone, missionary explorer. The book is based for a youth readership, and so apart from some of the younger references is quite mature in its outlook.

The book includes photos and illustration and a map of Livingstone's travels which is not that easy to read, or the various types of lines to plot all of his travels. A good read on the bicentenary of Livingstone's birth!

With and Without Christ
With and Without Christ
by Sadhu Sundar Singh
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting Christian book, May 28 2013
With and Without Christ by Sadhu Sundar Singh, 1929 are `incidents taken from the lives of Christian and non-Christians which illustrate the difference in lives lived with Christ and without Christ.' The book is 129 pages long divided into just 6 chapters.

The first chapter is Singh's conversations (and his life in chapter 5) with those of other faiths - without Christ - and is interesting as he talks to a sadhu on a bed of spikes, an ascetic walled into a cave, a liberal Rabbi In Jerusalem and a fan of Confucius in Peking, China. This is book is better than Sadhu Sundar Singh Reality and Religion (1924).

With and Without Christ also reveals the differences between East and West and many who profess to be Christians are not. Singh also gives the stories or conversation of indigenous Christians and evangelists and tells of their struggles, victories, triumphs and disappointment, many of whom are unknown to missionaries but have Christ in their hearts, on their tongue and in their lifestyles. The final chapter is evangelistic in its nature

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3.0 out of 5 stars Little snippets of wisdom and insights, May 28 2013
Reality and Religion by Sadhu Sudhar Singh, 1924 are `meditations on God, man and nature' and is a compendium of Singh's observations and theological thoughts split into 27 short chapters in just 88 pages. A short book and an easy read. This book is not as good as Sadhu Sundar Singh With and Without Christ which was published 5 years later.

Fredrik Franson
Fredrik Franson
by TORJESEN EDWA
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable 'mission' book of just 122 pages., May 28 2013
This review is from: Fredrik Franson (Paperback)
Fredrick Franson - A model for Worldwide Evangelism by Edvard P. Torjesen, 1983, William Carey Library. Franson was born in Sweden in 1852 and immigrated to America in 1869. He would soon get converted and go into fulltime Christian ministry as a church planting and then mission planting, holding campaigns around the world and inspiring people towards the great commission.

The book is an overview of Franson's life, pieced together by documentation and the history of the churches and mission organisations he founded, and as the author acknowledges a much fuller work is required to duly acknowledge all that Franson had done for Christendom and the cause of world missions. Franson saw revival in a number of places, whether revival amongst the reformed churches, or the unchurched.

There is a number of appendices at the back of the book, which gives Franson's beliefs of the church, its government, evangelism and missions all based on the New Testament pattern. Thus avoiding denominationalism division, but rather all being one in Christ - part of the body of Christ through faith in Jesus Christ's atoning work.

A Present Help
A Present Help
by Marie Monsen
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book of mission stories - God's protection and guidance, May 28 2013
This review is from: A Present Help (Paperback)
A Present Help by Marie Monsen, translated from the Norwegian by Joy Guinness, 1959, 1960, China Inland Mission is a compilation of true-life mission stories set in northern China in the 1920s and cumulating in a detailed account of Miss Monsen capture by Pirates in a 23 day ordeal.

All of the stories of God's deliverances, during marauding brigade bands and bandits, intervention and protection of angels, trusting in God, being led of Him, results in knowing how to act when in captivity amongst 60 pirates - and trusting God!

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