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Living in the Gap Between Promise and Reality: The Gospel According to Abraham
Living in the Gap Between Promise and Reality: The Gospel According to Abraham
by Iain M. Duguid
Edition: Paperback
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Very disappointing, May 14 2004
I was excited when I discovered this series, The Gospel According to the Old Testament, published by P&R. I thought someone had finally published a series of books for the average reader that thematically, structurally, and typologically showed how the gospel is anticipated in the lives of the Old Testament saints. I purchased this book and eagerly anticipated its arrival. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but I was very much disappointed with what I got.
This book works its way through the Genesis account of Abraham's life, and it does try to be gospel-oriented. But instead of focusing on the text and really drawing out the rich imagery and powerful gospel themes that can be unearthed in every Old Testament passage, the author discusses such things only for a moment, then inevitably heads for some superficial application to the "Christian life." In every chapter the reader is aching to hear more about the greater gospel, biblical, and theological significance of God's calling Abraham when he was in the Chaldean city, or Abraham's sojourning in Egypt during a time of famine, or Abraham's seeking a bride for his son from a far-off place. But Duguid inevitably bounces off such subjects to applications that read like mediocre sermon notes. This book claims to be good biblical theology, but what little biblical theology is there is covered up or minimized, as if the "average" readers couldn't handle the big stuff. But they can! And it would be overwhelmingly encouraging and educational to them if they were to see how deep and wide the gospel runs throughout ALL the Bible!
I had intended to buy all of this series, but now I have no desire to read any more. We can --and should-- do so much better than this. Why settle for lightly scraping the surface of the Old Testament when one can dig deep and find the richest gospel treasure there? I cannot recommend this book for pastoral, research, personal study, or group study purposes. Instead, try something like Leithart's A House For My Name (ISBN 1885767692), or if you want to dig a bit deeper try Gage's Gospel of Genesis (1579106080).

The Apostle From Africa
The Apostle From Africa
by David Bentley-Taylor
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 More than simply a biography, May 14 2004
The best thing about this biography is that it doesn't simply relay the facts about Augustine's life and leave it at that. In fact, probably less than half of the book is about what Augustine did. The rest focuses on what he believed, from his doctrine of Scripture to his soteriology, ecclesiology, and eschatology. The reader gets a broad picture of not only who Augustine was, but also what impact he had on the church at his own time and beyond.
That being said, it is unfortunate that Bentley-Taylor's semi-Pelagian leanings come through so clearly as he writes. When explaining Augustine's views, especially in the area of soteriology, he often discards or trivializes them as wrong or antiquated with no real argument or explanation. I wish an Augustinian had written this biography, or at least that Bentley-Taylor had made more of an effort to argue his position rather than simply write off Augustine's views.
Despite this one complaint, this is very much a worthy read. It is inspiring and comforting to learn about such a man as Augustine, particularly of how the power of the gospel changed him so drastically. And it is a marvellously well-written biography, engaging and clear throughout. Anyone who wishes to learn more about this giant of church history, or anyone to wants to read of a great example of God's saving power would enjoy this book.
171 pages

T C Hammond-Irish Christian:
T C Hammond-Irish Christian:
by Warren Nelson
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderful biographical writing, Jan. 2 2004
This small book covers the life of a man whose influence will be felt for many years to come. Impacting Ireland, Australia, and beyond, Hammond was truly a Christian hero. Marvellously written, this well-researched biography includes several b/w photographs; appendices on Hammond's writings, quotes of his 'wit and wisdom', and a select bibliography; and extensive notes. I strongly recommend this inspiring book to all who desire to pour themselves out in the service of God -- read it and see what He can do with just one faithful servant!

Lest We Forget: A Personal Reflection on the Formation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church
Lest We Forget: A Personal Reflection on the Formation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church
by Robert King Churchill
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A passionate history and an enjoyable read, Jan. 2 2004
Equal parts history, biography, theology, and autobiography, Lest We Forget is a marvellous reflection upon the events leading up to the foundation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Beautifully written and an easy read (10 chapters, 135 pages), Churchill captures the spirit of the times as well as relaying the facts of this crucial period in church history. Highly recommended to those of any age who want to learn about the Presbyterian conflict of the 1920's and 30's from a man who was there every step along the way.

FRAN/EDITH SCHAEFFER-HOF
FRAN/EDITH SCHAEFFER-HOF
by Barbour Publishing
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A simple, yet fascinating little biography, Jan. 1 2004
This look at the lives of Francis and Edith Schaeffer is one of Barbour's "Defenders of the Faith" series of biographies written for young people. Thus the book's style is simple, but readers of all ages will be captivated by the faith and zeal of these two famous missionaries. Well researched and complete with notes, this easy read chronicles their lives from birth to beyond Fran's death, focusing on how God led them each step of the way and used them mightily for His glory. Strongly recommended for jr. and sr. high students, but anyone who needs to learn what God can do with faithful witnesses will profit from this book. May God raise up many in the rising generation to follow in the Schaeffers' footsteps!

Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile
Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile
by Joseph Pearce
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A fascinating biography of one of Russia's greatest writers, Sept. 11 2003
Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile is a fascinating look at one of the most unusual and influential writers of the late 20th Century. Marvellously written, it treks through his tumultuous life from start to finish, focusing on the interchange between Solzhenitsyn's faith and his writing and how the lifelong shaping of his beliefs is reflected in his stories and poems. Engaging from start to finish, this biography also contains 10 previously unpublished poems and a collection of 24 photographs from various periods of his life.

Effective Bible Teaching
Effective Bible Teaching
by Leland Ryken
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Useful, but disappointing, Sept. 1 2003
The back cover of this book states correctly, "Compared to preaching, books on teaching appear only rarely. Good ones, designed especially for those who teach the Bible to adults, can scarcely be found."
Given the pedigree of the authors, I had high expectations when I purchased this book. I especially thought that I had found a book that approached education from a *distinctively* Christian perspective. I was disappointed.
The first chapter or so was more like what I expected, discribing the need for effective Bible teaching. But the rest of the book contains what are basically the same perspectives and techniques as any other book on education. It was not *distinctively* Christian pedagogically speaking, but rather the same old educational theory applied to teaching the Bible.
Perhaps my expectations for this book were too high. Perhaps the book I'm looking for is not yet written. Any suggestions would be welcomed.

Reasons of the Heart: Recovering Christian Persuasion
Reasons of the Heart: Recovering Christian Persuasion
by William Edgar
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The best intro-level apologetic I've seen yet, Sept. 1 2003
I picked up Reasons of the Heart out of curiosity to see what is Edgar's approach to apologetics. I was happily surprised at the quality of this short book! He manages to cover a lot of ground in very little space -- the text of the book is just a little over 100 pages, plus appendices, indexes, etc. Yet it digs deeper than its size would indicate, asking the right intro-level questions and interacting fairly with many other theologies and philosophies. Edgar's writing is very concise and readable, making this book very useful for anyone from high school to graduate students, laymen and pastors alike. I heartily recommend it as a first look at apologetics and believe it will challenge the thinking and whet the apologetic appetite of any Christian.

Evangelicalism Divided: A Record of Crucial Change in the Years 1950 to 2000
Evangelicalism Divided: A Record of Crucial Change in the Years 1950 to 2000
by Iain H. Murray
Edition: Hardcover
Prix : CDN$ 15.95
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I would give it one hundred stars if I could, March 18 2003
This is one of the most powerful, compelling, stunning, and significant books written in the past decade. In these pages, Murray chronicles the fall of evangelicalism in the late 20th Century.
Murray begins by telling his reader of Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834) and his brand of theology. In an effort to defend Christianity from the higher criticism of his contemporaries, Schleiermacher made a great distinction between the mind and the heart, the objective thought and the subjective passions. He rejected the objective and taught that true Christianity was solely subjective, thus unassailable by higher criticism.
After his description of Schleiermacher, Murray shifts gears to the earlier half of the 20th Century and describes the events that transpired from that time to the present day. While careful not to slander anyone, he names names and gives example after example of a shift in attitude and approach from standing upon truth to compromise in the name of proclaiming the gospel.
As one reads through this book, at some point or another Murray's connection will strike him: modern evangelicalism has fallen into Scheiermacher-like beliefs, and most of its leaders don't even realize it. It's shocking and its implications hit very close to home, but Murray's conclusions are true.
After reading this book, I was grieved by some of the compromises I had made in the past. It permanently altered my perspective, and I am thankful I read it. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to any Christian who is interested in learning from the past, and I implore pastors and church leaders everywhere to read it so that the listing evangelical church might be righted again.

Jonah
Jonah
by O. Palmer Robertson
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 An uplifting study, March 18 2003
This review is from: Jonah (Paperback)
This brief book (5 chapters, 64 pages) is a simple but uplifting survey of the book of Jonah. Each chapter takes one part of Jonah's story (the chapters are titled In Flight, In Pursuit, Up From the Abyss, Commission, and Compassion), analyzes it, and applies it to the life of a Christian today. Robertson has successfully distilled this important Old Testament book into a study that is both challenging and encouraging. This book is worth far more than its low price, and any Christian should find it to be profitable devotional material.

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