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    Review: ESV Bible with Creeds and Confessions

    Crossway has been publishing different editions of their well-received ESV Bible for a while now. This year they have released the ‘ESV Bible with Creeds and Confessions’ to add to their collection. Since receiving my copy I have used it as my go-to Bible in my office, and put it through its paces! Looks Box The first thing you see, as you open the shipping box, is the presentation box. This has been very well designed, with red and gold colours. It really stands out. Cover Once again Crossway has outdone themselves in making a very nice-looking Bible. The edition I have is brown TruTone stretched over board. This gives…

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    Review: The Mind Muddler by Jo Boddam-Whetham

    “God made our minds to run on his trackbut instead we chose the track that was cracked.Like fools we live in a tunnel of lies;and fools without God can never be wise.” I do not think that a book like this exists in the children’s market – or at least, I have never seen a book that tackles this particular topic aimed at children (feel free to let me know of others in the comments!). Over the past few years, 10ofThose have been publishing a number of well thought out children’s books. The Mind Muddler joins this ever-growing collection, and it is one of the best so far. Let me…

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    Review: Reformed Systematic Theology Vol. 1 by Joel Beeke & Paul Smalley

    ‘Reformed Systematic Theology’ is the latest volume put out by Joel Beeke, Paul M. Smalley and published by Crossway. This is the first in a projected 4-volume work, aiming to cover the broad category of Systematic Theology. This particular volume looks at the themes of Revelation and God (or Theology Proper). It has been said that the church needs good theology that engages the head, heart, and hands. In this volume, Beeke and Smalley say that they are aiming to do that as they ‘seek to strengthen a Christian reformed according to the Word of God’ (p. 114) From that description, you may feel that this is a cold academic…

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    Review: My Bible Animals Storybook by Dandi Daley Mackall

    10ofThose have been putting out some good quality children’s books recently (see Rosie & Friends for example) and this is no exception. The artwork is lovely, and the approach is fun too. The author has managed to write a Bible storybook around the ideas of animals – and one thing I’ve learnt since getting this book is that children love animals! There are two pages to each story, but the author does not make it so that the animal is central. When I first saw the title I thought it would be making the animals centre-stage, at the cost of the actual Bible message. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to…

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    Review: Confronting Christianity by Rebecca McLaughlin

    What are the trickiest questions you think Christianity faces? Can you cut that down to 12? That’s what Rebecca McLaughlin does in her first book – Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion, published by Crossway. The author tackles 12 of the most commonly questioned issues people have with Christianity head-on. And when I say that, I don’t mean like other books on apologetics do. McLaughlin actually wrestles deeply with the issues, and shows the actual facts undergirding them. For example, in her chapter on ‘hasn’t science disproved Christianity?’, she takes a good look at why that might appear to be the case, and then shows historically…

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    Review: Before You Open Your Bible by Matt Smethurst

    What do you do before you open the Bible? What do you think to yourself? In this short book, Matt Smethurst challenges us to ask those questions of ourselves. And in doing so, he gives 9 reminders and correctives to help us approach God’s word. Each one packs a weighty punch, and does not take long to read. I found the author’s chapter on prayer particularly useful. As Smethurst mentions, even he did not think to add this chapter till the end. Prayer is so important to rightly handling God’s word, and something we regularly forget to do. I used this book for 9 days consecutively and found it a…