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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…

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    Review: Rosie & Family by Nicola Fairbairn

    Rosie and the family is the new series of books published by 10ofThose, written by Nicola Fairbairn and illustrated by Ruth Hearson. Currently there are three books in the series: Mummy’s New Baby, The Bad Dream, and Sports Day (that’s the order I placed them in – there is a very subtle story progression, see if you can spot it!). The Stories Each book is around 24 pages long, and speaks into the lives of children. I really like the formula that the stories follow. The issue for the child (Rosie in two of them, and her brother Joshua in the other) is shown, and the parents start to deal…

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    Review: Different – by David Martin

    Different is a short book (only 80 pages!) aiming to bring to the forefront the sins that we may not notice in our churches. The ‘nothings’ that the Western world are prone to in our time in history. Well what are they? They are: materialism, careerism, sentimentalism, and nationalism. David Martin does not call these out for no reason. No, he wants us to realise that they are there, and that they affect our witness to the outside world. The book is written in an engaging and witty way. I was able to read the whole book in one go. Now, it does poke where it hurts, but not in…

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    Review: The Ten Commandments by Kevin DeYoung

    Kevin DeYoung has written a number of accessible level books for lay-people in the church. From topics of busyness, to holiness, to how do we find God’s will, these books have helped the church grapple with difficult areas of doctrine for today. In his latest book on the Ten Commandments, DeYoung sets out to explain what they mean, why they matter, and why we should obey them. Coming from a different view to the author, I was interested to read this book and see if his arguments were convincing. So let’s see if he manages to answer those three questions in this book. What They Mean Throughout the book Kevin…

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    Review: Can We Trust the Gospels – by Peter WIlliams

    Can we trust the gospels? That is a very important question. If they do tell the truth, then there is no denying that they must be heard, read and followed. If they’re false, then we can discard them and not bother at all with them. Peter Williams, Principal of Tyndale House in Cambridge, has been working on this area for a number of years. I first heard him debating Bart Ehrmann on the Unbelievable podcast, on this very topic. And now he is here with 160 pages of academically rigorous research, written at a popular level. Williams states “This [book] seeks to present a case for the reliability of the…