A real spiritual classic! I quote from the authors introduction: “The immense importance of adorning the doctrine of God our saviour and making it lovely and beautiful by our daily habits and tempers has been too far overlooked. Sound doctrine is useless if it is not accompanied by a holy life. It worse than useless it does positive harm it is my firm impression that we need a thorough revival in scriptural holiness.”
From the chapter of Sin Ryle comments: “For my part I am persuaded the more light we have, the more we see our sinfulness, the nearer we get to heaven the more we are clothed with humility. I am convinced that the first step towards attaing a higher standard of holiness is to realize more fully the amazing sinfulness of sin.”
Other chapters include: Sanctification, holiness, the fight, the cost, growth, assurance, Moses an example, Lot a beacon, a woman remembered, Christ’s greatest trophy, the ruler of waves, The Church which Christ builds, visible churches warned, Loves thou me? Without Christ, Thirst relieved, Unsearchable riches, wants of the times, Christ is all, extracts from old writers.
Overall this book has so many highlights, and is a real spur to pursue holiness.
Review by Timothy Denning
This books speaks of the importance of really knowing The Lord and outlines several different aspects of this.
Through his word; God is understood in terms of what the Bible tells us. Always it is stressed that the claim of the word of God upon us is absolute, the word is to be received, trusted, and obeyed, because it is the word of God the king.
Other aspects include The Grace of God, God the Judge, The wrath of God and several other characters and aspects of God.
The author says we can never know enough about God this book really helps and sets you on the path way were you want to read the word more and more and ask the Lord to reveal himself to you.
JOEL BEEKE AND RANDALL PEDERSON
A real labour of love which took the authors around ten years to write! The book gives a brief history of English Puritanism, detailing the important historic facts, biographies of English, Scottish and Dutch puritans, also book reviews of works that have been published over the last fifty years. These men sought to live lives for the glory of there saviour , they had many struggles and lived through turbulent times.
Here follows a review of Andrew Gray:
Regarded as a burning light by thousands who heard him preach, his knowledge of the Christian experience was wonderfully extensive, he knew well the joys and troubles, the helps and hindrances. George Hutcheson spoke of him as a spark from heaven. The Lord gave him remarkable power of probing the conscience, he could make people’s hair stand on end.
A review of his Sermons: Loving Christ and fleeing temptation:
These sermons are comforting to the regenerate, arresting the backslider, inviting the unsaved, and unmasking the hypocrite. Christ all was the beginning, middle and end of all the sermons.
This book has been written in a devotional manner and whets the appetite for you to read many of the fine books mentioned, a real triumph in so many ways.
The author asks who is regulating affairs on earth today-God, or the Devil? He then lays out the glorious gospel truths by explaining Gods sovereignty defined, God in creation, in administration, salvation, reprobation, operation, human will, human responsibility, sovereignty and prayer, our attitude towards the doctrine, difficulties and objections, the value of the doctrine.
In summary after reading this great book we can rejoice in the Lord’s sovereign will and purpose in our lives, and this should breed great peace and assurance of God’s presence in our lives.
Also, if you buy one of the latest editions you will also can read the will of God, the case of Adam, John 3 v 16 meaning of Kosmos, and a brief exposition of 1 John 2 v 2.
Letters of Samuel Rutherford by Samuel Rutherford & Andrew Bonar
Review by Timothy Denning
Every letter in this fine book is just like a sermon, Full of Christ and full of Scripture particularly the Song of Solomon.
I quote from the book:
Christ is a well of life, but who knows how deep it is to the bottom? This Soul of ours has love, and cannot but love some fair one. And oh, what a fair one what an holy one, what an excellent, lovely, ravishing one, is Jesus Christ Put the beauty of ten thousand, thousand worlds of paradises, like the garden of Eden in one, put all trees, flowers, all smells, all colours, all tastes, all joys, all sweetness, all loveliness, in one, oh what a fair and excellent thing would that be! And yet it would be less to that fair and dearest well-beloved Christ, than one drop of rain to the whole seas, rivers, lakes and fountains of ten thousand earths. Christ is heavens wonder.
Buy the book and you can read the full version of a glorious hymn:
Oh! Christ he is the fountain, the deep sweet well of love ! The streams on earth I’ve tasted, more deep I’ll drink above, there, to an ocean fullness, his mercy does expand, And glory-glory dwells in Immanuel’s land.
By Pastor Tony Bickley
Lifeline: How to know God – by Andrew Christofides
On reading the introduction and aims of this book I had a nagging thought. The book is aimed at those with little understanding of the gospel and, judging from its layout and content, with only a small appetite for reading.
The problem I foresaw was that even this small book might be too much reading for its intended audience. That being said, it does achieve all of its other goals.
Lifeline usefully explains the gospel simply, accurately and in a way that is easy to understand. I think that anyone seriously seeking the truth would find many of their questions answered and, despite my reservations, I see this as a welcome addition to any church bookstall.
The book works systematically through the text, explaining the existence and person of God and his love for the world of men; and showing that such love is demonstrated by the giving of his Son.
The chapter explaining who Jesus is provides a helpful introduction to him; the explanation of the cross is graphic. The chapter relating to the words of the text ‘For God…’ was especially helpful. I thought the explanation of God’s person, presence and power thought-provoking.
The closing chapter encourages the reader to seek God through prayer and reading his Word, and encourages those seeking the truth to find a gospel church, so that they might hear it preached.
All in all, this book is perfect for its purpose, as long as its intended readership read it all the way through.
Book Review by Timothy
Profiting from the Word – A W Pink
This book really brught home to me the importance of reading the word of God which although we know we need to do, we need constantly reminding of this fact.
Chapter 2 is called the Scriptures and God from which I quote “The divine image is stamped upon every page. Writings so holy, so heavenly, so awe-producing, the bible could never been created by man, The scriptures make known a supernatural God.” Really the whole backdrop to the book is (2 Timothy 3 v 16-17) How the word of God is more than suitable for our every need.
Later in the book Pink says put down other books and put the bible first and foremost in your life. This comment made me think long and hard and a profound effect and really motivated me to read the word. By all means read this book put the bible first!