Category Archives: Book (& Other) Reviews

Mainly book reviews, but reviews of video and audio materials also appear.

(A)sexual: (A) Weird Documentary

I saw a very strange documentary recently: (A)sexual (directed by Angela Tucker, Arts Engine Inc., 2011). The premise of the film, which takes for granted the contemporary belief that people have innate sexual orientations (inclinations to have sex with persons … Continue reading

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Gifted Mind: Engaging, Worthwhile…Unfinished

(Last updated on 6 February 2016) Kinley, Jeff, with Raymond Damadian. Gifted Mind: The Dr. Raymond Damadian Story, Inventor of the MRI. Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2015. Hard cover. Pp. 240. ISBN 978-0-89051-803-8. Certain aspects of Jeff Kinley and … Continue reading

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The Carson Option: Viable for Evangelicals?

I just read an interesting document, the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and General Conference of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church’s 2001 “Report of the International Theological Dialogue between the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the World Alliance of Reformed Churches” (hereafter, … Continue reading

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For Love of God’s Word: Useful, Not Essential, to Biblical Understanding

(Last updated on 18 September 2015) Köstenberger, Andreas J., and Richard D. Patterson. For the Love of God’s Word: An Introduction to Biblical Interpretation. Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic, 2015. Hard cover, 444 pages. ISBN 978-0-8254-4336-7. Late in For Love of … Continue reading

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Worthwhile Reading…For Some: History, Law and Christianity

(Last updated on 20 May 2015) Montgomery, John Warwick. History, Law and Christianity. Corona, CA: NRP Books, 2014 (prior edition copyrights were 1964, 1991, and 2002). Paperback. 102+xv pages. ISBN 978-1-945500-01-5. While my philosophical and theological commitment are not Montgomery’s—I … Continue reading

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Comprehensive, Informative…Inconsistent, Flawed: 40 Question about Creation and Evolution

Keathley, Kenneth D., and Mark F. Rooker. 40 Questions about Creation and Evolution. 40 Questions, series ed. Benjamin L. Merkle. Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic, 2014. Paperback, 430 pages. ISBN 978-0-8254-2941-5.Introduction: General Overview and AssessmentIn this book, a fairly comprehensive survey … Continue reading

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Pious Thinking: God’s Battle Plan (Saxton Review)

Saxton, David W. God’s Battle Plan for the Mind: The Puritan Practice of Biblical Meditation. Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2015. Paperback. 145+vii pages. ISBN 978-1-60178-371-4.Contemporary rediscovery of the intellectually rich yet rigorously practical work of Puritan thinkers continues. Pastor … Continue reading

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The Gospel. Clear But Maybe Too Simple: The Evangelism Study Bible

(Last updated on 1 February 2015) The Evangelism Study Bible. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2014. Hardcover. 1564+xiii pages. ISBN 978-0-8254-2662-9.Last time I visited my local Christian bookstore, I admit the one thought that didn’t occur to me was, “You know, what … Continue reading

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Permission to Avoid Permission to Doubt

(Last updated on 9 January 2015) Sullivan, Ann C. Permission to Doubt: One Woman’s Journey into a Thinking Faith. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2014. Paperback. 173 pages. ISBN 978-0-8254-4366-4.Ann Sullivan’s Permission to Doubt might best be described as a personal memoir, … Continue reading

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Christian Bioethics: A Useful Survey

Mitchell, C. Ben, and D. Joy Riley. Christian Bioethics: A Guide for Pastors, Health Care Professionals, and Families. B&H Studies in Biblical Ethics. Daniel R. Heimbach, Series Editor. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2014. 207+xiv pages. ISBN 978-1-4336-7114-2.Christian Bioethics: A Guide for … Continue reading

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Non-Apostolic Deformation Debunked: A New Apostolic Reformation? Reviewed

Geivett, R. Douglas, and Holly Pivec. A New Apostolic Reformation? A Biblical Response to a Worldwide Movement. Wooster, OH: Weaver Book Company, 2014. 254 + xvii pages. ISBN 978-1-941337-03-5.In my reviews, I generally try to avoid hyperbolic statements like, “every … Continue reading

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Bitesize Rutherford Bio: Something to Chew On

Hannula, Richard M. Samuel Rutherford: Lover of Christ. Bitesize Biographies. Darlington, England: EP Books, 2014. ISBN 978-1-78397-018-6.Richard Hannula’s Samuel Rutherford Bitesize Biography is an excellent brief introduction to Rutherford’s life, thought, and place in history. Suitable either as an easy … Continue reading

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Handling Hardship: Sunukjian’s Invitation to James

(Last updated on 21 November 2014) Sunukjian, Donald R. Invitation to James: Persevering Through Trials to Win the Crown. Wooster, OH: Weaver Book Company, 2014. ISBN 978-1-941337-25-7.Invitation to James is part of a series on “Biblical Preaching for the Contemporary … Continue reading

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