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Dangerous Calling
Dangerous Calling
by Paul David Tripp
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Just what the doctor ordered!, 26 Mar 2013
This review is from: Dangerous Calling (Paperback)
While Paul Tripp writes from his American experience, this book contains wisdom in relation to pastoral ministry everywhere. In many senses, I cannot commend it highly enough - as, in some senses, it was exactly what I needed.

It begins at the training level and shows the false expectations many have at that stage - students' thinking is too theoretical and unprepared for the hard realities of loving people. Throughout their ministry, there are so many temptations - that of simply becoming caught in the routine of preparing the next address for the next deadline without taking time to digest God's Word properly or realise the seriousness of what one is doing, that of craving for people's estimate of one's ministry rather than God's, etc. It concludes on the note that whatever the state of one's ministry, one will always be left saying 'We are unprofitable servants'. The minister is not to find their identity in their ministry - successful or otherwise. Rather, they are to find their identity in the wonder of His grace and realise their absolute dependence on that mercy.

The comments on the book are absolutely right. It should cause congregations to have a deeper appreciations of the joys and pitfalls of pastoral ministry - and cause them to pray for and love their minister more intelligently. And for the minister, it searches their motives, exposes their sins and failure and helps them in their thinking about their work. Very highly recommended.


The Shadow of the Almighty (Authentic Classics)
The Shadow of the Almighty (Authentic Classics)
by Elisabeth Elliot
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.81

5.0 out of 5 stars Challenge from an extraordinary Christian, 21 Mar 2011
Jim Elliot is a figure whose life and testimony still challenge mediocrity in Christian living, years after he and his friends were martyred by the Auca Indians. I read 'Shadow of the Almighty' in my teen-age years and it and 'Through gates of splendour' have left an indelible impression upon me. 'Shadow of the Almighty' gives insight into an intelligent, athletic young man, surrendered to God's will and with a deep sense of the Gospel's urgency. I still keep coming back to these journal entries for both quotation and challenge.

If you have not read 'Shadow of the Almighty', you are missing out on a book which is not only well-written and memorable, but also one to shatter comfortable Christianity and complacency about the Great Commission to proclaim the Gospel to the remotest parts of the earth.


By Grace Alone: How the Grace of God Amazes Me
By Grace Alone: How the Grace of God Amazes Me
by Sinclair B. Ferguson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.57

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazingly good book on amazing grace, 5 Oct 2010
It has been a real pleasure to read this book. Sinclair Ferguson is entirely right - there are so many Christians who do not appreciate how much God loves them. This book is for them - and also for the many who have not yet tasted God's grace.

It is a very simply written exposition of God's amazing grace. Its starting point is a hymn 'O how the grace of God amazes me' by the African Christian Emmanuel T. Sibomana. The themes of the hymn's different stanzas are the starting point for the different chapters. For example, chapter 3 picks up the third stanza's theme -the cost of the Christian's salvation.

I have found it all so helpful - good theology and Bible exposition simply and clearly written and illustrated. It helped me in terms of thinking about difficulties in the Christian life (yes, God really does love His child - and the problems really come from God's enemy, the devil) and it will undoubtedly fit into any preaching or speaking on God's grace I do.

A book to be read - and given or loaned to others who want and need to understand God's grace.


Bonhoeffer
Bonhoeffer
by Eric Metaxas
Edition: Paperback

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent biography which deserves to be read, 23 Aug 2010
This review is from: Bonhoeffer (Paperback)
I became interested in this book when I heard an interview with its author on the Gospel Coalition website. He explained how, having come to faith, the fact that he had German blood opposed to Hitler in his family tree had caused a fascination with the figure of Bonhoeffer.

It really is a quite fascinating biography. Metaxas says that the fact that Bonhoeffer has become associated with the phrase 'religionless Christianity' has made many misrepresent him as a figure for a godless 'theology'. In fact, the very reverse is true - commitment to God's will is what motivates his life and opposition to Adolf Hitler. Having come from a cultured, privileged and academic background, he was thrust into perception of suffering's effect on Christian faith (e.g. among the black Christians of America) and to seeing opposition to Nazism as the only real consequence of understanding the Gospel. The story of his doomed love for Maria and of all the coded letters from prison is moving, and it is alarming to think of how the German opposition's attempt to contact Churchill were dismissed.

I commend this book most highly.


Knowing God
Knowing God
by J.I. Packer
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute classic, 23 Mar 2010
This review is from: Knowing God (Paperback)
This book is certainly among the most influential in my Christian experience. It is not theology for theology's sake - it is what theology really should be: not a mere academic discipline, but the knowledge and study of God. It challenges the modern trend of thinking great thoughts of man and small thoughts of God, and assumes that even Christian minds have sometimes been shaped by modern materialism. Other reviewers are perhaps right: it does take time to read. However, my experience was exactly like John Stott's: it caused me to draw aside in wonder at the living God, and sheer gratitude to Him. Yet other reviewers have commented critically on the style - and I am sure some of that comment is justifiable.

There are very few books that I have read that I keep coming back to both for quotation and practical help purposes more than twenty years after I first have read them. This book is in that category. It deserves its classic status richly.


Journey Into Fear [1942] [VHS]
Journey Into Fear [1942] [VHS]
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Price: 8.95

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting thriller, 25 Feb 2010
Having read Eric Ambler's novel, I was interested in seeing how it transferred to the screen. There were, of course, some liberties taken. The most memorable characterisation was Orson Welles' Turkish security man. Welles himself admitted to having somewhat over-acted, but it is an interesting and memorable characterisation. Joseph Cotten is ideal for the central role of the engineer unwittingly caught in the intrigue - a very ordinary, nondescript man caught in events outside his ken.

It is an exciting thriller; but not as memorable as the other unjustly neglected film of an important Ambler novel - 'The Mask of Dimitrios'. As the central engineer's wife calls for him at the end of 'Journey into fear' the film leaves a nice sense that this foray into exotic characters, intrigue and danger is an aberration in the life of a man accustomed to routine and domesticity.


Killing Fields, Living Fields
Killing Fields, Living Fields
by Peter Lewis
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellently written account of God's faithfulness to one much-tried church, 29 Sep 2007
I find myself turning to this book over and over again for illustration and quotation. It is excellently written and provides an account of a church in a country we probably do not think very much about - a country which has known inordinate suffering and cruelty. The book, however, shows that God has been extraordinarily faithful to His people and church in the situation. I never leave this book, primarily sickened by man's inhumanity to man. My primary reaction is always one of marvel at the living God's work amidst so much pain.

The book really deserves to be some sort of Christian classic and to be widely known and read.


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