DAYLIGHT (Daily Readings with the Bible), by Andrew Kuyvenhoven; Paideia Press, 1977; 376 pp., $5.95 (paper), (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko)
This book contains 365 one-page meditations on different texts out of the Scriptures to be used for daily devotions. Many of them were formerly prepared for “Today” (once called “Family Altar”). They are generally divided into subjects such as “Living with God,” “The Gospel according to Paul,” etc. Some, quite naturally, are better than others; most are not of an exegetical nature but are rather brief meditations “hanged on” a given text; all tend to be practical rather than doctrinal. They can be read with profit by those who enjoy devotional literature.
I BELIEVE IN EVANGELISM, by David Watson; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1977; 188 p., $2.95 (paper). (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko)
This is another book of the “I believe” series put out by Eerdmans Publishing Co. and edited by Michael Green. Evangelism is defined by the author as follows: “To evangelize is so to present Christ Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit, that men shall come to put their trust in God through him, to accept him as their Saviour, and serve him as their King in the fellowship of his Church.” The author believes that most evangelistic efforts are fruitless and discusses how effective evangelism can be performed. He believes in the special gifts of the Spirit as effective tools for evangelism, speaks of the social dimension of evangelistic work, and pleads for changes in church structure, for the use of modem communications and for various art forms as means to press this work. The problem of the book is the failure of the author to accept the authority of the New Testament in the whole area of evangelism and in the proper use of method.