LATIN AMERICAN CHURCH GROWTH, by W.R Read, V.M. Monterroso and H.A. Johnson; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1969; 421 pp., $8.95.
This book is necessary reading for all who are interested in or contemplating missionary work in South or Central America. It contains a complete and exhaustive survey of evangelical (Protestant) missions in that continent. It discusses the many problems, gains, and difficulties of the work there against the background of excellent discussions of the social, political, economic and ecclesiastical problems of the area. The value of the book is greatly enhanced by many graphs covering all aspects of the work. The book is the result of several years of study.
The book does not cover missionary work in the Caribbean Islands and will be of little help in our present work in Jamaica. The weakness of the book is a discouraging and unBiblical preoccupation with numerical growth.
THE EARLY CHURCH, by Henry Chadwick; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1968; 304 pp., $6.95.
This first volume of “The Pelican History of the Church” covering the period from the apostles to John of Damascus is a very readable and interesting description of this most important period in church history. Recommended for schools and homes.
LIFE IN ONE’S STRIDE, by Kenneth Hamilton; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1969; 91 pp., $1.45 (paper).
A fairly well-balanced introduction to the life and thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German theologian who died at the hands of the Nazis just before the end of World War II. Many writings on Bonhoeffer (and they have multiplied almost beyond number) seem to read too much into him; and many developments since Bonhoeffer which are supposed to be rooted in Bonhoeffer’s thought are outrageous impositions. The book tries to set the whole matter in balance and succeeds on the whole.
REPAID A HUNDREDFOLD, by Charles A. Leonard, Sr.; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1969; 363 pp., $4.95.
Charles Leonard, for many years a missionary to mainland China before the Communist takeover, to Northern Manchuria, and Hawaii, tells pf his experiences in this autobiography. Though extremely disconnected and skimpy on material which would help towards a study of, missions, the book makes interesting reading.