Book Reviews

THIS WAS JOHN CALVIN, by Thea B. Van Halsema; Baker Book House, 1981; 221 pp., $3.95 (paper). (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko.)

This book was first published in 1959 as part of the Christian Biography Series. It has since been translated into several languages and now published in paperback. It is an excellent biography of John Calvin and we highly recommend it. 

While it is written in an imaginative and interesting way, it is based on solid research and is historically accurate. In fact, it contains in it a large amount of information concerning Calvin and his work which is not generally known. At the same time, it is also written in such a way that young and old can appreciate it and enjoy it. Not only I but also my family enjoyed it. And it is even a book which parents can read to their small children. 

The book is written so that one can recognize the greatness of the Swiss Reformer, but at the same time, the reader is pointed repeatedly to God Who has worked in His Church in all ages and Who brought reformation to the Church through His servant John Calvin. 

FACETS OF PRAYER, by Frans Bakker, (Translated from the Dutch by Cornelis and Fredrika Pronk); Baker Book House, 1981; 105 pp., $2.45 (paper). (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko.) 

The author of these meditations on prayer was ordained in 1956 and died in 1965, after only nine years in the ministry. He writes in this book of “kinds” of prayers: secret, persevering, improper, arrogant, humble, unfulfilled, bold, true, pleading, effectual, thankful, and prayer which is too late. The author has some nice insights into prayer and comes with Scriptural and Reformed material for the most part. It is interesting reading as devotional material and points the believer to the importance of prayer in his life.