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ASLEEP IN JESUS, by J. H. Hartenberger; Baker Book House; 120 pp., $1.50 (paper). 

Part of the “Preaching Helps Series”, this book contains twenty-three funeral sermons. In some ways it is a nice book: it does not contain in the sermons long eulogies concerning the deceased such as characterize modern funeral preaching; it contains sermons which are based upon Scripture and are expositions of fitting texts. Although the Lutheran views of the author are included—especially his views on baptismal regeneration—the book can be read for devotional purposes or to give ministers ideas of various texts adaptable to funeral preaching.” 

—Prof. H. Hanko 

GOD AND EVIL, by William Fitch; Eerdmans Publishing Co.; 183 pp., $2.65 (paper). 

Subtitled “Studies in the Mystery of Suffering and Pain”, this little book is a comprehensive discussion of evil in the world. It discusses the problem of evil, not only as found in suffering, but also the evil of sin. While it is not possible to agree with every part of the book (the author occasionally introduces Arminian theology and questions the literal interpretation of Genesis 1-3) nevertheless, this is a worthwhile book. It takes the Scriptural approach throughout and is both instructive and edifying. We recommend this book as worthy of reading and study in the home and as of special importance to all those whose way is beset by much distress. 

—Prof. H. Hanko 

PEN PICTURES IN THE UPPER ROOM, by Bernard C; Clausen; Baker Book House, 1967; 187 pp., $1.50, (paper).

This is one of the “Preaching Helps Series” being, published by Baker. It contains fourteen communion sermons and has as its purpose: “If we are to recapture for modern Christians those recollections of Jesus himself which glorified the Communion moments for the early Church, we must make deliberate efforts to restore those fading pictures of the upper room, which have now almost surrendered to the patient attack of time.” While the book is well written and contains some interesting material on the Last Supper, it is not a very good book. It is exegetically unsound; it is based upon a very loose conception of inspiration; it misses the point of the events of the Last Supper badly, failing to direct the attention of the reader to the perfect sacrifice of Christ on the cross. Recommended for general reading, but of little help in preaching. 

—Prof. H. Hanko