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Walking in the Way of Love: A Practical Commentary on 1 Corinthians for the Believer (vol. 1), by Nathan J. Langerak. Reviewed by Ronald Hanko.

Walking in the Way of Love: A Practical Commentary on 1 Corinthians for the Believer (vol. 1), by Nathan J. Langerak. Jenison, MI: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 2018. 432 pages, hardcover. [Reviewed by Rev. Ron Hanko] This is an excellent and much-needed addition to anyone’s collection of commentaries, whether layman…

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Holland, Michigan: From Dutch Colony to Dynamic City, Robert P. Swierenga. Reviewed by Douglas J. Kuiper.

Holland, Michigan: From Dutch Colony to Dynamic City, Robert P. Swierenga. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2014. Three volumes; pages xxviii + 2618. Hardcover. $150.00. [Reviewed by Douglas J. Kuiper.] In three hefty volumes, Robert Swierenga provides us with a comprehensive and definitive history of the city…

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Knowing God in the Last Days: A Commentary on 2 Peter, by Mark H. Hoeksema. Reviewed by Rev. Heath Bleyenberg.

Knowing God in the Last Days: A Commentary on 2 Peter, by Mark H. Hoeksema. Jenison, Michigan: RFPA, 2017. 96 pages. (hardcover) [Reviewed by Rev. Heath Bleyenberg.] What a fitting title for this worthwhile commentary on 2 Peter—Knowing God in the Last Days! By this title Hoeksema rightly captures the…

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The Presbyterian Philosopher: The Authorized Biography of Gordon H. Clark, by Douglas J. Douma. Reviewed by Philip Rainey

The Presbyterian Philosopher: The Authorized Biography of Gordon H. Clark, by Douglas J. Douma. Wipf & Stock Publishers: Eugene, OR, 2017. Pp. 292. [Reviewed by Philip Rainey, member of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI.] A book review about a Presbyterian (and not only so, but a philosopher!) might seem…

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Gospel Truth of Justification: Proclaimed, Defended, Developed, David J. Engelsma. Reviewed by Rev. Martin VanderWal

Gospel Truth of Justification: Proclaimed, Defended, Developed, David J. Engelsma. Reformed Free Publishing Association, 2017, 528 pages. [Reviewed by Rev. Martin VanderWal, pastor of Wingham, ON PRC.] Thoroughly grounded and rooted is Gospel Truth of Justification by David J. Engelsma. Thoroughly grounded and rooted in Scripture, the book presents a…

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The Lord’s Supper and the “Popish Mass”: A Study of Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 80 by Cornelis P. Venema. Reviewed by Peter VanderSchaaf

Mr. VanDerSchaaf is a member of and an elder in Faith Protestant Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan. The Lord’s Supper and the “Popish Mass”: A Study of Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 80, Cornelis P. Venema, Grand Rapids MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2015, 96 pages. [Reviewed by Peter VanderSchaaf.] Dr. Venema set…

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A Spiritual House Preserved: A Century in the River’s Bend, Calvin Kalsbeek, editor. Reviewed by Bruce Koole.

A Spiritual House Preserved: A Century in the River’s Bend, Calvin Kalsbeek, ed. Jenison, MI: RFPA, 2016, 728 pages + xxii, $44.95. [Reviewed by Bruce Koole.] Hope Protestant Reformed Church has set the standard for church memoirs with their book entitled A Spiritual House Preserved: A Century in the River’s…

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Corrupting the Word of God: The History of the Well-Meant Offer, by Herman Hanko and Mark H. Hoeksema. Reviewed by Rev. Douglas Kuiper.

Corrupting the Word of God: The History of the Well-Meant Offer, by Herman Hanko and Mark H. Hoeksema. Jenison: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 2016. 272 pages. $24.95. Hardcover. [Reviewed by Rev. Douglas Kuiper.] To know the history of the development of a particular doctrine is beneficial. The history of the…

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The Reformed Baptism Form: A Commentary, Bastiaan Wielenga. Ed. David J. Engelsma. Reviewed by David J. Engelsma

The Reformed Baptism Form: A Commentary, Bastiaan Wielenga. Ed. David J. Engelsma. Jenison, MI: RFPA, 2016. Hardcover. 425 pp., $39.95. [Reviewed by David J. Engelsma.] This is the title of a book that is hot off the presses of the Reformed Free Publishing Association (RFPA). The book is an unusual…

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Christianizing the World: Reformed Calling or Ecclesiastical Suicide? by David J. Engelsma. Reviewed by Craig Ferguson.

Christianizing the World: Reformed Calling or Ecclesiastical Suicide? David J. Engelsma. Jenison, MI: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 2016. Hardcover. 192 pages. $19.95. [Reviewed by Craig Ferguson.]   Mr. Ferguson is a member of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Wyoming, MI. What a fresh and insightful book this is! As always,…

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Memoirs of the Way Home: Ezra and Nehemiah as a Call to Conversion, Gerald M. Bilkes. Reviewed by Rev. Martyn McGeown.

Memoirs of the Way Home: Ezra and Nehemiah as a Call to Conversion, Gerald M. Bilkes. Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2014. Paperback, 187 pp. [Reviewed by Rev. Martyn McGeown.] This is a brief, accessible, and helpful commentary on two neglected books of the Old Testament. Ezra and Nehemiah…

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Spiritual Warfare: A Biblical & Balanced Perspective, by Brian Borgman & Rob Ventura. Reviewed by Bill Leep Jr.

Mr. Leep is a member of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. Spiritual Warfare: A Biblical & Balanced Perspective, by Brian Borgman & Rob Ventura (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2014).[Reviewed by Bill Leep, Jr.] We are in a war of the most serious nature. As Reformed Christians, we…

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The Message of Daniel: His Kingdom Cannot Fail, by Dale Ralph Davis. Reviewed by Rev. Martyn McGeown

The Message of Daniel: His Kingdom Cannot Fail, by Dale Ralph Davis, Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press, 2013. Paperback, 169 pp. [Reviewed by Rev. Martyn McGeown.] I enjoy the Old Testament commentaries of Dale Ralph Davis. He has written quite a number, mostly on Old Testament narrative texts (Joshua, Judges, I-II…

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The Triple Knowledge: An Exposition of the Heidelberg Catechism. Herman Hoeksema. Reviewed by Rev. Joshua D. Engelsma

The Triple Knowledge: An Exposition of the Heidelberg Catechism. Herman Hoeksema. 2nd edition. 10 vols. Jenison, MI: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 2015. Cloth. $179.95. [Reviewed by Rev. Joshua D. Engelsma.] I must admit that, when I first caught wind that the Reformed Free Publishing Association (RFPA) was putting out a…

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Everyone’s a Theologian: an Introduction to Systematic Theology, by R.C. Sproul. Reviewed by Ryan Barnhill.

Everyone’s a Theologian: an Introduction to Systematic Theology, by R.C. Sproul. Sanford, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing, 2014. Pp. 357. [Reviewed by Ryan Barnhill.] R.C. Sproul, popular speaker and author, has added yet another book to his long list of titles. Everyone’s a Theologian: an Introduction to Systematic Theology is a…

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By Faith Alone: Answering the Challenges to the Doctrine of Justification, ed. Gary L. W. Johnson and Guy P. Waters. Reviewed by David J. Engelsma

By Faith Alone: Answering the Challenges to the Doctrine of Justification, ed. Gary L. W. Johnson and Guy P. Waters. Foreword by David F. Wells. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2006. Pp. 213. $17.99 (paper). [Reviewed by David J. Engelsma.]   For the Book: Defense of Justification There is something to be…

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The Best of the Reformed Journal, editors James D. Bratt and Ronald A. Wells. Reviewed by Philip Rainey.

Mr. Rainey is a member of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Best of the Reformed Journal, editors James D. Bratt and Ronald A. Wells (William B. Eerdmans Publishing: Grand Rapids, MI, 2011), 343pp. [Reviewed by Philip Rainey.] This volume is a representative collection of articles taken from…

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The Sovereignty of God, Arthur W. Pink. Reviewed by Dr. Julien Kennedy

The Sovereignty of God, Arthur W. Pink. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1984 (first published 1918). Softcover. 269 pages. (also available online, Kindle, Hardback, Audio book). ISBN 0-8010-7088-0. ISBN 13: 9780801070884. [Reviewed by Dr. Julien Kennedy, Ballymena, NI.] I would guess that this book, more than any other, has…

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Reformed Confessions of the 16th and 17th Centuries in English Translation: Volume 4, edited by James T. Dennison, Jr. Reviewed by Douglas J. Kuiper

Reformed Confessions of the 16th and 17th Centuries in English Translation: Volume 4, 1600-1693, edited by James T. Dennison, Jr. (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2014). Pp. 752. Hardcover. $50.00. [Reviewed by Douglas J. Kuiper.] Overview With this volume, James Dennison concludes his project of translating and compiling Reformed…

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Are We Together? A Protestant Analyzes Roman Catholicism, R.C. Sproul. Reviewed by Aaron J. Cleveland

Mr. Cleveland is a member of Hope Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Are We Together? A Protestant Analyzes Roman Catholicism, R.C. Sproul. (Reformation Trust Publishing, a division of Ligonier Ministries: Sanford, FL, 2012.) 129 pp. ISBN: 978-1-56769-282-2. [Reviewed by Aaron J. Cleveland.] The author asks a worthwhile question. Nearly…

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Broken Minds: Hope for Healing When You Feel Like You’re Losing It, Steve and Robyn Bloem.

Broken Minds: Hope for Healing When You Feel Like You’re Losing It, Steve and Robyn Bloem. Kregel Publications: Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2005. Paperback, pp. 301. [Reviewed by Rev. Martyn McGeown.] How do people—especially church people—react to depression? The Bloems, both of whom have suffered from clinical depression, argue that the…

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The Psalms in Worship: A Series of Convention Papers Bearing Upon the Place of the Psalms in the Worship of the Church by John McNaugher. Reviewed by Joshua Hoekstra

The Psalms in Worship: A Series of Convention Papers Bearing Upon the Place of the Psalms in the Worship of the Church, Editor: John McNaugher, United Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1907. Available as a Google eBook. [Reviewed by Joshua Hoekstra.] Have you ever wondered where your Psalter came from? Why…

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Life in Jesus: A Memoir of Mary Winslow, edited by Octavius Winslow. Reviewed by: Debra Poortinga

Life in Jesus: A Memoir of Mary Winslow, edited by Octavius Winslow. Reformation Heritage Books, 2013, 554 pages. ISBN: 978-1-60178-290-8. [Reviewed by Debra Poortinga.] This book brings you into the spiritual life of Mary Winslow, who lived on this earth from 1774-1854. This book is a compilation of her written…

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1834: Hendrik De Cock’s Return to the True Church, by Marvin Kamps. Reviewed by: David J. Engelsma

1834: Hendrik De Cock’s Return to the True Church, by Marvin Kamps. Jenison, MI: RFPA, 2014. Pp. xx + 490. $43.95 hard. [Reviewed by David J. Engelsma.] This is a book about a spiritual hero. One day, God will honor him before all humans, especially before his contemptible enemies—ostensibly colleagues…

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Prayer, Praise and Prophecy: A Theology of the Psalms, Geoffrey W. Grogan. Reviewed by: Rev. Angus Stewart

Prayer, Praise and Prophecy: A Theology of the Psalms, Geoffrey W. Grogan. United Kingdom: Christian Focus Publications, repr. 2009. Hardback, 290 pp. ISBN: 9781857926422. [Reviewed by Rev. Angus Stewart.] Profound insights into the Book of Psalms have been provided in pithy statements by the two greatest Reformers. Luther averred that…

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Why Christ Came: 31 Meditations on the Incarnation, by: Joel R. Beeke and William Boekestein. Reviewed by: Sarah Mowery.

Why Christ Came: 31 Meditations on the Incarnation. Joel R. Beeke and William Boekestein. Reformation Heritage Books, 2013. 100 pages (paper). [Reviewed by Sarah Mowery.] If someone asked me, “Why did Christ come to earth?” I would likely answer, “To save sinners”—with I Timothy 1:15 running through my mind. While…

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A Pilgrim’s Manual: Commentary on I Peter, by Herman Hanko. Reviewed by Charles Terpstra.

Mr. Terpstra, Librarian/Registrar at the Protestant Reformed Seminary, is a member of Faith Protestant Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan. A Pilgrim’s Manual: Commentary on I Peter, by Herman Hanko. RFPA, Jenison, Michigan, 2012. 319 pp. (cloth). ISBN 9781936054145. [Reviewed by Charles Terpstra.] Emeritus Protestant Reformed Seminary Professor Herman Hanko has…

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Blood Work: How the Blood of Christ Accomplishes Our Salvation, by Anthony J. Carter. Reviewed by Stuart Brogden.

Rev. Brogden is currently serving as a pastoral assistant in a Reformed Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, and has the desire to preach the gospel and shepherd the Lord’s people. Blood Work: How the Blood of Christ Accomplishes Our Salvation, by Anthony J. Carter. Reformation Trust, 2013. 150 pages. ISBN:…

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Battle for Sovereign Grace in the Covenant, by David J. Engelsma. Reviewed by: Justin Smidstra.

Battle for Sovereign Grace in the Covenant, The Declaration of Principles, by David J. Engelsma. Re­formed Free Publishing Association, Jenison, MI. 2013. [Reviewed by Justin Smidstra.] The Battle for Sovereign Grace in the Covenant is a timely publication. The book provides an ex­amination of the controversy over the doctrine of…

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Grasping God’s Word: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible, by J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays. Reviewed by: Peter VanDerSchaaf

Grasping God’s Word: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible, by J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays. Zondervan Publishing, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Copyright, 2012 third ed., 506 pages. [Reviewed by Peter VanDerSchaaf.] J Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays are professors of Bible at Ouachita Baptist…

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Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat, by James D. Bratt. Reviewed by David J. Engelsma

Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat, by James D. Bratt (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013). Pp. xxviii + 455. $30 (paper). [Reviewed by David J. Engelsma.] In his own biography of Abraham Kuyper, which served the purpose of introducing Kuyper to “the general reader” (Abraham Kuyper, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1960), Frank…

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Holding Hands, Holding Hearts, by Richard and Sharon Phillips. Reviewed by: Dr. Julian Kennedy.

Dr. Kennedy is a member of Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland. Holding Hands, Holding Hearts, Richard and Sharon Phillips. P&R Publishing 2006. Paperback. 183 pages. [Reviewed by Dr. Julian Kennedy (NI).] This is an excellent guide for young and not-so-young people contemplating marriage, looking for a mate, or…

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Nadzieja: The Story of a Girl Named Hope, by Nadzieja Jadwiga McMillan. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Ensink

Nadzieja: The Story of a Girl Named Hope, Na­dzieja Jadwiga McMillan. (Crown & Covenant Pub­lications: Pittsburgh, PA, 2012). 413 pages. ISBN: 1884527345. [Reviewed by Elizabeth Ensink.] Imagine how you would react if your mother left you at an orphanage full of strangers without say­ing good-bye. Imagine what it would be…

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The Intolerance of Tolerance, by D.A. Carson. Reviewed by: Matt Kortus

The Intolerance of Tolerance, D.A. Carson. (Eerdmans Publishing: Grand Rapids, MI, 2012.) 196 pp. ISBN: 0802831702. [Reviewed by Matt Kortus.] Throughout Western culture, more and more emphasis is being placed on the importance of tolerance. However, as society has elevated the posi­tion of tolerance in recent history, it has simultaneously…

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Sacred Bond: Covenant Theology Explored by Michael G. Brown and Zach Keele. Reviewed by David J. Engelsma.

Michael G. Brown and Zach Keele, Sacred Bond: Covenant Theology Explored (Grandville, MI: Re­formed Fellowship, 2012). Pp. 165. $12.00 (paper). [Reviewed by David J. Engelsma.] The purpose of this book is commendable: an overview of the biblical doctrine of the covenant that will introduce this essential truth to Reformed and…

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By the Vision of Another World: Worship in American History, ed. James D. Bratt. Reviewed by: Douglas J. Kuiper

By the Vision of Another World: Worship in American History, ed. James D. Bratt. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2012. 221 pages. Paper­back. $25.00. ISBN 978-0-8028-6710-0. Reviewed by Douglas J. Kuiper. The heart of this book consists of seven essays, each of which explores worship in a particular time…

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