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Born for our Salvation: The Nativity and Childhood of Jesus Christ, by Martyn McGeown. Reviewed by Rev. Stephan Regnerus.

Born for our Salvation: The Nativity and Childhood of Jesus Christ, Martyn McGeown, Reformed Free Publishing Association, 2019. 288 pages, hardcover, $26.95. [Reviewed by Stephan Regnerus, pastor of Lynden Protestant Reformed Church in Lynden, WA] Rev. McGeown’s latest book, Born for our Salvation: The Nativity and Childhood of Jesus Christ…

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Dating Differently: A Guide to Reformed Dating, by Rev. Joshua Engelsma. Reviewed by Rev. Cory Griess.

Dating Differently: A Guide to Reformed Dating, by Rev. Joshua Engelsma. Jenison, MI: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 2019. 160 pages, softcover. $16.95. [Reviewed by Rev. Cory Griess] The message of this wonderful little book is that if one is going to be Reformed (that is biblical), then all of life…

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Graciousness: Tempering Truth with Love, by John Crotts. Reviewed by Brenda Hoekstra.

Graciousness: Tempering Truth with Love, by John Crotts. Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2018. 137 pp. $14.00. ISBN 978-1-60178-586-2 [Reviewed by Brenda Hoekstra] Most SB readers have heard of and believe that they live by the scriptural truth of Ephesians 4:15, ‘speak the truth in love.’ When the truth…

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Can We Trust the Gospels? by Peter J. Williams. Reviewed by Prof. Douglas Kuiper.

Can We Trust the Gospels? by Peter J. Williams. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2018. ISBN 978-1-433552-9-53. 153 pages. $17.99. Softcover. [Reviewed by Prof. Douglas Kuiper.] Subscribers to the Standard Bearer believe the four gospel accounts to be the inspired and inerrant Word of God and, therefore, trustworthy. Peter Williams does also;…

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Truth and Error, Or Letters to a Friend on Some of the Controversies of the Day, by Horatius Bonar. Reviewed by Prof. Douglas Kuiper.

Truth and Error, Or Letters to a Friend on Some of the Controversies of the Day, by Horatius Bonar. New Ipswich, NH: Pietan Publications, 2014. Paperback. $12.00. [Reviewed by Prof. Douglas Kuiper.] This book consists of letters written in response to various controversies: denial of the totality of man’s depravity…

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The Belgic Confession: A Commentary, (Volume 2), by David J. Engelsma. Reviewed by Rev. Allen J. Brummel.

The Belgic Confession: A Commentary, (Volume 2), by David J. Engelsma. Jenison, MI: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 2019. Hardcover. Approx. 400 pp. [Reviewed by Rev. Allen J. Brummel.] With thankfulness to God we receive the second volume of Prof. D. Engelsma’s commentary on the Belgic Confession. This second volume contains…

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Micah: Proclaiming the Incomparable God, by Martyn McGeown. Reviewed by Julian Kennedy

Micah: Proclaiming the Incomparable God by Martyn McGeown (Jenison, MI: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 2018), hardcover, 227 pages (also in ebook format). [Reviewed by Julian Kennedy] This commentary on an otherwise fairly obscure Old Testament prophet is a gem. Micah’s name means “Who is like Jehovah?” hence Rev. McGeown’s title…

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In the Year of Our Lord: Reflections on Twenty Centuries of Church History, by Sinclair B. Ferguson. Reviewed by Douglas J. Kuiper.

In the Year of Our Lord: Reflections on Twenty Centuries of Church History, by Sinclair B. Ferguson. Sanford, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing, 2018. Hardcover $18.00; digital $9.00. 229 pages. [Reviewed by Prof. Douglas Kuiper.] This book “is not a history of the church” (4), but a “panorama” (7) of her…

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Anchored: A Bible Study for Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Loss, by Erin Cushman. Reviewed by Brenda Hoekstra.

Anchored: A Bible Study for Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Loss, by Erin Cushman (WestBow Press, rev. 2015). 182pp. $13.95 (paper). [Reviewed by Brenda Hoekstra, member of Hudsonville PRC.] This is a book review of a new and ‘better’ book on parental bereavement than one I did before. As the title…

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A Survey of Church History, Part 4, W. Robert Godfrey, and The English Reformation and the Puritans, Michael Reeves. Reviewed by Douglas J. Kuiper.

A Survey of Church History, Part 4, W. Robert Godfrey, and The English Reformation and the Puritans, Michael Reeves. Sanford, FL: Ligionier Ministries, 2014, DVD format $43.20; CD $27.90; download $19.20. [Reviewed by Douglas J. Kuiper.] Are you interested in learning about church history, but not interested in reading? Or…

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Here We Stand: Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, edited by Ronald L. Cammenga. Reviewed by Julian Kennedy.

Here We Stand: Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, edited by Ronald L. Cammenga, Jenison, MI: RFPA, 2018, 197 pages, paper. [Reviewed by Julian Kennedy, Covenant PRC, Ballymena.] Just another book on the Reformation, or so I thought! My initial wrong attitude was swiftly replaced by appreciation as I…

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The Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones, by Steven J. Lawson. Reviewed by Rev. Joshua Engelsma

The Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones, by Steven J. Lawson. A Long Line of Godly Men Profile. Or­lando, FL: Reformation Trust, 2016. Pp. xvii + 188. Cloth. [Reviewed by Rev. Joshua Engelsma] Under the editorial eye of Steven Lawson, Reformation Trust has pumped out a number of profiles of significant…

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The Belgic Confession: A Commentary, (Volume 1), by David J. Engelsma. Reviewed by Rev. Nathan J. Langerak.

The Belgic Confession: A Commentary, (Volume 1), by David J. Engelsma. Jenison, MI: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 2018. 348 pp. $31.95, hardcover. [Reviewed by Rev. Nathan J. Langerak.] The author of the Belgic Confession and Reformed pastor, Guido De Bres, wrote the Confession in 1561 in part as an apology…

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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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