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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 (7, 95ff.); “high Calvinists” quickly becoming “Arminians of the lowest grade” (12); exaltation of man, and diminishing of God’s glory (20ff.). Additionally, Bonar dealt with a wrong understanding of the relationship of man’s will to God’s will (Letter 3); of divine election (Letter 4); of the relationship between God’s foreknowledge...

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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 the continued solid instruction and practical counsel that we have come to expect and love from the pen of this author. Those who appreciated the first volume will eagerly embrace this second one as its companion to complete the treatment of the Belgic Confession. Although you may have some commentaries...

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Therefore I Have Hope, 12 Truths That Comfort, Sustain, & Redeem in Tragedy, by Cameron Cole. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2018. Paper, 208 pp. $14.99. [Reviewed by Mark Feenstra] What if the worst happened? Would I lose my faith in God? Would I be able to live? For Cameron Cole, the worst was the loss of his three-year-old son, Cam. Therefore I Have Hope is the author’s story of the hope that he found alone in God’s Word and the gospel. The author calls this story “Narrative of Hope.” The book traces his path through God’s promises, breaking the journey into...

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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 Proclaiming the Incomparable God. McGeown proceeds to show that Jehovah is indeed unique. He is, after all, the only true and living God, but He is a God who judges His people, denouncing false prophets and charging His people with thieving and butchering. Micah, His faithful servant, is not afraid...

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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 history. Taking the church’s history one century at a time (twenty centuries, twenty chapters), Ferguson relates the two or three most significant church-historical events or persons in that century. For instance, the second century was characterized by persecution from without and false teaching from within. The sack of Rome, the...

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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 informs, the book is a Bible study. It is a very Reformed Bible study. The statistic states that one in four pregnancies ends in devastating loss. This means that there are many more mothers, fathers, and whole families experiencing grief than most of us realize. A Bible study designed to...

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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 looking for something educational to listen to/watch in the car on a long trip? Then check out the “Teaching Series” of Ligonier Ministries (www.ligonier.org). Every set in the series comes as a DVD (video), a CD (audio), or a download to your device (video), and consists of 12 lectures of...

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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 got into the book. What I particularly liked about it was that it majors on the main effects of this great work of God’s Spirit half a millennium ago. In fact, the chapters outline the vitally important changes that occurred in this period of the history of the church. First,...

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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 figures in church history—men such as John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, John Knox, Charles Spurgeon, Martin Luther, Isaac Watts, George Whitefield, John Owen, and William Tyndale. To that list is now added the name of Martyn Lloyd-Jones. My first introduction to Lloyd-Jones came toward the beginning of my time in seminary....

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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 for the Reformed faith, seeking to relieve confessors of that faith who were brutally persecuted at that time in the Low Countries, then under Spanish rule. The ruler of the Low Countries, what is today Belgium and the Netherlands, prior to that time was the fanatical Roman Catholic, King Charles...

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