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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, 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 did the world need a new Psalter? What issues surrounded the creation of our Psalter? Who wrote these lyrics? What were they thinking when they wrote these lyrics? Lastly, and most commonly thought when struggling with an uncommon song, who picked this tune? Psalms in Worship addresses all of these...

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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 correspondence through diary and letters, preserved lovingly by her son Octavius, who took great pains in the careful editing of these materials to present to “sinners called to be saints” a heart made beautiful by the dawn of grace. Mary Winslow experienced much joy and sorrow in her life. Her...

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Mr. VanUffelen is a teacher at Covenant Christian High (Grand Rapids), and a member of Faith PRC. The Beauty and Glory of the Father, edited by Joel R. Beeke. Reformation Heritage Books, Grand Rapids, MI. 2013. [Reviewed by Scott VanUffelen.] One of the most humbling and awe-inspiring experiences one can have is standing at the base of a cluster of giant redwood trees in the midst of a lush forest. Their towering greatness looms above you, casting a serene and peaceful shadow over the tranquil landscape. As the fresh aired stillness pervades the scene, a deeply rich calmness and beauty settles...

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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 in a Reformed church—who persecuted him, and before the scarcely less contemptible “friends,” who nevertheless refused to join him in his separation from the false church, which would have meant sharing his reproach—the reproach of Christ. The hero was an otherwise very ordinary preacher in the Reformed Church in the...

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Mr. Rainey is a member of First Protestant Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Singing the Songs of Jesus: Revisiting the Psalms, by Michael Lefebvre (Scotland, Christian Focus Publications Ltd. 2010), pp. 160. [Reviewed by Philip Rainey.] This is a small book, but with some very big and exciting ideas about the songs we sing in congregational worship. Michael Lefebvre is a convinced Psalm-singer and it is his purpose to demonstrate God’s purpose in giving us the psalms and how He means us to use them in our public worship. The book is, therefore, both a call to recover biblical worship, and...

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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 the Psalms are “a Bible in miniature” (157). Referring to their spiritual analysis of and power over us, Calvin called the Psalms “an anatomy of the soul.” Geoffrey Grogan, a British evangelical who died in 2011, also loved and was excited by the Psalms (9), declaring this book “an inexhaustible,...

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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 true, my answer would hardly begin “to communicate the richness of Christ’s incarnation” (quotation from the preface). Joel Beeke and William Boekestein’s little book of 31 meditations on the Incarnation reminded me that there are many reasons why our Savior came into the world. These reasons include: to do the...

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The Heroic Boldness of Martin Luther, by Steven J. Lawson. Orlando, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing, 2013. Pp xxii + 145. $16.00. Hardcover. [Reviewed by Douglas J. Kuiper.] This book is the latest in the series of short books under the series “A Long Line of Godly Men Pro­file.” So far in the series, Steven Lawson has written The Expository Genius of John Calvin, The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards, and The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon. In addition, Douglas Bond wrote The Mighty Weakness of John Knox. While I have read only the books on Calvin, and now Luther, I...

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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 done it again! He has penned another fine exposition of a portion of Holy Scripture, this time on the New Testament book of I Peter. As he did with The Mysteries of the Kingdom (on Jesus’ parables) and Justified Unto Liberty (on Galatians), so now with A Pilgrim’s Manual Hanko...

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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: 978-1-56769-314-0. [Reviewed by Stuart Brogden.] Blood work—this is a common phrase used in the medical industry. Every critical medical procedure must be based on accurate blood work. The chemistry demanded by the body relies on the right delicate balance, and the blood work reveals what that chemistry mix is, so...

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