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Book reviews in 2017

January

The Amish by Steven M Nolt - Timely and intriguing analysis of a distinctive faith community 

The Lion and the Lamb by Pieter Lalleman - Pieter Lalleman's must have introduction to the book of Revelation is simple, but never simplistic

Overload: How to Unplug, Unwind and Free Yourself from the Pressure of Stress By Joyce Meyer - Meyer's down to earth and practical book explores something everyone experiences

God is no Thing by Rupert Shortt - A compelling case for the Christian faith from the Religion Editor of the Times Literary Supplement

How I Changed My Mind About Evolution - Edited by Kathryn Applegate and J B Stump - Many evangelicals have come to accept the conclusions of science while still holding to a vigorous belief in God and the Bible. How did they make this journey?

Dementia: Pathways to Hope By Louise Morse - Well-researched book which cannot fail to be helpful with those encountering dementia in its early stages 

Church Planting in the Secular West: Learning from the European Experience By Stefan Paas - 'By far the best book on church planting to have been published for many years'

Mount Sinai: A History of Travellers and Pilgrims By George Manginis - Scholarly book which will appeal to those who like foreign names and many, many facts, but not an easy read 

Church Planting in the Secular West: Learning from the European Experience By Stefan Paas - 'By far the best book on church planting to have been published for many years'


February

Out of the darkness - the transformation of one of Scotland’s most violent prisoners. By Anthony Gielty The autobiography documenting the transformation of one of Scotland’s most violent prisoners

Beginnings - Christian Aid Cymru The story of Christian Aid through the lens of Wales' experience, a tale of which Welsh and English readers alike can be proud

Heresy Unlocked, Faith Rebounds By Roger Wilson One time BBC journalist and co-founder of a cancer charity Roger Wilson is right in stating that Christians will find his views heretical

Mission In Marginal Places: The Theory
Mission in Marginal Places: The Praxis
Cloke, P., & Pears, M. (Eds.)
Encouraging start to a series looking at mission in marginal places, with some questions for what's to follow   

God Has Spoken by J.I. Packer - A re-issue of the bestselling sequel to Knowing God

Martyrs Mirror: a social history. By David L.Weaver-Zercher 
This history of the 17th century Anabaptist martyr book raises significant issues for reflection

Filthy Fishermen by Luke Holter
Promising elements of a number of themes in this book about redemption, but somehow not enough of any one of them
 

March

The Pauline Church and the Corinthian EKKLESIA: Greco-Roman Associations in Comparative Context. By Richard Last
An examination of Paul's Corinthian church in relation to contemporary cult groups from Mediterranean antiquity challenges accepted thinking

Christmas as Religion: Re-thinking Santa, the Secular and the Sacred By Christopher Deacy 
Deacy makes a good fist of challenging the misconception that Christmas has been emptied of its religious meaning as a result of secularism and consumerism

The Shadow Doctor by Adrian Plass 
Plass's latest book is challenging, raw and refreshing - and brings us back to Jesus

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