A Book Review of D. A. Carson’s How Long, O Lord Reflections on Suffering & Evil

“The truth of the matter is that all we have to do is live long enough, and we will suffer,” declares D. A. Carson (16). How true! Indeed, suffering is part of life. Yet, despite this plain truth most Christians are still surprised when they face suffering. Sometimes, some of us are so shocked to suffer that we start doubting God’s goodness. Worst of all, unbelievers question God’s very existence because of the presence of evil. It is of out this concern that Carson penned his book How Long, O Lord? Reflections on Suffering & Evil.

 

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A Book Review of Andrew D. Naselli’s Let Go and Let God? A Survey & Analysis of Keswick Theology

Reading Andrew D. Naselli’s Let Go and Let God? reminds me of my early Christian pilgrimage. In the environment in which I grew up, it was common to hear preachers who, at the end of their sermons, would give an altar call to plead to unbelievers to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, and then challenge believers to surrender their lives to the Lord. In the mind of these preachers, such believers are those who have already received Jesus as their Saviour, but not yet as their Lord. These preachers, perhaps unconsciously, indicate that there are two kinds of Christians: (1) saved but not dedicated (carnal), and (2) saved and dedicated (spiritual). At first glance, this carnal-spiritual classification seems to be not problematic. After all, is it not true that believers are not equally mature? However, this classification allows implicitly the notion that one can be saved but not committed to Christ—that one can receive Jesus as Savior but not as Lord. Until I read this volume, I did not realize that this thinking has its roots in Keswick theology, which is the subject of Naselli’s book.

 

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A Book Review of Michael A. G. Haykin’s The God Who Draws Near

Michael A. G. Haykin, currently Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, is undoubtedly one of the authorities when it comes to the subject of Christian spirituality. He knows the subject very well both scripturally and historically, as evident in his book—The God Who Draws Near. Packed with biblical references, and sprinkled with illustrative stories and quotations from Reformed, Puritan and Evangelical writers, this small book is an outstanding primer to biblical spirituality.

 

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A Book Review of Taking Hold of God: Reformed and Puritan Perspectives on Prayer. Edited by Joel R. Beeke and Brian G. Najapfour

When I see a book on prayer, it is usually and immediately followed with the Spirit’s conviction.  I consider how long it has been since I last prayed or how shortsighted and local they have been.  I feel overwhelmed with guilt and rightly so.  I don’t usually buy that book.  I, instead, veer towards the theology section to catch up on the latest arguments for God’s complete sovereignty in salvation.  It is not that there is a lack of desire to learn to pray, but if only reading the title of a book on prayer convicts me then what will reading it in full do?

 

This book review is by Chadd M. Sheffield, a student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky.

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A Book Review of Sinclair B. Ferguson’s John Owen on the Christian Life

John Owen on the Christian Life is one of Ferguson’s great works serving as an introductory guide to John Owen. Its first chapter provides a succinct summary of Owen’s life, while the rest of the chapters survey his Christian doctrine with a focus on his substantial teachings. Oftentimes, it is said that Owen is not easy to read, and thus many have tended to shun his works and consequently miss the treasures there. Thankfully, however, Ferguson has laboriously mined those treasures and made them accessible to those unable to mine for themselves. Even experienced researchers have benefited from Ferguson’s labor, in that many post-Reformation authors have been encouraged and motivated to write on Owen since the publication of his book in 1987. John Owen on the Christian Life has become a standard reference for twenty-first century Owen writers.

 

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