Book Reviews

These book reviews were prepared by members of the Free Reformed Churches of Australia to encourage fellow believers to read quality Christian literature.

Please note that not all of these books were published by Pro Ecclesia Publishers and therefore we may have limited stock of the items not published by us. However, if you would like more information, please feel free to contact us.


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1. Reviews:
a) Bible Study
b) Church History
c) Counselling
d) Daily Life
e) Doctrine
f) Fiction (General)
g) Historical Fiction
h) Prayer
i) Youth
j) Other
2. Other Resources:
a) Resource Information Site (formerly Resource Library)

Bible Study

Psalms: An Expositional Commentary


by James Montgomery Boice

A 3 Volume set of commentaries on the Book of Psalms.













Reviewed by Rev R. Eikelboom
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Ready for the Rapture?


by Clarence Stam

A book about the second coming of the Lord. The book is designed to be used as either a study guide or a devotional.











Reviewed by D. Visser
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Church History

John Calvin - A Pilgrim's Life

John Calvin
by Herman J. Selderhuis

You think you know about John Calvin…?
Here is a book that will challenge your knowledge of this great reformer…





Reviewed by DW. Oh
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Free Reformed Pioneers

Free Reformed Pioneers
by Gerrit J Bosveld

Free Reformed Pioneers is about the work of God - how He miraculously brought His Church (the Free Reformed Church) to Armadale and beyond.


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Reviewed by P. 't Hart
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Counselling

Addictions


by Edward T Welch

Christian support for those facing addictions. The title of the book says it all: Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave: Finding Hope in the Power of the Gospel!








Reviewed by R. Bergsma
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Daily Life

Christ & Culture Revisited

C&CR
by Donald A Carson

What is the Christian’s cultural task in this world?  How should we respond to the terrible reality of abortion in Australia?  ... 

As Christians, we ought to think through these questions. This book is therefore a necessary addition to your bookshelf!  

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Reviewed by Rev C. Vermeulen
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Come Join With Me... in Prayer


by Inge de Visser-Oostdijk

A book aimed at younger children, about the important subject of prayer.


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Reviewed by I. Dekker
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Come Join With Me... in the Worship Service


by Inge de Visser-Oostdijk

A book aimed at younger children, simply describing in apt detail every facet of the Church service.


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Reviewed by I. Dekker
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For the Strengthening of Our Faith

Respectable Sins
by LE Leeftink


A series of meditations about preparation for the celebration of the Lord's Supper.

"Let a man examine himself" - but how?



Reviewed by Rev J. Smith
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In Christ Alone

InChristAlone
by S Ferguson


"Living the Gospel Centred Life".

A good Reformed book that helps one remain focused on the Author and Founder of our Christian faith – our Lord Jesus Christ!



Reviewed by W. Pleiter
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Respectable Sins

Respectable Sins
by Jerry Bridges

Respectable Sins? Are there such sins as respectable sins? Surely not!

The sub-title clears it up somewhat: "Confronting the Sins We Tolerate". Even this, however, bristles the senses. We do not tolerate sins, we hate them, and we fight against them...

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Reviewed by P. 't Hart
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The Lord of Glory

Respectable Sins
by Jim Cromarty

The devotional book “The Lord of Glory” by Rev Jim Cromarty has been written to encourage and help Christian parents take seriously their responsibility to lead their families in daily family worship.  The devotions throughout the whole book are focused upon the person and work of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

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Reviewed by I Dekker
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Doctrine

The Bible has the Answer

the Bible has the Answer
by Henry M Morris & Martin E Clark

How do we know the Bible is true? Why did God create the universe? How will we spend eternity? Where did Cain get his wife? Why did God create Satan? Is the end of the world near?

The Bible has the answer to these and many other questions. 



Reviewed by R. Vermeulen
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The Defense of the Faith?

Defense of the Faith
by Cornelius van Til

The Defense of the Faith presents in detail the principles underlying Van Til's approach to defending the Christian faith. 



Reviewed by Rev W. Bredenhof
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Only One Way?

Only One Way
Edited by Richard Phillips

Reaffirming the Exclusive Truth Claims of Christianity. 



Reviewed by P. 't Hart
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Institutes of the Christian Religion


by John Calvin

Why should you read Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion?. 



Reviewed by Rev C. Vermeulen
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Fiction

Even Now

Even Now
by Karen Kingsbury

"Even Now" is a heart wrenching fictional tale of love, lies and losses by Karen Kingsbury, said to be America's #1 inspirational author.








Reviewed by E. Visser

The Parting

the parting
by Beverly Lewis

A well written and gripping fictional novel telling a story about the romance of a young Amish couple.








Reviewed by E. Visser


Historical Fiction

Calvin - The Giant of Noyon

Calvin
by PA de Rover

A story for young adults about the life and times of the well known Reformer, John Calvin.

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Reviewed by GJ. de Vos
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Duncan's War

Duncan's War
by Douglas Bond

Book 1 in the Crown & Covenant Series" - a historical fiction series for young adults about persecution in England for those who refused to swear allegiance to King Charles II as the head of the church.







Reviewed by GJ. de Vos
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Gifted Hands

Gift Hands
by Ben Carson

The fascinating true story about the life of the talented brain surgeon Ben Carson.








Reviewed by E. Visser
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God's Smuggler

God's Smuggler
by Brother Andrew

Read the dramatic biography of the dutchman who risked his life to distribute Bibles in communist countries.








Reviewed by E. Visser
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In This Hour

in this hour
by Rudolph van Reest

A story about World War II and flooding in Zeeland, the Netherlands, during 1953.








Reviewed by L. Schoof
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Prayer

When You Pray

when you pray
by Herman Hanko

"Scripture's Teaching on Prayer". This book is full of wise instruction in the 'holy art' of pray.

What child of God could not profit from such instruction?






Reviewed by L. Schoof
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Youth

Sexy Girls

Sexy Girls
by Hayley DiMarco

This book is written for teenage girls. The aim is to address the issue of how young women present themselves to the world, and especially to the opposite sex.
"How hot is too hot?".






Reviewed by R. Vermeulen
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Do Hard Things

Do Hard Things
by Alex & Brett Harris

This book will challenge you to break out of your own comfort zone and do hard things... 







Reviewed by C. Schoof
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Other

Music CD: "With Songs of Praise"

by Frank Ezinga

A CD of psalms from the Book of Praise (Genevan Psalter)
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Reviewed by Rev J. Smith
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Other Resources

Resource Information Site

The viewer may wish to view the website of the Free Reformed Church of Armadale - Resource Information site the purpose of which is assist Christians to cope with some of the key challenges of life such as:
- Bringing Up Teenagers 
- Communion of Saints 
- Family 
- Loss and Grief 
- Marriage 
- People with Special Needs 
- Raising Children 
- Sexual Education in the Family   

The website presents a number of books. A number of these can be obtained through Pro Ecclesia if so desired.