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Brian Jacques on heroes and villains

My boys and I really enjoy the Redwall series by Brian Jacques. We have just read two books in the series as a fun aside from our history readings. There are things I would change in the books, but overall they are very good. A couple of years ago we found a little book titled […]

Southern Baptist Consensus and Renewal

Southern Baptist Consensus and Renewal, David S. Dockery (B&H Academic, 2008), pb., 238 pp. Many of the readers of this blog are not affiliated with the SBC, but many are. Also we can learn from noticing what is going on within one another’s denominations. For the SBC these are interesting days (have there ever been […]

The Duke’s Daughter

The Duke’s Daughter: A Story of Faith and Love, By Lachlan Mackenzie Illustrated by Jeff Anderson (Christian Focus, 2008), hb., 24 pp. Ages 3-6 This is another book in the same volume as Spurgeon’s Queen Victoria’s Request. Mackenzie was a colorful Scottish preacher in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. However, this book is […]

Queen Victoria’s Request

Queen Victoria’s Request: A Story of Grace and Mercy, By Charles Haddon Spurgeon Illustrated by Jeff Anderson (Christian Focus, 2008), hb., 24 pp. Ages 3-6 This is a nicely illustrated, engaging story that illustrates the gospel well. Spurgeon in his characteristic way tells a down to earth story of an “old ragged, dirty beggar” who […]

Barnabas and Jonathan

I have commented previously on my family’s appreciation of the Bible Wise series of Bible stories from Christian Focus. They have recently published two more books in this series, Barnabas: The Encourager and Jonathan: The Faithful Friend, both by Carine Mackenzie. As in all the series, the illustrations are done by Fred Apps, probably our […]

Calls to Worship

Christian Focus has recently published an interesting little book titled, Calls to Worship: A Pocket Resource, by Robert Vasholz. I was interested in this book because I think we fail to think enough about how Scripture can function as a true call to worship. Bryan Chappell in the foreword makes an excellent point: “The call […]

In My Place Condemned He Stood

In My Place Condemned He Stood: Celebrating the Glory of the Atonement By J.I. Packer & Mark Dever (Crossway, 2008), pb. 188 pp. I received my copy of this book today and have just enjoyed looking through it. It is primarily a compilation of three classic Packer essays on the atonement. The T4G guys (Duncan, […]

Jack’s Ward, Horatio Alger

Jack’s Ward, by Horatio Alger (New York Book Company, 1909) Hb., 164 pp Ages 7+ I am behind in commenting on books we have read- we’re still reading but I have been short on time to write about them. I purchased this book a few years ago when I found it for a cheap price […]