Founders Journal


Book Reviews

Abstract of Systematic Theology, by James Petigru Boyce. Originally published in 1887; reprinted by the den Dulk Christian Foundation, P. O. Box 1676, Escondido, CA 92025; 493 pages, $15.00. Reviewed by Fred Malone

Against the Night: Living in the New Dark Ages, by Charles Colson; Ann Arbor, MI: Vine Books, 1989, $12.95. Reviewed by Tom Ascol

Amazing Grace: God's Initiative, Our Response, by Timothy George (Lifeway, 2000), 126 pp. Reviewed by Tom Ascol

An Analysis of Herman Witsius's The Economy of the Covenants, by D. Patrick Ramsey and Joel R. Beeke, Reformation Heritage Books and Christian Focus Publications, 2002, pb., 67 pages. Reviewed by Ray Van Neste

Apostasy, by Dale Moody; 1991, 73 pp, Smyth & Helwys, $9.95. Reviewed by Hershael W. York

The Art of Prophesying, by William Perkins, Banner of Truth Trust, 1996, 191 pp. $6.99. Reviewed by Thomas Ascol

Ashamed of the Gospel: When the Church Becomes Like the World, by John MacArthur, Jr.; 1993, 253 pp. Crossway Books, $17.95. Reviewed by Thomas Ascol

Authority, by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1984; originally published in London by Inter-Varsity Press, 1958), pb. 94 pp., $5.99. Reviewed by Ray Van Neste

Baptist Church Covenants, by Charles W. Deweese; 1990, Broadman $12.95. Reviewed by Joe Nesom

Baptist Confessions, Covenants, and Catechisms, edited by Timothy and Denise George; Broadman & Holman, 1996; 282 pp. $24.99. Reviewed by Thomas Ascol

Baptist Successionism: A Crucial Question in Baptist History, American Theological Library Association Monograph Series, by James Edward McGoldrick, Metuchen, NJ: The Scarecrow Press, 1994, 181 pp., $27.50. Reviewed by Terry Chrisope

Baptist Theologians, edited by Timothy George and David S. Dockery, Broadman Press, 1990, 704 pp. Reviewed by Roger Ellsworth

Be Sure What You Believe, by Joe Nesom (Founders Press, 1999); 176 pp. Reviewed by Fred Malone

The Biblical Doctrine of Infant Baptism, by Pierre Ch. Marcel. Translated from the French by Philip Edgcumbe Hughes. London: James Clarke & Co. Ltd., 1959, 256 pages. Reviewed by Fred Malone

The Bible Lessons of John Quincy Adams for His Son, by John Quincy Adams. With Introduction by Doug Phillips. Profiles in Fatherhood Series. San Antonio, TX: Vision Forum, 2002. 90 pages. Reviewed by Ray Van Neste

Big Truths for Little Kids, by Susan and Richie Hunt, Good News Publishing, 1999, hb., 160 pages. Reviewed by Ray Van Neste

The British Particular Baptists, 1638-1910, Volume 1, edited by Michael A. G. Haykin (Particular Baptist Press, 1998), 249 pp. Reviewed by Tom Ascol

By His Grace and for His Glory, by Tom Nettles, Baker Book House, 1986, 442 pages, $13.95. Reviewed by Bill Ascol

A Call to Spiritual Reformation, by D. A. Carson, Grand Rapids: Baker, 1992; 230 pages paperback, $11.95. Reviewed by Chris Bruce

Children of the Promise: The Biblical Case for Infant Baptism, by Robert R. Booth. Phillipsburg, N. J.: Presbyterian and Reformed, 190 pp. Reviewed by Fred Malone

Children's Materials from Christian Focus Publications, Geanies House, Fern, Scotland. Reviewed by Ray Van Neste

Christian Scripture: An Evangelical Perspective On Inspiration, Authority And Interpretation, by David S. Dockery, Broadman & Holman, 1995. Reviewed by A. J. Smith

Christian Theology, by Millard Erickson, Baker, 1985, 1302 pp., $39.95. Reviewed by Chuck Todd

A Piety Above the Common Standard: Jesse Mercer and Evangelistic Calvinism, Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2004. hb., 238 pages. List $45.00. Reviewed by Ray Van Neste

The Coming Evangelical Crisis, edited by John H. Armstrong, Chicago: Moody Press (1996); 269 pages; $12.99. Reviewed by Douglas R. Shivers

Conduct for the Crayon Crowd, Edna Gerstner, Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria, 1997. Hardcover, 183 pp., $18.95. Reviewed by Ray Van Neste

Counterfeit Revival, by Hank Hanegraaff, Dallas: Word, 1997; 315 pages hardcover, $19.99. Reviewed by Douglas R. Shivers

Covenant Theology from Adam to Christ, Ronald D. Miller, James M. Renihan, Francisco Orozco, eds., Reformed Baptist Academic Press, 2005, hb., 376 pages. $40.00 ISBN 0-9760039-3-7 Reviewed by Celest Puls

The Covenants, by R.B.C. Howell; 1991, 135 pp. Hampton House Books (originally published in 1855 by the Southern Baptist Publication Society). Reviewed by Tom J. Nettles

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones: Letters 1919-1981, Selected with notes by Iain Murray, Banner of Truth, 1994, 248 pp., $25.95. Reviewed by Thomas Ascol

Democratic Religion: Freedom, Authority, and Church Discipline in the Baptist South 1785-1900, by Gregory A. Wills, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997; 195 pages hardcover, $39.95. Reviewed by Philip R. Taylor

Discourses and Sayings of Our Lord, 3 vols., by John Brown, Banner of Truth, 1990 (reprinted from 1852), 3 vols. 1537pp. $74.95. Reviewed by Tom Ascol

The Doctrine of the Bible, by David Dockery; 1991, 155 pp. Convention Press, $4.95. Reviewed by Thomas Ascol

Electronic Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine, by Wayne Grudem, Whitefish: MT: Bits & Bytes Computer Resources, $39.95. Reviewed by Russell D. Moore

Evangelicalism Divided, A Record of Crucial Change in the Years 1950 to 2000, by Iain H. Murray, Edinburgh and Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2000. X, 342 pp. $21.99 Reviewed by Roger Nicole
A Response to Dr. Nicole by Iain Murray

The Evangelical Left: Encountering Postconservative Evangelical Theology, by Millard J. Erickson; Baker, 1997, 157 pp. Reviewed by Mark Dever

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, by J.I. Packer, 1961, 126 pp.; InterVarsity Press, $5.95. Reviewed by Ernest Reisinger

Famine in the Land, A Passionate Call for Expository Preaching, by Steven J. Lawson, Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, 2003. 126 pages. $14.99. ISBN 080241121-5. Reviewed by Paul Tautaes

Finding the Will of God: A Pagan Notion?, by Bruce Waltke, (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002), pb., vii + 187pp. ISBN 0-8028-3974-6. $15.00/£10.99. Reviewed by Ray Van Neste

Firm Foundations: 150 Examples of how to Structure a Sermon, by Peter Grainger, Fearn: Christian Focus Publications, 2003, pb. 256 pages. $17.99. ISBN 1-85792-678-1. Reviewed by Ray Van Neste

The Forgotten Spurgeon, by Iain Murray , Banner of Truth, 1966, 254 pp, $8.95. Reviewed by Joe Nesom

God, Creation, and Providence in the Thought of Jacob Arminius: Sources and Directions of Scholastic Protestantism in the Era of Early Orthodoxy, by Richard A. Muller; Baker Book House, 1991; 309 pp. Reviewed by Mark E. Dever

God's Lesser Glory: The Diminished God of Open Theism, , by Bruce A. Ware, Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2001. Paperback, 240 pages, $15.99. Reviewed by Brian G. Hedges

God's Riches: A Workbook on the Doctrines of Grace, by John Benton and John Peet, Banner of Truth, 1991, 64 pp., $10.95. Reviewed by Tom Ascol

The Gospel According to Jesus, by John F. MacArthur, Jr. 1988, 237 pp, Zondervan, $8.95. Reviewed by Bill Ascol

The Gospel for Children, John B. Leuzarder, 2d ed. Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press 2002; first ed. published by Calvary Press, 1996. Hardcover, 40 pp., $15.50. Reviewed by Ray Van Neste

The Grace Escape, by Bailey Smith; 1991, 175 pp. Broadman Press. Reviewed by Thomas Ascol

Grace, Faith, Free Will - Contrasting Views of Salvation: Calvinism & Arminianism, Robert E. Picirilli, Nashville, TN: Random House, 2002. Paperback, 245 pp. $19.95. Reviewed by Roger Nicole

Jesus is Lord, by Terry Alan Chrisope, 1982, 122 pp. Evangelical Press. Reviewed by Tony Mattia

John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, & Doxology, Parsons, Burk, ed. (Orlando: Reformation Trust, 2008), 257pp. $19.00. Reviewed by Tim Brister

John Calvin: Writings on Pastoral Piety, edited with translations by Elsie Anne McKee (New York: Paulist Press, 2001), pb., 360 pages. ISBN 0-8091-4046-2. Reviewed by Ray Van Neste

John Owen: Reformed Catholic, Renaissance Man, Great Theologians, by Carl R. Trueman, (Aldershot, Hampshire, England, and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2007), pb. 132 pages. Reviewed by Nathan A. Finn

A Journey in Grace: A Theological Novel, by Richard P. Belcher; 1990, 154 pp. Crowne Publications, $8.95. Reviewed by Donna Ascol

A Journey in Purity: A Theological Novel, by Richard P. Belcher; 1990, 213 pp. Crowne Publications, $10.95. Reviewed by Ted Manby

The Justification of God: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Romans 9:1-23, Second Edition by John Piper, Baker Book House, (1993), 245 pp. paperback. Reviewed by Brian G. Hedges

A Layman's Guide to the Lordship Controversy, by Richard P. Belcher; 1990, 106 pp., Crowne Publications, $6.95. Reviewed by Ted Manby

Letters of Samuel Rutherford, edited by Andrew Bonar; 1984, 768 pp, Banner of Truth, $24.95. Reviewed by Mack Tomlinson

The Life and Ministry of John Gano, Volume 1, by Terry Wolever. Springfield, MO: Particular Baptist Press, 1998. 454 pages, Hardback, $32.00. Reviewed by Douglas R. Shivers

The Life and Works of Joseph Kinghorn, compiled by Terry Wolever, Particular Baptist Press, 1995. Reviewed by Michael A. G. Haykin

A Lifting Up for the Downcast, by William Bridge; Banner of Truth, 1979, $6.45.. Reviewed by Walter Johnson

Linguist's Software Language Bible Study Programs, Prices vary. Reviewed by Ken Puls

Lord and Christ: The Implications of Lordship for Faith and Life, by Ernest C. Reisinger, Presbyterian and Reformed Publising Co., 1994. Reviewed by Steve Martin

Minutes of the Philadelphia Baptist Association, 1707-1807, ed. A. D. Gillette published originally Philadelphia: American Baptist Publication Society, 1851. New printing, Springfield, MO: Particular Baptist Press, 2002. Designated as a Tricentennial Edition edited by Terry Wolever. Includes expanded and new indices; 546 pp. plus xxiv pp. of preface materials. Reviewed by Tom J. Nettles

Missing From Action, by Weldon M. Hardenbrook, Thomas Nelson, 1987, 192 pp., $9.99. Reviewed by Tom Ascol

A Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, by Samuel E. Waldron: Evangelical Press, 1989, $24.95. Reviewed by Chuck Todd

Morning Thoughts, by Octavius Winslow. Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2003. 788 pages. Reviewed by Thomas Ascol

My Heart In His Hands, Ann Judson of Burma, by Sharon James, England: Evangelical Press, 1998, 237 pp. Reviewed by Barb Reisinger

Never Give In: The Extraordinary Character of Winston Churchill, by Stephen Mansfield, Elkton, MD: Highland Books, 1995, 225 pp. Reviewed by Thomas Ascol

No Place for Truth, or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology?, by David F. Wells, Eerdmans, 1993. Reviewed by Thomas Ascol

Old Paths for Little Feet, by Carol Brandt, Solid Ground Christian Books, 2003, pb., 116 pages. $12.99. ISBN 1-932474-31-5. Reviewed by Ray Van Neste

The Old Evangelicalism: Old Truths for a New Awakening, by Iain Murray, Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth Trust, 2005, pb. 226 pages. ISBN 0-85151-901-6. Reviewed by Mack Tomlinson

The Openness of God. A Biblical Challenge to the Traditional Understanding of God, by Clark Pinnock, Richard Rice, John Sanders, William Hasker, David Basinger; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1994, 202 pp. Paperback 14.99. Reviewed by Dr. Roger Nicole

Papal Sin: Structures of Deceit, by Garry Wills, New York: Doubleday, 2000. Hardcover: 326 pages. $25.00 retail. Reviewed by Erroll Hulse

A Pastor in New York: The Life and Times of Spencer Cone, by John Thornbury, Evangelical Press, 2004, hb., 218 pages. $25.99. ISBN 0-85234-512-7 Reviewed by Ray Van Neste

A Pastor's Sketches, Conversations with Anxious Souls Concerning the Way of Salvation, by Ichabod Spencer (Vestavia Hills, AL: Solid Ground Books, 2001; reprint edition) pb., 285 pp., $12.95. Reviewed by Jeff Robinson

The Pilgrim's Progress: A Docudrama, narrated by David Jeremiah, produced by Cross TV, $149.95. Reviewed by Ken Puls

A Plea to Pray for Pastors, by Gardiner Spring; 9 pp; 1991 Calvary Press (reprint). Reviewed by Tom Ascol

The Pleasures of God, by John Piper, Multnomah, 1991. Reviewed by Fred Malone

Polity: Biblical Arguments on How to Conduct Church Life, Mark E. Dever, Ed. Washington, DC: Center for Church Reform, 2001. 586pp hardback, 3 indices [Person, Subject, Scripture]. Reviewed by Thomas J. Nettles

The Practical Preacher: Practical Wisdom for the Pastor-Teacher, William Philip, ed., Geanies House, Fern, Scotland: Christian Focus Publications, 2002. Paperback, 119 pp. £5.99/$8.99. Reviewed by Ray Van Neste

Praises for the King of Kings, by Walter Chantry; 114 pp, 1991, The Banner of Truth Trust, $5.95. Reviewed by M. Marvin Jones

Pray with Your Eyes Open: Looking at God, Ourselves, and Our Prayers, by Richard L. Pratt, Jr., 1987, 193 pp., Presbyterian and Reformed, $6.95. Reviewed by Tom Ascol

Preaching: The Man, the Message and the Method, by Geoffrey Thomas, Greenville, SC: Reformed Academic Press, 2001. 73 pages. Reviewed by Michael G. McKelvey

The Precious Things of God, by Octavius Winslow, Pittsburgh: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1993 reprint of 1860 edition; 424 pages hardcover, $29.95. Reviewed by Douglas R. Shivers

Reckless Faith: When the Church Loses Its Will to Discern, by John MacArthur, Jr., Crossway Books, 1994, 256 pp. $17.99. Reviewed by Thomas Ascol

The Radical Reformission: Reaching Out Without Selling Out, by Mark Driscoll, Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004, pb., 2008 pages. $14.99. Reviewed by John Divito

Reformed Confessions Harmonized, edited by Joel R. Beeke and Sinclair B. Ferguson, Baker Books, 1999, 271 pp. $19.99. Reviewed by Stephen M. Haines

Ernest C. Reisinger: A Biography, Geoffrey Thomas, Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2002. Hardcover, 262 pages, $29.99. Reviewed by Fred A. Malone

Revelation, by Simon J. Kistemaker. William Hendriksen and Simon J. Kistemaker, editors. The New Testament Commentary, Vol. 15 Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2001. X, 635 pp. $39.99. Reviewed by Roger Nicole

Revive Us Again: The Reawakening of American Fundamentalism, , by Joel A. Carpenter, New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. Hardcover, 335 pp. Reviewed by Sam Tullock

Samuel Rutherford and His Friends, by Faith Cook, Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1992. Paperback, 168 pages. $8.99. Reviewed by Ray Van Neste

Scholar's Library, Logos Bible Software, Series X. Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, 2002. Retail: $599.95. Reviewed by Bill Ascol

Scripture Alone, Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2004. pb., 221 pages. List $13.99. Reviewed by John Divito

Seeking God: Jonathan Edwards' Evangelism Contrasted with Modern Methodologies, by William Nichols, Ames, IA: International Outreach, Inc. 564 pages, $36.95. Reviewed by Richard Smith

Should Babies Be Baptized, by T. E. Watson. London: Grace Publications, 1995, 125 pp. Reviewed by Fred Malone

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary - 1859-2009 by Greg Wills. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. 566 pages. Reviewed by Tom Nettles

Spirit Empowered Preaching: Involving the Holy Spirit in Your Ministry, by Arturo G. Azurdia III (Christian Focus Publications, 1998), pb, 192 pp. Å“9.99/$15.99. Reviewed by Ray Van Neste

Spiritual Disciplines For The Christian Life, by Donald S. Whitney, Navpress, 1991, 254 pp., $15.99. Reviewed by Roger Ellsworth

Spurgeon v. Hyper-Calvinism: The Battle for Gospel Preaching, by Iain H. Murray, Banner of Truth, 1995, 164 pp. $5.99. Reviewed by Thomas Ascol

Stolen Childhood, by Alice Huskey, 1990, 181 pp, InterVarsity Press, $8.95. Reviewed by Fred A. Malone

The Supremacy of God in Preaching, by John Piper, Baker Book House, 1990, 119 pp. $6.95. Reviewed by Thomas Ascol

Thoughts for Young Men, by J. C. Ryle; 61 pp; 1991 Calvary Press (reprint). Reviewed by Tom Ascol

Toward a Sure Faith: J. Gresham Machen and the Dilemma of Biblical Criticism, 1881-1915, by Terry A. Chrisope, Geanies House, Fern, Great Britain: Christian Focus, 2000, 240 pp. Reviewed by William G. Moore

A Treatise Concerning Scandal, by James Durham, Naphtali Press, reprint 1990, 380 pp. Reviewed by Tom Ascol

True Confessions: Baptist Documents in the Reformed Family, by James M. Renihan, Reformed Baptist Academic Press: Owensboro, KY, 2004. Reviewed by Tom Nettles

Trust and Obey, edited by Don Kistler; Soli Deo Gloria (1996) 206 pp. $15.95 (paperback). Reviewed by Douglas R. Shivers

Trusting God, Even When Life Hurts, by Jerry Bridges; Navpress, 1988, $12.95. Reviewed by Hal Wynn

What Saint Paul Really Said: Was Paul of Tarsus the Real Founder of Christianity?, by N. T. Wright, Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1997. 192 pp. Reviewed by Brian G. Hedges

W. H. Whitsitt: The Man and the Controversy by James Slatton. Macon: Mercer University Press, 2009. 348 pages including index. Reviewed by Tom Nettles

Whosoever Will: A Biblical-Theological Critique of Five-Point Calvinism edited by David Allen and Steve Lemke. Nashville, TN: B&H Academic, 2010. 206 pages, including Name Index, Subject Index and Scripture index. $24.99 pb. Reviewed by Tom Nettles

The Wisdom and the Folly: An Exposition of the Book of First Kings, Geanies House, Fern, Scotland: Christian Focus Publications, 2002. Paperback, 350 pp. Reviewed by Ray Van Neste

With the Master in the School of Tested Faith, Susan J. Heck, Tate Publishing, LLC, Mustang, OK, 2006, 372 pages. $25.99. ISBN 1-5988655-9-5 Reviewed by Celest Puls

Words to Winners of Souls, by Horatius Bonar; 1979, 76 pp; Baker Book House. Reviewed by Bob Selph

The Works of John Bunyan, edited by George Offor; 1991, Banner of Truth, $116.95. Reviewed by Tom Ascol

The Wounded Heart, by Dan B. Allender, 1990, 255 pp, Navpress, $9.95. Reviewed by Fred A. Malone

Wrongly Dividing the Word of Truth, by John H. Gerstner; 1991, 275 pp., Wolgemuth & Hyatt. Reviewed by Ernest Reisinger