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The Ten Commandments
by Jochem Douma
This is one of those rare books you can open up anywhere and find a pearl of wisdom. This practical guide to the Ten Commandments shows you how to relate the Commandments to every significant issue---
Hardcover, 410 pages
Published November 1st 1996 by P & R Publishing
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The substance is solid, but at times I think the translation from the Dutch makes it a stiff or difficult read. I don't agree with everything in it (particularly some of the explication of the 10th Commandment ("Thou shalt not covet"). The Appendix also makes the common error of mischaracterizing Christian Reconstruction.
Decent, with some discussions being very good, others weak. I think the main failure was that Douma seemed to assume that many changes that modernity has brought (secular states, democracy etc.) is either unquestionably neutral or even good. Thus the law simply needs to be appropriated to this new context. He does not discuss whether or how the law makes us question the validity or goodness of these changes.
More in depth look at the Ten Commandments than many other books out there. Douma highlights areas within each commandment that you may not have given much thought to causing you to wrestle through the issue whether you find yourself agreeing with him or not. It is a translated work but done well overall and I would highly recommend it.
Very thought provoking in places and solidly biblical. However, the writing style leaves much to be desired and could cause confusion. Also, the author definitely pushes the envelope beyond the biblical grounds in certain places. Not the first place I'd go for a book on ethics.