Reading Jonathan Leeman’s book “Reverberation” really changed the way I viewed the scripture and increased my love for the word especially as preached...moreReading Jonathan Leeman’s book “Reverberation” really changed the way I viewed the scripture and increased my love for the word especially as preached, read, and sung at church. So when I saw Jonathan Leeman’s recommendation of this book I was excited to read it. “ Can I really trust the Bible? And other questions about scripture, truth and how God speaks” is a short but extremely helpful read. It is a good book published by The Good Book Company.
Who is it for? This book would be a great read for all Christians, but may be especially suitable for discipling new believers or those young in their faith. It also would be great for anyone interested in an intro level work on the trustworthiness of the Bible and why we have what we have as our bible. Ultimately it would be helpful for all Christians to have a basic knowledge of trustworthiness of the book they base their faith on and this book is the place to start.
The Good This book is great and I will recommend it to others. Its brevity makes it very useful in a day when many don’t read long tomes and its simplicity and style make it accessible to readers of many ages and ability. This can be seen in examples such as footnote 1 in chapter one (page 10) the author says “ If you’re unfamiliar with Bible references, the number before the “v” is the chapter, and the number after is the verse. So “Psalm 19 v. 1-4 means the book of Psalms, chapter 19, verses 1 to 4”. This book truly could be handed to someone with no background or understanding of the Bible. The book though is not so surface level as to leave a long time Christian wanting. Cooper says things that will get you out of bed on Sunday morning ready to go hear the word preached dealing with the depth of God’s word. On page 14 he says “ Then, just as God’s spoken word brought light into being in Genesis 1 v3, so, as we’ve just seen in Psalm 19, his written word is described as “giving light to the eyes”. As the psalm implies, God’s written word is no less powerful or life-giving than his spoken word. If this is true, then when we read God’s word, or hear it preached, we should read or listen with trembling and anticipation. The fierce power that summoned and sustains the universe is about to be unleashed again in our hearing.” This powerful and something a new believer to the elderly saint needs to be reminded of.
Cooper argues persuasively thought that the Bible claims to be the word of God, seems to be the word of God, and proves to be the word of God. Throughout these arguments there are gray boxes with little blurbs on related subjects that are helpful and place at timely spaces where it makes it natural to read and not distract from the rest of the chapter. They are edited nicely so you don’t have to turn back pages to pick up where you previously a nice touch. The Bad It is a struggle to think of something to critique the book on. One small thing is that the Author lives in the UK so some of the English is a bit foreign to us in the USA but it does not hinder the reading of it and the style the author writes with really keeps one reading along. Another minor thing is that he says on page 72 “Sometimes, theologians speak about the “clarity” of Scripture.” This may have been a chance to introduce reader to term “perspicuity” which means clarity and is a term they will run into if they go deeper into the subject and that the bible is not necessarily easy to understand but that what is necessary for salvation is clear. There is so much to commend about this book that I would feel comfortable handing it to anyone without any qualifications. The Physical Book The book is a small paperback and bright orange (to my eyes) but with a fairly attractive design. The bible on the front is pressed out and has a nice feel when holding the book. After reading it doesn’t lay flat again and pages seem to stay flared out. The paper is a gray paper and not a bright white but the text type is easy on the eyes. The outside margins have to be some of the smallest I have seen which makes taking notes difficult but there are 8 blank pages in the back with header “notes” to help one out there. Also strangely online you will find several endorsements of the book which made me interested in picking it up but the actually hard copy contains none which is unfortunate. Author: Barry Cooper Publisher : The Good Book Company Year: 2014 Pages: 81 Binding: glue Boards: Paperback Footnotes or endnotes: footnotes Scripture index: no person index: no subject index: no (less)
A great read on the Lord's Table. This is a classic baptist reflection from a female theologian which makes it interesting in itself. She was a Calvin...moreA great read on the Lord's Table. This is a classic baptist reflection from a female theologian which makes it interesting in itself. She was a Calvinistic Baptist who lived from 1692-1765. This book is a great devotional look at the supper and deep theologically. She definitely holds to a real spiritual presence of Christ in the supper and not a mere memorial view. The entire work points you to Christ and how we feast on Him and with Him at the Lord's Supper and how it points to the great Marriage supper of the Lamb to come where the Church Triumphant will gather together as one assembly to partake with our Bridegroom. I highly recommend this work for all baptist and especially reformed baptist.(less)
Spiritual Warfare: A Biblical and Balanced Perspective by Brian Borgman and Rob Ventura with forward by Steven J. Lawson Is the devil at work here in 2...moreSpiritual Warfare: A Biblical and Balanced Perspective by Brian Borgman and Rob Ventura with forward by Steven J. Lawson Is the devil at work here in 2014? Do Christians need to be on guard against the devils schemes? The answer to these questions is a resounding yes in the new book by Brian Borgman and Rob Ventura. In this new and highly praised book the authors approach questions of spiritual warfare as the title suggest in a biblical and balanced perspective. The authors show the real and present danger of the Devil and his demons without sensationalizing the topic. In fact the book constantly points us to Christ and his person and work for us, not speculating on abstract ideas about the devil. I believe this book is a great introduction on the subject as it comes in at just 124 pages it is very accessible to a wide audience. It is a 124 pages of reading well worth ones time.
If you are looking for a lot of answers to questions about the devil and demons and want to speculate on a wide variety of questions this is not your book. You will find in this book though biblical principles to fighting the devil and standing against him as a Christian in your daily life. The book is essentially an exposition of Ephesians 6:10-20. The book works through each piece of the armor we are to wear and the sword we are to wield. Each piece is describe and what it would of looked like on soldiers in the time period and how it is a metaphor for spiritual warfare. The books greatest strength I believe is that it constantly points us to Christ and our union with him throughout the description of how to use the armor. The book does contain 3 appendixes than do answer some question not addressed specifically in Ephesians 6. The book finishes by showing how all of the armor of God is to be used through prayer. This is a powerful chapter showing the importance of prayer in the believers life. A quote to wet your appetite to read this book comes from page 86 “ Corporate worship is not just a time to express emotion or to practice our singing; it is a time for warfare. When we sing God’s truth, when we sing Scripture, we are wielding the sword of the Spirit in a mighty way in worship and praise.” I really had no issues with the book and would recommend it to anyone interested in this subject. Also I would recommend listening to the authors interviewed on the Confessing Baptist Podcast Interview #40 Year: 2014 Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books Pages: 124 Boards: Paperback Binding: Glue Scripture Index: No Subject Index: No Person Index: No Footnotes or Endnotes: Footnotes Forward: Steven J. Lawson Endorsements By: Voddie Baucham Jr., Thomas R. Schreiner, Peter O’Brien (note that on wtsbooks.com there are more endorsements given that are not on the hardcopy of book by Carl Trueman, Stanley Gale, Bruce Ware, Bruce Ray, Joel Beeke, Paul Washer, Phil Johnson, David Murray, and Al Martin) Buy Here: WTSbooks $ 9.75 I received a free review copy of this book from Reformation Heritage Books and was not required to give a positive review.