Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 097:388 (Oct 1940)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

The Glory of the Manger. By Samuel Marinus Zwemer, D.D. American Tract Society, New York. 232 pp. $1.50.

This is the book that well deserves the honor which has been given to it-first prize in the recent book contest offered by the American Tract Society. The subject is the incarnation, and its treatment by that master of the art of preaching and writing, Dr. Zwemer, is equal to his many other valuable publications. The book is rich in true Biblical doctrine, enchanting poetry, and deep devotion, all expressed in a manner which gives the greatest satisfaction to every lover of truth and art.

Here, also, it will be well to let the studied estimation by the publishers tell the story of this book, which in itself is a quotation from the author’s own introduction: “For well nigh two thousand years all ages, races and conditions of men have been carried away captive by that Holy Child. They have laid their faith, their love, their devotion, their learning, their lives as an offering before the Manger-Throne. For they saw there the Word who was God, and the Light of the World. There the brush of the artist, the imagination of the poet, the mind of the theologian and the emotions of the saint have found their inspiration, so that the glory of the Manger has become the glory of Christian art, architecture, music, poetry and literature. To gather into one compass the glory of the Advent as expressed in all these ways one would have to strip the art-galleries of the world of their most costly treasures, ransack the literature of all nations, and rob the hymnologies of all the churches of their choicest tributes to the Babe of Bethlehem. We have gathered only fragments. The Incarnation was the greatest miracle of human history. And it is true. God who fills the universe was born a Babe. Christ at Bethlehem brought new life and power into the world. He took hold of the seed of Abraham to redeem it. The Incarnation is a reality, wonderful, glorious, and beautiful; but also a mystery so great and so holy that angels veil their faces in its contemplation.”

We coincide with this beautiful tribute and commend the book to every child of God.

President Lewis Sperry Chafer

The Holy Spirit. By J. C. Massee, D.D., LL.D. Fleming H. Revell, New York. 144 pp. $1.25.

Dr. Massee is widely known for his strong ministry in defense of the Word of God. This volume of twelve aspects of important truth respecting the Person and work of the Holy Spirit will prove a blessing to the Bible student. There are many and varied voices speaking today concerning the Holy Spirit. Dr. Massee has given exceptional care to the presentation of these ...

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