Book Notices -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 126:502 (Apr 1969)
Article: Book Notices
Author: Anonymous

Book Notices

Beyond Combat. By Major James Hutchens. Chicago: Moody Press, 1968. $3.95.

“War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.” Beyond Combat supports Hardy’s contention about the literature of war. This vivid battle-by-battle account of Major Jim Hutchens, chaplain assigned to combat troops in South Viet Nam, makes a “can’t put it down” book. Not only does the author provide insights into the courage that combat demands, but also to the deeper courage that Christians with convictions reveal by living for God in the military. Above all, an awesome sense of the presence and power of God perfumes this little volume. General Sherman said “War is hell,” And in this readable and rewarding book Hutchens, a 1964 graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary.

H. W. Robinson

The First Person. By Lehman Strauss. Neptune, New Jersey: Loizeaux Brothers, Inc., 1967. 256 pp. $3.25.

This inspirational and devotional treatment of the doctrine of God was inspired by the author’s son’s question, “What Is God Like?” The book answers this question, beginning with a chapter on “The Necessity for God,” with the body of the book dealing with the attributes of God and the names of God. Actually only one chapter deals with the subject of God the Father specifically. Although not phrased in technical theological language, the work presents in popular form the biblical facts about God and His names, and is written in attractive conversational style, theologically true to the Scriptures.

J. F. Walvoord

Creation And Evolution. By D. C. Spanner. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1968. 61 pp. 95¢.

This booklet is correctly titled, for the author, a British botanist, believes that God used a great deal of evolution in effecting the process of creation. Indeed, there is more evolution than creation in his theory. He worships at the altar of science and concludes that man evolved largely through the processes of natural selection. Though he denies that Genesis is myth, he affirms that it is full of metaphors and contains truth that is outside of the realm of history.

The book is notably lacking in exegesis of biblical texts which

undoubtedly accounts for its compromising conclusions. An approach like this one is really more dangerous than either a direct attack on the Bible or an open espousal of evolution.

C. C. Ryrie

The Deluge Story In Stone. By Byron C. Nelson. Minneapolis.: Bethany Fellowship, 1968. 204 pp. $3.50.


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