Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 127:505 (Jan 1970)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

Jesus Christ Our Lord. By John F. Walvoord. Chicago: Moody Press, 1969. 318 pp. $4.95.

Faithfulness to the Word of God, clarity in expounding it, and a systematic presentation of it are the characteristics of this extensive work on Christology. Although comprehensive in scope, the work is clear in its presentation and will undoubtedly be a standard textbook in this area of doctrine.

The book is structured along chronological lines; that is, Christ in eternity past, Christ in the Old Testament, His birth and life; His death and resurrection, and His work in the future. Difficult doctrines such as sonship, impeccability, and kenosis are given an in-depth treatment.

As one would expect, the work is soundly and biblically based. Indeed, the reader will be amazed at the amount of Scripture which is explained and used in this book. References to modern viewpoints are included though not emphasized. Although the opening chapter traces contemporary trends in Christology in a general way, some will undoubtedly wish that this had been done in more detail. Otherwise, it would be difficult to pick out the best section, for all is of uniformly high quality.

C. C. Ryrie

Balancing The Christian Life. By Charles C. Ryrie. Chicago: Moody Press, 1969. 191 pp. $3.95.

This is a book for every man, at least for every Christian who is interested in genuine and wholesome spirituality, the goal, says the author, of all Christian living. This is not, however, a book that can be read casually or quickly. The first part is devoted to laying theological foundations with chapters on such concepts as the nature of spirituality the nature of man, the old and new natures, and union with Christ. Part two focuses on personal responsibilities, including sanctification, dedication, use of spiritual gifts, etc. The final section of the book contains eight chapters on such practical problems as the filling of the Spirit, the wiles of the devil, temptation, confession, legalism, speaking in tongues, etc.

Among the commendable features of this volume is the fact that it presents a balanced treatment of spiritual life themes. Many books in this area ignore the theological underpinnings and treat only the practical problems. This one does not. This book is likewise significant because it is current. Issues such as the filling of the Spirit, confession of sin,

speaking in tongues, legalism, and the lordship of Christ are being reexamined by today’s Christians. The reader will find biblical answers to these problems expounded here. Another outstanding feature of this work is its clarity. The author pos...

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