Book Notices -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 136:543 (Jul 1979)
Article: Book Notices
Author: Anonymous

Book Notices

Happiness Is a Choice. By Frank B. Minirth and Paul D. Meier. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1978. 248 pp. Paper, $4.95.

Happiness Is a Choice might also be titled “You Can Choose not to Be Depressed” because the authors talk more about depression, its etiology, treatment, and stages of remission than about happiness. Thus this book is certainly timely and will provide both professional and lay persons with a synthesis of the psychiatric view about depression. Some readers may find the authors’ style of writing abrupt, but most will find their treatment of scientific facts and the Scriptures understandable and refreshing. Also the book is filled with many practical concepts and evaluation tools. Therefore, it may serve as a useful tool in remediating individual depression as well as a resource for the counselor. It is certainly recommended for pastors and church libraries.

F. B. Wichern

The Principles of Theology. By W. H. Griffith Thomas. Reprint. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1979. 548 pp. Paper, $8.95.

In this reprint, an old standby gets a much deserved new lease on life. In this work, first published in 1930, Thomas (who died the year before he was scheduled to teach theology at the newly founded Dallas Theological Seminary) expounds the thirty-nine articles of the Church of England. J. I. Packer contributes a new introduction and updated bibliography. This is good theology, though somewhat sketchy in angelology, anthropology, and pneumatology due to the limitations of the thirty-

nine articles themselves. Theological problems change, but this book exudes a competence and quality that makes it deserving of study today.

C. C. Ryrie

God Incarnate. By George Carey. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1978. 65 pp. Paper, $1.95.

Since the recent publication of The Myth of God Incarnate, considerable furor has been aroused because of the book’s challenge to the orthodox position regarding the person of Christ. This little booklet by Carey, an Anglican vicar, is a helpful response to this challenge. He looks at the subject of the Incarnation in a general way and attempts to place some modern questions in a scriptural context. The book is highly recommended.

R. P. Lightner

Egypt and Israel. By Wilbur M. Smith. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1978. 174 pp. Paper, $3.95.

Produced under a new jacket and title, this is a reprint of an earlier book by Wilbur Smith, originally published in 1957 as Egypt in Prophecy. As in the orig...

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