Book Notices -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 142:568 (Oct 1985)
Article: Book Notices
Author: Anonymous

Book Notices

A Search for Charismatic Reality. By Neil Babcock. Portland, OR: Multnomah Press, 1985. 91 pp. Paper, $5.95.

This book is a must for every pastor and Christian worker! It is an honest and loving expose of how a charismatic pastor and his church examined their charismatic “gifts” in the light of Scripture and concluded that they lacked biblical support. As a result the pastor and church left what they concluded was the “mirage” of the charisma for the reality of Christ.

The book is written in a loving, empathetic manner by one who experienced the charismatic gifts; also it is written in an easy free-flowing, captivating style. Most readers will probably not be able to put it down before they finish reading the entire book.

Unlike many books on the charismatic movement, this one can be given to charismatics without fear that they will be offended. Indeed, every charismatic and noncharismatic person needs to read this book. It deserves to be a bestseller.

N. L. Geisler

The Armageddon Spectre. By Harold Lindsell. Westchester, IL: Crossways Books, 1984. 135 pp. Paper, $5.95.

The fear of Armageddon is a part of modern life recognized both in the religious and secular press. This book is a discussion of the nuclear threat, the scriptural view of war, an analysis of communist deception, and a refutation of pacifism, unilateral disarmament, and the nuclear freeze. In the final chapter, “Facing the Future,” Lindsell points out that the nuclear threat is not as bad as is commonly believed. The picture he paints is one of possible hope, the need for patriotism and confidence in God, closing in an appeal for fasting and prayer.

Strangely missing in the discussion is any exegesis of Revelation 16 where Armageddon is mentioned. The hope of the rapture of the church is

Book Notices

also omitted, apparently because of the author’s view that the rapture will not occur before Armageddon. The discussion is thoughtful and helpful, but far from a Christian answer to the fear of Armageddon. While he affirms that the believer’s hope is in God, he does not state what that hope really is.

J. F. Walvoord

The Bible and Astronomy. By John C. Whitcomb. Winona Lake, IN: BMH Books, 1984. 32 pp. Paper, $2.25.

This excellent study of major themes in the science of astronomy such as the diversity of the universe, the number of stars, the processes of the universe, the origin of the universe, and its ultimate purpose gives the reader a careful integration of scientific and scriptural tru...

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