Book Notices -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 143:569 (Jan 1986)
Article: Book Notices
Author: Anonymous

Book Notices

The Manipulation of Life. Edited by Robert Esbjornson. New York: Harper and Row, 1984. 149 pp. Paper, $7.95.

This is a collection of addresses delivered by distinguished medical doctors and ethicists at the 19th Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota, in the fall of 1983. The addresses contain much that is profoundly significant for evangelicals, as these well-qualified experts carefully handle such topics as genetic engineering, medical ethics, and related issues. As in any book of this nature, the addresses vary in perspective and strength. For example Willard Gaylin, supervising psychoanalyst at the Columbia Psychoanalytic Center, raises penetrating criticism of the behaviorism of B. F. Skinner and appeals cogently for renewed emphasis on the dignity of man. While none of the contributors approaches these issues from an evangelical perspective, readers can profit from studying the cautious and sobering analyses of crucial medical, legal, and ethical concerns facing mankind in the late 20th century.

F. R. Howe

The Spirit-Filled Life. By John MacNeil. Chicago: Moody Press, 1984. 118 pp. Paper, $2.95.

This is another in the Moody classic series. A major theme of the book is that the fullness of the Spirit is the birthright of every believer. MacNeil, who was a preacher and theologian in Australia and Asia at the turn of the century, has covered the major areas of this topic. Of special help is his answer to the question, “How is the Spirit filling obtained?” His answer: “The Bible answer may be summarily comprehended in three words—Cleanse, Consecration, and Claim” (p. 49). A considerable portion of the book is devoted to discussing each of these.

R. P Lightner

Your Future. By George Sweeting. Chicago: Moody Press, 1984. 91 pp. Paper, $6.95.

This is a clear, concise, uncomplicated presentation of the glorious future awaiting Christians. The book is introduced by the question, Why study prophecy? Twelve brief chapters deal with the fact of Christ’s return, the outline of the prophetic calendar, discussion of the rapture, the judgment seat of Christ, the tribulation, the nation of Israel in prophecy, the fact of resurrection, the restoration of the millennium, and the judgment to come. This is an excellent treatment for those who want an understandable description of what the Bible predicts about the future. Written in a day when the rapture may occur momentarily the discussion is strategic and challenging.

J. F. Walvoord

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