Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
CenQ 4:4 (Winter 1961) p. 49
THE UPWARD CALLING, by R. E. O. White, (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publ. Co., Grand Rapids, Mich., 1961, 202 pp., $3.50).
My first reaction, after reading these 37 brief but intensely illuminating chapters, was to call my nearest religious bookstore, and order the two previous volumes of the author’s trilogy, THE STRANGER OF GALILEE, and BENEATH THE CROSS OF JESUS. This volume commends itself for freshness of treatment and practicality of approach to both the busy layman and the busier pastor-teacher. While devotional in theme, it is down-to-earth in language and illustration. The author takes large handfuls of Bible truth and illustration regarding the Christian’s inward life, and sets forth their outward manifestation. The book would lend itself to a day-by-day devotional study, by virtue of its sectional divisions; yet it covers the entire range of the Christian’s fulfillment of God’s purpose in salvation: upward, inward, and outward growth into the likeness of Christ. The busy pastor will find familiar passages of Scripture holding out their hands with new appeal in this book, to “Believe me! Preach me!” Scattered throughout are statements that jar one’s spiritual smugness, such as, “We are in dire peril of deceiving ourselves that we are serving Christ when in truth we are only flattering Him”; “Unhappy Christians are of three kinds: the ill-behaved, the ill-balanced, and the ill-informed.” “Many morose and moody Christians believe themselves to be in need of special grace, when all they really need is exercise”; and “A man must show some return for God’s sowing in his soul.” Despite three weak spots: an apparent Amillennial-ism; lack of clear vision of the Holy Spirit as a person; and a suggested over-emphasis on the Christian’s place in the affairs of this world; THE UPWARD CALLING will help make that call sound more earnestly and effectively to the ears of the believer’s heart.
Rev. Ernest Ruark
OUT OF THE EARTH, by E. M. Blaik-lock (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publ. Co., Grand Rapids, Mich., 1961, 90 pp., $2.00).
Subtitled “The Witness of Archaeology to the New Testament,” this book presents in a popular style materials more often indirectly than directly related to the New Testament. Paucity of footnotes decreases its value. The witness of archaeology regarding the New Testament is much stronger than this book suggests.
Prof. Warren Vanhetloo
BAPTIST FOUNDATIONS IN THE SOUTH, by William L. Lumpkin (Broad-man Press, Nashville, Tenn., 1961, 166 pp., $4.25).
The president of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society here traces the doctrinal basis and the zeal of the Baptists of the South...
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