Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
CenQ 16:3 (Fall 1973) p. 43
Elijah, Prophet of God by Leon J. Wood (Regular Baptist Press, Des Plains, III., 1968, 158 pp., $2.95) presents the life and ministry of Elijah in vivid, practical fashion. Elijah is clearly “a man subject to like passions as we are” (James 5:17). Dr. Wood develops the historical circumstances and analyzes the Scriptural evidences to portray a very real, very admirable man of God. Pastors will be encouraged by the emphasis of the book, particularly that God’s important work is that of the ordinary pastorate, not the attention-getting big dramatic program (pp. 132-134). There are many sermon starters in these pages.
Romans: The Gospel of God’s Grace by Alva J. McClain (Chicago: Moody Press, 1973, 253 pages, $4.95) is a series of expository lectures or messages, the substance of which the author gave for over forty years as a pastor and teacher. The material is very readable since Dr. McClain’s writing is always quite lucid and thus easily grasped and understood. The work is not technical or critical but practical and ex-positional in nature; there is little documentation. The author has good balance between divine sovereignty and human responsibility, and is clearly dispensational in approach.
The book is filled with practical truth and would be excellent for use in group Bible study such as a Sunday school class and home Bible study meetings, or personal devotions. The reviewer read the book with Bible in hand for personal Bible study over a period of a few weeks. Anyone interested in Romans will profit greatly from this study.
—Rolland D. McCune
Understanding Speaking in Tongues by Watson Mills (Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, 1972 88 pp., $1.95, paper) is designed to help non-Pentecostals understand and relate to Pentecostals (p.7). The conclusion is to recognize tongues as a legitimate gift today, accept the one who speaks in tongues, and admit that lessons can be learned from Pentecostals (p.66).
The book is extremely weak in exegetical insights. Tongues are defined in terms of ecstatic utterance (p. 11), and are related to the supposed ecstasy of the Old Testament prophets (pp.20–22) (as alleged by critics). Luke is charged with interpolating real languages into the Acts accounts of tongues (pp. 34-35), and the personality of the Holy Spirit is tacitly denied throughout. This book is little help in understanding speaking in tongues.
—Rolland D. McCune
CenQ 16:3 (Fall 1973) p. 44
Tongues in Biblical Perspective by Charles R. Smith (BMH Books, Winona Lake, Ind., 1972, 141 pp., $2.00, pape...
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