Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
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The Minister’s Library by Cyril Barber (Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, 1974, 376 pages, $9.95) is designed for the pastor who is looking for guidance in purchasing and arranging books for his library. The author provides an annotated bibliography of about 5000 books covering every subject of interest to a pastor. He makes careful distinctions between conservative and non-evangelical works. He also identifies the most important books in each sub- heading. (His viewpoint is conservative.) The subject index in the back of the book is of great aid in locating the grouping of books desired. While there are a few omissions of good books, the list is quite complete and up-to-date. One criticism is his use of “pre- millennialism” without distinguishing between books that are “pre-tribulation” or “post-tribulation.” In addition to the suggested bibliography he has three chapters covering “How to Set Up Your Library.” The author is to be commended for providing this helpful guide for pastors and students. It should be among the first books purchased by pastors.
—Gordon H. Lovik
Word Meanings in the New Testament, Romans, Volume 3, by Ralph Earle (Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, 1974, 261 pages, $4.95). Select words from most verses in Romans provide the content of this book. Using commentaries, lexicons and parallel passages the author draws conclusions about these significant New Testament
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words. While a discreet use of word study can be helpful in Bible interpretation, it must be remembered that the Bible message is not conveyed in significant words but in contextual units. This volume is similar in intent and style to Robertson and Vincent with some updating.
—Gordon H. Lovik
Encircling Eyes by Oz Guiness (InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, Illinois, 1974, 53 pages, paper, $1.25) is a booklet on the occult. Actually it is chapter eight of his book The Dust of Death revised and updated. Guiness is connected with the L’Abri community in Switzerland.
The author gives many reasons for the rise of the occult. He divides his material into three main headings: superstition, spiritism, and Satanism. He concludes with a section on the Christian and the occult.
The booklet is well written, easy to understand and follow and is factual in its content. Although it is not an exegetical treatment of the occult, the section on the Christian and the occult is Biblical in its handling.
—Rolland D. McCune
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