Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
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The Gathering Storm by Mai Couch (gen. ed.), Springfield, MO: 21st Century Press, 2005, 380 pp., paperback, $13.99
Most books on eschatology focus on the “bigger ideas” of end-time events (what is the Tribulation?, what is the Millennium?). T his book is different in that it puts out a great deal of effort in explaining some minor (yet still significant) aspects of eschatology. The mark of the beast, Gog and Magog, the Davidic Covenant, Jeremiah 30, and Christian Zionism are just some of the topics examined in this work.
Fifteen authors and scholars have contributed well-written and informative chapters, including Stan Toussaint, Robert Thomas, Ed Hinson, Arnold Fruchtenbaum, Mark Hitchcock, Tommy Ice, and our own Mai Couch. Some twenty charts assist the reader in grasping the salient points of each chapter.
A wide range of Christians can benefit from this volume. Those just starting their studies will gain a solid understanding of this topic and its importance. The seasoned scholar will have a fairly in-depth handbook at his disposal. As the title implies, the Rapture may be closer than we think.
Charles H. Ray,
The Book of First Corinthians by Dan Mitchell, Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2004, x + 272 pp., cloth, $19.99
The Book of Acts by Steven Ger, Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2004, xii + 337 pp., cloth, $19.99
These are the two most recent additions to the Twenty-First Century Biblical Commentary Series. Sadly, very few commentaries are written from a dispensational viewpoint and this series helps to fill that void. This series is also distinctive in that each chapter concludes with study questions. Several sidebars and a bibliography enhance the usefulness of each volume.
Mitchell has served the Lord for many years as a Christian educator, author, pastor, and overseas teacher. He is currently associate dean of
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Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and professor of theological studies. He carefully guides the reader through the multitude of challenging issues one confronts in 1 Corinthians. The work is appropriately subtitled Christianity in a Hostile Culture.
Ger, a fourth generation Hebrew Christian, is founder and executive director of Sojourner Ministries. This ministry, located in Dallas, is “dedicated to exploring the Jewish heart of Christianity.” The author does a very good job of surveying this “bridge” book between the Gospels and the epistles. The reader will come...
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