Book Notices -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Reformation and Revival
Volume: RAR 03:4 (Fall 1994)
Article: Book Notices
Author: Anonymous


Book Notices

The Gospel in Genesis. Henry Law (Carlisle, Pennsylvania: Banner of Truth, 1993 reprint), 188 pages, paper, $5.95.

Henry Law (1797–1844) was a leading figure in the evangelical party of the Church of England in the early nineteenth century. He was also a prolific practical teacher of the Scripture who wrote The Gospel in the Pentateuch, from which this reprint comes. Spurgeon was correct when he said with characteristic wit, but obvious truth, “Law abounds in the gospel.” A worthy Banner of Truth title for the modern reader.

The Glory of Christ. John Owen (Carlisle, Pennsylvania: Banner of Truth, 1994), 168 pages, paper, $6.95.

The Banner of Truth should be encouraged to produce more abridged editions of classic Puritan works like this present book. Taking John Owen’s classic (as one wag said, “a classic is a book everyone talks about but no one has read”) volume, R. J. K. Law, a medical doctor who became an Anglican minister, has rendered modern readers a great service with this little book.

Here the Puritan John Owen, writing of Christ Who is Himself the heart of the gospel of grace, gives us some of his most profound and seasoned thought. Written near the end of his life Owen shows the reader how to think of Christ more clearly and thus worship Him more genuinely. R. J. K. Law has retained the best in this abridgment and has written in a most readable style that will invite a new generation of younger readers to “find” Owen.

The Mischief of Sin. Thomas Watson (Pittsburgh: Soli Deo Gloria, 1994 reprint), 162 pages, cloth, $16.95.

This once-scarce volume, published in 1671 originally, is

now made available again through the reprinting ministry of Soli Deo Gloria. An appendix on “The Mystery of the Lord’s Supper” is added, making this treasure even more valuable.

Watson, one of the best Puritan writers, here reveals the foulness and foolishness of sin. As J. I. Packer writes, “No Puritan ever expressed these insights more piercingly than Thomas Watson.” John MacArthur, in the modern foreword, adds, “Few books have moved me as this one did.”

No modern publisher has reprinted more Puritan volumes in such a brief period of time and with better bindings and print style than Soli Deo Gloria. I am afraid the publishing of such books is met with small response because so few appreciate the genuine significance of such a venture.

The Love of Power of the Power of Love. Tom Smail, Andrew Walker and Nigel Wright (Minneapolis: Bethany Hous...

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