Around The Wicket Gate

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Around The Wicket Gate
by C.H. Spurgeon
Reviewer: 
Joseph J. Adrian

"Around the Wicket Gate" is one of "The Prince Of Preacher's" enduring classics. It was not written for those who are far from the Kingdom of God (professed atheists, agnostics or——as Spurgeon puts it—-those who have more concern for their dogs and cats than their souls). It is written for those who are "Near the Kingdom" (Matthew 7:13 "Enter ye in at the strait gate"). Those who are "Around the Wicket Gate" are at the gate, but they have not entered in.

A Heart For God

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A Heart For God
by Sinclair Ferguson
Reviewer: 
Joseph J. Adrian

Sinclair Ferguson reflecting upon when he was a young boy, he was interested in "The Knowledge Of God." He wondered who God was, could he know God, and if so, how is this knowledge of God possible?

Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices

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Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices
by Thomas Brooks
Reviewer: 
Joseph J. Adrian

Our Lord calls "His People" to be holy because He is holy. The writings of the Puritan's reveal the intensity to which they pursued that end. An essential aspect of sanctification is to understand how "The Great Enemy Of Our Souls" labors endlessly to hinder our pursuit of holiness and to deceive (so as to destroy if he were able) the souls of as many as he can. He cannot destroy the souls of believers, but he disrupts their peace, joy . . , and overall well being as much as he can.

Turn And Live

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Turn And Live
by Nathaniel Vincent
Reviewer: 
Joseph J. Adrian

"Turn and Live" is Nathaniel Vincent's work on conversion. To be converted to God there must be a turning from what God declares is wicked and a turning to "The Lord God." The apostle commends the brethren at Thessalonica for——". . . they turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God." 1 Thessalonians 1:9b. Pastor Vincent uses the well known text from Ezekiel as his spring board——"Turn ye, turn ye, from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel." The author wonders which is greater folly——Man's initial turning from God or his obstinance in refusing to return to God.

The True Christians Love To The Unseen Christ

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The True Christians Love To The Unseen Christ
by Thomas Vincent
Reviewer: 
Joseph J. Adrian

I love the writings of The Puritans and have greatly benefited from them. I've been reading their books (and re-reading some of them) for over thirty years. Thomas Vincent's "The True Christians Love . . ." has long been one of my favorites, if not my favorite for many years.

A Breathing After God

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A Breathing After God
by Richard Sibbes
Reviewer: 
Joseph J. Adrian

In "A Breathing After God," the Puritan minister expounds Psalm 27:4 "One thing I have desired of the Lord. . . ." Do we only need one thing? Did David, at this point in his life, have only one need? We are created beings, and continually have many needs. What then is David's meaning? ". . . his meaning is, comparatively . . . ." It is a matter of priority ". . . seek ye first the Kingdom of God"——"There is a difference of degree of things . . . there are some that are greater goods, and some less." What is "The One Thing" that David saw as his greatest need?

Pierre Viret: The Angel of the Reformation

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Pierre Viret: The Angel of the Reformation
by R.A. Sheats
Reviewer: 
R.J. Destree

I am so thankful to Ms. Sheats and Zurich Publishing for making this rich biography of Viret available to us! Pierre Viret——a forgotten giant of the Reformation——was unreservedly surrendered to Christ and more Christ-like than anyone of whom I have ever read. His unwavering commitment to biblical Truth combined with his sweet, humble, peace-loving spirit makes him a shining example of Ephesians 4:15 "speaking the truth in love." We wholeheartedly recommend this wonderful biography by Rachel Sheats.

God's Way Of Peace

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God's Way Of Peace
by Horatius Bonar
Reviewer: 
Joseph J. Adrian

"God's Way Of Peace" is Horatius Bonar's classic work on how sinful man can be reconciled to a Holy God. It is one of the clearest written presentations of The Gospel from the 19th century (or any other century).

All Of Grace

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All Of Grace
by C.H. Spurgeon
Reviewer: 
Joseph J. Adrian

The prince of Preachers states his purpose for writing the book in the introduction - "...nothing short of your finding Christ and heaven is the business aimed at here."

The Sovereignty Of God

Book: 
The Sovereignty Of God
by A.W. Pink
Reviewer: 
Joseph J. Adrian

The Sovereignty of God was first published in 1918. The printing run was 500 copies. The 2nd printing was in 1929, another 500 copies. From this humble beginning the impact of Pink's most influential book has been huge.

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