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“When it comes to evangelism, it seems that Calvinists have quite a poor reputation in the church today. Most of the largest and seemingly most successful mission organizations were founded by Arminians and continue to be based around Arminian theology. Arminian churches seem to grow much faster than churches based on Calvinist principles. It seems that part of the... Read Full Review
by John MacArthur
“It seems unusual, does it not, that at a time when the church is in such dire need of discernment, there are few books to be found that address this critical issue. Or perhaps it is this dearth of books dealing with discernment that have contributed to the problem. Regardless, at a time when the shelves at Christian bookstores are groaning under the weight of the... Read Full Review
by Mark Buchanan
“I mentioned to a friend that I was reading Mark Buchanan's book Your God Is Too Safe and that I had recently finished The Rest of God. "What's Buchanan like?" he wanted to know. The best I could do was to suggest that the style and theme of his writing is quite a lot like what he'd find if he read John Eldredge. But unlike Eldredge, Buchanan's books are actually... Read Full Review
by Philip Ryken
“There is any number of books available today that serve as introductions to Calvinism or the doctrines of grace. While some of these leave much to be desired, many of them are excellent and do justice to the topic. One might ask, then, why someone would want to write (or read) yet another one, and that would be a fair question. What attracted me to The Doctrines... Read Full Review
“"May Allah rip out his spine from his back and split his brains in two, and then put them both back, and then do it over and over again. Amen." Such is the kind of "endorsement" garnered by The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam and the Crusades. In this case, the endorsement was written by the Islamic web site, RevivingIslam.com. The author of this book, Robert... Read Full Review
by Anthony Bianco
“Wal-Mart is the largest company in the world. It brings in revenues in excess of $280 billion, employs almost one and half million American workers, and controls a large share of the business done by almost every U.S. consumer-product company. More than 138 million shoppers stroll through its 5,300 stores each week. With a company so powerful and so immense, it is... Read Full Review
“I have never read beyond the first sentence of Mark Noll's book The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. The first sentence was so perfect, so cutting, so convicting, that I felt the rest of the book could only be a let-down. "The scandal of the Evangelical mind," he writes,"is that there is not much of an evangelical mind." It is the perfect opening to a book. I do... Read Full Review
by John Piper
“Each year at the Bethlehem Conference for Pastors, hosted by Bethlehem Baptist Church of Minneapolis, John Piper delivers a biographical address dealing with a notable Christian figure from the history of the church. Every few years, several of these addresses are compiled into a book as part of "The Swans are Not Silent" series. The most recent of these titles is... Read Full Review

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