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Classic Counsels
C.H. Spurgeon

Published by Wakeman Trust

This book consists of eleven sermons or shorter addresses given at Tabernacle Prayer Meetings by C.H. Spurgeon, abridged and edited and originally published in the Sword & Travel Magazine. Subjects covered include the certain assurance for believers, assurance for doubting seekers, clearing away stumbling blocks, relief for downcast believers, sustaining converts, counsel for witnessing Christians, a call for attendance at Prayer Meetings.

These messages are still relevant for today and cover a range of subjects, as the cover says "Soul stirring topics from the finest messages of the Prince of Preachers". I warmly recommend this little book, each chapter can be read in 10 to 15 minutes so could be used as part of a quiet time.

The Life of John Calvin
W.J. Grier

Published by The Banner of Truth Trust

This book serves as a good introduction to the life of John Calvin, the late John Grier was a Minister in Northern Ireland for 53 years. He hoped after retirement to produce a book on the life of Calvin based on articles he had written for the Evangelical Presbyterian Magazine, but declining health prevented him from accomplishing this. His 3 sons encouraged the transcription and editing of the magazine articles to produce this book.

In 23 succinct chapters running to just over 160 pages the book sets out the life of Calvin and how God used this man so wonderfully during the Reformation. It shows that for Calvin the Reformation was primarily a movement of the Holy Spirit turning people away from a man-centred religion to a God centred religion. It describes his difficulties and triumphs, particularly at Geneva and his battle to continue preaching and writing in his later years despite poor health. If you want a more in depth study of the life of Calvin this is not really the book for you, but if you want a taster giving the bare essentials on Calvin's life this book is definitely the one to read.

Peter Richardson