[BOOK REVIEW] John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678/1684)

P16 of a booked named Hyperchoice indicates that ‘the wisdom of Godly people in the past helps us reach decisions in a more objective way. We are no longer bound within the inadequate assumptions of our present culture. Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, a religious and literary classic (second only to the Bible as an English text widely read over a long period) was first published in 1678, with a second part added in 1684. Both sections…

[BOOK REVIEW] Graham Cheeseman, Hyperchoice: Living in an Age of Diversity (1997)

There was an article in a newspaper supplement in 2007 indicating that many of us find it hard to make a choice because we have too many options. At that time, in a visit to the supermarket, the writer counted 127 varieties of jam, 28 choices of milk and the list went on. The article went on to stress that we need to reduce the burdens on ourselves over some choices. We need to stop…

[BOOK REVIEW] Don Matzat, Christ Esteem: Where the Search for Self-Esteem Ends, 1990

Simply, this extract: The Christian’s Personal Identity I believe that in Christ Jesus my sins have been fully and freely forgiven, and I am a new creation. I have died with Christ to my old identity in Adam. I have been raised with Christ to a new life. I am seated in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. God has given me the full righteousness of Jesus Christ. I am joined with angels, archangels, and…

[BOOK REVIEW] Tim Chester, The Busy Christian’s Guide to Busyness, 2006

I picked this up whilst working as a caretaker/cleaner on an Oak Hall ski holiday in 2007. I was to give my testimony for the first time and was thinking around the tissues that were/are relevant at this time. Having taken redundancy, I was looking forward to some idle time, alongside some de-cluttering to really think things through. By April I wasn’t sure I was getting anywhere fast, the to-do list was as long (if…

[BOOK REVIEW] Philip Yancey, What’s So Amazing About Grace?, 2002

(p14) Author Stephen Brown notes that a veterinarian can learn a lot about a dog owner he has never met just by observing the dog. What does the world learn about God by watching his followers on earth? Trace the roots of grace, or charis in Greek, and you will find a verb that means ‘I rejoice, I am glad’. In my experience, rejoicing and glamour are the first images that come to mind when…