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Say "Yes" to Life, Anna B. Mow, Zondervan Pub­lishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1961, 152 pages, $2.50.

The author was persuaded by Eugenia Price, a Christian writer in her own right, to bring a mes­sage to those who know about being born into a new life but are puzzled by growing pains. "Anna Mow is a woman with five degrees, but she would much prefer to have you know about her twelve grandchildren! Her message is dynamite to Phari­saism, fresh air to personalities smothered in dogma, nourishment for growth to stunted souls, and a green light to adventurous ones." So writes her friend "Genie" in the introduction.

Mrs. Mow is an ordained minister. She and her husband, Baxter, served as educational and evan­gelistic missionaries for the Brethren in India, from 1923 to 1940, specializing in Moslem work. The next eighteen years were given to teaching at Beth­any Biblical Seminary in Chicago. More recently her contacts are the spiritual life retreats and Chris­tian education institutes. Here is a book of great interest to youth workers. She writes out of a deep Christian experience, a broad knowledge of God's Word, and a true love for young people. The book has a timely message. 

Louise C. Kleuser

 

The Children's King James Bible New Testament, Modern Bible Translations, Inc., Evansville, Indi­ana, 688 pages, $6.95

For the first time a truly beautiful children's Bible has been published. The fact that children helped in its production has no doubt had a great deal to do with the clear, textbook readability found in its pages. The editors have carefully fol­lowed the Greek text, but in adapting it to chil­dren under fifteen years of age they have avoided the use of obsolete words and confusing sentence structure. It still contains the exact King James Bible message, but should a younger child en­counter woTds that are difficult to understand, a glossary of terms is provided at the back.

Teachers will be thrilled with this new Bible for children, for besides the Bible text with its self-pronouncing words and names there is the added feature of one hundred colorfully illustrated Bible stories—two pages in length—which appear when­ever possible adjacent to or within the chapter of the story being told. If the Bible text is followed, one simply skips these illustrated pages that have a special appeal to children under eight years of age. Even tots who cannot read will enjoy the ac­tion-sequence pictures on these Bible story pages.

This new children's Bible will not only be treas­ured by the young, but by everyone who works with and loves children.

Dorothy Emmerson

 

Awake, My Heart! by J. Sidlow Baxter, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1960, 384 pages, $3.95.

This work contains daily devotional meditations for the year.

Australian by birth, brought to England at an early age, and trained for the ministry at Spurgeon's College, this preacher and Bible teacher, with a Baptist background, has traveled in the United States and Canada. He writes out of a rich Chris­tian experience characterized by simplicity in the midst of profundity.

Louise C. Kleuser

 

Favorite Sermons of John A. Broadus, Harper and Brothers, New York, 1959, 147 pages, $2.75.

John A. Broadus is well known to college and seminary students. He has been called one of the Olympians of the American pulpit. His earlier works, The Preparation and Delivery of Sermons and A Harmony of the Gospels speak for them­selves. More recently, however, Vernon L. Stanfield edited the material in Favorite Sermons of John A. Broadus. The introductory chapter is titled "Preacher Extraordinary." It is a revelation of what made for strength and appeal in the Bap­tist preaching ministry of John Broadus. The study of his sermons, some in outline form, im­mediately reveals how Broadus truly preached Christ. Without great doctrinal consciousness and with surprising textual simplicity, but with a wide recognition of his powerful presentations mainly in a ministerial training community, John Broadus quietly elevated, reasoned, and appealed to youth and maturity to keep taking another look at Christ. His Christlike life made his ministry powerful.

Louise Kleuser

 


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