Monthly book reviews by various authors.


Ellen G. White Estate, Review and Herald Publishing Association, Washington, D.C., 1980, 1,072 pages, $19.75.

Ellen White wrote some 4,600 articles that appeared in such journals as the Review, Signs of the Times, The Youth's Instructor, and The Health Reformer. Of these, 75 to 80 percent have not been reproduced in currently available Ellen G. White books. Now, for the first time, the White Estate is making available a copy of the card index for this valuable spiritual material. This new volume is the only index available today to the journal articles. It makes accessible information that until now was obtainable only in the White Estate and the several Ellen G. White Research Centers.

Russell Holt


Dick Winn, Pacific Press, Mountain View, California, 1979, 171 pages, $1.00.

Using the analogy of restoring antique cars, Winn unfolds the encouraging story of how God restores sinners. Replete with down-to-earth illustrations from real life in the now, the book goes back to the original rebellion in heaven to emphasize the good news of Christ's coming to earth to bring salvation and restoration. The accent is on how God can do for us that which we cannot do for ourselves.

Winn shows how God's great plan for ancient Israel will ultimately succeed through spiritual Israel. This topic leads into a discussion of the messages of the three angels of Revelation 14, with special attention to the great truth of righteousness by faith, and the assurance of Christ's second advent.

The closing chapters deal with the completed restoration as presented in Revelation 20-22.

Various elements in the book encourage thoughtful reading—frequent lists of provocative questions, true or false statements, and line drawings.

Winn's background includes teaching and authoring religious textbooks. He is presently associated with Weimar Institute, in northern California, a unique health and educational enterprise.

Orley Berg


Charles G. Edwards, Pacific Press, Mountain View, California, 1979, 160 pages, $4.50.


Yvonne Davy, Pacific Press, Mountain View, California, 1979, 126 pages, $4.50.

The story of the Reformation is one that continues to inspire hearts to courage and loyalty. These two books, written in narrative style with youth as well as adults in mind, portray vividly some of the great events that are the heritage of Protestantism.

A Bold One for God is a gripping account of John Knox, one of the lesser known Reformation figures. His flight from England just in time to escape the imprisonment and death that came to Lady Jane Grey, Ridley, Latimer, and others provides action and excitement; his work in Geneva and subsequently in Scotland makes an absorbing account. It was he who declared, "Give me Scotland or I die." Knox was not only a Reformer but also a great statesman and patriot.

Charles Edwards, an ordained minister and public relations secretary of the Northern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, writes from a background of extended research in this period of church history. He has packed a tremendous amount of historical data into the book's 160 pages, and has done so in a style that keeps the interest.

Frau Luther is the equally exciting story of Katharina von Bora, a nun who with eleven others escaped convent life to pursue, at the risk of their lives, the truths of the Reformation. Ultimately Kathe became the wife of Martin Luther and thus "first lady of the Reformation." Yvonne Davy, the author, has gathered into this small volume a wealth of information bearing on the exciting experiences of Dr. Luther, but from the unusual perspective of his oft-forgotten wife.

Orley Berg


Dick Jewett, Review and Herald Publishing Association, Washington, D.C., 1979, 142 pages, $5.95.

In some ways this is a disturbing book because the author asks some disturbing questions—What is the mission of the church? Where does the laity fit in? How can we put it all together and finish the task? Apparently inspired by the document "Evangelism and Finishing God's Work," adopted by the 1976 Annual Council, this author ably points up the fact that that document has not yet had the impact on the church that is potentially inherent in it.

The cover states, "This is a book that may not please all, but it will prompt the reader to admit that present attitudes, incentives, methods, and goals are, in many cases, in need of examining, and revising." Although Jewett seems sometimes to talk to ministers and at other times to the laity, the entire book ought to be pondered by both. Jewett presents more than a challenge to finish the Adventist task; he deals with the nuts and bolts of getting it done.

He presently serves as campus pastor at Auburn Adventist Academy, Auburn, Washington. Youth counseling is a special interest; he currently writes such a counseling column for These Times magazine, and has conducted radio talk shows and hot-line telephone service for troubled youth.

Orley Berg

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