Banner of Truth, 2015
Reviewed by Keith Noldt
This recent title from Banner is to honour Iain and Jean Murray. Iain is the co-founder of the Banner of Truth Trust, a much appreciated author, a faithful encourager, and, a minister emeritus of the Presbyterian Church of Australia.
As the framework of the book, 35 people were invited to write on books that shaped their lives. Of course, all the books are Banner titles. So, for example, R. Albert Mohler testifies to the help Iain Murray’s The Forgotten Spurgeon was to him in his task of reforming the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, US.
The contributors – men and women – represent a cross-section of pastors, theological teachers, missionaries and publishers from around the world. Some are well-known, others less so.
Sinclair Ferguson points us to John Owen’s The Glory of Christ; Jerry Bridges writes very helpfully on George Smeaton’s The Apostles’ Doctrine of the Atonement; Stuart Olyott on C H Spurgeon’s Revival Year Sermons; and our own Peter Barnes on J C Ryle’s Leaders of the Eighteenth Century.
You Must Read, therefore, is a book of personal testimonies and book recommendations. It is helpful to learn which books have influenced others and which might be helpful to us. So, you must read You Must Read to discover which other books you must read.
Check it out at Reformers Bookshop here
Keith Noldt is one of the ministers of West Sydney Chinese Christian Church, Strathfield, NSW