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Torah Light: Insights from the Books of Moses

By Rob Robotham 

By Alan Gilman

CreateSpace, 2014 Softcover,

240 pages, $20.00

DO YOU SPEND as much time reading the Old Testament as the New? Many Christians I know say the New Testament seems more relevant to them.

Solid foundations are important not only to buildings but to theology as well. A house or skyscraper, without a strong foundation, will not be able to stand. The entire building could collapse. Alan Gilman, a Jewish believer in Jesus, emphasizes that’s how the Torah – the first five books of the Old Testament – relates to the rest of the Bible. Gilman writes that the Torah permeates and informs the rest of the Bible; indeed, it is the foundation that supports the entire Bible.

Think for a moment of how weak and confusing the rest of the Bible would be without the Torah – it undergirds

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A Shield in the Shadows

Reviewed by Amy Anderson

By L.A. Racines

Xulon Press, 2015 Softcover,

358 pages (including glossary and maps), $19.49

HUMAN MIGRATION is a hot topic right now. The international response to the Syrian refugee crisis has raised all kinds of questions, both in the Church and outside of it: with so many people driven from their homes and countries, where will they all go? Do those who are safe and secure have an obligation to help, even to share their own land and resources? And what happens when the needs of the displaced conflict with those of the settled residents into whose territory they flee?

L.A. Racines’ historical novel, A Shield in the Shadows, is a timely reminder that these questions are nothing new. Set in the 5th century BCE, the story revolves around Marius, a Roman officer, and Theona, a Gothic Christian whose village is destroyed by marauding Huns. As Marius and his troops prepare

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Some Summer Reads

Three of our faithful readers share their recommendations of books and a podcast to enjoy at the cottage, campsite or park this summer.

Julie Lane Gay is a writer and editor who lives in Vancouver with her husband, Craig, and their four children. She attends St John’s, Vancouver.

Calling it a “wonderful book on sin” sounds like an oxymoron, but Dennis Okholm’s Dangerous Passions, Deadly Sins: Learning from the Psychology of the Ancient Monks is the most helpful book I’ve read on the topic since devouring C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters

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by Peter T. Chattaway


THE TEMPTATION when making a movie about a major turning point in history is to make it all about one person, usually a man, and to frame it as that one person's great struggle.


Even the 2012 film about the formal abolition of slavery, and all the various politicians, power brokers and deal makers who made it happen over the course of a few weeks, got released with a title -- Lincoln -- that pointed to the man at the top of the pyramid.

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Books Worth Giving This Christmas

By Bill Reimer


SEARCHING FOR SOME books to give at Christmas but don’t know where to begin? To help you out, we’ve asked Bill Reimer, the manager of Regent College Bookstore in Vancouver, for his recommendations of recently published books.

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