Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Book Review On the First Day of the Week

On the First Day of the Week, Iain D. Campbell, Day One Publications (2005) £8.00 224pages

One comment would suffice for this book READ IT. In a day and age when the Lord’s Day is increasingly under attack, even from those who profess the Lord Jesus Christ, we need every help we can get to shore up the crumbling walls of the first day of the week. Dr. Campbell’s new book is comprehensive, concise, compassionate and clear. It is simple and yet profound. Each of the eight chapters oozes with Scripture and is incised by rich veins of precious and practical truths. The book follows a logical pattern beginning in chapter 1 with “God and the Sabbath” and ending with chapter 8 entitled “Heaven and the Sabbath.” In the chapters between hardly a Scripture that refers to the Lord’s Day is left unturned as the lengthy and helpful Scriptural index indicates. Between the two great pillars of the opening and closing chapters the writer deals with: “Moses and the Sabbath,” “The Prophets and the Sabbath,” “Jesus and the Sabbath,” “The Apostles and the Sabbath,” “The Puritans and the Sabbath” and “The 21st Century Christian and the Sabbath.” Each chapter is set out under simple headings with helpful summary paragraph at the end.
Before you buy any book you should look at the footnotes to see where the writer has been gathering his thoughts, who he has consulted. Dr. Campbell’s new book condenses and brings into our hearing the thoughts of a galaxy of the great and gracious giants of the past.
This is without doubt the best book that I have read about the Lord’s Day. It is a must for every Christian home. Read it with your young people's group, discuss it with your teenagers, make some questions around each chapter for your midweek meeting.
If you haven’t got the £8.00 to buy it sell your MP3 player, your favourite plant in the garden, your walking stick, your dog, your favourite cd – you simply must buy it and let the contents of this book help you call the Sabbath a delight.

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