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Equipping The Believer
by David Corbin
Publisher:Circle Books imprint of John Hunt Publishing Ltd
An easy to read book that looks at some of the doctrines and practices of the church not so much from a theological or doctrinal stance (in as much as that is possible) but rather from a biblical basis. Thus for example fasting is looked at both from an old and new perspective, but it is pointed out that Jesus never actually talks about fasting as such, though it goes on to say that it is mentioned in the epistles - however fasting should not be seen as a New Testament idea but rather as something we do to come closer to God... I'm not so sure that in stating this, amongst other things, that the author actually achieves his stated aim on the back of the book about "sharing the same information with believers again... not based on authorial opinion". However, that aside, the book is an interesting read and does look at the biblical basis of many common activities we find within the church and therefore is likely to be a help for many people wanting to understand more of why we do what we do and where the original basis for it comes from.
One point worth flagging though, is that at the beginning of the book the author waves his copyright stating the work is "God Inspired" and encourages distribution of the book or parts thereof to others. Beware as the publishers might have a different view and state on the title page that "no part of this book may be reproduced in any manner without prior written permission from the publisher" so it might be worth clarifying with them whether the author's statements count as the written permission of the publisher before you go sharing it adhoc.
Reviewer: Melanie Carroll (06/08/13)