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Answer the Call by Warren Henderson; published by Gospel Folio Press; available from John Ritchie Ltd; 100 pages; price £6.99. (9781897117897)

Warren Henderson asks at the beginning of this book "Are we constantly having close encounters with the Lord? Do you hear His still, quiet voice as you meditate on His Word and petition Him in prayer?". If not, it is time to take action and respond to His invitation.

The book is broken into clear and simple sections: "Is God Calling Me", "Identifying with Christ", "Doing The Will of God", "Girding The Mind For Service". After he has dealt with the preparatory work needed in a believer’s life to recognize better God’s call to ministry, he devotes a chapter to examples in Scripture of those who received direct instructions from God concerning their calling in life: David, Timothy, Paul, and Jeremiah. The final chapters challenge the reader to take up their cross and follow Him, and Warren Henderson relates the stories of those who spent their life for the Lord Jesus Christ: C T Studd, Jim Elliot, and David Livingstone to name but a few.

This book was a real challenge to the reviewer and will be of great benefit to younger believers with a desire to know the mind and will of God for their lives. The chapter entitled "Doing The Will of God" emphasises how we must be broken to God’s will before we can profitably engage in service, thus challenging the reader to serve the Lord instead of men, not to be conformed to the world, and to abstain from fornication and lusting. It will also be a blessing to those who have been longer in the Christian life as it re-affirms our need to be sure that, consistently, we have close encounters with God if we are to know His mind and will for our lives.

RB

More Miracles from Mayhem by Irene Howat; published 2009 by Christian Focus Publications; available from John Ritchie Ltd; 176 pages; price £5.99.(9781845504496)

This book forms the sequel to Miracles from Mayhem in which May Nicholson told her story of how she was saved from a drunken life and went on to establish Preshal (the Gaelic word for precious), a Christian trust based in one of the most deprived districts of Glasgow. Preshal aims to show that no matter the dire circumstances or destructive addictions, every soul is precious.

More Miracles from Mayhem opens the door of the trust and introduces the reader to those who help as well as those who have been helped.

Preshal has touched many lives across a broad spectrum. The influence for good has been so far-reaching that Sir Tom Farmer comments, "Preshal…is unashamedly Christian in its approach and none the worse for that". Sir Alex Ferguson writes, "May’s story is one of courage, determination and belief in God that not only captivated me, but inspired me".

May begins by summarising her own conversion experience. At fifteen she took her first drink of alcohol. This quickly developed into a steep downward spiral until at the age of thirty-four in 1981, she responded to the gospel at a meeting. Recalling that momentous occasion, she gladly exclaims, "I left the meeting a forgiven sinner".

The remainder of the book tells of numerous individuals who have come to Preshal for help. This particular work is not easy and May’s encouragement is often needed, "Just keep praying and God will show us the way forward as He has done in the past".

Many have come through the door of Preshal with overwhelming burdens of sin, sadness, hurt, drug and alcohol addiction, and homelessness. Preshal tries to help change the lives of individuals for the better by pointing them to the Saviour.

More Miracles from Mayhem concludes with May’s expressed desire to exalt the Lord Jesus through it all: "Preshal is only a tool in His hands; the power and the glory are His alone".

AC

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