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ss nucleus - autumn 1998,  The Fight (Book Review)

The Fight (Book Review)

The Fight - John White - IVP 1996 - £4.99 Pb 230pp

Fight was recommended to me as essential elective reading. Having never read a book by John White, I was drawn immediately by his background in medicine and psychiatry and experience in Latin America. It is also a short book!

The book is designed to explain key aspects of the Christian life, with the hope of founding in the reader a clear understanding of the gospel and his new status in Christ. It encourages him to grasp all that is needed to help him mature and 'finish the race' ( 2 Tim 4:7). The chapters are addressed directly to the reader and cover such meaty subjects as prayer, hearing God, witness, faith, guidance, holiness, work, changed relationships and the Enemy. White uses many personal anecdotes and experiences which complement his clear and incisive explanations of Scripture. Each chapter ends with a summary and suggested further study, encouraging personal inquiry and contemplation on the subject matter. In this way, John White makes his book alive and personally relevant.

At times we all need to refocus our minds on the central issues in our walk with God; this book did just that for me. Whilst it is ideal to give to a new Christian to explain the basics, there is much in it to challenge any Christian. White's passionate advocacy of prayer and Bible study as the key to walking close to the Lord were particularly moving.

This book is clear, well-balanced and refreshing. I would recommend it unreservedly as a 'can't put it down' classic.

Reviewed by:
Honor Ashton
Clinical Medical Student
St Mary's

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