Book Review: Upon This Rock
Rock (3-volume set)
Protestant Reformed Sunday School Teachers Association, 2003
3 Volumes, Hardback, 1411pp.
£30.00, incl. P&P (Click
here to order from the CPRC Bookstore)
Rarely is Christian literature produced suitable for a wide range of
readership; Upon this Rock is surely an exception, being readily
understandable to the older Sunday school child and teenager, and useful
to a minister in message and article preparation, and for the range of age
and people in between, both for private, prayerful reading, and family
Upon this Rock is a historical narrative of the life of the Lord
Jesus Christ in the Gospels, and of the early Church in the Acts of the
Apostles, using background material, and demonstrating the significance of
what God reveals to in through the human penmen of those books. In the
foreword, Professor Herman Hanko (an emeritus professor of the Protestant
Reformed Seminary) states that it "is not a Bible-story book—although it
tells a lot of history. Nor is it a Dogmatics, though it contains a lot of
theology. If it were either of the two, it would be nothing much different
from what we already have. But the book gives us a clear insight into
God’s Truth as it is made manifest in history." This work is
thoroughly biblical and is in accord with Reformed confessions.
Volume 1 covers the time from the birth of John the Baptist to our Lord’s
return to Jerusalem before His final Passover. Volume 2 begins with the
account of Bartimaeus and continues to our Lord’s resurrection and the
giving of the "Great Commission." Volume 3 begins with Christ’s
ascension and concludes with the final years of the Apostle Paul and his
epistles to Philemon and Timothy. Where there are different
interpretations of texts given by commentators, the alternatives are set
out Mr. Doezema, who gives his own preference.
The name of Don Doezema will be unknown to many in this country. He
is a retired Christian School teacher and is at present the business
manager of the
Standard Bearer a Reformed semi-monthly magazine. The book
originated in a long series of articles written for Sunday schools and to
aid Christian parents in the instruction of their older children.
1411 pages may seem a lot of reading. However the reader will discover,
with this reviewer, that it is very difficult to put down these books, and
when the end of volume 3 is reached there is sadness that there is no
volume 4 to follow. The reader will also be stimulated to read some of the
source books quoted, many of which are still in print.
The set is beautifully and strongly bound and is an excellent gift for
individuals or families. Highly recommended.
Martin Greasley (Warwickshire, England)
This book was also reviewed in the Beacon Lights. Click here
to read the review.