It is a pleasure once again to be able to present surveys of the previous year’s production of books on biblical and theological topics. These annual surveys, together with the regular book review sections, are intended to help our readers know what books to add to their personal libraries and to recommend to their church and school libraries.
Of course one must know about books that appeared before 1978. Checking our previous annual surveys, especially noting our lists of choice evangelical books, is one way to know which earlier books to obtain.
The release of The Minister’s Library: Periodic Supplement #2 (Baker) by Cyril Barber enables us to renew our high recommendation of the original volume, The Minister’s Library, issued in 1974 and first supplemented in 1976. One of the greatest problems of bibliographies is the speed with which they become outdated; publisher Baker and compiler Barber are to be heartily commended for lessening this problem by these supplements.
Last year saw the appearance of a volume that will be of immense value. Religious Books and Serials in Print, 1978–1979 is the first edition of what one hopes will be an annual production. Prepared by the R. R. Bowker Company, whose Books in Print is one of its many services to the book trade and libraries, Religious Books has 1,315 large-size pages and at $39.50 is a bargain. This is a tool with which everyone wishing to build a personal library should become familiar. Even the smallest religious bookstore or theological library needs a copy. Religious Books is not simply a selection of titles from Books in Print. It includes titles from more than 100 additional publishers. In all, more than 47,000 books are indexed by author, by title, and by subject. If ...1
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