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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Books of the Month - November 2007

Do you know what the true meaning of grace is? Have you experienced the grace of God firsthand? Certainly we humans don't fully understand the level of grace to which we've been afforded. This is such a pivotal topic that this month we're highligthing three excellent texts that deal with the issue as well as it can be covered by the pen of mortal man.

The first book this month, by Dr. David Jeremiah, examines grace through the lives of Apostle Paul and John Newton. I'm reading this book now.

"By examining the dramatic stories of the "Amazing Grace" hymn writer John Newton and the Apostle Paul's encounter with the God of grace, Dr. David Jeremiah helps you understand the freeing power of permanent grace and mercy. These vivid examples and fresh biblical insights demonstrate how grace wondrously spans all differences, rescues you from your lostness, helps you overcome your weaknesses, and transforms you from victim to victor. Through Captured By Grace, you'll have a fresh experience of the very personal, transforming effect of God's wondrous gift of grace."
Order your copy here or here.

The second title this month is by James Montgomery Boice and Philip Graham Ryken. I read this book on my trip to and from Dallas in March, 2006. Boice was one of my favorite authors. This book was in the works when he died in 2000 and was finished by Ryken, using Boice's notes.

"There is no question that we live in an age of weak theology and casual Christianity. We have substituted intuition for truth, feeling for belief and immediate gratification for enduring hope. Evangelicalism desperately needs to return to the doctrines that once before reformed the world: radical depravity, unconditional election, particular redemption, efficacious grace and persevering grace. James Boice and Philip Ryken not only provide a compelling exposition on these doctrines of grace, but also look briefly at their historical impact. The authors leave no doubt that the church suffers when these foundational truths are neglected and that she must return to a Christianity that is practically minded, kind hearted, and most importantly, biblically based."

Order your copy here or here.

The third, but by no means least, book for this month is Chafer's landmark classic on the subject of Grace. Chafer's writing style is much more scholarly and intense but eminently readable on the whole.

"No one word in all the Bible more fully describes God's plans and purposes than "grace," and no one work more fully expounds the multifaceted nature of God's grace than Lewis Sperry Chafer. Emphasizing the dispensational distinctions between law and grace, Chafer deals systematically and thoroughly with the relevant Biblical doctrines on the topic of grace. The text is extensively indexed by subject and Scripture reference, making it a handy reference tool for Bible study. Grace is a classic work by one of the 20th century's pivotal evangelical leaders and a basic reference text on the subject for pastors, Bible students and Bible teachers."

Order your copy here or here.



At 07 November, 2007 18:29, Blogger Esther said...

Grace is such an important topic to study at this time in our culture.

What prompted the choice on this topic, Green?

At 07 November, 2007 20:10, Blogger green said...

Why did I choose this topic for the Books of the Month? That's a great question.

Well, I'm reading the first selection, "Captured by Grace" right now and it is really good.

The primary reason is that most people, even most Christians, don't understand what grace is or what it truly means. Logically, from a human perspective, grace makes no sense at all; yet it is by grace through faith that we are saved, so right there it's paramount importance in the life of the believer makes it something that we need to get a handle on.

These books all offer excellent insights into what grace is all about.


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