Awesome little book on dealing with Sin in one's life. He started with an awesome emphasis upon how it is through Grace one is saved and how it is onl...moreAwesome little book on dealing with Sin in one's life. He started with an awesome emphasis upon how it is through Grace one is saved and how it is only truly through Grace that one can truly mortify sin. Yet, by the last portion of the book he has focused so much on his emphasis upon grace has been slightly eclipsed.
Even so, it was still an awesome and challenging read. Highly recommend!(less)
This is an excellent little book on the cross and what exactly Jesus did on it. Sproul does an excellent job of exploring Christ's sacrifice on the cr...moreThis is an excellent little book on the cross and what exactly Jesus did on it. Sproul does an excellent job of exploring Christ's sacrifice on the cross and why exactly that specific act is central to Christianity. He does use a decent amount of Christian vernacular, but he also does a pretty good job of explaining the more technical terms
I would recommend this to any believer who desires to read a little deeper on Christianity. It is a smaller, gift-sized book, so it's not very intimidating. But, if someone isn't very interested in reading something that dives a little below the surface of Christianity, then they might become a little bogged down in the writing. It is a very well-written book, but I think it would have a harder time holding the attention of a skeptic.
That said, the theology expressed within is solidly reformed - so be forewarned if you're not of that persuasion. Then again, in my opinion, if you've never wrestled with some of the calvinistic concepts of salvation you need to encounter and engage them at some point. Sproul doesn't actually get into Calvinism until the end, and there he more explains it than really "pushes" it - but he does give a solid (albeit quick) argument in it's favor.
I would encourage everyone to at least engage at some level the points which Sproul addresses here, and this little book, while unassuming, gives a great little crash course in what the cross means for every Christian.(less)
This is a great book - but, let me warn you, his vocabulary is quite extensive. I think he either really likes the thesaurus function on his word proc...moreThis is a great book - but, let me warn you, his vocabulary is quite extensive. I think he either really likes the thesaurus function on his word processor, or he's just a nerd. But a smart one - which is cool in my book. I would recommend having a pretty deep dictionary at hand when reading this, and I would definitely suggest making sure you've read some other less deep theology and philosphy before undertaking this deep (albeit very well written) work.
That said, this is a great book. If you've ever wondered about how to deal with the conflicting realities of an omnipotent and benevolent God and the problem of evil, I highly recommend this book. What I loved the most was the fact that Hart actually gave credit where credit is due to those atheists, agnostics, and others who have used the reality of evil as an argument against God. He really does pick apart the truth and misconceptions of their arguments beautifully.
For the quality of the book, I would have given it five out of five stars, but it is a definitely more difficult read, so that's why I opted for four. This is not for the average casual reader (unless you're just that type of nerd - which I am!), but if you feel like diving deep into the philosophy and theology around the problem of evil, I enthusiastically recommend this book!(less)