“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet."--Matthew 5:13

Thursday, February 2, 2012

A Book Review of "John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, and Doxology"

To many people, the name of John Calvin brings forth negative connotations. Some view Calvin as the cold-hearted man behind the theological belief system that bears his name. Others even percieve the doctrines of Calvinism to be dangerous, both spiritually and emotionally. The majority of people who espouse these negative views of Calvin are either ignorant, or seek to slander the name of a man who, according to the authors of John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, and Doxology, was a humble servant of God. Most people do not understand the positive effects that Calvin and his writings have had on the world. D.G. Hart, a contributer to the book states, "Calvinism played a crucial role in transforming the West and creating the modern world" (p.52).

The book contains 19 chapters, each written by a leading Reformed thinker. Contributers include Sinclair B. Ferguson, Keith A. Mathison, Michael Horton, and John MacArthur. Each chapter revolves around one aspect of Calvin's minstry and life, including his heart for God, his ability to preach God's Word, and his doctrinal beliefs. The book is edited togather by Burk Parsons, editor of Tabletalk devotional magazine by Ligonier Ministries.

The book promises to be an excellent resource for those who seek to learn more from this man of God. It also helps to quell some of the ignorance regarding his life and doctrines.

  • Hardcover: 246 pages

  • Publisher: Reformation Trust Publishing (November 28, 2008)

  • Price: $19
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