Monday, June 11, 2012

Truth About Grace by John MacArthur


Title:  The Truth about Grace
Author:  John MacArthur
Pages:  128
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Note:  I received a complimentary copy as a reviewer for BookSneeze.  Follow this reviewer on Twitter @lcjohnson1988 or my blog http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/

                Grace--what do you think of when you hear this word?  Is the picture that comes to your mind one of people saying a prayer before meals, then afterwards eating and talking together?  What does or even how does Scripture use the word?  In this short, 128 page book John MacArthur seeks to set forth a foundation of true Biblical understanding of the word grace.
                One of the Scriptures he quotes often in this book is located in the second chapter of Ephesians “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works that no one should boast.”(NASB)  John MacArthur discusses what some have understood grace to be as well as what some think it is not.
                In five chapters entitled “Grace Defined,” “Grace Received,” “Grace Misunderstood and Twisted,” “Grace realized,” and “Grace Lived Out,” the author tries to untangle knots that have been made through man’s attempt to either add or misconstrue Scripture.  There within the pages of this book many Scriptures are explored and explained so that we can understand what God has to say about His grace.
                One particular quote noted in the book is from Louis Berkhof’s book Systematic theology, he observed, “While we sometimes speak of grace as an inherent quality, it is in reality the active communication of divine blessings by the inworking of the Holy Spirit, out of the fullness of Him who is “full of grace and truth”.” (pg 5)  Perhaps if you let that simmer in your mind for a minute you will find that to be an awesome truth.  Grace is more than something we receive.  As you read this book, you will gain new insights into the meaning of grace.  In the book, you might also be reminded of something you knew before, but hadn’t thought about in some time.   Either way this book is worth an afternoon of quiet reading and reflection.
Rating:  Five stars.
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