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This terrific little book is a clear explanation of and a winsome apologetic for the reformed faith. ~ Reformation 21- Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals

Without blurring the beauty of or shallowing the depth of Reformed Theolgy, Brian Cosby in Rebels Rescued has been able to write a book that makes the truth of our theological heritage accessible to young minds. Packed with timely illustrations, key scriptures and important historical facts from the Reformation, this primer has more than enough information for the student who wants to know more about Reformed Theology. No longer will I struggle to recommend a resource when I am asked about a clear way to explain Reformed Theology to students...Rebels Rescued will not only be the first but I suspect the only book I will need to recommend from that point forward. ~ Danny Mitchell (Coordinator of Youth and Families, Presbyterian Church in America)

"Brian Cosby has written a wonderful little book-simple, clear, and deep all at once-setting forth the essentials of Reformed theology. A helpful primer for students, and for anyone else who has ever wondered, "What's all this fuss about?" ~ Timothy George (Founding Dean of Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama)

""Rebels Rescued turns to the beautiful old truths of the Reformation and perfectly targets them at a whole new generation. As a Reformed theology primer it is a joy to read." ~ Tim Challies (Blogger at )

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“Brian Cosby has written a wonderful little book—simple, clear, and deep all at once—setting forth the essentials of Reformed theology. A helpful primer for students, and for anyone else who has ever wondered, “What’s all this fuss about?” Timothy George, founding dean of Beeson Divinity School and general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture. “Rebels Rescued turns to the beautiful old truths of the Reformation and perfectly targets them at a whole new generation. As a Reformed theology primer it is a joy to read.” Tim Challies, Pastor and Blogger
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Product Details

  • Series: A Students Guide
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: CF4Kids (November 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845509803
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845509804
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author is Brian H. Cosby, who is the lead Pastor at Wayside Presbyterian Church in Signal Mountain, Tennessee. He is the author of the youth ministry best-seller, Giving up Gimmicks and has also published biographies on John Bunyan and David Brainerd.

Cosby begins the book by asking an important question, "What is Reformed Theology?" In this introductory chapter and/or introduction, the author sets the course for this brief 112 page book. His goal is simply stated on page 3, "This book is an introduction to Reformed Theology with a particular view towards teenagers".

How does Cosby plan to achieve such a lofty goal? To begin, he purposely makes the book ascetically relevant. The front cover is bright red with funky lettering and a title that attracts the rebellious teenager, Rebels Rescued. Also, the graphics of the chapter titles remind the reader of paintbrush strokes and possibly a subtle graffiti theme. For all of his anti-gimmick language, Cosby is keen to draw upon the angst of the American adolescent.

Furthermore, the words of the chapter titles are simple and shrewd. Total Depravity is replaced by Rebels at Heart. Limited Atonement is For His sheep. Irresistible Grace is booted for Mastered by Grace. Sola Scriptura is cast aside for Enjoying God's Word. Cosby's emphasis on theological concepts rather than the classic terms is a clever, astute strategy. Lastly, the illustrations used by the author are modern, personal, well-placed and humorous. Oh, and one more thing: Dr. Cosby surprisingly evades the fatal flaw of cheesy rhetoric, which can quickly annoy a perceptive teenage reader.

Another pertinent question this reviewer asked was, "Did the author water-down Reformed Theology in order to make it palatable to his teen audience?" Not at all.
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We were asked us to review this book: Rebels Rescued - a Students Guide to Reformed Theology by Brian Cosby... I was a little doubtful. I thought the topic would be just a little dull - seriously "A Guide to Reformed Theology." But it also says a "student's guide" and luckily they don't mean a graduate student!!! Just a regular high school student or someone who would like to understand what Reformed Theology really is. I handed it over to the kids to read and the oldest three (15, 13 and 11 year olds) really enjoyed it... Initially I thought they thought they would be reading a collection of biographies... but it is nothing like that. And once I had put off reading it - about as long as I could... I read it and to my surprise, I really enjoyed it. Of the kids my oldest, who is studying church history for school this year, absolutely loved it...

Luckily the book begins with a definition of Reformed Theology, which is: the study of the work and character of God, revealed to us from the Bible. For Bible believing Christians this book is a great help to understanding and explaining what that means. It is divided into easy to read chapters:

Introduction: What is Reformed Theology?
1. Rebels at Heart
2. Elected by Love
3. For His Sheep
4. Only through Christ
5. Resting by Faith Alone
6. Mastered by Grace
7. Enjoying God's Word
8. Designed for Glory

The chapters are short enough to read in a couple of minutes, they have great contemporary illustrations that explain ideas that confuse many practising christians today. Topics like election and predestination - explained clearly enough for a young person, anyone really, to understand.
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Often, the word "Calvinist" calls to mind stodgy medieval people inventing rules about God's grace. Yet, Reformed theology did not originate with John Calvin (1509-1564).

In his new book Rebels Rescued: A Student's Guide to Reformed Theology (Christian Focus Publications, 2012), Brian Cosby explains Reformed theology in an understandable way, written especially for teens.

Brian Cosby is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church. I happen to be familiar with his work. He's written several books, and two of his children's biographies are fantastic: John Bunyan: The Journey of a Pilgrim and David Brainerd: A Love for the Lost - both are in the Christian Focus Trailblazers series. Mr. Cosby is also a contributor to several blogs, including one I frequent, The Gospel Coalition. One of the articles he's written is MTD: Not Just a Problem with Youth Ministry. It explains the infectious Moralistic Therapeutic Deism - a religion that has wormed its way through youth ministries and into sanctuaries. It's worth reading - right after you read about his new book, Rebels Rescued.

Mr. Cosby intertwines stories and metaphors, history, and Scripture to explain each point. Each chapter is followed by four or five "Reflection Questions" meant to spur teen to apply what they've learned.

The 103 page book begins with a brief overview of the Reformation, and an explanation of the five Solas and TULIP - the five central expressions of Reformed theology. By the end of the nine short chapters, students should have a basic understanding of Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide, Sola Gratia, Solus Christus, Soli Deo Gloria, Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and Perseverance of the Saints.
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