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Rebels Rescued: A Student's Guide to Reformed Theology Paperback – November 20, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good book for students interested in understanding the Bible better.Published 22 months ago by Dee
I am a pastor of students and I am using this book with my HS students to give them a taste of Reformed theology and the Sola's of the Reformation. Read morePublished on April 8, 2014 by Andrew Callaway
It is such a simple and yet deep pleasure to be able to read a concise book on Reformed theology written for teens. Read morePublished on December 13, 2012 by Luma Simms
Let's face it; theology is a controversial subject even just within Protestant circles. Of course, with the controversy comes a bit of verbal sparring. Read morePublished on December 13, 2012 by Dave
This book is presented in nine short chapters. Each chapter is broken down into easy to read, easy to teach sections. Read morePublished on December 12, 2012 by Van
Rebels Rescued: A Student's Guide to ReformedTheology is an excellent, concise introduction to the "Five Solas" and the "Five Points of Calvinism". Read morePublished on December 12, 2012 by E. Hankins
This book first caught my eye along with several others in a series on theology at the Minnesota Homeschool Conference, so I was excited to see this book was in need of a... Read morePublished on December 12, 2012 by Vicki Tiede
Are you looking for a good book that teaches reformed theology to teens? Your search may be over.
Rebels Rescued by Brian Cosby is a concise, enjoyable, and easy-to-read... Read more