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In Christ Alone: Living the Gospel Centered Life Hardcover – December 15, 2007
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The title 'In Christ Alone' is enough to make hearts brave and souls stand at attention. And Sinclair Ferguson, the consummate teacher, takes great pains to explain the supreme sufficiency of Jesus Christ and why He is 'enough'.--Joni Eareckson Tada: Founder, Joni and Friends International Disability Center
'In Christ Alone' is a basic systematic theology in the form of a very readable book. Whether you are a new Christian looking for basic Christian doctrine or a more mature one wanting a refresher, this book will both instruct you and delight you. I warmly commend it to all Christians who want to grow in their faith.--Jerry Bridges: Bible Teacher, Conference Speaker, Author, The Persuit of Holiness and other titles
Sinclair Ferguson is on of my favorite authors, and he's done all of us a great favor by pulling together these writings penned over a long, faithful, and fruitful ministry (may it continue for many years!). This book is a feast that will satisfy both mind and heart, sharpening your thinking and deepening your devotion to 'Christ Alone'.--C.J. Mahaney: President, Sovereign Grace Ministries
About the Author
Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson is senior minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C., and a distinguished visiting professor of systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas. He has been an editor and a trustee with the Banner of Truth Trust publishing house. A prolific author, his published titles include The Holy Spirit, Grow in Grace, Let s Study Philippians, John Owen on the Christian Life, and, for children, The Big Book of Questions and Answers and The Big Book of Questions & Answers About Jesus. Dr. Ferguson and his wife, Dorothy, have been married for thirty-six years. They have four children.
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I thought the first third of the book was particularly strong, especially part I, which focuses on Christ made flesh, and the implications of that mind-boggling event. But the book cooled down for me after that. The book is highly rated on both Goodreads and Amazon, so it is possible that I was simply disappointed in the presentation - based on the title and tagline, I was hoping for a deeper and more drawn-out thesis on living the gospel-centered life. So, take my review with a grain of salt.
Ferguson also interjects old hymns into most chapters when the lyrics coincide with the point he is making. This may or may not appeal to you, as most of them are written in older prose.
Now I know the source, I can give this book a very favorable review.
Given the layout of the chapters, this book reads more like a devotion than anything else. I am not a huge fan of devotions because often, they are written as though you just got up in the morning, coffee has yet to be brew and your brain is not processing at full capacity. In other words, not deep and surface level. This book is not that.
Imagine reading this in your morning devotion:
"Learn to admit sin for what it really is. Call a spade a spade-call it "fornication" (v. 5), not "I'm being tempted a little"; call it "uncleanness" (v. 5), not "I'm struggling with my thought life"; call it "covetousness, which is idolatry" (v. 5), not "I think I need to order my priorities a bit better." This pattern runs right through the whole section. How powerfully it unmasks self-deception-and helps us to unmask sin lurking in the hidden corners of our hearts! "
Good morning to you.
You can expect each chapter to dive deep to at least unveil the beauty of Christ and how to apply Him, His work into your every day life.
I wish more devotions were written like this.
I wish more Christian self-help books were written like this.
Heck, I wish any book that dares to be written on the glories of God would be written like this. Stop making it about us and start talking about His Majesty, King Jesus.
So then, what sets this book, In Christ Alone, apart from his dozens of other works? In contrast to his many other books, this one is a collection of 50 essays that he has done over the years for Ligonier Ministries and the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. The editors have arranged them in such a way so that it resembles a mini-systematic theology. Earlier sections cover topics like the deity of Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Trinity, salvation, and the Church, while the later sections cover more practical everyday topics such as temptation, leadership in the Church, and mortifying sin.
For this reason, In Christ Alone serves as a wonderful introduction to Reformed theology for new Christians--although given the brevity of the passages, I would supplement it with other reading. It is also helpful for more mature Christians, and given the large quantity of articles, it can also serve as quality devotional material.
All told, In Christ Alone is a wonderful collection of engaging articles for all types of Christians. I highly recommend it.
This made me sit down and think after each few pages. I had to meditate on what I just read. It caused me to check my Bible and see if what they said is true. If a book does none of this, throw it away.
I still have this on my tablet, where I research back on it from time to time, If some books took the aim at out spirit's condition and not cake it down with greasy grace or fruity faith, the church would have more influence over the world instead of the opposite.
Challenge yourself and be prepared.