Top positive review
Beautifully written and accessible for all readers
on July 10, 2015
I have long had concerns regarding the predestination debate, but Sinclair Ferguson has deftly and wisely and beautifully described the Sovereignty of God and our full and blessed assurance of salvation without rendering the character of God wrongfully or inaccurately, especially when discussing "Who is the elect?" Ferguson doesn't try to explain away the mystery that is ours when mortals look upon the eternal plan of an eternal God, and that is the greatest blessing of his book. He helps us wend our way toward God while accepting and embracing that beautiful mystery, but with solid feet on solid promises God has given us. If you have had a hard time with reformed theology explanations you will be immensely gratified with this doctrinal explanation. Of course, the book discusses all essential doctrine, not just the debatable parts, however for me this has been its greatest value and it has indeed set my feet on solid ground where predestination is concerned. It has closed the gap for me that has long been a serious personal puzzlement when counseling others.
The other value of this book is that it is a personal and intimate sharing of these great and wonderful truths of God in conversational tone. In other words, Ferguson makes basic essential doctrine easily accessible. If you want to sample Sinclair Ferguson before purchasing this book, you can check out his teachings on YouTube, especially his panel discussions with other reformed pastors such as Alistair Begg (Baptist) and R.C. Sproul and John MacArthur. But in this book, Ferguson is far more personal. The title sounds very scholarly, and it is, but the tone is far from being spiritually elitist or preachy. It is a missive from one who truly and personally wants to share the beauty of God's plan with the reader (any reader). It was required reading in a counseling course I took, but it has been a delight and a treasure is one I shall keep and re-read often as it inspires fresh worship upon every reading.