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An Unexpected Journey: Discovering Reformed Christianity Paperback – April 1, 2004
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"Although written in autobiographical form, this book is really about God. Regardless of one's theological background, any believer can read with great edification this hymn to God's grace in Christ from one whom many of us have been privileged to know as a mentor, example, churchman, and friend." --Michael S. Horton
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Reformed Christians know that the truths of the Reformation are exciting, applicable, vibrant and most importantly come straight from Scripture. Dr. Godfrey does a great job of laying down the framework for Reformed Christianity from innumerable Scripture references and shows his passion and excitement for his faith. It was fun to read the first couple pages of a chapter concerning a portion of his life and then having him lead us into a deeper discussion of what and why the Reformed tradition believes about certain things.
This book can be a quick read, or it can be a starting point for further study. In my title for this review I called it a "Reformed Theology Primer", which I think is quite applicable for somebody wanting to know more about the Reformed faith. But for somebody who has been studying the Reformed faith for a number of years, I still found the book very engaging and quite worth the read.
I like Mike Horton's quote on the back which reads something like, "...this book is really more about God." (I loaned the book out so I can't quote it directly!) I couldn't agree more.
Mark Vander Pol
Soli Deo Gloria
It was refreshing to hear how he borrowed Calvin's "Institutes" from a local pastor as a teenager, and also read Cornelius Van Til's "Defense Of The Faith" as a young person. My own conviction is that we patronise our youth far too much in our churches, rather than teach them the solid meat of the Word. There must be other Robert Godfreys out there wanting to be fed!
I share Godfrey's appreciation of Reformed theology. Two things that I found slightly annoying though were:
1) His emphasis on Sunday ("The Lord's Day") as the Christian Sabbath. My understanding is that the early Reformers didn't take this view, and many Calvinists today don't. He goes into it at length in at least two chapters that I can recall. When taken too far this really can bring believers into bondage!
2) Paedo-baptism as a logical outworking of his understanding of covenant theology. There's the subtle implication here that Reformed Baptists are not fully Reformed!
However, this is Godfrey's personal journey concerning Reformed theology, so perhaps I'm being needlessly critical regarding the above.
Definitely a stimulating read.