Saturday, June 29, 2013

Book Review: Prepared by Grace for Grace

In Prepared by Grace for Grace, authors Joel R. Beeke and Paul M. Smalley "make careful analysis of the Puritan understanding of preparatory grace, demonstrate its fundamental continuity with the Reformed tradition, and identify matters where even the Puritans disagreed among themselves."

The authors sought to tackle a subject matter, preparatory grace, which is almost extinct in Christian study and thought.  This is an exceptional read giving the reader much to think about.  Even though the primary sources of Puritan writers may have been difficult, the authors did a wonderful job in clarifying and ascertaining proper meanings in context.  

Not limiting their primary sources to just a few Puritan authors, the book contains a wide range of thoughts that are explored in their proper setting and context.  I thoroughly enjoyed the distinction of terms when dealing with their opposition to Catholic teachings and when they varied in opinions amongst themselves.  

The authors accomplished the remarkable task of presenting the Puritan preachers as loving individuals concerned with the eternal salvation of souls with its assurance in Christ rather than just outward display of good works.  

The doctrine of preparatory contentment to be damned was unfamiliar to this reader and yet provided much interest.  At first glance, the Puritans seemed at odd amongst themselves in this regard and the authors Beeke and Smalley did a superb job and gathering data to further delve into the matter shining light on the subject.

The Puritan movement as a whole believed that preparatory humiliation must include the recognition that God could in all justice damn us to hell, buy they firmly rejected the idea that one must become content to be damned. p. 176 

Overall, this is a thought provoking read allowing the reader enough interest for further personal study.  

I received complimentary copy of this book from Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for an independent and unbiased review.

1 comment:

  1. Karen,

    Thanks for contributing to the blog tour.

    Shaun Tabatt
    Cross Focused Reviews


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