It should be no surprise, at this point in 2017, that this year is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The year that Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Chapel, the act that sparked the Reformation. During the Reformation there was a resurgence in theological understanding summarized in the teachings of the Five Solas. These Five Solas are by scripture Alone, by faith alone, by grace alone, by Christ alone, to the Glory of God Alone.
These pillars of the Reformation are still alive today comma yet they need to be re-established as the centrality of what Christians believe. To that end Zondervan has produced new series of books called, The Five Solas Series. Each book in the series examines one of the Five Solas. The one under review today is that of, Grace Alone: Salvation as a Gift of God: What the Reformers Taught… And Why it Still Matters, by Carl R Truman.
Truman is a noted scholar at Westminster Theological Seminary and is very well-versed in this topic. Grace Alone, is divided into two parts. The first part studies by grace alone in the context of scripture and history while the second part Studies by grace alone in the context of the church. Each of these chapters is jam-packed full of exemplary exegesis and application to the modern reader. This book is unique in the sense that it bridges the gap between scholastic and popular level study.
Furthermore this book may be the best treatments on the topic of how salvation is by grace alone ever to be produced in short form. Therefore I highly recommend it to every Christian who desires to grow in their faith, be it Pastor, Bible student, Sunday school, or Congregant who was looking to grow in their faith as they study the importance of how God’s love demonstrated by his grace in the work of Jesus Christ is the only way for salvation from our sin.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Zondervan in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Grace Alone: Salvation as a Gift of God: What the Reformers Taught… And Why it Still Matters,
© 2072 Carl R. Truman
Page Count: 272 Pages