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Saved by Grace

By Brian A. Russell
June 2013 | Review by Graham Kissack


Brian Russell subtitles this book ‘An explanation of the sovereignty of God and our experience of His saving grace.’ So, he seeks not only to make clear what the Bible teaches about God’s complete sovereignty in salvation, but to apply it to the life of the believer from conversion to glorification. His concern is to show how what are often called ‘the doctrines of grace’, and traditionally ‘the five points of Calvinism’ are the very heart of the biblical gospel, and that far from being, as some have claimed, an enemy to evangelism, rightly understood these great truths are the great spur to gospel preaching and give us our assurance and confidence in the triumph of the message we proclaim. Moreover, this is the authentic gospel which gives all the glory where it belongs – to God alone.

  • Publisher: Grace Publications
  • ISBN: 978-0-94646-286-5
  • Pages: 240
  • Price: 5.99
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Book Review

Saved by Grace
Brian A Russell
Grace Publications
240, £5.99
ISBN: 978-0-94646-286-5
Star Rating: 4

This book is subtitled ‘An explanation of the sovereignty of God and our experience of his saving grace’, which is a good description of its two main parts.

     Part 1 deals with the ‘doctrines of grace’ or ‘five points of Calvinism’. Whilst the author works at times with the well known mnemonic TULIP, he has chosen to head his chapters with more appropriate and descriptive titles, such as ‘necessity’, ‘autonomy’ and ‘particularity’. These should help to reduce misunderstanding.

     The author not only explains carefully the meaning of each of the terms he uses, but shows how they are interconnected with each other. Each chapter includes a number of well thought-out explanations to meet possible objections and difficulties. These are supported by carefully selected and appropriate Scripture texts. 

     Part 2 is entitled ‘The experience of God’s saving grace’. This investigates the believer’s experience of salvation and explores the order of salvation. The author shows how Scripture should be allowed speak for itself, and how ignoring the Bible’s balance often leads to error or extremism.

     This is a gracious, warmly written book, without the contentious spirit that has so often accompanied discussions on these subjects. Although easy to read, it is neither light nor trivial. I believe many pastors and church leaders will be encouraged by reading it.

     Sprinkled through the book are many rather remarkable one sentence summaries of the points being made. Observant readers will find these useful to remember and use. I warmly recommend Saved by grace and will be keeping a number of copies available to give away.

Graham Kissack

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