Brian A Russell
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.