Sunday, October 16, 2011

Pastor's Bookshelf: Pillars of Grace by Steve Lawson

Curious about how God spread the Gospel after the close of Scripture?  Interested in learning how God has used courageous men throughout the history of Christianity to preserve and defend His Word?  Then you absolutely MUST read this important book by Steve Lawson.

Now, this is not an exhaustive history but it is a fantastic overview and a great introduction to church history.  What sets this book apart from several others is that Dr. Lawson summarizes the theological beliefs of the early church fathers and also those who were responsible for helping to spread the Gospel over the last 800 years based on their own writings.  So many other so-called history sources try to slant the beliefs of the early Christians or omit them altogether... Dr. Lawson is transparent with beliefs that they seemed, from their writings, to have been still developing some parts of their theology but that they were dead on with other aspects.

If you have no interest in church history, you should... it is very encouraging to read  of the saints who have gone on before, being obedient to the point of death in most cases, so that we can have a sound expositions of Scripture and such great encouragement by their witness.

To be fair, while Dr. Lawson is an excellent writer, the book seemed to drag just a bit.  It never lost my interest, and I would give it 9 out of 10 marks, but it may bog you down around the middle as well.




Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Reformation Trust Publishing through their Blog for a Free Book Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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