Grace is topic that’s often talked about, especially in the reformed circles. But how much does an average christian know about common grace? Surprisingly, I doubt one will have much to talk about it.
The problem of evil is not a strange question for christians. But what about the problem of good? What do you do with non-christians who live morally good and proper lives, who’s happily living without God? Common grace is the answer!
Marion Clark starts by giving a good introduction to common grace and also a grand overview about what the book will cover. The first two chapters then explores and explains what the doctrine of common grace is, the first from the negative aspect, in the way God restraints evil in the world. And the second from the positive aspect, in the way God blesses all men.
After that comes the applications of the doctrine in various areas of life. I found the second part especially helpful as they are practical and discusses about topics that relevant for all christians. They cover from topics like how common grace should shape our worship, how it will affect the way we evangelise and love our neighbours, how christians can and should learn from what non-christians have discovered, and how to enjoy the pleasures that God gives to all men.
As someone who’s not well versed with common grace. I found the book especially enlightening. Furthermore, sometimes in a book that has multiple authors, the quality of the chapters sometimes can vary quite a bit. However, I have to say that I found these chapters to be consistently well-written, each and every one of them.
If you are a christian, or even a pastor who wants to learn about common grace, there is no better introduction that this book. Pastors may have to supplement their reading from other sources that is referred to within the book, but this book does already have a substantial amount of good teaching in itself already. Highly recommended.
Rating: 5 / 5
Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.