About the Author
"Christian doctrine matters for Christian living." This is "one of the most important growth points of the Christian life," writes Sinclair B. Ferguson. From this starting point, The Christian Life expounds such key biblical themes as grace, faith, repentance, new birth and assurance with clarity and contagious enthusiasm. "Chrisitan doctrines are life-shaping," explains the author, because "they show us the God we worship."
This is a lovely little read that makes for a great introduction into reformed theology. This book is not one of systematic theology, but rather allows the reader to get his/her toes wet with the various doctrines that guide the Christian pilgrimage. From the Effectual Call to Glorification, this book provides the practical implications behind the things we now about God.
There are two things that I particularly enjoyed about this book aside from its overall qualities as mentioned above. First, Ferguson includes the works of various Christian intellectuals from throughout history in his chapters. This makes it feel like the book is part of a larger Christian tradition. Some examples of intellectuals Ferguson likes to quote include C.S. Lewis, John Bunyan, and Thomas Watson. The passages that Ferguson quotes from such sources are truly beautiful and make this little work a treasure chest in terms of exposure to other notable authors. Secondly, Ferguson places a fair amount of emphasis on the practical implications of the theological doctrines he is writing about. I really felt that these points were particularly helpful and enlightening.
I read a chapter of this book each week and it gave me a really good boost during my week to be exposed to some basic reformed theology with such a rich tradition. This book definitely made me want to come back for more and I'll be reading some of Ferguson's other books, hoping for the same quality as I found here. This book's best demographic is probably that of Christians who have been in the faith for less than five years but more than one. Also, this would make a great Christian book club or small group selection. In any case, the book is fully deserving of the "classic" label that is has already earned with many.