Prepared by Grace, for Grace: The Puritans on God’s Ordinary Way of Leading Sinners to Christ
by Joel R. Beeke and Paul M. Smalley
(I received this book for review purposes.)
Genre- Religion / Christian Theology / History
Published by- Reformation Heritage Books
Number of pages- 298
Age Group- Adult
Description of book- paperback (ISBN 978-1-60178-234-2, $25.00)
Prepared by Grace, For Grace, by Joel R. Beeke and Paul M. Smalley, is filled with information on how to understand preparatory grace. They use many different sources, like Jonathan Edwards, John Bunyan, William Guthrie, and Jeremiah Burroughs. Beeke and Smalley show how the Puritans disagreed with each other and show how it has continuity with the Reformed tradition.
About the authors-
Joel R. Beeke is a pastor at the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation and a professor at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary.
Paul M. Smalley is an assistant for Dr. Beeke.
My thoughts- I had read about the Puritans in my American history classes in elementary and high school and I thought they were stiff and very religious. After reading, Prepared By Grace, For Grace, I decided that I really like the way that Thomas Hooker, Thomas Goodwin, John Cotton, William Pemble, and the other Puritans thought about how God gives us grace and prepares us for accepting him in our hearts.
I enjoyed reading the quotes of the various Puritans, but it took a lot of concentration, because these people wrote many years ago. I thought Joel R. Beeke and Paul M. Smalley could have written this book in an easy to read format, because it might be difficult for the average person to read. It would work well for a college text.
I would recommend this book, because we need to know the different ways people think and how God can lead us to Christ.
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