By Grace Alone by Sinclair B. Ferguson is a devotional book that examines the greatness of grace extended to humankind by God. This book uses a hymn written by Emmanuel T. Sibomana as its foundation, citing the source many times throughout.
The articulation of the ideas is done in a very understandable fashion, bringing heavy matters to bear in a logical manner. The author splits the main points into seven chapters, each effectively addressing a topic in a thorough manner, striving for a goal of covering a few important subjects rather than many smaller ones. The book follows a good, logical pattern and gives the reader what is promised in portioned segments.
The book utilizes the Sibomana hymn as a cornerstone for a lot of its arguments. This, however helpful in some of the contexts, limits the book’s scope to some degree, even giving the book a dissertation-like air at times. As a result, the book seems as though it would be more effective as something for a collegiate audience.
Ephesians 2:5 says “[God] made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved,” and this book proves that in a commonsense fashion. By Grace Alone is interesting, and in my opinion is best suited for probing Christians who need the direct version of a matter and who can handle the more formal aspects of Bible study. – Matthew J. Mimnaugh, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Are you truly amazed by God’s grace? Or have you grown accustomed to it? Yes, we sing of God’s “Amazing Grace,” but do you truly understand what you as a Christian have experienced in receiving the grace of God? Or do you take divine grace for granted?
In By Grace Alone: How the Grace of God Amazes Me, Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson laments that “we have lost the joy and energy that is experienced when grace seems truly ‘amazing.’” In an effort to restore the wonder of divine grace, he reflects on it from seven angles, each built around a stanza from a rich but little-known hymn, “O How the Grace of God Amazes Me,” written by Emmanuel T. Sibomana, a pastor in the African nation of Burundi.
This book poses probing questions for today’s believer: “If I am not amazed by God’s grace, can I really be living in it? Can I really be tasting, and savoring, and delighting in it?” But those willing to delve into God’s Word with Dr. Ferguson will come away with a deeper astonishment at the depths of God’s grace.