Monday, September 20, 2010
Book Review: The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul
I had no experience with R.C. Sproul's work before receiving the offer to review this book. He does not disappoint. Sproul applies his Reformed mind to the topic of the holiness of God, a task which Reformed thinkers have long performed well. As is fitting, he cites these thinkers and brings their stories and thoughts as they reflected on the theme, including an entertaining analysis of Martin Luther's mental state and Jonathan Edward's sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," and a sequel of sorts labeled by Sproul as "God in the Hands of Angry Sinners."
In a culture that smirks at sin and criticizes biblical teaching on guilt and human depravity because they can "harm" someone's self-esteem, Sproul presents the clear teaching of Scripture, which is not popular even among some Christians today. Even for myself, the book was challenging. It hurt. It was uncomfortable. And before the book was through I was literally brought to my knees as I faced the ugly truth about my sin before an infinitely holy God.
This marks the third book I've listened to that was narrated by Grover Gardner. He has a more aged voice that reminds me of either a professor or a grandparent. Either way, I've enjoyed all the books so far, and I look forward to hearing him read another sometime soon.
To buy the audiobook, visit ChristianAudio.com (direct link).
To buy a hard copy, visit Amazon.com.