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Journey in Grace
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This is the story of a young pastor with a typical twentieth- century theology and his pursuit of a burning theological question which was triggered in his first experience with a pulpit search committee. He cannot and does not rest until he has answered the challenge of the question, "Young man, are you a Calvinist?" As related by the author, the story of young Ira's theological quest is more than a cold theological presentation. The search from its beginning on the first pages to the end on the final pages is set in the context of real life people such as the reader has no doubt encountered in living the Christian life. The main character's roommate in college, his professors at school, the churches he pastors and his experiences in them, his friends, and his fiance are all woven into an interesting and surprising story. Even those who think they do not have an analytical mind to plunge into the depths of the intricacies of theology will be amazed at the theology they learn (whether they agree or disagree with the conclusions of the book) from the reading of his unique story in its captivating setting.
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5 Stars
Great book! A must read for those who want to learn about Calvinism. - Jerry W.
5 Stars
This book is a great introduction to the "Doctrines of Grace". The reader will be able to get a decent grasp on the doctrines but also have time to catch their breath between truths as they read the interesting story line of romance, friendship, & spiritual growth- Mike Wilson
4 Stars
Great primer for someone who is new to the meaning/beliefs of the "reformed". The author was very easy to understand, however I found it a bit redundant at times. Definitely recommend it to others and am interested in reading more from this author.- Liisa Straub
5 Stars
This is the story of a young Baptist pastor with a typical 20th century theology and his pursuit of a burning theological question and which was triggered in his first experience with a pulpit search committee. He cannot and does not rest until he has answered the challenge of the question, "Young man, are you a Calvinist?" As related by the author, the story of young Ira’s theological quest is more than a cold theological presentation. The search from its beginning on the first pages to the end on the final page is set in the context of real life people such as the reader has no doubt encountered in living the Christian life. The main character’s roommate in college, his professors at school, the churches he pastors and his experiences in them, his friends, and his fiancée are all woven into an interesting and surprising story. Even those who think they do not have an analytical mind to plunge into the depths of the intricacies of theology will be amazed at the theology they learn from the reading of this unique story in its captivating setting. Aside from the issue of Calvinism, the author has woven into the story line some very valuable guidelines for general Bible study and application. "The other explosion (the developing relationship with Terry) came to a head one evening, but not in the manner most would believe or expect. The several months of dating had convinced us that we had a lot in common, and that it seemed the Lord was leading us together – even toward marriage. However, I had not asked her the most important question – yet. …I had not asked her to marry me, (though I did think she expected it), because I had never discussed theology with her in great depth. I kept wondering what would happen in the months to come if I came to the conclusion that I was a Calvinist, and found myself engaged to a girl who was not? I knew she was not a theological airhead (as were some sweet little things I had known and dated), but still I was not sure how open she would be to the doctrine of Calvinism. I had agonized for several weeks as to the best way to find out the answer to this question. What if I broached the subject and the issue became heated? What is she was as closed minded as Dr. Bloom? True, she had typed my paper for his class, but it had been done in a very objective manner with no hint I might be leaning in that direction. Actually, I wasn’t really leaning yet, but sometimes an apparent interest or seeming occupation with a subject is misinterpreted as believing it or leaning toward it. My concern over the matter was resolved when, unexpectedly, and much to my surprise on of our Friday evening dates, she asked me what I thought of Calvinism … Well, now the subject was out in the open! The only thing I could do was to tell her honestly and openly my heart…" I would highly recommend this book ... especially as a gift to friends and relatives who seem not to grasp the glory of God grace!- Robin
5 Stars
An excellent primer for those new to the Doctrines of Grace or a good refresher! Highly recommended!- Scott
  • Type: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • ISBN: 0925703117
  • SKU: 0925703117
  • Publisher: Richbarry Press