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To answer your second question, yes, Monergism is one of the basics of Reformed theology, as Reformed/Calvinist traditions teach that we are saved through God's grace alone -- apart from our own works or "decisions."
Happy reading! :)
I haven't read this yet either, but The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination by Lorraine Boettner is considered something of a classic, isn't it?
Guthrie and McKim write from a foundation in the Presbyterian branch of Reformed theology, so their works tend to highlight Reformed characteristics I have found in common the Presbyterian church. Some examples of what I mean: First, less of a stress on Substitutionary models of atonement versus what I would consider a form of the Christus Victor model; Second, a theology of justification based more around the community rather than the individual; Third, more of a Calvinist understanding of the Sacraments versus the Zwingli/Bullinger understanding. The Reformed understanding of Predestination was also a huge stumbling block for me in my personal journey until I read the explanation Guthrie gave in Christian Doctrine.
Hope this helps -- happy reading!
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