Best concise, digestible book on the Doctrines of Grace?

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Best concise, digestible book on the Doctrines of Grace?

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Edited: Aug 12, 2010, 2:28 am

My wife is looking for a good book to read about the Doctrines of Grace. Something she can read quickly and that won’t have too much theological language in it (that’s a tough request when dealing with books about Calvinism, I know, but humor me).

I read Chosen by God several years ago, and I think it was the book that finally convinced me to call myself Reformed/Calvinist. My first instinct is to have her read that, but maybe there’s something better out there. I’ve also read the first half of The Potter’s Freedom and thought it presented some convincing arguments, but ultimately got bored with it. I also just read Owen’s The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, which I loved, but there’s no way my wife would read that, and it doesn’t fit the “consise, digestible” requirement anyway. A friend just purchased a copy of Finally Alive for me, out of the blue, which was a nice surprise as I was meaning to read that book. It seems to be a treatment of what it means to be born again, so I’m not sure how deeply it will delve into stuff like Limited Atonement. Has anyone read it and can comment about whether it would be a good introduction to Reformed doctrine?

Any other ideas?

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Edited: Aug 12, 2010, 5:57 pm

I just found Living for God's Glory by Beeke and What is Reformed Theology? by Sproul. Can anyone recommend or not recommend either of these?

Aug 13, 2010, 8:23 am

I can't speak to either of those titles, but they sound great. What I have read of Sproul has been very clear and easy to understand. I don't think you can go wrong with his stuff.

Aug 13, 2010, 9:22 am

I believe the title of What is Reformed Theology? was Grace Unknown and is a very good explanation of the 5 points.

Aug 13, 2010, 9:58 am

Holiness by Grace by Bryan Chapell is also a good one, though it has been a few years since I have read it.

Aug 13, 2010, 1:09 pm

A good, straightforward treatment of the five points can be found in The Five Points of Calvinism Defined, Defended, and Documented. The title tells all. The second part of the book is devoted entirely to showing all the places in Scripture where the Doctrines of Grace are taught: a truly invaluable resource!

It was Scripture that convinced me of the truths of Calvinism and this book is the best for showing you the basis of the Doctrines of Grace.

Edited: Aug 14, 2010, 12:34 pm

Not sure if this is what you are looking for but how about TULIP by Duane Edward Spencer.

Aug 16, 2010, 10:57 pm

Even if you can't get her to read Owen's "Death of Death," at least get her to read the introduction. I've got little booklets (I forget who republished them) of just the introduction and they are worth their weight in gold.

There is also a series of booklets that may be quite useful - the "Basics of the Reformed Faith" series by P&R. They're about $3-4 each and are quite good. You'd probably want to start with Ryken's "What is a True Calvinist?"

Edited: Aug 16, 2010, 11:38 pm

I've seen the introduction to “Death of Death” in pamphlet form, in fact, ooh, I think I have one... *goes rummaging through closet...*

Thanks everyone for the suggestions so far. I've added all of them to my Amazon wishlist and will check them out.

Sep 22, 2010, 6:08 pm

"Doctrine" by Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears is very readable and has been well reviewed

Oct 4, 2010, 10:23 am

One I would reccommend and very small and digestable and cheap to buy is Five Points of Calvinism, by Edwin H. Palmer

Oct 28, 2010, 6:28 am

The book that introduced me to the doctrines of grace was A. W. Pink's The Sovereignty of God.

Dec 20, 2010, 6:06 pm

Just scored a free Kindle book titled What's so great about the doctrines of grace. At only 92 pages, it looks like just the kind of intro to Calvinist soteriology I was looking for. Nice.

Jun 21, 2011, 7:01 pm

I don't know if this will still help but I read The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges and it was a tremondous work. This is the first time I have read anything by Jerry Bridges; and now I want to read more.

Jul 15, 2011, 9:15 pm

I like Sproul the best. Chosen By God! I've heard countless testimonials of that being the best first read. I was actually persuaded by Luther's argument with Erasmus in Bondage of the Will. That and because the pastor of my church began to preach it after reading Luther before me.

I also recommend a good commentary on Romans. A chapter per night would make her established in the word on the matter. Calvin's commentary on Romans is a good place to start.

I also think reading Spurgeon's short defense of Calvinism is inspiring as well.

copy and paste? I'm not certain how to link. But this would be a good short read for her.

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