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Book Review: Believing God, by R. C. Sproul Jr.

  • R. C. Sproul Jr.
  • Reformation Trust
  • February 2009
  • 139 pp.

Recommended. A book that opens our eyes wider to the bigness of the goodness of God.

Here’s a book that any reader of the Bible should be thankful for: Sproul Jr. takes on some of the most unbelievable promises in the Bible and exhorts us, through anecdotes, logic, and theology, to believe them.

The promises covered:

  1. All Scripture is Profitable… (2 Tim 3:16)
  2. Our Heavenly Father Loves Us (1 John 3:1)
  3. Confession, Forgiveness, and Cleansing (1 John 1:9)
  4. Wisdom for the Asking (James 1:5)
  5. Children are a Heritage (Psalm 127)
  6. The Desires of Your Heart (Psalm 37:4)
  7. Open Windows of Heaven (Malachi 3:10)
  8. Mountains Cast into the Sea (Mark 11:22-24)
  9. All Things Work Together (Romans 8:28)
  10. He Has Overcome the World (John 16:33)
  11. The Good Work Shall be Completed (Philippians 1:6)
  12. We Shall be Like Him (1 John 3:2)

When reading this book, I encourage you to read each chapter–not just the ones you think you struggle believing. For example, all Bible-believing Christians believe that all Scripture is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16). However, too often we stop there, neglecting to notice that God has promised that all Scripture is profitable, for example, for “training in righteousness.” This means that all Scripture (including Leviticus!) is profitable for our growing in Christlikeness. When’s the last time we pondered that?

From explaining how, indeed, faith can move more than mountains, and how children certainly are a heritage and a blessing, despite the inconveniences that our society sometimes paints them as,  Believing God is a great book to pick up and read a chapter a day. In doing so, readers will find that the actual living God of the gospel is much bigger than our rationality often assumes.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher as part of their blogger review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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About davestuartjr
Dave Stuart Jr. is a full-time teacher who writes about becoming better, saner teachers at TeachingtheCore.com. He is a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband to Crystal, and a father to Hadassah, Laura, and Marlena.

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