This is a great introduction to a biblical theology of the sovereignty of God in salvation. It is not simply an apologetic for the traditional five points of Calvinism but outlines the simple and nourishing doctrines from a biblical foundation.
It is simple and communicated with the same heartfelt passion that accompanies all Piper’s books. There is no historical background given but the five Calvinistic doctrines are clearly explained, and their implications are worked out, with each chapter making the grace of God shine brightly.
It reminded me gently but convincingly why these doctrines matter greatly to Christians today. It reminded me that what is commonly called Calvinism is at the heart of the gospel for its origin is Scripture (not Calvin).
About the author
John Piper is a theologian, pastor, and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Piper taught biblical studies at Bethel University for six years (1974-1980), before serving as pastor for preaching and vision of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis for 33 years (1980-2013).
He is the founder and senior teacher of desiringGod.org, named for his book Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist (1986), and has written several award-winning books.