Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Trials of Theology

 Trials of Theology, The: Becoming a 'proven worker' in a dangerous business

Wouldn't it be nice, if when starting out on a new journey in life, you could have someone come along side who has been there and done that, who could point out the potential pitfalls, the slippery slopes, and give directions at those ever confusing forks in the road?

Well for the seminary student, or those who are just seeking to know their God and his word more deeply, there is The Trials of Theology: Becoming a "Proven Worker" in a Dangerous Business.  Proverbs states:
    Without counsel plans fail,
        but with many advisers they succeed.
(Proverbs 15:22 ESV)
This book and these authors serve as your faithful advisers. These are men who have gone before, facing the trials such study entails, who now share the lessons they have learned on their journey. Wise counsel is given from generations past, by the likes of Augustine, Luther, Spurgeon, Warfield, Bonhoeffer, and Lewis. Though time has moved past these greats, their wisdom, encouragement, and warnings, are needed and useful at all times, and always now. The trials and temptations they faced in their pursuit of God, are those which are faced by all who would follow in their steps. For scripture warns us that our "adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour."(1 Peter 5:8 ESV)  And who would be a more tempting meal than he who is seeking our God?

In seeking godly advisers, one doesn't always have to travel back in time to find the counsel they seek. There are many today who have navigated this road and are willing to mark the sure path. The second half of this book is filled with their words and wisdom. John Woodhouse, D. A. Carson, Carl Trueman, Gerald Bray, and Dennis Hollinger, lend their voices of experience to this work, each one tackling a different area of study and the dangers posed. Many of the concerns mentioned, are those that may not have been even considered by those who are starting out. I think of Jesus' concern for his disciples in John 14:29.
And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe.(John 14:29 ESV)
Yes, much of this book is a warning of what to look out for, so that danger doesn't take you by surprise.

The Trials of Theology, is an enlightening and necessary read for all who are pursuing God, full of warnings to be heeded, and encouragement to be absorbed, you will not be left disappointed.

I'd like to thank Christian Focus Publications for sending me this free copy for review.
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