March 8, 2012

Book Review - The Expository Genius of John Calvin


NOTE: I received a complementary copy of this book, The Expository Genius of JohnCalvin, from the Publisher, Reformation Trust, in exchange for a review.


Summary
This is the first volume in the “A Long Line of Godly Men Profile” series put out by Reformation Trust, but it is the second volume that I have read.  Both of these were both informative and challenging.  So, whether you are a pastor who needs to be challenged in the preaching of the Word, or you are a lay person who hungers to hear something more from the pulpit than the typical moralistic fare common in evangelicalism today, I highly recommend this book.
This volume, as the title implies, is about John Calvin and his preaching ministry in Geneva.  After a brief biographical chapter, Lawson moves to a discussion of the 32 distinctives that marked John Calvin’s preaching.  In each chapter he goes through these distinctives, explaining them, showing how they appeared in his life, ministry, and preaching; and then challenging modern preachers to following his example.
What I Liked
One thing that I liked about this book is the fact that it is small.  I am a slow reader (painfully slow at time), yet I was still able to make it through this book in the course of a few days worth of reading.  So, if I could do this, so could the busy Pastor or fellow lay person.
Another thing that I loved about this book was that it was in many ways a homiletics text.  In showing the things that marked Calvin’s preaching, it lays out for the modern preacher how he should in turn prepare for his duty to expound the Word of God.
What I Didn’t Like
Nothing to report here.
My Rating
5 out of 5 stars