cover image HOLINESS BY GRACE: Delighting in the Joy That Is Our Strength

HOLINESS BY GRACE: Delighting in the Joy That Is Our Strength

Bryan Chapell, Author . Crossway $19.99 (288p) ISBN 978-1-58134-279-6

Although his purpose is "to explain the role of grace in sanctification," Chapell, president of Covenant Theological Seminary, not only explains fundamental theological concepts, but gives them passion and life through colorful, often poignant illustrations. Chapell argues very carefully that God's grace is the necessary foundation and source for all spiritual growth in the Christian life. He thoughtfully explores the deeply rooted human tendency to turn away from grace, seeking favor and blessing through our own efforts. But he also deals with tougher issues—asking, for example, "Can the preaching of grace become an excuse for lawlessness?" He honestly confronts how church leaders are tempted to de-emphasize God's grace in order to prevent chaos. Chapell gives new meaning to the idea of repentance, offers practical and helpful teaching on temptation, shows the often-overlooked role of grace in spiritual warfare, explains the positive role of suffering and paints an inspiring picture of God's love and mercy. Questions at the end of the book will be helpful for group study. Grace is currently a "hot" topic for Christian books and presentations, but Chapell's treatment brings a new depth to the subject, not only in his careful, thorough reasoning but also in his comprehensive use of biblical texts. This depth may prove daunting to some readers, but mature Christians will likely consider Chapell's book a key component of their spiritual journey. (July)