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    The Doctrines of Grace - now in paperback

    I wonder what you or I would do if we were told by a doctor that we had just weeks to live. What Dr. James Montgmery Boice did was set about writing a book. It was obvious that he considered the material he was writing to be the most important of his life, and it certainly had a profound effect upon me. I read the book through 4 or 5 times and gave multiple copies away to people. It had similar effects upon all those who read it.

    I remember sitting in a Christian conference meeting about a year after first reading this book and noticed the name tag of the gentleman sitting next to me. It said "Rev. Philip Ryken." I asked him, are you the gentleman who co-wrote "the doctrines of grace" with Dr. Boice? He said, "Yes," but indicated that it was really Dr. Boice's book - Dr. Ryken simply worked hard to arrange the material in a book form.

    I then told him that the book had been used mightily by the Lord in my own life and had totally transformed my understanding and ministry. It was key information for me in making the transition from having both feet firmly planted in mid air confusion to understanding the reformed faith and delighting in the grace of God in salvation.

    Dr. Ryken seemed very happy to hear this, and even surprised to hear the book had such an impact. For my part, I was very grateful to God for the opportunity to thank the man who was instrumental in getting this book into print.

    The book is a rich gift of legacy from Dr. Boice to the Body of Christ. Therefore, I am so glad to now see the paperback release of this work, "The Doctrines of Grace" by Dr. James Montgomery Boice and Philip Graham Ryken. As the authors state, "The doctrines of grace together point to one central truth: salvation is all of grace because it is all of God; and because it is all of God, it is all for his glory."

    It is available at a discount at monergism books here. Written in easily accessible language, I recommend this book very highly. - JS

    Posted by John Samson on July 23, 2009 07:09 PM


    This book was one of the 3 most pivotal books (aside from Scripture), that God used to bring me to Reformed Theology; The other 2 of course being Pink's "Sovereignty of God" and Owen's "Death of Death"; But what I greatly, greatly enjoy about this book and JMB is his very readable style. I recommend this book and author to all, and wish all writers had the gift he had in being easy to understand.

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