I highly recommend this book especially to those who may be just starting their journey into the doctrine of predestination. My only 'minor' complaint is that Sproul doesn't dig deep enough into Holy Scripture to bring into light the absolute Sovereignty of God and the Depravity of Man.
Sproul begins by sharing his own personal struggle as a former-Armenian (advocate of free-will salvation). He then relates that as he studied the Bible more intensely, he learned that it is more important for us to believe what the Scriptures SAY rather than what we would LIKE for them to say. Sproul didn't savor the prospect of being a Calvinist (advocate of predestined salvation), but moved to that stance because of the biblical support for it.The author addresses each of the five points of Calvinism:Total depravity of manUnconditional electionLimited atonementIrresistible gracePerseverance of the saintsSproul gives special attention to the "total depravity" of man, renaming it "radical corruption." He modifies other points of the well-known "TULIP" acrostic, using more accurate terms where necessary. He closes his book by offering responses to commonly raised questions regarding the Reformed (Calvinistic) position.This book is a definite MUST READ for pastors and teachers. I am unaware of any other volume that defines so clearly and concisely the Reformed position. Buy it, read it and grow in your understanding of Reformed theology!
I came to this book quite curious about the mechanics of the Reform doctrine of predestination. I left it with a large body of my questions answered. Sproul handles the material well, writing in a tone that is both accessible and engaging. At the same time, Sproul demonstrates that this doctrine is applicable to Christian LIVING and not merely a scholarly piece of Christian THINKING. It's most notable weakness is that Sproul has the bad habit of occasionally speaking TOO simply but, thankfully, he does not display it often. Sproul makes good use of relevant biblical texts and his citations of other established authors (both modern and classic) provide a good "map" for readers desiring to pursue further related studies.
This brief volume on Reformed Theology is a must buy. Sproul succinctly defines and defends the "Five Points of Calvinism." Definitely helpful for disproving those who assert that none of the five points are biblical.