Although there is a balance to all Michael Horton says...he is direct and hits the nail squarely on the head. This book, if read with an open mind, clearly can bring corrective balance to what is going on in the Church today. I have been saved 50 years and experienced a swing from legalism to liberty...and this book addresses both issues.
I was attracted to this book by its title because I, like others, am concerned at the distortion of the Gospel in the contemporary American church. I was anxious to get the author's take on such obvious examples as the prosperity gospel, televangelists, and "web church," but found myself evaluating my own forms of ministry and the manner in which I personally conveyed the Gospel. In short, "blind spots" were revealed as I took a closer look at how I lead our people to live out the Gospel on a weekly basis. Horton is provocative, but hard to argue with as he takes aim at many of our "sacred cows" and those who feed them. He exhorts us to be discerning and biblical and cautious not to follow every wind of doctrine that turns the focus of salvation upon ourselves rather than God. Horton's reformed perspective will not resonate with everyone, but I personally found it refreshing to reflect more on what God has done for us instead of what we are to do for Him. This is not an easy book to read, but it is a necessary call for us to refocus on what the Gospel is and not what we have made it to be. Pastors and lay leaders who care about maintaining or restoring the purity of the Gospel in their churches should read it.
Horton has a challenging message about the Church today and the ways that we unknowingly make the Gospel of Jesus Christ more about us than about Him. If you expect this book to be about others' mistakes, beware. You are likely to find that you are challenged as well. His message is clear, and its all about Jesus.