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Number of Pages: 91
Vendor: Grace Publications
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
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The Covenant of God and the Children of Believers: Sovereign Grace in the CovenantDavid J. EngelsmaReformed Free Publishing Assoc / 2005 / Hardcover$10.54 Retail:
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Allreds seven steps are common-sense staples of faith, such as Humble Yourself, Trust Gods Word, and Join the Church. Each step is given an individual chapter and then broken into bite-sized sub-points. Strongly based in and supported by Scripture, each section and subsection is bracketed by relevant verses, and Allred refers to, on average, nearly seven verses a page in his actual text. Citing 86 years of ministry, Allred writes as an earnest pastor intent on warning new converts of potential pitfalls along the Christian walk. He warns against apathy, lack of faith, lukewarm churches, and name-only Christians, urging his reader to avoid these temptations like the plague. The books mission seems guided by Matthew 7:15, Beware of false prophets.
Believers of any background will easily agree that the seven steps Allred offers are all worthy suggestions with scriptural backing. Readers should be aware, however, of the authors Calvinist background as seen in his points (unconditional election is a pet topic of Allreds, and there is an insistence on eternal security throughout). Nevertheless, Allreds tone, while insistent in urging his reader toward growth, is also humble, and Allred repeatedly uses himself as an illustration of the Christian as a work in progress. This slim book is sprinkled with personal stories, from Allred describing his wifes perfumed love letters to gently poking fun at his own senior moment in the neighborhood pharmacy.
The book ends with no conclusion, as such; Allred simply wraps up his seventh step with a note on prayer. Seven Steps is a solidif simpleguidebook for the new believer. Allred is quick to address apparent inconsistencies within his writing as well as anticipate objections from the reader, and because of this self-awareness, the book is well-suited for a recent convert with questions and would make a helpful gift for such a person. I would also recommend this book for church libraries. Kelsey Warren, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com