This book provides an excellent and trust-worthy theological bridge for discouraged Charismatics to investigate Calvinism and the Reformed faith. I expect it to be crossed by many weary sojourners for years to come.
I love this book because of its completeness. You can get a great Biblical summary of every topic of scripture. It has really helped to support me in the defense of my own theological views. Grudem presents Calvinism in an extremely logical, sensible, and Scriptural fashion. This book is a must have for any believer!!
I've been diligently studying Wayne Grudem's "Systematic Theology" for several years, and I still stand in awe of its crystal clarity. Much like R.C. Sproul, Grudem has a gift for making difficult concepts easy to understand for all of us non-specialists.
Theologically, this work follows the Protestant Reformers (i.e., Calvinism) on almost every page except, for example, in such areas as six-day creation, infant baptism, and spiritual gifts, where Grudem deviates from the long line of theological giants from church history. These deviations, however, should not deter one from buying this book and studying Grudem's arguments in those areas. I, for one, have found those chapters not only challenging, but very insightful. And, after thinking hard about what Grudem says in those chapters, I've often found myself wondering if he's not right.
As a pastor, if I could own just one systematic theology, Grudem's would certainly be it. Buy it with confidence, find a quiet place to sit and study it, and be prepared to have your mind stimulated, your heart stirred, and your God exalted. Happy reading.