Saturday, February 16, 2013

Book Review: Michael Horton - Pilgrim Theology

Over the years I have read a half dozen books by Michael Horton. He is an excellent writer. My favorite will always be, "Putting Amazing Back into Grace". When I saw this book, I really wanted to give it a try.

Horton is one of those guys who can write at a level that even a High School kid can understand, but other times he is so over my head, I am left drooling like Patrick from Spongebob. This is not quite one of those books, but I did feel at times I am missing out on something. Because there are some assumptions, it leaves you felling as if you walked into the middle of a movie.

This is not because of any inherent fault in Horton or his book. I see it as my own gaps in understanding. This book is not a hard read per say, but it does push you to study the subjects farther. I will now need to pick up his Systematic Theology to dig even deeper into the subjects he introduces here.

Pilgrim Theology is a Systematic Theology for layman. Horton takes each major subject of biblical doctrine and explains it in somewhat easy terms. Even though it is written for layman, it does get a little deeper than that. This is a good thing. What doesn't kill us only makes us stronger. We sometimes need a push.

I enjoyed this book and feel it deserves a wide reading. The chapters on salvation are worth the price of the book itself.

I give it a 5 out of 5 stars.

* I received this book free of charge from Zondervan and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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