Friday, September 16, 2016

Book Review: Unshakable

Unshakable. K. Scott Oliphint and Rod Mays. 2016. P&R. 160 pages. [Source: Review copy]

This book was originally published in 2008 as Things That Cannot Be Shaken. The title--and the arrangement of the book perhaps--was inspired by a hymn written by John Newton, "Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken." It definitely uses the hymn--and the Scriptures its based on--as a starting point for its theological discussions.

I do not believe there is one central theme in this one. I think it would be easiest to say it's about living the Christian life well. It is about some central truths of Christianity and how those truths are being attacked (by some) within and without the church. I would not go so far as to say it was an apologetic book with a primary focus of how to defend the faith or how to witness to a skeptic.

The book does spend some time on the Bible, on defending the Bible and establishing it as the authority in the Christians' life.

Favorite quotes:

The truth of God and the authority of God are summed up in what God has spoken in His Son.
The fact of the matter is, if we fail to see Holy Scripture as authored by God, and therefore as the ground of its own authority, we will fail to understand what Scripture actually is.
We have to "own" the truth of God's Word if we honestly claim to believe it.
To think biblically about the Lord's presence is to put to death those dark and hidden places of our hearts in order that the light of the gospel might overpower us.
A heart that is only sinful will sense no tension in its perpetual disobedience.
The pattern of the Christian life looks something like this: the more we grow and obey God's Word, the more sin we see in our lives; the more sin we see in our lives, the more we want to get rid of it and know God's forgiveness. The Christian life is a struggle for holiness; as Christians, in this life we are always at war. This is the normal Christian life.
Daily, real faith in Christ looks like a battle.

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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