I find that most books I read fall into one of three categories. Inspiring, like when I am reading someone’s testimony. Motivating, the books that get you off your duff and into action. Challenging, which are the books the make you stop & really think. The ones where you find yourself re-reading the same chapter a few times because it is SO good, opened your eyes or challenged your preconceived notions about everything.
PROOF is without a doubt a Challenging book. If I had to guess, I probably earmarked about every third page. It was that good. I’ve been reading a lot more lately, as I find myself in a season of life where my kids are more independent. Recent reads have been lending them to identity, that we are image bearers of God and our identity in Christ comes before our ethnicity, gender, position or passion. I think it is by no mistake that I would following those books up with PROOF, a book about God’s grace, given to those He has claimed as His own.
About the Authors: Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones
PROOF is a well written book that has substance that is presented in a very easy to read manner. The authors make cultural reference that my age & a bit younger would relate to. This makes this a great book for my generation and the next, because it is applicable and current. You can identify each author by their own writing styles, but they give the reader the courtesy of identifying themselves as they hand off the baton. They manage a solid balance between personal experiences and biblical truths, sticking to the subject and staying on course from beginning to end.
About the Book: PROOF: Finding Freedom through the Intoxicating Joy of Irresistible Grace
With a title like that, where can it go wrong! Without a doubt, this book will stop and make you think…. but you will walk away encouraged and, frankly, happier as you embrace grace gifted to you by God. The authors have a very concise view on grace, that they spell out throughout the chapters. PROOF isn’t just a title, it is an acronym for the elements of God given grace. Scripture has a strong presence to back up their point of view & will challenge readers to examine their own views on what grace is & what it isn’t.
The book also discusses predestination, which for this reader, was a HUGE challenge. I came into the book with a clear opinion on predestination. While I can’t say that my opinion has definitively changed, the authors made valid points that are worth my further study. I would recommend that you not allow your own opinions on predestination to keep you from reading this book. Whether you agree with them or not, you will find yourself referencing and considering the scriptures as you read through their position. A book that points you to further study the word…. YES PLEASE! Like I said, this is a book I would categorize as a challenging. Carve out some time to read through it carefully, refer to scripture as needed, and get ready to embrace the freedom of grace.
Highlights from the Text:
“Sometimes idols happen to be physical images of created beings, but not always. Idols are also found in less obvious locations – in the balance of your bank account, in the praises of your peers, in the delusion that you can control your destiny.” (Excerpt from PROOF, by Daniel Montgomery & Timothy Paul Jones)
“If God waited to give the gift of salvation until one of us made the right response, we would all be damned. That’s because, left to ourselves, none of us will ever desire what Jesus requires.” (Excerpt from PROOF, by Daniel Montgomery & Timothy Paul Jones)
“God gives his grace according to his own sovereign design, and his design has never depended on any potential he saw in us.” (Excerpt from PROOF, by Daniel Montgomery & Timothy Paul Jones)
“Many of us remain completely addicted to a legal method of salvation that tries to barter our best deeds for divine blessing.” (Excerpt from PROOF, by Daniel Montgomery & Timothy Paul Jones)
BOOK: PROOF – Finding Freedom through the Intoxicating Joy of Irresistible Grace
AUTHORS: Daniel Montgomery & Timothy Paul Jones