I wonder how many people who pick this book up start reading and then think, “I think this book has the wrong title.” I am definitely one of them. In his book, In Christ Alone, Sinclair Ferguson does a fantastic job of laying out the fundamentals about Jesus taught in Scripture while challenging some common misconceptions about his personhood and mission. Gently, however, he moves into talking about the Holy Spirit and then about our lives as Christians.
It may sound like I am disappointed, but on the contrary it strikes me as an entirely unique approach to talking about Christ, the Holy Spirit, and his role in our lives. When I reviewed Forgotten God, I was frankly confused about how so many people could call such a confusing book “important.” Ferguson does everything that I had hoped for in Chan’s book. The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit exists to bring glory to Christ. Indeed, the third person of the Trinity operates in submission to the second by spreading the message of Christ and empowering his people to do the work of God.
Ferguson uses a relaxed devotional style of writing to present the amazing truths of Christ so that people at any level can appreciate his insights and challenges. He puts a canyon between the “Jiminy Cricket” perception of the Holy Spirit and the real indwelling of the Almighty God, which can leave no man or woman as they once were. Perhaps the most moving part of the book is in his conclusion where he gives a real-life example of a friend’s daily devotion to Christ, even at his death.
Be prepared to be challenge to live to glorify Christ, not out of duty or obligation, but out of love, passion, thanksgiving and devotion to the Son of God who takes away the sin of the world.
[LEGAL: copy of the book was provided for this review by the publisher]