“A Journey in Grace” by Richard Belcher is a powerful and thought-provoking exploration of the doctrines of grace, or what is sometimes referred to as Reformed theology. In this book, Belcher seeks to provide a clear and concise explanation of the five points of Calvinism, commonly referred to as TULIP: Total depravity, Unconditional election, Limited atonement, Irresistible grace, and Perseverance of the saints in the form of a theological novel.
Belcher begins by providing a brief overview of the history of Reformed theology, tracing its roots back to the Protestant Reformation and the teachings of John Calvin. He then proceeds to explain each of the five points of Calvinism in detail, using Scripture and historical examples to illustrate his points. Throughout the book, Belcher is careful to address common misconceptions about Reformed theology, such as the idea that it is fatalistic or that it denies human free will.
One of the strengths of “A Journey in Grace” is Belcher’s emphasis on the practical implications of the doctrines of grace. He argues that a proper understanding of God’s sovereignty and man’s sinfulness should lead to humility, gratitude, and a deep sense of awe and worship. Belcher also stresses the importance of evangelism and mission, showing how a robust belief in God’s sovereignty can actually motivate Christians to share the gospel with others.
Another highlight of the book is Belcher’s clear and engaging writing style. He is able to explain complex theological concepts in a way that is both accessible and compelling, making this book a great resource for both seasoned theologians and laypeople who are new to Reformed theology.
That being said, there are a few areas where the book could have been improved. For one, Belcher’s treatment of Limited Atonement (the “L” in TULIP) is somewhat brief and may leave some readers with questions or concerns. Additionally, while Belcher does a good job of addressing common objections to Reformed theology, he may not persuade those who are already skeptical of the doctrine of election or predestination.
Overall, “Journey in Grace” is an excellent introduction to the doctrines of grace and a valuable resource for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of Reformed theology. Belcher’s emphasis on the practical implications of these doctrines, combined with his clear and engaging writing style, make this book a must-read for anyone interested in theology or Christian living.