This book was an excellent introductory work on Reformed soteriology (doctrine of salvation). Hoekema takes the reader through every important issue on the subject ranging from regeneration and glorification to the ordo salutis and Union with Christ. This reader, though not as consistently Reformed as the author, truly appreciated the generous interaction with other Reformed writers (especially in the Dutch Reformed tradition) and the even-handedness the author maintained throughout this work.
In my experiences with Reformed teaching (simplified down at times to the "Doctrines of Grace") I've learned to expect a rigorous and detailed handling of God's plan in human salvation. This book does not fail to deliver in any of these aspects. Whereas some Reformed theologians seem to emphasize certain areas of Reformed soteriology which at times seem out of balance (such as Berkhof's understanding of our "Union with Christ" to be actualized already prior to regeneration), Hoekema gives a more balanced, and in my opinion, biblical treatment of difficult areas such as the ordo salutis and "Union with Christ." He interacts generously with John Murray, Louis Berkhof (his mentor), Herman Bavinck, and G.C. Berkhouwer in these difficult areas. He sums it up well by saying how important it is that we maintain both firmly, which I would agree fully.
Throughout every important area of our salvation/redemption Hoekema gives detailed biblical support for his classical Reformed views. This reader appreciated how every area was brought into the light of scripture in a detailed and thorough manner. Also, one peripheral area I felt encouraged by was his understanding of regeneration and his refutation of the common misunderstanding that one can be regenerate for a long period of time yet not come to faith for a period of months, maybe even years. I felt his critique of Kuyper and Berkhof in certain places was well warranted and appreciated the willingness of the author to disagree in some of the areas within his own Dutch Reformed tradition (especially in the area of "actualization" in justification and eternal life). Though I wasn't always convinced of his exegesis, I felt extremely encouraged and nourished by his understanding of many biblical truths.
In closing, this book is only an "introductory work" for those who may have already read a handful of books on Reformed soteriology. The book is not overly-technical by any means yet displays a lucid clarity and simplicity that allows any reader to engage with what the author is saying. I highly recommend this book for pastors, laymen, and students of the bible. This is a high-quality book from a consistently Reformed perspective concerning God's salvation and man's redemption. An excellent read.