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5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Book, 19 Feb. 2012
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John Brand - See all my reviews
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I have often seen publicity for a conference with a great line-up of speakers and been disappointed that there was no way I could attend. Well, now I can at least read the addresses that were given, as this is a compilation of those given at the 2009 Ligonier Conference, with contributions by Thabiti Anyabwile, Alistair Begg, Don Carson, Sinclair Ferguson, Robert Godfrey, Steven Lawson,
R. C. Sproul, R. C. Sproul Jr., and Derek Thomas; some of the finest preacher theologians the church is currently blessed with.

This excellent book does what all good, expository preaching should do - it teaches the mind, touches the heart and targets the will - and all in very good measure. I guarantee that you will not fail to be enriched, humbled, edified and blessed by any one of the chapters in this book, never mind the totality.

In the first four chapters, Sproul (Sr), Begg, Ferguson and Lawson each address the otherness of God and the holiness of each of the persons of the Trinity. As you would expect given the original setting of these messages, all the contributors expound biblical passages and do so with a warmth and energy that has not been lost in any editing that has taken place. Of all the outstanding chapters in this book, Ferguson's excels. He dares to contemplate the intimacy of the relationship between the Son and his "Holy Father" (John 17:11).

"The holiness of love that flows between the Father and Son in the Spirit is infinitely greater than the most intense human devotion and holy passion. The blessed Son is able to gaze into the eyes of the holy heavenly Father and bear in His being, in the mystery of His eternal being, the intensity of the Father's holy love for Him and desire for fellowship with Him so that "the deep things" of God with respect to each person are fully unveiled and enjoyed. That is the intensity of the Father's desire to have fellowship with Him." (p22) "Why did He become flesh? Let the answer bring a sense of awe to our hearts: He became flesh to bring us into the same relationship to the holy Father that He experienced and enjoyed in the finitude and weakness of the flesh in which He was incarnated." (p25

Thabiti Anyabwile follows up with an exposition of Numbers 25, dealing with sin and the holiness of God. Here is as powerful and clear a study in the nature, horrors, and consequences of sin as you will find anywhere. Carson turns our attention to 1 Peter 2 to demonstrate how the church should, like her Head and Lord, also be holy whileRobert Godfrey takes us to the cross to see afresh the holiness of God as demonstrated in the death of the Son. Godfrey recalls a line from one of his seminary tutors, "This is the essence of American religion - I like sinning and God likes forgiving, and the world is well put together." and shows how God's view of sin is so much serious than ours tends to be.

Derek Thomas rightly points out that, "It is one thing to talk about the holiness of God; it is another thing to desire holiness for ourselves". Stressing the necessity of personal sanctification he outlines three motivations for holiness from 1 Peter 1: God's holiness, the gospel, and our membership of the family of God.

R C Sproul Jr allows us to be a fly on the wall as he shares how he leads family worship. It's a precious insight into a godly family routine and one we could learn many lessons from but I am still not really sure of its connection with the theme of the book, other than the chapter's title, Walking together with a Holy God. Sproul Sr rounds off the studies with a characteristically forthright and passionate sermon on holiness, wrath and justice.

Here is biblical and pastoral theology all combined in a feast that will nourish your soul and I simply cannot speak too highly of it.

For the purpose of review, I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publishers. I was under no obligation to write a positive review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars holy holy holy proclaiming the perfections of god, 1 May 2013
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Dr. R. Jameson (Liverpool England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Holy, Holy, Holy: Proclaiming the Perfections of God (Kindle Edition)
A puritan devoional classic which will enhance one's personal devotions. It will stimulate and inspire meditation upon God and his infinite perfect beauty
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5.0 out of 5 stars Holy, Holy, Holy: Proclaiming the Perfections of God, 29 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Holy, Holy, Holy: Proclaiming the Perfections of God (Kindle Edition)
This is a book all about God's holiness, written by a variety of authors including R.C. Sproul, Thabiti Anyabwile and D.A. Carson. Starting with an abstract description of holiness before looking at different aspects of God's character including holiness in each of the three Persons of the Trinity, the book then looks at how to apply that holiness practically.

Each chapter is consistent in its approach, but different in its style as you'd expect in any book written by many authors. A Bible passage is taken and developed to understand what lessons about holiness can be learnt from it. The overall style is reasonably academic so this isn't a light read, but it's definitely not too taxing; the reasoning is clear, the language is relatively simple and the conclusions are straightforward.

There's pretty much nothing I didn't like about this, so I'll pick up on something I found slightly strange: the book does a really nice job with fixing the reader's attention on God's holiness and all that means, then transitions beautifully smoothly through God's holiness with regard to sin, and onto our response to that in sanctification before applying it to family life...then finishes with a chapter on the wrath of God. I don't have a problem with the chapter (I thought it was one of the best in the book!) but it did seem like a bit of an odd, and abrupt, end to what was otherwise a fantastic book.

It's clearly written from the perspective of people who regard the Bible as the Word of God, so I'm not sure whether a non-Christian would really 'get' that, but I'd seriously recommend it to you if you don't know God. And if you are a Christian, God's holiness is something we can never stop learning about and being inspired by, so I think you'll get a lot out of it if you read it.

I got this book for free from Reformation Trust Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
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