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It’s time to open your eyes to the freeing power of authentic grace—grace that releases us from trying to earn God's favor, grace that enables us to rest in the finished work of Christ, grace that liberates from the tyranny of trying to please others.  That's what the theology of Martin Luther and John Calvin did in their own day for the people around them. Time magazine re It’s time to open your eyes to the freeing power of authentic grace—grace that releases us from trying to earn God's favor, grace that enables us to rest in the finished work of Christ, grace that liberates from the tyranny of trying to please others.  That's what the theology of Martin Luther and John Calvin did in their own day for the people around them. Time magazine recently dubbed Calvinism as one of the top ten ideas changing the world right now. And yet most of these discussions center on the issue of predestination or on whether particular people agree with the five points of Calvinism. Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones think it's time to rescue the theology of the Reformers from such stale scholasticizing and to declare anew the dangerous and intoxicating joy of the gospel that theyproclaimed. PROOF stands for planned grace, resurrecting grace, outrageous grace, overcoming grace, and forever grace. The authors offer proof of God’s grace upon which people can stand against  the attacks of legalism that have led many of God's people to lose sight of the freedom and joy of the gospel.  And this proof is intoxicating—it’s like a 200-proof drink that will leave you spiritually staggering at its effect on your life. God’s grace not only declares us “not guilty!” in his presence, it changes our relationship with God—forever.?


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It’s time to open your eyes to the freeing power of authentic grace—grace that releases us from trying to earn God's favor, grace that enables us to rest in the finished work of Christ, grace that liberates from the tyranny of trying to please others.  That's what the theology of Martin Luther and John Calvin did in their own day for the people around them. Time magazine re It’s time to open your eyes to the freeing power of authentic grace—grace that releases us from trying to earn God's favor, grace that enables us to rest in the finished work of Christ, grace that liberates from the tyranny of trying to please others.  That's what the theology of Martin Luther and John Calvin did in their own day for the people around them. Time magazine recently dubbed Calvinism as one of the top ten ideas changing the world right now. And yet most of these discussions center on the issue of predestination or on whether particular people agree with the five points of Calvinism. Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones think it's time to rescue the theology of the Reformers from such stale scholasticizing and to declare anew the dangerous and intoxicating joy of the gospel that theyproclaimed. PROOF stands for planned grace, resurrecting grace, outrageous grace, overcoming grace, and forever grace. The authors offer proof of God’s grace upon which people can stand against  the attacks of legalism that have led many of God's people to lose sight of the freedom and joy of the gospel.  And this proof is intoxicating—it’s like a 200-proof drink that will leave you spiritually staggering at its effect on your life. God’s grace not only declares us “not guilty!” in his presence, it changes our relationship with God—forever.?

30 review for PROOF: Finding Freedom through the Intoxicating Joy of Irresistible Grace

  1. 4 out of 5

    Drew Miller

    We often hear about God's grace but rarely take the time to meditate on exactly what it looks like. In this book, the authors did a great job in laying out just how God's grace plays out in the predestination, justification, sanctification, perseverance, and glorification of believers. I found their critique of the word Calvinism as well the TULIP acronym helpful. Shining light on the Canons of Dort was extremely beneficial to me. This will be a book I read again in those times that I need to be We often hear about God's grace but rarely take the time to meditate on exactly what it looks like. In this book, the authors did a great job in laying out just how God's grace plays out in the predestination, justification, sanctification, perseverance, and glorification of believers. I found their critique of the word Calvinism as well the TULIP acronym helpful. Shining light on the Canons of Dort was extremely beneficial to me. This will be a book I read again in those times that I need to be reminded of what God has done to make me his son. P.S. Lots of good stuff in the appendix, don't skip it!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    PROOF is a very basic introduction to Calvinism. Very basic. I found it slow and hard to get into. Would be good for someone who knows little to nothing about Calvinism, but don't waste your time if you aren't in that category. Also, over 30% of the Kindle book is appendices and indexes (just fyi). PROOF is a very basic introduction to Calvinism. Very basic. I found it slow and hard to get into. Would be good for someone who knows little to nothing about Calvinism, but don't waste your time if you aren't in that category. Also, over 30% of the Kindle book is appendices and indexes (just fyi).

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gebriell

    Great book, doesn't just discuss the theological truths, but the joy of those truths, and how they ought to affect our hearts and lives Great book, doesn't just discuss the theological truths, but the joy of those truths, and how they ought to affect our hearts and lives

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joe McFadden

    My review on Proof is mixed so I will divide my response accordingly to present why... The Good: Proof is a modern day primer for the doctrinal position of God's Grace from more of a "reformed perspective". It uses the acronym of Proof to lay out the design of the topic. The acronym is: -Planned Grace -Resurrecting Grace -Outrageous Grace -Overcoming Grace -Forever Grace The author's do a great job of laying out the topic, developing each section on Grace and then driving home the truth's and providing My review on Proof is mixed so I will divide my response accordingly to present why... The Good: Proof is a modern day primer for the doctrinal position of God's Grace from more of a "reformed perspective". It uses the acronym of Proof to lay out the design of the topic. The acronym is: -Planned Grace -Resurrecting Grace -Outrageous Grace -Overcoming Grace -Forever Grace The author's do a great job of laying out the topic, developing each section on Grace and then driving home the truth's and providing you with the opportunity to decide how you will now live your life based on understanding the Grace of God. You will be able to draw many principles that you then can turn into action points, into applications for your life. You will be comforted by the Grace of God and His Mercy as well. The authors, Jones and Montgomery do well at presenting the topic with comfortable whit and relevant language for instance, they use zombie analogies to connect with culture. There are even some good nuggets in this book that helps the reader understand grace. What Is Grace? God’s wonderful acceptance of us not because we have earned it or deserved it but because he gives it us freely at Christ’s expense. (p.23) Our need for a substitute is clearly just that — a deep and desperate need. But not one of us deserves the substitute that God’s righteousness demands. That’s what makes God’s “amazing” grace so amazing! On the cross, God did the unimaginable: The Lawmaker took the penalty that lawbreakers deserve. (p.36) The Bad: While the authors do well to lay out their points on grace what I found in this book was more so a defense of Calvinism. Not exactly what I expected to find. I wanted to read this book to refresh and renew perspective on God's grace which often times becomes too easy to downplay or take for granted. This book did not do that for me. I ended the book with a better understanding of Calvinism and the doctrine of grace from this perspective. The authors did do a good job at presenting some defenses to the common assumptions that divide people from Calvinistic theology. If you just want to be overwhelmed and reframe perspective on the grace of God then I would consider choosing another book. Don't get me wrong there are large nuggets of truth that help the reader see God's grace in a new way; sadly it just doesn't come out as the central theme of this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kay Wag

    This book is a brain buster and certainly not at all for the faint of heart. Proof is aimed at intellectuals, philosophers, theologians, non-believers, Armenians, and anyone who wants to know more about God’s grace through salvation and calvinism. It's a very challenging book to read if you aren’t a Christian or familiar with Christian doctrine and the bible. The book is very theologically and historically deep. Proof takes a fresh stand on the doctrines of grace and breaks them down in a digest This book is a brain buster and certainly not at all for the faint of heart. Proof is aimed at intellectuals, philosophers, theologians, non-believers, Armenians, and anyone who wants to know more about God’s grace through salvation and calvinism. It's a very challenging book to read if you aren’t a Christian or familiar with Christian doctrine and the bible. The book is very theologically and historically deep. Proof takes a fresh stand on the doctrines of grace and breaks them down in a digestible, yet still complexe way. In Proof Daniel Montgomery explains in depth God’s grace. He uses the acronym PROOF to explain the 5 doctrines of Calvinism. Planned Grace Resurrected Grace Outrageous Grace Overcoming Grace Forever Grace Others who are familiar with doctrine may know with as TULIP. TULIP s an acronym to help explain the 5 doctrines of Calvinism, but worded slightly different than PROOF. Total Depravity Unconditional Election Limited Atonement Irresistible Grace Perseverance of the Saints Montgomery paints a clear picture for each letter of “PROOF”. He gives biblical backing to each statement and explains why it is important. He sheds light of the mystery and power of God’s grace. He explains each doctrine in an applicable way, while at the same time causing your brain burst and challenge all your ways of previous thinking. I would recommend this book to anyone of the Christian faith or to people wanting to learn about the grace of God and Calvinism. This book is not for people who aren’t religious or may be new in the faith, but I do think other religions or people could take away knowledge from the book as well. I loved every chapter and couldn’t put it down. Almost every page has highlights and notes because the information given was so tasteful. I really enjoyed every page of this book and still apply what i read to my life today. For anyone who loves a challenging, thought provoking book this is a must read!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Roger Leonhardt

    This book was a little different that I expected. Full of life and zeal, there is an excitement about who God is and what he does. God is in control! Because God is sovereign we can marvel at who He is. Here, Montgomery and Jones, show us the wonder of a sovereign God. If God is in control, we have nothing to worry about. Many are offended when told that God has control of every situation. They can only look at the bad things that happen in the world and say it must be God's fault. Would it not b This book was a little different that I expected. Full of life and zeal, there is an excitement about who God is and what he does. God is in control! Because God is sovereign we can marvel at who He is. Here, Montgomery and Jones, show us the wonder of a sovereign God. If God is in control, we have nothing to worry about. Many are offended when told that God has control of every situation. They can only look at the bad things that happen in the world and say it must be God's fault. Would it not be better that God is in control than us? If something bad happens we know He has a reason. Something is bringing Him glory. If we are in control and something bad happens, it has no reason and nothing good can come out of it. The Bible says, "All things work for the good of those who are called". If God is not in control of everything, that statement has to be false. Here they also show us that it is natural for people to believe that works are how we get right with God. But natural man is fallen and blind. What he believes is a lie. The only way to be right with a holy God is through the sacrifice of Christ. Grace is totally unmerited favor. Through the whole book, the authors show us what is usually called the 5 points of Calvinism. Because of the negative feelings that come with that terminology, they prefer not to be called Calvinists. I truly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to all. If you want a book that will melt your heart and give you a new sense of wonder about our God, this is the book to read. I recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars. I received this book, free of charge, from Zondervan and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones have written a book unpacking the doctrines of grace in such a way that the reader will want to drink up and swim in the goodness of Christ. PROOF: Finding Freedom through the Intoxication Joy of Irresistible Grace has been a joy to read and revel in the truth presented. The authors walk the reader through five aspects of the gospel of grace following the Canons of Dort but don't for a second think that this a a theological tome beyond the grasp of the ave Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones have written a book unpacking the doctrines of grace in such a way that the reader will want to drink up and swim in the goodness of Christ. PROOF: Finding Freedom through the Intoxication Joy of Irresistible Grace has been a joy to read and revel in the truth presented. The authors walk the reader through five aspects of the gospel of grace following the Canons of Dort but don't for a second think that this a a theological tome beyond the grasp of the average reader. Jones and Montgomery have presented thick doctrine with ease, comfortable whit and relevant language. From boozing to zombie analogies, the truth of the grace of Christ will come alive to you in this great book. Planned Grace, Resurrecting Grace, Outrageous Grace, Overcoming Grace, and Forever Grace make up the new acronym I imagine we will see a lot more of in Evangelical circles. But regardless what the acronym is or the savvy language, the gospel truth declared of the pages of PROOF is historic and earth altering. If you have been wrestling with the doctrines of grace or are a card-carrying reformed type, this book is for you. I could not put the book down despite some design features I didn't like. This book has left me worshipful and grateful for the gift of grace I could never deserve and the security I could never maintain. Get the book for yourself and see how you are encouraged.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Stocksdale

    Every now and then you need a shot of something high proof. This book does the trick every time in every chapter. I was guilty of reading large chunks and then putting the book down and not picking it back up until I was "on the toilet" (Martin Luther reference, not the actual toilet). Even in this reading fashion it never ceased to amaze me at how effectively Daniel and Timothy communicated God's grace that I have known for years. It was a wake up call to come out of my nearly hopeless mindset Every now and then you need a shot of something high proof. This book does the trick every time in every chapter. I was guilty of reading large chunks and then putting the book down and not picking it back up until I was "on the toilet" (Martin Luther reference, not the actual toilet). Even in this reading fashion it never ceased to amaze me at how effectively Daniel and Timothy communicated God's grace that I have known for years. It was a wake up call to come out of my nearly hopeless mindset at times. Often we left ourselves lose focus of how we relate to God and how he is reaching out to us. PROOF helps redirect out focus while putting aside all of the filler that can get in the way. God loves you, planned for you, sacrificed for you, and there is nothing you can do about it. Plain and simple. We can do nothing on our own accord but thanks be to God for his grace. We need it daily. While the book is good for establish Christians I also think this is an amazing resource for those new to Christianity or those who want to know what Christian Grace is all about. I couldn't recommend this book enough.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michael Schmid

    This book takes a refreshing and yet serious look at the doctrines of grace. The authors show how the Scriptures portray salvation as being completely a work of God and His amazing grace. They also point out very well that the Greek word for "grace" is related to the Greek word for "rejoice" and how these doctrines should cause us not to argue about theology, but to rejoice in God, His amazing grace and His great work of salvation. The book includes several interesting historical references as w This book takes a refreshing and yet serious look at the doctrines of grace. The authors show how the Scriptures portray salvation as being completely a work of God and His amazing grace. They also point out very well that the Greek word for "grace" is related to the Greek word for "rejoice" and how these doctrines should cause us not to argue about theology, but to rejoice in God, His amazing grace and His great work of salvation. The book includes several interesting historical references as well as some funny parts, also from the personal lives of the authors.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    This was a well-written and organized book on the scope of God's grace from the beginning to the end of salvation. I appreciate the authors' fresh look at these truths. Praise God for His grace displayed in the Gospel! This was a well-written and organized book on the scope of God's grace from the beginning to the end of salvation. I appreciate the authors' fresh look at these truths. Praise God for His grace displayed in the Gospel!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Roberts

    So my wife and I only argue about theology so one night she said “I totally disagree with John Piper!!” And in my house those are fighting words...so I asked “what do you mean?” She said “he believes in irresistible grace and that’s just stupid!” So I took the bait and got into a lengthy debate with her, we both had solid verses and solid arguments. What it came down to was we agreed that the name irresistible grave was not the best one since people do resist it. What do I share this? Well becau So my wife and I only argue about theology so one night she said “I totally disagree with John Piper!!” And in my house those are fighting words...so I asked “what do you mean?” She said “he believes in irresistible grace and that’s just stupid!” So I took the bait and got into a lengthy debate with her, we both had solid verses and solid arguments. What it came down to was we agreed that the name irresistible grave was not the best one since people do resist it. What do I share this? Well because read this book to try and win this argument and yes it gave me all sorts of evidences and verses to make sense of this doctrine of grace, but what was most important was out of this I came out humbled a more amazed by God’s grace than ever before! This book is a MUST read for all believers! Highest recommendation! Oh yeah and my wife and me? Well we are still married and still arguing about theology! And I love it!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Justin Daniel

    In essence, Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones attempt to almost redefine the Reformed Doctrine of Grace or Predestination (sometimes called Calvinism) into the acronym PROOF: Planned Grace, Resurrecting Grace, Outrageous Grace, Overcoming Grace, and Forever Grace. This is in contrast to the traditional acronym for Calvinism, TULIP. What I liked about this book is that it really gives the person who has never considered the Reformed Doctrine of Grace as look into what is really is: all abou In essence, Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones attempt to almost redefine the Reformed Doctrine of Grace or Predestination (sometimes called Calvinism) into the acronym PROOF: Planned Grace, Resurrecting Grace, Outrageous Grace, Overcoming Grace, and Forever Grace. This is in contrast to the traditional acronym for Calvinism, TULIP. What I liked about this book is that it really gives the person who has never considered the Reformed Doctrine of Grace as look into what is really is: all about grace. Calvinism in particular is a contentious debate and has been for over 1500 years. Montgomery and Jones emphasize this not to win arguments, but to demonstrate what magnificent ways God has been so gracious to us. Anyone who reads this book will walk away either agreeing or disagreeing, but one thing is for sure: you cannot walk away and not be astounded at the awesome work of God through Jesus Christ. What I didn’t like was the redefinition. The authors point out that TULIP was invented maybe a hundred years after Calvin and don’t really agree with all of Calvin’s theology. They say that one of the points in particular (limited atonement) Calvin didn’t really even support. But I find this really unsubstantial to the argument of redefining TULIP because the first point of PROOF (planned grace) is nearly identical to limited atonement. The argument that Calvin didn’t support it is weak as well because Calvin also had differing views on eschatology and believed in infant baptisms. So let’s not call it Calvinism, TULIP, or PROOF, but simply the Reformed Doctrine of Grace. This seems better to me than trying to redefine the whole system to fit a particular acronym. Also, I got the audiobook of this which I entirely do NOT recommend. I’ve gotten audiobooks of other books on theology (for example, the Cross of Christ) and when the author cites scripture, the reader typically skips these references unless they are not in parentheses. This reader read every. Single. Verse and really disrupted the flow of the book. Like Ron said, he wishes he got the actual book because of the various charts etc. and I am wishing that as well. If you want to be challenged in your faith particularly on the doctrines of grace, pick up this book. You won’t be disappointed.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Clint

    Good...liked the way the authors took the 5 points of Calvinism and repackaged them. The emphasis being on GRACE!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Phyl

    One of the best books I’ve ever read on this subject. The authors really explain it well.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Performance — work and reward — is one of the basic structures of our lives. As a result, we grow up thinking, “I am what I am because of what I do . . . or because of what I’ve failed to do.” But what if we told you that it’s all a lie? What if we proved to you that, when you stake your identity on your performance, you’re delusional. Better yet, what if we told you a truth that can get you free from this lifelong delusion? I loved, loved, loved, LOVED, LOVED this one. I first reviewed it in 201 Performance — work and reward — is one of the basic structures of our lives. As a result, we grow up thinking, “I am what I am because of what I do . . . or because of what I’ve failed to do.” But what if we told you that it’s all a lie? What if we proved to you that, when you stake your identity on your performance, you’re delusional. Better yet, what if we told you a truth that can get you free from this lifelong delusion? I loved, loved, loved, LOVED, LOVED this one. I first reviewed it in 2014. I decided to reread it again this year. I'm so glad I did. What is it about? The gospel--the amazing, beautiful, glorious gospel. The gospel is the good news that God’s kingdom power has entered human history through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When we repent and rely on his righteousness instead of our own, his kingdom power transforms us, and we become participants in the restoration of God’s world. The three aspects of the gospel are the kingdom, the cross, and God’s grace. 1. The gospel of the kingdom is life with God under God’s rule. 2. The gospel of the cross is the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus by which God accomplishes our salvation, rescues us from his wrath, incorporates us into his people, and inaugurates his reign in the world. 3. The gospel of grace is the wonderful news that God accepts us, shares his life with us, and adopts us as heirs of his kingdom not because we have earned it or deserve it but because God chooses to give all of this freely at Christ’s expense. It is about the doctrines of grace. Perhaps you're unfamiliar with the "doctrines of grace." Or perhaps you're too familiar with the doctrines of grace. This is a good book in both instances. Whether this is your very first book about the "doctrines of grace" or your fiftieth. The authors write: Whenever we talk about PROOF, we’re referring to an acronym that summarizes five key facets of God’s amazing grace. PROOF reminds us of five different ways in which we experience the grace of God at work in our lives. P -- planned grace Before time began, God mapped out the plan of salvation from first to last. God planned to adopt particular people as his own children; Christ offered himself as a sacrifice for these people’s sins and as a substitute who satisfied God’s righteous requirements in their place (John 10:11-18; Ephesians 1:4-12). R -- resurrecting grace Everyone is born spiritually dead. Left to ourselves, we will never choose God’s way. God enables people to respond freely to his grace by giving them spiritual life through the power of Christ’s resurrection (John 5:21; Ephesians 2:1-7). O -- outrageous grace God chose people to be saved on the basis of his own sovereign will. He didn’t base his choice to give us grace on anything that we did or might do (John 15:16; Ephesians 2:8-9). O -- overcoming grace God chose people to be saved on the basis of his own sovereign will. He didn’t base his choice to give us grace on anything that we did or might do (John 15:16; Ephesians 2:8-9). F -- forever grace God seals his people with his Holy Spirit so that they are preserved and persevere in faith until the final restoration of God’s kingdom on the earth (John 10:27-29; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30). To anyone who has questions about salvation, this is the book for you. What is salvation? How can I be saved? What is God's part in my salvation? What is my part in my salvation? Is salvation forever and ever? Can I lose my salvation? Is my salvation dependent on my sanctification, on my striving to follow God's rules and commands? What exactly is grace? Is grace too good to be true? What are the conditions of receiving God's grace? Am I really supposed to share the gospel? share the gospel with everyone?! This is a giddy-making book that I could gush about for an absurd amount of time. The doctrines of grace properly understood enable JOY, LASTING JOY, and peace!!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Patrick S.

    This book does a great job of introducing the topic of irresistible grace and certain other points of Reformed theology. While it is a good introductory book, it is by no means short on details or explanation. Irresistible grace is essentially that God grants saving grace to His elect and His elect overcome their resistance to God and come to saving faith in Jesus Christ. While some books on the topic might get too headstrong into the use of Latin or sound too much like systematic theology, the au This book does a great job of introducing the topic of irresistible grace and certain other points of Reformed theology. While it is a good introductory book, it is by no means short on details or explanation. Irresistible grace is essentially that God grants saving grace to His elect and His elect overcome their resistance to God and come to saving faith in Jesus Christ. While some books on the topic might get too headstrong into the use of Latin or sound too much like systematic theology, the authors of this book do a good job of relating concepts on the subject without the lofty language or the dumbing down of concepts. The authors also provide person stories and examples to help in understanding concepts. There are even a few tear jerking stories that really highlight just how much bigger God's corresponding work is amazing. I would highly recommend this book for those wishing to know more on the subject, looking into Calvinism, or getting into Reformed theology. Final Grade - A

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    In my own humble opinion, so much of why we love books is based on the timing of when we read them. And I think I would have loved this book if I had read it at a different time. But in a time of transition, a move from KY to FL, sadness and anger and loneliness are common thoughts for me. At the same time, I am so in love with the title of this book. Intoxicating joy sounds pretty good. Irresistible grace is even better. Both together is pretty awesome. And yes, Jesus can give us both and more. In my own humble opinion, so much of why we love books is based on the timing of when we read them. And I think I would have loved this book if I had read it at a different time. But in a time of transition, a move from KY to FL, sadness and anger and loneliness are common thoughts for me. At the same time, I am so in love with the title of this book. Intoxicating joy sounds pretty good. Irresistible grace is even better. Both together is pretty awesome. And yes, Jesus can give us both and more. On to the book: There are many great parts, but my favorite is on pages 91-92 in a section called "God is Not a Gentlemen." Here is a great passage: "The God of the Scriptures is no debonair gentlemen who waves to us from the opposite side of a chasm, hoping we will find it in our hearts to respond. In Jesus Christ, God himself crossed the chasm between himself and humanity...He came as a righteous shepherd who sacrifices his life to snatch his sheep from the jaws of the beast...He entered space and time as a sovereign lord in humble disguise, seeking to transform a broken woman into his pure and perfect bride...He came as a medic on an emergency mission to breathe life into sin-infected souls." In addition to all this, the book made me think hard about Calvinism, especially as I engage in a church search in a new-old city. I love Sojourn Community Church and its leadership.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tim Pollock

    In my own humble opinion, so much of why we love books is based on the timing of when we read them. And I think I would have loved this book if I had read it at a different time. But in a time of transition, a move from KY to FL, sadness and anger and loneliness are common thoughts for me. At the same time, I am so in love with the title of this book. Intoxicating joy sounds pretty good. Irresistible grace is even better. Both together is pretty awesome. And yes, Jesus can give us both and more. In my own humble opinion, so much of why we love books is based on the timing of when we read them. And I think I would have loved this book if I had read it at a different time. But in a time of transition, a move from KY to FL, sadness and anger and loneliness are common thoughts for me. At the same time, I am so in love with the title of this book. Intoxicating joy sounds pretty good. Irresistible grace is even better. Both together is pretty awesome. And yes, Jesus can give us both and more. On to the book: There are many great parts, but my favorite is on pages 91-92 in a section called "God is Not a Gentlemen." Here is a great passage: "The God of the Scriptures is no debonair gentlemen who waves to us from the opposite side of a chasm, hoping we will find it in our hearts to respond. In Jesus Christ, God himself crossed the chasm between himself and humanity...He came as a righteous shepherd who sacrifices his life to snatch his sheep from the jaws of the beast...He entered space and time as a sovereign lord in humble disguise, seeking to transform a broken woman into his pure and perfect bride...He came as a medic on an emergency mission to breathe life into sin-infected souls." In addition to all this, the book made me think hard about Calvinism, especially as I engage in a church search in a new-old city. I love Sojourn Community Church and its leadership.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Garrick Bailey

    Jones and Montgomery have provided a way to discuss the doctrines of grace which ought to encourage and foster productive conversations regarding biblical truths rather than perpetuate conflict between the schools of thought known as Arminianism and Calvinism. Their writing is clear and compelling. I imagine most people, like myself, will find it difficult to put the book down. I wouldn't say this about most theological writing. I approached this book as a primer on new Calvinism written for tho Jones and Montgomery have provided a way to discuss the doctrines of grace which ought to encourage and foster productive conversations regarding biblical truths rather than perpetuate conflict between the schools of thought known as Arminianism and Calvinism. Their writing is clear and compelling. I imagine most people, like myself, will find it difficult to put the book down. I wouldn't say this about most theological writing. I approached this book as a primer on new Calvinism written for those who might like to understand distinctive Calvinistic beliefs, but have grown tired of the polemic nature of this age-old discussion. In other words, being a recent seminary graduate, I didn't expect to learn anything from PROOF. Thankfully, I was wrong. Regardless of your held beliefs and amount of formal theological training (or lack thereof), you will benefit from reading this book. The authors simply desire to discuss God's grace with the reader as they have come to understand it in light of Scripture. It's as if they've extended to us an invitation to hangout with them in a coffee shop and talk about our passions and convictions. If you wouldn't turn down such an invitation in "the real world," you ought to read this book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dan Curnutt

    Proof takes on the task of being a modern day primer for the doctrinal position of God's Grace. It using the acronym of Proof to lay out the design of the topic. The acronym is: Planned Grace Resurrecting Grace Outrageous Grace Overcoming Grace Forever Grace If you have not studied this topic before this is the book for you. Also through reading this book you will come to understand more of a "Proof" for God and His existence than you maybe intended by picking up this volume. The author's do a great jo Proof takes on the task of being a modern day primer for the doctrinal position of God's Grace. It using the acronym of Proof to lay out the design of the topic. The acronym is: Planned Grace Resurrecting Grace Outrageous Grace Overcoming Grace Forever Grace If you have not studied this topic before this is the book for you. Also through reading this book you will come to understand more of a "Proof" for God and His existence than you maybe intended by picking up this volume. The author's do a great job of laying out the topic, developing each section on Grace and then driving home the truth's and providing you with the opportunity to decide how you will now live your life based on understand the Grace of God. You will be able to draw many principles that you then can turn into action points, into applications for your life. You will be comforted by the Grace of God and His Mercy as well. This is a great little book that all Christians will find highly encouraging. Enjoy!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    In a world that stresses and rewards performance the idea of God's free, unmerited, irresistible grace flies in the face of our self-centered, self improvement culture. Using the acronym PROOF (Planned Grace; Resurrecting Grace; Outrageous Grace; Overcoming Grace; Forever Grace)authors Montgomery and Jones have written a delightful little book that "liberates (us) from the tyranny of trying to please others ... empowers us to pursue authentic holiness." "... proclaiming anew the intoxicating joy In a world that stresses and rewards performance the idea of God's free, unmerited, irresistible grace flies in the face of our self-centered, self improvement culture. Using the acronym PROOF (Planned Grace; Resurrecting Grace; Outrageous Grace; Overcoming Grace; Forever Grace)authors Montgomery and Jones have written a delightful little book that "liberates (us) from the tyranny of trying to please others ... empowers us to pursue authentic holiness." "... proclaiming anew the intoxicating joy of grace." The book is great, but I found the footnotes to be indispensable. My advice is to buy the book and upon its arrival immediately sit down and read it!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Josh Simons

    The doctrines of grace are really even bigger than the 5 Points, and to see TULIP as a focus is, as put in this book, to focus on the glass as opposed to what you see through it (paraphrased). PROOF challenged me in how I approach the Bible, and how if used as an end in and of themselves instead of a guide, even doctrine can put God in a box. A lot of great church history, plenty comparisons on differing stances that are accepted and rejected in orthodox Christianity, and still remains an easy a The doctrines of grace are really even bigger than the 5 Points, and to see TULIP as a focus is, as put in this book, to focus on the glass as opposed to what you see through it (paraphrased). PROOF challenged me in how I approach the Bible, and how if used as an end in and of themselves instead of a guide, even doctrine can put God in a box. A lot of great church history, plenty comparisons on differing stances that are accepted and rejected in orthodox Christianity, and still remains an easy and thoroughly enjoyable read. I highly recommend PROOF for anyone.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Lundy

    This book takes a new approach to teaching the doctrines of grace. Instead of relying on the old acronym, TULIP, that has often been used to teach Reformed theology, Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones have come up with a better acronym: PROOF. PROOF stands for Planned grace, Resurrecting grace, Outrageous grace, Overcoming grace, and Forever grace. If you want to understand what the Bible teaches about the grace of God in salvation, this book is for you. Prepare to delight in and be dazzle This book takes a new approach to teaching the doctrines of grace. Instead of relying on the old acronym, TULIP, that has often been used to teach Reformed theology, Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones have come up with a better acronym: PROOF. PROOF stands for Planned grace, Resurrecting grace, Outrageous grace, Overcoming grace, and Forever grace. If you want to understand what the Bible teaches about the grace of God in salvation, this book is for you. Prepare to delight in and be dazzled by God’s amazing grace!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    The chapter on Outrageous Grace (ch. 4) is one of the best things I've ever read on the topic. The authors have achieved in honing in on grace with a precision that doesn't waver. By the time I got to chapter four, the foundation had been so well-laid that a difficult concept- Gods overwhelming love for us apart from anything at all we've done or will do to earn it- was easily understood and hit home in a new way. I highly recommend this book. The chapter on Outrageous Grace (ch. 4) is one of the best things I've ever read on the topic. The authors have achieved in honing in on grace with a precision that doesn't waver. By the time I got to chapter four, the foundation had been so well-laid that a difficult concept- Gods overwhelming love for us apart from anything at all we've done or will do to earn it- was easily understood and hit home in a new way. I highly recommend this book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Matt Mancini

    One of the better books I've read in quite some time and among the best I've read on this subject in recent years. Jones and Montgomery strike a really unique balance of accessibility (in the main text) and historical and theological depth (in the extremely extensive footnotes). I don't think I've ever read a book that was as easy as this one is to read and digest, while at the same time supported by a subtext that is so intellectually rigorous. Very, very well done. One of the better books I've read in quite some time and among the best I've read on this subject in recent years. Jones and Montgomery strike a really unique balance of accessibility (in the main text) and historical and theological depth (in the extremely extensive footnotes). I don't think I've ever read a book that was as easy as this one is to read and digest, while at the same time supported by a subtext that is so intellectually rigorous. Very, very well done.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Larksinger

    I would suggest this book to anybody who wants to learn more about grace and how it works. Very in depth study on grace and how it functions in out lives, how Christ is the only one through grace to change peoples hearts. A lot of scriptural references and graphs detailing the different views that Christians have and what the Bible says. SO wonderful.

  27. 4 out of 5

    TERA LAFFIN

    I will read it over and over This book is easy to read and understand. I love how Montgomery and Jones bring us back to what our reformed forefathers were all about, God's grace alone! This book is refreshing and exciting to read. PROOF will be something I go back to over and over and teach to my children. I will read it over and over This book is easy to read and understand. I love how Montgomery and Jones bring us back to what our reformed forefathers were all about, God's grace alone! This book is refreshing and exciting to read. PROOF will be something I go back to over and over and teach to my children.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Slm

    While doctrinally accurate and scripturally accurate, after reading John Eldridge, I found this to be very dry. Full of truth yes, but dry reading.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Nothing overwhelming here. Standard take on Grace.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    Ties together the concepts of reformed thinking in a compelling text.

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