A positive guide to the principles of Calvinism. Forster shows how God's love and our joy lie at the heart of this often misunderstood theology by deconstructing misconceptions and reshaping the truths they reflect.
"A refreshing, clearly-written, thought-provoking, truly enjoyable book that will help overcome many misconceptions and deepen people's faith and joy in God each day." -Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary "Forster pulls few punches with his critiques both for Calvinists and also their opponents-this vigor is what makes this exploration of joyous Calvinism so welcome and challenging." -Collin Hansen, Editorial Director, The Gospel Coalition; author, Blind Spots "Concerned that some of the negative press which Calvinism receives is actually provoked by Calvinists themselves, Forster here offers a refreshing restatement of the Reformed faith. In the tradition of the personal, pastoral confidence and joy one finds in the Heidelberg Catechism, he presents an account of the Reformed understanding of salvation that is accessible, reliable, and delightful. A super book to read for oneself or to give to Christian friends who may never have understood the joy that lies at the heart of Calvinism." -Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary; author, The Creedal Imperative and Luther on the Christian Life "Calvinism has been the target of countless caricatures, but none so misguided as the notion that it is the enemy of joy. Forster insists rightly that Calvinism is 'drenched with joy,' and has done a masterful job of accounting for the beauty and delight intrinsic to biblical Calvinism. I pray this book gets a wide reading." -Sam Storms, Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bridgeway Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma "Forster does a wonderful, twofold service for God's people in this book-he retrieves Calvinism from portrayal as a dark and distasteful version of Christianity and, instead, presents it as an attractive and beautiful expression of biblical religion. Forster speaks with deep wisdom rooted not only in a well-informed theology, but also in his own experience as he wrestled with the sufferings of life and ultimately found comfort in the God who is profoundly merciful and sovereign in Christ. I highly recommend this book for all who seek godly encouragement and joy in the midst of life's trials." -David VanDrunen, Robert B. Strimple Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics, Westminster Seminary California
Greg Forster (PhD, Yale University) serves as the director of the Oikonomia Network at the Center for Transformational Churches at Trinity International University. He is a senior fellow at the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, the editor of the blog Hang Together, and a frequent conference speaker.