R. C. Sproul. Enjoying God: Finding Hope in the Attributes of God. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2017. 242pp. $15.29.
Theology, literally, is the study of God. In order to know the lord we worship, we must get to know his attributes. Who is God? What is he like? What can he do? What won’t he do? These questions and many more are answered by R. C. Sproul in Enjoying God.
R. C. Sproul is a well-known scholar and Bible teacher, the founder of Ligonier Ministries. Sproul has authored many valuable books including The holiness of God, and Chosen by God. Enjoying God is a repackaging of an older work of Sproul’s entitled Discovering the God who Is.
Early on I will say this: Enjoying God is now one of my favorite works from Dr. Sproul. This work combines winsome writing with beautiful theological accuracy. Those two things put together make this book both enjoyable and helpful.
As the book’s new title indicates, Sproul wants our study of the attributes of God to add to our pleasure in the Lord. Thus, Sproul does not write this book as if it were intended to be a dry unit in a massive systematic theology. Instead, Sproul tells personal stories and offers emotionally helpful illustrations to encourage his readers to engage with the Lord he is presenting.
At the same time, Sproul is very theologically careful in this book. He highlights attributes of God such as his eternal existence, his almighty power, his love, and his willingness to be known. Sproul does not hide from difficult discussions regarding the trinity or the limitations that Jesus voluntarily undertook. Yet all of this heavy theology is presented in a very accessible style.
I would highly recommend Enjoying God to any Christian. A scholar can learn from the truths here presented, and perhaps even more from the beauty in God as Sproul presents him. New Believers can learn important, foundational truths of the Christian faith. This book would make a wonderful, quarter-long Sunday School class or small group discussion guide.
[I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.]