Saturday, June 12, 2010

Review of The Good News We Almost Forgot by Kevin DeYoung

Author: Kevin DeYoung

Pages: 256

Publisher: Moody

Price: 9.50

Genre: Church History/Christian Living/Doctrine

Quick Summary:

Not many people read Catechism anymore. Fewer still read the Heidelberg Catechism. Kevin DeYoung hopes to change this. In The Good News We Almost Forgot, DeYoung writes 52 brief chapters to accompany a journey through the Heidelberg.

The Heidelberg was published in 1563 and serves as a commentary to the Apostle’s Creed, The 10 Commandments, and the Lord’s Prayer. Each chapter of this book provides a few questions from the Catechism and then a 2-3 page interaction with the catechetical questions.

What I Liked:

I had not read much of the Heidelberg before receiving this book to review. I loved being introduced to such a great resource. I also, as always, love DeYoung’s writing style. He packs so much wisdom into a small space. It is packaged nicely too. It is formatted to read one chapter per Sunday for an entire year. It would be fun and interesting to either take your own children through the book or a group of people.

DeYoung also provides a well written Epilogue. Some may remember Kevin’s article from March of 2009: The Crust and the Core. This serves as his epilogue. He also provides a helpful Appendix which explores whether the Catechism forbids homosexual behavior.

What I Disliked:

The book is well written throughout. Because of my own personal reading preference I have a hard time slowly trekking through a book. But even though this book is formatted to be read once per week, it could easily be read one chapter per day for about two months. At the end of the day there is little that I disliked about this book. Even the cover is sharp.

Should You Buy It?

I would strongly suggest buying it. It is written in such a way that most every person can benefit from it. Most people are not aware of the Heidelberg and it is fun to interact with. You could even take your children through the Catechism and discuss the chapters. I hope a good number of people read this book. Buy it today for only 10 bucks.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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