Assured: Discover Grace, Let Go of Guilt, and Rest In Your Salvation by Greg Gilbert
Published March 19th, 2019 by Baker Books
Genres Christian, Nonfiction
Despite our professions of belief, our baptisms, and our membership in the church, many of us secretly wonder, Am I truly saved? We worry that our love for Jesus isn’t fervent enough (or isn’t as fervent as someone else’s). We worry that our faith isn’t strong enough. We struggle through the continuing presence of sin in our lives. All this steals the joy of our salvation and can lead us into a life characterized by legalism, perfectionism, and works righteousness–the very life Jesus freed us from at the cross!
But Greg Gilbert has a message for the anxious believer–be assured. Assured that your salvation experience was real. Assured that your sins–past, present, and future–are forgiven. Assured that everyone stumbles. Assured that Jesus is not your judge but your advocate. With deep compassion, Gilbert comforts readers, encouraging them to release their guilt, shame, and anxiety to rejoice in and follow hard after the One who set them free.
I found Assured by Greg Gilbert to be a very interesting read and one that I think most Christian readers will be able to relate to. The book is broken down into 9 chapters dealing with different topics related to assurance. Chapter 5, The Undermining of Assurance: The Lies We Believe, was one of the my favorite chapters and contained 4 common lies that Christians might believe about God. I found the explanations in this chapter to be really interesting and relatable. Throughout the book, the author uses Biblical Scripture to reinforce the message that he is writing to readers. Overall, I found the book to be really enjoyable and I look forward to reading more from the author in the future.
Thank you to the publisher, Baker Books, for sending me a review copy of this book.