I am coming up on my fifth year as a Calvinist, of being a champion of the doctrines of grace, espoused by the famous TULIP acronym: total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and the perseverance of the saints. This book isn’t for those unfamiliar with TULIP. It is for those who, like me, were saved from broad evangelicalism that taught a semi-pelagian view of salvation, that taught we could choose Christ by our own willpower, live for Him by our own willpower, and only needed an assist from the Holy Spirit and the example of Christ.
This book is for those who know they were dead in trespasses and sins, but God raised them to newness of life by His work alone, and not ours. This book is for those who are convinced that the new birth precedes faith, and indeed precipitates faith. This book is especially for those of us who would likely be lumped with the young, rest, and reformed resurgence of Calvinism, who are in their 20’s and 30’s, and likely weren’t born into a reformed family. This book is for those who want to live their newfound faith humbly, with strong roots despite the theological differences even amongst us Calvinists. It is time we apply our Calvinism consistently to our everyday lives and grow into mature reformers, not simply bemoaning our non-Calvinist roots and certainly not becoming prideful with our more accurate knowledge. Rather, we should be seeking to become more holy by connecting our newfound doctrinal convictions to how we glorify God in our everyday lives. If that is your desire, this book is for you.