Friday, July 12, 2013

Book Review: One Perfect Life, by John MacArthur

One Perfect Life chooses a unique and thoughtful way to tell the story we all know so well. I'm sure you're familiar with the parallel Gospels - those books where we see the various events in the life of Jesus laid out in columns, showing which stories appear in which Gospels. It's a way of tying the voices of the Gospel authors together. Well, what if there was a way to meld all the voices of the Scripture writers together, to tell the whole story as one story?

This is what John MacArthur has accomplished in One Perfect Life. Each chapter represents a piece of the life of Jesus. It starts with the prophecies and need for a Saviour, moves through each story in the life of Jesus, and ends with New Testament reflections on the life of Christ. MacArthur doesn't paraphrase, but actually takes verses from the various books - from both the New and Old Testaments - to construct each chapter. Each line is vigorously referenced and footnoted.

It's a hard book to describe, but a beautiful book to read. It's an engaging way to see the fullness of the Gospel, and how the diverse books of Scripture tie together to tell one biography. You can read it quickly for the story or slowly as you digest the thick and informative footnotes. I can imagine it being used in as a daily devotional or in small groups for discussion.

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