Living for God

Living for God: A Short Introduction to the Christian Faith
Mark Jones
Crossway, 2020

I’ve been looking forward to reading Mark Jones’s latest book for a while and it doesn’t disappoint. Advertised as a ‘short’ introduction to the Christian faith, it’s no mere pamphlet (230 pages not including endnotes etc), nor is it simplistic. So while it is the type of book I’d like to see people in our congregations reading, don’t think of it as something you would hand a brand new Christian, unless they’re fairly academically-inclined.

The book is well structured, around the fundamentally import topics of Trinity, Christ, Spirit, Church and the future. There is plenty of scope for ministers to follow the same general structure and amend the material, eg for a sermon series, bible class, theological foundations course or perhaps a membership class.

As usual with Jones’s books, there are frequent quotations from church history, especially Puritans and Church Fathers. This is not theology that is historically adrift – rather it is done consciously in line with the Great Tradition of Christian thought.

Thanks to Crossway for a complimentary copy of this book through their Beyond the Page review programme.