Thursday, June 20, 2013

Review: Name above All Names by Alistair Begg and Sinclair B. Ferguson

Name above All Names

Title: Name above All Names
Author: Alistair Begg and Sinclair B. Ferguson
Publisher: Crossway May 31, 2013
Genre: Non-fiction
Labels: The Person and Work of Christ Jesus
Format: Hardcover
Age: Adult
Pages: 192
Rating: 5 Stars

Summary:
Author's Alistair Begg and Sinclair B. Ferguson state in the preface that their book covers, "only seven of the many descriptions of Jesus found in the Bible, and none of those descriptions is treated exhaustively." This book should be considered, "a taste, a beginning exploration." This "beginning exploration" is directed at a wide reading audience, from a new believer to a seasoned Christian. They are in hopes that this book will be looked at as a fresh approach to knowing Jesus as, Name above All Names.

"See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we now that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure." 1 John 3:1-3 ESV.

My Thoughts:
The title of this book is what led me to want to read and review it. One of my favorite Scriptures from the Bible is from Philippians 2:1-11, especially verse nine.
"Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name." ESV.
My reasons for giving this book 5 Stars.
  1. It is an accomplishment when two author's collaborate and write a well-written edifying book, achieving their goal in less than two hundred pages. 
  2. I feel the goals were achieved in seven chapters focusing on the character and workings of Christ Jesus. 
  3. The book begins with a study in Genesis 3:15. Jesus would be the "offspring" who would overcome the world (kosmos) through His work on the cross. 
  4. The conflict that is throughout the Bible is Satan's plot to wreck havoc and destroy mankind, his top goal is to defeat God and His purposes. 
  5. The road to Emmaus, this is in Luke 24:13-35. Jesus shared with these two believer's how He was the fulfillment of Scripture.
  6. The above reasons from three through five are key points for believer's in understanding that Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of Scripture. A new believer may not understand this, and it is important that they understand that Jesus is the fulfillment. All through the Old Testament it pointed to what Jesus had to do on the cross.
  7. Name above All Names, whets the appetite for deeper Bible reading and study. 
  8. Chapter on Son of Man is broken down clearly for those of us who have not understood this term.
  9. Clear concise teaching. Points are made and they're not lengthy, I feel this will be attractive to people who are not heavy reader's or don't have time for a lengthy book.
  10. Uplifting and positive, this is a book of hope.
My favorite chapter was six, "Jesus Christ, the Suffering Servant.
Why?
Because it's personal, transparent, it pierced my heart.
"Some of us know mental anguish. Some of us even feel it to the point where we fear for our sanity, and even for our lives. Some are plagued in mind by fears and feel ourselves at times on the verge of despair and hopelessness." page 148
"Do you know that the Lord Jesus understands what it is to be overwhelmed?" page 148
"It is this theology of the cross that we find here. God grant that in seeing Christ as the Suffering Servant we will be done once and for all with the superficial triumphalism that sadly emanates from too many Christian organizations and churches. Have you ever considered the fact that on the average Sunday, pastors minister to congregations of people whose lives are marked-and often marred-by quiet desperation? Sadly, some churches, and the finance-seeking 'ministries' that sprout in abundance, have become very skilled at masking all this with promises of victory and a life beyond the reach of pain and sorrow. Masking tape to cover deep needs is always a profoundly unhelpful and unrealistic antidote for broken hearts. Using it betrays a deeply unbiblical-and indeed ultimately cruel-theology." page 155.
I'll close with a quote in the book from A.W. Tozer. Page 157.
"We want a Jesus who does all the suffering, don't we?-----We want to be saved, but we insist that Christ do all the dying. No cross for us, no dethronement, no dying. We remain king within the little kingdom of Mansoul and wear our tinsel crown with all the pride of a Caesar; but we doom ourselves to shadows and weakness and spiritual sterility." 
Thank you to Crossway for my FREE review copy!

Link @ Amazon: 
http://www.amazon.com/Name-above-Names-Alistair-Begg/dp/1433537753/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371736217&sr=8-1&keywords=name+above+all+names
Hardcover: $12.59
Kindle: $9.99

Link for book @ Crossway:
http://www.crossway.org/books/name-above-all-names-hcj/
Link to read excerpt:
http://issuu.com/crossway/docs/name-above-all-names-issuu/1?e=1614463/2236951

 
Alistair Begg served two churches in his native Scotland before answering the call in 1983 to become senior pastor at Parkside Church in suburban Cleveland, OH. A graduate of the London School of Theology, he has written several books and is heard daily on the national radio program Truth For Life.
Sinclair B. Ferguson is the senior minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina, and professor of systematic theology at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas. He is the author of several books, the most recent being By Grace Alone: How the Grace of God Amazes Me. Sinclair and his wife, Dorothy, have four grown children.

1 comment:

Becky said...

Loved your review! This was a great book, wasn't it! I loved that chapter on the Suffering Servant too!