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Children of The Living God shows how the Spirit of sonship, Christian freedom, divine discipline, prayer, and the sacraments all contribute to our experience of the love the Father has for his children.


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Children of The Living God shows how the Spirit of sonship, Christian freedom, divine discipline, prayer, and the sacraments all contribute to our experience of the love the Father has for his children.

30 review for Children of the Living God

  1. 4 out of 5

    Aneurin Britton

    The first Christian book that I owned. It was gifted to me by my first camp officer. It was a brilliant short summary on living as a child of God. Really helpful. I would highly recommend.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Wilson

    Very fine book. I appreciated his mix of tight scriptural reasoning and pastoral wisdom.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Recommended by my Grandma

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    I think everyone on Young Life staff received this book 20 years ago and we read it together then. As I prepare for the next chapter in my life, I have been thinking a lot about identity and motivation. This was a good little reminder of some of things like this: “knowing in the very depths of my being who I am has a tremendously powerful effect. It sets me free from the world’s anxious quest to be somebody.”

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Wiesner

    I read this in preparation for my sermons in Galatians 4. An excellent primer on the privileges of being counted as a child of God, in Christ. In typical Ferguson fashion, Reformed thinkers throughout the centuries—from Calvin to Owen to Packer—are helpfully invoked. Quite honestly, I find Ferguson's teaching to be more biblical and useful than Jack the sonship theology taught by Jack Miller and others. I read this in preparation for my sermons in Galatians 4. An excellent primer on the privileges of being counted as a child of God, in Christ. In typical Ferguson fashion, Reformed thinkers throughout the centuries—from Calvin to Owen to Packer—are helpfully invoked. Quite honestly, I find Ferguson's teaching to be more biblical and useful than Jack the sonship theology taught by Jack Miller and others.

  6. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    A very uplifting and encouraging book that puts Christian sonship in its proper perspective. It's definitely worth a read if you are not feeling as close to God as you would like to be. A very uplifting and encouraging book that puts Christian sonship in its proper perspective. It's definitely worth a read if you are not feeling as close to God as you would like to be.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Darby Stouffer

    Favorite book of the semester. Immensely good and helpful.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Greg Bailey

    An admirably succinct yet rich introduction to the biblical doctrine of adoption. Ferguson brings out jewel after jewel.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    An absolutely wonderful book full of encouragement & Scripture-based truths! I highly recommend buying this book and using it as a devotional reading a chapter a day.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rhonnie Cough

    I nearly underlined this whole book!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mark Evans

    Solid gospel truth about our identity in Christ

  12. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Micah

    Nothing has helped me engage with the hunger to know God as Father and fight the battle to own and walk out my identity as a child of God quite like this book. Loaded with precious insights.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Hadley

    Excellent short read on the theme of Children of God. Doctrinally rich, pastorally warm, typically Ferguson. Why so few books in this rich theme?

  14. 4 out of 5

    JT Goodart

    A quick but good read on what it means for us to be children of God and how that should move us.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Regina

    Sinclair Ferguson is difficult to read, not because his writing is complicated, but maybe because it is so smooth. It just flows into my head and right back ought again with nothing of which to grasp hold. However, Chapter 8 on "Fatherly Discipline" was a great chapter to which I would give 4 stars. It illuminated some of the rhyme and reason behind the Father's discipline of us and even featured a passage from Isaiah 28:24-29 that I would never have thought to apply. But the passage reveals tha Sinclair Ferguson is difficult to read, not because his writing is complicated, but maybe because it is so smooth. It just flows into my head and right back ought again with nothing of which to grasp hold. However, Chapter 8 on "Fatherly Discipline" was a great chapter to which I would give 4 stars. It illuminated some of the rhyme and reason behind the Father's discipline of us and even featured a passage from Isaiah 28:24-29 that I would never have thought to apply. But the passage reveals that the Lord disciplines each of us in different ways according to our own needs - a thought I already had guessed, but is nice to have confirmed in Scripture.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Robert Murphy

    A fine devotional book. He is almost academic enough to satisfy me. There are a few minor errors, but none so bad as he falling into the same trap as Calvin and completely misstating the differences between the Ancient and the Post-Christ Epochs. It is a short book, but even given that I found his treatment on Christian Liberty too brief, given how broadly this is abused in Presbyterian and Reformed circles. Nevertheless, I would recommend the book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Greg Baughman

    I really enjoyed this book when I read it last year. Not coming from a Reformed context, this was an exciting read. It's a dense book, despite its brevity, but it is worth the effort. The chapter on fatherly discipline is worth the price of the book. For a fuller interaction with the impact this book made, see here. I really enjoyed this book when I read it last year. Not coming from a Reformed context, this was an exciting read. It's a dense book, despite its brevity, but it is worth the effort. The chapter on fatherly discipline is worth the price of the book. For a fuller interaction with the impact this book made, see here.

  18. 5 out of 5

    E

    Rare that I read two 5-star books in one weekend, but this book is deserving. From the title you might think it's merely on the theological concept of adoption, but it is broader than that. It is almost a primer on the Christian faith at large, touching on most of the topics foundational to our walk as believers. I think this is possible because to be saved is to become a child of God. I would consider using this book with new believers seeking to learn how to grow in the faith. Rare that I read two 5-star books in one weekend, but this book is deserving. From the title you might think it's merely on the theological concept of adoption, but it is broader than that. It is almost a primer on the Christian faith at large, touching on most of the topics foundational to our walk as believers. I think this is possible because to be saved is to become a child of God. I would consider using this book with new believers seeking to learn how to grow in the faith.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joel

    A basic theology for Adoption and Sonship. Not a bad read, just more a foundation if you hadn't read anything of it before. Ferguson writes in plain English, very understandable, mostly short chapters, good for people new to the theology. A basic theology for Adoption and Sonship. Not a bad read, just more a foundation if you hadn't read anything of it before. Ferguson writes in plain English, very understandable, mostly short chapters, good for people new to the theology.

  20. 5 out of 5

    David

    A whole book on the doctrine of adoption that in itself makes it a good book. There has not been a whole book written on this subject in probably the last 100 yrs! The doctrine of adoption is what we as christians live from. I would recommend reading this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ron Reffett

    I Love Sinclair Ferguson, his warm writing style is very inviting and is not at all hard to understand. This is a great work on the doctrine of adoption. I would highly recommend this book, it will benefit your soul greatly!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    Examines the concept of God as Father, salvation as adoption into God's family. Highly recommended. Examines the concept of God as Father, salvation as adoption into God's family. Highly recommended.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    A great quick read on the wonder and joy of being adopted as God's own! A great quick read on the wonder and joy of being adopted as God's own!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    So simple and fundamental, yet presented with such care and eloquence. An easy and quick read that I would recommend to any believer.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    Very good. Sinclair Ferguson is a easy to read and very good at bringing the theological heat.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Natebauers

    Reading for the second time. Most encouraging, and helpful book I have read in years. I don't like saying any book is a must read...but this book may qualify. Reading for the second time. Most encouraging, and helpful book I have read in years. I don't like saying any book is a must read...but this book may qualify.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Great book that hits on the aspects of our "sonship" to God as believers. Would recommend it to anyone. A gem that I'm very glad a pastor pointed me to. Great book that hits on the aspects of our "sonship" to God as believers. Would recommend it to anyone. A gem that I'm very glad a pastor pointed me to.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    Good book. Not especially easy prose to work your way through ... but excellent at explaining the significance of God the Father's adoption of believers as sons and daughters. Good book. Not especially easy prose to work your way through ... but excellent at explaining the significance of God the Father's adoption of believers as sons and daughters.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amy Kannel

    A simple little book reminding us of our incredible identity as sons and daughters of God--I pulled out lots of great quotes (it was required reading for my biblical counseling class).

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tim Woody

    A solid short book on our adoption in Christ and what that means for daily living.

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