By Grace Alone – How the Grace of God Amazes Me, by Sinclair Ferguson is one of those books that really did not get “good” (for me, at least) until the last chapter. I am not entirely sure why that is. Even though a small book, it seemed to drag on a bit in certain places. And in fairness to Ferguson, that may have just been ME! Perhaps I need to read the entire book again, which will be no great burden as it is only 118 pages in length.
As I looked back through the book, I find lots of content that I had underlined, indicating that the thoughts on the page were either new, or if already known and understood, written in a particularly meaningful way. And there was plenty of that.
I mentioned that last chapter is where it “got good.” I think what made the last chapter remarkable for me is that while Ferguson seemed to simply be adding a seventh chapter, it really struck me that it served not so much as a conclusion to the book, but rather as somewhat of a summary of the doctrines of grace. Others may see it quite differently but that is the way it struck me.
No regrets in reading this book, and I would happily recommend it to anyone. I have included the video below which was produced by the publisher, which allows the author to describe “why the book” and how it came about. It will also serve to illustrate why, when I read the book, the words on the page had a Scottish brogue.