Review of Gospel Formed: Living a Grace-Addicted, Truth-Filled, Jesus-Exalting Life by J.A. Medders

Leah Courtney
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It's very true that there are many books on the market that are written to tell Christian readers how to be better Christians. J.A. Medders, the author of Gospel Formed, says that we need less of those and more focus on the gospel. There are five main sections including a starting block, gospel worship, gospel identity, gospel community, and gospel mission. In each section there are short chapters. Each begins with a passage of Scripture and ends with a passage of Scripture. In between are the thoughts of the author, interwoven with Scripture.

The writings are short and easy to read. They're described by the author as "punchy" and seemed to be written in a relevant, easy style, similar to a blog post. They are easily short enough to be read in one sitting each as a devotional. And I really liked reading them one at a time instead of trying to read more because of the blog post style.

I really liked the constant focus on Scripture throughout. True to wanting to focus on the gospel, the author constantly referred to Scripture through each chapter. In the introduction, he encourages the reader to look up each Scripture that is referenced.

My one "complaint" about Gospel Formed is that the chapters are somewhat repetitive. Some of this has to do with the style that uses catchy words and phrases and literary elements like alliteration -"When you shift from the gospel there are four places you can drift into: license, legalism, lukewarmness, or leaving the faith altogether." Because these elements are used throughout the book, things begin to sound the same, to run together. This was a main reason that I liked reading just one chapter at a time instead of trying to read it straight through.

Overall, I think there is lots of good information and definitely some worth thinking about. I was at times convicted, inspired, and encouraged.

You can find Gospel Formed here at the Kregel website or on Amazon (see below).

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way. 

** As of 1-12-15, Gospel Formed is free for Kindle. If you don't own a Kindle, you can get the free Kindle app for apple device, android, or desktop here-Free Kindle Apps.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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