In this episode of The Greater Heritage podcast we present a Steven Lawson book review of Show Me Your Glory: Understanding the Majestic Splendor of God. The book is published by Reformation Trust Publishing.
Dr. Steven J. Lawson is President and founder of OnePassion Ministries, a ministry designed to equip biblical expositors to bring about a new reformation in the church. Dr. Lawson hosts The Institute for Expository Preaching in cities around the world. Dr. Lawson is also a Teaching Fellow for Ligonier Ministries, where he serves on its board. Moreover, he is Professor of Preaching and oversees the Doctor of Ministry program at The Master’s Seminary, where he also serves on its board.
Steven Lawson Book Review
In this primer on the attributes of God, Dr. Lawson reinforces the importance of knowing who God is.
It is modeled after the passage in Exodus when Moses asked God to show him His glory. (Exo. 33:18)
I watched a Q&A with Ligonier Ministries once where Dr. Lawson was asked what most informs a person’s theology.
His response was that our understanding and knowledge of God is what informs our theology the most.
He was spot on. Knowing God is the most important thing that Christians can do to grow in Christ.
That means studying who God is from His own revelation in scripture alone.
Dr. Lawson’s book is one of the more dense (though not in the academic sense) on the subject of God’s attributes that I own.
Throughout its nearly 300 pages, Steven presents subjects including God's glory, wisdom, goodness, truthfulness, holiness, love, grace, wrath and many others.
There is a lot of content in this book. That’s both good and bad.
It is probably best to be read in bits and pieces than in one sitting, because Lawson writes in short sentences a lot, which I found made it a little hard to get through. Not to mention the book's plethora of content.
Nevertheless, he is very clear in what he writes, plus everything in this book is saturated with scripture which is awesome, and though it might not appeal as much to non-Calvinist readers it it still worth picking up for the shear breadth of its content.
Ultimately, the book absolutely shines as a reference work.
For example, Show Me Your Glory would be a great resource whenever someone has a question about God's character traits.
Despite being a little hard to read for long stretches of time, we recommend Show Me Your Glory for the shear depth of its content and for its adherence to the Bible.
It comes especially recommended as a nice general index on the attributes of God, and one that would be a great aid to ministers, teachers and students.
Intro and outro music provided by Five Minute Plan. Be sure to check them out!
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this review are solely those of the reviewer. They do not represent any endorsement from the publisher.