Look and Live

| January 2, 2015

Matt Papa. Look and Live: Behold the Soul-Thrilling, Sin-Destroying Glory of Christ. Bloomington, MN: Bethany House, 2014. 256 pp. $15.99.

The quest for novelty is often exhausting. A technophile’s delight with his newest phone or computer quickly turns to discontent when the CEO of Apple stands up to announce next year’s product release. Fashion trends drift from year to year, requiring the fashionista to search for new styles with each successive turn of the clock. Theology, too, can be exhausting when the quest for novelty trumps the pursuit of delighting in already understood truth. Indeed, Christian maturity is often better displayed through a blossoming understanding of the implications of gospel truth than a growing breadth of information and background knowledge.

Matt Papa has written a book that contains practically nothing new. He is unafraid to extensively credit the fountains from which he has drawn his understanding of the magnificent worth and glory of God. Quotations from Jonathan Edwards, John Piper, Blaise Pascal, and R. C. Sproul adorn practically every chapter. In many ways Look and Live: Behold the Soul-Thrilling, Sin-Destroying Glory of Christ surveys contemporary Reformed thought concerning the majesty of the glory of God.

Arrested by Glory


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